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This game requires strategic thinking and a quick hand. You can't drop the ball, and you have to trigger a chain of events as you play. As you make your journey, you will follow myths of Ancient Egypt that will lead you through perilous dangers in order to restore the long lost gifts of Amon Ra. Start your Gem Ball adventure now!

System Requirements:

Windows 2000/ XP/ VISTA/ 7/ 8/ 10; CPU: 600MHz or faster Processor; RAM: 128 MB

Publisher:

ToomkyGames

Homepage:

https://www.bigfishgames.com/games/1358/gemballancientlege/

File Size:

19.4 MB

Price:

$9.99

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In Brief:
Gem Ball – Ancient Legends is a 3D Breakout/Arkanoid clone that was originally released about 16 years ago. We were given this way back in March 2007 HERE, where the then community gave it a positive 87% thumbs up from 329 votes with 83 comments. (I often wonder how many of the present community were present back then; I'm always curious, especially after the numbers of votes and comments have dropped off significantly over the years)?

You can see a few videos of game play HERE, HERE and HERE.
Introduction:
Gem Ball – Ancient Legends requires 'strategic placement of the balls in the early start to most of the levels contained within this game as often many of the lowest bricks are undestructible from the side the bat is adjacent to. This often also leads to you requiring a quick response, otherwise you'll lose your ball to the abyss. You can't allow the ball to drop below the bat where it exits the arena and destroys the bat; which also loses one of your lives. Depending on the difficulty level you have chosen, you can start with 2, 3 or 4 balls. To be able to access some of the bricks you have to trigger a chain of events as you play. As you make your journey, you will follow several myths of Ancient Egypt that will lead you through 'perilous dangers' in order to restore the long-lost gifts of Amon Ra.

The above introduction was 'inspired' by Big Fishes description of the game with significant changes to the original text HERE , which I accessed on the 5th February 2022
Features
10 artifacts to uncover.
100 Arcade levels.
50 Adventure levels
2 gameplay modes
3 difficulty modes
18 power ups.
Collecting coins to add new lives
Collecting gems to increase your score
Lots of different brick types
The Game:
Gem Ball: Ancient Legends has the same level design, power-up's and mechanics as Egypt Ball that we were given November 13th 2021; except, today's game includes three difficulty levels and two modes of play; i.e. Adventure and Arcade modes. Egypt Ball only had one mode called Arcade; which incidentally, is exactly the same as Gem Balls Arcade mode. In Gem Ball, you gain access to the Arcade mode once you've completed the first myth which is the first five levels unlocked and completed. InGem Ball, we get 100 levels in arcade mode and 50 levels in the adventure mode making a total of 150 different level designs; where new brick types are introduced gradually. The adventure mode is divided into ten myth sections where you unlock various Egyptian artefacts, each of these introduces a myth, for example the artefact named after the god Thoth unlocks the ability of the people of Egypt to write, or the goddess Ma'al the goddess of truth law and universal order. As you progress through each temple, you'll find information about what each of the gods or goddess' gives back to the people of Egypt.

Each of the ten myth sections includes five levels to complete. To progress you have to complete each arena before you can proceed to the next level. You can see your progress in Adventure mode via the level map. Unfortunately, you cannot play previous levels in this mode unless you start a new game; in that scenario you lose all previous progress and have to start right from the beginning again. In Arcade mode each level can be visualised via a small thumbnail image, divided into five pages of 20 levels. All levels after the one you are playing are locked until you've completed each level in turn. Once a level is unlocked, you can return to it in arcade mode at any time to replay it, but only after you have selectected new game first; otherwise, you will be taken directly to the next level you have unlocked and not the level grid page. Doing this will lose all the points you have earned while playing the arcade mode; though you still have access to any level that has previously been unlocked, so you can start from any of the unlocked levels. At the end of each level, in both Adventure and Arcade modes, you are shown your level statistics that shows how long you took to beat the level as well as other facts like how many coins you collected, the number of different colour and type of jewels, an accumulated total of your score, plus the score for the level.


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Gem Ball: Ancient Legends has the usual number of decorative bricks of different types used in the construction of the various levels, with the occassional new one being introduced later in the game. There is also a wide selection of ball types that can help in varying degrees. Some balls will only destroy bricks that match their colour, but can be changed by first hitting a different coloured brick. This actually makes it a little more difficult to destroy bricks because you first have to hit the correct colour then hit the same-coloured bricks before they are destroyed; often different coloured bricks are adjacent, so you need to be deadly accurate when directing a ball to the coloured brick you want to destroy; if you hit alternate colours on each rebound nothing is destroyed until you eventually hit the same-coloured brick twice. Other types of balls can destroy every type of brick with or without the help of an explosion (Explosive Ball); while there are also special balls that destroy everything in their path, including walls or other seemingly permanent obstructions (Power Ball), or have the ability to fire arrows in every direction (Shooting Ball). The multicoloured ball can destroy any colour ball.

There are eighteen power-ups included with the game, these include extra lives (looks like an Ankh and is (obviously) called 'Extra Life'), those that enlarge or shrink your paddle (Expand & Shrink Bat); allow you to hold and aim a ball at a specific spot (called Accuracy of Light) that in most breakouts is called the magnetic bat, though this bat power up has two effects, i.e. magnetic and a direction of travel indicator. There's also Triple Ball that triples the number of balls currently in play. If you already have more balls in play, this can often increase the number of balls in play significantly. as it affects every type of ball in play. If you pick up the Normal Ball power up, it will cancel any special ball effects previously gained, transforming all the balls into the chequered normal ball. Some power-ups are time limited and disappear after a short period, but can be extremely useful while active. There's one that creates a barrier at the bottom of the arena that will stop your ball from exiting the arena if you miss the ball with your bat; though once touched the barrier will disappear, (it's called 'Safe Rays'). There are also useful brick breaking weapons added to the paddle such as the Darts Fire and Mega Laser. Some power-ups affect the ball as mentioned above; for example, the Explosive Ball, Power Ball, Multicolour Ball and Shooting Ball plus the Balls Thrower power-up that throws several mini-sized balls into the arena. Then, of course there's the very negative power up that destroys your bat if you touch it, that looks like a blacksmith's anvil called Killer.

As well as the variety of power-ups that are released by destroyed bricks there are special artefacts that redirect you ball if you pass over them, and other portal like structures that move your ball invisibly to another portal on the arena and then special artefacts that can split your ball into two similar balls. You'll also find treasure chests that can be hit three or four times, each time releasing a gold coin and on the final hit, will release several coins, that all go towards creating another way to gain a new life; you require twenty of these gold coins per life gained. You can also collect jewels that add significantly to your final level score.
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You can have several balls in play; (or a lot more if you pick up one or more of those triple ball power ups). I've had as many as 30+ ball in play, which accounts for one of my complete level times at 32 seconds {see the fourth image above}) . However, having more than a few balls in play can become rather confusing and you can often lose decent power up's by trying to save all of the balls in play rather than picking up the power ups. Often the game requires you to make quick decisions while in the middle of a level. I've sometimes picked up a negative power up by mistake and have paid the price for it. I've found it advisable to lose some of your extra balls in preference to losing power ups (unless it's a negative one) at least unless you are looking to get a better time score in your end of level statistics.

Personally, I would have liked to have seen an option where you could turn ball deflections on, or include deflections between balls in an extra difficulty level This would have made the level a little more random; unfortunately, there is no option to do this.

One of the-power ups that is really useful, especially to those new to the genre, is the 'Mega Laser'. This weapon will destroy every brick (but not stacked bricks) in its line of sight from the top to the bottom of the arena (but not stacked bricks) and usually appears just before a level is almost completed and enables you to get those last few bricks quickly. Though there's also an 'End Level' power up (not listed in the bonus page) that allows you to end a level if the Mega Laser didn't appear or if you missed picking it up. Personally, I like to try and get every brick by catching the ball at the correct place to get the perfect angle for hitting specific bricks (not easy to do). Hitting the ball centrally will reduce the angle of attack the ball hits the bat. The nearer to the edges of the bat, the greater the angle of attack (reflection). Some breakout clones are better at this than others. Gem Ball is middle of the road with respect to this.


Finally, I would dearly loved to have seen the ability to curve a returning ball by spinning it with the bat and more importantly include a level editor with this game. Some of my favourite breakouts include the ability to curve the ball (you can in Breakquest, the game I mention below that is now freeware) and others include a level editor e.g. the 2D breakout version Ricochet Infinity, Acky's XP Breakout and Quadranoid, and the 3D version, Hyperballoid 2.
Conclusion:
Gem Ball: Ancient Legends is an excellent 3D breakout game that in my opinion is well worth downloading (I am a little biased because breakouts have always been one, if not my top favourite arcade game genre, ever since the very first one was created back in the mid 1970's by Atari (I spent a small fortune in the arcades putting 5 pence and 1 Mark pieces into the arcade cabinets and later the one created by Taito in the early 80's called Arkanoid and it's sequel, Arkanoid: Revenge of Doh (via a console machine) and where the often used genre name of 'Arkanoid' comes from.

I started a thread over in the forums almost 15 years ago that lists lots of free and commercial breakouts HERE (some of the links may be dead, but you should still be able to find them via Google. I have been slowly updating the thread, but haven't finished doing so yet). I've recently reposted a link to one of my all-time favourite breakouts called 'Breakquest' that the developer converted to freeware several years ago. It has 100 amazing levels. Every level is 'totally' different from its predecessor in the types of bricks and level design it uses as well as the ability to configure the game in so many different ways. This gives the game virtually unlimited game play potential e.g., you can choose which power-ups will drop throughout the game and select different ball types (triangle, square, round etc) as well as different bat shapes that makes rebounding easier or harder; plus, several difficulty levels that use different configurations. You can find details of that game HERE; (you can see some of the level designs and the configurability of the game via some of the images I've posted over in the game discussion forums {specifically in the new Free Game Project forum section} ).

Oh yes, I've just remembered, another of my all-time favourite 3D breakouts called Action Ball is going to be released on Steam on the 14th March next month HERE . The developer released Action Ball 2 back in Feb 2020 (I reviewed that game on Steam HERE (I've linked to several free and decent Breakouts in the comments section of that review); and, via Steams activities feed, I've asked the community if they were interested in seeing the first one; which, although older than the first, I still think is as good, if not better than the sequel. The developer requested 100 votes before he would release it. That never happened as two years later, the votes stood at around 64 (and quite a few of those were probably because I regularly posted requests to my Steam friends to vote as well as here on the giveaway site back in 2020). Still, he decided to release it anyway. :)
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Notes on Security

I scanned a zipped copy of the installed game using Virus Total and it found 2 hits (VBA32 & Jiangmin) from 61 antimalware engines. Both these are amongst only several antimalware suites that often tag TooMKY Games compared to most better known and more reliable antimalware engines, so it's very likely to be a false positive; so, it's very likely to be a false positive. My own security did not flag any issues with the game.

One the game giveaway zipped file is unpacked, the executable used to install the game 'may' include some low-level adware that opens your browser to TooMKY Games home page after the game has installed and may place some shortcuts onto your desktop; these 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 TooMKY Games home page following the games installation, it earns TooMKY Games some money, part of which is given to the developer of the game for allowing the game to be given away free. The giveaway version of TooMKY games version has had most of the adware disabled.

You can see the results of the scan via the following link:

https://www.virustotal.com/gui/file/e3dd7284b066840238f19ae1630d2ace6cd4877ce5869bf1367e64dd0e08cb33?nocache=1

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Whiterabbit-uk,



Other Free Games:
For other free games, please check Delenn's threads over in the giveaway forums HERE (non-Steam games) and HERE (Steam games) for the latest freebies; it's kept up to date frequently, whenever a free game becomes available, (thanks for keeping this up to date Delenn, very much appreciated).

Also, for the latest Steam sales check THIS Steam database site out. You can list the games in 'price' & 'percentage off' by clicking the headers. If you link SteamDB (the Steam database) with your Steam account, all games that you already have will be highlighted in green and those in blue are on your wish list. When there are Steam games being given away, you'll see the percentage off as 100%. It's worth checking this regularly to make sure you don't miss the best deals and freebies. Delenn usually posts links to all free games within several hours of them going live, so check her links at the top of this comment as well.
Don't forget to check Indie Gala's freebie section HERE, then click on the Showcase header, selecting freebies from the drop down menu; the most recent additions include:


1) ... The Last Enchantress: Revival, (choice-based fantasy game, contains adult themes and not suitable for children)

2) ... Leisure Suit Larry 1 - In the Land of the Lounge Lizards (a returning giveaway)

3) ... Avani: The Primal Land (Explore, gather, learn, craft and build in the world of Avani: The Primal Land. Fight, hunt and tame wild animals. Animals have their own genetics and no animal is like the other. The interactive taming process allows making a real bond with each tame. Avani offers a unique crafting system combined with a huge skill tree and an intuitive building system mixed with traditional survival game elements)

4) ... Cov Shooter (Try to survive as many waves as possible, upgrade your stats and weapons to do that)

5) ... WTC : Relentless Protagonist [Sxs}, (a short mostly KINETIC comedy/drama visual novel)

6) ... Pixel Puzzles 2: Space, (removed)

7) ... Out of Puberty: Chapter 1 (graphic novel, contains adult themes and not suitable for children)

8) ... Neon Invasion Earth, (space invaders)

9) ... Figment (A musical action-adventure set in the recesses of the human mind)


The following (previously) free games have now been removed from the free library: Revolution Ace, Six Sides of the World, Byte Family, Alone on Mars, Garfield Kart, Nostradamus the Last Prophecy, Snowball, Pixel Puzzles 2: Christmas , Die Young (Full version), Distortions, Dino Run DX, Cheap Golf, Kill Em All, Dead Hungry Diner, and Contract with the Devil. All remaining freebies can be found in the showcase section (113 games are available). Not all games that go into the showcase remain free and are removed after a short period; so, you should grab them as soon as you can.



The latest Epic Game is Windbound - Shipwrecked alone on an uncharted island, explore, adapt and navigate the land and perilous seas to stay alive. As Kara, you are a warrior, caught at sea in a fierce storm, adrift from your tribe. Thrown from your boat, at the mercy of the turbulent waters, you are tossed on to the shores of the Forbidden Islands, a mysterious paradise.


Next Thursday 17th February we will be getting Brothers - A Tale of Two Sons - Guide two brothers on an epic fairy tale journey from visionary Swedish film director, Josef Fares and top-tier developer Starbreeze Studios. This is one journey you will never forget. (This game is also included in the latest Humble Choice bundle as a Steam key - see below for the Humble Choice details).
The best Indie Bundles sites that have been operating from around 2011 are the Humble Bundle and Indie Gala sites (though the latter isn't as good as it used to be) where you'll sometimes find decent bundles with over 90% off the usual price of the games included in the bundles. The Humble site is in my opinion the best; though a more recent addition that is worth checking out called Fanatical games looks to be a serious contender for that title as they have some very good bundles. You can find Fanatical games (that used to be called Bundle stars) HERE.

I've restarted a project I originally started back in 2008 that used to be called Good Games to Grab, where I posted free games over in the forums on a daily basis. I won't be posting them daily this time; only as and when I have time and the inclination. You can find the new forum section entitled 'Free Game Project' HERE

So far, I've posted eight excellent PC games, plus one android game as well as suggested or linked to others similar to the ones posted i.e.

1) ... Hidden & Dangerous Deluxe (a squad based solo shooter)
2) ... Battlegroup 44 (a free-standing mod for Battlefield 2 that is a follow up to the original Battlefield 1942)
3) ... Slam Tilt (an excellent pinball game with four tables)
4) ... 3-D Ultra Pinball: Creep Night, (one of my all-time favourite pinball games from the mid 90's).
5} ... Breakquest (one of my all-time top ten 2D breakouts)
6) ... Messy Paths (an android game)
7) ... Castlevania The Lecarde Chronicles (fan made free standing Castelvania game)
8) ... Conflict Vietnam (third person squad-based shooter)
9) ... Cabela's Big Game Hunter 2006 Trophy Season (a linear hunting game)

I'll be adding over the coming weeks.


Black And White Apocalypse that was given away some weeks ago by the developer Hammergames is always free and can also be downloaded as a colour version. The community member Space pointed this out at the time. You can find both versions over on itch.io via the following links Black & White version, and Coloured version. :)

You can also find 'all nine' of the developers' games (for free) HERE. Some of them look like they are worth investigating. :)

The latest Humble Choice bundle went live on Tuesday and includes eight games plus one DLC pack; i.e. Borderlands 3 with the director's cut DLC included, Black Book, Per Aspera, Just Die Already, Before We leave, Paradise Lost, Everhood and Calico. For original Humble Bundle subscribers, the cost is $12/£8.99 with other benefits such as access to a lot of indie titles for free while subscribed and a percentage off other purchases from the Humble store. This increases the longer you keep subscribed up to a year with 20% off all none bundle purchases. (1 month sub' gives 10% off, 3 months sub' gives 15% off and six months sub 'gives 17% off)

The latest Humble Bundle called **** Cancer, that costs a minimum of £7.40 (would normally cost you almost £207) includes a fantastic mix of AAA and substantial indie arcade games. Every penny/cent goes to cancer research. The bundle includes World War Z: Aftermath, Dead by Daylight, Payday 2, Magika, Dungeon of the Endless, theHunter: Call of the Wild, Homeworld Remastered Collection, Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak, Little Nightmares, Brothers _ A Tale of two Sons, Peppy's Adventure, Red Faction Armageddon, Hamiltons Great Adventure. You can find details of the bundle that ends Friday 18th February HERE (in a few weeks I may be giving away some of the Steam keys from that bundle as I already had ten of the twelve titles. It was still worth getting because I wanted World War Z: Aftermath, to play cooperatively with friends, which normally costs £30.99); that said I'd forgotten I'd piucked the game up previously via Epic Games when it was given away last year.


If you have Amazon Prime, the February games are now available. You can get Stellaris on GOG for free. Visit Prime Gaming for details.

Stay safe everyone.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+13)

Whiterabbit-uk,

Here's a few more images :)
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Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)

Whiterabbit-uk, Truely the Master of Games

Reply   |   Comment by pnj  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
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Sadly, for me the E-Mail download link never comes.

Reply   |   Comment by Me  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#6

Installed no problem on Windos10 64pro system but when I start the game the screen is flickering so I cannot see it well enough to play. What can I do to fix this?

Reply   |   Comment by Jerry  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Jerry,

Hi Jerry, if you can access the options from the main menu, try playing it in a window, setting the screen resolution to 1024 x 768 will increase the size of the window. To make it even bigger you could temporarily decrease your monitors resolution by right clicking on the desktop and selecting Display Settings then select a smaller resolution, the smaller the res' the bigger the window will appear.

You could also go into the games compatibility mode by right clicking on the games executable, or the shortcut to the game, select settings then from the settings window choose the compatibility tab. From there there are several things you could try such as setting the game to run in 640 x 480 (assuming you've already set the game to windowed mode. Also try clicking on the change High DPI settings. The game is at least fifteen years old, so you could also check the boc for 'Run this Program in compatibility mode for' then from the drop down menu select one of the XP choices.

Failing all of the above, try checking the FAQ's thread in the game discussion forums via the following link:

https://www.giveawayoftheday.com/forums/topic/11647

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#5

Sorry to read that others are having problems with this game on newer operatingsystems. It works AOK in Windows 7! I haven't tried it on Windows 10 yet, but I have not had problems with any other GGOTD games in Windows 10.

SO if you enjoyed Egypt Ball which was a fairly recent GGOTD (I loved it), you will find Gem Ball - Ancient Legends to be basically more of the same, with the addition of the Adventure levels. There are (I think?) ten Adventures, each comprising five levels (a.k.a. Stages). The game won't allow you to select any Arcade levels until you've finished the first set of five Adventures levels. Completing the first Adventure unlocks the Arcade levels menu: a nice touch, which forces you to explore the Adventure levels before diving in to the Arcade levels.

If you haven't played the predecessor game, Egypt Ball, be aware that the Accuracy Light is what you'd know as a Magnet in other breakout games, and Safe Rays are a Barrier.

And: the Megalaser is possibly my favourite thing in any breakout type of game! When only a couple of blocks are left, the Megalaser will appear form time to time, similar to the 'end level' power-up in other games. BUT the level does NOT end immediately! You now have the option of shooting everything with the Megalaser (which destroys even the solid metal blocks!!!) OR continuing to play as normal.

Anyway, even though it is basically Egypt Ball Part II, this one is a definite keeper and I'd give it at least 9 out of 10!

Sincere thanks to Urse Games, TooMky, and GGOTD for this one.

Reply   |   Comment by Cad Delworth  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Cad Delworth,

Thanks Cad, I think I may have forgotten to mention unlocking the arcade mode after the first section (of five levels), tohugh I did post an image of the message you receive. I spent so much time writing the review above and then reading it over and over, I think I was blinded. Breakouts are one of, if not my number one favorite arcade genre. They bring back memories of my youth in the 1970's when Space Invaders, and the original breakout were available in various coffee houses, psudo arcades (usually where slot machines were prevelant, and transport cafes etc. I spent a small fortune playing both those games, but breakout was my faovrite. I've loved it's evolution over time, epecially when Arkanoid and it's sequel Arkanoid: Revenge of Doh were released onto various iterations of computers before desktops were widley available.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#4

mega laser loads but not working/firing- any fix?

Reply   |   Comment by keith  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

keith,

Hi Keith, apart from trying some different resolution settings I haven't a clue. The Mega Laser warks find on my set up using Win 10 Pro:

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Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

keith, as whiterabbit said, try maybe a lower resolution, or try playing in a window instead of full screen?

You didn't say which OS you're using? Other report various problems with Windows 11, so maybe try installing it on an older OS if you can.

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

Windows 11 struggles with all of these older games even after setting a compatibility mode. Last couple I have downloaded especially the Toomky seem to run but never display. Thanks to Toomky and Giveaway of the Day for all these games. They have provided a lot of enjoyment over the years.

Reply   |   Comment by barryzee  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

barryzee,

Hi Barryzee,

It's one of the reasons I'm dubious upgrading my present computer to Win 11; that is, the effect it may have on my games. Until I read that the platform is okay from many more comments; I'll be sticking with Win 10. no doubt I'll have to move eventually. (I still have at least one unused Win 10 disk and code as I purchased several at the same time becasue they were on a decent deal).

I'm thinking of installing Win 11 on my last build (an old second generation i7), which has been waiting for an upgrade since I built my present one last year.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

barryzee, since Win11 is mostly Win10 with a fresh coat of paint, it really shouldn't behave differently than Win10 as far as these games go. Check the hardware stats at Steam and you'll see Win11's share growing for whatever that's worth. Since I had to reinstall Windows on my wife's PC, I went with Win11 to get the upgrade out of the way, and it hasn't had any problems with these games -- that's what she spends most of her time with when she's using it.

On my copies Win11 does have one annoying problem with AMD graphics -- the neutered drivers from Microsoft that show up in Windows Update are not optional, so have to re-install the good stuff from AMD. And I have seen some companies push out rushed drivers to allegedly meet Win11 requirements that are pretty poor.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)

Whiterabbit-uk, most problems with Win11 are due to it's being rushed out the door without the prolonged testing & fixing that Win7 & 8 received, or even the shortened development cycle for Win10. But as we've seen with recent Patch Tuesday updates, preemptive testing & fixing are no longer done at / by Microsoft. Most feel it won't be as stable as Windows *should be* until the end of 2022.

That said, it really is Win10 under the hood, and there are 3rd party scripts &/or utilities to regress most of the things people find annoying back to the way Win10 works, e.g. my favorite hate, the right click context menu. IMHO there's nothing about WIn11 to be afraid of, *if* your hardware meets requirements, but *today* there's no real advantages to it either. If/when you get bored, stick a $20 ~120GB SSD in your rig, make sure secure boot is on, & install Win11 -- it should activate off your current Win10 key without you having to do anything. Optionally you can use EasyBCD to modify the boot menu, e.g. I use the old fashioned text rather than the graphical GUI. That'll let you test & compare performance & compatibility.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

Thanks Mike. Nice catch that I should have thought of myself. My main concern has been that my AMD R380 be able to run Skyrim at max settings which it was doing. Had not updated drivers in several months. Updated and this giveaway is running just fine. Will now revisit Breakquest from Whiterabbit's list. Thanks again.

Reply   |   Comment by barryzee  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

mike,

Just updated my comment re Win 11 as it seemed like I was suggesting it was an issue with my games. It wasn't, I'm just not sure yet.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Whiterabbit-uk, I'm keeping my main work/play PC on Win7. I don't like lots of things about Win10, but my REAL hate is that it keeps changing theme colours behind my back, forcing me to reinstall my preferred Theme AGAIN every hour or so.

Hey, Microsoft: NOT EVERYBODY gets on well with BLUE as a colour for menus, highlights, etc. (or anything else). Pre-Win10, one could RELIABLY change the colours of EVERY system element to suit one's vision problems; but since that isn't possible in Win10 (nor presumbaly in Win11), please stick it where the sun don't shine.

Reply   |   Comment by Cad Delworth  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

barryzee, The Windows 11 really seems like a headache. And there now are so many programmes designed to make it work like Windows 10, which says something. Am happy to be over age 80 so as never to be forced to upgrade to this nuisance operating system.

Reply   |   Comment by pnj  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#2

'Unable to set graphic mode'??
I can't open the game. I keep getting this error message. Any suggestions?
Thanks!

Reply   |   Comment by Tad  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

Tad,

Hi Tad, which operating system are you using?

Gem Ball is an old game, so you may need to do some juggling of your settings. Go to Display Settings by right clicking on your desktop then change the resolution of your screen (this may upset your desktop icons if you have a lot on your desktop). Changing the colour depth may also be necessary or help. The game can be played in 16 or 32 bit. The game also only has two screen resolutiion settings 800 x 600 and 1024 x 768.

If you go to the advanced settings you can also see if changing the referesh rate fixes the issue.

Did you operate the laser by using your left mouse button; (just a thought)?

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Whiterabbit-uk, I was so glad you asked

"Did you operate the laser by using your left mouse button; (just a thought)?"

I had been biting my tongue! Though I did mention in my main comment about the game that it's a BFG and not the same as the 'end/skip level' power-up in similar games (e.g. Hyperballoid).

Reply   |   Comment by Cad Delworth  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Whiterabbit-uk, Thanks for the response.
Windows 11. I'll play with the settings and see if I can get it to work.
I can't get the game to load, so I didn't get to use my mouse.

Reply   |   Comment by Tad  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
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