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 74.
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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best game for many years I agree with another reviewer, that this is the most enjoyable game I have played since the early MCF games. Best puzzles, best graphics, best everything. I will play this again, and hope that BF will release more games like this.
Date published: 2019-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best game ever This is a great game for people who love goth environments but not exclusive...I do not understand the restriction note btw. High quality graphics...I would live in such a manor, which incidentally does not have dead animals trophies everywhere on the walls. Real challenging puzzles..at last...and the music from Nox Arcana, just mesmerizing !! This game does not compare to any other. Definitely calls for a sequel.
Date published: 2019-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love puzzles? Then this one is for you I absolutely enjoyed playing this game. If you love going from one puzzles to another without having to spend time on tideous HO scenes, then this game is for you. Having said that, some of the puzzles are repetitive, but I wasn't bored with them. The level of challenge is good, but not frustrating. Also, the game comes with a built-in guide. It reminded of Safe Cracker and if you like that game, then Arcana is definately one you want to look into. I'd advise doing the trial. The games has a warning as the theme is occult, but I didn't find any of that disturbing. I recommend this game to anyone who loves solving puzzles.
Date published: 2019-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A real treat for puzzle lovers If you find joy and happiness in solving puzzles - the more challenging the better - this is the game for you. Not much of a storyline here, but it doesn't matter really, because this type of games doesn't require a storyline - think "Safecracker" or even the "Azada" series. The game is a collection of puzzles, some maybe a tad repetitive, but others unique and challenging. I wouldn't give an A to the art, and I mean the numerous portraits here which were painted for the most part without due attention to human anatomy (but at least the interiors were executed well), and that's the only complaint I have about the game. I surely hope there will be Arcana 2 at least - and maybe more.
Date published: 2019-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Old school puzzles at their best! This game does not hold your hand. The puzzles are deceptively easy at first, and get really super hard later on. The story is simple - you're in a mansion and you have to collect keys to get out. I'm almost done, and stuck, but I'll get it. The best part of this game is the satisfaction of beating each puzzle (and goading a game character into bringing it on - it's ridiculous.) I did skip one puzzle because I'm rubbish at the type of puzzle it was, and the game chided me for it :( Though I deserved it :) I LOVE that it's not the type of game where you run to location 1 to get something to use in location 2, which opens something in location 1, which works with a gadget in location 2, etc. etc. Take a deep breath, don't use any hints, and get those "I did it!" endorphins after each puzzle. And don't try to play this in one setting. Some puzzles need a fresh mind.
Date published: 2019-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Loved this game! I was very proud of myself not skipping any of the puzzles. Some of them were very long to do but I persevered and got them done! I did have to send a question to the website about getting to the last chamber but other than that I was able to find what I needed, navigate all of the rooms and master the puzzles. Hope we can see more of these!
Date published: 2019-05-06
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