Giveaway of the Day - The Rise of Atlantis

The Rise of Atlantis
December 1, 2013

Find a way to bring the legendary continent of Atlantis back to the surface and restore it to its might. In this extraordinary puzzle game with spectacular new features, handy bonuses and explosive power-ups you set out on an adventurous quest around the ancient lands of Greece, Troy, Phoenicia, Babylon, Egypt, Carthage and Rome to gather the seven greatest powers of the patron god of the Atlanteans – Poseidon. With 77 captivating levels of fantastic game play, truly unique twists never seen before and the ability of continuous replay this game will keep you entertained for weeks!

  • Excellent storyline in beautiful animation;
  • 77 explosive levels with the ability of continuous replay;
  • 7 magic artifacts to assemble in ancient lands;
  • Spectacular power-ups and bonuses;
  • Awe-inspiring graphics and soundtrack.
User Rating: Rate It!
  • 333 (81%) 
  • 76 (19%)
43 comments
System Requirements: Windows 98/ Me/ NT/ 2000/ XP/ Vista; CPU: 500 MHz; RAM: 128 MB; Direct X 8.0 or higher; Video: 32 MB
Publisher: Playrix Entertainment
Homepage: http://www.playrix.com/ga...
File Size: 26.6 MB
Price: $19.95

This software was available as a giveaway on December 1, 2013, this giveaway is not available any more. You can download the trial version of this software at http://www.playrix.com/games/p....

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  1. The Rise of Atlantis :

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    The Rise of Atlantis has been given away five times previously; once on New Years Eve 2007 when it received a good 86% thumbs up out of 441 votes and 177 comments, which you can read HERE, and then it was given away again Easter 2008 when it received a positive 76% of 701 votes. You can read the 115 comments made that day HERE. Also it was given away again Sept 2009 where it received a positive 88% of 60 votes (the gamegiveaway had been offline for some months, which would explain the low number of voters) and you can read all the comments posted that day HERE. And again back in September 2010 where it received a positive 81% out of 499 votes with 65 comments which you can read HERE, finally it was given away July last year where it received a positive 88% of 538 votes with 65 comments which can be read read HERE.

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    You can play the game online for free HERE, HERE, HERE or HERE

    The downloaded zip file is 26.6 MB in size. The zip file unpacks to a readme and a dual activation and setup module. The game is installed to the following path:

    C:\Program Files\Playrix Entertainment\The Rise of Atlantis

    and shortcuts are placed on the desktop (for a change) and also in the start menu (look for Playrix). You can delete this game using add/delete programs or via the uninstall link found in the Playrix entry in start menu programs list. The game works in both XP Pro, Vista Home Premium and Win 7 Ultimate and Pro. (not got a home edition).The installed game is 26MB in size. I don’t have a comparison from the last time this was given away as the last installation was lost via a HDD failure.

    The rise of Atlantis (remastered) works on both my Win 7 (64 bit) & Win 8.1 (64 bit) computers. I’ve not reinstalled Vista or XP yet.

    Introduction :

    Find a way to bring the legendary continent of Atlantis back to the surface and restore it to its might. In this extraordinary puzzle game with spectacular new features, handy bonuses and explosive power-ups you set out on an adventurous quest around the ancient lands of Greece, Troy, Phoenicia, Babylon, Egypt, Carthage and Rome to gather the seven greatest powers of the patron god of the Atlanteans – Poseidon. With 77 captivating levels of fantastic game play, truly unique twists never seen before and the ability of continuous replay this game will keep you entertained for weeks!

    Reference accessed HERE Nov 30th 2013

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    Features :

    • Storyline with introductory animations for each civilization
    • 77 levels with the ability of continuous replay
    • 7 magic artifacts to assemble in ancient lands
    • Includes power-ups and bonuses
    • Excellent graphics and soundtrack
    • Includes an animated Atlantis 3D screensaver once the game has been completed

    Introduction :

    The Rise of Atlantis is a match three or more game that is similar to Atlantis Quest, with similar game tiles and similar bonuses, thought there are enough differences to make it a worthwhile addition to your match three games library. (You can get both The Rise of Atlantis and Atlantis Quest for free from Gametop now. I’ve included a link to the forums where you’ll find links to download these games if you either missed today’s giveaway, or want more match three games). There’s now a sequel to this game called Call of Atlantis. It’s basically more of the same, but with additional bonuses and I think a new screensaver. I’d put The Rise of Atlantis in the same playability range as Atlantis Quest, both of the Age of Japan games, The Cradle of Rome, The Secrets of Olympus, Heroes of Hellas, The Cradle of Persia and both of the Big Kahuna Reef games. This game has a similar addition to the latter two games in that you get a fish screensaver once you’ve completed the game, though the Big Kahuna Reef screensaver has more options but doesn’t include manta rays, sharks and dolphins in the species that you get with this screensaver.

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    I originally only gave this a 6.5 out of 10, but that was based on only a few levels of play. I’ve played a lot more levels since and found that the game was worth more than what I’d originally given it as it almost gave me as much pleasure as Treasures of Montezuma, which is still in my opinion one of the better of this genre; though there has been a trend towards more interesting match three games such as 4 Elements and Finding Doggy.

    You can see quite a few screenshots (see link below) of ‘in game’ tips such as the use of the sun bonus, which is activated by creating several matches of four or more tiles. The bonus is not transferable between levels though so when you’ve collected enough multiple tile matches you should utilize this bonus which acts similar to the electro bonus in that a large number of random bricks are destroyed. When the sun bonus is activated the sun will glow for a few seconds telling you that it is ready for use. You can check on how near to completion the sun bonus is by either looking at it or clicking on it which will bring up a message telling you what percentage the sun bonus is to completion. The electro bonus destroys all bricks on the board of one type, which you can select when activating the bonus. Other bonuses include an extra life bonus, a time bonus, a tile shuffle bonus and a bomb bonus that destroys several tiles in the vicinity where you activate it. All these can be carried forwards to the next level. You also get locked tiles that require at least two passes at making sets of three or more to get rid of them. If you pause for a while you will be prompted by a yellow glow around a prospective match, but this doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best to use.

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    Each board set comes in a different shape, which become more complex as you progress through the levels of each stage. The screenshots also show the story line and the various menus, and level maps that can be found throughout the game. There are several stages to progress through, each with its own distinctive story and images, thought the tiles appear to remain the same there was a new tile added to the four that were present from the first stage. I am presuming that a new tile will be introduced at each stage to make the game a little harder to play, but this is just a thought as I’ve not quite finished the second stage yet. As you progress through each level you collect pieces of an artifact. At the end of each level you will be given the level statistics that include the number of tiles you’ve destroyed, the number of matches, the number of artifact pieces the time it took to complete the level the time bonus and the level score as well as a game tip. From here then you proceed to the level map.

    Each level gives you information about the Mediterranean civilizations that you visit. These include the Phoenicians, Babylonians, Egyptians, Carthage, Rome, Greece and Troy, You can replay any level that you wish to enable you to either improve your score or collect any of the bonus items you may have missed the first time, though if you managed to collect all of the bonus items on the first attempt, you wont get anymore and this won’t give you any new pieces of the artifact that you are collecting. Each time you replay a level the tiles are arranged randomly, which gives this game a lot of re-playability. If you run out of time (indicated by the gold bar under the playing field) you lose a life, though apart from the life bonus, which first appeared in level three of the second stage, Babylon you can also earn extra lives every time you earn 100 000 points. (Which works out about every second stage). On leaving the game your progress will be saved, though if you were in the middle of a level, the tiles are randomly placed on returning.

    You can read a decent review of the game HERE.

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    Music:

    If you don’t like the music you can change it by exchanging the files found by following the path:

    C:\Program Files\The Rise of Atlantis\Base\sound\Music – Assuming you allow the game to be installed to it’s default location.

    You do have to convert the music you wish to use to the ogg format and change the name to the same as the file that you are replacing.

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    Images (over 50 images)

    You can see a slideshow of around 50 images of the game HERE

    Video :

    To see what the game plays ;ike you can check out several videos of game play HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.

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    System Requirements

    Operating System………………….Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/Vista
    CPU……………………………….…….500 MHz
    System Memory (RAM) ………… 128 MB
    Video Memory…………………….…32 MB
    DirectX 8.0 or higher

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    Conclusion

    In my opinion this is well worth downloading despite it’s similarity to loads of other match three games. The graphics are excellent and the bonuses and in game story line add to the playability of this game. They may even impart some interesting historical facts about these ancient civilizations. I also like the addition of a screensaver that you can only use once you’ve completed the game.

    Thank you to the Giveaway project team and Playrix Entertainment for a marvelous game that is ideal for a rainy day or if you have several moments to spare, though I reckon if you get hooked you could be playing this for hours at a time :)

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    You can find around thirty free match three games that include The Rise of Atlantis, though all the games mentioned come from Gametop and Freegamepick so every time you shut your game down your browser is opened to the home pages of either of these game distributors, though it is innocuous. You can find links and details of some of the games via the following thread in the forums. There’s a good variety of match three games available including bubble shooters, Luxor clones, and Rise of Atlantis clones:

    Get around thirty Match Three games for free HERE or pop over to MyPlayCity for 47 match three games HERE . You can also get the game free from Jencat Games.

    Pro’s

    Audiovisuals; Learning Curve; Backgrounds; Game balancing; Bonus screensaver

    Con’s

    Single play mode; Emphasizes matches over combos

    Score:

    Gameplay: 8
    Graphics: 8
    Audio/Sound Effects: 7
    Help/Tutorials: 7.5
    Originality: 8.5
    Replayability: 8

    Total score 47.5 out of 60 which is equivalent to 7.9 out of 10

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    I’ve not bothered posting my usual extras section today, but There’sloads of Sales on due to black Friday. Check out the Steam sale which has been on for the past few days; with over 2000 games on sale. you’re bound to find a bargain. The sale ends on 3rd Dec 2013. There’s also sales on at GreenManGaming, Gamersgate and other outlets. Check out the Game discussion forums for more details.

    Also there’s several Indie Bundles available; to find then go to the Game discussion forums HERE. If you have any problems running the game you’ll also find the FAQ’s section in the stickies via the above link.

    Comment by whiterabbit-uk — December 1st, 2013 at 3:20 am
  2. This is a good game, IMO (one that I’ve replayed quite a few times, over the years since I first got it from GGOTD); graphics are enjoyable (even to older eyes!), as is the music. This game allows you to replay any level you wish, in case, say, you missed out on a bonus or two; you simply click onto the one you want to replay, and click play. Though most regions have their challenging levels, one certain region is especially challenging; you will want all of those bonuses to help you with it….:D.

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    Thank you for your feedback RosnSC :D

    Comment by RosnSC — December 1st, 2013 at 3:27 am
  3. Hiya great white hopping one. Although this is a pc game site I am sure you don’t mind me mentioning that the German xbox area on xbox.com will have it’s advent calender up soon
    HERE, and that also on Xbox in general there are some big sales going on with discounts up to 75% especially in the arcades section you can get your hands on some real classics like wolfenstein 3d (THE original shooter), Golden Axe (possibly the best 16bit beatemup) all or almost all sonic titles and much much more for under 5 euro’s (that would be under 3 pounds I guess)
    on a final note for xbox users, if you have gold, grab your free game (Gears of War until the 16th of this month). If you don’t have goold buy a month if you want GoW since that cost you about 6 euro’s where buying GoW is 29,99

    Game of today. It’s a Playrix, that should say enough for the regulars here. For the newbe’s…Playrix is (imho) one of the best gamehouses that offer their games here. Regardless of what the type of game is, it is almost always a good one (provided you like the type of game offered of course). Today is a match 3 type of game and I am sure this will bring most of us at least 5 hours of fun ;) (more if you play it more often then once)

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    Thanks for the info and feedback NoName. :)

    Comment by NoName — December 1st, 2013 at 4:24 am

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