Note: This game doesn't have an optimal playing experience on Windows 10. More info. Find the cure for a terrible disease in Apothecarium Deluxe, a chilling hidden object adventure. In the Middle Ages, a horrible disease is taking many victims in Italy. A town of scientists find a cure, but keep it hidden. Many citizens hear of the rumoured cure and flee to the town of Apothecarium in hopes of using it, but a mysterious man keeps them from reaching their chance to survive.
explore 20 interactive scenes in this frightening hidden object game
choose your flavour and select Casual, Adventure, or Challenge mode
search for special talismans and earn achievements while you play
enjoy an intriguing storyline and a chilling soundtrack
A strange game with good graphics and great sound effects. Storyline was bizarre Don't know whether it was my computer or the game, but the transition from one location to another was not smooth. There was a hesitation and jerky or frozen moment. I thought the most interesting part of the game was the HO scenes where objects changed right before your eyes. Hints recharged quickly. Skip button filled slowly. You had an option at the "store" to purchase a token for a faster skip. You will earn many titles in your journey, but my favorite was Lord of Birds (whatever that means). Don't forget the bonus chapter. Not a high reco from me, but a reco none the less.
This game is a bit unque. The story line is intriguing, and the scenes are richly drawn with excellent graphics. You have the option to use Match 3 in place of the HO scenes but I have never seen the point to that. The mini games are good as well with a moderate level of difficulty. I will admit to using the strategy guide in several places to find out what to do next, as the game is quite complex. I did not have any technical trouble with the game as some other reviewers have reported, but you do have to be precise when trying to use an item from inventory. If you're off by just a bit, the game will tell you the item "can't be used here." This threw me off a bit until I realized I just had to fool around a bit to click in the correct place. All in all I found this game to be intriguing and totally fun. It's probably a bit much for young children, but tweens and up should enjoy it.
This was an interesting game with elements of both steampunk and alchemy themed environments and puzzles. The graphics were beautiful, albeit rather creepy-strange. HO scenes were rather unusual, due to the presence of morphing objects. The storyline was an interesting one, though it could have used a little more character development. My main complaint, actually, is with the bonus chapter that's available in this premium version... I really think it should have been folded into the main game, as it's unfinished business within that game, rather than a prequel or sequel to it. Seemed something of a rip-off to separate it from the main story like that. I'd have rather seen a prequel explaining how the 'mad scientist' ends up like that, as the game only hints at it, or how the hero goes on to save the surrounding areas, as again, the game only hints at that. Not sure the current bonus chapter is worth paying the extra premium price.
As previously reviewed by others, this game crashed on me twice - however it reloaded exactly where it left off and you didn't lose any items. That said, I did enjoy it. I used the 'hint' button quite often to work out where I was going next (mainly because I'm impatient). The coins can be spent in the 'store' and but I didn't apart from turning my hint button into fireworks, and speeding up the re-charge of the hint, I didn't see anything to spend them on. I wasn't offered a match 3 once (so I'm not sure when that kicks in). The story is quite good and quite interesting, although if you don't buy the Premium it may leave you with a bit of a cliffhanger type situation. The games/puzzles are often quite good fun (shooting the balloon being one of them). I'm not the type to re-play a game but I may give this another go. I'm not sure I would let younger children play because of the puzzle complexity but older children would enjoy it.
I really love this game even though I am stuck in the dining hall right now. The hint button is not helping but it is still very interesting. It has a good story line and I enjoy the puzzles.
talba | Added on: February 13, 2014
This is a beautifully designed game with great graphics and music that really helped to set and sustain the mood of the game. The mini-games were extremely challenging, and I found myself just skipping most of them. I really enjoyed the HOGs, especially the shape-shifting items. It made searching even more fun. This game is also very lengthy, and I guess you could say that you get your money’s worth. Having said that, I am only giving this game 3 stars because of the very weak storyline, and the failure of the writers to engage the player. If I recall correctly, a “madman” apparently took over the town and was performing experiments on some of the residents. I have no idea who I was playing as. If I was told, I forgot. I wish that writers would understand that players want to feel invested somehow in a game. I really dislike games where I am just mindlessly performing tasks without any clear indication of how what I am doing is helping the game to advance or to achieve the ultimate goal. The help function in this game was very beneficial because as I said, the next steps were not evident or necessarily logical most of the time. I actually said out loud while playing the game that I was sick of it. It just seemed to go on and on, without any rhyme or reason. In fact, I didn’t even finish it, and I just stopped completing the chest puzzles all together.
This game had almost too many scenes. They were a labyrinth of rooms. I found the map basically useless, it was tiny, blurry, and hard to decipher. I liked the innovations; the morphing HOS objects, the surprise box puzzles. The other puzzles were not well defined and I wasn't always sure what to do with them. I used the hint button a lot for directional help. It was nicely illustrated and a lot of work went into it, but it was very convoluted and for the most part frustrating.
The game is great at drawing you in- the graphics are smooth, and the storyline is intriguing. This game boasts quite a few features- such as in-game upgrades for Match 3 games (an alternative to the HO scenes), and upgrades to recharge hints and skip buttons. The HO scenes are a bit dark, and have items that shift from one item to another- essentially, you also need to have the right timing. Sometimes trying to click on an object can be difficult, as it isn't always exact, but overall this doesn't detract from the game. You can always tell when the designers of a game had fun animating it- and this is one of those games. :) Overall, this game should be appropriate for kids, and adults should enjoy it as well.
The story was original, fun, & interesting. The graphics were beautiful and also pretty original. Outstanding music and excellent voices. Tons of locations! All together, the characters, music, visuals, and many locations made this game really engaging. There were lots and lots of puzzles, too, for variety and all were very do-able, although some did require a bit of thought. The adventure part was more challenging than most of the HOG games I've played, but I am very grateful for that. Sometimes I get a bit bored if a game is too easy. This kept me thinking, but I was never stuck for very long and with an interactive map (links to locations), backtracking was not an issue. There are a handful of glitches: a few times the graphics had small areas of technical problems, a few objects were misnamed (but if you can't find the last few items, you have an option to 'match 3'), and the game crashed on me a few times. Also: the map indicated areas where actions are needed, but sometimes there is an object you need to pick up from a location and that is not indicated on the map. Those problems were really insignificant compared to how much I enjoyed the game overall. It's clear that a great deal of work went into developing this game. Bravo!!!
I like a nice HOG for relaxing. This is not that sort of game. It is completly unintuitive in both the main game and the minigamess. The hints are mostly useless. The story makes no sense. If you are the sort of gamer who wants an imposssible, frustrating game, this one is for you. As for me, I removed it from my computer and said "good riddence."
32377566 | Added on: June 18, 2013
I loved this- develop more of the same.It's challenging & keeps the brain problem solving.
agdwaryr64 | Added on: June 17, 2013
I really enjoyed this game. The graphics are excellent and inventive. They make you want to stop and look around in that scene before you start play. Music is ok. I had to adjust it softer in relationship to the voices. I also liked the fact that I had to earn my hints with puzzles. Story line is typical, man vs. villain, but the tasks made it worth the time. It is also long, which I liked. Lots of rooms and labyrinths and gathering. If you make me leave the dishes for later you've scored as far as I'm concerned.
The plaque theme makes for a different and interesting story line; however, the hidden object scenes often require multiple clicks to pick up objects, and not just when they are dissolving into a different item. The item "does not work here" or "Doesn't fit" hint maybe misleading since several times the item is correct, but you have to make certain you place the item where the gears appear. Also game stopped several times, and I had to restart a couple of minigames. Most annoying in the tower scene with the flowers. Could be much better if the glitches were worked out.
Excellent production values, good story line, stunning and over the top scenery, multiple scenes to visit, good challenge (in expert), classical music in some scenes and overall creativity make this a special gem indeed. The morphing objects are in HO scenes, and there are random treasure chests to earn extra "boosts" to make the game easier, but I forgot to use them, and just played the puzzles. The cutscenes are very well done, but the wild imagination they must've used to construct each scene makes me sorry I'm so left-brained. Rather than use a lot of hints I doggedly scoured each room which probably added to my playtime, but the main game is very long, the bonus game rather brief, but to me all were enjoyable. I did not experience any technical difficulties that others have mentioned. I can easily see me playing this game later, just to experience the scenery and challenge.
Love the concept, the variety of games you can play. I need more sense of direction as to what I need to do. Had a hard time when I clicked on ho's had to keep clicking. I really did want to play this game though. Very interesting.
31250706 | Added on: July 22, 2013
Fine addition to the genre, but nothing special. The functioning of the game was a bit clunky and the story is weak.
31615926 | Added on: June 17, 2013
I would have given this game 5 stars if it didn't crash twice while playing. This has a completely new twist with morphing hidden objects. It also gives you the option of doing match 3 games if you don't want to do the HO game. The story line is interesting and it has multiple puzzle games throughout the entire program. I would absolutely recommend this game! Even though the game crashed, it resets easily.
redaf | Added on: June 15, 2013
There are several things to like about the game. Graphics, music, voices. The hidden object scenes are challenging as you have to locate some items that are morphing from one thing to another, or inside of something, etc. so this is always a welcome difference. There are additional items to locate throughout the scenes and several mini-games in most locations which was very enjoyable. Some of them quite different, others fun and familiar. There are little hidden sun symbols throughout the game that give you coins, and coins are helpful to purchase items that help in gameplay, most of which help with the match 3 side of the game and a few that help with the h/o portion. Chests can be found in most rooms which have little games in them that will award secret prizes. The hint system is well defind and helpful, the map is great and will transport you to a desired location, and having the strategy guide handy is always nice. My only issue is at times you have to be overly precise with the area you click, but it doesn't occur often enough to detract from gameplay. The storyline as stated is strange, but interesting and draws you in and keeps your interest in solving the next puzzle to see what happens. I enjoyed the game and will probably play again.
I enjoyed this game, and would have rated it higher except for the fact that it was difficult to select the objects in the HOS. In fact, the only way I was able to finish some of the HOS was to switch to the drop 3 games. I did have to use the hints sometimes to figure out where to go next. The map is helpful, too. Beautiful music, graphics are excellent, and it was an enjoyable story, if a bit odd.
roxy8279 | Added on: September 9, 2013
You may need a walk through for this game. I got lost because I was distracted at times when I should have been paying attention.