Giveaway of the Day - Mystery of Mortlake Mansion

Mystery of Mortlake Mansion
May 11, 2014

The old mansion has been living a mysterious life of its own. Explore the dark rooms of the house and discover the secrets that haunt this eerie place. Meet the talking raven and the Spirit, the enigmatic captives of the mansion. Confront the insidious lord, break the evil spells, set the captives free and become the owner of the gorgeous mansion. Numerous hours of adventures and discoveries await you in the Mortlake Mansion.

  • Over 700 unique items to find.
  • 34 locations to scour.
  • 30 mini-games to enjoy.
  • Tricky puzzles.
  • Unravel the mystery of the dark mansion!
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  • 59 (17%)
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System Requirements: Windows XP/ Vista/ 7; CPU: 2 GHz; RAM: 512 MB; DirectX: 9 or higher; Video: 128 MB
Publisher: Playrix Entertainment
Homepage: http://www.playrix.com/ga...
File Size: 175 MB
Price: $19.95

This software was available as a giveaway on May 11, 2014, 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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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.

THIS SOFTWARE PRODUCT IS PROVIDED "AS IS" WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED. WITHOUT LIMITATION, TO THE FULLEST EXTENT ALLOWABLE BY LAW, END USER ASSUMES THE ENTIRE RISK AS TO THE QUALITY AND PERFORMANCE OF THE DOWNLOADED SOFTWARE PRODUCT.

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  1. Mystery of Mortlake Mansion:

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    Installation:

    Mystery of Mortlake Mansion downloads to an 175 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 buisness, so they make sure all software given away via the giveaway and gamegiveaway sites are throughly 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 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 184 MB in size (1MB larger than the previous version we were given last year) and installs to the following path by default:

    C:\Program Files (x86)\Playrix Entertainment\Mystery of Mortlake Mansion

    The path can be changed to suit whatever your wishes are. Once the game is installed you can delete the giveaway setup files. The game installs shortcuts to the desktop and start menu programs list together with a link to a help document and a link to the developers web site.

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    Mystery of Mortlake Manor works on both my Win 7 & Win 8 computers.
    I don’t have a Vista or XP installation set up at the moment (and won’t for several months until we move house later this year).

    You can play the game online HERE and, if you miss the giveaway you can get it 24/7 from MyPlayCity (watch out for the toolbars etc) HERE

    Introduction:

    Mystery of Mortlake Manor has been given away twice previously; last year, May 18th 2013, where it received 83% of 390 votes with 54 comments that can be read can be read HERE and April 15th 2012, where it received a positive 87% out of 593 votes with 126 mainly positive comments; that can be read HERE

    The old mansion has been living a mysterious life of its own. Explore the dark rooms of the house and discover the secrets that haunt this eerie place. Meet the talking raven and the Spirit, the enigmatic captives of the mansion. Confront the insidious lord, break the evil spells, set the captives free and become the owner of the gorgeous mansion. Numerous hours of adventures and discoveries await you in the Mortlake Mansion.

    Reference accessed HERE May 17th 2013

    You can read 89 user reviews from Amazon HERE. :)

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    The Game:

    I don’t usually like playing Hidden Object games any more. I’ve sort of had my fill of them after purchasing ‘vast’ numbers of the things a few years ago, but got so engrossed in this one that I left no time to actually write up a review of the game. That alone should indicate what a good game this is. It’s already an hour into the giveaway, so rather than spend another three hours writing up a full review I’m going to post Gamezebo’s review below, fully referenced just in case you wish to visit the site for their fully featured walkthrough of the game, which you’ll find HERE

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    Stella Games and Playrix bring us Mystery of Mortlake Mansion, a combination hidden object and puzzle game that expertly balances gameplay repetition, variety and challenge to create an experience that is a joy to undertake from beginning to end.
    Gameplay places you in the role of either a male or female main character (your choice) who is summoned to Mortlake Mansion by an elderly gentleman named R, who was so obsessed with magic that he dedicated his entire life to tracking down and learning the secrets of his favorite magician. His search brought him to Mortlake Mansion, but the magic within the mansion was so great the R became trapped, thus needing your help to escape.

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    The story in Mystery of Mortlake Mansion is actually one of the best I’ve seen in a casual PC title. You’ll quickly find yourself trapped within the mansion yourself, as you discover more about R and his true motives, along with the famed magician who has cursed the entire mansion and all those who enter it (all in the hope of immortality).
    It would be wrong to classify Mystery of Mortlake Mansion as just a hidden object title, as it is just as much a game of puzzle-solving and logic. While it’s true that each room of the expansive mansion contains a hidden object scene to explore, this is just a sliver of the gameplay. You’ll find objects on a list, and at the end of your search you’ll be rewarded with an item that will help you in your quest to escape the mansion.
    The rest of the time, you are traveling from room to room collecting items (the cursor changes when you hover over an object you can either investigate or interact with), solving a huge variety of puzzles, or simply picking up R’s diary entries, giving even more depth to the story.

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    In terms of puzzles, there are the general symbol matching games, tile-sliding puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, and even match-three puzzles, but there are also those puzzles that require logic and reasoning. For instance, in the dining room, you’re asked to move all of the red chairs to one side of the table, and all of the green chairs to the other, but you can only do so by moving the chairs one space at a time, with only two empty spaces. It’s puzzles like these that not only keep the game from going stale, but add challenge to a genre that is more often lacking in that department than not.

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    As for your overall gameplay goal, you’ll be tasked with entering the figural Heart of the household, where you can destroy the curse trapping you within it. This is done by collecting crystals to open portals to the Shadow World, where magic is very much real, and items float and glow as if possessed. You’ll find glowing ingredients during your journey, with five ingredients being needed to create a single key, unlocking part of the gate blocking your access to the Heart of the home.

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    With seven keys to find in all, the game does take on a bit of a pattern (in that you’ll need to find the five ingredients to make a key and then repeat the process for the next key), but with so much gameplay variety, the title never becomes boring, as you move back and forth between the real world and the Shadow World at will, using either the portals that you create, or the map which offers quick travel (it also conveniently marks rooms that are either entirely finished, or still have tasks remaining, in case you get stuck).
    Technically speaking, Mystery of Mortlake Mansion is a great looking game. The title has fantastic production values, with an almost cel-shaded graphical presentation that is quite pleasing to the eye, and a gloomy transition in the Shadow World, as the entire landscape takes on a blue/gray color palette. The game is full of animation and life, rather than just static images (although there are many items that do not move) and comes with complete voice-acting, as your character interacts with spirits and a talking raven that will both help and hinder your progress.

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    All told, Mystery of Mortlake Mansion isn’t a light experience, as it will last you into the 4-5 hour range, or more depending on your dependence (or lack thereof) on the unlimited hints and puzzle skips. You can make the game even more challenging by turning the difficulty to high, causing the hint button to refill more slowly.
    If you’re looking for a hidden object or puzzle game experience that will serve you well from beginning to end, with a deep story and tons of polish, Mystery of Mortlake Mansion is an instant recommendation.

    Reference accessed HERE April 2012

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    Features:

    * Over 700 unique items to find
    * 34 locations to scour
    * 30 mini-games to enjoy
    * Tricky puzzles
    * Unravel the mystery of the dark mansion!

    Music:

    You can’t change the in game music, so, if you want to lose it without losing the sound on your computer right click on the speaker icon and select ‘Open volume mixer’ This allows you to turn off sound for individual programs/games.

    Video & Images:

    You can see several videos via the following you tube Video. Just look to the left of the video for more links to videos about this game, including video walkthroughs HERE you can see several pages of walkthrough videos HERE

    You can also see a large collection of a hundred images from the game via a slideshow HERE

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    System Requirements:

    Operating system: XP, Vista, Win 7
    C.P.U. – 2GHz
    System RAM – 512MB
    Video RAM – 128Mb
    Direct X – 9.0 or higher.

    Conclusion:

    I highly recommend this excellent Hidden Object Game. Everything about this game is good, with a depth of gameplay rarely seen in many arcade games, great graphics and excellent mini games. I though last weeks Mahjong game was a winner, this one is even more so and I would expect this game to out strip Mahjong’s 21000 plus downloads by the end of the day.

    I’m not a HOG aficionado, finding most HOG’s a little boring, but this one held me for hours yesterday and this morning. Get it while it’s hot.

    Scoring:

    I’ve removed the audio score because I find it’s always the one to lower the overall score. The game is easily worth 8.5 out of 10. Game play is exemplary and the mix of still and animated cut scenes and a pastelish style to many of the hidden object panels adds to the overall quality graphics and which accounts for a score of 9 for each of those categories. I’d be tempted to give higher scores for replayability and originality as well, but that wouldn’t be honest as HOG’s are rather short on originality and replayability these days due to the plethora of releases made every month for the past three or four years; however there is enough variability in this well balanced HOG to make it re playable after a fashion and there are some original concepts included in the game to warrant a score of 8 for originality. Overall this game is well worth the 8.5 I’ve scored it.

    Game play – 9
    Graphics – 9
    Replayability – 8
    Originality – 8

    Suggestions:

    This is too well balanced to add anything of note. Maybe enable the user to add music from their collection.

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    Problems:

    If you have any problems installing or getting to work today’s game please go HERE for help. I’ve posted all of the common problems and solutions in a FAQ thread, which you can find in the sticky section of the forums by following the above link.

    If you are posting late in the day I would also suggest posting in the main giveaway forums, in the game discussion section because I cannot moderate 24hrs a day over the weekend. If you’ve installed the game but it won’t work for some reason, it should still be registered, so someone may be able to help at another time. Unfortunately if your problem is actually installing it then once the giveaway period is over there’s nothing that can be done until the game is given away again (though that isn’t guaranteed). Sometimes you can still register the game after the giveaway has ended so long as you managed to start the download before the giveaway ends. I’ve tested this and sometimes the grace period lasts for up to 2 hours, but more often than not 1 hour is the norm.

    It’s always worth checking out the free games sites as sometimes the games we get here are also available for free from them. MyPlayCity (MPC) has the most with over 800 games to choose from. Today’s game is available from MPC HERE, you can also get the game for free from Jenkat Games HERE,

    If you do download any other games from MPC or the other free game sites (e.g. Jenkatt Games, Gametop or FreeGamePick) ‘do’ watch out for toolbars, home page changes, browser changes or files install in odd places. Make sure you uncheck the checkboxes during installation .

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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 — May 11th, 2014 at 3:01 am
  2. Thank you for the game. I thought I had played it before but a lot of the screenshots don’t look familiar.

    I enjoyed last weeks download even if the graphics for the people were a little odd.

    I found the list of bundles from your link last week and ended up lost in games this entire week. Thanks you.

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    There’s more bundles this week. Also you can get Plants & Zombies (a really cool tower defense game) totally free this week from Origin. you do need to install the Origin client and create a free account. Once that’s done click on the Free games tab along the top of the store front page and select ‘On the House’.

    You can find the deal HERE.

    Comment by Gina — May 11th, 2014 at 3:20 am
  3. Thumbs up from me based on downloading and playing this the last time it was offered. It really is one of the best of the HOG genre, beautiful to look at, and hours of playing challenge. Highly recommended for puzzle lovers!

    Thanks to Playrix and GGOTD for offering this again.

    Comment by mac — May 11th, 2014 at 3:22 am

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