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There better not be gnomes living there...
Haunted Legends is a series of hidden object games produced by ERS Game Studios, the creator of Puppetshow (later AMAX Interactive), and published by Big Fish Games.

The games focus on multiple protagonists who investigate supernatural cases with a mysterious gnome named S.G. who is at the core of these problems, and have to follow his trail to put a stop to his every scheme.

The series is listed in this order:

  • The Queen of Spades
  • The Bronze Horseman
  • The Undertaker
  • The Curse of Vox
  • The Stone Guest
  • The Dark Wishes
  • The Secret of Life
  • The Iron Mask
  • Faulty Creatures
  • The Black Hawk
  • The Cursed Gift
  • Monstrous Alchemy
  • Twisted Fate
  • The Call of Despair
  • The Scars of Lamia

The series contains the following examples:

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     Shared Tropes 
  • Curse: In abundance with these games.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: A whole lot of the disasters that happened could've been avoided if anybody - ally or enemy - had taken the chance to scrutinize SG's visitations beforehand.
  • Our Gnomes Are Weirder: SG is not a friendly gnome, given the harm he does with his magic knowledge.
  • Recurring Character: Saint Germain
  • Secret Room: There's bound to be a secret room or two somewhere in the games.
  • Targeted Human Sacrifice: In most of the games, Saint Germain requires at least one person as the final catalyst for his schemes.
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left: Every time one of his plans is foiled, Saint Germain runs away to devise another scheme.

     The Queen of Spades 

     The Bronze Horseman 
  • Corporal Punishment: Mayor Barrow was attacked when he refused to give control of the town to Saint Germain.
  • Invasion of the Baby Snatchers: A stranger selling something suspicious in town, and then subsequently kidnapping your son does give good reason for Mayor Barrow to be worried.
  • Living Statue: The detective sees the Bronze Horseman come to life and ride around the streets, only to return later to find the statue back where it was.
  • Mechanical Horse: The detective finds a mechanical horse outside of Barrow's house.
  • Perpetual Storm: The town experienced this for the past few days, causing bouts of floods.
  • Snake Oil Salesman: Saint Germain sold crystals that supposedly 'repels evil'. It doesn't.
  • Soul Jar: What the crystals actually do to the people who buy them.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Apparently SG is not shy about endangering children to get what he wants.

     The Undertaker 
  • Artifact of Death: The amulet Stephen was given is what causes the townspeople to rise as the living dead.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Because Stephen Fisher would discover the deceased rose as zombies the day after burying them - all because he felt insulted by a baker.
  • Friendly Zombie: The baker, at least compared to everyone else who was already turned into zombies.
  • He Knows Too Much: The baker and the laundry woman's husband were killed by the evil gnome because they learned of SG's plans with the Fisher family.
  • I Have Your Wife: In the bonus chapter, SG kidnaps Stephen's wife after his first plans were foiled.
  • Magically-Binding Contract: Mr. Fisher enters into one with SG in order to get out poverty, but wouldn't hand over his family's mirror as part of the agreement.
  • Magic Mirror: The Soul Mirror is an object of interest for SG.
  • Rise from Your Grave: What happens one day after the deceased are buried in the cemetery.
  • Tampering with Food and Drink: SG tried to convince the baker to do so, but he wasn't having any of that and drove him out of his shop.
  • Undertaker: Stephen's work, and the name of the title.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: The keeper of order told what he knew of the Fisher family to SG, not knowing of the visitor's malicious plans on the family.

     The Curse of Vox 
  • Auction: Where Ariman purchased the Book of Vox.
  • Cute Ghost Girl: The detective encounters a little girl's ghost who asks for help finding a mother dog's child.
  • Haunted House: The Filler house is haunted by ghosts.
  • Rich Sibling, Poor Sibling: Since acquiring the book, Ariman gained wealth from using its power, but never gave any to his sister.
  • Sibling Murder: Silvia was the one who murdered her brother.

     The Stone Guest 
  • All Love Is Unrequited: In the bonus chapter, the detective discovers that Anna has been in love with Leporello for some time, but he never knew about it.
  • Empty Eyes: One of the warning signs the victims are under the influence of the magic dolls.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: When Leporello learns that Saint Germain is willing to sacrifice the lives of children to accomplish his own goals, he is genuinely horrified.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Anna just had to undo the stone spell inflicted on Saint Germain...
  • Redemption Equals Death: Juan throws himself in the path of the fatal spell meant for Rosita at the cost of his life.
  • The Reveal: The old woman who warned about the magic dolls and how to reverse the spells was actually the missing child Rosita under the effects of an aging spell.
  • The Scapegoat: Leporello considered using the detective to divert blame for the disappearances away from him, according to his journal.
  • Taken for Granite: What happens to Saint Germain after you stop him from taking Caesar's life force. It's doesn't stick because...
  • Vehicular Sabotage: Saint Germain tries to stop you from reaching town via Stone Guest wrecking your coach.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Dr. Leporello's love for his son drives him to take the lives of others just to ensure Caesar would live.
  • Witch Hunt: Saint Germain instigated a witch hunt against Leporello, exploiting the townspeople's paranoia.

     The Dark Wishes 
  • Clear Their Name: You are called upon by Lucia to prove her innocence in her fiancé's murder. Saint Germain sabotages it for his own goals.
  • Kangaroo Court

     The Secret of Life 

     The Iron Mask 
  • Chekhov's Gun: The book kept inside a glass case in the cardinal's office actually holds spells that can counteract the magic recipes of Catherine de Medici.
  • Historical Character's Fictional Relative: Philip is the secret twin brother of King Louis, originally living not knowing his true lineage before being taken to the Bastille and kept in an iron mask.
  • Historical Domain Character: A portrait of King Louis XIV is seen in the cardinal's office at the beginning of the game, and then we see him for real.
    • The cardinal introduced in the game, bearing the M seal, is implied to be Cardinal Mazarin.
  • Love Hurts: Louisa had been close to Philip since childhood when he was abruptly taken away to the Bastille. Then, she had to deal with the fact that Philip is now taking his place on the French throne impersonating his lost twin brother.
  • Man in the Iron Mask: A person of interest the secret service investigator pursues. Turns out the man in the iron mask is Louis's twin brother Philip, who was locked up in the Bastille after his identity was discovered.
  • The Musketeer: The first person you seek for information is the musketeer captain.
  • Secret Legacy: Philip is descended from Catherine de Medici, who had intimate knowledge in magic that Saint Germain sought out.
  • They Have the Scent!: The agent uses a dog to track down the scent of the missing King Louis.

     Faulty Creatures 

     The Black Hawk 
  • Angry Mob: A crowd of Bordeaux civilians gather by the Maritine Monastery gates demanding answers about the fate of the monks.
  • Revenge: Stephan Astor's goal after having nearly been executed and then imprisoned for twenty years.

     The Cursed Gift 

     Monstrous Alchemy 

     Twisted Fate 

     The Call of Despair 

     The Curse of Lamia