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Snark Busters: High Society Giveaway

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Help Elizabeth justify that her fiancé is not a thief!
User rating: 26 (90%) 3 (10%) 19 comments

Snark Busters: High Society was available as a giveaway on October 16, 2021!

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Investigate the dastardly deeds of a wealthy socialite and prove your fiance is not a thief in Snark Busters: High Society! Love, envy and revenge join forces to make the hunt for the Snark more exciting than ever in this all-new hidden object adventure! Solve riddles that reveal pieces of the larger puzzle, follow the trail of clues through mirrors into the backward world and chat with charming ghosts. Can you catch the Snark? You're closer than ever!

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8/ 10; CPU: 1.4 GHz; RAM: 1024 MB; DirectX: 9.0; Hard Drive: 719 MB





File Size:

625 MB



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Snark Busters: High Society
In Brief
Snark Busters: High Society is a casual arcade game with plot driven hidden object puzzles and mini games that was originally given away on November 4, 2018, where it received a positive 89% from 27 votes, with 30 comments that you can see HERE.

If you miss today's giveaway, you can always get the game for free via MyPlayCity 24/7 HERE; or If you prefer to purchase the game (to support the developer) you can get it HERE via Big Fish Games.


You can see several in-game videos of game play HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE & HERE. If you are having problems completing the game there's a written walkthrough that may be of help HERE.
Investigate the dastardly deeds of a wealthy socialite and prove your fiancé is not a thief in Snark Busters: High Society! Love, envy and revenge join forces to make the hunt for the Snark more exciting than ever in this all-new hidden object adventure! Solve riddles that reveal pieces of the larger puzzle, follow the trail of clues through mirrors into the backward world and chat with charming ghosts. Can you catch the Snark? You're closer than ever!
Reference accessed HERE. 4th Nov 2018


The Game:
At this point, trying to draw a distinction between Alawar’s hidden object games is sort of like a theological discussion about angels fitting on the heads of pins. Apart from that one, weird interlude where they decided to make a hidden object game without hidden objects, in general the same things could be said for Snark Busters: High Society that you could’ve said for Sacra Terra: Kiss of Death, Mountain Crime: Requital and Twisted Lands: Shadow Town.

What does that mean? Well, for starters, it means you have thoroughly mediocre graphics, comically bad voice acting, and a storyline that you’re probably better off not thinking about too much. The plot follows the developer’s tradition of starting off normal-ish enough (an evil socialite has made claims about an innocent man!), before veering off into all kinds of supernatural weirdness. Basically, if you’ve played any previous Alawar hidden object games, you know what to expect.

It also means, though, that you can expect some decent hidden object scenes while you’re at it. In fact, in this respect, Snark Busters: High Society does seem to mix things up ever so slightly. Rather than giving you an image and a completely unrelated list of things to find, this time out the hidden objects you’re looking for serves a purpose within any given scene — so, for example, finding robot parts leads to a robot being built, and that robot will then do something that helps you move forward in the game. I know that cause-and-effect has been one of the building blocks of storytelling for a couple of millennia now, so it’s the kind of thing you’d probably take for granted by now, but it’s still neat to see it deployed in one of these games in a way that makes sense (compared to, say, looking for a playing card and a guitar at the bottom of the ocean, or something equally nonsensical).


There are also straight-up puzzles. They aren’t challenging, to say the least. I mean, I’d like to think I’m just getting really good at them, but the reality is you should be able to solve them with a minimum of difficulty if you’ve ever played any game like this before.
So, moment of truth, is Snark Busters: High Society worth picking up? I think you already know the answer to that. If you’re not a fan of hidden object games, then I can’t imagine that plot-driven hidden object puzzles are going to be what suddenly wins you over. If, however, the words “plot-driven hidden object puzzles” sends a shiver of anticipation up and down your spine, then yes, you’ll want to download this yesterday.

Edited reference accessed HERE. Originally posted by Matthew Pollesel Nov 25th 2014, Reposted by Whiterabbit-uk 4th Nov 2018 and again 14th October 2021
Problems getting the game to work:
If you're having problems installing or activating or getting Snark Busters: High Society to work please visit the FAQ's Thread HERE and read through the communities comments because sometimes fixes have already been posted


common issue seen since the Themida wrapper was introduced several 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.

The first thing I would suggest you do if you encounter any issues is check your Event Logs via the event viewer; most issues will show up in the event log and can give you a clue as to what or how the issue occurred. If you find such logs and don't know how to 'decipher them, please do post them here and either I or other technically minded community member will try to help.

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





Notes on Security
I scanned a zipped copy of the installed game using Virus Total and it found 5 hits (Zillya, Sophos, SentinelOne (StaticML), Yandex and Zoner) from 59 antimalware engines. Most of these are commonly seen that often tag MyPlayCity Games from all the others; most of which are better known and more reliable, 54 other antimalware engines found the installed game safe, so it's very likely to be a false positive.

The downloaded executable 'may' include some low level adware that opens your browser once to MyPlayCity Games home page after the game has installed and also places a few shortcuts onto your desktop; these can be safely deleted once the game has been installed).

The MyPlayCity installation does NOT inject any malware into your system. When your browser is opened to MyPlayCity's home page following the games installation, it earns MyPlayCity games some money, part of which is given to the developer of the game for allowing the game to be given away free. The giveaway version of MyPlayCity games version has had most of the adware disabled.

You can see the results of the scan via the following link:


Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  4 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+20)


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Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  3 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+14)

Whiterabbit-uk, Hey hope you are doing ok. So I have been having trouble trying to connect to MyPlayCity and I was wondering if anyone else is having the same problem. Don't check them often but was looking for a game about a week ago and can't connect to the site. The message I get is:
An error occurred during a connection to myplaycity.com. SSL received a record that exceeded the maximum permissible length. Error code: SSL_ERROR_RX_RECORD_TOO_LONG

The page you are trying to view cannot be shown because the authenticity of the received data could not be verified.
Please contact the website owners to inform them of this problem.

Since I can't get to the site I sure can't report the problem. Could you give it a try and see if you can connect? That was the first site I found years ago for games even before I found this one and I have been here since 2010 or thereabouts.

Played this game a long time ago. The HOAs are a bit better these days but this one is pretty good as I remember. Am with another poster, they are relaxing to play and no hurry up and shoot something or somebody. Guess I am just to old for the hurry up stuff LOL

Reply   |   Comment by LadyLei  –  11 hours ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Hey Wabbit,

Snark Busters are always good games. I am not a bit fan of Hogs but I like these . So thanks for the giveaway.

Did you see this Wabbit???

The main game is just a dollar and the rest is less than 20 bucks..

I know you like this game so this is a good chance to get the DLC's you don't have.

Huggles to you and the family...

Reply   |   Comment by delenn13  –  20 hours ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)


Hi Delenn, yes, I saw it. I've already bought everything for that game apart from one of the Trophy lodges. It's a brilliant bargain at £11; though I don't regret buying the original game as the 2019 version and the rest separately over the last year at full price. I've already clocked up approaching 500 hours of game play which easily is worth the full price IMO.

Anyone interested in hunting games TheHunterCall of the Wild is a really good game with twelve different reserves to explore, each one covering at least 16 square miles of reserve.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  8 hours ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Downloaded, installed and activated. No errors. It gets as far as Alawar and then goes to the MyPlayCity website.

Reply   |   Comment by Jeff Benham  –  Yesterday, 2:35 PM  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Jeff Benham,

Hi Jeff, All games from all free games sites will open up to the site after installation. This is the way that we get free games that are usually sold via other commercial sites like alawar, Gamehouse, Steam etc. The redirection to their site earns some advertising revenue, part of which is paid to the licence holder/developer of the game.

Nothing is injected into your system, i.e. it is fully self contained within the installed game and will never affect your system.

Did you actually get the game to work?

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  Yesterday, 3:23 PM  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

Whiterabbit-uk, Maybe I described it wrong. It never gets as far as the game. As soon as it opens to where it says Alawar, it reverts to the website.

Reply   |   Comment by Jeff Benham  –  Yesterday, 3:36 PM  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Jeff Benham,

Hi Jeff, I've not come across that issue before. Check the installed folder and make sure you've created a shortcut from the 'games' executable. Hopefully that will sort the issue out.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  Yesterday, 3:39 PM  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Jeff Benham, hi .
Did you try to set compatibility mode to Windows XP ?
Many times (in my experience ) , that solves the problem ...

Reply   |   Comment by JEDIGEG  –  Yesterday, 3:48 PM  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Jeff Benham, Apologies. When I opened it, it went directly to the task bar and I didn't see it. It works fine.

Reply   |   Comment by Jeff Benham  –  Yesterday, 4:20 PM  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

"As soon as it opens to where it says Alawar, it reverts to the website."

*Maybe* the game's crashing, and it goes to the web site because that's what it's supposed to do when you shut the game down? Event Viewer might or might not help. It might be asking your GPU to do something it can't, or maybe your PC/laptop is trying to do something the game asks of Direct X 9, and you don't have it installed, or maybe it just doesn't like the game's display resolution? JEDIGEG's suggestion of XP compatibility mode, or one of the other compatibility option might help.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  16 hours ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

I've said it before, I'll say it again - if you've never played hidden object games before, the Snark Buster games are a great introduction!! I had tried a couple over the years, but found myself giving up on them, because I didn't know how to move forward. The mini puzzle games were good, but if I couldn't get past some scenes, or figure out what I was supposed to do next (even with a hint button!) I rarely got to the puzzle games. So, I was downloading, then within a few days, deleting. Enter the Snarks! Just hard enough to enjoy a challenge, but not so difficult as to frustrate and give up. Once I'd played a couple of them, I again tackled some of the other HOGs and was able to complete a few!

Reply   |   Comment by Catlady  –  Yesterday, 2:19 PM  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)


A lot of the newer ones have guides, so if you get lost you can use the walk-thru guide.

Reply   |   Comment by LadyLei  –  11 hours ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

I cannot get this to install. It says its unable to connect to the giveaway site.

Reply   |   Comment by sailorbear510  –  Yesterday, 1:54 PM  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)


It may be your security blocking the download; please read the section near the end of my review for help.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  Yesterday, 3:24 PM  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

Whiterabbit-uk, i reboot my gaming laptop and started the install and it worked that time not sure what happened before.

Reply   |   Comment by sailorbear510  –  Yesterday, 3:31 PM  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)


:) Glad you got it sorted. You may be able to find out by checking your event logs via the event viewer. (If your interested).

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  Yesterday, 3:37 PM  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

I love these Hidden Object games, not only because they are so relaxing to play or that they do not require you to "Be fast with the shooting iron" but also for their well-made graphics. It's a pleasure to sometimes stop and just look at all the funny motifs and pointy details.

Reply   |   Comment by Svend  –  Yesterday, 9:29 AM  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)
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