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Crime Stories: Days of Vengeance Giveaway

Game Giveaway of the day — Crime Stories: Days of Vengeance

Help John free the city from the Mafia’s grip and avenge his family!
User rating: 26 (93%) 2 (7%) 16 comments

Crime Stories: Days of Vengeance was available as a giveaway on September 12, 2021!

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When John joined the police department his future looked bright. He had a loving family, a promising career and a moral code that prevented him from compromising with criminals. While John's conscience kept him on an honest path, it also made him powerful enemies. A Mafia boss named Costello went after John's family, and his life changed forever. Now, on the brink of despair and hungry for revenge, John sets out to stop Costello once and for all. To do that, he'll take down Costello's associates one by one.

Help John free the city from the Mafia’s grip and avenge his family in this exciting match 3 game!

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8/ 10; CPU: 1.4 GHz; RAM: 1024 MB; DirectX: 9.0; Hard Drive: 79 MB





File Size:

75.1 MB



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Crime Stories: Days of Vengeance:

In Brief:
Crime Stories: Days of Vengeance has never been given away before. It's a match three game with a story of vengeance against a crime family.

It's available via Steam for just over £2 and you can read a few Steam community reviews (all four are positive), HERE (two English and one Italian & French) as well as comments from the Big Fish community HERE

There are a few videos of game play available HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.
When John joined the police department, his future looked bright. He had a loving family, a promising career, and a moral code that prevented him from compromising with criminals.

But while John's conscience kept him on an honest path, it also made him powerful enemies. A Mafia boss named Costello went after John's family, and his life changed forever.

Now, on the brink of despair and hungry for revenge, John sets out to stop Costello once and for all. To do that, he'll take down Costello's associates one by one, along with anyone else who gets in his way.

Can John free the city from the Mafia's grip? Will he avenge his family? Help him as he searches for clues, investigates crimes, and fights the diabolical criminals who hold the city in thrall.

Game Features:
- Exciting story about one man searching for justice and revenge
- 95 challenging match-3 levels
- 32 upgrades divided into 8 chapters as the story unfolds
- A wide city to explore and improve
- An original jazz soundtrack to set the stage for John's confrontation with the Mafia

Reference accessed HERE.
The Game:
I'll add some information if I get time to play the game. Things have been really hectic over the last few weeks and I've been baby sitting our surviving rabbit most nights; getting very little sleep. Apart from losing his sister two weeks ago, we have to hand feed him every three hours because he can't chew his food due to a benign tumour on his jaw that has displaced the lower jaw enough to stop his teeth from grinding (we have to take him to the vet every three or four weeks to get his teeth cut). We've been hand feeding him like this for almost two years now (he's ten years old); however, since his sister's passing a few weeks ago, we've kept almost constant company with him because rabbits are gregarious/social animals; basically I'm exhausted and just don't feel up to writing anything meaningful about the games we are getting at the moment.

However, I did get some time to play the first few match three boards and found them entertaining. There's nothing really new added to the game, but it does hold it's own with some of the better match three games. I like the story running through the game as well as the two modes of play i.e. timed and untimed. I've posted some of the screen captures I took while plying those levels. There's more images than I usually post, but I thought it would give you a better idea of what's in store. My recommendation, even if you're not a match three fan; download this one, it's worth the effort. I'll certainly be keeping it, at least for a while.





























Notes on Security
I scanned a zipped copy of the installed game and it found 3 hits (BitDefenderTheta, VBA32 & Jiangmin) from 61 antimalware engines. (It's nearly always the same ones that give a positive hit, but are almost certainly false positives) The downloaded executable may include some low level adware that only opens your browser to Falcoware's home page after the game has installed and places four shortcuts onto your desktop (which can be safely deleted once the game has installed). The installation does not inject any malware into your system. When your browser is opened to Falcoware's home page when the game has been installed, it earns Falcoware games some money, part of which is given to the developer of the game for allowing the game to be given away free. You can see the results of the scan via the following link:


Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  12 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+20)


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There are different subscriptions available, all of which can be suspended each month if you don't think the games in the bundle are worth it. This months bundle would set you back £211.68 (approx $290) if you purchased all of the games and includes PGA Tour 2K21 (£49.99), Neon Abyss (£15.99), Not For Broadcast (£19.49}, RÖKI (£19.49), Narita Boy (£19.99), West of Dead (£15.49), Atomicrops (£11.39), Heaven's Vault (£19.99), Swag and Sorcery (£9.99), Fort Triumph (£15.49), Orwell: Ignorance is Strength (£7.19) and Framed Collection (£7.19). For me, just the cost of Swag & Sorcery takes care of the cost of the whole bundle (it cost me £8.72 for the bundle) so I'm very pleased with this months choice, especially as several were on my wish list. The last one I already had, so gave it to a friend.

The extra game is a weird graphic oriented game on the lines of those Amanita Design games such as Samorost 1 (free on Steam) and Samorost 2, Machinarium and Rocket man, but is much more psychedelic and wacky. (If you get the bundle make sure you turn down the volume when playing Sluggish Morss Pattern Circus as it's rather jarring in places, but fits the game.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  12 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+13)

Have installed but the game does not start after installing or after clicking its desktop icon. Reainstalled. Result is the same. Win 7 Ultimate.

Reply   |   Comment by Bascha  –  9 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)


Check the event log immediately after trying to get the game to work. If there are any issues it should be recorded in those logs. Also, check to see if the executable is still present in the games installed folder. It may be that your security software is deleting the game?

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  9 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

I wouldn't call it a big risk, but it is nice that developers are taking some. I'd have snagged it out in the wild had I heard of it since the last feature is enough to be a selling point. Thank you to you and the dev for taking time to post this one. OST needs to be longer, but it is the OST that the world should be aware of. Cheers.

Reply   |   Comment by ghettoflower  –  9 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

The game installed fine but when I start it the window does not fill the whole monitor screen. There is about an inch across the top and bottom where you can see the desktop and its flashing real fast. Win7 system. Dell monitors. Other games run fine.

Reply   |   Comment by Jerry  –  10 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

I changed the resolution and now its OK except I have no arrow. Tried on two different systems same problem. How do I get the arrow to show up?

Reply   |   Comment by Jerry  –  9 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Jerry, Perhaps you need to adjust your screen's resolution when playing this particular game.

Reply   |   Comment by M. Aronson  –  9 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

[star ratings on scale of 1-5:]
fun 4
visual/sound 4
challenge 5
storyline 5
user experience 3
overall 4

My comments are based on play through of the first chapter in relaxed mode.

I think Crime Stories: Days of Vengeance has an unusual storyline for a match-3 game. It's styled as a film noir 1950s crime drama in which you're taking down a crime lord's network one mobster at a time. The noir voiceover, jazz, and visuals reinforce the theme.

It's similar to Duskless: The Clockwork Army, which was given away last week. The structure is the same, with a cut scene followed by a series of boards where you acquire enough resources to clear out one of the mobsters' strongholds on the map. It looks like the same game engine with artwork by the same team. And possibly the same voice artists, too.

So far, the resource you need to acquire on the boards is gold. The other game pieces are drugs, weapons, bullets, jewels, and gambling chips. So you might not want this for kids.

In both games, I wish there were a way to quit from the map. You have to load the game board to get access to the menu. And quitting out takes several more steps. Not the best user experience.

In contrast to Duskless, the tutorial is uneven and lacking. There were a few hints at the beginning, and then nothing. No explanation of what the power ups do. In a cut scene, a character mentioned that grenades would be helpful, and a while later, I happened to notice a grenade power up. That's when I realized he'd been talking about an actual thing.

There was no explanation that with each game board, you acquire resources to buy locations on the map. I was already aware of it because it's the same mechanic as in Duskless. Without having played the other game, I might not have thought to click on the tiles that buy the locations.

The hints prompting you to swap tiles are WAY too fast. Sometimes, the hint pops up while the cascade of matches is still running. I find it distracting -- they're not even good suggestions -- and would prefer a longer delay.

(Also: Again with docking stars without stating why.)

This shows what a difference the styling can make to the gaming experience. I loved the ambient music in Duskless, compared to the jazz noir piano and saxophone here. I also prefer that game's steampunk aesthetic to the mid-century casinos and theater lights of Crime Stories.

All said, I am enjoying the story and will probably finish the game. Recommended, especially if you like the noir theme.

(System info: Win7 Pro 64-bit, 32GB RAM, i7-6700HQ, GTX 970M, 1920 x 1080 resolution)

Reply   |   Comment by tinyearl  –  10 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)


Excellent feedback; thank you for taking the time to post this especially bearing in mind I didn't post a review of the game today, just some screen captures and a very brief thought.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  10 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

Nice game relaxed mode no problems

Reply   |   Comment by Chuck  –  10 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

I like the storyline and the music, but wish it could have been in a HOG game. Match 3 games don't keep my interest, even in relaxed mode. Hate timed mode. But I'll keep it.

Reply   |   Comment by Robert  –  10 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

Very odd ... every time when I try to shut down the music and the sound or put it lower, the program shuts down.
I solved the problem with lowering the computer sound... but shouldn't be that way.
I'm on win10, 64

Reply   |   Comment by agno  –  10 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

agno, Did not have that problem also Win10 64.

Reply   |   Comment by Chuck  –  10 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

The game is up my street today so I'll be giving it a try in a minute, but just to say I know all about keeping buns with dental problems going - I had a lovely lad some years ago who needed hand-feeding every few weeks. He lived until nearly 10 years old! Good luck!

Reply   |   Comment by C  –  10 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Nice little game, playing on relaxed mode.

Reply   |   Comment by C  –  10 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)
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