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Big Fish Editor's Choice! This title was selected for its exceptional quality and overwhelmingly positive reviews from our Game Club beta testers.

Domini Games, creators of the Enchanted Kingdom series, present another romantic tale in their classic Dark Romance series!

Your beloved Sybil receives a stunning painted portrait of herself, but something is wrong. The painting is slowly transforming into a monster, and Sybil is changing with it! Someone is out for revenge against you and your closest friends. You and Sybil must work together to uncover the culprit and find a cure, before she becomes a monster permanently! Solve puzzles and uncover clues that will reveal the villain behind this scheme in this charming hidden-object puzzle adventure game!

See what our Beta testers had to say:

“Loved this game. Interesting story line...great ambience...super graphics...This game totally drew me into the storyline and it is fun to play as 2 characters.I also loved the HO scences...and the fact that I didnt have to look for a screwdriver when I had a perfectly good knife to use.”  - Jamie, Beta Tester

“A truly amazing experience! Lots of great puzzles and some new, exciting ones to explore, too. I highly recommend this game.”  - Quin, Beta Tester


  • Catch the villain and save your sister in the bonus chapter!
  • Find hidden magical brushes and morphing objects.
  • Replay hidden-object puzzles and mini-games.
  • Collect cursed paintings to unlock the entire collection.
  • Enjoy exclusive wallpapers, art, and music!

Game System Requirements:

  • OS: Windows XP/Windows Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8/Windows 10
  • CPU: 1.6 GHz
  • RAM: 1024 MB
  • DirectX: 9.0
  • Hard Drive: 1448 MB

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Dark Romance: The Monster Within Collector's Edition is rated 3.8 out of 5 by 12.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Vey beautiful game And very innovative and insteresting also . Big helps for everyone , it indicate you when there is extra things to find like morpheal object , you can choose between to level of difficultie in minigame . The scenery also is wonderful . Very good game !!
Date published: 2017-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Paint Me Blue I have all of the Dark Romance games and this one will join them. Others have told about the bells and whistles, so just let me say that I really enjoy this game. I like the HO's which are varied, and I always like collecting things; especially since this one shows you if there's any to be found, and some are in the HO scenes. There are morphings to be found and it also shows you if one is in a scene. The only thing that could be better about this game is the rendering of the people. They are stiff looking and when they turn into the 'monsters' they don't look very believable. There are no natural looking movements. They look fine until they move and talk. Having said that, I still enjoyed the game and it's a buyer for me.
Date published: 2017-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I WONT BE SITTING FOR A PORTRAIT........ ANYTIME SOON ! THIS STORY OF BETRAYAL AND BLACKMAIL,IS EXCELLENT! A GREAT ADDITION TO THE DARK ROMANCE SERIES!!!
Date published: 2017-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from DO NOT TOUCH THAT PORTRAIT AND IF YOU DO, DON’T LOOK IN A MIRROR Marriage is off to a wild start for newlyweds Sybil and Nigel. The old adage of “beware of strangers bearing gifts” should apply when Sybil receives a gift from a stranger telling her it is a gift is from one of Nigel’s friends. Inside the package is a portrait of Sybil that is indeed “special” but certainly not in a good way. As Sybil takes the portrait in her hands she is overcome and quickly begins a transformation that is sure to unleash the beast within. Who would do such a thing to a kind and lovely young bride? As you play this new game in the Dark Romance series, the Monster Within, you will discover the answer to that question and even more as you find out who is behind this betrayal of friendship. If you are like me and happen to love the Dark Romance series I think that you will find the Monster Within to be a game that you too will enjoy. Yes, for some, the storyline might seem nonsensical but I love the way the developer uses both characters to tell the story using a back and forth interaction between the lovers. Again there are many who love to analyze a game but I am such a game addict that for me unless a game is horribly dark, I play simply for the joy of playing each game that comes my way. The graphics are beautiful and excellent as is expected from this developer. There is a custom mode available and the interactive map. There is an option on the map that you can click that will then show when a scene has collectibles not yet found. You also will find your father’s amulet that will grant you a useful power. Again, I don’t like to give away all of the details of a game because discovery is the most fun. A unique feature from this developer is the inclusion of little circles on the inventory bar that will be open or closed to show when there are collectibles or morphing objects to find in a scene. The Monster Within has an equal distribution of 19 HOPS and 19 Mini-games. IMHO, the HOPS are very creative and interactive but if you would rather not hunt for objects, there is a Match-3 game. Some of the HOPS do have mini-games included and the one in the first scene is fun. There is good variety in the style of HOPS included in the game with silhouette, list, and storybook types to keep you entertained. The mini-games or puzzles are a lot of fun and many are included in the HOPS as well. The mini-games are familiar but that is not a big deal to me. This developer offers a choice between Easy and Hard when you play a mini-game, with Hard being the default. If you get stuck you can always reset the mini-game by selecting Easy. If you prefer the CE version of a game this one includes 6 Chapters plus a Bonus Chapter and a 50-Page Strategy Guide. There are Morphing Objects, Collectible Brushes, and Paintings to find. Of course we have Achievements to earn, all with creative names. Other extras include Wallpapers, Concept Art, Music, Movies, and a Menagerie. IMHO, this developer always adds a lot of extra content making the CE version a great value. Since I am a huge fan of fairy tales (I kept several of my favorite collections from childhood) and I love the Dark Romance series. I am a romantic at heart so I really want to bring Nigel and Sybil the happy ending they need to live happily ever after. Even though the game was an instant buy for me, I recommend that you try the demo to see if Dark Romance the Monster Within is a game you will enjoy. Other games in the series include Vampire in Love, Heart of the Beast, the Swan Sonata, Kingdom of Death, Curse of Bluebeard, Romeo and Juliet. Happy Gaming!
Date published: 2017-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The brush of a painter can be a dangerous weapon We see an artist, making the last strides to a portrait, deforming the woman’s face to a grimace. ‘It worked!’ he exclaims. . Newlywed Sibyl and Nigel Vane are at home unpacking presents, one of them, a portrait of Sibyl. When she takes it up, the picture starts glowing, a greenish light envelopes her and her face deforms partly, looks like a wolf. Shocked, she faints. Nigel seems speechless but at that moment Dr. Benjamin arrives. He is a belated guest to their wedding and he can help Sibyl regain consciousness.. He knows of a similar case. Another woman suffered a similar attack, she now lives apart from public in a cabin in the woods. They agree on bringing Sibyl to her, till they find a cure for that monstrous illness. It seems, cause of the transforming effect would be Basil, one of Nigel’s two best friends from earlier years, who seeks revenge. His father lost his fortune and he blames the fathers of Nigel and Henry for his personal tragedy. You play two roles in this game, as usual for the series. The story is a bit weird, a painter, being able to transform humans into animals, though it has its fascination. We have interesting puzzles with the well-known easy/hard option, more HO scenes, varied in type with the option to play Match-3. Artwork is great, but the game is more slow in pace and we have much dialogue.
Date published: 2017-09-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Shapeshifter? Monster? Human? Hello friends! Well, we now have 7 in this series. As usual, I review mostly on the game play and leave the story to others who do a much better job than I. The graphics in this one are fairly well done, even with the blurring when going in and out of close ups...why can't they fix that! Game play was very good, no problems during the demo. Colors are very bright and clear, but not over-powering. Again, you can switch players in this game, which is fun and breaks the monotony. Also allows the devs to incorporate more story into the game, rather than having a lot of story boards. Music was either too soothing or too quiet, as I didn't hear much. It helps a great deal that we have exceptional sound FX, very realistic and pretty much constant. Voices are very well done, age and character appropriate and we seem to have a little more character interaction than in the previous game. Animation is well done and fairly smooth. HOPs are well done and varied, with interactive silhouettes, interactive lists and find the highlighted word. The scenes are clear and items are not difficult to find. If you don't want to play the HOP, you can switch to a match 3. Personally, I prefer the jigsaw puzzles rather than Match 3. You can still switch from easy to difficult when playing puzzles. I found none of the puzzles all that difficult, but one did take me a minute to think through before I made my move. Basically fairly easy. Hint system is very helpful and when you need to travel a long distance, the map opens up and you transport through that. Ah, my favorite map is back. Very clean and areas are well identified by picture and name, and it tells you if you missed a collectible. I love the varied collectibles. We need to find 15 morphing items, which can be small and difficult to spot. We also have 64 paint brushes, which are not easy to see, even when they are right in front of you. I did note that even if you find everything in a close up scene, the screen will not close if you still need to find brushes. Sort of a cheater. There are also 12 paintings. You can't see them up close, so not sure what this does for us in the end. These are very easy to miss, because you have lots of pictures around. Collectibles are nicely done and do add a little challenge to the game. I don't remember beta testing this one, but I like it. I seemed to be pulled into the very different story line very quickly. The challenges here are the collectibles, and the story is very well done and interesting. The story and game play flow very well and is so easy to follow, you don't have to even look at the strategy guide. I think all levels of players will like this one for one reason or another. I gave this one a 4.75 on my scale. Yes, I am adding it to my CE collection as well. As always, try it for yourself and see what you think. We all have different tastes and you may not care for this one at all. Thanks for the reviews.
Date published: 2017-09-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from HELLO KITTY Surely everyone knows by now, not to open that last wedding present, that nobody ever knows where it came from. Sure enough, it was a cursed gift, a portrait of the new bride, that's slowly morphing into a beast, and causing Sybil Vane, to morph as well! Nigel and Sybil aren't the only newlywed's hexed by a curse, because this is a very Dark Romance, this couple must work together to find out who and why, they are being targeted, before the beast within takes control, and Sybil is gone forever. In true Dark Romance fashion, you will solve this mystery by playing both characters, Nigel and Sybil, which gives you a different perspective, from both characters point of view. In this Collector's Edition version, there are 3 different collectibles, with icons above the inventory bar that open up whenever there's an available collectible. You can choose to disable this function in the custom settings, there are 15 Morphing Objects, 12 Cursed Paintings (with a background bio) and 64 collectible Paint Brushes, which allow you to purchase animals for portraits in the Menagerie. I though this game was going to give us a break with the gimmicky tool feature, but it turns out that the only thing papa left, was am Amulet. What does the amulet do you ask? Well, it somehow gives us the ability to turn into a falcon and fly! This part leaves me with so many questions, why do I need a real falcon if I can just turn into one using my amulet? Why can't I find an amulet that turns me into a panther and we can both live happily ever after changing into a cat? How does an amulet such as this work in the first place, voodoo, dark magic, alien technology? How do I return to human form? Do I carry the amulet around my falcon neck? Do I eat rodents when I'm a falcon? The Hidden Object Scenes aren't all that impressive, and you can opt for a Match 3 game, but these alternate puzzles rarely offer a really good Match 3 game. There are Interactive List finds, Progressive Interactive Silhouetted Shape finds, and Keywords in Sentence finds requiring you to find and replace items correctly. There are also Multiple finds in smaller Zoom Zone HOP's as well. The Mini Games however, I found to be creative and somewhat lengthy. Most games are available with an Easy or Hard difficulty mode option. Below are brief descriptions of some of the games you'll encounter during the demo: 1) Eliminate all but one token by removing tokens located between two matching tokens. 2) Point each dial to one of the symbols shown on the clue, by pressing the blue arrows to rotate the dials the total number of times shown on them. Rotating one dial may affect others. 3) Guide each flower to its matching corner without intersecting paths. 4) Perform first aid on Benjamin logically. 5) Press icons in the correct sequence. 6) Guide Nigel to the gates, avoiding the black hawks. DARK ROMANCE GAMES AVAILABLE Title***Collector's Edition Release Date***Average Rating 1-Vampire In Love (February 8-14) 3.9 2-Heart of the Beast (April 23-15) 4.0 3-The Swan Sonata (October 17-15) 3.4 4-Kingdom of Death (April 21-16) 3.4 5-Curse of Bluebeard ( October 13-16) 4.7 6-Romeo and Juliet (February 25-17) 2.7 7-The Monster Within (September 7-17) n/a This Collector's Edition has 15 Wallpapers, 20 Concept Art pictures, 5 Music Soundtracks, 10 replayable Movie Videos, 30 Achievements to earn, 12 Cursed Paintings, 15 Morphing Objects, 64 Collectible Brushes to buy 12 Animal paintings in the Menagerie, 19 replayable Hidden Object Scenes, 19 replayable Mini Games, a built in Strategy Guide and a Bonus Chapter, enjoy!
Date published: 2017-09-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from DO PEOPLE CHANGE AFTER MARRIAGE? – JUST ASK THESE NEWLYWEDS! Art comes to life in this latest sequel to the Dark Romance series. Newlyweds, Sybil and Nigel Kane, will be spending their honeymoon apart when a wedding gift, a painting, transforms our blushing bride into a wolf-like creature. An old childhood friend, Basil Hallward, is behind the transformative artwork, blaming Nigel and fellow friend, Henry Watton, for his impoverished condition and the bankruptcy of his father. He is using his new “artistic talents” to extort money from these two old childhood chums. Henry’s wife, Angelica, has turned into a panther and Henry is now a bull. Play the tag-team newlyweds, Sybil and Nigel as they both work together to stop their misguided friend from turning their village into another “Animal Farm.” I do not find this game as well-crafted as the previous games in this series. I believe it will appeal to all the hopeless romantics out there. The game mechanics are excellent; however, I find the story and the gaming script poorly written and somewhat absurd. Unlike the previous games in this series, this game seems slow-paced. You have an assortment of collectibles which include paint brushes and paintings. You will exchange an amount of brushes for a menagerie of animals. There are also morphing objects hidden within the game. As in previous games, the inventory bar indicates when there are collectibles and morphing objects to be found within a scene. You will tag-team between the characters Nigel and Sybil. Eat, drink and be merry as food and drinks abound in this game for you to ingest. HOP SCENES. There are more HOP scenes in the demo than in previous games. They are innovative and creative, with most of them being highly interactive. I felt the first scene was very creative. It is an interactive silhouette with a mini-puzzle at the end of the scene. However, after that scene, the scenes in the demo are the usual ones seen in every other game. They include mini-HOP scenes to locate a small number of one item, a storybook scene which features items in ROSE COLORED letters (to match the love theme) and lists of items. You have the option to play a Match-3 game in lieu of the scenes. PUZZLES: This game does not have the number of puzzles as in previous games. Most of the puzzles offer the option between “Easy and Hard” versions. The puzzles are decent, but not as good as in previous games. I did not find any of those “hard” puzzles to be truly difficult. Most of the “hard” puzzles are of middle difficulty. There were only two puzzles I liked in the demo. I did enjoy the thematic maze puzzle leading our “hawkish” Nigel through a maze while avoiding black hawks. Other puzzles include matching puzzles, rotating tiles and switch puzzles to create images, sequence puzzles, and connection puzzles. Not all these puzzles are thematic, however. FAVORITE PUZZLE: PUT OUT THE FIRE! Put out the fire – but hopefully not for our newlyweds. Play against a “fired up” computer who is trying to light up more tokens than you do on a grid. Take turns by moving your tokens into the grid to eliminate the fire tokens and increase your water tokens while the computer is trying to do the same with its fire tokens. Success consists of extinguishing the fire by eliminating the computer’s fire tokens. LEVELS: Casual, Advanced, Hardcore, Custom Hints and Skips: 15 to 90 seconds EXTRAS: Map is given to you at the beginning of the game. 20 Achievements Collect 64 Brushes to use to purchase animals Collect 12 Cursed Paintings 15 Morphing objects Replay 19 HOP scenes and 19 Puzzles 15 Wallpapers, 20 Concept Art, Music, Movies, and a Menagerie HERE ARE THE DETAILS (SPOILERS) FOR THOSE WANT MORE INFORMATION ON THE HOP SCENES AND PUZZLES IN SEQUENCE HOP SCENES: You have the option to play a Match-3 game in lieu of the scene. (A) Silhouette. Interactive scene in which you must locate items which are then used within the scene. There is a puzzle at the end of the scene (B) List of items. (C) Mini-HOP scene. Locate 8 herb leaves. (D) Storybook scene. Find items listed in ROSE-COLORED letters (E) Silhouette. (F) List of items PUZZLES: Most games have the choice between Easy and Hard versions A. (Within HOP scene). Matching. Remove tokens by clicking on a token which is between matching tokens. B. Rotating tiles puzzle. Rotate three rings so that each ring is pointing to a symbol on a given code. Rotating one ring affects the others. C. Connection puzzle. Guide four (4) flowers to their matching locations without crossing lines with each other. D. Play nurse. Follow directions to perform first aid on your driver. E. Sequence puzzle. Press animal buttons in sequence as per a diagram. F. Maze puzzle. Guide Nigel through the maze (as a hawk) avoiding the black hawks. G. Switch puzzle. Switch tiles so that the symbols on the three tiles combine to create the image on a rune. Must match the runes in both the row and the column in which they are placed. H. Play against the computer. On a grid, try to fill more spaces with water than the computer does with fire. You will keep score as to the amount of hits each of you has. Play until one of you is destroyed I. Sequence puzzle. Remove belt straps in sequential order. J. Matching puzzle. On a cello, move strings so they look like those on a given diagram. K. Maze puzzle. Move in sequential order from left to right landing on the correct symbols as indicated on a diagram.
Date published: 2017-09-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Sloppy Romance, is more like it If found this game to be a bit disappointing and without any originality whatsoever. You get to collect: cursed paintings, brushes, and morphing items. There is the diversity that you play both the roles of Sybil and Nigel, a newlywed couple, by interchanging heroes and their actions. But this change in the roles occurs somewhat too often. Also, the game, to me, is a bit slow: both the reaction time and speech are quite slow.
Date published: 2017-09-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from REALLY???? Could have really been a good game....but wasn't...again!! :o( Dev's these days just don't seem to know how to 'create' 'monsters'. They're either downright pathetic/childish or, as in this case, laughably ridiculous!!! Oh come on...puuleeeease; a lion/panther in a dress??? Really???? I tell you, the quality of games are really going down hill; although with the technology that's available now, you'd think it would be the opposite. Not so though!!! I can't recommend this game but I do say to try the Demo; you just might like it. Cheers!! :o)
Date published: 2017-09-12
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