Giveaway of the Day - Annie’s Millions

Annie’s Millions
February 23, 2013

How well do you think you could spend one million dollars? Go on a million dollar spending spree and find out in Annie’s Million’s, an engaging hidden object challenge!

Join Annie as she tries to spend one million dollars faster and more wisely than her cousins in a week-long challenge presented by her Uncle. If she wins, she’ll inherit her Uncle’s entire fortune! If she loses… well, shopping with a million dollars is still fun! Help Annie find the items on her shopping list in a huge variety of shops around town, play original mini-games to earn helpful hints, and prove she deserves her Uncle’s wealth. A wonderful adventure that’s full of shopping fun, try Annie’s Millions today!

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System Requirements: Windows 98/ ME/ 2000/ XP/ Vista/ 7; CPU: 800 MHz; 256 MB RAM; Direct X 8.0 or higher
Publisher: Playrix Entertainment
Homepage: http://www.playrix.com/ga...
File Size: 89.4 MB
Price: $19.95

This software was available as a giveaway on February 23, 2013, this giveaway is not available any more. You can download the trial version of this software at http://www.playrix.com/games/p....

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  1. Annies Millions:

    In Brief/Opinion:

    A straighforward, no frills Hidden Object Game {HOG}. I’ve scored the game a very average 6.2. I may be a little biased because I’ve become really jaded with HOG’s over the last few years; I even cancelled my subscription to Big fish Games because of the number of HOG releases (which number approx 1400 at my last count over a year ago). I used to enjoy a good HOG before countless developers jumped on the band wagon (much like they are doing with Minecraft now). I remember purchasing my first HOG on disc around 15 years ago. It was one of the ‘I Spy’ series. The quality was much better back then (IMO), though I must admit, some of the more recent HOG’s do have gorgeous graphics and great story lines, but there are many more mediocre ones that dilute the genre significantly.

    Due to pet care commitments i.e. I’ve had to care for a very ill guinea pig on my own over the last week because my family are skiing in Andorra, (hand feeding every hour {2 hours overnight}, giving pain killers, gut motility drugs, eye drops and antibiotics as well as cleaning the poor thing regularily etc), consequently I’m ‘really’ exhausted at the moment, moreso than usual, so have used Gamezebo’s review with additional images and video copied from the net, plus the usual ‘games on sale’ round up instead of writing my own review. I’ve only played the game for several minutes and found it uninspiring and a little too easy due to the unlimited hints you have access to. Don’t get me wrong, it’s servicable; just not one I’d play much.

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    Installation:

    The game downloads to a 89.4 MB zip file that unpacks to a read me and a wrapped setup activation file (the orange colored file with the key symbol), plus another setup file with security (setup.gcd) that’s protected from being hacked. 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 so please, before you report a virus or other malware, be absolutely sure it’s not a false positive; also quote the security software you’ve used and the web sites you’ve researched to check the validity of your statement/results.

    There have been many reports of malware on perfectly safe games since the project started, all of which have been proven to be false positives. When these false positives have been posted here, the number of downloads has dropped significantly thus depriving many community members of a game that had no malware, but because they have been ‘rightly’ cautious they have missed out on a decent and clean game due to the poorly researched and thoughtless posting of a false positive).

    If you’re an inexperienced user, please do post your concerns, and I will research the problem myself, consequently if your post doesn’t show up via moderation, or the mention of malware has been deleted, it will mean your suspected malware was a false positive. The reason for doing it like this is because any mention of a game being infected with malware (as already mentioned above)in this comments section ‘always’ reduces downloads significantly (by over 50%). That said, if you are a confident user, and think any gamegiveaway is infected with malware, PLEASE do research the problem yourself first before posting any warnings. I spend an inordinate amount of my free time moderating this site so helping in this way will be very much appreciated and enable me to answer more users queries, thank you.

    The installed game is 84.7 MB in size and installs to the following path by default:

    C:\Program Files (x86)\Playrix Entertainment\Annies Millions

    You can change the path via the installation wizard if you wish to install to another hard drive or a different folder on your main drive (C: drive); for example, I install all of my games {apart from my Steam games which go to a dedicated spanned 4TB drive} to a separate drive in a folder labelled Games) ;-)

    During installation two shortcuts are placed on the desktop, (a shortcut to the games executable and a shortcut to Playrix’s web site), plus three shortcuts in a folder found in the Start menu programs list. (a shortcut to the game, one to Playrix’s web site plus an uninstaller shortcut).

    If you decide later that you want to move the game to another folder or hard drive, you can do this and the game will still be registered, but you will need to create new shortcuts or right click on the games shortcuts and select the shortcut tab. Find the field labelled ‘target’ and type in the new path.

    No desktop shortcut or start menu/programs shortcut are installed, so make sure you make a note of where the game is being installed to so that you can create one for yourself. Once installed you can delete the giveaway setup files.

    I’ve only tested the game on Win 7, Anyone running Win 8, Vista or XP, please confirm whether this game works Thanks.

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    Introduction:

    How well do you think you could spend one million dollars? Go on a million dollar spending spree and find out in Annie’s Million’s, an engaging hidden object challenge! Join Annie as she tries to spend one million dollars faster and more wisely than her cousins in a week-long challenge presented by her Uncle. If she wins, she’ll inherit her Uncle’s entire fortune! If she loses . . . well, shopping with a million dollars is still fun! Help Annie find the items on her shopping list in a huge variety of shops around town, play original mini-games to earn helpful hints, and prove she deserves her Uncle’s wealth. A wonderful adventure that’s full of shopping fun, try Annie’s Millions today!

    Reference accessed HERE 2013

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    The Game:

    Why wait until you’re dead before your will is read? It’s more fun to see your heirs sweat it out and battle over your money. At least that’s the idea behind Annie’s Millions, a quirky hidden object game that has you shopping like mad to win Uncle Dave’s millions.

    The story is the most interesting part of the game. Uncle Dave D’Nero decides he’d rather pass his riches while he’s still alive. The trouble is, he’s not sure who to give it to. As his niece, Annie is surprised to find herself involved in a rather funny competition. In order to win Uncle Dave’s money, she must spend 1 million dollars quicker and more efficiently than her cousins, posh and fancy Milly, and sports-obsessed Carl.

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    The trouble is, Annie Bright is….not so bright. She’s got a thing for estate sales and bargain shopping, and so spending the 1 million dollars isn’t very easy. I don’t know – if I had a million dollars to spend, I’d probably buy something better than crayons, lollipops, plastic cups, and a bobble head. Her eccentric shopping choices are part of the humorous story, which takes her to a bunch of oddball shops and flea markets across town.

    To play, you need to find all of the hidden objects on the list. There’s no penalty for incorrect clicks, though if you make too many, your mouse spins around on the screen. There’s also no timer, but you are told how long it took you to beat a board at the end of each round.

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    If you get stuck (which you most certainly will), you can always earn extra hints. You can earn a hint bonus by finding items quickly. Earn three hint bonuses, and you get a free hint. Even easier, you can play one of four mini-games to earn a full hint each time.

    In the “Price Guess” mini-game, you are shown a random item, and must guess at the price. You get four tries. When you make an incorrect guess, you are told to bid higher or lower. The cash works in intervals of 5, so this isn’t too tough to beat. In the “Price Match” game, you’re shown 3 objects, and must match them to the correct price tags. Does a ferret really cost $80?

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    In the “Sort items” game, you are shown 4 items, and must put them in order from cheapest to most expensive. You get three guesses. It can be kind of easy. For example, it’s obvious that a wallet costs less than a chair, or a radio costs more than a rake. Some items are more challenging though.

    For the “Price Builder” game, you are shown an item, and three numbers. You must select which numbers (and in which order) make up the price of the item shown. This is extremely easy, since items are always rounded by 5. You can guess that the last digit will almost always be a 0 or 5.

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    The story is probably the best part of the game. It’s amusing and silly and fun. You’ll see the end coming a mile away, but that doesn’t take away from the game. The music and sound effects are good, fitting with each scene and background. There’s also voice acting, which is very well done. You never repeat a single room, so each level is unique. Once you’ve beaten the game, you can replay any level you like, so the replay value is alright. The hand painted art is original, with it’s own personality.

    Unfortunately, there are a lot of quirks that weaken the game. For one thing, it’s very short, taking just a bit over 2 hours to complete. For another, the generous use of hints makes it very easy to beat. It seems like there are only a dozen or so items to price in the mini-games, and so it very quickly becomes repetitive and easy. Furthermore the mini-games are overly predictable, following the same patterns over and over again.

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    The hidden objects themselves are often ridiculously hard to spot, forcing the user to rely excessively on the hints and mini-games, which can get boring. Many items are too obscure. For example, when you’re asked to find an umbrella, it might be folded up so tightly that it looks like a pole. Or, a begonia plant might look like some pink dots on a black canvas. A 3D viewer is blended to match the wood table it’s on, making it look like a handle. Items are blended in, but sometimes too well. A few items were so dark I barely saw them in the shadows, even with a hint.

    The character art is nice, but the main character doesn’t look consistent. Sometimes she’s blonde, other times she more brunette, and sometimes her hair is reddish. Sometimes her nose is large, and sometimes it’s small. This is a bit confusing. Some of the side characters have the same problem. Sometimes Carl is overweight and young, and other times he’s older and trimmer. Milly can be a red head, or a severe looking brunette.

    Reference accessed HERE Jan 5th 2013

    Check out user reviews HERE

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    Features:

    • Search for Hidden Objects on a Shopping Spree

    • Explore a Wide Range of Shops and Boutiques

    • Play Original Mini-Games for Extra Hints

    • Engaging Storyline Featuring Annie and her Cousins

    • Nearly Endless Hidden Object Fun

    System Requirements:

    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8

    • CPU: 800 Mhz

    • RAM: 256 MB

    • DirectX: 7.0

    • Hard Drive: 90 MB

    Video:

    You’ll find videos of game play HERE, HERE & HERE. (basically all showing the same things)

    Music:

    There’s no easy way of changing the music for this game because the music has been coded directly into the games executable. If you are a confident and experienced coder (GMMan?) you’ll probably be able to edit the exe file and add different music probably in the .ogg format, using a suitable hex editor, otherwise the alternatives are to turn the music off via the options menu, or via the volume mixer which is accesible from the speaker icon next to the clock. To access the mixer right click on the speaker icon; then, from the drop down menu click on ‘open mixer volume’ from there you can turn off individual programs/games music/audio via the sliders or the mute toggle (each program has one) without affecting the volume of your media player; then you can choose whatever music you have in your music folder. ;-)

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    Conclusion:

    Annie’s Millions is cute and easy to play, but it’s strengths don’t quite balance out it’s flaws. If you like game shows like The Price is Right, and don’t mind repetition, you might enjoy this hidden object game. If, however, you want clear objects and don’t like to use too many hints, it will probably not have much appeal. Overall its an average HOG, nothing really stands out hence the average score of 6.2

    Scoring

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

    Total = 6.2

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    Problems:

    If you have any problems installing or getting today’s game to work please go HERE for help, there’s a list of FAQ’s with answers.

    If you are posting late in the day I would also suggest posting in the main giveaway forums in the game discussion section. 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). Though, so long as you have the download, sometimes its still possible to activate an hour or so later.

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    There’s also loads of deals from Gamersgate, Gamestop, Greenman Gaming and GOG; all of which you can find via the Didimatic site, which I’ve linked to above (apart from GreenMan Gaming (GMG), which you’ll find via the Kotaku link). Do check out GMG because they have some excellent deals; for example, you can get 20% off any digital download. At the moment if you pre-order Bioshock Infinite you get two free games one of which is the original Bioshock, plus you can choose one other game from Spec Ops The Line (an excellent 3rd person shooter), Civilization V (though I don’t think it includes all of the dlc, which amounts to a sizeable sum), Bioshock 2, Mafia II or The Darkness II all of which are excellent games and worth up to £50, plus I think you may be able to use the 20% off coupon as well. Thankfully, if you’ve already pre-purchased the game from them, you will still get the free games (phew, I pre-ordered it some weeks ago, pity that I already all of the games already. If they are Steamwork games I’ll be able to give them away). :) Also you can get the complete Painkiller pack for 66% off (plus possibly being able to use the 20% off coupon on GMG’s front page) that includes the following steamwork games. Painkiller: Black Edition, Painkiller: Hell & Damnation, Painkiller: Overdose, Painkiller: Recurring Evil, Painkiller: Redemption, Painkiller: Resurrection, all for only £13.59. The last three titles were created by some of the original development team working with a group of modders.
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    Thank you in advance to all those who take the time to post a constructive comment.

    Regards

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    Comment by Whiterabbit-uk — February 23rd, 2013 at 3:09 am
  2. It installed fine on my Win 8 laptop. I have played the game a little bit and find it a dull HOG. Finding out the next bit of story is the only interesting part.

    The install did give me a desktop icon but nothing on the Win 8 start page.

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    Thank you for your feedback Gina, much appreciated. :)

    Comment by Gina — February 23rd, 2013 at 4:37 am
  3. Thanks for the game.
    It works fine on my Vista laptop, only the windowed mode is not so good in Vista, the bottom line of the game disappears.

    Normally I agree about a lot of things with White Rabbit, but not this time ;)

    The story line for me is very silly and totally against what people in general would do with a million to spend.
    The minigames to gain hints is something I like, although they get easy. It’s a difference to just getting the hints.
    So far I played about 6 shops and in every shop I could just ‘find’ the majority hidden objects because they stood out in comparison to the rest of the drawings. The colours of the hidden items are just that bit brighter or different. Only for the last few (like that umbrella) I had to look at the list of items to find.

    I like the look of the game with the waterpaint colours, it is also nice that the game is not timed; for me a lot better with HOG games, it gives you the time to really look for that last item in stead of using the hints all the time.

    A nice game to download.

    It’s a nice game to play once, but

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    Thank you for your feedback Irene. awww!

    Comment by IreneFebruary 23rd, 2013 at 5:42 am

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