Pahelika: Secret Legends is a puzzle/adventure game in the mold of Myst: you travel through arcane landscapes and solve puzzles to advance through the story.
The game puts you in the role of a curious researcher who discovers a book that you are earlier told was a magic weapon that defeated an evil overlord. Sure enough, you open the book, activate a mechanism, and suddenly, you’re transported to various locations.
The puzzles are fairly elementary at first, but ramp up in difficulty as you go along. The presentation both helps and hinders the player. When your mouse hovers over an item of interest, sparkles appear on the entire item. However, often doors and portals that are supposed to be opened are hard to make out or obscure. Nonetheless, the puzzles remain logical, even when they’re difficult. In case the player is frustrated, developer Ironcode has offered a free walkthrough, much like Jonathan Blow did with Braid.
The voice acting and music are top notch, as a Myst-style game should be, and the story engages you and encourages you to move forward. The cutscenes are slow and pondering, but it fits the theme of the game.
Overall, Pahelika: Secret Legends is a nice diversion, especially for Myst lovers. You can try the demo and buy the game for $19.99 from the official site here.