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Game Giveaway of the day — Sqiek

Squiek is a neat pink colored rabbit. His challenge is to run over platforms and turn the greyish environment into a pink and funny looking surrounding. Many things try to slow him down in his mission: one-way streets, ice fields or explosion fields a.o. Not to mention dark holes from where an endless army of monsters seems to crawl...after all: who likes being touched by conterminated ananas or other fruits? But Squik is far from defenseless: In case of danger he can start throwing carrots at his foes.
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User rating: 67 (34%) 132 (66%) 29 comments

Sqiek was available as a giveaway on December 14, 2007!

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Every second counts in this breathtaking paranormal adventure!

Squiek is a neat pink colored rabbit. His challenge is to run over platforms and turn the greyish environment into a pink and funny looking surrounding.

Many things try to slow him down in his mission: one-way streets, ice fields or explosion fields a.o. Not to mention dark holes from where an endless army of monsters seems to crawl...after all: who likes being touched by conterminated ananas or other fruits? But Sqiek is far from defenseless: In case of danger he can start throwing carrots at his foes.

Want to design your own stages? The included level editor allows to do just that.

System Requirements:

Windows 95/98/Me/2000/XP; DirectX 8.0 or above; 16MB RAM; Soundcard

Publisher:

Xing Interactive

Homepage:

http://magnussoft.de/catalog/product_info.php/products_id/111

File Size:

33.6 MB

Price:

7.50EUR

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#29

I've been away all day, so I wasn't able to review it. I really can't say much more than what everybody else has said, though, so I won't bother.

I will say this, though: This game is worth downloading just for the music, which isn't packed into a DLL like many other games. Everything else, though - graphics, control, even the main character - are so bad that I can't recommend it as a game. Sorry.

Reply   |   Comment by Lockett  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#28

I agree with #4 : will be a funny game when bugs will be corrected. But for the moment it is unplayable

Reply   |   Comment by Duncan  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#27

Thanks for another free game that downloaded without any problems on Windows XP. Also, I would like to thank all the people that take the time to write comments - good and bad - I read these before I make my decisions to download. These games are free for a day and I hope that they stay that way. Also, just because something is free, doesn't mean you have to take one.

Reply   |   Comment by KB999999  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#26

I agree with you fully on what you say gpc111 comment #20 (and thanks for your kind words) the password thing really is a bind. I've said before that all the games I have that use this form of saving your progress end up not being played no matter how good they are because I'm always losing the scraps of paper I use to write the codes down. I've used notebooks in the past, but even they disappear. :(

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit aka Stephen  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#25

The only day its not from Alaware, it sucks...

Reply   |   Comment by Inv3rt  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#24

diabolically bad. #15, i totally agree. 0/10

Reply   |   Comment by john wayne  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#23

Secularsage, I agree with your ideas regarding the sense of entitlement some people have. And although opinions are like (expletive deleted), that doesn't mean everybody is entitled to yours.(Not you personally).

I appreciate reviews, whether good, bad, or indifferent. And I apologize for "singling you out" in my previous post, which completely diluted the message. Some people are just incapable of a polite, respectful "no, thank you", and it's very discouraging to my view of humanity (HA!) to constantly see all of the negative, unkind things people say on this site.

Reply   |   Comment by Ken  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#22

Think I will give this one a miss as magnasoft games always seem to be bug ridden - almost as if they are beta releases.

Reply   |   Comment by Terry Pardy  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#21

I like silly games but this one is just lousy. Slow and no fun for me. As mentioned before, the responsiveness to keys is below par even on a new machine with a decent vidcard & that's really frustrating with such a simple game.

Reply   |   Comment by Scat R. Brane  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#20

Thank you WR, #10, for your excellent review. I won't be downloading this after reading your thoughts. Most offers from this publisher IMO have really poor controls. Have you ever heard of a device called a mouse? I think most computers have these attached to them. I don't mind clone games. If it can be made fun why not play it again? Just make it so it's playable. To me the worst part of Magussoft games is the password that you need to advance to further levels. This is almost year 2008. No one wants to have to write down and enter passwords anymore. Please Magnussoft update your games to the modern era. Spend more time on gameplay than you spend on your intro logo. The initial logo is very cool and very impressive. But after that it's all downhill. I want to like you and your games but you make it difficult.

Reply   |   Comment by gpc111  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#19

Ken, with respect, I worry about people who say "It's only right to have an opinion on something if you paid for it." I don't think they're grounded in reality.

1) Network television is free. Almost everyone has opinions about it.
2) Broadcast radio is free. Almost everyone has opinions about it.
3) The vast majority of websites are free. Almost everyone has opinions about them.

Why, then, should it be any different to have opinions about free games?

Isn't it better for those who are on dial-up connections or who have limited HDD space to know whether a game is worth their time and trouble?

The whole "we should be grateful" argument doesn't make any sense to me. What bothers me are people who are whining about what they DIDN'T get for free, not commenting on the fact that they wasted their time with something they did. You know who I'm talking about - the folks who whine about "kids' games" or who want high-end games like Half-Life 2 and Unreal Tournament 3 available for free every day.

As is the case of pretty much every Magussoft title I've ever played, this is a poorly developed game that has lousy controls and a bad interface. I don't think there's anything wrong with stating that.

Reply   |   Comment by Secularsage  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#18

Wow. Some of you people have got the worst attitudes I've ever seen. What's wrong with you? (#4 especially)

Every day, somebody has some smarmy, rude response to a game that is FREE.

Seriously, get over yourself.

I think it's great to have a site to go to and see/play some games that I might otherwise never come across.
Thanks GGotD.

Reply   |   Comment by Ken  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#17

Nancy - all items at GOTD - giveaway of the day, are for the one day only FREE to install, the real deal. You must download and install the day it is offered for it to work. If you wait, you are out of luck. Once it is up and running on your computer, it will be there, running day after day until you uninstall.
You have to read the instructions regarding downloading, some items require that you 'activate' the proper code before installation.
GOTD offers some amazing games and software - see upper right corner of page. They allow you to try new items to see if you like them. Some of the games I would swear I wouldn't like have become favorite pasttimes. This site is so amazing.

Reply   |   Comment by Susan  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#16

Looks kinda like a pumped up version of Qbert. I think i will listen to ev1 who complains about the controls and bugs and not bother. I am running out of space on my 2 hard drives thanks to a hubby who likes to copy movies and my graphic design hobby lol. I dont like games that have alot of bugs in them or u cant control worth a sh*t. I think we should send magnussoft the way of that OTHER company i wont mention in case they decide to bring their games back LOL.

Whiterabbit, i love your reviews and i wish you good health. Its a shame i forgot to install strikeball deluxe the other day, i love magicball and it looked similar. I downloaded it but got distracted by kids and forgot to install, hopefully they will offer it again soon.

Reply   |   Comment by Vella  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#15

I don't know why I even bother downloading Magnussoft offers. This one has... wait for it... POOR CONTROLS! Like every other Magnussoft offer ever. The stupid bunny always turns downwards when not moving, making shooting any other direction impossible. So you need to move towards the monsters to shoot them, and then you die when you enter the square where you just shot a monster. Utterly foolish.

Also, the game is boring. The music is absolutely horrible. Steer well clear of this game.

If you want a good game that concerns passing over a number of spots in a map, try the classic Pacman, or any of its later evolutions. Admittedly the sounds are even more horrible in Pacman than in Squiek. But it's better.

Reply   |   Comment by bovi  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#14

Before I spend the time downloading, I would like to know if this game is freeware or shareware. Do you only get a certain amount of play time before you have to pay for it?

Thanks

Reply   |   Comment by Nancy Schimpf  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#13

I downloaded it, it isntalled ok. Played it a lil bit. My 2 children will like it i am sure. Would like to install it on the Vista machine, but will have to wait til after work this evening.

GAOTD: You reckon you might offer Trabi Racer one day soonish?? My neighbor played it on my computer and loved it as much as I do. A clutz to race with, but challenging just the same. Anyway, this is about Squik, not this. Sqiek runs well on my XP Pro. Will read connents this evneing on how it does on Vista.

Reply   |   Comment by chuck  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#12

This is finally the "namesake game" for our Longest and Superior Postings Author as he was 'rewarded' back on June 7th.
I'm really glad for him and am just reading that he seems to enjoy 'his' game.

And, dear WR, thanks so much for your generosity as to making true your kind offer from last Monday!

Yes, folks, he has ACTUALLY sent me the two expansion packs for Strike Ball 2 Deluxe. I happened to be the lucky beggar :) This I call an honourable and trustworthy man.

If somebody in the spheres above having a heart for pc gaming would finally recognize what WR has been achieving for GGOTD through writing all these outstanding reviews, oh man, he should get the guy in charge to pledge that within the very next months both health and
welfare of Stephen B., UK, will be recovered completely. Let's hope for at least a bit of that to come true!

Reply   |   Comment by Blackrabbit  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#11

p.s.
Some of what Secularsage says I would agree with, but I would still try this game for yourselves. I do think my daughter is going to love it, so for that alone I think it's worth the score I gave it. I personally could take it or leave it, but while reviewing it I did enjoy playing it and do intend spending some more time on it, but only if I remember to make a note of those access codes. For free it's definitely worth a download, also I noticed it was cheaper than the usual arcade game which gives it another positive in my opinion.

At today’s exchange rates 7.5 Euro's = 5.37 pounds which = just over $10 Maybe a couple more Euro's could be shaved off to make it a worthwhile budget game: D

Thank you Magnussoft, for continuing to offer your games free for the day and to the Game giveaway team for being here.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit aka Stephen  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#10

This is another new game from Magnussoft and as usual it is quite large for this type of arcade game, weighing in at 33.6Mb, though with most computers sporting at least a few hundred gigabytes, this will not even scratch the surface as far as taking up valuable hard drive space. It installs easily with an integrated activation and setup module, so for those new to the game giveaway project, there’s only two files when you’ve unpacked the game, that is the readme and the setup module..

Introduction:
The game opens to the sound of some pretty powerful dance music that is reminiscent of the 80’s era. I was immediately impressed with the bold colors of the introduction to this game. My daughter’s going to love it before she’s even played it as she is still massively into anything that’s pink, which the majority of this is, lol. The option menu as usual with Magnussoft games gives you plenty of options to change. Unfortunately the game has no mouse controls in game, though you can use the mouse on any menu item. The game relies on either the keyboard or a joystick which although not as easy to use as a mouse can often take its place (especially if you’re playing a flight simulator, lol). All the keyboard controls are customizable apart from the Ctrl: key that is used to fire carrots at your enemies and the Space: key that enables the short cut tile (see the games help menu for details of what the short cut tile does). You can select one of 10 music tracks to have playing during the game, as well as set the graphical quality and effects. Which are always useful if you’re running an older system? This game unusually even has the option of choosing 8 bit graphics which I thought had disappeared with the earlier of your first PC’s such as the 286. One down side to the game though is the password saving scheme. Although this was a common way of saving games a decade ago it’s rather dated now and has the drawback that you have to find a suitable place to keep the passwords safe. I personally am appalling at managing such things and never progress far as I always lose the level codes, so in all honesty, even if it’s a good game, I’ll probably end up putting it into the rarely used folder for ultimate disposal.

There are some mod settings for you graphics, which enable you to find possible solutions to problems if you are getting graphical glitches. I seem to recall that one of the last Magnussoft games had those as an option and it did not seem to be very compatible with my NVidia card, which if there is a problem will spoil near on 50% of those with graphics cards as it is one of the two major manufacturers of graphics cards left.

Unfortunately I was unable to take many screen captures because I had to use the task manager to quit the game whenever I used my screen capture device. (this always happens with Magnussoft games for some reason – not that it is a problem, just an annoyance when you’re taking screen captures for a review lol)

The Game:
http://s109.photobucket.com/albums/n61/Whiterabbit_01/gaotd/Sqiek/?action=view&slideshow=true
Follow the links below for screen captures of the menus and help pages as well as a couple of in game images:

All on one Page:

http://s109.photobucket.com/albums/n61/Whiterabbit_01/gaotd/Sqiek/


As a Slideshow:

http://s109.photobucket.com/albums/n61/Whiterabbit_01/gaotd/Sqiek/?action=view&slideshow=true


This is your typical fill in the squares game (don’t know what genre it would be classed as other than puzzle) where as already said you have to change as many tiles as possible to pink before the portal opens to the next stage of which there are 101. You have to travel around a maze of tunnels from a top down perspective’ with lot’s of different tiles to navigate that either block your way or helping you in some way. Watch out when you’re on the edge of the maze, because if you walk over the boundary you will lose a life. You get four of these at the start of the game, with the ability to collect more lives throughout the game. Some monsters fire projectiles at you, so avoid these, others need to actually come into contact with you to kill you. At the end of a level you will be given a levels code, which if you want to proceed at a later time you must make a note of otherwise you will have to start again. That’s about it. You do get different themes as you progress through the labyrinth of mazes that help to make this a reasonable looking game. If you like this sort of puzzle it should keep you occupied for a few days.



Conclusion:

If you have none of this ilk, it’s definitely a worthwhile game to keep. I have a few in my miscellaneous games folder on one of the childrens computers, but to be honest I can’t ‘off hand’ remember what they are called (due to my awful memory :( ) I will be keeping it though as I do like such puzzle games occasionally. It’s worth 7 out of 10 for family fun and because of the reasonable number of tile types and bonuses. (IMO)








Notes for those who want to read on:

Concerning the size of this game - I know that compared to the likes of most recent $70 games that are vastly larger than this game {some approaching several gigabytes once installed} for those on dial up this is still a daunting file size. It took one minute to download it on my 4Mb broadband connection, so for those that are bothered about me saying it’s quite large then you can work out how long it’s going to take a dial up user to download) I’ve written this because of the comments made the last time I said this was a large file. :)

Once unpacked it will be just less than 80Mb in size. The largest file as usual with Magnussoft games is the AVI file for the opening introduction to the game. There’s nine different in game music tracks all MP3, so if you like then you’ll be able to transfer them to your music collection. They vary in length between just over a minute to three minutes in length. I think some of the shorter ones could be spliced together to make longer tracks if you really liked them as most are similar to each other. These do not however account for the larger than normal size for an arcade game as they are only around 1Mb each. There are quit a lot of WAV sound effects files that if you found tacky you could exchange for a multitude of sound effects found for free on the internet. You’d have to ensure that the sound effects you were replacing with the original ones had their names changed to the ones you were getting rid of. I know that these are ideas unlikely to be bothered with by the majority, but there are always the odd few who may enjoy modifying sounds and music.


:)

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit aka Stephen  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#9

Looks awesome. I'll take it just for the pink rabbit. Mostly because I'm a rabbit geek.

Reply   |   Comment by Brian Moy  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#8

Nobody, but NOBODY! touches me with conterminated ananas. It also takes up way too much space for such a simple game, which is a Magnussoft trademark. Thanks anyway, GOTD.

Reply   |   Comment by Squieiieieeek  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#7

Yep! Reminds me "Skweek" on Amstrad CPC, one of my best games on this platform. Always hope to see a remake, and now my wishes come true. Thanks GGOTD!!!

Reply   |   Comment by DarkWolf  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#6

Very nice game.Added to my collection.

Reply   |   Comment by Lizze  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#5

I much prefer Jazz Jackrabbit... a far better game and much less pink!

Reply   |   Comment by Jack  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#4

I'll keep an eye on the comments to see if I've got this one pegged wrong, but after 15 minutes of gameplay, I'm finding myself saying, "well, at least it was free."

Between the low production values, the large number of bugs/glitches, and the irksome art design (why is the hero a pink bunny who shoots carrots that look like feces? Why is the name of the game both Sqiek and Sqiuek? Why don't the "boom" squares have any animation?), I'm underwhelmed. This game reminds me of some old Amiga titles I used to play 15 years ago, and that's not a good thing. For example, the controls are so unresponsive that I frequently fell off the terrain because my rabbit wouldn't turn in time. Also, I fell through some legitimate titles due to bugs with the green ones that vanish. And the monsters can kill you from 2 tiles away if you hit them at the point in their animation when they're crossing a square and heading towards you as you cross.

I would imagine the only folks who are going to enjoy this game are the hardcore action puzzler fans; it's too hard for children and too dull for most anyone else.

Ah well. I don't think I'll be loading this one up again, especially when I've got superior games from earlier in the week like Bistro Stars, Strike Ball 2 Deluxe and Snowy's Lunch Rush to play through. Thanks anyway, GGOTD!

Reply   |   Comment by Secularsage  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#3

Thanks for putting this up GGOTD! Great puzzle game, another good game added to the collection:)

Reply   |   Comment by Tancred  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#2

Yikes, this one doesn't look too promising...

Still, I've got mild insomnia tonight. I'll give it a try!

Reply   |   Comment by Secularsage  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#1

hey, cant beat free. It's mindless entertainment. Sure makes work fun.

Reply   |   Comment by Bob  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
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