Giveaway of the Day - Last Galaxy Hero

Last Galaxy Hero
June 17, 2012

Get ready for the galaxy mission!

Hard times fell upon the galaxy and you are the only one to save it. The problem is that you have only one space tank to destroy the attacks of space shooters.

The planets wait for you to save them!

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System Requirements: Windows XP/ Vista/ 7
Publisher: Stars Ashes
Homepage: http://www.starsashes.com...
File Size: 12 MB
Price: $4.95

This software was available as a giveaway on June 17, 2012, this giveaway is not available any more. You can download the trial version of this software at http://www.starsashes.com/last....

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  1. Introduction:

    Last Galaxy Heroes was originally given away back in Dec 06 and then again twice in 2008 (version 1.2.02). It’s a space shooter reminiscent of a 3D space invaders clone , though in reality its nothing like space invaders. It received a positive 85% of 149 votes the first time it was given away shortly after the game giveaway project started. Then 51% of 330 votes in January 2008 then again in November 2008 it received a positive 41% of 548 votes. It was also given away twice last year where it received only a 54% positive vote out of 295 with 32 comments. Back in March 2011, then again in November 2011 where it received a positive 56% of 304 votes with 27 comments. The latest version is V1.3.01, which is the same version as the one given away earlier this year. You can check out all the comments from the

    http://game.giveawayoftheday.com/last-galaxy-hero-3/

    Nov 11, March 11, Nov 08, Jan 08 and Dec 06 giveaways

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    Get ready for the galaxy mission! Hard times fell upon the galaxy and you are the only one to save it. The problem is that you have only one space tank to destroy the attacks of space shooters. The planets wait for you to save them!

    Reference: Accessed HERE 28th Nov 08

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    Installation:

    The downloaded zip file is 12Mb in size (the previous giveaway was 11.7Mb, but as already said, the version we have been given is the same as the one given away in March of this year) and unpacks to a ‘read me’ document that give you the ‘terms and conditions’ and information about installation plus a dual activation and set up module. The installed game is 19.3Mb in size. If you are new to the game giveaway project all you ‘usually’ have to do is double click (unless you’ve set the clicks to single click) on the module and it’ll install and activate automatically. I’m not entirely sure where the default installation is because the game tries to install to different locations depending which computer I’m installing it to. On one it tries to install directly into the root directory (i.e. C: on another it tries to install to last week’s game giveaway and on yet another it installs to the path below.

    The game installs to C:\Games\LastGalaxyHero

    There is no shortcut installed; however, during the installation wizards progress you are given the opportunity to select your own installation path if you wish; (it’s highly recommended, especially if you have a second HDD or a partitioned drive as it will help to keep your system running smoothly – the more you fill your root drive (usually the C: drive), the slower your computer will run – if you’ve got a decent sized hard drive of more than a few hundred Gigabytes it’s always a good idea to partition it into at least two drives so that you can keep the operating system and other essential applications separate from other programs and games.

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    There is no uninstaller included; so, if you decide the game isn’t for you, remove the game by manually deleting the installed folder. It’s self-contained which means there shouldn’t be any entries in the registry and there are no files written to other areas of the computer. (I’ve checked the registry and found no registry entries related to the game) If you still wish to check the registry for yourself to see if there are any orphan entries you can use the registry editor by typing regedit in the run command (in XP) or typing in the search box (in Vista or Win 7) you will open up the registry editor. It’s always a good idea to create a restore point before you make any changes to the registry just in case you mistakenly delete something you shouldn’t have. (I’ve been editing the registry for many years and to my knowledge have never caused a problem due to deleting registry keys). Once the registry editor is open, click on the computer icon that’s situated above the five registry hives ( HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT, HKEY_CURRENT_USER ……. etc.; then click on Edit, (which is situated in the toolbar along the top of the editor); from the drop down menu select Find or Find next then type in the key word/s, in this case Last Galaxy Hero, then click on Find next. If any registry keys associated with Last Galaxy Hero are found (right click on the entry in the left hand pane of the editor and select delete, or in some cases in the left hand pane (if in doubt, leave the key – you can always post a request for help over in the forums).

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    I’ve tested the game in Win XP 32 bit, Vista Home Premium 64 bit, vista home Basic 32 bit, Win 7 Pro 64 bit and Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit and the game works well on all platforms with no installation issues (apart from the lack of a shortcut).

    The Game:

    Once installed you are presented with a hard to see main menu options and help menus, well that is if you are red – green colour blind. I can see it okay, but my son who inherited the condition from his maternal grandfather said he couldn’t see the menu very well. It doesn’t help that it’s superimposed over a screenshot of an in game image. That said the game is quite enjoyable; at least from my point of view; one of my favourite arcade genres is space shooters.

    The main options menu allows you to change the screen resolution from 640 x 480, 800 x 600, 1024 x 768 and 1152 x 864 in 16 and 32 bit formats, as well as sliders for music and sound effects. The music is okay if turned low and the sound effects are what you would expect of such a game as this. (The music files are OGG; you can change them for music you like if you find the music annoying, but you must convert your preferred music to the OGG format as well using an audio converster (you can find a couple of decent ones in the giveaway freeware section). You can also select the difficulty from this window as well as choose to play the game in windowed mode. The second options menu is accessed while in game by using the Esc key, which brings up a menu that allows you to abort the mission and restart, exit the game or enter a second options menu that again allows you to change the music and sound effects volumes and also allows you to change the X and Y axis speeds of the mouse as well as select between two control modes. Both use a combination of Mouse and Keyboard, though with the standard control you can use both mouse and keyboard, though you have to use the arrow keys when using the keyboard. The second option called A D and Mouse utilizes the A and D keys as opposed to the arrow keys for left and right. Both modes have their advantages, which is probably personal to each of us.

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    The help menu is basic, but that’s all you need. It details the power ups you can collect and bonuses of which there is a limited number, these comprise of weapon upgrades (as you would expect from a space shooter) and armour improvements as well as bonus points of various sizes. Bonuses are gained when you destroy one of the 12 different enemies that you will find in this game. There’s a simple HUD (heads up display) that shows you your weapon and armour strength as well as the number of lives (repair droids) you have at the bottom of the screen (plus a few others detailed in the help menu) as well as the number of bonus points and your score, which are found at the top of the HUD. To progress to a new world you have to attain a specific number of bonus points; for example, to get to the second world you require 15000 bonus points and to get to the third world 20000 bonus points etc. (I’ll let you discover the rest); before you enter a new world though you have to fight one of the five bosses that you’ll meet on your journey to becoming the Last Galaxy Hero :lol: You must move your gun emplacement left or right to capture the bonuses and power ups, which remain where they are until you move directly beneath them. the danger here while you wait for the bonus to drop down to you is that you are vunerable to alien weaponry. The enemies shoot back at you and only need to hit you a few times to destroy your emplacement unless you’ve collected plenty of armour bonuses. These are easily missed though as they move towards you from the lowest axis of the guns vertical movement, which you are usually pointing at the sky, so watch out for those bonuses. You start with 3 lives on all difficulty settings, but there are power ups in the form of repair droids that you can collect, which give you extra lives. You lose a life when your shields are reduced to zero, see the in game help pages, (which are accessible from the main menu when you first start the game up), for details of each power up and bonus’. There are three difficulty settings Easy, Medium and Suicide. Aliens shoots back at you faster on the higher difficulty settings. :lol:

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    The game is quite easy for the first few levels, but gets harder as you progress through the levels; that is, unless you are a seasoned ‘galaxy hero’, :lol: especially when playing it on the suicide mode.

    The game controls include mouse, keyboard and joystick. You can use a combination of each one or individually, which makes the controls very versatile. There is an option to change the control keys, but this is very basic I’ve detailed the differences in the second paragraph of the ‘intro and game section’ above. There are 5 different worlds to explore (see the Googled images below to get an idea), and at the end of each world you encounter a boss. I’ve taken about 15+ screen captures from the November 2008 review and added another 25 captures from the latest giveaway.

    If you miss today’s game, lose it to a format or decide you want it after the giveaway has finished, the good news is that it’s available for free 365.25 days a year over at Gametop, though it’s had a name change to Star Gunner. You can download it via the link below. For those who are not familiar with Gametop games, your browser is always opened when you shut the game down, though there’s no malware installed. Gametop have recently been adding a toolbar and or asking if you want your home page changed to Gametop, so ensure the appropriate boxes (if presented) are unchecked. I recently checked to see if there were any toolbars etc. and the file appears clean of any extras:

    Download link for Gametop version:

    You can download a free version of the game 24/7 from Gametop HERE

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    Video & Images:

    You can see what the game looks like by checking out THIS you tube video or looking at THIS and THIS slideshow of in game images or THESE Googled images

    System Requirements:

    • CPU……………………………………….Pentium III 700

    • Operating System…………….……Win98/2000/XP/Vista (The game was released in 2005 and hasn’t been updated since it was updated for Vista, but it works in win 7

    • 3D emulation………………………….DirectX 8.0 or higher ….

    • Computer memory…………………128 MB RAM

    • Video Card memory………………..32 MB Video RAM

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    Conclusion:

    This is a decent 3D space shooter on the lines of a three dimensional space invaders, where you have to destroy wave upon wave of oncoming space craft. Okay, it’s a little dated by todays standards so some may find it a little retro in its graphics and design when comparing it with many other games that have been released over the last few years, but the game play is solid.

    I had loads of fun playing this the first time it was given away and was pleased to see it in the first re-run as I’d lost it to a format. It’s worth a good 6.5 out of 10 for its game play, which is very basic. Despite it being fun I did find it soon became a little stale if I tried to play it for longer periods due to the repetitive nature of the game. That said it’s definitely good for some mindless fun when all you want to do is turn off for a while.

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    Suggestions and Help

    If you have any problems running the game please refer to the FAQ’s over in the forums. You can access the FAQ’s via the following link:

    http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/forums/topic/11647

    Or as mentioned above post a comment over in the forums HERE. hopefully someone will reply with advice and or suggestions. You could also post links to any puzzles you create and upload using the levels editor and share them with the community.

    Alawar has changed it’s free game of the month to Land of Runes and Realores game this week see’s the return of Turtle Odyssey 2. Looks like Realore are doing the same as Sandlot did and cycle through a small group of games. I’ve not seen a new one in some time now. Still, if you’re new to the project, here’s your chance to get a reasonable game fro free. you do have to create a free account with Realore to be able to download the free games, which are changed every Friday and are usually available all weekend.

    Steams weekend deals include the excellent city building game Cities XL 2012; in my opinion the best city builder available at the moment (though I think the new Sim city game which is still under development may be better. There’s also a free weekend for Napoleon: Total War and if you decide you want to play after the weekend free play is finished you can get the game for 50% off (it doesn’t include the two dlc’s which would cost almost a smuch as the discounted game if you decided to purchase those as well). There’s also 66% off Counter-Strike source (£4.67). This is a useful game to have as it gives you access to some excellent free mods.. Steams 24hour deal is Worms Crazy Golf. At 75% it’s only $2.49/£1.57.

    You’ll also find loads of sale items via the didimatic site (though there are a couple more sites that list even more games but I’ve lost the links), in particular there’s 75% off Real Warfare 2: northern Crusades, 64% off the void (£2.48) no US price. There’s also 50% off Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad, a superb first person shooter with several modes of play and major support from the developers. If you want to go mad there’s 92% off the complete 1C catalogue that includes 82 games (loads of Strategy, sim and vehicle based games – Kings bounty, Necrovision, Pacific Storm, Men of War, Hard Truck Apocalypse, Death to spies, A.I.M. Racing plus many more Star Wolves 3, Theatre of War, UFO Trilogy, 13th Century, Space Rangers 2, ) all for $99.99 or £79.99. That’s just over a dollar per game. Over on GameStop you can get the Far Cry bundle for only $4.99. That’s an amazing deal for two great games with expansion, you can aso get darksiders for 75% off at only $2.49, the original assassins creed for only $.99 and assassins Creed 2 for $9.99 plus other great deals.

    http://didimatic.com/dd/en/about/

    There’s a new Indie Royale bundle called The Junebug bundle is out. You can find details via the following link. At the moment there are Four games available, three of them with Steam codes, three with Desura codes and 3 DRM free versions. Escape Goat (Desura and DRM), Auditorium (Steam Desura and DRM), Noitu Love 2: Devolution (Steam, Desura and DRM) and PixelJunk Eden (Steam)

    http://www.indieroyale.com/

    Other Free Space Oriented Games:

    There are loads of other space themed shooters that you can get for free from Game top, MyPlayCity and FreeGamePick, (there were 11 full version commercial games at Gametop the last time I looked) which are linked to via the free shoot ‘em ups thread posted over in the forums. Make sure you check out all the posts in the thread though because I’ve posted several in different posts, plus others have posted suitable games as well. I would beware of MyPlayCity because recently they have changed their policy with respect to including toolbars, even when you uncheck toolbar installation they still install them.

    Most of the freebies from these free games sites are in my opinion more interesting to play than today’s giveaway, but if you like space invaders, it’s a great 3D version. One of my favourite free space games is Universal Combat, which was converted to freeware a few years ago by its developer. It’s a 3D space shooter/simulation of epic proportions which is well worth the download if you like space orientated games. You can find details and a link to the download page via the Space Shmup thread thread that I posted some years ago over in the forums:

    I’d also check the Free Games Synopsis which has most of the games listed in the forums, though I’ve not updated it since before Christmas (week 100), so there are a lot of games not listed (we are on Week 162), but you can find these by sifting through the Game Discussion Forum and specifically looking for the free games project posts which always start with a Week number. There have been several excellent freeware space shooters posted recently since I last updated the synopsis. The list below isn’t exhaustive. i’ve only selected those games that have been posted over the past several weeks. There are loads more hidden in the game discussion forums from week 100 to the present (week 162).

    Mike Studyform suggested that the game was reminiscent of battlezone. You can download the full version of Battlezone for free HERE

    Here’s a nice selection of shmups and other vertical and horizontal shooters with a few top down shooters, all of whch have previously been posted in the game discussion forums and all are free:

    Dreadlock
    Strange Adventures in Infinite Space
    Darius Gaiden
    Vacant Ark
    War Machine Overload
    wAive
    Sim War 5
    Haritama
    Lunaria
    Pheon
    Earth Jets
    Space Corps 3 Armageddon
    Die Slave
    Alien Deathmatch 2
    Kerbal Space Program
    Solace

    If you have spare cash to spare you’ll find loads of space oriented games available on the net. There seems to have been a resurgence of these games recently. Check out Steam and Desura for loads of games of this type.

    Please note that if you get any games from Gametop or MyPlayCity you need to watch out for toolbar installations and home page hijacks. Just un-check the check boxes. with MPC games you may need to do this every time you boot a game up unless you create a new shortcut from the installed executable.

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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 — June 17th, 2012 at 3:00 am
  2. G’morning Stephen and all GGAOTDers hope everyone enjoys their day.
    Game installed to my netbook win7 home with no problems, runs rather well, took me a bit to get used the the controls, normaly i dont care for keyboard controls but since my husband got me playing WOW im getting better at them. Game play is good but it can get very monotonous (sp – feel free to correct lol), but all in all it plays well on the hp mini. I would give it a 7 out of 10 stars, mostly because of the controls and not the gameplay. Suggestion to the devloper, make an option for mouse, game pad control or even a joystick option.

    Thanks

    ~Wildspirit~

    Comment by wildspirit63 — June 17th, 2012 at 5:51 am
  3. Seven year old game?!

    You can tell by the graphics that its that old.

    no – thx- but there are games avail for free with much better graphics than this one.

    A little bit old fashioned – like nothing has changed in the last 7 years.

    Brian

    Comment by Brian — June 17th, 2012 at 5:55 am

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