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Game Giveaway of the day — Hope Lake

The Hope Lake Boarding School was abandoned long ago, when one of its teachers drowned by accident. Many years later, all of the female students began to disappear, one by one. Visit the place where it all began. Try to pick up the maniac’s trail and put a stop to his crime spree. Shed some light on the dark events of the past and unravel the mystery of the crimes.
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User rating: 375 (82%) 81 (18%) 47 comments

Hope Lake was available as a giveaway on May 30, 2015!

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The Hope Lake Boarding School was abandoned long ago, when one of its teachers drowned by accident. Many years later, all of the female students began to disappear, one by one. Visit the place where it all began. Try to pick up the maniac’s trail and put a stop to his crime spree. Shed some light on the dark events of the past and unravel the mystery of the crimes.
The game’s exciting plot, unusual puzzles, and fascinating hidden object scenes will delight those who love the genre, and the terrific background music which gives this game a particular charm will help you plunge deeper into the immersive mystery of the Hope Lake Boarding School!

Game Features:

  • 48 beautiful locations depicting the abandoned boarding school and its surroundings in grand detail;
  • 18 hidden object scenes and 26 unique minigames;
  • An interactive map to help you better investigate the area and more quickly move around the boarding school;
  • A flashlight, an essential item for every detective. You are helpless without it, so you’ll always have it with you as you investigate the case;
  • The game includes a total of about 6 hours of gameplay!

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8; CPU: 1.6 GHz; RAM: 1024 MB; DirectX: 9.0; Hard Drive: 1951 MB

Publisher:

Xing Interactive

Homepage:

http://www.mysterytag.com/games.php

File Size:

711 MB

Price:

$9.99

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#47

Finally completed the game. Found another minigame (the wooden blocks slider close to the end) that I had to use a mouse to do because my (Ugee) graphics tablet wasn't recognised for drag movements. Also, there are a few hidden object puzzles where the object and description don't match: one I saw a few times was "key" and "wrench" seemed to be transposed.

The overall game: creepy atmosphere and story, fairly well done apart from the minor bugs noted here and above. The end was perhaps a little abrupt -- possibly if there's an extended version (ie Collector's Edition) somewhere it might resolve that but this version needed /some/ sort of endpiece/epilogue/tidy, I thought.

Say about 65% overall, with maybe another 15% being achievable with relatively easy wins?

Reply   |   Comment by Tim  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#46

Running under Win8.1, 64-bit, installed and runs with no issues.

Found a bug and an oddity or two.

The bug first: the first mini-game really didn't like my graphics tablet -- I had to switch to a mouse to drag the creatures around to the right places. Unusual -- some games just fail to cope at all, this is the first time I've found a game that's MOSTLY okay with a graphics tablet but occasionally just isn't. Anyway, while I was trying to work out what to do in that first game (bear in mind I couldn't drag anything and I was trying to work out if I had to rotate things or quite what) I double-clicked on one of the pieces (the fish, I think) and lost the cursor completely. Nothing. No visible cursor anywhere, neither with a mouse nor my graphics tablet. I was eventually able to exit (Alt-F4) and click the "Yes" button by moving the mouse randomly until Yes was highlighted; reloading the game brought the cursor back.

The oddities: the spoken dialogue at the beginning doesn't quite match the subtitles. (That's probably a good thing: the spoken word was grammatically better than the subtitles!) And the Options dialog spells "sysytem" instead of "system" -- just a typo, I guess.

Reply   |   Comment by Tim  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#45

This game was given away on May 30, and I've enjoyed playing it since. Very good graphics, interesting plot line, a worthwhile game to download. However, I have a couple of issues with it that may not be immediately obvious. First, there was one HOG screen where I needed to find two keys to unlock a chest and retrieve a block. After finding the keys and opening the chest (and before getting the block), my mouse moved too close to the edge of the screen, and it took the adventurer to another screen. When I returned, the chest was once again closed, and I had no way to retrieve the required block. I had to restart the game from the beginning to get past that problem. Second, many of the items are listed under weird names that make it necessary to use the hint function to see what the programmer has in mind. For example, a TRUMPET turned out to be a piece of plumbing pipe with an elbow on the end. On another screen, it actually is a musical horn. Aside from that, it's very playable.




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Thank you for your feedback Bebop, sorry for the delay in moderating.

Reply   |   Comment by Bebop  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#44

Running on a Win 8.1 desktop (AMD E1 processor), I got quite far into the game then ran into a HOG screen where I was to find a block that was locked in a trunk. I had to find 2 keys to unlock the trunk. I did this, and the trunk opened, however before I could claim the block, I accidently went too far down and caused the adventurer to leave that page and go to another. I immediately returned, only to find the trunk/chest once again closed and locked, but with the keys in it and the block inside. Since the keys could not be used again and there were no more keys to find, I was unable to complete that phase of the search, thus making it impossible to gain the necessary item from that scene that would allow me to go further. Even the hint didn't help, it just showed that I needed to enter the trunk/chest. I was forced to abort the game and restart from the beginning. This is where a "go back a step" or other restore points would help.

Reply   |   Comment by Bebop  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#43

Thanks so much for a terrific game! Top quality and thankfully it has an interactive map as it should. Very interesting story, good graphics, interesting story, great games. Top notch and I will be saving this to play again in future. Only twice was I not sure what to do next and had to wander around until I thought of something to check or came upon a HO scene. Just enough challenge but not frustrating. Just a few objects mislabeled, and again, I would gladly proof for them!

Reply   |   Comment by Barbara  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#42

Unable to activate the program. I am getting the error "Failed to launch the program". Downloaded unzipeed the program Ok.
Using windows XP.

Frustrated after trying to download for 2 hours!

Reply   |   Comment by Ravi  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#41

I finished this by now (it's 2 am in Switzerland) and I should go to bed ASAP but I so wanted to know how it goes out...

Keep me addicted ;-)




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Reply   |   Comment by Anu  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#40

Over all the game is a decent hog. I did find a bit of frustration in the naming of objects. I noticed several objects that were incorrectly translated causing the player to resort to using a hint to find out what the developer intended the player to locate. I know that it can be a monumental task to translate a hog game to various languages.

In the past I have been part of a group that helped a developer check item names. The developer would send a document containing the graphic of each item that would be searched for in the hog. We would send back the list with the item name for our language. So any reply I sent would be English - USA. The developer got feedback from many people and could choose the translations that would appeal to the largest audience. In return the group was given access to the games. It allowed the players to give a bit back to the developers who spend so much time putting together these games. Frankly, it was quite enjoyable and I would gladly do it again.

Reply   |   Comment by Chris  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#39

So far so good. I had alot of trouble downloading, but I used firefox which took several hours. after several hours I got it. the time was after 12 am, but I started downloading at 9:30.

Reply   |   Comment by GODSPEACH  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#38

OK
I played it last night until I got stuck where others on BigFish forums had - the Shed entrance :-( . I have a laptop with XP. Thanks for the You Tube links when I have more time I will watch them untill I find some hint of an answer.
I was hoping for a list of Download Managers in the forums but couldn't find it.
Thanks Whiterabbit.


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Best place to ask for suggestions is over in the main giveaway comments section. Though make a comment aobut the the software being given away, then ask if anyone knows of a decent free download manager. 'm sure loads of community members will respond. As will some here. I use a commercial download manager called Internet download Manager. I purchased it while it was on sale some months ago.

https://www.internetdownloadmanager.com/

Reply   |   Comment by Dobromilka  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#37

I am enjoying this game immensely. Yes, the 'dark' aspect of it might turn off some people, but there is nothing (at least so far) that has come up that is in any way particularly graphic. I think it's interesting and the best part about it is that it is a long, involved game, rather than one that can be finished in a couple of hours. I would love to see more games along these lines - hidden object are great, but it's the longer, more detailed HOG games that really make me want to check out other games by particular developers.

Reply   |   Comment by Jane  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#36

Couldn't get this to work on win7. Only got a black screen which froze. Had to restart all the time. Gave up and uninstalled....had to download 10bit to uninstall as recycle bin couldn't get it off.

Reply   |   Comment by lyn christie  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#35

Would not work for me. Screen went blank and I got a message saying 'input not supported'.




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Check out the following google links, you may find a fix. :)

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=input+not+supported&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&gws_rd=cr&ei=DsxqVZS9MrLA7Aba0YGABg

Reply   |   Comment by Eric Ferrier  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#34

The same happened to me. Unfortunately, the only "solution" seems to be replaying the game from the start and trying to remember to avoid doing this next time.

Reply   |   Comment by JoeJ  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#33

only problem I have with this game is when I got to the trunk I can not for the life of me, how to open it, even with BOTH keys... any help would be highly appreciated.

Reply   |   Comment by xashee  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#32

Hi,

That is the longest download I have had, over 1/2 hour on 8.1. It set right up easy. I tried casual and was extremely easy so far with
one clue or item following another. The graphnics are very good and play is easy without any cursor hang up or problems.
Thank you for another good game!

Reply   |   Comment by Lee C.  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#31

Yes is a big file but unpacks to 1.86GB on my machine, so had to move the game to another drive, plays well, complicated enough for me also with all the back and forth for gathering all needed items.

Reply   |   Comment by Bob  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#30

This game is very well put together. Graphics are very good. One thing: some graphics are very disturbing, such as the young woman being dragged through the woods. I think it would be too much for pre-teens.
Puzzles are interesting and logical - no random guessing is needed - and hidden objects are reasonably difficult to find. Nothing is impossible. Moving from scene to scene is easy.
One of the settings is for the "sysytem cursor". You might want to fix that.
This is one of the better HOGs I've seen recently.

Reply   |   Comment by Scott  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#29

Downloaded and activated easily on XP (YAY!!!).

Music is suitably mysterious but I agree it might get on your nerves or distract you from your current task if you have it on constantly,like all HOG music (sorry!).

Agreed about the great atmosphere, and the story line has me hooked so far. I've done one or to HOG scenes and would rate this game medium difficulty as these games go, partly because everything (so far!) is DARK, and finding the "A" was one of those where when I had to resort to the HINT, I thought "Wow — I would NEVER have found that on my own." I mean: there is "dark" and DARK and this one seems pretty uniformly DARK. Hopefully not every HOG scene in the game will be like that (?). You do need the occasional "light" scene every so often IMHO, just to keep things fresh during play.

Haven't got to any mini-games yet but I'm looking forward to them.

Overall, an 8 or 9 out of 10 based on my admittedly limited play so far.

Thanks to Mystery Tag and GGOTD!

Reply   |   Comment by Cad Delworth CEng MBCS CITP  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#28

No problems downloading and installing on my Windows 8.2 machine. It has great graphics and an above average story. The interactive map was invaluable or I may have gotten tired of running from room to room. My only issue was that some of the HOG rooms had items that were so far from what was described that I would have never found them without the hints. One included "dart" and "darts" which made the "dart" easy but "darts" actually meant a "dartboard". One asked me to find something odd like a "key" I think it was which was actually what looked far more like a monkey wrench. The closing story animatic seemed rushed just as it does with many HOGs but overall it was an enjoyable game.

Reply   |   Comment by Jeff  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#27

I've never had an issue downloading/installing games from this site before (over 4 years). I deleted the original download I had this morning and decided to wait a couple of hours. I downloaded it again, and this time it successfully connected and installed. There was no sound (nothing was muted in game nor on my computer). I played the entire game without sound. My only complaint is some of the items had weird names occasionally, like a wrench was a wrench in some scenes and a key in others - while a key was a key. Besides that I enjoyed the game and story.

Reply   |   Comment by Vhellcat  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#26

The game installed fine on my Win7 Home edition laptop. I haven't been able to really play the game, but had a quick look at it and have a very good first impression.

Reply   |   Comment by Martine  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#25

Argh! Sorry: clicked REPLY again before SUBMITTING my first reply, which was to Phil's comment about the game music earlier on. didn't realise that GGOTD would stick it here as a result. :( Apologies.

Yes, Elkyn, last week's game looked good; just a shame it didn't work on XP! Fingers crossed THIS week: I'll let you know later whether it's a go-er on XP. But I'm guessing it will be. If it wasn't, we would probably have heard by now.

Reply   |   Comment by Cad Delworth CEng MBCS CITP  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#24

Fair enough, Phil; I assume (not installed it yet) that there will be a Music Volume slider on the Options page which you can use to silence it.

[Sorry, game music composers, but I also usually "kill off" your work in HOGs after I've listened to it once or twice. I do this so that I don't miss any audio "clues" because they are "masked" by the music.]

Reply   |   Comment by Cad Delworth CEng MBCS CITP  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#23

Ok Windows 8.1 x64 Pro. Extraction of game may take a while, biggish file. Game is fun for this type and I'm not really a HOG fan. Excellent graphics - easy to read the list of search items for a change, done in green sharp font. Easy and harder play choices.
Music tad creepy but fit & is a slider.
Can see this game will be played all the way. Does have initial look/feel of an earlier female detective GOTD at start but is a fresh story I believe.
Make own shortcut with Send To (desktop). 9/10 for the way they designed the game. Thanks!

Reply   |   Comment by beergas  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#22

From what I've seen it looks like a really good game but a little too graphic in places. I can think of no good reason to include video of a real human girl being dragged through the woods. I don't know how often that will happen throughout the game but one was way too much and if there are more I will probably delete the game. Stuff like that is just too gross for something that is supposed to be enjoyble to play.

Reply   |   Comment by Carolyn  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#21

What a great game - worth the wait but it took me 30 minutes on a fast connection . Love the way that it has the facility to lead you to the next piece so that you don't just get frustrated and give up (although some of the items are pretty invisible on these dark backgrounds). No problems installing it on Windows 8 and, yes, the music is annoying but you can turn it off in the settings. The idea that you have to solve a puzzle in a puzzle is new and innovative (so you have to find a rod before you can catch a fish; a caster wheel before you can fix the horse to take it away. Congratulations to the illustrators and story board writers as it has produced a great atmospheric and rich landscape for the puzzles.

Reply   |   Comment by Dave  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#20

I do not understand any problems downloading other than virus or fire wall,I would disable both for lenght of install, not once have I had a problem here.I use Avira and just windows firewall and no download manager. I downloaded game at 10 am eastern time no problem.

Reply   |   Comment by Doug S  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#19

Download time: 2 min
Installation time: 5 min

LOVE the creepy story!!!

Great graphics, runs without a problem.

Thank you very much!

Reply   |   Comment by Anu  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#18

I downloaded and installed easily (maybe the time difference helps as I am on the west coast so probably many hours difference than most) with windows 7 64 bits.
I am so thrilled to see this game here (I saw it on MysteryTag's site)
I am a slow game player(especially now that the weather is so glorious here) and am still enjoying Dream Hills!
many thanks, GGOTD and MysteryTag!

Reply   |   Comment by merri  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#17

Got a very slow download today (probably due to demand) but the game installed and ran just fine on my windows 8.1 desktop. The music is a little irritating but professionally mastered and the graphics are a little pixelated on larger screens but all in all this is a great, creepy, mystery H.O.G. Not that there's anything seriously violent or bad in this game but I'm adding a trigger warning as a curtsy to those who are sensitive and/or recovering - just in case - (It's the bound up girl that might bother some folks.) :)

Reply   |   Comment by Mikki  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#16

I downloaded this game twice today -- to two different machines with different versions of Windows. In both cases, using DTA with Firefox, it took about 6 minutes to download.

The Winrar was incredibly slow with the laptop running Win 8.1 but it did the job. It's a slower processor and possibly slower I/O. I was also trying to transition some old GameHouse games at the same time so there was competition for the hard drive. On the Win 7 desktop, no problem at all.

Both versions opened and seem to run fine. I just got far enough in each one to get a "warm fuzzy" that it's going to work OK.

Of course, in both cases, no shortcuts created but that's expected with a WinRar and is no problem to create my own.

For me -- it's fine and gets a thumbs up.

Reply   |   Comment by Diane  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#15

This is a large game, heavily compressed. It goes from 711MB to 1.86GB and takes some time to unrar during installation. Launches fine on my machine, Win7 x64 Ultimate SP1 on a PC with a Q9550 CPU and 4GB RAM.

A million thanks to the Game Giveaway website! The wife eats these HOGs like candy, she loves them! If I had to keep her supplied from somewhere like BigFish I'd have to get another job.

Last week's entry was fantastic too, of course she's finished it already.

Please keep them coming!

Reply   |   Comment by JackH  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#14

You can turn the music of on most games under options. I haven't checked this one yet.

Reply   |   Comment by labfish  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#13

Thanks, Mystery Tag and GAOTD. This looks like a game I will enjoy. Downloading now and looking forward to playing it! Nice to see another game not geared toward children. Story line seems interesting. Haven't had a chance yet to try Dream Hills from last weekend, but good to see a new developer here! "Insane Cold" also looks interesting, might be my next buy from Big Fish.

Reply   |   Comment by mrdave  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#12

Downloaded in about 5 minutes no problems Win 8.1, I really like this not to hard not to easy Love interactive maps in these games. The flashlight being used the entire game gets kinda old but its okay. As far as music I never have volume turned on playing games unless needed.

Reply   |   Comment by Doug S  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#11

Oh, and I didn't notice that the music was annoying, which means I probably didn't find it so. Maybe a little repetitious, but not to the point of distraction.

Reply   |   Comment by StealthBunny  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#10

Downloaded/extracted/installed/etc on Win 7/64 no problems. Playing with no problems. Enjoying very much, as I did the previous Mystery Tag game offered here. Game play has no glitches so far, the art isn't so dark that I am having a hard time seeing things (which is often the case in "night-time" HOGs), and I LOVE any HOG with an interactive map!! This one is a keeper and very timely too, as I have bronchitis and am fretting because there are a million things that I need to be doing and CAN'T because I'm coughing too hard, so this will be a very welcome distraction. Thank you GGOTD and Mystery Tag. Well done. Hope to see more Mystery Tag games here in the future.

Reply   |   Comment by StealthBunny  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#9

Once again cannot even get anywhere near to download. I tried early in the morning as well. I could not get lasts Sundays game as sight to busy and too busy already? Sigh. It is frustrating. I tried with different browsers as well. Will try again throughout the day. Myrna




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Hi Myrna, try using a download manager.

Reply   |   Comment by Myrna  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#8

How exciting -- another game from the folks at MysteryTag! Enjoyed last week's Dream Hills -Captured Magic from MysteryTag. Great to see another game publisher joining GGAOD. If the quality of this game is anything like Dream Hills, it will include beautiful graphics, interesting storyline, and more challenging and different puzzles than found in most Hidden Object/Puzzle games. Only suggestion I had for Dream Hills and possibly this game, after viewing screenshots (thanks, Whiterabbit), is that some of the hidden object scenes are too dark around the edges to be able to see all the objects clearly. I rarely have a chance to download and play an offered game in time to make constructive comments and today is no exception [Sigh] but hope that small contribution helps.
BTW, I'm a computer science prof and introduce this website to about 200+ students a semester, so am spreading the word about these game publishers in a fairly large way. Keep up the great work!
Thanks again, MysteryTag, GGAOD, and Whiterabbit - and best of luck to your son on his exams.
Elkyn




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Thanks. He's working hard at the moment. :)

Reply   |   Comment by Elkyn  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#7

Not sure how the game plays, it keeps sending my monitor to a blue screen saying it's not supported, but it looks like a good game




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Your monitors resolution may not be native to the game.

Reply   |   Comment by crazytracyk  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#6

Downloaded but upon launching the setup.exe file (tried twice at two different times) I get a failure to connect with Giveawayoftheday. I also tried the suggested link above to leave a note about technical problems but cannot get to the page (I get a page that says: Sorry, no posts matched your criteria).

Thank you.




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Check the FAQ's thread over in the game discussion forum sticky section. I've linked to it in my post (see comment 1). It may be your security that is blocking the game. The giveaway team use a themida based security that sometimes alerts community members security, resulting in a block. The game is totally safe.

Reply   |   Comment by Vhellcat  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#5

Quite nice, a big download so I suggest using a download manager if you're on mobile net. I'm stuck tho, there seems to be a bug in 'Boarding School Hall, Part I' with hidden object game, retrieving a block from chest with two keys. I opened the chest and clicked on too low -> backed out and can't now get the chest open again.

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

i am playing this game now. i bought it from big fish games. it is a very enjoyable game but kind of creepy at times. not a very bad creepy but still a little creepy. the interactive map and the flashlight are your best friends in the game. there is a journal to help you along. when i start to play it i get really caught up in the game and don't want to stop, but things happen and i can't keep my nose in a game all day. the graphics are great and as i haven't listened to the music very much i really can't comment on it. i have it down low but from what i can tell it fits the game. the hints and skips charge fairly fast. it is a good HO gsme with a good storyline!

Reply   |   Comment by deni269  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#3

Installer keeps telling me archive is corrupted. Guess it's yet another app/game I can't install, unless I care to boot in to safe mode with networking and install from there, thus bypassing my security software. Thanks, but I'll pass

Reply   |   Comment by Brian Dean  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#2

Music is irritating - intensely so

Reply   |   Comment by Phil K  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#1

Please forgive my lack of a full review. Until my son has finished his exams (June 19th) this will probably be the best I can do. Normal service will be resumed post exams. :)

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Introduction

The Hope Lake Boarding School was abandoned long ago, when one of its teachers drowned by accident. Many years later, all of the female students began to disappear, one by one. Visit the place where it all began. Try to pick up the maniacs trail and put a stop to his crime spree. Shed some light on the dark events of the past and unravel the mystery of the crimes. Many years ago, a teacher at the Hope Lake Boarding School drowned. The police concluded it was an accident, and the boarding school was closed. But today, all of the girls somehow involved in what happened on that unfortunate day are missing. So was it really an accident? As a detective, you must shed light on that mysterious event, which took place on the shore of the lake within the walls of the boarding school. Emily Lynch is the last missing girl who was kidnapped recently. You will visit the abandoned boarding school, the ill-boding place where the last evidence in the case of the missing Emily was found. There, you must work hard to unravel the intricacies of this difficult case and stop the maniac! The games exciting plot, unusual puzzles, and fascinating hidden object scenes will delight those who love the genre, and the terrific background music which gives this game a particular charm will help you plunge deeper into the immersive mystery of the Hope Lake Boarding School!

Reference Accessed HERE 30th May 2015

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Game Features

48 beautiful locations depicting the abandoned boarding school and its surroundings in grand detail.
18 hidden object scenes and 26 unique minigames.
An interactive map to help you better investigate the area and more quickly move around the boarding school.
A flashlight, an essential item for every detective. You are helpless without it, so youll always have it with you as you investigate the case.
The game includes a total of about 6 hours of gameplay, which is comparable to the duration of the Collectors Edition. This is not the collectors edition.

System Requirements
Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8
CPU: 1.6 GHz
RAM: 1024 MB
DirectX: 9.0
Hard Drive: 1951 MB

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Problems:


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


If you are posting late in the day I would also suggest posting in the main giveaway forums, in the game discussion section because I cannot moderate 24hrs a day over the weekend. I've created a thread HERE for that purpose. If you've installed the game but it 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). Sometimes you can still register the game after the giveaway has ended so long as you managed to start the download before the giveaway ends. I've tested this and the grace period lasts for up to 1 hour.


It’s always worth checking out the free games sites because sometimes the games we get here are also available for free from them. MyPlayCity (MPC) has the most with over 1000 games to choose from. Other sites include Gametop and FreeGamePick. is available from MyPlayCity, see the link i've posted in the free 24/7 section Todays game isn't available from these sites.


If you do download any games from MyPlayCity, Gametop or the other free game sites 'do' watch out for toolbars etc. Make sure you un-check the check-boxes during installation, and, in the case of MyPlayCity, every time you boot the game up, (this may have changed now as these free game sites tend to change the format frequently. .. I've posted links to all of the common free game sites below in the games, games games section. :)http://steamcommunity.com/app/263200
For now I won't be recommending you download games from Jenkat Games. They have changed the way you get games from their site. Diane has posted information about this over in the game discussion forums. If I have time or remember, I'll link to it. Cab Lady/Lady Lei doesn't recommend TooMyk Games due to malware warnings.


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Games, Games, and yet more Games plus Download, Installation & Game play Problems:




There are 344 games on sale over on Steam this week, ranging from 10% to 90% off. You can find a full list of all sale items HERE.

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

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




Free Game Sites:


MyPlayCity (over a 1000 games to choose from)
Gametop
FreeGamePick



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

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








The latest IndieGameStand game is called Deus Ex Machina 2

The legendary video game is reborn, Deus Ex Machina 2 is a darkly comic cradle-to-grave roller-coaster of your entire life. A surreal journey from before your birth, through the temptations and dangers of your life, and beyond your own death. With complete rock album soundtrack and the greatest voice on the planet as your narrator - Christopher Lee. Imagine if your life was nothing more than some electronic game. Imagine if you knew then what you know now. Imagine if you could replay your little life all over again. Battle your way to the womb and get born, then focus, crawl, stand, balance, run, jump, learn and obey!

Discover pleasure, love, pain, guilt and betrayal. Mess around, run away, hide out, suffer under, heal up, sell off, struggle through, knuckle down, tip over, cave in, dance on! Exploit your power, peddle your guilt, bust your body, embrace your decline, swallow your pills, lose your mind, dream your dreams and fly!


PLUS, if you pay over the average, which at the time of writing was $1.46 you will also get the OST. The deal ends Wednesday 3rd June 2015 5am (GMT)


The latest Daily Indie game is Rhiannon: Curse of the Four Branches

Rhiannon is hearing noises and seeing things she can't explain. Living in her family s remote farmstead miles from friends and neighbours and having ambitious, busy parents, Rhiannon is alone. Her parents believe her stories to be an overactive imagination and teenage angst. So the Sullivan's decide to take their daughter away for a break and have asked you to look after their home.
The moment you enter, you suspect that something is not right. Rhiannon's stories are true and the farmstead is engulfed in supernatural happenings as an ancient myth spills over into reality.
Discover dark secrets in this chilling point and click adventure as you encounter an ancient evil lurking in the walls of the home that holds a terrible connection to a timeless struggle between man and magic.

- Set in present day, the plot draws from ancient Welsh myths and legends
- Explore the eerie Welsh farmstead, from the imposing house, to its extensive grounds and buildings
- First-person point-and-click with approximately 20 to 30 hours of largely non-linear gameplay
- Involved multi-threaded plot
- Features classic themes such as: magic, paranormal phenomena, and technological gadgets
- Interact with a comprehensive inventory of nearly 200 items
- Engaging and unusual challenges, mostly plot and inventory driven
- A haunting musical score will send chills up your spine
- Solid chapter structure to the compelling and ultimately uplifting story
You can get two keys if you pay more than the average of $1.10 (at the time of writing). One key to share with a friend or family member perhaps? You'll find that deal HERE. They also have four bundles of several games that'll cost you less than $1.50 each HERE (DIG Bundles 29, 30 & 31 plus a Desura bundle number 5 {only just added a few days ago}). You get Steam keys for all of these games apart from the Desura bundle. Five of the six games incl;uded are on Steams Greenlight project, so, if they are Greenlit, you will get a Steam key. The single game deal ends Midnight Saturday (30th May) and will be replaced with Royal Defense,a game we've been given here previously. The game redeems on Steam.
The castle needs a hero - hordes of trolls are surrounding it! Build towers, save money, learn spells - don't let the enemy in!
Follow the exciting story of the dwarven kingdom's eternal struggle against the troll hordes, who want only to crush the dwarves and claim their territory.
Unique units, a wide range of structures, spells, gold and various resources make this game that you will return to again and again.
Every single-screen level sees the player's headquarters assaulted by wave after wave of troll forces.
To defeat these monstrous hordes, you must construct defensive towers and units and learn to wield powerful spells. Tap anywhere you like for a handy pop-up menu listing all the units and structures you can build in that location. Tap existing structures to see how you can upgrade your forces with ever-more powerful improvements!
All your towers and units have specific stats: Damage, Fire rate, Damage radius, Damage type, as well as various other features, such as enemy slowdown and Damage Over Time.
Each level also brings new units and structures to help you fight the troll menace. You'll never be lacking for new and exciting ways of decimating those nasty trolls!

- 60 different progressively challenging levels
- 3 unique game settings
- 17 kinds of creatures
- 12 kinds of towers and structures
- Extensive magic system
- Various upgrades
- Fascinating gameplay

Most of the other bundles retail for around $5 give or take a few dollars (apart from the Daily Indie bundles that only cost $1.49 for six games), but you can pay as little as a dollar for some. There are some excellent bundles out at the moment. Check out the following:
Groupees (5 bundles)
Indie Gala (6 bundles)
Humble bundle (2 Bundles)
Indie Royale (2 bundles available)
Bundle Bandits (0 bundles)
Blink Bundle (0 bundles)
Play Injector (0 bundle)
Get Loaded (0 bundles)
Games Rage (0 bundles)
Flying bundle (0 bundles)

The free game from Origin has changed to Ultima 8 Gold Edition. It's been optimised for todays computers. Well worth getting, especially if you are into classic games. Check it out HERE.
You do need a free Origin account and install the Origin client to get these free games. Once you've installed the Origin client and signed into your account select 'On the house' from the 'Free Games' drop down menu. Then select download now. The game will then be registered to your Origin account.






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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, and a big thank you to immanitas games for sharing and to the game giveaway team for getting these games.



Regards

Whiterabbit aka Stephen

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