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 4.4 out of 5 by 88.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Game Ever Played!!! This was by far the best game I have ever played with Big Fish Games. If you are a puzzle lover, this game is for you!! Absolutely loved this game!!
Date published: 2020-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best New Puzzle Game in a Long Time Loved this game! Having recently played an older point-and-click adventure game that had really good puzzles, I started looking for more games like it. I enjoy hidden object games, but lately, many of the developers seemed to be recycling the same puzzles (possibly using templates?) while trying new things, and I was looking for something else that gave me the pure enjoyment and moody atmosphere that older games with real challenges had. Somehow, in my search I stumbled across this one, tried the trial, and had to buy it. Many of the puzzles involve opening a door by swapping and spinning tiles to match a glyph you've seen elsewhere in the mansion. However, upon opening each door, you are met with at least one unique challenge in order to obtain one of the 13 keys needed to unlock Doctor Arcana's secret, as well as clues needed to solve other puzzles. You will have to decipher all sorts of puzzles and mazes. I accidentally skipped one puzzle when I tried the hint button. Duh. One reviewer remarked out the hint button was not helpful at all, and, later, I was looking around to find what was the next thing I had to solve, and tried the hint button. Nothing happened. :-D The music is ominous, and the walls are hung with Gothic portraits rendered in a style that hearkens back to the old days of adventure games. We seem to be at a nostalgic time in our culture, as evidenced by movies that reflect the eras of our childhood (perhaps because there is an ever growing population of adults actually old enough to be nostalgic), and this was a much-desired game for me. I suppose I missed it because I was only searching in the "hidden object" puzzle adventures. I'll have to broaden my scope. It was pleasantly surprising that BFG would have a new game of this type. The one negative I would have about this game is the lack of a map in order to navigate easier. Even the older game I originally played had a map, and, in this game, I continually found myself lost in the maze, trying to get back to the location where I saw something else I needed. There is a map in the library, but it mostly serves to transport you to rooms you have already accessed, and you have to make possibly a dozen clicks just to get back to the library, assuming you are heading in the right direction. There was a hint at more adventures, so, hopefully, future adventures involve a built-in map that can be accessed from any screen. Second thing. Did I say one thing? I meant two. And I guess this is not so much something that requires change as a warning to other players. You don't really choose to turn on or off highlighted areas or anything. There are no sparkles or glitter letting you know to look over here. As you mouse around the screen and pass over certain areas, you'll get an eyeball. That eyeball may point out something to look at closer, or it might just make a passive observation. I suppose this lack of highlighted areas and eyeball cursors that may or may not be helpful is just another one of Doctor Arcana's ways of telling you to stop whining if you expect to live long enough to discover his secrets. You might enjoy this game if: *You think games that are over ten years old are great (this one isn't that old, yet, but it looks like it could be, and I think that's the point) *You crave an intriguing atmosphere with spooky music *You think Gothic art is really awesome *You like deciphering ancient texts and playing with skulls *You are looking for challenging, unique puzzles *You can't resist the snarky comments of an arrogant wizard
Date published: 2020-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a Cracker Wow...what a brilliant game...NO HOPs...thank goodness...just plenty of puzzles to solve and rooms to access....Really enjoyed playing this game.....left on a bit of a cliff hanger … another game to follow??...YES PLEASE !!!!….couldn't stop playing until I finished and received my Certificate.
Date published: 2020-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best games I've ever played - which is saying something! This is... wow, I'm almost not sure what to say here. The Cabinets of Doctor Arcana is pure puzzling bliss. It's easily one of my favorite games I've ever gotten from Big Fish. It reminds me (in a good way) of some of the old puzzle games of yesteryear, like The Seventh Guest. You're trapped in the creepy mansion of Doctor Arcana, a magician who mysteriously disappeared many years ago. The doctor's mask appears to explain the situation. If you can successfully complete his challenge, and explore his clue-laden house and find the thirteen skeleton keys hidden in the eponymous cabinets, you will have bought your freedom. If you can't... well, the world will never know what happened to you. The puzzles themselves are a delight. Most I was able to figure out on my own, which was inherently satisfying. I did have to skip a couple of the absolute most difficult ones, which made me laugh when the doctor would comment on it. (Oh yeah, he 'follows' you around and observes your every move. Get used to hearing his voice. He's a big ball of snark.) I didn't actually read it until after I was finished, but the in-game walkthrough is both helpful and hilarious. The whole game has a wonderful mysterious feel. You have to pay attention to even the smallest details, because you never know what's going to be important. I could hardly wait to find out what those thirteen keys unlocked; I had my suspicions by the time I got to the mansion's attic, but it was still an interesting ending. Spoiler alert - the empty nature of the house can make you feel like something's waiting to attack you, but nothing ever does. You're completely alone in there, apart from Arcana's voice. For someone like me, who gets a little too immersed in their games, this was a relief because I hate jumpscares. All in all, this was a solid purchase and not too long; I think the whole game took me maybe four hours. I might even play it again to see if I can get a better final score. Full marks to the devs, who have announced that the sequel is in progress - looking forward to it!
Date published: 2020-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just what I have been waiting for! This is NOT a hidden object game. If that is the type game you want to play, this is not the game for you. Puzzle game only - just what I have wanted to play. For me, the fun parts of the HO games are the puzzles. I never read the stories or follow along with them and always play on mute. I think the ones with the poor reviews did not take the time to look around and find the clues. This is not a game for those that just like to speed through games. I thought I was stuck at Baphomet and could not skip the puzzle. It is NOT a flaw in the game, you have to figure out where to get the 2nd scroll. Skips and hint buttons are there but do not play if you use them frequently in other games. This is actually a thinking game. Tons of fun and worth every penny!
Date published: 2020-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it ! Perfect game if you love solving riddles without too many hints. Too difficult ? Nope, just a good brainraker ! No HO scenes without any sens - simply great. Bought it because I wanted to solve the other puzzles. And every object you find is needed somewhere so keep a good lookout for them. Try it and have fun, losts of fun !
Date published: 2020-04-02
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
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