Giveaway of the Day - The Treasures of Mystery Island: The Gates of Fate

The Treasures of Mystery Island: The Gates of Fate
May 4, 2014

When the Gates of Fate send Alex and Lisa back in time, each to a different decade, they must figure out how to return to the present, and each other, before a rumbling volcano spews its contents. Guide Lisa as she befriends a local girl, searches for the magic tiles that can send her home, and leaves clues for Alex to find in the future. Then help Alex save himself before it’s too late. With double the hidden objects, double the puzzles, and double the gameplay, The Treasures of Mystery Island 2 more than lives up to its name!

  • 14 chapters;
  • 56 locations;
  • 50 mini-games;
  • 256 quest items;
  • 15 animated cutscenes.
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  • 294 (79%) 
  • 79 (21%)
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System Requirements: Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8; CPU: 1.6 GHz; RAM: 256 MB; DirectX: 9.0; Hard Drive: 494 MB
Publisher: Alawar Entertainment
Homepage: http://www.bigfishgames.c...
File Size: 207 MB
Price: $9.99

This software was available as a giveaway on May 4, 2014, this giveaway is not available any more. You can download the trial version of this software at http://www.bigfishgames.com/do....

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  1. In Brief:

    The Treasures of Mystery Island: The Gates of Fate is a time travelling adventure HOG/puzzle game with excellent graphics and easy to medium hard puzzles to solve.

    Installation:

    The download size is 207 MB and once installed is 492 Mb. (The reason it’s so large {for an arcade game} is because of the textures used within the game plus several video sequences). The downloaded zip file unpacks to a read me that states the terms and conditions as well as a dual activation and set up file, plus a security file (setup.gcd), Clicking on the orange set up file will automatically register the game. By default the game installs to:

    C:\Games\TheTreasuresofMysteryIsland_game

    There is no shortcut installed to the desktop or Start menu. Make sure you make a note of where the game installs to so that you can create a shortcut once the game has installed. You can choose to install it anywhere by changing the install path during the installation wizards progress.

    I’ve tested the game on Vista, Win 7 and Win 8.1.

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    Introduction

    When the Gates of Fate send Alex and Lisa back in time, each to a different decade, they must figure out how to return to the present, and each other, before a rumbling volcano spews its contents! Guide Lisa as she befriends a local girl, searches for the magic tiles that can send her home, and leaves clues for Alex to find in the future. Discover The Treasures of Mystery Island 2, and use your Hidden Object skills to save the day!

    Reference accessed HERE 5th Dec 08

    The Game:

    Alex and Lisa pick up where they left off in the first game: collecting objects and solving puzzles on a mysterious island.

    Some people just seem to attract trouble. Take Alex and Lisa, a young couple who have stumbled from one mysterious island adventure (2008’s The Treasures of Mystery Island) to another. To reveal the main plot device that drives the action here would be to spoil an early twist, so all you really need to know is that The Treasures of Mystery Island: The Gates of Fate offers more of the same accomplished hidden object game play.

    This time Alex and Lisa find themselves separated on the aforementioned mysterious island after the intervention of a tricksy shaman. This sets about a fine (if nonsensical) cooperative adventure as our heroes bid to reunite and return home.

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    It isn’t spoiling too much to reveal that your quest involves the collection of four tiles from the magical gateway that got you into this mess. These are spread throughout the island, but the bulk of your time will be spent carrying out relatively mundane – if ingenious – tasks such as repairing bridges, drying out papers and chopping fire wood.

    As this suggests, The Gates of Fate adopts the same approach to the HOG genre as its predecessor – that is that each bout of locating scattered objects contributes more to the game than just ticking off an arbitrary list. Rather, you’ll be collecting each of the components and tools for the aforementioned bridge repair, and you’ll need to recall where in an earlier scene you saw the chunks of wood for the chopping task.

    This highlights to another of the features that has been carried over from the previous game. Your hand is held a lot less than in others games of this type, as you’re often expected to use your initiative and powers of recollection to determine where to go next. If you like your HOGs to wrap everything up in tidy, level-based solutions then this isn’t the game for you. There’s a lot of toing and froing just to solve the simplest of puzzles.

    As you’d expect from a modern hidden object game, there’s also a fair smattering of mini-games to keep things fresh. While these prove to be the downfall of many, in The Treasures of Mystery Island: The Gates of Fate the hits manage to outnumber the misses. From lining up map templates to a fiendish rotation-based puzzle there’s commendable imagination on show in many of the game’s diversions. The ones that stump you (or annoy you) too much can be skipped at no penalty, other than to your completion rating.

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    Some of the irritations on show here are tougher to overlook. Quite a few of the puzzles go that little bit too far with their demands on you, sending you wandering through previous scenes with scant direction or justification. In a similar way, many of the puzzles contain unnecessary extra steps that just serve to frustrate, such as having to find something to pin back a tree branch in order to allow the sun’s rays through.

    As hinted at before, the story is fairly ridiculous, with many of the puzzle setups clunkily handled and ineffectually justified. This isn’t helped by the two bland lead characters, with the spud-headed Alex and the Barbie doll-meets-extra-terrestrial Lisa wholly failing to engage. You’ll want to see the next puzzle, but you won’t care if the two protagonists ever see each other again.

    Despite these shortcomings though, The Treasures of Mystery Island: The Gates of Fate is another enjoyable slice of HOG adventure. Like the prequel, it manages to lend purpose to finding and collecting a bunch of discarded stuff. By incorporating elements of the classic point ‘n’ click adventure genre, it extends its challenge and appeal considerably.

    Reference accessed HERE. 4th May 2014

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    Walkthrough:

    You’ll find information about playing the game plus a written walkthrough with images showing you where items can be found HERE.

    System Requirements:

    • Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8

    • CPU: 1.6 GHz

    • System RAM: 256 MB

    • DirectX: 9.0

    • Hard Drive: 494 MB

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    Images & Reviews:

    You can see a slideshow of almost 50 images of The Treasures of Mystery Island HERE.
    You can see a video of game play HERE, HERE, HERE.

    Music:

    If you don’t like the music you can find the games music files in the Data/sounds folder.

    C:\Games\TheTreasuresofMysteryIsland_game\Data\Sounds\x.wmp

    All files are Windows Media files so you may have to use an audio converter to change any music files you wish to exchange the default music with. Make sure if you do this that you back up the original files and rename the replacements to the name of the files you are replacing (e.g. Music_Game_1. You can get freeware audio converters online. Just Google free audio converters. If you visit the main site regularily, you’ll probably already have installed an audio converter through various giveaways. The following files are music files:

    Music_Menu
    Music_Game_1
    Music_Game_2
    Music_Game_3

    You can probably change the music for the animation/cut scenes music as well, these are labelled VIDEO_02 to VIDEO_14 (there’s no VIDEO_13)

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    Conclusion:

    The Treasures of Mystery Island: The Gates of Fate is a well constructed Hidden Object game with gorgeous graphics and puzzles. The average arcade lover should be able to solve these puzzles fairly easily.

    As mentioned in the main review, some of the puzzles can get frustrating, but these are minor irritations. I’m not a particular lover of HOG games, but enjoyed playing this for an hour earlier this morning. I will be keeping it for later. I’ve scored the game an average of 7.6 out of 10 taking several parameters into consideration. For pure gameplay I gave it a score of 8. :)

    Scoring:

    Game play: 8
    Graphics: 9
    Audio: 7
    Re-playability: 7
    Originality: 7

    38 out of 50 = 7.6 out of 10

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    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. It may also be a good idea to post details of any problems you have over in the game discussion forums. You can find the The Treasures of Mystery Island: The Gates of Fate thread HERE

    If you see someone’s query and are able to answer them, would you please post a comment here and if it’s late in the day (i.e. 8+ hours past the giveaway start) also post in the thread I’ve linked to HERE. I ask this because fewer community members visit the site later in the day, so questions are less likely to be answered satisfactorily; also, my moderation is likely to be very sporadic today so answers to queries may not appear for many hours.

    Thank you in advance to anyone who takes the time to help. It’s very much appreciated :)

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    Please note that if you download any games from the free games sites Gametop, Jenkat Games, FreeGamePick and MyPlayCity you need to watch out for toolbar installations, weird installation configurations, browser changes and home page hijacks. Just un-check the check boxes during installation to avoid these, though sometimes they change their policies and you may still find stuff installed. Download from these sites at your own risk.

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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 — May 4th, 2014 at 3:02 am
  2. I’ve played others in this series, and I remember liking them. It’s been a few years since I’ve played the prequel, but I’m looking forward to jogging my memory with this one. Thanks, Alawar!

    Comment by laurelnev — May 4th, 2014 at 3:04 am
  3. Why is the download so ridiculously slow ? Cancelled it, started again – even SLOWER than before

    ……………………..Moderator Comment…………………

    Hi Phil,

    It’s a large file with community members downloading every minute. The larger the file, the longer it takes to download, the more community members are downloading.

    They only have a certain amount of bandwidth, so the download slows down as more people start to download. The U.S. is starting to wake up, so download numbers are increasing rapidly at the moment.

    Comment by Phil K — May 4th, 2014 at 3:45 am

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