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Game Giveaway of the day — Rolling Idols

You get the chance to be the savior of the universe!
$9.99 EXPIRED
User rating: 46 (78%) 13 (22%) 44 comments

Rolling Idols was available as a giveaway on September 11, 2016!

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THE NED BALLS - a Classic - physical timekiller.

Exclusive offer from Giveaway of the Day and MyPlayCity! No third-party advertising and browser add-ons!

Feel the onset of the doomsday. It has begun. Monster Nibiru, sent by evil divinities, swallowed some of the nature Elements, keeping them inside itself in captivity. And the track of time is lost due to broken and hidden by parts Mayan calendar. You get the chance to be the savior of the universe! Use the power of the nature and Mayan sorcery to defeat Nibiru and send it back to where it belongs!

Game features:

  • Numerous upgrades;
  • Stunning animation;
  • Countless achievements to earn.

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8; CPU: 1.0 GHz; RAM: 1024 MB; DirectX: 9.0; Hard Drive: 179 MB

Publisher:

MyPlayCity

Homepage:

http://www.bigfishgames.com/games/6412/rolling-idols/

File Size:

174 MB

Price:

$9.99

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Rolling Idol


In Brief

A match three with up-gradable power ups and a cute style, ideal for the whole family.



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Suggestions:
If you like or don't like Rolling Idol please give some feedback about your opinion of the game, for example, what did you like about the game, or how it could be improved from your point of view . If you don't like this genre at all, please explain why. What improvements would change your opinion? There are thousands of subscribers to the game giveaway of the day every weekend which makes this an ideal forum for giving developers ideas as to what their consumers (i.e you) would like to see in a game. For example, you could suggest extra content such as better or more original mini games, or a level editor that you would like to see that would make it more appealing to you. Maybe you think the graphics are a little dated and are in need of re skinning, or maybe you've just had enough of the genre and want to see something different or something with more originality?

If you miss today's game giveaway you can always get the game via MyPlayCity 24/7 HERE. If you enjoyed Rolling Idols, mhttp://www.myplaycity.com/rolling_idols/layCity also have the sequel Rolling Idols: Lost City HERE.




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The game downloads to an 174 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 installed game is 176 MB. The game installs to the following path by default, but can be changed by the user if you wish:

C:\Program Files (x86)\MyPlayCity.com\Rolling Idols

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)


Introduction:
Are you ready to take part in the captivating adventures? It's high time to save the world from the darkness. Kindness, warmth and daylight were stolen by the sinister herald of Apocalypse Nibiru. There is no mortal in the whole world who will be able to oppose the evil powers. That's why the 4 elements and nature powers such as fire, water, air, earth, sun have joint the epic battle. But it's impossible to return daylight in the world without your help – all the elements need the guide. Check your powers in the bright game Rolling Idols and return the harmony in the forsaken world! You need to restore the majestic pyramids and fill them with magic powers to rescue the elements and drive the malevolent Nibiru away. Combine the tiles with the same elements, unlock their disastrous might and do your best to destroy as much rows as you can. Pass levels to get crystals and stars that you can spare on different power-ups. There are lots of them: nimble Frog that will remove useless tiles by leaping on them or Ultra Versatile that will help you make the rows by pulling entire lines in the same direction. Buy extra time for crystals and spare it wisely by getting points and gaining achievements. Improve power-ups in the game Rolling Idols and reach the unbelievable results! Accept a challenge and try to get all the achievements in the breathtaking game Rolling Idols. Show what you are going to do to recover the balance of nature powers! Evil powers took the upper hand, protect the world from falling into the abyss and drive Nibiru away!

Reference accessed HERE. 11th Sept 2016




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If you have a problem installing or activating or getting Rolling Idol to work please visit the problems section, which I've now incorporated into the FAQ's thread, and which you can find HERE







The Game:

In a deep jungle, adorable floating idols are threatened by a purple blob-like creature that threatens to eat them all and destroy the fabric of space-time. At least, that’s what we’ve guessed is going on in Rolling Idols, as this beautiful match-three game comes with little in the way of a story-line, and is fairly hit or miss when it comes to its actual game play.




Rolling Idols lacks in-depth instructions, and instead expects the player to learn everything as they go from experience. Since the game is a match-three puzzler at its core, that at least allows you to get started in the game, but things quickly become complicated with very few instructions to clear up the confusion that’s sure to come next. Each level in Rolling Idols takes place on the same game board, as you’re asked to make matches of three or more like-colored idol heads that roll as they fall (hence the name of the game). This works well, with fluid movements of the idol pieces, but as you make larger matches, the idols begin to explode and rain down debris across the lower portions of the screen, blocking your view.



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These explosions technically run smoothly, but they slow things down as they block your view of the idols behind them. Sure, these explosions last for barely a second or more, but with each level having a strict time limit, that’s precious time that you can’t afford to lose. If you’re like me, you’ll get used to the explosions after a time, but it’s impossible to ever really play the game as if they don’t exist.




There are a variety of power-ups and obstacles that make your time in Rolling Idols more interesting. Tiles may be wrapped in vines or locked behind gates, while power-ups may allow you to explode a whole section of the board, transfer idols to other areas on the board, or control a whole row or column by sliding all of the pieces until you’ve made a match (think Chuzzle). You’ll earn currency for completing each level, and will be able to spend money on upgrades to these power-ups, making them last longer or have a greater area of impact (as examples), but these are left to mostly trial and error, as you’re given the briefest of descriptions of a power-ups function, but will have to actually find and use one in the next level to really figure things out.




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Furthermore, while many of these power-ups are color coded, they won’t be used in many of the combos that you may create as idols fall from the top of the screen. That is, a yellow power-up may be sitting next to two regular yellow idols, but they won’t explode on their own until you swap two of them horizontally or vertically. The same can be said for many groups of even regular idols, as they may be sitting in a line of three or more matching idols, but the game takes a few seconds to register this and actually remove them. This pause in the action is jarring to say the least.




In the end, I want so much to like Rolling Idols, and say that it’s a game every match-three fan should download, but I simply can’t. The game’s lack of instructions makes power-ups confusing, and the game’s few hints at a story line are lost just as soon as the game really begins. While the graphics here are sharp, colorful, and beautiful, and the levels are mostly easy to complete, even the game’s many power-ups can’t stop this game from being as basic as it ultimately is. Rolling Idols comes with a few really great ideas, like those up-gradable power-ups, but the execution misses the mark.


Reference accessed HERE. 11th August 2016









Other Reviews and Videos:

You can read Big Fish community member reviews of Rolling Idols HERE.

There are also a few videos of Rolling Idols game play HERE, HERE and HERE.







Conclusion:
A good looking match three, with some up-gradable power ups, some of which have to be unlocked first by building pyramids. Some similarities to the Montezuma match three games, but this game is much easier. Ideal game play for all ages. for match three aficionados this game may be too easy. The game appears to be timed, but it's not. The timer is there for awarding points and stars. The quicker you attain the required matches the more stars you get and the quicker you build your pyramids, which in turn unlock the power ups that were removed at the start of the game. I let the clock run down and it went through three stages before time ran out completely and I was still awarded some stars (only ten compared to the 100 plus I earned when completing the first level in less than 30 seconds. (Most of the matches in that first level were automatically destroyed. This can be achieved by selecting the lower matches first. :)





I'd like to take this opportunity to thank MyPlayCity for giving away Rolling Idol minus the check boxes and also to the game giveaway team, as always, for providing a safe environment to download free games.



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Useful Information not related to today's game giveaway:

The problems section that used to be posted here in the Game review is now included in the Game Discussion FAQ's thread; which you can find HERE.

I've updated the games section that used to be posted with the review. The thread is now called 'Weekly round up of game deals', formerly the games section of the weekly reviews. You can find the new thread (which I've posted in the sticky section of the game discussion forums to make it easier to find if you are perusing the game discussion forums) HERE.


If today's game wasn't to your liking, you may find other games either free or for less than the price of a cup of coffee (from your favorite coffee house) via the 'Weekly Roundup of Game Deals' thread which I've posted a link to above, or HERE.
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The latest free game over on Origin is still Nox. You can get it HERE. Please note that you do require the Origin game platform to be able to download and install the game. Also, the PC version of ALERT: SECTOR 8 (a traditional Shoot Em Up)is also still available over on Failmids Shareware-on-sale site or HERE. If you spend over a dollar in the Indie Gala store (they have some excellent bundle deals, but these are excluded from the offer) you will also get a free copy of the excellent trials bike racer Nail'd. If you spend over a dollar buying a game from the Kiss developer bundle (via Indie Gala Store) you get TWO free games Nail'd and the retro twin stick shooter Horizon Shift with the sound track. You'll find the Indie Gala store HERE. you'll find plenty of games that have been reduced by up to 90%, with loads of very cheap games so spending not much more than a dollar to get the free Nail'd is easily done. to get both free games there are a couple of very cheap (due to massive reductions) in the Kiss sale, for example buying Ampu-Tea and N.P.P.D Rush combined costs $1.08 (both are reduced by 75% and 85% respectively and would normally cost $5 each), which will qualify you for both Nail'd (worth about $5 ) and Horizon Shift with soundtrack,(worth about $1.30), so, for $1.08 you are getting four games worth about $16. Nail'd used to cost a lot more ($20) when it was first released, but has been reduced in price over the last few years.


The Daily Indie Games site is giving away free keys to Hacker Evolution and Crystals of Time. To get the keys you have to jump through several hoops similar to what you see here when some Steam keys are being given away. You can either log into a Facebook account or your Steam account, then complete several tasks such as join the DIG group on Steam, visit a couple of game pages on Steam, visit the daily indie games page and visit the games being given away plus other actions. Once completed you are given the key for each game. via Steam.


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I've still not sorted the keys I owe to a few community members. Because of my computer woes, the list of keys I have were locked away. The computer is now fixed, but I still have to reinstall windows as the present installation, although working has developed some unusual problems such as not being able to access the start menu, many of the functions in the context menus are missing, plus other oddities. Hopefully I'll be emailing those keys to you very soon, (finally). If you think you have a key coming for commenting on a game back in June, please remind me over in the game discussion forums, and mention the comment you made, thank you. I want to make sure i've given out all of the keys I promised. Hopefully, once I've cleared those up I'll offer more keys as there's still quite a long list in the thread I posted in the Game discussion forums. Once the Whiterabbit's Reviews site is officially open (see the next paragraph for details), I will be offering codes for various games regularly.



I'd like to to give a massive thank you to Whizzy or Mavadelo (his Steam name), who has created a review site for me. I am talking to him via Team Speak over the coming weeks while he tutors me in the ins and outs of the site. The site won't go live right away as I want to post lots of game reviews. It will be a combination of arcade and AAA game reviews, some old and some new, divided into appropriate genres. We intend avoiding any advertising, so the site should be safe to peruse without worrying about clicking on links that may send you to rouge sites or ad's. I will also try to post reviews of new releases. At least those that I purchase and we intend to include a free games section as well as regular game giveaways, though not like here as the games will be coming from my own personal stock of spare game codes. Most will be Steam codes (literally thousands of them), but I also have hundreds of other codes for Itch.io, Origin, U Play and others. Although the site is nowhere near ready, you can now check it out HERE, thought there's not much to see yet. If you have any suggestions as to what you'd like to see, please post them in the forums HERE. As yet there is no forum topics, but there will be soon. You do need to register to post in the forums. I will announce when the site is fully functional as soon as we can get it ready.
N.B. There has been a problem with the site and all forum posts have been lost. Whizzy is at this time fixing the problem, unfortunately he has told me the lost information is unrecoverable. If you posted anything in the forums I do apologize. This was beyond our control. I will let you know when everything has been fixed. :)



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Once the review site is open I will still continue to post my reviews here first every weekend and moderate as always. I'm hoping the new site will invigorate me, which can only be a good thing with respect to my reviews here, as I have lost a lot of impetus over the last few years, and especially recently since the changes. I will be having regular giveaways of my own on the new site, but nothing like what we get here as my giveaways are all paid for by me and will be limited to one or a few of each game offered, though I do have several copies of quite a few games to give away. As mentioned previously, I have around 10 000 Steam keys and several hundred other keys for other platforms such as Origin, Itch.io and Desura, many of which will be up for grabs. Most of the games are low budget indie games and arcade games (up to $20), but I do have lots of more expensive indie and AAA game keys to give away, (most will be awarded in exchange for appropriate reviews, other comments about games in general and maybe some competitions). Some of the AAA games I have spare that will be available to the community include X-Com: Enemy Unknown, Civilization V, Aliens vs Predator, ArmA II & 3, Batman Arkham City and Arkham Origins, Baldur's Gate Enhanced, Deadly Premonition, Battlefield 3, Gas Guzzlers Extreme Gold, All three of the original Company of Heroes, Defense Grid 2, several copies of Call of Juarez, Disciples II: Gallean's Return, King Arthur - The Role-playing Wargame, Max Payne 3, Dragon Age Origins, Far Cry 3, Front Lines: Fuel of War, Grid, a couple of the GTA titles, Rage, Omerta - City of Gangsters, Mount & Blade: Warband and lots of others. I haven't posted a list of my Steam keys, but you can see the spare games I have in my main Steam account inventory HERE. There are roughly 350 games, quite a few of which will be up for grabs at some point in time. To give those away we will need to connect via Steam and befriend each other. The rest of the keys ( a massive collection of indie and arcade titles which I've spent literally hundreds of hours trying to sort into some semblence of order are as yet unlisted) I can email to you. Once listed I have to put them in alphabetical order. Anyone know of a program that can do that automatically?




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Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

Whiterabbit-uk,

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Groupee's have just released a new bundle called The Alawar Mega bundle. With a total of 31 arcade titles up for grabs for a maximum of $5. The usual price for this bundle on Steam is approximately $65. This is a brilliant bundle for all HOG lovers with a splash of other genres such as match three, strategy and Time Management thrown in. You'll find the deal over on the Groupee's site HERE


Individual titles that you can purchase separately (minimum of 3) include the following games. The HOG min bundles can't be split and count as one choice. The minimum you can pay is $0.99 and you get any three of the first list below, £2.79 gets you all nine titles plus a bonus game. Making the total up to $3 gets you the 4 in 1 HOG bundle, $4 gets you the 5 in 1 HOG bundle and $5 gets you the two 6 in 1 bundles as well.



Elementary My Dear Majesty!,
Heroes of Hellas 3: Athens,
Miko Mole,
Mountain Crime: Requital,
Meridian: Age of Invention,
Prehistoric Tales,
Rescue Team 5,
Incredible Dracula: Chasing Love,
Weather Lord: Following the Princess


Hidden Object 6 in 1 bundle contains Cruel Games: Red Riding Hood, Kronville: Stolen Dreams, Panopticon: Path of Reflections, Lake House: Children of Silence Collector’s Edition, The Other Side: Tower of Souls, and Mexicana: Deadly Holiday


Hidden Object 5 in 1 bundle contains Behind the Reflection 2: Witch’s Revenge, Mountain Crime: Requital, Vampire Saga: Pandora’s Box, Weird Park: Broken Tune, and Twisted Lands: Shadow Town


Hidden Object 4 in 1 bundle contains Stray Souls: A Dollhouse Story, House of 1,000 Doors: The Palm of Zoroaster, Dark Strokes: Sins of the Fathers, and Eternal Journey: New Atlantis


House of Snark 6 in 1 bundle contains Snark Busters: Welcome to the Club, Snark Busters: High Society, Snark Busters: All Revved Up, House of 1000 Doors: Family Secrets Collector’s Edition, House of 1000 Doors: Palm of Zoroaster Collector’s Edition, and House of 1000 Doors: Serpent Flame Collector’s Edition



As a bonus you also get Sacra Terra: Angelic Night and if 2000 bundles are sold another game will be added as a bonus called Goblin Defenders: Steel‘n’ Wood.





Unfortunately for those who won't install or don't like Steam, every game comes with a Steam key and does not have a drm free download like some games from Groupee's bundles.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Whiterabbit-uk,

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There's also another excellent arcade deal over on the DIG site (Daily Indie Games), where you can get six excellent adventure games for $1.49, pay an extra 5 cents and you get two keys for each game, one for you and one for your friends. You'll find that deal HERE. The bundle includes the following games:


Dreamscapes: The Sandman

Dreamscapes: Nightmare s Heir

Fall of the New Age

Namariel Legends: Iron Lord

Sea Legends: Phantasmal Light

Witch s Pranks: Frog s Fortune

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

Whiterabbit-uk, Check your email, sweetie.

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Thanks. :)

Reply   |   Comment by delenn13  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
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For both yesterday's and today's MyPlayCity games (Great Secrets - Nostradamus and Rolling Idols) I am getting windows opening at start AND end of the game.

While the game is loading I get one or two Microsoft Edge windows that open, advertising software (purported Windows management types so far). Then, as described, at the closing of the game, MyPlayCity opens a window or tab using my default browser, Firefox.

The games seem like they'll be worth the overhead, but it is more than has been described, and opening Edge instead of my default browser is annoying.

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Hi Marge, that is strange. No one else has reported the issue. I installed the giveaway version and only got the in game advert when booting up the game, which I didn't click on, then the game would start up. When I closed it down, it would open my browser to MyPlayCity's home page (as expected), but I've never got my browser opening at the start of the game apart from when it was first installed. subsequent game starts saw no browser opening until the game was closed down, nor did any other adverts appear. It may be that your computer has been infected by other means (trojan), that sometimes, do hide their origin, and will attach themselves to an innocent application/game, (to allay suspicions on the actual problem software). I suggest immediately after running the game, open up your event viewer - type
eventvwr.msc in the windows search field which should open up the viewer or alternatively click the Start button, then click Control Panel, then Performance and Maintenance, then Administrative Tools, and then finally double-click Event Viewer). Once the event viewer is open, check through the event logs to see if there is any issues with the game. It is easier to find event logs associated with the game if you open the event viewer immediately after closing the game down.

If you want more information about the event viewer you can either Google it it out HERE where you'll find a short tutorial on how to open the event viewer as well as all the information you'd ever need to know about it and more besides.

The giveaway version has been cleaned of most of the adware that comes from downloading directly from MyPlayCity, so it's odd that you are getting what you describe. I have been downloading software and games almost since the inception of the giveaway project. The main site started giving away programs and games back in October 2006. I discovered the site early November 2006 then saw the opening of the game giveaway site early December 2006. I've downloaded and installed virtually every game given away since (apart from when I was on vacation) as well as a high percentage of applications from the main site. The only time I've had any problems was when a particular program given away about 2 or 3 years ago came with some adware that the giveaway team hadn't seen when they tested the software. In fact it was so new nothing detected it till later that day. The giveaway team did mention the issue and things were sorted. As for the games, I can't remember ever having any malware issues with any game given away here. Because no one else has reported this issue, it is highly likely that it is something to do with your computer.

Reply   |   Comment by Marge_FL  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
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I like this game! But, I agree that the instructions seriously need to be improved! How do I get a key?? Anyhow, I couldn't see my cursor, so I have to play it in Windowed mode on Windows 7. And also, I've been meaning to say this for awhile, but I really appreciate being able to get MyPlayCity games because I haven't been able to install any of their games for almost a couple of years now! I don't know what they did but I can't even install them in SafeMode....but the ones given away here are fine. So, thank you GOTD team! :-)

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Hi DelennDax, Thank you for your feedback. With respect to the keys (you've probably figured it by now), I think all you have to do is make a match with the key, which then unlocks the locked tile. Similar to when you have to collect a crystal.

Could it be your security that is blocking the installation of my MyPlayCity games? Some security suites do see the adware that comes packaged with MPC games as a threat and may block them. Try configuring you security suite to make an exception to the MPC games, or failing that try turning off your security temporarily while installing the MPC game, then once installed turn your security back on. There is a possible fix over in the FAQ's thread in the forums for disappearing cursors. The following was posted a few years ago:


Fixed NO CURSOR (used Control Panel, Display, Set Custom Size Text DPI to 149% and then got CURSOR back - found fix on internet HERE). With my normal Display 'size of text' always set at: Larger - 150% had the CURSOR disappear but mouse moved & highlighted menu items. I was supposed to rewrite that fix ages ago, hope it makes sense and that it works. regards W.R.

Reply   |   Comment by DelennDax7  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

White-Rabbit, no, actually making a match with the key didn't work. Now, that works with the tangled-up pieces but not with the ones requiring keys. Anyhow, I didn't play for a long time cause I wanted to comment before time was up for this giveaway.

I'll check to see if that cursor fix works but, with this game, I don't mind windowed mode. There was a game a few weeks ago that seemed too small for me in windowed mode but this one is fine. ~Dax

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Ah, okay. I too only played for a while, mainly to get a feel for the game while i was preparing the review. You are right that it needs a help file. I've found this with many games. The developers assume the community know what to do, but it's not always the case. Similar to the game we had a few weeks ago that was actually quite complex, but came with no help.

Reply   |   Comment by DelennDax7  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

Oh! P.S. About not being able to install MPC games directly from their site....it won't work in SafeMode and I'm thinking I don't want to disable anything beyond what SafeMode naturally disables. But, that might could work-not sure.

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I'm pretty dire when it comes to security, that is with respect to actually installing it. I tend to format my main disk (with the operating system) 2 or 3 times a year, partly to clear all of the junk. I always enjoy the initial installation of windows and the speed at which everything runs. However, because I still install a lot of free programs from BitsDuJour, the Giveaway project and now from Failmid's Shareware-On-Sale site I soon slow the computer down to a snails pace. Because I regularly reinstall windows I sometimes don't think to install security until a free one pops up on one of those sites. I don't browse specifically for any security, I just install it when I see it available. I've gone several months at a time without installing any security, but becasue my browsing habits are quite boring; i.e. I go to the same sites I've visited for years and don't tend to just browse on the fly I've been very lucky not to have picked up anything nasty, plus I buy games and software from the same place, rarely installing free software unless it's from sites such as the giveawayoftheday or BitsDuJour . I remember years ago when I first visited what I call a rogue site (after it was recommended by my brother); I wanted a particular graphic package that would enable me to create 3D items for a game that I was really into at the time. I was beta testing mods and maps for a couple of games and had some ideas for maps for one of the games I was playing (Battlefield Vietnam). The actual software was way out of my budget (we're talking several hundred pounds/over a thousand dollars). My plan was to make some playable maps for the game and add some original content becasue all of the maps I'd tested from modders had been quite boring becasue there was no original content, just the default items (such as various buildings, tree's, vehicles, household items etc) supplied with the editor. I downloaded something else I thought I wanted and ended up with a very nasty virus that kept opening my browser to some disgusting porn sites. It was so bad I couldn't use the computer until I'd bought another hard drive, reinstalled windows on the new drive, then formatted the old disk. That was the start of my computer building as I found it really easy to replace the HDD and reinstall windows. I've never bought an off the shelf computer since. I do install security software, but only when it's free. when it runs out I'll get another if I remember to. Apart from the original infection I've had a couple of adware infections (I do sometimes install the free ad-aware program from Lavasoft), but becasue I'm very careful I've been extremely lucky with respect to malware infections since that time. I do think turning your computers security software temporarily, especially if you've got a program from a site you trust is a no-brainer for me. I'd do it with no thoughts as to the consequences, but I do appreciate that if you are security minded, it may be harder for you do turn your security off. I've always thought, if I do get an infection I can just format and reinstall becasue I back virtually everything up regularly.

Reply   |   Comment by DelennDax7  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
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Wow. It just keeps getting worse. As of today using a Hotmail.com email address is being blocked. You can click on it all day long and nothing happens, but if you change to another domain then it will send you the link. Of course nobody mentioned this detail. I had to find out by trial and error. It would be nice to know which domains are blocked and now considered evil. Clearly Microsoft's email service is.

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I started using Microsoft's 'Live' emails rather than Hotmail, tohugh my main email account is still an hotmail account. The live account has worked fine so far. I even won a Steam key for that Tank Game that was on offer a few weeks ago and received the code via the Live email address. wheras, when I used hotmail accounts I would never get anything, for example, I needed to change my password for the admin panel as I wasn't able to log in to moderate. Using a hotmail account didn't work and i'd have to leave messages in the main giveaway comments and the forums to attract the giveaway team, to let then know I needed a new password. However, since using the Live email things have worked fine.. Personally, I no longer bother with email notifications of what software is on offer on any particular day as I find it simpler to just visit the giveaway site to see what's on offer instead of waiting for an email to tell me what the next giveaway is. Quite often I'd not get the notifications until the next day when the giveaway was almost over.

Reply   |   Comment by JoeyWilson  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
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Hi,
I thought it would be another simple match game and looked similar to another game like
it, where you get to certain levels and goes on forever! So far it is much better! Only thing I would
change is better instructions. I might also have the guy over the temple we build a little more interactive
or perhaps give more instruction. I read some comments. I cannot agree with it being annoying going
to Play city. That is the least of any game annoyances I come across. If the game is free, why shouldn't they
get there ad in! There are not ads during the game which is a great plus!! I enjoyed too the different power ups
and sort of buying/earning them! Makes the game more interesting!
Have a great week and thanks for another great game!
Lee

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Thanks for your feedback Lee, I agree with you about MPC. They do have to earn cash otherwise the free games would dry up. Unfortunately they can't please everyone. No matter what is on offer and wherever it's coming from, you will always get a wide spectrum of users with totally polar opinions of the software and the site it's coming from.

Reply   |   Comment by Lee C.  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#17

FYI, for people who are having trouble with the not installing, I've found if you scan the setup.exe before running it with Windows Defender (I haven't tried with any other) the install works perfectly.

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Hi Margaret, thank you for the information. Appreciated.

Reply   |   Comment by Margaret Fisk  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#16

Hi all.
No I am not posting about today's game, I am posting about White Rabbits upcoming site. After a bit rough start the bare-bones are now setup and site and forums are one when it comes to the usability :)

However, Stephen posting his reviews there will only be part of the site. I think I can speak for both of us if I say we want the site to become a place for the gaming community to relax, meet new friends and chill out after. we hope to provide a place where both casual gamers and the hardcore gamers can find something they like. Can discover new games and can talk about those games without the risk of developer moderators locking posts they don't lie or having to fear that GGOTD and GOTD get into problems. The site is not related in any way to GOTD besides they share a moderator, our favorite game reviewer WhiteRabbit-uk. Of course there are some forum rules and as long as you abide to them you can be positive or negative about the games discussed. Before you can post you will need an account. This is a free account. If future functions give us the need for paid memberships in some form they will not become a pay wall, everything available on the site will always be available for free members. (think higher download speeds if we would start offering downloads and such )


No site is great without a community and we want this to be a community driven site. Rabbit will take care of a major part, the reviews, I would like to ask you to help us with the other features. Suggestions you might have, features you like to see, games you like to see covered, post them in a topic via the site HERE



Please help WhiteRabbit-uk and me to make this a great site to read reviews, discover new games and meet up with friends (and meet new ones :)
)

Regards
Mavadelo

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Thanks for posting Mavadelo, appreciated. I've added the appropriate code so that the link to the site can be clicked on instead of copy pasting. I've also added the code so that your comment appears as you typed it. For some reason the forum doesn't recognize new lines, spaces etc. You have to blockquote in specific brackets (< and / >) for the text to be justified properly.


We will be having a section where you can always find free games plus as I've mentioned previously, I have over 10 thousand spare keys for games (some of which are AAA games worth quite a lot of money). I'm buying more every week; many of those keys will be offered up in one form or another, some literally as first come first served, others necessitating maybe a review and others via competitions. Why do I have so many spare keys? Because I'm a mug/hoarder that buys every game bundle available (ever since the first Humble bundle released several years ago) because I can't resist what appears to be a bargain. If I was into more physical items I'd probably have a house stacked up with unpacked boxes of goods that were basically junk. I was watching one of those reality programs some months ago, where people had problems with hoarding things. One lady had even hired a warehouse to store the things she purchased. It was estimated she'd spent over a million dollars on stuff she already had, for example there were several new cookers, dish washers, fridges, all still in their bubble wrap. Stacks of toasters, other kitchen utensils, racks of cloths that had never been worn. It was unbelievable. That's me but in a digital world. My grandparents used to hoard food. probably due to the effects of rationing during the second world war. Their cupboards were always bursting with food, much of which tended to be thrown away . As I lived with my grandparents for much of my childhood and youth, I think their hoarding rubbed off on me.


A final note on the review site. I will endevour to get post many reviews as i can as soon as possible. I will be rehashing some of my old reviews from here, adding new in=mages and rewriting some of the words and probablt deleting some area;s. Eventually I want to do video reviews, but at this time I don't have the time, plus, on camera I'm quite shy, so as yet an not sure how to approach a video review. We want to make the site a comfortable place to visit. Somewhere where you can make new friends with common gaming interests as well as meet up with old ones. I have a Team Speak channel which may be used for voice to voice communications, once the site is established i may even rent a few servers for popular games and hopefully get some members interested in playing regularly. I only do coop games apart from Half Life Death match/Unreal Tournament/Men of Valor and a couple of other older games, but that's open to discussion. My main beef with a lot of multiplayer only games is you tend to get a lot of idiots playing them that spoil the game play experience. If enough community members were interested in playing a particular multiplayer game, say for example the latest Call of Duty game, then I'd consider hiring a server to play specifically with those people. It would be a private server to keep out the riffraff. I intend posting reviews of previous giveaways. the current giveaways as well as new game releases (at least the ones I buy) as well as must have games, details of free games. I will probably have a features entitled something like game of the week, or Whiterabbit's recommendations. I've always tried to be unbiased in my reviews of games. I would never say a game is rubbish just because I don't like it. There are always positive and negative sides to everything, so that's what I'll discuss for each game. Whenever a commercial game is offered, whether it be via this site or others it will be posted on the site in the free section just as soon as I find out about it. I'll also give recommendations to other game sites worth visiting, for example Gamezebo and RockPaper Shotgun, both of which are great places to discover games, as well as good places to purchase your games, both digital and physical, especially when they have sales on.. What won't be done is point the community towards peer to peer sites or anything illegal. I will not stop posting reviews or moderating the game giveaway site here. It's been mostly a pleasure for almost 10 years now, so how could I stop. :)

Reply   |   Comment by Mavadelo  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#15

Win10 64bit Home. Download was slow even this morning Aussieland time. Which I found strange as usually I leave until now to download. But this game loaded fine, play well and what a refreshing game this is. Will be keeping this one. Thank you.

Reply   |   Comment by Suzanne  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#14

Thank you, I just don't care for Match-3 type games, however nice. Nice variety lately, esp. from MyPlayCity.

Reply   |   Comment by wyrwolf  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#13

Rolling Idol
A match 3 that looks newer than the ones given away recently. A slower download than usual, maybe increased traffic then? Just surprised as MPC usually downloads very fast. Plays well, and is a bit more complex than the usual match 3, with power ups and Purchase items, adds a interesting bit of strategy and thinking to the game. Noticed some complain about the delay as a powerup does its thing, kind of like a quick break if you will, watching them go to work.
Really like this game so far, and it will get some more work later ;)
Visually stunning, although some of the sounds get a bit tedious as it goes on, but that's almost all games anymore, so a minor quibble.
So even if you're not a fan of the genre you might want to check this one out! Good game and fun to play!

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Thank you for your feedback JBurt. Yes it's probably the number of community members downloading. the size of the game is quite small compared to some games we've had recently, though not excessively. I do have a game listed for you, but have still to find the document. It's not something I'm concentrating on at the moment, but rest assured you will get a key.


Reply   |   Comment by JBurt  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Whiterabbit, no rush at all on the key thing, as I know how it is to get behind, something happened that put me way behind on a project I need to do so I know how life can do that, and at the most inopportune times! Get your computer straightened out, get better as much as you can, and when you can get to it, will appreciate it :)

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Thanks for being understanding. p.s. A giveaway users asked me if I had a particular shmup that was given away many years ago, something like Star Lord. The community member collects shmups like I used to collect Breakout games. I still have a copy of that game that was able to be reinstalled but becasue I'm absolutely appalling with management, I have accumulated thousands of gigabytes of programs, stored on hundreds of DVD's CD and Blu Rays, unlabelled, or labelled badly. I* said at least three or four years ago that when I find that game I'll see if I can send him a copy. I bought a database program a few years ago and have slowly been sorting out all of those disks. I spent several months three years ago and had worked through about 30% of those disks (a blue Ray storage disk with almost 25GB of data on it can take several hours to be sorted, especially if I've saved already installed programs that themselves have thousands of components within the main folder), anyway, I had a HDD failure and then we moved house. It took me almost ayear to find the back up of the database I'd made, but I'd since upgraded from win 7 to Win 8 and found the program couldn't read the old database, so I had to start afresh. I spent another six months redoing the database and still haven't finished and still haven't found the game I promised I would send. The point I'm trying to mnake is if I make a promise I will always fulfill it even if it takes years. :)

Reply   |   Comment by JBurt  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#12

Using Windows 10. No response when I try to click on Menu button. Cannot close program without using Alt tab and select from open programs.


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Hi Zen, have you checked the event logs to see if there are any conflicts with the game? you can access the logs by typing Event Viewer in the search field or access your control panel and find the Event Logs in computer management (I think). Failing that check the FAQ's thread that I link to in my review at the top of the page. Do let me know if you get it fixed. I'm off to bed soon, so will check back in the morning.

regards W.R.

Reply   |   Comment by Zen  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#11

I'm not going to download this one - even tho it looks like an ok game. I just really don't like the myplaycity games. They take a while to load up, while they show an ad for another game, and then they open my browser when I finish.
I understand that this is so that myplaycity can make money from the game makers, but I just don't like it, so I choose not to download these games.
Will there ever be games that are not from myplaycity, or is this the only way that game giveaway is going to source games from now on?

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Hi Cathy. I really don't know? We've not had any Playrix games since February and I think the last Alawar game was given back in March. Since then the majority of games have been from MPC with several Steam games and a couple of others. I was told by someone (can't remember who), that Alawar were just taking a break. Of course we are still getting Steam games. There is a decent one in the listings now, which could be given away sometime this week, next weekend or even the week or weekend after as we do have several games available at the moment; however, most are MPC games.

As I've said several times recently. It has become increasingly difficult to get free games from developers, especially when they can make more money by adding the games to one of the 60 or so bundles that are usually live at any one time, or adding them to places like MPC where they get money every time your browser is redirected to MPC. most of the developers who subscribe to those free sites allow them to be given away at virtually all of the free sites, so they are likely earning a decent amount from community members who wouldn't otherwise buy the games. Whereas giving games away from the game giveaway site means a small donation from the giveaway team and the possibility that some community members may buy other games from them. What doesn't help is the tendency for a high percentage of those who post comments totally unrelated to the game being given away, and usually of a negative vibe. What developers want is to see constructive comments be they negative or positive as well as suggestions to improve their games, instead we get comments like ''' why aren't we getting this or that'' or ''I won;t use Steam, or I don't like installing games from MPC'', etc. I don't think developers appreciate such comments. Maybe I'm wrong about that, but I can honestly say if I was donating a game to a site like this and received such comments I'd definitely not be giving any more games away.

Reply   |   Comment by Cathy Leov  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Cathy Leov, WhiteRabbitUK, I think (not sure)I was the one telling that as it was told to me by the Alawar representative on the Steam platform whom I have in my friends list. I am not sure what his exact wordings where but he assured me Alawar was not "done" with ggotd and games would still be offered. He could not give any timeframes though :) I have seen it on the main giveaway site as well that devs sometimes take a break for a while ater which they return

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Hi Mavadelo, have you read the reply to your last comment. I only got around to moderating it recently as I tend to work backwards, i.e. the last comments tend to be moderated first because they are the first in the list. Yours must have been posted shortly after I went to bed. Alawar have been giving games away here virtually since its inception. They took a break from giving a couple of years after the first one. I was still beta testing at Alawar at the time, so asked them if they had stopped and was told it was just a break. They started giving more games away regularly about 18 months later and have continued until this March 2016. I hope your friend is right. It would be a shame to lose them completely as they do offer some excellent arcade games. Have you seen the Alawar bundle that is now available the next next four weeks over on the Groupee's site HERE? For $5 you get 31 arcade games, mainly Hidden Object games, with potentially a 32nd game to be added if they reach 2000 bundles sold i.e. 'Goblin Defenders: Steel ‘n’ Wood'.


By the way, just in case you checked, I turned on my Team Speak channel, however, I'm going to take a break from the computer very soon as I've been sitting here in front of the monitor since 7.30am this morning (five hours) dealing with the comments here. :(

Reply   |   Comment by Mavadelo  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#10

Rolling Idols viruses.

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

P László,

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False positive

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#9

Runs OK, installed on my laptop. The only thing I didn't like is common to a lot of games: It won't let me run in a window. The game seems pretty large sized so I'm not sure why a window isn't possible. As for the game maker, it's attributed to Melesta Games and there is an in-game ad from that company if you select to look at it, otherwise nothing going on there. You can keep clicking matches even while the icons are matching away around the board, which is nice. I didn't have too much trouble seeing what I was doing even though there was a lot of digital dust popping up.

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Thank you for your feedback Therese, never herd the term digital dust before, cool words. :)

Reply   |   Comment by Therese  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#8

I would like it if the FB share allowed me to post it to a group rather than my friends. I have a gaming group where I share the weekend giveaways already.

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Hi Marjory, you can do that via Steam. Basically set up a group via the community panel, then send invites to your friends. You can post announcements that will be sent to anyone in the group and you can arrange to play online with your friends at specific times. If those friends are logged it at the time you've set, they will get a pop up message informing them that a game is about to start. You can use your group like a web site, with sections for members to post, you can invite anyone you wish, or you can make it a free for all where anyone can join. You can allocate officers, admins etc who can help you run the group etc.

Reply   |   Comment by MarjoryM  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#7

First thing i do is to install into a folder I choose.

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Works fine!

Joxen


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Hi deSantamaria, I've deleted the parts of your comment that although I appreciate you were trying to help the community, could or will eventually harm them by stopping the flow of free games. This may sound absurd at this time, but it will happen if people continue to spread such information. I did ask last week that those who knew how to stop the browser from opening when you close the game down to please refrain from disclosing how it's done. For the following reasons:


If everyone starts to do this, MyPlayCity (MPC) will not earn the necessary cash that it earns every time you visit the site through the browser opening (whenever you close the game down). MPC rely on this cash to pay the developers who allow the community to download the games for free. The way it works is, most people who download games from these sites would not usually purchase them, however, there are sufficient numbers of people downloading them for free for MPC to earn shed loads of cash, a percentage of which is paid to the developers of the games. The developers are more than likely earning more money by allowing them to be given away free, than hoping someone will pay the going rate for arcade games either via their own game sites or via commercial distributors (who also develop their own games like MPC does for example, Gamehouse, Playrix, Alawar and Big Fish Games (to name just a few).

Please remember the bottom fell out of the arcade games market several years ago, when the average price of arcade games such as those given away here dropped drastically from almost $20 to an average of $6 or less almost overnight. These days you can pick up a game that used to cost almost $20 for literally a few dimes, for example check out the Alawar Mega bundle I've just posted details of below my main review, which is selling a total of 31 premium arcade games for a staggering $5 via the Groupee's site. Buying the bundle from Steam would normally cost just under $64 (£47) which is still extremely cheap making each game just over $2 each; but, via the Groupee's bundle you are getting each arcade game for just over 16 cents. The fact that usually tens of thousands of these bundles sell does actually pay for the developer to put their game into bundles, especially those from the Humble Bundle that can sell over a million bundles, to the Groupee's and Indie Gala bundles who usually sell tens of thousands for each bundle. It was after this many more free game sites appeared as well as bundle sites. MPC and a couple of others such as Gametop did exist prior to the crash, but the number of developers allowing their games to be given away was minimal, for example Gametop, which was at the time the top free game site had around 40 or 50 games, most of which were trash, and the majority of those games would not sell very well on commercial sites, or they were very old games that hardly anyone would purchase back then. They also used to have several freeware games advertised such as the original hidden and Dangerous TPS, the first two GTA games as well as other games converted to freeware. MPC now have well over a thousand games on their books.


So...... basically, if you stop your browser from opening, which incidentally is totally innocuous and is shut down simply by clicking on the X in the top right hand corner. and then telling others how to do it, will eventually cause sites like MPC to reduce the number of games they can pay for, and eventually it will inevitably lead to those free game sites closing down because as time passes more people get to know how simple it is to stop your browser from opening and to stop the advert at the beginning of the game. No one likes these things happening and is the main reason I don't usually install these games, instead I buy them as I can afford to, but I realize not everyone can afford to buy arcade games regularity. Most people would probably utilize this knowledge and stop the browser from opening and get rid of the ugly advert at the beginning unless they realized the consequence. Even then some will continue to do this.

Such behavior is why the giveaway team had to include a more secure wrapper such as Themida because a section of the giveaway community insisted on spreading the word on how to be able to keep an executable of the applications and games that could be installed at any time on any computer and would be fully activated instead of the 24 hour limit that was supposed to happen, i.e. if you didn't install the game or application on the day of the giveaway, it wouldn't be possible later. These people posted details of how to do it on many forums and there were loads of You Tube videos showing you how to do it (basically go into the Temp folder which was located in the hidden AppData folder and, while the game was installing copy over the executable that appeared in the temp folder (as a temporary - TMP file). The Themida code now stops that from happening, but apparently some guy has figured out another way to crack the Themida wrapper which is why the wrapper has been changed at least once since then

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

Nice try deSantamaria, Whiterabit, nothing is 100% secure... those that truely figure stuff out don't brag about how it's done unless they want that method to have counter-measures devised to make it even more difficult to cicumvent restirictions. I guess they might just want to hurt the giveaway project... So my answer to themedia protection, any variation is no comment ;-)

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I agree, nothing will ever be 100% secure. :)

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#6

with the fb post you can create a share to your timeline that only you can can see it works for me and that way im not spamming anything that I want to try but dont feel anyone else is really intrested

Reply   |   Comment by Deviltoes  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#5

It says that MyPlayCity is the "publisher" of the game. I AM VERY CONFUSED! Does MyPlayCity make their own games? I thought they were just a distributor of games made by other companies. Who really made this game? Does MyPlayCity REALLY have the right to allow GOTD to give it away? Or does it actually have the REAL creators permission to do so? And if it has the real creators permission, why isn't that real creators given the credit? I AM SO CONFUSED!

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Hi Swampy, no, MyPlayCity actually started out as small indie outfit developing several games. they then opened up their own site to sell their games, then started to sell other developers games, then they started to purchased some of those games from some developers, and now they pay developers cash to be able to give away games. The model works for them and basically is a win win for everyone concerned.

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

Swamp Thing, the game is from Melesta Games. It appears they get a free ad inside the game (completely unobtrusive I might add), which would make it worth their while to do this.

Reply   |   Comment by Therese  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Swamp Thing, I agree... there seems to be no legit reason why we get an executable build that's adulterated by MyPlayCity instead of the clean build (I presume) that is sold by bigfishgames that is linked to by this page... I suspect someone gets affilliats referal rewards from bigfishgames for any purchase that results from the refrals from this page and MyPlayCity enjoy the free advertising the adulterated build they give out gets them.

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MyPlayCity have agreements with the developers of all the games they give away. Many of the older games are now owned by MyPlayCity and some they developed themselves. The giveaway team would not knowingly give away games from MyPlayCity if there was anything illegal about it becasue they have a lot to lose; the main one being the good standing they enjoy with all of the major search engines. I've explained this elsewhere in reply to someone else, (I think Swampy). I cannot qualify whether or not there is anything underhand going on without writing to all of the owners of each game, MyPlayCity and the giveaway team. That involves a lot of effort which i'm not willing to do. That said, I think it very unlikely there is anything illegal in how the giveaway team are getting games from developers through MPC. As mentioned in that other explanation. The owners of the actual game will be getting a boost to their revenue whenever a game is given away here becasue suddenly thousands of community members are playing the game. Each time the game is closed, which for each community member could be several times or more before the next game is given away, means a significant amount of cash could have been earned both by MyPlayCity and the percentage given to the developer for MPC being allowed to give away the games to this community via the game giveaway project. Because MPC have only come into the giveaway picture with respect to actually getting games from them through the giveaway project since March/April, I would expect some sort of deal has been struck between the giveaway team, MPC and the owners of the games we have already received and the future games we will get. Of course that is only an assumption, but having known the giveaway team for almost a decade, I very much doubt they would be willing to compromise this site by giving away games without the permission ultimately of the owners of the games. We have had games from Alawar that were only distributed by Alawar, but owned by other developers. the same goes for Playrix. Isn't that the same thing? One last thought. As I said before MPC own a lot of the games given away by them, Basically they have purchased the right to sell or giveaway the games in whatever form they wish. Although MPC didn't physically develop the games we've received so far, they could very well actually own the licenses for the games now. Who knows? Like every argument/discussion of this nature, without all of the facts, we cannot be sure.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#4

Not so positive reviews on Bigfishgames, I won't bother trying this.

Reply   |   Comment by Jordan  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Jordan,
If you limit your games to only those with positive reviews on Big Fish, you'll miss a lot of delightful games! Unless the genre is one I dislike, I always install the Game Giveaway of the Day to try. I can always uninstall it!

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That's exactly what I did when I first visited the giveaway site and when they started the game giveaway site it opened my eyes to a lot of games I'd never dream of buying originally. Back them my staple was breakout clones and space oriented shooters (often abbreviated to Shmup's) with the odd unusual platformer such as Gish. I'd never played a tower defense game until one was given away here and now it's one of my favorite arcade genres. :)

Reply   |   Comment by Lisa  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#3

Ads on game load screen and repeated browser launch to ad pages.
Uninstalled immediately


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Hi Brian, Once the game is installed, the only time your browser is opened is when you close the game down. The reason for this is becasue to get those free games, MyPlayCity and other free game sites have to pay the developers for the privilege of giving the games away. Every time your browser opens to MPC's home page cash is earned, a percentage of which is given to the developer. These free game sites wouldn't exist without advertising. Once the game is ready to play, the advert at the beginning disappears. it's totally innocuous unless you click on the button, which doesn't affect the actual game, and only takes you to another page where you can find details of the free online game. Personally I don't like seeing adverts and is the reason the only MPC game's I install are those I don't already own and need to play so that i can write a review. I uninstall them once it's done. But to be honest, the games are totally safe.

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

AH, I believe my questions as been answered! MyPlayCity ISN"T the developer of the game. So, it should never have been listed as publisher. GOTD is giving away these games without the original developer's permission.

Reply   |   Comment by Swamp Thing  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)

Hey Swampy,

Calm down a bit. No one is being cheated here. Melesta Games - is the developer and the game was first published by Big Fish. Now Big Fish was kinda like the "Steam" of casual games back then. If Big Fish was interested in your games, you had it made.

Melesta Game's big hit was the Farm Frenzy series. "Over 10 games with the Farm Frenzy brand have been developed and ported to popular platforms such as iOS, Android, Mac OS, Nintendo consoles, and Windows Phone."

On their website it, NOW, seems they are focusing on mobile games...Melsoft - Melsoft

"Rolling Idols is a match-3 casual game in an ancient Mayan setting in which the player collects 6 idols symbolizing various elements.
Rolling Idols: Lost City is a new version of match-3 game Rolling Idols without time pressure and in HD quality."

I did not download this particular game as it seems to be the same game as Rolling Idols: Lost City(which I have) with no timer and in HD.

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Thank you for your comment Delenn. I beta tested the first three Farm Frenzy games. They were the first TM games I ever enjoyed playing, though I found the later versions a little to similar to bother buying them. Got the first three free for beta testing. :)

Reply   |   Comment by delenn13  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Swamp Thing,

No that's not true Swampy, the developers of these games have given MPC permission to give them away. Every game given way earns the developer money. The more times you play the game, the more the developer earns. I very much doubt MPC would allow the gamegiveaway team permission to give these games away if it wasn't legal.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Whiterabbit-uk, I must just be dumb, because I am still confused. I understand that the developer gave MyPlayCity permission to give away this game on its own site, but did the developer give GOTD permission to give the game away on this one?

Giving permission to one person to do something does not mean I'm giving permission to that one person to allow anybody else to do it.

I could give you permission to contact me at my email address. That doesn't mean that you have permission to give my email address to anybody you want to.

I don't want to see the day arrive - but I am anticipating it to happen very soon - that MyPlayCity gives GOTD permission to give away a Playrix or Alawar game. That would be something very screwy!

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To be honest Swampy, it's a question I can't answer without contacting MPC myself and/or the developer of the game. It is assumed MPC have permission to do what they are doing. I doubt the giveaway team would do anything underhand becasue they have always striven to keep things above board and legal. Doing something illegal like giving away thousands of games without the permission of the owner of the rights to the game could damage the teams reputation. At this point in time the giveaway site has a very high standing with all of the major search engines. to keep that status, they are reliant on being totally legal. Losing that status would mean, search engines would not prioritize the sites address when people make internet searches, so, instead of the giveaway site being in the top ten searches for a particular subject matter, htey may be several p[ages back. How often when making asearch do you trawl through several pages of results. I rarely get past the first or second one. No, I very much doubt the giveaway team don't have permission to give this and other games away from MPC.
The developer will still be getting an income from the games given away via the game giveaway site. In fact it's highly likely he/she /they will receive a massive boost in income as suddenly thousands of community members are downloading and installing this particular game. MPC offer well over 1500 games. Income from those games is likely to be a trickle except for situations like this one when suddenly thousands of members are playing this game above all others from the MPC site, at least in the short term. I booted up Rolling Idols several times throughout the giveaway period. Each one of those will have earned cash for both MPC and the developer. If you consider that thousands of giveaway members will have played Rolling Idols and probably booted it up at least a few times, the number of hits MPC will have received just for this game with be astronomical. I'd love to know the actual figures.
Again we can only assume permission has been granted. It's not worth the effort from me to go write to the developer to find out.

Reply   |   Comment by Swamp Thing  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#2

I don't like this new FB sharing thing any more than the rest of you, (esp. as I've blocked all game posts on FB itself, and I hate "spamming" my friends as much as the next guy,) but here is how I handle it here. No, I don't wait for the e-mail. I select FB share, and then I pull down on the arrow next to the icon that says "Public" and I change it to "Only Me." Then I can proceed to d/l the game. If I later find it good enough to actually want to share, I can go back and change it to public; if not, no one sees it but me. No, I do not think this is "cheating," simply because my recommendation MEANS something to my friends, and I am unable to recommend anything I have not yet tried.

Haven't been here a lot lately, nor d/l much; it's getting too MPC and Steam for my personal tastes, but when I do come here, the comments are inevitable littered with whines about the FB thing. Hence, this comment. As I started with, I don't like it either. ;)



(And I have better outdated Match3s than this. May check back later to see what the comments say, but at this point, I probably will not bother to download or share.)

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Hi Laurel, nice to see you around, been a while since I saw your name. Regarding the FB thing, you can close the Facebook login as soon as it appears then the download button turns green. you don't even need a FB account, you just have to click on the FB link then cancel it. They have added it to try and promote the site. The more community members we have, the more likely we can get better games. As for today's Match Three, I've played much better, but I did actually enjoy playing this one. It reminded me a little of the Treasures of Montezuma games, though not quite as good. There is a feature that I've not seen in a match three before where you have to unlock a key (by creating a match that includes the key) to be able to remove certain idols. I thought there was another new feature i.e. matching idols with gems as well, but the Montezuma games already do that. :)

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

laurelnev,

What do you mean by "wait for the email"? The email is sent instantly, at least for me.

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

laurelnev,

"The more community members we have, the more likely we can get better games"

I have shared this game on my Facebook. I sure hope when you say "better games" you are not talking about more Myplaycity. I hope you are talking about some real game publishers.

Reply   |   Comment by gpc111  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Hi whiterabbit-uk. :-)

Unfortunately that trick (click on the green download button, then the blue "share and download", then close the facebook window that appeared and then click download to get the download without sharing anything) seems it has been corrected.
At least on my machine, I can't use it anymore using certain browsers: MSIE11, MS edge 38.14393.0.0, firefox 48.0.2.
It worked with Vivaldi 1.3.551.38 and chrome 53.0.2785.101m in incognito mode.
I didn't try other browsers (yes, I have them).

By the way, I always given my email address to GAOTD before the facebook thing and I did not receive spam, never (from gaotd), and I always can give with confidence I won't receive spam.

Best regards!

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Thank you for your feedback xilolee, that is strange. I've never had to sign into Facebook since it was incorporated into the main site and the game site????

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

laurelnev and WR,

Sometimes cancel FB login screen doesn't do the trick. If that happens I login with wrong info, if you cancel the error screen then the download becomes available.

regards
LuidesAlp (previously nicknamed 2enjoyhere2)

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I've been lucky never to have had to sign in. Each time I've wanted to download a program or a game, opening the login page then closing it has always turned the download button green.

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

Whiterabbit-uk: neither do I.
I don't have even a facebook account.

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I used to have a Facebook account several years ago. I only set it up using the name Whiterabbit-uk, so that I could play several of the games F.B. had, such as city management games etc. A dear friend recommended the games and we used to play a game together called Mafia, it wasn't actually together, we just played while chatting via Skype or Team Speak. I got fed up of the games after about 3 months as I was neglecting games I'd recently purchased via Steam, so stopped playing. when I thought to check out one of the games again a couple of years ago, I wasn't able to open the account. I then discovered they had closed accounts that did not use real names. I'm sure warnings went out to people, but as i wasn't using it at the time I never knew about the closures until it had happened. It didn't bother me in the least.

I do think they can be of use in some cases. I used to use a site called Friends and Relations and thanks to that site i managed to reconnects with a few friends from school that I'd not seen in over 30 years. That's one of th4 good things about Facebook, if you are lucky enough to find friends. I did search out and found the brother of a good friend who i used to talk to virtually every night and we played co-op games almost daily as well. Suddenly he stopped signing into his Steam account and wasn't answering his phone. I knew something was wrong, so contacted the Canadian Police and after several enquiries I was told he had passed away following a massive heart attack. I knew he had a brother whom we'd played with a couple of times, but I didn't have any contact details apart from his name. I wanted to find out exactly what had happened as I knew he would have wanted me to know. I managed to find his brother via Facebook and was told what had happened.

Reply   |   Comment by xilolee  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

LuidesAlph, at times have to turn off certain of the ad-blockers I use , prevents some types of scripts from running , turn them off , get download or page to open etc. , when finished turning ad-blockers back on again and all is well.

Reply   |   Comment by Bob2  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
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