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 (110 reviews) - 90% of the 110 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jul 1, 2012

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Reviews

“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
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 5, 2015
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2015
7.1/10 - Better Point & Click than most

I have played and reviewed several Point and Click games. This game is better than most! The graphics and story are pretty good. Voice acting adds a nice touch.

The puzzles and item hunts are well done, but the routes you have to take are too much. Sometimes you have to walk down 15x to grab an item, then back up 9x to use it.. etc.. So make sure that kind of stuff doesn't bother you. It did bother me, but not enough to vote down.

I didn't like the travel path thou

I'd pay $4-5 or so. On sale now for $2.49.

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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2015
Very good hidden object game with a nice variety of puzzles. More aimed at adults as you are going after a mass murderer who has kidnapped your girlfriend and enjoys taunting you throughout the game.

The only drawback is that when you select the map, you can't click on it to go directly to a location, you have to manually backtrack through previously visited rooms, which is a bit of a pain, but not a deal breaker.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 31, 2015
One of the better HOGs available with a strong storyline and characterization (mainly of the villain who you regularly nearly get to interact with). The story starts as you arrive at the mansion of the serial murderer you were investigating who has responded by abducting your girlfriend. You then have to navigate your way through the mansion, which has been set up with traps and puzzles to give you a chance to save her.

The HOG scenes here are fine and I didn't have any problems, there is a reasonable challenge here, and the graphics are fine and don't get in the way. The point and click sections between also flow very well, nothing too illogical and the scenario of the madman in his own mansion means a lot of scope for puzzles and needing to scavenge and jury rig solutions to progress without it seeming odd or out of place, which helps keep immersion in the story.

One weakness here is the puzzles - not all of them - but some are not really puzzles as such, they are completely trivial solutions that are just time consuming to do all the moves, for example the rainbow puzzle which looked like it would be an extended "Towers of Hanoi" style puzzle, but just ends up being a trivial solution just a lot of shuffling all the pegs left and right repeatedly.

But apart from that one issue with some of the puzzles, otherwise this is one of the best HOGs available, so highly recommended.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 19, 2015
Initially I thought I wouldn't enjoy this game very much, but the longer I played the more I ended up liking it!
It has its strengths and weaknesses as any other game does, and I recommend it for the various reasons listed below.
In short, if you want to play a hidden object game (HOG) that offers that little bit extra, this game is worth your time and money. At it's current retail price of £6.99 you get a fair amount of game for those pennies!

The Good
  • I thought in terms of plot, this HOG offers more depth than a lot of others in the genre. While campy and a bit overwraught at times, it's refreshing to play a HOG with a sinister story that runs with that theme instead of offering the general comedic, almost kiddy-fied storylines. Because of the content I wouldn't necessarily recommend it to young kids - the story basically follows a guy trying to save his missus from a serial killer and features quite a few embalmed corpses that might freak some people out!
  • I find a lot of HOGs scrimp on the scenery and details, but every single screen in this game is beautifully detailed and is a real pleasure to look at. However, this does have its downsides, which I will expand on below.
  • The hidden object scenes weren't too frequent and are all arranged well, there's no maddeningly obscured, tiny items to break your eyes looking for but they don't feel too much of a breeze, either.
  • I play so many (probably too many haha) HOGs, and I was surprised that quite a lot of the puzzles in this game, I hadn't seen in others. A problem I have with HOGs is that often the puzzles feel recycled, but this one had some pretty fresh puzzles. Some of them were a bit er, maddening though (more on that below!).
  • The voice acting wasn't bad, it fit the mood. The antagonist taunts you throughout the game from speakers wired up around the environment and it works very well to set the tone and mood which isn't something that you experience often in HOGs.
  • I racked up around 4-5 hours on this game (without starting the bonus chapter) and it didn't feel like that at all because as I mentioned above, the game is visually so nice and HOG scenes don't crop up 20 screens behind you, they, along with the puzzles, are slotted in at decent intervals. And there are a lot of puzzles :P
  • There's a very detailed map included which is very handy considering how big the environment is. The map will tell you were locked doors are, puzzles yet to be completed once found, points of interest etc. All the good stuff ;)
  • Better yet, if you're really stuck, there's also a strategy guide you can access in the game which while some people may find cheesy I think it shows the developers want people to enjoy their game, not get frustrated and stop playing when they encounter difficulty.

The Bad
  • While every screen is immaculately presented, I felt that at times the game had more style than substance. For example, in some rooms there is literally one or two items to pick up then you're done in that room. To me that just feels like a waste when you've created such a pretty game.
  • As above, because a lot of the rooms don't contain a great deal of interactive points, the developers seem to have just added TONS of rooms in to the game. To prolong the play time? I'm not sure, but I was disappointed that a fast travel option wasn't included in the map purely because you have to do a lot of backtracking and there are so many rooms....so many ;_;
  • In terms of the puzzles, I thought a lot of them felt quite fresh but at the same time some of them made me just exit the game and leave it alone for a while. A couple just made no sense to me whatsoever - maybe I was tired, maybe it will make more sense to other people, but I had to skip a few puzzles purely because I couldn't get my head round them!
  • There are some interactive points that just don't stand out at all, so a couple of times I had to do the 'move the mouse over all the things' game which can get a bit annoying. Also, while a map is a great feature in any HOG, the one in this game didn't always update, so I'd have to backtrack through every room only to get frustrated and look at the strategy guide to find that a tiny interactive point was a ton of screens back and not indicated on the map.
  • You find little notes throughout the game written by the antagonist which portray a rather awful childhood and lead you to the assumption that this monster was created, not born. I really wish the developers had expanded on this in the main game because it was quite an interesting addition.

Overall, I think that while the negatives offset what is genuinely quite an original HOG in more ways than one, the positives overwhelm them. I wish that there had either been less rooms/areas or more substance in the plethora of areas in the game, I think that's the major thing that lets this game down. However, as frustrating as it can occasionally be, Brink of Consciousness: DGS is a good game and even if you just don't understand some of the puzzles like me, the scenery in the game is lovely to look at and the creepy theme to the game just adds points in its favour.
Whether you buy it at full price or wait for a sale, this HOG is a great addition to the genre and is definitely one to play :)
Thanks for reading!
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