It’s been a good while since we reviewed an Artifex Mundi game, but here we are with another fun-filled hidden object adventure with a heavy emphasis on story and tons of puzzle variety. Learn more in our Persian Nights: Sands of Wonders review!
This time you play as a young Apothecary named Tara, who sets out on a journey to end a disease, and the corruption by Evil Grand Vizier Zaved. Can Tara succeed in her search for a cure aided by Darius and put an end to this nightmare? While the story is still front and center, this one does focus a bit more on the puzzles, of which there are plenty to complete. Using the main point and click gameplay mechanic you will be lead into hidden object scenes where you need to find all objects in order to solve the puzzle and advance the story, along with puzzle types from previous Artifex Mundi releases, along with new stuff such as one where you have to match shapes that appear on the scene. And since Tara is an Apothecary, you will need to find ingredients and combine them to solve puzzles.
Along with the aforementioned puzzle types you know and love, you can also examine objects, picking them up and inspecting them using the L2 and R2 buttons when clicking on the item of your choice to check it out. Anything marked with a blue + sign is an object that you can look more closely at. You can also combine items with other objects to create something new, a gameplay mechanic that is often seen in other point and click adventure games.
The graphics in this game are so much brighter and prettier than any other Artifex Mundi I have played, making the most of its hand-drawn art style. The backdrops will definitely remind you of the Prince of Persia series, as is the case for the clothing, the magic, the puzzles, and the ambiance. The music is also charming and definitely fits with the overall theme for the game, complementing the story’s pacing and the puzzle solving action.
Overall, Persian Nights: Sands of Wonder is a great point and click adventure game on PlayStation 4. The story is well written, the puzzles are cleverly designed, and the game looks and feels great. There are also two difficulty settings, casual and expert so that players of all skill levels can enjoy their time with this one – the difficulty changes how fast the hints system recharges which helps players when they’re stuck. I had a lot of fun playing this game, and I certainly look forward to seeing what Artifex Mundi has to offer next!
This Persian Nights: Sands of Wonder review is based on a PlayStation 4 copy provided by Artifex Mundi.