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Game Giveaway of the day — Apothecarium World

Become the skillful detective in the age-old mansion!
$9.99 EXPIRED
User rating: 27 (87%) 4 (13%) 23 comments

Apothecarium World was available as a giveaway on January 4, 2020!

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If you are looking for the breathtaking adventures, just start the game Apothecarium World and dive into the eerie atmosphere of dark mansion and its suburbs. Here you are to try the role of the detective who is at all pains to find the lost items.

Welcome to the City Entrance, then go to the Near Estate, cross the Bridge, and visit the Planetarium with a dark history. Explore the Old Church Hospital, the Prison, and see what has happened there several centuries ago! If the strange things do not scare you, go to the Apotheca Curiosities Cabinet and find all the objects from the list there.

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8/ 10; Processor 1.6 Ghz or better; 512 Mb RAM; DirectX 9.0

Publisher:

MyPlayCity

Homepage:

https://www.myplaycity.com/apothecarium_world/

File Size:

87.5 MB

Price:

$9.99

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Happy New Year to all
Apothecarium World
In Brief
A traditional Hidden Object game with no frills.
The game was previously given away HERE August 5th 2017 where it received a55% rating from 29 votes with 33 comments, I think it received a lot of down votes due to many community members receiving an error message saying a particular library file was missing. This can be remedied by downloading the vcredist_x86.exe part of the Visual C++ Redistributable package from Microsoft HERE.
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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 totally refurbished and updated game game (with loads of additional content plus a match three element) you can get it HERE via Steam. It costs £4.99/$26.99.
Installation:
Apothecarium World downloads to a 87.5 MB zip file that unzips to three files, (a setup.gcd security wrapper, the set up file and a read me). Those with multiple hard drives are able to save games on any drive they wish. The newly installed game is 116 MB in size. The game installs to the following path by default, but can be changed by the user if you prefer:
C:\Program Files (x86)\MyPlayCity.com\Apothecarium World
Four shortcuts are installed to the desktop. three of which can be safely deleted (Play Online Games, MyPlayCity Games and shortcuts to a free online game which vary each week). Also, if you don't like icons installed to the quick launch task bar, make sure you uncheck the box when the additional tasks window appears (after the Select Start Menu Folder window)
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Introduction:
Appear in the gloomy world and reveal all the sinister mysteries in the enthralling game Apothecarium World! Are you tired of the everyday routine? If you are looking for the breathtaking adventures, just start the game Apothecarium World and dive into the eerie atmosphere of dark mansion and its suburbs. Here you are to try the role of the detective who is at all pains to find the lost items. There are lots of them, so don’t waste time and start playing right now! If it seems easy for you at the very beginning, keep in mind that it’s just first impression, and later on some scenes may really be difficult for you to explore. There are two modes at your disposal: Relaxed and Core and it’s up to you which of them to choose. If you want to check your reaction, quick wits and logic – the Core mode is your best choice. If you are seeking for peaceful hidden object search, then choose the Relaxed mode and enjoy dark yet picturesque locations with lots of scenes with hidden objects. If you are brave enough, then you’ll reveal the story of this Apothecarium World! Welcome to the City Entrance, then go to the Near Estate, cross the Bridge, and visit the Planetarium with a dark history. Explore the Old Church Hospital, the Prison, and see what has happened there several centuries ago! If the strange things do not scare you, go to the Apotheca Curiosities Cabinet and find all the objects from the list there. Try to be as quick as you can to find all the necessary objects in the Core mode and have fun while playing in the Relaxed mode without time limits. Don’t click thoughtlessly on the objects and the area not to catch a screen blocker and waste precious time. Travel to the dark world several centuries ago and do your best to cope with all the tasks in the game Apothecarium World! Rely only on yourself, don’t use hints and you’ll be a success! Become the skillful detective in the age-old mansion and find all the lost items from the lists in the amazing hidden object game Apothecarium World!
Reference accessed HERE 5th Aug 2017
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If you have a problem installing or activating or getting Apothecarium World to work please visit the problems section, which I've now incorporated into the FAQ's thread, and which you can find HERE
The Game:
This is an unusual; Hidden Object game in that you can access every hidden Object scene right from the out set. there are two modes, training and normal. In training mode there is no time limit, and there is no progression to a higher level, however replaying the scene will give you some different items to find, but all previous items remain in the same place. Playing in noprmal mode gives you several different rounds, each round getting progressively hard becasue you have to find more items in a limited amount of time. There are 66 locations each one repeated five times in normal mode.
I have the extended version of this game which has been renamed Apothecarium: The Renaissance of Evil - Premium Edition, which has been extended to include puzzles, a new look selection screen for the HOG parts a proper options menu a main menu, help, a match three game and achievements, in effect a totally fifferent game with elements of the original included. You can fin the new version over on Steam HERE for £4.99/$6.99. If you just prefer the hidden object part of a game, then the original is well worth haviong. If you like all the extra's the updated version is a blast.
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Videos of Apothecarium World:
You can see a videos of game play HERE, HERE and some of the updated version (not given away today) HERE.
Conclusion:
Apothecarium World is a traditional hidden object game with no adventure or puzzle elements where you can choose any of the HO scenes right from the start. There's nothing else but Hidden Object scenes, no puzzles, no adventure, sroty, help or options menu, not even a main menu. Once played through a few times the game does has limited replayability due to the positions of all items being fixed to one place.
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank MyPlayCity for giving away Apothecarium World and also to the game giveaway team, as always, for securing other ways to get free games.
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Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+21)
#15

After following the instructions for temp disabling my anti-virus, I had no problem installing or having the game show as registered. The graphics are pretty cool! Thanks very much to GAOTD and MyPlayCity.

Reply   |   Comment by M. Aronson  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#14

"you can get it HERE via Steam. It costs £4.99/$26.99."

Now I know exchange rate for GBP to USD isn't 1:1 but this is a bit extreme...
(you have an extra 2 there- is actually $6.99. And as it turns out, it is already in my steam library)

Reply   |   Comment by QM  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Also, since I can't edit my comment I will add as a reply- thanks WR for your continued volunteer work here over the years. Yes, typos happen- my comment was meant in humo(u)r, but I realized it could also be taken as sounding complain-ey.

Reply   |   Comment by QM  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#13

Well, no frills means no fun for me. I like a story with my game, otherwise I may as well do a jigsaw puzzle, those are easier. The game installed fine, and after puzzling over the fact it didn't offer an untimed version, decided to be a permanent learner. However, that's when I discovered it also didn't have a storyline. The VCredist. wouldn't install by the way, because I have a newer version already installed. So instead I used the troubleshooter. I think it would have been fine with it, the game just takes getting used to. So anyway, hasta mañana!

Reply   |   Comment by Therese Shellabarger  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#12

"The program can't start because msvcr120.dll is missing from your computer." I copied into the game's directory and still got the error message. What a waste.

Reply   |   Comment by Margaret C  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#11

Does not appear to allow one to enter their name(s), or select options. Timer games are not for me also.

Reply   |   Comment by Lawrence Carter  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#10

Please add a "relaxed mode" without a timer! The last thing I want to do, after coming home from a stressed out job, is to play a game with MORE stress!!

Reply   |   Comment by Sarge  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

Sarge, I'm the opposite, when I play a game like this, I want to feel like I accomplished something. Almost all the hogs on here are relaxed or plain simple.

Reply   |   Comment by ron  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#9

This game is clamed to be compartible with Win XP, but it is not!

Reply   |   Comment by Vladimir  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#8

I downloaded, installed and played this game when it was given away in 2017. I thought the name of the game sounded familiar, then I saw the game images and know I've played it before. I won't be downloading again because I remember this game was timed. I lost more than I won and for me that is frustrating. It's also dark and that can be an issue if you're hoping there's some happiness and light and there's not. Like many here, my go to genre is HOGs so when I see a new game offered here and on the free games websites I go to, I am eager to try them. This game isn't one of them unfortunately. To those who want a leisure game, this isn't it. The graphics are okay, I turn off music and sounds so I cannot comment on those. Thanks for the offer though GGOTD. Happy New Year to everyone.

Reply   |   Comment by Deborah1962  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#7

Installed the program. The loading splash screen comes up and then jumps to the myplaycity web page as when closing the game down. I never see the actual game. No missing dll warnings or anything.

Reply   |   Comment by good2bqueen  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

good2bqueen, WR gave a link to the C+++ package that contains the dLL file you're looking for.

Reply   |   Comment by Deborah1962  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

Deborah1962, You don't seem to understand that I didn't say an error came up. It just simply goes from the load screen to the after you close the game browser page. The game doesn't show up. My dll file is fine. It is ok though. This looks to be a tiny game and I prefer ones that are more fleshed out.

Reply   |   Comment by good2bqueen  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

How are you supposed to get the file if the installer won't work? Might as well just post a link to the file by itself if that's all you need.

Reply   |   Comment by Therese Shellabarger  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
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I installed the game, but it won't open. I get this message: The program can't start because MSVCR110.dll is missing from your computer. Try reinstalling the program to fix this problem.

I tried reinstalling, no luck.

Reply   |   Comment by Kell  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Kell, WR gave a link to the C+++ package that contains the dLL file you're looking for toward the top of his review.

Reply   |   Comment by Deborah1962  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Deborah1962, Thanks for trying to help. I finally found the right package - I guess - and got the game installed. There are no options available at all, and it is very laggy and glitchy. All that, and now I'm uninstalling it. :(

Reply   |   Comment by Kell  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#5

Thanks for the offer, but though I'm a big fan of HOGs, this style of HOG doesn't appeal to me. I loathe "timed" HOGs where the clock cannot be switched off! Have a timed mode as an OPTION and even the default if you want, but developers, please: PLEASE give us the OPTION to have a "relaxed" or "casual" mode with NO CLOCK as well!!!
Also IMHO this style of game always makes me think it is only half-finished, because of the lack of puzzles or any attempt to add a storyline. It's as if all the artwork an objects have been made for a game, but for whatever reason, a decision was made not to make it into a full HOG — or perhaps it was designed from the start for mobile devices, where choosing a "level" and playing one or two "levels" (usually against the clock) before having to stop play is usual. If this game started life as a "mobile" game (seeing "Tap" on a sreen shot usually means that it did), then it would be nice if the Windows version allowed you to play casual, since you won't be waiting for a train or bus or whatever!

Reply   |   Comment by Cad Delworth  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+13)

Cad Delworth, I had the same reaction as I remembered this game the first time I played it. For me, it's frustrating enough to lose but when it's because of time, that's a deal breaker for me. I play leisurely, not to break some time constraint which really has no purpose in HOGs. The dreary images, the lack of a break in the monotony, I lose interest pretty quickly when it's all one way and nothing else. The darkness of the game weighs on you too, you expect to see brightness intermixed with the darkness but there is none.

Reply   |   Comment by Deborah1962  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#4

The first time I played the game the first 8Floor screen appereared for a long time and twice. It isn't a very relaxing game and I haven't found a way to cancel the timing of you playing. It is'not my favorite kind of HOG, but hey... it's a HOG :-P

Before I forget again: All the best wishes for 2020 to everyone!

Reply   |   Comment by tiscrea ©  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)
#3

The game doesn't come over initia "8FLOORS" screen, just shuts down.
Tried installing "vcredist_x86.exe" only to learn I have it on PC - newer version...

Reply   |   Comment by Urška  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#2

Again - just as last week - the basket in the first scene didn't respond to clicking on it (Windows 10 - 64-bit). Setting the comptability to Windows 7 did the trick again :-)

Thank you for this HOG.

Reply   |   Comment by tiscrea ©  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)
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