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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: 30 (86%) 5 (14%) 26 comments

Secrets of the Past: Mother's Diary was available as a giveaway on October 22, 2017!

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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:

245 MB



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Ballerina does not appear in notebook. This problem has been highlighted before but still no answer!!!!!!

Reply   |   Comment by David  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Installed on Win 10 64-bit with no issues. Took me most of yesterday and the rest of today to finally get through to the end of the game! I had to really think of where to go as the "hint" doesn't really give a hint. I did search the internet for a walkthrough as I just could not find one of the items.

The story was okay, but seemed to end quite abruptly. Thought it would go into more, but I think all the "visions" were to give the story along the way.

Thanks for the game! I would play it again... :-)

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

Is there any way to make this a fullscreen deal? Even when I have the box checked it appears to play in a windowed mode. Unchecking the box makes it the same size but different location on screen instead of centered. Perhaps there's something I missed in the reading, but the accommodation for filling the screen to make things better visible seems to be lacking. Game works fine other than that, just slow since seeing things is troublesome.

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

It downloaded fairly easy, took a bit to open. Play is smooth except for a pull/lag in the cursor.
To me it is pretty run of the mill for these type of games, nothing new and one activity usually leads to
another with hogs to find items. I just read a book with similar theme, is she really a fairy? lol! Will play on to see
if it becomes more interesting! Thanks for another good game and have a great week! Lee

Reply   |   Comment by Lee  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

bad design of game one of the pieces you need to continues disapeared and this modeerator deleted it instead of answering the question so i question ALL GAMES HE IS INVOLVED WITH ANSWER THE QUESTION WHAT ARE YOU AFRAID OF ??????????????????

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Nothing has been deleted. In fact, due to my daughters 17th birthday, I've not been moderating at all until now (after 4 a.m.) apart from posting the game review yesterday evening before the game went live. I decided I'd better check to see how many community members had posted comments before I finally retired for the night. The past several weeks has seen a massive reduction in the community commenting on the games given away, so I didn't expect to see many comments today (for example one of the last weeks games only saw a couple of comments throughout the whole of the giveaway. , so was surprised to see over 20 for today's giveaway.
As for your comment, I was tempted to delete it as you seemed more concerned to comment about the moderator than the game; yowever instead I decided reply instead. Why you have to be so negative, especially when this is a site that has given away around 1200 games over the last decade and the fact that I'm a volunteer is beyond me. I spend an inordinate amount of time trying virtually every week to help community members with issues they may have with the games as well as gather information about the games being given away. Most of the actual game reviews are now ported from previous reviews, and most of which I agree with, so don't see the point in spending, even more, time writing stuff that has already been said. Most of the images posted are however my own captures which I've taken while checking the game out. I rarely play these games to the end anymore as I have other things more constructive to my family to occupy me. when I see comments like your's I question why I bother. Thankfully there are a lot of community members who appreciate the time I take to post reviews and take the time to answer most comments posted here. today is an unusual exception. I rarely take any time off from moderating apart from when I'm, away on vacation and if I'm ill.

Reply   |   Comment by xx  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

i dont believe it was anything but frustration as i am having the same issues as at least 3 have posted i am stuck when i try to play the game i have to reboot the computer just to start it if i try to click on the icon i get sent to play web site this by far is the best game posted i am hoping that you can possibly get then to maybe offer the download again where we can reinstal without losing our place in the game. i was lookin forward to seeing the end of this one

Reply   |   Comment by love the game  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

love the game, love the game, tried to email you with a fix. but your given email seems to be a throwaway unless underscores needed to be added to the Love the game part of the address.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

not interested - I have too many, and the premise doesn't grab me. Looks nice, tho - have fun y'all - Thanks to MPC

Reply   |   Comment by wyrwolf  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)

Thanks GOTD and MyPlayCity for another hidden object game. I've been playing for several hours now, and am resorting to the walk-through videos as I'm stuck. Good game, but why do all of these hidden object programs have such DARK rooms to find the objects?

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

I always look forward to HOGs, and this was a really nice one. Downloaded without a hitch. I don't like things too easy, so I usually click the 'expert/advanced' play. The graphics were above average and the storyline was pretty good.

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

i did the fireplace with the symbol in first room it the opened up to show the ballet dancer pic then just disapeared so now i am stuck cant get the scroll to get into third room as the pic is missing from notebook help what do i do

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

Game would not work as it kept on coming up that I needed a resolution of 1680 x 1050. My monitor is set to 1680 X 1050.

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

Looks like a nice one: no time-wasting animated cut-scenes or invariably poor voice acting! We'll see about the puzzles once I've downloaded and tried it.

Thanks to MPC and GGOTD for this.

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

Downloaded in around 15 minutes, installed without a problem under Win10 (no idea what d's problem is), beautiful graphics, intriguing storyline, exactly my kind of game.
There are 2 modes to choose, regular and advanced, no timed mode.

Thank you very much for this one.

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

It may just be me or I'm missing something, but this one doesn't seem to be able to save a player's name, therefore only one person can play it at a time, another player will have to wait until the first has completed it before playing, if indeed the program will allow you to restart. Otherwise it seems to be a quality example of the genre.

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

bebop, top left hand corner at opening of game says "Player." Click on that to change to your name.

Reply   |   Comment by Elkyn  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

bebop, you can have different profiles by clicking on the "PLAYER" at the upper left of the menu screen. Then click "NEW" and enter a name.

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

Using Win 10, game installs, activates but I cannot move the cursor. Fix?

Reply   |   Comment by Glen Hallstrom  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

does not run on a windows 10 comp

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It runs fine on my Win 10 Pro computer. check the FAQ's thread I've linked to in my review for possible fixes.

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

d , "Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8/ 10; CPU: 1.2 GHz;". I suppose it doesn't.

Reply   |   Comment by Jim  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

After Downloading two times, i gave up. it says Download complete
but after when i am going to Install, the message "setup exe. cesse to function.
What is rong, whit this Setup.
I am from Austria, but i am livining in Guinea and the Internet is here verry expensive, and for two Downloads 500 MB (witch dosent work) is to mutch.
I am used tow Download, from Game GAT and GAT a lot but you have to Control the Programms and Games, bevor you give them free for downloading.

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There is nothing wrong with the installation files. Thousands of community members have downloaded this game and there have been no comments about this issue. It's most likely an issue with your own computer; possibly a conflict with other software you have running in the background, or the way you have your computer set up? sorry I can't be of more help. Check my review at the top of the comments. I've posted links to a FAQ's thread where you may find answers to the issue you are having. also, try installing the game again, then immediately check your event logs via the event viewer. If there was an issue with the game installing, there should be an error message found in the event logs. If you find it, post it here and I'll try to give you an answer.

Reply   |   Comment by Inch  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Thanks for having this hidden object game! love them.

Reply   |   Comment by mardel  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

thx a lot

Reply   |   Comment by Crystalline  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)

removed due to inappropriate language...... again a game with ONLY resolution of "640x480" my monitor is unfortunately so what not with

We are no longer in the Stoneage of Windows 95 ^^

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It plays absolutely fine on the resolution i have my monitors set to ... i.e. 1929x1080

Reply   |   Comment by PSOFT  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

My Monitor says only "not optimal resolution, the recommended mode is 1920x1200"

Reply   |   Comment by PSOFT  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

To get a feel for today's game giveaway - Secrets of the Past: Mothers Diary before you decide to download it, do check out several game play videos HERE, HERE and HERE, plus a slideshow of over 150 images HERE.

Please only post comments about today's game giveaway; other comments either inappropriate, or comments with only one or a few words; for example vg, good, thank you, TY, bad, rubbish, this game is ****** etc , or if the comment has nothing to do with today's game or is complaining (send your complaints to the giveaway team via the contact form that I've linked to below), they may be deleted at the moderator or administrators discretion; however, a little light banter among community members/friends and with the moderator to keep this a friendly place to visit is acceptable and welcomed. All comments not specifically about today's game giveaway will be judged by the moderator and if deemed inappropriate, will be deleted and usually with no explanation. Please see the moderation policy HERE for details about posting comments.
Secrets of the Past: Mothers Diary
In Brief
Secrets of the Past: Mothers Diary is a hidden )bject game with excellent graphics.

Secrets of the Past: Mothers Diary downloads to a 245 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 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\Secrets of the Past - Mothers Diary

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)
Reveal the terrible mysteries of a haunted house in the game Secrets of the Past: Mother's Diary! The main character receives a strange gift on her eighteenth's birthday – an old diary of her mother. It leads the girl to an abandoned estate full of ghosts. Years ago a young woman was killed there. Help the main character reveal the awful truth and uncover all secrets! You are to search for the necessary objects and solve the tricky puzzles. Many chilling, yet beautiful locations are waiting for you! Go on the most mysterious journey with the brilliant game Secrets of the Past: Mother's Diary!
Edited reference accessed HERE. 20th October 2017

The Game:
The graphics were okay. There weren't too many scenes to move through and the story was straight forward. I expected to find a little more in the mystery, but you can easily guess the ending (or what the main character wanted to find out) in the first few scenes of the game. The scenes were just still images with no animations included. All you had was a simple list, and simple items to get. There were plenty of HO scenes and they were at least drawn very nicely.
There weren't many puzzles in the game, and while some were challenging, most were not. One of the most challenging aspects of the game is that there is no walkthrough in the game, so if you get lost, you're kind of lost.
The hint meter is in the form of an an eye, which was a locket that was given to the main character at the beginning of the game. Hint's are fully charged and ready for use when the eye is fully open. It was cute, and pretty creepy, because the eye follows your mouse movements. A hint is not wasted if you use it in an area where you have nothing to do, instead it will tell you that you have nothing to do here. When you are in the correct area, it will show you what you should be doing there.

There were no vocals in the game, and the music wasn't that great. It repeated most of the tracks already played in the game throughout every scene. When one song ended, there was a pause of silence, and shortly after, the next song would play again.
There's not too much of a reason to replay this game. There are no extras and there's nothing you could possibly miss, unless you want to go back and retry some of the challenges that were in the game. Some of the weird things about this game also included the names of the items and the items themselves. Some item names were odd and didn't look a whole lot like what you would expect that item to look like. A lot of the same items appear around, and you pick them up multiple times, even the same item you already picked up in that area.
Edited reference accessed HERE. Originally posted by Quee on June 27, 2012. Edited and briefly added to by Whiterabbit-uk 20th October 2017.

Other Reviews and Videos of Secrets of the Past: Mothers Diary :
You can see Big Fish community reviews of Secrets of the Past: Mothers Diary HERE (see the bottom of the page) and more information in the Big Fish forums HERE. You can read a Dutch review of the game HERE. There are several in-game videos of game play HERE, HERE and HERE, plus a slideshow of over 150 images 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 at a later date, 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 up 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.

There are thousands of subscribers to the game giveaway of the day every weekend which makes this an ideal forum for giving developers new or fresh ideas as to what their consumers (i.e you) would like to see in a game. For example, you could suggest extra content such as better or more original mini games, or a level editor that you would like to see that would make it more appealing to you. Maybe you think the graphics are a little dated and are in need of re skinning, or maybe you've just had enough of the genre and want to see something different or something with more originality? Giving such feedback instead of saying nothing or just saying this game is rubbish or good may bring more developers to the site, which could mean more and better games. Would 'you' give away thousands of copies of a game (or extra content for a game) away to a community that complains all the time instead of giving useful feedback? It only needs a few moments of your time.
This site could be transformed if only the community would be more forthcoming in their opinions of the games they are getting for free instead of complaining about the way this site has changed, for example, they don't like MPC games, they hate HOG's, have had enough of Match Three and Time Management games, or they want to see the latest version of Call of Duty or some other big name AAA game given away or that they don't like Steam games. If something isn't for you then please move on to the next giveaway, or check out the forums HERE, HERE and HERE, where a few members of the community post details of various free games and free game sites as well as links to various indie bundle sites etc; you never know, you may find something that really interests you.

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 Secrets of the Past: Mothers Diary 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 Secrets of the Past: Mothers Diary 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 Secrets of the Past: Mothers Diary 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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