Giveaway of the Day - Fishdom Premium

Fishdom Premium
December 29, 2013

Build up and develop your Fishdom! Progress through challenging boards and solve immersive puzzles to earn cash. Use the money to buy eye-candy fish and attractive ornaments for your dream aquarium. Get accessories and supplies to create the perfect conditions for your finny pals and ensure their comfort. Win awards and upgrade your virtual tank as you perfect your aquarium design skills and have fun with the lovely fishy sims. Being a unique fusion of classic gameplay with brilliant new ideas, this game by Playrix with unlimited replayability will bring you lots of joyful moments!

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System Requirements: Windows 98/ ME/ NT/ 2000/ XP/ Vista
Publisher: Playrix Entertainment
Homepage: http://www.playrix.com/ga...
File Size: 40.6 MB
Price: $19.95

This software was available as a giveaway on December 29, 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. Fishdom Premium:

    In Brief:
    Earn cash by creating matches of three or more to purchase various items such as plants, fish and fish tank toys your screensaver aquarium

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    Installation:

    Fishdom was originally given away back in November 2010 then again April 2011 and last July. The downloaded zip file is 40.6MB in side nearly 3MB larger than the last time this was given away (37.8MB). The game unpacks to a dual activation and setup module a security module (setup.gcd) plus a read me.

    The installed game is 47.7Mb in size which is the same size as the last time this was given away. There is no sign of a version number nor is there any evidence that this is the Premium edition of the game. The zip file unpacks to a read me and a wrapped setup 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 (because the previous giveaway system was easily cracked). This file may cause some security software to alert the user to a possible malware attack, but it will be a false positive.
    There has never been a game giveaway (The owners know that allowing such things would compromise their business, so they make sure all software given away via the giveaway and gamegiveaway sites are thoroughly checked for all types of malware before allowing community members to download any files.

    Some community members have been having problems installing games since the security wrapper was added last year but you can work around it at your own risk by tuning off, your security software temporarily. This is not recommended but considering that there has never been a single game giveaway infected with malware since the project started back in Dec 2006, the risk is probably insignificant. The game giveaway team check all game giveaways for malware using several well known anti -malware suites; however, this doesn’t guarantee that future games are safe.

    To register and install the game, click on the orange colored icon. The installed game requires 44.7MB of disk space and installs to the following path:

    C:\Program Files (x86)\Playrix Entertainment\Fishdom 64 bit system
    Or
    C:\Program Files\Playrix Entertainment\Fishdom 32 bit System

    Shortcuts are created and placed on the desktop and in the Start Menu/Programs list under Playrix Games. There is a second shortcut installed to the desktop that takes you to Playrix’s home site where you can find other titles in the Fishdom series; you can safely delete this second shortcut if you wish.

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    The game was originally given away Nov 7th 2010 where it scored a positive 82% out of 558 votes and it received 65 comments which you can read HERE, it was given away a second time May 15th 2011 where it scored a positive 83% out of 506 votes and received 70 comments, which you can read HERE, it was also given away last year (July 8th 2012) where it scored a positive 84% out of 540 votes and received 65 comments which you can read HERE

    Apart from the quoted platforms the game also works on win 7 and Win 8.1.

    Introduction:

    Build up and develop your Fishdom! Progress through challenging boards and solve immersive puzzles to earn cash. Use the money to buy eye-candy fish and attractive ornaments for your dream aquarium. Get accessories and supplies to create the perfect conditions for your finny pals and ensure their comfort. Win awards and upgrade your virtual tank as you perfect your aquarium design skills and have fun with the lovely fishy sims. Being a unique fusion of classic game play with brilliant new ideas, this game by Playrix with unlimited re-playability will bring you lots of joyful moments!

    Reference accessed HERE on the 29th Dec 2013

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    The Game:

    Today’s game giveaway is a pleasant match three game with an upgradable screensaver that you transform from an empty fish tank to a fully stocked aquarium while playing the game. Gameplay is as you’d expect for a match three; basically you have to create matches of three or more to destroy tiles. The aim is to clear the gold colored tiles which are placed under the symbols. When you create matches on these gold colored tiles they are removed. Creating matches of five or six add explosives, rockets and bombs to the playing field. To activate these either create a match three that moves one of these power ups or double click on them to make them explode. You score points for every tile you remove. As you progress through the levels they get progressively harder, with different layouts and tiles that required unlocking or double matching to remove the gold tiles. I was only able to progress to about level 8 while checking this game as all I had was an hour demo. Taking screen captures (nearly 100) of the tutorial and various items that you can buy in the shop took up a large part of my hour. So I can’t say if there are any more surprises. At the end of a level once all the gold colored tiles are removed you are awarded money based on how many points you scored, the time it took to complete the level and the number of gold tiles you removed. This can then be spent on fish and other objects for your fish tank screensaver.

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    The screen saver tank starts as an empty tank. You can purchase fish for it via the shop , where you’ll find three tabs labelled Fish, Beauty and Comfort. For example clicking on the beauty tab you’ll find various plants, animals and other objects to make your tank look like a well stocked aquarium. All of the comfort items which include filters, feeders and air supplies can be upgraded; though each successive upgrade costs a lot more to purchase. There are several tropical fish you can choose from, each with its own characteristics, for example the Emperor Angel fish needs a varied diet in order to preserve their distinctive coloration, whereas Royal Gramma fish though shy will aggressively defend their territory in the tank. To create a good looking tank there are loads of items you can buy from various plant species such as Acetabularia Calyculus, Microsorium, and Myriophyllum Aquaticum amongst several others species, some sea organisms such as the Rapa Whelk and Starfish, to sunken ships, lamps, lighthouses and the traditional treasure chest amongst other items. All items purchased for the tank can be sold back to the shop so that you can choose other items. This makes for an excellent fish screensaver that is very much configurable to your tastes. To unlock new tanks you have to satisfy all of the criteria which can be found at the top right of the screensaver, that is you have to fill your tank with enough fish and create a beautiful and comfortable environment. Purchasing fish or other items from the shop will help to achieve these criteria. you can see what effect purchasing an item or fish makes to the indicator before you purchase it as the indicator bar moves to a new position when you hover your mouse over a particular object. when all three bars are at 100% you will be awarded a bronze cup. You can either unlock a new tank or go for a silver cup in the same tank. Opting for the silver cup reduces the bars to almost zero. to attain a gold cup you must carry out the process three times.

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    The screensaver is activated by ticking the checkbox via the main menu which also gives you access to the options menu and the start button. There are three different tank settings called Pirate Treasure, Coral Reef and Lost Atlantis, though the second and third tanks are locked at the beginning of the game. The options menu enables you to adjust the music and sound effects as well as toggle on or off full screen mode, a custom cursor, in game tips and hints.

    Features:

    • The virtual environment is interactive and fully customizable

    • Almost 100 items and accessories to choose from

    • Unlimited re-playability

    • Create an award-winning aquarium of your dreams!

    • Set it up as your screensaver

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    Images & Video:

    You can see a slideshow of over 90 images that include many tips and tutorial screens HERE and you can see video of game play HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.

    Conclusion:

    This match three game play is really just standard fare compared to other match threes IMO; I’ve played many of this genre that have found much better game play; however what I really enjoyed about this game was earning money to upgrade the screensaver. I love fish screensavers and although it’s not the best fish screensaver I’ve seen (for example you can get something similar from other match three games such as Big Kahuna Reef and one of the Atlantis games), it does have loads of items that you can add to one of three tanks, though you need to earn cash by completing levels, and only one of the tanks is available at the start of the game.

    I’d give this game 7 out of 10 for family fun and the addition of a configurable fish screensaver.

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    Thank you to Playrix and the game giveaway team for providing this game for free.

    Suggestions:

    I don’t know what differences their are between the previous versions that we were given and today’s Premium edition. I presume we get extra levels and maybe more items to add to the fish tanks.

    The addition of the screensaver adds to the average game play, however I’d try and improve the game play by adding some mini games and more power ups to the game. You could also make the power ups upgradeable so that they become more powerful. These upgrades could be paid from some of the money earned to purchase items for the screensaver. I’d also add more species of plant life and enable those to be upgraded as well. Each upgrade could increase the size of the plant or animal that you purchase for the tank.

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    Fishdom Game Lands on i Pad in September 3

    Don’t forget you can get a whole raft of match three games from MyPlaycity, Jenkat Games and Gametop. Just Google them if you are interested. For those new to the game giveawayoftheday, the above free games sites do have the potential to install toolbars, change your home page, change your browser and they do open up your browser when you close the game, though this is totally innocuous. You can avoid all but the last effect by making sure you uncheck any checkboxes during installation; and, in the case of MPC every time you boot the games up. The games from the gamegiveawayoftheday avoid all of these issues.

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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.

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    Games, Games, and yet more Games plus Download, Installation & Game play Problems:

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    The Steam sale continue until the 3rd of January, with literally over a thousand deals ranging from 10% off to over 80% off. Each day there’s a set of at least 9 games with extra money off and every 8 hours there’s a flash sale of 4 games plus a community chosen game. Buying games earns you snow globes which when you collect a full set of 10 cards you get a Christmas sale badge which is upgradable; Every time you craft a badge you get other items such as backgrounds and emicons that can be used in your Steam profile and when you message via Steam.

    There are also various sales elsewhere such as over at Desura, GOG, Gamefly, GreenManGaming, Gamersgate and other game sites.

    To be honest there are too many game deals around to list them all. Just visit the sites I recommend above and I’m sure you’ll find something that suits you for a very decent price.

    Check out the Game Discussion forums for details of other games, either free or on deals such as the Indie Game bundles, (there’s at least 5 or 6 bundles live at the moment plus regular bundles such as the Humble Weekly Sales and the Bundle Stars bundles (at least four of those are still live) including Groupees. You’ll find links to all of these bundles in the Game discussion forums HERE All of the indie bundles are amazing value.

    The latest IndieGameStand game is Celestial Mechanica – a mixture of action, puzzle, exploration and adventure. You can find it Here. There’s a DRM free download, if you pay above the average you get another game called MIDDENS. At the moment IGS are changing the game every 24hrs as part of the 12 days of Christmas, though it started before Christmas so could end any day now. Check back every day till it remains the same.

    There are small indie bundles available over at Indiebundle.org. Each bundle has three games and costs $5 each for the basic bundle plus a few dollars more for extra games. Check the Indie bundles HERE

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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 — December 29th, 2013 at 3:00 am
  2. Thus far, this appears to be the same as ‘regular’ Fishdom. Is this ‘premium’ actually different in any way?

    At any rate, thumbs up. This is an excellent game with great gameplay and five-star sound and vision as well.

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

    Today’s version is exactly the same as the last time this was given away July 2012. There is no evidence that this is the Premium version. I’ve not purchased any premium versions from Playrix, but I’m sure the premium versions have the suffix Premium attached to the main title page, which this version doesn’t have.

    Comment by Bob Walsh — December 29th, 2013 at 3:23 am
  3. hey i still have this from the last giveaway ;) though i’m not a fan of match 3 games i should admit this game is pretty good

    Comment by Meow — December 29th, 2013 at 3:24 am

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