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Ballad of Solar Giveaway

Game Giveaway of the day — Ballad of Solar

In a land of enchantment, torn by evil, a hero arrives to save the day!
User rating: 345 (79%) 91 (21%) 20 comments

Ballad of Solar was available as a giveaway on February 8, 2015!

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You have to steal things and sell them and try not to get in the guard's eyes.

In a land of enchantment, torn by evil, a hero arrives to save the day! His name is Solar, and he brings courage, bravery, and skill with a sword. No orc can stop him, no troll can trip him up, and no goblin can gobble him for dinner! Guide Solar and his band of helpers as they set out to rescue the fair Lumina and stop the dark sorcerer Grogan from achieving eternal life. As you go, you'll put your time and resource management skills to work rebuilding towns, completing quests for friends you make along the way, and stopping the enemy from striking. Told with a laugh and a wink, Ballad of Solar is a colorful, challenging and utterly unforgettable adventure for all ages!

  • 30 challenging levels;
  • A cast of charming characters;
  • Two game modes.

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8; CPU: 1.6 GHz; RAM: 512 MB; DirectX: 9.0; Hard Drive: 270 MB


Xing Interactive



File Size:

193 MB



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Did I miss something? When did this website start forcefully adding bookmarks to our browsers? After installing this game, the 'Successfully activated' dialogue box has a line to "Add Game GiveawayOfTheDay.com to favorites [Internet Explorer]" and it cannot be unchecked.

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I think it's been like that for a long time. You make it sound really negative, and you are the first person to my recollection that has ever made a comment about it.

It's a small price to pay for free games.

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

Downloaded and installed fine on my Win 7/64 laptop although it did take quite a long time to do so >10 Minutes on my high speed DSL line.

I am not really a fan of Time Management games, but this one seems like one I would play for a while. It didn't seem to be so dreary and boring and the same old thing. It's a keeper for me.
Thanks GGAOTD and Alawar for this one!

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Nice one :) I feel the same about most TM games. The Farm Frenzy ar eone of the exceptions and this will be another. Good on alawar for sharing yet more games.

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

Downloaded fast on 8.1. Graphics are very good. Did have trouble with continuing of play. Had to replay first level to move on.
It is a bit boring, like another recent release, but at least the figures move on with this one.
Did not play enough levels to show if gets better. Do appreciate just waving over with mouse to collect.
Thanks for another good game! Lee

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

A CHAMP!...of a game,been having Fun playing'...and many more hrs of it.
"Ballad of Solar" that is...cute',working fun,educational.....and,my kids love these type of games. Happy Sunday and Many ThKs!!!.. Alawar Entertainment/GGAOTD/Team.

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

Why doesn't GOTD announce its giveaways early? If I knew a favorite software was going to be offered, I'd tell EVERYBODY I KNEW to come to the site and CHECK IT OUT, DUDES!

People would still visit even on days they weren't interested in the program to see what program was going to be offered NEXT!

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I think you may be right. Even if it was just the next game or the next few games. The Daily indie Game does that. They list the next three or four games that will be on their $1 deal.

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

Maybe the rabbit's kids should overthrow white rabbit and take over posting of reviews??? I think that's how it's done where he lives?? Gee, the reviews are better then the games!! Maybe he rabbits kids have the rabbit's skill???

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Hi Wot, I don't always get access to the games beopfre they go live. when this happens it's much harder for me to write up a full or effective review as I can't start it till the game goes live. It then takes me between 4 to 6 hours to write up the review from scratch as I also have to spend 'at least' a few hours playing the game to give it justice before I can start on the review.

Recently I've not been able to access all of the games before they go live. If I have things to do with my family, especially on the morning of the giveaway, it adds even more time to the length of time it takes beofre i'm able to finish the review. By the time I could post it completed it becomes almost pointless me spending so many hours writing up a review because the maority of the community will already have visited the site by the time my review was posted.

Hope this makes sense?


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

Looks like it will be an interesting game. Downloaded no problems. I have played a few levels and am still trying to workout what is required. Therein lies the challenge! However it will keep me busy for a little while. Graphics are attractive and overall a nice middling TM game. Thanks Alawar and GGOTD for this.

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

I like that it's not necessary to hover over the smaller items to collect them, but that rolling the mouse over them does help gather faster when you're needing a particular resource. Some other games will either not considered it cleared until the resource is collected, will stop production at auto-resource buildings once a max # of resources are awaiting collection (like in Aztec Tribe which was recently offered), or the resources will spoil/disappear if not collected in a timely manner. As a whole, I prefer the way this game treats them, allowing me to focus more on the order of tasks versus the resource gathering.

I disagree with bovi above about not being able to queue tasks that are not yet reachable. It would be nice to queue them if other tasks blocking them are already being taken care of, but most games I've played like this don't allow queuing of unreachable tasks, so I'm pretty familiar and used to this as a game mechanic and don't actually have any qualms with it.

I have to say, the stereotyped characters are a bit annoying, especially the whole blonde-haired, blue-eyed hero versus the evil dark-haired bad guy, and that is the most pathetic king ever. I would have liked it better if he was locked away in the cave by the bad guy over his actual story. I almost feel sorry for Solar wanting to marry into that family.

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Thank you for your excellent feedback Tricky Kitty :)

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

WOOHOO! Another TM game!

First of all, installed fine on Win7 Servicepack—I have no clue.

I like this one, a lot!

First, I want to say that I've only played it up until the 'rescue the king' level so far, but plan to finish it.

First of all, the sounds and music are good, unlike some like this. They're fit what the game is about and aren't overly annoying.

The graphics are good without being too dorky.

The play is simple enough that most can get it easily, even without the tutorial, yet challenging enough that it takes those of us that play these games a bit of work to do whatever. And, a side note here, the way the tutorial is done is quite good and visualizes it better than most do. That's a bit plus.

There is a bit you need to do to get through levels and some of it can get a tad frustrating here and there, until you get it down. That's not a bad thing, though. It keeps you alert and on your toes.

My only complaint is that you have to accumulate too many 'people' to tend to whatever and it could be better done in other ways.

Another thing that could be done better is how to collect the resources you need. That gets a tad tedious and is only a minor tweak to fix.

Overall, it's a good game that would only take some minor tweaking to be great!

Thanks for the giveaway, I plan to have a great deal of fun with this one today!

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Thank you very much for your excellent feedback DAMyst :)

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

This game kinda reminds me of a farm frenzy game where you collect eggs and stuff like that; not a bad game but not one for me, thank you though.

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

Ok Windows 8.1.2 x64 Pro. Widescreen, fast, basic options. Just did first learn level quickly. Liked the hover to pick up resources. Worker doesn't need to return to tent.
Interesting new forms, repairs, fix ups, etc. Not usually TM fan but this one seems quite promising for look and feel. Reviews suggest lot of new designs and solutions will be presented as game goes on. For that alone 8.5/10 for early look fans. Thanks GOTD.

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Thank you for your feedback beergas :)

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

Extracting files to C:\Games\BalladOfSolar_game folder
The archive is either in unknown format or damaged

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

xumkpaExtracting files to C:\Games\BalladOfSolar_game folder
The archive is either in unknown format or damaged@imgof.com

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

Great game. Graphs are nice. Love the way they move to the other scene, although I do not understand why the forger is left behind. Music is fine as well, not irritating at all. I like it when you have to collect things in order to make something else you need to solve the level. Sometimes you think a path is blocked but it turns out it is not which is a bit confusing. Love the fairy tale setting with mages and elves. The only thing wrong with the game is probably that there are too few levels to play. I have been enjoying this game all afternoon. Like it much better than last week's TM game. Thank you for this wonderful game.

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Thank you for your feedback Merlyne :)

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

Hey! This isn't CLUE or SORRY! It's just some other TM game

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

Downloaded, took a while, don't know if its the servers or what but 10 min to d/l a 194 mb file with a 50mb internet line is crazy...lol But to the point. Unziped to a folder just for testing on my Windows 10 64bit system. Game started up with no problems and ran quite well. when you run the program you get a self extractor which allows you to extract the game anywhere on your computer but the default is c:\games, ast stated the game runs fine. I found out the game uses .ogg files for sound so if you want you can change the sounds with some editing of xml file or making backup of the original sounds and replacing them with some files with the same name...lol makes for some interesting fun. Ok back to the review, was able to play the game and navigate easily through the game, graphics are not the Best but they are good. Game play is smooth and was able to get well into the game in a matter of no time. one thing you can do is change the difficulty in the game where its timed instead of adventure, makes the game more interesting and a bit harder. No screenshots here just wanted to let everyone know this Is DEFIANTLY better than yesterdays game. :)

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Thank you for your feedback Keymaster I find changing the music to my favorite ones can make the game more pleasurable (if you are able to change them as you can with many of Alawars games) :)

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

Queuing tasks is terrible in this game. You need to wait until all obstacles are gone before you can order an action on a more distant object, which is incredibly inconvenient. When all blocking obstacles are already ordered to be removed, you should be able to order actions right away.

Mousing over a bunch of resources to magically transport them to the stash makes no sense and is a boring chore.

On the plus side, well, um, it's pretty. Can't say I liked this one, it's not staying on my drive.

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Thank you for your feedback bovi, not seen you around in a while.:)

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

Hi there,
great Game, but some things are irritating:

- Sometimes I have to click on the objects, like the aples, and for other things mouse over is enough.
- Mostly a click somewhere is enough to go on, here Ive to click explicitly on the continue-buttons, links ...

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

There is no installation process with this game. Instead you extract the game folder to a location of your choice on your computer. The game folder itself is 234 MB in size. I would recommend you read some reviews on the publisher's site. I was going to dismiss it as a simple TM game. Well, reading the reviews tells me it has more to offer than that. I will give this a try out. Thank you as always to the GGOTD team, the moderator, and Alawar Entertainment

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Thank you for your feedback gpc111 :)

Reply   |   Comment by gpc111  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

No review today. Sorry. :(

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