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Game Giveaway of the day — Artist Colony

Help the artists restore the colony and inspire them!
$9.99 EXPIRED
User rating: 20 (91%) 2 (9%) 8 comments

Artist Colony was available as a giveaway on April 24, 2021!

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Once home to the most pioneering creators of their time, it’s up to you to restore a thriving oasis of artists as you rebuild the community. Attract new talent by renovating the gorgeous surroundings and inspiring artists, dancers, musicians and more to become masters of their craft in this fun Sim game. Create, perform and sell brilliant works of art to revive this ultimate creative sanctuary in Artist Colony!

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8; CPU: 1.4 GHz; RAM: 512 MB; DirectX: 7.1; Hard Drive: 115 MB

Publisher:

MyPlayCity

Homepage:

https://www.bigfishgames.com/games/5356/artist-colony/

File Size:

100 MB

Price:

$9.99

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Artist Colony
In Brief
Artists Colony is a well-constructed ‘Sim’ like game that is viewed from an isometric viewpoint. I’ve scored it a 9 out of 10 for game play

The game was previously given away on the 30th September 2018 HERE where it received a positive 81% from 31 votes with 19 comments which you can see HERE

You can see a couple of videos of game play HERE and HERE. There are more videos below the game review.
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Introduction:
Once home to the most pioneering creators of their time, it’s up to you to restore a thriving oasis of artists as you rebuild the community. Attract new talent by renovating the gorgeous surroundings and inspiring artists, dancers, musicians and more to become masters of their craft in this fun Sim game. Create, perform and sell brilliant works of art to revive this ultimate creative sanctuary in Artist Colony!
Reference accessed HERE 30th Sept 2018; reposted 23rd April 21
The Game:
As the name suggests, Artist Colony has you running an inherited refuge for aspiring artsy types, including painters, sculptors, musicians, dancers and photographers. Players will be first treated to the history behind these grounds, beginning with partners in the ’50s who experienced a falling out, and then fast-forwarding to today when you take over (and your "ne’er do well" step-brother soon follows).
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You’ll soon find your characters can develop feelings for one another, which may or may not be reciprocated, but hey, a broken heart can serve well as inspiration.
Tasks, in this top-down isometric game, range from the menial (clean away leaves or snow) to the important (restore and upgrade key structures) to the beneficial (sell pieces of art, or performances, to visitors for cash). And all three are interconnected. For example, you might not be able to enter the sculptor’s studio if it’s blocked by debris, and you won’t be able to upgrade the musician’s studio unless you have enough money to do so (earned by selling works or putting on performances). You get the idea.
You’ll train each artist in a primary and secondary craft and work your way to fill up all 10 slots, as they advance from novice to genius. When your characters get hungry you need to drag them to the kitchen to eat; when they’re tired you need to find a place for them to rest (residence building, park bench or grassy spot); and when they’re feeling down and unmotivated you need to drag and drop them onto inspirational objects (such as pretty floral plants) to help them create (and thus, sell) masterpieces.
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Over time you’ll soak up the evolving story (including love triangles, betrayal and hardships), and really feel like you’re part of this haven for creative types. You’ll also collect pieces of photographs to unlock new areas of the colony (and reveal more info tied to the original owners) and view your masterpieces via in-game albums. In total, the game features more than 500 masterpieces spread between the three-dozen characters who will arrive and leave the compound throughout the tale.
Unlike some other simulation games, Artists Colony does not keep playing even after you’ve turned the game off. (So you won’t find any nasty surprises waiting for you – like deceased characters – if you don’t boot up the game for a couple of days.) The game’s pace is adjustable, and you can pause the action at any time by hitting the Escape key.
As much fun as we had playing Artists Colony, it’s not a perfect masterpiece in itself. For one, while the interface works for the most part – allowing you to quickly see the needs and whereabouts of each character – I had trouble finding the inspirational items (e.g. flower bunches) on the map, so you might find yourself dragging a character around for a while before finding it. A hot button to show you where these always-moving items are would have been a good idea. Secondly, the game only has one mode and doesn’t let more than one person play at the same time (that is, only one save spot).
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Overall, however, this surprisingly deep and enjoyable game is well worth your time, especially if you’re a fan of people simulations. The unique concept is well-designed and successfully executed, and should provide many engaging hours of fun.
For similar games, try Virtual Villagers, Virtual Families, Escape from Paradise, Sprouts Adventure, and Totem Tribe.
Reference accessed HERE original review by Marc Saltzman on Jul 9, 2009; Edited and reposted by Whiterabbit-uk 30th Sept 2018 and again the 23rd April 21.
Other Reviews and Videos of Artist Colony:
You can see community reviews of Artist Colony HERE, plus forum comment, suggestions and help HERE. You can also see game play videos of Artist Colony HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE & HERE.
Conclusion:
If you like sim games for example virtual villages you’ll love this. I only played the game for just over an hour, but will definitely be returning to it soon. I highly recommend this game for its intriguing game concept, gorgeous graphics, and well balanced. It’s almost a decade old, but well worth 9 out of 10 from me.
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
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Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  25 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+24)
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Running Win10. Downloaded fine. Tried running in compatibility mode for xp, vista, win7, etc. Tried running as an admin. Displays full screen fine, I can move the game cursor, but it doesn't do anything. I click on options, new game, exit, etx, and nothing happens. Cursor moves, but I cannot go further than the entrance page, so I don't know if there are options for the cursor, screen, etc. Looks like a nice game. Any clues as to how to solve? I tried running from "game", from "engine", mothing works.

Reply   |   Comment by Glenrd  –  14 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Glenrd,

I know this giveaway is expired but I hope you come back and check this. The same issue happened to me but I noticed if the cursor was an inch or so below the item, then it was registering. For example, if I moved cursor near the "options" selection, the "new game" button would highlight. That led me to believe it was a display issue. I have my Windows(10HomeX64) display normally set to 125% and when I changed it to 100%, the cursor worked as it should. Once done playing, you can switch back to whatever setting you had and switch back to 100% whenever you want to play, it is easy enough and doesn't seem to mess anything else up by changing back and forth. I hope that helps.

settings > ease of access > display > second topic, "make everything bigger" percentage

Reply   |   Comment by jboy  –  13 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
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I can't get the program to start. It shows the MPC ad page, then goes to a black screen and after a few seconds announces that 'engine.exe' has stopped working and that Windows will close it. I'm running W7. The compatibility thingy suggested W95 Service Patch 2 and running as Administrator, but neither/both changed what happens.

Reply   |   Comment by Susan Canera  –  14 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Susan Canera,

Hi Susan, have you checked the FAQ's thread HERE; that's located in the sticky section of the Game discussion forum?

It may be something to do with the screen resolution your monitor is set to. This is quite an old game from 2012. If you have a relatively new monitor, you may need to reduce the resolution to get the game to work. That said, please check the FAQ's thread first.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  14 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

Susan Canera, Having the same exact issue. My machine is older than 2012 so that suggestion shouldn't be an issue IMO, and Win7 Home etc. Mine got locked in a startup loop and then crashed to desktop.

Reply   |   Comment by J.G.  –  14 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

FWIW... *Seems* to run OK in my Win7 32-bit VM, and in my Win10 64-bit VM after running the Compatibility Troubleshooter -- it determined the game should run in Win7 compatibility mode. Sysinternals' Process Explorer shows the game using Direct 3D, but nothing exotic -- games that run in the VMs without a real GPU have pretty minimal hardware requirements. The .ini file says 640 x 480, but it showed full screen at the VM's normal rez of 1024 x 768. It adds folders in Users\ Public & Users\ [Username]\ AppData\ Local, but only one of the files is human readable [.xml] and that just stores volume & full screen settings.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  14 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
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I like this game enough that I bought it several years ago. It's similar enough to regular sim games to be easy to play and different enough to feel fresh.

I'm not sure why it's so satisfying to clean up the artists' colony when I hate cleaning up my house. :-)

Reply   |   Comment by Corylea  –  14 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)
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