Giveaway of the Day - Fishdom 2

Fishdom 2
October 26, 2013

Fishdom fans rejoice! Get ready for the highly anticipated match-3 sequel to the original Fishdom™ by Playrix. Swap colorful tiles and earn money to create the aquarium of your dreams. Let your imagination run wild as you unlock and decorate 4 uniquely-themed tanks.

Feel like setting up a ranch, travelling back in time to Ancient Egypt or recreating Merworld in your tank? Or maybe you are up for a nice vacation? No problem – we have tons of accessories for you to choose from. Polish your aquarium design skills while having fun with your exotic finned pets. Take pictures of your stunning virtual fish kingdoms and send them to friends. Get ready – it’s going to be another great catch from Playrix! Build up your Fishdom!

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System Requirements: Windows NT/ 2000/ XP/ Vista/ 7; CPU: 1 GHz; RAM: 512 MB; DirectX: 8 or higher; Video: 128 MB
Publisher: Playrix Entertainment
File Size: 107 MB
Price: $19.95

This software was available as a giveaway on October 26, 2013, this giveaway is not available any more. You can download the trial version of this software at

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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.


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  1. Fishdom 2:




    Fishdom 2 downloads as a 107 MB zip file that 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 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 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.

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    Some community members have been having problems installing games since the security software was added. It’s been found that turning off your security temporarily or configuring it to accept the setup.cgd file usually sorts the problem out.

    To register and install the game click on the orange colored icon. The installed game is 138 MB in size and installs to the following path by default:

    C:\Program Files (x86)\Playrix Entertainment\Fishdom 2 (If the install path shows the last game giveaway installed you need to clear your internet cache) you’ll also find a shortcut in the Start Menu for an uninstaller.

    Fishdom 2 works on my Win 7 (64 bit) computer. My Win 8 machine hasn’t been unpacked yet and I’ve not reinstalled Vista or XP yet.


    Fishdom fans rejoice! Get ready for the highly anticipated match-3 sequel to the original Fishdom™ by Playrix. Swap colorful tiles and earn money to create the aquarium of your dreams. Let your imagination run wild as you unlock and decorate 4 uniquely-themed tanks. Feel like setting up a ranch, travelling back in time to Ancient Egypt or recreating Merworld in your tank? Or maybe you are up for a nice vacation? No problem – we have tons of accessories for you to choose from. Polish your aquarium design skills while having fun with your exotic finned pets. Take pictures of your stunning virtual fish kingdoms and send them to friends. Get ready – it’s going to be another great catch from Playrix! Build up your Fishdom!

    Reference accessed HERE 26th Oct 2013

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    The Game:

    In our constant quest for freshness and originality we are often quick to dismiss games that simply toe the line. But sometimes games that don’t innovate or otherwise alter a proven formula can prove enormously entertaining. Such is the case with Fishdom 2, Playrix’s sequel to its popular aquatic-themed match-three game Fishdom. There is very little about the experience that can properly be labeled new or inventive, and yet its beautiful graphics, relaxing music, and intuitive play mix to create a highly satisfying bit of interactive entertainment.

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    The beauty of Fishdom 2 is in its beauty. We’ve all seen plenty of tiles in matching games before, but rarely have we seen any with as much personality and charm as these marine-themed squares. Each one has its own little animation; diving helmets open and close, jelly fish contract and push, and shells turn this way and then that. Interesting looking tiles may seem a small thing, but when you realize that you’re spending hours looking at them it’s nice to see that some care has gone into their creation.

    The fish tanks we stock and decorate between games are equally appealing. We fill them with dozens of fish modeled after real-world species (we’re even provided a few sentences of trivia for each). We can also add plenty of “beauty” items—plants, statues, buildings, figures, and the like—and several comfort objects, including heaters, filters, and oxygenation devices.

    Players can then take pictures of their aquatic habits and send them to friends via email, admire them in screensavers, or set still images as desktop backgrounds. Extras like these only work when a game’s artistic design stands out from the pack, and Fishdom 2’s definitely does, all the way down to its oceanic soundtrack, which is filled with nautical tunes full of bubbling percussion sounds and nautical effects. You can access the songs outside the game as well, should you desire.

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    As for the game itself, it feels like plenty of other match-three games to come before. However, few such games are so finely tuned.

    The object of each level is simply to clear it, thereby earning points that can be applied to purchasing items and fish for your small collection of tanks. In order to clear a level you have to make matches over all of its yellow tiles, turning them blue. Some tiles are stony, meaning you need make a couple of matches to clear them, and some have one or two chains that have to be removed via one or two matches.

    As the game progresses, the levels gradually become increasingly difficult, with yellow tiles squirreled away in lone columns and rows that make matches tricky. Luckily, we’ve been provided plenty of power-ups in the form of firecrackers, depth bombs, dynamite charges, and warheads. These power-ups appear if a match of a certain number of like tiles occurs. Clicking on them or swapping them with another tile destroys all tiles around them within a radius of between one and four tiles. A fifth power-up, simply dubbed “lightning,” will appear after you’ve used seven of the explosive power-ups. It eliminate all tiles of a given type—very handy for removing annoying tiles stuck in corners and deep within jutting protrusions from the grid.

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    You can choose whether you want to work against a clock or just putter along in relaxed mode. Truth be told, though, the timed mode is just as relaxing as relaxed mode. It’s rare that the clock will play a significant factor, at least not until much later in the game.

    Reference accessed HERE 26th Oct 2013.

    * 3 unique tanks to unlock: Ranch, Egypt, Merworld + 1 Bonus Vacation-themed aquarium
    * Unlimited number of aquariums to create
    * 120 all-new utterly addictive levels + 30 mind-blowing Bonus levels
    * Fun hidden object mini-games
    * Relaxing soundtracks, exclusive wallpapers, bonus screensaver and Fishipedia


    Mouse controlled


    You can see a couple of videos of game play HERE, HERE and HERE.


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    You’ll find the music files in the games installed sound folder, which is located via the following path:

    C:/program files (x86)/Playrix Entertainment/Fishdom2/base/sound/x.ogg

    All sound files including music and sound effects are kept in the same folder; so, if you decide you don’t like the music and want to change it for some of your own favorite music you can do, but you must convert the music you choose to the ogg format. (free audio converters are readily available online). Be sure to select the correct files otherwise you may cause problems with the game. I’d back up any music files you decide to change just in case. Once you’ve played the game and confirmed that it works with the new music, then it may be safe to delete the files. Don’t forget to rename any files you use to the ones you are replacing.

    Minimum System Specifications:

    Windows NT/ 2000/ XP/ Vista/ 7
    CPU: 1 GHz
    System RAM: 512 MB
    DirectX: 8 or higher
    Video RAM: 128 MB


    If you’ve played previous Fishdom games you’ll find little has changed apart from a whole new wodge of match three levels, and a new bunch of screensaver fish tanks to create and populate
    We eventually earn bronze, silver, and gold cups for completing goals in the areas of beauty, comfort, and fish diversity, and these cups provide a bonus to the number of points we earn each level.

    That said, the play has been so expertly executed and with such artistic verve that I really doubt many people will begrudge this sequel’s lack of original concepts. If you’re a fan of match-three games, Fishdom 2’s intuitive design, relaxed pace, and visual and auditory styling’s are almost certain to appeal.


    Excellent audio and visual design. Familiar objectives and intuitive interface. Creating scenes in themed tanks is fun. Lots of extras, including screensavers, desktop art, and access to the game’s great soundtrack.


    Little innovation. Not much in the way of a narrative.


    Gameplay – 8
    Graphics – 9
    Replayability – 8
    Originality – 6
    Instructions/help – 7
    Music – 8

    Totals 45 out of 60 which is equivalent to 7.5 out of 10

    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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    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.


    Whiterabbit aka Stephen

    Comment by Whiterabbit-uk — October 26th, 2013 at 4:00 am
  2. ……………………..Moderator Comment……………………..

    Moderation will continue in a few hours (need a couple more hours of sleep) :)

    Comment by Whiterabbit-uk — October 26th, 2013 at 4:34 am
  3. Another excellent game from Playrix. I really enjoy the Fishdom games.

    Comment by Gold Coast Cruiser — October 26th, 2013 at 5:14 am

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