Find the missing woman lost in a mysterious Carnival of Horrors.
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Release Date: Oct 8, 2012

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About This Game

Investigate two worlds: the one you know and an alternate plane existing behind the Hall of Mirrors. Discover the secret of an ancient being known as the Evil One. Reveal the story of star-crossed lovers and stop the Evil One from breaking its magical chains and invading our world.

While traveling through dimensions, you will solve cleverly designed minigames and find hidden objects or play a special minigame as an alternative. Best of all, you will befriend a cute and clever monkey devoted to aiding you on this adventure.


  • Cute helper monkey
  • Two beautifully designed and crafted worlds
  • Unique option to switch from HO scene to a minigame
  • Wonderful hand-drawn art
  • Breathtaking events and twists
  • Mysterious storyline
  • Clever and unique minigames
  • Hollywood quality animations
  • Special Collector’s Edition version full of exclusive extras
  • Bonus Chapter awarded for completing the game

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 128 MB VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • OS: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • OS: 10.6.8
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 128 MB VRAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • OS: 10.6.8
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB VRAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 (32/64bit)
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 128 MB VRAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
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    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB VRAM
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Very Positive (229 reviews)
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( 2.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 17
Got this in a Humble Bundle. short and sweet. The storyline is a bit bland and the puzzles are quite easy, but it's good for a few achievements. Play it on hard, even if you think you're not good at puzzles.
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( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 11
Unfortunately one of the weaker Artifex Mundi games. Art design isn't spot on, some of the hidden objects are downright mischievously impossible to spot, the story is weird by even their standards and they recycled a lot of puzzles from other games. Not a bad game, but not to be recommended.
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( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 19
not as good as other games in the series but still good
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( 3.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 16
Another very beautiful game from Artifex, vut once again with the exact same painful (and simple to rectify) mistakes that keep the developers games very rough and hinder enjoyment.

Windmill? oh you mean a fan...
a fan? oh you mean a windmill
a plate??? oh you mean a record (LP)

Sometimes you have no idea what on earth the word is, because it's so wrong and terribly translated. With this game, there were words that were just plainly wrong and it was clear it wasn't a bad translation but instead a complete mistake. I think it's embarrassing for a company to release the same mistake over and over despite putting so much effort into the drawings.

Still I had fun, and the story was enough to keep me going. Buy when on sale! 6/10
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The Doctor ʸᴬ/ᴱᴳ * Varda /Exams
( 4.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29
A woman named Susan is missing and her daughter is crying for your help. You are a detective who has to investigate wat happened with that woman in that old carnival. Will you be able to find her?


Sometimes you do things for the people you love no matter the consequences. Here's the premise of Dark Arcana: The Carnival, another astonishing game from Artifex Mundi. I love HOG games with great storytelling, and you'll find that here of course. An amazing and immersive story where you have to find a missing woman. Look at the mirrors, maybe you won't see your reflection, you'll see other things. Strange things happen in that carnival, a place dedicated for fun is now a scary place of hidden desires and evilness.

What's evil there? Follow the story and you'll find what's really going on and discover the secrets hidden in this game.


As all Artifex Mundi games, you'll have a lot of puzzles, characters who will help yu to discover old secrets, also, mini games you can skip playing something else, a Monaco game in this case. But as I always say the narrative is the best in this games. You can pick different difficulty levels and you'll have a lot of achievements to unlock.
Don't forget if you finish the game the extra level telling you something more. I can't tell you what spoilers shh.
The art and music are always great, Artifex Mundi never disappoints me. Don't skip the cutscenes! Explain a lot of things about the story.

Final thoughts

A great game with a good story. This game worths every cent. If you like HOG games you won't get disappointed!
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( 6.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 28
Solid HOG. Not as creepy as it wants to think it is.
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Waste of Semen
( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 20
Actually one of Artifex Mundi's better games.
+ Interesting story/plot
+ Well made Hidden Object Scenes
+ "Dark"
+ A lot of different types of puzzles

- The voice actors aren't doing a brilliant job, though I don't believe I've ever played a Hidden Object Game where they actually were.
- Some translations in the Hidden Object Scenes are quite poor. (Example: You're supposed to find a "Plate", turns out it's a "Vinyl Record" you gotta click on.)

I really enjoyed this game and I recommend it if you're into these kinds of games.
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( 4.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 2
Bad story, good puzzles. Overall, point and click worth the time.
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( 7.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 1
A very enjoyable HOG. For some reason the last achievement doesn't seem to unlock for me, but unless you're a voracious achievement hunter, that shouldn't be a problem for you.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
36 of 43 people (84%) found this review helpful
22 people found this review funny
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2014
Look, devs. I like your products. You put together solid narratives, do interesting things with your plots, invest some time in your puzzles, and put out consistently good products. The monkey helper doesn't quite rate against the kitten helper, but this is still a sturdy little adventure. A lot of your games in this line are beautiful to play, but I can see why this one doesn't have the same aesthetic.

But let's talk about something, ok? Flint and steel. The rock shaves off tiny pieces of steel, and the combination of friction and the steel itself cause the steel to briefly burn. So: sparks.

Banging two pieces of flint together just makes more chips of flint. No sparks. You can keep giving me puzzles where I use pieces of flint to start fires if you want, this is a game, not a survival manual, but I want you to know: it does not work.
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21 of 24 people (88%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2015
*DISCLAIMER: A minimum of two (2) playthroughs is required for all achievments.

This game is about a detective who must find a lost mother who was kidnapped by an evil being called the Dark One. The Dark One is using both her and her friend/boyfriend to kill each other to gain their power.

That's basically the whole synapsis, it's pretty vague and not very thought out. Still an enjoyable story as most mystery H-O games are. I completed my first run through in about 2.5-3 hours, since I watched all cutscenes and didn't skip anything ( some puzzles admittedly took me longer than they should have, I got stuck on the head one for about 10-15 minutes). Second run through only took me an hour. Last one (for Monaco achievement that I forgot) took me a half hour.

It's a pretty interesting game, it's always in bundles so you can get it pretty cheap if you're into that sort of thing.
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 23, 2015
Very short and engaging hidden object game done by Artifex Mundi...again.The setting is a bizarre dark carnival this time with a sinister ritual taking place.
Gameplay is traditional hidden-object/point-and-click style. Find this item and use/combine it with that item over there. Just like that.
The graphics are very nice and are all very detailed, especially the mirror world.

Final verdict:
Definitely buy this if you're a fan of the aforementioned genres.You can easily finish this game in around 3 hours, so it's perfect for a rainy afternoon or so.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 2
Investigating the disappearance of Susan Jones in a fair, you're getting sucked into a world that is a darker version of the place. Jim Gibbons seems to be behind that but why? It's up to you to discover the truth.

The story is well-written and full of twists. While the outcome is expected, the way to attain it is surprising.

Anyway, if you're used to hidden objects games, Dark Arcana isn't a revolution: the hidden objects scenes are really easy, the puzzles aren't too hard. However, the addition of Miles, the little monkey, is nice. He can go grab objects out of your reach for you. And he makes noises when he's needed. However, what is disappointing is the fact that the map isn't used for travelling. After a while, you may be tired to go back and forth between two locations.

As I've said, Dark Arcana is set in a dark world and it's well represented without it being scary. I would have preferred more dark settings as the whole mirror world is yellowish. The soundtrack is also good: while the tune is known to be used in any fair settings, the small remix is enough to show that you're not in a joyful world.

Dark Arcana comes with bonus. I'm not speaking about achievements or trading cards. I'm speaking about the soundtrack you can save, wallpapers, hidden objects scenes, concept art or a bonus chapter, where you're Jim and if I remember well, is a sequel to the events.

Anyway, if Dark Arcana isn't innovative, it's still a very good hidden object from Artifex Mundi. And well, while it has not the quality of Nightmares from the Deep or Grim Legends or even 9 Clues 2: The Ward, it's still better than some other games out there.
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2015
I wouldn't rank this up with Artifex Mundi's top games, but it's still good.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 21, 2015
Right this way! Come, step right up! See the greatest show on Earth (or at least the part projected to the Earthly plane. Then investigate the part that is not.) One of the better off-kilter mystery circus/carnival games I have played. Though Madame Fate and the sequel Fates Carnival is still among my favorite carnivals (most likely due to over the top characters and body count).

Story: Jim Gibbons, a once famous precision knife thrower, has opened a carnival 25 years after the tragic death of his wife and asssistant, Alice. One fine day, after taking her daughter to the House of Terror a woman named Susan Jones gets trapped and disappears in the House of Terror. As a detective, the gamer must find the missing woman and reunite her with her daughter. Any more storyline would spoil to the story and the surprises. Concise fast paced storyline without plot holes that is mystery, action and adventure (with quite a bit of the supernatural thrown in).

Gameplay: Let us start with the Hidden Object aspect. The HO scenes are predominate over the point and click aspect putting it firmly in the HO realm. The find clues are easy to see and match the area they are found in. There are a couple of odd clues like windwill (which is a fan). Unsure if that is a translation error or if windwill is a type of fan. Shrug. The HO scenes I would rate on the top side of easy simply because I could actually find all the clues in less then a minute the first time I saw the scene. (Usually I have to pick up that achievement - Find all clues in less then a minute - during the second playthough and after practicing.) Not that easy HO scenes are a bad thing. Helps keep the gamer's mind on the story more then the finding of clues.

This game is broken up into sections and takes place in two separate realms, the earthly plane and the mirror world. Each section has its own objectives and build and use inventory. This is a progressive game, so each section needs to be completed before the gamer can move on. This gives the game a quasi-open world feel as each section's tasks are completed. There is back and forth movement that occurs within the section, and some sections are larger then others. There is a map, 3 in fact, but they are not fast travel. (Fast travel is unnecessary.) There are penalties for HO word find hints and misclicks when achievement hunting.

Next .... The monkey; your little helper, and what a cute, fuzzy little helper he is. Once the gamer has the monkey he is quite useful not only for reaching those out of reach places but he "screams/chatters" and waves at you when he has a task that he can perform somewhere. He is a big hint when something out of reach needs to be found and retrieved. He is quiet the rest of the time. The animation of the monkey is unique since he crawls out of his little "use" circle then into the story scene. Of course like all monkeys he is a lively character and it shows.

Actual puzzles include logic, music, circles, sliders, simple piece puzzles and cooking a turkey. The basic usual fare with average difficulty.

Last of all there is a required second playthrough for achievement hunters. And with all Artifex Mundi games there is alternate game instead of the HO scene. This time the game is Monaco, a strategy matching game. Here is a hint about the Monaco gameplay for achievement hunters: If the gamer plays the hidden object scene until one or two word finds are left then switches to Monaco and finishes the Monaco game at least two of the achievements regarding Monaco are easy to obtain in that way.

This game comes with extras: wall papers, music, concept art, cut scene replay and a bonus chapter. The bonus chapter is in many ways an epilogue, but is stand alone in its own right since the character changes as well as that character's objectives and motives. (No spoilers.)

Fun and easy to play. Well worth the price.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2015
Another Artifex Mundi HOPA.

Story: Fairly good. It was actually interesting to uncover.

Hidden Object Scenes: Fairly basic.

Hidden Object Alternative: "Monaco" - Silly option

Mini-Games: Nothing outstanding

Main story and quests: logical. I never got stuck on some arbitrary illogical solution.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 12, 2015
I'm not the sort to prejudice games over things like their being hidden object puzzlers; and the Artifex Mundi games are by far the best examples of the genre. Nonetheless A.M. has followed the method of if it isn't broke don't fix it, meaning they reuse their puzzles with cosmetic variations from one game to another. This has the unfortunate result that if you've played one of their games you've played them all.

That's O.K. if you think of the games as more visual novels with bonus puzzle content. Granted the writing isn't amazing; but it isn't bad either. I know I've yet to play an A.M. game I could make myself stop playing before the end. That's, on average, over 3 hours in one sitting. And, most of their games include a bonus chapter that extends gameplay another hour.

They do manage to do this without unnecessarily padding game length that overstays its welcome. I know that doesn't sound like much in an industry with triple AAA titles that boast hundred of hours of gameplay. But, for cheap casual games this is an achievement.

My recommendation, because of the "if you've played one you've played them all" problem, is pare your selections down to their better games. That would be Enigmatis 2 (but not the mediocre Enigmatis: the Ghosts of Maple Creek) as a top pick, Grim Legends 1 & 2 if you liked that, and the Nightmares from the Deep trilogy if you just can't get enough of these games.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2014
Great fun game, very casual and can go at your own pace, not hard at all.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 1, 2015
Short version: 71%
A hidden object game that has good ideas and nice variety, with very questionable development choices that lead to a severe lack and an overabundance of plot and atmosphere at the same time.

Long version:
On the surface Dark Arcana: The Carnival is like most hidden object games: it starts by introducing a female investigator who arrives at a strange place to find a missing person. Normally this leads to a stereotypical story, but the writing quickly falls apart: this police detective too casually accepts the existence of a magical mirror world ruled by the Evil One (yes, that really is its name). Still, all is not lost, since the third act has some excellent writing and clever plot twists that make up for the blunders of the first two acts.

The gameplay has a similar dichotomy. The hidden object scenes are either impossibly crowded or too empty. The puzzles are usually easy, but the amount of backtracking is just insane… at least it helps to boost the game time well over three hours.

If you like Artifex Mundi, Dark Arcana is a solid pick, but for the average hidden object game fan it is recommended to play through the publisher’s other games first.
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