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Begin the descent into darkness today – if you dare!
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Dark Asylum: Mystery Adventure was available as a giveaway on December 3, 2017!

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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...

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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
Todays game giveaway 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.

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.
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Dark Asylum: Mystery Adventure downloads to a 182 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 741 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\Dark Asylum - Mystery Adventure
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 taskbar, make sure you uncheck the box when the additional tasks window appears (after the Select Start Menu Folder window)
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 gameplay, 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

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 gameplay, 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.
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 images (several repeats) 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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Problems getting the game to work:
If you're having problems installing or activating or getting Dark Asylum: Mystery Adventure to work please visit the FAQ's Thread HERE and read through the communities comments because sometimes fixes have already been posted, for example, a common issue seen since the Themida wrapper was introduced three years ago is that some community members installation of the game are blocked by their security because Themida code has been known to hide malware, (usually an error message is flagged for example 'The executable is corrupted' even though in reality it is not); so as a precaution some anti malware programs will block and even delete the suspect installation files even though the files (i.e the setup, read me and setup.gcd files are actually totally free from malware. This issue can be solved either by rebooting your computer in safe mode with networking or a quicker method is to temporarily turn off your security software to allow the installation. You could also try whitelisting the setup.gcd file. In the almost 11 years this game giveaway site has been operating there has 'never' been a game given away that was infected with malware.

If for any reason you want to contact the giveaway team, for example, you have a game to offer the community, or are unable to download the latest game or other issues that the FAQ's thread or these comments don't cover or solve you can do so HERE
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank MyPlayCity for giving away Dark Asylum: Mystery Adventure and also to the developer Dikobraz Games for creating this excellent HOG plus of course the giveaway team, as always, for securing more free games.
Useful Information not related to today's game giveaway:
If Dark Asylum: Mystery Adventure doesn't interest you, but you still hanker for something new to play, you'll find details of some game deals whether they be sale items, indie bundles or games being given away for free HERE (I've not updated the thread in a while, but most of the links still take you to the latest deals).

The rest of the information that used to be posted in the game review can be found in the forums HERE. Finally, check out Delenns threads for details of other free games and offers HERE and eslewhere in the game discussion forums HERE, (usually on the first page of the game discussion forums).
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Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

I don't have enough time to play tonight, but it seems a bit different, but giving mental
patients knives etc. to escape doesn't really seem safe, lol! Perhaps a bit more explanation?
It uploaded in not too much time and opened easily. The graphics are good. The story seems
similar to some others with mental institutions. Play so far has been easy. The whole game is
timed. Time has not run out yet but will be annoying if does and no other options.
Thus far it is a good game and will play on more in a bit. Thank you and have a great
week, Lee

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Thank you as always for your feedback Lee; you were one of only a few community members giving positive comments about this game. I thought the community would like this unusual mix of HOG, TM, and RPG, but I got it totally wrong. Still, personally, I thought it was an excellent game. I didn't mind returning to the same rooms regularly. The challenge was to open up all of the rooms, which I've not quite done yet. Just not had the time to spend as I'm still deeply into one of my favorite RPG franchises (of all time IMO) The Elder Scrolls. I'm playing the online version at the moment; it has all of the previous releases of the Elder Scrolls games combined into a massive world called Tamriel; with more still to come. Although the latest release in the Elder Scrolls franchise is an MMORPG it has been created with the single player in mind. There are lots of things you can do without having to interact with other players. I bought two copies of the game (don't ask why, lol) and have, over the three years since the game was released (April 2014) accumulated around 6000 hours of gameplay; (not including beta test play). If you avoid the PvP and group dungeon area's of the game, it's almost like playing an SP game rather than an MMO. :)

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

I like puzzles very much, this can develop my brain, very interesting, this game I like very much. Thank you!

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Thank you for your feedback ertgy. :)

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

I didn't recognize it at first, but after playing for a bit I realized that I had played this one before. I didn't care much for it the first time, and It just never clicked for me this time, either. The hidden object locations are repetitive, but you only find 8 or so items each time, so they are short. I didn't have any trouble with the time limits, but I did get tired of going back to the same locations over and over. It just seemed like this game was trying to combine too many genres without really excelling at any of them. I enjoy RPG's and I like my hidden object games to be heavy on the adventure portion with mini games, but this one just seemed disjointed and unclear as to why or how I was supposed to do some things. Thanks for the opportunity to try this one, and I look forward to the next offering.

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Thank you for your candid feedback Arizona Scout; much appreciated. :)

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

OK, I normally look forward to playing HOG games, and I won't even read the reviews of a Time Management game at all, much less download and play it. Game play for me is leisure, not panic rush, I get too much of that in everyday life. Like many others have noted, I don't like being in the same room over and over (after an hour of play, I still am in the same room), I don't like restoring "health", money, points, or anything else that takes away from the objective of the game. I have no idea of what these weird screens are about that have boxes that say something but I cannot scroll thru them and nothing about them makes sense. Also, after exiting these weird screens, before going to something that resembles gameplay, there is one of a number of messages that show on the screen, but the screen changes automatically so fast I cannot read the messages. I will be deleting this one (The number of your games that I have deleted over the past several years I can count on one hand and have fingers left over). If the authors of this game expect to make any money on this game, they will need to install ransom-ware in it so users will be forced to pay for it in the real world. No one is likely to buy this one with this much pain associated with playing it.

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Thank you for your feedback Bebop. I reckon RPG lovers would see this as an interesting game. My favorite genre of game is the RPG, so personally, I found this game had an interesting mix. Sadly, from today's comments, it seems it wasn't as popular as I thought it would be. :). :)

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

I usually don't post comments but after playing for an hour or so, I still have no idea what the premise of the game is. I'm clicking on rooms and finding objects, but what the point of the object are I have no idea. At least with most HOG games if you find an object it has some use later on in the game. This one doesn't seem to. I'm afraid this one will be deleted without finishing.

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Thank you for your feedback Fred. A decent help menu would have been a good idea.. :)

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

super game .!

Reply   |   Comment by senior2002  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

For once, had a chance to play a GGOTD within the time limit for comments!

Well, I have to agree with most of the other comments. Non-timed mode would have been good. Figuring out what you need in order to progress (except money, like in an RPG) is difficult. Can't understand the R/silver "money." Help is half-decent but doesn't explain the overall game, which I think is to complete all the "Story Collections." Probably.

Having to top-up "health" by eating every so often is a weird thing to find in a HOG; though having to buy hints is something I've seen before (and don't like).

If there were some obvious plot or goal, maybe I'd stick with it until the end. Or some explanation of what the heck you're supposed to DO (other than the "quests.") Unfortunately I can't seem to find one and it's literally completing Collections and Making Things like Figurines. Just too RPG-y for my taste.

So overall, though I'm playing it, it's more of a chore than enjoyment: sorry but not a favourite.

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Thank you for your feedback Cad, appreciated. :)

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

Well, I've only played it for a short time, so maybe as I get to grips with it I will like it more - but I find it very confusing at the moment trying to work out everything that I have to do. However, my main gripe is the timer - the joy of a HOG for me is relaxing and looking for the objects, even if they ARE hidden in a mental hospital - but the timer is a step to far. I hate them, and may well not persevere to learn the game properly. An un-timed option would have helped. But, as always, thank you for bringing us the game today.

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Thank you for your feedback Fran. :)

Reply   |   Comment by Fran  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

Well, I love HOGs, but I hate games where you have to "buy" and "upgrade" things, or where you have "health" to worry about. I wouldn't normally go anywhere near a game that has any of those elements, because they bore me rigid as that os too close to so-called "time management" for my liking.
So, and ONLY because it is being given away free, I will probably download this one later (and as usual, not be able to contribute sensible comments until at least 24 hours after the time limit for comments has expired: HINT HINT to GGOTD!) but I genuinely don't know whether the HOG part will win out over the painful, tedious "money" and "upgrade" part.
But thanks to MPC and the developers for giving the chance to try this one: and while I'm here, I've been LOVING the recent load of HOGs that MPC have been kind enough to give us to enjoy!

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Thank you for your feedback Cad. :)

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

You know what a HOG/adventure fan I am, so my standards are pretty low and I was thrilled to see another one offered today. However, so far (been playing about an hour) I've got to give this one a mixed review. Like others, I don't love having to play the same two rooms over and over to build up points; have finally gotten to a third room. I also don't understand exactly some of finer points of managing the resources and while I can easily understand earning coins and experience (and buying them if need be), I'm less sure about the dollar bills with the R in them. But that could just be me :).

I just don't find this as interesting/challenging/varied as some of this genre's titles have been. I will keep playing this later for a while, but if it doesn't get a lot better, may give this one a pass. (Never thought you'd hear me pass on a HOG/adventure, huh?).

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Thank you for your feedback neme. for me it was a decent game. I too found it confusing, but as I played, things do click into place. It's so different from other HOG's I've played, I thought it deserved a good 8.5 out of 10 for gameplay, but most community members seem to disagree with this. I love RPG's and although this isn't an RPG, it does feel like it sometimes.:)

Reply   |   Comment by neme  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

The game downloaded and installed ok on windows 10. I played it for about 30 mins but it isn't going to be a keeper for me. The reason is because when looking for the hidden objects, sometimes they turned out to be completely different to what was listed like comb instead of a brush or I had no idea what the object was that I was looking for. It is worth trying though as you may get to enjoy the game.

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Thank you for your feedback Ros. :)

Reply   |   Comment by ros  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

DL and installation fast and easy under Win10.

Love the dark story line and the graphics and agree with others, too much playing of the same rooms, there should be more rooms or better variations or maybe some mini games inbetween.

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Thank you for your feedback Anu, yes, mini games would have added a further element to the game, good idea. :). :)

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

just downloaded small not like the over a gigabite touch which to me is good the graphics are good and the subject matter is verry topical will give more feedback once tried

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Thank you Sandar. :)

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

what is with the timer ? why are we having to contantly come back to the same room over and over finding different objects ? right now this game is the stupidest game you have ever you have ever posted would not even recommend anyone to waste there time with this one i agree with you i am quiting playng it since i do not have to give a formal review

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Thank you for your feedback Flove the game, personally I thought it was a decent game. :). :)

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

thank you lov e this type of games

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