Giveaway of the Day - Egyptoid

Egyptoid
June 10, 2012

“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.

Featuring 8 spectacular worlds, 17 types of bonuses, Egyptoid is bursting with arcade fun!

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System Requirements: Windows XP/ Vista/ 7
Publisher: Stars Ashes
Homepage: http://www.starsashes.com...
File Size: 11.1 MB
Price: $4.95

This software was available as a giveaway on June 10, 2012, this giveaway is not available any more. You can download the trial version of this software at http://www.starsashes.com/egyp....

Terms and conditions

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. This has been given away several times now, but has remained a firm favorite with above average positive votes. The last time this was given away was last October 2011 where it received a positive 80% of 350 votes with 81 comments, then last year (Oct 2011) and again earlier that year back in March 2011 where it received a positive 76% out of 372 votes with 59 comments, then previously in Feb 07 when it received one of the highest positive ratings a game giveaway has ever received at 94% out of 203 votes (was 95% out of 195 earlier this year); only 12 community members voted thumbs down for this game (10 earlier this year). (Personally I don’t think it deserved such a high percentage because there have been much better arkanoids given away since the project started, IMO). There were 66 comments of which comment #33 by Game Seeker is probably the most useful to read; then it was given away again back in February 2008 where it received a decent positive 89% of 360 votes and 62 comments, and Dec 08 where it received a positive 68% of 667 votes. You can see all the comments made about this game via the following links. I’ve also included a link to Lockett’s forum review:

    Feb 07
    Feb 08
    Dec 08
    March 11
    Oct 11

    You’ll find a review by Lockett a reviewer from three years ago HERE

    Installation:

    The download size is 11.1Mb and once installed is 16.3Mb. The downloaded zip file unpacks to a read me that states the terms and conditions as well as a dual activation and set up file, which for those new to the game giveaway project means the game is automatically registered once the game is installed.. By default the game installs to:

    C:\Games

    There is no shortcut installed to the desktop or Start menu, so make sure you make a note of where the game installs to so that you can create a shortcut once the game has installed. The version we are getting today is v1.101. I don’t have a copy of previous giveaways so don’t know whether this is an update, however there is a significant difference between the size of the installed game from the size I referenced last time this was given away back in Dec 2008. The game plays on Win XP Pro 32 bit, Vista Home Premium 64 bit, and Win 7 Pro and Ultimate 64 bit versions.

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      Main Menu

    Introduction

    Egyptoid is a perfect blend of classic Arkanoid 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. Featuring 8 spectacular worlds, 17 types of bonuses, Egyptoid is bursting with arcade fun!

    Reference accessed HERE 5th Dec 08

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      Options Menu

    The Game:

    This is a decent 3D arkanoid; though I wouldn’t place it in my top 20 list of arkanoids. Compared to some breakouts Egyptoid actually requires some skill to progress through the various temples of which there are eight because to destroy most bricks on some levels you have to make particular shots to be able to progress. Each temple comprises of eight levels, and to progress from one temple to the next you have to complete all levels within that temple. Besides the 64 temple levels there are also 8 secret levels that can only be opened by collecting special keys that look similar to the other symbols that you collect to unlock the magical powers. You cannot save levels while playing a specific temple until you’ve completed the temple and unlocked a new temple, then that particular temple can be replayed at any time, though you still have to start from the beginning of the level. All arkanoid fans will probably like this one despite the power ups being nothing special; except for the symbols that you have to collect that unlocks magic powers and secret levels. The ball physics allows for good control. So if you’re skilled with ball and bat you’ll need to play on the more difficult settings of which there are three.

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      Power up’s

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      In game

    Decent graphics add to a pleasurable game to play. I bought this quite some time ago and had forgotten about it, so thanks for reminding me.

    The options menu allows you to adjust sound and music as well as toggle between full screen and windowed mode. You can also select several screen resolutions varying from the lowly 640x480x16 up to 1600x1200x32 and there are also three lighting settings, no light, normal light and advanced light. It appears that some people did have problems with some levels appearing black. This may be down to the type of graphics card you have as well as which setting you have it set on. If you do get the black screen problem, try changing this setting. Someone posted in the comments section previously that this definitely worked for them. See the problems section above for more fixes.

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      Advanced Lighting

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      No Lighting

    System Requirements:

    • Pentium II 750

    • Win 98/2000/XP

    • DirectX 8.1

    • 128MB MB RAM

    • Video: 3D

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    Images & Reviews:

    You can see a slideshow of about 20 images of Egyptoid HERE, plus a page of googled images HERE. I posted an earlier version of this review over in the forums. If you need to post any problems after the giveaway iss over you can leave comments over in the forums HERE

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      First Temple

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      Second Temple

    Conclusion:

    Today’s arkanoid is worth 7 out of 10 in my opinion. It’s not the best, but good enough for me to have bought it before it was first given away. The only gripe I have with the game is having to complete all the levels within any one of the temples before your progress can be saved. As there are only 8 temples to explore, that means you’d have to play the game in eight or fewer sessions to complete the game. I much prefer to be able to save each level you play, and even better; being able to save a game mid-level. If you managed to get Egyptoid 2 you’ll find the game play similar though the original has a couple less power ups and the graphics aren’t as sharp, plus there are additional elements added to the gaming boards that make Egyptoid 2 more interesting to play.

    If you don’t like the music you can find the games music files in the Data/sounds folder. all files are ogg files so you’ll have to use a audio converter to change any music files you wish to exchange the default music with. Make sure if you do this that you back up the original files and rename the replacements to the name of the files you are replacing. You can get several freeware audio converters via the Giveawayofthedays freeware section. there’s a link to the freeware section on the front page of the giveaway site at the bottom of the page.

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    Suggestions and Help

    If you have any problems running the game please refer to the FAQ’s over in the forums. you can access the FAQ’s via the following link:

    http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/forums/topic/11647

    For those interested Steam has a Paradox Interactive sale on at the moment with 50% off all of their titles/franchises (Magika, Hearts of Iron II & III, Victoria I & II, Mount & Blade, Elven Legacy, East India Company, Ship Simulator Extremes, Cites in Motion, King Arthur, Penumbra plus others. Most of their games are strategy or simulation games. At least one Franchise a day is 75% off. At the moment the Mount & Blade games are 75% off. Today’s 24 hour deal is Hacker Evolution: Duality with 70% off.

    Alawar has changed it’s free game of the month to Land of Runes and Realores game is Turtle Odyssey.

    You’ll also find loads of sale items via the didimatic site (thugh there are a couple more sites that list even more games but I’ve lost the links):

    http://didimatic.com/dd/en/about/

    Have a great weekend folks. A more substantial game will be offered tomorrow that newcomers to the project should enjoy.

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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.

    You’ll also find at least 13 breakout titles over at MyPlayCity HERE, that now include several of Alawars breakouts such as all of the Strike Ball games (Strikeball, Strikeball 2 and Strikeball 3), as well as one of my early favorites called Actionball Deluxe and it’s sequel Actionball 2; oh yeah and not forgetting the second Hyperballoid game, which in my opinion was a big improvement on the original despite the first one having a massive number of levels (over a thousand) with gorgeous graphics called (not surprisingly) Hyperballoid Complete Edition (or if you purchase it from Big fish Hyperballoid Gold edition) – the down side w.r.t. the original, was that even with the speed up power-ups, the ball used to go too slow for me, (however; GMMan did create a speed-up mod for me); there’s also previous giveaways (though not Alawar games) such as Egypt Ball and Egyptian Ball as well as several others that you can download for free. I recommend all of the Alawar titles especially Hyperballoid 2 (Which has an editor for making more levels – there may be custom made levels to download via Alawars site, but I’ve not checked in some time) and the original Actionball Deluxe (the sequel also has upgradeable power-ups) and Strikeball 3 (The third in the series is similar to the earlier Magic Ball games {Magic Ball 2} but with better graphics and power ups that are also upgradeable, plus the game is slightly more challenging than any of the Magic Ball series (which for some reason Alawar decided to change the name from Magic Ball to Smashball Frenzy)). Unfortunately the best (IMO) arkanoid/breakouts such as Ricochet infinity, Acky’s XP Breakout, Reaxxion and Shatter are not available for free via any of the free game sites apart from illegal ones. You can purchase Shatter from Steam for £6.99, though during the big sales over the summer and Christmas period and maybe thanksgiving you can get up to 75% off. Both Ricochet infinity and Acky’s XP Breakout have editors and for the former thousands (literally well over 60 000) of downloadable levels for free. There are also free level packs for Acky’s XP Breakout, but not to the same extent as Ricochet. you download the levels for Ricochet directly from the game and can upload your own creation from the game as well (which probably explains why there are so many – all the levels are graded for game play, graphics etc and get a score of A to D with +’s and -’s (for example B+; though the best of the best are starred as well)

    Please do be aware that MyPlayCity have reintroduced toolbars and home page hijacks to their games, but these can be avoided by un-checking the appropriate boxes during installation, however every-time you open up the game you will need to un-check the boxes again as they are presented at every game start-up. Also when you close any of their games down, your browser is opened and directed to MyPlayCity’s home page. This is innocuous so don’t worry. Closing the page ends any connection and nothing is downloaded.

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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 — June 10th, 2012 at 3:01 am
  2. Microsoft Windows 7 Профессиональная x64
    AMD Athlon™ 7750 Dual-Core Processor Black Edition/OC 210*15.5
    Kingston PC2-6400 (400 Мгц) 2*2048
    Microstar N580GTX Twin Frozr II/OC (GeForce 301.42 Driver)
    M2N68-AM SE2 (AM2)

    Error:

    Log file opened 7.9.57 – 10.6.2012

    INIT OPTIONS – Load Options OK
    profile.dat – Load profile.dat OK
    Init Windows –
    Init DirectX8 –
    Init world object –
    Get device type –
    Init HARDWARE_VERTEXPROCESSING –
    ! Error ! D3DCREATE_HARDWARE_VERTEXPROCESSING –
    Init D3DDevice and window – OK -

    …………………. Συντονιστής Σχόλιο …………… HiSergey, το παραπάνω μήνυμα λάθους θα αναφέρει ότι ενδέχεται να χρειαστεί να ενημερώσετε άμεσα Χ σας και, ενδεχομένως, Graphis τους οδηγούς σας. Μπορείτε να λάβετε την τελευταία DX κατασκευής από τη Microsoft και τα τελευταία προγράμματα οδήγησης από τον κατασκευαστή τσιπ γραφικών σας. Εάν δεν είστε βέβαιοι για το τι κάρτα γραφικών σας / τσιπ ανοίξει την άμεση πίνακα Χ διάγνωσης, πληκτρολογώντας dxdiag στο πεδίο αναζήτησης στο κάτω μέρος του μενού εκκίνησης. Ανοίξτε την καρτέλα οθόνη. μπορείτε να δείτε τι κατασκευαστής του τσιπ που έχετε είναι κοντά στην κορυφή του παραθύρου πληροφοριών. Πηγαίνετε στη σελίδα κατασκευαστές και κάντε κλικ στο κουμπί που σας μεταφέρει στην σελίδα τους οδηγούς. Πληκτρολογήστε τις πληροφορίες που ζητάτε (π.χ. λειτουργικό σύστημα και συνήθως τον αριθμό μοντέλου της κάρτας γραφικών σας. Αν δεν μπορείτε να βρείτε όλες τις πληροφορίες χρήσης Speccy μια ελεύθερη app από απιοειδούς (ο προγραμματιστής του CCleaner). Speccy θα σας δώσουν περισσότερες πληροφορίες σχετικά με τα γραφικά σας.

    ………………….Moderator Comment……………

    HiSergey, the above error message would indicate that you may need to update your direct X and possibly your graphis drivers. You can get the latest DX build from Microsoft and the latest drivers from your graphics chip manufacturer.

    If you are not sure what your graphics card/chip is open up the direct X diagnostics panel by typing dxdiag into the search field at the bottom of the start menu.

    Open up the display tab. you can see what manufacturer the chip you have is near the top of the information pane. Go to the manufacturers page and click on the button that takes you to the drivers page. Type in the details they ask you for (i.e. operating system and usually the model number of your graphics card. If you can’t find all of the information use Speccy a free app from piriform (the developer of CCleaner). Speccy will give you more information about your graphics.

  3. Really good game this, especially to me who is not an expert like our Stephen, but loves arkanoids anyway. I have had it for years now, since the first GOTD giveaway and I still play it every now and then. It would be one of my favourites. PS I hope you are feeling a lot better now Stephen, the medical stuff in the forums has been fascinating and I can agree with a lot that Mikiem said.

    ……………….Moderator comment…………………

    Hi Nola, thanks, I am feeling better than last week, but not fully recovered yet. The bug knocked out the whole family. I should be back to normal by next week.

    Yes I also agree with what mikiem has said. I mean to reply to his posts once I’m fully recovered. (Well…… I hope to, lol)

    Comment by NolafromNZ — June 10th, 2012 at 3:23 am

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