There are 5 types of Anomalies in the game. Each one adds its own unique challenge to the Hidden Object Location.
Exploring a Location with an Anomaly in it will cost more Energy points than Exploring the same Location without the Anomaly, but winning that game will also give extra Experience points, Coins and potentially extra rewards such as Fixers needed to combine Artifacts. Anagram Mode always appears in a Location as the next mode after winning the Location with an Anomaly.
It is also possible to Dispel the Anomaly from the Location before you play using special tools you can win in the game. Dispelling the Anomaly will remove it from the Location and give you rewards. The rewards are the same items that could have been won from playing the Location with the Anomaly. Anagram mode always appears in the Location after you Dispel an Anomaly from it.
Types of AnomaliesEdit
There are currently 5 types of Anomalies that can appear in Hidden Object Locations in the game. Each anomaly has its own unique effect designed to make the Hidden Object game more difficult.
|Anomaly||Symbol||Description||Time to Play|
|Reflection||Image and items list are inverted||3 minutes|
|Dark Entities||Smoke clouds obstruct views||3 minutes|
|Time Shift||Less time to play||2 minutes|
|Gargoyle||Can only find one item at a time||3 minutes|
|Hoarfrost||Picture frosted over -. swipe to clean||3 minutes|
The Reflection Anomaly is a mirror image of the game in Text mode. The image of the Location itself is inverted, as are the names of the items you must find.
The Head Mirror item is used to Dispel the Reflection Anomaly from a specific Location, and the Cracked Mirror item can be used to Summon the Reflection Anomaly.
The Dark Entities are moving dark smoke clouds that partially obscure the photo of the Location.
The regular Tools, Talismans and Artifacts can be used as normal when playing a Location with the Dark Entities Anomaly. Magical Lanterns may not be used.
The Flask of Fireflies item is used to Dispel the Dark Entities Anomaly from a specific Location, and the Sphere of Darkness item can be used to Summon the Dark Entities Anomaly.
When Time Shift is in a Location, the game you play is exactly like Text mode. The difference is that your time is cut down from 3 to 2 minutes.
The regular Tools, Talismans and Artifacts can be used as normal when playing a Location with the Time Shift Anomaly. Magical Lanterns may not be used.
The Metronome item is used to Dispel the Time Shift Anomaly from a specific Location, and the Time Violator item can be used to Summon the Time Shift Anomaly.
When Gargoyle Anomaly is in a Location only one item appears on the list at a time. You must find the current listed item before another item is listed.
The regular Tools, Talismans and Artifacts can be used as normal when playing a Location with the Gargoyle Anomaly. Lightening in a Bottle only removes the current listed item .Magical Lanterns may not be used.
The Rock Crusher item is used to Dispel the Gargoyle Anomaly from a specific Location, and the Stone Heart item can be used to Summon the Gargoyle Anomaly.
When Hoarfrost is in a Location, the whole picture is hidden under a layer of Hoarfrost. Swipe across any area of the location to remove the frost to find all the items listed in the banner at the bottom of the screen within a 3 minute time limit. Hoarfrost will start covering a cleared area again after a short time passes.
The regular Tools, Talismans and Artifacts can be used as normal when playing a Location with the Hoarfrost Anomaly. Magical Lanterns may not be used.
The Sun Gem item is used to Dispel the Hoarfrost Anomaly from a specific Location, and the Frosty Box item can be used to Summon the Hoarfrost Anomaly.
Exploring Hidden Object Locations with AnomaliesEdit
When a Location has an Anomaly in it, you will see a symbol representing the anomaly in the photo of the Location on your Darkwood Town Map. Pressing a picture will bring up the 'Explore Window' for that Location. A blown up version of the Anomaly symbol will appear in the photo of the Location in the Explore Window.
As you open the Explore Window, you will see the Energy required to play listed in the Costs section increase from the normal amount required to play. This is a percentage increase, so the more Energy points that the Location normally requires, the bigger the increase you will see. The more advanced the Location's Rank is, the more energy points it normally takes to play, so the more Energy points will be added if an anomaly is present.
In the example to the right, Marketplace is at Connoisseur Rank. Normally it would cost 31 Energy points to play Marketplace at Connoisseur Rank, however it currently has the Reflection Anomaly so it costs 52 Energy points to play instead of 31.
In addition to costing more Energy points, Locations with Anomalies in them will also award additional Experience points and coins when you win the game. The extra Experience points and coins earned are listed after the '+' signs next to the normal amount awarded in the Explore Window. This is a percentage increase, so the more Experience points or coins that the Location normally awards, the bigger the increase you will see. If there are any other boosters active, then the total amount added will show after the '+'. In the example to the right, Marketplace normally awards 110 Experience points, but it has been charged by a Keeper so has 10% Experience points added (11 Experience points) as well as the boost from the anomaly (25%) so 38 additional Experience points can be won (the numbers are always rounded down when the percentage increases are added).
To play the Hidden Object Location with the Anomaly in it, simply press the green 'Explore' button.
After you successfully win the game of the Location with the Anomaly in it, you will be given a random set of items from the 'You Can Find' list as a reward, in addition to the Experience points and Coins listed in the Explore Window before the game. The next mode in that picture will always be Anagram mode.
Instead of playing the Location with the Anomaly present you can Dispel the Anomaly from the Location.
In the Explore Window for a Location with an Anomaly in it, there will be a 'Dispel' button next to the 'Explore' button. To Dispel an Anomaly simply press the Dispel button. A confirmation Window will appear.
If you do not have the right item to Dispel the Anomaly in your inventory you will be offered to buy it with Rubies. If you do have the right item to Dispel the anomaly in your Inventory, the anomaly will be removed from the Location and you will be given a random set of game items from the 'You Can Find' list as a reward.
When you Dispel an Anomaly from a Location, the next mode in that Location will always be in Anagram mode.
Below is a list of the Anomalies currently available in the game; the item required to Dispel that Anomaly; the Chests where that item can be found and some Collections that reward that item when combined.
|Anomaly||Dispelling item||Chests that reward dispelling item||Collections that reward dispelling item||Cost in Store|
|Reflection||Head Mirror||Exorcist's, Dark Servants', Fire Guardian, Full Moon, Medusa, Gremlin||Silverware; Great Books; Mister Word; Artist's Wood; Richard Wood||10 Rubies|
|Dark Entities||Flask of Fireflies||Exorcist's, Dark Servants', Fire Guardian, Full Moon, Medusa, Gremlin||Investigation; Telescope; A Revealing Article; Carl's Apology||6 Rubies|
|Time Shift||Metronome||Exorcist's, Dark Servants', Fire Guardian, Full Moon, Medusa, Gremlin||Electric Circuit; Victory Picnic; Ash Analysis||12 Rubies|
|Gargoyle||Rock Crusher||Exorcist's, Dark Servants', Fire Guardian, Full Moon, Medusa, Gremlin||Daily Rituals; Dinner Party; Soccer Tournament||10 Rubies|
|Hoarfrost||Sun Gem||Exorcist's, Dark Servants', Fire Guardian, Full Moon, Medusa, Gremlin||10 Rubies|
Anomalies are triggered by game play and appear in random locations as you play. New anomalies do not appear while the game is at rest or closed - the anomalies present when you close will still be there when you re-open.
It is also possible to summon an Anomaly with a Summoning Item. There are three situations where it may be desirable to summon an anomaly. These are:
(1) A quest such as "Explore the Cafe with the Time Shift anomaly," where the anomaly must be present to get the desired collectable and proceed to the next quest.
(2) A quest such as "Explore the Ballroom with the Anagram Curse." The Anagram curse is a consequence of Dispelling an anomaly. It does not appear in the normal rotation of Modes.
(3) A series of quests in a room requiring access passes, where these are in short supply AND there is a Dispel item available. Dispelling an anomaly is equivalent, in terms of rewards, to playing the location. However, you do not need to have access passes for that room to Dispel. This means it is possible to, for instance, repeatedly Summon and Dispel for the Ship to get Ship collectables, despite not having any Pirate Coins, if you have Summon and Dispel items available.
However, in practice, summoning a particular Anomaly to appear in a specific location requires many Summoning and Dispelling items. This is because when you Summon an Anomaly, you cannot directly choose which Location it appears in. It will choose a Location at random, from all open rooms except those in Novice mode, those already with an anomaly, and those in Anagram mode. (Anomalies also do not affect Puzzles, such as Treasure Box or Ancient Cards). These constraints mean that you can force the anomaly to appear in a Location by using other Anomalies or Anagram mode to block it from other Locations.
In brief, the method is to look at your town map, and see how many rooms could take an anomaly. Next, check your inventory to be sure you have more than that number of Summoning items available. Summon repeatedly until there are no possible Locations left for one (indicated by the message "You can't create an anomaly right now"). You will probably not get your desired anomaly in your desired Location initially, due to the random nature of Summoning. The next step is to Dispel from the desired room and play once to remove Anagram mode. (Anagram mode is the result of Dispelling an anomaly). The Location will now be the only Location able to take an anomaly, so the next anomaly you Summon will appear in that room.
It is possible to play quests requiring Anomalies or the Anagram Curse without Summon and Dispel tools. Playing the Location repeatedly will eventually result in the required state, and you can play the Location with the anomaly present to dispel it as an alternative to a Dispel tool. However, users in the forum report often playing a room a great many times to do so. The first anomaly to arrive is often not the one the quest requires. The decision of whether to play until the anomaly arrives or Summon will be dictated by the availability of Summoning and Dispel items, and the costs of playing as an alternative (in the form of time, energy, and access passes).
The user steps to summon are as follows:
To use a Summoning item to Summon an Anomaly, open the Inventory and go to the 'Anomalies' section (Gargoyle symbol).
Find and tap on a Summoning item to bring up an Information Window about that item. There are two options in the Information Window - 'Use' or 'Cancel'. Pressing the green 'Use' button will use the item. The Window will close and one of the item will disappear from your inventory. If you only had one of that item, its entry will disappear altogether from the Inventory.
When you close the Inventory and return to the Darkwood Town Map, one Location will have the Anomaly that was Summoned.
Anomaly Summoning Items cannot summon Anomalies in Locations that already have Anomalies or in Locations that are currently in Anagram mode. If all Locations on the Map either already have Anomalies present or are in Curse mode, you will get an error notice if you try to use an Anomaly Summoning item:
Below is a list of the anomalies currently available in the game; the item required to Summon that Anomaly and some collections which reward that item. You can buy all Summoning items in the Store for 12 Rubies.
|Anomaly||Summoning item||Collection rewarding Summoners||Cost in Store|
|Reflection||Cracked Mirror||Lifeboat Equipment(3); Gordon's Rescue(3);Torn-out Pages(2)||12 Rubies|
|Dark Entities||Sphere of Darkness||Robber's Traces(3); Brazen Theft(2); Concern for Charlotte(2)||12 Rubies|
|Time Shift||Time Violator||Foreign Treasures(3); Lost Memories(2)||12 Rubies|
|Gargoyle||Stone Heart||Johnny's Children's Box(3); Evidence Against the Seekers (3); Witch's Travel Guide(3)||12 Rubies|
|Hoarfrost||Frosty Box||12 Rubies|
Anomalies and "Anagram" ModeEdit
Anagram mode is unique in the Hidden Object Modes available in the game, as it does not appear in normal rotation as you play a Hidden Object Location. The only way to get Anagram mode in a Location is to successfully Explore that Location when it has an Anomaly in it, or to Dispel the Anomaly.
The next mode to appear in that Location after will be the Anagram mode (symbol blue 'Cba' on white background).
You cannot Summon Anomalies to Locations that are in Anagram mode.
Hints and TipsEdit
Triggering Anomalies During Game PlayEdit
It is not possible to force a certain anomaly to appear in a certain Location at a certain time. However, in order for anomalies to appear in any Location, you must be playing the game. If you are not playing any Locations at all, no new anomalies will be triggered in your game.
But, the more you play a certain Location, the more Anomalies will appear there. If you need an anomaly in a certain Location, keep playing that Location and Anomalies will start to appear in that Location.
Anomalies may also appear in other Locations as you play the one Location, as playing the game will Trigger Anomalies. You can choose to either leave those Anomalies in those Locations or Dispel them, but continuing to play the Location that you want the Anomaly in is the best way to trigger it there.
The easiest way to get an Anomaly in a Location is to play that Location over and over. The more you play the Location, the more Anomalies will appear in it. Everntually the right Anomaly will appear.
When you use Anomaly Summoning items you cannot choose which Location the Anomaly will be summoned to. It will appear at random. However, Anomalies cannot be summoned to Locations that already have Anomalies or to Locations that are currently in Anagram mode. If you want to use Anomaly summoning items to get a certain Anomaly in a certain Location, you must make sure that the Location is not in Anagram mode and does not already have an Anomaly present before using the Summoning item, or the Anomaly will definitely not appear in that Location.
You can also use this fact to force the Anomaly you are trying to Summon into the Location you need it in. If all other Locations already have Anomalies (or if they are in Anagram mode), then the Anomaly you Summon will not be able to appear in them. The Anomaly will have to go to the one Location that does not already have an Anomaly (or is not in Anagram mode).Playing all other Locations until they have anomalies before using the Summoning item will make sure that the Summoned Anomaly will appear in the Location you want it in.