Giveaway of the Day - Sunshine Acres

Sunshine Acres
June 23, 2013

There’s a blue sky above you and a vast stretch of soil before you. So get ready to plant, till and water to your heart’s content! It’s all in a day’s work as you cultivate your land, harvest your crop and take it to market, making every effort to earn the most money for your labor. The more cash you rake in, the quicker you’ll be able to upgrade your equipment and turn your crops into the products consumers want!

Almost two years in the making, Sunshine Acres features a superb user interface, gorgeous visuals and gameplay that’s been fine-tuned to perfection. Don’t pass up your chance to spend time at one of the most exciting places on Earth: Sunshine Acres!

  • 30 levels
  • Five manufacturing plants
  • Nine products
  • Nine awards
  • Unlimited game time
  • Free upgrades to new versions
  • Complete customer support.
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System Requirements: Windows XP, Vista; Pentium III 1200 MHz or higher; RAM: 512 MB; GeForce 440MX or equivalent; DirectX 9.0
Publisher: Alawar Entertainment
Homepage: http://www.alawar.com/gam...
File Size: 46.1 MB
Price: $9.99

This software was available as a giveaway on June 23, 2013, this giveaway is not available any more. You can download the trial version of this software at http://www.alawar.com/game/sun....

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  1. Sunshine Acres:

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    Installation:

    Today’s giveaway downloads as a 46.1 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 229 MB in size and installs to the following path by default:

    C:\Games\Sunshine Acres_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 shortcuts to the desktop and start menu programs list and there is no uninstaller. To delete the program you simply delete the installed folder. (Basically the game is free standing).

    Sunshine Acres 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).

    If you miss today’s giveaway it’s available from MyPlayCity (MPC) HERE 24/7, but do bear in mind the potential for toolbars and home page changes everytime you boot up an MPC game. You can probably a get it for free from the other free game sites e.g. Jenkat Games, FreeGamePick and Gametop.

    Introduction:

    There’s a blue sky above you and a vast stretch of soil before you. So get ready to plant, till and water to your heart’s content! It’s all in a day’s work as you cultivate your land, harvest your crop and take it to market, making every effort to earn the most money for your labor. The more cash you rake in, the quicker you’ll be able to upgrade your equipment and turn your crops into the products consumers want! Almost two years in the making, Sunshine Acres features a superb user interface, gorgeous visuals and game play that’s been fine-tuned to perfection. Don’t pass up your chance to spend time at one of the most exciting places on Earth: Sunshine Acres!

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    You can read short comments from Alawar customers (including one I wrote in 2008) HERE

    The Game:

    Want to work on a farm? Given the number of farming games we’ve seen lately, this seems to be a popular idea…at least with game developers. If you’re up for another one, or just like wearing overalls and a straw hat, Sunshine Acres is a time management farming game that has you raising fresh veggies to keep your little plot growing.

    There’s no story to follow, so just dig in. You’ll start off by growing sunflowers. Click on a pre-dug dirt spot, and select the crop you want to plant. Each crop costs a different amount to plant, but sunflowers are the cheapest at 10 gold each. Once you’ve got the plant settled, you’ll need to tend it. This is done by selecting the watering can to water it, or selecting the shovel to till the soil. Both actions have gauges, with the droplets to the left indicating the plants hydration, and the soil quality being indicated by dots underneath. If you’re lucky, it will rain and your crops will be watered for you!

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    Later in the game, other plants will have further needs. Peppers and tomatoes are prone to fungus, so they need medicine to maximize their growth. You’ll sometimes be prompted by a picture over the plant if a need isn’t being met.

    Your objective is to try and get all of the plants needs fully met before harvest, which will give you a bigger yield. The more successful you are, the more items you will be able to harvest and sell. Some crops are more high maintenance than others. Sunflowers grow well if tilled once and watered twice, but tomatoes need several bouts of each, plus a few doses of medicine to get the most return for your money.

    Once a plant is fully grown, it will be automatically harvested for you. Click on the final product to move it to the loading dock. You must do this quickly, or else the product will blink and then disappear. Once it’s on the dock, you can either send it to the market, or refine it. Refining a product depends on owning the appropriate upgrade, like an oil press or popcorn maker, and clicking on the upgrade will start the refining process for you. Once you’re ready to sell, click your truck to select which good to send out. You’ll be paid for them once your truck returns.

    If that wasn’t enough to manage, you must contend with meddlesome sheep that eat your crops. Click on them to scare them away. You also have a canine companion who digs up coins that you can collect, but you must feed him when he requests.

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    Throughout the game, you’ll have the opportunity to buy upgrades during each level. Some upgrades must be bought before you can complete a level, like those that refine crops. Still other upgrades require you to manually refill them periodically, like medicine and crop spray. Unfortunately, you don’t always get to keep all of the upgrades you bought, but to compensate you automatically receive certain upgrades at different levels. Your money also resets each level, so it doesn’t carry over.

    In order to complete each level, you’ll need to meet all of the level’s goals. This is usually done by producing specific items, and earning enough gold. The truck does not need to leave before your last orders are processed — they count anyway. They level is automatically completed as soon as you meet all goals.

    Even if you’ve completed each level, you need to reach a certain score before you’re allowed to progress. This can be achieved by going back and replaying levels which you didn’t do well on (and you can judge this by your time bonuses, shown as clocks over each level). This becomes tough around halfway through the game when even all “bronze” time awards aren’t enough to get your score to the right level.

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    If you’re looking for a gardening game that doesn’t get bogged down with story details or complicated tasks, but still offers routine time management game play with plenty of frantic clicking, that about sums up Sunshine Acres. New tasks are added gradually, so it’s easy to learn how to play.

    If you’re not a fan of action games, you might not like fighting off the pesky sheep as you garden. The difficulty of advancing in the second half of the game (due to score restriction) can also become frustrating, especially if you’ve already beaten all of the previous boards and just want to move on. While the game’s general pace is good, there are no surprises along the way other than more difficult level goals, so the game falls into one continuous pattern.

    With so many farming-themed time management games popping up lately, Sunshine Acres has to compete with titles like Farm Frenzy, Dairy Dash, Ranch Rush and Alice Greenfingers… and that’s only naming a few. All of these choices make it difficult for Sunshine Acres to stand out and, well, shine.

    I was too tired to write my own take on the game today, so have used a review written via Gamezebo HERE You all (or most) know my take on Time Management games. This is one of the rare Time Management games I actually really enjoyed playing. (probably becasue it wasn’t too complex), :)

    Video:

    You can see a couple of videos of Sunshine Acres HERE, HERE, Quest HERE, HERE and HERE

    Music:

    If you don’t like the music you should be able to exchange the music from the sounds folder which is located:
    C:\Games\Sunshine Acres_Game\Sounds\x.ogg

    You’ll need to rename and convert any of your MP3’s to the .ogg format before you replace them. Not all files in the sound folder can be exchanged, so make sure you back up all files until you are sure the game works okay.

    Minimum System Specifications:

    Windows XP, Vista (was released before Win 7 and 8, but works on both)
    Pentium III 1200 MHz or higher;
    System RAM: 512 MB
    GeForce 440MX or equivalent
    DirectX 9.0

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    Conclusion:

    Today’s game giveaway is fast paced (apart from the introductory levels) with lots of frantic clicking. To keep the game fresh and interesting new tasks are added gradually. The main downside is that tasks do become a little predictable over time and money you earn from a level doesn’t carry over to the next level. The game becomes very difficult as you progress, so, unless you are a TM aficionado, you may find this one rather frustrating. Oddly I like farm related TM games (maybe I was a farmer in a past life. :)

    Score:

    Overall I’d give this game the following score:

    Game play – 8
    Graphics – 7
    Music – 6 (gets a little annoying after a while)
    Replayability – 7
    Originality – 7

    Total = 35 out of 50 which equates to 7 out of 10

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    If you have any problems installing today’s game please go HERE for help.

    Games, Games, and yet more Games plus Download, Installation & Game play Problems:

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    To be honest there are too many game deals around too list them all. Just visit the sites I recommend above and I’m sure you’ll find something that suits you for a very decent price.

    You can get a free arcade game via Alawar’s game box, just click the free game tab. It changes approximately every month If that’s not enough, check out the Game Discussion forums HERE for details of other games either free or on deals such as the Indie Game bundles or check out the four day sales at IndieGameStand.

    The latest IndieGameStand game is 8-Bit Commandoa a run and gun platformer. If you pay more than the average you also get the puzzle game Chains and Touch Chess. You’ll also get a desura Key for 8-Bit commando and Chains. You’ll find the deal HERE. This deal ends on Mon 17th June around 4am GMT.
    you can find out more about this deal over in the Game discussion forums. :)

    There’s also indie bundles available over at Indiebundle.org. Each bundle has three games and costs $5 each for the basic bundle plus a few dollars more for extra games. Check the Indie bundles HERE

    There’s more Indie bundles available. you can find them via the Game Discussion forums. All bundles are excellent value for money :). For most of these bundles you need not pay more than $5 for several games that would usually cost you a lot more. You’ll find links to all of these bundles in the Game discussion forums HERE

    If you want more Time Management games you’ll find over a hundred of them over at MyPlayCity. You’ll also find Match threes at FreeGamePick, Gametop and Jenkat games.

    Please be aware that installing games from these sites can lead to toolbar installations and changes in your home page and browser.

    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 23rd, 2013 at 3:15 am
  2. There is no installation for this game. Instead it extracts to a 229 MB folder. The game seems fun at first get harder as they levels go by. Check out this link to read some reviews including one from our moderator.

    http://www.alawar.com/game/sunshine-acres/

    Considering there is no install so there is no changes made to your system I can see no harm in trying this. If you like it, move it to your game folder. If you don’t like it, simply delete the game folder. As always thank you GGOTD team for your efforts and thank you to the publisher, Alawar Entertainment, for you offering.

    ………………..Moderator comment………………….

    That’s the beauty of most giveaways. :) I beta tested this game before it was released. They used to give all Beta testers a free copy once it was released. Though it does say I bought it. We wern’t supposed to tell anyone. They no longer give freebies; instead, if you beta test you get 33% off. :)

    Comment by dadams — June 23rd, 2013 at 3:23 am
  3. Crashed my system twice, forcing a reboot, maybe because of the graphics card. XP Home SP3 on a laptop with an integrated Intel GMA graphics processor. Will try on 2 other XPs and a 7, but so far, so bad. :-(

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

    Thanks for your feedback. Strange. Do you know what the graphics processors RAM capabilities are? The game does require quite a decent graphic card. (minimum an NVidia GTX 440)

    Comment by JoeJ — June 23rd, 2013 at 3:55 am

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