Azada: Ancient Magic is an adventure and puzzle casual game developed by Big Fish Studios Europe, and distributed by Big Fish Games. The game is a sequel to Azada. The studio previously developed Azada as well as Mystic Inn and Atlantis Sky Patrol.
Azada: Ancient Magic consists of escape the room puzzles. Unlike the original Azada, every puzzle is spread over multiple pages of a book. The player must flip back and forth, picking items up and locating active areas on every page, and must figure out where and how to use the various items in order to further the puzzles. The game also features over 20 different minigames. Minigames were separated from escape-the-room puzzles in Azada; they are part of the escape the room puzzles in the sequel.
Following the player-character's successful release of Titus in Azada, the hapless adventurer asks for help again. An ancient evil is about to break out from the library of Titus' Great-Uncle Argus. Argus was a scholar who had originally acquired the book of Azada as well as powerful magical items from all over the world. The ancient evil has brought the books from the library to life and is masquerading as one of the characters in the books. Titus needs your help to identify and defeat the evil. As you, the player, solve puzzles in the enchanted books, the story of how the ancient evil came into Argus' life is revealed.
Azada: Ancient Magic is thematically similar to the first game in the franchise, Azada. It features magic and books brought to life by a spell. The game features pre-rendered puzzles and characters, and an original soundtrack performed by the Deutsche Film Orchestra. Using a live orchestra is original in the casual games space; so far only Hidden Expedition: Amazon, another Big Fish game, features one.
- Bell, Erin (2008-08-31). Azada: Ancient Magic review. Gamezebo. Retrieved on 2008-09-15