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Game Giveaway of the day — Slingshot Puzzle

Welcome to the ultimate arcade puzzle challenge!
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Slingshot Puzzle was available as a giveaway on May 14, 2016!

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Thread Fred-Side-Scroller Shooter, under your control is a flying man.

Welcome to the ultimate arcade puzzle challenge! Draw back your crossbow and unleash your ball with the goal of sinking it in the hole, like a combination of pinball and golf. But bumpers and sand traps are child's play compared to the obstacles you'll face in Slingshot Challenge! You'll need to avoid a variety of obstacles including traps, barriers, ice cubes and more, and make clever use of fans, switches, rotating blocks and other mechanisms, all of which can help or hinder your progress.

Featuring eye-popping 2D graphics, simple point-and-click gameplay, and dozens of addictive levels across seven chapters, Slingshot Puzzle offers hours of satisfying fun!

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

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ 7/ 8/ 10; Processor 1 Ghz or better; 512 Mb RAM; DirectX 9.0





File Size:

152 MB



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Slingshot Puzzle

In Brief

An excellent physics based puzzle with lots of obstacles to impede your progress including traps, barriers, ice cubes and more. As well as tools to help you complete the game missions such as fans, switches, rotating blocks and other mechanisms. The aim of the game is to get your gold colored marble from point A to point B avoiding the traps and picking up all of the gems.

This is another game from MyPlayCity (MPC), with most of the negative aspects that are usually incorporated into the installer removed apart from the browser opening when you close the game down and when you first install the game. Please read the information about MPC games that I've posted at the end of this review

Overall I'd give this game an 8 out of 10 for it's gameplay, fun factor, and replayability.

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For those who find this game not to their liking, instead of posting a few words saying you think this is a waste of time, or other words to that effect, would you instead give some feedback detailing why you don't like the game and how could it be improved from your point of view. If you don't like this genre at all, explain why. 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 that you would like to see that would make it more appealing to you.

If you miss today's game giveaway you can get the game for free from MyPlayCity (who are the ones giving it away here today) HERE 24/7; however, please do be aware of the issues surrounding games from such sites compared to the game giveaway site - see forum post about problems and the weekly roundup of games, both of which I used to include with my reviews, (see below for links). This MPC game is different to those games downloaded directly from MPC in that the potential for having toolbars installed and your home page and/or browsers changed have been removed.

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Rack your brains in the amazing physics game Slingshot Puzzle! Are you fond of brain training puzzles that provide your mind a perfect workout? We all want to run away from the boring daily routine and the best way to do it is playing computer games. Some of us prefer shooters with hordes of zombies, others feel like looking for hidden objects and revealing the detective plot, but if you are out of time, the perfect way is to combine pleasure with use and choose the mix of puzzles to entertain and develop yourself. In the colorful game Slingshot Puzzle you appear in the world of pinball and golf. Here you are to estimate your strength and mind your accuracy to achieve the goals of the game. At the beginning you are to look through the detailed tutorial which clarifies lots of game’s possibilities. You need to avoid a variety of obstacles including traps, barriers, ice cubes and more. But the make clever use of fans, switches, rotating blocks and other mechanisms to complete the game missions – all of these things can help or hinder your progress. At the very first levels the tasks are easy enough but later on they’ll become much more difficult. So it’s high time to train your strategy to be a success. In the game Slingshot Puzzle your mission for all the levels is to collect all the diamonds in one shoot. In the difficult levels it seems an undertaking but we can assure you that everything is possible, you should try a bit harder! Tighten the springs of the mechanism, aim thoroughly and release the ball to fly at the necessary trajectory. There are lots of awaiting traps: you will lose the ball if it finds into the pit, so be careful not to replay the level. Moving objects can be really helpful or prevent you from chasing the goal, the thing is how to use them. Aim in such a way to involve them into the game and they can lead the ball to success. But dirty oil on the game board will just slow the ball so try not to lose it to lead the score in the game Slingshot Puzzle! Win the best trophies and set new records in Slingshot Puzzle!

Reference accessed HERE 14th May 2016

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If you have a problem installing or activating or getting the game to work please visit the problems section, which I've now incorporated into the FAQ's thread you can find it HERE and the recent games deals (now called The Weekly roundup of Game Deals) is HERE. I've not posted the installation section yet, just not got around to doing so. In the meantime, if you have problems installing the game, just post a comment here, thank you.

The Game:

An addictive puzzler that will have gamers slinging balls, avoiding traps and defeating obstacles in an effort to get that perfect winning shot.

I’m always on the lookout for puzzle games that make my brain cells come to life. The occasional endless runner and match three puzzler are always fun, but they get old after awhile and they really don’t require a lot of brain cell activity. So when I discovered Slingshot Puzzle HD, I was ecstatic to give my noggin a good workout.

Slingshot Puzzle HD is what happens when billiards and marbles are combined together with a hint of a scientific experiment added just for fun. It features more than 125 beautiful 3D puzzles that are not only challenging but entertaining.

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The levels range from novice all the way to champion. Players must complete one difficulty world in order to unlock more. The first levels are sort of like a tutorial where gamers learn the mechanics. The main objective is to pull back a slingshot and aim well to release a ball in order to collect all the diamonds and reach the hole in the end. Gamers only have three balls to use on each level. Not only are players rated on earning all diamonds, but they are also awarded trophies based on the number of shots it takes. Essentially, gamers want to complete all puzzles in just one shot.

Slingshot Puzzle HD starts out to be a pretty simple game, but the levels become increasingly harder as more objects are introduced. Each puzzle actually has a new element added to the game, which helps to keep things fresh. These objects range from oil and electricity to fans and buttons.

The Victorian style combined with the crafty background music really make the game stand out. I was impressed with not only how great the game looks, but also with how addictive it becomes as players progress. Along with earning diamonds and banking perfect shots, there is also Game Center integration.

There’s plenty to keep players occupied, but there are a couple small inconveniences that are holding it back from being top-notch. The game actually crashed a couple of times on my iPad 2, which was rather disappointing. I also could never access the Menu button. Every time I tapped on it to go back to the main screen, it never worked.

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Aside from the bugs which will inevitably be fixed with an update in time, Slingshot Puzzle HD is still easily recommendable. It does have elements gamers have seen in other puzzlers and it’s not quite groundbreaking, but it’s still rather enjoyable and challenging. At its current sale price of $0.99, it’s worth considering adding to the collection.

Reference accessed HERE written by Angela LaFollette , posted 24th April 2016

1) ... 144 challenging levels
2) ... 8 gorgeous worlds
3) ... Clear tutorial
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Other Reviews:
You can see some mini reviews of today's game via the Big Fish community HERE (just scoll to about half way down the page to see the reviews as well as answers to some issues and other comments about the game in the Big fish forums HERE

Video Walkthroughs:
You’ll find spoiler video's of Slingshot Puzzle game play HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.

A decent physics based puzzle game with over 140 levels that will give you several hours of brain teasing fun. If you like physics based puzzles, this is well worth trying. As with most puzzle games the puzzles start off easy, but progress to much harder puzzles as you progress through the levels. The tutorial is easy to follow. An iseal family oriented game with no shooting or killing involved.

Game play: 8
Graphics: 7.5
Audio: 7
Re-playability: 7
Originality: 8
Fun Factor: 8
Chill Factor: 7
Power-ups: 0
Mini Games: 0
Tutorial/Help section: 7.5

I've added more categories to the score board, but I won't be giving an overall average score based on all the categories listed above because each holds a different weight when comparing each category . Overall, I'd give Slingshot Puzzle an 8 out of 10.

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I'd like to take this opportunity to thank the developer MyPlayCity for giving away Slingshot Puzzle for free with the toolbar and home page changes removed, and to the game giveaway team for getting this game.

Useful Information:
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.

The latest free game over on Origin has changed to the excellent FPS game Medal of Honor Pacific Assault. It's a little dated compared to the latest FPS games, but is still a great game with excellent graphics. It was released around 2005 so should easily play on most computers of today.

You can get it HERE. Please note that you do require the Origin game platform to be able to download and install the game.

If you are having problems installing the game check the thread I've linked to above. If you can't find any fixes check the comments made below and over the last few weeks for suggestions. Thank you.

With MPC games downloaded directly from MPC you may get toolbars, home page changes or browser changes however, todays version has all but the browser opening when closing the game down removed. For those not familiar with MPC games, they have a selection of well over a thousand games that you can download for free (though technically they are not freeware games as all the games they allow you to download for free MPC pays the developer for the downloads; what MPC gets in return is revenue from the advertising on their site. Every time you visit their site, they earn income); however, when downloading from MPC you usually also have to watch out for check boxes that if not unchecked will add toolbars, and/or change your home page to MPC and/or change your browser provider. MPC also change these negatives fairly frequently, which may cause those unwary to end up with those negative aspects added to their computer. That said, none of them are serious threats, just inconviniences and all can be removed easily if you did end up with them when downloading games directly from MPC. On installing the game you will find three extra shortcuts, one for MPC, one for another game called Klondike Online and a third to play online games. These three shortcuts can be deleted safely

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

Whiterabbit-uk, thank you for the top-preview! Long ago Brickshooter Egypt was avaible here - also a game "that make my brain cells come to life."
Have a nice and long weekend!

Reply   |   Comment by Luke  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

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I'm going to give away 21 of my spare Steam keys for various games I've listed below. The total value of these games is over £93 (approx $133). I have thousands of spare steam keys so thought I'd donate a few to the community. This will not be part of the regular giveaways, just a present from me. There will be no hoops to jump through as I will be posting the Steam codes directly in the comments section for all to see . The first to activate each game on Steam gets the game. I am in no way affilliated with the game giveaway team, i'm just a volunteer. I won't get any thing from this except maybe the odd thank you from the community. I will be posting the keys one or more at random times hidden somewhere within the comments section, either posted as part of one of my replies to a comment or as a separate comment. I will be listing details of the games after I've posted Sundays (limited to 50 licences) game and will proceed to post these games every later in the giveaway, probably 12 hours or so after tomorrows giveaway goes live. The timing will be random, and I may even post a couple or more at a time between 8pm and midnight Sunday, though some may be posted later as I promised my daughter we would play the Elder Scrolls Online for a few hours Sunday evening. The games include the following titles.

Time of Fury, Pride of Nations, RePete, Elliot Quest, Asteroid Bounty Hunter, The Haunting of Billy, Project Graviton, Insane, Lucid, Lift It, Drizzlepath, Nexuiz , Blitz Breaker, Tank Brawl, Collider, Envoy, Ultimate Arena, Rooms: The Main Building, SWR JST DX Selective Memory Erase Effect.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Thank you GOTD and MYPLAYCITY. This looks to be a great mind-bender puzzle. I quite enjoy these types of games.
With it though, I do hope that this game marks the end of STEAM "era" on this site.

Just looking at the Solar Division "conware" game, there were 2590 entries and of this only 100 will get a license and from the comments of last week, not all of the STEAM licenses actually "work". Do the maths, 2590 entries less 100 licenses means 2490 will walk away with nothing and yet they have provided STEAM with referrals and advertising for SEVEN DAYS on a number of social platforms. If there was ever a rip-off, this must surely take the cake. STEAM gets a big middle finger from me!!!!!

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Hi Hugh, your math is totally wrong. There are 2590 entries, but each community member has the potential to have 12 entries. If everyone jumped through all of the hoops that would mean around 216 community member entered the giveaway, so we have almost a 50:50 chance of getting a game. I actually had 9 entires as I didn't send recommendations to any friends, as I'm sure others didn't either, so the odds are more like 60:40 or a 3 in 5 chance of winning a code. :)

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

Installed without a hitch. Then I ran it and found a deal-breaker-sized hitch: Everything needs to be done using the mouse pointer, but this pointer is invisible on my system. Keyboard doesn't seem to do anything in the game, although alt-tab will bring me to another window. Clicking blindly in random spots did get the screen to change a couple of times, but I can't play a game like that. ESC, ctrl-X, ctrl-Z, ENTER all did nothing.

If there is a way to turn on the mouse pointer, I'd love to know how.

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Try going into compatibility mode and changing some of the settings. It could alse be your monitors resolution. If you are able, try to get the game into a window. That may solve the problem. Failing those try updating your graphic drivers and then check the FAQ's thread over in the game discussion forums. I hope you get it fixed as it's a decent game. :)

Reply   |   Comment by Hamachisn't  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

got a zip file with size 1 kb,
tried again and firewall wouldn't let me at all
Know others have had those problems, but I never have.

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

I have this game on my iPhone and it's one of my favorites. Very happy to see it's available for PC, I would enjoy it more on a larger screen. The graphics are simple but atmospheric, they do the job, seem very realistic. Sounds and animations are very good. I like that it's fairly quick to try a level over again, and again, and again -- some of them need a bit of thinking and a lot of luck to get exactly the right angle and force.

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Thank you for your feedback Dave . :)

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

I earlier commented that, although I would have liked to have tried this game, I found all the advertising a bit too much and so uninstalled the game. Whiterabbit (the moderator) replied, explaining why there's so much advertising and giving tips on how to avoid it, and Horst and Mardel replied, stating that the advertising is necessary and not so bad and giving tips on how to avoid the advertising. I think MPC overdoes the advertising and might be a more popular site if they added less advertising junk to the games they give away. Adding junk to the browsers of users will cause many to uninstall games and not come back to the site of the game supplier. Other download companies seem to do fine by placing an icon on the user's desktop. Advertising and a link on the game's start page would be OK. The unwanted openings of browser windows so that site owners can get paid for exposing advertising should be outlawed. Browser openings serve no useful purpose because users just close the browser without bothering to look at the page. Every such browser opening wastes Internet resources and electrical energy. Unwanted browser openings kill polar bears, and the fraction of a penny that a web site is paid just isn't a good enough excuse. Many of those who have commented here today have said they're annoyed by all the advertising and do what they can to avoid it. MPC should find less intrusive and annoying ways to advertise.

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The advertising is one of the reasons I no longer keep MPC games. I used to download and keep them several years ago; at least those I didn't think were worth purchasing, or those game giveaways that were free standing. I found their habit of changing the goal posts with respect to the various extra's such as tool bars, off putting, for example, for a few months you'd find that you had only one checkbox to check to avoid toolbars, then they would change it to two checkboxes, one for toolbars and one for changing your home page, then the next change would be no checkboxes, which was the best, but that one rarely lasted more than a month. For me the in game advertising was the last straw, since they incorporated advertising, i no longer use MPC games unless I need to review the game for a game giveaway, then they are deleted.

All that said, I'm just really fussy over my games. Apart from game managers, which I don't mind because with the number of games I own (numbering in the thousands) I find game managers actually help me to keep my games in some sort of order, especially since my accident which has left me with memory problems due to a serious head injury. (I'm referring to Steam games here , where you are able to categorise games into whatever group you wish, though I have been asking Valve to extend the tool so that you can create nested folders to make the tool even more effective), I really don't like anything else. I realise that to get free games you have to have some sort of pay back, in this case browser openings, sometimes advertising, home page changes and browser changes, otherwise the model would just collapse. Game sites ar e really no longer something I consider apart from the reason mentioned above as I'm happy to pay for my games when I want them.

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

I dislike having to close the MyPlaycity website after install and after every time I close the game. Also, the unnecessary long "loading" while an ad for another game show is obnoxious. Game seems ok otherwise.

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Thank you for your feedback David, though as I mention in my replies to Walter, to get free games from sites like MPC there has to be some sort of pay back, otherwise the free game model that gives consumers access to well over a thousand commercial games for free would almost certainly collapse. There really is never anything for free. :)

Reply   |   Comment by David H.  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Win10 64bit Home. What a change from the normal games displayed. I've never come across this game before and I think I like it. Bit of a brain workout this one and I will keep it. MPC is on of my free game sites I often check out and have worked out how to avoid the 'extras' and the game downloaded fine.

I use Bitdefender and Malwarebytes for my virus control here. Previous AVG and AVAST user but since Win10 everything went haywire.

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

Downloaded, Installed and Activated with no problems on my Win10x64 machine.

Wonderful game! As with anything from Alawar its a very nice looking game graphics-wise. Its a very enjoyable game to play at least as far as the first dozen or so levels are concerned. I can see no reason the next dozen or so levels won't be just as fun either.

As far as the gripes about MPC's shortcuts/ads, yep they're there alright but no problem at all to get rid of. It will open a page (ad) while the game is loading and will take you to MPC when you finish too, but as stated, much of MPC's annoyances are missing which is a cause for celebration. Besides, if you have games from any number of different sites, you'll be familiar with the page visits by now. All together a fairly small price to pay for such an excellent game, imho of course.

Suggestions for the developer ? Nope, the game is excellent as is and could only be made better by adding more levels/gametime. Hey! There you go, a suggestion for you, a "collectors edition" with more levels.

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Thank you for your feedback Alan. :)

Reply   |   Comment by Alan Jones  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

I wasn't interested at first reading the description where it is descibed as an arcade game, upon finding out that it's a physics-based puzzler, I looked over the review and am now quite interested. Nice change from the usual. Thanks.

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

Nice review. I like a good physics games and this one appears to have some fresh wrinkles to formula.
Pretty designs to keep it from getting boring to play, backgrounds help. Thanks guys.

Reply   |   Comment by beergas  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Very unusual and interesting game! Installs perfectly when I temporarily disable AVG for 5 minutes. The extra links placed on the desktop are just shortcuts and can easily be deleted,. This type of game is new to me, and I appreciate the opportunity to try it. Thanks to GGOTD for offering it and to WhiteRabbit for your usual thorough and helpful review. :)

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

HI, game pls

Reply   |   Comment by Gerardo  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-7)

Nice little physics game with a billiards feel. You have to figure out angles and strength of your shot to achieve your goal while avoiding obstacles. Not to difficult but it does have it's challenges. I have reached 50 levels in a short time so I predict I will finish this game soon. Levels are not timed so you are in no hurry. You could use this game for short diversions from your daily routine if you wished. Just play a level or two at a time.

Nice graphics and easy to play. It's a keeper for me. :)

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

To bypass the initial pop up (which is only there to advertise) launch the game with the game.exe found in the install folder ( C:\Program Files (x86)\MyPlayCity.com\Slingshot Puzzle ). The browser opening at the end can not be avoided

nice game with some interesting puzzles, thanks GGGOTD and MPC :)

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Apparently even that can be avoided, but personally I think it would be wrong to becasue of the reasons I've explained to Walter. I just don't bother with them apart from those I need to ne able to write up a review for this site, then I usually delete them, or don't re install them when I format my discs, which I tend to do at least once or twice yearly (apart from my back up discs and my SSD's, though I still reinstall my operating system occasionally) :)

Reply   |   Comment by Mavadelo  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Mavadelo, seeing as we download from this site and not MPC do we need their domain to resolve to a real IP number? If we don't then why not stick the domain they use for the popup into our hosts file and point it to so the popup does not load their adverts page on games they've already been paid for by game.giveawayoftheday.com advertising revenue?

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

Mavadelo, Yeah I noticed the comment after I posted mine. Couldn't find it back on the forums but I do not really mind. Closing a browser takes me less than a second. The pop up at the beginning however does not have any purpose though, it only makes loading of the game taking longer while it does not actually load anything. I can understand the need for companies like MPC to advertise in some way so they can open my browser after the game if they like :)

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

Downloaded okay. Had to disable avg to install.

Fun game, that looks as if it could get quite tricky, so it's good that the levels are replayable.

Reply   |   Comment by mum  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Could not get file to open. The extension that was supposed to be included didn't work on my end.
I HATE this new concept of getting code emailed or demanding facebook. I am done with this site

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Susan, you do not require a Facebook account, nor require an email to get a download link. Click on the Facebook option. When the Facebook log in page opens cancel it. The green download button will then appear.

The giveaway team added the Facebook option in the hope that it would get lots more community members. The more community memebrs that download games from here, the more likely some of those will buy games from the developer or distributor, so both sides win, i.e. the community gets free games and the developer gets increased sales. I've ended up buying lots of gamses that have been previously given away. I have at least 100 Alawar games minus those I've given away in the past, loads of Playrix games and and most of Immanitas portfolio of games (these are (or were) the main contributors to this site these days) :)

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

Susan, I quite agree but the entire *.givawayoftheday.com business model is advert funded and the more visitors they can pull to their sites the greater their revenue stream to survive with and potentially buy in better software or games. But from the reduction in frequency of genuine game giveaways of the day and the rise in competitions instead of giveaways suggests the changes have resulted in an overall reduction in traffic and reduction in thrir buying power.

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

whiterabit, the trick you mention does not work in IE 9 or 8 the facebook login popup does not apear as the websites code is not compliant with those browsers.

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Thanks for the info, will mention that in the next review.

It just occured to me why I haven't used the reply button when answering community members comments. Apart from habit, I work from the admin panel which does not have the reply button available. I would have to open another browser then search through the comments to find the comment I was replying to. Recently I've been spending up to four or five hours moderating when I could be spending that time with my family, or doing personal stuff. If I followed your wishes it would add much more time to my moderation. I had considered what you had said and was going to trial it, but it really does add to much to what I already have to do for each giveaway. I've previously asked the giveaway team to get another moderator to help, and have suggested afew volunteers none of which the giveaway team were happy to take on, saying they felt it was too much of a security risk???????

Replying to your comment above. When I checked the stats over the last three months (via the admin panel), the community has been reduced by at least 50% since the changes occured back in February. Some of the giveaways have garned download numbers so low that they even eclipse those from the start of this project back in Dec 2006 when the community only numbered in the hundreds. Very worrying.

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

Appears to be developed or coded using Unity [write code once, port to multiple platforms], which in the past seems to have not worked well for some folks [depending on hardware]. And if it's done using Unity you'd expect an Android version...


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Thank you for your feedback Mike, yest there are android versions that cost $1.99. :)

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

I downloaded this because I like these physics based games. Unlike the Weemplay games that have been given away here before, I really like the look of this game and the play itself doesn't feel like a clunky port from mobile app to PC.

It's a polished game with good graphics and game play. The review pretty much says it all about what is in the game. The nice thing about these types of games is that just about anyone can play them and enjoy the challenges. You aren't required to get all the blue balls, just one, and in later stages the difficulty increases with the more blue balls you need to "collect", but so far all stages have one ball that is fairly easy to get and allows the player to advance.

I didn't run into any game play bugs but I did run into one settings bug. When I first started the game, I didn't look very closely at the beginning animation describing how to play (my bad). I thought like all clunky ports there would be buttons to hit. Not seeing anything on screen and getting no reaction from the keyboard I looked for a help screen. I could get the setting menu to open, but the options to put the game into windowed mode and to mute it wouldn't work. It was only after I had backed out of the game and into the main screen that these buttons would activate. The other problem I have is that I needed to decipher what the icons meant. The windowed mode icon was 4 arrows pointing towards each other. It makes sense now that I've done it, but I couldn't think what that button would do, especially since it was mostly covered by a large slashed circle (indicating "off"). The exit icon was an open door. OK, but am I exited to the main screen, to the game, etc.? Again, not a deal breaker and certainly easy enough to figure out, but I really don't like that feeling that I have to read someone's mind.

As with all of these games now, the tutorials are at the beginning of a level. If you want to know what a certain thing does in the game, you have to go to the level where it is first introduced and watch the (very) brief explanation at the beginning. If you forget which level it is on, you're out of luck.

The only suggestions to the developer I would make are the following:
1) allow the user to switch between windowed mode and mute/unmute on the game play screen.
2) inform users that they can't use these buttons on the game play screen (if that was the intention).
3) remove these buttons when you can't activate them.
4) provide a little more detailed help, especially on how some of these items works so someone can refresh their memory. While this is a casual game, this version is on PC. People probably won't be playing this as often as someone who has it installed on their mobile device. They may need help refreshing their memory should it get put aside for a length of time. It doesn't have to be in-game. It could simply be on your site with a link.

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Thank you for your excellent (no brilliant) feedback Melika (please forgive the late moderation; since we got back from the house warming party I crashed out and slept for almost 8 hours). This is the type of feedback I would love to see from a lot more community members. I'm sure if we saw a lot more comments like yours developers would be much more willing to give their games away. I don't understand why the community doesn't see this. I've been asking for years now and only yourself and several other regular members seems to understand. I do realize that many probably just don't have the time, but out of the thousands of downloads every week I would have expected a much larger response from the community. That said, i've administered other sites prior to devoting most of my time here and communities never seem to listen, or just can't be bothered once they've taken their freebies.. :)

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

Awww, thanks! That was a very nice compliment!

I understand your frustration. Getting people involved in anything can be very difficult. In defense of the community, I think there are a few issues that prevent/discourage people from commenting in general. I think a lot has to do with the one-day shot feel of the comment section. It just doesn't feel like a place to visit every day the way people interact with Facebook or Twitter every day. The action happens on one day for each game. While there are a few straggling comments the day after, most of the commenting happens on the give-away day. I know there have been many times that I only had time to download the game (or other software) and I didn't get a chance to play it for a week or so and then it takes more time to finish. After all that time, it seemed like a waste of time to navigate to the site to comment on something so "old". The comments always seem hidden after a giveaway day. You have to navigate to the page, then click "more comments" to get to the main page to see the entire comment section. The site itself seems to tell you not to bother after the giveaway day. It would be really nice if it felt like I could comment on a game well after the giveaway and feel like it wasn't a waste of time. Sometimes I have thoughts about a game after I've finished it that a developer may find user (bugs, dissatisfaction with an ending, etc).

Another issue is that oftentimes a few good reviews will cover most of what people want to say. Oftentimes someone says exactly what I think. For some (maybe many) they may decide not to enter a comment themselves because they have other things that are more pressing and someone has already said it.

With all that said I think the biggest issue is lack of participation with the developer. I feel that almost every single comment about a game that I make is wasted text with the exception of the pleasure I get in expressing myself in writing and any benefit another user may receive from reading it. I have never seen any evidence that the majority of the developers have bothered to read any comment on here. I often think (and I've said this before) that many of these giveaways aren't for improved development but instead are for brand recognition & product placement for newer games. That isn't necessarily bad, but it isn't conducive to active community participation. It really is a waste of time to comment on something that is old and out-dated and to which the developer has long moved on to better projects. I try to anyway as doing my part to keep the site going, but it really feels wasted.

I have noticed that when there is active participation with a developer (heck, it could be someone PRETENDING to be a developer), there is much more participation with the community and the sense that what people are saying is being heard by someone. I notice far fewer "this sucks" comments on those days and more people trying a game to give feedback. People are REALLY pleased when there is someone on the other side listening to their comments which tells me that this is something people really want and is sorely lacking on this site.

I really think to get to the point that you envision BOTH things have to happen. There has to be more developer participation on the giveaway day, that will attract more user comments, which will attract more developers, etc. Or at the very least, developers that are interested in this kind of Beta testing type forum need to understand that many times there won't be too many helpful comments when there is no developer participation but that it doesn't mean the resource isn't available for them here and won't quickly rally to give valuable feedback.

It seems we're in a catch-22 and the only thing I can think of to do is to keep trying to give feedback even if I feel no one but we few are listening to each other.

Reply   |   Comment by Melika  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Downloaded, installed, and runs fine on my Win7/64 laptop. This is a fun game, with plenty of challenge in store. I've played just the first 7 or 8 fields and it's already getting complicated. (Well, for me - I never was much good at billiards....)

During installation I checked the box for a desktop icon and got 4. Three are shortcuts to MPC sites and, as Whiterabbit mentioned, can be safely deleted. That and the way the game opens the MPC site every time it's closed are mildly annoying features, but harmless, so no big deal.

Thanks MPC and GGOTD for another good freebie.

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Thank you for your feedback Dan, appreciated. :)

Reply   |   Comment by Dan O  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Good job on this one. What a clever (and tough) game. It reminds me of one of those old handheld/wooden pin ball games with a twist. (who remembers those?) The graphics are VERY nice and the music fits. It downloaded, unpacked and installed on my windows 10 machine with no problems but as the others have stated there's some MyPlayCity stuff left. GGOTD stripped out as much of the adds as they could and I'm satisfied with the results. I think it's going to be difficult to get games for free that aren't from sites like that. But back to the game now, pushing around the ball launcher seems a bit stiff/jumpy to me I wonder if that's just my problem, if that's a glitch, or something simply fixable. Other then that this game rocks :) Thank you for the free game.

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Thank you for your feedback Michelina, appreciated. :)

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

First of all, thank you for a new game that you don't have to "hope" to get! I understand the key aspect - I guess - but it's still nice to have a free game that you can just get with no strings attached! GOTD game team is fighting many variables at this point and I appreciate that you were able to get this one.

Slingshot Puzzle downloaded and installed with no problems on my computer running Windows 10 64. I just put all the extra links that appeared on my desktop after installing into the garbage. One thing I found interesting.... Even though I've never had this game previously, it knew my name the first time I played - didn't have to enter it myself. I have quite a few Alawar games on my computer and have also gone to the Play City site directly, so not sure which one is responsible.

The graphics are pleasing and non-cluttered. The music is simple, easily tuned out mentally if you wish (or go to options and turn it way down). I didn't find it particularly annoying - just repetitive.

Game play is easy to figure out and the play itself is actually quite simple as far as the concept of what you have to do. Of course, I've only played the first 3 levels of Novice and I'm not naive enough to think it's not going to get much more difficult. One thing that throws me out of sync is the fact that even though I bring the spring all the way back to shoot the ball, it doesn't usually go as fast as I think it should when released. This can result in the ball not quite making it to the hole.

Even though it appears to be a simple game, you need to use your brain to figure out the angles the ball will take when hitting certain spots in order to do what you need it to do. Reminds me of pool, only played on a computer instead of a table. As I said, I'm sure that it will get much more challenging as I go through the sub-levels within the different levels, and there are many available.

At this point, other than the spring release tension, I can't think of anything that I would change. This game is a keeper for me.

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Thank you very much for your excellent feedback Granny483. Glad you liked the game. I think the game gets your name from the registry. I presume the name it used is also the same name as your user account? Sadly tomorrows game is one of those limited games, with only 50 licenses available. that said, it only costs £0.79p (approx $1) :)

Reply   |   Comment by granny483  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Thanks WhiteRabbit!! That probably is correct... haven't gone into my registry account to find out. I'm not particularly worried about it. I saw that yesterday's game was a win a license game, but not one that I was interested in. I've gotten games through licenses a couple of times. I actually think I've managed to get a license both times I've tried! I figure that maybe they handed out more than they originally said they would in both cases since I was notified a few days after the days they were posted.

Thanks for all you do here. I for one really appreciate the time you take to be the top-notch moderator you are!

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Thank you for your kind words. It's comments like yours that has kept me here for the past several years. I must apologise for my negativity of late. If you read my reply to Fran, which is the comment preceeding yours, I try to explain why i've been so negative recently.

I've tried every time including the ones over on the main site and have never won anything. not that I'm bothered about the games becasue I'd already got a key for the first one via one of the indie bundles and had purchased the others when they were first released on steam. If i'd won I was going to give them away to the community. Have agreat week. Lets hope for more good games next week.

Reply   |   Comment by granny483  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

If you have the new version of AVG Antivirus, you must temporarily disable it to install the game, if you don't, it won't install, and gives you no indication as to why.

I love these kind of games! This one is probably the best of the ones I have played. I really like having something to challenge my mind and spatial comprehension. It takes some getting used to the different helping and restricting items on the game field, but that makes it interesting. Overall I recommend this game.
I didn't really appreciate the 4 extra desktop icons, but they are simply deleted with no ill effects.
The window popping up when you exit is a small annoyance, but acceptable in exchange for a free game.
Thanks GGOTD and MPC.

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Thank you for your useful feedback Joe, please excuse my very late moderation. :)

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

I truly like this game so far. I still absolutely hate that the game opens a browser window to MyPlayCity on it's own and as such will probably clean it off shortly. I would appreciate seeing tool tips when I hover over the buttons. While they may seem self descriptive enough I wasn't sure what some of them did until I clicked on them (full screen for instance) It truly is a nice confirmation to have. Otherwise good game play just sad that it has to be pushy and open links to a site I wasn't intending to navigate to.

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Thank you for your feedback Lynx. I do hope you understand why sites like MyPlaycity open your browser. Such activity is totally innocuous and rally just a minor inconvinience that is solved by clicking on the X to shut down the browser. Nothing else is done without your permission. If they did not incorporate the browser opening, they woulf not be able to earn cash to pay the developers who allow MPC to give away their commercial games. all of the games on MPC are sold by sites such as Gamehouse and BigFish Games. MPC use part of the money they earn to pay the developers who allow their products to be downloaded for free. :)

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

Lynx Ravenwing, quite right Lynx MPC have no business launching adverts on games they have already been paid for by GGAOTD according to the "For Developers" page in the links at the end of the page.
MPC is trying to double their revenue streams at our resources expense. Stick their adverts servers domain into your systems hosts file and block future access.

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

Firstly I want to thank MPC for allowing this game on game giveaway and the explanation as to why the browser opens I found very informative. The game works well on my windows 10 and I found it very easy to follow how to play. It is worth giving it a try you might find you like it.

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Thank you for your feedback and understanding Rosalind, sadly not every community member seems to understand the free games model that MPC operates. I personally don't use them except when i have to write up a review, but I can see exactly why the model is used and for those who cannot afford to buy games, its actually a great way to get free games as the toolbars, browser and home page changes can be easily avoided and if you do accidentally forget to check the boxes that allow MPC to install those, they are easily removed. . :)

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

a great game, thanks

Reply   |   Comment by alice smith  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

I watched one of the spoiler videos of this game, and thought I'd like to play Slingshot Puzzle. Then I found that this game opens browser windows during installation and every time the game is started or closed, which is such a nuisance that I've just used Revo Uninstaller to be sure I was completely rid of Slingshot Puzzle. The windows can be closed of course, but, still, they were more of an annoyance than I really wanted to put up with. My security software can be set to prevent the game from calling home, but I don't think I want to have to protect my system from a game. Why does MPC do this? They can't sell much by annoying the users.

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Hi Walter, I think I explained why your browser opens whenever you close an MPC game down in my review. Basically if they didn't do this MyPlayCity (MPC) and all the other free game sites similar to MPC would not be able to give away free games. Every time you visit MPC's home page they earn cash from the advertising on their site. Every time a consumer downloads a game from their site, MPC (and the other free game sites) have to pay the developer a certain amount of cash, which is taken from the money they earn for allowing the consumer to download the game. None of the games you find on any of those free sites are freeware; all are commercial games that are sold at most good game distribution sites such as Big Fish Games and Gamehouse. MPC earn even more if you end up with toolbars and home page/browser changes as you end up visiting their site even more; thankfully the game giveaway version has had most of the negative aspects removed.

I appreciate your dislike of the browser being opened, I too dislike it and rarely download from MPC apart from if I need to review the game, then I delete them; however, the browser opening is totally innocuous and as you say more of an inconvinience. It's definitely not a security threat to your computer. If MPC started to add such things they would soon go out of buisness. One of our regular community members has posted a fix over in the game discussion forums that stops the browser opening, but this would be considered a breach of the EULA that you agree to when you install such games. If everyone started to use such fixes, MPC and the other free game sites such as TooMky Games, Gametop, FreeGamePick and others would soon go out of buisness as their income would dry up and they wouldn't be able to pay the developers of the games they are giving away for free.

I hope the above explanation makes sense? :)

Reply   |   Comment by Walter Snodgrass  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)

Walter Snodgrass, I also just used Revo uninstaller to get rid of this game; I couldn't believe the shortcut to games, plus when attempting to play it, naturally more game offers pop up. I deleted the shortcuts; and also took them out of the folder where they were located and now naturally, the game itself doesn't load; thus, I just deleted everything. Don't care for MPC; never have never will.

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

Walter Snodgrass, When you take control of my computer, for the purpose of making money, then you violate the trust I put in you as a developer. I gladly pay for games, and I come to GGOTD to look for new and interesting games to try out, then I BUY the games.

I'm now sorry I downloaded the game. You oculd offer a game with fewer levels, or a cut back interface, but my understanding is that you use GGOTD to vet games and get feedback.

I think the game itself, and the browser window openings, violate the trust we put in you, and your EULA is a damned joke and a way to infiltrate this concept to mine it for dollars.

Shame on you.

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

Hi, I can understand You WR speaking and defending GGOTD Site in recent 'turbulent times', but now You also appear to 'rush' to explain and defend other Free Games Venues such as MPC for 'all that comes' with their downloads, and (further) how such Sites make their free offerings and existence possible, I quote what's above: 'One of our regular community members has posted a fix over in the game discussion forums that stops the browser opening, but this would be considered a breach of the EULA that you agree to when you install such games. If everyone started to use such fixes, MPC and the other free game sites...would soon go out of business'..
I find it rather contrary and sad that You, main (and only) Moderator here should feel His place to remind everyone here about this, whilst not that long ago pointing out that GGOTD stood proud and deserved to be praised as more SUPERIOR Site to them - always offering truly clean, truly safe, truly straight forward, truly free and without any such 'trappings' Venue for downloading Games!??.. And, what's more - each Game could be simply deleted (didn't need uninstalling), as it only occupied a Folder..

My question (and perhaps attempted answer) here would be: so how did the past GGOTD 'Donators' like Alawar, Big Fish Games, Playrix and many others 'afford' giving their Games for free here from their native Game sites ('no strings attached'!)?? Well, as we all understood - by gaining feedbacks, recommendations, promotion, wider recognition, future sales, and naturally 'seal of approval' by GGOTD users and Community Members, not to mention often unique Reviews of their Games. If the general notion is to maintain that UNIQUENESS of this Site - inviting people to stay faithful to GGOTD has to be done without finger wagging?.. Did we in the past also 'breach Games EULAs' and had to feel guilty over using GGOTD, as people might now feel for using MPC-via-GOTD in somewhat convenient, but still partially 'fixed' way? As it happens - Today's Game looks a lot of fun (not for me, but for my husband) and I consider recommending it in that very (if old-fashion now) GGOTD way, by saying - Go for it, good Game!! The rest of it - remains my, and mine only business. Wishing All pleasant afternoon. Thanks.

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Thank you for your feedback Fran, please forgive the late moderation. I mention the fix simply to inform, as we are actually bleeding out signifcantly at the moment and hope that by passing on this information those that threaten to leave (on average downloads have come down by over 50% since February) may continue to visit and download sites if they know how to avoid those negative aspects of games from sites such as MPC, though personally I do not condone such actions because if everyone started to use those fixes those free sites would not be able to pay the developers who so kndly allow their commercial games to be given away.

Downloads have dropped significantly over the last few months, at times numbering in the hundreds rather than the thousands. This site depends on numbers, which is why the giveaway team added the Facebook request in the hope that many would allow the giveaway team to advertise the site to Facebook friends which potentially could increase the number of community members significantly. Sadly that idea seemed to backfire somewhat with a deluge of very negative comments, many of which were saying good bye to the giveaway site. and from the numbers of downloads this indeed did appear to be happening. The past three months since the giveaway site was upgraded has seen a lot of changes, most of which I personally really do not like, but as I have been trying to support this site ever since I joined the community I have felt duty bound to defend everything they have done, but also give information to those that would other wise leave the community, case in point the fix that could avoid the browser opening.

Personally I can see the reason for this approach to free games, but I no longer support it myself because I don't like having my browser opened every time I play the game nor the potential for installing toolbars etc. As I can afford to buy all of my games I prefer to do that than get the games free. (I've spent well over £50 000 on games since my accident 10 years ago . Still I feel duty bound to support this site at least for now. I've been asking for help for a long time. Sadly virtually all of the giveaway community have responded to my request by doing nothing. Yes there are several community memebrs who regualrily post feedback about the games, but when you look over the last few year sand compare those posts the the nunber of community members downloading from this site, with not even a thank you, I uindestand why we are in the position we are in at this time. I do not consider one comment from every 200 000 downloads as quoted by yourself 'often unique Reviews of their Games' I do not mean to offend you Fran, you have been a brilliant community member over the years and I have always enjoyed reading your comments and what you call finger wagging was not personally pointing to you or the majority of community members, but I still felt it needed to be mmentioned as I try to be as unbiased as possible when posting here. I'm not perfect, I make a lot of mistakes, but I do care about this community and am trying to find ways to get us pout of the rut we seem to be in at the moment; unfortunately i cannot do it on my own, I need support from the community, but that in the main seems to be lacking. It's now 3.30 am in the morning. I rarely get to bed every weekend becasue I devote so much time to this site. i really should be showering thtat time on my beautiful wife, but I've always been a faithful friend to those I care about, which is one of the rteasons i continue to defend most of what the giveaway team have had to do to save this part of the giveaway project.

Prior to the changes we were still getting the odd game from the likes of Playrix, Immanitas Games and Alawar that hit over 20 000 downloads, those developers would expect a certain percentage of those downloading the game to buy an official copy so that they could install it to other computers or know that they have a permanant copy that can be reinstalled at any time. Unfortunately since the changes three months ago, the largest downloads we have had was for MPC's 'House of 100 Doors' which received just under eight thousand downloads. apart from that game and the failed Amigdala game, the average download numbers are hovering around the 2000 mark and in a couple of cases have been less than 800 downloads, which are some of the lowest numbers I've seen since the early days of the project when it was establishing itself back in 2006/2007.

I am also worried that we may have lost Playrix and Immanitas; neither of these developers has given any games away since the site was upgraded three months ago. Previously we were getting a few games from each of those developers every month for years. Thankfully Alawar still appears to be with us (the last game we got from then was mid April), which is another reason for my rants. about the communities lack of support. Again, please don't take this personally, what I say is generalizations and my own observations from the stats I have available from the giveaways admin panel ; I'm not finger pointing to specific community members ; sadly there does seem to be a major lack of support from the community. The fewer members we have, the less likely game developers will donate their games. The only way to reverse this trend (I believe) is for the community to rally and start posting useful comments about the games we get be they negative or positive, with suggestions for improvements. I've been saying this for years, but hardly anyone seems to be listening.

Please excuse my disjointed reply to your comment Fran, I would like to spend a few more hours , adding, trying to explain more eloquently, editing and proof reading my reply, but a morphine soaked head, chronic pain, still half a page of comments to moderate, and a need to go to bed (it's now after 4am) as well as I've not even looked at Sundays limited game, which goes live in less than 5 hours has left me exhausted and short tempered.

Reply   |   Comment by fran  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Walter Snodgrass, "They can't sell much by annoying the users." They sell no games. All games are free but with the restrictions you don´t like. I have no problems with them and have many games from this site. Only by installing and than by every start of the game you must be careful and click away the changes of the browser-settings (or you turn off your internet-connection before running the game). You get used to it...

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Thank you for your feedback Horst. :)

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

Horst, I find the intrusive advertising so unpleasant that I'd rather just pay a few bucks for games and not be bothered with having to disconnect before playing a game. Games like Slingshot Puzzle - in that they would run on machines without special hardware - used to be sold on disk; they were displayed in shops like CDs. I wish I could still buy those disks. I'll just have to do without the games.

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As I would and do Walter. It's one of the reasons i stopped downloading from all of the free games sites several years ago and the reason I now have so many purchased games. You can still pick up such discs from what we call charity shops in the UK. I buy a lot of movie DVD's and blu Rays from charity shops and often see those arcade game complilations. :)

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

Mardel, Thanks for your response. There's just too much advertising on the Internet. I wish advertising that serves no useful purpose could be gotten rid of.

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

fran, quite right all the excuses for MPC enforced advertising on GGAOTD offereings are based upon their businees activities distributing games for free from THEIR site and do not apply to games distributed by GGAOTD site as this site claims the games are given away for free that we would otherwise have to pay for, implying that GGAOTD are paying MPC for the distributed game licensing and not getting the games for free from MPC, as described in the "For Developers" link in the page footer.

Anything else would be fraud. So MPC have no excuse for leeching further advertising revenue off purchassed games regardless of whether GGAOTD prurchassed them for us from their ad-revenue or we purchassed them direct.

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

Hi Stephen, my sincere thanks for replying to this Comment of mine and so generously sparing Your valuable time on matters I mentioned.. We had been rather busy over this weekend pruning our two gigantic cherry laurel trees (Prunus laurocerasus) in the garden, and what's more treating them with more than ever before 'suspicious minds', lol, after learning how toxic they can be!:) Oh dear, is that why even ivy will not climb on them, and explanation why nothing else 'wants' to grow on the ground beneath? Never mind the shadow and lack of grass below.. well now, apparently the drips of water (when watering with hose in really hot, dry season), or rain can produce 'toxic droplets' that kill everything underneath and around them!!.. Looks like bad news for our beloved 'magnolia trees' then, as we commonly referred to them all these years and decorating with their twigs numerous bouquets of flowers and plants in vases at home because they were adding that ever green, glossy beautiful look?? I've been reading some really scary stories people fainting (or worse!) when in contact with it's plumage, smelling 'almonds' (err, cyanide..) a.s.o, and yet - it's so widely used as perfect common hedges.. Naah, I'm not buying all this:) and think we have to take it with proverbial pinch of salt (extracts of Prunus Laurocerasus after all are also useful in medicine, like so many other plants!)

Sorry, now to matters in main subject. I really see it all from a different angle and with more logic and clarity (ironically enough - so do many other 'Gamers' who regularly play logical puzzles and even.. Detective Games!:) You talked (a lot!!) about growing negativity of community members here, about past and present statistics (downloading Games, comments, feedbacks - or lack of them!?) and wrestling with often contradictory notions where is ALL THAT coming from!
It's simple and truly beyond community, or Yours control. I honestly don't believe 'this side' of GGOTD is responsible for this sorry state. Yes, we could argue what came first - chicken or egg, and why certain things (changes) were necessary, but nothing will alter TIMING of matters going that bad.., that is - that crucial 'pin-point' WHEN it started to deteriorate on such scale!?..
This morning I was reading with interest some comments You made yesterday and found these lines, where You seem to observe that same 'starter point', as I see it, but with the rest of it our logic go separate ways, forgive me. I quote what You said: 'since the site changed to the new look, most of the comments have been rather negative and i think it's scared away those developers we have been getting games from for the past several years'.., and this one: 'Unfortunately the increasingly hostile community is in my opinion driving away developers who may have given us games previously'..??

The best (and not forced on, or bullied out off!) INCENTIVE for members here leaving 'happy, useful and plentiful' comments is..being in an interesting place, a Site of FUN (not proverbial pain and misery..??) Such place is NO MORE. When happy, appreciative and playful - people behave accordingly? I for one don't believe many of us were coming in such numbers here because we were 'desperate' for free Games (like You, some of us contributed to 'the Industry' small fortunes in purchasing Games, or in form of paid memberships, in our case these funds later on were turned into Charities instead, or more needy) So that was never the only factor and incentive to visit GGOTD in the past and willingly play part. It was pleasure combined with commitment, but mostly Fun!! Get that happy Place again - and the tide will turn!..

Lastly, don't beat yourself too much WR over something that is neither Yours, or community's doing! Sincere good luck, and please stop stressing!:) Ps. If I may add something else: what also might further discourage folks in present situation from posting comments is this ridiculous method of 'comment-ghosting' in favor of what was much more polite and fair before. Please bring back 'your comment is awaiting moderation' so people know where they stand and don't feel in limbo being shielded from general view for hours on end. Not clever, but v. obvious!..

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Hi Fran,
Thank you for taking the time to reply.

I tend not to check comments that are posted late on Sunday until mid week or even later (unless I stay up all night on Sunday evening /Monday morning) As I didn't get to bed Sunday morning I couldn't stay up all night without getting an imprint of my keyboard on my forehead (which has happened many times), but knowing I'd left some impassioned comments yesterday I thought I'd check to see if anyone had posted comments that were worth replying to. Glad I did. I thought I'd do it before I settle down to one of the several Blu Rays I ordered from Amazon Saturday evening (in response to my second monitor of the week dying on me, leaving me with only one) . So to feel better (retail therapy always works for me) I ordered some movies I'd been after watching for some time, mainly Cine Asia and other world movies - i.e. The Admiral; about the attack on Pearl Harbour from the Japanese point of view. The Front Line; a movie about the final decisive battles of the Korean war. Assembly; a true story about the conflict between the Chinese and Japanese during the second world war. There be Dragons; a story about the Spanish civil war, and finally a Travolta film called I am Wrath; a movie similar to the film Taken starring Leam Neeson. I'll probably be up all night again watching most of those. Thee of them are sub titled, which I don't mind; I prefer sub-titles to dubbed as you get a true feel for the actors starring in the movies.

We've also been doing some gardening. I tend not to any more because of the accident, and my wife never has the time, so we employ a gardener for 3 hours a week to keep our front, side and back gardens looking nice. When we purchased the bungalow the gardens were one of the most beautiful I'd had the pleasure to see. The previous occupants, a consultant anaethetist and his wife were keen gardeners and had stocked the gardens with a wide range of trees, fruit trees, bushes andother plants. They had obviously put a lot of thought into the gardens as we'd see the garden chage in looks depending on the time of year, starting with the whites and yellows of snow drops and daffodils, then the purples and blues of grape hyasinths, blue bells , forget me knots etc, then more yellow, and pinks and onwards to Autum, which is when the builders started work. Unfortunately they destroyed virtually the whole of the front garden and a section of the back garden nearest to the bungalow. Most of the back garden plus a smaller secret garden that is hidden from view are okay, but virtually all of the rose bushes were ripped out by the builder, clumps of lavender, and loads of flowering bushes and other beautiful plants were buried under piles of rubble, skips and building materials. We had promises that they would put it back how it was, but that never materialized as we had to sack them near to the end of the build due to incompetence and them ripping us off for a significant amout of money (we didn't realize the extent until we got legal advice and brought in a surveyor to check the place over. In the end we lost over £45 000 to the builder. The original cost of the build had been quoted at £70 000, but we ended up paying him over £110 000 plus since then we' ve forked out another £20 000 putting some of the issues right, plus a further £10 000 for the legal and surveyor fees. Our barrister has said we stand a very good chance of winning our suite against the builder, but we may only recover about 70% of the losses. I don't see us getting anything for years because the builder is a wiley old soak. I see us having to fight for whatever we are awarded and in the end bring in the Sheriffs, but we shall see. I think I'm being a lot more negative than usual partly because I have a lot weigning on my mind at the moment. Apart from the legal case, there are unpaid tax bills, more buiding issues and a bad tenant at one of my properties that has already cost us several thousand pounds in repairs over the last few months. Also my son has important exams coming up that start later this week and continue throught to late June. His results will determine whether he can get a place at our local univeristy (U.M.I.S.T. - University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, which is where Babbage created the first computer in the late 50's and where the renowned physicist Brian Cox now lectures). You need straight A's to get a place, so we are all stressed out at the moment.

You are right about the situation here. I wish we still had the community we had four or five years ago. There was always friendly banter and the forums used to have 30 or 40 visitors every day, most of whome would leave comments or instigate new threads. Now we barely get two or three comments a week. As for the new method of posting comments, the only advantage I've seen is that community members can see their post immediately on posting, which frees me up somewhat with respect to having to moderate regularily. The main issue I see happening with this method is community members posting expletives and other unsavoury comments, that may be visible for hours before I moderate them. I've already been admonished by one community member over ghosting, but not from your poit of view. The guy in question is not haapy with the way I add my moderator comment directy into the comment. When I moderate I don't have access to the reply button, so I've continued to reply to community members as I always have by adding a note to the bottom of their comment. No one has ever complained about this until the other week. His main gripe is that he wants me to use the reply button so that he can see via his email when I've replied. Seems to me its as long as it is short, i.e. it's just as easy to open up the giveaway page and check whether I've answered his comment rather than open up his email client and check there.

I was thinking of starting up the free games of the week thread again in the hope that it will bring back some of the community. I stopped posting information about free games partly because of the plethora of cheap games that could be picked up for a dollar or less, plus of course cheap indie bundles, where you usually save over 90% of the usual prices for those games. Some of those bundles for example the Humble THQ bundles had over $400 worth of games which sold for $5 and there was a Humble Origin bundle that was similar in price and savings as the THQ bundle, both bundles containing some brillianmt AAA games.. It seemed pointless posting about free games when you could get excellent games for less than a cup of coffee. Also we were in the porocess of moving at the time and every spare moment was taken up packing, decorating our old house in readiness to rent it out as well as the actual move, then the building fiasco etc. I was still posting at least one game a week until our planned move to this house three years ago. I enjoyed doing it at the time, so maybe I should go for it again. :).

Hey, I'd better stop waffling. Got to go watch those movies. I hope to get through at least 3 before I go to bed.

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

That really does look interesting. Reminds me of those wonderful physics style puzzles that WheemPlay used to provide. I miss them. Even tried to buy some but couldn't any of the ones I wanted. Sigh. I'm looking forward to trying this one.

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Hi JenX, the game is exactly like some of the Wheemplay games, but with a lot more levels and the ability to replay levels as well as receive awards. :)

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

I downloaded and installed (without switching off "avira").
What I dislike: there are some more links on my desktop than I wanted ("Play online games" "MyPlayCity" a browser game named "Fishao Online") PLUS the link to the game...
Can I uninstall or only delete them?

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Hi Nidda, those extra desktop links can be safely deleted. The only other aspect that is retained from the usual MyPlayCity installations is your browser opens when you close the game down, but that is totally innocuous. :)

Reply   |   Comment by Nidda  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

.... and after stopping to play it connects witjh "MyPlayCity" (simular to what we know from others... eg. gametop)

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The main difference is that you don't get the checkboxes for toolbars, home page hijacks and browser hijacks that are usual with MPC games. Those have been removed. I don't particularily like the advert when you first boot up the game, but so long as you don't click on it while the game is loading, it's totally safe, plus the browser opening when closing down the game, thankfully that is also totally safe compared to the possibility of installing toolbars etc that the usual MPC games include. :)

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

Thank you, Whiterabbit.
I'm only thinking about uninstalling the game because I know my 9-year-old son who sometimes uses my PC (without asking or being watched) and I know that he often just klicks something... such as the starting advertisement with this game... I'll think it over...

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I understand; we had the same problem with our children when they were younger; actually we stll do, though they do have their own computers now. I often have to go rescue my daughters computer by sifting through the registry and deleting the offending registry entries and deleting unwanted programs that she has allowed to be installed though not reading instructions etc. :)

Reply   |   Comment by Nidda  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Nidda, Why the hell is GGOTD allowing a company that is clearly a spammer/hijacker/scammer offering games that 'only open a browser window instead of what we NORMALLY do which is hijack your computer, add stuff you don't want, and generally screw your life up trying to remove the garbage we install without your permission' on the site. This is the last straw. GGOTD and GOTD, have a good life. I'm done.

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Hi Ticked Off, MPC do not install anything on your computer without your permissiom apart from maybe the three extra icons on your desktop, which can be deleted by moving them to the recycle bin. The browser opening as I've mentioned elsewhere is totally innocuous and necessary for the survival of the free game site. They earn cash for ever visitor to their site due to the advertising on that site. I don't know exactly how much they get for each vistior to the site. todays game has had approaching $000 downloads. If they get $0.50 for each visit, they will earn $2000 for the initial installation and futher $2000 when the community close the game becasue in the initial installation you are directed to the site twice, on top of that I'm sure a lot of community memebrs will come back to play the game several times, so potentially the site has earned several thousand dollars for giving this game away. some of that will be paid to the developer, the rest goes to the sites owners. If they diodn't include browser openings, then they wouldn't earn anything, which means they would not be able to pay the developer, who would withdraw the game from their portfolio, becasue technically the games are not freeware, but commercial games which have to be paid for elsewhere. MPC have removed the checkboxes for toolbars, home page changes etc and we do not get any of those inconviniences with the giveaway version of the MPC game.

MPC do not spamm/hijack or scam, if they did, they would not be in buisness now. I've seen MPC operating for over 10 years. They used to be a straight developer then started giving away free games from other developers (with their permission) about 11 years ago. If you download directly from their site you will always be asked if you want to install toolbars or hav your home page or browser changed. As for the browser opening, i've already explained that. :)

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

Fortunately, it just goes to MPC site, which has nothing but free games. Now, he might download something and you could get a browser hijack, but you can still revert those with a few clicks. It isn't convenient, but he also won't be causing too much trouble if he does it.

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

Nidda, when he click on the advert it will open the browser with an online-game. Mostly you must have an account to play it. So relatively harmless - this can happen just by clicking on every advert on every internet-site.

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

Looks like a great game for the kids...thanks giveaway of the day team!

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

THAT looks interesting! Let's try and test...

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