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Dead Hungry Diner Giveaway

Game Giveaway of the day — Dead Hungry Diner

Guide Gabe and Gabby, the orphan twins, and discover the secrets of Ravenwood village. Seat, serve and satisfy a variety of monsters but be quick before they get impatient and leave without paying.
User rating: 145 (47%) 161 (53%) 24 comments

Dead Hungry Diner was available as a giveaway on August 22, 2015!

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Do not allow evil spirits to get to you.

Dead Hungry Diner is a fun and fast paced action- puzzler with a fresh approach to restaurant management. Guide Gabe and Gabby, the orphan twins, and discover the secrets of Ravenwood village. Seat, serve and satisfy a variety of monsters but be quick before they get impatient and leave without paying. Be careful where you seat the creatures. You might need Frankie the bouncer to break up fights between feuding customers. Use a pinch of magic to perfect your customer service and build up big bucks. With a bulging bank balance visit the "Blackest Market" and purchase power ups. Manage the most unusual restaurant you have ever seen.

Game Features:

  • Halloween style time management game;
  • 55 Levels across 5 worlds;
  • Select between two player characters: Gabe and Gabby;
  • In-game tutorial;
  • Story and Endless mode;
  • Variety of Unique Monster Customers (Zombies, Werewolves, Vampires ...).

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8; CPU: 1.2 GHz; RAM: 512 MB; DirectX: 9.0; Hard Drive: 84 MB


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File Size:

64 MB



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Comments on Dead Hungry Diner

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Hi again,

I did download and played a few levels - my attention span with this cold is limited. Although the buttons (for options etc) are not labeled with words, I did figure most of them out by exploring them. The tutorial is quite clear, and one of the buttons also explains the rules of the game. The cartoonish graphics make this suitable for children, and I think those who object to the monster theme may fail to see it as in keeping with Halloween. Because TM games are not my favourite, this game will get less play than Fishdom and Barn Yarn.

Cara in NC

Reply   |   Comment by Cara  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Fun little game, thanks all involved

Reply   |   Comment by Angel  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Really wanted to play this game, but it would not run due to a graphics display problem. Trying to sort it out. If I resolve it, I will give additional feedback on the game itself. Thank you for making games free for a day!

Reply   |   Comment by Lisa M.  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Yes, I tried installing it just the way you are saying, but when I hit Close on Software Informer, Norton pops up and deletes "Setup.exe" as a "Security Risk".
Too bad, this looked like fun :-(

Reply   |   Comment by khorah  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Installed in less than the 10mins it stated. Win10 onto a portable drive. I started to play and noticed that my mouse did not reach over to the far right hand side of the screen. In fact in only let me access a small screen even though the game was full screen. So Ctl-Alt-Delete out of the game and ran a compatible test and now it lets me play it normally. A good game, funny really. Not my sort of game but like playing this. Lets see how fast this old girl goes, LOL.

Reply   |   Comment by Suzanne  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Installed and working with no problems on Windows 10. Another good TM game.

Reply   |   Comment by Clammydog  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Maybe breaking thumbs down to bad game and not interested/don't like might help make it more relevant. It should be easier to implement than only voting after downloading. Doesn't mean they will but it is an idea.

Reply   |   Comment by Gina  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

For those worried about the voting, over the years it appears this is caused by many voters, especially in the first few hours, voting on whether they want that genre of game, versus the game itself. Time management has been out of vogue with some voters recently. GOTD has considered allowing voting only to those who downloaded, but it appears they feel that would be too much trouble. As Whiterabbit will tell you, GOTD more determines reception based on the number of downloads, which is usually in the thousands. Most testers just don't vote, so, the whole thing is unfortunate, but not as detrimental to determining what games we get as it may look.

Reply   |   Comment by watcher13b@yahoo.com  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I am not downloading because, although I like time management games, I object to zombies. Perhaps many of the negative votes are based on the zombie theme?
Anyhow, I followed your link to FreeGamePick, and found a hidden object game, Annabel, which I just completed playing and I thoroughly enjoyed the game. Thanks for the lead.

Reply   |   Comment by LadyFolder  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

As far as commenting, I think part of the problem may simply be that players don't always get to the giveaway game until after the day is over. Most of the time, I don't get to a game until at least the next day, if not the weekend or later. In the past I've made an effort to comment even if I'm just a day or so late, but it seems pointless by then - not all of the comments are initially visible, there is no way to subscribe to a comment thread to be notified of new comments, and no way to sort the comments (that I recall). Who will know that I commented or even care at that point? It seems to me that after the giveaway day, the comment thread is dead. I could go to the forums, but even that seems like a waste of time for similar reasons; the giveaway is over and if someone should happen to stumble upon the original giveaway page and decide to read through the comments, there is no link to additional comments posted on the forums. So if my comment would be helpful to someone, it's lost on the forums.

I agree with you, White Rabbit, but given the current comment structure and the relative difficulty in finding a particular game on the site (especially for unfamiliar visitors), I think it's hard to get around the feeling that, once the day is over, the comments are pointless. I think even the voting is closed when the day is done, adding to that "done" feeling.

Or maybe I'm the only one who can't get around to playing these games on the same day. Regardless, maybe the GGAOTD community can make suggestions as to how to improve the comment structure or even just describe why they don't comment. People post comments all the time all over the internet. There has to be a good reason why more people don't comment about these games. Maybe it is something the GGAOTD team can change.

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Thank you for your comment. Comments can be left at any time, not just on the day of the giveaway. The initial postings on the day are useful in that they give the community more feedback, but developers could visit at any time.

Reply   |   Comment by Melika  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Downloaded quickly and installed its own shortcut so no problems there. I like TM games but this is a bit too fast paced for me. It wasn't long before I started "failing" levels. However it is a bit of fun and has a cute story line, so will keep it for occasional plays and I might try for different ways to improve my score. Thanks Stephen, GGOTD and the developers for this bit of distraction.

Reply   |   Comment by DJ  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

On trying to install it again....I get something called "Software Informer" that wants to install first, and when I say No, the installation quits and the file is removed, and the installation terminates.

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When the game has been installed a window appears that has two buttons. On the left is one that says install software informer on the right close. Do not click on the left hand button otherwise software Informer will be installed. When yopu unpack the initial download click on the orange colored key file. This will install the game. Make sure you check the box to install the desktop shortcut. Once this has been accomplished close the program and as said above ignore the left hand button that says install software informer.

The program can be used for updating your installed applications to the latest versions. Personally I don't use software informer, but I have accidentally installed it when iot was first added and found it innocuous enough./ Just didn't need it, so deleted it.

Reply   |   Comment by khorah  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I tried to download and install as it seemed like a very fun game.
Got it unpacked and ran the install file: it registered, and then my security software shut it down :-(
Running Windows 8 on brand new ASUS laptop with Norton installed...not sure what the problem was, error message said some file I have never heard of was removed and the game quit installing. :-(

Reply   |   Comment by khorah  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

...same problem for me, first time ever with GAOTD... restarted laptop, downloaded again, unzipped... "failed to launch"... checked the FAQ section, nothing... also got a message from Avira, "unwanted program found: 'PUA/InstallCore.Gen7' [riskware]. Access Denied"... sorry, it seems to be a nice game...

Reply   |   Comment by maddy  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Got a false positive from Bitdefender. It tried to block DHD.exe. Easy peasy to tell it to ignore it. GOTD is one of the few sites that I'd trust the downloads to not worry about it being a virus.

Reply   |   Comment by Bebinn  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

:) I want to make it perfectly clear, for the record, that I for one never combined the words "Zombie" & "Cute". I'm pretty sure at least a few of them will be angry over that, & I certainly don't want them piling up outside my windows & doors. :)

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Hi WR,

I turned off Zemana AntiLogger and turned on my Returnil (virtual environment) to try to install this game. Game did install and ran, but I found this is NOT an Immanitas game (as listed as the publisher) but is in fact a Black Market Games offering from 2013. Zemana must have freaked out because of this as a search reveals a bad reputation for BMG because of malware/spyware/adware. I tried the game out anyway and found the gameplay generic as far as this genre goes. The game did NOT try to download anything behind the scenes, so it is clean as far as malware/spyware/adware is concerned. It is lost after the reboot due to the virtual environment and I won't be reinstalling as there is nothing special about this game.

Reply   |   Comment by George  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I agree with the rating voting being skewed by non-users. I'm not a web designer (yet), but maybe it would be possible to move the comment and rating section to the page that pops up 'after' installation, and then just copy the results to this webpage(????).

Reply   |   Comment by sirpaul2  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Hi Stephen,

Welcome back from vacation - hope you all had a terrific time. After reading your review and watching the videos, I have given this game a thumbs up, but I haven't decided whether to download. I haven't really gotten into TM games, although I have tried a few. I think Dead Hungry Diner is very cute with it's overall theme, and I may decide to download it later today. It seems I've woken up with a summer cold, so I'll probably be sleeping part of the day (when I'm not pouring down lots of fluids). Thank you to Immanitas, GGOTD and you for offering us this game which I think is a nice twist on the usual.

Cara in NC

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Hi Cara, get well soon. Thanks for your kind words. The vacation was just what the doctor ordered. I needed to get away from these home walls for a short break. Glad to be home though as the weather was far too hot for most of each day for me. Hot and sticky.

This is one of the few Time Management games I've actually purchased as I'm also not that keen on TM games. I find them generally too stressful. I want to play a game to relax to, or get challenged, but not by time.

Reply   |   Comment by Cara  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

You've put your finger on a pet peeve of mine. I find thoughtful comments by people who have actually tried the game to be incredibly helpful in deciding whether to give the game a try, but in lieu of comments, I have to rely on thumbs votes. But that doesn't tell me WHY they are voting thumbs down. Is it really problems with the game, which would be more useful to know in detail, or merely they don't like the genre? I, too, am not really a time management fan (unless it's a feature of another genre also) but think I'll give this a whirl based on the only two comments here so far. Negative comments have saved me from much wasted time, but negative votes really tell me nothing.

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I've always included a few paragraphs at the end of the reviews I post asking the community to post their views on the games. I believed and still do that if we got lots of decent feedback from the community, the site would benefit because developers would start to use this site as a sounding board. The site already has a good standing with the big search engines, plus it has a large global community, with tens of thousands of visitors every weekend. Developers would see this as an opportunity to expose their product and get free feedback. Sadly, there's only a tiny percentage of the community that bothers to even post any sort of comment. On average only 0.05% to 0.1% (i.e. 1 in every 1000 to 2000 downloads) of the community post comments and of those only a very small fraction give useful feedback for developers to utilize. :(

Despite the climate I still think the game side of the project has so much potential, if only the community pulled together more and posted lots of useful feedback, whether negative or positive. It doesn't need to be a thousand words set in paragraphs, it could just be a pro's and cons job with bullet points. :)

Reply   |   Comment by hecate  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Downloaded without problems. Extracted without problems. Passed AVG (anti-virus) scan. Setup program was given access to internet through Zemana AntiLogger and Online Armor (I have notification set on) but then immediately terminated by Zemana AntiLogger (the first time ever Zemana has terminated a GAOTD download). This termination was received AFTER it connected to the internet. I then received a dialogue box that said "Failed to Launch". To quote one of my kids' favorite movies, "Strange things are afoot at the Circle K".

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Thank you for your feedback George. Finally back home and now have time to moderate properly. sorry I've not replied to previous posts by you (Fprt Defense, Cubetractor Blue Tear etc).

Have you checked the FAQ's thread that I link to in the problems section of the review above> Also check the event log to see if there was a reason given for the failed to connect. hope you get it sorted.

Reply   |   Comment by George  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I think I like Dead Hungry Diner!

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Reply   |   Comment by Walter  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I didn't download this because I already own it. It is a great little time management game. It is sort of like Diner Dash with monsters. It has some differences that make it very fun. If you like time management games, you'll probably like this one.

I'm really sad to see 64% giving this a thumbs down only an hour and a half into the giveaway! I wish people would give a thumb up or down on the merit of the game itself. Too many people give a thumb down without even trying a game because it's not a genre they like. If it's not your style and you're not downloading it, don't vote. It gives the games skewed ratings.

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I agree with you. It would be great if we could implement a system where you could only vote once you've downloaded the game, but i doubt that will ever happen. Thankfully most regular game giveaway community members realize the thumbs up/down system is flawed. I don't particularily like TM games, but this one I purchased via Steam when it was released For those who don't try the game, it's their loss.

On Steam it has mostly positive reviews which you can see via the following link:


Reply   |   Comment by F150Girl  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Dead Hungry Diner:

In Brief:

Dead Hungry Diner is a Dinner Dash Time Management clone but with a zombie infested theme. It's well worth downloading. Thumbs up from me I don't usually like TM games, but this one is fun to play. Steam community members give it a largely positive thumbs up (out of over a hundred reviews). You can see those reviews HERE.

dhd 002Installation:

The game downloads as a 64 MB zip file that unpacks to a read me document that contains the terms and conditions and a wrapped dual activation and set up module and a security set up file (setup.gcd). Just for the newcomers amongst today’s users that means the game will be registered once it’s gone through the set up process, so there’s no registering the game with an activation code.

C:\Program Files (x86)\Dead Hungry Diner

You can create a desktop shortcut by checking the appropriate box during installation. Sometimes I've found the installation path shows the previous game I installed from this site, so to be sure you don't install the game inside a previous game, check the installation path when you start the installation. You can usually find where it's supposed to go by looking in the read me file that comes with the download, but not for todays game. To stop this happening, clear your cache. The installed game is 76.1 MB in size

Capturedhd 004Introductionl>:

Dead Hungry Diner is a fun and fast paced game with a fresh approach to restaurant management. Guide Gabe and Gabby, the orphan twins, and discover the secrets of Ravenwood village. Seat, serve and satisfy a variety of monsters but be quick before they get impatient and leave without paying. Call Frankie the bouncer to break up fights between feuding customers. Use a pinch of magic to perfect your customer service and build up big bucks. Manage the most unusual restaurant you have ever seen!

Reference accessed HERE 22nd Aug 2015

dhd 003dhd 005The Game:

Zombies, vampires and all kinds of monsters seem to be the latest thing not only in casual gaming, but in pop culture as a whole. In Dead Hungry Diner the player accompanies Gabe and Gabby, twins who have been raised in an orphanage, who feed a vast number of monsters to save their hometown Ravenwood. How this game easily surpasses similarly themed games in the genre, you can read in this review.

Dead Hungry Diner features 50 levels and two different game modes. The story mode is set at five different locations and each level can be finished with a variety of ratings depending on how much money you earn. The lowest rating is set really low, so even beginners should have no real problems to get through the game. The All-You-Can-Eat mode is unlocked separately for each location by finishing it in story mode. Altogether you will spend probably around four to five hours playing through story mode once, getting a master rating on each level.

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In contrast to comparable restaurant-themed time management games, Dead Hungry Diner only offers one meal – brain berries. On the surface, gameplay seems spookily familiar. Groups of customers have to be seated and served while keeping them patient, same actions can be chained to earn bonus money, customer types differ in patience and next to whom they dislike seating and in between levels certain perks can be purchased.

But the simplification of meals and serving definitely changes the dynamic of the game, particularly due to the ability to cast spells, which allows for different strategies. While the pace of Dead Hungry Diner is incredibly fast, it rarely gets frustrating because you can really concentrate on the patience of customers. Players are able to both swap tables and to change any type of monster into zombies. For example, werewolves dislike sitting next to vampires, so you can either swap tables to avoid this or turn one group into zombies to prevent any conflict.

Dead Hungry Diner also features spells that increase patience (either for table or queue customers), speeds up waiters or waitresses, and sends rain to chase the impatient monsters away for a moment. After casting spells they need some time to be activated again, but players are able to reduce this cooling down time by upgrading each spell in Shady’s Shop with their hard earned money.

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Production values in Dead Hungry Diner are definitely top-notch – graphics are crisp, the animations of monsters fit the theme and are a blast to watch, and the music is motivating. It also does not hurt that the story is of good quality, too, an aspect mostly neglected in this genre. Of course it is somewhat predictable, but the humor of it fits the theme of the game perfectly and the characters are actually likeable. Even the antagonist is perfectly hilarious – Vanda Helsing once saved Ravenwood from monsters, but has become so jaded by her own standards and prejudices that she cannot see the good Gabe and Gabby are doing.

It’s not that the game reinvents the genre, but it actually attempts to spin well-known mechanics into something new with a tongue-in-cheek story. Apart from new spells and a new customer types there are no new features added at each location, but it is definitely a welcome surprise that those spells truly affect the way you are playing and are in constant use.

Reference accessed HERE 22nd Aug 2015


You can see a video of game play HERE, HERE and HEREscreen1screen2Game System Requirements:

OS: Windows XP/Windows Vista/Windows 7/8 (it also works on Win 10)
CPU: 1.2 GHz
RAM: 512 MB
DirectX: 9.0
Hard Drive: 84 MB


The game doesn’t quite reach its full potential, though. Dead Hungry Diner features a story and characters as interesting as those of the Delicious-series, but story elements as well as varying bonus challenges could have spiced up each level even more.

Minor issues with Dead Hungry Diner mostly concern controls. It’s not possible to cancel actions by right-clicking, nor are there any markers to indicate actions planned and chained in advance. Furthermore some decorative upgrades would have been a nice diversion for each location. While each of the five settings look very different, some personally earned signs of reward are always a nice motivation. But those are only minor quibbles, and don’t diminish the fun you will have in any significant way.

In the end, Dead Hungry Diner proves that there still is a lot of room for improvement and innovation in the time management genre. While layout and basic mechanisms are easily recognizable for genre fans, the game still offers enough twists to feel fresh. Considering the long playing time, two different modes, loads of humor and stellar production values, it’s without a doubt a shoo-in for players who enjoy time management games with a dash of black humor.


I've included new categories to reduce the the scoring bias that is inevitable when a single person is scoring a game.

Game play ------- 8
Graphics ------- 7.5
Audio ------- 7.5
Replayability ------- 7
Originality ------- 7
Fun Factor ------- 7

Total = 44 out of 60 which equals 7.3 out of 10.

Other reviews of the game:
You can find some mini reviews of the game via Steam (mostly positive), HERE or via Big Fish HERE



If you have any problems installing or getting today's game to work please go HERE for help. I've posted most of the common problems and solutions in a FAQ thread, which you can find in the sticky section of the forums by following the above link.

If you are posting late in the day I would also suggest posting in the main giveaway forums; in the game discussion section, because I cannot moderate 24hrs a day over the weekend. I've created a thread HERE for that purpose. If you've installed the game but it doesn’t work for some reason, it should still be registered, so someone may be able to help at a later date. Unfortunately if your problem is actually downloading it, once the giveaway deadline is reached you will no longer be able to download the game unless you've already started downloading it before the cut-off. Sometimes you can still register the game after the giveaway has ended so long as you managed to start the download before the giveaway ends. I've tested this and the grace period lasts for up to 1 hour. Apart from the above instances; i.e. already installed, but having problems running the game, (with the possibility of receiving help from the community via the giveawayoftheday game discussion forum); or still downloading after the cut off period, but within the 1 hour grace period, or registering within an hour of the cut-off period. Once the giveaway period is over there’s nothing that can be done to get the game (unless its available from one of the free game sites) until the game is given away again (though that isn't always guaranteed).

It's worth checking the giveaway game discussion forums the day before the giveaways go live to see if we are getting a large sized file; this is especially important for those who have slow connections and even more so if the game is popular. We can have up to forty thousand (40 000) community members downloading over the 24 hour period, with the bulk of community members downloading in the first 12 hours of the giveaway going live, there is always a massive strain on the giveaway servers. The bigger the file size, the more community members will be downloading at any one time. Because the bandwidth is shared equally amongst all community members, downloads can become excrucatingly slow, so if you do have a slow connection, its important to start your download as early as possible to avoid disappointment. Because these games are free, the giveaway owners cannot invest in more bandwidth without compromising the whole project, so we have to be satisfied with what we have at present.

I hope the above goes some way in expalining why we sometimes have really slow downloads.

It’s always worth checking out the free games sites because sometimes the games we get here are also available for free from them. MyPlayCity (MPC) has the most with over 1000 games to choose from. Today's game is available from MPC HERE. I've not checked the other free game sites.

If you do download any games from MyPlayCity, Gametop or the other free game sites please 'do' watch out for toolbars etc. Make sure you un-check the check-boxes during installation, and, in the case of MyPlayCity, every time you boot the game up, (this may have changed now as these free game sites tend to change the format frequently)....... I've posted links to all of the common free game sites below in the games, games games section. If you do download a game from any of these sites you do so at your own risk. We cannot be held responsible for problems arising from an installation. :)

For now I won't be recommending you download games from Jenkat Games. They have changed the way you get games from their site. Diane has posted information about this over in the game discussion forums. If I have time or remember, I'll link to it. TooMyk Games are now safe to download from. They have removed the games that were suspect and have cleaned up their act. As always, you download from those free game sites at your own risk. The giveaway site is the safest site I know of where you can get free software and games. The only disadvantages with downloading from here is you have to download and install within the day of the giveaway (apart from the instances mentioned above and if and when you upgrade or buy a new computer legally you aren't allowed to transfer games given away previously, unless they are being given away on the day you upgrade, or if you've purchased a licence. :)

You just have to look at the sites track record since the game giveaway site was created back in December 2006. Zero games given away have been infected with malware, there are no toolbars installed, nor home pages hijacked or browsers changed. There is one slght annoyance, but that only occurs if a community member isn't paying attention when the final window pops up after installing a giveaway. That is the software Informer installation. some community members have complained that they were given no choice in its installation. That is not true; when the final window pops up, there are two buttons, one asking if you want software informer installed and the button to close the giveaway window down. Some community members have clicked on the wrong button, probably because they weren't paying attention. Thankfully software Informer is a genuine application, that can easily be uninstalled by the usual means. It's actually a useful piece of software, especially if you have a lot of applications running on your computer. Basically the program will list the programs that need updating, or programs that have available updates. They wont be automatically installed (thus cancelling many giveaway registrations); you have to click on individual buttons to update each program/application. :D


Games, Games, and yet more Games:

There are 476 games on sale over on Steam this week, ranging from 10% to 90% off. Also there is a special Steam O.S. sale on with specials heavily discounted towards games configured to play on the soon to be released Steam operating system, for example Dying Light an open world zombie apocalypse game (well worth buying if you like zombie games), 7 Days to Die, a open world survival game (another zombie infested game that's got laods of replay value), Football Manager 2015, Middle Earth Shadow of Mordor as well as 40 + more games. There's also 50% off the Pinball Arcade season one and two packs. Each has 20+ tables and are excellent value for money. All tables are reproductions of original tables. Season 3 and 4 aren't discounted yet, and season 4 isn't complete. You can purchase then as standard or pro packs. The pro packs add some extra's, but to be honest I don't think the extra's are worth the money.

You can find a full list of all sale items HERE.

You'll also find some excellent deals over on the following Game sites.

Gamersgate Summer Sale
GOG (DRM free games)
GameFly (soon to be sold off)

I've removed the Desura link because the owners are bankrupt and there has been no activity on the site in a couple of weeks. If you own any games via desura i advise downloading all of the drm free games you have on that platform before the site is taken down.

Free Game Sites:

MyPlayCity (over a 1000 games to choose from)

To be honest there are too many game deals around too list them all. Just visit the sites I recommend above and I'm sure you'll find something that suits you for a very decent price. If like me you prefer Steamworks games, many of the above sites also sell steamwork games.

If that's not enough, check out the Game Discussion forums HERE for details of other games either free or on deals such as the Indie Game bundles (there's over 20 of them - If you purchased all of them you'd be paying around $80 for around a thousand dollars worth of games); or check out the four day sales at IndieGameStand. you'll find the indie bundles thread HERE. The thread is outdated, but all of the links will still take you to the latest bundles.

The latest IndieGameStand game is called Pillar:

Lost in an intimate snowy town, a palette of individuals are in search of a mysterious artifact said to bring great knowledge and understanding. Lead each character through their quest in this collection of minigames, each with unique personalities and challenges...

Pillar is a collection of minigames, where each game represents a different type of personality we find in people. Each personality is expressed entirely through the gameplay mechanics, without cutscenes or dialogue. All too often, we try to change people who are different than us, especially if they're polar opposites. We like to debate and tell them they're wrong and we're right... but what if there's a purpose for both extremes?

PLUS, if you pay over the average, which at the time of writing was $1.68 you will also get the soundtrack. You can pay as little as $0.01 to get a drm free version of the game. The game is DRM free only, no Steam key.

The deal ends Wed 26th August 2015 5am (GMT)

The latest DIG game is Lilly and Sasha: Nexus of Souls

Part 2 in the Lilly and Sasha series.

Zahhak has Sasha's body and is going to use it to claim the powers of the Immortals. Lilly has vowed to stop Zahhak at whatever cost, even if she has to kill her own sister to do it.

Continue your journey from Curse of the Immortals with new puzzles, new skills, runes and trinkets, new characters and 10 new pets, two of which can join you in battle at the same time.

Pay £0.99 for the game or you can get two keys if you pay more than the average of $1.03 (at the time of writing - this price is sure to go higher). One key to share with a friend or family member perhaps? You'll find that deal HERE. They also have five bundles of several games that'll cost you less than $1.50 each HERE (DIG Bundles 35, 36 & 37 plus Meridian 4 and DIG Greenligh Bundle 2). You get Steam keys for all of these games apart from the Greenlight bundle; however, if they are Greenlit, you will receive Steam codes.
The single game deal ends just after Midnight Monday 24th August and will be replaced with a new game; (details haven't been posted yet)

Most of the bundles available retail for around $5 give or take a few dollars (apart from the Daily Indie bundles that only cost $1.49 for six games), but you can pay as little as a dollar for some. There are some excellent bundles out at the moment. Check out the following:

Groupees (5 bundles)
Indie Gala (? bundles)
Humble bundle (2 Bundles)
Indie Royale (this bundle is no longer live)
Bundle Bandits (0 bundles)
Blink Bundle (0 bundles)
Play Injector (0 bundle)
Get Loaded (0 bundles)
Games Rage (0 bundles)
Flying bundle (0 bundles)

The free game from Origin has changed to Zuma's Revenge the sequel to the excellent Luxor style marble popping match 3 game. This is one of the better Marble poppers. Check it out HERE.

You do need a free Origin account and install the Origin client to get these free games. Once you've installed the Origin client and signed into your account select 'On the house' from the 'Free Games' drop down menu. Then select download now. The game will then be registered to your Origin account permanently.

A Request for help:

Developers rely on good feedback to improve their games. If you download this game please take some time once you’ve played it a while to leave some constructive feedback either positive or negative. The more constructive feedback we get, the more likely developers are going to give more games away. The giveaway site already has a very good standing with the search engines. Developers want their products out there on the WWW, this site has the potential to do that. The game giveaway project gives away on average between 9 to 17 thousand downloads for each game depending upon what genre and how obscure the game is. That’s a lot of homes these games are being downloaded into and a lot of 'potential' cash that’s being lost by the developers. If we get better games because of better feedback, the community are likely to continue to benefit from the generosity of the developers. Satisfied community members are then more likely to visit the home sites of those developers and purchase games that they may not have bothered with before they discovered the developer via the game giveaway site, thus giving the developers more incentives to give away even more decent games.

Please leave some feedback once you’ve checked the game out. It can be positive or negative, but please explain what your reasons were for the feedback you post. You could also leave suggestions for improving the game, for example, this game could do with more block types for the levels editor, add more power-ups, describing the ones you think would be suitable, add some mini games (which seem all the rage in some arcade games now) or enable the user to be able to change the in game music easily.

Thank you in advance to all those who take the time to post a constructive comment, and a big thank you to immanitas games for sharing and to the game giveaway team for getting these games.


Whiterabbit aka Stephen

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