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 (83 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
36 of 36 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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13 of 13 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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9 of 11 people (82%) 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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5 of 5 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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