Giveaway of the Day - Brickshooter Egypt

Brickshooter Egypt
March 4, 2012

Unravel the mysteries of ancient hieroglyphs that will help you restore the glorious pyramids. A totally new brain-teasing puzzle experience across 60+ exciting levels with stunning graphics and amazing sound is what Brickshooter Egypt has to offer.

Truly original, innovative and extremely addictive gameplay will keep you moving these bricks for hours on end. Crack the intriguing puzzles of the past and unlock the secrets of the pharaohs!

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System Requirements: Windows 95/ 98/ Me/ 2000/ XP/ Vista
Publisher: Playrix Entertainment
Homepage: http://www.playrix.com/ex...
File Size: 9.03 MB
Price: $19.95

This software was available as a giveaway on March 4, 2012, this giveaway is not available any more. You can download the trial version of this software at http://www.playrix.com/extras/....

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Please note that the software you download and install during the Giveaway period comes with the following important limitations: 1) No free technical support; 2) No free upgrades to future versions; 3) Strictly personal usage.

THIS SOFTWARE PRODUCT IS PROVIDED "AS IS" WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED. WITHOUT LIMITATION, TO THE FULLEST EXTENT ALLOWABLE BY LAW, END USER ASSUMES THE ENTIRE RISK AS TO THE QUALITY AND PERFORMANCE OF THE DOWNLOADED SOFTWARE PRODUCT.

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  1. In Brief

    Brickshooter Egypt is a brain-teasing puzzle game with 60+ levels of increasing complexity. you start out with just a few bricks to match, but as you progress more colors are introduced to make an excellent and good looking matching pairs game. Though you can also match more than two bricks of the same color.

    When you first start the game it will start with a game aleady in progress, named Playrix. Create your own game account to play from the beginning. :)

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    Installation and Introduction:

    Brickshooter Egypt has been given away four times before back in April 2007 where it received a whopping positive vote of 92% out of 243 votes and with 84 comments which you can read HERE, then again January 2008 where it received a positive 78% out of 446 votes with 85 Comments. Then again in November 2010 where it received a positive 74% of 477 votes with 52 Comments, Then finally last year, May 22nd 2011, where it received a positive 79& out of 486 votes and 79 comments which you can read HERE

    The downloaded zip file unpacks to a read me document that contains the usual terms and conditions plus a dual activation and set up module that aiutomatically registers the game when it’s been installed. The game installs to the following paths dependent upon whether you are installing to an 32 bit or 64 bit system:

    C:\Program Files (x86)\Playrix Entertainment\Brickshooter Egypt (64bit)

    or

    C:\Program Files\Playrix Entertainment\Brickshooter Egypt (32bit)

    Shortcuts are installed to the desktop and the start menu programs list where you’ll also find an uninstaller. The only down side is the addition of shortcuts to Plarix’s home site, but that’s a small price to pay for such a decent game; besides all you have to do is delete the shortcut with no issues.. :lol:

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    Unravel the mysteries of ancient hieroglyphs that will help you restore the glorious pyramids. A totally new brain-teasing puzzle experience across 60+ exciting levels with stunning graphics and amazing sound is what Brickshooter Egypt has to offer. Truly original, innovative and extremely addictive gameplay will keep you moving these bricks for hours on end. Crack the intriguing puzzles of the past and unlock the secrets of the pharaohs!

    Reference accessed HERE 13th Nov 2010

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    The Game:

    As with other match three games such as Treasures of Montezuma, Inca Ball and Fishdom, this match three puzzler, brings yet another slant on ways of combining Three or more tiles of the same colour together; these are called Glyphs. The graphics are solid, and the game play is excellent. The game is played by sliding blocks from the side of the playing arena to a group of blocks in the middle, with the aim of clearing the central arena. It starts off very easy with only a couple of different colours of blocks for the first three levels and only a few in the central area, however, as you progress more colours are introduced and the central area becomes bigger. Apart from the first set of ten levels a new color is introduced every ten levels till you reach a maximum of eight colors from level 50 onwards,

    Khufu = level 1 to 3 – 2 colors
    Khufu = levels 4 to 10 – 3 colors
    Djozer = levels 11 to 20 – 4 colors
    Sneferu = levels 21 to 30 – 5 colors
    Senusret = levels 31 to 40 – 6 colors
    Niuserre = levels 41 to 50 – 7 colors
    Sphinx = Level 51 to 60 – 8 colors

    You are awarded points based on how many blocks you removed from the arena, it’s not based on the time it takes or the number of matches you made

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    As you progress, as expected the game play becomes a lot more challenging as more coloured blocks are introduced. There are 60 levels, and each time you play through the full set, the game becomes progressively more harder on the second and third times compared to the first time around.

    There is simple tutorial accessible via the main menu and when you first start the game, that shows you how to play the game in 5 easy steps; you can disable this from the help menu via a check box located to the bottom right of the tutorial screen. you can toggle off hints via the options menu. you can also adjust sound and music , toggle to windowed mode and toggle a custom cursor from the options menu. The game is fully mouse controlled. You are able to undo previous moves using the undo button which is located to the left of the arena above the score indicator. If only blocks with arrows are left on the arena after glyphs are removed they will return to the sides of the arena and the level will end.

    In game music can be changed by exchanging the appropriate ogg files which are found in the installed games sound folder. You will need to convert the music you choose to ogg using one of the many audio converters that are freely available. Audacity is a good freeware converter and is available from the developers site HERE. There’s loads of information on the developers site about how to use the program.

    Once you’ve converted the file rename your own converted file to the one you are replacing. Keep a back up of the original just in case you make a mistake.

    Features:

    • 5 ancient pyramids and the mysterious Sphinx statue to rebuild

    • 60 captivating levels of revolutionary new puzzle experience

    • Stunning ancient Egypt-style graphics and music

    • Difficulty increases with 2nd and 3rd replay!

    • Progress automatically saved

    You can play the game online 24/7 for free, though you do get adverts at the end of each level asking you to purchase the downloadable version. You can find the online version HERE

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    System Requirements:

    O.S. – win 95/98/ME/ 2000/ XP/ Vista
    cpu – 800MHz and higher
    System RAM – 128Mb
    Graphics RAM – 64Mb
    DX8.0 or higher

    Conclusion:

    I always though Brickshooter Egypt was not in the same class as some match three games that I’ve played previously such as Treasures of Montezuma I & II and Big Kahuna Reef (IMO), That said it’s definitely ‘as good’ as other match three gems such as Atlantis Quest or The Rise of Atlantis, both of which have been given away previously. It really depends on what your criteria are, for what you consider a good game. I found it playable, but as mentioned above, not the best for me due to my concentration. But then again, judging from the many comments I’ve read over the last few times this has been given away, many users consider it a superb game. Overall I’d give this game 7 out of 10 for playability and family fun, but that’s a biased opinion. Judging by others opinions it’s probably worth more like an 8 out of 10. Once you’ve played through the game three times,which the developer suggests you do because the difficulty is ramped up each time you play it over those three times, personally I’d think the game would lose its replay value. (though that’s just me) because each level remains the same each time you play it as opposed to many match threes that are randomly generated each time you play the same level. Though one users has commented that the patterns remain, but the colors change each time you reload a level. (I’ve not confirmed (or I’ve forgotten) whether it does do that, but i’ve a vague recollection that it is correct). It’s a pity because I do think the game is well made and can hold my attention for several rounds at a time (which is unusual for me these days). Most arcade games only interest me for a few levels before I get bored unless they are something original. (e.g. the latest Luxor game called Luxor Evolved, though I still love Luxor 3 and Luxor Quest for the Afterlife). You just have to see the pedigree of todays game w.r.t. download numbers how well received its been. When it was originally given away it was downloaded almost 10 000 times, and has been downloaded a total of around 45 000 times over the last four times it’s been given away. The highest number of downloads being the second time it was given away where it was downloaded almost 16 000 times.

    For more match three games go to MyPlayCity or Gametop . You’ll find 48 different match three games available for free from the former and nearly 40 from the latter, though most are repeats. You can also find a lot of match threes at CAIMANS. Just check out the ‘Line Up’ games; they may be freeware, the graphics in most cases are not as professional, but the game play is as good. :lol:

    Suggestions for the developer:

    I realize that this game is several years old now, but it could be improved a lot by making the levels randomly generated (if that’s possible), this would ensure that the second and third play throughs were different to the first time play through as well as give the game a much higher replay value. I’d also consider adding mini games at the end of each stage and also fractoring in a timer. You could create a few different modes and give awards for various achievements such as completing levels in specific times, have a ‘fastest time completed’ and extend that to different profiles, so whoever completd the level in the fastest time gets their nameslit up at the end of a level. You could also include various point landmarks and maybe some different skins for the blocks that you can select from the options menu. I’d also consider adding a hint button for those who are finding it hard to finish the last few levels. Such things add incentives to the game or help those that are frustrated at not being able to progress. You could also add hidden levels that are unlocked only by achieving certain parameters. You could even add a story line and power ups that are upgreadable. All the above added togther would add much more replayability as well as update the game to the present as most games of this type now have at least one or two of the suggestions I’ve made. :)

    I’d also include a better help file with more examples including strategies for winning.

    Addendum:

    This is not a new version compared to the last time it was given away. Though it has been updated since the previous 2010 version. where a new category has been createde called Outcast.

    Thanks to Playrix for continuing to give games away via the game giveaway project and to the giveaway team for securing such games. I do hope that the community can add to the suggestions that I’ve made as well as perhaps some constructive critiscism. Such comments may secure more games for our community.

    Thank you.

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    Additional stuff:

    More Games

    Up until last week I’d stopped posting links to MyPlayCity games becasue you were required to install toolbars and have your home page hijacked before you could play any of their games. It seems that they have changed ther policy yet again and removed that rwquirement. You will still get the checkboxes so you need to make sure the boxes have been unchecked before installing the game. also they have a very large collection approaching 600 premium quality arcade games ranging from Match 3, Time Management and Hidden Object games, Action and Adventure games to Shooters, Flying, Car, Brain Teasers, Board games, Mahjong, Games for Girls, Card games, Sport, Arcade and several more categories (most can be found in more than one category.

    Yesterdays chess game is also included in the board Game section, so if you missed yesterdays game you can still download it 24/7. you can find MyPlayCity HERE

    Some more good news, if you remember i used to post links to another free site called FreeGamePick, but stopped for the same reason I stopped posting links to MyPlayCity. They have also stopped the practice of forcing you to install toolbars etc. You can get the previous weeks game Helic and two of its sister games from FreeGamePick, tohugh it’s called Helicopter Wars and the other two are called Sky Battle and Sky Battle: WWII. Helicopter Wars is also available from MyPlayCity.

    You can find more games over on FreeGamePick HERE

    Apparently Gametop has gone the other way and now forces you to install toolbars etc.I can’t confirm this as I haven’t checked in a few weeks. they certainly didn’t a few weeks ago, but i read in the forums that they had last week.

    With respect to all of these free game sites including Jenkat Games always make sure you uncheck the toolbars and home page changers. If they wont let you, it means you’ll have to mess around recovering your home page. when this happened to me several months ago via MyPlayCity it took me ages to get rid of the extra browser that went straight to Ask.com.

    If todys game doesn’t take your fancy then check out the game discussion forums and the free games synopsis. We’ve posted a couple of thousand free games over the last three years, some of which are fantastic.

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    You can check out all of the main distributors deals via the Didematic Site

    There are some no strings attached freebies from Alawar and Realore (well you do have to install Alawars gamebox and register a free account over at Realore). You can get Flowery Vale a match three from alawar and Turtle Oddysey from Realore. The Alawar freebie is usually available for around a month (it’s already been available for three weeks or more) and the Realore game changes every Friday.

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    Problems installing, activating and running today’s game:

    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 thn 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. You can also try compatibility modes for XP, epecially if the game is quite old.

    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 (now AMD) 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).

    If you are asked to turn off your Data Execution Prevention for this game to run. You can create an exception so that the game will run without having to turn DEP off. Please bear in mind it’s rare that anyone even mentioned getting a DEP warning. If you are not sure how to create an exception read THIS article, which tells you how to do it.

    If you are having problems unzipping the game giveaways zip file, for example getting a message saying the file is invalid try using a different file archiver such as 7-Zip, J-Zip, CAM UnZip, Hamster Free Zip Archiver, GZip, B Zip2, peazip, ZipUnzip, FreeRAR Extract Frog, RAR File Open Knife, ALZip, The Extractor, RarZilla Free Unrar

    Okay, that should be enough. There are actually many more free versions available. also there are other commercial titles such as the well-known WinRAR, Stuffit, WinAce, NXPowerlite and Corel Winzip Pro, but IMO 7-Zip is probably one of the better freebies. I did purchase a copy of Stuffit when it was on sale a few years ago and recently repurchased a more up to date version when it was o offer via BitsDuJour, but didn’t like the interface for some reason, so hardly ever use it.

    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.

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    Developers rely on good feedback to improve their games. If you download this game PLEASE, PLEASE, 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 to give more games away. The giveaway site already has a very good standing with search engines like Google. 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 more decent games to draw more users to their site. There are a lot of game sites and they all want your business. I really do think if we can improve on the quality and numbers of users leaving suitable feedback more developers will join the project. It’s a great environment to recruit beta testers as well; giving the community the opportunity to try out games that aren’t on general release yet.

    Again PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE leave some suitable feedback once you’ve played the game for an hour or so. It can be positive or negative, but please explain your reasons for the feedback you post. It doesn’t need to be a dissertation, just a paragraph or two explaining what you think could improve the game and maybe what you didn’t like about the game with suggestions to replace the negative area’s. Thank you in advance to all those who take the time to post a constructive comment. It will be very much appreciated by the developer, the giveaway team and me. Thank you.

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    Comment by Whiterabbit-uk — March 4th, 2012 at 3:01 am
  2. Offtopic:

    It’s sad that I was unable to activate the Chess game which was your previous giveaway. The size was big and I have a slow connection. :(

    I really wanted to learn chess and it looked a promising game to do that. Thanks anyway.

    ……………………….Moderator Comment………………………

    You can get todays chess game from MyPlayCity for free 24/7. They have stopped forcing users to install toolbars and change home pages, so I will be posting links again.

    http://www.myplaycity.com/grand_master_chess_3/

    Comment by Vineet — March 4th, 2012 at 3:06 am
  3. This is another one I lost!

    Don’t let this game fool you! It will have you pulling you hair out by the roots, but it’s a great game! Very challenging…

    Thanks GOTD and Playrix for giving us this game. Playrix you are welcome anytime in my book and thanks again!

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    :)

    Comment by sukibabe — March 4th, 2012 at 3:08 am

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