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Game Giveaway of the day — Living Legends: Frozen Beauty

There are many secrets awaiting you in the Queen's castle, but the biggest dangers lie beneath the icy mountain passes in Living Legends: Frozen Beauty, a chilling Hidden-Object Adventure game.
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Living Legends: Frozen Beauty was available as a giveaway on December 26, 2015!

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The Queen has chosen your sister as her successor, but are her promises too good to be true? You were only six when your mother vanished, leaving you to care for your younger sister, Elizabeth. After she receives an invitation naming her as the Queen's successor, she pleads with you to join her in her new royal life. All she has to do is pass a simple test to prove her worth. Is this too good to be true, or is your luck finally changing? There are many secrets awaiting you in the Queen's castle, but the biggest dangers lie beneath the icy mountain passes in Living Legends: Frozen Beauty, a chilling Hidden-Object Adventure game.

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8; CPU: 1.0 GHz; RAM: 1024 MB; DirectX: 8.1; Hard Drive: 593 MB

Publisher:

Xing Interactive

Homepage:

http://www.bigfishgames.com/games/7676/living-legends-frozen-beauty/

File Size:

552 MB

Price:

$9.99

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#29

Yes, a quiet and peaceful festive season. It won't be so quiet come New Year's eve though, lol. I was hoping rain would fall and dampen the fireworks but, not so this year. I come in here religiously though I don't always write. I hope your season has been festive!:D
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It was lovely, thanks. Now getting ready for New Years Eve. :)

Reply   |   Comment by anamzara  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#28

I have this game from Gametop and I love it. Beautiful to just go through. I adore the robed figures coming out of mirrors. I thought it was interesting how it incorporated the Snow Queen and Snow White.

Reply   |   Comment by Gina  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#27

I've just played 20 minutes or so - very nice set of puzzles - having to find and use and find and use is pretty cool. Good graphics, etc - looking forward to it :-)

Reply   |   Comment by dave6d6ky  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#26

For the 3rd week in a row I cannot install the game. I keep getting the same error message : the file is corrupted, please download a new file. Why is this happening? I'm running Windows 8.1, and I download games regularly from Big Fish Games, which have the same type, if not the same title, game. I've tried disabling my security, running it as administrator, nothing works, Help! Thanks.



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Hi BJ, post in the forums. Once the giveaway is over, hardly anyone will read these comments, whereas the game discussion forums are visited every day. Hopefully someone will be able to leave some advise. If you've checked everything in the FAQ's thread, I'm not able to offer any other suggestions. Do check your event logs regularly, especially after any failed attempts at installing. The error messages left may give you a clue as to what is wrong.

Reply   |   Comment by BJ  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#25

Hi,
It took a few minutes to download on windows 8.1 and loaded easily. Play is smooth and one
activity follows swiftly to another. Only slowed down a couple of times. Puzzles are fairly
easy. I enjoyed the pet idea and upgrading it, added a little incentive to the game! Played
for some time without any snags.
Thank you for another great game!
Happy Holidays!

Reply   |   Comment by Lee C.  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#24

Looks like a nice game, but unfortunately I cannot play it since it overheats my Nvida 250 GTS. Wish Playrix would fix this problem.

Reply   |   Comment by Brentnor  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#23

Another very speedy download (with Down Them All) of a big file, no problems with unzipping and installation. As ever I changed the selected installation to my preferred "Games" folder, and everything proceeded as it ought to do.

The graphics are very striking, easy to see as far as I went with it (not very - busy time of year!) and it all looks very nicely put together. I didn't have my sound on, so I can't tell you about the music.

But Playrix games are usually fun to play and not impossible to get through, even for an old dinosaur like me. So unless you are allergic to HOG types with mini games and a story line, it's probably worth giving this one a go.

I'm on a Win 8.1 laptop, if that makes any difference - it was Win 10 for about three weeks until we escaped again. But I think you'll find "Demon Hunter" more enjoyable than that game!

Thanks once again to GGAOTD, Playrix and the inestimable Whiterabbit.





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Thank you for your feedback Basilica. :)



:-D

Reply   |   Comment by Basilica  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#22

Hi Whiterabbit:

Yes, a quiet and peaceful festive season. It won't be so quiet come New Year's eve though, lol. I was hoping rain would fall and dampen the fireworks but, not so this year. I come in here religiously though I don't always write. I hope your season has been festive!:D



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Thank you Deborah. We've had a fairly quite time. We usually throw a small party New Years Eve. Prior to my accident we used to go away for the festive season. We always loved to go skiing. We are considering going next year, though I won't be skiing. :)

Reply   |   Comment by Deborah1962  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#21

Got error message "the key cannot be decrypted" and the game wouldn't install due to this.



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Hi Reality check. it will be the Themida code that protects the giveaway that is causing your security to block the giveaway. You will need to temporarily turn off your security until the game has been installed. Just a few moments is all it takes. :)

Reply   |   Comment by Reality Check  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#20

>COUGH!<

That's HOGmanay, Stephen.. Two As, not one. :)



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Of course (I thought it didn't look right). :)

Reply   |   Comment by Cad Delworth CEng MBCS  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#19

I highly recommend "Living Legends: Frozen Beauty". The only reason I can think that someone would give "Living Legends: Frozen Beauty" a thumbs down is if they don't like Hidden Object, which is not a valid reason for a thumbs down, in my opinion.

If you get stuck there is a Walkthrough over on "Big Fish".

Reply   |   Comment by JonE  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#18

Win10 64bit Home. What a lovely game, great story. I found the only problem was the screen resolution, it seemed just a couple of cms too long on the right. I ran as Administrator, ran compatible mode and it didn't change once. I played the game and have finished. It did crash once, can't remember where, I think one of the search for items section. I just ESC out and played again. No problems.

Reply   |   Comment by Suzanne  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#17

The last 3 games I downloaded from here I have had trouble with. When I click on the setup button it always says "Failed to connect please try again later" No matter how many time I try "later" it still doesn't connect. Why is that?




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Have you read the problems section of my review? (see comment number 1) It's usually your security software that is the problem. The giveaway is protected by a Themida based wrapper. Themida code is often seen as a threat because hackers also use it to hide malware. Your security is more than likely seeing the game as a threat. To get it installed you will need to temporarily turn off your security.

Reply   |   Comment by Scarlet  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#16

All has gone well on Windows 10 so far. I really like this game. Imagine that, since it is a Playrix gift (thank you). I like the color contrast. It really stands out and I love the look. I do appreciate the sites being inactive when the gameplay is finished in the area. It makes it so much easier for me. The first HO was really different. I liked the paper cutouts and the turnkey. It was fun. I want to give thanks for the map also. I do tend to get lost in this type of game. I like thee scenes wrapping up fairly early also. This helps keep my interest and gives a nice breaking point.

Overall, I would give this 8.5/10 and I will definitely be replaying this one. Thanks GGOTD for the present today. And thanks Stephen for the review. I appreciate the walkthroughs and videos. I bookmarked them just in case. Hopefully, I'll make this time without them :-)

Reply   |   Comment by Paula Flinn  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#15

Great games this weekend though the downloads took ages. I've only played a little of both as I'm still finishing Queen's Quest, but I'm looking forward to playing them with my full attention. Our holiday weather is overcast and rainy so it will be soon. Great review Stephen and thanks to GGOTD and the sponsors for the chance to play these great games. Happy Holidays to all!

Reply   |   Comment by DJ  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#14

GGAOTD TICKER still NOT visible; for more informations, see 32nd comment here: http://game.giveawayoftheday.com/questerium-sinister-trinity-collectors-edition

I submitted the compressed package, and the unzipped files, to WinDefender, SuperAntiSpyware, Malwarebytes and EmsiSoft Emergency Kit (those programs are installed or portable on this PC): no problems detected.
I also submitted the GGAOTD setup.exe to virustotal, virscan, metascan and Jotti: they found false positives, but imho they are becoming too many. I'll post the results at the end of this post for who's interested.

The game has been installed well on windows 10 standard x64.
I install/extract all the games in d:\games and usually I move the shortcuts from the desktop to that folder... But when the shortcut isn't created by the setup application of the game, I must do this task myself.
This time I HADN't to create the shortcut by myself.
The game started and finished without problems, although "system requirements" say Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8.
On the exit, the windows compatibility app didn't manifest itself (it didn't enable/tick/select Disable display scaling on high DPI settings in its properties – compatibility tab, because I’m using high DPI settings at 150%; it worked well without that setting).

Thanks for this game, as usual, to Whiterabbit-uk (aka Stephen), to GGAOTD and to Playrix/Bigfishgames!!!


Results about G/GAOTD setup.exe:
- Jotti found nothing.
- Virscan found one false positive --> fprot found W32/Felix:P:Lastsect_unkn!Eldorado, but the other 38 engines found nothing.
- Metascan found four false positives --> K7 found Riskware ( 0040eff71 ), jiangmin found Packed.Multi.ebd, Zillya! found Adware.OutBrowse.Win32.77031, VirIT found Trojan.Win32.DownLoader16.CH, Fortinet failed to scan, but the other 38 engines found nothing.
- Virustotal found five false positives --> K7Antivirus found Riskware ( 0040eff71 ), K7GW found Riskware ( 0040eff71 ), rising found PE:Malware.Generic(Thunder)!1.A1C4 [F], jiangmin found Packed.Multi.ebd, Zillya! found Adware.OutBrowse.Win32.77031 but the other 48 engines found nothing.

Reply   |   Comment by xilolee  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#13

Fast download and flawless install on Win 7.1, 64 bit. Thanks for another great HOG game.

Reply   |   Comment by Jackorama  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#12

today the game loaded. just like last weekend only one game would load while other was launch failure.

Reply   |   Comment by allen  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#11

Download and installation was fast and easy - also created a desktop icon.

Great graphics and the obvious fairy storyline.


I also like this one and this is the real Christmas here for me - 2 lovely HOGs in a row.

Thank you very much!

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

I've yet to be disappointed with any Playrix title. This looks like another HOG winner that's well worth the download and play. Thanks Stephen for the presentation and thanks GGOTD.

Reply   |   Comment by Jim  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#9

Installed fine on Windows Vista, runs good on 2 GHz laptop, won't allow me to run in windowed mode because my resolution is "too low" but doesn't say what I'd need for windowed mode. Interesting storyline, I like fantasy stuff and fairytales, so this should be right up my alley. I'm looking forward to getting a pet in the game, I wish it would be a mini-dragon like a certain TV show, but probably not!

Reply   |   Comment by Therese  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#8

Game keeps crashing...gets to opening screen then crashes. Running Windows 10...tried compatibility modes both Windows 7&8.
Any ideas?

Reply   |   Comment by Ted  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#7

Thanks for two HOGS this weekend. Looking forward to playing. Norton must have finally gotten with the program and I no longer need to suspend it to install games. Thanks to GGOTD team and all those who make these games free for us. HAPPY, HEALTHY NEW YEAR to everyone.

Reply   |   Comment by ketzele  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#6

Hi, i´ve got a little problem.

When I start the game I create a new profile, but when i quit the game (to Windows) and then a start the game again, my profile si MISSING and I must start the story from beginning. I don´t wanna play a game for 6 or whatever hours it takes in one take.

Could you tell me where can be problem ? Thanks




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We've had problems like this before. Try using a different name. Last time I remeber it was the letter E that caused problems.

Reply   |   Comment by Massimo Page  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#5

How do I change the language in dutch?
In one of your screenshots the "help" is in dutch...



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Check bricolou's comment and replace the French demo with the Dutch demo.

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

Bonjour,
Pour ceux qui souhaitent jouer en français
Télécharger et installer la démonstration gratuite :
http://www.bigfishgames.fr/jeux-a-telecharger/25367/living-legends-frozen-beauty/download.html
Sinon jouer tout le jeu en anglais...ce n'est pas si difficile

BONUS :
Il existe une solution complète en français :
http://www.bigfishgames.fr/blog/walkthrough/living-legends-frozen-beauty-solution/
ainsi qu'une édition collector
http://www.bigfishgames.fr/jeux/8122/living-legends-frozen-beauty-ce/?pc


Hello,
For those wishing to play French
Download and install the free demo:
http://www.bigfishgames.fr/jeux-a-telecharger/25367/living-legends-frozen-beauty/download.html
Otherwise play all the game in English ...it's not so hard
BONUS:
There is a complete solution in French:
http://www.bigfishgames.fr/blog/walkthrough/living-legends-frozen-beauty-solution/
and a collector's edition
http://www.bigfishgames.fr/jeux/8122/living-legends-frozen-beauty-ce/?pc



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:)

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

I've already got this game and have played it several times. The graphics are simply beautiful and the story is a decent one although fairly predictable. I have thoroughly enjoyed playing it and would recommend it to anyone who hasn't come across it before. A couple of the mini-games were new to me, which was pleasant as I'm a fan of HOPAs and have found a lot to be "same as...same as"!

Certainly a "keeper" for me.


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:)

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

I downloaded this game from one of the freebie game sites and it downloaded okay, fairly quickly. It installed okay and was decent play though there's quite a bit of back tracking. The graphics are lovely, the HOGs are not hard and the story plot is typical: good vs evil........well you'll just have to play to find out what that's all about. I've played it several times through so for me it's a keeper.



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Thank you for your feedback Deborah. hope you've had a good festive season so far? :)

Reply   |   Comment by Deborah1962  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#1

Living Legends: Frozen Beauty:


In Brief:

Today's game is another Hidden Object game with story and puzzle. If you miss todays game it is available from Gametop HERE 24/7 and is also on sale as a two game package with the second game in the series Living Legends: Ice Rose from Steam HERE

I already have the CE version, so please don't get confused when you see some of the screen captures I've used below, which are from my CE version. We have been given the standard version. You can see that the extra's button has no content, whereas with my main menu screen capture there are extra's.


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Installation:


Living Legends: Frozen Beauty downloads to a 552 MB zip file that unpacks to a read me and a wrapped setup activation file (the orange colored file with the key symbol), plus there's a setup file with security (setup.gcd) that's protected from being hacked. This file may case some security software to alert the user to a possible malware attack, but it will be a false positive. The game giveaway team check all game giveaways for malware using several well known anti -malware suites. There has never been a game giveaway infected with malware since the project started back in Dec 2006. The installed game is 585 MB in size and is installed via the following path.

C:\Program Files (x86)\Playrix Entertainment\Living Legends Frozen Beauty

A desktop shortcut is installed as is the usual link to Playrix Entertainment. This latter shortcut can be safely deleted from your desktop. Once installed you can delete the giveaway setup files. I've only tested the game on Win 8.1 and Win 10 and it works on both platforms.


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Introduction:

The Queen has chosen your sister as her successor, but are her promises too good to be true? You were only six when your mother vanished, leaving you to care for your younger sister, Elizabeth. After she receives an invitation naming her as the Queen's successor, she pleads with you to join her in her new royal life. All she has to do is pass a simple test to prove her worth. Is this too good to be true, or is your luck finally changing? There are many secrets awaiting you in the Queen's castle, but the biggest dangers lie beneath the icy mountain passes in Living Legends: Frozen Beauty, a chilling Hidden-Object Adventure game.


Reference accessed HERE 26th Dec 2015




Reviews and Walkthroughs:


You can see some Big Fish mini reviews HERE and walkthroughs HERE and HERE



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The Game:

Living Legends: Frozen Beauty presents a re-spun and more mature version of the Snow White fairytale that plays out across nine chapters of hidden object adventuring. It starts with your sister Elizabeth being chosen as the queen’s next successor. She’s so excited about the prospect that none of her “hey wait that’s weird” impulses kick in, and before you can say “hey wait that’s weird” yourself, the queen takes her prisoner, destroys the bridge leading to her castle, and drops you into the canyon below. Fan-tastic.



The world of Living Legends: Frozen Beauty is twisted and sinister, though not so much dark and spooky like many casual adventure games. Much of the game is played out exploring small areas as you gather items in your inventory and solve a few basic riddles. The real challenge steps in when you start using those objects to open up new paths. Puzzles generally involve solving a mini-game, and Living Legends: Frozen Beauty doesn’t skimp on originality in that department. There are a few of the usual tile swapping, laser directing, gem matching and tangram-style diversions, but also expect to be surprised with new and multi-part games that really show off the designer’s creativity.


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Hidden object scenes are of several varieties, including standard list-based scenes and reverse scenes. List scenes give you around a dozen text clues and challenge you to find the objects hidden on the screen, which is pretty much standard (though there are some interactive objects to find). Reverse scenes require you to hunt for items based on a dark outline, and then place them back into the scene to open up new puzzles. These feel a bit like a mini-game, and they’re a great way to keep you on your toes.



Apart from the main story, Living Legends: Frozen Beauty has a few extras to fiddle about with, especially if you pick up the Collector’s Edition. The best of these is the pet house, which allows you to care for a pet while upgrading things using coins you find throughout the adventure. It’s very much an ancillary diversion, but a welcome one. There’s also a handy fast travel map and journal to keep track of your progress, which is always a great inclusion.



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The most captivating part of Living Legends: Frozen Beauty is the mini-games. They’re frequent and interesting, each one involving some new trick that’s tied directly into the story. Everything connects back to the story, actually, which makes the world you explore feel all the more complete. Match that with good artwork and steady gameplay design, and you’ve got a great recipe for a winning hidden object game.



Edited reference accessed HERE Dec 26th 2015


Video:

You’ll find videos of game play HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE. (scuze the banner adverts that pop up on the bottom of the videos).



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Music:

If you want to change the music you'll find it via the following path. Make sure you rename the music you are adding to the ones i've listed below. Also keep the originals as a backup, just in case.
C:\Program Files (x86)\Playrix Entertainment\Living Legends Frozen Beauty\sounds\x.ogg - (where x.ogg = Music_1.ogg to Music_4.ogg or Ambient_1 to Ambient_6.ogg and 00_Final.ogg, 00_IIntro.ogg)



System Requirements:

OS: Windows XP/Windows Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8
CPU: 1.0 GHz
RAM: 1024 MB
DirectX: 8.1
Hard Drive: 593 MB




Conclusion:

Another Hog Christmas treat, or a pre HOGmanay, present for those who celebrate the coming of the New Year. :) This is a beautifully illustrated and crafted game with an excellent variety of Hidden Object scenes and some great mini games for HOG lovers. For those who can take or leave them, this is a gorgeous game and well worth the effort downloading and installing. If you liked Living Legends: Ice Rose, which was given away some time ago, you'll love this one. :)




Scoring

Gameplay – 8
Graphics – 9
Audio – 7
Re-playability – 7
Originality – 7.5

Total = 38.5 out of 50 = 7.7 out of 10






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Problems:


If you have any problems installing or getting Living Legends: Frozen Beauty working, 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 think the game is infected - IMPORTANT - PLEASE READ


For those of you who are getting hits by your anti malware suites; it's because they are picking up the Themida based protection, which was put in place to protect the game from unscrupulous community members that were hacking the giveaway wrapper which then gave them unlimited access to a registered copy of the game, which was being put on peer to peer sites. Some community members were even uploading video tutorials on You tube telling you how to do it yourself.

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Themida based applications are sometimes seen as a threat by anti-malware. I can assure you this game and hundreds before, that have given community members cause for concern have been totally safe. The game giveaway team have managed to secure well over a thousand games for us since they first started giving away games back in late 2006; firstly via the main site (Oct 2006), then via the game giveaway site (early December 2006). There has never 'ever' been an infected game given away.




If you are able to configure your anti-malware suite to allow the 'seemingly offensive' file through security, the game should then install normally. if you can't, or don't know how to, then the other way would be to temporarily turn off your protection. You do so at your own risk, but please do take into account what I've already said above; in a nut shell, every malware occurrence reported here since the game giveaway went live in Dec 2006 have been false positives due to overly sensitive anti-malware suites.

It would be against the giveaway teams best interest to allow such an occurrence as it would destroy their good standing with the big search engines and I'm sure many who have frequented this site for a long time would leave. The giveaway team use several anti-malware suites to test every game given away here.


Another thing to consider when you think the game is infected, if it really was, there would be hundreds of community members posting about the infection; we rarely more than a few posts for any particular game; though, since the gcd file that contains the Themida code was introduced in 2012 I have seen many more community members reporting infections due to the Themida based code found in the giveaways wrapper protection. However, out of the thousands of downloads each week, those numbers are insignificant and supports the fact that the results they are getting are actually false positives. They have always been proven to be so.



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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 today's game but it doesn’t work for some reason, it should still be registered, so someone may be able to help at a later date. Unfortunately if your problem is actually downloading it, once the giveaway deadline is reached you will no longer be able to download the game unless you've already started downloading it before the cut-off. 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. Apart from the above instances; i.e. already installed, but having problems running the game, (with the possibility of receiving help from the community via the giveawayoftheday game discussion forum); or still downloading after the cut off period, but within the 1 hour grace period, or registering within an hour of the cut-off period. Once the giveaway period is over there’s nothing that can be done to get the game (unless its available from one of the free game sites) until the game is given away again (though that isn't always guaranteed).


It's worth checking the giveaway game discussion forums the day before the giveaways go live to see if we are getting a large sized file (I usually post a comment about approximately how large a file is, though if I'm particularly busy I may neglect to do this). It is especially important for those who have slow connections and even more so if the game is popular. We can have up to forty thousand (40 000) community members downloading over the 24 hour period, with the bulk of community members downloading in the first 12 hours of the giveaway going live, there is always a massive strain on the giveaway servers. The bigger the file size, the more community members will be downloading at any one time. Because the bandwidth is shared equally among all community members, downloads can become excruciatingly slow, so if you do have a slow connection, its important to start your download as early as possible to avoid disappointment. Because these games are free, the giveaway owners cannot invest in more bandwidth without compromising the whole project, so we have to be satisfied with what we have at present.

A download manager can help speed the download up and also protect the download in case of an interruption. There's nothing as frustrating for those with really slow connections to have the connection break after an hour or so, then have to start from the beginning again. I would ask community members if you do have decent bandwidth please avoid using a manager as it does add to the number of downloads occurring at any one time, for example some download managers will download your requested file in up to 32 packets simultaneously, that will take 32 download spots, thus slowing down everyone else's download speeds. For those with slow downloads (due to having a slow connection e.g. a 2MB Broadband connection or less) I would advise using a download manager if the file is larger than around 200MB. My broadband connection is 100MBs, so I don't need to use a download manager, (I do have one called Internet Download Manager, but don't use it when downloading files from the giveaway site). For me a 1GB file usually downloads in about 1.5 minutes or less. My connection is quite a long way from the provider so it is slowed a little, but is still quite good at a download speed of around 12 to 14 MB's per second.

I hope the above goes some way in explaining why we sometimes have really slow downloads.


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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 and Toomky Games is highly recommended. Todays game is available from Gametop HERE and is also on sale as a two game package with the second game in the series from Steam HERE





If you do download any games from these free game sites please '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 and yet more games section. If you do download a game from any of these sites you do so at your own risk. We cannot be held responsible for problems arising from an installation recommended here. :)


For now I won't be recommending you download games from Jenkat Games. They have changed the way you get games from their site and until someone informs me that they have reverted to their original download schemes I won't be recommending downloads from them. Diane has posted information about this over in the game discussion forums. TooMyk Games are now safe to download from. They have removed the games that were suspect and have cleaned up their act. As always, you download from those free game sites at your own risk. The gamegiveaway site is the safest site I know of where you can get free software (BitsduJour is also great for free applications) and games. The only disadvantages with downloading from here is you have to download and install within the day of the giveaway (apart from the instances mentioned above and if and when you upgrade or buy a new computer legally you aren't allowed to transfer games given away previously, unless they are being given away on the day you upgrade, or if you've purchased a license. :)

You just have to look at the sites track record since the game giveaway site was created back in December 2006. No games given away here since the inception of the gamegiveaway site have been infected with malware, there are no toolbars installed, nor home pages hijacked or browsers changed. There is one slight annoyance, but that only occurs if a community member isn't paying attention; i.e. when the final window pops up after installing a giveaway, called 'the Software Informer' installation window. Some community members have complained that they were given no choice in its installation. That is not true; when the final window pops up, there are two buttons, one asking if you want Software Informer installed and the button to close the giveaway window down. Some community members have clicked on the wrong button, probably because they weren't paying attention. Thankfully Software Informer is a genuine application, that can easily be uninstalled by the usual means. It's actually a useful piece of software, especially if you have a lot of applications running on your computer. Basically the program will list the programs that need updating, or programs that have available updates. They wont be automatically installed (thus cancelling many giveaway registrations); you have to click on individual buttons to update each program/application. :D


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Games, Games, and yet more Games:


The Christmas Sale is on over on Steam, with over ten thousand titles (including dlc's) on sale Gamersgate Summer Sale. I won't even bother to list any of the games, but it should be worth visiting as there are games for all tastes. Of course you do need to install the Steam client, but IMO it is well worth it. There are lots of free games (not just free to play online games) available plus there are always games on sale.




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

GreenManGaming They usually have coupons to the value of 23% and sometimes more off pre ordered games. I've just pre ordered Just Cause 3 XL and XCOM 2 using a voucher and saved £22 on the price paid in the Steam store
Gamersgate Summer Sale
GOG (DRM free games)
Gamestop
GameFly (soon to be sold off)

I've removed the Desura link because the owners are bankrupt and there has been no activity on the site in months. The servers are still live (at least until Bad JoJo's subscription to the servers has ended, Bad JoJo are the owners of Desura and Indie Royale, or were until filing for bankruptcy). If you own any games via Desura I advise downloading all of the drm free games you have on that platform and on the Indie Royale site before the sites are taken down.




Free Game Sites:

Toomky Games
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 Dead Effect (by Immanitas Entertainment - who have given us quite a lot of games over the last year)

Fight for your life in the INDIE SCI-FI FPS game fit for both casual and hard-core gamers with a passion for hunting down hordes of zombies. Prepare yourselves for the incoming nightmare!

The ESS Meridian starship is travelling through space with a new FTL technology, heading towards its destination -Tau Cetif, the first planet in the history of mankind to be colonized. A few months later an elite member of Unit 13 is disrupted from cryogenic sleep. But Tau Cetif is nowhere in sight and something is very wrong. What happened to all those people? Why are they so aggressive and attack without any survival instincts?

You can get the game for $1; pay over the average to get two more games Frozen Hearth and Rush for Glory. (The price at the time of writing was $2.38. It rarely goes above $2 unless the bonus content includes a second or third game).
The deal ends Monday 28th Dec 2015 5am (GMT)



The latest DIG game is Nightmares from the Deep 3: Davy Jones

Nightmares form the Deep 3: Davy Jones - get ready for the final chapter of the epic pirate trilogy! Become a fearless museum custodian Sara Black to face your greatest enemy, the legendary pirate Davy Jones. Discover his greatest secret and save your daughter!
After a series of mysterious notes give Sara the evidence she needs to prove to the world the existence of the historical figure of Davy Jones, she calls a press conference to reveal what she has learned; that both Davy Jones and his mythical treasure are real, hidden away on a cursed island.
Suddenly Davy Jones's sails appear on the horizon, and the undead pirate enters the museum to kidnap Sara and her daughter.
They are taken to the hold of Jones's ship. In order to save her mother, Corey Black agrees to sign a dark pact with the Sea Devil himself...
Sara Black must face her hardest task yet: in order to save her daughter from the soul-stealing pact with Davy Jones, she must find a way to cancel it.
Will she succeed? Who is the voodoo witch who lives on the cursed island? Or the brilliant alchemist? Why does the ghost of a beautiful young girl roam Davy Jones's island, and what is her connection to the legend?


Pay £0.99 for the game or you can get two keys if you pay more than the average of $1.01 (at the time of writing ). One Steam key to share with a friend or family member perhaps? You'll find that deal HERE. They also have five bundles of several games that'll cost you less than $1.50 each HERE (DIG Bundles 47, 48, 49 & 50 plus reBundle 9 ). You get Steam keys for all of these games.
The single game deal ends just after Midnight Sunday 27th December 2015 and will be replaced with a new game.

Most of the bundles available 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. I highly recommend the first four sites as they regularly change their bundles, at least weekly. Bundle Stars is the most prolific, usually with at least 10 bundles, but sometimes a lot more. some bundles stay for months, others for only a few days. I also recommend buying the Greenlight bundles as you will get quite a few being greenlit and save a large amount of money on newly released games. I reckon at least 75% of the games from those bundles have been Greenlit since I purchased my first Greenlight bundle. (I've bought at least 50 bundles with only Greenlight games and they have never cost more than $3 to $4 per bundle, with savings up to 90%. The flying bundle is the only one that will inform you when a game has been Greenlit and will send you your Steam keys, the rest you have to check your accounts page to see if they have added Steam keys. sometimes it may take several weeks after the game has been released before you get your keys, but generally its either the same day or a few days at the most.





Bundle Stars (26 bundles)
Groupees (3 bundles)
Indie Gala (5 bundles)
Humble bundle (2 Bundles)
Indie Royale (this bundle is no longer live)
Bundle Bandits (0 bundles)
Blink Bundle (0 bundles)
Play Injector (0 bundle)
Get Loaded (0 bundles)
Games Rage (0 bundles)
Flying bundle (1 bundles)

FREE GAME:

The free game from Origin is Jade Empire: Special Edition (Highly Recommended).

Step into the role of an aspiring martial-arts master and follow the path of the open palm or the closed fist. In this multi-award-winning action-RPG, your choices and actions will determine the fate of the entire Jade Empire. Will you prevent the destruction of this beautiful land, or will you crush it beneath your heel? Are you a warrior who uses his strength and fighting mastery to bring peace, or will you instead use your power to bring pain and ruin?
The choice is yours.

Game Features:


The Original Award Winning Jade Empire
An incredible, engaging story that makes you the noble hero or the treacherous villain!
A wealth of fascinating characters to interact with.
Beautiful, mysterious lands to explore, discover, and save...or conquer.
A rich blend of role-playing and exciting real-time combat.
New monsters and enemies.
New fighting styles.
Customizable, intuitive controls including support for game-pads and keyboard/mouse.
Increased graphics resolutions and new visual effects.
Improved combat AI and difficulty levels.
New world map interface.


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 permanently.


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A Request for help:

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 Playrix Entertainment for sharing and to the game giveaway team for getting these games.



Regards

Whiterabbit aka Stephen

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