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Secrets of the Past: Mother's Diary Giveaway

Game Giveaway of the day — Secrets of the Past: Mother's Diary

Reveal the terrible mysteries of a haunted house!
User rating: 31 (89%) 4 (11%) 16 comments

Secrets of the Past: Mother's Diary was available as a giveaway on April 18, 2020!

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Uncover the Secrets of the Past: Mothers Diary! A main character of this game receives an unusual birthday gift from her foster parents - a letter written by her real mother. The girl desperately wants to know the truth about her origins and begins her own investigation. It seems that all roads lead her to a haunted and abandoned mansion. A terrible tragedy occurred in that place many years ago. But old houses keep secrets well! This is a story about love, death, treachery and lies. Can a young and innocent girl unravel the dangerous secrets of the past?

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8/ 10; CPU: 1.2 GHz; RAM: 512 MB; DirectX: 9.0; Hard Drive: 266 MB





File Size:

249 MB



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I won't be posting a review today as I'm dog tired; however, this game was given away October 22nd 2017 where it received a positive 86% from 35 votes with 25 comments.
You can find all the original comments HERE
Don't forget to check out the the latest Epic Games giveaway that includes the excellent open world shooter Just Cause 4 as well as Wheels of Aurelia a story driven sweet road trip along the famous western coastal road in Italy during the 1970's. Also check out Reddit's Free Games on Steam (there are at least 5 free games added including Red Gate, Drop, Gamecraft, Polyball, Will Glow the Wisps and Lost Daughter - just open your Steam client and search for each game in the store, you'll see that they are 100% off at the moment. hurry though as these free games don't stay free long. Once added to your account it becomes permanent). You can also get a Steam key for Manual Samuel via the Humble Giveaway and Indie Gala has also added a few more games that look worthwhile, including an excellent marble popper on the lines of Luxor,. but with a fantasy setting. (Delenns posted a link in the forums, see my links below to go there) There's actually two marble poppers, the other one being Corona Match a 3D version of marble popping.
Sadly the Assassins Creed II giveaway has ended. via Ubisofts uPlay; however, do check Delenns threads for other freebies both Steam and Non Steam titles HERE and HERE

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+12)

Whiterabbit-uk, Hi Whiterabbit. Even if you don't have time to review you could at least tell us the Genre of the Game in your brief post. Thanks in advance!

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

It crashed a few times on my Win 10 system. When playing, some items mislabled. example a golf club is actually a hokey stick. Also the needed colour notes to the piano disappear and you need to then guess as they are washed out in the notebook, so mark them down when they first appear or spend an hour trying to guess.

Finished the game though. So was able to play to the end. Read my comment to the first poster if you wish to avoid one of the game crashes and reach the very end.

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

Thanks for all the hard work here, I'm thankfull you are doing this every week.
But I have a problem with yesterdays gamegiveaway; mother's diary.
Some where in the game, I have to oil a knights helmet. And now for the second time the game freezes. I have to ctrl-alt-del to get out of it.
I can't get past it.
Someone a solution for me?
Have a nice day!

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


Hi Marianne, it's unlikely anyone will see your comment now becasue a new game has been added. The best thing to do is go to the game discussion forums and post the issue there. hopefully someone will help. The forums aren't as inhabited as they used to be, but there is still a chance someone will reply. Sorry I can't be of more help.

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


Use the oil on the top screw, then use the screwdriver.
Then use the oil on the lower screw, then the screwdriver.

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

Seemed like a good game as far as I got with it, but I could not get it to SAVE!! Uninstalled!!!

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

It'd be nice to know this is a HOG without having to hunt thru the Comments. Just saying

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

Oops, my comment doesn''t seem to have been posted, so trying again:
Was happy to see another HOG, albeit a kinda "junior" one. But noticed in the comments from a few years ago here that folks were having an issue with the game not allowing them to continue after a certain point. Although White Rabbit did say he was trying to email one poster a fix, I don't see any fix actually posted there, and am hesitant to install this and start playing if I'm going to be thwarted from finishing! Any thoughts?

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

Been craving a HOG, so even though this sounds a bit outdated, I do want to give it a try. However, I see in the comments from last time it was offered that there appeared to be a problem with one part of the game not working, preventing folks from continuing. I see that White Rabbit kindly offered to email one of the folks the fix, but I don't see it actually posted in that thread, and am hesitant to install something only to be thwarted mid-game! Any thoughts?

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

i didn't remember playing this or writing comments about it. turns out i did play it when it was offered in 2017 but didn't post my comments. they're below. thanks to myplaycity and the ggotd team for making this possible. as always, whiterabbit, my deepest gratitude for all you do!

best wishes to everyone out there. please stay safe and well,


Secrets of the Past: Mother's Diary

[star ratings on scale of 1-5:]
fun 4
visual/sound 4
challenge 4
storyline 4
overall 4

in this game you are an orphan trying to find out what happened to your natural mother.

the game was pretty fun. i kind of predicted how the story line was going to pan out.

the scenes are beautiful. they are a little dark, making it hard to see the hidden objects. the display did not stretch to fill my screen, but had a large black border all around. weirdly, this would not have bothered me at all on my netbook, but it did on this machine's larger display. the extreme randomness of items in the hidden object scenes bothered me a bit. a satellite? an actual satellite?? i know the point is to have a whole lot of random junk, but sometimes developers try to stick to objects that are appropriate to the theme and era.

i liked the music. it was peaceful and appropriate to the style of the game. i think there were two songs that cycled with periods silence in between. one of them ended abruptly rather than fading out. i really liked the ambient sounds, like the birds and frogs, and would even have enjoyed playing with just those sounds and no music.

the level of challenge was ok. it was easier than other games that i've played. for example, sometimes when you need to find several objects to complete a task, all of them are together and treated as a single object, so you don't have a lot of hunting to do.

the storyline was pretty predictable. i was surprised that areas that i had completed did not become inaccessible. the game's progress was mostly linear, so previous areas could have been disabled. it was a fairly small world, though, so maybe keeping everything available prevents it from feeling claustrophobic.

i found the active areas hard to work with. trying to use the navigation to go back (moving the cursor toward the bottom of the screen) often pulled up the inventory instead. active areas for items were smaller than i think they should have been. i had to run the game as administrator to get it to launch. it crashed once, when i looked at an illustration of a flower with crystals on it, but it had saved all of my progress, so i didn't lose anything. there was one pretty egregious error in the hidden objects: a scuba tank is identified as "balloon." it took forever to figure that out.

overall, it was a fun game. it seemed a little shorter than similar HOGs i've played; i finished it in a few evening sessions.

(System info: Win7 Pro 64-bit, 32GB RAM, i7-6700HQ, GTX 970M, 1920 x 1080 resolution)

I recommend this game!

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

I remember this game now that I've installed it. It did not work correctly on my Windows 7 and it's even worse on my Windows 8.1. I am in the menu and click to change player name. The game locks up and won't accept any commands. I have to use task manager to get out.
I will try again later to change it to windowed mode and change compatibility mode.

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

Game crashes shortly after the letter is shown in the intro.
In compatibility mode, the game crashes in the same place.
I use Windows 10 Home 64bit.

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

This game was offered before back in 2017.
Is this another one of those tedious "hidden objects" games where you have to find all of the hidden objects in a picture?
These are not games for the adult human but is only good for immature minds that need development through visual recognition.
Why can't you find a game with great graphics, plays quickly and something where I don't have to build a city from scratch?

Reply   |   Comment by Bob  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-9)

Came "forgets" windowed setting - always opens full-screen. Tried changing setting after creating player profile, after playing the game and with different compatibility settings.

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

This game has been given away once before on October 22, 2017. Read the comments here:

Reply   |   Comment by Trying 2 B Helpful  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+13)
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