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Game Giveaway of the day — Lost Civilization

Uncover the earthshattering secrets hidden in a forgotten mine!
User rating: 28 (85%) 5 (15%) 29 comments

Lost Civilization was available as a giveaway on March 11, 2018!

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After making an important discovery, your archaeologist fiancé, Michael, is kidnapped in Prague. Clues indicate that the kidnappers want whatever it is he's found and will stop at nothing to get it. Your search for Michael will reveal far more than you could have possibly imagined as you learn that the very fate of the world hangs in the balance!

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8/ 10; CPU: 1.0 GHz; RAM: 1024 MB; DirectX: 9.0; Hard Drive: 509 MB





File Size:

472 MB



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It doesn't properly capture the mouse or track with the acceleration settings used by the mouse driver (Win10). I have two screens, and the system mouse is constantly ending up on the second screen while the game mouse is still in the game, so when you click, the system mouse clicks you out of the game. You have to quickly swipe one way and slowly drag it back to get the system mouse somewhere near the game mouse, click to return focus to the game, and then go on. Repeat that about once a minute, makes for a much longer game than it should be, and much more tedious.

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

serial key???

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There is no activation key. All games come pre registered.

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

I had same problem at others asking for the dll. If it were the old days wouldn't care,
but with all advances with computers it should not happen in 2018. I tried a couple
of fixes and still did not work, so giving up. Second time of recent, so becomes
frustrating! Thanks for all advice etc.
Hope have a good week.

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

haven't been on this site in a few months but... still can't install the game it activates but does NOT install

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

I_M_Short, Did you disable your anti virus before trying to install?

Reply   |   Comment by Dean Berglund  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Download and install without error on Win10 Home 64bit.
Graphic is ok on Radeon but I have question regarding sound.
I hear music and characters talk but whenever Uncle comes up there's no
talking voice at all while music is still going on.

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

Game downloaded and installed without problem, and appears to run. Howver it does not center on the screen, does not display items that have been picked up, and has no way to exit or close - I have to go to Task Manager to close it. I tried shutting it down and restarting but it remains the same. So essentially it is unplayable on a Windows 10 system.

Reply   |   Comment by fISHdOC  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

fISHdOC, read #8 or #15

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

Installed fine on W7.

I like the game so far.

In the 'find the object' section: Usually the 'combined object' puzzles are just finding the two pieces - like the 'framed picture' or the 'hookah' in this one. Needing to find the two movie reels and then starting the projector to find the flag was a new twist - nicely done.

It kind of bugs me when the missing key, or missing wire or gear or some such is in a flat out weird place. I forget the game now (not this one) but a piece for a leaky steam pipe in the alley across the street was in a wall safe in 'my' apartment. Seriously? This one so far has been ok - but the ball of yarn being in the desks secret compartment is on the edge.

I tried typing Felix as the password for a few tries - ah well.

It looks like the

Reply   |   Comment by dave6d6ky  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Downloaded and installed on Windows 10 64 bit just fine. Played for about 1/2 hour. Seems to be more story oriented than HOG and the HO scenes are not always the normal type. Also seems to have more problems to solve than HOG time. It's OK and thanks for the free game, but this is not my favorite type of HOG.

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

Downloaded on Win 7 Professional with no problems. Installed smoothly and had no issues. I started playing it and love the crisp clear graphics. The only problem I ended up having is that when I was going to stop for now, hitting ESC did nothing. I had to ctrl/alt/delete to bring up task manager and clicked end process. No other way to get out that I could find. Other than that, I love the game so far. Thank you!

Reply   |   Comment by Michele  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

I had to change the size to 640x480 by right clicking the shortcut and changing compatability, then it worked.Otherwise it was off center.

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

Downloaded perfectly on Win 10 64 bit, no problems installing the game.
So far it seems to be a very nice game, thank you very much to you all.
White Rabbit, I am so sorry to hear about your father, and I hope that he recovers quickly. My prayers are with you.

Reply   |   Comment by Sa Nad  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Fine Windows 10 x64 Pro. Has option sliders & a WIDE choice if want full screen w/o side banners. Music is ok enough that I left it run & forgot all about it but fits the mood (s). Good point & click, HOG, story flow. Another good keeper. Hope everybody do well enough and thanks again GOTD.

Reply   |   Comment by sludgehound  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

I was leery of even trying this since so many folks were having issues, but I do love my HOG/adventure games, so gave it a shot. Installed fine, and I decided to put engine.exe in Win 7 compatibility mode (building on the lesson learned with the frustrating Reflection game last week) and it's running fine so far. I might not have even needed to do this, but figured, what the heck? (I have Win 8.1, not 10, but it's worth a try for those who have Win 10).

The game is VERY old (2003) and a bit slow (how long does it take to read one sentence?) but it's so far just fine as a diversion for a Sunday morning! Honestly, while newer games of this genre do sometimes have more bells and whistles, since I play them to figure out the puzzles/mysteries, old doesn't bother me at all. I do wish there were also the brain-teaser kind of puzzles often interspersed with these kind of games and that adds a variety missing here. But overall, definitely worth trying.

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

Installed easily but the screen image is off centre and the complete frame cannot be accessed ie: the bottom of the frame and right side are not accessible. I am using Windows 10.

Reply   |   Comment by lyntrom  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

It installed easily as usual, but will not run. Its coming up with the error "The program cant start because MSVCP100.dll is missing from your computer." First time this has happened! I'll try installing it again... Nope, it still coming up with the same error. Could it be because I'm installing it on a different drive from Windows?

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

Hi, scrall down to WR's Presentation where direct link to MyPlayCity is given and try to d/l Setup from there? Might work, good luck:) I said in earlier comment that Installation from MPC is 'clean', so no unchecking boxes e.t.c.

Reply   |   Comment by fran  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Hi, Lynn,
The same here (64bit Win7Pro).
D'loaded setup from MyPlayCity and installed in default directory, i.e. C:\Program Files (x86) , still the same error?

Reply   |   Comment by mishasin  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Will not run on my Win 10 system either. This seems to happen a lot with these free games. The last 3 have either not run or crashed part way through or stopped my computer requiring a hard reset to get it going again

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

Peter, I had the same problem with last week's "Behind the Reflection, Witch's Revenge. I right clicked and brought up the menu, and clicked "Troubleshoot Compatibility". When it finished, it came up with a recommended setting. Then I played the game with no more problems.

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

I had to do the same thing and was able to finish the game.

Reply   |   Comment by Nancy  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Why doesn't the sign in boxes appear on my screen to make a comment? I have to guess where the should be & type in my name even though nothing appears above the main comment box!

Reply   |   Comment by Ron Dunn  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Had to go into the program properties by right-clicking on the desktop icon. Then going to the compatibility tab & checking the "Override high DPI scaling behavior."
The problem was the main screen of the game was to large to fit my display screen. There was no exit button at the bottom & part of the screen ran off my display to the right.

Reply   |   Comment by Ron Dunn  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Ron Dunn, I should have mentioned that I'm running Win10 Pro with 64gb's of Ram, an NVIDIA graphics card with 16gb's, I have a Dell All-In-One with a 23" monitor.

Reply   |   Comment by Ron Dunn  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Hi, thanks for the Game and decent as usual Presentation WR!! Appreciated more so for Your personal uneasy time.., but please do not worry as this Community is fully behind You and understanding. Happy Mother's Day in UK to All Proud Mums!! Very pleasant Gift today in shape of this Game. Lovely graphics, story-line and HOs, recommended!

I'm pleased to observe that should anyone miss this Giveaway and had to d/load directly from MPC (as WR mentioned in his Presentation giving us a link) - They provide much simpler Installation nowadays (occasionally or for good, don't know) and no more watching for boxes to uncheck..,but straight to clean installing, hurray!:)

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

Family first. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

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

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If you have a slow internet connection be sure to download today’s game early. It’s almost half a gigabyte in size. I’m away all day, but will endeavor to moderate comments when I return late in the evening. Thank you for all your kind comments. I haven't had the time to reply individually; didn't return home until after midnight and am exhausted. No changes with my father; Michelle is slowly recovering, but still not whole.
Lost Civilization
In Brief
A Hidden Object Game with adventure gaming elements and simple logic puzzles.

Lost Civilization downloads to a 472 MB zip file that unzips to three files, (a setup.gcd security wrapper, the set-up file and a read me). Those with multiple hard drives can save games on any drive they wish. The newly installed game is 499 MB in size. The game installs to the following path by default, but can be changed by the user if you prefer:
C:\Program Files (x86)\MyPlayCity.com\Lost Civilization
Four shortcuts are installed to the desktop, three of which can be safely deleted (Play Online Games, MyPlayCity Games and shortcuts to a free online game which vary each week). Also, if you don't like icons installed to the quick launch task bar, make sure you uncheck the box when the additional tasks window appears (after the Select Start Menu Folder window)

Race to unearth the mystery of a forgotten civilization and rescue your kidnapped fiancé in this atmospheric adventure, suitable for beginners and diehards alike, which features a haunting blend of puzzle-solving and investigation. As amateur archaeologist Sarah, journey from the dark corners of Prague to the forgotten chapters of Mayan civilization as you solve clever puzzles and unravel ancient secrets that could lead to proof that alien life exists on Earth. Featuring over 120 richly-detailed and animated scenes, haunting sound effects, and a refreshing variety of challenges ranging from point-and-click adventuring to hidden object challenges, the fate of the world rests in your hands.
Reference accessed HERE. 11th March 2018

The Game:
Lost Civilization, originally released by Phoenix Online Studios’ follows a slightly nonsensical story through the beautiful city of Prague to the darkest corners of Mayan civilization. Combining both adventure gaming elements and simple logic puzzles with hidden object scenes, it falls under the interesting “adventure-lite” genre.
You play as Sarah, a graduate archaeologist student who is on the hunt for a mysterious gateway to an undiscovered land. She follows hot on the heels of her boyfriend, Michael, who has sadly been kidnapped by some strange mystery criminal types, clearly with their own agenda for the archaeological find. Along the way you will find yourself tapping around numerous environments, solving bizarre but simple puzzles and meeting various strange characters. The game is fairly casual, and its handy hint system means that there’s really no chance of getting stuck no matter the mode you initially choose. Disappointingly, it also means that there’s not much here for adventure puzzlers to get truly stuck into, as each of the puzzles seem quite disjointed and fail to really make much sense.
What’s true is that unusual puzzles of this nature have been around since the dawn of time, and casual gamers will probably enjoy it just for what it is - a simple natured puzzle game with a fairly “average” storyline. There’s always fun to be had though, whether it’s scaring pigeons with firecrackers or breaking and entering by distracting a guard. There’s no reason to sit around in confusion here, everything is fairly obviously marked out or hinted at, and the game itself will only set you back a few hours.

Perfectly suited for fans of hidden object games, Lost Civilization manages to keep things fresh by employing a new mechanic of searching through the “useless crap.” Every so often, you’ll be tasked with matching two items together and be prompted to search the environment from top to bottom to get to the bottom of a puzzle and retrieve a “useful” item in turn. It makes no sense, sure, but it certainly is a breath of fresh air compared to the usual scramble for missing items. As someone who doesn’t usually enjoy hidden object games, it added something different to the mix.
Where Lost Civilization earns major points is its top-notch quality graphics and beautiful painted environments. Every scene is greatly detailed and colored to a remarkable degree, enough to make you realise just how much effort has gone into the artwork of the game. There’s also the occasional voice acting, however, it’s far too sporadic to warrant an opinion.
All in all, Lost Civilization is a gentle gaming experience, perhaps aimed at the majority of families or the younger generation of gamers. We don't post many of these hidden object games around here, but Lost Civilization seems to be a cut above the rest.
Edited reference accessed HERE. Originally posted by Lucy Ingram on the 19th May 2014. Edited and reposted by Whiterabbit-uk 11th March 2018.

Other Reviews and Videos of Lost Civilization:
You can see Big Fish community reviews of Lost Civilization HERE, and more in the Big fish forums HERE, plus other feedback/reviews from the Steam community HERE and HERE and if you want to see some game-play you can HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE

Due to family issues I’ve not played this long enough to give an unbiased conclusion. Please read the end of the main game review for a brief conclusion from the original author. Thank you.
After you've had an opportunity to play today's giveaway please take a few moments to give some positive or negative feedback about the game; for example, what you liked or disliked about the game, or how it could be improved. If you don't like the genre at all, please explain why and if any, what improvements would change your mind? If you don't have time to post a comment today, please do so at your convenience, thank you. To access the comments once the giveaway is over, open the game giveaway to its home page then scroll to the bottom of the page where it says Archives and select the date the giveaway was live (giveaway days are in bold type). This will open up the appropriate page for you to post your comment or review.

If you miss today's game giveaway you can always get it via MyPlayCity 24/7 HERE; or If you prefer to purchase the game you can get it HERE via Big Fish Games or via Steam HERE.
Problems getting the game to work:
If you're having problems installing or activating or getting Lost Civilization to work please visit the FAQ's Thread HERE and read through the communities comments because sometimes fixes have already been posted, for example, a common issue seen since the Themida wrapper was introduced three years ago is that some community members installation of the game is blocked by their security (usually an error message is flagged for example 'The executable is corrupted' even though in reality it is not) because Themida code has been known to hide malware, so as a precaution some anti malware programs will block and even delete the suspect installation files even though they are actually free from malware. This issue can be solved either by rebooting your computer in safe mode with networking or a quicker method is to temporarily turn off your security software to allow the installation. In the almost 11 years theis game giveaway site has been operating there has 'never' been a game given away that was infected with malware.
If for any reason you want to contact the giveaway team, for example, you have a game to offer the community, or are unable to download the latest game or other issues that the FAQ's thread or these comments don't cover or solve you can do so HERE

I'd like to take this opportunity to thank MyPlayCity for giving away Lost Civilization and also to the game giveaway team, as always, for securing other ways to get free games.
Useful Information not related to today's game giveaway:
If Lost Civilization doesn't interest you, but you still hanker for something new to play, you'll find details of some game deals whether they be sale items, indie bundles or games being given away for free HERE (I've not updated the thread in a while, but most of the links still take you to the latest deals).
The rest of the information that used to be posted in the game review can be found in the forums HERE. Finally, check out Delenns thread for details of other free games and offers HERE


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