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Rise up against robot troops that are crushing the kingdom you love!
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Rise up against robot troops that are crushing the kingdom you love in this thrilling match-three steampunk adventure! Follow the story of Hiro, chief inventor of Etherpoint City, as he devises the means to protect his home from the destructive machines of Professor Bazel. Can you stop the onslaught and restore Etherpoint City to its former glory?

System Requirements:

Windows 7/ 8/ 10; CPU: 1.6 GHz; RAM: 1024 MB; DirectX: 10.0; Hard Drive: 693 MB

Publisher:

ToomkyGames

Homepage:

https://www.bigfishgames.com/games/14393/duskless-the-clockwork-army/

File Size:

150 MB

Price:

$9.99

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Duskless – The Clockwork Army:

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In Brief:
Duskless – The Clockwork Army is a match three game with a steampunk flavour.

You can see a few videos of game play HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.

You can also see Steam community reviews of the game HERE.
Introduction:

Rise up against robot troops that are crushing the kingdom you love in this thrilling match-three steampunk adventure! Can you stop the onslaught and restore Etherpoint City to its former glory?

Reference accessed HERE 5th September 2021
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The Game:
With a cast list that includes King William, Hiro a young inventor, Jane a fighting warrior and the evil Professor Bazel, this steampunk game challenges you to save Etherpoint City from Professional Bazel’s plans involving his band of killer robots. When playing this game, profiles can be created for individual players. These profiles can contain the volume levels for background music and sound effects including spoken dialogue plus whether to play in full screen mode and make use of a tutorial. The game can be played in either Relaxed or Timed mode over a series of five chapters filled with Match 3 gaming.

The standard format of Match 3 game play is used in this game as you attempt to meet the challenges set by each of the grids that appear in this game. Taking over most of the screen area, each grid contains a variety of embellished tiles plus an occasional blocked cell to add a degree of difficulty to the game. To create a Match 3 group of three or more tiles of the same type, you will need to swap two adjacent tiles. The matched group will then disappear, to be replaced by other tiles falling downwards to fill the vacated space.

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Adding to the difficulty of the Match 3 aspect of the game, some of the tiles will be bound by a single or double strand of chains that will need to be removed by included in a Match 3 group prior to the tiles removal. There are also cells that are filled in so that they block the required passage when making a match. From time to time wandering spiders and stationary balloons will make an appearance. The spiders will turn cells into webs while balloons can be busted to reveal their content which can then be used in a matched group.

Arranged around the grid are various pieces of information and tools that can prove useful. Running across the top of the grid is the challenging target for the particular level being played. This target will consist of thumbnail images of the type of tiles and the number to be targeted. As progress is made the number will decrease with a message appearing to signify when the task is completed. Alongside the level challenge is the current score and level number while a running total of the various tiles collected, representing different elements, appear to the top tight of the grid.

As usual with Match 3 games, various power-up options are available. In the case of Duskless – The Clockwork Army, these power-ups are displayed to the left of the grid. However before they can be used, the power-ups will need to be charged by making the relevant matches within the grid. Once charged, a power-up can be dragged over on to the designated area of the grid to do its work. Included among the power-ups are a Hammer, Magnet, Energy capsule, Bomb and Lightning gun.
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As mentioned earlier, the game is spread over five chapters, covering different areas of Etherpoint City, with you taking on the role of Hiro, the young inventor, in his attempt to defeat Professor Bazel and his killer robots. In order to complete each chapter, Hiro will need to build up enough collected elements so that four upgrades can be purchased as he retakes control of the city for Prince William. You are not permitted to move on to the next chapter until the current selection of updates has been purchased.

At various intervals, the game’s developers have inserted conversational interludes between King William, Hiro and Jane. In each case, the participants will be displayed as static images with the dialogue being printed in text format and spoken by voice actors. You can either work through each section of dialogue with mouse clicks or select a skip option which was generally my choice.

As the tiles used in this game are for the rather small size, it does help if your display screen is of a reasonable high standard. I found the game was better suited to a new laptop rather than slightly ancient desktop model.
Review accessed HERE 3rd September 2021, originally posted by 'mfereday' on the 11th May 2019. Edited by Whiterabbit-uk 5th September 2021.

Duskless – The Clockwork Army:
Duskless – The Clockwork Army is a fairly standard match three game with nothing new special or new brought to the genre. Despite this I enjoyed playing the game for short periods; even the story board interludes were acceptable.

It's not the best match three I've played by far, but it's still a reasonable version that is worth downloading; especially if you enjoy this genre. Personally, I prefer match three games with RPG elements, where you are pitted against an AI or human opponent where matches give you various buffs or attack advantages, for example Puzzle Kingdoms and Puzzle Quest 2match three games; ( though I highly recommend Gems of War - Puzzle RPG, which is free to play and has both single player and multiplayer modes). All three mentioned are available via Steam. My favourite traditional match three games include the early Treasures of Montezuma and bubble popping match three or more such as Luxor and Zuma games.
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Notes on Security
I scanned a zipped copy of the installed game and it found zero hits from ? antimalware engines. 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:

link to scan to be added later. (I was up until past 5.30am playing my favourite game of the moment (TheHunter: Call of the wild, which we played for over 7 hours with a couple of 15 minute breaks, so the link will probably not be posted until this afternoon).

Last week, I left a comment saying I wouldn't be posting a review due to my daughters laptop not working; she needed it fixing before the start of the new academic year, which starts next week. Thankfully I was able to find the issue; it was one of the M.2 drives that had the operating system installed to. I think it had been damaged due to overheating. I've just replaced it and reinstalled windows and it now works perfectly again. I intend getting a better laptop cooler for her. The one she uses was really cheap and only has two 4 inch fans, so I'm going to get one with 4 or 5 larger fans that are recommended by the Amazon community.

That's the second M.2 drive we've lost in the last few months due to overheating. I've never had any issues with traditional HDD's or other types of SSD's, ever since building my first PC back in the mid 90's.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  18 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+27)

"That's the second M.2 drive we've lost in the last few months due to overheating."

Not all NVMe drives run hot. Some PC motherboards come with one or more heat sinks on their M2 slots -- the MB I'm using has 2 M2 slots but only one is full speed & has a heat sink -- and maybe because of that some of the NVMe drives that run hot don't come with heat sinks attached, & some do... the super fast WD Black drives, which do run hot, are available with or without for example. Amazon also has [or at least had -- it's been a while since I looked] a large selection of add-on NVMe heat sinks. Airflow to NVMe heat sinks of course plays a part in how effective they are, or aren't.

A few weeks ago I would have highly recommended the WD Blue NVMe drives -- we've got 2 now, and while they're nowhere near as fast as the Blacks, unless you're transferring tons & tons of data you won't notice a difference... normal use &/or gaming there's no noticeable difference. And they run cool without a heat sink. Problem is WD just neutered them -- it was somewhat of a scandal, with WD promising to use a new model number & tell customers when/if they do that in the future. At any rate, when you research before buying make sure temps are one of the things you check out.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  18 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

mike,

The M.2 drive I lost was sandwiched between the CPU cooler, which was one of those vertical oriented fans that blew onto the first graphic card. The drive didn't have an heat sink so I've always assumed it was the reason for it breaking down. It was only when I replaced it that I bothered to install some of the software that came with the motherboard that included one of those fan controllers (FanExpert 4). It sees my fans had been running at the slowest speed for weeks. I'd had several crashes that over that period that would shut the computer down for several minutes; usually when playing graphic intensive cooperative games with some friends and usually when we were in a battle with hoards of either robots or dinosaurs (depending on whether we were playing Generation Zero or Second Extinction) then it would restart. Since installing FanExpert 4 I've not had any crashes.

I was actually mistaken about the second M.2 drive in my daughters gaming laptop. It was actually one of those hybrid SSD/HDD drives that stopped working. My daughter kept reporting that her laptop was quite hot despite using a laptop cooling mat. The M.2 I purchased to replace the one I thought had died wasn't wasted though because the laptop had three NVMe sockets, one of which hadn't been utilized. I've just reordered a replacement hybrid drive for the laptop. In the mean time I've reinstalled the operating system to the new M.2 drive. I've also bought her a better laptop cooler. :)

The only issue we have now is she wants me to send the hybrid to one of those companies that can recover data from broken drives because she had lots of images of art wok she's created and hundreds of images and video of Winnie the dwarf rabbit that passed away last week (she's really upset that she hadn't got around to backing the images up), so I've suggested as a small part of her birthday present (she'll be 21 in October) I'll pay for the recovery.

We used such a company a few years ago when a micro SD card had become damaged that my daughter had taken to South America while on Camps International. She had video of herself swimming with dolphins, but sadly the card was unrecoverable. The company didn't charge us which was kind of them. But it can be quite expensive if they are recoverable.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  17 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
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File did NOT work, key could not decrypted... today gotd works....:-(

Reply   |   Comment by wh17  –  17 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

wh17,

There's very little difference between the giveaway version and the TooMky version. They do include some low level adware that does not inject any malware onto or into your system. I've downloaded most of the TooMky games given away here so that I could post a review of the game before it went live and have never had any issues with them.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  17 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
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My Win XP PC Specifications :
Windows XP Pro 32bit , Intel Core2Duo E8500 3,17Ghz ,
4 Gb memory (DDR 2) , NVIDIA GeForce GTX460 768Mb .
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In the System Requirements (blue info box) , I see "Windows 7/ 8/ 10" .
No Windows XP .
Nevertheless , I've installed the game under Windows XP and it works just fine .
All you have to do is to "rearrange" the shortcut's path .

Reply   |   Comment by JEDIGEG  –  17 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
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[star ratings on a scale of 1-5:]
fun 5
visual/sound 5
challenge 5
storyline 5
overall 5

I'm always impressed by how some developers make a mundane-sounding match-3 game fun. This is one of those games. I've played through Chapter 1. I really didn't have the time but wanted to reach a milestone before giving feedback.

The cut scenes and map are dark and dramatic with a steampunk theme. The visual elements during game play are bright and colorful. I like the storyline -- didn't mind the glorification of light pollution (tech uber alles!).

Love the songs! After the dramatic symphonic music during the introduction, I was surprised by the ethereal electronic accompaniment to the game play. They help get your mind entranced and relaxed into the game.

A couple of nits: The default volume for the voice over should be louder so it's audible over the music. If you don't set it before starting the game -- and how would you know what settings to use? -- you have to wait until after the intro to do it.

Not sure what the star ratings reflect, since I played on relaxed mode. I got one or two stars on the levels where I played more slowly. But some other factor could affect the ratings. It would be nice to know what.

I've recently started several other games but not been able to get back into the head space to continue them. Duskless fits the bill as something relaxing and engaging but not too demanding. I'm enjoying it and recommend it.

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

Reply   |   Comment by tinyearl  –  17 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#2

The match 3 objects remind me of jewel quest.

Reply   |   Comment by sailorbear510  –  18 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
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