Giveaway of the Day - Elementals: The Magic Key

Elementals: The Magic Key
February 9, 2013

Plunge into the captivating world of magic and mystery inhabited by elementals. Embark on a thrilling adventure to help Albert, a young magician, restore the Key of Eiron and save his sister kidnapped by Sibelius, a wicked sorcerer.

You’ll never feel lonely in your fascinating travels – your aide, Felly, will faithfully follow you, no matter what obstacles you face. Solve brain-teasing puzzles, hunt for cleverly hidden items and try your hand at challenging board battles in this amazing game full of surprises!

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System Requirements: Windows XP/ Vista/7
Publisher: Playrix Entertainment
Homepage: http://www.playrix.com/ga...
File Size: 102 MB
Price: $19.95

This software was available as a giveaway on February 9, 2013, this giveaway is not available any more. You can download the trial version of this software at http://www.playrix.com/games/p....

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  1. In Brief:

    The game is made up of a series of simple interactive hidden object adventures interspersed with mini games that break the game up into bite sized chunks. The most interesting game I found was the chess like battles between elementals. It’ really nothing like chess, but it does require an element of strategy to win against your opponents As you progress through the game this particular mini game becomes a little more complex with additional elementals and spells coming into play that can cause a lot more damage as well as require new tactics.

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    Elements: The Magic Key:

    Elementals: The Magic Key was given away Dec 10th 2011 where it received a positive 79% from 440 votes with 73 comments which you can read HERE and again in May 2011 where it received a positive 80% of the votes from 448 votes with 114 comments which you can read HERE

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      Main Menu

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      Settings

    Installation:

    Elements: The Magic Key downloads to a 102 MB zip file that unpacks that unpacks to a read me and a wrapped setup activation file (the orange colored file with the key symbol), plus there’s a setup file with security (setup.gcd) that’s protected from being hacked. This file may case some security software to alert the user to a possible malware attack, but it will be a false positive.

    The game giveaway team check all game giveaways for malware using several well known anti -malware suites. There has never been a game giveaway infected with malware since the project started back in Dec 2006. The installed game is 59.8 MB in size.

    The game installs to:

    C:\Program Files (x86)\Playrix Entertainment\Elementals – The Magic Key

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    C:\Program Files\Playrix Entertainment\Elementals – The Magic (if you have a 32 bit system)

    You can easily change this during the installation wizard. There is a shortcut installed to the desktop and to the Start Menu/Programs list/folder. You’ll find it listed under Playrix Entertainment\Elementals – The Magic Key. There is also a shortcut placed on the desktop to Playrix’s site. This can be deleted without harm to the game. The installed game is 108Mb in size.

    I originally tested the game on Win XP Pro SP3 32 bit, Vista Home Premium 64 bit, Win 7 Pro and Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit installations and the game worked on all platforms. If you don’t like the in game music unfortunately unless you are adept at editing data files there is no way of changing the music.

    This game is available from MyPlayCity and Gametop 24/7

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      Puzzle Selection

    Introduction:

    Plunge into the captivating world of magic and mystery inhabited by elementals. Embark on a thrilling adventure to help Albert, a young magician, restore the Key of Eiron and save his sister kidnapped by Sibelius, a wicked sorcerer. You’ll never feel lonely in your fascinating travels – your aide, Felly, will faithfully follow you, no matter what obstacles you face. Solve brain-teasing puzzles, hunt for cleverly hidden items and try your hand at challenging board battles in this amazing game full of surprises!

    Reference: Accessed HERE on the 6th May 2011

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      Battle selection screen

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    The Game:

    The game is made up of a series of simple interactive hidden object adventures interspersed with mini games that break the game up into bite sized chunks. The most interesting game I found was the chess like battles between elementals. It’ really nothing like chess, but it does require an element of strategy to win against your opponents As you progress through the game this particular mini game becomes a little more complex with additional elementals and spells coming into play that can cause a lot more damage as well as require new tactics, for example, early on in the game you are introduced to a simple tactic for beating your opponent, where you can combine three elementals to create a stronger elemental, but so can your opponent, so take care when playing this game. All tactics are introduced via a simple tutorial. I lost the second battle I was involved in and had to start again, lol. There are also spot the difference puzzles and to proceed at some points you have to interact with the environment by finding objects and using them, for example finding a key to unlock a drawer or cupboard, then rifling through the drawer/cupboard via a hidden object mini game (that’s much too simple) to find another object that will let you progress or by creating objects to complete a quest by drawing items with a wand and then assembling the parts. I’ve not played the game enough to discover more mini games so if anyone plays this for an extended period today please do post details of the various mini games that you find; thank you. There appears to be 32 mini games and 21 battles to win from the battles/puzzle pages, but I think many of the puzzles are repeated and the battles all revolve around the chequered board.

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      Battle puzzle

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    The game is very colourful and beautifully rendered. I was immediately impressed with the introduction and story line to this game though I did find it was a little too easy. This was in part due to the abundant clues and no time limit, you can take the game as slowly or fast as you like. There’s also a helpful hint button when you are playing the hidden object elements of the game that recharges quite fast. I’ve posted over 70 in game screen captures showing how gorgeous this game is and there are several videos to explore that will show you most elements found within the game.

    You can replay all of your favourite mini games once they have been unlocked in the story mode. And once you’ve completed the game you can replay it with different characters by selecting bonuses from the main menu then select new battles.

    The options menu has three sound controllers, Music, Effects and Environment. They are set to maximum by default.

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    Once you’ve created a profile the game starts with an introductory story, that carries on throughout the game, with frequent dialogue throughout. I did find that the dialogue disappeared before I’d finished reading it sometimes which spoiled the effect a little, but it wasn’t a major concern because you still got the gist of the story. It was easy enough to fill the blanks. All dialogue can be skipped by clicking on the skip button located in the bottom left of the game screen. The story introduces the characters and a magical artefact called the great key of Eiron that supposedly binds and balances all the elements of the imaginary world together as well as giving the holder of the key great powers. This key has gone missing and in fact has been shattered and the shards scattered throughout the game. Part of your quest, apart from rescuing your sister with the aid of a weird blue blobby creature called Felly is to recover these shards before evil forces recover them because the key as already mentioned confers great powers on the holder.

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    Features:

    • Enchanting world of magic inhabited by elementals

    • Immersive and gripping storyline

    • Over 30 puzzles and mini-games

    • Over 20 amazing locations

    • Magic board battles between elementals

    System Requirements:

    Operating System – Win XP, Vista and Win 7
    C.P.U. – 800MHz
    System RAM – 512MB
    Direct X – DX9.0c
    Graphics RAM – 64MB

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    Images and Video:

    I’ve posted over 70 images showing most of the dialogue in the early part of the game, plus a couple of the mini games. It was difficult to capture some of the dialogue because it didn’t stay on the screen long enough, you can see these images HERE

    Please note that watching some of the videos below may contain spoilers.
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    HERE (Official Trailer), HERE (Intro), HERE (Meeting the Boss), HERE (The Ending), HERE (Casting a Spell), HERE (Game play), HERE (General) and HERE (Another Intro video).

    Walkthroughs:

    You can get walkthroughs for this game from Big Fish, Gamezebo and from Cheatbook

    Music:

    Unfortunately the games music has been coded directly into the games executable or data files, so unless you are adept at editing these files the only way of avoiding the music is to turn it off via the games options menu. You can always select your own music and play it via your media player. :)

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    Conclusion:

    This is an excellent game that looks like it’s for the kids, but there’s an underlying difficulty inherent in the game via the chess like strategy game that you play as part of the battle sections of the game. the mini games that I played were pretty simple and standard mini game fare, but they do add to the overall game. The hidden object elements were much too easy for my liking. There was ample hints and the hint button recharged fairly fast. I’d say this is an ideal family game that’ll keep you entertained on a cold and wet weekend afternoon. It’s well worth 8 IMO, with a 9 for graphics, 7 for game play, and 8 for sounds and music which are appropriate to the game play. Thank you Playrix and The game giveaway team for bringing us an excellent game this weekend

    Scoring

    Gameplay – 7
    Graphics – 8
    Audio – 6
    Re-playability – 8
    Originality – 8

    Average Total = 7.4

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    Suggestions for the developer:

    The game could do with difficulty settings that include much harder levels. Include a timed mode as well as an arcade mode where you can choose to play any part of the game once you’ve completed it rather than having to wait until you’ve completed the whole story mode. I’d also add achievements in the form of awards; you could categorise these into Gold, Silver and Bronze etc.

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    Problems:

    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).

    If you have any problems installing or getting to work today’s game please go HERE for help.

    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 IS available from MyPlayCity HERE as well as the FIRST (which was given away last year) and the THIRD in the series. :)

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    With respect to my links to MyPlayCity and Gamtop. Please be aware that these sites may add toolbars and home page hijacks to your web browser, but these can be avoided by un-checking the appropriate boxes during installation. Also when you close any of their games down, your browser is opened and directed to the sites 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 — February 9th, 2013 at 3:02 am
  2. Got this back on may 8 2011!Big problem – my video card not compatible on my 2003 computer! Solution – I now install a good percent of all games and software into my extenal hardrive to save space in my computer! Use the games on my computer or relatives computers on visits! Just because somehing is not compatiable, means nothing as long as you have relatives!

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    Good one Dido; thankfully, most gamegiveaways are free standing. You wouldn’t be able to do the same with the applications given away via the main site as they require reg codes within the registry to work as full version apps. ;)

    Comment by Dido — February 9th, 2013 at 4:12 am
  3. This game installed without a problem on Vista HP. The only glitch I noticed was an occasional stutter in the music when playing the game.

    The game is aimed at children with its Potteresque theme. The graphics are cartoonish, colorful and well-drawn. There was a “Loading” screen between each scene and game segment but the gameplay was smooth. The opening sequence, while skippable, cannot be fast-forwarded through – though later sequences of dialog can. Some of the items you are required to find, like keys, are small and hard to spot.

    While it played well on my computer, I’ve just never been interested in the children-as-wizards-who-have-cute-little-beings-as-sidekicks theme so it didn’t hold my interest. I deleted it.

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    Thank you for your feedback DTS, I doubt children will be able to solve some of the battle puzzles. I agree that the game ilooks like its aimed at children, and many of the puzzles and HOG’s are very simple, but the battle game is a little harder. I’m sure a bright child would beat it, but not many would. I reckon it’s a great game to play together with your children.

    Comment by DownTheShore — February 9th, 2013 at 4:39 am

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