Ah, the search for legendary places of magic! The impetus for many a good adventure story, movie and game. It all starts with legends of ancient beings who mastered the secrets of time and space. But ancient beings, being wise or perhaps merely selfish, always ensconce their great knowledge far from dull eyes of the searching masses never to be discovered. Or not before the charming hero of our story—Nicolas Cage? Harrison Ford? No, Triton!—arrives on scene. For no one knows what it is or where it is, but all wish to find Kveendolnitza.
To do so in this puzzle and exploration game, just point and click your way through an Escher-esque city of stairs and pathways, using wits and ingenuity to get past doors and unusual creatures. This surreal world created by Jacek Szleszyński is a beautiful sight, worth playing, if for no other reason, to ogle every visual delight. Even the ambient sounds and serene music are an aural treat. Yet the gameplay is also enjoyable for the discovery aspects as well as the pleasure of solving a few light puzzles, including a touch of arithmetic and astronomy (just as you would expect from those sagacious ancients!) They're nothing to take you out of the moment, needing just a bit of thought to solve, although you will rely just as much on trial and error. An occasional bout of lag might momentarily pause click-efforts, yet it's rare and brief if it occurs. Similar in concept to Samorost or Hapland, although very unique in its own style, there's plenty of interactivity in Kveendolnitza, both for amusement and to aid Triton toward his goal. In most cases, the clues are apparent and everything works perfectly although there is at least one spot where you'll need precise pointing to activate the area properly.
Contrary to what reading Jules Verne might lead you to believe, not all quests will successfully uncover hidden worlds or mystical oracles. Two possibilities await you: you could reach the end having nothing more to show for it than a few extra fingerprints on your mouse—or you just might, if you're clever enough or lucky indeed, discover Kveendolnitza for yourself. As for what comes next after you find it, well, that's what sequels are for!