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Mystery Cookbook Giveaway

Game Giveaway of the day — Mystery Cookbook

Find all the pieces of the most famous cookbook ever!
User rating: 31 (89%) 4 (11%) 2 comments

Mystery Cookbook was available as a giveaway on August 22, 2021!

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Mystery Cookbook serves up a sumptuous feast of Hidden Object fun! Scour your screen for cleverly hidden objects, find matching shapes and point out the differences between similar pictures in Mystery Cookbook, a sumptuous feast of Hidden Object fun! Six exciting mini-games are like the cherry on the cake!

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8/ 10; CPU: 1.0 GHz; RAM: 256 MB; DirectX: 8.0; Hard Drive: 25 MB





File Size:

26.4 MB



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Mystery Cookbook
In Brief
A Hidden Object game with a restaurant and kitchen theme. Simple mini games included

Mystery Cookbook was originally given away on December 1, 2018, where it received a positive 76% from 34 votes with 16 comments which you can see HERE

You can see more information, tips and tricks HERE via the Big Fish forums.



Mystery Cookbook serves up a sumptuous feast of Hidden Object fun! Scour your screen for cleverly hidden objects, find matching shapes and point out the differences between similar pictures in Mystery Cookbook, a sumptuous feast of Hidden Object fun! Six exciting mini-games are like the cherry on the cake!
Edited reference accessed HERE. 30th November 2018, game has been removed from Big Fish games so the link to the reference is no longer valid. I'll repost another intro if I find time.
The Game:
Boot up this attractive hidden object game and you’ll meet Mousy, a rodent who wants to master the fine art of professional cooking. To help him achieve this lofty goal, you’ll meet many bizarre animal characters, visit nearly a dozen locations and search for hundreds of well-hidden items in order to find pages of a secret cookbook. If you don’t like the humorous dialogue between Mousy and a cat, dog, fish, bird, hamster and so on, you can just click to fast-forward to the game-play.
If you’re familiar with hidden object games, you’ll have no trouble playing Mystery Cookbook: players are presented with a busy scene, such as a restaurant kitchen, and a number of items to find, such as a fork, wine glass, basket, apple or flowers. Sometimes you’ll see the items listed as words, like "bread," while other levels will show you a silhouette of an item to find, such as an outline of a sugar bowl, and you’ll need to look for it on the screen. You must find all the items within the allotted time or else you need to replay the level. Click on the wrong item a few times and 20 seconds will be removed from the clock as a penalty.

If you’re stuck, you can click on the cheese platter for a hint, and in order to replenish this plate you can find bits of cheese hidden on the level.
Players are also given a specific task for the level, which is tied to the story, such as finding a pocket watch, menu, eyeglasses, brochure or page from a cookbook, and so on. Allegedly the game has more than 800 objects to find, which is enormous.
Mystery Cookbook also offers six types of mini-games that pop up every few levels or so, such as a tile puzzle that challenges players to rotate blocks on a 5×5 grid to form a scene; spotting the differences between two similar images; or finding a specific number of similar items in a scene, such as cups.
Besides the "me, too" game-play, Mystery Cookbook has its share of annoying problems. For one, I was instructed to find and click pieces of cheese on the level, but when I clicked on what was obviously a piece of brie, it cost me some time off the clock as it wasn’t one of the ones I needed to find for some reason.

There are also some confusing items listed like "can," but it turned out to be a glass jar, and "pots," but when I clicked on two pots on the stove, I lost points (it was a third bronze pot off to the side). A third issue is when you need to replay a level if you run out of time, the items stay in the exact same place the second time around so it makes it too easy to finish it since you know where everything is.
As a fan of Alawar’s games, I really wanted to like Mystery Cookbook, but couldn’t get past these annoying shortcomings. Sure, if you’re a serious fan of hidden object games you might enjoy playing through the trial but be aware these issues exist, which will likely eat away at your patience.
Edited reference accessed HERE. Originally posted by Marc Saltzman on Apr 28, 2008, re-posted by Whiterabbit-uk 30th November2018
Mystery Cookbook is a reasonable hidden object game with a humorous story and graphics (the dogs eyes made me laugh). The mini games are relatively easy, but do add the the playability of the game. There are loads of items to find, some by Silhouett, some by name.
However, there are some confusing item descriptions for example The egg plant (US). Here in the UK we call them aubergines and in South Africa and South Asia they are called brinjal. some instances, it seemed impossible to click on all listed items, also, if you replay the level, the items are in exactly the same place, reducing the replayability of this game. Personally I found the game much too easy, sailing through the first several levels very quickly; despite this I would still say the game is worth downloading, especially if you like traditional HOG's with easy game play. The cut scenes are a little distracting, but you can skip those if you wish. I'd score this a 6.5 out of 10 for game play, 8.5 for ease of play and 7.5 for graphics.
Other Reviews and Videos of Mystery Cookbook:
You can see other comments of Mystery Cookbook HERE (go to bottom of page for community comments)

You can see several in-game videos of game play HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE German), HERE, HERE & HERE and written walkthroughs/strategy guides HERE & HERE.
After you've had an opportunity to play today's giveaway please take a few moments to give some positive or negative feedback; for example, what you liked or disliked about the game, or how it could be improved. If you don't like the genre at all, please explain why and if any, what improvements would change your mind? If you don't have time to post a comment today, please do so at your convenience, thank you. If you wish to post a review or comment about the game later, you can access the comments section by going to the game giveaways home page, then scroll to the bottom of the page where it says Archives and select the date the giveaway was live (giveaway days are in bold type). This will open the appropriate page for you to post your comment or review. Alternatively, you can google the name of the game and include Gamegiveawayoftheday in the search. This should give you a list of links to whenever this game was given away.

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 HERE via Big Fish Games.
Problems getting the game to work:
If you're having problems installing or activating or getting Mystery cookbook 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 white-listing the setup.gcd file. In the almost 12 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 Mystery Cookbook and also to the game giveaway team, as always, for securing other ways to get free games.


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We've had over 200 decent indie arcade and AAA games from Epic games since they started to give free games away (mid December 2018) and that's not counting the pre- alpha version of the latest Unreal Tournament, which has been available for free for around a decade now. It has slowly developed into a decent game and well worth checking out; especially if you were a fan of the earlier versions. The last official release was 2007 when Unreal Tournament 3 was released.

Initially, Epic gave one game every two weeks, then a game every week and since last year two games virtually every week . This week until Thursday 26th August at 4pm UK time/ 11am Eastern time you can add two more games to your Epic library. The first one has a word that isn't suitable for family sites so I won't give you the full name, it's called Void B******s a revolutionary strategy-shooter that will test your wits as well as exercise your aim. The second game is an open world platformer called Yooka-Laylee. From next Thursday we will be getting another game called Automachef, a resource management puzzler where you design kitchens, program machinery and watch your genius come to life!

Battlefield V is still available free from EA Games (Origin) until 1st September, but I think you can only get it free if you subscribe to Amazon Prime via their free Amazon Prime Gaming. You'll find a link to the appropriate page HERE; you'll need to log in via your Shareware on Sale sign-in then click on the link that says '' click here to go to the giveaway page '', then you'll need to sign into your Amazon Prime Gaming account (basically the same as your Amazon Prime sign in (I think). It's part of the Twitch gaming subscription which you get free with Amazon Prime. If you are unsure how to do this you can find out via Livewire HERE. I've posted some images links to videos of game play for single player cooperative and multiplayer game play as well as a link to a review of the game over in the giveaway forums HERE

If you like WWII first person shooter, Battlefield V is actually an amazing game with respect to graphics and immersion. I was blown away by the action when I first booted up the single player campaign last year. I've posted some images and a link to a review of the game over in the forums HERE.

More games have been added to the Indie Gala showcase section HERE; (e.g. the latest additions include:
Leisure Suit Larry 1 - In the Land of the Lounge Lizards
Leisure Suit Larry 2 Looking For Love (In Several Wrong Places)
The Mims Beginning
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Return to Mysterious Island 2
Still Life 2)

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