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Game Giveaway of the day — Mega World Smash

Take your battle across the planet!
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User rating: 21 (95%) 1 (5%) 9 comments

Mega World Smash was available as a giveaway on June 18, 2022!

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Mega World Smash is here and is packed with an incredible amount of Action & Arcade game fun! Tear through stunning scenes using your ball and paddle, unleash weapons of mass destruction, and collect stars to upgrade your bonuses. Become more and more powerful and marvel as the wildly creative levels realistically crumble to the ground around you! Take your battle across the planet in Mega World Smash!

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8/ 10; CPU: 800 Mhz; RAM: 256 MB; DirectX: 9.0; Hard Drive: 123 MB

Publisher:

ToomkyGames

Homepage:

https://www.bigfishgames.com/games/7043/mega-world-smash/

File Size:

56.3 MB

Price:

$9.99

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Yeah! one of my all time favourite arcade genres; though, I prefer the harder 2D versions to most 3D versions, which in my opinion tend to be too easy to beat; Mega World Smash is no exception. Breakouts were the third type of arcade game that I ever played when they became available in the arcades. Pong and Space Invaders were the first and second. The creator of the first breakout was inspired by the game Pong; you can see the similarities. If you ever come across either of the games Rival Ball Tournament or Little Gods, both of which are a combination of Breakout and Pong, grab them, they are both brilliant arcade games. Another Pong/Breakout clone called Geometry Ball was given away here way back, but can now be found free HERE
Mega World Smash:
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In Brief:
Mega World Smash is a 3D breakout/arkanoid game that was released about 16 years ago via Alawar games, it’s a meld of their old Smash Frenzy breakouts (1 to 4) that were originally called Magic Ball 1 - 4 and the three Strike Ball Deluxe games; taking the best of each game and combining them with the addition of a power-up upgrade shop and upgrade tree and four characters with different attributes as well as boss battles.


We've been given this game twice previously; the first time via Alawar Entertainment was way back on January 5th 2014 where it gained a positive 74% from 493 votes with 61 comments, which you can see HERE. It was also given away for the second time on March 1st 2020 where it received a positive 93% from 29 votes with 18 comments which you can check out HERE
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Images, Video and other Reviews
You can see another full review of the game HERE I used to have over 30 images posted as a slide show via Photobucket, but they changed the number of images you could store for free, reducing the amount drastically. When I tried to access them last year, I was asked to pay some exorbitant monthly fee to unlock thousands of images I'd uploaded via different accounts. You can also see several videos of game play HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.
The Game:
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Mega World Smash is a brick-breaking game that takes place in the lighthearted, somewhat tropical setting of an amusement park. With a bright and cheery atmosphere, it's an attempt to add some cheer to what has otherwise been a traditionally bland genre, visually speaking. The graphics, combined with a loose story and three-dimensional levels, help Mega World Smash stand out a little. If only it were a bit more challenging.

Like all brick-breaking games, Mega World Smash follows closely in the footsteps of titles like Breakout and Arkanoid. The struggle that most games run into is trying to stand out from those classic titles. Mega World Smash, as with all the other brick-breakers that have tried, has reminded us yet again that re-skinning Breakout and Arkanoid just leaves us with a re-skinned Breakout and Arkanoid, and not much more.

Maybe I'm being a bit unfair. Mega World Smash doesn't necessarily feel original, but it does do its best to stand out from the other games of its genre. One of the most noticeable differences is how the blocks are arranged in three-dimensional structures. Because the ball is always rolling on the ground, you can only hit the ground-level blocks. This enables gravity to take control in something I can only describe as Breakout meets Angry Birds (without the cute, slightly deformed birds, of course.)
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As fun as it is to watch this structures collapse, the third dimension isn't the only tweak developer makes to the brick-breaking formula. Similar to other titles, there are power-ups and power-downs...lots of them. These features are what leads to the vast amount of collateral damage during any one of the game's 100 levels. The power-ups range from traditional items like guns and extended paddle to crazy attacks like air strikes, buzz-saws and homing missiles. The power-downs have just as many different levels of sanity. While the old favourites like small paddle and speed-up remain intact, new horrors (like “crazy ball”) make some appearances and do their best in trying to keep things fresh.

Sadly, these changes alone don't add much to make the game feel fresh for very long. After the first dozen stages, the levels start to feel somewhat stale and repetitive. The challenge is lacking as well, as extra lives are plentiful, and the ball moves quite slow. The developer has a few other tricks they try to use to keep you playing the game. The first of these is a story. Sadly, the story is really only told through occasional character dialogue and little scenes before boss battles. I credit them for trying, but a story in a brick-breaking game is like a cherry on top of your sundae: It doesn't matter how good or bad it is, it’s not why you're buying it in the first place.

The other unique quirk is the skill tree, which attempts to give Mega World Smash something of an RPG feel. As you play through levels, you'll collect stars. The stars are used to upgrade the effectiveness and duration of power-ups and abilities, and downgrade the power-downs, this is a direct copy from Strike Ball 3. Each character has his or her own specialty and that allows greater benefit in one of the parts of the tree. Like the rest of the game, the skill tree is a nice addition to the genre, but it hardly changes the core game play, and the game is easy enough where it can be played without touching the tree.
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Where Mega World Smash reaches its maximum level of fun is during the boss battles. There are only five stages of the game dedicated to bosses, but they're unique creatures that add flavour and challenge to the experience. The bosses are amusing beings who include a giant enemy crab and a large pumpkin robot who speaks like Yoda. The bulk of the game is quite easy, but the bosses add a much-needed challenge. The average boss will spawn new enemies, roll mines at you, give you a random power-down, and attack you with its own projectile. A boss battle is an easy way to lose a few of your many, many lives. I'm very disappointed that there are only five bosses in the game, as they're easily the best part of the experience.

Mega World Smash is just about what you'd expect from a brick-breaking game. There's more destruction and it's certainly prettier than games like Breakout and Arkanoid. But the only challenging levels are the boss battles, and even those aren't much of an issue. If you've always felt like brick-breakers needed a bit more destruction and chaos, you're in luck. If not, you're just going to find the typical brick-breaker re-skinned into a 3D world.
Reference accessed HERE on the 29th Dec 2013
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Conclusion:
Breakouts are one of my favourite genres; however, I’ve always found the 3D variety rather easy to beat. This game is no exception. Still, it’s an enjoyable mix of Alawar' s old Magic Ball/Smash Frenzy and Strike Ball games, with the addition of a power-up tree and up-gradable power-ups and boss battles. I'm sure there used to be a kiddie mode where you couldn't lose the ball, but I couldn't find it in this version (it may be via one of the locked characters), it's been a long time since I last played the game when it was first released via Alawar around 16 years ago apart from when it was given away each time. I think this was the last game I beta tested for Alawar before they changed their beta testers policy? Basically Mega World Smash is a decent time waster. I’d give this game a 7.5 out of 10 for family fun.
Suggestions:
The following suggestions are probably now moot as it's unlikely Alawar would bother to change anything so long after it's release, but I thought I'd leave the following suggestions that I originally made back in 2014
1) … Add a 2D version
2) … enable the user to select which power ups are used. (this would allow experienced players to make the game harder by reducing the number of positive power ups or conversely make it much easier by allowing players to select the positives over the negatives.
3) … Include a level editor/creator
4) … Add mini games
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Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  16 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+23)

Whiterabbit-uk, 0


You'll find regularly updated details of all the reasonable game deals and freebies that I can find HERE . I update the thread every few days (unless I'm really busy).

The latest freebie from Steam is the excellent Massive Multiplayer Online ARK: Survival Evolved (includes a single player mode) together with seven of it's DLC's (these are not skins but actual add-ons that include six additional maps and a total conversion DLC). Grab it while it's free until the 19th June. Brief explanation of the game - You are stranded on the shores of a mysterious island, and must learn to survive. Use your cunning to kill or tame the primeval creatures roaming the land, and encounter other players to survive, dominate... and escape! .

Also free via Steam until the 22nd June is Capcom Arcade Stadium and Capcom Arcade Stadium:STREET FIGHTER II - The World Warrior HERE. With your download you also get to relive the Capcom classics! Get 1943 -The Battle of Midway- and game logo wallpapers free!

The latest game giveaway via GOG is Beautiful Desolation and another game will be given on the 20th June, with possibly more to come, so keep checking the page I've linked to HERE. Also free via GOG is the Unity version of the second in the series Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall (always free) HERE (the Elder Scrolls is one of my favourite RPG franchises; having followed the series since the first release back in the early 90's. (My favourite is Morrowind, followed by Oblivion. The Online version is great but a bit of a cash cow as you have loads of DLC's to add to the game, which can become super expensive; however, if you have all or most of the DLC, you can explore virtually the whole of Tamriel, that covers all the previous games and more; and is massive. )

The latest free Epic game Supraland is now live, with A Game of Thrones Board Game and Car Mechanic 2018 free from next Thursday 23rd June (the same day the steam summer sale starts)


Thank you to Delenn and Jason for the heads-up on some of the above freebies.


p.s. The game I referenced at the top of my review above i.e. Geometry ball I scanned with Virus Total and it was given a clean bill of health from 62 different antimalware suites. Results via the following link:

https://www.virustotal.com/gui/file/d320d938cf6129cc90e62e4e6bad139a77e9bc5717be511886496c87a8887ff5?nocache=1

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  16 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+19)
#5

As soon as I saw the name, I knew you would be so happy!! I loved this one and am so glad to have it on my new laptop!! Yay!! thank you for all you do White Rabbit, and thank you Giveaway team you all are awesome!! This game may be a bit old, but it still is one of the best for me!! I love it...would love to see some newer ones..I had shatter on steam at one point...maybe need to look around!

Reply   |   Comment by Pixieydust  –  15 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Pixieydust,

Hi Pixieydust, Although not a 3D break out version, one I posted over in the forums HERE, called Breakquest, is in my opinion one of the best 2D versions of breakout ever released. It has a massive amount of configurability, to the point where you can select which power ups to appear, different bat shapes and more importantly 100 amazing levels, each one of which has a totally different design and brick structure.

Also available free is another on my all time favourite breakouts Richochet Infinity, that I highly recommend you check out. It's free over on MyAbandonware HERE, and you can get thousands of custom made levels for that particular game HERE. There's also a thread over in the game discussion forums that lists some of the best breakouts both free and commercial .

Other breakouts I highly recommend are Little Gods, Rival Ball Tournament, Hyperballoid 2 (can be found free on some free game sites), and on Steam DX Ball 2, Ionball 2: Ionstorm, Caromble, Actionball 2, Powball Renaissance, Anoix (a circular version) and one you already have called Shatter.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  15 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#4

I got this game from GGOTD on one of its previous giveaway occasions, and I love it! I'm afraid I have to disagree with Stephen: in general, I find 3D 'breakout' games MORE challenging than 2D ones, though I DO agree that MWS is "kinda easy;" and for me, that's no bad thing.

For anyone worried about 'PhysX by NVIDIA,' I am happy to confirm that this does NOT mean that you need an NVIDIA card, or indeed any graphics card better than on-motherboard Intel graphics, to enjoy this game. PhysX is merely an open-source 'real-time physics engine' which allows developers to make games where collisions etc. are somewhat realistic. In general, that is. Some collisions in MWS seem to CREATE energy (???), resulting in the bizarre 'angry birds' behaviour Stephen mentioned.

My personal favourite 'power up' in MWS is the "hexagonal" ball (think 20-sided die). Even though I believe that's supposed to be a 'power down!'

Yes, you can play MWS without troubling the "upgrades shop," but using the 'shop' gives you something to do with all the stars you collect along the way, and (again personally) I find that fun.

If you didn't grab MWS on the previous occasions, I can thoroughly recommend it, despite the 'crazy collisions' that often happen. So, what are you waiting for? Download it, already!

Thanks to Alawar and GGOTD for this: it's one of my all-time favourite GGOTDs!

Reply   |   Comment by Cad Delworth  –  15 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Cad Delworth, Thanks for the confirmation on the PhysX , I remember back in the day that they had hardware cards that were needed to have it. Eventually NVIDIA embedded the tech into future cards and the need for this card was obsolete.

Reply   |   Comment by sailorbear510 aka Jason  –  15 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#3

This is a great game. I enjoy this genre of games.

Reply   |   Comment by Jimmy  –  16 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)
#2

Wow! What a treat to be given away today! This totally makes up for the repeat of Mahjong the previous week if you know what I mean :)

I love arcade style games and this game out-does itself with very colorful graphics, and great physics with a still mode approach to the game. I've previously played some breakout games of the 3d top view variety and it made me nauseated to see the screen swing back and forth when you move your paddle.

If the current view is not to your liking you can hold down the right mouse button to rotate the field any way you like.

When playing some of the levels I was amused by the comets falling onto the playing field, the plane / helicopters coming in for mutual aid dropping boxes on the playfield containing mystery power-ups and then some.

Passing the levels allow you to upgrade your abilities to better complete the objectives in the game. Like Whiterabbit said - This game has elements from Role Playing Games and I could not agree more.

At first I thought I was going to be worn out by that format given the play style of the previous games given away this week but nope! It's just very polished!

One thing I noticed at startup is that it mentions Phys X by NVIDIA. You don't necessarily need this to play the game - it just means that the game is going to behave a lot more natural than if the game did not have this technology.

I don't know if having a non Nvidia card is going to affect the way the game plays - if anyone has one and is willing to test that be cool. My laptop has the Radeon R4 Graphics card which is an entry level graphics chip for budget laptops.

If you find today's game a bit sluggish on your computer, there are some options you can try to adjust the game so it plays much smoother including resolutions, color depth and so forth.

FYI when you first boot the game, the game takes awhile to load to the main menu. I believe the game might be unpacking textures for the game for the first time, a practice that many casual game developers did back in the day to reduce download sizes for customers.

Overall today's game is just impressive, it's super fun to play and it's not going to be something you put down after 10 to 15 minutes. On a side note - be sure to checkout the DVD Fab giveaway for DVD copy on the main Giveaway site - DVD Fab DVD Copy is hard and rare to come across on Giveaway, most likely once a year but it's worth grabbing if you like to backup your personal movie collection.

Reply   |   Comment by sailorbear510 aka Jason  –  16 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+13)

sailorbear510 aka Jason,

Thank you for your excellent feedback Jason.

Oh by the way, I was wrong about the reply I made to your mention of this Amazon giveaway yesterday. I didn't realise it was a totally separate offer to the usual monthly offerings we get. Mikiem posted some details about it in the forums, saying the following; I quote:
Amazon is planning to offer more than 30 free games to Amazon Prime subscribers as part of its Prime Day festivities.

Beginning June 21st, ahead of Prime Day, Amazon will make more than 25 games available to claim for free, including Metal Slug 2 and two King of Fighters titles. During the actual Prime Day event, which takes place July 12th and 13th, Amazon will offer some bigger titles.

Perhaps the most notable is Mass Effect Legendary Edition, a remastered version of BioWare’s acclaimed sci-fi RPG trilogy. But Amazon Prime subscribers will also be able to claim two racing games, Grid Legends and Need for Speed Heat, as well as three Star Wars games: Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy, Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast, and Star Wars Republic Commando.
You can check out the details HERE

(Mass Effect Legendary Edition was also included as an Origin key in a recent Humble Choice bundle)

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  16 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)
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