On a dark and stormy Halloween night, you find yourself standing before the gothic gates of Arcana Manor, the castle home of Doctor Arcana, the world famous magician who vanished several years ago. A strange force compels you to find a way in, but as soon as you set foot inside the mansion, the door slams shut behind you, sealing you inside the eerie manor house. A ghostly vision appears before you, presenting you with a challenge: Resolve a maze of riddles and perplexing puzzles, or be doomed to spend eternity locked inside the inescapable mansion. Do you dare accept the deadly challenge to discover the secrets that lie within The Cabinets of Doctor Arcana? Once you begin, there's no turning back.
- A captivating mystery set in the shadowy realm of magic and illusion.
- Over 50 perplexing puzzles, mind-bending mazes, and confounding conundrums.
- Original soundtrack by Nox Arcana.
- In-game art gallery featuring dozens of eerie works of art by Joseph Vargo.
- Detailed walkthrough from Doctor Arcana himself.
Minimum System Requirements
- Windows 7 / Apple OS X: 10.7 Lion
- 1.5 GHz CPU + 512 MB of RAM
- 1 GB hard drive space
- 128 MB OpenGL compatible video card
- 16 bit, 44.1 KHz, 2 channel compatible sound card
- 4x DVD drive
- Keyboard, mouse, speakers
Joseph Vargo describes the origins of Doctor Arcana —
The Cabinets of Doctor Arcana is a throwback to the early computer puzzle games like The 7th Guest, Shivers and Jewels of the Oracle. I was very influenced by these types of games and used them as inspiration throughout this project. Puzzle games seem to have become a thing of the past, and that's really unfortunate because they're very fun and challenging. I felt compelled to resurrect this classic genre, so we embraced the idea of creating an old-style puzzle game and ran with it. We specifically designed The Cabinets of Doctor Arcana to have a very retro look and feel within a simple framework with minimal mouse controls. The end result is an effectively moody and entertaining game that evokes a haunting sense of nostalgia.
The concept for the game began as a feature I created for Dark Realms magazine back in 2000. The feature was called The Cabinet of Doctor Arcana, based on the title of the classic silent horror film The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari. In each issue, the condescending Doctor Arcana presented puzzles for the readers to ponder, then insulted the integrity of anyone who correctly solved them. This jeering humor carries over into the game as well. Players are subjected to taunting remarks from Doctor Arcana throughout their adventure and lost souls who consult the in-game walkthrough, aptly named The Cheater's Compendium, will be scolded and ridiculed for doing so.
I developed the Doctor Arcana idea further on the Nox Arcana album, Theater of Illusion. The story centered around a secret society of magicians who possess actual magical powers and lurk in the hidden shadows of our world. I've always loved magic and magicians—the darker and creepier, the better. The concept seemed like a natural backdrop for an eerie adventure shrouded in mystery. In the game, players must explore this shadowy realm of magic and illusion and resolve a variety of devious puzzles to unlock Doctor Arcana's darkest secrets. The gauntlet of confounding conundrums consists of more than 50 logic puzzles, word puzzles, mazes, riddles and codes. For those seeking something more mentally stimulating than the usual arcade game or hidden object adventure, this is the game for you.
For more details and screens, visit DoctorArcana.com
Reviews of The Cabinets of Doctor Arcana
Really loving this game, takes me back to the puzzle styles of Myst and The 7th Guest. Great ambiance, music and art.
When I saw that you were making a game based on the same type of puzzles included with your albums, I could not wait to get it. I ordered the Prestige Edition, and I love it! The Arcanum Amulet is truly a beautifully made piece that I will always treasure. I have played a lot of point and click adventure/puzzle games, but The Cabinets of Doctor Arcana tops them all. It is hauntingly gorgeous. I could not agree more with the description, "A puzzle-lover's dream come true."
Lots of fun puzzles with creepy Gothic music and art.
The atmosphere, the music, storyline, challenging puzzles and clues, and the difficulty of the game in general are spectacular.
The Cabinets of Doctor Arcana is positioned as the heir to such iconic projects of the 1990s as The 7th Guest, Shivers and Jewels of the Oracle. The debut offering turns out to be a quite worthy challenge for fans of puzzle games.
A very fun point 'n click adventure game, moreso a set of puzzles like The 7th Guest. Evidently the main draw here is the art and music of Nox Arcana, and the soundtrack in particular is gorgeous. The puzzles are enjoyably difficult, too.
A very engaging game with fantastic visuals.The puzzles range from pleasantly fun to excruciatingly difficult. Definitely an exciting and immersive challenge for anyone who likes spooky point-and-click games. But be warned—Doctor Arcana has high standards! I highly recommend Doctor Arcana.
Highly recommend! I enjoyed this game very much! You won't be disappointed.
Numerous puzzles, atmospheric music. The complexity of the puzzles is very well balanced. Dark mini-adventure for lovers of mysteries and "gothic" style.
Great! Very enjoyable and fun. 10/10 from me.
Thank you so much for creating and releasing The Cabinets of Doctor Arcana! My wife and I are both fans of Nox Arcana, and also fans of 'point and click' games. We are loving Doctor Arcana and we dearly hope that you will consider releasing further games based on Nox Arcana's existing albums!