Giveaway of the Day - The Great Pharaoh

The Great Pharaoh
May 6, 2012

From generation to generation, each new Pharaoh wanted to be more powerful than the previous one. One got his wealth by seizing the lands of others, another – in the fertile lands of the Nile. But there was another way to gain overwhelming richness…

Legend says that in the abandoned temples of the City of the Dead, the treasury of Egypt ancient rulers was kept. Priests put the gold into magical blocks, guarded by those who were gone for eternity. Only the Great Pharaoh could take back the gold, gathering together the blocks and presenting seals. The seals were lost with time. There were no Pharaohs who wished to return ancient treasures, as the price for a mistake was great – eternal wandering in the dark world of the dead. Would you like to try your luck? Returning the treasures of the ancestors, you will build the City, the glory of which will live for centuries…

In this fast-paced Match 3 game, the goal is to restore the temples of the City of the Dead, getting hidden gold. You can get the gold by matching 3 ancient blocks. At the same time you should keep an eye on mummies who can put a curse, stealing gold and freezing the blocks. You have limited time to meet your goal on gold and become the Great Pharaoh!

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System Requirements: Windows XP/ Vista/ 7
Publisher: Stars Ashes
Homepage: http://starsashes.com/the...
File Size: 44.5 MB
Price: 9.95$

This software was available as a giveaway on May 6, 2012, this giveaway is not available any more. You can download the trial version of this software at http://starsashes.com/thegreat....

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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. Installed on Win7 64 bit, after I found it tried to open it and received an error message ” Sound file is bad” Data/Sound/MenuSound.ogg. I had to open task manager to get out of that as I was not even able to click ok. Tried to re-install and same thing happened, sadden by this as it looked like a game that I would have liked.

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    I still have this from the last time it was given away, so didn’t bother to install it. check back later as there may be a problem with the file. Though you could try downloading from the mirror file to see if that version works. If there is a problem there will be loads more posts on the issue and then the giveaway team may do something about it.

    That said try updating your sound drivers. You can find out what they are by opening the Direct X diagnostics panel then clicking on the sound tabs to discover what sound card or chip you are using. To open it up type in dxdiag in the run command box (XP) or in the search field (Vista and Win 7)

    Comment by Beth Kenady — May 6th, 2012 at 3:22 am
  2. The Great Pharaoh:

    Installation

    The Great Pharaoh downloads to a 44.5MB zip file that unpacks to a wrapped setup and activation module plus a read me that contains details of the installation and the terms and conditions. Once installed the game uses 81.8Mb of disc space.

    I’ve tested the game on all my installations and it works on XP Pro 32 bit, Vista Home Basic 32 bit, Vista Home Premium 64 bit, Win 7 Pro 64 bit and Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit installations. There’s no shortcut installed so make a note of where the game is installed to so that you can manually create a desktop shortcut. By default it installs to the following path:

    C:\Games\TheGreatPharaoh

    Registration

    Registration is automatically done when you install the game. You will require an active internet connection to complete activation. If you have any problems see the section above the review.

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    Introduction

    The game has been given away twice before last year, back in March 2011 and September 2011 where it received positive votes of 62% and 75% respectively. You can read the previous comments HERE (March 2011) and HERE (September 2011).

    Developers Introduction

    From generation to generation, each new Pharaoh wanted to be more powerful than the previous one. One got his wealth by seizing the lands of others, another – in the fertile lands of the Nile. But there was another way to gain overwhelming richness… Legend says that in the abandoned temples of the City of the Dead, the treasury of Egypt ancient rulers was kept. Priests put the gold into magical blocks, guarded by those who were gone for eternity. Only the Great Pharaoh could take back the gold, gathering together the blocks and presenting seals. The seals were lost with time. There were no Pharaohs who wished to return ancient treasures, as the price for a mistake was great – eternal wandering in the dark world of the dead. Would you like to try your luck? Returning the treasures of the ancestors, you will build the City, the glory of which will live for centuries… In this fast-paced Match 3 game, the goal is to restore the temples of the City of the Dead, getting hidden gold. You can get the gold by matching 3 ancient blocks. At the same time you should keep an eye on mummies who can put a curse, stealing gold and freezing the blocks. You have limited time to meet your goal on gold and become the Great Pharaoh!

    Reference accessed HERE 5th March 2011

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    The Game

    This is a reasonable match three game with decent graphics and additional elements that add to the overall game experience. Game play is as you’d expect from a match three; that is you have to swap adjacent blocks so that three or more blocks of identical color, including those that are frozen line up in columns or rows. This destroys the blocks and releases the gold that is hidden within the block.

    There are some original features that make it worth downloading such as the building of a town and the addition of mummies that steal gold from you as well as add a curse which freezes several blocks for a specific length of time. This occurs when there is a line of three similar blocks next to the mummies. If you can line up three of these mummies in a row or column you will get extra gold and destroys the mummies. You can see various symbols within each colored block, these have various values for example collecting 3 ankh’s is worth 120 gold pieces whereas collecting three squiggly lines are worth 250 gold pieces; collecting additional blocks such as a line of 4 or five gives you more gold. You’ll find 7 different values within the blocks ranging from 100 gold pieces to 250 gold pieces. (100, 120, 140, 160, 180, 200 and 250). Destroying three mummies is worth 500 gold pieces. There are 40 levels broken up into eight different stages. Each stage ends in the completion of a specific Egyptian building or object such as an Obelisk, the Temple of Anubis, a city gates or the Pyramids. After each level you are awarded a part of a key. Collecting all the parts will unlock the next stage in the building of the town.

    As you would expect levels start off easy with grids of 8×8 which increase in size as you get further into the game. Progression is mapped out via the levels map, which shows you the various buildings and monuments that you will build throughout the game. There doesn’t appear to be any power-ups added to this game (I didn’t encounter any while playing the demo, which included the first five levels).

    The options menu enables you to change several parameters such as screen resolution , windowed mode and an advanced lighting mode that adds shadows to the game (not very obvious) as well a sound and music sliders to adjust the volume and a difficulty slider that has three choices, easy, medium and hard difficulty.

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    Features:

    • Collect gold from ancient tombs in this entertaining Match 3 challenge.

    • Restore the Temple of Anubis, the Great Pyramids, the giant Obelisk and more.

    • Watch out for mummies and their curse as they steal gold and freeze blocks.

    • Rush to clear 40 levels before time is up.

    • See the megalithic structures take shape before your eyes.

    Images & Video:

    You can see a slideshow of around 50 images showing the first area to be unlocked HERE. You’ll see help screens, several levels, statistic screens and the level map. Unfortunately the images were uploaded backwards, so you see the later images first

    You can view all the images in full screen or as a grid with adjustable slider to view in various sizes. Just click on one of the two buttons to the bottom right of the screen, just above the film strip; (you need to hover your mouse over the bottom of the screen to see the filmstrip)

    You can see a couple of videos of game play HERE and HERE

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    Conclusion::

    This is a match three game of medium quality. It’s not the best in my opinion, but still playable. It’s got similarities to games like Atlantis Quest which was given away some time ago, but the quality of the game does not match Atlantis Quest by a long shot. The graphics are uninspiring and drab with no power ups to add sparkle and excitement. That said, it’s a basic match three; and if you like match three’s you’ll probably play this one, but too be honest I’ve added links to far superior match three’s below in the ‘Similar Games for Free section’

    I’d give it an average score of around 6.5 out of 10. This is broken down into a 7 out of 10 for game play (I’m being generous) and 6 out of 10 for graphics and sound. I like Match Three’s as they are mindless and sometimes I need a mindless game that’s easy to play. The main problem with this game is that this genre has moved on from the original Jewel Quest type game play and now we get match three’s that are combined with RPG elements for example Puzzle Quest 1 & 2 or card playing games like Gyromancer, or more traditional match three’s like Treasures of Montezuma that have upgradeable power ups and spectacular graphics or give you screensavers at the end of the game like Atlantis Quest; (or several if you play Around the World in 80 Days). The amazing thing is the last three games I mentioned above can now be downloaded completely free for the full version – (follow the link to MyPlayCity).
    Apart from the addition of a quest to build various landmarks and buildings in between levels this match three game is very basic. The attempt to spice the game up with this building quest really didn’t work in my opinion because there is no actual contribution from the player apart from completing a match three level because the building stages are automatic and occur when you’ve completed a level. You’ll be whisked off to the site and magically see a new building or a city gate appear, and then the next level will start.

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    Reviews:

    Check out THESE reviews from Big Fish, they are all basically negative with respect to uninspiring game play

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

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

    If you’re looking for something other than today’s game check the didimatic site via THIS link for some brilliant deals. Steam has an excellent deal on Sanctum
    , a first person tower defense game with a free weekend and, if you decide to purchase there’s 75% off. You can either buy the game itself for $2.49/£1.74 or the game and all dlc for $5/£3.75 (8dlc’s). There’s also 50% off Batman: Arkham City + DLC. You can get the game for $14.99/£9.99 and four DLC’s for £7.71 and there’s also a 66% deal on Batman Arkham Asylum game of the year edition ($6.80/£3.40) which you can find HERE.

    Morrowind, the third in the Elder Scrolls series celebrates it’s 10th anniversary this week, so you can get great deals on both Morrowind: Game of the Year Edition and Oblivion Game of the Year Deluxe Edition for $9.99/£6.49 and $12.49/£9.99 respectively (You can also get the non deluxe edition of Oblivion Game of the Year for $9.99/£7.49. The difference between the two is that you get some extra mods such as Fighter’s Stronghold Expansion, Spell Tome Treasures, Vile Lair, Mehrune’s Razor plus much more. All of these extra mods are available for free, but they have been incorporated into the commercial game in the correct order to ensure no conflicts arise. There are several other deals available from Steam as well as many more from Gamersgate and Gamestop; all of which you can find via the Didimatic site, which I’ve linked to above.

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    You can get Aqua Bubble 2
    for free from Realore this weekend and a new game is available from Alawars game box called Discord Times. (You need to install the free gamebox from Alawar to access the free games, which for newcomers change over 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. For example, Epic Inventor, Mecha World, OGS Mahjong, Desolate Hope, Zombie Grinder, Insane Zombie Carnage, Oolite, as well as others i mentioned last week for example a superb 3D space game called Wing Commander Saga: The Darkest Dawn which is totally free. There’s also updates to games I’ve posted over the last three years as well as several other new postings that include I shall Remain, Counterstrike 2D, a SAM Missile simulator, Arx Libertatis, SCP- Containment Breach (horror), Speed Dreams (motorsport sim), Battlemass (strategy game), Naev (space arena shmup) and a cartoon like shooter called bullet Train, plus many more (well over 2000 free games). There’s also at least three or four indie game bundles still available; where you pay what you want. You’ll find details over in the Game discussion forums HERE
    as well. :)

    The latest 24 hr deal from Steam is Chime an excellent puzzle with shades of Tetris played to music.
    Quote:

    A Zoë Mode production for the video game charity initiative OneBigGame, Chime pits gamers against the melody in an all-new puzzle experience. Place blocks against the clock, complete solid quads and try to cover the whole playing surface, all the while remixing and embellishing pieces by musicians from across the planet. And you get to feel good about yourself, too: The console version of Chime was originally developed for OneBigGame with all the developer’s royalties going to Charity for sales up to June 2010, and Zoe Mode will continue to donate a proportion of its royalties (equivalent to 5% of purchase price) for sales of the Steam version. OneBigGame always aims to donate a minimum of 80% of all donations to its charity partners Save the Children and the Starlight Children’s foundation.

    Indie Bundles still active

    Oh yeah, nearly forgot, there’s another Indie bundle just gone live called The Indie Royale May Hurrah Bundle, that contains more excellent Indie games, in this case, Dungeon Defenders (brilliant cartoony tower defense game), Containment: The Zombie Puzzler (a strategy game) , Data Jammers: Fast Forward (continuously moving three dimensional driving and destruction game set within a retro wireframe world of impossible race tracks). Weird Worlds: Return to infinite space (Sci Fi Adventure/Strategy game), and Brainpipe: A Plunge to In-humanity (A real time spatial navigation and quick reflexes game with psychedelic visuals). A minimum of approx $5 is asked for, though you can pay more. The price fluctuates according to what’s already been given. The more someone gives, the higher the next person has to give.

    Also the Indie Gala IV bundle is still live, and now has 9 games plus one more secret item to unlock this week. The games you get for a paltry $5 are A.R.E.S Extinction Agenda, Alien Shooter 1 & 2, Disciples II: Gallean’s Return (superb Strategy RPG), altitude, Steel Storm: Burning Retribution (you can also get the first in the series for free, check it out in the Game Discussion forums), Really Big sky (I bought this several weeks ago for a lot more than what you pay for all of these games and have ended up with two more copies via two different bundles. all of the previous listed games are Steam key only, though there are also two DRM free games called Wake and Lunnye Devisty, with one more item to add. There’s also music included with the package. You can find details of both bundles in the Game discussion forums via the following link:

    http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/forums/forum/17

    You’ll find both threads near the top of the page in the sticky section

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    Similar Games to today’s game:

    Don’t forget you can get a whole raft of match three games for free fromHERE (MyPlayCity) and HERE (Gametop). (There’s around 60 different games including online versions, some of which are really good examples of the match three genre; {including previous giveaways such as Inca Ball, Around the world in 80 Days, Flower Story, Halloween Night: Pumpkin Match, Story of Fairy Place, Greedy spooks, The Rise of Atlantis, Fishdom, The Treasures of Montezuma, Trio: The Great Settlement, and Atlantis Quest}), as well as new additions such as the brilliant Sproink, which you find in the Puzzle section not the match three (technically it’s not a match 3, but does rely on colour to remove tokens from the paying arena.). Please do make sure you uncheck all boxes with respect to toolbar and home page hijacking before installing any games from these sites. Also remember that your browser will open once you shut any game from these sites down, but this is totally innocuous and leaves no traces on your computer once shut down. You could say it’s useful because both sites add new games regularly (especially MyPlayCity), so it gives you the opportunity to check out the site for new games. :) If you like Egyptian themed match threes, MPC has recently added another one called Treasure Pyramid; however Gametop have become quite aggressive w.r.t. Installing toolbars and changing your browsers search engines home page. Asically they force you to accept these nefore you can play the game (though I haven’t checked to see if they have changed their policy for a while. On the other hand MPC also try to install toolbars and hijack your browser; however, you can avoid these by making sure you uncheck the check-boxes when installing the game; also every time you start the game those check-boxes will be presented to you again, so make sure you uncheck them each time, otherwise you’ll be the proud owner of a MyPlayCity/Ask tool bar and you’ll have to fiddle around to change your browsers home page back to whatever you have it set to. That said MyPlayCity do have a fantastic choice of arcade games from all genres of arcade games, so although those things are an annoyance, I think it’s still worth the effort, especially if you can’t afford to purchase many arcade games. There is another site where you can get a decent selection of arcade games, called Gametop (been around for several years now) as well as others such as FreeGamePick and Jenkat games, but they all have similar routines for trying to install toolbars and hijack your browser and search engine. Gametop has become particularly aggressive with respect to this. You can find those sites if you wish to check them out via Google.

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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

    Comment by Whiterabbit-uk — May 6th, 2012 at 3:01 am
  3. Installed on Windows 7 64 bit. When running the game, the company splash screen is opened in full screen, then minimises to the taskbar.
    Clicking the icon on the taskbar will not open the window.

    Comment by Peter Holgate — May 6th, 2012 at 4:46 am

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