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 (94 reviews) - 79% of the 94 user reviews for this game are positive.
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.

• 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

    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7
    • Processor: 1.0 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX compatible card
    • DirectX: Version 8.1
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
19 of 19 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 27
It's been a while since I played this game, but oddly enough I still remember the setting and the story very well. That, I can say for a select few games in the HOG genre. I remember basically devouring the game within a couple of hours, due to its creepy and intriguing atmosphere, alongside the main character's otherworldly abilities.

We take a close look on Scarlett Frost - god, I wish there would be a series based on this character - , an occult expert who was invited to a remote castle to identify a dangerous occult object known as the Habsburg Cube, which is said to contain a powerful demon. Our employer/mysterious gentleman Dr. Corvus decides to throw a tantrum when Scarlett declares the item as a fake, and smashes the artifact to pieces at the opening scene. Then... yeah, you have guessed right: everything goes to hell, and yeah, the item WAS the real deal.

Now Dr. Corvus is possessed by the said demon, and the whole castle has just became his playground. Following Dr. Corvus' last wish, Scarlett takes Bethany - his young and innocent daughter - to the bell tower, the only place that the demon's taint couldn't reach for unknown reasons. Now Bethany's soul is in grave danger, and above all things, Scarlett's right hand is infused with some uncanny, demonic energy which spells full sentences of advice out of nowhere, probably with an agenda of its own. Your immediate task is to wonder within the castle, and discover its many wonders and horrors in hopes of both finding means to protect Bethany and bring an end to this demonic infestation.

As I've stated at the beginning of my review, the atmosphere is grand. Every singular animation was a cross breed between Vertigo comics' eerie style with beautifully drawn gothic artwork. I was sold within the first 5 minutes of gameplay, both thanks to the story and the artwork. Voice acting is taken seriously, you can listen Scarlett making a comment on everything. Another charming factor is that the developers were fascinatingly attentive to detail. Considering Dr. Corvus himself was an occultist, all areas that you encounter are weaved with occult, mythological and historical references for your enjoyment. I know that I enjoyed it thoroughly. And the Theatre of the Absurd itself... No, I won't make a comment on that. Lets not spoil the experience for you, shall we?

The gameplay is fairly generic for a HOG. It is an adventure with hidden object scenes and puzzles. Nothing new in that department. What was both refreshing and intriguing is checking your arm for instructions and advices, and wonder whether it be in your best interest to follow it or not. Hidden object scenes are not the greatest, and puzzles are nothing extraordinary. It just takes some attention, is all. There is some backtracking, but the game itself is not that long anyhow so it won't bother you much.

There is a bonus content at the end to present us some more information about the mysteries within the Theatre of the Absurd, but as a fair warning: the ending is incredibly vague. There are scattered clues indicating Scarlett's relation with this odd family, but nearly nothing is explained. After completing the game, nearly half your questions shall remain unanswered. I'd love a sequel for this game. There is room for the story improvement and mysteries to be enlightened, if there would be future installments. I'll recommend the game based on the incredible setting, and original plot ideas. If you enjoy the HOG genre, or at least enjoy beautiful artwork, here is a sweet present for you.

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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
A decent hidden object game for the most part, although far from Artifex Mundi's quality. The voice acting is a bit bad and some of the pictures are unclear, but it's nothing too horrible, with one big exception: there's a gamebreaking bug right at the end that forces you to restart from the beginning, and it's very easy to run into it. If you're compelled to try the game (and there are far worse hidden object games, but then again there are also far better ones), make sure that you never insert any objects into puzzles until you have all the pieces it requires, and then insert them at the same time. Can't imagine how that got through QA or why it hasn't been fixed since a lot of people encounter it, but there you are.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
Short version: 76%
Theatre of the Absurd is rough around the edges in all aspects– plot, storytelling, hidden object scenes, graphics–, yet there is something about the mystery you are facing that keeps you pushing forward.

Long version:
The Chronicles of Scarlett Frost: Theatre of the Absurd seems like an average hidden object game on the surface: you play as a female investigator (of sorts), who ends up in a remote gothic mansion, trying to save a little girl from a demonic entity.

The biggest difference compared to most other games that the entire atmosphere is a lot darker. The graphics are realistic, yet have a distinct gothic dread, amplified with some clever camera angles. Scarlett is fully voiced, and her doubts and fears also contribute a lot to the immersion. Not to mention that in the end the story is anything but a happy one.

As a game, it is, honestly, mediocre. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the puzzles or the hidden object scenes (unless you count the old-school item hiding mechanics “wrong”), but it just feels unpolished. If you played other games made by Silverback, you’ll probably know what I’m talking about as soon as you start this one.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
A very casual adventure.

For a game costing less than a buck in the Summer sale, this was a bargain given the decent 6 hour length,

It's a fairly standard HOG with a few easy puzzles thrown in. The challenge was minimal and only on the final puzzle in the Collector's Edition part, did I have to spend some time trying to work out how to solve the 3 parts to it. It would have been nice if it had offered up more of a challenge in the rest of the game.

Despite its ease, I enjoyed playing it and though the story was a typical barebones one, it did have quite a surprising ending.

The depictions of the demon and the steadily deteriorating daughter are pretty neat, as are some of the rooms. The hidden object scenes are fairly bland and very easy and the linearity is total.

So, certainly a great bargain for a fraction under a dollar for 6 hours of entertainment.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 13
I'm recomending this game even though theres a bug that stops you from being able to complete the game.
It's a good hidden object. I liked the graphics, lots of puzzles, good story.
Unfortunatly, each puzzle tends to have more then five pieces, which often are seperate objects in your inventory and make it a bit cluttered. So, easy fix, put all the pieces you have onto the puzzle and come back to it when you have the rest, right? The last puzzle with the tablets will get frozen and messed up if you do this, and you won't be able to end the game unless you restart from the beginning.
So, I'd recomend it for what it is and absolutely everything else worked fine, just stinks when you can't actually finish a game.
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