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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: 22 (88%) 3 (12%) 29 comments

Love Alchemy: A Heart In Winter was available as a giveaway on November 2, 2019!

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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; Big Fish Games App S

Publisher:

MyPlayCity

Homepage:

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

File Size:

473 MB

Price:

$9.99

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Love Alchemy: A Heart In Winter
In Brief
Love Alchemy: A Heart In Winter was previously given away two years ago where it received a positive 91% thumbs up out of 45 votes with 29 comments which you can see HERE; (thanks for reminding me Jerry, appreciated). I've re-posted (with a little editing) my original comment and conclusion about the game below in the game section.
Love Alchemy is a hidden object puzzle adventure.
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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 drawn helplessly to a man she barely knows, and is then caught in the tightening web of intrigue surrounding her charming but mysterious lover.
As she explores his fairy tale castle, she marvels at his seemingly kind and romantic nature. But the more corners she turns, the more unsettled she becomes. Soon, she begins seeing ghosts, and noticing the eerie paintings of beautiful woman that adorn the walls. Then she's pulled into one of the canvases and transported to another place, where a terrifying snake has coiled its body around a helpless victim...
You must solve the mystery of the paintings and learn the truth about the woman's enigmatic 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 closer to an ending you won't expect.
Reference accessed HERE. 2nd November 2019
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The Game:
As mentioned previously, I'm not going to review games that I no longer enjoy playing anymore as I don't think I can give a fair assessment of the game; also, I'm now spending an inordinate amount of valuable time reviewing the weekday games that we have been getting since November 2018. I do all of this voluntarily, and its been impacting on my life significantly since the increase in game giveaways, so I made the decision a few months ago to only post full reviews if I actually enjoy playing the game that#s being given away. HOG's, TM games and match three game shave been a feature of many giveaways over the years and I have purchased and been given hundreds of each genre and have not found anything original for quite some time now; basically I'm burnt out on those genres and find it difficult to enjoy them at all. I do hope you understand. I will however still post links to other peoples reviews, as well as introductions, videos and screen captures of the current giveaway. The initial screen capture are always my own as I do check out each game even if I'm not really interested. That said, as this was previously given away a few years ago, I'll post what I'd said about it below: i.e.
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 (was annoying as I'd liked to have returned later to try and solve the puzzle). Hovering your mouse along the lower part of the game board also opens up your inventory. I concluded that the game was a typical middle of the road adventure HOG with decent graphics, pleasant background music and some reasonable puzzles, though most I found too easy to solve. There was nothing original about the game, so it was eventually consigned to the recycle bin. (however that's from someone who no longer finds HOG's entertaining)
There are several short community reviews of Love Alchemy HERE and HERE as well as a full review via Casual Games HERE. If you have any issues with the game, there are several threads over in the Big Fish Games forums HERE that may help you to solve the issue. You can find a written walk through of Love Alchemy HERE. You'll also find several video walkthroughs of the game HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE & HERE.
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Useful Information not related to today's game giveaway:
If Love Alchemy: A Heart In Winter doesn't appeal there's lots to check out either for free or for a minimal cost to you. For example a minor AAA game called Generation Zero an open world Single player, Cooperative, and Multiplayer post apocalyptic FPS game, featuring Mechs and based in the 1980's is free to play this weekend until 8pm Sunday (UK time) (almost 38GB download). also the latest Epic Games up for grabs this week are Costume Quest a turn based strategy adventure game based around Halloween and SOMA a sci-fi horror game about identity, consciousness, and what it means to be human. Next Thursday 7th November these change over to Nuclear Throne a post-apocalyptic rogue-like top-down shooter and Ruiner a brutal action shooter set in the year 2091 in the cyber metropolis Rengkok. A wired psychopath lashes out against a corrupt system to uncover the truth and retrieve his kidnapped brother under the guidance of a secretive hacker friend. Also available are more freebies from the Indie Gala developers showcase. These are updated weekly so its worth checking to see what has been added as some are removed each week as well. Once you've added them to your Indie Gala account you can access downloads anytime (at least for most). You'll find download links on each games home page on Indie Gala.
Land it Rocket a moon lander style game set in a colourful but dangerous world, Survivor Squad a strategy action game, Packed Train a casual puzzle game, Introvert Quest a comedy based JRPG set in a fictional, modern setting, Nuclear Contingency a stealth game inspired by the old school top down spy titles (such as the Metal Gear series), Space Beret a top down sci-fi shooter set in a "Starship Troopers" and "Crimsonland" inspired setting, 1914: Prelude to Chaos An RPGMaker game where you take on the role of Finley Thompson, British adventurer and archaeologist searching for the mythical artifact from the First Crusade on the territory of Kingdom of Serbia, The sun Never Sets an RPGMaker game where you are tasked to find the treasure of the legendary Pirate, Tomb Joe a side scrolling platformer, plus lads more.
Finally check out the $12 Humble monthly deal. This month you will get at least approaching $200 or more worth of games (that's 94% off the usual price) that at the moment include, Yakuza Kiwami, Soulcalibur VI, My Time Portia that are worth $109.97 plus by the beginning of December when the deal ends you'll get several other games as well. Last months (I resubscribed after almost 2 years absence) you got $229 worth of games for $12 that included Call of duty: WWII + 2 dlc's, Crash Bandicoot: N'Sane Trilogy, Spyro Reignited Trilogy, Shenmue I % II, II-II Memories Retold, Syntherik, Evergarden and Operator. Each month includes at least two recent AAA titles. Most titles are given as Steam keys, but occasionally we get free standing games such as last months Operator. (I'd been after buying Call of Duty: WWII since its release, but refused to pay the full price. Even when on sale via Steam you never see such a game as cheap as $12, but to get several other decent games as well, was for me a fantastic bargain. I recommend you check out the monthly bundles regularly. Part of the proceeds go to charity, so not only are you saving upwards of 94% off decent games, you're also contributing to some worthwhile charity. :)
I noticed that if I refer a person to the Humble monthly and they subscribe I get a £6 reward for each person I refer. If anyone is interested in letting me refer them, I'll split the reward 50:50, which would reduce the $12 initial fee to less than $9, and would enable me to buy more games. :) If you are interested please check out the forum thread I've posted HERE,; there's no obligation, just a mutually gainful deal among like minded gamers.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  9 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+16)

You are a terrible reviewer! Why do you spend more time talking about games on other sites than you do for the site you actually work for?

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I removed this from the spam folder to answer your query. In fact in response to your comment I've added an extra paragraph to explain why some of my 'non' reviews are lacking any review content. Basically I only write original reviews for the games I actually enjoy playing as I see no point in writing about a game I don't enjoy playing as I think it would be too biased. I also refer to other free or heavily discounted games from other sites for those community members who don't like the current days offering. These are alternatives that the community may like; which, if I didn't post links or details to , they may miss them.

Final points. I do not work for the game giveaway project. I voluntarily moderate and administer the forums. As an extra and a thank you to the game giveaway team, I post regular reviews of games I enjoy playing. I used to post full reviews of every game that was given away, but as this takes many hours to research, play and then write down my thoughts with no pay, I decided it was time to reduce the amount of time as I do have a full life with my family, friends and other projects. Would you spend thousands of hours voluntarily with no pay?

Reply   |   Comment by I am Sam  –  9 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Whiterabbit-uk, I just saw that you were going to start reducing the number of games that you review for us here. Totally get that, you do such detailed reviews, I can only imagine how much time they take to play and review. So just wanted to say thanks for all the time you've spent thus far doing it, and I'll just keep in mind that if it's a game you like enough to take the time to review, will definitely give it more than just a quick once over. :)

Reply   |   Comment by Karen  –  9 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+26)

Whiterabbit-uk, I like that you also refer to other free or heavily discounted games from other sites. Thanks for taking the time for your great posts.

Reply   |   Comment by Mark Michigan  –  9 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+21)

Hi, Stephen. To avoid having to explain it from time to time, why not create a one-short-paragraph 'sticky' outlining this review 'policy', to appear as the first visible post in every game review; is that feasible?

Reply   |   Comment by alexyu  –  9 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

alexyu, Or just ignore the trolls?

Reply   |   Comment by Jerry  –  8 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Sometimes, that won't feel right, so a 'sticky' might be useful for those who do read it, and just be referenced in a quick reply, without the need to think about how to phrase it each time...

Reply   |   Comment by alexyu  –  8 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#13

Gorgeous artwork but surprisingly glitchy (wrong names for items and misspellings) for an Alawar Game. I found this kind of boring compared to last week's HOG. BUT this in no way diminishes my appreciation for the generosity of MPC, GGOTD and the HARD work and time Whiterabbit freely gives away to all of us. Thanks!

Reply   |   Comment by ReddogHorses  –  8 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)
#12

Link rotator leaves off some of the link resulting in 404 page error. GOTD needs to reset so full links are available.

Reply   |   Comment by dan6807  –  8 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#11

Fanatical (fanatical[dot]com) has a hidden objects "pick & mix" bundle right now with this and other older hidden object games. Many aren't available right now on MPC, so it might be worth it to some here. 5, 10, or 15 games for 2, 3, or 4 dollars (US). Myself, I have most of them already.

Reply   |   Comment by QM  –  9 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#10

Hey Wrascally Wabbit,

Already have the game.

What you are proposing is a great deal. The Humble Monthly is changing. I replied in the forum as to that effect and how it's changing. Everyone help WR. It's an awesome deal. Just make sure you PAUSE the subscription the months you don't want games.

Huggles...

Reply   |   Comment by delenn13  –  9 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Dashboard is FREE on Steam

https://store.steampowered.com/app/490860/DashBored/

Reply   |   Comment by delenn13  –  8 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#9

Its ok thanks Whiterabbit. Got it.

Enjoying the game. Beautiful artwork and scenery and an intriguing storyline

Reply   |   Comment by Wendy  –  9 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)
#8

I played this game the last time it was offered. It's a good HOG in the sense of clear screens with objects that can be fairly found, and decent puzzles. But I found the storyline troublesome: basically you are freeing a man who murdered seven other innocent women so he can be happy forever after with his own first love. This is what counts as a happy ending? No justice at all for those murdered women? Anyway, near the very end you have to make a choice to accept or not something offered to you. If you make the wrong choice, the game ends in failure, and the only way to see the 'good' ending is to replay the game.

Reply   |   Comment by Susan Canera  –  9 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+14)

Susan Canera, yes, I ve just made wrong choice :), but I am too lazy to play it for 2nd time. Although I like the game.

Reply   |   Comment by Baska  –  9 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

Susan Canera, Thank you for your feedback Susan, appreciated.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  9 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#7

Like hogs

Reply   |   Comment by Myrna  –  9 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#6

Hi Whiterabbit, not able to download the game file. Firstly, there was no link to post to social media, so I selected for an email to be sent with a link. That email arrived, but each time I've tried to download from the link it has failed. Do you think there's any hope I'll get the file during the GAOTD period? :)

Reply   |   Comment by Wendy  –  9 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Wendy, just get it from the MyPlayCity site. That's what I always do when it it's a game from there and only gives me the "share on social media" or "email me the link" option. I just get it from there, and no time limits to install.

https://www.myplaycity.com/love_alchemy/download.html

Reply   |   Comment by Karen  –  9 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Wendy, i have the same problem...wont open for me to install...

Reply   |   Comment by ginny who  –  9 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#5

Previously given away on 24 June 2017.

https://game.giveawayoftheday.com/love-alchemy-a-heart-in-winter/

Reply   |   Comment by Jerry  –  9 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+12)

Jerry, Thanks for the link Jerry, I did a brief check to see if it had been given away as it did ring a bell, but didn't look long enough to find any links via Google .

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  9 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Jerry,
Thanks for the reminder - I wasn't sure if I played it already or not - now I know for sure I did.

Reply   |   Comment by Anu  –  9 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Jerry, yes, this was familiar, and it seems the time between re-offers is getting pretty short. I do love adventure games (not just HOGs but with puzzles, too) and don't mind re-playing something that I played years ago, but this one (and a few of the latest offerings) are still too fresh in my mind to be really engaging. I do appreciate GGOTD very much, and understand the occasional repeat, but it seems it's the norm now; I can't remember when there's been a new offer. Not a real gripe, just a balanced observation.

Reply   |   Comment by neme  –  9 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

neme,

Actually, this is the third time this has been given away. The time between the first and second giveaways was only a few months.

https://game.giveawayoftheday.com/love-alchemy-a-heart-in-winter-2/

Reply   |   Comment by Jerry  –  9 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Jerry, yeah, my point exactly! Again, not detracting from my longtime gratitude to both GGOTD and WR; just something that's really making this less the resource it used to be. I know, things change!

Reply   |   Comment by neme  –  8 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#4

In the desert scene hidden objects the scorpion is missing or the mouse clicking on it doesn't work

Reply   |   Comment by Bollotom  –  9 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#3

A fantastic Adventure, fairy Tales and Bram Stoker in once with a great story of Romance and Love, also absolutely solvable riddles, even for the less Experienced

Reply   |   Comment by André Uwe Dürner  –  9 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)
#2

A coin is needed to open a safe? You are kidding!

Reply   |   Comment by Vladimir  –  9 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
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