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Game Giveaway of the day — Mysteries Of Horus

Experience the mercy of the gods among ancient Egyptian sands!
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Challenge your logic and reaction satisfying the forsaken ancient idol who gradually rewards you with points for making him feel better. Pick up old Egyptian signs and put them above into empty slots of horizontal papyrus that moves and shows you more available places. Fill it all to make it disappear and get an empty one. This fretful god is very nervous and you need to keep his satisfaction up to the mark. For this don't forget to give him gifts and work swiftly. Combine symbols of the same color together to create a combo and get more points for solving Mysteries Of Horus.

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8/ 10; Processor 700 Mhz or better; 256 Mb RAM; 32 Mb of video memory; DirectX 7.0

Publisher:

MyPlayCity

Homepage:

https://www.myplaycity.com/mysteries_of_horus/

File Size:

16.9 MB

Price:

$9.99

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Mysteries Of Horus:
In Brief
A challenging 12 year old matching pairs game. You can see almost 40 in game screen captures HERE.
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Installation:
Mysteries Of Horus downloads to a 16.9 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 can save games on any drive they wish by replacing the C drive with whatever drive letter they wish the game to be installed to or if you have multiple hard drives you can save games on any drive you wish by replacing the C drive letter in the path with whatever drive letter you wish the game to be installed to. The newly installed game is 19.9 MB in size. The game installs to the following path by default:
C:\Program Files (x86)\MyPlayCity.com\Mysteries of Horus
However, if you prefer a different path for installation for example I use G:\Games\ name of game instead of 'C:\Program Files (x86)\MyPlayCity\name of game'. You can edit the default path when the Setup - Mysteries Of Horus - Select Destination Location window appears.
Four shortcuts are installed to the desktop, three of which can be safely deleted (i.e. Play Online Games, MyPlayCity Games and shortcuts to a free online game; the name of which may vary each week). If you don't want to install the games shortcut to the desktop during installation, just make sure the install desktop shortcut is unchecked when the 'additional task's window appears; you will still get two of the other MyPlayCity shortcuts installed i.e. the Play Online Games and MyPlayCity Games shortcuts. Also, if you don't like icons installed to the quick launch task bar, make sure you also uncheck the appropriate checkbox when the 'additional task's window appears (after the Select Start Menu Folder window).
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Introduction:
Tremble with respect, ancient Egypt, for there is a chosen one to satisfy your gods and unveil all Mysteries of Horus! Welcome, stranger, you are about to begin one of the most captivating adventures in the world. Challenge your logic and reaction satisfying the forsaken ancient idol who gradually rewards you with points for making him feel better. Pick up old Egyptian signs and put them above into empty slots of horizontal papyrus that moves and shows you more available places. Fill it all to make it disappear and get an empty one. This fretful god is very nervous and you need to keep his satisfaction up to the mark. For this don't forget to give him gifts and work swiftly. Combine symbols of the same color together to create a combo and get more points for solving Mysteries Of Horus. Sometimes specials lie over certain slots - be free to put a symbol there and receive an extra bonus which may be of great help. You may find a pause which slows down time or a gem, which you need to collect and buy additional amulets. Get them all because a level lasts till you earn a sum of points equal to the amulet. If this amount is less than level target - you lose. Not all symbols fit the situation you have, but you may always discard a symbol, just keep in mind this will hurt the god's feelings. The further you go - the more symbols and papyrus lines you have. Finish level with quite a lot of points and a satisfied god and gain a bunch of extra gems as a reward. Download this awesome skill game Mysteries Of Horus absolutely free of charge and experience the mercy of the gods among ancient Egyptian sands.
Edited reference accessed HERE. 4th January 2019
The Game:
Ah, ancient Egypt; Land of forbidden secrets, towering pyramids, mysterious boy-kings and, uh… hieroglyphic-matching races against the clock?
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Hey – go with the flow in Mysteries of Horus, an easily-learned, tough-to-master arcade outing that’ll tax both your reflexes and gray matter. Despite a few textual inconsistencies and technical glitches, it’s a relatively diverting amusement capable of helping you kill some time between more captivating and epic adventures.
All you need to know to begin: The ancient gods need appeasing. So what’s the secret to ensuring their happiness? Easy! Just slot appropriate symbols – i.e. birds, spheres, squiggles, bowls, rectangles and prostrate figures – into a series of silhouettes which quickly roll along the screen in a stack of moving horizontal rows. The number of symbols you can use to fill in such holes is, naturally, limited.
Each time you successfully place an object on these conveyor belts, points are added to your score, up to set maximums. Collect enough, and you’ll earn an amulet (the type of which determines how many points you can potentially nab), several of which may need to be retrieved in order to complete any given stage.
Of course, the more time taken, the more points are subtracted from the actual number awarded when you obtain each amulet. (You can boost totals by making point-multiplying combos, created when two or more objects of similar color are placed next to one another.)
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What’s more, to advance past each level, you not only need to obtain amulets – you also have to beat a minimum target score. Meaning that while it is possible to technically finish any given scenario, well… You won’t necessarily beat it. Hence the reason you’re afforded three lives, or chances, with which to complete the game’s 100 challenging puzzles.
Making combos grows trickier the further into the title you progress, partly due to increasing speeds. Difficulty also ramps up based on the level of infrequency with which certain (and certain-colored) objects appear.
Collectible gems can be retrieved by making matches using silhouettes containing these jewels. They’re also awarded at the end of every stage based on your performance. You can spend these items between scenarios purchasing god-appeasing magical gifts or amulets that offer higher potential point maximums.
The gods grow angrier with easy passing second, as represented through a shrinking meter which represents their dwindling satisfaction. The more unhappy they are at the end of every level, the less gems you’ll be offered. To regain favor, you can either make huge combos, or offer up the magic gifts you’ve collected in exchange for varying levels of forgiveness
Bonus items occasionally appear, letting you earn extra points, slow time, cause spaces currently-selected pieces can fit within to flash and instantly fill in any gap.
A discard box offers the opportunity to immediately scrap any piece, which will randomly be replaced by another object in the limited pool of symbols you can select from; however, be aware that this also increases the gods anger.
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Surprisingly thought-provoking, play soon shifts from leisurely to frantic, as you realize maintaining score minimums by feverishly slamming down symbols is imperative. Tempting as trying for big combos proves, sometimes, your only recourse is letting spare shapes fall where they may.
Alas, this unpredictability isn’t always a plus – luck, not skill, all too often dictates whether you’ll emerge triumphant. But determining when to hang onto gems, when to spend them on magic gifts and when an amulet (and hence, max point score) upgrade is mandatory is a fun science unto itself. As such, you’ll find yourself quickly immersed in the thrill of the hunt.
Bearing this in mind, you’ll largely enjoy the overall experience, along with its above-average audiovisual presentation. A few issues worth mentioning, though…
Once selected, pieces can only be dropped by placing them into a silhouette – it’s important to watch where you click. Text translations (the game was made overseas) are often rough and confusing. Fatal crashes to the desktop which result in irrecoverable saved games are frequent too.
Nonetheless, so long as you’re willing to stomach these occasionally frustrating setbacks, there’s considerable entertainment value to be had. The Mysteries of Horus aren’t all worth uncovering. Still, those that are rapidly prove worth their weight in antique gold.
Edited reference accessed HERE. Originally posted by Joel Brodie on Aug 30, 2006, re-posted and briefly added to by Whiterabbit-uk 5th January 2019
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Conclusion:
Although 12 years old, this game is still as challenging as I remember it (I bought this via Reflexive arcade about 10 years ago). The graphics look a little pixelated, but no so that it looks too retro. The concept is simple, but the game gets harder and harder as you progress, due mainly to the speed of the conveyors gradually increasing in speed making it very challenging in the later levels; (too challenging for me as I prefer a more leisurely paced game; ( I now remember never finishing the game); still, I think it's well worth installing if you like a simple but addictive game concept with an increasingly challenging level progression. Please do remember this game is over 12 years old. Gaming has come a long way both in graphic quality and a wider choice of genres and cross genre developments since this game was released back in 2006.
Videos of Mysteries Of Horus:
You can see several in-game videos of game play HERE, HERE, HERE & HERE (Français). You can play this game in your browser for free HERE & HERE; You do require adobe flash player installed plus there's a short advert before you can play the game.
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Suggestions:
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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 Alawar Games.
Problems getting the game to work:
If you're having problems installing or activating or getting Mysteries Of Horus 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 white-listing the setup.gcd file. In the almost 12 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 Mysteries of Horus and also to the game giveaway team, as always, for securing other ways to get free games.
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Useful Information not related to today's game giveaway:
If Mysteries of Horus 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 elsewhere in the game discussion forums HERE, (usually on the first page of the game discussion forums).

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  4 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)
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I'm enjoying this game. It's fast-paced, and it keeps you focused, but not long enough that you get frustrated or bored. Good graphics, good music, relatively easy to play, but you DO need good scanning abilities and a good mouse to meet up with the challenges. One of the better games.

Reply   |   Comment by Paul Caplin  –  4 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
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I wasn't sure I would like this game - speed is not a favourite element for me! Some of us have older eyes than others, and older eyes get tired. However, since Ancient Egypt has long been an interest for me, I downloaded the game to give it a go.

The graphics are very attractive, and the game itself, while demanding, is fun to do. As expected, I couldn't play for long - but long enough to get to the next level . . . ! I enjoyed it, and I shall go back again later.The speed factor inevitably reduces the time I can give to this game, but the fun factor will certainly draw me back for another go, and another.

Thank you for this one! It's fun, very nice to look at, and - so far, at least - nobody gets horribly done to death in the course of play. That is always an advantage. :-D

Reply   |   Comment by Basilica  –  4 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
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I'm running Windows 10 Pro ver 1803 on a 17" Acer laptop with 1600 x 900 display and I have no problem with either full screen or window mode.

Reply   |   Comment by Marcy  –  4 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
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Graphics:

This game was written very small and if you play it in window mode it's very pretty - but very small. If you play it full screen mode on a larger monitor it just looks rubbish.

Game Play:

You select a piece from the bottom of the board and place it on the scrolling bars above it.
You don't have to drag it - you can click the piece and then click where to place it.
You get bonus points for making a colour combination - i.e. placing two or more pieces of the same colour next to each other.
As the game increases more colours are added.
You get bonus points for filling a line completely.

On the left are cards that get filled up every time you place a piece.
You are allocated a certain amount of cards for each level and the level ends when all the cards are filled up.
You earn gems during the game and you use those to buy more cards with a higher value.

How the cards work:

Each card you buy has a maximum value / score point you can earn.
Every piece you place fills the card, every second you wait, deducts points from the maximum score you can reach.

Bonus Items:

You can also buy bonus items with your gems like sweets etc. and feed that to the gods to increase the card back to the maximum score.


If you pick up something you can't place, you can discard it but you also lose points for that.

When a card is full it is placed on the screen where you're playing briefly blocking what you're doing, and it doesn't pause the game when it does that - it does cause you to lose focus, or lose the ability to place a piece. It's a very annoying feature.

Where this game misses the mark is that the developers failed to identify their target market. I would enjoy playing this type of puzzle game as a relaxed game, but because you have to be quick to make the score it makes the game too fast-paced. I don't think people who would enjoy this type of puzzle game, will enjoy the speed at which they have to place the tiles. And people who enjoy that kind of speed will probably find this game boring.

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Thank you for this excellent review. :) sorry, didn't think anything of it at the time. My brain is befuddled with opiate pain meds and I tend not to think things through.

Reply   |   Comment by A reviewer  –  4 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+39)
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