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Alex Hunter: Lord of the Mind Giveaway
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Game Giveaway of the day — Alex Hunter: Lord of the Mind

Plunge into the sinister world to save people from total mind control!
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User rating: 30 (97%) 1 (3%) 7 comments

Alex Hunter: Lord of the Mind was available as a giveaway on April 3, 2021!

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Alex Hunter thought the case of the missing professor would be an easy paycheck. But his investigation has proven to be anything but simple. With hours of captivating game time, a richly detailed world, and a storyline inspired by classic detective novels, Alex Hunter: Lord of the Mind will thrill casual game fans looking for their next great adventure!

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8/ 10; CPU: 2.5 GHz; RAM: 1024 MB; DirectX: 9.0; Hard Drive: 1190 MB

Publisher:

MyPlayCity

Homepage:

https://www.bigfishgames.com/games/5451/alex-hunter-lord-of-the-mind/

File Size:

594 MB

Price:

$9.99

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Alex Hunter: Lord of the Mind
In Brief
Alex Hunter: Lord of the Mind is a Hidden Object game - Track down a missing scientist as you explore the place where reality meets illusion. This was originally given away September 23rd 2018, where it received a positive 81% rating from 45 votes, with 27 comments which you can read HERE and December 21st 2019 HERE where it received a positive 97% from 30 votes with 5 comments. I've re-posted my review from last year .

Check out the end of the review for links to two free games (one from Epic Games and one from Steam i.e Tales of the Neon Sea (2D) and Steel Rats (isometric), both are excellent action platformers with gorgeous graphics.
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Introduction:
Alex Hunter thought the case of the missing professor would be an easy paycheck. But his investigation has proven to be anything but simple. With hours of captivating game time, a richly detailed world, and a story-line inspired by classic detective novels, Alex Hunter: Lord of the Mind will thrill casual game fans looking for their next great adventure!
Over many years, Private investigator Alex Hunter had worked on dozens of cases involving murder, theft, bribery and fraud; and nothing fazed him. Until, a young lady came to his house asking him to help find her father, the renowned scientist, Professor Patterson. The professor had vanished from his house, without a trace, over a month ago. The police were called in but they were unable to find any clues. Coincidentally, neighbors reported having bizarre visions and suddenly finding themselves in strange places. Hunter took the case, thinking it would be a piece of cake.
Edited reference's accessed HERE and HERE 23rd Sept 2018
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The Game:
In Lord of the Mind, you play as Alex Hunter, a famous detective which takes on the case of a missing professor. The story is not specially exciting or captivating but it sets a nice base for what to follow. There are no cute animals, fantasy creatures, fairies or magic spells – Alex Hunter is one mature game with dark and gloomy environment which should be appreciated by fans of this genre.
The game is visually impressive, although we think that the graphics are a little too muddy. The scenes are highly detailed with stunning shades and effects. The voice overs are nice as well as the music. We love the 3D elements Alex Hunter has from 3D characters and dimensional environment.
There is nothing special about the game play of Alex Hunter, it plays like other HOPAs but being done in a good way. It is not really a straightforward game, which makes it fairly challenging to play. Puzzles are fun and tricky while Hidden Object scenes are few and far between, they are standard and well-cluttered.
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Being only a Standard Edition game, it is quite a surprise to see Collectibles and Strategy Guide included in the game – anyways, that is surely a big plus. Furthermore, it also has a long playtime which means that your 7 bucks spent on this game would not be wasted.
Reference accessed HERE original review by All About Casual Game on December 25, 2013; Edited and re-posted by Whiterabbit-uk 23rd Sept Sept 2018.
Review 2:
Set in Europe at the turn of the 19th century, Lord of the Mind follows Alex Hunter's quest to locate a missing scientist and uncover the terrible secret behind his dangerous research. The search carries the player through a series of interesting locations during one of the longest nights on record.
For a casual game about clicking on barbells, records, and other random items, a surprising amount of thought has gone into world-building and keeping it internally consistent. While more of a simple search and rescue story than a legitimate mystery, there's more than enough plot to keeps players hooked through what has to be one of the most fast-paced HOGs I've encountered.
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Alex Hunter's HOG screens are lushly produced, full of animated backdrops and small interactive areas that serve no purpose but to delight the player. The developers have gone a long way to explain the cluttered masses that must be sifted through—by using a variety of derelict settings (sewers, old asylums, a ransacked laboratory) the amount of random objects strewn about is largely justified. Some items are more random than others, however, and they're often tucked away in absurdly awkward locations, which shifts the balance a little further from fair than it should be.
The searches are of the 'find the clue/key and fifteen other items' variety standard in the HOG genre. There's an extremely large number of item manipulation puzzles in the game, so there's always a good reason to go looking for a length of rope or toy soldier, but the HOG searches are definitely padded by their insistence on loading a dozen random items onto the list.
The story follows a fairly logical investigation by HOG standards. With relatively inept police sidelined at the beginning of the game, it makes perfect sense that a private detective would have to break into sinister complexes and search for clues in order to track down the missing doctor. The puzzles, while fairly ornate and complex, do a good job of fitting in with the game's setting, never feeling out of place in any of the locations.
It isn't until the very end that the game goes completely off the rails—for the first four hours, the story follows a completely coherent path, as the player learns more about the 'Lord of the Mind' technology and the threat it poses to the world. Then, just as things seem to be reaching a climax, the titular machine is turned on, and everything the player has been led to believe is tossed aside and they're transported with almost no explanation to an entirely new location, and handed a bizarre set of random tasks to complete. It's an incredibly jarring interlude that feels like it belongs in an entirely different game. It breaks the flow of the story, and makes the plot's resolution feel oddly underwhelming.
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Up until that last hour of game play, Alex Hunter: Lord of the Mind is a stellar example of the genre. The graphics are beautifully drawn, the puzzles are fair and fun, and a quick-travel map makes the expansive world easy to navigate. If it weren't for the story going completely mad in what seems like a desperate attempt to tack on a little more game play, this would have been a glowing review. As it is, Lord of the Mind is a great HOG for most of its running time, but the jarringly disappointing finale keeps it IMO from being one of the classics. Rating: 8 out of 10
Info for parents: The game was not reviewed by the ESRB, but it contains violence. You'll see some corpses, there's a little shooting, and the implication that horrible experiments have been done on captive mental patients. Beyond that, though, it's a pretty safe game.
Reference accessed HERE original review by Daniel Weissenberger on November 26, 2014; Edited and re-posted by Whiterabbit-uk 23rd Sept 2018.
Other Reviews and Videos of Alex Hunter: Lord of the Mind:
You can see community reviews of Alex Hunter: Lord of the Mind HERE, plus forum comments from the Steam community (127 comments mostly positive HERE. There are several videos of game play, some from the Collectors Edition {……..SPOILER ALERT……} HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE & HERE.
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Conclusion:
I've not played the game long enough to give a fair opinion of the game.
If you miss today's game giveaway you can always get the game via MyPlayCity 24/7 HERE; or If you prefer to purchase the game you can get it directly from Big Fish Games HERE or the Platinum Edition via Steam HERE
Having problems installing today's game?
If you have a problem installing or activating or getting Alex Hunter: Lord of the Mind to work please visit the problems section, which you can find in the FAQ's thread HERE. Also read through the community’s comments because sometimes fixes have already been posted. The main issue we have is with the giveaway wrapper, which uses a Themida based code to protect the games executable. Unfortunately, Themida is also used to hide malware; so, as a precaution, some security software may block the installation and sometimes even delete the executable file. Blocking or deletion is usually determined partly by the way your computer is set up. Usually you'll get a message saying ''the file is corrupted'', but, the files are okay. There are a couple of things you can do to overcome this issue. The first is to reboot in safe mode with networking, install the game then reboot, or secondly you can (at your own risk) temporarily turn off your security, install the game, then turn your security back on. A note of reassurance to those that choose the latter and quicker method. The game giveaway team have been giving away games for over a decade (Dec 2006 & prior to that, via the main site 2 or 3 times weekly from Oct 2006 to Dec 2006) and have 'NEVER' given away a game infected with malware; they always test every giveaway with several of the top anti-malware suites to ensure all games are free from malware.
If for any reason you want to contact the giveaway team, for example, if you have a problem getting the latest game or other issues that the FAQ's thread or these comments don't cover or solve or if you have a game to offer the community you can do so HERE
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Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  22 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+40)

Whiterabbit-uk,

Excellent review. Thanks for all you do.

Reply   |   Comment by Ken  –  17 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
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I downloaded and played the game last time it was offered.
It was worth the effort.
But like most puzzle games, I don't need to do it again.

Highly Recommended.

Reply   |   Comment by Rufus V. Smith  –  17 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
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This game is very impressive. But it's a shame that you can't instantly change the location and have to go step by step to the right place.

One of the pictures in the overview shows a red flag over the submarine. Yes, there is such a thing. But it is not clear why the letter on board is Latin and not Russian.

Reply   |   Comment by Vladimir  –  17 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Vladimir, I don't know exactly what you mean by "instantly change the location," but there's a compass beside the Journal at the bottom left of the screen: click that to see the map.

I hope that helps! :)

Reply   |   Comment by Cad Delworth  –  17 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
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MyplayCity's PUP blocked by Malwarebytes. Setup fails.
Yes I know could disable MB to get around it, but I won't.

Reply   |   Comment by BobbyA  –  17 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

BobbyA,

Hi Bobby, that's your prerogative. :)

These games do not inject anything into your systems computer. There is what I call 'low level adware' that opens your browser when you close the game down. The giveaway version has had most of the adware that is usually bundled with MyPlayCity (MPC) games removed. There is nothing mysterious about the adware that is always bundled with games from sites like MPC; 'all' free game sites rely on advertising so that they can pay the developer of the game some of the advertising revenue they make. If this wasn't done there would be no free game sites and because of the low price of commercial games (in real terms {e.g. I paid the equivalent of more than £88 for a text based adventure back in 1982 (that cost me £25 back then)} We would see many more developers and small game houses disappear, which would mean fewer games to choose from. Sadly advert based games have become the norm if you want them free; (though we do get the odd decent free arcade and AAA game from the big developers on a fairly regular basic; for example at this very moment Epic games and Steam are offering decent free games, which I've linked to in my review of today's game) .

There were a couple of free game sites around before 2008 for example Gametop and FreeGamePick, but that was about it and the number of games they offered was limited to older games and a much smaller choice. Many more free game sites started popping up regularly post 2008 following the financial crisis when many small and AAA developers went bankrupt because game prices fell through the roof; for example, a standard arcade game like the ones we get here used to cost $19.99 each ($25 today); whereas, by late spring of 2008 prices had dropped as low as $4 per arcade game (Big Fish games were offering your first purchase for $2.99). The advent of these free game sites enabled those developer who were willing to allow their games to be given away for free to survive; and they were able to earn more than from sales of their games. MPC was foremost a game developer before they opened their free site.

Another way developers found they could earn more was by including their games in the now common indie game bundles where most bundles sell for 90% or less of the actual commercial value of the games they include. For example; the first Humble Indie Bundle (2010) that contained games that had already been released previously, from several to a couple of years made over a million dollars and each of the developers that participated received around $166 thousands (all were small indie developers like 2DBoy (I actually alpha & beta tested their game, World of Goo {2008}) and the first bundle also included my all time favourite platformer called Gish {2004}).

When you first install any of the giveaways from MPC and whenever you close the game down post install, it will open your browser to MPC's home page, where they earn a small amount of income. There is no malware installed to your computer.
p.s.

Please excuse the rant; was just trying to put things in perspective. Also, I've installed many MPC games and have never had any issues with security. MPC would lose a lot of business if they started allowing malware to be included.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  17 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
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