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Game Giveaway of the day — Elementals: The Magic Key

Embark on a thrilling adventure to help Albert, a young magician, restore the Key of Eiron and save his sister kidnapped by Sibelius, a wicked sorcerer in Playrix's Elementals: The Magic Key.
$19.95 EXPIRED
User rating: 343 (82%) 76 (18%) 37 comments

Elementals: The Magic Key was available as a giveaway on February 9, 2013!

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Overcome all obstacles in an amazing game Arcanoid: Ball of Destiny!

Plunge into the captivating world of magic and mystery inhabited by elementals. Embark on a thrilling adventure to help Albert, a young magician, restore the Key of Eiron and save his sister kidnapped by Sibelius, a wicked sorcerer.

You’ll never feel lonely in your fascinating travels – your aide, Felly, will faithfully follow you, no matter what obstacles you face. Solve brain-teasing puzzles, hunt for cleverly hidden items and try your hand at challenging board battles in this amazing game full of surprises!

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/7

Publisher:

Xing Interactive

Homepage:

http://www.playrix.com/games/pc/elementals.html

File Size:

102 MB

Price:

$19.95

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#37

No trouble at all installing or playing it. The problem I have is that this seems to be a game for 12-year old kids; all the puzzles and the war games are trivially easy. Perhaps an age range was given at the top, but I couldn't find it.

--H

Reply   |   Comment by Hamachisn't  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#36

under what title of the forum

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Sorry for the late reply. Needed an afternoon sleep. You'll find the game discussion forums via the following link:

http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/forums/forum/17

Reply   |   Comment by CHia  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#35

what catagorie of the forum is it under? Please help

Reply   |   Comment by CHia  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#34

"Also can someone tell me where I can learn about “virtual drives” that is in simple understandable language….the reason I ask is someone yesterday said they install everything like this on it instead of the normal way and it protects their PC if program creates problems, etc. Hope to buy a new PC and want to set it up right this time. Thank you in advance for your help….Cind"

On the offhand chance the OP [or anyone interested] sees this... A virtual drive is a file that pretends to be a hard drive -- lots of uses, but if you don't know about them already you likely wouldn't benefit from creating/using one.

A VM [Virtual Machine] is Windows or some other OS [Operating System] installed to a virtual host app -- that virtual host [e.g. VirtualBox] pretends to be a separate PC. The Guest OS running in the VM is installed on a virtual drive -- restoring that OS [after installing software or in case you have a problem] is as simple as replacing the virtual disk file it's installed on with a copy of the original.

A virtualization app OTOH, like Wondershare's Time Freeze, might re-direct any changes to the system hard drive, writing those changes to a virtual disk file -- you can then either abandon all those changes as if they never happened, or make them permanent.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#33

needing help I am stuck.. its where you are to catch the snow flies. I have 5 of the 7 and there is no more going across the screen can you email on what to do now...


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Hardly anyone will visit this page now, so I'd post your request in the giveawayoftheday's game discussion forums.

Reply   |   Comment by CHia  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#32

Thank you so much for answering my questions (#22) and pointing to where I can learn more about virtual drives.....Cindi

Reply   |   Comment by Unruly  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#31

I successfully installed this game the last time it was given on my XP Pro laptop, and thoroughly enjoyed it. I played it through to the end twice, but had sort of forgotten about it. Very nice game, and I'll be playing it again.

Reply   |   Comment by LadyFolder  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#30

downloaded sucessfully but went to play and half graphics didnt appear and cursor was surounded by block letters only had half looks good game pity

Reply   |   Comment by dibble  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#29

Love this game from the last time. Awesome graphics, interesting story and lots of puzzles. The HOG aspect..Meh! The hard part is, as that Wrascally Wabbit said, the shootouts on the "chess board". That does take some thinking.

Thanks GGOTD and Playrix for this game. Wabbit, you take some time off if you aren't feeling good. Take care of yourself. This is a repeat..

Reply   |   Comment by delenn13  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#28

My partner and I downloaded and started playing this game around 10am. It is now 6pm. He and I both love it! This is the first game we have both agreed on. Although I was having trouble with the mini games, he breezed right thru it. Love this game. I'm hoping they can put player levels; easy, intermediate and challenging, because I believe my grandchildren will love it also. They're at various ages, 3 to 11!

Reply   |   Comment by Sandra  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#27

Played this thru to end with Win 7 x64 Ultimate last giveaway. Terrific mix of games & styles. Actually haven't found another of its kind since. Yes variation along lines but nothing with this mix and involvement. Really holds you if this is your style. For free it has decent level of graphics & brain matter challenge. Definitely a worthwhile shot for first timers.

Reply   |   Comment by beergas  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#26

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Please excusde my lack of response to community members questions today. I've been feeling really off color for most of the day, and just don't have the strength to spend more than a few moments quickly checking comments to make sure they are okay.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#25

And once again I need a login to leave a suggestion for the game; how utterly stupid.

They need to create, add a journal to keep track of all the conversations between all the characters; it's sometimes hard to keep track of all conversations and look for all the stuff necessary to progress. It's easy to miss something vital that just might help one progress.

Other than that; good game so far.

Reply   |   Comment by JonE  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#24

Hi; after install, this software did'nt work with many dll errors. I have copied all DLL files (in the MONO repertory) in the root of this software
(i.e. :
C:\Program Files (x86)\Playrix Entertainment\Elementals - The Magic Key)
Finally it work's !
Maybe a problem with the setup file. Best regards.

Reply   |   Comment by fred  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#23

I remember this game from the last time it was given away. Great game! Thanks GGOTD!!

In fact, I don't think there has been one game given away here by Playrix that I haven't liked.

Reply   |   Comment by Leon  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#22

1.) Is it true that you can install these games and programs on an external hard drive? I thought you had to put these on your main PC. 2.) Also can someone tell me where I can learn about "virtual drives" that is in simple understandable language....the reason I ask is someone yesterday said they install everything like this on it instead of the normal way and it protects their PC if program creates problems, etc. Hope to buy a new PC and want to set it up right this time. Thank you in advance for your help....Cind


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You'll find loads of explanations on the net. Check out the following you tube video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zh2QVQelcQo

and the following article.

http://computer.howstuffworks.com/virtual-hard-drive1.htm

As for installing onto an external. you can install anything onto an external drive, but if you want to run most of the programs that are on the drive as full versions you will have to have the external connected to the computer you originally installed the programs from.

Some game giveaways are free standing, which means they don't require the registry to play as a full version so you can play them from the external from any computer.

Reply   |   Comment by Unruly  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#21

Hi
I downloaded and launched - it's a really good game, it was working perfectly and I was enjoying playing it. Then after the forest baby basket spell, my screen went black and nothing would work. I needed to disconnect from a/c power and take the battery out of my laptop to reset. When I started my laptop up again, the game would not launch - not from its desktop shortcut, the listings in the start menu/all programs or even when tried directly from its install folder on the c drive. I tried uninstalling and reinstalling.

I've also tried deleting all files and downloading and activating again and I still have the same problem - it seems to have installed correctly but when I try to launch the programme from its icon in various locations nothing happens. Does anyone have any suggestions to help me please?

Reply   |   Comment by Balloongirl  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#20

I downloaded and tried this game the last time it was offered. It's a typical Playrix quality game, which I mean as a compliment. The graphics are nice, the mini-games are pleasant, and the game play is smooth. It would be nice to be able to switch characters and have the sister looking for her brother, and some of the hidden objects are hidden a bit too well for the target age, IMO. And I know this is a small thing, but as a lefty, it is always disconcerting to see a right hand on the screen. It distances me from the character I am supposed to be playing, making it less likely I will identify with him or want any future games in the series.

Reply   |   Comment by Laura  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#19

I have tried to download several games in the last few weeks and none of them work for me (since you started using the gcd file. When I open the games all I get is a flashing blue red and green screen. I am using Windows 7 64 bit and the computer is only a year old.

I extract the files to another folder and open the setup file to install the game. Should I be trying to open the gcd file instead or other? Can someone help me please. I getting very frustrated.

Reply   |   Comment by turkishvan007  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#18

Awesome game and graphics. And hats off to Whiterabbit for a great review and insight to the game. I know I gauge how I will like the game by his reviews.

Reply   |   Comment by Jorgi  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#17

I got this from here before but lost it in the tragic XP hard drive death of 2012. I'd not played it in a while and had forgotten to go purchase it. I'm glad to see it's back on here for my Win 7 machine. The graphics are fantastic, I never had a problem with gameplay, the flow of the game and different puzzles keep you engaged and wanting to play more just to see what's next. The storyline was entertaining. So excited to get this one again.

Reply   |   Comment by KeishaJL  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#16

Thank for this good game,
i love all Plarix corp's game

vote +1

thank you GGAOTD AND PLAYRIX

Reply   |   Comment by Sacha  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#15

About MyPlayCity - I have run into that forced hijacking recently too (and one time it didn't happen, for some unknown reason), so I don't go there anymore, I usually stick to Gametop. But I have found another game site that not only doesn't force you to accept any software but (so far) does not open a browser to their site after you close the game. It's called "Jenkat Games." Note that when you install a game from there, it LOOKS like it is forcing you to accept AOL or some such toolbar - but if you click "decline" at the time when the add-on is offered, even though there seems to be no other option, it will go ahead and install the game anyway. (I unclicked the toolbar offering before declining, just to be sure. Don't "decline" the first time, that's declining the whole installation - decline the second time, which is the add-on.) Tricky, but the games from there that I've tried installed fine and seem clean.

Reply   |   Comment by Antsy  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#14

11. I succesfully insatalled the game but when I force to start game, it gives an error window, saying : “mono.dll” not found !
I looked for the .dll file, it is on mono file..
But still I can’t open the game
What can I do ? Can you help me?
PS: OS is win 7 -64 bit-
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Make a copy and pl;ace it in the system folder. (I haven’t checked to see if there’s one in my system folder. Very busy at the moment). Just a suggestion.

Comment by mece — February 9th, 2013 at 8:18 am


it is already in C:$

when I click shortcut (also admin mode) there is no action
when I forced to run with troubleshoot compatibility just give the error message :(
it's saying:
'mono.dll' not found !

How can I fix this problem ?
I would be very grateful if someone could help me...

Reply   |   Comment by mece  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#13

I love this game! Wonderful graphics, sound, and the play is great too. Thank you so much!!

Reply   |   Comment by Sheltiemom  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#12

I click, but does not turn on


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check your evewnt log to see if there are any error messages.

Reply   |   Comment by ufon  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#11

I succesfully insatalled the game but when I force to start game, it gives an error window, saying : "mono.dll" not found !
I looked for the .dll file, it is on mono file..
But still I can't open the game :(
What can I do ? Can you help me?
PS: OS is win 7 -64 bit-


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Make a copy and pl;ace it in the system folder. (I haven't checked to see if there's one in my system folder. Very busy at the moment). Just a suggestion.

Reply   |   Comment by mece  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#10

#4 - Try downloading MyPlayCity games using IE. It has been recently noted that if you use the "default" or "raw" Firefox, you are forced to allow the hijackings but if you have certain changes to Firefox (not yet isolated), or use IE, you are not forced.

There is a thread in the forums on the issue and as soon as I can figure out what that key setting is (if I can), I will post it. I'm working with a friend long distance and it's not the most efficient way to fix a problem. I don't personally see the problem and she has 2 machines which makes the comparison perfect -- one with the problem and one without (new with, old without).

MyPlayCity is no help. They won't address that there are 2 different versions of the download and insist they are doing what they are doing for "good reasons" and it's fine as long as they post how to "undo" their hijacking (and they do).


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Thanks for the info Diane. :)

Reply   |   Comment by Diane  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#9

Had this one installed previously, fun game reminds me somewhat of the old sierra version of Dr Brain except without the fun of inserting the disc and booting the dos sound card for the MIDI. ;o)

Oh hell, did I just accidentally age myself..

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:)

Reply   |   Comment by Fredward  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#8

This has been given away so often it's practically freeware.

It's starting to show it's age but it's still enjoyable. I'm surprised there hasn't been a sequel made by now. The one thing I didn't care for was the battle puzzle that keeps recurring. It would be nice to have a skip button for that.

Reply   |   Comment by MIchael Summerset  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#7

Sorry but i don´t like puzzles :(

Reply   |   Comment by Gamer  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#6

(Note to reviewer: to get 'those screenshots' you could use the just recent offer on the other site ('Snap 5') if i'm not mistaken. Any 'screen grabber' (that grabs stream) should work)


i'm old and play very few games, very few. And none of those up-and-down things. Recently i downloaded a few from here - just to see... After i realized that all (except one) are from Playrix i have thumbs upped and downloaded without hesitation since (even tho they have magic and stuff in them - (note to developer: i do have limits tho...)) My fav so far is Time Travel, but i have a feeling todays offering may bump it down a notch.

Ty 2 developer and ty 2 reviewer (altho i'm not gonna read the review cause all of it is "spoilers" for me (ha ha).

regards;

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Thanks NothingIsFree, I usually use Capture Wiz Pro, which I think is one of the best screen capture devices I've ever used. I purchased my first licence about 8 years ago and have always gone back to using it as every other screen capture I've used (mainly via the giveaway project) has never come up to scratch. Yesterdays Snap 5 I ended up purchasing when it was being given away last year as version 4. they were offering v5 for a virtual giveaway price so I upgraded, but to be honest I've hardly used it as I find Capture wiz Pro much easier and more versatile than Snap 5. I like the web scroll feature, but apart from that, I find it less intuitive and really don't like the immovable retractable toolbar, which takes up half of the top of the monitor (I've already started the program up several times by mistake when trying to close web browsers and other open programs). With Capture Wz, the toolbar is less than half the size and can be moved to any part of the monitor including multi-monitor set-ups.

Reply   |   Comment by NothingIsFree  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#5

This is the only game that does not work properly on my computer. I uninstalled the game months ago and I made sure nothing of the game is on my computer, but still when I downloaded and activated the game my name was already written down. I played until the twig sampling and with the magic spell cast afterwards the game froze (one green circle) and I cannot go any further. I know I am not the only one with this problem, but I hope someone has a solution to this. When I play this game online I get passed this level without a problem, but not when I am downloading it either from this site or MyPlayCity. I have Windows XP. So far I enjoyed the game and really like it. That is why I would like to explore more of the game and finish it. I would be very grateful if someone could help me. Thank you.

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Hi Merlyne,

i've never had this game installed on this computer yet it also started with my name. That said my computer is called Stephen, so I reckon it picks the name from your named account. (Maybe). Alternatively, did you clear your registry of all traces of the game? It may have been taken from the registry entries.

Reply   |   Comment by Merlyne  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#4

MyPlayCity has gotten dirty in that you cannot uncheck the boxes to avoid the toolbar and the homepage change and still download the game. I was very upset to find I had missed the GGOTD so I went to MyPlayCity to download it. During the install, I unchecked both boxes and was not allowed to proceed, so, I checked just the toolbar, nope, I had to check BOTH boxes. I thought fine, I'll just uncheck the boxes when the game ends thus getting rid of the toolbar and home page hijack. Not so fast, it wouldn't let me. SO you're forced to deal with the toolbar, the hijacked home page and the site pop up at the end of the game. Not sure it's on ALL the games or just the one I dared to download but I WILL NOT be visiting MyPlayCity anymore. This wasn't my first visit either. I had downloaded and played Brickshooter Egypt without an issue a few months back, this blatant in your face change was disappointing and a surprise.


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Thanks for the feedback regarding MPC. They change the method regularily. Pity they've reinstigated the 'have to install'. At least you can still get this from Gametop, As for MPC, i'm sure in a few months time when they realize that the majority of people who download from MPC don't like that set up they will revert to a more friendly system.

Reply   |   Comment by Deborah1962  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#3

This game installed without a problem on Vista HP. The only glitch I noticed was an occasional stutter in the music when playing the game.

The game is aimed at children with its Potteresque theme. The graphics are cartoonish, colorful and well-drawn. There was a "Loading" screen between each scene and game segment but the gameplay was smooth. The opening sequence, while skippable, cannot be fast-forwarded through - though later sequences of dialog can. Some of the items you are required to find, like keys, are small and hard to spot.

While it played well on my computer, I've just never been interested in the children-as-wizards-who-have-cute-little-beings-as-sidekicks theme so it didn't hold my interest. I deleted it.


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Thank you for your feedback DTS, I doubt children will be able to solve some of the battle puzzles. I agree that the game ilooks like its aimed at children, and many of the puzzles and HOG's are very simple, but the battle game is a little harder. I'm sure a bright child would beat it, but not many would. I reckon it's a great game to play together with your children.

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

Got this back on may 8 2011!Big problem - my video card not compatible on my 2003 computer! Solution - I now install a good percent of all games and software into my extenal hardrive to save space in my computer! Use the games on my computer or relatives computers on visits! Just because somehing is not compatiable, means nothing as long as you have relatives!

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Good one Dido; thankfully, most gamegiveaways are free standing. You wouldn't be able to do the same with the applications given away via the main site as they require reg codes within the registry to work as full version apps. ;)

Reply   |   Comment by Dido  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#1

In Brief:


The game is made up of a series of simple interactive hidden object adventures interspersed with mini games that break the game up into bite sized chunks. The most interesting game I found was the chess like battles between elementals. It’ really nothing like chess, but it does require an element of strategy to win against your opponents As you progress through the game this particular mini game becomes a little more complex with additional elementals and spells coming into play that can cause a lot more damage as well as require new tactics.



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Elements: The Magic Key:

Elementals: The Magic Key was given away Dec 10th 2011 where it received a positive 79% from 440 votes with 73 comments which you can read HERE and again in May 2011 where it received a positive 80% of the votes from 448 votes with 114 comments which you can read HERE




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Main Menu
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Settings
Installation:


Elements: The Magic Key downloads to a 102 MB zip file that unpacks that unpacks to a read me and a wrapped setup activation file (the orange colored file with the key symbol), plus there's a setup file with security (setup.gcd) that's protected from being hacked. This file may case some security software to alert the user to a possible malware attack, but it will be a false positive.

The game giveaway team check all game giveaways for malware using several well known anti -malware suites. There has never been a game giveaway infected with malware since the project started back in Dec 2006. The installed game is 59.8 MB in size.

The game installs to:



C:\Program Files (x86)\Playrix Entertainment\Elementals - The Magic Key

or

C:\Program Files\Playrix Entertainment\Elementals - The Magic (if you have a 32 bit system)


You can easily change this during the installation wizard. There is a shortcut installed to the desktop and to the Start Menu/Programs list/folder. You’ll find it listed under Playrix Entertainment\Elementals - The Magic Key. There is also a shortcut placed on the desktop to Playrix’s site. This can be deleted without harm to the game. The installed game is 108Mb in size.

I originally tested the game on Win XP Pro SP3 32 bit, Vista Home Premium 64 bit, Win 7 Pro and Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit installations and the game worked on all platforms. If you don’t like the in game music unfortunately unless you are adept at editing data files there is no way of changing the music.

This game is available from MyPlayCity and Gametop 24/7





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Game starting
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Puzzle Selection
Introduction:

Plunge into the captivating world of magic and mystery inhabited by elementals. Embark on a thrilling adventure to help Albert, a young magician, restore the Key of Eiron and save his sister kidnapped by Sibelius, a wicked sorcerer. You’ll never feel lonely in your fascinating travels – your aide, Felly, will faithfully follow you, no matter what obstacles you face. Solve brain-teasing puzzles, hunt for cleverly hidden items and try your hand at challenging board battles in this amazing game full of surprises!


Reference: Accessed HERE on the 6th May 2011



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The Game:


The game is made up of a series of simple interactive hidden object adventures interspersed with mini games that break the game up into bite sized chunks. The most interesting game I found was the chess like battles between elementals. It’ really nothing like chess, but it does require an element of strategy to win against your opponents As you progress through the game this particular mini game becomes a little more complex with additional elementals and spells coming into play that can cause a lot more damage as well as require new tactics, for example, early on in the game you are introduced to a simple tactic for beating your opponent, where you can combine three elementals to create a stronger elemental, but so can your opponent, so take care when playing this game. All tactics are introduced via a simple tutorial. I lost the second battle I was involved in and had to start again, lol. There are also spot the difference puzzles and to proceed at some points you have to interact with the environment by finding objects and using them, for example finding a key to unlock a drawer or cupboard, then rifling through the drawer/cupboard via a hidden object mini game (that’s much too simple) to find another object that will let you progress or by creating objects to complete a quest by drawing items with a wand and then assembling the parts. I’ve not played the game enough to discover more mini games so if anyone plays this for an extended period today please do post details of the various mini games that you find; thank you. There appears to be 32 mini games and 21 battles to win from the battles/puzzle pages, but I think many of the puzzles are repeated and the battles all revolve around the chequered board.


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The game is very colourful and beautifully rendered. I was immediately impressed with the introduction and story line to this game though I did find it was a little too easy. This was in part due to the abundant clues and no time limit, you can take the game as slowly or fast as you like. There’s also a helpful hint button when you are playing the hidden object elements of the game that recharges quite fast. I’ve posted over 70 in game screen captures showing how gorgeous this game is and there are several videos to explore that will show you most elements found within the game.

You can replay all of your favourite mini games once they have been unlocked in the story mode. And once you’ve completed the game you can replay it with different characters by selecting bonuses from the main menu then select new battles.

The options menu has three sound controllers, Music, Effects and Environment. They are set to maximum by default.



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Once you’ve created a profile the game starts with an introductory story, that carries on throughout the game, with frequent dialogue throughout. I did find that the dialogue disappeared before I’d finished reading it sometimes which spoiled the effect a little, but it wasn’t a major concern because you still got the gist of the story. It was easy enough to fill the blanks. All dialogue can be skipped by clicking on the skip button located in the bottom left of the game screen. The story introduces the characters and a magical artefact called the great key of Eiron that supposedly binds and balances all the elements of the imaginary world together as well as giving the holder of the key great powers. This key has gone missing and in fact has been shattered and the shards scattered throughout the game. Part of your quest, apart from rescuing your sister with the aid of a weird blue blobby creature called Felly is to recover these shards before evil forces recover them because the key as already mentioned confers great powers on the holder.




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Features:



• Enchanting world of magic inhabited by elementals

• Immersive and gripping storyline

• Over 30 puzzles and mini-games

• Over 20 amazing locations

• Magic board battles between elementals









System Requirements:


Operating System – Win XP, Vista and Win 7
C.P.U. – 800MHz
System RAM – 512MB
Direct X – DX9.0c
Graphics RAM – 64MB





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Images and Video:

I've posted over 70 images showing most of the dialogue in the early part of the game, plus a couple of the mini games. It was difficult to capture some of the dialogue because it didn't stay on the screen long enough, you can see these images HERE



Please note that watching some of the videos below may contain spoilers.
HERE
HERE (Official Trailer), HERE (Intro), HERE (Meeting the Boss), HERE (The Ending), HERE (Casting a Spell), HERE (Game play), HERE (General) and HERE (Another Intro video).





Walkthroughs:

You can get walkthroughs for this game from Big Fish, Gamezebo and from Cheatbook




Music:

Unfortunately the games music has been coded directly into the games executable or data files, so unless you are adept at editing these files the only way of avoiding the music is to turn it off via the games options menu. You can always select your own music and play it via your media player. :)




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Conclusion:

This is an excellent game that looks like it's for the kids, but there's an underlying difficulty inherent in the game via the chess like strategy game that you play as part of the battle sections of the game. the mini games that I played were pretty simple and standard mini game fare, but they do add to the overall game. The hidden object elements were much too easy for my liking. There was ample hints and the hint button recharged fairly fast. I'd say this is an ideal family game that'll keep you entertained on a cold and wet weekend afternoon. It's well worth 8 IMO, with a 9 for graphics, 7 for game play, and 8 for sounds and music which are appropriate to the game play. Thank you Playrix and The game giveaway team for bringing us an excellent game this weekend




Scoring

Gameplay – 7
Graphics – 8
Audio – 6
Re-playability – 8
Originality – 8

Average Total = 7.4



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Suggestions for the developer:

The game could do with difficulty settings that include much harder levels. Include a timed mode as well as an arcade mode where you can choose to play any part of the game once you've completed it rather than having to wait until you've completed the whole story mode. I'd also add achievements in the form of awards; you could categorise these into Gold, Silver and Bronze etc.






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Problems:

If you are posting late in the day I would also suggest posting in the main giveaway forums in the game discussion section. If you’ve installed the game but it won’t work for some reason, it should still be registered, so someone may be able to help at another time. Unfortunately if your problem is actually installing it then once the giveaway period is over there’s nothing that can be done until the game is given away again (though that isn’t guaranteed).



If you have any problems installing or getting to work today's game please go HERE for help.



It’s always worth checking out the free games sites as sometimes the games we get here are also available for free from them. MyPlayCity has the most with over 600 games to choose from. Today's game IS available from MyPlayCity HERE as well as the FIRST (which was given away last year) and the THIRD in the series. :)








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Games, Games, and yet more Gamesl>:




If you're looking for something other than today's game check the didimatic site via THIS link for some brilliant deals.

There are several other deals available from Steam for example there's 50% off both CounterStrike: Global Offensive and Borderlands 2 (both brilliant games IMO). Today's 24hr deal is Test Drive Unlimited 2 a decent road racing game with open world elements that are based on real live locations and has both single player and multiplayer modes, with 75% off (£3.74). also, if you've previously purchased Cities XL 2011 or 2012 you can get 80% off the latest version Cities XL: Platinum. There's also 75 % off the original Borderlands + dlc and all previous games in the CounterStrike franchise as we;ll as 75% off Cities in motion and all dlc's, There's also loads of deals from Gamersgate, Gamestop, Greenman Gaming and GOG; all of which you can find via the Didimatic site, which I've linked to above (apart from Greenman gaming. Check out GMG because they have some excellent deals for example you can get 35% off the still unreleased Aliens: Colonial Marines. You'll find the weekend deals THIS. You'll also find some free games this weekend, Fridays free game called Zombies is still available, but will end sometime today, Todays, Sunday's and Monday's games are called Ninja Blade, Unstoppable Gorg and Superstars V8 Next Challenge. What's the catch as there's nearly always one? Well, you have to subscribe to Playfire. :) Click on the free games link on GreenManGamings home page HERE for details of the latest free game



The usual monthly free game from Alawars game box is still Sprill. You may need to reinstall game box if its still showing the previous game (Finding Doggy). It's supposed to change every month, but some community members are seeing the same game for months on end. Dido suggested that you reinstall game box to fix the problem. Reinstalling game box shouldn't affect any previous freebies. :). (You need to install the free Gamebox from Alawar to access the free games, which for newcomers change approximately every month). 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 or the four day sales at IndieGameStand.



Check out the Game discussion forums HERE for details of any Indie Game Bundles that are still live. At the moment there's a new Greenlight bundle. To those who don't know what Greenlight means, its games that have been put forwards for inclusion into Steam. The community vote for the games they like. if they get enough votes the games are added to Steam. If you purchase a greenlight bundle you are getting loads of games dirt cheap and, if any do make it onto Steam ( at least 50% should definitely IMO), you will get Steam keys. The latest bundle includes Paranormal a Haunting simulator, Beware Planet Earth! a time management tower defence game, Hairy Tales a tile-dragging Puzzler + n Soundtrack, Dwarf Quest a casual Dungeon Crawler, Depth Hunter a spearfishing simulator, Potatoman Seeks the Troof a 8 bit platformer, Megabyte Punch a fighting/beat 'm up, Gear Jack a pretty side scrolling platformer and Aeon Command a strategy space warfare game. There's also a new Groupees bundle that contains for a minimum of $1 Section 8 (a futuritic Unreal Tournament like game) and Monster Madness (32 bit only) for a minimum of $3 you also get Cargo Commander and Hotel Giant 2. Finally there's also a bonus of RooGoo if 2000 bundles are sold.


I've posted images and video of game play for most of these bundles over in the forums. Click on the Game discussion forums to find all of the active bundles easily.
These bundles give you the opportunity to get a lot of great games for almost nothing (the price of a cappuccino at your local coffee shop)

The latest game from Indie GameStand (they have a new indie game every four days) is Krunch a quick-reflex game about escaping, survival and the fear of being closed in. You can get the game for $1 minimum or, if you want extra's, pay the average price, which, at the moment stands at just over $2.

With respect to my links to MyPlayCity and Gamtop. Please be aware that these sites may add toolbars and home page hijacks to your web browser, but these can be avoided by un-checking the appropriate boxes during installation. Also when you close any of their games down, your browser is opened and directed to the sites home page. This is innocuous so don’t worry. Closing the page ends any connection and nothing is downloaded.



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A Request for helpl>:

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.


Regards

Whiterabbit aka Stephen














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