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Game Giveaway of the day — Settlement: Colossus

Build an empire out of its grass hut roots!
User rating: 20 (91%) 2 (9%) 11 comments

Settlement: Colossus was available as a giveaway on January 1, 2022!

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Build an empire out of its grass hut roots! Take the role of a 300-year old emperor cursed to live without his true love until he appeases his god for a grievous offense. Gather resources, research new tools and build bigger and better accommodations as you care for your people and attract new citizens to your fold. Featuring outstanding graphics and a breathtaking score, Settlement: Colossus is a thrilling Hidden Object game!

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8/ 10; CPU: 1.0 GHz; RAM: 128 MB; DirectX: 9.1; Hard Drive: 570 MB





File Size:

207 MB



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Settlement: Colossus
In Brief
Settlement: Colossus is a blend of Hidden Object and resource management city builder with mini games included that was first given away almost three years ago on the 2nd February 2019 HERE; where it received a positive 93% from 40 votes with 11 comments, which you can see HERE

Build an empire out of its grass hut roots! Take the role of a 300-year old emperor cursed to live without his true love until he appeases his god for a grievous offense. Gather resources, research new tools and build bigger and better accommodations as you care for your people and attract new citizens to your fold. Featuring outstanding graphics and a breath-taking score, Settlement: Colossus is a thrilling Hidden Object game!

Multiple minigames
Tons of locations to explore
Build an entire empire!.

Reference accessed HERE. 2nd February 2019 and again 31st Dec 2021
The Game:
Settlement: Colossus takes the hidden object genre and fuses it with a strategy game to create something wholly unique in the space. Instead of finding random objects, your tasked with collecting resources that are necessary for survival, which makes the whole experience much more engaging. Unfortunately, it also adds a layer of unnecessary repetition that will cause some frustration in an otherwise excellent game.

The game has you taking control of a newly settled group of people as you attempt to help a fledgling society develop and advance. This is done by collecting resources, building, and researching. The resources are key to doing just about anything in the game, from making tools and building a fire to simply keeping your people fed. Things start off simply enough, as you’ll be collecting berries and sticks to keep your people alive, but the game quickly gets more complex. Eventually you’ll be investing your time and resources into building schools, farms, and, of course, religious temples.

Your people advance quite a bit over the course of the game, and it’s very satisfying to see your settlement grow; it’s just too bad that the whole scenario is tied together with a bland, uninteresting story. In between each of the game’s chapters you’ll presented with a quick cut scene, which details the history of the people and how they came to be homeless in the first place. It’s predictable and generic, and worse still is told through some very ugly cut-scenes that don’t mesh at all with the art direction of the rest of the game.

But thankfully the story is easy to ignore. You can simply skip the cut scenes and focus on what’s most important: stocking up on resources and developing your burgeoning community. Settlement: Colossus is divided up into several chapters, each of which features a number of objectives. Some of them you have to complete, like building a school or a harbour, while others are optional. And doing all of this requires resources. As you progress, you’re given more and more options for what you can collect, which in turn gives you more options for what you can build. Soon enough you’ll go from foraging for sticks and berries to collecting bricks for houses and grapes for wine.

The game gives you little freedom when it comes to how you develop your settlement. Each objective requires specific resources and often can’t be completed until you’ve already finished several other objectives. And since both collecting resources and completing objectives uses up resources, you’ll constantly be forced to go back and replenish your supplies. This leads to a lot of repetition, as you’ll frequently visit the same areas over and over again in order to stock up on firewood or to mine for ore. There is the odd mini-game to help break up the action, but they are presented too infrequently to be very effective.

Since you’re going to be spending a lot of time staring at the forests and caves surrounding your settlement, it’s a good thing they look so good. As opposed to the frankly ugly cut scenes, the hidden object areas are absolutely stunning. The level of detail is incredible, and small touches like buzzing insects and falling rain really help make the different areas in the game feel alive. And, though for the most part they’re not all that difficult to find, the actual objects you’ll find blend in quite well with their surroundings, so they don’t look out of place at all. With the exception of those pesky lumps of clay, which blend a little too well.

In an interesting twist, Settlement: Colossus also supports Facebook Connect, allowing you to share information about the game with all of your social network friends. You can upload screenshots of your settlement, update your status, or simply let everyone know when you complete a chapter or earn a trophy. It’s a neat little addition and great way to spread the word about the game if you’re so inclined. It’s also optional, so you’re not forced to connect if you don’t want to.

But while the end result of Settlement: Colossus isn’t quite as interesting as the core idea it presents, the game is still solid and enjoyable. The game play, while a bit on the repetitive side, is unique and refreshing and the visuals are absolutely wonderful. The game also provides a very lengthy adventure that is sure to keep would-be settlers busy for quite some time.

Edited reference accessed HERE. Originally posted by Andrew Webster Feb 18, 2010 , re-posted by Whiterabbit-uk 2nd Feb 2019 and again 31st Dec 2021
Videos of Settlement: Colossus:

You can see several in-game videos of game play HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE (Français), HERE (Français), HERE & HERE.

If you miss today's game giveaway you can always get the game via MyPlayCity 24/7 HERE; or If you prefer to purchase the game you can get it HERE via Big Fish Games.
Problems getting the game to work:
If you're having problems installing or activating or getting Settlement: Colossus to work please visit the FAQ's Thread HERE.






Notes on Security

I scanned a zipped copy of the installed game using Virus Total and it found 3 hits (VBA32, Kingsoft & Panda) from 59 antimalware engines. These three are amongst only several antimalware suites that often tag MyPlayCity Games compared to most better known and more reliable antimalware engines; so, it's very likely to be a false positive.

The downloaded executable 'may' include some low level adware that opens your browser once to MyPlayCity Games home page after the game has installed and also places a few shortcuts onto your desktop; these can be safely deleted once the game has been installed).

The MyPlayCity installation does NOT inject any malware into your system. When your browser is opened to MyPlayCity's home page following the games installation, it earns MyPlayCity games some money, part of which is given to the developer of the game for allowing the game to be given away free. The giveaway version of MyPlayCity games version has had most of the adware disabled.

You can see the results of the scan via the following link:


Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+17)


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Please check Delenn's threads over in the giveaway forums HERE and HERE for the latest non Steam and Steam freebies. Also for the latest Steam sales check THIS Steam database site out. You can list the games in 'price' & 'percentage off' by clicking the headers. If you link SteamDB with your Steam account, all games that you already have will be highlighted in green. When there are Steam games being given away, you'll see 100% off.
Don't forget to check Indie Gala's freebie section HERE, then click on the Showcase header, selecting freebies from the drop down menu; recent additions include Pixel Puzzles 2: Christmas ( a traditional style jigsaw puzzle game), North (asylum seeker game), Nostradamus the Last Prophecy, (a point and click mystery adventure), Snowball (A more "discovery-based" approach to pinball. Learn the secret rules of the board to access hard to reach places and rack up HUGE SCORE BONUSES, which are generally agreed to be more important than any other current event in the real world) and the full version of Die Young (you play as Nehir, a field agent of a well-known political party. The party's agenda is to deconstruct and eliminate Brother n.1, the leader of Island's community); we were previously given the prologue version, (which is still available free) Recent games such as Distortions, Dino Run DX, Cheap Golf, Kill Em All, Dead Hungry Diner and Contract with the Devil have now been removed. All remaining freebies can be found in the showcase section (around 100 are available). Not all games that go into the showcase remain free, so you should grab them as soon as you can.

The daily Epic giveaways have now ended. The final game was actually a trilogy of Tomb Raider games worth around £120 when not on sale. Two of the games are heavily discounted at 90% and 85% if you prefer Steam versions.

Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration - Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration includes the base game and Season Pass featuring all-new content. Explore Croft Manor in the new “Blood Ties” story, then defend it against a zombie invasion in “Lara’s Nightmare”.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition - In Shadow of the Tomb Raider Definitive Edition experience the final chapter of Lara’s origin as she is forged into the Tomb Raider she is destined to be. Combining the base game, all seven DLC challenge tombs, as well as all downloadable weapons, outfits, and skills, Shadow of the Tomb Raider Definitive Edition is the ultimate way to experience Lara’s defining moment.
Tomb Raider GOTY - Tomb Raider is a critically acclaimed action adventure that explores the intense and gritty origin story of Lara Croft and her ascent from a young woman to a hardened survivor. Armed only with raw instincts and the ability to push beyond the limits of human endurance, Lara must fight to unravel the dark history of a forgotten island to escape its relentless hold. The Game of the Year edition includes the Tomb of the Lost Adventurer, 6 single player outfits for Lara and 4 characters.

The above three games will be available until 4pm (UK) 11am (Eastern) on the the 6th January where a new game will be offered called Gods Will Fall. - Experience the trials of 8 warriors in their plight to sever the gods’ grip on humanity as you take on legions of beasts in each of the gods’ realms.

If anyone has theHunter: Call of the Wild or it's free version theHunter: Classic, Second Extinction, Generation Zero, Left 4 Dead, Left 4 Dead 2, Zombie Army Trilogy, Dying Light, Red Dead Redemption 2, Red Dead Redemption Online, Sanctum 1 , Sanctum 2, Strange Brigade, Barotrauma, The Elder Scrolls Online , fallout 76, Serious Sam 3: BFE, Serious Sam 2, Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter and Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter on Steam; or who got either theHunter: Call of the Wild or Second Extinction via Epic when they were free recently and is interested in playing some co-op with me, please leave a message in the thread I posted over in the forums HERE; I'll then contact you via the email you've used for your forum sign in and I'll send you a link to my Discord channel and make some arrangements to play. I've been playing the first few games in the list regularly this year (approaching 700 hrs for theHunter and over 250 hrs for Second Extinction) and have played all of the others over the last few years and am familiar with their mechanics (these include FPS, TPS, Hunting, 2D Submarine sims, tower defence and zombie shooters, all of which are co-operative games, or can be played cooperatively. I've found playing with friends much more enjoyable than playing solo. If you are new to any of these games and are maybe shy online, then I will help you get to grips with any games (though I may be a little rusty with some). I've always been quite shy when online and always treat people with respect. I don't swear and conversation is usually just about the game; at least until I get to know the people I'm playing with. I've made some very good friends around the world since playing my first online games back in the early 2000's (America's Army, Vietcong, Men of Valor, Men of Honor, Battlefield 1942/BFVietnam and BF2 as well as the early Serious Sam games. The HD reskins are excellent. If you only have theHunter base game, when playing co-op with me you will be able to join any of the 11 reserves that are available and explore them, as only the person running the server requires the reserves. Any thing you unlock while in my server will be saved and added to your reserve if you later decide to purchase those DLC reserves that you don't already have.
The best Indie Bundles sites that have been operating from around 2011 are the Humble Bundle and Indie Gala sites (though the latter isn't as good as it used to be) where you'll sometimes find decent bundles with over 90% off the usual price of the games included in the bundles. The Humble site is in my opinion the best. A more recent addition that is worth checking out are the Fanatical bundles (that used to be called Bundle Stars) that you can find HERE.

Cave Story®'s Secret Santa is still available free over on GOG; when I first posted this over a week ago, it wasn't actually available; you will need to revisit the page to claim the game if you tried grabbing it last week).

There are several thousand (+) free games available on Steam, though if you go to the free games section you'll only find a few hundred listed. Many of them have been removed from the Steam store over the years, but, because some Steam community members have added them when they were available, they are still accessible via the Steam database. Because they are free, you can still access these using a particular script that is available via SteamDB. When you first access the correct page it will list every free game available together with it's Steam app number. Initially I copied the list of games to a document then searched Steam for each game, but this method was very time consuming; I reckon I only looked over less than 1% of the games available over several hours (doing short stints each day), so in the end decided just to run the script and let them all be added. A friend told me about it some time ago. He enjoys running the script for one run every morning while he takes breakfast, ). Because Steam 'rate limits' the number of games you can add in any one hour, the script will only add 50 games at a time. He then looks those 50 games over and then removes the ones he doesn't want in his library and adds the ones he's keeping to a category he created specifically for free games so that they don't saturate his paid for games library. He then repeats the next day, sorting through the next run, while having his breakfast. He's been doing this for several months and said it's quite exciting discovering what games you can get for free.

Many of the games are decent first attempts by fledgling developers; for example, I was playing one of them that I'd added some days ago called Sinking Simulator where you can model the sinking of various ships and other floatables. If you like destructible physics based games, it's quite entertaining and an ideal coffee break game. It includes a level editor and access to over three thousand Steam WORKSHOP, items that include models of famous ships and other models that you can use to create your own ships. This is just one example from the several thousand totally free games you can add to your account.

There is a Script you can use in conjunction with SeamDB that will add every free game into your Steam account (It doesn't install them, just adds them to your account). I will be posting details of how to claim all those free games over in the forums when I get some time to myself. At the moment things are really manic for various reasons, so it probably won't be until the new year. I will be posting a link to the thread once I've posted it. :)


I have one spare Steam key for each of the following games:

Siberia 2 (adventure game)
The Mims Beginning (sandbox god game)
Persian Nights: Sands of Wonders (CLAIMED)
The Secret Order 5: The Buried Kingdom (CLAIMED)
Settled (2D pixel graphic horror)
Visitors (action horror)
Pozzo Jello Crusade (casual indie puzzle)
Green Game: TimeSwapper (indie action)
Overlord (Atmospheric third person strategy)
Torchlight (CLAIMED)
Dead In Bermuda (CLAIMED)
World's Dawn (farming/dating sim RPGMaker)
The Flame in the Flood (isometric post apocalyptic rogue-lite strategy open world survival)
100% Orange Juice (family friendly turn based card game, Anime)
Zombo Buster Rising (side scrolling zombie tower defence)
The Seven Years War (1756-1763) (CLAIMED)
The Battle for Sector 219 (abstract strategy card game)
Super Hop 'N' Bop ULTRA (retro casual split screen PvP platformer)
Fox & Flock (CLAIMED)
In Celebration of Violence (CLAIMED)
Razenroth (top down action roguelike)
Road to Ballhalla (CLAIMED)
Survivor Squad: Gauntlets (top down real time zombie game) - if you enjoy todays game, this one is much better.
The Tale of Doris and the Dragon - Episode 1 (CLAIMED)
Car Mechanic Manager (management sim)
Car Mechanic Simulator 2014 (Automobile sim)
Euro Truck Simulator (Open world truck driving game)
Ice Lakes (open world fishing sim with VR support)
Megapolis (CLAIMED)
Romopolis (CLAIMED)
Safety First! (twin stick physics puzzler)
Townopolis (isometric city builder)

I'm offering a Steam key for the above games to the first person who asks. Only one per community member; however, if there are more you would like, please add more choices - if no one claims those titles by Monday 3rd January, you may get a surprise via your email).

However, please check Steam to see if the game will interest you first. I'm really busy, so I may not respond until late in the day or even tomorrow. If someone has already asked for a particular title (unless it's other choices apart from the first), please don't ask for that game because the first person to ask will get the key. I 'may' include more titles later (probably over the weekend). I have thousands of spare keys from Bundle Stars (now called fanatical games) and other indie bundles; but I recently read on Fanatical that all keys sold by them are not guaranteed after a certain time and I know for certain that many of the thousands of Indie Gala keys I purchased were voided without being redeemed; Grrrr.....; so, it's always recommended that keys are redeemed sooner than later. I gave away a large number of Indie Gala Steam codes last year to a friend and almost all of them had been voided, even though they had never been redeemed. Many of the keys I've given away have been pre Summer 2017, so there's a chance those may be invalid even though they have never been redeemed; however, so far all of the keys I have given away recently i.e. around 100 games (that to purchase when not on sale would have cost well over a thousand pounds ) have activated on Steam. Though none were from Indie Gala.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+18)


Hey Stephen,

If no-one else has claimed the game yet, I wouldn't mind - Euro Truck Simulator (Open world truck driving game). I realise it's not worth very much these days compared to the newer 2nd version of the game, but it DOES however have proper steering wheel support according to STEAM which should make it reasonably realistic to play, plus the graphics in my opinion have held up not to badly really.

I even actually still enjoy playing the early Nascar and Indycar racing simulator games from back about 93, 94 era on an original still fully functional 486 dx50 Computer which I still have, using an old, early steering wheel, brake, accelerator and sequential gearshift setup that was available at the time! This was back before the steering wheels had force feedback vibration and before there was vibrating seat gear available. lol


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


Hi Drew, I've emailed you the Steam key and also a link to join my Discord channel assuming you are able and decide to join me in a coop game sometime. :)

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Happy New Year, Stephen! Same to the GOTD team and all the publishers who provide us with these giveaways. Also to the community members here. May things get better in the world and may it be a happy and healthy and safe new year for all of us!

As far as this game goes, it downloaded and installed fine on Win10HomeX64. I was curious about the hybrid style and give an "A" for effort however, after playing for 15 minutes or so, I find the game dull and completely unengaging. Might just be my head today so I won't uninstall it but will hold on to it and give it a try another day when the mood is right. My suggestion for anyone on the fence is download it and give it a try, you may enjoy it.

Reply   |   Comment by J  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

Happy New Year to everyone around - thanks for the cool community.

Reply   |   Comment by Anthea  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

Happy new year from Italy WR,

Thank you for your yearly dedication to the site!

Reply   |   Comment by Threshold  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

Happy New Year Whiterabbit from Australia

Thanks for all your hard work in the last year. Its been appreciated :-)

Reply   |   Comment by Krystal  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)


Hi Krystal, Thank you, and a Happy New Year to you too. :)

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)


Happy New Year and I hope you stay safe and well for yet another year.

It's nice to read a comment for once from another person in Australia.

I no longer feel quite so alone on this site in that regard now.

Kindest regards to you Krystal,


(Also an Aussie) lol

Reply   |   Comment by Drew  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)


Stephen, hope you have a good one this year.

I have at least a couple of the games you've mentioned that you would like to play co-op in... including... theHunter: Call of the Wild, Second Extinction, Red Dead Redemption 2 (All on Epic) and also Dying Light (which I think I also have on Epic but will need to check if it's that platform I have it on).

I've never played a game co-op online before with anyone however, but would be happy to give it a go!

I'll also need to check the minumum requirements for those games as well, as my newest PC is currently only a Windows 10 (quite basic) Lenovo 310s 2Ghz Dual Core office level desktop computer... so it may not be sufficient to run any of the games I have that I've mentioned above.

In anycase, I'll look into it and might try installing them anyway to find out if they run adequately or not.

I'll get in touch with you on your forum link as soon as I have the time, assumng I can get at least one of the games to run adequately.

Hope you have another safe and healthy year Stephen.

All the best to you and your family,


('Down Under' in Australia)

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