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Help Maria set her beloved free from the world of the dead!
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User rating: 23 (88%) 3 (12%) 24 comments

Mexicana: Deadly Holiday was available as a giveaway on October 20, 2019!

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Dia de Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, provides a stunning backdrop for a thrilling supernatural adventure in Mexicana: Deadly Holiday! Guide a young woman as she sets off on a desperate search for her fiance amidst the annual celebration in Mexico. Moments after a spectral figure kidnaps her beloved during a card reading, she begins her journey to the afterworld, where demons will plot her demise and ancients gods will lend her a helping hand. As you travel through a stunning fiery wasteland on your way to a realm of peace and tranquillity, you'll search for cleverly hidden objects, solve skillfully designed puzzles, and crack dozens of devious mini-games. Along the way, you'll slowly unfold the astonishing truth of who the young woman really is. Set in a captivating world, and featuring visuals and music inspired by the Land of Enchantment, Mexicana: Deadly Holidays is packed with thrills unlike any you have experienced!

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8/ 10; CPU: 1.6 GHz; RAM: 512 MB; DirectX: 9.0; Hard Drive: 1304 MB

Publisher:

MyPlayCity

Homepage:

https://www.bigfishgames.com/games/8704/mexicana-deadly-holiday/

File Size:

1.01 GB

Price:

$9.99

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If you came across a glitch in yesterdays game, that froze the game permanently, check the comments from yesterday HERE JB has posted a fix that he posted last time the game was given away.
Please note that this is another 1GB download so downloading my take some time. I started another download (now cancelled) just to see how fast it was once the game went live several minutes ago and it was downloading extremely slowly. My usual download speed is over 350mbs, but this was downloading at between 275 to 450kbs (speed kept changing), the approximate download time looks like almost an hour to download. This is right at the start of the game going live, so download speeds may become even slower, the more community members download at the same time.
Mexicana: Deadly Holiday
In Brief
Mexicana: Deadly Holiday is a Hidden Object Game. It was originally given away HERE on the 3rd September 2017 where it received a 83% thumbs up out of 36 votes. The review was based on a hour long demo of the game.
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Introduction:
Dia de Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, provides a stunning backdrop for a thrilling supernatural adventure in Mexicana: Deadly Holiday! Guide a young woman as she sets off on a desperate search for her fiance amidst the annual celebration in Mexico. Moments after a spectral figure kidnaps her beloved during a card reading, she begins her journey to the after-world, where demons will plot her demise and ancients gods will lend her a helping hand. As you travel through a stunning fiery wasteland on your way to a realm of peace and tranquility, you'll search for cleverly hidden objects, solve skillfully designed puzzles, and crack dozens of devious mini-games. Along the way, you'll slowly unfold the astonishing truth of who the young woman really is. Set in a captivating world, and featuring visuals and music inspired by the Land of Enchantment, Mexicana: Deadly Holidays is packed with thrills unlike any you have experienced!
Reference accessed HERE. 20th October 2019
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The Game:
Story: Dia de Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, provides a stunning backdrop for a thrilling supernatural adventure in Mexicana: Deadly Holiday! Guide a young woman as she sets off on a desperate search for her fiance amidst the annual celebration in Mexico. Moments after a spectral figure kidnaps her beloved during a card reading, she begins her journey to the after world, where demons will plot her demise and ancients gods will lend her a helping hand. As you travel through a stunning fiery wasteland on your way to a realm of peace and tranquility, you’ll search for cleverly hidden objects, solve skillfully designed puzzles, and crack dozens of devious mini-games. Along the way, you’ll slowly unfold the astonishing truth of who the young woman really is. Set in a captivating world, and featuring visuals and music inspired by the Land of Enchantment, Mexicana: Deadly Holidays is packed with thrills unlike any you have experienced! (Big Fish Sales Blurb)
Desktop - Good, easy to use Options; Main Menu is simple and colourful; Auto-Tutorial for the opening section of the game, plus for the Scroll for the After-World. There’s a Notebook for info; a Hints that helps generally as well as in HOGs; an Inventory Bar; and the aforementioned Scroll Side-Bar with Map Buttons.
Play Modes - Casual; Expert.
Music - Mexican, varied, but a little irritating at times – I turned the speaker down a little.
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HOG’s - Interactive Lists; Interactive Shapes where you find some then place them, then find some more then place them; and Lists with 2 Items at a time that you click to activate their combination, then find and activate the next pair, and so on till you acquire the desired item – rather unusual
Puzzles - These are okay, but beware clicking on the Blue Arrow – it doesn’t Start the Puzzle, it Skips the puzzle. Of course some need to be Skipped.
Collections - Only the scattered pages of the Scroll so far.
Graphics - These are strongly colourful, exotic Mexican settings in the ‘Real World’, but macabre as you would expect in the After World. They are delineated, visual-novel style, which I do like, though some of the Items are a little small. They are fun to explore, almost too much but not quite.
Map - None for the Real World – this causes a lot of Back & Forth clicking; a Map accessed beside the Scroll for the After-World, wit Sub-Maps for the different locations within the After-World. They give you info on ‘Active Sites, but won’t allow you to jump from site to site – or so it seems.
Game-play - This varies from straightforward to rather complex. You need to gather Items and make a potion, bread, and paint- all preparations for the cross into the After-World. Some of the actions require multiple layers of actions to achieve the desired result. The After-World looks as though it will follow the same pattern, though the Scroll requires some exploration. Clicking an Item to use on another, either generally or in a HOG, this Item goes into a circle which will then work on the next correct Item clicked. There is no hand to pick things up with – the Cursor remains as an arrow, so there is no indication that you are hovering over the right Item. This causes a lot of Point & Click which is tiresome.
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Player Participation - Because of the way things are combined for you there is less PP for the player. But you settle into the Game-play style fairly quickly.
Satisfaction Factor - I thought this game was quite promising, rather intriguing, slowly becoming more macabre as you progressed. However, due to its rather odd Game-play, and slow to react Puzzles, I didn’t get as far as I usually do for the hour trial.
Frustration Factors - Mainly the fact that some Puzzles didn’t respond upon completion, though I could have made a small error somewhere that I couldn’t detect. Also the lack of Interactive Map for the Real World, and lack of Interactivity in the Map/s for the After-World.
Edited reference accessed HERE. Originally posted by Jud House on 19th April 2014. Edited and re-posted by Whiterabbit-uk 2nd September 2017 and .
Other Reviews and Videos of Mexicana: Deadly Holiday:
You can see Big Fish community reviews of Mexicana: Deadly Holiday HERE (bottom of the page) and more info in the forums HERE. If you want to see some game play, check out the following videos HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE (German) HERE, HERE (German), and HERE (final scene). Plus a slide show of over 70 images HERE. If you get stuck, you’ll find walk-throughs HERE and HERE
Conclusion:
A well balanced HOG though nothing new will be found, basically a standard Hidden Object adventure. I liked the colourful scenes and the music gave ambiance to the story. 7 out of 10 from me.
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank MyPlayCity for giving away Mexicana: Deadly Holiday and also to the game giveaway team, as always, for securing other ways to get free games.
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Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  22 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+21)

Whiterabbit-uk, Thanks for your comments Whiterabbit, I have just downloaded this game in about 5mins averaging 3.4MB/s which is much better than yesterdays which took over an hour and I had to download yesterdays twice as the first one was corrupt and wouldn't unzip

Reply   |   Comment by Steve  –  22 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

Steve, Compared to my download today (with a broadband connection of 300MB), once the game went live (between 280 to 450kb per second), that's pretty good going; what is your broadband speed usually? The difference is probably due to where the servers are located, p.s. my name is the same as yours including your surname, except I spell Steve as Stephen, though my grandparents used to call me Stevie. When I was working in operating theaters I worked with a surgeon for a while who had the same name as well.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  22 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

Whiterabbit-uk, Hi Whiterabbit, my download speed is about 30Mb/s, have just discovered that the downloaded game would not unzip, the same as yesterdays so have had to download it again ( another 5 mins ) and this time it has unzipped, just going to install it now

Reply   |   Comment by Steve  –  22 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Whiterabbit-uk,

Here is JB's fix for yesterdays game:

1) Have the game in the hanger but NOT in the HOG itself (the desk should display the magnifying glass so you could go into the HOG, just don't do it now).

2) Quit the game.

3) go to the game save folder:
%appdata%\AlawarEntertainment\HappyArtist\The Esoterica. Hollow Earth Survey\saves

4) Note there is a file that will have a unique number with a .sav extension.

5) Create a new text file with notepad and put the following in it exactly as I show it:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>

6) Save the file with the same name as the .sav file but use the extension .savcross
so if your .sav file is 1234567890abcdefg.sav then save the file, in the same location as the .sav file, with the name 1234567890abcdefg.savcross

7) Start the game again. You can now go into the HOG and it will work. For me this also changed the player picture (to the left of the inventory) from the professor to the girl, but it still plays the same.


I think this works because the .savcross file makes it rebuild the .sav file with the HOG activated. I'm not sure why it changes the avatar, in spite of it being defined in the file as the professor. I tried it without the avatar section and it did not fix the HOG.


Thanks JB, very much appreciated. For those who haven't got as far as where the issue seems to be common for many community members, copy the above onto a doc file and save it inside the game for future reference.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  22 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

Whiterabbit-uk, it took quite awhile for me to find the save file. On my Windows 10 Home Edition 64 bit computer, the whole path without any escape codes was C:\Users\Therese S\AppData\Roaming\AlawarEntertainment\HappyArtist\The Esoterica. Hollow Earth Survey\saves
Find your own path by replacing "Therese S" with whatever you use on your computer. It doesn't matter if you install to a different drive, the game will still have this folder on your C: drive.

Reply   |   Comment by Therese S.  –  22 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

P.S. The workaround did not work for me. Also, don't delete the xml files, that will just erase your profile and you'll have to start the game from scratch. I don't know or care what would happen if you simply deleted the sav file.

Reply   |   Comment by Therese S.  –  22 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Whiterabbit-uk,

Lady Lark and you above only posted the first of two posts on the fix. Step 5 only showed the first line of the file because the GT LT brackets were confusing the forum software. Here is the full setp 5:

5) Create a new text file with notepad and put the following in it (Note I had to change all of the < to ( and > to ) to post in the forum, change them back before saving the file):

(?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?)
(Save )
(LuaVariables )
(b s="ep_02_loc_03_hog" v="1" /)
(t s="avatar_save" )
(s s="current_state" v="normal" /)
(s s="avatar_id" v="professor" /)
(/t)
(/LuaVariables)
(/Save)

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Someone , as a response, posted an even easier method of tricking it to continue:

jb (and all of the others who face this problem), Seems one looses all golden cards and progress in the journal when doing this 'rebuild trick'.
I tried just copying the sav file to a .savcross file and guess what? It works just as well, only this time it keeps all golden cards and all of the progress in the journal. :D

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Reply   |   Comment by jb  –  22 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

jb, Thanks for the update JB, also sorry for not checking the original post, I would have done normally, but really, really really busy at the moment with some legal stuff (got ripped off for over £40K by a builder several years ago and it is finally going to court soon; I've had a lot of things to sort becasue of it).

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  21 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#10

I tried to install on a Win7 desktop sys and also got the failure to launch the program error. I Tried again after disabling security Essentials but same error. I then tried to install on two different Win7 computers with same result. Any suggestions?

Reply   |   Comment by Jerry  –  21 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#9

Downloaded it the first time it was offered. While playing the game it kept freezing up and then would just close. Tried it again this time. Same thing, the game downloads and installs fine. But keeps freezing up and closing.. Not worth the trouble of having to keep opening the game every 5 minutes.

Reply   |   Comment by Judy  –  21 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#8

I also got this one in the giveaway 2 years ago. Enjoyed it a lot. Some puzzles take some thought. I liked the interface, very different (no map needed, you can jump to about any place you need to reach). Story was above average, artwork/graphics very good. Good diversity in puzzles and scenes.

I DID have one issue where the game needed a clock hand or something, and I had already solved the quest that provided it so I couldn't get it again. I tried lots of things, ended up starting over. It didn't take more than about 20 minutes to retrace my steps and and it worked well after that.

Reply   |   Comment by Mr.Dave  –  21 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#7

This game is fun to play, the theme is unusual, and the story hooked me. The only complaint I have about the game is that the scenes look static. We zoom in and out of places very quickly and the clues are not much of a challenge. This being said, it's relaxing and entertaining. Thanks for this!

Reply   |   Comment by s  –  21 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#6

Installed fine on Windows 10 Home Edition 64 bit, played a bit and then left. I think this game would be good for people more familiar with Day of the Dead, or who want to learn more (although I don't know how accurate this game is) -- I will play it through later when I have more time. The HOG scenes are better played full screen I think, but the rest seemed OK in windowed mode. I notice that the cursor never changes so it's hard to know where the exits are and other things we normally associate with change or movement. If you can deal with that, it's not a bad game. Hints are helpful so far.

Reply   |   Comment by Therese S.  –  22 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#5

I enjoyed this when it was offered here two years ago, and it's just in time for Dia de la Muertos! So if you didn't grab it then, give it a try. I usually don't mind all that much when games are offered again if there's been a decent time between them, but it seems all the HOGs lately (and there haven't been that many) are fairly recent repeats, which is a bit of a bummer. But better than no HOGS :)! Just would love a chance to see what's new in the HOG world...

Reply   |   Comment by neme  –  22 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#4

Hey Wabbit,

Check your messages on Steam. Sent ya something.

I like the Mexican motif but not having a map is a con. I am not good at HOGs as it is and without a map I get lost easily. May or not download it. I have so many HOGs now as it is that I haven't finished..

Thanks to MPC and GGOTD for the game and thanks Wabbit for the review.

Take care and huggles to you and the family...

Reply   |   Comment by delenn13  –  22 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

delenn13,

Thanks Delenn, 'scuze the late reply, snowed under at the moment. :(

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  21 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#3

I'll give this a try. If you like this, you may like the animated film "Coco" as a followup or for Halloween.

Reply   |   Comment by Therese S.  –  22 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#2

FWIW downloaded at a quick 6.9 MBs. Install initially reports "Failed to Connect" when activating. Later attempts resulted in "Failure to launch the program" with Malwarebytes blocking a PUP from MyPlayCity.

Reply   |   Comment by BobbyA  –  22 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

I get failure to launch also.

Reply   |   Comment by Laurie Willis  –  21 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

BobbyA, The giveaway version has had a particular folder removed from the MPC version. what is left is some very low level adware that appears when you are loading the game and you get your browser redirected to MPC when you close the game down. Nothing extra is installed to your computer.

The failed to connect is probably your security blocking the installation. The giveaway team have been giving games away since 2006 and have never given away a game that will infect your computer wiih malware. There are three things you can do to get the game installed.

1) ... Temporarily turn off your security
2) ... White-list the game with your security]3) .. reboot in safe mode with networking, install then reboot as normal

The giveaway game is wrapped with Themida code, which can also be used to wrap and hide malware. This is the reason some anti-malware suites will block anything with Themida code. in this case the Themida code is being used benignly.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  21 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Laurie Willis, The giveaway version has had a particular folder removed from the MPC version. what is left is some very low level adware that appears when you are loading the game and you get your browser redirected to MPC when you close the game down. Nothing extra is installed to your computer.

The failed to connect is probably your security blocking the installation. The giveaway team have been giving games away since 2006 and have never given away a game that will infect your computer wiih malware. There are three things you can do to get the game installed.

1) ... Temporarily turn off your security
2) ... White-list the game with your security]3) .. reboot in safe mode with networking, install then reboot as normal

The giveaway game is wrapped with Themida code, which can also be used to wrap and hide malware. This is the reason some anti-malware suites will block anything with Themida code. in this case the Themida code is being used benignly.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  21 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Whiterabbit-uk, Thanks I'm good with the wrapper. I've been getting games from here for a few years. I've whitelisted the wrapper's setup file. The initial problem was different, like the server wasn't responding. Later once it had finally authorized and was ready to actually install was when malwarebytes grabbed it. As always I'm impressed by how well GAOTD has done with keeping the files safe. Cheers.

Reply   |   Comment by BobbyA  –  21 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Whiterabbit-uk, Malwarebytes stopping a MPC game was new as well. Other MPC games from GAOTD have installed okay.

Reply   |   Comment by BobbyA  –  21 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
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