It seems that hidden object mystery games just get creepier and creepier, and Brink of Consciousness: Dorian Gray Syndrome Collector’s Edition is one of the creepiest by far. While there is no blood, there is one psychotic “artist” that is our antagonist, and is he ever deranged! We play through the POV of Sam Wilde, an investigative reporter, and even though the place names sound very English, the background looks to be in Central Europe. Well, Sam is getting a little to close to the truth, and even in 1950, the time when this is all taking place, some low tech can be used in finding what has been missing and saving more lives, including the one dearest to Sam, his girlfriend, Anna.
“Oscar” has kidnapped Anna, and has brought Sam to his “gallery”, where he has created life-sized works of art from the perfectly preserved bodies of his young and beautiful victims, dressed to reflect the image he wants them to portray, Icarus on the ceiling, his mechanic always in the garage, The Vitruvian Man, a flower girl in the indoor garden. So “Oscar” is a man of resources, but his insanity had lead him to using them for all the wrong reasons, and I was a little disappointed that in this very creepy mystery that there were not many HO puzzles to go through. Many logic puzzles, and lots of running back and forth to take one item to make another thing work, and so on, which is pretty common with these kinds of games. Had this been a horror film, I would have been riveted to find out more about Oscar. Perhaps the writers of this game might want to consider taking this script to an independent studio, because it would make one amazing scary movie. I’ve played my share of creepy games, and was glad not have run into swarming spiders in this one. You might even consider reading Oscar Wilde’s works or at least watch LXG after playing this to learn more about Dorian Gray, but I was glad for the reprieve when I chose the more upbeat “Legally Blonde” to view after playing this game.