Giveaway of the Day - 20 days to find Amy

20 days to find Amy
November 26, 2011

Long, long ago in a faraway land… No, the description of this game can’t start like that. In one typical modern city lives a girl. And in another typical modern city lives her friend. They agree to meet, as they’re missing each other a lot and haven’t seen each other for ages. But what a shock it is for the friend, when she arrives for their meeting and can’t find her companion….

  
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System Requirements: Windows 98/ ME/ XP/ Vista
Publisher: Fly Games
Homepage: http://fly-games.com/cont...
File Size: 36.3 MB
Price: $6.99

This software was available as a giveaway on November 26, 2011, this giveaway is not available any more. You can download the trial version of this software at http://fly-games.com/content/v....

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  1. Developers rely on good feedback to improve their games. If you download this game please take some time once you’ve played it a while to leave some constructive feedback either positive or negative. The more constructive feedback we get, the more likely developers are going to give more games away. The giveaway site already has a very good standing with the search engines. Developers want their products out there on the WWW, this site has the potential to do that. The game giveaway project gives away on average between 9 to 17 thousand downloads for each game depending upon what genre and how obscure the game is. That’s a lot of homes these games are being downloaded into and a lot of ‘potential’ cash that’s being lost by the developers. If we get better games because of better feedback, the community are likely to continue to benefit from the generosity of the developers. Satisfied community members are then more likely to visit the home sites of those developers and purchase games that they may not have bothered with before they discovered the developer via the game giveaway site, thus giving the developers more incentives to give away even more decent games.

    Please leave some feedback once you’ve checked the game out. It can be positive or negative, but please explain what your reasons were for the feedback you post. You could also leave suggestions for improving the game, for example, this game could do with more block types for the levels editor, add more power-ups, describing the ones you think would be suitable, add some mini games (which seem all the rage in some arcade games now) or enable the user to be able to change the in game music easily.

    Thank you in advance to all those who take the time to post a constructive comment.

    Regards

    Whiterabbit aka Stephen

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    Installation:

    20 Days to find Amy downloads to a 36.3MB zip file that unpacks to a read me and dual activation module, which for the newcomers to the game giveaway project means that once you’ve installed the game it automatically registers, that is, there’s no registration code to input. The game installs to the following path:

    C:\Games\20DAYS\GAME

    There is no shortcut installed so you’ll have to follow the above path to create your own shortcut. To uninstall the game just delete the installed folder (there is no uninstaller). The game works on Win 98, XP, Vista and Win 7. The installed game is 40.7MB. You can change the in game music by replacing the five ogg tracks with renamed tracks from your own music collection, though you will have to convert them to ogg vorbis audio files.

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      Main Menu

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      Options

    Introduction:

    Long, long ago in a faraway land… No, the description of this game can’t start like that. In one typical modern city lives a girl. And in another typical modern city lives her friend. They agree to meet, as they’re missing each other a lot and haven’t seen each other for ages. But what a shock it is for the friend, when she arrives for their meeting and can’t find her companion….

    This typical plot twist could turn in a direction you’d never expect: life sometimes brings us surprises, puzzles and treacherous adventures. The girl hasn’t forgotten about the meeting, she hasn’t simply forgotten to say she can’t come… Unlock your friend’s secret. You have 20 days.
    These 20 days include many missions, 22 locations (reality and fantasy), 3 game modes and a huge number of mini-games. Download “20 Days To Find Amy”, and find out what has happened to your good friend.

    Reference accessed HERE October 2011

    Summary of the Game

    I was unable to play more than several levels before coming across a problem with the game, so won’t be posting a full review. See below for explanation of the problem.

    20 Days to find Amy is a typical Hidden Object game with 22 locations with a mix of reality and fantasy to the locations. The game foolws the story over a period of 20 days. Each day comprises of around three levels making a total of at least 60 Hidden Object levels, according to the developer there are 3 game modes though at the start of the game only one mode is available. as I wasn’t able to continue playing the game I cannot say what the other modes are. Also there are supposed to be plenty of mini-games to breakup the (for me anyway) eye boggling excercise of finding hidden objects though ‘again’ i didn’t find one of these apart from the code breaking game with stick men. The quality of the objects are much better than last weeks cross-over HOG/TM game and I’m sure most users will find many of the levels a reasonable challenge. Each of the 22 locations allows you up to five hints but no more, apart from the first so use your hints wisely.

    Placement of objects is standard, for example, you are likely to find a bunch of grapes hidden amongs an area of green such as a outside view of a garden (looking through a window). or a straight object along the edge of another straight object. Generally objects are well p1Aed to make them hard to find. One particular object, that I had to find in the second level had me stumped so I had to use a hint. It turned out the particular object, a ststuette was miniscule in size so was easily overlooked. Some objects need pinpoint accuracy to select them as the collision mesh hasn’t allowed for the whole area to be selected. you’ll see what i mean when you play the game.

    Watch out for repeatedly clicking incorrect objects. There is a time penalty if you click more than three incorrect objects within a 10 to 15 second time frame. Probably designed to stop players from swampig the level with random selections; if you get more than three incorrect selections you don’t necessarily get a time reduction.

    Features:

    • 20 days

    • 22 unique locations

    • 3 game modes

    • mini-games

    System Requirements:

    Windows 98/ME/XP/Vista
    Pentium III processor
    256 Mb RAM
    50 Mb hard drive space
    32 Mb video memory
    Sound card
    DirectX 7

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      Level Image

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      Level Image

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      Story

    Video and Images

    I’ve uploaded what screen captures I took which you can see as a slideshow, though I wasn’t able to take in game images without the pause menu appearing. the three in game images you’ll find in the slideshow were copied from Fly Games web site.

    You can find a video of game play HERE and a slideshow of around 20 images showing the menus and first stages in the game HERE

    Conclusion:

    For me this is just an average Hidden Object game that didn’t stand out from the crowd. The graphics are average, the game play is average and the replayability average, so I’d score it a 5.8 out of 10. I try not to bias my scores based on personal preferences but on experience of other games in the same genre I know that there are much better HOG’s available so have based my scores on those games.

    Scoring

    Gameplay – 6
    Graphics – 6
    Audio – 7
    Re-playability – 6
    Originality – 4

    Total = 6.8

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      Level completed

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      Day 2 Level Selection

    Suggestions to the Developer:

    • Include animated story board rather than just stills

    • Include a non-timed mode

    • Include various levels of difficulty (by including different times to complete a level)

    • Include the ability to earn hints rather than limiting the number used for each day

    • Allow unused hints to accumulate from day to day

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    Problems with today’s game

    I used the full version to test this game and did come across an unusual problem on day four where no hidden objects list appeared in the side panel. When using the hints it showed you where the particular object was, but when I clicked on the place it was as though nothing had been placed there, that is no objects were evident either; so I was unable to progress to the next level. Whether this problem has been fixed since I played the game a few weeks ago is another matter as I’ve not had the opportunity to download a new version till this morning. (Been too busy playing all of the wonderful games that have been released over the past few weeks such as Skyrim, Call of duty:MW3, Battlefield 3, Lord of the Rings and Serious Sam 3 to name just a few) ;-)

    If you do manage to get past the level with no obvious signs of a problem please post a message to let the community know as I don’t have the time to play the game until this evening. Thanks.

    Problems installing, activating and running giveaway games:

    If you have difficulty downloading or activating the game you can try again later or do one of the following – for example once downloaded when you click on the dual activation and set up file you may get the message “Failed to connect. Please try again later” Check to see if your internet explorer isn’t offline (thanks to MrSnoozles/Mike and GMMan for that fix). If the previous suggestion doesn’t work go check out previous comments from the last several weeks and look for comments from GMMan and Mike. They have also posted their possible fixes for this problem.

    Mike suggests that you check to see if Internet Explorer is offline (even if you use Firefox). If it is make sure that it’s online then try again. I’ve always tried re-booting my modem and/or router with some success, though Mike has said that doing that does nothing. Still, it’s worth a try if all else fails.

    If you are getting the black screen problem right click on the games executable and select properties then click on the compatibility mode and select the disable visual themes. This should fix the problem, if not try disabling the display scaling on higher dpi settings and disabling the desktop composition.

    Other fixes include changing your screen resolution, installing the latest direct X (remember that XP uses DX 9 or earlier only, Vista uses DX 10 or before and Win 7 DX11 or before). Also try updating your graphics drivers. The main two chip manufacturers are NVIDIA and ATI both of which offer driver downloads for free. Just go to the respective manufactures home page and you’ll find a link to the driver download page. To find out which graphic card or graphics chip your computer uses type in Dxdiag in the search field (Vista or Win 7) or the run command (XP); this opens up the DirectX diagnostics panel. click on the display tab and look to the left panel. You should easily see what graphics card or chip you are using. (This is required information when selecting the correct download from the developers site).

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    Other Games:

    You will find several free HOG’s over at Gametop and other free games sites. Most of you are aware of the pitfalls of downloading from such sites. Of the ones I know MyPlayCity used to be the best place to download, but recently they have changed their practices to included forced toolbar installations and home page hijacks. I downloaded and installed a MyPlayCity game a few weeks ago and despite unchecking the boxes for these I still got a MyPlayCity toolbar and whenever I opened my browser a pop up would appear asking me if I wanted to change my home page to MyPlayCity plus a second browser would open to Ask.com. Gametop still come with toolbars and home page hijacks, but you can de-select them during the installation process.

    You can find Hidden Objects for free over on Gametops site HERE

    Comment by Whiterabbit-uk — November 26th, 2011 at 3:02 am
  2. HOORAY A HOG TODAY!

    Comment by Reality Check — November 26th, 2011 at 3:15 am
  3. Yet another game designed for under 10′s. With only 2 per weeks could we at least have something for the more mature gamer every now and then instead of these idiotic offerings. I love this site and the giveaway site but lately the software offered is so below par that the fact they have the audacity to charge for this stuff is insulting.

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    I can’t agree with you on that Scott, everyone has different likes and dislikes, what’s one persons waste is anothers gold. i’m sure a high proportion of todays users will enjoy this game. I personally don’t like most HOG’s apart from games like the Dream Chronicles and the Mishap series but just becasue I don’t like a game doesn’t mean I think it’s rubbish. As always we are all entitled to our opinions. :)

    Thanks for your feed back.

    Comment by Scott — November 26th, 2011 at 3:50 am

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