Giveaway of the Day - Enchanted Cavern 2

Enchanted Cavern 2
October 6, 2013

Return to the Enchanted Cavern in this fantastic Match 3 game! Clear the colored jewels as quickly as you can to proceed to the next level and take on new challenges. Get rid of the jewels in the allotted time to move on and break through the tricky obstacles. With vivid graphics, entrancing music, and different game modes, Enchanted Cavern 2 offers hours of jewel-filled fun for the whole family!

  • 110 levels;
  • Adventure, Puzzle and Endless modes;
  • Four types of bonuses;
  • Seven chapters;
  • 21 trophies.
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  • 136 (35%)
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System Requirements: Windows XP, Vista, 7; 1.5 GHz processor; 512 MB RAM; 128 MB video card; DirectX 8 or later
Publisher: Alawar Entertainment
Homepage: http://www.bigfishgames.c...
File Size: 152 MB
Price: $9.99

This software was available as a giveaway on October 6, 2013, this giveaway is not available any more. You can download the trial version of this software at http://www.bigfishgames.com/do....

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  1. In Brief:

    A Typical match three of the group type (i.e. click on a group of 3 or more tiles of the same color to remove them). With decent graphics and the usual power ups. There’s three modes, but two are locked until you’ve completed the adventure (timed mode) mode. The other two modes are endless (untimed) and puzzle mode.

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    Enchanted Island 2:

    Installation:

    Enchanted Island 2 downloads to a 152 MB zip 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 protects the giveaway from being hacked. This file may cause some security software to alert the user to a possible malware attack; if it does 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 153 MB in size. and installs to the following path by default:

    C:\Games\EnchantedCavern2_game

    There is no shortcut installed so you’ll have to follow the above path to create your own shortcut. To uninstall the game just delete the installed folder (there is no uninstaller). The game works on Win 98, XP, Vista and Win 7 (I’ve not checked it on Win 8 yet. My Win 8 machine has still not been unboxed from the move and wont be until my study has been finished (still awaiting flooring for most of the house and have yet to decorate virtually every room as the walls are bare plaster at the moment).

    The installed game is 73.4MB. We were given the first in the series last year.

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    Introduction:

    It’s high time for breathtaking adventures, reckless feats and unforgettable stories! The game Enchanted Cavern 2 resembles fairytales from the magnificent collection of Arabian Nights with their sly pilferers, noble guards and incredible treasures! The story of young vagrant Ali was quite similar to thousands sad stories of other pilferers and frauds, but this boy was luckier than his predecessors, that’s why his life story was glorified in legends! Ali’s parents died from fever when the boy was very small and the boy’s uncle, greedy for wealth, took the house and threw Ali to the dusty streets of the large town. The brought up in luxury child joined the company of notorious brigands and thieves and in 10 years became the leader of this gang. But even being a thief Ali stayed noble and kind, he robbed the merchants and gave money and cloths to all indigent. His uncle died and the house of Ali’s ancestors came into possession of the sultanate. Being unable to pay the house off the mortgage, Ali decided to find money to return his house. And he remembered the age-old fable about mystique cavern full of treasures. In the game Enchanted Cavern 2 you are to help the reckless boy get rich loot from the cavern! Click on groups of three or more identically colored tokens to destroy them and remove stones from jewels! Break two or more groups of tokens in a row to create a combo. Creating the combos increases the points’ multiplayer. Play the game Enchanted Cavern 2 and help Ali earn a fortune and return his house!

    Reference accessed HERE Oct 5th 2013

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    The Game:

    The first Enchanted Cavern had good-looking graphics, a sleepy, John Tesh-ish musical score and some fairly predictable match-the-colored-gem gameplay. Enchanted Cavern 2 has all of that, and in fact quotes its predecessor so faithfully in every respect, it might as well be the same game. What differences there are both add and detract from the design of the first game and in the end, the good and the bad are something of a wash.

    The first game attempted, however briefly, to create some kind of context with a narrative blurb that explained your reason for exploring a long-hidden enchanted cavern. Enchanted Cavern 2 doesn’t bother and just sends you—through a disjointed introductory cutscene—through a temple, down a hallway in someone’s house and into a twilit room full of archeological clutter where you inexplicably start matching colored gems. From there, your progress is tracked through a series of dig-site settings that don’t make any narrative sense. To be fair, successful match-3 games don’t exactly rely on having killer narratives. It’s just that here the lazy way the intro is handled foreshadows the lazy way the rest of the game plays out.

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    Like the first Enchanted Cavern, (and unlike other match-3 titles that have you shifting gems around to create a match) Enchanted Cavern 2 merely has you click wherever three or more same-colored gems appear next to each other. Once matched, the gems vanish and the rest of the gems fall, creating new matches so you can click again. This approach requires very little thought or strategy and because of it, is fairly mind-numbing until mid-way through the game when complicated maps make match-making a bit more challenging.
    Aside from this simplification of the match-3 mechanic, Enchanted Cavern 2 fails to bring anything new to the genre. Most match-3 games are built on a handful of foundation blocks: match-3 gems, chain combos, power-ups (like bombs, time-augmenters, horizontal/vertical gem destroyers, and special gems that destroy gems of corresponding color) and obstacles (like unusual map formations or frozen, stone or chained blocks) that must be worked around. Enchanted Cavern 2 dutifully ticks all the boxes by including all these things but the result is uninspired. At least this time the developer tries to shake things up by presenting you with two difficulty options—Casual (with timer) and Relaxed (without timer) and by creating three different game modes: Adventure, Puzzle and Endless.

    Adventure mode is equivalent to the match-3 of the first Enchanted Cavern, broken up by scenes of archeological or tropical grandeur. At intervals, these static scenes activate a little bit more, lighting torches and revealing ancient statues. The developer deserves some credit here for creating beautiful artwork; the scenes as they come increasingly to life, are fairly magical. The developer also get a thumbs up for attempting to add interest to the game with its new Puzzle mode (unlockable only after completing Adventure mode) which challenges you to remove all the colored gems from more intricately-contrived maps. However, the developer loses cool points though for the inclusion of a redundant, lackluster Endless mode.
    Overall, Enchanted Cavern 2 neither fails to live up to, nor goes out of its way to improve upon, the first Enchanted Cavern. It unapologetically presents some solid match-3 game play and a modestly entertaining new Puzzle mode, and as such, promises a fair amount of fun to players new to the genre. Match-3 veterans and owners of the original Enchanted Cavern however, will find little reason to purchase or play it. (except for additional iterations of match 3 game play)

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    System Requirements:

    Windows XP, Vista, 7
    1.5 GHz processor
    512 MB RAM
    128 MB video RAM
    DirectX 8 or later

    Video

    You can see video of game play [url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STyzt5GSioc][b]HERE[/b][/url], [url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34tFFHbOYX4][b]HERE[/b][/url] and [url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kenQ5oFAClw][b]HERE[/b][/url].

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    Conclusion:

    Another standard match three of the group kind, with the usual power ups and awards. If you like match threes this is an okay game that’s worth downloading, but it’s not the best I’ve played of this type of match three (e.g. 4 Elements, Finding Doggy – both of which can be downloaded free from some of the free game sites).

    Scoring

    Gameplay – 6.5
    Graphics – 7
    Audio – 7
    Re-playability – 7
    Originality – 6

    Total = 33.5 which is equivalent to 6.7 out of 10

    You can get the games free 24/7 via MyPlayCity [url=http://www.myplaycity.com/enchanted_cavern_2/][b]HERE[/b][/url] and Jenkat games [url=http://www.jenkatgames.com/free/Enchanted-Cavern-2][b]HERE[/b][/url]. You can also download the first Enchanted Island [url=http://www.myplaycity.com/enchanted_cavern/][b]HERE[/b][/url]

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    Suggestions to the Developer:

    • Unlock all modes at the start of the game

    • Include mini games

    • Include a level editor

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    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 — October 6th, 2013 at 3:04 am
  2. Well, the opening hallway scene looks very nice, however I think I will never know what puzzles await beyond the door because every time it gets there, the game falls off the screen and a Visual C runtime error comes up, saying it was terminated in an unusual way. Is there any suggestion on how to get it to work? I haven’t had any problem with any of the games before including the first Enchanted Cavern. Thanks.

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

    Make sure you are running the game with admin privileges. Just right click on the games exe and select ‘Run as Administrator’ If you are already in admin mode then try updating your drivers etc. You could also try running in compatibility mode for an older OS and disabling some of the visual components (via compatibility mode).

    Comment by Invisible — October 6th, 2013 at 6:10 am
  3. Decent match-3 game, nice graphics, option for “relaxed” (i.e. untimed) mode for a less frustrating experience. My only real complaint is the volume controls for ingame music and sounds – there’s no way to turn it down to a low volume. The volume control appears to go from “loud” to “very loud” rather than soft to loud like most. You can turn it all the way off, but it’s very difficult to turn it down to a low level.

    Installs/plays fine on Win 8 Pro x64. Like so many of today’s games, it installs into a “games” folder off the root directory and does not create icons or shortcuts.

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    You can adjust the volume by right clicking on the volume control (next to the clock and select ‘Open Volume Mixer’ You can then adjust individual programs via the separate volume sliders

    Comment by Guiseppe Madre — October 6th, 2013 at 7:14 am

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