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Game Giveaway of the day — INCINERATE

INCINERATE, advanced space shooter with new ideas! You are the commander of the spaceship, and the fate of the Earth is in your hands!
9.95$ EXPIRED
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INCINERATE was available as a giveaway on August 20, 2011!

Today Giveaway of the Day
$9.99
free today
Build a wonderful Chinese city and save the Emperor's son!

It is 2074.

Astronomers from around the world are watching an asteroid crash into the surface of Mars leaving a huge crater. Clouds of dust and vapor hide the surface of the planet for several long months. Communication with all Martian research stations is lost. When the clouds clear away, people send new spaceships to the Red planet.

The spaceships send back shocking news. Hundreds of plants producing arms have been set up on the maimed surface of Mars. Thousands of machines stock the mineral deposits that had been brought to the surface by the massive explosion.

A huge geothermal unit is running in the Center of the crater. Its energy creates a protection shield that extends beyond the planet’s atmosphere.

The objective of the unknown aliens is absolutely clear: they’re building an army to conquer the Earth! So people are sending a small spaceship to the Red planet with one mission: blow up the shield generator so they can launch missile attacks from the orbit.

The spaceship will have to land in an isolated area, and then try to infiltrate into the alien conspiracy.

You are the commander of the spaceship, and the fate of the Earth is in your hands!

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7

Publisher:

Xing Interactive

Homepage:

http://starsashes.com/incinerate.html

File Size:

41.5 MB

Price:

9.95$

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#34

I've mastered the game now. Can get thru it in about 50 minutes without having to restart.

I use it but "don't like" just using my "armor" to fly thru buildings and aircraft==thats not how aircraft work.

I think some more subtlety would be involved if tanks could only be hit with missles verses all weapons working on both airplanes and ground targets. Maybe the same notion with the buildings. Ground vs air threats and targets.

Graphics, physics, music, is just great but the game does get a bit mindless to play. Near the end I'm just shooting continuously because the armor lets me ignore the enemy and if I don't shoot I loose any advantage in gaining more ammo. I suppose it is a balance but more weight should be put on actually manuevering the aircraft around. I actually like the beginning of the game more when you can "out fly" the enemy.

One of the best shooters of its type. Thank you.

Reply   |   Comment by bobbo  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#33

This is the first game in a long time that has held my interest to the point that I want to try and get to the next level. The instructions are not easy (for me !) to follow but they become easier as one experiments with what is there. The more you get killed, the more experimentation you are able to get :). I'm still not following the supply cache too well yet but I think I'll get it.
The only thing that really bothers me is the size of the items and that is probably my fault for having my screen resolution so high.

Nice fun game. Sure beats Farmville all to heck.

Reply   |   Comment by Jim Buchanan  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#32

I've tried to play the game, it runs fine on my laptop and I enjoy it. So I bought it, loaded it onto my home PC, played it right away to make sure it works. Came back later and it won't run. My monitor goes black and I have to reset my computer to get anything..
I've signed up for the forums, twice, but still no password so I can't look for help there. If I can get this to run, it'll be great. A fun game, reminds me of the old "Coleco Vision" type of games..

Reply   |   Comment by sealbee  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#31

I think the game is ok but when i get into the supply ship i would be happy to ger some description of what am i buying...

Reply   |   Comment by hunter86_bg  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#30

Nice shmup - it reminded me quite a bit of Zaxxon from back in the day. Wish I had as much time to play games as I did back then... I especially liked the trains as destroyable obstacles.

I'd love to see the powerups be a bit more obvious - it took me a few levels to figure out which spinning bits were debris and which were the powerups. (Figured out that the powerups are the ones presented on a doily - intentionally or not, it still made me smile)

Also, I'd love to see the ship stats be a little larger and closer to the action. I generally ended up ignoring them in favor of keeping my eyes on the stuff I was shooting at.

As always, thanks GOTD and Stars Ashes for the game and WhiteRabbit for the excellent summary, review, and further game suggestions.


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Thank you for your feedback

Reply   |   Comment by karolb  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#29

Nice shmup! Installs and plays nicely. A fun diversion for a few hours.

Reply   |   Comment by Jim G  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#28

Also tried before, installed over old installation just fine. Liked it before, still do. Graphics are great, levels are challenging, only played for about 30 minutes each time, but it's really quite fun! I totally recommend it, even if scrolling shooters are not your thing, this does it all very well. Thanks GAOTD!

Reply   |   Comment by Craig  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#27

What can I say? A wonderful game. It does slow down though ever so slightly in lighting effects when there is smoke on the screen - Not worth crying over..... Can actually take it on a USB stick and play on other computers.... Would like to see Sawoid back here once more.. :)


................Moderator Comment...................

You never know. :)

Reply   |   Comment by Jason Carver  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#26

I got this game February 13, 2010
and forgot I had it? Norice above
post 1 - (41,5Mb zip file – when installed 72.1Mb)

Notice from gotd game February 13, 2010 -
(Today’s game is a 32.6Mb download with an
installed size of 72.1Mb.)

Kinda odd??

Reply   |   Comment by Dido  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#25

FWIW & if it helps, the INCINERATE.zip md5 = a4942e5a6a884889a0161bb4c994e2fd

The game uses DX 8, Direct sound etc., pretty low CPU % [in the 16% range with my AMD quad], & stores profile data & options in the program's folder, making it portable as-is.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#24

A fine space shoot 'em up. Glad to see it back!!

Reply   |   Comment by sheltiemom  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#23

Thanks Wr for write up. Played this before. Excellent shooter. Tricky but at least save levels. Haven't messed with scroll wheel to switch secondary weapons but maybe hit that once or twice because did go from individual missile (less strong) to rapid fire (better). Thought maybe I flew over something or it kicks in when missiles gone. Have to try that wheel again.
Fine on Win 7 Ultimate i7 2600 SSD. Big monitor a real plus. 19" to 24" is killer for gameplay! Can get those tanks under bridges better. Now if only can fix why LCD LED monitor goes off for 15 secs once a day or so then back on. Messed with power settings and such. Finally lower to 59 MHz from default of 60 to see if helps. Have read of this issue in games but happens in normal use too.
Thanks again for repeating a winner & links to other sites.

Reply   |   Comment by beergas  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#22

Who Hooo!!!! Thank you! Lost this game because my old sys. died.
Thank you gotd!

Reply   |   Comment by jetwyrm  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#21

try and delete the constant scrolling, it draws a way from the game. Change the design to move forward when you want to and you cannot move backwards instead of the constant scrolling forward

Reply   |   Comment by b.m.  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#20

Downloaded fine on Win 7 Ult. 64 bit. Nice game with a lot of action. Graphics could be a little sharper for a game that costs money. The action makes up for the lack of sharp graphics. I'm not saying the graphics are bad. I'm just saying a little more could have went into them. Also, the choice for high resolutions would have been nice.

Reply   |   Comment by Rob  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#19

This is what I get when I try to run game. I dl'd the gamebooster with no difference. Looks like a good game so I'd really like to get this resolved.

Thanks


Log file opened 14.21.43 - 20.8.2011

Load OPTIONS - Load DEFAULT Options OK
Init Windows -
Init DirectX8 -
Get device type -
Init HARDWARE_VERTEXPROCESSING -
Init D3DDevice and window - OK -
Camera - Initialize
profile.dat - Load DEFAULT profile.dat OK
! Error ! Error load texture - DATA/sistem/Erorr_Texture.dds
Load default texture - Erorr_Texture.dds
! Error ! Error load texture - Erorr_Texture.dds
! Error ! Error load texture - DATA/sistem/LogoPublisher.dds
Load default texture - Erorr_Texture.dds
! Error ! Error load texture - Erorr_Texture.dds
! Error ! Error load texture - DATA/sistem/LogoStarsAshes.dds
Load default texture - Erorr_Texture.dds
! Error ! Error load texture - Erorr_Texture.dds
! Error ! Error load texture - DATA/sistem/FontTop.dds
Load default texture - Erorr_Texture.dds
! Error ! Error load texture - Erorr_Texture.dds
! Error ! Error load texture - DATA/sistem/color.dds
Load default texture - Erorr_Texture.dds
! Error ! Error load texture - Erorr_Texture.dds
! Error ! Error load texture - DATA/sistem/Presents.dds
Load default texture - Erorr_Texture.dds
! Error ! Error load texture - Erorr_Texture.dds
Intro - Initialaze Intro
Intro - Destroy Intro
! Error ! Error load texture - DATA/sistem/Erorr_Texture.dds
Load default texture - Erorr_Texture.dds
! Error ! Error load texture - Erorr_Texture.dds
! Error ! Error load texture - DATA/sistem/Cursor.dds
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! Error ! Error load texture - Erorr_Texture.dds
! Error ! Error load texture - DATA/sistem/FontTop.dds
Load default texture - Erorr_Texture.dds
! Error ! Error load texture - Erorr_Texture.dds
! Error ! Error load texture - DATA/HUT/GameName.dds
Load default texture - Erorr_Texture.dds
! Error ! Error load texture - Erorr_Texture.dds
! Error ! Error load texture - DATA/HUT/Main.dds
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! Error ! Error load texture - Erorr_Texture.dds
! Error ! Error load texture - DATA/HUT/Bac_Main_01.dds
Load default texture - Erorr_Texture.dds
! Error ! Error load texture - Erorr_Texture.dds
! Error ! Error load texture - DATA/HUT/Bac_Main_02.dds
Load default texture - Erorr_Texture.dds
! Error ! Error load texture - Erorr_Texture.dds
! Error ! Error load texture - DATA/HUT/Way.dds
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! Error ! Error load texture - Erorr_Texture.dds
! Error ! Error load texture - DATA/HUT/Bac_Main_03.dds
Load default texture - Erorr_Texture.dds
! Error ! Error load texture - Erorr_Texture.dds
! Error ! Error load texture - DATA/Hut/GameDev.dds
Load default texture - Erorr_Texture.dds
! Error ! Error load texture - Erorr_Texture.dds
! Error ! Error load texture - DATA/HUT/Bac_Main_04.dds
Load default texture - Erorr_Texture.dds
! Error ! Error load texture - Erorr_Texture.dds
Camera - SetMenuCamera
! Error ! Error load texture - DATA/LevelData/Mard_Dif.dds
Load default texture - Erorr_Texture.dds
! Error ! Error load texture - Erorr_Texture.dds
! Error ! Error load texture - DATA/LevelData/Mard_Spec.dds
Load default texture - Erorr_Texture.dds
! Error ! Error load texture - Erorr_Texture.dds
! Error ! Error load texture - DATA/LevelData/Atm_Glo.dds
Load default texture - Erorr_Texture.dds
! Error ! Error load texture - Erorr_Texture.dds
! Error ! Error load texture - DATA/LevelData/Mard_Sky.dds
Load default texture - Erorr_Texture.dds
! Error ! Error load texture - Erorr_Texture.dds
Error Load_Mesh_FileMesh - DATA/LevelData/MenuBac_03.mes
OK Load_Mesh_FileMesh - DATA/LevelData/MenuBac_03.mes


..............Moderator Comment...............

Have you tried the version from gametop? It's exactly the same game except it has the usual browser opening when you shut the game down. Totally innocuous though.

The error messages point more towards Direct x than audio. Try downloaing the latest version for Vista (DX10) but I'd also instal DX9.0 as well.

Reply   |   Comment by doug  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#18

Hi Whiterabbit,

youtube immediately hides your clip when one of those companies you mentioned asks them to.
The only way to protest that, is by admitting you have infringed the rights of the other party.
You'll see that sign more & more in times to come.

Reply   |   Comment by fotoflex  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#17

This is a fine and very enjoyable shooter! There are 'better' (and much more expensive!) ones out there but this is great for a giveaway and hence a freebie! ;-)

Reply   |   Comment by sparkles  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#16

THIS ONE works!!

My only slight grumbles are:

1) The scroll-wheel to change your secondary weapon seems either hit-and-miss, or oversensitive.

2) In the shop, there's very little distinction between what you can and can't 'buy'. Now, obviously you get the text of what you can afford turning green and 'whooshing' when you roll over it, but that doesn't mean you can actually buy it if, for example, you're already at your limit for that item. Admittedly, there's no penalty for trying to buy more than your limit, but I'd have liked an alteration of colours and/or sounds to make a more definite point. Or, maybe, the word 'Full' printed diagonally across the greyed-out image? And, maybe, a bit of red text over what you can't afford?

When I play this game, I feel the longer I'm in the shop, the more time these 'aliens' have to build up whatever they're on Mars for... And, yes, I know this doesn't work like that, but I WANT it to... ;-)



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Haha.....


Thanks for your feedback

Reply   |   Comment by GreenFlea  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#15

Wasn't this posted a little time back ?


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Yes back in March. The giveaway team are finding it very difficult at the moment to get new games. No one wants to give them away (well for a small fee from the giveaway team). At least the repeats are useful for those whove missed the game previously or lost it to a format etc.

5 hours into the giveaway and there has been over 2000 downloads. Not bad considering it was only given away 5 months ago. ;-)

Reply   |   Comment by Phil K  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#14

This is a game that I keep coming back to as a filler, and it can be quite addictive. It is quite simple (but not easy) and has enough happening to keep me on my toes.

I like the fact that you don't need to complete it all in one sitting, but as far as I know you cannot go back to a previous point. I can start off well, and then have a few levels where I do not do so well. Consequently I cannot seem to improve my score beyond about 4400.

I also find that I sometimes do not have time to collect all the power-ups that I have uncovered, which means that I cannot buy upgrades as quickly.

I would therefore suggest two modifications to the game.
1) Allow a restart from an earlier level.
2) Allow the speed of the ship to vary, so that you can hang back and clear a region of objects and power-ups. Obviously you could still be under fire whilst doing this so it might not make the game easier.


..................Moderator Comment..................

Thank you for your feedback

Reply   |   Comment by emperor  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#13

There seems to be sound data problems that prevent it from opening. On a vista ... any suggestions ?

............Moderator Comment...............

A little blunderbuss but you could try deleting (well backing up actually) the offending sound file (I'm presuming the error you got named the offending file) If it doesn't check your error logs to see if it's named there, then remove that particular sound file. You could try copying one of the other sounds and renaming it to the same name as the one that's causing an error to be thrown up.(just in case the game needs a file to be present.

It may be the games executable that's at fault in which case I'm stumped.

Alternatively maybe try updating your sound drivers.

If you do get any error messages lease post details. It may be advisable to post in the forums where I've posted a shortened version of this review. (I've linked to the post in my review ' comment #1)


I hope the above helps. I'm sure others will give more suggestions so please chack back later today.

Oh yeah I know this is probably obvious, but did you try playing the game in compatibility mode or amking sure you have admin rights? Also try from a clean boot (You can accomplish more or less a clean boot by installing Game booster and running that. You can get Game Booster from the following address:

http://www.iobit.com/gamebooster.html

It doesn't give you a full clean boot, but it may uncover some incompatibility between something that's running in the back ground that's interfering with the game. The booster turns off Windows system files that are not needed to run the game. You can also add non system programs such as security and others that start at start up. The beauty of Game Booster is that once you've finished playing your game you are provided with a button to take the computer back to normal settings. You may already have the Pro version of the program which we were given a few months back via the main giveaway site.

Reply   |   Comment by doug  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#12

………………… Moderator Comment…………… (to post #4 by GameX)

Thank you for the feedback – I do try to inform the community whether it’s an upgrade (if possible). This game is rather odd though because the last three times this has been given away the download size and installation has been different yet the version number remains the same???

………………… GameX Comment……………

Yes, I also noticed that oddity.

Perhaps -since I would assume you are somehow in touch with the developer- explicitly asking for a changelog would be a good idea?

Hopefully I have not been asking too much ;)

Thanks again and keep up the good work,

GameX


................Moderator Comment............

No I'm not in touch with the developer. I'm a volunteer moderator and as such have no involvement with selecting games or contacting developers.

Reply   |   Comment by GameX  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#11

Downloaded it, tried it and like it. Good graphics, good sound and overall quite an enjoyable experience. I've been using ASUS Xonar DX with Logitech Z506 and the experience is more fun than I expected.
Keep up with the good work.

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

@ Whiterabbit aka Stephen
the YouTube Video is not there. Greetings from CH

..............Moderator Comment.............

Thanks for letting me know. I was surprised to see the following message when I clicked on the link. Thankfully I managed to find another one that works.



"Incinerate..."
This video is no longer available because the YouTube account associated with this video has been terminated due to multiple third-party notifications of copyright infringement from claimants, including:

Warner Bros. Entertainment
FOX
Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation



I wonder why it infringed copyright? Probably background music???

Reply   |   Comment by Mike  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#9

Seems to be the same version previously offered(same file sizes-same modified date) all in all not a bad game. If you missed it before here it is again.Thanks GOTD

........................Moderator Comment...................

Thje only difference between todays version and March's version is that the March version has a zipped file in the Data/HUTS folder. When booting up both vrsions they both say v1.0.0

Reply   |   Comment by Bobby Baker  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#8

Yes, the sqlite DLL trck started the game. But only the first screen with sound and hangs. Did i miss something ?

Reply   |   Comment by Frits  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#7

Game doesn't start, i get only a back screen on XP SP3 32 with all updates and runtimes/dots etc.

...........Moderator Comment..........

Try changing your screen res :lol:

Reply   |   Comment by Frits  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#6

max Resolution 1600x1200 but not applieable, coz of missing directx thing

Reply   |   Comment by egon  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#5

I noted that the file size in this giveaway in bigger than the last giveaway on February 26, 2011.
Where can we see the changelog?




......................Moderator Comment................


Thank you for the feedback - yes the last three times the file size has been different but there appears to be no change. (Though it may be that the developer has added new content but neglected to change the version number).

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

G'day,

Since most games do not have a version (or version info) and sometimes the same title gets re-offered here as giveaway, would it be possible to indicate somewhere on the page something like:

(these are just examples)

- This (exact same) game was offered here in June 2010

OR

- A game with the same title was offered here in June 2010 but today's promotion is in fact a new(er) release

Thanks and happy weekend




......................Moderator Comment................


Thank you for the feedback - I do try to inform the community whether it's an upgrade (if possible). This game is rather odd though becasue the last three times this has been given away the download size and installation has been different yet the version number remains the same???

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

Nice classic vertical scroller. You can shoot things up, and then some.

Power up's, bosses, different sceneries; that's what you want in a classic scroller like this and INCINERATE delivers, it's all there.

Graphics are fine and so is the sound. There's nothing fancy or next-gen in this department, so do not expect that; they just do their job well enough.

If you got some time to kill, this game will do it for you.
It would've been nice if it was just a little bit bigger (as in: more levels), but that could also mean I had way too much fun blasting my way to the end and felt regret when it was actually over... ;-)

All in all this game offers some good fun if you are into shooting things up, without having to feel guilty about it. :-)

If you don't own this game already, get your copy now. You won't regret it.


......................Moderator Comment................


Thank you for the feedback Jan

Reply   |   Comment by JanW  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#2

Looking fine, thanks :)

Reply   |   Comment by Andre  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#1

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 why your reasons for the feedback you post. You could also leave suggestions for improving the game, for example, this game could do with a 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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Incinerate:l> (41,5Mb zip file - when installed 72.1Mb)




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Installation:l>



Today's game is a 41.5Mb download with an installed size of 73.3Mb. Installation is a breeze; the unzipped activation/setup file installs to the following path:

C:\Games

There is no desktop icon created so you will have to create your own. If you want a start menu shortcut you will have to go into Documents and Settings which is found in the root directory (C:\).

i.e. C:\Documents and Settings\name\Start Menu\Programs\ (XP)




where 'name' equals administrator, or whatever name you use for your account. Just create a new folder within the program folder and add a shortcut from the games executable file. (right click and select create shortcut then copy that to the folder you've just created - you can also use the same shortcut and copy it to the desktop or select send to desktop {create shortcut}).

The size of the downloaded file and the installed game are both different to last year's files, but the versions seem to be the same. The game works on win XP Pro 32bit, Vista Home Premium 64bit and Win 7 Pro and Ultimate 64bit. (Not tested on other iterations of windows). ;-)





Introduction:l>



Incinerate was originally given away June 2009 and received lots of positive comments and out of 497 votes received a 54% positive vote, then again February 2010 where it received a positive 58% out of 355 votes. And finally earlier this year (Feb 2011) where it received a positive 69% of the votes from a total of 299. There's plenty of opportunity to see what the community though about this game from the 171 comments that you'll find from June 2009 HERE (77 comments), Feb 2010 HERE (48 comments) and Feb 2011 HERE (49 comments)




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It is 2074. Astronomers from around the world are watching an asteroid crash into the surface of Mars leaving a huge crater. Clouds of dust and vapor hide the surface of the planet for several long months. Communication with all Martian research stations is lost. When the clouds clear away, people send new spaceships to the Red planet. The spaceships send back shocking news. Hundreds of plants producing arms have been set up on the maimed surface of Mars. Thousands of machines stock the mineral deposits that had been brought to the surface by the massive explosion. A huge geothermal unit is running in the Center of the crater. Its energy creates a protection shield that extends beyond the planet's atmosphere. The objective of the unknown aliens is absolutely clear: they're building an army to conquer the Earth! So people are sending a small spaceship to the Red planet with one mission: blow up the shield generator so they can launch missile attacks from the orbit. The spaceship will have to land in an isolated area, and then try to infiltrate into the alien conspiracy. You are the commander of the spaceship, and the fate of the Earth is in your hands!


Reference: accessed HERE 26th June 09


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Problems installing or activating: l>

If you have difficulty downloading or activating the game you can try again later or do one of the following - for example once downloaded when you click on the wrapped set-up file "Failed to connect. Please try again later" If this happens try re-booting your modem and/or router, failing that reboot your computer or clear out the internet cache, in particular the cookies for the game giveawayoftheday then re-try.

Mike posted last eek that it could be browser related. and Mr Snoozles has previously given other suggestions. (I don't have time to link to those posts at the moment, will do so later)


If you have problems post giveaway please post any requests for help etc HERE





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The Game:l>


Today's game is a vertical scrolling shmup (space shoot'em up), with a small ship that you control with the mouse. The left and right mouse buttons select primary and secondary weapons. You can move the ship anywhere on the playing arena, avoiding buildings and other objects. You can destroy buildings, objects and enemy ships before they destroy you. Crashing into buildings and ships destroys your shields, but you can do this occasionally. You can pick up extra power ups once buildings have been destroyed. Repair droids will repair any damage caused by enemy fire or by crashing into buildings. On the way you have plenty of opportunity to pick up a variety of power ups that you can also purchase from supply depots that you'll find shortly after starting a new level. You just have to fly your ship over the symbol that denotes the supply station. The supply depots contain several items such as rockets, armour, magazines for your guns as well as various upgrades such as your weapons and shields. You primary weapon requires magazines and the secondary weapon, which is fired using the right mouse button requires rockets. Occasionally in game you will also come across branching routes. This aspect of the game gives some re-playability to the overall game, though choosing either route doesn't look much different. :) . Provided you have completed a checkpoint, you can return to the beginning of a checkpoint by clicking on the continue button. Otherwise you'll start a new game from the beginning.


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Video & Images:l>



You can see a 5min 45sec video of game play HERE

You can also see loads of screen captures HERE as a slideshow or all on one page HERE where you can then select individual images to look at.


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The main menu gives you access to an options menu that allows you to change screen resolutions, starting from 640 x 480 x 16 to 1600 x 1200 x 32. You can toggle between full screen and windowed mode plus change the lighting from normal to advanced, though I haven't checked what the difference between the two settings is okay, and finally there's a sound and music slider for adjusting the volumes. The help menu is rather basic, with nothing more than the story line and an image of the various power ups available. There's nothing about how to play the game either.

On starting the game a page opens up that allows you to create a new profile. You can set up more than one profile if you wish. Once this is done, a level map appears. I'm not sure if you can re select previous levels as I only played the one level (left it too late to play an extended game earlier this morning). Once in game you can see several symbols around the periphery of the playing area. These give information telling you how many rockets or magazines you have as well as informing you about the state of your shields.




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Conclusion:l>




I was only able to play the demo which consisted of six levels so cannot describe the later parts of this game I thought the construction of the game was quite well made and the difficulty was good enough to create a reasonably decent game, that I would say is worth a good 6 out of 10; though, that said there are many 'shmup's' out there and overall I think this one is an average shooter. The above images and game play video should give you a good idea of the game.



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Alternatives:l>





You can get today's game giveaway free 24/7 from Gametop HERE. Remember to watch out for toolbar installations and home page hijacks via check boxes during the games installation.

There are hundreds of space themed games available, many of which are free. They are amongst my favourite genres. The following two links will take you to threads that have links to loads of free space shooters and strategy games, then I've included a couple of sites that giveaway commercial games, after that I've listed several games I own that I can honestly say are excellent time wasters which you may consider buying - all are bargain bin games by now, then a link to a brilliant commercial site that has gathered older DVD/CD based games and removed the DRM from them and now you can download the games, ranging from a few hundred Mb, to upwards of 4Gb in size. (So you'll need a broadband connection to download them) :)

The first one is the Space Shoot 'Em ups or Shmup's: A longish list of FREE games, where you'll find a massive list of Freeware, abandonware and even a long list of browser based space orientated games. I highly recommend the following one from that thread: Fraxy, Universal Combat, Realms, and Chalk . Unfortunately I've not kept the list up to date of late, so there are actually loads more free games that are space related which you can find via the Games Synopsis HERE. I'm sure you have lots to check out now. :) I hope you find something of interest. I would certainly consider buying Freespace 2 and/or Darkstar One from Good Old Games (GOG) or DotEMU, both are 3D space simulators, with amazing graphics and a real feel for being in an imaginary space shooter. I've listed several very good space orientated games at the end of the review. The X3 series of games are some of the most realistic space games I've ever played together with the online game Shattered Horizon. You'll find the Free Games synopsis HERE



There's also several free Shmup's (Shmup's = Space Shoot 'Em Ups) available from Gametop, MyPlayCity (Where you'll find Star Defender2, Orbital destruction, Astro Avenger 1 & 2 plus loads more good quality Shmups; so if you missed those that were given away previously you can now get them free 24/7 ) You'll also find a few over at FreeGamePick, but the last time I downloaded anything from freeGamePick they had become more aggressive w.r.t. toolbars and in some cases forcing you to change your home page before you could play their games.

You'll find Arial Fire, Air Shark, Air shark 2, Forbidden Galaxy, Forbidden Galaxy 2, plus many more that are linked to via the Shmup's link I've posted above. all the games from these two sites are commercial quality games that are given away free through sponsorship. When installing these games you do need to watch your installation as some of the games do ask if you want toolbars installed or even to change your home page, however, these can be avoided simply by making sure the boxes that show up during installation are unchecked. All the games from these two sites do open up your browser when you close the game down, but there's nothing untoward about it. you are always taken to the sites home page where you can check to see if there are more games. Once you close the page, that's it.

Finally I'll list a few really good DVD based space shooters/strategy games that aren't free and can cost cost anywhere between $10 to $50. Apart from Galcon Fusion which was only released yesterday (Friday 12th Feb) I've got every one of the games listed below and IMO think that all of the games are excellent. If you love anything to do with space you'll probably love most of these games. All of them are available via steam or as a DVD.


Genesis Rising …………………. Strategy

Mass Effect and Mass Effect II …..released last week - FPS/RPG

Spaceforce: Rougue Universe .…Strategy/shooter

Sins of a Solar Empire …………. Strategy

Sword of the Stars …………..…..Strategy/shooter

Light of Altair ……………...……Strategy

X3: Terran Conflict ………...……IMO a brilliant game

X3: Reunion ………………..……expansion to the above game

Shattered Horizon …….…….….First Person Shooter set on and around the shattered remains of the moon and the international space station – amazing visuals – now with more maps, extra weapons and a single player mode - requires Vista or Win 7 - XP not supported

Galcon Fusion …………………..shmup

Gratuitous Space Battles ………………………….…strategy

Star Trek DAC ……………………………………....strategy shooter

AI War Fleet Command ……………………….…….strategy shooter

Jamestown ------------------Shmup

Solar 2 ------------------


The following are available from Good Old Games for between $5.99 and $9.99


You can find m even ore Sci-Fi based games from Good Old Games and DotEMU
as well For example:


Earth 2040

Earth 2050

Freespace + Expansion

Freespace 2 (brilliant 3D space shooter)

Darkstar One (similar to Freespace 2)



You'll find more freeware links to space orientated games in the original comments for this game when it was given away back in June 2009. the link is above in the Introduction to the review.


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Sorry that it's taken over 2 hours to post the main review. For some reason I've not been able to access the Admin panel so weasn't able to post it until now.

Please excuse the length of this post. It's morphed into a rather large review with extras since I first posted it a few years ago. :lol:







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