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Game Giveaway of the day — Alex Hunter: Lord of the Mind

Plunge into the sinister world to save people from total mind control!
$9.99 EXPIRED
User rating: 19 (95%) 1 (5%) 12 comments

Alex Hunter: Lord of the Mind was available as a giveaway on October 16, 2022!

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Alex Hunter thought the case of the missing professor would be an easy paycheck. But his investigation has proven to be anything but simple. With hours of captivating game time, a richly detailed world, and a storyline inspired by classic detective novels, Alex Hunter: Lord of the Mind will thrill casual game fans looking for their next great adventure!

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8/ 10; CPU: 2.5 GHz; RAM: 1024 MB; DirectX: 9.0; Hard Drive: 1190 MB

Publisher:

MyPlayCity

Homepage:

https://www.bigfishgames.com/games/5451/alex-hunter-lord-of-the-mind/

File Size:

594 MB

Price:

$9.99

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Alex Hunter: Lord of the Mind
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In Brief
Alex Hunter: Lord of the Mind is a Hidden Object game - Track down a missing scientist as you explore the place where reality meets illusion.

The game has been given away three times previously; the first time on September 23rd, 2018, it received a positive 81% from 32 votes with 23 comments which you can see HERE. It was also given away on December 21st, 2019 where it received a positive 97% from 30 votes with 5 comments which you can see HERE and last time it was given away on April 3rd, 2021 where it received a positive 97% from 31 votes with 7 comments which you can see HERE.

There are several videos of game play, some from the Collectors Edition {……..SPOILER ALERT……} HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE & HERE.
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Introduction:
Alex Hunter thought the case of the missing professor would be an easy pay check. But his investigation has proven to be anything but simple. With hours of captivating game time, a richly detailed world, and a storyline inspired by classic detective novels, Alex Hunter: Lord of the Mind will thrill casual game fans looking for their next great adventure!

Over many years, Private investigator Alex Hunter had worked on dozens of cases involving murder, theft, bribery and fraud; and nothing fazed him. Until a young lady came to his house asking him to help find her father, the renowned scientist, Professor Patterson. The professor had vanished from his house, without a trace, over a month ago. The police were called in but they were unable to find any clues. Coincidentally, neighbours reported having bizarre visions and suddenly finding themselves in strange places. Hunter took the case, thinking it would be a piece of cake.

Edited reference's accessed HERE and HERE 23rd Sept 2018 and again October 2022.
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The Game:
In Lord of the Mind, you play as Alex Hunter, a famous detective which takes on the case of a missing professor. The story is not specially exciting or captivating, but it sets a nice base for what to follow. There are no cute animals, fantasy creatures, fairies or magic spells – Alex Hunter is one mature game with dark and gloomy environment which should be appreciated by fans of this genre.

The game is visually impressive, although we think that the graphics are a little too muddy. The scenes are highly detailed with stunning shades and effects. The voice overs are nice as well as the music. We love the 3D elements Alex Hunter has from 3D characters and dimensional environment.

There is nothing special about the game play of Alex Hunter, it plays like other HOPAs but being done in a good way. It is not really a straightforward game, which makes it fairly challenging to play. Puzzles are fun and tricky while Hidden Object scenes are few and far between, they are standard and well-cluttered.
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Being only a Standard Edition game, it is quite a surprise to see Collectibles and Strategy Guide included in the game – anyways, that is surely a big plus. Furthermore, it also has a long playtime which means that your 7 bucks spent on this game would not be wasted.

Reference accessed HERE original review by All About Casual Game on December 25, 2013; Edited and re-posted by Whiterabbit-uk 23rd Sept Sept 2018 and reposted 15th October 2022
Review 2:
Set in Europe at the turn of the 19th century, Lord of the Mind follows Alex Hunter's quest to locate a missing scientist and uncover the terrible secret behind his dangerous research. The search carries the player through a series of interesting locations during one of the longest nights on record.

For a casual game about clicking on barbells, records, and other random items, a surprising amount of thought has gone into world-building and keeping it internally consistent. While more of a simple search and rescue story than a legitimate mystery, there's more than enough plot to keeps players hooked through what has to be one of the most fast-paced HOGs I've encountered.
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Alex Hunter's HOG screens are lushly produced, full of animated backdrops and small interactive areas that serve no purpose but to delight the player. The developers have gone a long way to explain the cluttered masses that must be sifted through—by using a variety of derelict settings (sewers, old asylums, a ransacked laboratory) the number of random objects strewn about is largely justified. Some items are more random than others, however, and they're often tucked away in absurdly awkward locations, which shifts the balance a little further from fair than it should be.

The searches are of the 'find the clue/key and fifteen other items' variety standard in the HOG genre. There's an extremely large number of item manipulation puzzles in the game, so there's always a good reason to go looking for a length of rope or toy soldier, but the HOG searches are definitely padded by their insistence on loading a dozen random items onto the list.
The story follows a fairly logical investigation by HOG standards. With relatively inept police side-lined at the beginning of the game, it makes perfect sense that a private detective would have to break into sinister complexes and search for clues in order to track down the missing doctor. The puzzles, while fairly ornate and complex, do a good job of fitting in with the game's setting, never feeling out of place in any of the locations.

It isn't until the very end that the game goes completely off the rails—for the first four hours, the story follows a completely coherent path, as the player learns more about the 'Lord of the Mind' technology and the threat it poses to the world. Then, just as things seem to be reaching a climax, the titular machine is turned on, and everything the player has been led to believe is tossed aside and they're transported with almost no explanation to an entirely new location and handed a bizarre set of random tasks to complete. It's an incredibly jarring interlude that feels like it belongs in an entirely different game. It breaks the flow of the story, and makes the plot's resolution feel oddly underwhelming.
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Up until that last hour of game play, Alex Hunter: Lord of the Mind is a stellar example of the genre. The graphics are beautifully drawn, the puzzles are fair and fun, and a quick-travel map makes the expansive world easy to navigate. If it weren't for the story going completely mad in what seems like a desperate attempt to tack on a little more game play, this would have been a glowing review. As it is, Lord of the Mind is a great HOG for most of its running time, but the jarringly disappointing finale keeps it IMO from being one of the classics. Rating: 8 out of 10
Info for parents: The game was not reviewed by the ESRB, but it contains violence. You'll see some corpses, there's a little shooting, and the implication that horrible experiments have been done on captive mental patients. Beyond that, though, it's a pretty safe game.

Edited reference accessed HERE original review by Daniel Weissenberger on November 26, 2014; Edited and re-posted by Whiterabbit-uk 23rd Sept 2018, then again on the 21st of Dec 2019 and again 15th October 2022.
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Other Reviews of Alex Hunter: Lord of the Mind:
You can see community reviews of Alex Hunter: Lord of the Mind HERE, plus forum comments from the Steam community (127 comments mostly positive HERE.
Late to the Show?
If you miss today's game giveaway you can always get the game via MyPlayCity 24/7 HERE; or If you prefer to purchase the game you can get it directly from Big Fish Games HERE or the Platinum Edition via Steam HERE
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Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+26)

FYI folks, the Steam link goes to the main Steam page. No need for Whiterabbit to completely rewrite his entries for games that have been given away before. So, he just tweaks them. Considering all the time he puts in here, I would do the same. The game he linked to in the past was something called the "Platinum Edition", which may have had another chapter. That link is now dead, and redirects to the homepage. That edition of the game possibly dropped by Steam. But, if you want to read reviews on this one, you could just search on Steam. Which I'm sure is what Sailorbear - smartly - did. 38 positives out of 42 reviews. Would probably have to use the Internet Archive Wayback machine (which preserves old webpages), if Steam even supports the Archive, if you wanted to see that old page.

Here's one potentially useful piece of info. from Steam. The system requirements listed above are listed by Steam as the minimum requirements. Their recommended requirements list is:

OS: Windows 7 or later
Processor: 3 GHZ processor or better
Memory: 2 GB RAM
Graphics: 1024 MB 3D video card
DirectX: Version 9.0
Storage: 1300 MB available space
Sound Card: 1024x768 or higher screen resolution

though that may only be necessary for it to play well on Steam. Don't know, don't have Steam. At worst, could only mean the game might be a little sluggish on an older machines. As I have an older, will let folks know about my experience. 1 recommendation: one thing which usually helps is to turn off the decorative "custom cursor" in the options menu. The windows cursor is usually just fine, and usually speeds things up on older machines.

Reply   |   Comment by watcher13  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
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Happy to say that the minimum requirements are fine. In fact, played fine, especially after taking off the custom cursor, though it moved mostly fine even with the custom cursor. Played fine even though my CPU is only about the same speed as the minimum required CPU. Completed the Professor's house and figured I'd better get to posting. I'll keep it, but not sure it's grabbed me. I like the integration. Much of the scattered around items make sense being there. And a lot of the HOS' items make sense too.

Though some hidden object/adventure games can get frustrating because you have to read the developer's mind, and that's understandable, because creating an artificial world like this and filling it with more tasks than you'd normally have to do to solve a mystery is quite a difficulty for the developer. Unfortunately, knowing that doesn't make some of the challenges less frustrating. That's not so bad here, but the problem here though isn't strained logic. The developer makes most of the tasks (chores?) I've done so far reasonable. The problem is that this is almost like the American police series Dragnet. The plodding, close to mundane routine of meticulous police work. Your just chasing back and forth to do this small task, then that small task, then the next small task. In other games it's a bit more linear. Tasks building up to the next task, and often more important tasks, leading to clues. That's not untrue here, but it's a lot more one tiny step at a time, and a lot of back and forth chasing almost trivial things to eventually get to, practically stumble on, something important. It's not without it's challenges or mental stimulations, but nothing I did in the Professor's House really gave me much of a clue at all to the broader mystery until the final clue, which sent me to the next destination. And all I really learned is that their might be valuable info. at that destination. It was more treasure hunt than detective story. So, it all felt pretty pointless. As I hinted at, The Professor's house was basically all challenges and puzzles, not really any clues, which seems counter intuitive. You think you'd learn more than just where the next location was.

Rather than comment on the mechanics, the design game play is the bottom line here. As I say, this is, so far, a treasure hunt - meaning the outdoor game, not a hunt for real treasure - though ingenuity is certainly needed. But with the help of the hint button, no near genius flashes of insight have been needed so far. Unless the relevance of what your doing picks up later on, it's just basically a collection of tasks and puzzles with some relatively simple HO scenes thrown in. It's more of a test of patience. Though I don't necessarily mean it's tried my patience so far. But it pretty much depends on whether you like the tasks your doing. So far, it's kept me just enough interested. And I haven't needed to resort to a walk through. Hard to avoid in these games, but I just feel if you have to resort to a walk through more than a time or 2 or 3, that's bad game play. But, despite all of the great design here, I've played more fun adventures. I'll keep it, and a slight thumbs up, but I wouldn't give it any more than a 6, despite its beauty, mostly clean mechanics, and impressive logic.

Reply   |   Comment by watcher13  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
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It's a very enjoyable game. Unfortunately, when it was given away the last time, I didn't notice that it had a map for instant switching between locations. You have to click on the clock in the lower left corner to use this feature. Without this facility, moving between locations is extremely tedious.

Everything is great, now I installed this game on my brand new PC!

Reply   |   Comment by Vladimir  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
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I am not on social media so I chose to have the link emailed to me. The link is not working and has not been for some time.

Reply   |   Comment by vfal  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

vfal,
Your email was added by you to the block list. Please note that our download letter includes two links - one to download the program and another to unsubscribe from our emails in case you received it accidentally.

Looks like you clicked the wrong one some time before.
Now your email is restored and you should have no problems with getting the download, please request it again.

GOTD team

Reply   |   Comment by Helen  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

Helen , Great job GGOTD team. We appreciate you folks being responsive. Had a problem with getting links on my email a couple of weeks ago, no idea what it was, and you folks fixed it that same day. Good work!

Reply   |   Comment by watcher13  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Helen ,
It does not seem to be working. Is there something from my end I can do?

Reply   |   Comment by vfal  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
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Quite possibly one of the best hidden object games out there with a decent enough challenge to keep you playing until the end.

The larger file sizes of these games know that you will get a better engaging HO game with better graphics and other added features. However everyone has their own opinion when it comes to the way the games play.

About a month ago we had a hidden object game that was maybe 50 to 60 mb in file size and it just did not do it for me.

One thing is that you can get this direct from the developer on Steam for $6.99 versus $9.99 which is listed here. But I dont see any achievements for it.

Reply   |   Comment by sailorbear510 aka Jason  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+13)
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+2 Time Zone __16:40 16/10/2022

File size : 594 mb .
The info is missing from the blue box .
I will try to come back later , with some more info about the game .

Reply   |   Comment by JEDIGEG  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
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Thanks, it looks sublime!

Reply   |   Comment by Review Liker  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Review Liker,

Even though it's been given away three times in as many years it still maintains a high thumbs up score. Definitely one to get; especially if you enjoy good hidden object games. I'm not a lover of HOG's but I do like this one.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+17)
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