Giveaway of the Day - Egyptoid

Egyptoid
May 3, 2014

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 95, 98, ME, 2000, NT, XP, 7
Publisher: Stars Ashes
Homepage: http://www.starsashes.com...
File Size: 19.3 MB
Price: TBC

This software was available as a giveaway on May 3, 2014, 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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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:

    Egyptoid is the first in this series of breakout games, there’s nothing special about it, but it’s still a nice example of a 3D breakout game with crisp graphics and loads of powerups.

    Installation:

    The download size is 19.3Mb 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\Egyptoid_game\Egyptoid.exe

    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. You can choose to install it anywhere by changing the install path during the installation wiozards progress. The version we are getting today is v1.101 which is the same as previously given away last year. The installed game is 16.9MB in size.

    The game plays on Win XP, Vista, Win 7 and Win 8.1. The last time this was given away I wasn’t able to get it to work on my Win 8 machine the first time I tried. All I got was a black screen and had to Ctrl, Alt, Del to escape; however, on rebooting my computer I found the game worked okay, though It did hesitate to start with a black screen for a second or two. Now it works perfectly.

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      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

      Egyptoid has been given away several times now, and has remained a firm favorite throughout that time with above average positive votes (that is, considering it’s been given away seven times previously). This was given away 8th September last year where it received a very good 86% positive votes out of 330 votes with 20 comments.. Prior to that it was given away Jan 2012, where it received a positive 82% of votes out of 375 votes with 34 comments; then again, October 2011 where it received a positive 80% of 350 votes with 81 comments 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
      Jan 2012
      Sept 13

      You’ll find a review by Lockett (a former reviewer on this site from several years ago) HERE

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      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 skill 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. Once you’ve completed a temple stage you can return to it at any time, though you still have to start from the beginning of the Stage. 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 should play on the more difficult settings of which there are three, otherwise you’ll find the game too easy and acrue loads of lives.

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      Decent graphics add to a pleasurable game to play. I purchased this during an arkanoid phase before ths was first given away (I ended up with well over a hundred arkanoid games; oddly, since then, there has only been a handful of arkanoid games released, the best of which are IMO Shatter {2010} and Ricochet Infinity{2007}).

      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 the default settings (1024×768 32 bit/normal light) If you do get the black screen problem, try changing these setting. Someone posted in the comments section previously that this definitely worked for them. I had the problem, and just restarted the game and it worked. you could also go to properties (by right clicking on the games executable or shortcut and selecting compatibility; check the run as administrator and perhaps change the ‘run this program in comptibility mode for……..).

      See the the FAQ’s thread for more details. you’ll find it HERE

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      System Requirements:

      • Pentium II 750

      • Win 98/2000/XP

      • DirectX 8.1

      • 128MB MB RAM

      • Video: 3D

      Images & Reviews:

      You can see a slideshow of about 20 images of Egyptoid HERE, plus a page of googled images HERE.

      You can see a video of game play HERE.

      I posted an earlier version of this review over in the forums. If you need to post any problems after the giveaway is over you can leave comments THERE

      Music:

      If you don’t like the music you can find the games music files in the Data/sounds folder.

      C:>Games>Egyptoid_game>Data>Sound>x.WMF

      All files are Windows Media files so you may have to use an 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 freeware audio converters online. Just Google free audio converters. If you visit the main site regularily, you’ll probably already have installed an audio converter.

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      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.

      To save the game make sure you click on ‘suspend game’. This will save your progress to the beginning of any level you may have started, but not finished. I’m sure this game has been updated at some point because I seem to remember not being able to save the game unless you’d completed a full temple; as there is only 8 temples that was an annoyance. If you managed to get Egyptoid 2 previously you’ll find the game play similar though the original has fewer 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.

      Scoring:

      Game play: 7

      Graphics: 7

      Audio: 6

      Re-playability: 7

      Originality: 6

      33 out of 50 = 6.6 out of 10

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      Problems with the game?:

      If you have any problems installing or playing today’s game please go to the game discussion forums where you’ll find a FAQ’s section HERE. It may also be a good idea to post details of any problems you have over in the game discussion forums. You can find the Egyptoid thread HERE (it’s not been updated for a few years, so the review may be slightly different to today’s). I’ve included a return link to this comments section over in the game discussion thread. :)

      If you see someone’s query and are able to answer them, would you please a comment here and in the thread I’ve linked to HERE because moderation is going to be very sporadic today and queries and answers may not appear for many hours. There’s aslo a smaller thread about Egyptoid HERE

      Thank you in advance to anyone who takes the time to help. It’s very much appreciated :)

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    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 quite a few 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 favourites 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)

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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 — May 3rd, 2014 at 3:01 am
  2. E X C E L L E N T ! !

    Comment by Tim — May 3rd, 2014 at 3:55 am
  3. I’ve enjoyed this one enough to keep it when you last offered it, even though I don’t play it often, it is just nice to play every now and then. I’ve never got very far through it as a result, but the game-play is enjoyable and sufficiently interesting to keep it fresh.

    THANKS!

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    :)

    Comment by Another StephenMay 3rd, 2014 at 4:08 am

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