Giveaway of the Day - Strike Ball 3

Strike Ball 3
July 7, 2013

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.
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System Requirements: Windows XP, Vista; 1.5 MHz processor; RAM: 512 MB; 128 MB VRAM; DirectX 9; Nvidia PhysX driver
Publisher: Alawar Entertainment
Homepage: http://www.alawar.com/gam...
File Size: 33.7 MB
Price: $9.99

This software was available as a giveaway on July 7, 2013, this giveaway is not available any more. You can download the trial version of this software at http://www.alawar.com/game/str....

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  1. 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!

    Reference accessed HERE 22nd June 2013

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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. )
    Edited Reference accessed HERE

    July 4th 2013

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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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    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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    Comment by Whiterabbit-uk — July 7th, 2013 at 3:01 am
  2. 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.).

    Comment by sharky — July 7th, 2013 at 3:35 am
  3. I just HATE war, bombing, shooting and destruction games!

    …………………….Moderator comment………………………

    It’s just a breakout game.

    Comment by Laptop57 — July 7th, 2013 at 3:38 am

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