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  • Summary: WINNER OF THE GOLD AWARD FROM POCKETGAMER!

    An enigmatic carnival has come to town, bringing an unsettling mystery with it. A young mother has gone missing, and now its up to you to find her before its too late! Investigate two worlds: the one you live in and an alternate plane existing
    WINNER OF THE GOLD AWARD FROM POCKETGAMER!

    An enigmatic carnival has come to town, bringing an unsettling mystery with it. A young mother has gone missing, and now its up to you to find her before its too late!

    Investigate two worlds: the one you live in and an alternate plane existing behind the carnivals Hall of Mirrors. Discover the secret of an ancient being named the Evil One and learn the tragic story of one of the carnivals employees, who accidentally killed his fiancee during a show many years ago. Explore picturesque yet terrifying locations and prevent the Evil One from perpetrating another terrible crime!

    TRY IT FREE, THEN UNLOCK THE FULL ADVENTURE FROM WITHIN THE GAME!

    * 48 enigmatic spine-tingling locations to visit
    * 18 hidden object scenes to search
    * 28 mini-games to tease your brain
    * 21 exciting achievements to rack up
    * Three difficulty modes to keep you guessing
    * Bonus chapter, strategy guide and extras
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Mar 13, 2017
    75
    Dark Arcana: The Carnival offers a great experience overall. Perhaps more engaging for a younger audience, but still decent fun for all ages. A bit more creativity in names, voice acting and puzzle types would make this a truly stellar game, though it’s worth a creepy playthrough if only to follow the story and enjoy the sinister scenery. Dark Arcana: The Carnival proves hidden objects games can be deep and engaging.
  2. Apr 6, 2017
    72
    Even with its flaws, and understanding it’s one of their older titles, I still enjoyed my time with Dark Arcana: The Carnival, even if it was a short adventure. I love these types of games for those nights I simply need to relax and not worry about shooting anyone or racing against my friends. You might scoff at HOG titles, but they are quite relaxing, and if you’re not proficient at puzzle games the difficulty here isn’t very high and it allows you many alternative ways to progress if you ever become stuck. While not Artifex Mundi’s best title to date, it’s still a fun adventure and a great way to get your feet wet with their catalogue in a long forgotten genre.
  3. Mar 19, 2017
    70
    Those who have played previous Artifex Mundi titles will know if they want this or not depending on their feelings with previous titles, and for those that haven't we recommend picking this one up, especially if or when it goes on sale.
  4. Mar 15, 2017
    70
    Dark Arcana: The Carnival is a simple, but fun game that plays to its strengths. With tons of different puzzles to keep you occupied and a story that is consistently interesting, it does a solid job of keeping you entertained. And it's a good choice for anyone who enjoys a brain workout.
  5. Mar 29, 2017
    70
    In Dark Arcana: The Carnival we visit a typical American fair in a mysterious disappearance circumstances. The game has a classic graphic adventure feeling that will make you enjoy this peculiar history. The lack of action moments is supplemented with interesting puzzles and enigmas balanced of very addictive way.
  6. Apr 26, 2017
    70
    The sights and scenes of the carnival are depicted in the usual colorful Artifex Mundi style. Even though numerous cut scenes are rendered in a low resolution, they liven up the events nonetheless. It should be noted that games like Dark Arkana: The Carnival are always measured up within its sub-genre of casual adventures and not compared to the big league of graphic adventures. As such, the game offers comfy and even suspenseful entertainment, and the few hours put to solve the mystery are well-spent. As is usual with casual adventures, the game also serves as a great stress relief. Dark Arkana: The Carnival might not be up to the standards of the later and more complex Artifex Mundi games, but it still comes recommended for fans of the genre.
  7. Mar 17, 2017
    50
    If you want an Artifex Mundi game, I’d point you in the direction of any other one of the market. They took a risk with Dark Arcana: The Carnival, and it didn’t pay off.

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  1. Mar 17, 2017
    9
    Love these games! Please bring them all to Xbox One. These games are fun to play and never disappoint and are priced right so that I neverLove these games! Please bring them all to Xbox One. These games are fun to play and never disappoint and are priced right so that I never hesitate to buy them. Keep 'em coming! Expand
  2. Apr 18, 2017
    7
    I generally love Artifex's games, but this one felt kind of weak to me compared to their other offerings on Xbox One. The puzzles were easy,I generally love Artifex's games, but this one felt kind of weak to me compared to their other offerings on Xbox One. The puzzles were easy, and the game was short compared to other titles. Personally I enjoyed it because I like the production values of all of their point and click adventures, but I would recommend some of their other games with stronger stories, such as Nightmares from the Deep, or Enigmatis. Recommend waiting on a sale for this one. Expand