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Game Giveaway of the day — Arabica

In this fresh and innovative variation of the classic matchthree puzzle game, Arabica takes the user to an exciting and engaging new level of gameplay. The game can be played in two styles: Spread and Collect Gems. In Spread, collect gems in the central column, matching three or more gems of the same kind. In the latter mode, you need to arrange gems falling to the central column between other four columns, matching three or more gems of the same kind.
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User rating: 328 (73%) 120 (27%) 78 comments

Arabica was available as a giveaway on January 6, 2008!

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In this fresh and innovative variation of the classic matchthree puzzle game, Arabica takes the user to an exciting and engaging new level of gameplay. The game can be played in two styles: Spread and Collect Gems. In Spread, collect gems in the central column, matching three or more gems of the same kind. In the latter mode, you need to arrange gems falling to the central column between other four columns, matching three or more gems of the same kind. While it may seem easy and simple at the first glance, Arabica is a game of wit and tactics that is beyond addictive.

Whether you want to take a quick break from your daily routine, or tour ancient Persia and be a part of a great love story, Arabica will have you coming back to play again and again.

Features

  • Unrestricted gameplay in Quick Play
  • 26 levels in the Story Mode
  • Two exciting game styles: Collect Gems and SpreadGems
  • 10 speed levels
  • 4 special gems for more challenge
  • Tranquil and original music

System Requirements:

Windows ME/2000/XP/VISTA, 500MHz or faster CPU, 128MB RAM, 35MB Hard drive space (uncompressed), 3D accelerator card, Windows compatible sound card, DirectX 7.0

Publisher:

Xing Interactive

Homepage:

http://www.bigfishgames.com/download-games/1446/arabica/index.html

File Size:

15.4 MB

Price:

$19.99

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#78

get with confident to your friends

Reply   |   Comment by Stesesavannah  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#77

Playing the tournament is just horrid. So I played the quickplay exactly 30 times since the debut. I had 5 things that I felt would improve the game but in the end the biggest bummer about it, is that it is not winnable because of so many errant 2 balls that just fill up
the silo. This could be fixed IF we were given more crazy balls or dynamite but this game is rather niggardly in handing out prizes.
Some things also irked me: silos were short, no way to undo a bad shot, the addition of the blue ball wouldn't be bad if it had been earlier; ramps up too slowly and finally of course, rather boring because of all of the above. So in the end I gave it a thumbs down and finally after 6 weeks of playing it removed it from my system.

Reply   |   Comment by nicholas  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#76

I love this game! Thanks ever so much! So..... addicting! I appreciate your hard work to provide this site for all the free games. Thanks again...

Reply   |   Comment by BJ  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#75

I never could get above 2500. Perhaps when I get better, it will be more fun. I want a challenge, but a doable one!

Reply   |   Comment by Pat  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#74

Arabica installed just fine (Windows XP Pro) but hangs and collapses every time after a couple of bars of the music. I'll have to catch this one on a rerun, I guess.

Reply   |   Comment by Aurora  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#73

Nice. Not the usual connect three game. Not for our 4yr old, but still fun.

Reply   |   Comment by Mina  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#72

Yet another piece of merscom trash. The gameplay was monotonous, bordering on painful. The interface was horrendous. I'm just wondering what person would ever plunk down 20 dollars for this when they can get quality games for that amount.

Downloaded...3 minutes playing...deleted.

Reply   |   Comment by Grim Squeaker  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#71

This is the coolest game I have seen in quite a while. I have been playing for over 24 hours off and on now. It is a lot lot harder than first glance shows. A real challenge to my brain. Download and install went perfectly.

Reply   |   Comment by Bethany  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#70

unique addictive and fun

Reply   |   Comment by john parks  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#69

That looks sweet! Too bad I missed it. :(

Reply   |   Comment by Bart  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#68

Wow! What a fun game. Never played anything like it before. I really enjoyed this give away! Two thumbs up for me on this one. Well worth the price.

Reply   |   Comment by Angela  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#67

Hello !

First time : not easy to use.

After, the reflexes come quickly.

It's a good game : thanks to GAOTD.

Reply   |   Comment by AGH-38  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#66

Great game, Looks boring from screenshots but it's well polished and original! Transitions are smooth and gameplay is top-notch.

WELCOME to Bigfish games! We hope to see more winning titles.

Reply   |   Comment by dahood  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#65

My router was down all day yesterday, and most of today. Here is my late review of Arabica:

This is yet another match-3 - but, as the description says, it is innovative. Gameplay is not on a 2D "board" as in most games of the genre, rather, the object is to sort various gems onto a 1D line. While that is innovative, it is hardly better, as the gameplay becomes repetetive and boring. This is magnified by the number of levels in Story mode, which only differ in their number of powerups. I soon tired of playing it.

The graphics are the standard 3D jewels on a 2D Photoshop-painted background. For the theme, I expected something more like composite photographs of wood and leather and less like vague, smoothly-softened areas of brown. While the objects depicted were original, the depiction itself felt generic. The intro was strangely low-res, like Magnussoft's.

The sound was OK, I guess. The music sounded like it was written in the 30s, and the menu buttons beeped like hospital equipment. The matching sound effects were derivative.

The theme was nicely orginal, being Middle Eastern, but the story was far-fetched. A Persian man named Arif lost his girlfriend Salma in the desert when they were attacked by robbers. After wandering around for a while, he found a box that said "PLAY ME" on it(it really says that in the story), and a message saying that the box would show him the way to Salma if he won the game inside. As cheesily funny as that sounds, what's even funnier is the length and sincerity of the story pages themselves.

Overall, I give Arabica a score of six and a half out of ten(five for gameplay, seven for graphics, six for sound, and eight for theme). The gameplay was certainly different from other match-3s that I've played, but it was too boring to be any real fun.

Small side note: Arabica is a variety of coffee grown in Arabia, and is generally considered to be the oldest known type.

Wow, no comments about how vilulf and lytefoot can't complain about "FREE" games. It must be the end of the world.

Reply   |   Comment by Lockett  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#64

Great game, I have installed on three computers on two of the computers the game runs great but the third is having the same issue as several other GGOTDers, I am thinking it might be a issue with Windows media player the one that I'm having problems with is running WMP9 and the others are running WMP10 there was a change with mciqtz32.dll between the two. This was a part of the error message that windows was going to send out. Hope this helps...

Reply   |   Comment by Wowemgood  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#63

Very challenging game and very different from the normal 'Match Three' games. No one should be disappointed with this.

Great stuff GAOTD. Thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by Dervish  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#62

gw I ran the program that you mentioned above. I have DirectX 7.0.
I have downloaded and tried 10 times now, no luck on my end. I guess I'll have to pass on this one. NO CHOICE!.

Reply   |   Comment by snaggle  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#61

Terrific game, harder than it looks! Another WINNER!

Reply   |   Comment by Pat  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#60

I'm not a big fan of games but this one caught my eye. Downloaded and installed fine on my laptop (Win XP home). It's addictive like Tetris, but more fun and challenging. Thanks GAOTD.

Reply   |   Comment by Jackie  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#59

I have the same problem as #39, 44, and 46. Such a shame. I enjoy games like this.

Reply   |   Comment by SnapDragon  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#58

WOW, yes, WOW, this is an excellent game. Very challenging and entertaining. Thanks! Would gladly pay asking price for this game!!

Reply   |   Comment by Susan  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#57

Yes! Thank you, GGAOTD! I "think" this was offered before, and I missed it and could've kicked myself. (This, or one w/ a similar name...) A great offer, Team!

Reply   |   Comment by moo  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#56

Re comment #39 and #42

Thank you gw for giving me the html to get this info. I went to Bubby's reply, downloaded the TechPowerUp GPU-Z pgm, ran it, and found out that currently my video card is only supporting to Direct X ver 6.

I am going to try to see if there is an updated driver by my video card maker but failing that I will keep the game and when I have saved up my pennies will get a newer video card to try it out.

Again THANK YOU! You saved me much frustration and anxiety over what was wrong!

Reply   |   Comment by turkishvan007  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#55

this game was in my "maybe buy" folder, so obviously I was interested enough to perhaps pay for it. (the difference in maybe buy, to definitely buy, would be the challenges offered by increased difficulty/ different scenarios as the levels go on).

Unfortunately, unlike some other games I have already tried, this one didn't remember what level I had originally reached when I reinstalled it (for Rise Of Atlantis the other day, I'd reached Greece Level 10, so I didn't have to play all through the game again!)
Thanks once again to ggaotd and the developers for offering this game

Reply   |   Comment by judalea  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#54

This game has interesting and innovative game play, and provides interesting challenges. Unfortunately, it isn't very much FUN. One mode is kind of boring, the other is way too easy. I'll try it again on story mode, but otherwise, this one isn't a winner.

Reply   |   Comment by lytefoot  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#53

Looks like a real cool game and on dialup it wont take too long to download.

Reply   |   Comment by Luda  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#52

Game is ok but starts with a bug running acorss the screen. GROSS Uninstalled.

Reply   |   Comment by Linda  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#51

#44 snaggle, some others are having the same problem. Go to this thread in the FORUM...someone may come up with an answer.

Snaggle I meant this thread:
http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/forums/topic/2255?replies=12
(My keyboard sometimes hangs with a copy and paste) Sorry!

Reply   |   Comment by LDahl  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#50

Very nice game. Works great on Vista.

Reply   |   Comment by Kay  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#49

#44 snaggle, some others are having the same problem. Go to this thread in the FORUM...someone may come up with an answer.
http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/forums/topic/2247?replies=12

Reply   |   Comment by LDahl  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#48

Same problem as #44 and others have had. Posted on the forum, but no answer.

Reply   |   Comment by dron  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#47

I had no problems running on XP SP2. This game is indeed a little different. I have been using my mouse (instead of z,x,c,v keys) to select which column to put the colored "gems" in. I got bored easily. When I have more time I may just keep going and see if it gets better.

Thanks everyone for the great reviews! Thanks also to GGAOTD and Merscom for the free game to try!

Reply   |   Comment by HOSS  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#46

Same here #29(and other XP users)! I must say that its a first time thing I can't run something from here. I'll re-download, and reinstall. If that doesnt do it, then I suppose I can do without this clone game. Seems more interesting than most of this genre. 1 more try :)

Reply   |   Comment by Jazagod  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#45

An addictive neat variation on the match 3 games. Very enjoyable.

Reply   |   Comment by mlutsch  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#44

re: 39 I've tried to Downloaded, installed and when opening page of the game came up this message was displayed “Arabica.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience.
I've download this six times now. I still cannot get the game to load and play. I've never had any problems with any of the downloads from GOATD up to this point. Just this one. I am running XP Home Edition. Any help would be appreciated.

Reply   |   Comment by snaggle  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#43

This is definitely a different game & loads of fun. I had no trouble running it on XP SP2.

Thanks Merscom & GGOTD

Reply   |   Comment by Helen  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#42

Turkishvan007 and others, here is the forum about problems with Arabica.

http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/forums/topic/2255?replies=12

Reply   |   Comment by gw  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#41

Love this sort of game, been playing it most of the day !

Thank you.

Reply   |   Comment by Wendy  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#40

FUN GAME!! It is a keeper. Really makes you think. Thank you!!

Reply   |   Comment by Topshelf  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#39

I was looking forward to trying this game.

Downloaded, installed and when opening page of the game came up this message was displayed "Arabica.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience." I hit debug but nothing happened.

I am running windows XP SP2.

Can this problem be fixed. I even uninstalled the game, shut down my computer for 2 minutes, restarted, re-downloaded and re-installed the game with the same results. I've never had this problem from this site before so I think it must be something to do with the program???

Also you make mention of going to the forum but I'm not sure what spot in there to go to and I never see any replies to the questions posted. As I've never used any forum of any type I apologize if my questions seem ignorant...it's because I'm ignorant of the way forums work/run.

Reply   |   Comment by turkishvan007  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#38

Thanks - this game downloaded quickely, with no problems with the install or game play on Windows XP. It is still a match-three with a very small twist ... personally, wouldn't purchase this game at the $20.00 price tag. Thanks !

Reply   |   Comment by Kim  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#37

Loaded without problem on Vista Home Premium. Very addictive game play. I like it.

Reply   |   Comment by DownTheShore  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#36

Great Game! I don't usually play puzzle type games too much, but this one was fun. Nice graphics and sound. Good purchase for puzzle lovers.

Reply   |   Comment by RedSneaker  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#35

It works great under Vista Ultimate 32 bit. I agree, it may be technically a match-3 since that's what you are trying to do but it is so different. I would consider it a puzzle game. I was surprised at how far I got on the first try. I didn't have time then to do more than just make sure it worked.

This is a keeper! Thanks GGOTD!

Reply   |   Comment by Diane  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#34

Jennifer comment #17, I to used ccleaner and lost a whole drives worth of files. (: So can sympathise with you. I steer clear of freeware app's like CCleaner now.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit aka Stephen  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#33

I'm glad to see Merscom back. This game is professional in all respects. Plus, it attempts to create something different, which is always welcome, too. Unfortunately, to me this game gets boring quickly. It becomes a try-to-keep-up kind of ordeal that loses any puzzling challenge to it after a short while. I think its fault is a lack of variety. It needs a lot more power-ups, or something. Therefore, I give it a weak thumbs-up.

Reply   |   Comment by Spread too thin  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#32

My last PC blew up so I was forced to buy a new one and I lost all of my precious previously installes downloads from GAOTD. I am wondering if there is any chance that the team will again off us my two favourite screensavers DarkCastle3DScreemsaver and WaterLife2DScreensaver as I miss them both dreadfully

Reply   |   Comment by Spacepixie  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#31

23 - That's a shame because this actually is a fairly innovative match three game. Innovation doesn't necessarily mean "better" but it certainly means that things are done differently, and this is definitely that. Still, by all means read one line and decide not to download. Don't let me stop you. :)

Reply   |   Comment by Wes  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#30

I was skeptical as I wasn't really interested in another bejeweled-ish game...But this is sort of a little Tetris and it does required a thought.. I think it is worth the download...

Reply   |   Comment by Tammy  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#29

I have XP, and I cannot run this either. It gets to the first screen (Easy Games/Media Art Presents) and then crashes. So I guess the same problem as #1 and maybe #21.

I have never had this problem with a game from GGoTD before.

I'll try again.

Looks like an interesting/different game.

Reply   |   Comment by Raine  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
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