The Cabinets of Doctor Arcana

The Cabinets of Doctor Arcana

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WARNING: The Cabinets of Doctor Arcana contains occult images that may not be suitable for younger players.

Can you survive this dark adventure set inside the sinister Arcana Manor? On a dark and stormy Halloween night, you find yourself standing before the manor’s gothic gates. A strange force compels you to find a way in, but as soon as you set foot inside the mansion, the door slams shut behind you, sealing you inside the eerie manor house. A ghostly vision appears before you, presenting you with a challenge: Resolve a maze of riddles and perplexing puzzles, or be doomed to spend eternity locked inside the inescapable mansion. Do you dare accept the deadly challenge and discover the secrets that lie within The Cabinets of Doctor Arcana?

The Cabinets of Doctor Arcana is a throwback to early computer puzzle games. The game was designed to have a very retro look and feel within a simple framework with minimal mouse controls. The end result is an effectively moody and entertaining game that evokes a haunting sense of nostalgia. Players must resolve a variety of devious puzzles to unlock Doctor Arcana's darkest secrets. Players are also subjected to taunting remarks from Doctor Arcana throughout their adventure, and lost souls who consult the in-game walkthrough, aptly named The Cheater's Compendium, will be scolded and ridiculed for doing so. For those seeking something more mentally stimulating than the usual arcade game or hidden object adventure, this is the game for you.

  • A captivating mystery set in the realm of magic and illusion
  • Over 50 perplexing puzzles and mind-bending mazes
  • Original soundtrack by Nox Arcana
  • In-game art gallery featuring eerie works by Joseph Vargo
  • Detailed walkthrough from Doctor Arcana himself

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Game System Requirements:

  • OS: Windows 7/Windows 8/Windows 10
  • CPU: 1.6 GHz
  • RAM: 512 MB
  • DirectX: 9.0
  • Hard Drive: 582 MB

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The Cabinets of Doctor Arcana is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 80.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from something wonderfully different OMG what a wonderful game. After a long time I got to play such a challenging game I simply loved it. I hope we'll get to see more games like this. BF good job keep bringing more challenging games. Thank you.
Date published: 2020-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the Best Puzzle Adventures I've played in a while! Finally a game worthy of a review. I've played numerous titles from Big Fish and others, but few have gained my admiration like The Cabinets of Doctor Arcana. I discovered this game through another website and fell in love with it. I read some of the negative reviews, how it was reminiscent of the puzzle adventure games of the 1990s (think "Myst", "Riven", "7th Guest", or "Shivers"), but IMHO, those were some of the best games on the market. Some of the puzzles are quite challenging and I will admit to having to use the Skip feature out of frustration, but the next time I play through, I know I'll enjoy it even more!
Date published: 2020-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it, Want more games like this one Reading some of these review's...WOW!!!! half the fun of games like this is trying to figure out the game. The puzzles were all awesome. I loved them....sure there were a couple of area's....but that is part of the game. If you want hints and clues as to what to do.....then find a Hidden object game where you can get all the help you want. As for me, I am looking for games like this one. So please get more like this one!!!
Date published: 2020-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Find more games like this one please. I loved this game. Full of puzzles which were challenging but not impossible - right up my street. I found the door opening puzzles repetitive and a bit tedious but the cabinet puzzles were wonderfully inventive and challenging. The artwork is impressive and interesting throughout the game and the whole vibe is spooky and dark. A map can be found which allows you to transport throughout the various areas of the game but it would have been helpful if you could have taken the map with you so that you could transport back again. It appeared to be locked into one location. This is the first game that I have started again as soon as I finished it. So, for all lovers of genuine puzzle games I would recommend this one as a must have.
Date published: 2020-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Puzzle Lover's Dream This game is unlike most of the HOGs and adventure games I buy on Big Fish. You won't find any HOPs here - just puzzle after puzzle. You arrive at a spooky, Gothic mansion where you are immediately given a choice: turn around and leave or choose to solve all the puzzles inside the mansion. If you fail, you will be locked in forever. The spooky voice taunts you throughout and grudgingly gives you back-handed compliments when you succeed. I have heard that he insults you if you use a skip or hint, but I never did so I can't tell you about that. The puzzles get harder and harder as you progress. One took me DAYS to accomplish. I had to try for a while and quit and come back, but I was determined NOT to skip it. (If you're curious, it was the one with the scarab and the little golden balls). This is not so much a scary game as a creepy one. The artwork is gorgeous and the music is compelling. It's old-school point and click and very easy to navigate. Hint: Look at EVERYTHING! Take your time and just enjoy the experience with this one. What a feeling of accomplishment to complete this fiendish game! I was never sadder to complete a game before. Where is the next one?!
Date published: 2020-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from PLEASE PLEASE MORE LIKE THIS!!!! This is an old school game. Very challenging. If you like a challenging adventure game with challenging puzzles and little help, this will be the top of your favorites list.
Date published: 2020-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thank You I have been lamenting the lack of challenging puzzle games for quite a while now, and then I stumbled onto this game while looking at a posters comment history. Thank goodness for comments! This game FAR exceeded my expectations. There are some challenging puzzles, especially the constellation puzzle and the find your way through the round maze puzzle. I have trouble with even basic right and left let alone rotating something and knowing what it will look like so I ended up getting the first piece or move for a couple of puzzles otherwise I would have been stumbling around in them for days and days. With that first clue those puzzles were still quite challenging enough for me. My favorite unaided success was the push the golden balls puzzle – one has to be very, very careful with moves. The story line is based on finding what happened to Doctor Arcana. It involves keys, moving around to open up rooms in the house, and doing LOTS of puzzles. I probably made about 4 pages of notes and drawings. I used the journal, which is great. Other games are usually so simple a journal is more of a decoration. A map is found mid game, but I didn’t use it much as I drew a map as I went along. The graphics were fine – again, not the main point of the game. This game was good enough that I will replay it at some point, and that’s rare for me. I sincerely hope MORE puzzle games like this are made available.
Date published: 2019-10-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Devious Puzzles and Arcane Conundra! Well, this was just a ton of fun. We explore a spooky mansion belonging to a deceased magician on Halloween night, solving puzzles and enduring the taunts of Dr. Arcana along the way. The game is puzzle-centric and it will not hold your hand -- you need to notice patterns you find as you explore, and some of the puzzles are tough. Try the demo and see how you do with the gate puzzle. If you can't solve that one or find it too confusing or frustrating, stop there -- you aren't going to enjoy this game. The atmosphere is delightful -- pleasantly creepy and enhanced by an excellent score (the game creator is also a member of the band Nox Arcana, who provided the gothic melodies). The mansion is peppered with artwork as well, which is saved in a gallery to look at later if you want to, as one of the game extras. There are tons of puzzles, ranging from very easy to mind-bending. Many reviewers have called out the scarab puzzle, which I actually solved without too much pain -- but I really suffered over the constellation tiles and circular maze! Be prepared to do a certain amount of trial and error to figure out how to approach these -- and since the game won't let you undo a move without resetting the whole puzzle, there is a LOT of trial. But when you beat a particularly hard puzzle at last, the glow of accomplishment is worth it! Some puzzles are familiar types, but others are creative: my favorite had you rearranging skulls with letters on them to create a phrase. I loved the presentation of the game, the wealth of puzzles, and the challenge factor. This game reminded me of old classics like The Seventh Guest. I do have a few nits to pick -- the mansion is full of doors, all of which you open with the same two kinds of puzzles: a tile-swapping challenge, and a cipher to decode. The tile puzzles are fun, but the cipher puzzles aren't challenging or enjoyable, they just feel like a tedious task to get through as you match symbols on a scroll to figure out what letters they represent. And you do 13 of these (I think), which is simply irksome. There's also one "click lights at random to figure out the right sequence" puzzle, which is pointless. And the graphics are not particularly lavish, although they do the job. Still, for me this is a five-star game because it was just so fun and so satisfying. IMO the "occult themes" are mild and shouldn't offend anyone who's seen much stage magic -- there are some pentagrams and runes and familiar "spooky" motifs, nothing offensive.
Date published: 2019-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Masterpiece! BEST Game Ever Played!! Stunning graphics, artist worthy. Hauntingly beautiful soundtrack. Thoughtful, well developed story line and voice over. Brilliant puzzles, off the beaten path. Challenging. Recommend that you give yourself time to figure out the puzzles. Some took me days, yet I was not frustrated. Just curious and interested in solving. Impressive and Unlike ANY other game on BF. Highest Recommendation, especially if you are looking for something different. MONOLITH GRAPHICS PLEASE GIVE US MORE!!!!!
Date published: 2019-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from More, More, More You could have knocked me over with a feather when I read that this game was mostly a puzzle game. I'm cool with that as I wished after every BF game played that devs would come up with a game with only great and challenging puzzles. I can do without an excessive story line, hidden objects and back and forth nonsense so this game was up my alley from start to finish! For sure most puzzles needed some thought to solve but that's good for my old brain. Buy it if you love thought provoking puzzles.
Date published: 2019-07-05
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