Giveaway of the Day - Heroes of Hellas

Heroes of Hellas
November 10, 2013

In Heroes of Hellas, you`ll travel through Ancient Greece to find the thief who stole the scepter of Zeus. This relaxing matching game challenges you to click and drag across objects on the game board to create chains of three or more identical items. Draw from the powers of 7 heroes and use special bonuses. Explore the history behind nine classic mythologies. Easy to learn and challenging to master, Heroes of Hellas offers an unforgettable adventure through a magical time.

  • Seven unique heroes to utilize;
  • Nine myths to explore;
  • Seven stunning desktop wallpapers.
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System Requirements: Windows 98/ Me/ 2000/ XP/ Vista; CPU: 400 Mhz; RAM: 128 MB; Hard Drive: 40 MB; DirectX: 8.0
Publisher: Alawar Entertainment
Homepage: http://www.bigfishgames.c...
File Size: 27 MB
Price: $9.99

This software was available as a giveaway on November 10, 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. Heroes of Hellas in Brief:

    A match three with six sided tiles, mini games, achievments and some myths

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    Heroes of Hellas:

    Installation:

    Heroes of Hellas downloads as a 27 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 requires 43 MB of disk space and installs to the following path by default:

    C:\Games\HeroesofHellas_game\ (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.#

    Heroes of Hellas works on my Win 7 (64 bit) & Win 8 (64 bit) computers. I’ve not reinstalled Vista or XP yet.

    Introduction:

    Heroes of Hellas challenges you to link identical objects to create chains of three or more items. Easy to learn and challenging to master, Heroes of Hellas offers an unforgettable adventure through a magical time.

    In Heroes of Hellas, you’ll travel through Ancient Greece to find the thief who stole the scepter of Zeus. This relaxing matching game challenges you to click and drag your mouse across objects on the game board to create chains of three or more identical items. When the going gets tough, you’ll be able to draw from the powers of seven heroes and use special bonuses that can help you win, even as you explore the history behind nine classic mythologies. Visually stunning, easy to learn and challenging to master, Heroes of Hellas offers an unforgettable adventure through a magical time.

    Reference accessed HERE 9th Nov 2013

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    The Game:

    Heroes of Hellas is proof you don’t need to reinvent the wheel in order to create a highly polished and fun casual game. Sure, it’s one of those 3-in-a-row gem-swapping games – a la Bejeweled – but it’s played in a different way and weaves in an enjoyable Greek Mythology angle.

    Here’s the scoop: Someone has stolen the scepter Zeus holds to control Heaven and Earth, so you must travel through ancient Greece and into Hades, summon help from celebrated heroes – such as Hercules, Icarus and Perseus – find the thief and return the scepter to the almighty ruler of Mount Olympus. On your adventure you’ll learn about Greek mythology, play mini-games and help build a beautiful place (with the help of Hephaestus, the god of the fire of blacksmiths).

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    The core game-play works as follows. Players are presented with a unique-shaped grid that resembles a 2-D beehive as it’s made up of hexagons (six-sided objects). Insides each of these connected hexagons are colored items such as gems, coins and arrows. Your goal is to click and hold the mouse over a specific object – like a purple arrow or green coin — and move the mouse so that it connects with at least three identical adjacent shapes. When you let go of the mouse, the connected items disappear, making room for new ones that cascade down the screen.

    Behind some of these hexagons are gold plates, which are then removed once the object is removed on top of it. The player will finish the level when all gold plates are removed from the board. This must be completed within a predetermined time or else you must repeat the level.

    Power-ups also appear on the board – such as a lightning bolt that removes nearby objects or a clock that adds some time to your game – so it’s wise to take advantage of these by using them in your chain.

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    Just as there are power-ups there are obstacles, such as stones that cannot be moved, and locks and ropes that prevent a gem from being used until you make it part of your chain or remove the gems around it, respectively.

    Also, red semiprecious stones will appear on the level. To collect these you must remove the items below it until the stone drops down to an open spot on the level (usually at the bottom) and then will be added to your collection.

    Each main level helps you reveal the portrait of a different Greek hero, who can then help you finish the levels going forward. For example, you can unlock Odysseus, who will help you remove gold tiles or semiprecious stones if you collect enough red gems.

    After a hero is unlocked you will also be able to play a fun sliding tile mini-game that has you compile a hand-drawn picture of them, which you can then use as Windows wallpaper if you like. This picture, and some info surrounding the hero, is a nice reward for progressing throughout the game.

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    Other rewards for playing include trophies you can win and view from the main menu (example: “completing seven levels in a row without the help of a hero”) and the ability to slowly build a palace by choosing between two sections at a time, such as the kind of columns and pillars, or pathway that leads up to the palace. You can also view your palace in progress from the main menu.

    The problem with Heroes of Hellas, though, is I never once needed a hero’s help to remove colored objects, gold tiles or semiprecious stones from the board. While some may argue a game being too easy isn’t a shortcoming – in fact, it’s a good thing for newbie or younger players – it’s pretty hard to lose at this game. In fact, if there are no more moves to make on the board the tiles are automatically reshuffled for you. I also never ran out of time.

    Another beef is that there’s only one game mode. Therefore, after you uncover all nine gods and plow through the story there isn’t much incentive to play again – though you can try to beat your “best time” per level.

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    Overall, however, Heroes of Hellas is a fun and gratifying 3-in-a-row game that, while not a completely fresh experience, decorates it nicely with a Greek mythology theme and adds fun extras such as a mini-game, hero info and wallpaper, trophies and a customizable palace. Kudos to Jaibo Games for a job well done.

    Reference accessed HERE 9th Nov 2013

    Features:

    1) … Unique heroes to utilize.
    2) … Stunning desktop wallpapers.
    3) … Explore captivating myths.

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    Video & Images:
    You can see a slideshow of over 40 images HERE.

    You can see some game play videos of Heroes of Hellas HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.

    Music:

    You can change the music by replacing the appropriate files. There are three main music files labelled music_1.ogg, music_2.ogg and music_3.ogg, there are also a couple more called music_endlevel.ogg and music_mosaic.ogg. You can find them via the following path:

    C:\Games\HeroesofHellas_game\data\sounds\x.ogg where x represents the file name

    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. Not sure whether the end level and mosaic music files can be changed. 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 98/ Me/ 2000/ XP/ Vista
    CPU: 400 Mhz
    SystemRAM: 128 MB
    Hard Drive Space: 40 MB
    DirectX: 8.0

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    Conclusion:
    I’ve burnt myself oput on Match threes; that said, I did play this for an hour last night and enjoyed it more than I thought I would. The following Pros & Cons sums up the game reasonably well; my advice is download this and give it a try. It’s got all of the major elements that a decent match three has (apart from the RPG element of games like Puzzle quest).

    Pros:

    Mythology info
    Characters and wallpaper a nice touch.
    Easy to pick up.
    Mini-games break up the action.
    You can continue to make matches while the previous match is completing

    Cons:
    Don’t really need the gods’ help
    Only one game mode
    Game is fairly easy.

    If you like the first game in the series, you can get demo’s of the second and third in the series called Heroes of Hellas 2: Olympia and Heroes of Hellas 3: Athens , both from Alawar.
    Alawar have followed many other game sites in that they want to install toolbars. you can avoid this by unchecking the appropriate checkboxes.

    Score:

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

    Totals 42 out of 60 which is equivalent to 7 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.

    Regards

    Whiterabbit aka Stephen

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    Comment by Whiterabbit-uk — November 10th, 2013 at 3:00 am
  2. es ist ein wundervolles spiel kann es nur weiterempfehlen!

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    translated using google Translate:

    it’s a wonderful game, I can only recommend it!

    Comment by joachim sehl — November 10th, 2013 at 5:02 am
  3. It looks similar to “7 Gates – Path to Zamolxes” from a few weeks back, just different graphics and “plot”, but is quite different. The main game is is too easy since you can select entire strings of tiles in zigzag lines. Never sure what the goal is for each level (time? points?, number of tiles removed?) but finished the first level in about ten minutes. Then got blocked in the first mosaic puzzle so selected “restart” …this didn’t restart that puzzle! it wiped out all progress and sent me back to the start of the game!

    No problems installing, registering, or running in Vista 32 (you have to create your own shortcut, or run from the exe). But that restart caused an outburst of unacceptable language.

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    Thank you for your feedback jgf

    Comment by jgf — November 10th, 2013 at 6:19 am

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