Giveaway of the Day - Amelie’s Café: Summer Time

Amelie’s Café: Summer Time
May 25, 2013

As Amelie headed for the tropics, she had three things on her mind: sun-drenched days, carefree nights and opening the best beachfront café Paradise had ever seen! Help Amelie turn a ramshackle hut into the classiest joint on the island as she caters to a variety of guests, keeps her cooks busy and racks up big money on more than 50 fast-paced levels. In a unique twist on time management games, Amelie’s Café 2 features a match-3 mini-game that allows you to earn bonuses as you play! Staff and café upgrades will also keep you from going under. With simple but challenging gameplay, colorful graphics, and two game modes to master, Amelie’s Café: Summer Time is your ticket to fun!

  • More than 50 levels.
  • Three cafés to run.
  • Story and Endless modes.
  • Five bonuses to utilize.
  • Five achievements to earn.
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System Requirements: Windows XP, Vista, 7; 1 GHz processor; 1024 MB RAM; 110 MB hard drive space; DirectX 8.0 or later
Publisher: Alawar Entertainment
Homepage: http://www.alawar.com/gam...
File Size: 90.9 MB
Price: $9.99

This software was available as a giveaway on May 25, 2013, this giveaway is not available any more. You can download the trial version of this software at http://www.alawar.com/game/ame....

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  1. I’ll be spending more time at the new house continuing to paint garden sheds with smelly wood preserver.. :) Soooo…. moderation will be a little patchy from late morning to early evening.

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    Amelie’s Café: Summer Time:

    Installation:

    Amelie’s Café: Summer Time downloads to an 90.9 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 88.6 MB in size and installs to the following path by default:

    C:\Games\AmeliesCafe2.SummerTime_game

    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)..

    Amelie’s Café: Summer Time 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).

    If you miss today’s giveaway it’s available from MyPlayCity (MPC) HERE 24/7, but do bear in mide the potential for toolbars and home page changes everytime you boot up an MPC game. You can also get the other three in the franchise (Amelie’s Cafe, Amelie’s Cafe: Halloween & Amelie’s Cafe: Holiday Spirit) HERE (just look to the bottom of the page where all TM games are listed for links to all four games)

    Introduction:

    The first in the series ‘Amelie’s Cafe’ was given away previously on 2nd Sept 2012 where it received a positive 62% out of 328 votes with 22 comments which can be read HERE . Todays game is the second in the series and from reviews i’ve read is an improvement on the first one.

    Help Amelie cater to a variety of guests, keep her cooks busy and rack up big money on more than 50 fast-paced levels. Features simple but challenging gameplay, colorful graphics, and two game modes to master!
    As Amelie headed for the tropics, she had three things on her mind: sun-drenched days, carefree nights and opening the best beachfront café Paradise had ever seen! Help Amelie turn a ramshackle hut into the classiest joint on the island as she caters to a variety of guests, keeps her cooks busy and racks up big money on more than 50 fast-paced levels. In a unique twist on time management games, Amelie’s Café 2 features a match-3 mini-game that allows you to earn bonuses as you play! Staff and café upgrades will also keep you from going under. With simple but challenging gameplay, colorful graphics, and two game modes to master, Amelie’s Café: Summer Time is your ticket to fun!

    Reference: accessed
    HERE 24th May 2013

    The Game:

    Amelie is back for another culinary adventure in a new game by Alawar, Amelie’s Café: Summer Time. After her success in the big city, our heroine decides to open a new café on an exotic island and to put her own business skills to the test again. We generally recommend this new time management release despite some obvious shortcomings.

    The game features two modes, the story mode with 49 levels, and a survival mode with three different grades of difficulty. The story itself is not much more than a filler, repeating the “I’m founding a successful business” plot for the umpteenth time. And don’t be fooled by two modes and the number of levels – compared to similar games levels, are quite short, so that you should easily see the end of story mode after around two and a half hours.

    Gamers who have already played the first Amelie’s Cafe will find that the basic gameplay of the sequel does not differ too much from it, which is not necessarily a bad thing. However, a little more variation and challenge would have added a lot to the game’s overall value. The upgrades are nearly all the same as in the predecessor too; some of them being only decorative while others make your staff work neater or faster.

    Your basic task is to serve various meals such as salad, ice cream, cake or drinks to customers at the counter or tables. Amelie delivers the orders, while staff members at the stations prepare the food. The pace of Amelie’s Café: Summer Time becomes fast early on, because you have to make sure that the stations of your staff are clean, orders must be delivered, and that new meals are being prepared.

    On top of that, there is also a match-3 minigame taking place during every level, which is another carry-over from the first game. Five different symbols appear occasionally at the bottom of the screen and by creating matches of three or four of a kind you get various rewards. This adds a lot of depth to the game, since it strongly affects your play whether you go for sweets, cleaning, money, freezing or speed bonuses. Sweets will make your customers more patient, while speed makes Amelie walk faster. In fact, each of the bonuses is equally worthwhile, what makes this feature of the game even more interesting.

    One of the weak points of Amelie’s Café: Summer Time is the rather short playtime and the lack of variation. It is great entertainment and offers good graphics and a fast-paced and quite challenging experience, but in the end the player might feel that the game is finished way too soon and furthermore that the levels seemed to be more of the same instead of really differing in customers, look and gameplay.

    This becomes especially clear when some of the level descriptions state: “Just another day of work” and then “Another one…” Such descriptions hardly display any creativity or attention to detail by the developer, nor do they serve to continue the storyline. (If there had been any decent storyline to begin with.) On top of that, a new mini-game, some innovative upgrades, or at least cafés that are clearly distinguishable would have been welcome and needed additions.

    Two other minor problems we found with Amelie’s Café: Summer Time are related to game mechanics. For one thing, it is impossible to cancel chained actions, which clearly is a pity. Also, the freezing bonus colors the screen light blue for a short time and it becomes very hard to recognize orders or to click properly.

    On the positive side, the survival mode is definitely more addicting than similar modes in other titles. Here you can play, earn money, and upgrade your café until you have lost three dissatisfied customers, and the upgrades can be purchased by reaching certain amounts of money. Furthermore, there are a lot of achievements you can go for in every level of the story mode. Of course there is the run-of-the-mill expert goal, but you can also try to earn a specific number of bonuses that are displayed in the top of the screen.

    As it is, Amelie’s Café: Summer Time represents a fast-food snack in the time management genre – quickly finished, lacking innovation and with a few minor flaws, but still satisfying and entertaining. In the current situation of the casual game market, a new time management game even of this quality is not that easy to find, so fans of the genre will definitely enjoy this one.

    Game Features:

    * More than 50 levels
    * Three cafés to run
    * Story and Endless modes
    * Five bonuses to utilize
    * Five achievements to earn

    Music:
    There’s no way to change the music (unless you are a proficient coder), so, if you find it annoying, you can turn it off via the options menu and thewn play your own music via whatever media player you use. :)

    Video & Images:

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

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

    System Requirements:

    O.S: Windows XP, Vista, 7;
    CPU: 1 GHz processor
    System RAM: 1024 MB
    hard drive space: 110 MB
    DirectX 8.0 or later

    Conclusion:

    Scoring:

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    Total score out of 10

    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 because 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. Today’s game is available from MyPlayCity HERE You can also get the other three in the Amelia franchise (Amelie’s Cafe, Amelie’s Cafe: Halloween & Amelie’s Cafe: Holiday Spirit) HERE (just look to the bottom of the page where all TM games are listed for links to all four games.
    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, and, in the case of MyPlayCity, everytime you boot the game up. .

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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 25th, 2013 at 3:02 am
  2. Hey, Whiterabbit-uk, did you play the Google Atari Breakout Easter Egg? Have you seen the Leap Motion 3D breakout (coming soon)?

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    Thanks Fubar, no I didn’t. I will definitely have to watch out for Leap Motion 3D breakout :)

    Comment by Fubar — May 25th, 2013 at 3:10 am
  3. Normally I don’t care for these kind of games but Alawar seems to have a forumula that makes these kind of games easier to understand and play versus the other developers. Also the fact that I went to a big box store the other day and they had this and a couple other TM games on one disc. I got confused by the initial idea of this game but once you play through the first bits of the game it comes as second nature. The artwork and graphics are really well done and everything is crystal clear to see on the screen.

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    Thank

    Comment by Little Bear — May 25th, 2013 at 3:47 am

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