Cousin Jessi avoids the shadows in Graphium Studio ‘s hidden item game Beyond the Invisible: Darkness Came

Cousin Jessi avoids the shadows in Graphium Studio ‘s hidden item game Beyond the Invisible: Darkness Came

Detective work is never dull, especially when you are sent to investigate strange doings in a local town that turns out to be overrun by evil shadows set out to kill a girl who might actually be an elven princess!

Graphium Studio‘s Beyond the Invisible: Darkness Came is a hidden item adventure game for the PC that mixes fantasy and real life. You play a police detective who was asked to come out a remote town to investigate the craziness. As with all hidden item games, you will be solving puzzles, talking to the few remaining townspeople, and of course solving hidden item puzzles.

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Beyond the Invisible: Darkness Came includes three difficulty levels: easy, medium, and hard. Easy and medium modes include hints and highlighted active points which makes it easier to find items and interactable spots you may have missed in a scene. Those modes also let you skip mini puzzles that you may be having trouble with (or just don’t feel like solving because you are lazy and probably shouldn’t be playing a game that involves solving puzzles!) The hard mode includes none of those and leaves you all on your own! Good Luck!
In each hidden item puzzles there is a certain item that you have to find by doing a complex and often times logically silly puzzle. For example you may need to find a pencil but in order to get to it you first have to move this box that is blocking it but to move the box you first have to find a sword to stick into it and so on. I made that one up but you get the idea. I liked that little obstacle because it makes the HI puzzles a bit more challenging and changes it up at the same time. Also, there are obstacles in the HI puzzle itself that you can’t overcome till later, such as a fridge that has a combination lock on it so you won’t be able to access those hidden items till you get the combo.

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I love the crazy solutions there are to some of the puzzles as well. Ones like needing to fix a broken TV so you can watch a VHS tape that has on it the combination to a locked object. Or getting rid of an obstacle so that you can find an object that will allow you to break into a locked cabinet that just so happens to contain a full bowl of dog food…why that was locked up in the first place is anyone’s guess. Anyway though, it lets you think outside the box a little bit; why the heck do I need a toy helicopter and a hair brush? Yet, at the same time, this crazy logic can make it very difficult to solve a puzzle. Oh well.

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The story of Beyond the Invisible: Darkness Came was a bit silly if you ask me. The town is being overrun by evil shadows that came from another dimension and you must stop them by giving an amulet to a chick that forgot she was an Elf. However, you do go visit that other dimension later in the game so there’s that. It’s a pretty short game too, you can beat it in one sitting.

So Cousin Jessi’s loyal readers (or the ones that pay attention at least) know, I love me some hidden item adventure games and this one did not disappoint! I loved the variety of puzzles, the uniqueness of the puzzle solutions, and the cool complexity of the HI puzzles. I thought some of the puzzles were a bit illogical and storyline was a bit silly but still rather interesting and fun. I give it 4 1/2 outta 5 Ankh

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You can’t beat the price either! Only $5.99 on Steam! If you are a fellow hidden item adventure game fan then definitely grab this one! Watch out for the shadows!

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