Esoteric Happy Ending: Dark Minotaur ends with Isa dead, and the Dark Minotaur gone, but the souls used to summon him will never return and Princess Mortis escapes. Here's hoping for Spirits of Mystery 4 to figure it out.
Even Better Sequel: Amber Maiden was your nice, sweet and happy story about a princess saving her kingdom. Song of the Phoenix was about a princess having to save her love and her kingdoms in one evening before the Big Bad could unleash the power of an evil witch. Spirits of Mystery 2 has been commonly praised as the best of ERS Game Studios has yet to offer, earning ERS its first five star review from Gamezebo.
To put this in perspective, it had fierce competition between Elephant Gamesnote Grim Tales: The Wish came in fourth place with a 4.5 star rating, Blue Tea Gamesnote Dark Parables: The Red Riding Hood Sisters got fifth with the same rating as above and Boomzap Gamesnote Otherworld: Spring of Shadows was third and also got a perfect 5 star rating, all three companies known for making well thought-out hidden object games. It goes to show how Song of the Phoenix was if it beat them all for second place for best Hidden Object Game of the year.
Despair Event Horizon: Mortis in The Silver Arrow. Distraught with unable to bring Isa to the land of the living, she sacrifices herself and sends her soul to the dead.
Tough Act to Follow: The Dark Minotaur didn't get as high praise like its predecessors, although this probably is because the game takes place in an alternate kingdom with no connections to Amber Maiden or Song of the Phoenix.
This could also be noted to Puppetshow: Return to Joyville as it was released just a week after Song of the Phoenix did and wasn't as highly praised.
The Woobie: Isa, who is usually bad guy in every game he appears in, is this in Family of Lies. He was in love with Queen Teresa and the princess, aka the main character, is his daughter. But King Leo, his friend, was absolutely outraged on the whole affair, tasked Princess Mortis to place a spell on Isa to forget all about his own wife and daughter for twenty-five years. For once, you actually feel sorry for him.