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 (34 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
1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Despite its beautiful artwork, this is a really tedious, repetitive game. The puzzles aren't challenging in the slightest, the characters are thinly drawn and poorly acted, and worst of all, it falls short on horror. Yes, there are demons, but there's no sense of danger, nothing uncanny, I kept waiting for it to become either creepy or challenging (or both - both would have been great!) but it never happened. I just slogged through one pointless hidden object puzzle after another until I unlocked some really uninteresting bonus content.

If you're looking for adventure, something scary, or just an engaging point and click, I wouldn't bother with this game.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Eh... I wish there was a " meh" option.
Too easy, too fast, the story is really meh and kinda stupid....

some parts made me giggle, like when the demon is all like " YOU SHALL NOT PASS" then gives you a tip about the next puzzle...
eh....

Well if you have absolutely nothing to do and nothing better to spend you money on, buy it and be happy. I'm glad I bought it almost for free or else I'd be regretting it an awful lot.

Pretty art, terrible game, what a waste
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
A mediocre hidden-object game.

It's a little bit too casual -- your hand is held constantly, and it's quite impossible to miss any of the clues. The story makes no sense (well, that's usual for the genre), but it seems especially flippant.

Could be fun for fans of the genre, but there are much better games of this type!
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4.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
Really entertaining! The best part was playing to the end and getting to see all the gorgeous concept art!
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
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.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 18
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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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
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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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
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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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
A pretty silly, somewhat scary find-em-up. I liked it.
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2.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 17
This game is absolutely fantastic! The graphics are amazing, the gameplay is not too challenging but not too easy and it's well worth the money. I payed 1.24$ for this game and would pay the full 4.99 again. 9/10 Great game.
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1.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 19
First of all, opinions about Point&Click adventures vary a lot and some people find them utterly boring. I hesitated to buy the game when I read some of the reviews here but now I'm glad I did buy it.The game itself begins with a video. A demon has been released and you, as the hero, have to save the little girl in its grip. The player has the option to change from easy to moderate difficulty (more hints in this case), but if you want to solve all puzzles on your own, you don't have to ue the in-game hint option at all. There are a lot of "hidden object" puzzles. A list of objects is given and you have to find what is needed. The game is generally spooky, not scary, but demons jump at you and (maybe) you'll get surprised.

I re-descovered my love for games like this some time ago when I played Syberia. I tend to not watch videos or read too many comments before I buy a game because they influence my expectations. This game is a simple adventure, consisting of puzzles and clues. If you want to spend time solving riddles, go ahead. However, the story is not as intense as it could be, and thus buy this game if you have a love for puzzles, and not if you expect to play a visual novel.
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4.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 20
A solid story and puzzles. I enjoyed it. Though, it took me less than 5 hours to complete the entire game, including the bonus content. Worth it to buy on sale.
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4.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
Good HOG, which is rather rare ^^
Gorgeous locations, I specially liked the very good voice overs and enjoyed the dark settings and the eery music. The story is okay. Puzzles/mini games are nice and well done. Items are on the hard side though, sometimes tiny or blurry. Some sounds are annoying - specially a thunder sound obviously trying to rip out my headphones and my ears.
This game is a lot of fun and should not be missed!
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3.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 16
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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6.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
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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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
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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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 22
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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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 17
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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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 16
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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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
16.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 18
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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