[PS4] Eventide 2: Sorcerer’s Mirror Review
Artifex Mundi has unleashed adventure game Eventide 2: Sorcerer’s Mirror on PlayStation 4. Read our Eventide 2: Sorcerer’s Mirror review to learn more about it!
Eventide 2: Sorcerer’s Mirror is the follow up to Eventide. You play as Mary, and upon booting up you will get a nice drama cutscene in which your niece Jenny is kidnapped by the evil wizard Master Tvardovsky – you then get pushed off a precipice and left for dead! After this scenario, you’ll get to learn about the mechanics of the game, starting with a nice and easy puzzle so that you can get a feel for the game. After this, you will set off on a mission to save your niece, and along the way, you will solve a multitude of different puzzles with an interesting twist or two here and here!
The core gameplay mechanic of Eventide 2 is moral choice: your decisions will impact how the game plays out, and if you want that shiny Platinum at the end, you will need to do two full playthroughs for the game – worry not since it’s definitely worth it! You will visit a variety of scenic hand-drawn locations that are easy on the eye and partake in lots of backtracking to collect all items needed to complete the puzzles at hand. For example, you’ll at one point require a sleeping potion, and you will need three items to complete a potion, so you will need to go to more than one location as you search for the items, solving puzzles to gain access to them. Once you’ve done this, you’ll need to go back to the tavern to create the sleeping potion so that you can continue with your main mission.
If you get stuck you can refer to your map, and anything with a red exclamation mark means you have a quest or a puzzle to complete for that area, and an X means that the area is complete. There is an option to skip puzzles, but if you want the Platinum trophy, you’ll need to complete every single one of them.
Your inventory is available with a press of a button, and in this latest release you can combine items as you can in other entries in the point and click genre. Whenever you see the + icon in your inventory, you can combine items to get something new, such as combining a rose with a recipe book.
As well as the standard hidden object puzzles we’ve come to expect from Artifex Mundi, there are also pictorial hidden objects where you match items that are underneath the scene, and for this one there is no option to swap the hidden object puzzles for dominoes or Mahjong like in other similar release – it’s not a deal-breaker but something you should consider. But there is a new kind of puzzle which I liked a lot: you have a picture of a scene, and you have to match the indicated text with the picture. For example, if for the first picture there is a mention of Master Tvardovsky you would then have to click on his picture, and then as the picture changes, you continue to match words that describe the picture. If Master Tvardovsky knows the feeling of loss, then you click on a woman that appears to have died. It’s a gameplay mechanic and something that changes things up nicely.
Eventide 2: Sorcerer’s Mirror is a good sequel to Eventide and a fun point and click adventure with plenty of puzzles to solve. Other than some instances in which clicking on larger objects in a hidden object puzzle didn’t immediately register until the second-third time I clicked, the game is a solid release with plenty of content for its asking price. It has great graphics, relaxing music and entertaining gameplay mechanics that make it an easy release to recommend.
This Eventide 2: Sorcerer’s Mirror review is based on a PS4 copy provided by Artifex Mundi.