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Game Giveaway of the day — Panopticon: Path of Reflections

Enter a world in which the border between reality and illusion is paper thin!
$9.99 EXPIRED
User rating: 19 (90%) 2 (10%) 7 comments

Panopticon: Path of Reflections was available as a giveaway on August 14, 2022!

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Enter a world in which the border between reality and illusion is paper thin and the answer to a mystery will test the limits of human understanding!

Guide Senior Inspector John Perry as he sets out to find magician Andy Fox and his assistant, who vanished into thin air while using a new machine during one of Andy's performances. Explore far off locations in which the unexpected is expected, scour alternate dimensions for clues and hidden objects, and employ your skills as a virtual sleuth to solve cunning puzzles. Along the way, you'll perform magic tricks, interact with the Great Houdini, and outsmart a scheming shop keeper!

The world of Panopticon is filled with twists and turns, and will keep you guessing until the truth is revealed in the final, stunning moment of the game. Are you prepared for an adventure unlike any other?

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8; CPU: 1.4 GHz; RAM: 1024 MB; DirectX: 9.0; Hard Drive: 1431 MB

Publisher:

ToomkyGames

Homepage:

https://www.bigfishgames.com/games/8285/panopticon-path-of-reflections/

File Size:

872 MB

Price:

$9.99

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To anyone who has a Groupee's account and has previously purchased bundles from them; they are shutting their servers down soon; someone in the Groupee's chat said the download servers would be shutting on the 21st of August. I have found some Greenlight bundles with unredeemed Steam keys, but most of the earlier bundles seem to have been voided.



Panopticon: Path of Reflections
In Brief
Panopticon: Path of Reflections was originally released as part of the Alawar catalogue of game titles, and is now available from the Avanquest GSP label and some of the Free game sites available today. You can also buy it via Steam as part of a 6 in 1 bundle together with five other HOG's . This is a Hidden Object Adventure game. In this game you take on the role of Senior Inspector John Perry who has been set the task of investigating the mysterious disappearance of the stage magician Andy Fox and his assistant during a performance.

The game was originally given away on the 19th June 2016 where it received a positive 79% from 109 votes with 155 comments, which you can see HERE. It was again given away on the 5th July 2020 where it received a positive 96% from 24 votes with 10 comments, which you can see HERE
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The game is well-designed with a good mixture of adventure, puzzle solving and hidden object game play. The game only requires a 1.6GHz processor with 1024MB of RAM, 1.4GB of hard disk space and support for Direct 9.0c running Windows Vista and later. If you require a written walkthrough you'll find one via game house HERE. I've posted some links to walkthrough videos below that may help if you are stuck, but bear in mind these videos contain spoilers.. You can read a Steam community members review of the game when they purchased the 6 in 1 bundle HERE; they scored it a 3 out of 5
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The Game:
As usual with games in this genre, you get the opportunity to make a number of adjustments to the game’s environment and difficulty level. Slider bars are available to set the volume levels for background music and sound effects including the spoken dialogue that features in the game. There are options to play the game in full screen mode with a custom cursor and keeping the aspect ratio. You can also opt to play in Casual mode with a fast Hint and Skip recharging plus sparkles to identify active zones or Expert mode with a slower recharge and no sparkles.
An introductory sequence, featuring spoken dialogue and animated characters, lays the groundwork for the story line before you are called into action. You can skip this sequence and any subsequence conversational interludes with a mouse click. There is an optional tutorial that explains about the different mouse cursors which indicate when specific actions are available and other aspects of the game.
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For most of the game you will be in Adventure mode as your characters investigates different locations in alternate dimensions that you access through a strange machine. The view of the current scene will feature a journal in the lower left corner while the right corner holds the rechargeable Hint feature. The space between these two tools will be taken up by an inventory which remains concealed until its area is invaded by the mouse cursor. Generally items in the inventory serves a single purpose but occasionally there will be an object that can be used more than once and it will automatically return to the inventory after each use. Concealed in the top left corner of the screen is the game’s menu option and this, like the inventory, appears when the mouse cursor approaches it.
The various scenes, whether in the House of Illusions or one of the alternate dimensions, that you need to visit in order to solve the mystery, are well drawn with some interesting animations. From time to time you will encounter other characters. They are always willing to chat with their dialogue delivered by a voice actor. The dialogue will also appear on screen in text format. These characters are generally willing to provide assistance to help you with your task but they do expect you to perform a task for them, such as supplying a monocle, thimble or tarot cards, before you get their help.
Hidden Object game play follows a fairly standard pattern. You will be asked to find 15 items presented in a text list that are located within a cluttered, close-up scene. Some scenes are reused but there is variety in the list of items to locate. Occasionally some of the items in the list will be coloured yellow to indicate that an additional action will be required before the object can be located. You might need to open a container, create a pair of objects or repair a particular item. As a reward for finding all the objects in a list, you will receive one of them to be added to the inventory.
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As there is no map feature, you might feel that you are left to your own devices with regards to plotting a route between locations. Fortunately the Hint feature can offer assistance as to which direction to move to next. In such instances, the Hint feature will not need to recharge after being used. The Hint feature will also pinpoint areas of interest and, sometimes, indicate the tool or object you need to use as well as identifying an object not yet found in a Hidden Object scene. It will not help when you are attempting to solve a puzzle.
Some effort has been made to integrate the numerous puzzles into the game’s story line with its emphasis on magic. While the Hint feature is disabled during puzzle solving, there is a Skip option plus outlines which can appear to help with positioning when you need to create something.
Original review Edited and accessed via Game Chronicles on the 18th June 2016. however, the review appears to have been removed from their website following their site being moved to a new provider. Reposted Fri 12th August 2022.
Other Reviews:
You can see some mini reviews of the game HERE and BFG's forums where the game is discussed in detail HERE
Video's:
You can see several videos of Panopticon: Path of Reflections game play HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, and several videos in a series of walkthrough videos HERE
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Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+37)
#6

the game before this did not load correctly no picture black screen deleted loaded again x2 still the same.

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

sherry storey,

Hi Sherry, It's an old game, maybe the screen resolution you have your monitor set to is not native to the games resolution. Try changing the resolution to a lower resolution to see if that fixes the issue. I know t's not ideal,.

Also, try compatibility mode to see if any of the setting s fix the issue.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#5

Played this six years ago, according to my records.
I recommend it! :^)

Reply   |   Comment by Sarge  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#4

Works fine with win10 and win11

Reply   |   Comment by Agno  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#3

It's almost 5:30 am here in California as I'm just waking up but did download the game a bit earlier and played around with it a bit. This is a great game for a hidden object title. Graphics are beautiful and the sound is fantastic. The only thing I did not like was that the game started out in a stretched out mode. If you have a smaller monitor, you may want to stick to this as correcting the game to 4x3 aspect ratio so in reality we have no true high definition graphics.

The beginning of the game before I was able to exit the police station fooled me. On the part where the treasure box was, it said I needed a key to open it. I saw the keys to the left of the treasure box and was saying naughty words in my mind wondering why I can't click on those keys. Turns out it was something in my inventory that opened it up and then I was free to go about outside to continue the investigation.

You'll find lots of challenge in this hidden object game, something that will make your brain work even harder compared to the others I've played.

A brief note on the processor requirement for the game, Although the CPU speed notes 1.4ghz processor minimum, I was able to run it on my laptop just fine. It contains a 1.1 ghz Celeron N4020 Processor with Intel HD Graphics 600 and it runs just fine.

It's a large download which extracts to 1.36 gb after it's done installing.

Overall a must have today for your hidden game collection.

Reply   |   Comment by sailorbear510 aka Jason  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)
#2

Love HOG Games

Reply   |   Comment by Djsmokey001  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
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