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Begin the descent into darkness today – if you dare!
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Strange things are happening at the local asylum and you've been tasked with the investigation. You must perform tasks for the inmates to gain their trust, and then find out what they know. Just don't be distracted by the screams that echo down the unlit corridors, or the voices that whisper in your ear when no one is standing there...

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8/ 10; CPU: 1.6 GHz; RAM: 1024 MB; DirectX: 9.0; Hard Drive: 757 MB





File Size:

182 MB



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Dark Asylum: Mystery Adventure
In Brief
Dark Asylum: Mystery Adventure has a different take on the usual Adventure HOG, and in my opinion is well worth downloading. I’d score it a 8.5 out of 10 for refreshing game play.
The game was originally given away December 3rd 2017 where it received a positive 84% from 38 votes with 16 comments which you can find HERE.

Before you decide to download this game please do check out the in-game videos of gameplay HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE, plus a slideshow of almost 200 images (several repeats) HERE.
Start the descent into darkness today if you dare in the game Dark Asylum: Mystery Adventure! Strange things are happening at the age-old asylum. And you are the detective assigned to figuring out what's going on. To complete your mission, you should perform tasks for the inmates to gain their trust, and then find out what they know. Just don't be distracted by the screams that are echoing down the unlit corridors or the voices that whisper in your ear when you are standing alone... Featuring a captivating combination of adventure and hidden object game play, Dark Asylum: Mystery Adventure contains dozens of rooms to explore, each one packed with secrets and pulsating with an undercurrent of dread. To solve the mystery of the asylum, you'll need to search for hundreds of items buried in the decaying rooms and hallways, and use special skills that allow you to locate objects quickly. Do you have a rational mind and a strong heart? Then you just might survive to the end. If not, don't say we didn't warn you. Play the game Dark Asylum: Mystery Adventure and unveil the mystery!
Edited reference accessed HERE. 2nd December 2017, re-posted 29th August 2020

The Game:
With its title of Dark Asylum: Mystery Adventure, you should expect that you are about to enter an environment were everything is not quite what you might expect. And this is certainly the case with this Hidden Object game that has a slight adventure influence the main aspect of object searching game play.
In common with many games of a similar genre, you can make some adjustments to the game’s playing environment. You can set the volume levels for background music and sound effects. These settings do not apply to spoken dialogue as this does not appear in the game. You just get dialogue appearing as text in speech bubbles. The only other option is whether to play the game in full screen mode or not. The progress of individual players will be stored in their named profile.
When playing this game you will quickly notice that the game’s developers are rather over-fond of the program’s title screen. This feature keeps on reappearing whenever you enter a new or previously visited area of the asylum. I would have happily turned off this feature if I had been able.

Dark Asylum: Mystery Adventure casts you in the role of an investigator who is charged with the task of checking out the strange goings-on that have been occurring at this strange asylum. Obviously your superiors, well in name if not ability, who set you on this task, have a high opinion of you because actually assistance to help you complete the various tasks is limited, to say the least as you are thrown into the deep end.
You have to rely on the patients to help get you started and I do not need to remind you that these patients are in an asylum where strange things have been happening. For example, your first encounter with a patient finds you being advised that this is a terrible place and you should escape as soon as possible otherwise the sinister atmosphere would weaken your spirit and destroy your soul. You are then asked to provide the patient with a knife which can be located in the mental ward. This knife will be required to release other patients from the restraint jackets that they have been put in. So be warned!
You move around the asylum using a birds-eye view of a map with some rooms being currently blocked with a lock symbol. Various quests will need to be completed during the game. These quests are classified as either Story or Non-story tasks. With Story quests, you will need to find a well-hidden object, such as a telephone receiver. You will not be allowed to progress to a higher level until all the Story quests in the current chapter have been completed. Non-story quests provide the means of earning experience points and money used to purchase equipment. Non-story quests could involve getting rid of an enemy, talking with patients or finding certain objects.

Throughout the game you will come across Collections which are rare items that can be collected and bring with them experience points and money. You will also meet wandering enemies and patients. Enemies are nightmare creatures that can prevent you from learning the secrets of the asylum in various ways such as reducing the time available to complete a task, stealing your money or cutting the available experience points. The patients you encounter are generally friendly and will offer to give you money and experience points. You will only encounter patients in corridors rather than rooms and wards.
Food can be purchased and eaten to replenish your health and there are various tools available to help simplify searches. Hidden Object game play, with scenes, often repeated, will require you to find the six objects listed in text format within a specific time period. There is a Hint feature but this is not rechargeable. However every so often this Hint feature will be replenished with more hints.
Dark Asylum: Mystery Adventure is not the easiest game to pick up. Even after playing the game for several sessions I still feel that I am struggling to work out what is required. In fact, if it had not been for the need to write this review I would probably have given up on the game. The full game is priced at USD $9.99. System requirements call for a 1.6GHz processor with 1024MB of RAM and 720MB of hard disk space running Windows 7 and later.


Personally (Whiterabbit, I found this HOG a breath of fresh air after playing so many HOG’s over the last several years. I totally missed this one when it was released, probably because I cancelled my BFG account as the monthly game I got invariably seemed to focus on HOG’s as not much else seemed to be released at the time (or at least BFG were not promoting other genres so well), so I cancelled my monthly subscription. After playing this for a few hours, I thoroughly enjoyed the refreshing take on this genre. Granted, at first I was a little confused at all the different windows that popped up, but discovering what they were and how to use them was part of the fun for me. This game is definitely a keeper for me.
Edited reference accessed HERE. Originally posted by mfereday
on 4th January 2017. Edited and briefly added to (last paragraph) by Whiterabbit-uk 2nd December 2017 and re-posted 29th Aug 2020

Other Reviews and Videos of Dark Asylum: Mystery Adventure:
You can see Big Fish community reviews of Dark Asylum: Mystery Adventure HERE and more information in the Big Fish forums HERE. There are several in-game videos of game play HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE, plus a slideshow of almost 200 HERE.
An excellent Hidden Object game, though you may find it a little confusing at first. There are elements of RPG included with respect to upgrading various things. I haven’t been interested in playing HOG’s for a few years now after playing far too many, but this one I really enjoyed playing and highly recommend it to all HOG lovers. If you don’t like the usual run of the mill adventure HOG’s try this one out, it may surprise you. 8.5 out of 10 from me.









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Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+23)

Downloaded the game when it was offered just recently here in 2020...Loved the game, but once I got to level 13 but it now no longer loads, just keep getting the start-up screen saying it's loading and goes no further...such a disappointment since it really was a very interesting and engaging HOG.

Reply   |   Comment by Summer  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Yet another poorly constructed bit of rubbish I deleted quick smart.

Reply   |   Comment by Lawrence Carter  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

I loved the game. It's got excellent graphics and atmosphere! And I liked it better than a plain old HOG because there are choices that you have to make which could affect your future gameplay.

My tip to the creators of the game: Every time you move from scene to scene in the game, the opening/title screen appears with a tip about the game. However, that screen disappears too fast, before one can read the tip properly. I think you need to increase the amount of time the screen stays visible or else add a Continue button so that one can read the tip and then continue.

Reply   |   Comment by Sunil  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)

Malwarebytes is finding PUP.Optional.MyPlayCity I normally don't have a problem installing these games. MB history shows previous games blocked for this issue were on 8/30/2019 and another on 10/28/2019. Not sure why only these 3 had the issue.

Reply   |   Comment by BobbyA  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

BobbyA, Perhaps all three of those games were supplied to GGOTD from MyPlayCity?

And — I'm guessing here — the PUP.Optional.MyPlayCity you mentioned occurs because MPC games given away here open your default browser to the MPC site home page when you exit the game?

I could definitely see why Malwarebytes and other AVs might report that behaviour as a "Potentially Unwanted Program…"

Hope that helps, anyway! :)

Reply   |   Comment by Cad Delworth  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Cad Delworth, reasonable way to put the clues together, but I have installed other games (more than a dozen) from MPC without this issue. Thanks for the reply.

Reply   |   Comment by BobbyA  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

I was looking forward to this, especially after reading the reviews.

Played for a bit, even gained some levels & achievements :)


Displaying the title screen on EVERY room change or load -- distracts so much...


Reply   |   Comment by TDX  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

I gave this a try 2x times but it seems I am too stupid to get around. So I will pass forever.

Sorry, I am looking forward for something else I will surely like.

Reply   |   Comment by Anu  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

I recall this from the last time it was given away.

It's one of the very few HOGs I've played that I hated. I found it VERY difficult to understand what was going on, had no idea what I was "supposed" to be doing, and the hidden object scenes were (for me, anyway) very "iffy." Clickiong on what WAS the right object was not always detected by the game.

And for me, the whole concept of trying to introduce "levels," "points," and so on into a HOG was Just Plain Wrong. If I enjoyed that sort of thing, I would play Time Management or combat-type games instead: NOT a HOG!!!

So I'm sorry but IMHO this game is a) NOT a true HOG; and b) one of the least enjoyable, least intuitive games I have ever played. If you decide to try it, I genuinely hope you can "get on" with the game more thanI did!

Reply   |   Comment by Cad Delworth  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+26)

Cad Delworth,

Thank you for your feedback Cad, appreciated.

Personally I found this game quite enjoyable; but I'm not a HOG lover. One of my favorite genres are role playing games; maybe I like it more than the usual run of the mill HOG's is becasue there is is a bit different from ones we usually get, plus the added bonus of a hint of RPG. included in this game. Each to their own. I'm sure if we all compared our likes and dislikes w.r.t. games, it would be very rare to find two people with exactly the same lists.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+20)

Cad Delworth, Thanks for the post! As I looked at the screen shots, I thought the game looked familiar, and I recalled (perhaps) having downloaded it and being confused by it. After reading your review, I totally remembered it = NOT a fun HOG. Yes, I was also confused thru the game play, which got me annoyed and frustrated.

The most enjoyable HOGs I've played (and actually paid for) are the Mystery Case Files games. Graphics, music, mini-games, levels: top notch, five stars, BEST EVER (IMO).

Reply   |   Comment by DianaAspenHill  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)

Whiterabbit-uk, yes of course we all like different kinds of games.

As you said, you enjoy RPGs and TM type games where you can spend coins/gold/jewels to "buy" things you need to progress; where you need to gain points/experience to progress; and where (often) you need to prioritise what to do next. Whereas, I find those kinds of games bore me rigid!

And as you said, you're not a HOG lover: but I am! Provided that a game IS a fairly "pure" HOG; has at least a non-timed option (ideally, just Not Timed At All); and DOESN'T force you to use whatever "fancy" pointer the developer has created to fit in with the theme of the HOG (just let me use my usual Extra Large Black Windows pointer, please).

I had expected that today's GGOTD would appeal to you because of the RPG elements you mentioned. :) Which are exactly the things I actively dislike in ANY game, the sole exceptions being BBC Micro Elite or its natural successor, Oolite.

So between us, I think anyone interested in today's GGOTD will have a good appreciation of what it's like from our two viewpoints: HOG lover and RPG lover. Win!

Reply   |   Comment by Cad Delworth  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Cad Delworth,

Ah yes, Elite. I played it for a couple of years; at the time it was amazing as I think it was the first game to feel four dimensional. Despite the graphics being pretty basic by today's standards; at the time they were amazing. I bought into the latest version of Elite during it's crowd funding stage back in 2012 (released in 2014) and have since bought all of the expansions and offshoots for that game. Oddly, despite it's amazing 'EVE' like graphics; which are very immersive, I've never got as much pleasure out of it compared to the original version which I believe was originally released early to mid 1980's. I didn't play it until it was released on the Atari 400 (1986/87) a few years later.
elite-originalOriginal graphic
Elite-Dangerous-001Elite Dangerous 2014 graphic
I'm not totally averse to HOG's. In fact I have at least a hundred HOG's in my Steam account, plus a lot more from free game sites like MPC and Gametop. I think my issue stems from several years ago while I still had a subscription to Big Fish games. Each month you got to choose a game for free. Over a couple of years, virtually every game released was either a HOG, Time Management or the occasional match three, with most other genres being ignored. My favorite casual genres include Breakouts, physics based games, space shooters, side scrolling shooters, arena shooters and tower defense games. Over a two year period there wasn't a single release of any of those genres on Big Fish; who promised to release a new game every day. So I cancelled my subscription and basically wasted my monthly choice's on games I wasn't particularly interested in. I still enjoy some HOG's, but the saturation from those years, just put me off playing many more for a long time. The only casual genre I really dislike are Time Management games; but even with those there are exceptions. It really depends on how interesting the game play is; for example, I loved the first few Farm Frenzy games (I beta tested all of the early Farm Frenzy games while working with Alawar games over a decade ago). Though as they rehashed the game I found from Farm Frenzy: Pizza Party! onward, the game became a little tedious as the game play never changed, only the assets were reskinned to take on a different theme from their predecessors
For anyone interested in Elite like games; Oolite, the open source version of Elite is still being updated. The latest version 1.9 was released only yesterday. You can download the game HERE (Win, Mac & Linux versions available). There are hundreds of add-ons for the game, which you'll find HERE.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
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