An Ancient and most sinister evil threatens the soul of an innocent young girl. Explore the remote and mysterious theatre to uncover lost horrors and find the solution. Can you outwit the beast?
User reviews: Mostly Positive (74 reviews)
Release Date: Dec 10, 2012
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About This Game

Scarlett Frost, specialist in the dark arts has been summoned to a luxurious and remote theatre in the snowy Italian Alps. Could it be that the infamous and diabolical Hapsburg Cube has been found and purchased by the sinister theatre proprietor, Dr. Corvis ? The cube is said to imprison a powerful and ancient Babylonian demon that would wreak hellish destruction if the cubes should break.

In a moment of desperate confusion the cube breaks and the demon bursts forth into the souls of the Dr. Corvis and his young Daughter Bethany. The ancient theatre in the lonely winter mountains becomes an arena of spiritual war, between the darkest forces of the underworld and the cunning and esoteric mind of Scarlett Frost.

But Scarlett soon finds out that the only way to fight a demon this powerful is to become possessed by one herself. Only then can she acquire a ticket to the Theatre of the Absurd.


Features:
• Learn several dark arts and use them against the demons. Watch as your own hand channels all of the powerful spells as you unlock puzzles and vanquish evil spirits from the theatre.

• Explore the beautiful and ancient theatre crafted by an award winning design team.

• Collect the Bell Artifacts needed to save the girl from the beast.

• Match wits with diabolical characters and ancient demons.

• Search the terrible labyrinth of the mysterious and timeless Theatre of the Absurd.

• Glimpse the terrible past for survival clues… if you dare.

• Untangle unique puzzle environments with found objects and dark cunning.

• Can you coax the demon out of the little girl before it takes her soul?

• Hours of mind-bending, next generation hidden object adventure presented with unique 3-d effects.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7
    • Processor: 1.0 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX compatible card
    • DirectX: Version 8.1
    • Hard Drive: 200 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
34 of 34 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 9
This is a lovely little gem of a game made by the same people who did the 3 Empress of the Deep HOs.

Pros:

- The graphics are well done - lots of nice artwork.

- The voice actor for the lead female is, in my opinion, quite good.

- Along with hidden objects and puzzles, a very fun game pops up on a regular basis. You get a picture and, underneath, a number of little spheres with tiny details of the picture. You have to find and click on those details in the picture. Hope you have a good eye. :)

- For HO lovers, there is a large amount of great hidden object scenes. Fun to look at and items are usually easily identifiable while being sneakily hidden. Sometimes I had to search around for a bit but I never had to use the hint button.

- Puzzles range from easy to manageable. There's nothing that should stump you.

- There's a bonus chapter. Though it's very brief, it leads to an artwork gallery.


Cons:

- The story is a bit creepy and disturbing. While this may be a pro for many, I'm placing it under cons because the plot is also confusing. I've played this game (and the bonus content) twice and I'm still not sure exactly what happened. :p Maybe you're smarter than me though.

- Very very short game length.



If you find this on sale, I definitely recommend it to all you HO fans. Even though I couldn't wrap my head around the story - the voice acting, artwork, and hidden object scenes were a pure joy.
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 8
At first I didn’t really like the look of this game. I didn’t quite like the look of the hidden object scenes, the lighting and how things were blended. Admittedly a few things were blended in a little too well and despite me trying to never use hints in HOGs, in this one I had to a few times.

I thought straight away as a snap judgement I wouldn’t enjoy it. But the above aside I quickly warmed up to this game and I actually enjoyed it.

The story is interesting. It was a lot more compelling than most of the HOGs I have been playing recently. At points I was actually trying to rush through the hidden object scenes just to progress further into the story. But with that said I wouldn’t say the conclusion was 100% satisfying. It may be me being a little picky but the ending didn’t make much sense to me and left me with a few questions. Although, given the general nature of HOG story lines, them being quite cheesy and half the time making little sense, I would say for HOG standards it was still decent.

The puzzles are pretty easy, there was nothing to challenging in there but it was still interesting to play. They were still fairly unique puzzles. In the puzzle and item combination/placing respect it’s a pretty straight forward game.

The art and the music is enjoyable and all in all I would say this is a decent HOG. If you are a fan of the genre this is definitely one I would recommend for the collection.


TL;DR : Item blending is a bit questionable, interesting story, good music/art and fairly easy but unique puzzles. Would recommend for people who enjoy the genre.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 8
I only played a bit but I really love this one. Honestly I was expecting another average game as I have played some hidden object games before but wow it proved me wrong! This has to be one of my favorites. The art is great as with most in this genre, but the mood and feel surpasses most. It really draws you in. The soft music actually increases teh spooky part. Normally I don't mention the voice actors, but the woman's voice is well fitting. The story is intresting so far but thin (maybe it changes over the course of the game). Maybe I love this one so much because it is intense and in my favorite style: horror. Yup I love hidden object scenes with death things, weapons and severed limbs..

A kewl extra is that at a certain point you come across a room that you can't open. Not untill you finish the main storyline as it holds the bonus contents. How kewl is that?

One lesser point on casual the puzzles are too easy. But then is it really negative?
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 28
Pretty decent puzzle/HO game for five bucks. There is a decent lot to do, roughly three hours of content including bonus features for the Collector's Edition, which in my experience is pretty standard for this kind of game.

The puzzles are not horribly difficult overall, mostly involving collecting and assembling items, but there was enough variation through most of the game that I wasn't bored with it. The hidden object scenes are detailed, well-drawn, and reasonably challenging; they weren't astronomically difficult, but were well above the difficulty level I normally see in this style of game. I did not see any issues with click-precision that at least one other reviewer complained of; I had to click ON the objects to collect them and did not notice any severe misalignment.

Both the story and the voice acting were decent. I didn't find myself constantly cringing, which is definitely a plus as I tend to be irrationally bothered by poor voicing.

Overall, if you like this style of game, I would recommend giving it a go. If five bucks is more than you want to pay, hold out for a sale and grab it then. Either way, I personally thought it was worth it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 13
This game is not about the theatre, absurd or otherwise. It's a mild horror narrative that has you save a damsel in distress, mostly linear, with plenty of hints available, and a storyline that serves to glue the puzzles (hidden object or otherwise) together. It took me 3 hours to get through the main content, there's some bonus content but I don't expect it's going to amount to much.

Decent game, if you like hidden object games you'll know what to expect, not recommended for anyone who's not into them - there are better ones you could play instead.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 19
This was oddly satisfying when it came to it's hidden object puzzles--and it's eerie atmosphere was done pretty well for a simple point and click. For anyone who loved eyespy books when they were younger, like myself, you'd probably enjoy this game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 2
Not a bad hidden object for those short evenings. Worked without a hitch on Win 7.
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30 of 39 people (77%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 6, 2014
Its absurd to think this is a decent HOG compared to others available...

The Good:
  • Beautiful artwork
  • Animations are nicely drawn
  • Somewhat nice variety of locations
  • Protagonist's voice acting is good

The Bad:
  • Bonus content voice acting is terrible
  • Hidden object searches were not accurate (I could easily pick off 3/4 of the items just randomly clicking)
  • Cannot skip conversations, narrations, most cutscenes. Even clicking descriptions, you have to wait for protagonist to finish saying "I have to put something in there"
  • Story length is short. Finished game in less than 4 hours + 'bonus content' on Expert first time
  • UI is not intuitive or consistent. Sometimes you drag an inventory item, sometimes you just click, sometimes you click lots for multiple items.. who knows until you have to try!

The Ugly:
  • Collector's edition has extra content- they remind you on every screen in there and on your items (serious example: Ruby [Collectors Edition])
  • Story didn't flesh out at all and don't really explain very much. Bonus content only serves to open more holes while badly plugging the ones you had finished with.
  • No extra features - no achievements, no cards, no side quests, no lore, no epilogue (I lie a little, you get to see... concept art after bonus is completed).

For people who know their HOG's:

This game is probably one of the lowest ranked HOG's I've seen in a long time. There are games in the Apple store for tablets that go for $2 that are better than this. The story is unengaging, short and unpolished; the puzzles either easy or annoying. This is the first time I've felt like skipping easy puzzles because I couldn't be bothered, as there was no motivation nor interest from story to encourage me, let alone some of them were very arduous.

The fact you can't skip most of the dialogue in the game, including 'monologues about what to do next' really kills your interest and since you're left with no epilogue or extra features makes you feel like the whole game was a chore with little to show for it. For $A5, you're not getting your money's worth. I would buy it at <$1 sale as it still had beautiful artwork and well, its still a HOG :)

For people who are new to HOG's (Hidden Object Games):

This is not one of the better ones on the market folks. There are much more fun HOG's on Steam that give you so many extra features that they're now generally accepted as standard including Steam Cards, side quests (e.g. extra hidden objects in different maps), achievements and more. It is especially important to note that this game did not have a very good tutorial nor really orientate you to what you're meant to do so it may not be the best one to start with or base your opinion of HOG's.
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15 of 18 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 15, 2014
For a casual Hidden Object game, this one was pretty good. It's especially worth it if you get it on sale. If you are looking for a hardcore challenge, though, this one is definitely not for you.

Note: This is the Collector's Edition with bonus content. There's an extra mini-story to complete after the main story. However, it didn't offer much extra, and the last puzzle was just ridiculous. It was the only thing I used the strategy guide to get past.

Pros:
- Detailed artwork. The concept art gets unlocked as bonus content when you complete the game.
- Objects are not so hidden that they are impossible to find. Only a few of the objects might be confusing.
- Decent variety of different types of puzzles along with the Hidden Object ones.
- Puzzles can be solved by an average user. These don't require a savant or prodigy to solve.
- Ambient effects and animation keep it from looking like still frames.
- Hints and a complete "Strategy Guide" (walkthrough) are built-in if you do get stuck.
- Sparkles to indicate when something in a location can be interacted with. This is especially helpful with all of the backtracking.

Cons:
- Somewhat cheesy story and voice acting.
- Lots of backtracking and re-use of previous scenes for Hidden Objects during the course of the story.
- Use of shadows as objects.
- The lighting effects in Hidden Object scenes can make it difficult to see certain objects. Sometimes I had to wait for the light to change in order to see something.
- Fixed 4:3 aspect ratio. The in-game copyright says 2012, well past widescreen adoption, yet they didn't at least put in a decorative border.
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13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 22, 2014
Eh, you know what? This was worth the $1.50 or whatever it was I paid for it. I got 3 nights' worth of entertainment out of it, which is about the perfect length for something like this.

None of the puzzles (including the last, bonus content ones) will stump anyone for a long time, but theres enough of a challenge that you don't always feel like it was SUPER easy. The story is good enough, and there's some variety in puzzles - though you can break all of them down into:

1. Find hidden things in a picture
2. Find where fragments belong in a picture
3. Gather items and put them somewhere to unlock something
4. Gather items and put them somewhere, then manipulate them to unlock something
5. Manipulate something to unlock something


If you're a fan of the old point and click adventures, this is a reasonable game - best enjoyed when you just want to do some really casual puzzle solving, with your brain more or less turned off. The lack of complexity is countered by the lack of stupid mechanisms and minimal backtracking - I didn't feel like anything in the game was added to pad it out, either. Well, maybe a couple of the "find stuff in a picture" puzzles.

This game is like a jigsaw on a rainy day (if anyone remembers or still does stuff like that) - it's not life-changing, but it's entertaining enough.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 23, 2014
Classic HOG. Nice use of additional abilities. It hand-holds a bit too much sometimes and that's even on the higher difficulty. BUG WARNING - If you place any stone tablets in their setting in the Under Theatre before you have collected all of them, they'll freeze and/or you'll lose them and won't be able to progress for the rest of the game. I've just hit this and it looks like I'll have to start again. In short, it's all fun and games as long as you watch out for this bug.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 16, 2014
Took me three hours to beat the whole game, including bonus content, but considering I got the game on sale for only a dollar, I consider it money well spent.

Cons are that I got kind of impatient with some of the cutscenes, certain kinds of puzzles were a pain, and honestly the plot is just weird. But who plays one-dollar hidden object games for plot anyways?

Pros were that it really was fun, and I basically played it for three hours straight because it's kind of addictive. And even though the plot was weird, I still kind of wanted to know how it would turn out.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 18, 2014
Brilliant, its a casual find the item in the scene game with a great little story not too boring plenty to do around the game and lots of fun puzzles to solve worth the price for such a fun game 9/10
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 16, 2014
This is 100% a point and click clue game. You have to solve puzzles in order to gradually beat the game. I am actually pretty happy with my purchase because I enjoy this game a good amount. The puzzles aren't very difficult to solve considering the fact that you can get hints. This game has pretty good animation and a nicely developed plot. I highly recommend this game when it is on sale.
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 17, 2014
Not too boring ,But also nothing special.Just a simple H.O.G game too play on rainy and boring days :)
8/10
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
23.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 18, 2014
A hidden objects game that offers more puzzles than just hidden object searches. It has a better story than most I've played, and the graphics are very nice. I really enjoyed exploring the castle and watching the story unfold.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 17, 2014
Really interesting atmosphere with creepy noises and incredible visual effects (for a game of this category of course). The HoG scenes are btw confusing, but the gameplay is perfect. 9/10
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
13.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 28, 2014
I really enjoyed playing this game. Artwork was beautiful, story was very interesting and some puzzles were kinda difficult, others were easy. I couldn't believe getting this game almost free with the sale...I would have paid alot more to experience the adventure. I was also surprised I didn't experience any glitches either. I would recommend anyone that enjoys playing point and click games to get this one! The one thing I was disappointed about was the ending seemed to be cut short alittle. It seemed to end but referenced they were waiting for the main character to come back. If they didn't mention that, then I would have felt the story ended completely and felt satisfied.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 30, 2014
A hidden object game with some puzzles. It has a nice creepy atmosphere, good sound effects, and nicely-drawn locations. The objects in the HOG are generally well defined and not blurry like some HOGs.

One thing I'd like to add that was a slight disappointment: there is no "unlimited HOG" when you complete the main story, as there is with many. Still, this is a decent hidden-object and worth a playthrough.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 2, 2014
A decently entertaining game, with some difficulty. The bonus content does seem to like crashing my computer, although your mileage may vary on that part. It's certainly worth a try if you're a fan of hidden object games, as they make up the majority of the game, and an in-game walkthrough helps to cover any other puzzles to may struggle with.
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