You’re a botanist and your brother is a meteorologist. He doesn’t believe in magic, but you’re convinced that the seed you have in your possession will grow a magic flower. He thinks you’re quite funny in your belief, that is until he is taken into the magical realm. That’s right, I’m playing another cheesy point and click hidden object game; Eventide 3: Legacy of Legends.
In Eventide 3: Legacy of Legends, you become Mary Gilbert, an amazing botanist who has planted and nurtured the Fern Flower. After your brother is captured by an evil monster from the floating cloud lands, you must go and save him. You are accompanied by Aitvar, a house spirit that looks part fish and part owl. Aitvar takes you into the world of magic through a, presumably, nail-biting ride across a rainbow.
Like many of these point and click, hidden object games, there are many, varied puzzles for you to explore. Eventide 3 focuses on Slavic fables, featuring an evil sorcerer and a thunder god, as well as a magical city up in the clouds. Humans are warring with the beings from the clouds and it’s up to you to renew an ancient covenant between the two worlds before Earth is flooded and purged.
Eventide 3 has carefully created graphics, with a much larger focus on environment and puzzle scenes than character faces, as is now expected from these games. It takes you deep into a magical land, showcases the story through books and murals, using these second-hand narratives to explain exactly what happened between the two worlds. Your brother, who did not believe in magic before, is actually just as magical as you are and becomes a key in solving this major issue between the two worlds. As you are attempting to figure out how to solve the issues between these realms, you must also trying to win the trust of the thunder god — who really doesn’t seem pleased with humans. The creatures within the game are like none I have ever seen — your purple owl fish being the first of a few of these magical creations.
As always, Eventide 3 is cheesy yet captivating and fun to play. I played the game through on Xbox in expert mode. Once you are done with the main game, you are able to play a sub-story, short chapter that ties up some loose ends of the story, despite the game ending quite well. The game itself still has issues with the hitboxes, especially notable if you’re not used to playing these types of games with an Xbox controller, but that doesn’t distract too much.
I do really enjoy these point and click adventure games. They are almost mindless, just exploring wonderful worlds and trying to solve puzzles or problems within them. Combining ingredients, playing hidden object puzzles and waiting to find out who the next villain is — it’s a great time. Being a botanist who gets to travel between worlds is also a great premise, and about as far fetched as we’ve come to expect from the genre!