Brink of Consciousness: Dorian Gray Syndrome Collector's Edition
To free your beloved from captivity, you must venture into a maniacal world in this Special Collector's Edition of BRINK OF CONCIOUSNESS: DORIAN GRAY SYNDROME; an immersive tale of chilling surprise that's chock full of extras including bonus gameplay, concept art, soundtrack, and much more!
User reviews: Very Positive (97 reviews) - 88% of the 97 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jul 1, 2012

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“I will just start by saying that I cannot recommend Dorian Gray Syndrome enough.”
5/5 – Gamezebo

About This Game

Venture into the realm of a madman to free your beloved from captivity in Brink of Consciousness: Dorian Gray Syndrome Collector’s Edition, an incredible Hidden Object Puzzle Adventure game! As reporter Sam Wilde, you must work quickly to unravel a bizarre series of disappearances involving young and beautiful people.

Your investigation suddenly becomes personal as the next victim of this psychotic serial killer is Anna, your love! Sam’s every move is being tracked so he has to be extra careful. Putting his journalistic talents to the test, Sam must find the maniac who has kidnapped Anna, and stop him before it’s too late. Travel to Goldvale Manor and scour every nook and cranny of the grand mansion for clues that might lead you to her rescue. Use your instincts and intellect to solve devious puzzles, avoid traps and defy the lunatic's treacherous scheme.

Will you ever escape his clutches?

The Collector’s Edition includes:

  • Gorgeous locations and highly detailed hidden object scenes
  • Bonus gameplay
  • Interview with the developers
  • Concept art

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows® XP, Windows Vista®, Windows® 7, Windows® 8
    • Processor: 1.4 GHz Processor or faster
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
Brink of Consciousness: Dorian Gray Syndrome is a good casual game that is perfect for those people looking for something new to play and want to take a break from all the explosive, high-octane, adrenaline-filled AAA games out there. It pretty much plays like any hidden object game in the market but spices up things a little bit by introducing a story that is worth listening to and a villain that is actually well-written and very believable. Furthermore, it boasts an amazing soundtrack, excellent background artwork, and well balanced gameplay where the difficulty of puzzles and such is just right for the average casual player.

Do note though that the game is rendered at 720p so if you're gaming at a resolution of 1080p and beyond, expect to see an upscaled image as well as black borders at the top and bottom of your screen.

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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 5
A particularly good Hidden Object/Adventure game - this one hits a happy balance of unfolding story, wandering exploration, and doors locked with baroque mechanisms all missing pieces which are hidden in unlikely places. Dorian Gray gives us an entertaining villain, always a few steps ahead of our plucky hero and gloating at us with voluble, literate glee. Oscar, the demented masked mastermind, is unusually coherent and interesting for the genre.

The Hidden Object scenes are nicely thematic - you won't be finding hamburgers in the toolshed, for the most part - and if the whole game is on the simple side, it keeps things busy enough to fill a few hours with solid play. The puzzles are supple, the art is terrific, and the voice acting is very very good. I was pleased with the detail in the art and with the whole experience. Expect 6 or 7 hours of not-zipping-through gameplay - I left the game window open while I was afk a couple of times, thus my time stat. I enjoyed this more than the Lonely Hearts Murders sequel.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 15
I am really enjoying the game and I agree with everything Gamezebo had to say about it. The artwork and voice overs are very well done and it is a very spooky type vibe. So whats not to like? Well for me some of the puzzles are hit and mostly a miss. I found most of them so far to be tedious and just time wasters. The HOG are well done if a little hard to see.

The story is very well done. However you have to travel a lot between rooms and there is no fast travel although there is a map of the place. Thank goodness because this game world is huge. The guy must own 20 to 30 acres of land because the house is huge and the grounds outside of the house seem to be big as well. It does support my resolution kind of. I have 1680*1050 and it has black bars on the screen on all four corners. I dont mind it as it makes the images less blurry if they have the right resolution on them. The game does come with a guide and that is good because its a huge map and the game has no arrows that tell you what direction you should go if you click the hint button.

The game does have a hint button that will work if something can be done in the room. However it will not tell you what to use in the room and it gives no direction on where you should be going. Very annoying.

That being said I am enjoying the game even with these minor issues. The game has the same vibe as the first bioshock game. I forgot to mention you can skip the puzzles so thats a plus in my book.

I just finished the entire game bonus game included. A great and fun game. I had to use the guide a lot because I was super confused about where to go. Still a very great game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 8
Beautiful game, good voice acting, interesting story, but horrible characters and endless walking around because there is no quick-travel.

There are dozens of rooms - and often you need to go from the last one back to the first and again. With an elevator in the middle so you lose even more time watching at the screen.

The villain is a sadistic monster, and the (unwilling) hero seems to be an unsympathetic jerk. Whenever you find notes about the killers history, no matter what it describes, he simply shrugs it off with a "so what?".
I'm not expecting him to feel sorry for the killer, but a bit more of a reaction than just a "walk it off, whiner" would have made him a bit more sympathetic.

He has emotions, though - every time you encounter a new victim you can hear a gasp and heavy breathing. Sometimes also when the killer talks to him, especially when talking about the heros girlfriend.
It would have been better if he remained silent, this breathing is nothing but annoying and doesn't add to his personality.

If the game had quick-travel, I might try to finish it, but the annyoing breathing and unympathetic hero, combined with the endless travel is simply too offsetting for me.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
Beware: Game breaking bugs that prohibit you from finishing the game.

Dig a bit online, you will notice some recurring bugs that are happening to multiple players. Basically the game crashes and an item necessary for a puzzle ends up missing from the inventory. The crashes tend to appear towards the end of the game, and prohibit you from ever finishing it.

Even worse, this company is not interested in fixing the game and offers no appropriate technical support. This is the type of shovelware that links to a generic multi-company support form that is meant to shield the game developers from dealing with the results of their cash grabs. And btw, in the odd case scenario that you ever do go through with filling out the *required personal information* (really now?) of the form, I'll make you a bet: if you eventually get an email in response and it is NOT a copy/pasted variation of "Please try uninstalling and reinstalling the game after you update your drivers", I will eat my hat and send you a framed picture.

Other than that, it's another collection of some puzzles interspersed with a few HOG scenes. Not the worse one I've ever played, fairly standard slop. So really, the only thing that stands out about it is that you may never be able to finish it. Buy something else, the world has yet to run dry of mediocre HOGs.
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