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Game Giveaway of the day — Alexandra Fortune: Mystery of the Lunar Archipelago

Unravel the age-old mystery of the Lunar Archipelago!
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Alexandra Fortune: Mystery of the Lunar Archipelago was available as a giveaway on January 22, 2023!

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Join Alexandra Fortune as she sets out to find her missing grandfather! Unravel the age-old mystery of the Lunar Archipelago, a cluster of islands that contains remnants of every great civilization throughout history and hides a treasure of unimaginable worth. As you guide Alexandra through this thrilling Hidden Object quest, you'll solve ingenious puzzles, enjoy visually stunning locations and crack a mystery that has the potential to change the world!

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8/ 10; CPU: 800 Mhz; RAM: 128 MB; DirectX: 8.1; Hard Drive: 215 MB

Publisher:

ToomkyGames

Homepage:

https://www.bigfishgames.com/games/5254/alexandra-fortune-mystery-lunar-archipelago/?pc

File Size:

196 MB

Price:

$9.99

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Alexandra Fortune: Mystery of the Lunar Archipelago:
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In Brief:
Alexandra Fortune: Mystery of the Lunar Archipelago is an adventure hidden object game.

It was last given away on the 12th April 2020 where it received a positive 100% from 23 votes with 10 comments which you can see HERE. It was also given away for the first time on the 13th January 2013 where it received a positive 73% from 469 votes with 64 comments which you can see HERE.

You'll find a walkthrough of the game HERE and some videos of game play HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.
The Game:
Alexandra Fortune is the latest intrepid explorer-type character to star in her hidden object adventure, and Alexandra Fortune - Mystery of the Lunar Archipelago is full of familiar trappings: a missing mentor, a mysterious journal left behind, exotic locations to visit, ruins to explore, and a goofy sidekick. But the game simply doesn't do these things as well as many of the games that it borrows its ideas from.
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The game begins when Alexandra's grandfather, a renowned adventurer, disappears unexpectedly, leaving behind his journal. The journal contains many references to a secret place called the Lunar Archipelago, and sketches in it look very similar to an amulet that Alexandra's grandfather gave her when she was a girl. Alexandra sets off to solve the mystery of the Lunar Archipelago and hopefully find her missing grandfather in the process.

The game takes place across a ring of tropical islands that Alexandra will explore one by one. Gameplay is hidden object adventure fare blended with inventory item puzzles in the style of the Samantha Swift or Mortimer Beckett series'. Instead of searching a cluttered scene for random items, you'll search for pieces of tools and other key items, fit them back together, and place the items back into the scene to solve puzzles. In other scenarios you'll have to find straight-up lists of items relating to the story at hand, such as helping a boatman pack his belongings into a box to prepare for an upcoming tycoon.
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Conclusion:
Alexandra Fortune isn't as interesting of a heroine as Samantha Swift (from the Samantha Swift series), Cate West (from the Cate West games), or some of the other stars of titles with similar stories and game play. Nor is the writing as compelling, nor the puzzles as clever or well thought out. Sometimes, in fact, solving an inventory puzzle is as simple as dragging all of the collected items onto a character to give those items to the person, or putting artefacts of the appropriate colour onto pedestals of the matching colour. You're more likely to get stuck because you can't find one of the items in the list rather than becoming genuinely stumped by a puzzle.

Even if you do get stuck on a puzzle, after a short amount of time has passed you can just skip it altogether. And if you can't find an item, clicking on the hint amulet - which recharges after a short amount of time - will reveal the location.

The Game and Conclusion were originally accessed HERE on the 5th January 2013 then reposted on the 19th January 2023. The original reference came from Gamezebo and was originally posted by Erin Bell over thirteen years ago on the 2nd November 2009.

On more modern systems there may be issues running the game. This may be due to the native resolution of the game or other factors. Please check the F.A.Q's thread over in the Game Discussion forum sticky section HERE for suggestions on how to fix the issue. Alternatively try going into compatibility mode by right clicking on the games installed executable or game shortcut and selecting Properties. This opens up the properties window. Click on the Compatibility tab and try various combinations of the changes you can make. Hopefully one of these will solve the issue..
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Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+30)

Whiterabbit-uk,


Notes on Security
Scanning the installed game with the free version of Virus Total, it scored two hits. These were the ones that are commonly associated with most free game sites, i.e. Jiangmin & VBA32. (they indicate suspected trojan downloaders or adware). There were 54 other antimalware suites that gave the game a clean bill of health, so it's almost 'certain' that todays game is free of any issues and the results are false positives.

You can see the scan HERE

If you're still not convinced of the games efficacy and want to be absolutely sure that the game is safe to install, please use a sandbox program to check that the game is safe to install before installing it to your C drive or other drives on your computer (assuming you have more than one drive).

'All' free game sites include low level adware that is completely isolated to the game and does not inject any spurious code into your computers system. The aim of the low level adware is to earn the distributor and developer some money in recompense for allowing the game to be given away.

There are free sandbox programs such as Sanboxie, GeSWall, BitBox, Windows Sandbox, Bufferzone (a six month commercial license for Bufferzone was given away via the applications side of the project back in December 2009 HERE), and Shadowzone; as well as others, (you'll find them all on the same page from Techwhoop).

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+22)
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Folks, please NOTE: This is another of those Toomky games that will tell you they're not for 32 bit machines, but they are. Not surprising considering it's a 10 year old game, though that's fine by me. You'll need to go into the game folder and double click on the icon that says Game, and that will work for you. If you want a shortcut placed somewhere, you'll have to make one with a right click and send or put it where you need it, and ditch any that the game made. Or right click those and change the target to the game icon in the folder.

As to reviewing the game, the other good folks have mainly said it. It has aggravations: goes directly to play instead of the main menu so you can tweak the options. Fortunately, this one doesn't drag on my old machine, which is the main reason I need to kill the custom cursor, so the lack of that option isn't hurting me, and the cursors click touch is precise enough. I assume it has a glitch or 2. I'm to the feather glitch many described in previous reviews, so I'll have to look back and get the workaround on that. It's the typical treasure hunt - find pieces and then use the pieces to open hidden places, or to just generally progress - plus some puzzles. That said, that's not a turn off for me. It's been mildly enjoyable so far. It features 1 type of plot play I despise, but can live with. The lazy or weird person that wants you to do chores for them. If I could have picked up 1 of the oars, I'd have gotten that lazy blob out of his hammock! And our little drummer girl! "My father (or grandfather or whatever) told me to hold down the fort" (so I'll just sit here and drum repetitively like I'm brain dead!). But, again, I can live with it.

Thanks Toomky, GGOTD, Whiterabbit, and the site community.

Reply   |   Comment by mediaman13  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
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Looks to be a good game. I played one level so far and I think we'll enjoy it

Reply   |   Comment by Dave6d6ky  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
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Alexandra's grandfather gave her an amulet as a child, and now has disappeared unexpectedly leaving behind his journal referencing a place called the Lunar Archipelago with sketches that might resemble the amulet she was given. So Alexandra apparently watching too many Indiana Jones movies the prior weekend is off to try to solve the mystery of the Lunar Archipelago herself and hopefully locate her grandfather.

This is a 'Hidden Object' game with some humor, light puzzles and minigames to keep it interesting. Some of the items are well thought out in placement and can give you an 'Aha I found it' feeling while others are way too hidden to be found just by looking first which can cause less enjoyment with the game. In other words an item in the image not resembling the item to find or only a piece of it showing (since many items are just pieces of an item) leading to a lot of clicking. There is a multitude of objects to find and lots of them have to be combined for the puzzles which overall are of moderate difficulty so not great for younger kids. There is however hints available that help locate an item (which spins faster as you get closer), ability to skip a minigame, or a clue given as to what to do which may not seem obvious that can lessen frustration.

The tasks area might be a bit too hard to see the items to find since they are a bit greyed out before finding them, and perhaps there could be a magnifier to magnify the screen area around it to help locate items without giving away their actual location as the hint does which should be only available less often such as you earn one when finishing an area and a beginner mode that lets you use it all the time such as is the default. Maybe there could be more complete items to find rather than pieces since you still have puzzles such as to combine the items to complete. Its worth a download and I will certainly keep it for a single playthrough if you dont have many other games already you wish to play on hand and dont mind some of the quirks of hidden object games. Rating: C+

Reply   |   Comment by DataDragon  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)

DataDragon,

Thank you for your feedback DataDragon, appreciated,

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
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Today's game is a hidden object game where it appears you're exploring lost ruins type of scenes. The game builds upon the standard gameplay of finding objects we all know and love by having you work to build items to unlock areas in the scene and figure out the puzzles.

The one challenge you will find with today's game is that depending on your vision or computer screen size, you may find it difficult to find the objects on all the scenes. Objects are very well hidden in my opinion and I felt very frustrated at times. On the plus side, it appears the game is relaxed so you may need to take all the time you need to progress to the next scene etc.

The games graphics are basic but decent to the point where the game is playable, but still in low resolution as this was most likely made before newer games were upgraded or designed to take advantage of wide screen monitors. I did however like the animated water effect in the first scene,

If you like hidden object games you may like this one but as I said above the game might throw you for a loop due to the difficulty of playing it.

Reply   |   Comment by sailorbear510 aka Jason  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+24)

sailorbear510 aka Jason,

Thank you for your feedback Jason. :)

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