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Game Giveaway of the day — Astrology

Save the country and its people from the dark powers right now!
User rating: 11 (85%) 2 (15%) 8 comments

Astrology was available as a giveaway on April 2, 2022!

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Once upon a time there was a nice prosperous country where people lived their peaceful life facing no troubles. They were ordinary men and women who could be proud of their country. But one day the king of it put an end to the relaxing atmosphere of the people's lifestyle. He met an astrologer and decided to execute him for no logical reasons. The whole country and the king were cursed with the last words of the astrologer. Luckily, the court magus found the solution – his advice was to find some special rare ingredients which could put an end to the evil spell. If you're brave enough and the adventures like this don't frighten you then you must go and look for the ingredients to ruin the spells of Astrology.

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8/ 10; Processor 800 Mhz or better; 512 Mb RAM; DirectX 8.1




File Size:

16.9 MB



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This review is actually is an edited version that was originally posted for Arcanoid: Ball of Destiny. Astrology is virtually the same game with respect to gameplay and mechanics. There are a few differences such as the five different sets are presented as presents in Ball of Destiny rather than a thumbnail image greyed out until unlocked. You can also select each of the ten levels from each set in Ball of Destiny, once unlocked; whereas, in Astrology, you don't have direct access to any of the levels only the sets. Also, in Ball of Destiny you can curve the ball by swiping it with the bat (much like how you spin a ping pong ball); so, I've reposted that review with some editing to take account of the differences.

In Brief:
Astrology is a breakout game ported from an android version. Unless you reduce the resolution to something like 800x600, the game is presented as a small square in the middle of the screen, surrounded by a large black frame. The last four screen captures at the end of the review were taken with my monitor set to 800 x 600, all other images were taken with the screen resolution set to 1920 x 1080 using a 24'' monitor. Although changing the resolution is a minor annoyance, it does improve the feel of the game. Actually Summersets suggestion of changing the resolution from the compatibility settings is a better solution as it does give you full screen I'd forgotten about that way of doing it. As summerset mentions it can upset your shortcuts when you close the game down and revert to your usual resolution, but it is much better in full screen. Thanks summerset for pointing that out. :)

I couldn't find a video of Astrology (only Astrology 2). The actual game play, levels and mechanics of the game are exxactly the same so I've included a couple of videos of Arcanoid: Ball of Destiny game play HERE and an android version of the game HERE. You can get a free android version of Arcanoid: Ball of Destiny HERE. I don't own an android phone, so can't guarantee the android version is free of malware..

Astrology was originally given away on the 15th October 2016, where it received a positive 57% from 53 votes with 47 comments which you can see HERE. Arcanoid: Ball of Destiny which was given away September 24, 2016 where it received a positive 78% from 59 votes with 49 comments can be seen HERE (included so that you can see how similar they are.
One day, the king of a faraway country sentenced to death a wandering astrologer. One minute before his death, the stranger put a curse on the king and his subjects. Since then, inexplicable things began to happen: people got lost and turned into ghosts. Only a magic potion can save the kingdom from evil spells. Your top concern is to find rare, but essential magic ingredients. Only a true brave heart can meet this challenge. Are you the one? Check it out in this free arkanoid game now!

Reference accessed HERE 30th March 2022

The Game:
Astrology defaults to a small window when you boot it up. It's not the best arkanoid I've played, but it's good enough to keep. I like the feature when you're nearing the end of the level when bricks auto destruct. That helps to get rid of those stray few that are left so that you can progress to the next level without having to spend more time trying to hit those harder to hit bricks. It does have reasonable graphics (despite being a port). Basically Astrology is a standard breakout/arkanoid game. The name arkanoid comes from one of the earlier versions of the game called Arkanoid and Arkanoid the Revenge of Doh that were developed by Taito, two early adaptations of breakout, that became very popular when breakout was upgraded to include a variety of layouts instead of just a block of bricks that was originally created by Atari in the late 1970's, also added were power ups and different types of bricks. the name arkanoid is usually used in preference to breakout these days even though it wasn't the original.

Ball physics are okay, though the ability to curve the ball has been removed from Astrology, so it's not a true copy of Ball of Destiny (as already mentioned above; however, the level designs, the number of sets and basic game play remain the same. Unfortunately, there are no power-ups apart from one that drops down when hit by a ball; if you catch it, it will freeze your bat for a second or two. Still, if you enjoyed playing the original breakout by Atari, then the lack of power-ups shouldn't affect your opinion of the game. You can gain extra points by collecting the gems that fall once hit by the ball.

There are no options to turn off music, or change graphic settings just an exit, play and question mark buttons. The first two are obvious, the question mark just tells you who created the game. When you click on the large play button, it opens a new window that shows you five sets; only the first is accessible until you've completed the set.

I haven't progressed to the second set yet, but presume each set has a different environment and maybe even different bricks. The first area contains 10 levels, the other four are unlocked as you complete each set. To progress to the next level you have to complete the preceding level first. Once you've unlocked a set , it remains unlocked even if you have to start the game over after losing all of your lives. There are no save points within a set except when you complete the set; so, if you leave the game before completing a set, when you return, you'll start from the beginning of that set again. There is a score board that records your score whenever you leave the game.
If you like arkanoids and don't mind playing in a window, this is an okay game that is ideal for the family. Reduce the monitors resolution to get a bigger window. Hardened breakout fans will find it very easy to beat, unless they have similar problems as I did with respect to going out of bounds due to the window not being locked, i.e. your mouse pointer can stray out of game so you lose bat movement, which in turn can lose you game lives. Personally I can only give this a 5 out of 10 because it brings nothing new to the game, and lacks the most simple of options to configure the game to players preferences.

The sound effects when hitting different brick types are decent and does add to the game somewhat, but overall, it's not a breakout I'll be returning to soon, especially as the developer of the original action ball has recently released the game on Steam and I'm trying to complete the game (about 250 levels). That game includes a level editor hidden inside the games installed folder. I've been playing it on and off for 15 years since I purchased a copy from Alawar but until the other day never knew there was an editor included as it's not accessible from the main menu.

You'll find a thread over in the giveaway game discussion forums HERE, where I and other community members have listed lots of different breakout/arkanoids, both free and shareware (some links may be dead, but you can still find the games using Google); for example, you can get Ricochet Infinity free My Abandonware (scroll to the bottom of the links page to see the rest of the free Ricochet games; i.e. Ricochet, Ricochet: Lost Worlds and Ricochet Lost Worlds: Recharged). I've also posted a link in the sticky section to a site where you can get thousands of custom made levels HERE for all of the Ricochet games that have the editor included (though you cannot play the levels created by Ricochet Infinity on the earlier versions, but you can play all of the levels via Ricochet Infinity. If those aren't enough to sate your appetite, you can also get two of my all time favourite breakouts for free called 3-D Ultra Pinball: Creep Night (requires DOSBox) and Breakquest, and almost 200 breakouts free from Caimans games HERE (169 x 2D games) & (30 x 3D games ) HERE.











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Free or Discounted Games:
Please check Delenn's threads over in the giveaway forums HERE (non-Steam games) and HERE (Steam games) for the latest freebies. It's kept up to date frequently, (thanks for keeping this up to date Delenn, very much appreciated).

Steam Games:
For the latest Steam sales check THIS Steam database site out. You can list the games in 'price' & 'percentage off' order by clicking the headers. If you link SteamDB (the Steam database) with your Steam account, all games that you already have will be highlighted in green and those in blue are on your wish list. When there are Steam games being given away, you'll see the percentage off as 100%. It's worth checking this regularly to make sure you don't miss the best deals and freebies. There is an early access game presently free on Steam called KEO (usually £9.99).

Delenn usually posts links to all free games within several hours of them going live, so check her links in the first paragraph above.

If you have a Steam account and like to collect soon to be removed games, all five that were listed here; i.e. Far Sky, The free Ones, Sky Break, Knockout Checkers Chamber and Gods Remastered have now been removed from Steam. I don't know of any other outlet that sells any of these games, but, if you still wanted any of them, you may be able to find keys on the various sites that sell Steam key, but there's no guarantee that any will be available. If you've purchased any game that is later removed from the Steam store, you will still always be able to download and play it via your Steam library despite it no longer being available via Steam; that is unless its one of those Massive Multiplayer Online games where the only access is via the developers servers and no single player elements. Once the developers no longer support the game and close the servers down you can no longer access the game. (e.g. Defiance, Guardians of Ember, plus loads more).
Indie Gala:
Don't forget to check Indie Gala's freebie section HERE, then click on the Showcase header, selecting freebies from the drop down menu; the most recent additions include:
1) ... Vroom Racing (Drive a Formula 1 car upon 18 worldwide tracks : Reach 380 Km/h and beat the ghost !)

2) ... Out of Puberty: Chapter 1 (graphic novel, contains adult themes and NOT suitable for children.)

3) ... Project Restart (NEW ... An anime visual novel)

4) ... Spring Bonus (NEW ... Match Three)

5) ... Pixel Puzzles 2: Anime ( Jigsaw Puzzle)

6) ... Cursed Sight (NEW ... Anime visual novel with branching narratives)

7) ... Super Toy cars (ReRUN ... a tabletop arcade combat racing game)

Check the freebie section for the latest additions; if you've not visited for a while, also check the Showcase section for older freebies. All or most new freebies should be on the first page of the Showcase pages. We have been given over 340 games since I started to check the freebie section in 2018. But around 60% of those are no longer available free. The following recent freebies have now been removed from the free library: Little Kite, Last Dream, Unhack, Trainpunk Run, Pixel Puzzles 2: Paintings, Hamsterdam, Copperbell, Chainsaw Warrior, Leisure Suit Larry 2 Looking For Love (In Several Wrong Places), Leisure Suit Larry 1 - In the Land of the Lounge Lizards , Figment, Pixel Puzzles 2: Space, Revolution Ace, Six Sides of the World, Byte Family, Alone on Mars, Garfield Kart, Nostradamus the Last Prophecy, Snowball, Pixel Puzzles 2: Christmas , Die Young (Full version), Distortions, Dino Run DX, Cheap Golf, Kill Em All, Dead Hungry Diner, and Contract with the Devil.

Any game you claim while it's being offered is DRM free and will remain in your Indie Gala library permanently (unless Indie Gala goes bust) and can be downloaded at any time, under the showcase or freebie section; 115 games are still available. Not all games that go into the showcase remain free and are removed after a short period; e.g. the recent adventure puzzler Figment that costs almost £15 on Steam; so, you should grab them as quickly as you can. To find your games go to your account and from the drop down menu select 'My Library'. When the page opens find the 'Showcase' button in the banner along the top of the page and, from the drop down menu select 'Showcase'. There are only 8 games per page, so, if like me you have added hundreds to your account/library. Each page from your free list can take 30 or more seconds to move to the next page so it can take a good twenty minutes to get to the last page depending on how many of the free games you've claimed.
CD Keys:
Another decent site that you should check out regularly is CD Key HERE. They have some very good discounts on top notch AAA games for all the popular platforms (PC, PSN, Xbox, Nintendo), sometimes as much as 99% off. for example Madden NFL 22 is only £0.39 (usually £49.99), Grand Theft Auto V Premium Ed' 84% off (£7.99), Sims 4 85% off (£5.99), Star Wars The Force Unleashed Ultimate Sith Edition £1.79 , Dying Light Platinum Edition 92% off (£5.29 - includes 22 of the paid for 26 DLC's, with a further 11 free DLC's available.), Assetto Corsa 83% off (£3.99), Borderlands 2 GOTY Edition 91% off (£2.99), Civilization VI Platinum Edition 91% off (£8.99), Cities Skyline 90% off (£3.09), Hitman GOTY Ed' 92% off (£3.99), Sniper Elite 4 83% off (£6.99), Stellaris 99% off (£0.19), The Walking Dead: The Telltale Definitive Series 86% off (£5.49), Battlefield V 85% off (£7.39), Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 89% off (£0.79), Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II : The Sith Lords 89% off (£0.79), Planet Coaster 83% off (£4.99), Injustice 2 92% off (£3.99), Kerbal Space Program 85% off (£4.49) this is included in the Stand with Ukraine bundle, Fallout 3 GOTY Ed' 80% off (£2.99), Fallout 4 91% off (£3.49), Tekken 7 90% off (£3.99), Garfield Kart: Furious Racing 92% off (£1.09), Dawn of War Franchise Pack 97% off (£3.19 usually £99), Assassins Creed: Unity 91% off (£3.49), Naruto to Boruto Shinobi Striker 95% off (£1.99), Ace Combat 7 Skies Unknown Deluxe Edition 86% off (£9.99), Outlast 2 90% off (£2.39), The Escapists 2 85% off (£2.99), Battlefield 1 Revolution 87% off (£7.99), Sniper 2: Ghost Warrior 2 89% off (£0.79), Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 Season Pass Edition 96% off (£1.49), Elite Dangerous 84% off (£3.99), Killing Floor 2 89% off (£2.29), Lego: The Incredibles 93% off (£2.49), Lego: DC Super Villains 93% off (£2.49), Resident Evil Biohazard 90% off (£4.99), Resident Evil HD Remaster 87% off (£3.19), Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 91% off (£4.99), The Evil Within 92% (£2.49), Metro Exodus Gold Edition 83% off (£9.99), Shadow warrior 2 90% off (£3.59), Warhammer 40 000 Space Marine - Anniversary Ed' 93% off (£2.99) plus many more amazing deals.

Be sure to check that keys from CD Keys are redeemable in whichever country you live in (it details where it can be redeemed) as prices and the ability to redeem keys in particular countries may differ. I've quoted prices from the UK pages of CD keys. I recently got an Origin key for Star Wars: Squadrons for 99% off, costing me £0.34; it usually retails for £34.99, I also got 32% off a pre order copy of Dying Light 2 a couple of weeks before it was released in February, saving around £20 off the release price.
Epic Games:
The latest Epic Games have been given away previosuly i.e. called City of Brass - a first-person action adventure from senior BioShock developers. Armed with scimitar and a versatile whip, you’ll lash and slash, bait and trap your way to the heart of an opulent, Arabian Nights-themed metropolis – or face certain death as time runs out and even better Total War: WARHAMMER plus seven of the fourteen DLC addons are free as well. These were not included in the original giveaway. - The critically-acclaimed Total War: WARHAMMER combines a turn-based campaign of epic empire-building with colossal and explosive real-time battles, set within the incredible world of Warhammer Fantasy Battles; (it's not my favourite Total War title, but still excellent game play).

Next week from Thursday 7th April we will be getting Rogue Legacy - A genealogical rogue-"LITE" where anyone can be a hero. Each time you die, your unique child will succeed you. One child might be colour-blind, another might be a dwarf with vertigo. But that's OK, because no one is perfect, and you don't have to be to succeed. and The Vanishing of Ethan Carter - a first-person mystery focused on exploration and discovery. As an occult-minded detective Paul Prospero, piece together the truth behind Ethan’s disappearance — and the fate of his family.
Indie Bundles:
The best Indie Bundles sites that have been operating from around 2010 are the Humble Bundle and Indie Gala sites (though the latter isn't as good as it used to be, with most of the bundles containing cheap stocking fillers and a lot of 'adult only 'hentai like ' games). The Humble site is, in my opinion, the best; though a more recent addition that is worth checking out called Fanatical games, that used to be called Bundle Stars, looks to be a serious contender for that title as they have some very good bundles. Presently Fanatical hosts fifteen bundles:

Mystery Bounty Bundle
Build your own Ultimate VR Bundle 2
Build your own Slayer Bundle 5
Build your own Anime Bundle 4
Killer Bundle 21 Redux
Build your own Backstage Bundle 2
Diamond Collection: Build your own Bundle
Build your own Nitro Bundle 2
Platinum Collection: Build your own Bundle March (ends soon)
Indie Must Play Bundle
Build your own Spring Bundle
Guardian Bundle 6
Build your own All Stars 4 Bundle
RPG Maker Bundle
Journey Bundle
Build your own Puzzle Bundle
Grey Alien Games Bundle
Kings & Queens Bundle

You can find the Fanatical bundles page HERE.
The latest Humble Choice bundle went live Tue 1st March; it includes seven Steam games and one Origin game. Desperados III, Mass Effect Legendary Edition (Origin), Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl, The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan, Red Solstice 2: Survivors, Nebuchadnezzar, Police Stories and Evan's Remains. Subscriptions to the Choice bundle have recently been changed, levelling the ground for all subscribers. The monthly cost is a meagre $12/£8.99 with other benefits such as access to a lot of indie titles for free while subscribed and a percentage off other purchases from the Humble store. This discount increases the longer you stay subscribed up to a year with 20% off all none bundle purchases. (1 month sub' gives 10% off, 3 months sub' gives 15% off and six months sub 'gives 17% off). The next Humble Choice bundle goes live Tuesday 5th April 22 next week.

The latest Humble Bundles include the following:

!) ... Europa Universalis IV: The Complete Collection Contains the base game plus 32 DLC's for £15.20 usually costs £390.89 (ends 13th April).

2) ... Killing Floor Collection - includes For at least £11.48 you get Killing Floor plus DLC; Mrs Foster Pack, The Chickenator Pack, Neon Character Pack, Neon Weapon Pack, Incursion (VR Only), Community Weapons Pack, Community Weapon Pack 2, Community Weapon Pack 3 - Us Vs Them Total Conflict Pack, Outbreak Character Pack. And Killing Floor 2, Killing Floor 2 Digital Deluxe Upgrade plus DLC's Armory Season Pass, Halloween 2020 Full Gear Bundle, Headshot FX Pack 1, Headshot FX Pack 2, Cardboard Knight Bundle, Mrs. Foster, Horzine Mark 7 Bundle, Christmas 2020 Full Gear Bundle. (ends Thursday 21st April 22).

Free Game Project:
I've restarted a project I originally started back in 2008 that used to be called Good Games to Grab, where I posted free games over in the forums on a daily basis; however, I won't be posting them daily this time, only as and when I have time and the inclination. You can find the new forum section entitled 'Free Game Project' HERE. So far, I've posted eight excellent PC games, plus one android game as well as suggested or linked to others similar to the ones posted. I'll be adding more as and when I have the time or the mood takes me over the coming months.

Amazon Prime Gaming:
If you have Amazon Prime you also get access to a new set of free games every month. The April freebies include the fantastic The Elder Scrolls Oblivion from GOG (You can find loads of mods, addons and other related files over on Nexus mods HERE. ModDB also have many files avaialble for the game HERE (files), HERE (add-ons) and HERE (mods).).

From Origin you get the 3D version of Plants vs Zombies: Battle for Neigbourville (I'm really pleased to see this one; I was intending to buy it in the next Steam sale as it's been on my wish list since it's release) . Plus there are several other games from Plug in Digital and Lucas Arts free this month.

On top of those full game freebies there's also a shed load of add-ons and other DLC content for various Free to Play and commercial titles such as GTA V, Overwatch, League of Legends, Rainbow Six Siege, Two Point Hospital, The Crew 2, Fall Guys, Blade & Soul, FIFA 22, Madden NFL 22 (the full game was free on Origin last month via Amazon Gaming, now you get some extra stuff to add to the game). Also extra's for Battlefield 2042, Splitgate, Gildwars 2, Black Desert Mobile, Warframe, Doom Eternal and over 20 other titles.

May's games will be live on Monday 2nd May.
Other Free or Discounted Games:
Black And White Apocalypse that was given away mid January (HERE) by the developer Hammergames is always free via Itch.io and can also be downloaded as a colour version. You can find both versions via the following links Black & White version, and Coloured version. :) Hammergames also offer other games they have created free HERE. Some of them look like they are worth investigating. :)

Stay safe everyone.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  8 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)

Nice game, but it runs only in window mode which is very small :-(
Can it be set to fullsrcreen?

Reply   |   Comment by Detlev Sczesny  –  8 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Detlev Sczesny,

Hi Detlev, unfortunately no, but changing your monitors screen resolution to 800x600 will increase the size of the window to almost full screen size (at least on a 24.5'' monitor). It's a port from android, which probably explains its lack of configurability.

See Summersets suggestion, it's actually a better solution. :)

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  8 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

Detlev Sczesny, Right click on the shortcut, then select "properties" and "compatibility" then check on the "Run in 640x480 screen resolution." When you go to run it the game should fill the screen. Although doing this can mess up the aspect ratio of any open windows so you'll want to close them first.

Reply   |   Comment by Summerset  –  8 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)


Thanks Summerset, forgot about that solution.

It's actually much better than the one I suggested, though the drifting over to other monitors in a multi monitor setup is still an issue.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  8 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)

FWIW, if you've got a VirtualBox VM, if the game runs in it -- this one seems fine in my Win7 32-bit VM -- you can set the display rez, set the scaling provided by V/Box, & toggle the VM to full screen & back, all without touching your display's rez or any of its settings.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  8 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)


Thank Mike. :)

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