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: Positive (28 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
11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
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.
Posted: May 15
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
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.
Posted: May 22
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
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 cant skip ANY conversation, 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.
Posted: October 6
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Not too boring ,But also nothing special.Just a simple H.O.G game too play on rainy and boring days :)
8/10
Posted: May 17
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
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
Posted: September 18
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