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Game Giveaway of the day — Marcus Level

Become the invincible virtual hero!
User rating: 17 (65%) 9 (35%) 11 comments

Marcus Level was available as a giveaway on November 18, 2017!

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Overcome lots of obstacles and save the beautiful princess in the game Marcus Level! Play the amazing game and help the boy get back from the virtual reality with his beloved!

Marcus Level is an adventure game of an ordinary boy named Marcus who loved video games. A lot of people may probably recognize themselves in him, but what will you do if you accidentally get inside the computer game?

Play all of them through, cope with all the difficulties as you did in the reality and become invincible virtual hero! Get rid of the wizard's intrigues, complete all the goals and save the princess from the dragon!

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8/ 10; Processor 2 Ghz or better; 2048 Mb RAM; DirectX 9.0





File Size:

210 MB



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Marcus Level
In Brief
A casual adveture running game with platformer elements.

Marcus Level downloads to a 210 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 1.15 GB 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\Marcus Level
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)
Overcome lots of obstacles and save the beautiful princess in the game Marcus Level! Play the amazing game and help the boy get back from the virtual reality with his beloved! Marcus Level is an adventure game of an ordinary boy named Marcus who loved video games. A lot of people may probably recognize themselves in him, but what will you do if you accidentally get inside the computer game? Play all of them through, cope with all the difficulties as you did in the reality and become invincible virtual hero! Get rid of the wizard's intrigues, complete all the goals and save the princess from the dragon!
Reference accessed HERE. 17th November 2017

The Game:
Review 1:
A young boy who gets trapped inside a video game? Well, it all sounds a little familiar.. doesn’t it? That aside, Marcus Level [$0.99], despite its strange name, is a curious platform game that takes elements from the endless runner genre to combine a unique twist on what is essentially a quirky finite runner game.
The colorful, cartoon-esque visuals hit you instantly as soon as you load the game. Despite its obvious attempts to be ‘unique,’ Marcus Level, unfortunately, falls just short of the mark as its bothersome mechanics and slight repetition weigh it down unnecessarily.
The control system is fairly straightforward, you tap the left icon for a spinning slash attack, and the right icon to jump. Sadly, that’s about as straightforward as it gets, as this becomes riddled with issues the further you progress. Marcus’ unique twist is that you can change direction if you hit a wall or surface. Despite this interesting quirk, I managed to get completely and utterly stuck on one of the levels when Marcus decided to do a complete u-turn and ended up underwater (de-froggified) and unable to turn around. This led to me having to completely restart the entire level, thus causing more frustration than anything else.
Don’t get me wrong, the game is enjoyable for the most part. Its primary grievances mainly revolve around having to deal with the unpredictable controls, which can pretty much mess everything up if you’re engaged in a time challenge. If you’re not a fan of repetition, you probably will want to steer clear of Marcus Level as you’ll find you need to complete the levels more than once to achieve all the goals and beat all the challenges. Once you’ve run through the level for the first time, you can attempt to surpass “Ephi’s” score, in which you’ll find yourself having to complete the level in under a minute. Here’s where the minor frustration sets in because you’ll find the controls somewhat of a major hindrance. Occasionally if you see a secret you need to collect, the game will frustratingly send you constantly in the wrong direction despite how much you attempt to pursue it, which can be the cause of much frustration.

Luckily, there’s lots to do in Marcus, so if you’ve not already thrown in the towel, you can sink your teeth in some other achievements, including discovering all the secrets, collecting all the chocobongo’s and even amassing all the badges from the other levels. You’ll find yourself backtracking a lot in order to advance to the other stages and worlds due to the game’s insistence that you complete all the badge challenges in order to reach the “boss” level. Another slight letdown is the obvious lack of GameCenter functionality, which means if you enjoy competing against your friends, you’ll be a little disappointed, but there are extra trophy achievements which could keep you busy for a great many hours.
At the beginning of each stage, you can trade the in-game currency to spend towards bonuses that will aid you in your level as you advance. Sadly if you die (and you only get one life at a time) you lose all the bonuses you’ve just purchased, so its better to be sparing sometimes rather than go all out on a whim.
Overall, Marcus Level is a great casual game if you’re looking for something to kick back to, but it’s definitely only a game for those who have oodles of patience and a lot of spare time on their hands.
Reference accessed HERE. Originally posted by Lucy Ingram on 27th June 2014. Reposted by Whiterabbit-uk th October 2017.

Review 2:
Marcus Level is a playful endless runner with platformer elements. There are 20 levels spanning four worlds in Marcus Level and players must complete certain tasks to earn badges to unlock the boss and bonus levels in each world. Players progress through the levels by jumping on or attacking enemies and jumping over obstacles. The in game currency called ChocoBongos can be used to purchase powerups, upgrades, and to unlock some levels. Marcus Level require iOS 4.3 or later and is compatible with iPhone 4 and up, iPad 2 and up, iPad mini, iPad Air, and iPod touch 4th generation and up.
Players can earn up to five badges in each level (one for completing the level, one for getting all of the ChocoBongos, one for getting all of the secrets, one for beating a time trial, and one for completing the level without using a checkpoint). Badges can be obtained by completing the level while meeting certain conditions like a time trial where you try to beat a time set by a character named Ephi or getting all of the ChocoBongos in that level. These challenges seem fairly easy but the difficulty level varies dramatically from level to level depending on which badge you are trying to get. Sometimes, getting the badge for beating the time trial is really easy because the quickest path to take is obvious and other times the path is much harder to realize.

A lot of the time getting all of the badges requires replaying the level over again as taking the quickest path usually means you won't be able to get all the secrets in the level at the same time because they are on a different path. Having to replay a level lets players explore different paths and this is rewarding for the player because they might be able to complete a badge requirement on their own without having to use a powerup.
Powerups can be purchased with ChocoBongos at the start of a level and these help players find secrets, get a head start on Ephi's time, have more life points or collect the ChocoBongos easier. Players can use the secrets power-up to direct them towards the hidden secrets. The time power-up is helpful for beating Ephi's time in a couple of levels in particular where it is harder to quickly navigate the level. The life power-up gives players an extra chance to get through a level if they are having trouble with enemies or obstacles without having to restart from the beginning.
Finally, the magnet power-up is used for drawing the ChocoBongos closer to you. The magnet was not as effective as similar power-ups in other games as the range for the magnet is not very large. A lot the time, players collect nearly the same amount without the power up as they do with it. One solution for this problem is that you can upgrade the power-ups so they are more effective. However, it is weird that players would have to choose between using their ChocoBongos for upgrades or having the power-up for that level. It would be nice if the magnet power-up was a little bit better to make choosing the magnet power up a better choice from the start.
Another problem in Marcus Level is that the area you are supposed to touch is a little too small especially for the jump and action button. This leads to players pressing thinking they have pressed the button to perform the action and expecting the character to react but he doesn't. Sometimes this is frustrating to deal with and takes a little away from the enjoyably fun nature of Marcus Level.

Marcus Level features a cartoony art style meant to represent a video game world. The main character in the game, Marcus, fits in well with the rest of the art style and plays up the fun nature of the game. Each world features differently themed enemies which keeps Marcus level feeling fresh and the character design with the enemies encourages players to keep going to see what the next world's enemies will look like.
Reference accessed HERE. Originally posted by Jessica Buchanan on 26th Aug 2014. Reposted by Whiterabbit-uk 17th November 2017.
Review 3:
Endless running and platforming go together like peanut butter and chocolate. There is a reason that there are entire series of videos online featuring people trying to speed run games. This phenomenon gave birth to an amazing sub-genre of gaming that Marcus Level hopes to exploit to its fullest. Hopefully Marcus has his running shoes on, because things are about to get really speedy.
Bolting from left to right is kind of Marcus’ thing. He has somehow managed to become entrapped in his favorite video game. To escape before his parents come home, players must help Marcus save the princess and vanquish the evil Vipkrad. How does he do that? By running through stages as quick as possible, collecting all of the jewels (otherwise known as chocobongos), or completing a series of four other goals.

Badges, which are acquired from completing each of a stage’s five goals, are used to unlock either the boss stage or other entirely new worlds. The resulting game is a repetitive process of trial and error in order to collect enough badges to progress the campaign forward. As simple as this sounds in concept, objectives such as finding the correct path in order to clear a stage in under a minute will at times seem borderline impossible. However, once the proper line is found the sense of accomplishment is genuinely euphoric.
Beyond complaints about the rather strenuous badge count hindering the game’s progress, simple concepts like a retry button are notably absent from a post-level breakdown. Given the game’s make-up, it would seem like common sense that players would want the ability to run through stages multiple times in a row.
While playing, it was hard to put a finger on what Marcus Level’s structure was reminiscent of. After hearing the peppy tune that accompanied the first bonus stage, the homage suddenly becomes clear: this is essentially a less friendly version of the “Rayman Run” series. All it would take is an adjustment to make stages unlock with a few less badges and suddenly the game would become just as appealing, too.
There are a couple of key elements working against Marcus Level that make it far more difficult to recommend than its brethren. Fortunately, the fact that it is free somewhat earns it a pass to be slightly less forgiving to players. Hopefully, there are slight updates to curb the rather steep unlock cap a bit, but it's still more than competent enough to compete with other premium-priced games that are similar.
Edited reference accessed HERE. Originally posted by Blake Grundman on June 26th, 2014. Reposted by Whiterabbit-uk 17th November 2017.
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Other Reviews and Videos of Marcus Level:
You can see Steam community reviews of Marcus Level HERE. There are several in-game videos of game play HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.
Unless you are fast with your keyboard'controller, this is a hard game to beat, as are most runner games. Personally I rarely get past the first few levels when playing runner games, as I constantly crash into obstacles and are returned to the beginning time and time again, which becomes a little tedious. That said, if you are up for a challenge, you’ll probably like this game. To earn badges and to unlock bonus levels and bosses you need to complete certain tasks, which can be hard to accomplish unless you are fast on the keyboard. Positives include several language options which are accessed via the options icon, a nice cartoon graphic suitable for all the family and decent game play. As I didn’t progress very far in this game I won't be giving it a score.
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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 Steam for £3.99/$4.99.

Problems getting Marcus Level to work:
If you're having problems installing or activating or getting Marcus Level 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 are blocked by their security because Themida code has been known to hide malware, (usually an error message is flagged for example 'The executable is corrupted' even though in reality it is not); so as a precaution some anti malware programs will block and even delete the suspect installation files even though the files (i.e the setup, read me and setup.gcd files are actually totally 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. You could also try whitelisting the setup.gcd file. In the almost 11 years this 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 Marcus Level 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 Marcus Level 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 threads for details of other free games and offers HERE and eslewhere in the game discussion forums HERE, (usually on the first page of the game discussion forums).
The latest Origin giveaway is Plants vs. Zombies Game of the Year Edition. which you can find HERE. If you love Tower Defense, or arcade games in general, this is a fabulous game. It's not like your typical TD game. It's easy to pick up, but hard to stop playing. A fantastic and well balanced arcade game, with brilliant game play and in my opinion one of the best of its kind. You can see a couple of game play videos HERE and HERE.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Whiterabbit-uk, Plants vs Zombies may or may not be being given away by Origin. I was first required to create an Origin account, which I did, and then was required to sign and then was told that Sign In was unavailable. No game.

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Hi Walter, If you've only just created the account, it may still require validating. Check your email to see if you've received an email from Origin confirming your account details. Once it's been confirmed you should be able to sign into your Origin account then click on the Free Games button, then from the drop-down menu click 'On the house'. Once you've clicked that you should get Plants vs. Zombies added to your account and can then install the game via the Origin client. If you haven't installed the client, that may be the issue? You can find the Origin download HERE
I do mention in the forums that you need to have an account and install the Origin client to get your games, but neglected to add it to the note I added at the end of the review. Origin has been giving away quality games for at least three years now, including some of the premier games such as Battlefield 3, Battlefield 1942, Bejeweled 3, Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2, Jade Empire: Special Edition, Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault, Sim City 4, Syberia II, Theme Hospital, Zuma's Revenge and loads of others. They usually change the free games every couple of months, so it's worth checking occasionally to see if a new game is available. I checked to see if Origin was experiencing any issues signing in and was able to sign into my account with no problems. If you would like to connect, send me friends request via Origin, my Origin name is Whiterabbit-uk.
Addendum: Just got my son to open his Origin account and he had no problems signing in or getting the game added to his account.

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

Please could you giveaway a steam game next thank you

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Steam games are on Monday Tuesday and possibly Wednesday. There's definitely three on the way.

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

This download installs browser hijacker malware.

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It does not. MyPlayCity (MPC) games do include browser links, but most of these have been removed from the giveaway versions. If you download the games directly from MyPlayCity, you are given the option to stop the installation of any toolbars, homepage changes or browser changes. The giveaway versions still include the adware that pops up while the game is installing, but once the game starts that ends. When the game ends a browser is opened to the MyPlayCity site; both these are totally innocuous; also, these are mentioned in the EULA, so you should be aware of them and therefore are not malware.
The reason for this happening is so that you can get the game free. These are not technically free games; they are commercial games that are being sold elsewhere, for example, today's giveaway is sold either via app stores and for the PC version it is sold via Steam. Most MPC games are also sold via other sites such as Gamehouse, Big Fish games, GamersGate, and other commercial sites.
The price we pay for getting those games free is having your browser opened when you close the game down. Whenever you close the game down, your browser is opened to the MyPlayCity site which earns MPC money that is shared with the developer. This way, the developer earns money for their games, MPC for being the middleman and we get a free game, basically a win-win scenario. Malware is too strong a word for this process, besides, you are agreeing to this when you download and install the game.
Have you read the EULA? You can read their terms and conditions HERE, plus, when you download the games via MPC you are told the following ''You will be offered to install MyPlayCity Games Search Chrome Extension with convenient internet search.''

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

It doesn't appear to work on a 4K monitor because the cursor in invisible. When I switched my resolution to 1920x1080 the cursor reappeared. There appear to be no instructions of any kind. It took me a while to discover that you had to click on the check to get start the level. I still haven't figured out how to make the actor move to the left or stop. Maybe I'll try some later but I tend to prefer games where part of the game is not trying to figure what controls are used and how to use them.

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Hi Doc Sid, The game was originally ported from android, so the main menu is arranged as icons rather than a straightforward list of options. When you press the start button which is located to the bottom right the only key you initially need to think about is indicated right at the start of the game you are given the option of either keyboard or controller. If using the keyboard the space bar is indicated as the character is automatically moving once you start. When any new controls are required a tutorial screen pops up. for example, the first one tells you how to wall jump, which is a double tap on the space bar (i.e. a double jump).
That said, I do agree that a help menu would be a good idea.

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

Personally, I hate games where some things can only be done by keyboard and some can only be done by mouse. Once I'm using the mouse or the keyboard (doesn't really matter to me which one) I don't want to switch over. Icons are mentioned but I have a feeling that they may be only for the Iphone version or maybe I didn't get far enough and they only happen when enemies appear. Having them at opposite sides of the screen would be a problem though since that causes a pause between jumping and fighting while you move the mouse from side to side. If the speed can't be changed, that way wouldn't be any better.

I managed to turn him left at one point and hoped that would get me some of the places I'd missed but it turns out that he doesn't move forward, he only moves right. After a few steps, he turns around and goes right again.

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Thank you for your feedback Nass,

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

I've pressed every key on my keyboard, but can only get him to jump. How do you get him to turn left or right?

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

Loaded and started ok I went to settings to change to English none of the icons worked not even the X.
So I was stuck in settings and had to close the program. This happened on 2 different computers windows 10 and vista

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

I thought I'd installed a French version of this game; I found later that one can switch from French to English in Options. This is a very entertaining game. It doesn't take long to learn how to do things, and I think I'll keep this game and play it while taking short breaks from what I'm supposed to be doing. I think younger family members are going to like Marcus Level. There's lot of videos on You Tube of Marcus Level gameplay and of the Marcus Level TV series.

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

This is the second recent game that has come through in possibly "French"(?) I have no idea what to do with it since I don't know the language and have no idea how to change it. I just uninstalled the other one and will probably have to do the same with this one since I can't read the language in order to change it. Is there something I'm missing on the installation?

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To change the language click on the options icon from the main menu (see the first image in my review). It's the cog like icon in the bottom left of the main screen. Once open it will be obvious what you need to do, i.e. click on the flag *see the second image( in my review) till you get the language you want. Only the main European Languages are included.

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

Sunnie, in Marcus Level you can click Options and change from French to English. Just click on the flag.

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