Giveaway of the Day - Arctic Quest 2

Arctic Quest 2
November 11, 2012

In the first Arctic Quest, players defeated the Snow King, who was turning Earth into an icy prison for all living creatures. Now, his son sets out to finish the task. To foil his evil plans, you must solve 100 inlay puzzles. Each one will challenge you to capture shards of ice and then place them within the outline of an exotic creature to bring it back to life. Allow the surrounding waters to fill up with excess ice, though, and you’ll lose.

Arctic Quest 2 brings more than new levels to the table, it also offers amazing new visuals and audio effects, a branching storyline and spectacular twists. The latter includes water elements that can fill in the empty pieces of a puzzle and fire elements that can wipe out all of your hard work! Easy to learn and fun to play, Arctic Quest 2 will please fans and newcomers alike.

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System Requirements: Windows 98, ME, 2000, XP, Vista, 7; Processor speed: 600 MHz; RAM: 64 MB; Graphics card: 16 MB 3D; DirectX: 8.1
Publisher: Alawar Entertainment
Homepage: http://www.alawar.com/gam...
File Size: 22.6 MB
Price: $6.99

This software was available as a giveaway on November 11, 2012, this giveaway is not available any more. You can download the trial version of this software at http://www.alawar.com/game/arc....

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    Installation:

    The downloaded zip file for Arctic Quest 2 should be 22.6Mb in size and when installed to the default path mentioned below is 22.0Mb

    Installation is a breeze; the unzipped setup file installs Arctic Quest 2 to the following path:

    C:\Games\ArcticQuest2\game.exe

    Once installed you can delete the wrapped setup file (for those that are new to the giveaway project that’s the orange colored file with a key symbol on the icon; you can also delete the Setup.gcd security file and the read me document.

    There is no desktop or Start menu shortcuts installed so make a note of where the game is installed to (You can change the installation path) so that you can create your own.

    I can’t confirm whether it will work on Win 8 yet.

    You can pick up today’s game giveaway 24/7 from

    MyPlayCity (you’ll also find the first game in the series – Arctic Quest)

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    Introduction:

    Arctic quest 2 has been given away once before (October 2007) in the first year of the game giveaway project (when we got games every day). It received 93% out of 296 votes with 87 comments which can be read HERE

    In the first Arctic Quest, players defeated the Snow King, who was turning Earth into an icy prison for all living creatures. Now thirteen years later, his son Prince Aurorius, who has just come of age sets out to turn Earth into an icy prison for all living creatures. To foil his evil plans, you must solve 100 inlay puzzles. Each one will challenge you to capture shards of ice and then place them within the outline of an exotic creature to bring it back to life. Allow the surrounding waters to fill up with excess ice, though, and you’ll lose.

    Arctic Quest 2 brings more than new levels to the table, it also offers amazing new visuals and audio effects, a branching storyline and spectacular twists. The latter includes water elements that can fill in the empty pieces of a puzzle and fire elements that can wipe out all of your hard work! Easy to learn and fun to play, Arctic Quest 2 will please fans and newcomers alike.

    Reference: accessed HERE Nov 2012

    You can play an online version of Arctic Quest 2 HERE

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    The Game:

    Arctic Quest 2 is the sequel to the first Arctic Quest and which continues the plot of the first installment of this series, it has the same game play but it introduces some new items such as new bonuses ( for example water and fire elements) as well as new crystal shapes animals that have powers and 66% more levels (i.e. with an extra 40 levels added) The graphics have also been upgraded. Some of the above will be described in more detail below.

    To solve the puzzles grab the falling crystals and place them in the grid so that they leave no empty spaces . Crystals that aren’t used will accumulate at the bottom of the arena. When the bottom fills up so that there is no room you lose the game. Thankfully you can destroy shapes by dropping them in the fire. Once used it is doused but will regenerate again soon. Every so often you will get a mini game in the form of a timed hidden object game.

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    The 100 puzzles represent trapped plants and animals that need to be brought back to life. You’ll be presented with an outline of the creature that you’ll need to fill in using the ice crystals that fall from the sky.

    These crystals come in various geometric shapes, from tiny triangles and diamonds to more complex configurations that are trickier to find space for. You’ll win the level when the shape is completely filled in, and score bonus points if you manage to “chain” three or more of the same ice crystal together so that they’re touching.

    Unused ice pieces fall into the water below, and if the water becomes clogged with ice, you lose the round. Thankfully there’s a small bonfire on shore to burn off extra pieces that aren’t needed; however, the fire takes a few seconds to recharge after each use.

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    There’s also the occasional bonus level where you have to complete a shape within a certain time-limit or to achieve a high score using ice crystals that scroll across the screen instead of dropping from above.

    Certain ice crystals contain trapped animals. If you free them by using the ice crystal (instead of letting it fall or tossing it into the fire), they grant special power-up abilities that can help you. The snail, for example, slows down the speed at which the ice crystals fall, the puffer fish squirts water to fill in an empty space, and the crab smashes floating ice pieces into small triangles. The piranha, cruises through the water devouring any unused ice pieces that get in its way. You can also purchase power-ups using pearls that are earned throughout the game.

    In addition to power-ups, there are also a handful of special ice crystals that behave a little differently. For example, when two water element crystals are placed inside the shape, all the empty space in between them will be filled in automatically. On the other hand, anything that happens to be between two fire element crystals will get destroyed. There are also rainbow crystals that will form a chain with any other type of crystal, as well as shape-shifting crystals that constantly mutate until they’re used, which allows you to wait for the shape that you need the most.

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    As if all this wasn’t enough to think about, the sky is also home to birds that fly back and forth and can be clicked on for extra points, and in later levels, the Prince will send angry storm clouds rolling in to zap away at the shape with lightning, destroying your work – you’ll have to neutralize these clouds by clicking on them.

    At the same time, Arctic Quest 2 is quite an interesting game visually. While the graphics themselves are so-so, the shapes (which encompass everything from grasshoppers and chameleons to snowflakes, sharks and seals) have a certain mathematical beauty about them. Some of the best levels are those where the shape is not all revealed right away. For example, a snowflake might start off as a small

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    hexagon in the center and then gradually expand into a complex and beautiful shape the more of it you fill in. Another is a caterpillar that when filled suddenly unfurls its wings to reveal a majestic butterfly.

    Progress is recorded on a map, and as you clear each region you’ll see the frigid tundra transform into lush, tropical islands filled with beaches and greenery.

    Most of the above review was copied from Gamezebo’s review HERE

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    Key Features:

     100 Levels of Entertainment

     New Bonus Types

     Easy to Learn, Hard to Master

     Enhanced Graphics & Sound Effects

    System Requirements:

    Windows XP, Vista or 7
    800 MHz processor
    256 MB RAM
    60 MB hard drive space
    16 MB video card
    SoundBlaster compatible sound card
    DirectX 7 or later

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    Video & Images:

    You can see a slideshow of images HERE and some videos of game play HERE, HERE aand HERE

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    Conclusion:

    There’s not a lot to complain about in Arctic Quest 2. The story could have been stronger, and the limited dialogue boxes often repeat themselves. (I lost count of how many times the Prince told me it was my “last time to surrender.”) Although it’s not an original concept and it piggybacks the original in terms of graphics, story and game play, the levels themselves – the meat of the game – are different. What’s more, when you’ve completed the game, your high score will be updated online so that you can compare your performance with players around the world on daily and overall leaderboards.

    As you can imagine, things can get pretty hectic in Arctic Quest 2. You’ll need fairly quick reflexes to do well at the game, so players who like their puzzle games to be laced with a bit of adrenaline will find that there’s a lot to like here.

    The music is a matter of taste. If you wish you can change the music so long as you have a audio converter (you can easily find freeware ones – just check the main giveaway site for previous audio converter giveaways, then check the comments; you always find free alternatives posted by several community members. You need a converter becasue the music files are .ogg files. You’ll find the music files inside the games installed folder:

    C:\Games\ArcticQuest2\Music\*.ogg

    Just look inside the music folder. You will have to rename whatever music you use to the ones you are replacing (for example bonus.ogg, Mainmenu.ogg, music1day.ogg etc) once you’ve converted them to .ogg files.

    Scoring:

    Gameplay – 8

    Graphics – 8

    Replayability – 8

    Originality – 7

    Instructions/help – 8

    Totals 39 out of 50 which is equivalent to 7.8 out of 10

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    Problems:

    If you have any problems with the game, either installation issues or getting the game to work check out the FAQ’s section over in the Game discussion forums. you can find it HERE

    If you are posting requests for help late in the day I would suggest posting in the main giveaway forums in the game Game Discussion . 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). It’s always worth checking out the free games sites as sometimes the games we get here are also available for free from them as well.

    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

    Comment by Whiterabbit-uk — November 11th, 2012 at 3:02 am
  1. Very challenging game and very different by putting different shapes to make up a picture. Easy to learn but can be challenging to do.

    Comment by ros — November 11th, 2012 at 3:32 am
  2. Dowloaded without problems on Windows 7. Works OK, I like graphics. Falling pieces remaind me strongly of Tetris, so the idea is not new and somewhat annoying to me personally. Never liked Tetris and now I grew older additionally. For those who like this type of games in any case thumbs up!
    Barbara

    Comment by Barbara — November 11th, 2012 at 3:54 am

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