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Domini Games proudly presents the newest addition to The Curio Society series!

An old ally has betrayed the Curio Society, so you've been called in to help! It's up to you to stop a mad scientist from destroying the organization, but it won’t be as simple as it seems. It's a battle of wits as you try to save both of your friends and the world! Can you stop the culprit before it's too late? Find out in this electrifying hidden-object puzzle adventure!

  • Investigate a new mystery in the bonus chapter!
  • Consult the helpful strategy guide.
  • Scour locations for fantastic collectible inventions!
  • Refine your skills with replayable HOPs and mini-games.
  • Enjoy concept art, wallpapers, and more!

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  • OS: Windows XP/Windows Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8/Windows 10
  • CPU: 1.6 GHz
  • RAM: 1024 MB
  • DirectX: 9.0
  • Hard Drive: 1632 MB

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The Curio Society: The Thief of Life Collector's Edition is rated 3.3 out of 5 by 17.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bravo, Domini No need for a detailed review after the earlier thorough descriptions. Enough to say it is a puzzler's delight - even before you leave HQ - with the promise of a lengthy adventure. These devs have been producing consistently interesting and innovative games over the last few years and this promises to be one of their best. Enjoy!
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from STOP A ROGUE AGENT BEFORE HE STOPS YOU! Agent, your mission is to stop a rogue agent from destroying the Curio Society. Jack, a one-time agent for the society, is on a rampage and bent on revenge after being expelled from the society years ago – and now he is back. In an urgent message from the Chief, his last words before losing the connection were to find the scientist Mary Fincher. Off you go on another mission and this time your very life may well depend on finding Mary. The Curio Society games have not always been ones that I have loved but Thief of Life is a terrific game with everything I want in a HOPA. The HOPS are varied and there are many puzzles that will keep me happily engaged as I play through the story. If puzzles take you to your happy place, then I am sure you will enjoy solving the puzzles in this game. If you aren’t swept away by puzzles, the developer has included easy and hard settings for most of the puzzles in Thief of Life. If you want to skip the puzzles, the custom mode of gameplay will allow you to skip them after 15 seconds. While the game has wonderful, colorful, and crisp graphics the voiceovers and dialog are a bit corny at times. The Custom mode allows you to set the hints and skips in a range of 15 to 90 seconds. Your tools include an interactive map and an antigravity scepter. The HOPS are varied in style and the items are not too difficult to find. I am not going to give you all the details because discovery is something that makes playing games fun. I will only mention that for me the HOPS are fun and that I enjoyed playing the scenes. The puzzles are terrific, even those toggle types (not my favorite type of puzzle) proved solvable if I took my time. The game developer took the game to another level in my opinion by including the option of either an easy or hard setting for most puzzles. If you enjoy the CE version of games, this one includes the following extras: two types of collectibles to find throughout the game, morphing objects in some scenes, achievements to earn, a bonus chapter, strategy guide, replay of puzzles and HOPS, wallpapers, concept art, and music. For me the extras represent a decent CE package. As you have probably guessed by now, “The Curio Society The Thief of Life” is a must-have game for me. I love the storyline and this one isn’t as far-fetched as some of the others. The game has a good pace so I didn’t feel bogged down with too many silly tasks to complete before moving forward. As a puzzle lover this game is perfect for me and an instant buy. Even though I enjoy the game, please be sure to try the demo to see if Thief of Life is one that you will like as well.
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from PERPETUALLY IN LOVE WITH DOMINI GAMES - A MASTERPIECE OF INVENTIVE GAMING 5 CHAPTERS PLUS A BONUS CHAPTER - REVIEW BASED ON THE DEMO OVERVIEW: What a great 5-star plus game! Domini has my heart – all wrapped up in coils and wires and placed into a “perpetual motion” machine! It does seem I am perpetually drawn to purchasing their games. This game is a puzzle-lover’s delight! This is a very long game evidenced by a strategy guide which consists of 64 pages! Wow! I loved playing the demo and to me, it has the potential to become one of my favorite games. I don’t think this game will appeal to everyone – however, it will appeal to those who are inventors, engineers, puzzle-lovers, sci-fi- lovers and those whose futuristic dreams and souls are excited and “lifted up” by the awesome potential of anti-gravity devices and mechanical contraptions. What an awesome mechanical feast! I loved the fact this is a long demo. It does give the potential player some idea of what the actual game will be like. I also liked the fact the demo includes 14 – yes – 14 puzzles. There are more puzzles than are offered in complete games from other developers. Domini is the only developer who provides both an easy and hard option to their puzzles and it is evident that much work went into creating this game. I played the beta and could not wait until this game appeared! STORY: The Curio society is back with an agent gone wild. A renegade ex-agent, a scientist, Jack ,is out for revenge against the society. He is attacking fellow agents. You will be aided by Mary Fincher in this game and a score of awesome devices, including an anti-gravity scepter. PUZZLES: The puzzles are just amazing! Words escape me to describe the amount of work and creativity which went into constructing these puzzles. I played BOTH the easy and the hard versions to get a feel for them. The developer has truly been able to provide puzzles which I believe will appeal to both those who want a low-key game with little challenge and to those who love some brain crushing effort in solving these. I have seen no other developer who provides this variation in difficulty for the puzzles with such expertise. Domini has now become the “inventor” of delightful puzzling masterpieces HOP SCENES: The HOP scenes are few (only four) in the demo; however, they as well are very creative. I enjoyed playing the matching pairs scene. The spot the differences scene is beautifully rendered. I also like the fact that there is decent puzzle in one of the silhouette scenes. LEVELS: Casual, Advanced, Hardcore, Custom Hints and Skips: 15 to 90 seconds EXTRAS: Map is given to you at the start of the game Anti-gravity scepter. A prototype which allows nullifies gravity so you can move objects with ease. 22 Achievements Collect 20 Maxwell’s inventions. There is also a blinking light which alerts you if you have missed any of the items. 14 Morphing objects: Prototypes of absurd inventions Collect 24 film strips Strategy guide - 64 pages Replay of 17 Puzzles and 18 HOP scenes 10 Wallpapers, 8 Concept Art. Music FIlmstrips HERE ARE THE DETAILS (SPOILERS) FOR THOSE WANT MORE INFORMATION ON THE HOP SCENES AND MINI-PUZZLES IN SEQUENCE HOP SCENES: You may play a Match-3 game instead. A. Sentences. Locate items listed in GREEN letters. Will relate information about the Curio Society. B. Silhouette items. Very cool. Locate items and then return them to the proper location within the scene. There is a puzzle within this scene. Using arrows, restore a picture on a box. C. Matching pairs. Very creative. You need to move items around to get at the pairs. D. Locate the differences between two sides of a trophy case. Very creative PUZZLES: Choice between easy and hard for most of the puzzles. A. Assembly puzzle. Rotate rings to restore a picture. Moving one affects the others. B. Sliding tiles puzzle. Slide 5 spheres into the matching colored slots. C. Given a phone number, dial the number on an old rotary phone. D. Maze puzzle. Create a path for each of three gems to travel from left to right. E. Switch puzzle. Switch tiles to restore a picture. F. Weights and balance puzzle. Move weights so that the numbers on the weights match up to the number of arrows pointing to the square. G. Assembly puzzle. 1) Using an ocular, locate symbols in a dark scene. This is more of a HOP scene. (2) Replace the pieces into the proper places. H. Maze/Gear puzzle. Move a token along lines to an exist using arrows to guide it. I. Assembly puzzle. Move three pieces of a segmented statue to reassemble it on the left of the screen. You cannot place a piece on top of one which is below it in the original make-up. J. Assembly puzzle. Using arrows – slide pieces of an owl into the correct locations to reassemble the image. K. Assembly puzzle. On a chart choose three symbols to create a third which is the combination of the three you have chosen. L. Domino puzzle. On a board, place domino type pieces into location so that every square is filled. M. Mathematical puzzle. Do some math calculations to move green gas in each of 3 tubes so that the gas in each tube reaches a green line in each tube. Moving one valves affects the flow of the other tubes. N. Moving tiles puzzle. Rotate square pieces on a board so that each of four sides of the square match up.
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from enjoyed I liked this game. Pretty graphics, OK puzzles, OK story line.
Date published: 2016-12-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A solid game, well done ! Lots of things to do, morphing, good HO's , puzzles have an easy or hard choice or a match3. Not as steam punk as I thought, but I enjoyed it and stayed with it ! 50% off not a bad deal either !
Date published: 2016-12-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun, challenging, interesting... Hello friends! Well, we have #3 in this wonderful series. As always, I review mostly on the game play and leave the story to others to review. As usual, the graphics in this game are excellent, very clear and perfectly done, with the exception of a little fuzziness now and then when going in or out of a scene. Fortunately it is not often and not too bad. Animation is so realistic and mouth and eye movements are right on. Voices are very well done and are age and character appropriate, with fear, urgency, the works. I especially like how you can click through the dialog if you read faster than they speak, and not miss any insight into what is happening or why. Colors are bright, clear and true. Music is very nice and moves with whatever is happening in the scene at the time. Sound FX are wonderful and are exactly as they should be for what is happening at the time. The only "helper" you have is actually an anti-gravity scepter, which does come in quite useful frequently. Of course, you do have to recharge it after each use, but you also can't use it if it is not needed in a scene. HOPs are exceptionally well done and are quite varied, so you don't get bored. We have a combination of highlighted words; interactive silhouettes, match pairs and find the differences so far. If for some reason you want more change, you can switch to a match 3 game. Puzzles are also quite varied and go hand in hand with challenge. The best part is that you can choose easy or hard on every puzzle. They take time and thought to complete and are very well done. Hint system is very helpful, but there is no transport map as such. Instead, the jump map automatically opens and shows you where to go when needed. It also shows you where collectibles are and may have been missed. You can also turn this feature off if you want some extra challenge. Collectibles! Wow, great collectibles. We need to find pieces of film, which are not hard to see, but easy to overlook. Once you find them, from 4 to 14 pieces in each reel, you watch the reel and get more insight into what is happening and why. I only completed one reel and part of another during the demo. We also have to find 20 of Maxwell's inventions. These can be very weird objects, and different sizes, but haven't been difficult to find. And then we have 14 prototype inventions that morph in and out. Again, large enough to see, but easy to overlook as they morph fairly quickly and are all various sizes and items. I beta tested this game back in August. In fact, I wrote BF yesterday and asked when a number of really good games are going to be released. I was pleasantly surprised to see this one today. I love everything about this series. Unlike others, I do not give five stars to every game that comes along. In fact, I rarely give five stars, unless a game is exceptional throughout. This one comes very close. If it weren't for the occasional blurry cut, it would have it. That said, I still give it a solid 4.75. This one has a really nice story, fun and challenging puzzles, really good collectibles and enough action to keep you moving and wanting more. I think this game will appeal to all levels of players. I am most definitely adding this one to my collection! As always, try it for yourself and see what you think. We all have different tastes in games and you may not care for this one at all. Thanks for the reviews.
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I'VE NEVER BEEN A FAN OF THIS SERIES BUT I LOVE THE ABUNDANCE OF PUZZLES The Curio Society is one of my least favorite game series for several reasons. For starters, the stories are lame, and run of the mill, been there, done that a million times, kind of stories. The Curio Society agents use an array of outrageous gimmicky tools that are supposed to be the latest and greatest devices invented by some of the world's most brilliant scientist, which make this game seem like a cheap generic knockoff of Mystery Trackers (which btw is a series that seems to be taking a nosedive lately anyway) And the graphics consists of purple, blue, red and green hues, but then they got carried away and decided that you can't have too much of a good thing so the addend more purple, then more blue, then more red, some more green, and then they just bumped up the colors full force so the purple smack you in the face, the blue practically blinds you, and the green overwhelms you, by the time you get used to all those colors, red jumps out at you to permanently disable you from seeing colors ever again! Why are there an overabundance of purple hues? It's not a fairytale, is it? Anyway, although the storyline is just ho, ho ho humdrum, I will give "The Thief of Life" 4 stars instead of the 3 stars I usually give the games in this series, because I was more than slightly entertained by the Mini Games offered, and they are in abundance which, unlike the purple hues, are welcomed by my inner puzzle geek. As I mentioned earlier, this series always has gimmicky weapons at your disposal, and with this game, if you can imagine it, you're probably going to find that device eventually. The "go to" device you can't do without is an Anti-Gravity Scepter, which seems to have enough energy to lift vehicles off the ground and heave giant solid granite boulders! I found this a little ironic because I used my state of the art scepter to lift an overturned car off of my colleague, to undoubtedly save her life, then I rush over to a dilapidated intercom box that looked like it was built in 1960, yank out all the old wires and run about town doing a bunch of meaningless tasks, I just happen to come across a new set of wires that will work perfectly on my intercom system. I return to the intercom box area where I presumably step over my dying colleague lying in the middle of the road, and probably over her purse as well, that I just looted and threw back down on the ground, I toss the new set of wires at (not into) the box and they magically line up where they need to be, I grab my electrical tape (which I knew I'd need when I found the tape earlier) and wrap the wires so nobody would get electrocuted and OSHA wouldn't fine the agency who would in turn deduct it out of my paycheck. Now all that's left to do is close the box and push the giant red cross which calls the Ambulance! If the scientists are so good, why do I need a call box, doesn't the agency provide me with a smartphone, or at least a dumbphone? This Collector's Edition version has plenty of collectible items, just not that many of each one so this is either a really short game, or many of the location scenes don't have a collectible. There are 20 devices referred to as Maxwell's Inventions (hope they're better than the ambulance call button) and 14 Morphing Objects, most of which are really large and difficult not to spot. There are several Notes that you will come across, and these too are considered collectibles as they are stored in your journal for later reference if needed. Finally, there are Film Strip Collectibles that will eventually be from 6 different reels, 4 strips per reel, I hope we get a cartoon to watch before the reel show. The Hidden Object Scenes are just okay, nothing to write home about bad nor good. There are Interactive List finds, finding Keywords in a sentence, Spot the difference, finding Matching pairs by moving two items at a time, and Silhouetted Shape finds. The Mini Games is this games saving grace in my opinion, it's the best feature it has going for it. Most of the games allow you to customize the difficulty of the puzzle, either Easy or Hard, which is way cool! Below are brief descriptions of some of the games you'll encounter during the demo: 1) Rotate cogwheels to restore the image, rotating one cog may affect others. 2) Move spheres along the track to their color coded slots. 3) Dial a phone number on a rotary phone dial. 4) Rotate tiles to create a path.from left to right. 5) Restore the image by selecting a tile which will swap the adjacent tile. 6) Place numbered weights on the board where arrows would cross with that specific number of times. 7) Use the Ocular device to search the dark for symbols shown. 8) Place symbol fragments on the outline correctly. 9) Use arrows to move tiles on rows and columns to complete the picture. 10) Move statue pieces from the right peg to the left peg, large pieces cannot go on top of smaller pieces. 11) Guide the green crystal to three different slots to open the door, using the crystal to move cogs until the desired opening direction has been achieved. 12) Move token parts to the center without crossing over one another. 13) Recreate symbols sections. 14) Place dominoes to fill all spaces. 15) Fill tubes to the lines, one valve my affect others. This Collector's Edition has 10 Wallpapers, 8 Concept Art pictures, 17 replayable Mini Games, 18 replayable Hidden Object Scenes, 5 Music Soundtracks, 6 Film Reels with 4 strips each, 20 Maxwell's Inventions, 22 Achievements, 14 Morphing Objects, Collectible Note pages, a built in Strategy Guide and a Bonus Chapter.
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Somebody's gone... potatoes -literally I mean, come on... By now you should have get used to how the good things are done. So, why this big catastrophe? I mean, why design in-game puzzles, in which you get to discover objects like gramophones or headphones, just by looking at their inlays? You're artwork isn't that fine, clear, not even bright. And what about the puzzles? Frustrating to say the least, uninspired, and no fun at all. When you don't understand what there is to do, it stops being a game! Who thought of this "you lose" concept? You get no chance to erase some wrong moves or just "restart". You lose. Well... we surely know now who lost their touch!
Date published: 2016-12-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not enough variety in the challenge levels of puzzles for me I gave up on this one 20 minutes into the demo. It would suit players who like very difficult puzzles, especially the "move this and another thing moves" types. I tend to play games to relax in bed before sleep and to be honest I usually skip through those really tough ones, In this game, all of the puzzles were of the harder variety, and unfortunately the skip setting couldn't be made short enough for me to progress enjoyably through the game. Even the hidden object puzzles were of the shape instead of word type. The graphics were nice and the storyline seemed good, although one we've seen many times before.
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Levitate Away Simple game for all ages. Not to scary and the bad guys voice was slightly corny for his character. Lots to do. Working HO's, collect film pieces and Morphing objects, No critter action except in the form of clicking on a bird or bat or skeleton to get that nice little movement. I like it when other things move just enough to create a noise. Also there was a good inventory list, good jump map and lots of puzzles which I played on hard mode to make it more challenging.
Date published: 2016-12-07
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