Giveaway of the Day - Egyptoid 2

Egyptoid 2
September 8, 2013

You investigate 7 deserted temples, find secret treasures, fight ghosts and escape from the evil magician traps. But you are lucky – you have an ancient army, called Egyptoid. Blending it together with the magicians symbols you’ll achieve great magic power that none can resist!

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System Requirements: Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2000, 98, Me, NT
Publisher: Stars Ashes
Homepage: http://www.starsashes.com...
File Size: 21.4 MB
Price: $4.95

This software was available as a giveaway on September 8, 2013, this giveaway is not available any more. You can download the trial version of this software at http://www.starsashes.com/egyp....

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“Egyptoid” is a perfect blend of classic Arcanoid with the magic of Egypt. Traveling through 72 never-the-same levels, your objective will be to destroy various patterns of blocks by bouncing the ball. In doing this, you must keep an eye out for bonuses that can speed up or down the paddle, give an extra life, extend the paddle or make it magnetic.

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  1. Have version 1 from last month and like it! Thanks for version 2!

    Comment by thanx — September 8th, 2013 at 3:17 am
  2. Egyptoid 2:

    In Brief:
    Egyptoid 2 is reasonable Breakout (Arkanoid) game (named so after one of the first breakout games called Arkanoid), with slightly better graphics from the first in the series and when playing on hard, a little more challenging, but for an experienced breakout fan, it will still feel relatively tame. Still I reckon this is a worthwhile download if you’ve not still got it from tyhe last time this was given away (version 1.1.4)

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    Installation:

    The game downloads as a 21.4 MB zip file that unpacks to a read me that contains the terms and conditions and a wrapped dual activation and set up module. Just for the newcomers amongst today’s users that means the game will be registered once it’s gone through the set up process, so there’s no registering the game with a activation code.

    The game installs to C:\Games\Egyptoid 2\

    There’s no shortcut installed to either the Start Menu/Programs list or the desktop, so you’ll need to create your own by opening up the installed games folder and creating one via the games executable. The games icon is an improvement on the original Egyptoid icon. The installed game is 22 MB in size

    The game should work on all windows operating systems from XP onwards. (I’ve previously tested it on XP Pro with SP3 32 bit, Vista Home Premium SP1 64 bit and Win 7 Pro 64 bit, and with today’s giveaway Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit and Win 8 Pro 64 bit). If you miss today’s giveaway you can get it 24/7 from Gametop though it’s known as Egyptoball. See end of the review for a download link.

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    Introduction:

    Egyptoid 2 received a positive 76% of votes from 292 total votes back in December 2007 when it was first given away. There were 55 comments which you can read HERE. It was then given away again back in May 2008 where it received a positive vote of 80% out of 548 votes, with 86 comments which you can read HERE It was also given away October 2011 where it received a positive 87% from 385 votes and 49 comments. You can read those comments HERE. Finally it was given away last year June 2012 where it received a positive 82% out of 379 votes with 31 comments which you can read HERE

    You investigate 7 deserted temples, find secret treasures, fight ghosts and escape from the evil magician traps. But you are lucky – you have an ancient army, called Egyptoid. Blending it together with the magicians symbols you’ll achieve great magic power that none can resist!

    Reference accessed HERE way back when………. :)

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    The Game:

    You are a treasure seeker. A piece of ancient papyrus showed you the way to a lost temple that contained tombs of untold wealth and an ancient magical weapon called the Egyptoid. The Egyptoid will show you the way to the secret treasure and help you gather it. Scattered around the temples are forgotten magical elements that when combined with the Egyptoid activate ancient spells. Only when you’ve collected all of Anubis’s keys will you be able to enter the secret chamber to gather the treasures of the Pharaohs.

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    Basically Egyptoid 2 is similar to the original Egyptoid apart from some graphical enhancement’s plus of course a whole new set of levels to destroy. There are 17 bonuses, including the lightning cannon and the mega magic cannon, these two are the only additions from the first version of the game. Other bonuses that are also found in the original, but are slightly different from your normal Arkanoid are the three different levels of ball destruction from high, maximum and absolute. As with the first game there are also seven special symbols to collect. Collecting three of the same will give you magic spells that range from ‘the glance of Horus, Breath of Atum, Lightning of Hathor, Fire of Ra, Curse of Atem, Fireball of Oseris, and the ‘Pitch of Darkness’ that when added to the bonuses makes a total of 24 bonuses. The spells will be expended as soon as you collect the three symbols. So ensure your bat is in a suitable position to take advantage of the spells power. That is if your bat just so happens to be under an area of very few bricks you will not make the most of the spell. The spells are basically the same as those you got in the original Egyptoid apart from that the developers have changed the names around a little, for example the Fire of Ra becomes the Flame of Ra (and there’s a Fire of Aten,) and the Pitch of Darkness was known as Outer Darkness. Also the graphics are better. To boost your score there are lots of gems to collect.

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    With respect to playability, I found that I had to set it on the most difficult setting to make the game even slightly challenging. As it suffers the same as many 3D arkanoids in that the ball does seem to travel incredibly slow. This would be an ideal game for those who are new to this genre as well as younger children. If you like 3D arkanoids and want more of a challenge I would suggest checking out the games I’ve suggested in the section at the end of this review. The first one has been amongst my favorites for a few years and the second one is much better than its predecessor Action Ball Deluxe and is now free from MyPlayCity 24/7 (Actionball 2). Apart from Actionball 2 you’ll also find several more excellent arkanoids over at MyPlayCity including hyperballoid 2 (watch out for toolbars being installed) which has a levels editor. Alawar did have a download link for community based levels, but I’m not sure if that exists any longer.

    Video:

    #You can see a video of game play HERE

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    Conclusion:

    In my opinion this version is better than the first one in the series. If you were not in the enviable position of getting it free today and had the choice of buying either one, I’d definitely buy Egyptoid 2.

    With respect to playability, I found that I had to set it on the most difficult setting to make the game even slightly challenging (though I have been playing these games for more than 30 years (starting with the very first one); because it suffers the same as many 3D arkanoids in that the ball does seem to travel incredibly slow. This would be an ideal game for those who are new to this genre as well as younger children. If you like 3D arkanoids and want more of a challenge I would suggest checking out my suggestions below. Acky’s XP Breakout and Ricochet infinity have been amongst my favorites for many years.

    Scoring:

    Game play ——- 8
    Graphics ——- 7
    Audio ——- 7
    Replayability ——- 8
    Originality ——- 6.5

    Total = 36.5. which equals 7.3 out of 10.

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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. (It’s been reported as long as 3 hours)

    If you do miss the giveaway, or find it won’t work, 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 has the most with over 600 games to choose from. Today’s game isn’t available from MyPlayCity or the other free game sits though you can ghet the first one (which was given away some weeks ago, from Gametop. they have changed the name to Egyptoball. There are two other ewgypt themed breakouts over at MyPlayCity called Egypt Ball and Egyptian Ball, the latter is an excellent physics based breakout with cool brick physics and some novel power ups as well.

    Please do remember that these free sites have the potential to install toolbars and change your provider. MPC is quite aggressive at the moment. Every time you start a game up, you will need to uncheck the checkboxes if you install the MyPlayCity version.

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    Similar Games available for free

    You’ll find loads of Arkanoid/breakouts HERE, HERE (Giveaway forums) and HERE (Caimans – almost 200 2D and 3D breakout games)

    You can also download today’s game every day for free over at Gametop as well as several others such as A-Ball (which is also known as Nuclear Ball), Geometry Ball, Scaraball, Cosmoball plus others, though you will get your browser opening every time you shut the game down. Thankfully this is one of the games they have had for quite some time so there’s no tool bar or home page tick boxes to bother with, but just in case they’ve changed it since I last checked make sure when you are installing the game that you watch each step of the installation wizard.

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    Please note that if you get any games from Gametop or MyPlayCity you need to watch out for toolbar installations and home page hijacks. Just un-check the check boxes. with MPC games you may need to do this every time you boot a game up unless you create a new shortcut from the installed executable.

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    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 — September 8th, 2013 at 3:25 am
  3. After reading the description one might expect an adventure/strategy game, maybe with some HOG elements. But it’s a classic Arkanoid-type game “ghosts” serving as teleports that transfer the ball between parts of the screen and “spells” are additional weapons that blast some shapeless clouds through the screen destroying everything on their way. The graphics is good, the gameplay challenging enough to require some waking up (unlike, say, Strike Ball 3, also offered here some time ago, which beats every Arkanoid hands down in terms of graphics, creativity, originality and “wow” factor, but is too easy to complete). I like this game (and have never been a particular Arkanoid fan), so if you don’t hate Arkanoid, it’s a keeper.

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    Your comment would make a brilliant ‘In Brief‘ for my review. Thanks for your excellent feedback Joe

    :D :D :) ;-)

    Comment by JoeJ — September 8th, 2013 at 3:59 am

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