Giveaway of the Day - Twisted Lands: Shadow Town

Twisted Lands: Shadow Town
June 1, 2014

Gather items, solve puzzles and make spine-chilling discoveries as you explore a deserted island in Twisted Lands: Shadow Town! Why does your heart beat faster when you peer into a dark room? What makes the hair on your neck bristle when something invisible whispers in your ear? Dive into the emotion of fear, and find out, in this spooky Hidden Object Puzzle Adventure game!

  • 80 locations;
  • 11 hidden object scenes;
  • Hints, tips and no time limits;
  • Atmospheric sound effects;
  • Bloodcurdling visuals.
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  • 69 (19%)
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System Requirements: Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8; CPU: 1.0 GHz; RAM: 512 MB; DirectX: 9.0; Hard Drive: 269 MB
Publisher: Alawar Entertainment
Homepage: http://www.bigfishgames.c...
File Size: 251 MB
Price: $9.99

This software was available as a giveaway on June 1, 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. Sorry this has taken so long to post. We had an early birthday party late this morning (mine and my wife’s birthdays; 30th May my wife and me 7th June). I’ve had family around, so wasn’t able to finish the review. actually fell asleep at the computer while writing it up early this morning and woke up just before the game went live, with a virtually unfinished review.

    Twisted Lands: Shadow Town:

    Alawar

    In Brief:

    Creepy Hidden Object game with puzzle solving

    Installation:

    Twisted Lands: Shadow Town downloads to a 251 MB zip file that unpacks to a read me and a wrapped setup activation 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. 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 installed game is 257 MB in size, and installs to:

    C:\Games\TwistedLandsShadowTown_game (can someone confirm this, thanks)

    by default but can be changed to suit whatever your wishes are. There is no uninstaller, but this game is free standing so to delete just remove the installed folder from your hard drive.

    Shortcuts are installed to both the Desktop and Start Menu /Programs folder under Playrix Entertainment, (not sure where in Win 8) and you’ll also find an uninstaller in the programs folder as well as a link to Playrix Once the game is installed you can delete the giveaway setup files.

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    I’ve only tested the game on Win 7 and Win 8 and it works fine. Anyone running Vista or XP, please confirm whether this game works Thanks.

    If you miss the giveaway or have problems installing the game is available 24/7 from MyPlayCity and Jenkat Games. Do remember to un-check any tick boxes, otherwise you may find your home page changed, a new browser installed or tool bars installed.

    Introduction:

    Gather items, solve puzzles and make spine-chilling discoveries as you explore a deserted island in Twisted Lands: Shadow Town! Why does your heart beat faster when you peer into a dark room? What makes the hair on your neck bristle when something invisible whispers in your ear? Dive into the emotion of fear, and find out, in this spooky Hidden Object Puzzle Adventure game!

    Reference accessed HERE March 2013

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    The Game:

    Zombies, snakes and murder, oh my! All of this and more awaits in Twisted Lands: Shadow Town, a new hidden object thriller in which the name of the game isn’t to solve the mystery and save the world, but just to find your woman and get the heck out of Dodge. A strong start had my hopes high but in the end, a few too many missteps keep this adventure from being a truly memorable experience.

    The last game to come from Alawar Stargaze, Snark Busters: Welcome to the Club, absolutely rocked my socks off, so I was eagerly looking forward to the studio’s next effort. Twisted Lands: Shadow Town certainly hits most of the right notes. It’s easy on the eyes, with sharp, well-defined graphics and a good variety of scenes that range from a cruise ship run aground to a spooky mansion and a mysteriously abandoned town. The hidden object searches are reasonably challenging without being obnoxiously difficult, as are the puzzle segments, although one or two can be a bit tricky unless you have the foresight to do some old-fashioned note-taking – which, for the record, is an idea I’m quite fond of. The story steps awkwardly at times but serves up a sufficiently creepy mystery that follows the descent of an entire island into a spiral of madness and murder that ultimately traps all who wander near.

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    It sounds like a sure-fire formula for a gripping hidden object game. So what went wrong?
    The biggest problem with Shadow Town is that it’s a two-hour game in a three-hour package. Way too much time is spent moving back and forth between locations for trivial purposes. And it’s not just a matter of running between adjacent rooms to collect a pile of items or wrap up a two-part puzzle; you’ll quite literally be making repeated trips across almost the entire map to retrieve individual objects needed to move the game forward. It may sound like nit-picking but it becomes excessive to the point of frustration, because it’s obvious the developer is just trying to pad out the play time by making you run around in circles.

    Heightening that annoyance is the presence of two maze sections, one of which separates two of the game’s primary areas. These “fog-enshrouded paths” are small and fairly simple to navigate, especially with the aid of the hand-drawn maps left lying on the ground at the start of each, but they simply should not be there. Mazes do not contribute to the quality of a game, only to its length; this is highlighted by the fact that these sections can be easily traversed even by the most directionally-challenged players with the use of the hint function, which will keep you pointed in the right direction and lead you through step-by-step. Why even bother with a maze if the string that guides you through has already been laid?

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    The story has a few gaping holes but still manages to tie everything together nicely with a satisfying twist to wrap things up. The “hero” begins the game as a rather distasteful character, a deep-sea treasure hunter who clearly has no qualms about the legality or morality of his trade as long as he can make a buck from it. But his determination to save his beloved Angel from harm, no matter what the risk to himself, is admirable, revealing him to be more Han Solo than Jabba the Hutt. At the same time, peering too closely at the details is bound to result in a few tricky questions, particularly with regards to the way everything in the game apparently happened in either the early or late 20th century. Unless I missed some devious plot device that explains this apparent time-warp (and that’s entirely possible), the best way to approach the Shadow Town tale is with a quick, light touch.

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    Reference accessed HERE June 1st 2014

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    System Requirements:

    OS: Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8
    CPU: 1.0 GHz
    System RAM: 512 MB
    DirectX: 9.0 or higher
    Hard Drive: 269 MB

    Video:

    There’s several videos (parts 1 to 7 of walkthrough videos by 123Pazu•
    HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE

    Music:

    You can’t change the in game music, but you can turn it off or reduce the volume via the options panel.

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    Conclusion:

    I’m not into HOG’s after burning out on them a few years ago. Probably got around a hundred of the thins (though Big Fish Games has well over a thousand HOG’s on their books), I left BFG because nearly every new game was a HOG a few years ago. That said, I enjoyed the short time I played this game and would recommend it to anyone looking top kill a few hours.

    There’s no question that Twisted Lands: Shadow Town brings a lot of goodness to the table. It looks great and it mixes in a decent number of animated cut scenes that bring the story to life. The hidden object searches are conventional but attractive and entertaining. The Collector’s Edition of the game (which we don’t get today) includes a built-in walkthrough and a bonus chapter set on the same desolate island that also reveals something called Twisted Lands: Insomnia – a glimpse into the future, perhaps? Most hidden object fans will probably find something here to like.

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    There are rough spots; for example the soundtrack has a tendency to become overbearing at times and also has an unfortunate habit of starting and stopping haphazardly, leaving pauses of a minute or more between tracks. Ultimately, effective horror is all about pacing and that’s where this game really stumbles. The individual components are all quite solid and the big finish, when it finally arrives, is good fun and worth waiting for. But it’s all spread too thin, with way too much time-wasting filler. Twisted Lands: Shadow Town is a good game, but not great.

    You can read what others have said about the game HERE

    Pros:

    • Solid graphics. Engaging story.

    Cons:

    • Poor pacing – far too much running around for no good reason.

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    Scoring

    Gameplay – 8
    Graphics – 8
    Audio – 7
    Re-playability – 6
    Originality – 7

    Total = 7.2

    Problems:

    If you are posting late in the day I would also suggest posting in the main giveaway forums in the game discussion section. If you’ve installed the game but it won’t work for some reason, it should still be registered, so someone may be able to help at another time. Unfortunately if your problem is actually installing it then once the giveaway period is over there’s nothing that can be done until the game is given away again (though that isn’t guaranteed). Today’s game is available free 24/7 from MyPlayCity and Jenkat Games. Do remember to uncheck any tick boxes, otherwise you may find your home page changed, a new browser installed or tool bars installed.

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

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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 — June 1st, 2014 at 3:05 am
  2. Once more a hidden object game – I hate them! 251 MB DL saved…

    Comment by nofun — June 1st, 2014 at 3:26 am
  3. Game installed and runs fine on my 11 yr old computer with Win-XP. Love this game and this type of game. A little spooky makes it a good game for late at night.

    Comment by Semo — June 1st, 2014 at 5:14 am

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