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Game Giveaway of the day — Strike Ball 3

Strike Ball 3 takes Breakout games to explosive heights with spectacular graphics and outrageous animation! Featuring levels in which a tank tries to fend off attacking aliens, a robot fires eye-popping laser bursts at swarming androids and the player can bring a windmill crashing to the ground with a well-time air strike, Strike Ball 3 will knock off your socks. Superb level design, wildly fun bonuses and powerful new weapons complete the package!
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Strike Ball 3 was available as a giveaway on July 7, 2013!

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Strike Ball 3 could be the most extreme 3D Breakout game ever created! The stunning graphics alone would be enough to propel the game to fame, but the realistic physics and outrageously animated levels are what will knock off your socks.

Have you ever seen a Breakout game in which a tank tries to fend off attacking aliens? Or in which a giant robot fires an eye-popping array of laser bursts at swarming androids? Or in which you can bring a windmill crashing to the ground with a well-timed air strike? Featuring spectacular level design, wildly fun bonuses and powerful new weapons, Strike Ball 3 takes Breakout games to explosive heights!

  • 100 levels
  • Five 3D backgrounds
  • 30 bonus items
  • Bonus upgrade shop
  • Ability to attract the ball to the paddle.

System Requirements:

Windows XP, Vista; 1.5 MHz processor; RAM: 512 MB; 128 MB VRAM; DirectX 9; Nvidia PhysX driver

Publisher:

Xing Interactive

Homepage:

http://www.alawar.com/game/strike-ball-3/

File Size:

33.7 MB

Price:

$9.99

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Cool and fun. Amusing game to play and I love the graphics. A definite keeper. We were very lucky to get this as a giveaway. Thank you. :)


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Thank you emily :)

Reply   |   Comment by Emily  –  2 years ago
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Will not load after running once. Attempt at load says cannot load Physics

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Try updating the PhysX drivers. Someone has posted a link to the download site above. :)

Reply   |   Comment by Gary Wukitsch  –  2 years ago
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I usually don't like breakout games, but I do like Alawar. Magic Tea is one of my favorite games. I'm really glad I gave this one a try. It's fun. ;)

Reply   |   Comment by dron  –  2 years ago
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this game is good to pass time and to relax
but if game-pad support is included it'll be even more cool

Reply   |   Comment by Meow  –  2 years ago
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This is a screenshot of error message ...

http://tinypic.com/r/2vkzr0p/5


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Sorry for the late response. i only check the comments a few times over the weekdays once the giveaway ends.

Did you download the latest version of PhysX? Someone posted a link above.

Reply   |   Comment by sharky  –  2 years ago
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A true masterpiece with every useful and entertaining bell and whistle!!!! Perfect for all members of the family!! My wife loves it and smiles and chuckles while playing it!!! Thanks tons!!


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:)

Reply   |   Comment by GeekBro  –  2 years ago
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Wow Stephen, a 10 ... =)

Anyways, this game is just GREAT if you like this type of games.
I as veeeeery happy that I was able to grab this one, and that we got this one given here =)

Thanks for this GGoTD, and I hope to see a 4th edition in the future =)


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:) yep a 10. Definitely deserves it.

Reply   |   Comment by Hova  –  2 years ago
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I am able to install the game although it reports a 2009 date on the exe file. I assume it is because I installed it before at some point. When I try to play the game it takes my name but will not respond to the choice page which includes exit. In order to get out of the game I have to restart the Win7-64 system. I looked for an uninstall on the control panel but this program is not listed. I deleted the program files and tried it all again with e same results including the 2009 date. If someone can tell me how to uninstall the game since I can not play it I would appreciate it. thx


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Hi Jerry, most game giveaways come as free standing games, which means there's no or few registry entries, no uninstaller and no shortcuts installed. you need to watch where the game is being installed to, then create a shortcut from the exe file, then you should be able to get the game to work.

To uninstall the game you just delete the installed folder.

This is a very popular game that is still being sold by many outlets. It's sold hundreds of thousands of copies since its release in 2008. I don't understand why you are having problems getting the game to work. nop one else has reported this problem? Try making sure the game is set to Run as Admin (right click on the exe or shortcut and select it from the drop down menu, or go into compatibility.

also check out the FAQ's section in the Game Discussion forums. I've linked to it in my review at comment # 1.

:)

Reply   |   Comment by Jerry  –  2 years ago
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Works just fine on my old XP SP3 system with nVidia graphics card from 2005 (& driver/s that MAY have been updated in 2010, but I couldn't swear to it...). Not sure I remember getting a lot of options for graphics, but whatever it defaulted to works fine.

I'm not usually much of a breakout fan, but the graphics and the physics and the (relatively!) easy "Normal" mode make it more fun than I expected. There's all kinds of bonuses, but so far nothing for extra lives, which is one I could use. Of course, it might help if I actually learned how to play the game!


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Hi Delilah, I think you can earn lives by collecting the coins as well becasue by level 6 I'd accumulated 9 lives (including the ones I started with). Thanks for the feedback

Reply   |   Comment by Delilah  –  2 years ago
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"The game installs 2 shortcuts to the desktop (a shortcut to the game and a shortcut to Playrix). You’ll also find a shortcut in the Start Menu for an uninstaller."-none of this happens (my os = WIN 7 64 bit) and there does not seem to be any uninstall.exe in the game's folder nor is the program listed in 'programs and features'or other third party uninstallers that I have -if I were to uninstall the program's folder it would leave behind any registry entries and external files it has created (if any)-this is perhaps not a problem but ,still, I thought I'd mention it.Anyhow I doubt I will be getting rid of it - it seems excellent to me (caveat;my knowledge of games is even less than limited).Incidentally, I have been reading about the problems created by Soundfrost (aaargh!) -I hope it has not caused you too much bother.Thank you for the time and effort you put in to this site Whiterabbit and everyone else involved and thank you Alawar for this game


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Sorry Jack, I used a previous review as a 'former' for todays review. I forgot to change the bit w.r.t. the shortcuts. No shortcuts installed at all. (like most giveaways). :)

As for SoundFrost. I've not completely got rid of it yet, but have cleared the registry of most signs, so now most of the after effects have gonel but there's still a sound frost element left because when I go to You Tube, directly below the video there's a big sign saying Sound Frost, plus I get a second browser opening whenever I open Firefox that goes to some print software. Annoying, but I'm too busy to completely sort it at the moment so am living with it. :)


Thanks for your feedback and kind words. :)

Reply   |   Comment by jackwhite  –  2 years ago
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As a novice player of these kinds of games, I really like this one because it has extra lives, a slowdown, and also if you die, it STARTS YOU AT THE LEVEL YOU DIED ON instead of making you start all over at the beginning again. The fact that you get to start at the same level you died on makes this game the best I've played so far. It's so nice that if a cat walks between you and your screen or the dog interrupts you needing to go out and you miss your ball and lose your last life, you start at the same level you died on.

Two nice features to add would be a pause button and an option to purchase longer slowdowns.


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Hi Reality Check. you can pause the game by pressing the esc key. :) Thanks for your feedback.

Reply   |   Comment by Reality Check  –  2 years ago
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Breakout is one of my favorite game genres. So far this one is at the top of my list. I love the graphics & action. The little 'bots' that pop out of the balls are so cute.

One of the tech aspects that I love about this game is that when the ball gets stuck bouncing between the same 2 points, hitting the left mouse button frees it so you don't have to either sit & wait for the game itself to correct, or restart it, as you do with most games.

I can tell already, after playing a few minutes, that this is one of those games I will get addicted to.

Great game!! 5 stars!




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Check the game discussion forums. I posted a thread specifically for breakouts about 4 years ago. You'll find loads of free breakouts some of which are pretty good.

http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/forums/topic/2607#post-17584


Breakouts used to be an obsession with me. I collected them like stamps and ended up with hundreds of them at one time. (Still got most of them backed up, but gave some of my Alawar games away). I still think as far as 3D brakouts go Incrediball: The Seven Sapphires isd the best. It's got soem great power ups, hidden levels a great storey and decent graphics. (though compared to todays game, it does look alittle dated, but the game play is much better. As far as 2D breakouts go, there are several that i think are the best and include (in no particular order), Acky's XP Breakout, Ricochet Infinity, Shatter, Reaxxion, Arkanoid: The Virtual isles, plus several others that are on the tip of my tongue. (My memory is appalling these days due to the morphine i have to take) I've listed loads of games both commercial and freeware.

Reply   |   Comment by Pattiemelt  –  2 years ago
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Terrific game! Thanks Alawar! Plays on Win 8.1 just fine and looks great with a good video card and a high def monitor.


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Nice one Franklin, glad you like the game. :)

Reply   |   Comment by franklin moore  –  2 years ago
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Ok I have downloaded this game twice now & both times it said I needed I needed a password to open the file. I have never had this problem before from your site. I don't know what the problem is, no one else has said anything about this issue so I'm guessing it's just me. Would love to have tried the game but I guess it's not meant to be. Oh well life goes on.


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Hey Randy, try using a different file archiver to unpack the giveaway download. I've linked to at least 10 in the FAQ's thread ove rin the game discussion forums:

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

Let me know if the problem persists.

Also try clearing out your internet cache

Reply   |   Comment by Randy  –  2 years ago
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Cool game

Found a "bug" though on level 23 - there's a sweet spot in the central columns, that allows for the ball to get in the centre of 4 of the "deflection" cones/pyramids that allows the ball to run around in a circle.

Exit and restart the game works to take you back to the start of the level -- needs a Tilt option.

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Thank you for your feedback PeteH. It does have the equivalent of a tilt option. :) If you press the left mouse button you will see that the ship/bat has a slight attraction (i.e. it pulls the ball towards the bat). That should be enought to change the balls trajectory if it gets stuck in a loop.

Reply   |   Comment by PeteH  –  2 years ago
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I like it! I've never cared much for breakout games, but this one has good colour, lots of variety and should keep my old brain fired up! Thanks.


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glad you like it Andrea.

Reply   |   Comment by Andrea  –  2 years ago
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WOW WOW WOW oh did I say WOW?

what happened... Newspapers announced men from Mars have landed? California has broken off and landed in the Pacific ocean?

No..that a video game was posted.


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;)

Reply   |   Comment by frank f.  –  2 years ago
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Had this from yrs back. Still play it when I want some mindless wrecking/shooting of windmills and such scenes. Beautiful graphics and fun power ups makes this game a keeper. I love the Magic Ball/Smash Frenzy games too...

John Wayne is probably rolling in his grave at the mention that this a war game.....

Anyways, Thank you very much GGOTD and Alwar for the offer of this delightful, cute and fun game. And thanks Wabbit for your review as always.

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Thank you for your feedback Delenn. :) I always take time out to watch a good Wayne film. I remember when he died back in the mid 70's. He did some excellent movies towards the end of his life.

Reply   |   Comment by delenn13  –  2 years ago
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sharky, this giveaway will work with ATI graphics cards. It just requires the PhysX driver to be installed during the installation process, for those with ATI cards.




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Thanks for the feedback. Posts deleted as requested. :)

Reply   |   Comment by front360  –  2 years ago
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I LOVE ALAWAR... <3 <3 <3

Reply   |   Comment by G.M.  –  2 years ago
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Fun series. Definite play this. Gave up on yesterday's game for now since need to take out first Boss w/ some rockets and of course I was on empty! grrr. Thanks Whiterabbit for pointing to Deadly Stars! That's a really good space shooter. Lot power ups to buy & 3 difficulty settings for us bozos needing Cadet, lol. Yesterday's didn't seem to have that & I still don't want the trainer but is a well designed game. Stay cool all.



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Thanks for the feedback Beergas. Wish I could stay cool, its too hot for me. :)

Reply   |   Comment by beergas  –  2 years ago
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WOW WOW WOW oh did I say WOW?
Amazing game... it loaded well on my system [windows7 home premium 64bit]. I started playing it and just love the 3D graphics and the colours are rich, bold and exciting to view.

I just have one teensy weensy little gripe : The " I Accept " feature with every section throughout the program is a little annoying ... just saying ;) But I Love the Game... so entertaining !

Thank you GGOTD and Alawar ..... and Stephen :D



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Hi Annie, oddly I'm not getting the accept button. It maybe because I already had a licewnce for this game and have played it fairly recently. Once you've accepted all the I accept features you shouldn't be troubled again. Isn't there a turn off box (tick box)?

Reply   |   Comment by Annie  –  2 years ago
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#7: "The trial version works perfectly with ATI graphics cards. Why GAOTD version requires the PhysX drivers?"

Works fine with my AMD/ATI card -- running in windowed mode so I could see the MSI Afterburner display, showed in the 35% GPU range with a 7870.



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Thanks Mike

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  2 years ago
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These type of games have always been a favorite and this one is a keeper. It offers some good challenges while not (so far) being impossible.The graphics are good and the control is crisp. The crazy ball is annoying though Lol



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Thanks for the feedback Garpy. Yes, I hate the crazy ball.

Reply   |   Comment by Garpy  –  2 years ago
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MyPlayCity had this awhile back. They still do apparently. It's a free download. Could the difference between this offering and the MPC one is the redirect at the end of the gameplay is to their website? That's a minor nuisance but nothing to cry over.

http://www.myplaycity.com/strike_ball_3/

To review the game itself, I found it beautiful, fascinating and a bit frustrating. It's beatable and not too difficult. SB3 takes arkanoid style games to a higher level and I congratulate the developer for ingenuity and artistry. I'm also glad to know now that I can change the music.



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Thank you for your your feedback Paul. already linked to the MyPlaycity version. you do also run the danger of getting toolbars and having your browser home page and search engine changed every time you boot up the game. the version from Jenkat games is probably safer. At least with the giveaway version, which is directly from Alawar you know your not going to get those problems. :)

Reply   |   Comment by Paul  –  2 years ago
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"...the most extreme...ever created! ...stunning graphics...propel the game to fame...outrageously...will knock off your socks."

REALLY? This shill sounds like something I would expect form a commercial about a used car lot in the bad section of town. And who trusts used car sells men?

My socks are off but that's because my feet got hot and sweaty, NOT because of any physical force this game applied to them.

But that's just my observation of the SHILL, not the game. The game looks fun. I like to knock things down as long as no poor little animals or martians get killed in the process.

I'm going to download the game and play it. PHYSICS ARE/IS COOL! Unless it is one of those silly lil Flash games we get here every third weekend.

LET'S BRING DOWN SOME WINDMILLS! Just like that insane dude who rode the donkey and sang songs about touching stars with weary arms.



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Thanks for the feedback and the usual smiles. :)

Reply   |   Comment by Swamp Thing  –  2 years ago
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This is not just a shoot'em game, it's like shooting pool on steroids because of all the fun with angles, bounces, obstacles, creative power-ups, and 3D graphics.
It does not require any huge graphics cards as I have played this on my old XP computers thru Windows 7.
Beautiful scenes, huge variety of very unique levels, and you can either just play to get thru it as quickly as possible or see how high a score you can rack up. This means re-playability is a 10 for me.
I don't care for space shoot'em ups at all. This is a wonderfully fun and grounded obstacle course with benefits.



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Thank you for the feedback Suzanne

Reply   |   Comment by Suzanne Kammerer  –  2 years ago
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Installs and starts up fine. However the play field will show empty. The score display and other HUD elements appear fine, music and sound work, and also helper message boxes appear nicely.

Trying all display options does not make any difference.

Got Windows 7, 64bit, ATI here.




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Hmmm ATI boooooo! lol only kidding. Check the FAQ's sectioj that I've linked to in my review. Try compatibility mode change some of the grqphic parameters. Trial and error is all I can say. Also try adjusting your resolution and make sure you have PhysX installed.

No Name above has just posted a link to download it. (Thanks again NoName)

Reply   |   Comment by Endurion  –  2 years ago
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For all stereoscopic fans, this game works with 3D Vision BUT even after removing shadow and reflect effects, there is an annoying bright ghost ball following each ball. I wish they could fix this because otherwise it would be really great.



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Thanks for the feedback

Reply   |   Comment by Rhialto  –  2 years ago
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I fail to see how a breakout game (especially one with a "baseball" name and a "snail and beachball" logo (I know it's actually not strike 3 but that IS how it looks to me) can be considered a war game, a destruction game maybe (after all you are destroying the target's), not every game with "missiles and bombs" is a game with violence, poster must hate super mario as well I think. (bombs, destruction and even "war" are in the main theme there after all)

Seems to me that this might be one of the better breakout games, it extracted without problem to C:\\Games and played nicely (although I wouldn't recommend playing it on a synth/touchpad like I did when trying it out, hook up a mouse to your laptop for best control)

The specs say nvidia physx driver, this has NOTHING TO DP WITH YOUR GRAPHICS CARD, PhysX can be seen as something like DirectX, it is a software based graphics engine which can be downloaded from the nvidiasite and you can use it with any graphics card regardless of manufacturer and/or chipset. Only thing is that nVidia cards (geforce8 and up) will have an architecture that copes better with the advanced graphics engine then ATI cards or nVidia cards before geforce8. I always had ATI cards most because they have homemade (read Dutch made) chipsets in them and yes I am a bit chauvenistic/patriotic ;) but I have several high end games that simply won't run unless PhysX is installed. I guess rabbit will grant me this url to the PhysX download page http://www.nvidia.com/object/physx-9.12.1031-driver.html, specs DON'T mention Windows 8 but I could not find a specific Windows 8 build so installed this one on my Win8 desktop and had no problems with it.


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Thanks for the feedback NoName, I didn't think about the guy referring to the Phys X when he mention3ed Nvidia I automticlly thought 'Graphic card' lol; thanks for posting the link. :)

I usd to use ATI/ASUS cards, but after a string of problems several years ago I moved over to NVidia and have remained with them ever since.

I agree with you. Thios is one of the better breakouts.

Reply   |   Comment by NoName  –  2 years ago
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The trial version works perfectly with ATI graphics cards. Why GAOTD version requires the PhysX drivers? It's possible to find a way to to run the game with ATI graphics cards?

Reply   |   Comment by sharky  –  2 years ago
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Yeah, I'll certainly have this. Its like the wonderful "Magic Ball" games


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Yes you are right. The later Magic Ball games (Magic Ball 3 and 4) had crisper graphics, but this has the upgradable power ups, plus other extra's that IMO make it better than any of the Magic Ball series. (They changed the name of the Magic Ball series to Smash Ball for some reason)

Reply   |   Comment by Phil K  –  2 years ago
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Seems like a keeper to me. Good 3D graphics that feel realistic and accurate. The physics engines seem good as well- everything seems to move properly and realisticly. Not worked out what everything does yet- maybe I ought to read some instructions??!!
One thing that might be a slight error - or is it a feature?- on some busy screens I lose sight of the ball for a while (70 year old eyes might be to blame!!!)
I could not get it to download and unpack; I had to save it and then go from there- probably something odd on my system!

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Thank you for your feedback revcoling :)


I've always had bad eyes ever since - from the age of 2.5 years old I had operations on my eyes (every year till I was 15, sometimes twice a year). From the age of 40 onwards what good sight I had in the one eye that was good started to deteriorate. Now I'm on three hormone replacments due to a damaged pituitary gland (one side effect of the accident most regulars know about), they further deteriorate my vision. Things are getting dire. I can still see but everything tends to be wavy, especially when i'm tired or have stared at a monitor for a few hours, lol. (explains why I miss a lot of typo's)

Reply   |   Comment by revcoling  –  2 years ago
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What a great game!!! Played on Win 8/64!!! Get it!!!

Reply   |   Comment by MrLatin  –  2 years ago
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I just HATE war, bombing, shooting and destruction games!


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It's just a breakout game.

Reply   |   Comment by Laptop57  –  2 years ago
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Immagino che sia un gioco carino ma purtroppo è destinato solo ai possessori di una scheda Nvidia ...


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English translation:

I guess it's a nice game but unfortunately it is intended only to holders of an Nvidia card ...


No non lo è. So che le specifiche dicono Nvidia, ma qualsiasi carta grasphic farò. Quando ho beta testato questo gioco stavo usando una scheda ATI.

(No it isn't. I know the specifications say Nvidia, but any grasphic card will do. When I beta tested this game I was using an ATI card.).

Reply   |   Comment by sharky  –  2 years ago
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Strikeball 3:



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Installation:

Today’s giveaway downloads as a 33.7 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 65 MB in size and installs to the following path by default:

C:\Games\StrikeBall3_game (If the install path shows the last game installed you need to clear your internet cache)


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 doesn't install anmy shortcuts.



Strikeball 3 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 summer); however I beta tested this game for Alawar on a Win XP machine about 4 or 5 years ago so it should work there and as this used to be one of my favorite breakouts for a few years, it’s likely I played it on a Vista operating system.

If you miss today's giveaway it is available from MyPlayCity (MPC) or MyPlayCity 24/7, but do bear in mind the potential for toolbars and home page changes everytime you boot up an MPC game.




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Introduction:

Strike Ball 3 could be the most extreme 3D Breakout game ever created! The stunning graphics alone would be enough to propel the game to fame, but the realistic physics and outrageously animated levels are what will knock off your socks. Have you ever seen a Breakout game in which a tank tries to fend off attacking aliens? Or in which a giant robot fires an eye-popping array of laser bursts at swarming androids? Or in which you can bring a windmill crashing to the ground with a well-timed air strike? Featuring spectacular level design, wildly fun bonuses and powerful new weapons, Strike Ball 3 takes Breakout games to explosive heights!



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The Game:

The brick-busting genre is one of gaming's oldest chestnuts, and this time Strike Ball 3 is up. The third game in the series from Russian developer Owl Games, Strike Ball 3 builds upon its predecessors very well.

The original Strike Ball was a rudimentary 3D ball-breaker, but provided decent fun. The sequel, Strike Ball 2 was an enormous step up from the original that featured a slew of power-ups and great level design.

It must be said that compared to the step up from the original to the sequel, Strike Ball 3 is less revolutionary compared to Strike Ball 2. However, the changes are very important, and fundamentally alter the gameplay.

When booted up for the first time, check out all the graphics options. If you have a higher-end computer, you’ll be able to tweak all sorts of special effects like color depth and reflections. While these options are purely aesthetic, they really add a high level of polish and sparkle to the game. It’s a shame that a number of casual gamers’ rigs probably won’t be able to handle the upper-end graphics to see the game as it could be, but fear not: even on the lowest settings, Strike Ball 3 is still quite pretty.






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But we’re not here to look at all the lovely scenery, right? It’s time to unleash some mammoth destruction!

The biggest addition to Strike Ball 3 is the PhysX engine, powered by nVidia. Basically, this means that if you knock a box over, the game will calculate exactly how it will tumble, roll or ricochet off other objects. Right off the bat, the advantages to adding this are obvious: Imagine a giant tower built of destructible bricks. You break its foundations. As the bricks fall, they sprawl all over the level, dynamically changing the playfield. Now add four balls each ricocheting off each other, and you can begin to imagine some of the chaotic joy in Strike Ball 3.

The level designs take great advantage of this physics engine, but that’s not the only ace up Strike Ball 3’s sleeve. Items play a huge role in the game. There are helpful items, like bombs that explode all the scenery, or hindering items like ball speed-ups or paddle-shrinkers. But best of all, there are levels designed specifically around items. For instance, metal bricks cannot be destroyed by the standard ball. However, there is one machine that doles out homing missile power-ups. Start collecting those, and the metal blocks can be decimated, allowing your ball to go in and take care of business. Power-ups are also cumulative, so if you get a 2x power-up, then a 3x and fireball, suddenly there are six flaming spheres of annihilation at your control.

In a new feature for the series, these items are upgrable. Levels are littered with collectible stars. Between each of the 100 levels, you can buy upgrades for items with these starts, both for positive and negative items. An upgrade for a positive item could be more ammunition for a machine gun upgrade, or extra time for a protective energy barrier. An upgrade for a negative item lessens the item’s impact, like reducing the amount of time your ball’s trajectory goes nuts with the Crazy Ball item. After a few levels, the amount of control over your destruction goes up.




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Speaking of control, Strike Ball 3 adds a new twist to your paddle in the form of a magnetic control. If you find that the ball is just not going where you want it to, you can press your left mouse button, and the paddle actively draws the ball towards it. It’s a great feature, and as the levels get more complex, it’s very helpful.

If there’s one aspect in which Strike Ball 3 falls, it’s the music. The level of excitement the music brings falls somewhere between an elevator and my dentist’s waiting room. There aren’t enough tracks for the length of this game, and the tracks that are there are a little too easy-going compared to the gameplay. Also, with such complicated physics and graphics engines at work, there is occasional slowdown during the game.

Overall, though, Strike Ball 3 is a great, dynamic ball-breaker that is definitely more than your average time-waster. It’s amazing that, after all these years, there are still new ways to move the genre ahead. The improvements from one Strike Ball game to the next have been fantastic. I’ll certainly be buying Strikeball 4 if it’s ever released. )
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Video:

You can see a couple of videos of Strikeball 3 HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE


Music:

The music is pretty non descript. If you want to change it for something you like to listen to it is possible. firstly locate the music files. If you allowed the game to be installed to the default position you can find the files by following the path below:

C:\Games\StrikeBall3_game\resources\Musics\track_1.ogg

You will need to convert any music you want to use into the ogg format. Then change the name to one of the four files in the Music folder (track_1 to track_4)



Minimum System Specifications:

Operating System: Windows XP, Vista
C.P.U. 1.5 MHz
System RAM: 512 MB
Video 128 MB
DirectX 9
Nvidia PhysX driver



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Conclusion:


There are better breakout games IMO, (e.g. Shatter, Ricochet Infinity, Incrediball: The Seven Sapphires, Acky’s XP Breakout, Hyperballoid 2, Actionball 1 & 2 plus several others), but for a 3D breakout, its still one of the better ones. You get 100 levels to work through. The beauty of most breakout games are that they are almost infinitely replayable as you never play the game exactly the same way each time you play through. This is one of the first 3D breakouts to offer upgradable power ups; this ability also offers you different game paly each time you play thorugh as you can select different power ups to upgrade first. There are 30 power ups each one can be upgraded 3 times. You need to collect all of the stars from each level and as the level upgrade increases the cost to upgrade costs more starts. for example to upgrade just one power up to its highest level will take 6 game levels, which means it's impossible to upgrade all of the power ups in one full game of 100 levels.

There’s nothing negative that I can say about the game apart from maybe the music, but you can always change that for your favorite music. Just follow the instructions i've given above.


One suggestion I would make would be to give star credits for any extra balls you may have kept in play above the first one. You could get an extra star for eacy ball kept in play.


This game is well worth a download, even if you don’t like breakouts that much. A great game for novice players, with two difficulty levels, the easiest of which it’s hard to lose a life.

Another feature of the game is the fact that once unlocked you can return to any level and replay it whenever you want


Score:

Overall I'd give this game the following score:

Gameplay - 9

Graphics - 8

Replayability - 10 (I think this is the first time I’ve ever given a 10)

Originality - 7



Totals 34 out of 40 which is equivalent to 8.5 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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If today's game doesn't take your fancy then check out the game discussion forums and the free games synopsis. We’ve posted a couple of thousand free games over the last four years, many of which are excellent alternatives to their commercial cousins.


Steam has several games on sale at the moment including the 24 hr Steam deal which today is Ace of Spades, a mine craft like multiplayer game with 66% off (this changes to another game at 6pm GMT Thursday) and this weekends deals are Sonic all Stars Transformed (75% off) and you can play it for free until Sunday afternoon (1pm PDT), also Left 4 Dead 2 with 75% off as well, plus you can play that one for free until around 9pm GMt tonight. I ended up buying the first Left 4 Dead when it was on a free weekend.

There's also 75% off the Killing floor bundle. At only £2.99 (approx $4.50) this is an amazing bargain. You can get a few hundred custom made maps for Killing Floor totally free. some of the custom made maps were later added to the default (vanilla) maps becasue they wewre so good (for example The Waterworks map, which won the grindhouse map competion the year KF was released. There's also 75% off Sonic Generations and other sonic games, 75% off Left 4 Dead, (both of the left 4 dead games have hundreds of custom made maps available from sites like http://www.l4dmaps.com/. There's 50% off the X games (3D space adventure/action games) If you're on my Steam friends list let me know as I have a spare copy of X3: Albion Prelude that i'll gift to you if you want it. If you're a Steam aficionado you can request to be added to my friends list. My Steam name is Whiterabbit01 , there's also 75% off Grotesque Tactics - Dungeons & Donuts. in total there are over 60 deals on Steam at the moment, but if you wait a little longer there will be hundreds as the Steam sale should be starting soon.








Also check out the latest game available on IndieGameStand HERE
You can pay as much as you want but no less than $1. The present bundle is 3089 a futuristic, procedurally generated, open-world action role-playing game. If you pay above the average, which at the moment is about $1.60 you'll also get a second game plus spoundtrack called Gentrieve 2 which is a new 3D Metroidvania game. Gentrieve 2 is a First Person Action/Platformer game with uniquely generated levels, bosses, enemies & more! Taking inspiration from the Metroid Prime series, you will have to defeat enemies and explore areas to get items which allow access to new areas. This game is still in development. ?you will get updates via IndieGameStand. Both games come with Desura keys so you'll get them updated there as well.

There's also quite a few decent deals over on Desura, Greenman gaming as well as other game distributors such as Gamersgate and Gamefly. There’s also a few indie bundles still live. You'll find details of all the bundles still available over in the first two pages of the Game discussion forums 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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