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Game Giveaway of the day — Egyptoid 3

Find treasures, fight ghosts and escape from the tombs.
$4.65 EXPIRED
User rating: 35 (90%) 4 (10%) 21 comments

Egyptoid 3 was available as a giveaway on June 3, 2017!

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Every second counts in this breathtaking paranormal adventure!

Exploring the remains of an ancient city, you discover a secret door that leads you into a room with a mysterious artifact. You can’t help but take the artifact from the pedestal… There’s no escape now. You must pass the labyrinth, paving the way and fighting with the guardians of the dungeons so as not to remain an eternal captive of the ancient tombs. An ancient weapon, Egyptoid, will help you in your endeavor.

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8/ 10; 2 MB of Memory; Processor 2 ghz.

Publisher:

StarsAshes

Homepage:

http://starsashes.com/egyptoid_3.html

File Size:

32 MB

Price:

$4.65

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Egyptoid 3 - (Escape from Tombs)
In Brief
Egyptoid 3 is the third in the series and has not been given away before. It's an easy to play 3D breakout/arkanoid game.
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If today's game doesn't appeal check out the forums HERE, HERE and HERE, where members of the community post details of various free games and free game sites as well as links to various indie bundle sites etc. You never know, you may find something that is really enjoyable, or you may discover something new.
If you miss today's game giveaway you can get the game for free from various sites for example MyPlayCity, FreeGamePick, Google Play, MyRealGames and Gametop (renamed MummyBall)
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Installation:
Egyptoid 3 downloads to a 32 MB zip file that unzips to a folder named Egyptoid 3 data, the Egyptoid 3 executable and a read me; (there's no security wrapper today, i.e. setup.gcd). You need to create a separate folder which you can name either Egyptoid 3 or Egyptoid: Escape the Tombs,; then copy all the contents of the unzipped file into that folder. You can delete the read me and the downloaded zip file once you've copied the unzipped files (i.e. the Egyptoid data file and the executable) to wherever you wish to place them. The unpacked and repackaged game should be 69.7 MB in size. You'll need to create a shortcut once you've placed the game folder.
Introduction:
Destroy everything in your path and Ancient Egypt reveals its secrets to you in the game Egyptoid: Escape from Tombs! Explore the remains of an ancient city and you discover a secret door that leads you into a room with a mysterious artifact. You can’t help but take the artifact from the pedestal… There’s no escape now. You are to pass the labyrinth, looking for the way and fighting with the guardians of the dungeons so as not to remain an eternal captive of the ancient tombs. An ancient weapon, Egyptoid, will help you in your endeavor.
Reference accessed HERE. 3rd June 2017
Main Features:

⦁ Classic breakout type arcade game
⦁ 3D graphics
⦁ Over 50 levels for you to beat and escape the tombs
⦁ Various power-ups available
⦁ Avoid the ghosts fireballs

If you have a problem installing or activating or getting Egyptoid 3 to work please visit the FAQ's thread HERE
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The Game:
Egyptoid: Escape the Tombs is the third in the Egyptoid series. The developer Star Ashes has added two types of ghosts to this version, who, when hit by the ball will shoot fireballs at your bat. The Blue ghosts fire a red fire ball that causes your bat to pivot, making it hard to direct your ball and the green ghosts fire a blue/white fireball that changes the size of your bat through various sizes from small to large and back. Both effects wear off fairly quickly. Ghosts can only be destroyed by breaking the canopic jars that you find in the temple. (they are sleeker and darker in color to the common jars/containers). You'll find one for each ghost present. They are usually situated behind or surrounded by hard to destroy bricks. There is only a few power ups that are common to all breakouts for example ball speed adjusters, bat size adjusters, fire balls etc, though in the 15 or so levels I played today, no rocket launchers or guns were evident. You also collect coins that drop when some bricks are destroyed. These can be used to buy more lives (100 coins will get you an extra life), however you can only have a maximum of four lives at any time. You can also pick up extra lives via the Ankh shaped power up that occasionally drops. We have been given the first and second in the series several times (last time 2 years ago), with positive votes between 76% to 87%. Today's version is an updated version with additional components, i.e. the ghosts; however, some major elements from the first two games have been removed, for example there isn't a help menu that lists all the power ups, you can't create a profile and there's no level map, which may explain why after playing 9 levels last night when I restarted the game, it started at level 1 again. I then played 14 levels, closed the game down (no save feature) and when restarting it was at level 1 again.
I did create a breakout thread almost a decade ago over in the forums HERE that lists lots of different breakouts both free and commercial as well as my favorite breakouts. I'd not updated it for years until this morning, when I added a list of Breakout games which you can see HERE, that have been released on Steam over the last few years. It's not an exhaustive list as I've only listed those I could remember. Most are pretty dire, but there are some good ones such as Ionball 2: Ionstorm (A sequel called Ionball 3 will be released in about 7 weeks). Most of the links in the main thread should still be valid. Unfortunately we don't see many breakouts being released these days, though I've seen a few released on Steam over the last few years (see the list I've linked to HERE); however, most of those are not in my opinion very good, for example Simple Ball which was released last July and Breakout Invaders released April 2015. You can also find links to some breakouts listed in the game synopsis HERE, again, this thread hasn't been updated in a long time and only lists all games posted in the forums in the first couple of years i.e. 2007 and 2008. That said there's still well over a thousand games listed (and linked to threads in the forums) for most genres. There's also loads of free breakouts over on Caimans site, though since the original owner of the site (Rudy) passed away several years ago, the site has added some advertising to keep the site open. You can find around 400 free breakouts (some of which used to be commercial (for example Beat Ball, Clash Ball and DX Ball) HERE. If you like a traditional breakout, you'll find something via one of those links.
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With respect to playability, I found that (as with previous Egyptoid games) I had to catch negative power ups such as the ball speed ups, ball size reducers and and bat reducers to make the game challenging enough for me to play the game, but that's only because Breakouts are still one of my favorite arcade genres and I've played hundreds of them over the last 30 years. I still play them regularly whenever I have the time; especially my favorites such as Hyperballoid 2, Actionball 1 & 2, Reaxxion, Ricochet Infinity, Funkiball, Shatter, and Acky's XP Breakout to name a few). Egyptoid 3 suffers the same issue as many 3D arkanoids in that the ball doesn't travel fast enough to make it seriously challenging, though with the ball speed up at maximum, it's okay. The addition of the two different ghost types that shoot fire balls at you that if hit affect your bat mechanics does add to the difficulty somewhat, but with practice they can easily be avoided. Egyptoid 3 is an ideal game for those who are new to this genre as well as younger children (8+). If you like 3D arkanoids and want more of a challenge I would suggest checking out the games I’ve suggested above e.g. Action Ball Deluxe, Action Ball 2, Hyperballoid 2: Time Rider and a fun one called Chicken Attack Deluxe. Another easier one with great brick physics is Egyptian Ball. All are available via MyPlayCity for free 24/7. You’ll also find several more excellent arkanoids over at MyPlayCity including the Smash Frenzy series (formerly the Magic Ball series, whose names had to be changed for legal reasons), the best of those is the last one Smash Frenzy 4. Just look through the arcade section HERE to find all of the breakouts. Do remember MPC games can install toolbars etc if you don't uncheck the check-boxes, and your browser is always opened when you close the games down (this earns MPC and the developer of the game you've been playing money).
Review by Whiterabbit-uk 3rd June 2017
Videos and Slideshow of in-game images of Egyptoid 3:
You can see some videos of game play HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE. You can also see over 30 images as a slideshow HERE.
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Conclusion:
A relatively easy to play breakout. Ideal for those who find most breakouts difficult. That's not to say there are difficult levels. Personally I found the end game in each level a little tedious, partly due to reinforced bricks that cannot be destroyed along one face (unless you gain certain power ups) and more so if you accidentally picked up a slow ball near the end of the level. The ball physics are excellent . One major negative is that there doesn't appear to be a way to save your progress, nor create a profile and there is no levels map where you can chart your progress. I got to level nine last night then closed the game down. This morning I had to start at level 1 again, so played through to level 14 and the same thing happened. This game has been ported to android and I have played three different sources of the game, but all have the same start up page and main menu apart from the Star ashes main menu which also includes a flyer for their latest game which they are asking you to Greenlight on Steam. I thought this third version would be an improvement on the first and second, but with the removal of certain elements, including some of the power ups, I think Star Ashes has taken a retrograde step and despite the addition of the ghosts, the game will not be remaining in my library for long. I will endevour to play all 50 levels, in the hope that new power ups appear, but I'm not hopeful.
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Star Ashes for giving away Egyptoid 3. nice to see the return of this game distributor. Also a big thank you to the game giveaway team for securing free games
Useful Information not related to today's game giveaway:
The problems section that used to be posted here in the Game review is now included in the Game Discussion FAQ's thread; which you can find HERE.
I've updated the games section that used to be posted with the review. The thread is now called 'Weekly round up of game deals', formerly the games section of the weekly reviews. You can find the new thread (which I've posted in the sticky section of the game discussion forums to make it easier to find if you are perusing the game discussion forums) HERE.
The rest of the information that used to be posted here can be found in the forums HERE. Don't forget, if you have an account with DOT.emu, you need to download any games you have before the site closes permanently (very soon). Finally, check out Delenns thread over in the forums HERE. There are games available for free, some of which are limited to the number of free keys available.
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Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)
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Egyptoid 3

A paddle type breakout/physics game from Stars ashes that is the 3rd in the series, and downloaded a bit slowly, but installed well on Win 10 Pro x64.
Played the first and second games in this series extensively, and have to admit E2 was always a favorite of mine and my daughters, and has been well played on our systems. Had hoped this expanded on that some, with updates and new challenges and abilities added, as well as newer game play, but this version, while having a excellent introduction into the game plays like E1 more than anything, not many power-ups and exciting things so far, other than the usual paddle expanded/retracted, and the same old coins for points.
Does bring the ghost who shoot at you which affects your paddle, but little else.

And most disappointing is the lack of a save or 'save your progress' feature, as so far we cannot find any in the game??

The graphics are nice looking, and it's nice to see an old friend again, but with the other breakout paddle games being introduced lately (have to give a shoutout to the recent Giveaway on here of Hyperballoid 2 - Time Rider) which over shadow this game with new and interesting concepts, downright difficultly in play on the more advanced levels and settings, make this one seem a bit dated and simplistic in comparison.

Really hope they don't give up on this, as they could keep the Egyptian theme and use modern styles and play action and bring this series back in a large way. While we'll play this game even my daughter was tiring of it as it was becoming mundane rather quickly. It is a great intro into the type if you have trouble playing them, but unless we find a way to save, and make the gameplay a bit more challenging, don't know if this will becomes loved like their others did.


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Hi Brenda

Thank you for your feedback.

Reply   |   Comment by JBurt  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Moderator, not Brenda, JBurt ;) but she does nice reviews too ;)

Reply   |   Comment by JBurt  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
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So happy to not have to install and have pop-ups intruding my game. Just did a quick test to make sure it worked, and it didn't seem as responsive or as flashy as the other Egyptoids I've played. Still, seems enjoyable enough. I totally understand that others are annoyed about the game not saving; however, this truly makes it an arcade game. Thanks for the free games. Love this site and its moderator, Stephen. Keep up the great work, WR!

Reply   |   Comment by Jesrock20  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Sorry, I should say moderators (I had only seen WR as moderator previously). And he always does such a great job of giving a thorough game description with screenshots. Great job, moderators!

Also, I would like to send loving thoughts & prayers to those affected by yesterday's senseless attack in London. <3

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Thanks Jesrock, it's murder. Just been watching the Manchester concert dedicated to those that lost their lives in the bombing in Manchester, more senseless murders of young innocent people, mainly young girls..

Reply   |   Comment by Jesrock20  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
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Ok, update: The bat response is definitely not as good as in Egyptoid 2. Too much play left to right, resulting in missed balls through no fault of the player. It also lacks the sound effects and the bonus power-ups that 2 had, And no save capabilities, so that no matter how far you go, if you lose lives, you're back to the very beginning. THAT is the deal-killer. After getting into quite a few rooms and losing and being thrown back to square 1, there's little incentive to ever play the game again. I'll keep trying but VERY disappointed. The bat action has a very slight delay in response, and after a while, it gets frustrating - you have to almost anticipate where the ball will be in order to play the game. This may be not only one of the biggest let-downs, but a candidate for deletion. You can only get thrown back to the beginning so many times before you feel it's not worth the effort to play again.

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I agree with you totally. I don't play these games for hours on end; usually as fillers in between other things. By rights I should be half way through the game now, but having restated from the beginning three times since yesterday it's becoming a little boring. I like lots of power ups, which this game doesn't have. Strange that they have take a retrograde step with this third installment.

Reply   |   Comment by Paul  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
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Thanks for the free game StarsAshes. Played your first one and enjoyed it. Didn't play this one too long because of the in ability to save a game. Had that option been available, this game would have been much more appealing. It would have flipped my comment from annoying to enjoying.

Reply   |   Comment by GameJunkie  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
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I've always felt that Egyptoid 2 was possibly the best "break-out" game ever made, just for the playability of it. Hopefully this one will be similar, and eagerly looking forward to playing it.

Reply   |   Comment by Paul  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
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I quite enjoyed Egyptoid 2 so am bound to enjoy this one too. Thank you StarAshes and GOTD.

Reply   |   Comment by Hughjocapivvy  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
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Thank you for this giveaway. I have the original and it's still a favorite, lost Egyptoid 2, looks like this one will be a lot of fun!

Reply   |   Comment by Terri  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
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The slow ball is too slow at times. At one point it actually came to a stop. But the game itself seems to be slow in it's design. Too many times you're just bouncing off of blockers or trying to get the second last block.

Reply   |   Comment by Michael Summerset  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
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The zip file I downloaded didn't seem to have an installer in it. It just had the game (Egyptoid 3.exe and an Egyptoid 3_Data\ folder) directly. It runs fine, but there was no install.

Reply   |   Comment by Lee  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
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I installed and played and then uninstalled. I don't like he manner of installation, no desktop icon, just a folder dumped. I go to level 14 without losing any lives, and I am not a gamer. Each level could be more creative, basically an arcade game. maybe each level would be a different arcade style game; instead of the same approach each time.


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Thank you for your feedback George

Reply   |   Comment by george james ducas  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Hi george james ducas. :-)

Instead I like very much when a program doesn't need to be installed, messing with registry and system files.
I can move it wherever I want and I won't lose the license for it.

Reply   |   Comment by xilolee  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

george james ducas, some of us are not as quick as you and find Egyptoid pretty challenging. :) I had to play the first 2 editions on the easiest difficulty, but one of the points of playing this series is to enjoy the gorgeous graphics. I really appreciate the visual appeal compared to many breakouts I've seen, although I wish they hadn't cut corners on things like the help screen and saving one's progress.

Whiterabbit, good to see you back more regularly -- you always make the site more informative and personal. I hope your kids are doing well with their studies.

Thanks, Star Ashes, for today's offer! I'd hoped for years that the series would continue because I really enjoy it. Have a good weekend, all!

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Thanks Dan yes, they are progressing nicely. The last several weeks have been hard work for all of us, but it seems to be paying off. :) Check out Caromble! on Steam HERE. Fantastic visuals and although in early access, has some original additions. When I first played it last summer I wasn't impressed, but it has improved a lot since then. Must update my review which is a little negative.

Reply   |   Comment by Dan  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
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Nice graphics and it's easy enough to play. However, my computer run to slow to play this type of game.
How do I uninstall this particular game?

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As there was no installer you just delete the folder labelled Egyptoid 3 data and the Egyptoid executable.

Reply   |   Comment by Mewzical  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Thank you - just wanted to be sure.

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No problem. :)

Reply   |   Comment by Mewzical  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#3

This game is misleading. It's not an actual adventure. It's nothing but a fancy break-out game influenced by the 1976 original breakout title.

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Sadly the third in the series is just a cut down version of the first two games, with little added to make it stand out from the first two, which in my opinion were much better, but no where near as good as some I've mentioned in my review such as Ricochet Infinity, Acky's XP Breakout, Shatter and Reaxxion; and yes, the original that was released by Atari was itself influenced by one of their earlier games created in 1972 which everyone has heard of; of course I'm talking Pong. :) There are now literally thousands of breakout games, commonly called arkanoids after the arcade classic by Taito, that was released in the early 80's. It's the same for most arcade games these days. Every game I know of that has been released over the last decade and beyond has been a copy of an earlier game, but each has it's own attractions/ eccentricities/original take, for example I love the mix of Match Three and RPG genres in games like Puzzle Quest 1 & 2, which take their inspiration from match threes, which in turn were inspired by games like Tetris and Chain Shot, with the additional influence of role playing games where you can upgrade characters and add buffs to improve attack and defense strengths.

Reply   |   Comment by Jim  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Jim, it is ''cut down'' of previous ones? Doesn't sound good at all. Why would they go backwards?

Reply   |   Comment by frank  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#2

Installs and plays with no problem on Win 10.


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Thank you Molly.

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