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 (72 reviews)
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

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows® XP, Windows Vista®, Windows® 7, Windows® 8
    • Processor: 1.4 GHz Processor or faster
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 21
Very well-done game with a combination of point-and-click adventure aspects and hidden object/puzzles. Compared to some, this game focuses more on the puzzles and less on HO scenes.

The story was engagingly creepy and while not entirely original, was entertaining. The back story was fairly formulaic but as it's fed to the player in small bits, via diary entries mostly, the somewhat predictable history of the villain did not detract from the story. What helped this is that the game didn't bonk you in the head with information about the villain; to some extent you have to imagine the events leading up to the events of the game and to me, at least, that makes it more mysterious and creepy. The villain manages to be both over-the-top psycho and creepy. It's a combination that doesn't always work, but it does here. It helps that the voice acting isn't terrible (a curse that many of these games have).

Minigame puzzles were generally challenging without being obnoxious or illogical; only a couple were somewhat tedious. There is a convenient skip button for people that are stuck (or impatient).

Hidden object scenes were not overly challenging but did take some thought. Graphically, scenes weren't grainy and it wasn't hard to distinguish objects from one another. Objects are appropriately named (no searching for a "soccer ball" that turns out to be a volleyball, etc.).

All in all, this is one of the better choices for this genre of game.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 24
Short version: 88%
A lightweight psychological thriller– with a good story and good antagonist– that takes the form of a decent hidden object puzzle game.

Long version:
Brink of Consciousness: Dorian Gray Syndrome follows the story of an investigative journalist trying to save his girlfriend, as he slowly progresses through the mansion of a narcissistic serial killer, solving puzzles and collecting items along the way. During his trials he is often contacted by the antagonist: an excellently written character, who constantly balances on the brink of being comically over the top, but manages to stay threatening throughout the story– including one of the best bonus chapters (with an incredibly clever twist) in hidden object game history.

Although most of the game is spent by running around in the mansion, the monotony is often broken by some easy puzzles and a few very good hidden object scenes. And the best thing is that most of them have an actual reason within the storyline to be there, creating a more immersive atmosphere.

If you like thrillers, Dorian Gray Syndrome is definitely a good choice for you, casual genre or not. The great writing and level design make it one of the most enjoyable games of its kind.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 28
Suprisingly good. I'm played every game of Sinister Stories and this one is my favourite. Probably the reason is awesome villain. He somewhat reminds me Joker, but Sam is not Batman, he is just a journalist. Interriors are beautiful, puzzles are fun, music is not anoying and acting is gorgeous. 10/10.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 2
good game :)
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 7
good puzzles, creepy story line
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