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Love Alchemy: A Heart In Winter Giveaway
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Game Giveaway of the day — Love Alchemy: A Heart In Winter

Help Ellie reveal all mysteries of the ancient castle!
$9.99 EXPIRED
User rating: 31 (82%) 7 (18%) 13 comments

Love Alchemy: A Heart In Winter was available as a giveaway on September 2, 2017!

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When a new romance blossoms, the door to mystery opens in Love Alchemy: A Heart in Winter. Follow a young woman as she's caught in the tightening web of intrigue surrounding her charming but mysterious lover. To do so, you'll have to search for hidden objects, solve puzzles, and win mini-games, even as the game romances you with its astonishing beauty. From opulent castle halls, to creepy dungeons, to exotic faraway lands, you'll want to stop and soak in the visual splendor. But you won't because each discovery will lure you closer to an ending you won't expect. If you enjoy adventures that hold your heart in their grip like a budding romance, then play Love Alchemy. As the door to mystery opens, you'll be helpless against it!

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8/ 10; CPU: 2.5 GHz; RAM: 1024 MB; DirectX: 9.0; Hard Drive: 497 MB

Publisher:

MyPlayCity

Homepage:

http://www.bigfishgames.com/games/7796/love-alchemy-a-heart-in-winter/

File Size:

473 MB

Price:

$9.99

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This was given away only two months ago on the 24th June 2017. You can see my review and all the comments posted over the giveaway HERE. The game received a positive 94% out of 34 votes and received 14 comments. Tomorrows game is over a gigabyte in size (1.01GB), so be sure to download as early as you can, avoiding prime time otherwise you may find the download takes a long time.

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The main issue we have is with the giveaway wrapper, which uses a Themida based code to protect the games executable. Unfortunately Themida is also used to hide malware; so, as a precaution, some security software may block the installation and sometimes even delete the executable file. Blocking or deletion is usually determined partly by the way your computer is set up. Usually you'll get a message saying ''the file is corrupted'', but in reality the files are okay. There are a couple of things you can do to overcome this issue. The first is to reboot in safe mode with networking, install the game then reboot, or secondly you can (at your own risk) temporarily turn off your security, install the game, then turn your security back on. A note of reassurance to those that choose the latter and quicker method. The game giveaway team have been giving away games for over a decade (Dec 2006 & prior to that, via the main site 2 or 3 times weekly since Oct 2006) and have 'NEVER@ given away a game infected with malware; they always test every giveaway with several of the top anti malware suites to ensure all games are free from malware.
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Love Alchemy: A Heart In Winter
In Brief
Love Alchemy: A Heart In Winter is an Hidden Object Adventure game, with excellent graphics and decent puzzles that was originally developed by ILving Studio and released via Alawar on the 1st January 2014.
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Suggestions:
After you've had an opportunity to play Love Alchemy please take a few moments to give some positive or negative feedback about the game; for example, what you liked or disliked, or how improvements could be made to make it more enjoyable and perhaps change your mind about this game? If you don't like Hidden Object games at all, please explain why? If you don't have time to post a comment today, please do so at your convenience. These comments will always be accessible for as long as this site is open and provide a valuable resource for game developers, thank you. To access the comments once the giveaway is over, open up 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.
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There are thousands of subscribers to the game giveaway of the day every weekend which makes this an ideal forum for giving developers new or fresh ideas as to what their consumers (i.e you) would like to see in a game. For example, you could suggest extra content such as better or more original mini games, or a level editor that you would like to see that would make it more appealing to you. Maybe you think the graphics are a little dated and are in need of re skinning, or maybe you've just had enough of the genre and want to see something different or something with more originality? Giving such feedback instead of saying nothing or just saying this game is rubbish or good may bring more developers to the site, which could mean more and better games. Would 'you' give away thousands of copies of a game (or extra content for a game) away to a community that complains all the time instead of giving useful feedback? It only needs a few moments of your time.
This site could be transformed if only the community would be more forthcoming in their opinions of the games they are getting for free instead of complaining about the way this site has changed, for example, they don't like MPC games, they hate HOG's, have had enough of Match Three and Time Management games, or they want to see the latest version of Call of Duty or some other big name AAA game given away or that they don't like Steam games. If something isn't for you then please move on to the next giveaway, or check out the forums HERE, HERE and HERE, where a few members of the community post details of various free games and free game sites as well as links to various indie bundle sites etc; you never know, you may find something that really interests you.
If you miss today's game giveaway you can always get the game via MyPlayCity 24/7 HERE; or If you prefer to purchase the game you can get it HERE via Big Fish Games.
Installation:
Love Alchemy: A Heart In Winter downloads to a 473 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 are able to save games on any drive they wish. The newly installed game is 487 MB in size. The game installs to the following path (same as June 24th's giveaway, so if you installed it then, there's no need to again) by default, but can be changed if you prefer to install to a different place for example I install mine onto a different hard drive into a folder labelled J:/Games/Arcade Games/MPC:
C:\Program Files (x86)\MyPlayCity.com\Love Alchemy - A Heart In Winter
Four short-cuts are installed to the desktop. three of which can be safely deleted (Play Online Games, MyPlayCity Games and short-cuts 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 un-check the box when the additional tasks window appears (after the Select Start Menu Folder window)
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Introduction:
When a new romance blossoms, the door to mystery opens in Love Alchemy: A Heart in Winter. Follow a young woman as she's caught in the tightening web of intrigue surrounding her charming but mysterious lover. To do so, you'll have to search for hidden objects, solve puzzles, and win mini-games, even as the game romances you with its astonishing beauty. From opulent castle halls, to creepy dungeons, to exotic faraway lands, you'll want to stop and soak in the visual splendour. But you won't because each discovery will lure you closer to an ending you won't expect. If you enjoy adventures that hold your heart in their grip like a budding romance, then play Love Alchemy. As the door to mystery opens, you'll be helpless against it!
Reference accessed HERE June 24th 2017
Main Features:


⦁ A magical love story
⦁ Amazing worlds inside paintings
⦁ A shocking alternate ending
⦁ Captivating characters
⦁ Challenging puzzles

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If you have a problem installing or activating or getting Love Alchemy: A Heart In Winter to work please visit the problems section, which I've now incorporated into the FAQ's thread, and which you can find HERE
The Game:
Review 1
There are two modes available Casual and Expert. Casual mode gives you fast recharging of the hint buttons and hidden object scenes include highlights, whereas the expert mode hints and the skip buttons recharge much slower and you get no highlighted hints. As with most modern hidden object games when your cursor changes to a hand it indicates some sort of interaction, for example you can interact in some way, or pick an object up to add to the inventory for later use. The cursor also changes to a magnifying glass when the zoom function is activated. Clicking on an object when the magnifying glass appears means you can zoom in by clicking the object or scene. The cursor also changes to an eye when an object in your inventory is useful and finally a door icon indicates that you can move to a different area of the game.
I found the hint button a little ineffective at times, having to use it a few times before I found what was being indicated. If you get stuck on a particular hidden object scene, you can leave it and continue later by clicking on the arrow that appears when you hover along the bottom of the scene, you can also skip puzzles, which will solve automatically for you. Hovering your mouse along the lower part of the game board also opens up your inventory.
Written by Whiterabbit-uk June 23rd 2017
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Review 2
Help Ellie reveal all mysteries of the ancient castle in the gorgeous game Love Alchemy: A Heart In Winter! She fell in love with a talented artist Charles and visited his ancient castle that was being renovated. But once Charles left her in the castle alone and the girl decided to see round the house. You will accompany Ellie in the game Love Alchemy: A Heart In Winter and do your best to solve various puzzles and riddles. Look at the mysterious portrait and find out why the man on it resembles her beloved so much and follow the ghost of the pretty girl. Unbelievable adventures await you in the breathtaking hidden object game Love Alchemy: A Heart In Winter!
In Love Alchemy, You, as Ellie fell in love with Charles on the internet. He took you on a romantic dinner date and somehow you agreed to follow him to his castle. Once you arrived, you found out Charles’ terrible, dark secret. Set free the seven women lovers from the castle’s portraits and stop your lover from his disastrous plan.
Love Alchemy starts off with an anticipating story, it sounds promising and of course, interesting. However, as the game develops, we feel like the story is being dragged out for too long – hard to follow and it gets boring after a while.
The game play in Love Alchemy is very straightforward, and old-dated some might say. It feels like the game is being dug out from the piles from the early age of HOPA. Everything is super simple, from HOG scenes to puzzles. There is an interactive map, but there no voice overs, no any other features and set this game apart from the others in the genre. The game is focused on the adventure side than the Hidden Object side, puzzles are very few and far between – they are not complex and are not original.
Moreover, despite the fact that there are up to seven portraits to investigate, the time spent inside each portrait is far too short. As a result, the overall game length is around 2 hour short for advanced players and can be slightly longer for slower players.
Nonetheless, Love Alchemy is visually impressive. The graphics are extremely well drawn, colours are nicely painted – even though they are not outstanding, they are beautiful to the eye. The music is okay, fits the game well.
Reference accessed HERE. Original review by All About Casual Games on Jan 12 2014, re-posted by Whiterabbit-uk 1st Sept 2017.
Other Reviews, Slide show, Videos and a Walk-through of Love Alchemy: A Heart In Winter:
Other Reviews, Slide show, Videos and a Walk-through of Love Alchemy: A Heart In Winter:
You can see community reviews of Love Alchemy: A Heart In Winter Winter HERE and HERE and more information in the Big Fish forums HERE. You can also see a slide-show (spoilers present) of around 70 images HERE
You can also see some videos of game play (spoilers present) HERE, HERE (German), HERE, HERE and HERE. You'll find a written walk-through HERE.
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Conclusion:
A typical middle of the road adventure HOG with decent graphics, pleasant background music and some reasonable puzzles, though most I found easy to solve. All About Casual Games said ''From opulent castle halls, to creepy dungeons, to exotic faraway lands, you'll want to stop and soak in the visual splendour. But you won't because each discovery will lure you closer to an ending you won't expect. If you enjoy adventures that hold your heart in their grip like a budding romance, then play Love Alchemy. As the door to mystery opens, you'll be helpless against it!''
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank MyPlayCity for giving away Love Alchemy: A Heart In Winter and also to the game giveaway team, as always, for securing other ways to get free games, in this case Steam keys.
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Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+15)
#11

I had it from the last giveaway and like it! The graphics are very good
and game play is smooth. You do have to go from one activity to the
next making game play slow at times. Thanks for great giveaways and
Happy Holiday weekend!

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Thank you for your feedback Lee, have a great weekend. :)

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

was a good game nice graphics and storyline though toward the end if you accept the wine from the guy it goes into game over not happy about that having been playing all this time and not getting a proper ending

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Thank you for your feedback Brandie

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

Ahhhh, I'm so glad to see this game back so soon! THIS is the game I uninstalled cause I thought something was wrong with it - but I have to admit that I wasn't quite sure what the culprit was cause Microsoft had also installed a major update that weekend as well.

And White-Rabbit, I have that Razor game thing installed so maybe that's having an effect as well. Thanks so much for letting me know about that!

Anyhow, I played this game for awhile and everything was great! The only thing that I don't care for too much is the video at the beginning....I much prefer scenes where I have to click to go to the next page cause I'm a slow reader and-not to mention that I was just waking up after sleeping all day....so I prefer to be able to read at my own pace & click when I'm ready to move on. I only used the hint button once but it worked fine for me. Windows 7, Home Edition, 64-bit.

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Thank you for your feedback DelennDax. You may be able to get rid of the video by deleting it from the game folder (assuming you can find the correct file. Always make backups if you decide to try. :)

Reply   |   Comment by DelennDax7 (Dax)  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
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This is a nice game, but might have been a great game, had more details been put in, going from one part to another. The graphics are good, though not all of them. I like to see a LOT of detail in my favourite games. It gets a thumbs up from me. I am running it on a laptop, Windows 10. Nice quick download today. I did have the game too, from an earlier giveaway, but deleted it when I was short on storage space. I believe I will finish it this time. Thanks, as always to GAOTD, and MyPlayCity for the opportunity to try it.

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Thank you for your feedback Judi, appreciated.

Reply   |   Comment by Judi P  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#7

Buggy game. Hint button stops working and you have to close and reopen to get it to start again. Bad descriptions in the Hidden Object scenes- there were one or two in Cyrillic alphabet, and a leaf was described as a piece of paper. And there is more aimless wandering than in most of these games, with no map that tells you where there is or isn't something to do. I like this kind of game, but this one's not a keeper.

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Thank you for your feedback Laura. :)

Reply   |   Comment by Laura  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#6

Good game I downloaded when it was first given away. Only reason i can think of for the negative reviews is that it is a recent repeat instead of a new game.

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Thank you for your feedback

Reply   |   Comment by RainBowGirl  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#5

I'm glad this is being offered again. I got all the way through it last time and made the wrong choice right at the end and lost. This will allow me a do-over.


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:)

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

Game is buggy. First time the Hints have only works in the turial. Then I created a new player and then the hints works but not everywhere.

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

This game downloaded and installed ok on windows 10 with no problems. You can choose the difficulty level in this HOG which I liked. The graphics are good and the story line. Well worth trying this game even if you haven't played this type of game before.

Reply   |   Comment by Rosalind  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
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I did play this recently when it was given away here (we seem to be getting a number of repeats lately, but if they were over a year ago, I kinda enjoy revisiting them!) and I remember liking it a lot, so I wanted to see my comments on it from June to see if I could add anything useful this time, but the link in WR's review above to the last review was for Twilight City, a very different game. WR, maybe correct that---or is it just me? :)

Anyway, I do recommend this game for HOG/adventure fans like me; I found the puzzles challenging enough, though the game was a little short. I, too, found the hint button (which I do try to avoid, but sometimes...) a bit unhelpful sometimes, but I found a walkthrough online and was able to get through without much frustration, IIRC (again, can't find my last review, so have to rely on the waning memory :)). As I remember, it was relatively straight-forward, maybe a bit too much so (I do like a bit more of a challenge and variety, just not so much that it becomes impossible for me, or, like a recent giveaway, Apothecari, with completely ridiculous English translation that makes items unfindable).

Not the most engaging HOG ever, but well worth playing and perhaps recommending. I'm gonna go ahead and re-install this and try playing through on the Expert level instead of 'casual'. I am a tad frustrated that right now, the down-thumbs negative votes are at a full one third of the votes; usually a 33% negative would discourage me from even trying. Yet there are no comments to support those negative votes, which would be super-helpful! I do rely on the reviews from users here and appreciate those who take the time, which is why I usually do, too, when I feel I have something to contribute.

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

neme, Been off on HOGs lately but thanks to your comments I'll give this one a run. The images do look engaging and a plus is being able to deal with the naggy parts by Skip or walkthrough helps. Hate to start a game only to find it so hard or unclear that one gets forced to remove it. Thanks GOTD.


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Thank you for your feedback Beergas.

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

beergas, I'm replaying, and still not finding the puzzles very difficult, though I do use the Hint button sometimes to see where to go next since there is no interactive map as in many games, showing where there are tasks to perform (I love that feature).

I also remember now that when they do the cut scenes, though you can skip a whole scene, you can't just click to go to the next page after you read if you don't want to wait for the whole slow narration. I find that unreasonably annoying (my native impatience showing :)). But overall, while this may not have all the latest bells and whistles and so far not too much brain-teasing, it's very attractive and well-designed, IMHO, and if you don't know how it ends (which those of us who got it two months ago do), kind of fun to see your suspicions develop!

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Thank you for your feedback Neme; please excuze the late reply.

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