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Search for the Wonderland Giveaway

Game Giveaway of the day — Search for the Wonderland

Test your speed with non-stop, round-based hidden object scenes!
User rating: 26 (70%) 11 (30%) 30 comments

Search for the Wonderland was available as a giveaway on October 28, 2018!

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A third person action platformer game set in ancient Persia.

Exclusive offer from Giveaway of the Day and MyPlayCity! No third-party advertising and browser add-ons!

Do you love HOGs as much as we do? Do you count yourself an expert? Test your speed with non-stop, round-based hidden object scenes! Find objects quickly to boost your score and earn stars! If playing against the clock isn’t your thing, enjoy the game in relaxed mode.

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8/ 10; CPU: 1.6 GHz; RAM: 512 MB; DirectX: 9.0; Hard Drive: 104 MB





File Size:

73.2 MB



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I found todays game virtually unplayable, 'partly' due to the lack of an options menu, so have not posted a review; just a few videos and links to Big fish community reviews.

Search for the Wonderland
In Brief
A Hidden Object adventure.

Search for the Wonderland downloads to a 73.2 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 can save games on any drive they wish. The newly installed game is 95.1 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\C:\Program Files (x86)\MyPlayCity.com\Search For The Wonderland
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)
Explore the eerie locations in the hidden object game Search For The Wonderland! It’s time to dive into the dark yet miraculous world of sinister locations and numerous hidden object scenes! Launch the game Search For The Wonderland if you are not fearful and dive into the depths of gloomy yet picturesque world! What will be more captivating than looking for lost items from the list? So don’t waste a second! Choose any location you like: there are lots of them! Go to the devastated Railway Station, visit the dangerous Doomed Swamps, or appear in the Lost Prison. Or maybe you prefer something gloomier? Then the Sanctuary, dark Crypt or thick Forest are at your disposal! Go to the chosen location and you’ll see a list of items to find. Do your best to find everything the quickest possible and get lots of rewards! If you are stuck, use a hint at the bottom right corner, but keep in mind that if you manage to finish the task without using hints, you’ll get extra rewards and your high score will be better! Choose either the Hardcore mode, or the Relaxed mode.
Edited reference accessed HERE. 28th Oct 2018
Other Reviews and Videos of Search for the Wonderland:
You can see other short reviews of Search for the Wonderland
HERE (go to bottom of the page).
You can see a few in-game videos of game play HERE, HERE and HERE.
I didn’t like the fact that there was no ability to play the game in a window, however the 66 separate hidden object scenes were accessible right from the outset, which for me was a refreshing change from the usual formula of unlocking different scenes by completing the previous scene first. Otherwise an average Hidden Object game.
Problems getting the game to work:
If you're having problems installing or activating or getting Search for the Wonderland
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 Search for the Wonderland and also to the game giveaway team, as always, for securing other ways to get free games.

Useful Information not related to today's game giveaway:
If Search for the Wonderland
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 elsewhere in the game discussion forums HERE, (usually on the first page of the game discussion forums).



Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+15)

I look forward to weekends as I don't get much time off and look forward to whatever you offer it is usually the only time I am able to come here and find a game that either I can download for myself to kill time and occupy the mind, or maybe something for my children. I have tried several times now to download this game as I do enjoy search and find games only this weekend and this game such a disappointment because the game will not install or load I keep getting a malware warning I have tried all the things suggested above and to no avail no game. I wish this one would have worked as it looked like something I may have enjoyed. I hope that whatever is wrong is fixed and that this will be offered again. Until than maybe next weekend you'll have something that will download and install correctly for everyone because it appears that many ppl have had the same problems I encountered. Thanks anyway Giveaway of the day

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

I don't get an error message. I click Finish to launch it and it is in the system tray but disappears when the play city box pops up. I tried downloading and installing it again, overwriting and nothing. What can I do? I really want this game. Thanks.

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

Downloaded the game, extracted fine. But the virus checker quarantined the game.

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Hi Candi, sorry for the late reply to your comment. The game is wrapped with a themed wrapper, which can also be used to wrap malware, so some antimalware programs will automatically quarantine and in some cases delete the wrapper and all of its contents. The giveaway team have been giving away games since 2006 and have never allowed any infected games to be downloaded. They check all games with the best anti-malware programs before they are added to their download servers. There are three things you can do to make sure you get the games given away. the first is to temporarily turn off your security until the game has installed then reboot the security, or you can reboot the computer in safe mode with networking, install the game, then reboot as normal. Finally, you could whitelist the giveaway files with your security (only the Setup.gcd file needs to be whitelisted as that is the one with the Themida code). All games that originate from MyPlaycity also contain some adware as well, so, if you run any anti-adware programs such as Adaware, they may also be blocking the game installation.

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

this game is one of the worst that has been offered i played it for 10 min then unistalled it as it is awful there is no point to anything with this game even trying to get out of it was a luck off the mouse as the majority of the comments are saying pass and i will join them last sun game was great keep offering those type of games thanks

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

it's not working at all

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

Downloaded and installed fine on Win 7 but got dll errors when trying to start the game. Had to install all three Visual C++ Redistributeable for Visual Studio 2010, 2012 and 2013 to clear the error messages and worked fine after that.

I'm used to playing the HOGs that have themes and puzzles, which I enjoy, but this is still nice to play, as some objects are challenging to find. Replaying a scene will change some of the objects needed to find.

This is my first time commenting as I usually only download and install the game, then play it at a later time. Just want to thank GOTD and MyPlayCity for all the games I've downloaded over the years. Keep up the good work.

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

Installed no problem on Windows 10. I was expecting not to like the timed mode, but surprisingly I did. It was lightning fast, but it takes you up a level, with more objects to find, each time on the same screen - so you quickly learn where things are. I managed to get to level 10 in the time allowed. It is a relaxing way to spend a few minutes, but as there is no story to keep you playing for long periods, it's more of a game to fill in quiet moments between doing other things. I rather like it - thanks GGOTD.

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

I can't play this game either. Something about my video card being outdated. Can anyone help?

Reply   |   Comment by Joanie  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I got the same comment about Visual C++ - msvcp110.dll and downloaded
VSU_4\vcredist_x64.exe (which is the correct file for my computer). Rebooted as instructed and got the same message again about msvcp110.dll missing. It's there in my system files.

I uninstalled and reinstalled the program but still no luck. Lots of work for a program I almost took a miss on but I do love the HOG's !! Back to the solitaire.... ;)

Reply   |   Comment by Anne Hogan  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Anne Hogan,
One thing you could try would be to COPY the DLL file from your System folder into the actual game folder. It might be looking for it there instead of the more normal System location.
Be sure to COPY it... don't "MOVE" it.

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

BobR, and Anne, I copied two dlls the game complained about to the game directory and registered them: msvcp110.dll and msvcr110.dll. Still got an error message "The application was unable to start correctly (0xc000007b)." Uninstalling.

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

BobR, Yup. tried that as well. :( Oh well...

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

After the install this game won't load. I get the following message: The code execution cannot proceed because MSVCP110.dll was not found. Reinstalling this program may fix this problem. I uninstalled and reinstalled and got the same message and result.

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Hi John, You can get a copy of MSVCP110.dll from Microsoft. It is part of the Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2012. You can get a copy HERE or HERE

This should restore the msvcp110.dll with the most recent copy provided by Microsoft.

Reply   |   Comment by john  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

You might want to give the links to the Visual Studio 2013. My missing dll's were 120, not 110 and installing the 2013 version fixed the game for me.

Reply   |   Comment by Ros  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

john, The game did not start in WinXP-VM and also not in Win10(message about DLL).
In Win8.1 no trouble at all.

Reply   |   Comment by Ootje  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

john, this did not work for me. I downloaded, reinstalled and still get the missing dll file message. I have checked and have both 110 and 120 but still won't run. I deleted the game, downloaded a fresh file and still same popup. It looked like some good scenes to work with but I'm not going to invest any more time with this game. sorry. thanks for all you do.

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


One thing to try would be to COPY the DLL file from your System folder into the game folder. It might be looking for it there instead of the more normal System location. Be sure to COPY it.... don't MOVE it.

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

BobR, thanks! I didn't see this answer until the next day and I already deleted it but will remember this in future.

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

Game scoring is a complete random mess:
Select a scene, play it, find the objects and sometimes it'll give you a new scene to find objects and thus increase your score and other times it won't.

I've had between 1 set of find objects and roughly 6+ sets of objects given to me to find, naturally I got the bigger score the time it gave me six+ sets of objects to find.

Doesn't make any sense, it doesn't look like there's anything you can do to alter the outcome, there's no instructions to shine any light on this. There's also achievement related messages which pop-up and disappear before you can read them.

The relax mode is pointless, the extreme mode is stupid.

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Thank you for your feedback MrLogic. :)

Reply   |   Comment by MrL0G1C  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

Game will not start:
engine.exe - Entry Point Not Found
The procedure entry point InitializeCriticalSectionEx could not be located in the dynamic link library KERNEL32.dll

Reply   |   Comment by Trying 2 B Helpful  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Missing .dll's wont run .

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Hi Gary, try redownloading the game. You should find the following library files in the games installed folder.
glew.dll, iconv.dll, libcocos2d.dll, libcurl.dll, libmpg123.dll, libogg.dll, libtiff.dll, libvorbis.dll, libvorbisfile.dll, mozjs.dll, openal32.dll, sqlite3.dll, websockets.dll, and zlib1.dll.
If it's none of the above, it may be MSVCP110.dll, which john has also reported an issue with. Check my comment to him as there is a download link for that particular file. Make sure you download the correct version for your Windows version i.e. 32 or 64 bit.

Reply   |   Comment by Gary W. Lawson  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Does not go over first part of intro, just shuts down...

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Please read my feedback to Donna's comment above. Thankyou.

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

I have and tried that before posting. No change.

Reply   |   Comment by Urska  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Okay. I read the reviews at BigFishGames.com before downloading this, so I knew what to expect.
This is basically a no-frills HOG. No directions given, but the only ones you need, I'll list below:

1. You always have the option of TIMED or RELAXED mode via a choice at the top of the scenes pages. The Timed mode is crazy-fast; not good; but the relaxed mode is fine. (Note: with the timed mode, they give you only 3 or 4 objects to find, but they're not easy to find within the very limited time given.)

2. You can advance to new pages to find additional scenes by clicking the --> arrow to the right of the page number near the top of the page.

3. You can get a hint by clicking the glowing oval in the lower right-hand side of the screen. They replenish fairly quickly.

4. Yes, there are a few translation issues, such as calling a table a desk, but that's pretty minor. Yes, the scenes are fairly dark, but even with my old eyes, I had no trouble finding the required objects. The few times I had trouble finding them, the Hint helped me out.

5. Exit via the top-right X.

My biggest complaint is that when you finish a scene, it always takes you back to the main/Home page (Page 1.) You have to manually advance to the next scene you want, or even to replay the same scene. (Maybe there's a shortcut to the next scene, but I haven't found it yet if it exists.)

I love HOG games, and, frankly, I don't care whether there is ever a story line or not. And I HATE having to find and store objects to help me solve puzzles later on. Just simply finding hidden objects is what I like. So this game would be perfect for people like me if only it fixed the problems I mentioned above. I like it despite its problems.

P.S. I never play the sound on games because I play while listening to music or TV, so I can't comment on the music here.

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Thank you for your feedback. I found the game unplayable, hence the lack of a full review. Feedback whether positive or negative is always appreciated. :)

Reply   |   Comment by M. Aronson  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+24)

M. Aronson, thank you for this feedback.

Reply   |   Comment by MHH  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I came to the same conclusion but have one more question:
How do I finish a scene - get all the four buttons lit (are those coins?)?
Do I have to repeat the scene until I get enough points or how does this work?

Reply   |   Comment by Anu  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Anu, From what others have written here, I think that we get more of those buttons lit only if we finish a scene in the Timed mode. (I'm glad at least one other person enjoys HOG games that don't have to have a story...) ;-)

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

M. Aronson,
Thanks for your answer, now I got it. I prefer relaxed mode but will maybe try out the timed mode too.
The story line doesn't matter that much, I like the mood of those pics enough.

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

does not play, get error message to reinstall

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Hi Donna, try right-clicking the games shortcut and select properties, then open the compatibility tab and check the ''Run the program in compatibility mode for'' then select the previous windows version to the one you have installed. Also, try checking one or more of the other checkboxes. The game worked on my Win 10 64 bit computer with no issues (apart from the inability to play in windowed mode as there were no options menu.

Reply   |   Comment by Donna Goodin  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
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