Every weekend, Windows Central livestreams an Xbox One or Steam game for 1-2 hours and gives out free games to the cool people who join us during the stream. It's like a live podcast, only you also get to watch a game while chatting with our awesome readers and viewers! We call this show Saturday Game School, because learning about new games is always fun.

Tonight on Beam, we played Dark Arcana: The Carnival, a hidden object puzzle adventure game from Artifex Mundi. Read on for quick impressions, contest winners, and the full video replay.

Just follow us at Beam.pro/WindowsCentral, enable email notifications, watch along, and participate in chat for your chance to win. After the stream ends, be sure to check back for the YouTube replay video and contest winners.

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Dark Arcana: The Carnival

Dark Arcana: The Carnival Xbox One

Ready to solve a supernatural mystery? Dark Arcana takes place at a carnival that has been besieged by sabotage and murder. One night, a woman disappears in a funhouse, leaving her daughter behind outside. Playing as a detective, you must find the missing mother and stop the evil that has plagued the carnival for too long!

Like most Artifex Mundi titles, Dark Arcana is a hidden object puzzle adventure game. Players will navigate a variety of well-illustrated environments, interacting with various objects to solve puzzles and move the story along. Although this game was originally designed with mouse and touch-screen controls in mind, the console controls are simple and intuitive as well.

Dark Arcana: The Carnival Xbox One

At various intervals throughout the game, players will engage in hidden objects puzzles as well. You know how these work – you'll have to find all of the objects from a list amidst a crowded scene. Players who don't care for hidden objects should be pleased to know that Dark Arcana offers a card game as an alternative to the hidden object sequences.

See our full Xbox One review for more details!

The Contest

Dark Arcana: The Carnival Xbox One

We streamed Dark Arcana for ~90 minutes . During that time, we gave out a total of 20 game codes:

  • 10 Dark Arcana for Xbox One
  • 10 Dark Arcana for Steam

See the contest winners at the end of this story.

How to watch Beam livestreams

Dark Arcana: The Carnival Xbox One

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Future streams

Dark Arcana: The Carnival Xbox One

Want to know what's next for Windows Central's weekend Beam programming? We stream a different game every Saturday (and sometimes Sunday). The stream always starts at the same time: 9pm Eastern (8pm Central, 6pm Pacific, 1am GMT). Over the next few weeks, we'll be streaming the following (schedule not finalized):

  • April 22: Neverwinter from Perfect World. Win an exclusive unicorn mount for Xbox One or PlayStation 4 in this free to play Dungeons & Dragons-themed MMO!
  • April 29: Star Trek Online from Perfect World. Win an exclusive T6 Khlinae-class battlecruiser for the Xbox One version of this free to play Star Trek-themed MMO!

We hope you'll tune in as often as you can! Set a recurring alarm on your phone so you'll always know when it's time for the stream to start.

Winners

Dark Arcana: The Carnival Xbox One

These winners don't need to be afraid of mirrors, because they're all quite attractive looking!

Xbox One

  • NarcoSleepy
  • snuckes
  • bazoonan
  • kenzibit
  • bubbaliam
  • WRider
  • Advanced_Time
  • Dakrkplayer2
  • DEADP00L1391
  • CaptPlum

Steam

  • ShihTzuOnYou
  • WindWalkR
  • dryden13
  • JeffEl82
  • Brownmeister
  • Tiramisu321
  • Thyrennia
  • OverMask
  • Withheld
  • Swizzlerz

Tonight's prizes provided by Artifex Mundi. Thanks also to our stream moderators for keeping the peace and giving away the prizes!