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Game Giveaway of the day — Sandra Fleming Chronicles: Crystal Skulls

Uncover the mystery behind the crystal skulls!
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User rating: 26 (87%) 4 (13%) 36 comments

Sandra Fleming Chronicles: Crystal Skulls was available as a giveaway on August 19, 2018!

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The legendary Crystal Skulls have been lost for centuries. Sandra Fleming is hired to find them for Professor Harold Wagner. Will Sandra be able to retrieve the skulls from a terrifying volcanic island, the snowy mountains of Nepal, or the jungles of Amazon River? Join her on her quest in this fantastic Hidden Object Puzzle Adventure game! Dive into Sandra Fleming Chronicles: Crystal Skulls and go on an exciting journey!

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8/ 10; CPU: 1.0 GHz; RAM: 256 MB; DirectX: 9.0; Hard Drive: 232 MB

Publisher:

MyPlayCity

Homepage:

https://www.bigfishgames.com/games/6309/sandra-fleming-chronicles-crystal-skulls/?pc

File Size:

179 MB

Price:

$9.99

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To get a feel for today's game before you download it, please check out the following game play videos of Jane Lucky HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE. You can also see a couple of written walkthrough HERE and HERE You can also see more videos in the ‘Other Reviews and Videos’ section below.
Sandra Fleming Chronicles: Crystal Skulls@

In Brief
A hidden Object adventure game with mini games.
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Installation:
Sandra Fleming Chronicles: Crystal Skulls downloads to a 179 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. The newly installed game is 229 MB in size. The game installs to the following path by default, but can be changed by the user if you prefer:
C:\Program Files (x86)\MyPlayCity.com\Sandra Fleming Chronicles - Crystal Skull
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:
The legendary Crystal Skulls have been lost for centuries. Sandra Fleming is hired to find them for Professor Harold Wagner. Will Sandra be able to retrieve the skulls from a terrifying volcanic island, the snowy mountains of Nepal, or the jungles of Amazon River? Join her on her quest in this fantastic Hidden Object Puzzle Adventure game! Dive into Sandra Fleming Chronicles: Crystal Skulls and go on an exciting journey!

Reference accessed HERE 19th Aug 2018
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The Game:
From Intenium, the makers of the equally awesome Insider Tales: The Stolen Venus 2 and Tulula: Legend of a Volcano, comes Sandra Fleming Chronicles: Crystal Skulls, a hidden object adventure with heavy emphasis on the latter. Sandra Fleming cuts out most of the casual stuff we see in modern games, leaving you alone with a strange world with nothing but your wits to get you out. It's a challenging and intriguing game that goes to greater lengths to satisfy your puzzle solving itch than most other games of its species!
Summoned to the museum by a curator friend, you learn of the legend of the Crystal Skulls, relics of the old world hidden away by the natives of South America and sought after by conquistadors. The museum has one of the skulls, but now, information has surfaced leading to the remainder of them, sparking your pal Tom to head out on an adventure. You quickly follow, landing on the beach ready to scour the landscape for clues.
Sandra Fleming Chronicles: Crystal Skulls is much more adventure-oriented than most hidden object hybrids out these days, and for that reason alone, you should try it. You'll spend most of your time searching scenes for the odd item or two, poking your cursor around sparkling areas and investigating small mini-scenes within the larger areas. Often times you'll come up with a useful item or two, stashing it in your inventory for later use. Only when you collect the right things can you start solving puzzles, and even then you'll find you have to go exploring to pick out more necessary objects.
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Puzzles take the form of multi-part riddles that require several items as well as some sleuthing on your part. For example, early on you'll be confronted with a locked safe with a three-digit combination. Normally, a casual adventure game would throw the numbers on a piece of paper and place it right in front of your head. In Sandra Fleming Chronicles, however, you'll learn these numbers one at a time, but only if you're paying attention to your surroundings. They're never thrown right in your face, forcing you to actually get involved in the game!
Sandra Fleming Chronicles: Crystal Skulls isn't quite your ordinary hidden object adventure hybrid game. In fact, in several areas it goes out of its way to be just the opposite, preferring not to hold the player's hand and opting instead to throw you in head first to see if you can survive. Fortunately, even for non-adventure game buffs, it's easy enough to stay afloat, as the difficulty level won't drown you as long as you keep an eye peeled for random clues hidden right in front of your face!
Sandra Fleming Chronicles: Crystal Skulls has a lot of nice animations that are both fun to play with but also serve to liven up the hidden object scenes. Some of them add a bit of depth to a scene, like doors that open to conceal items hidden on shelves, or things you have to repeatedly click to swing them out of the way. Try clicking on everything, see what moves!
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Sandra Fleming Chronicles dares to do what every other popular hidden object game does: provide a challenge and draw the player in to the game's world. If the same old formula is what you're looking for, this game probably won't please you. If you want something different enough to be satisfying, Sandra Fleming Chronicles: Crystal Skulls is worth downloading today!
Edited reference accessed HERE. Originally posted by JohnB on 3rd July 2011. Edited and reposted by Whiterabbit-uk 19th Aug 2018.
Other Reviews and Videos of Sandra Fleming Chronicles: Crystal Skulls:
You can see community reviews of Sandra Fleming Chronicles: Crystal Skulls HERE and some more videos of game play HERE, HERE, HERE (German), HERE (German), HERE and HERE.
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Conclusion:
I’ve not played the game long enough to give a fair conclusion, that said, what I did play was decent and I will be returning to the game soon. :)
If you miss today's game giveaway you can always get the game free 24/7 via MyPlayCity HERE; or If you prefer to purchase the game you can get it directly from Big Fish games HERE
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank MyPlayCity for giving away Sandra Fleming Chronicles: Crystal Skulls with the toolbars etc removed and also to the game giveaway team, as always, for securing other ways to get free games.
Suggestions:
After you've had an opportunity to play Sandra Fleming Chronicles: Crystal Skulls please take a few moments to give some positive or negative feedback about the game; for example, what you liked or disliked, or how improvements could be made to make it more enjoyable and perhaps change your mind about this game? If you don't like Hidden Object games at all, please explain why? If you don't have time to post a comment today, please do so at your convenience. These comments will always be accessible for as long as this site is open and provide a valuable resource for game developers, thank you. To access the comments once the giveaway is over, open the game giveaway to its home page then scroll to the bottom of the page where it says Archives and select the date the giveaway was live (giveaway days are in bold type). This will open up the appropriate page for you to post your comment or review.
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Useful Information not related to today's game giveaway:
I've updated the games section that used to be posted with the review. The thread is now called 'Weekly roundup 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.
The rest of the information that used to be posted here can be found in the forums HERE. Also, check out Delenns thread over in the game discussion forums for details of other free games and offers HERE. There are two Steam games temporarily on offer for free i.e. Orwell, which you can get via the Humble Bundle Store page HERE and BROKE PROTOCOL: Online City RPG directly from Steam HERE (you need to be logged into your Steam account to get the game). I don't know when these offer end so don't delay.
Having problems installing today's game?
If you have a problem installing or activating or getting Sandra Fleming Chronicles: Crystal Skulls to work please visit the problems section, which you can find in the FAQ's thread HERE. Also read through the community’s comments because sometimes fixes have already been posted. The main issue we have is with the giveaway wrapper, which uses a Themida based code to protect the games executable. Unfortunately, Themida is also used to hide malware; so, as a precaution, some security software may block the installation and sometimes even delete the executable file. Blocking or deletion is usually determined partly by the way your computer is set up. Usually you'll get a message saying ''the file is corrupted'', but, the files are okay. There are a couple of things you can do to overcome this issue. The first is to reboot in safe mode with networking, install the game then reboot, or secondly you can (at your own risk) temporarily turn off your security, install the game, then turn your security back on. A note of reassurance to those that choose the latter and quicker method. The game giveaway team have been giving away games for over a decade (Dec 2006 & prior to that, via the main site 2 or 3 times weekly from Oct 2006 to Dec 2006) and have 'NEVER' given away a game infected with malware; they always test every giveaway with several of the top anti-malware suites to ensure all games are free from malware.
If for any reason you want to contact the giveaway team, for example, if you have a problem getting the latest game or other issues that the FAQ's thread or these comments don't cover or solve or if you have a game to offer the community you can do so HERE
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Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)
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The game needs to be less demanding on putting objects in a precise place. I have just had to give it up having spent about 10 minutes failing to put a dart on the dartboard. Shame, I was enjoying the game.

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

Sieska Cowdrey,
Find the arrow and use the bulls-eye to hit the dartboard and then collect it.
Peter

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

Peter, I've just done that another dozen times: it didn't work (sad face)

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

Sieska , I had this trouble as well. Switching to another app and back helped me.

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

Now I remember - switching made me notice, that placing the dart way off to the left and to the bottom makes a red target visible, which should be pointed onto the dart board.

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

Sieska , in details: Clicking, holding and moving the arrow a bit makes a red bulls-eye visible. Now don't move the arrow but the bulls-ey centered onto the dart board. This works for sure!

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

Got it! Thanks, Peter, you're a star.

Reply   |   Comment by Sieska  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
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I followed the directions, including temp disabling my anti-virus, and it installed perfectly on my Win7 x64. I love this kind of game, which mixes HOG with a little bit of adventure. It's a keeper for me!

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

P.S. It opened in full-screen. No problems.

Reply   |   Comment by M. Aronson  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
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Works well on Windows 7 64 bit, except I don't get widescreen.

Reply   |   Comment by Larry  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
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I got this to install and start, but then started getting strobe-ish events on-screen. Sometimes would trigger as a result of interaction with Tom, or when the tutorial would pop something up on me. Picking up an item or using it elsewhere has made it happen as well. Also I was 4 parts into assembling the instruction manual and it started the strobing too. I'm finding that minimizing the fullscreen and bringing it back up will stabilize it again until some other screen thing triggers it again.

Reply   |   Comment by Jon  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
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The game is not really touch-screen friendly. There is no cursor change, as there is no cursor on a touch screen :-) And the game requires a good precision when clicking, which is generally not a feature of a touch-screen used with fingers.

Reply   |   Comment by Mike  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
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I am running Windows 10 ver 1803, on 64 bit laptop
I was able to successfully download, install and open the game. Beautiful graphics, etc. But, I'm unable to interact with the opening (beach) screen. I was able to find and add coins to the hints, but nothing else. It won't even interact with the "sparkles at the fish, boat, and pipe. I have gone over every square centimeter of the screen with no luck. I've run the compatibility troubleshooter, uninstalled the game, rebooted the computer, reinstalled the game, all with not luck.

I've tried full screen and small screen. The only thing I've done on the game is turn off sounds. (I find them distracting)

What's wrong.

Reply   |   Comment by Bayle Goodman  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#13

This is my favorite kind of game, and this one is really good! Beautiful graphics and a lot of fun. Also, I LOVE the immediate download and not having to go through email, Facebook, etc. Thanks so much, GOTD.

Reply   |   Comment by handiewmn  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
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Installed fine, but is very laggy on a Windows 10 Pro with 16GB of memory. I've seen this once and a while before with My Play City games. I uninstalled.

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

Brian, Same here, pointer moves too slow to play in Full Screen mode Plays fine in Windowed mode, but that's too tiny to play a HOG. I installed DX9.0C runtimes before. helped some MPC games to play, but not this one.

Reply   |   Comment by Semo  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
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Can't figure out how to assemble the scraps of paper into instructions to repair the generator. I've tried dropping them onto the screen in all 3 locations with no luck. The scraps just return to inventory. Also, the mouse is really slow to respond, not jumping around, just slow. Running latest version of Win10. Disabled High DPI scale settings & running in Comp. mode for Win8 but get same results.

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

Ron Dunn, did you try to assemble the note on the note board? (Located to the right of the elevator shack door.)

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

Found out you have to return to the hut & place pieces on to the outside board with the white tag on it. When you assemble the pipe pieces make sure the fill spout for the water is in the down position first because you won't be able to move it once the pieces are in the correct position.

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

DianaAspenHill, I finally did but thanks!

Reply   |   Comment by Ron Dunn  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
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I'm running on Win XP 64 bit: no problems! Really fun HOG. Unlike some of the recent offerings, the objects needed to be found are CLEAR, they LOOK like the stated object, and are not teeny-tiny nor a shadow of a shadow. Lots of interactive bits, which makes it more of a challenge than just straight out "find the thing". (If people are not used to the interactive bits, then the game might be a bit frustrating.)

Definitely Two Thumbs Up. :)

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Reply   |   Comment by DianaAspenHill  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#9

Reinstalled..fixed problem

Reply   |   Comment by bluzedrumr  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#8

Fine Windows 10 x64 Pro. Nice graphics, extremely well designed HOG screens where they list items to be found/uncovered. So often those lists are either too tiny, or too fonty to enjoy. The full screen doesn't go edge to edge on wide monitor but is ample views.
Just tested but looks like a pleasant story hook, arc. Great rainy day time passer.
Makes icon, no need for any codes. Thanks GOTD.

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

Almost every time I tri to get to the broken bridge/cistern/crane location, the game crashes. Windows 10 version 1803.

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

Mike,

Have you tried win10's compatibility troubleshooter?

I go to the game's folder, & right click game.exe.
In Settings -> Display, if Scale & Layout is >100, I select properties, then the compatibility tab, then "Change high DPI settings", check "Override high DPI...", selecting system in the dropdown. Then I click OK, then Apply on the compatibility tab, then click "Run compatibility troubleshooter". In theory you don't need to do all that -- just run the troubleshooter -- but I've had better luck [results] this way. If Scale & Layout = 100, then I'll just run the troubleshooter from the context menu, rather than selecting Properties & going through all that.

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

mike, I did as described, helped me some, but when returning back to the same location to fix the crane, I got the same exception.

Reply   |   Comment by Mike  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#6

jumpy mouse. Tried to go to windowed mode, won't even accept 'enter your name' response, so no access to options.

Reply   |   Comment by bluzedrumr  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#5

If you are having trouble with an unruly mouse, try window mode.

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

Downloaded, deacitvated Avast for 10 min installed and no problem
The Game started normal.

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

@ Heleen & @ Rune, from the READ ME:

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IMPORTANT: please note that due to the Themida wrapper usage your installation might be blocked by your antivirus (AVG, Avast or Kaspersky)!

This will result in no program installed on your PC even if your antivirus reports no files are blocked.
In order to install the program, you'll have to temporally disable your antivirus.

If you have Kaspersky antivirus, disable it and restart the computer.
Please make sure it won't start automatically with the computer.
Now please download the program archive once again and try to install it.

Sorry for the inconvenience!

If you have any questions, please contact our tech support team at giveaway@giveawayoftheday.com
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Reply   |   Comment by Johan  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Johan, I always disable my antivirus. This is the first program I have had trouble with in weeks. Will download again...

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

Johan, this time it worked. Maybe it was giving bad downloads earlier. Weird...

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

Is corrupt

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

Heleen, ditto. Doesn't do anything. Just pops up successfully installed message from GAOTD but nothing happens.

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

Rune, Heleen
Try´d to start Engine.exe ?
Else DEinstalling, turn PC off ~10 sec off, to clear Ram
Reinstall and Pray

Hope it will help

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