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Game Giveaway of the day — Magic Maze

An extraordinary funny adventure of a cute cat looking for treasures!
$9.99 EXPIRED
User rating: 17 (89%) 2 (11%) 19 comments

Magic Maze was available as a giveaway on September 21, 2019!

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Magic Maze drops you into a dungeon with nothing but your trusty firearm and a nose for treasure. It's up to you to explore the labyrinthine passages, sniffing out riches and mowing down the monsters that try to get in your way. Your skills will automatically upgrade as you progress through the action-packed stages, allowing you to freeze monsters and unleash toxic gases that clear the way to the exit.

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8/ 10; CPU: 600 Mhz; RAM: 128 MB; DirectX: 7.0; Hard Drive: 34 MB

Publisher:

MyPlayCity

Homepage:

https://www.bigfishgames.com/games/5428/magic-maze/

File Size:

29.4 MB

Price:

$9.99

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Magic Maze was originally given away on the 17th Feb 2013, you can see the community comments HERE. It received a 77% positive rating from 329 votes. The following review is an edited version of my original review with some changes.
On booting up the game a second time I received the following message ''Domestic PC hardware isn't yet capable of silly resolutions like 1024x768 x 16 bit. If you get this message select properties from the desktop shortcut and then select the compatibility tab. check the ''run in 640 x 480 screen resolution'' check box to fix the issue. Check the end of this review for links to six FREE AAA Batman games.
Magic Maze
In Brief
Magic Maze is a well constructed dungeon crawler with an isometric view. Basics of the game: find crystals to unlock the gates to the next magic maze, collecting gold and other loot from random drops, crates and chests, plus killing cute looking monsters on your way, with a boss monster at the end of each maze. The game is relatively easy to beat, and if parents don't mind a cute looking cat shooting cute looking dogs, then this is probably ideal you younger children.
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Introduction:
Find yourself in a gloomy dungeon with nothing but a firearm, a keen nose for treasure and a desire to get out. So your aim is to find the way out and treasures in a dark labyrinth of a dungeon. Explore the maze, but beware of awful monsters teeming there. Every new level brings you upgrades. Apart from your trusty firearm you’ll get the ability to freeze the monsters and acquire the chance to clear your way to the exit with toxic gases.
You can progress from level to level as soon as you find the Three Gems on each level. So pluck up courage and advance through hordes of terrible monsters to the exit!
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Excellent visuals and intense action keep the gamer in suspense ‘til the final level. Challenging levels and absorbing gameplay won’t let anything entice you from your PC. Download Magic Maze totally for free and dive into the gloomy and sinister atmosphere of a dungeon. Play Magic Maze right now to enjoy the most challenging action game ever!
Reference accessed HERE. 21st September 2019
The Game:
Magic Maze is a funny adventure of a cute cat looking for treasures hidden in the mazes labyrinth. There are loads of creatures and traps a waiting for him everywhere. Still, the cat is very sly and well-weaponized. The only enemies you may have difficulty with are the huge bosses. Magic Maze includes lots of levels with intriguing titles like “The Trap”, “Candy Land”, “The Glacier”, “Dangerous Heights”! You've got a number of lives when you enter the game. These can be added to as you progress through the levels, and there is always a mission given to you - a number of stones - as well as the route! There is a magic map and you can trace where and how long you are going to follow the path and how many twists and turns are ahead! The Underground Labyrinth is full of 'surprises' and gems. Don't forget to shoot the rabbits and other creatures otherwise you'll never escape the level. Also, you should destroy all the wooden crates becaue you may find e bonus item hidden inside.
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Every mission is all about magic chests and keys necessary to find, obstacles to overcome and miscellaneous cute looking monsters to defeat.
Victory over the enemy will give you bonus's, for example, a key to open golden chests or become invulnerable for a set period of time, replenish your health and even get an additional life. Some of the boxes and chests contain optional skills that will help you, so make sure you open them all up .
The following skills are expressed as a percentage. You start the game with all skills at 0%.

⦁ Health
⦁ Bonus time
⦁ Group Attacks
⦁ Dodge Attacks
⦁ Powerful Shot
⦁ Fatal Blow
⦁ Slow Monsters
⦁ One Shot Kills
⦁ Monster Freezes
⦁ Experience Boost

The 12 locations include a closet, desert a glacier as well as others I'll let you discover for yourselves. :)
To start the game you must first create a profile. there are three places, so this is good for a small family or group of friends who like to compete against each other. When starting the game proper you will first be taken through a brief tutorial that explains the various aspects of the game. To move the cat use the Left mouse button to direct its movement. The right mouse button allows the cat to attack. It's worth reading all of the tutorial messages as it will give you a good grounding in the rules of the game. Basically it's straightforward, kill as many enemies as possible, open up all treasure boxes (if possible) and earn skills so that you are better equipped to win the boss battles. :)
Originally posted by Whiterabbit-uk 17th Feb 2013, re-posted with edit, 21st September 2019.
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Features:

• New missions every level
• 12 large levels
• A lot of enemies ahead
• Gems and bonuses inside chests
• Useful map to follow the route
• Labyrinth game - Absolutely FREE
• 10 special skills to utilize
Game play Images & Videos:
You can see a slideshow of around 50 images HERE and a couple of game play videos HERE & HERE.
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Music:
You can change the music by swapping the music files via the following path:
C:\program files (x86)\MyPlayCity.com\Magic Maze\data\sounds
You will need to rename each file and convert them to the .ogg format, make sure you only select the files specific to music and not sound effects as there are all jumbled together.
Conclusion:
Magic Maze is a colorful 3D maze from an isometric viewpoint, with 12 large mazes to complete. I found the game became a little tedious after the third maze as there was very little difference between the various monsters present. It was well presented, with a simple tutorial that introduced you to the game mechanics. I was hoping for something a little more challenging instead I found the game very easy, which would indicate that this may be a candidate for the younger children or adults that are new to this type of game. With respect to allowing younger children to play this game; I'm not sure how happy most parents would be with the shooting aspect, but it is cartoon like and easy to play. Personally I found the music a little annoying, so turned it off. (I've posted details of how to change the music above 'if you also find it annoying'), replacing it with something you enjoy listening to (I replaced it with the Woodstock version of going Home {original by Helicopter} played by Ten Years After) If I was scoring for an adult I'd give this a reasonable 6 out of 10. for a child maybe 7.5 out of 10.
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If today’s game doesn’t appeal to you and you still need a game fix, there are always alternative freebies available, or you could check out some of the indie bundles that are available via Indie Gala and the Humble bundle; there are loads of different indie bundles available , but the two I mentioned consistently include decent games that are worth buying, especially at the prices being asked, whereas 'most' of the other indie bundles that are still available tend to include a lot of those £0.79p games most of which are rubbish, though there are exceptions such as the Fanatical bundles (formerly called Bundle Stars). The latest Epic Games freebies include six batman titles worth a total of £100, the Arkham collection (three batman titles), which you’ll find HERE and the Batman Lego Collection HERE. These will be available for free until next Thursday 26th September when they will change over to two more games called Everything an epic, award-winning interactive experience where every object in the Universe is a playable character - from animals to planets to galaxies and beyond. Travel between outer and inner space, and explore a vast, interconnected universe of things without enforced goals, scores, or tasks to complete. Everything is a procedural, AI-driven simulation of the systems of nature, seen from the points of view of everything in the Universe. The second game is one of my favorite post-apocalyptic FPS games called Metro 2033 Redux. Also, check out Indie Gala for lots of freebies (20+) HERE. They add new games regularly (at least 2 or 3 every week) via their Developers showcase section, so its worth checking a couple of times a week. As some are added, some are removed. Once added to your indie Gala library, they are permanently attached, so you can access then at any time. You can download a free standing version of each game (some even have Mac versions to download). Recent additions include Survivor Squad (a Strategy Action game where you control a Squad of up to four survivors and guide them through a highly randomized world looking for supplies to aid you on your journey.), Crowd Control , HERE (a bloody love story between Bunny and Carrot not suitable for children due to blood and gore, despite having a childish graphic style), Lucid Nina, Journey of a Roach, Welcome To... Chichester OVN 2 : Master Tormentor Grendel Jinx !?, Hell Cat Redux, Lady’s Hentai Mosaic, Pixel Hentai mosaic; (some of the latter titles include adult content), plus Land it Rocket (moon lander type game), Poly Golf a simple top down golf game), Pixel Hentai Mosaic (adult content), Five Nations (A futuristic real-time strategy game that follows the events of a mind-bending opera of space about the survival of humanity.) and Snake Eyes Dungeon (a dice based dungeon crawler).
Ubisoft have a special on at the moment HERE that ends on the 30th September, where you can play loads of AAA games for free by signing up for a monthly deal. you can cancel the deal before the end of the free period and there’s no charge. Otherwise it costs $12.99 per month thereafter. I've not signed up for this myself partly becasue I already have most of the games that are available to play. Games include all the Assassin Creed games, all the Tom Clancy games, plus loads more games such as the Crew, Rayman Origins, Watch dogs 1 and 2, Prince of Persia franchise, Heroes of Might & Magic franchise, Anno' franchise, From Dust, Track-mania franchise, and loads more (around 200 games to choose from).

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+17)
#10

Got this last time, still play occasionally, fun game, different.

Reply   |   Comment by la  –  29 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#9

I got this back in the 2013 giveaway and enjoyed it enough to finish it. I remember saving the last level for a few weeks and being sad when it was over. Every level seemed to have a different strategy, though the first ones were pretty easy as they introduced game mechanics. Later levels were more like puzzles. I liked the graphics and sounds a lot, it's just a bit different from anything else I've played. I was wanting to play it again but couldn't remember the name, and now here it is! Thanks GOTD and MyPlayCity. Good to hear it works in Win 10/64, I was on Vista the last time I played.

Reply   |   Comment by Mr.Dave  –  29 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#8

I got the ''Domestic PC hardware isn't yet capable of silly resolutions like 1024x768 x 16-bit" message, and tried the solution provided above but it didn't work. However, then I changed it to "Compatability mode, Run this program in compatibility mode for: Windows XP (Service Pack 3)" and that worked!

Thanks for the cute game and thank you all for your help.

Reply   |   Comment by LBunny  –  29 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#7

Did as suggested with the screen resolutions but no difference funny cause downloaded yesterday and hit launch icon and had no trouble any suggestions

Reply   |   Comment by sherry storey  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

sherry storey,

Hi Sherry, Can you tell me exactly what the issue is? I won;t be able to reply until the morning though as i'm about to retire for the night. Will check back before the giveaway ends.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#6

I got the aforementioned error about resolution. Fixed it in properties, as suggested. Works fine except it won't let me change player name. I completed the first cave. Easy left mouse button to move and right mouse button to attack.

Reply   |   Comment by Jeffrey K Benham  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Jeffrey K Benham,

Hi Jeffrey, please see my reply to topazdragon235, hopefully that will answer the issue with name changing. Unfortunately it's a little fiddly to accomplish, but it can be done.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Whiterabbit-uk, Thanks! I don't mind being The Player Formerly Known As Pops. :) I had this a long time ago, from the last time it was offered, But that was probably 2 laptops ago.

Reply   |   Comment by Jeffrey K Benham  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#5

The game downloaded successfully and runs without a problem (Windows 10, 64-bit), but it is impossible to enter a player name. Clicking on "new player" causes a green underscore to appear in the selected box, but then everything just locks up and you can't enter a name. Pressing the escape button restores the same "new player" screen. Any suggestions?

Reply   |   Comment by topazdragon235  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

topazdragon235,

Hi,
It's a bit fiddly but if you first click on 'Change Player'. This brings up a new screen where you can create a new player. Click on the New Player button this then shows three fields one of which says player. I scrolled down to the next field using the down arrow, then clicked the new player button. A blue line appears in the field - type your name - nothing appears until you've completed typing your name then pressing the enter key. You name should then appear.

A very awkward way of doing it. It took me several attempts to get it right, but it worked in the end.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#4

Hello; same problem here when I launch the game.
You need to activate directplay...

Here is the good way to succeed :
https://support.gog.com/hc/en-us/articles/115003398269-Error-on-launch-The-application-was-unable-to-start-correctly-0xc0000022-0xc0000022

Now the game works perfectly on my Win 10 x64 - 1903
Have fun !

Reply   |   Comment by Dec  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#3

Error message "Failed to launch the program" when I try to install. I extracted the files from the zip before I tried installing. All the files from the zip are in the same folder. This happens whether I just run the setup file, or run it as admin. OS is Windows 10 x64.

Any suggestions?

Reply   |   Comment by Mommadillo  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

Downloaded another copy of the zip, but it does the same thing.

Reply   |   Comment by Mommadillo  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

My, this is a friendly site, isn't it? Where .....................deleted due to inappropriate language.................. vote down your comment because the installer didn't work properly for you? No wonder I quit wasting my time coming here on a regular basis. Garbage games and garbage people.

Reply   |   Comment by Mommadillo  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-10)

Mommadillo,

This is a common issue due to the Themida wrapper that protects the game exe from hackers. Themida wrappers will cause some anti malware suites to block installation of the wrapped executable. There are three ways around this.
1) ... Turn off your security temporarily until the game is installed
2) ... White list the giveaway files with your securit suite
3) ... Reboot in safe mode with networking, install the game, then reboot as mormal.

The giveaway team introduce the Themida wrapper several years ago becasue of hackers. They have never given away a game infected with malware since the project started in 2006. So its almost a certainty that the files are safe. also, if there was malware, we would have had a lot of comments from the community reporting it.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

Mommadillo,

Hi Mommadillo, I deleted part of your comment because this is a family site and such language is unacceptable. Sadly there are always people who will vote down anything on most sites where there is a community forum, or comments section.

The majority of community members here are actually very friendly and when possible very helpful.

We also get Trolls occassionally, but those comments are rarely seen by the community due to software this site uses to filter those comments out.

I hope my previous comment was helpful.

Regards Whiterabbit

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)
#2

This game was previously given away on 17th February 2013. It also includes an element of strategy in that there are levels where you have to slide boxes around to complete the level (such as in the middle picture at the top of the page & WR's 20th picture). I found this to be a fun and challenging game.

Reply   |   Comment by emperor  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+14)

emperor,
Thanks for your feedback and reminding me that it was a previous giveaway. :)

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
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