When you think hidden object games on Xbox, the first name that usually comes to mind is Artifex Mundi. Their output may have decreased in more recent years, but that just means fans look forward to new releases even more. Today, their patience is rewarded with a new title, and a sequel to boot. 9 Clues 2: The Ward is out now on Xbox and Nintendo Switch.
After receiving a distressing call, two detectives head to a rainy island to investigate. Shortly after, they witness a murder and other dark things that lead them to exploring Mnemosyne Asylum. However, no-one on the island is willing to speak about what has happened. That usually means nothing good, right?
The Ward is the sequel to 9 Clues: The Secret of Serpent Creek, but anyone that has played an Artifex Mundi game will know what to expect. Cool artwork, hidden objects to find and minigames to best. Plus a mystery to solve with plenty of twists and turns. 9 Clues 2: The Ward also features:
- Detective Mode: solve crime scenes by intuitively placing clues
- Eerie story set in a psychiatric hospital in 1950s America
- 42 atmospheric locations
- 18 challenging mini-games
- 24 achievements to unlock
9 Clues 2: The Ward is on the Xbox Store now priced at £12.49. Quick explorers can get it at a discount for a short time, dropping the price to £9.99. There is also a free trial for you to try before you buy. And if you like what you see, there is the Meet Again Bundle which includes this, Family Mysteries 2: Echoes of Tomorrow and Ghost Files: Memory of a Crime in one bundle for £29.99. Nice.
FANTASTIC HIDDEN OBJECT PUZZLE ADVENTURE GAME FROM THE CREATORS OF ENIGMATIS AND GRIM LEGENDS! Two detectives respond to a distressing call from a rainy island housing an insane asylum. Shortly after their arrival, they witness a murder. Their investigation reveals much darker things are taking place at Mnemosyne Asylum. No one is willing to speak about the devastating fire which engulfed the hospital four years ago, or the victims. The staff purposefully obscures what few details remain of the hospital’s past… What secrets lie buried in the eerie, crooked halls of Mnemosyne Asylum? “The Ward” is the second installment in the 9 Clues series, in which a young detective and her partner respond to a distress call from a psychiatric hospital on a secluded island. The island is isolated by freezing waters and constant, brutal storms. Upon the detectives’ arrival, one of the hospital’s therapists falls out of the window to his death. As their investigation begins, the detectives learn much darker things are happening at Mnemosyne Asylum than they could have guessed. None of the patients are willing to speak about the devastating fire that engulfed the hospital four years ago, or the fire’s victims. The staff do everything they can to obscure the asylum’s past, and keep the façade of peace and order intact. Each new clue only raises more questions. Who killed Doctor Crow? What drove one of the male nurses insane? Who is Zed Rascov? Why is the name of a little girl, Ginger, carved into the wood-paneled wall of the dead doctor’s office?