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: 10.14/10.13/10.12/10.11/10.10/10.9
  • CPU: 1.6 GHz (INTEL ONLY)
  • RAM: 1024 MB
  • Hard Drive: 573 MB

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The Cabinets of Doctor Arcana is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 52.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 4.5 Stars - The Most Fun I've Had In a Long Time Getting Totally Mind Blown! [review based upon completed game] Pros: really cleverly crafted puzzles, great atmospheric graphics and music, non-obtrusive dialog, built in walkthrough and other extras (and in an SE!) Cons: if you want everything handed to you in your games...leave the mansion now! This is easily one of the best games I've ever played for how compelling it was - I literally spent all my free time outside of work playing until I completed the game in just a few days - sleep deprivation, missing my usual gym workouts, barely cooking anything - because I couldn't stop playing until I reached the end! This developer is new to PC games and really hit it out of the park with their first crack at making games which is truly amazing to me. If you are looking for HOS, don't bother as there are some hidden objects here and there to pick up, but this is all puzzles. If you've been playing casual games for a while you'll be taken down memory lane with the puzzle types you'll see. Not to worry, it's not totally 90s as the graphics and soundtrack are beautifully done and very atmospheric. I'm glad to see BFG changed their cautionary statement, as there is no graphic content to scare anyone nor is there any "explicit adult content", but there definitely is a lot of occult imagery which doesn't bother me; however I can understand how it's not for everyone. Loved how the storyline was worked into the game: instead of the usual cutscenes/voiceovers, you get Dr. Arcana's mysterious mask appearing here and there speaking to you just enough, and the rest of the story is worked into the rooms of the mansion as you're working on accessing the assorted puzzles. The puzzles are varied and ingenious in their design and level of complexity. The difficulty is everything from pretty easy [if you get what the clue is telling you] to diabolically brain-straining, and there's a pretty good mix of hard and easy puzzles within each room of the mansion as you're going along, although there's a definite difficulty gradient that increases as you go higher up in the mansion. The very final underground room you access is either an awesome example of puzzles within puzzles, or a hair-pulling hard fiendish trap as you will have to solve a puzzle even to get the clue to be able to get into the rest of the room. Something I noticed while playing was the assorted clues and objects to collect weren't always needed right away - sometimes you won't be using them for quite a long while as you might have to do several rooms elsewhere before you can get to the spot where you need a particular object or clue. The clues themselves start becoming little puzzles of their own late in the game which I thought was truly clever. There are no sparkles or other giveaway hints so even early on you'll need to engage your gray matter. The in-game journal is great for checking on your found clues especially when you finally reach a puzzle for which you found the assorted clue or HO several rooms ago, but I'd recommend writing down other tidbits you come across in a notebook. If you get stuck, there's a built-in walkthrough, but even if you only play for a little while, you'll notice Dr. Arcana has a dark, biting humor in his commentary. He saves his best shots for the walkthrough, which is a work of art IMO with how he ranges from patronizing, miffed, and very mockingly sarcastic. I actually read through the entire walkthrough after finishing the game just because I found it hilarious, but if you're one who's easily hurt and needs a lot of help to get through a game...this one isn't going to be for you. There are even other extras which usually only appear in CE versions like being able to view all the artwork you've discovered in your travels, a music player, and hidden Easter eggs to find which don't affect the main gameplay, but those who have gaming OCD will be spending quite some time trying to discover all the hidden secrets. If you like to *really* be challenged in your games and want one where you can solve it with logic and not luck, I definitely recommend this! The only minor quibbles I have are that you can't replay the game on the same player once you've finished to try to improve your ranking or locate whatever missing artwork, journal entries, or secrets you missed, and some of the puzzles could have benefited from having an "undo" button instead of only a "reset" button. Oh, and don't press the Hint button as I found it nearly useless and it lowers your ranking when you've finished the game. These are really the only reasons I took half a star off my review. I'm eagerly looking forward to more of this series. Puzzle lovers rejoice, you're seriously missing out if you haven't tried this game!
Date published: 2019-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I LOVED this puzzle game! Based on the completed game. This is a great game for puzzle lovers, not so much for anyone else. There are a variety of types of puzzles that repeat, but the degree of difficulty changes for puzzles that appear more than once. The further you get in the game, generally, the harder the puzzles are. I had to skip a bunch of them, even with the help. I'll join with others in complaining about the mostly useless map, but having to travel for it made you really remember where you were and what you had seen there. Often you cannot finish a location on your first visit, so the map was occasionally helpful. What was not so helpful, but oh, so much fun, is the Cheater's Compendium. It's worth the read through, just to feel how useless and stupid you are, even when you have actually solved something. The tone is hilarious. The hints are scant, although there are lots of clues - you just have to remember to look for them. I also found that some of the solutions in the Cheaters Guide did not work (or maybe I couldn't follow the directions). The graphics, while old style, are exquisite. The game plays more like a CE than and SE and I had a great time spending a few hours over several days with it. Then I went back and played it again as another player. Someone else noted that you can't go back and play the games you've skipped, and that would be a nice fix. I wholeheartedly recommend this game (which I don't often do)!
Date published: 2019-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Puzzle Game I was happy to play a game that isn't like all the other games I have played lately. I feel a little in a rut and this broke me out. This is a straight up puzzle game, It is puzzle after puzzle in order to learn about Doctor Arcana and escape his mansion. The puzzles were varied and interesting, and a few I ended up skipping due to my lack of patience when I get stuck. That brings me to my one tiny drawback, and that was there were no hints on where to go. I found myself a couple of times wandering from room to room trying to locate the puzzle that I needed. Once you get into the library you can jump from room to room, but there is no indicator on where to go. Overall super fun and I spent a nice rainy afternoon playing it.
Date published: 2019-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun Challenging Retro Style Game I really enjoyed this game. It is one of the best games I have played in a very long time - definitely a Game of the Year contender. It reminded me of puzzle games from the 90's. If anyone remembers the Seventh Guest it is very similar in feel to that just not as complex. Yes the puzzles do start off easy and there is repetition with unlocking the doors but the difficulty does increase as you go along. The only thing that would have been nice is to be able to have the map with you to be able to zip through the rooms quickly, but as a previous reviewer stated, it is not a big house that you are exploring its just tedious going back to previous rooms looking for clues and items that you may have missed or to go back to puzzles that you have finally located a clue for. The other nice thing would have been a counter letting you know the number of secrets you had uncovered and same with the artwork. I managed to find all 38 pieces of art but it wasn't until the end that I discovered that I had only found 20 of the 22 secrets and I can't go back to see if I can find the missing 2 secrets. i hope that the game developers create a sequel as I really did enjoy playing this.
Date published: 2019-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a good puzzle game excellent for puzzle lover, some really difficult but take your time and you will be so happy to succeed,
Date published: 2019-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Adventure Game I really recommend this game for Adventure Games lovers. At last we got a different game for a change. Get it, you won't regret it.
Date published: 2019-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best ever That's the game I'm looking for, PLEASE MORE OF THIS KIND
Date published: 2019-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from fun puzzles love this game. is is all puzzles and it does repeat puzzles but lots of games in between i had a hard time at first because when i downloaded the game after buying it. it tool back a purple stone and i was stuck . could not advance .. so i started a new game and then i had no problems it you like puzzles that put pics together or filling up all the spaces without backtracking. things like that you will like this game. i think im about half way through it and the puzzles do get harder but all fun..... very good puzzle game.. no hog
Date published: 2019-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Puzzles, puzzles, and more puzzles OK so I bought this after playing the demo for 15 minutes. This is not your everyday HOP game so don't go there if that's what you are looking for. This is a bona fide puzzle game. Yes there is a help. Go back to the main screen and click on EXTRAS and then the CHEATER'S COMPENDIUM. This has all of the help you'll ever need. Here's a clue to get you past the front gate - Abracadabra!!! If you've gotten that far, I was a little confused at the staircase as I didn't realize there were hallways off the top floor and only stumbled on it by accident. So move your cursor around and you'll get there. Read the low ratings. They are all from people who couldn't find help or didn't know how to get past the gate. Everyone else loves the game. Now that you know where the help is, you should love it too. Enjoy!!!
Date published: 2019-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from best ever This is THE BEST GAME.... I can't wait for these folks to offer up a sequel.... I LOVE puzzles.... ok, I confess I had to cheat once with the cheater's compendium of secrets.... but I felt no shame....my favorite puzzle was the maze with the gold scarab pushing around the gold balls..... made me think..... totally ready for the next game of puzzles please....
Date published: 2019-04-11
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Solve a series of devious puzzles to escape Arcana manor and uncover the dark secrets of the mysterious magician once lived there.

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