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Alabama Smith in Escape from Pompeii Giveaway

Game Giveaway of the day — Alabama Smith in Escape from Pompeii

Loads of challenging puzzles and magical mini-games await you!
User rating: 26 (93%) 2 (7%) 19 comments

Alabama Smith in Escape from Pompeii was available as a giveaway on April 6, 2020!

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Join Alabama Smith as he quests for the time-bending Amulet of Ages in this action-packed Adventure game! Solve elaborate puzzles to uncover the location of a lost, mystical relic that allows its bearer to travel through time. Then, step into the role of fateful Anastasia as she races to save Alabama Smith from a cataclysmic disaster! Loads of challenging puzzles and magical mini-games await you in Alabama Smith: Escape from Pompeii!

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8/ 10; CPU: 800 Mhz; RAM: 512 MB; DirectX: 7.0; Hard Drive: 76 MB





File Size:

69.9 MB



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Hi Cad Delworth, you never answered Delenns query (comment 26 from 2013); she asked whether the Cad Delworth who wrote the manual for the pinball game Pro Pinball Timeshock! back in 1997 was you ......... did you?
Stay Safe everyone.
If you are getting issues with this game, please remember that it is almost 12 years old and may need you to go into compatibility settings and play around with the various options
Alabama Smith in Escape from Pompeii
In Brief
Alabama Smith in Escape from Pompeii is a hidden object adventure game with mini games released by Alawar almost twelve years ago (Nov 2008).
The game was originally given away January 6th 2013 where it scored a 80% positive rating from 429 votes and received 39 comments, which you can read HERE.

The Game
The following review originally posted by by Robin Jackson Nov 22, 2008 whinges a little, but will still give you a good idea as to what to expect from this HOG adventure. Also, you can see several videos of game play (SPOILER ALERT); HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE (Française/Français), HERE (русский), HERE (Nederlands), HERE (Polskie), HERE (Española/Español), HERE (Deutsch).
A good story helps move a point and click adventure forward, letting gamers rely on their own intelligence to decide what to do next. In Alabama Smith in Escape from Pompeii, however, even the most experienced gamers will hit dead spots that require multiple hints. Some puzzles are satisfying, but overall game play can be frustrating owing to a story that jumps between too many instructions and none at all.
Alabama Smith starts out with two interesting characters and a good idea: a way to give additional guidance in an adventure. Alabama is a twenty something college student. The school sends him on a summer course to Europe where he meets the daughter of an archaeologist and they set off on a quest for a mysterious amulet.

In a typical adventure game, the many details are what keep players involved while deciding what to do next in a nonlinear game. Alabama Smith throws all of that overboard, and substitutes a task list that literally tells you what to do next, even it doesn’t make sense. For example, at a dig in Pompeii you’ll see an empty oven, a dig site, and a shadowed arch. Your instinct is to decide between exploring the dig or the arch. However, the game tells you immediately to make a fire in the oven. Your next task is to “moisten clay.”
Finally, you are led to clay molds, and as soon as you put them in your inventory, the moist clay you already created automatically jumps into the molds, and you have a mini statue ready to be baked in the already built fire. There is no story reason for doing any of this, and nothing to figure out on your own except the interim steps of how to build the fire and moisten the clay.
Similarly, as you move your cursor most items have a text label. This does eliminate some unnecessary clicking. Sometimes reading the label solves the puzzle instantly.
At other times, though, you just don’t have enough information. At least twice players have to enter a combination password. It’s not clear there is an interim step that must be completed elsewhere first. However, unlike most adventures, Alabama Smith will literally let players make dozens of failed attempts and never tell them that they just can’t succeed where they are. The only clue will be that there’s still something on the task list. But since you often get multiple tasks, you never know when it matters. They should have limited the number of tries (to three, perhaps), then shut down the lock to force players to consider other tasks.


Other situations are impossible to solve logically. In one scene, you need to carry ashes from one spot to another. On the ground is a large metal helmet. Logic would indicate that’s what you’re supposed to try. However, it turns out that instead you’re supposed to use time travel and go to a different year, just to pick up a bowl. The only way to figure this out is to use a hint, which will indicate the time travel button. You will jump back and forth 4 or 5 times to solve a single puzzle, with no story logic to drive the decisions.
Most of the puzzles are quite easy, on the level of “find the key on the shelf and put it in the locked drawer.” Some of them are complex, but not necessarily logical. Two require significant physical dexterity, and may be too hard for those with hand movement issues.
Experienced gamers will be able to complete the game in three or four hours. Novices may give up altogether because of the extreme variation in difficulty from one task to another.
On the plus side, the game offers two modes, casual and expert. The casual introduces a Find Items list like a hidden object game. This is an interesting approach. In casual mode you also get more hints and can skip mini-games. You can even switch modes between scenes.

One puzzle, the fresco, is exactly what an adventure puzzle should be: long, complex, logical, and thematic. We wish the whole game had been more like that.
We applaud the decision to create a smaller file game, and we did like the characters, if not the animation. Leaving out side characters and voice acting worked for a game of this size. The idea of the task list, the text labels, and the find list was very good — it was the execution that suffered. We truly hope to see a sequel with more logical game play and a more balanced set of puzzles. Some players, particularly those who want a shorter adventure and who don’t mind using the hint button will enjoy Alabama Smith in Escape from Pompeii quite a bit.
Reference's accessed HERE ; reposted by Whiterabbit-uk 5th April 2020
You can see walkthroughs, tips and tricks HERE (safe combination), HERE and HERE







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You can get one of the best computer Pinball games available via Steam called Pinball FX3 together with three DLC packs i.e. Aliens vs Pinball, Marvel Pinball: Heavy hitters and Star Wars Pinball, that include a total of 10 pinball tablesHERE. This offer ends on the 8th April . You can also find other games on Steam that have been made free by the developers via Reddit HERE, as of last night other Steam games that you'll find on Steam for free include Regions of Ruin, Caelus Trident, Keyboard Killers, Escape from Tethys, Khan vs Khan, Welcome Back to 2007 2, Gang of Four, Autobahn Police Simulator, One Drop bot, Martian Law, Project Mercury.
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Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+25)

Whiterabbit-uk, Yes indeed it was myself who wrote the Timeshock! manuals; also the manual for Big Race USA, where I had full control of the design (I used PageMaker 6.0!) and IMHO was a much better manual. :)

Reply   |   Comment by Cad Delworth  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Cad Delworth,

I purchased both Timeshock! and Big Race USA via GOG years ago and also have CD versions of the other two in the series i.e. Pro Pinball: Fantastic Journey (absolutely love that one) and Pro Pinball: The Web; though I seem to remember The Web also came with either Pro Timeshock! or Big Race USA as it was a reissue.

The disks are stored somewhere in our attic store room, which is stacked high with boxes I've still not unpacked from our move six years ago (mainly books, clothes , bric-a-brac and computer games as well as Movie DVD's that I've since replaced with Blu Ray. I've been meaning to sort them out for years, but am always busy with other projects.

Timeshock? Ultra is available via Steam. https://store.steampowered.com/app/287900/Pro_Pinball_Ultra/

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Cad Delworth,

I knew it, I knew it..Great work. And I bought them both on GOG also.

I have no free games today from steam or any other place... Sorry ;(

Reply   |   Comment by delenn13  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)



Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Works well on WIndows 7, but no wide screen.

Reply   |   Comment by Lawrence Carter  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

No matter what I tried, the program opened minimized with a black screen on Win 10. Compatibility troubleshooter couldn't fix it with any of the many optional changes (including DPI scaling). Sadly, had to give up and remove it.

Reply   |   Comment by Buster  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Downloaded and installed fine on WIn10HomeX64. Upon opening in full-screen, the visuals were off to the right side. though windowed mode was fine. I have a gaming laptop and this never happened before. I tried changing things in compatibility (right click on the game exe and then properties, compatibility tab) but nothing worked until Windows Trouble Shooter popped up offering help and it actually fixed it! I think that is the first time it fixed something!

The game is clearly dated, graphics are dull and it is overall very dark. I have a bum eye so maybe it's just me but, for example, seeing the code on the projected slide in the classroom. It does not enlarge so I had to look close-up at the screen to actually see it. Also, using blue writing on a blue background in the task list in the lower right was not the best choice.

I do like that rather than a screen filled with a pile of stuff to find objects in, this is more of a subtle, strategic kind of search. At least it has been like that thus far. The hints are generous, recharging quickly in casual mode. I've used them more than I normally would as sometimes it is just not clear what needs to be done. The puzzles have been fairly simple.

Thank you to both the Toomky and GOTD teams and to Stephen, as always. I appreciate everyone's efforts in continuing these giveaways in this bizarre time we find ourselves in. I am hunkering down here in NYC and these provide both some normalcy and some distraction. I hope you and yours are healthy. Stay safe everyone!

Reply   |   Comment by jboy  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

Installed on Windows 10 Pro; Ver-1909; build 18363.720 (latest with all updates). When opening program, game icon opens in taskbar but does not open and mouse curser goes to top left of screen and then becomes un-usable. Can move around but doesn't operate. Have to Ctrl-Alt-Del to get to task manager to end game process. Uninstalled and tried again with same results. This the is first time I have experienced any issues with a game from here or from Toomky.

Reply   |   Comment by Dave  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

In your post there is a line with three links to walkthroughs;
"You can see walkthroughs, tips and tricks HERE (safe combination), HERE and HERE"

The first 'HERE' just links back to this page.

Reply   |   Comment by jb  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Tried a couple of different compatibility options but all I get a black screen on Windows 10 with ultrawide monitor.

Reply   |   Comment by Marjory Montgomery  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

first time with any game install, it will not connect! All others worked great. Is there a problem?

Reply   |   Comment by Chris  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

404 Error. Page not found. Cannot play todays download...installed it but when I clicked to play the 404 error keeps coming up???

Reply   |   Comment by unruly  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I downloaded directly from Toomkey...free..,.it works

Reply   |   Comment by unruly  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

RE: Pinball FX3 Care Package at Steam for free that you mentioned....there is no way provided to click to purchase It (free) Tried search for it could not find it....please help with link if you can to actually get it....Thank you

Reply   |   Comment by unruly  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)


Go to the main FX3 page via the following link

https://store.steampowered.com/app/442120/Pinball_FX3/ You'll need to be signed into your account via the browser. Or alternatively, just go to the Steam store directly from the Steam client and search for Pinball FX3 in the store. Then follow the instructions below.

Scroll down to just below where it should say Play Pinball FX3. Below that it should say ''Packages that include this game''. Directly below that is the 'Play Pinball FX3 Care Package', which is free until the 8th April (as far as I know). There should be a green button, click on that to install and claim the package.


Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Thank you for the game, I love it!

If you want to get more free games, then check game giveaways at GameHitZone - http://www.gamehitzone.com/game-giveaways/

Reply   |   Comment by Machi  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Installed okay but after the lead-in video it froze with a black screen and cursor. Running Windows 10 x64 updated. Tried running it as Admin with Antivirus turned off but same result. Looks to be a fun game... Stay safe all.

Reply   |   Comment by Anne H  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Installed fine and after adjusting DPI-scaling the screen fitted my monitor.

Stay safe everyone and enjoy this fine sunday!

Reply   |   Comment by tiscrea © - The Netherlands  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)
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