03rd Jul2019

‘Queen’s Quest 3: The End of Dawn’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Chris Cummings

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I’ve been an Artifex Mundi fan for a while. Their point-and-click adventure games have been on my radar since I played Enigmatis: The Ghosts of Maple Creek on PS4 a couple of years ago. I’ve since gone on to play a bunch of their titles with stories ranging from gothic fables to pirate folklore to fairytale mythology. I always feel like they’re addictive and high-quality releases from a genre that hadn’t been something I’d personally enjoyed since my childhood. Artifex Mundi changed that with their vast catalogue of P&C titles, and so I was fully on-board for the Switch release of Queens Quest 3: The End of Dawn.

Now, as familiar as I am with many Artifex releases, I haven’t played any of the previous Queen’s Quest games, but that’s one of the beauties of these games in that they’re separate stories, able to be played whether you’ve experienced prior ones or not. This magical story follows Eliana, a student at an Alchemist’s Academy who must complete a dangerous mission in order to finish her training. The mission see’s her facing all kinds of puzzles and curiousities and doing all she can to save the people she cares about. There are all the twists, turns and dramatic moments you’ve come to expect if you’ve played any of this studios games before, and if you haven’t… well, you’ll have fun with the cheesy but well-done mixture of storytelling and puzzles.

The puzzles, of which there are many, range from mini-games that keep your mind busy as you try to figure out how to make things fit together or click into place, and various hidden-object scenes. These puzzles, where you have to find a selection of objects in an image stacked and packed full of things, are always a high point of these games for me. It’s both challenging and relaxing to sit and try to find keys, hairbrushes, spiders, playing cards or whatever else in order to complete that puzzle and continue on with the storyline. I thought the locations were really well thought up, and were visually nice. With these games you kind of need to go in expecting the emphasis to be placed on the mini puzzles on offer, and not on the visual style. It is very much like a series of digital paintings that you make your way through. I thought it looked charming, some might find it a little on the cheap side.

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Now, it’s not all perfect. These games are rarely perfect, but the charm comes from the addictive gameplay and the silly but enjoyable stories. This one specifically lacks a story as solid as some previous games, and, as is regular in Artifex titles, the voice acting work is on the poor side. Still, there’s more than enough to keep you busy. I find these games are great for a peaceful and chilled gaming experience. The puzzles, while sometimes a challenge, rarely keep you stuck and overly-perplexed for too long. If you want something extremely challenging, then this might not be the game for you, but if you’re a fan of these games, or you want to try out a point-and-click puzzler that will be a lot of fun with nothing offensive or annoying going on, then you should give it a shot.

A good few hours of gameplay and some smart and fun puzzles make Queens Quest 3 another Artifex Mundi game that I personally can recommend easily. I really do love the work this developer does, and this was no different. A thoroughly pleasurable and laid-back gaming experience that both casual and experienced gamers can enjoy.

Queens Quest 3: The End of Dawn is available on the Nintendo eShop now.

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