STAFF REVIEW of Persian Nights: Sands of Wonders (Xbox One)

Monday, September 17, 2018.
by Kirsten Naughton

Persian Nights: Sands of Wonders Box art I have a special place in my heart for Artifex Mundi games. Not only do they have fantastic graphics and artwork, but their story lines and characters are always spot on. Persian Nights: Sands of Wonders is one of the fine examples of yet another fantastic game by this amazing developer. If you like puzzles, hidden object games, and some strategy involved, you'll love the newest addition to the Artifex Mundi family. You play a girl named Tara who is an apothecary. King Badiya, the King of Persia, health is declining rapidly. The evil Grand Vizier Zaved is holding King Badiya's subjects in an iron grip, bringing the country close to the edge of extinction. It's your job along with your friend Blair to stop Grand Vizier Zaved from taking over Persia before it's too late.

I won't go any further in the details of the narrative because I am a believer in not spoiling the story, though the writers of Persian Nights: Sands of Wonder did an amazing job. You can tell someone who knows what they are doing wrote the script and I appreciate the amount of effort because the end result is a very consistent and engaging story. One of the things I really like about Artifex Mundi games is that they give you options while in the dialogue parts. I find it very interactive and keeps you intrigued. When the story is one of the key highlights of the game, it's important that these things are taken seriously. This game is primarily a point and click game where you point where you'd like to go. Most of the time you're looking for items or moving objects to solve a puzzle. It's a very straight forward experience and I find it delightful. I love games that I can come home, lay on my bed, play and relax. The cut scenes make sense and are revealed at a pace where you can understand and react to what's coming up.

One thing that made me excited in Persian Nights that I have never had in the previous games is that in certain sections you get to change characters. I found this an awesome feature and encourage Artifex Mundi to keep doing it. You do not have control over when you get to switch, that's completely up to the gameplay mechanics, however, it was a pleasant addition in my opinion. As the other character, you can play the game as normal. The only difference is that when you have switched from the main character to the other, you will see the top part of his face. It gives you a different perspective and I love it.

The only small problem I had with Persian Nights: Sands of Wonders is the difficulty of the puzzles. I would like to point out while I love an easy laid back game to play, I also need some challenge. I have played some Artifex Mundi games previously and I remember their puzzles to be slightly harder. I found myself not having too much of an issue solving the puzzles. I am in no way saying that this is a deal breaker, but it was surprising how easy I found the items I needed to progress. I still enjoyed every minute of playing the game though regardless.

While there is a few minor things I don't like, this game is fantastic, but I expect nothing less from Artifex Mundi. They prove repeatedly that they make incredible games for anyone of any age to enjoy. In terms of quality of game play, voice acting, artwork and story, this is game you need to play if you're a fan of the genre. As I've stated before, the addition of the new point of view with the other character is worth experiencing. Finding objects and solving puzzles is just the tip of the iceberg where this game is concerned! If you haven't ever tried an Artifex Mundi game, you need to start right now. I must go, I need to make a potion now!

Overall: 8.0 / 10
Gameplay: 8.0 / 10
Visuals: 9.0 / 10
Sound: 8.0 / 10


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