Giveaway of the Day - Alchemy Mahjong

Alchemy Mahjong
May 19, 2013

Alchemy Mahjong is a never-ending and never-annoying journey of brain-teasing fun for puzzle-lovers of all ages! Go through numerous unique levels, eliminating pairs of identical magic tiles and completing fairy missions. But be attentive because you should manage to complete all the matching in time. Gain the highest score and become the most proficient Mahjong player.

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System Requirements: Windows 9x/ 2k/ Me/ XP/ Vista; CPU: 1600+ MHz; RAM: 512+ MB; 100 Mb free disk space; SVGA Video Card
Publisher: Gambana
Homepage: http://www.gambana.com/do...
File Size: 24 MB
Price: $19.95

This software was available as a giveaway on May 19, 2013, this giveaway is not available any more. You can download the trial version of this software at http://www.gambana.com/downloa....

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  1. There will be no full review from me today. I have to go pick up my daughter from a Girl Guides weekend literally as soon as the gamegiveaway starts this morning, then its off to a family birthday lunch and afternoon party before spending more time at the new house painting one of two garden sheds with smelly wood preserver..

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    Alchemy Mahjong:

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    Installation:

    Alchemy Mahjong downloads to an 24 MB zip file that unpacks to a read me and a wrapped setup file (the orange colored file with the key symbol), plus there’s a setup file with security (setup.gcd) that’s protected from being hacked (because the previous giveaway system was easily cracked). This file may case some security software to alert the user to a possible malware attack, but it will be a false positive.

    The game giveaway team check all game giveaways for malware using several well known anti -malware suites. There has never been a game giveaway infected with malware since the project started back in Dec 2006. (The owners know that allowing such things would compromise their buisness, so they make sure all software given away via the giveaway and gamegiveaway sites are throughly checked for all types of malware before allowing community members to download any files.

    Some community members have been having problems installing games since the security software was added. It’s been found that turning off your security temporarily or configuring it to accept the setup.cgd file usually sorts the problem out.

    To register and install the game click on the orange colored icon. The installed game is 22.9 MB in size and installs to the following path by default:

    The path can be changed to suit whatever your wishes are. Once the game is installed you can delete the giveaway setup files. The game doesn’t install shortcuts to the desktop and start menu programs list and there is no uninstaller. To delete the program you simply delete the installed folder. (Basically the game is free standing)..

    Alchemy Mahjong works on both my Win 7 & Win 8 computers.
    I don’t have a Vista or XP installation set up at the moment (and won’t for several months until we move house later this year).

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    Introduction:

    Alchemy Mahjong was given away once previously back in Jan 2010 (31st) where it received a positive 67% out of 425 votes with 88 comments which can be read HERE

    Alchemy Mahjong is a never-ending and never-annoying journey of brain-teasing fun for puzzle-lovers of all ages! Go through numerous unique levels, eliminating pairs of identical magic tiles and completing fairy missions.

    Reference: http://www.gambana.com/downloads/puzzle_and_word/alchemy_mahjong.html accessed 31st Jan 2010

    The Game:

    Everyone knows what a solitaire game of Mahjong entails. Today’s giveaway is little different in basic game play from most other solitaire games. With Alchemy Mahjong you’re getting a basic Mahjong game with cartoon like graphics. It does its job. Nothing special, but worth downloading if you like Solitaire Mahjong; (personally I prefer the four player variety). I purchased one called Hong Kong Mahjong which allows me to play with three computer players or it can be played with four humans. i’ve got a proper Mahjong set, which I’d prefer to play, but no one seems to want to play traditional games anymore. :( I used to play Mahjong in preference to chess when I was a youth. (I’ve posted a link to a free four player version in the more games section below)

    Overall from the time I played the demo I’d say an average Mahjong game. The children may like this version because of the cartoon like graphics. I did find the tile sets a little disorientating but that could be because it was 4am in the morning when I checked the game out (I fell asleep at the keyboard), but you could argue that this just adds to the difficulty. Theres a shuffle facility that recharges over time and you can undo previous moves if you wish. The game is timed, which may take away the pleasure of playing for some. YToiu can go freom full screen to windowed by pressing Esc.

    There’s 50 levels available with 6 missions to complete. For Each mission you have to collect pieces of an object, which are awarded whenever you complete a level.

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    Music:

    There’s no way of changing the in game music. You can turn off the music via the options menu, then play some of your own music via your media player.

    Video & Images:

    You can see several videos via the following you tube Video. HERE, HERE and HERE

    You can also see several images from the game via a slideshow HERE.

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    System Requirements:

    OS: Windows 9x/2k/Me/XP/Vista
    CPU: 1600+ MHz
    RAM: 512+ MB
    Free hard drive space: 100 MB
    SVGA Video Card

    Conclusion:

    Ideal starter for the children, but its still a playable game for adults as well.

    Scoring:

    Game play – 6
    Graphics – 6
    Replayability – 8
    Originality – 6
    Sound – 6

    Total score 6.2 out of 10

    Suggestions:

    Add more tile styles and include the four player variety. :)

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    Problems:

    If you have any problems installing or getting to work today’s game please go HERE for help. I’ve posted all of the common problems and solutions in a FAQ thread, which you can find in the sticky section of the forums by following the above link.

    If you are posting late in the day I would also suggest posting in the main giveaway forums, in the game discussion section because I cannot moderate 24hrs a day over the weekend. If you’ve installed the game but it won’t work for some reason, it should still be registered, so someone may be able to help at another time. Unfortunately if your problem is actually installing it then once the giveaway period is over there’s nothing that can be done until the game is given away again (though that isn’t guaranteed). Sometimes you can still register the game after the giveaway has ended so long as you managed to start the download before the giveaway ends. I’ve tested this and sometimes the grace period lasts for up to 2 hours, but more often than not 1 hour is the norm.

    It’s always worth checking out the free games sites as sometimes the games we get here are also available for free from them. MyPlayCity (MPC) has the most with over 800 games to choose from. Unfortunately today’s game is’nt available from any of the free game sites,

    If you do download any other games from MPC or the other free game sites (e.g. Jenkatt Games, Gametop or FreeGamePick) ‘do’ watch out for toolbars etc. Make sure you uncheck the checkboxes during installation .

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    There are hundreds of Mahjong games available for free as well as many commercial versions. Today’s game giveaway is the solitaire variety of Mahjong.

    Alternatives:

    I highly recommend a 4 player traditional game of Mahjong called HongKong Mahjong which has a decent AI for a challenging game against three computer opponents. You can find it< a href="http://www.ninedragons.com/" rel="nofollow">HERE

    Or you can find quite a few free solitaire mahjong games over in the forums in the free games synopsis by G@rgoyle HERE or the foour player version from Caimans HERE (Watch out for toolbars etc, Caimans have started to use these as a way of paying for the web site. Caimans is a small group of volunteers carrying on the work of Rudy Caiman who founded the site some years ago who passed away Feb 2011)

    Games, Games, and yet more Games plus Download, Installation & Game play Problems:

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    You can get a free arcade game via Alawar’s game box, just click the free game tab. It changes approximately every month If that’s not enough, check out the Game Discussion forums HERE for details of other games either free or on deals such as the Indie Game bundles or check out the four day sales at IndieGameStand.

    The latest IndieGameStand game is the towewr Defence game Unstoppable Gorg and, if you beat the avcerage you’ll get another game called Stellar Impact. Both games come with Steam and Desura keys plus DRM free copies. To see more details about Unstoppable gorg with images and a description of the game click HERE

    There’s also four indie bundles over at Indiebundle.org, The Krazy Kinetic Bundle (Stardrone, Rhythm Destruction, Plazma Being, plus extra Really Big Sky), the Hellish Dungeons bundle (99 Levels to Hell, Guy vs. WNL, Rogue’s Tale, plus two extra’s Claustrophobia & Dark Gates) , the Alpha Fundle bundle ends this weekend (Gravi, Super Tower Rush, Monsters!, Samphi, Twisty’s Asylum Escapades) and the Ultimate Bug Out bundle bundle (The Ballads of Reemus, Band of Bugs + DLC, Along Came A Spider, plus the extra Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon + DLC). Each bundle has three games and costs $5 each for the basic bundle plus a few dollars more for extras# games. Check the Indie bundles HERE

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    A Request for help:

    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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    Comment by Whiterabbit-uk — May 19th, 2013 at 3:01 am
  2. ………………………..Moderator Comment………………………….

    I’m away for most of the rest of today. Picked my daughter up from her Girl guides weekend earlier (just arrived back). She throughly enjoyed the experience, now its off to a family birthday party, then back to the new house for more work. I’ll continue to moderate this evening.

    No comments so far three hours into the giveaway. mustn’t be going down well, though the thumbs up is a positive 67% at the moment (same as when it was previously given away).

    Have a pleasant and restful Sunday folks. :)

    Comment by Whiterabbit-uk — May 19th, 2013 at 5:54 am
  3. Had this game on a previous giveaway and lost due to change to a new PC. Now I get it back! It’s a decent mahjong game.

    Comment by Diane — May 19th, 2013 at 7:06 am

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