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Defeat the ferocious guardians to return life to The Enchanting Islands!
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The Enchanting Islands were filled with light and color until an evil sorceress spread darkness throughout the land. You can restore this fairy-tale realm by collecting the elements you need to cast your spells and watching as glistening pools and verdant meadows burst forth from the soil. Use tools to gather everything you need, in this Match 3 game, and defeat the ferocious guardians in your quest to return life to The Enchanting Islands!

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8/ 10; CPU: 800 Mhz; RAM: 256 MB; DirectX: 8.0; Hard Drive: 42 MB

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ToomkyGames

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https://www.bigfishgames.com/games/2906/the-enchanting-islands/

File Size:

38.5 MB

Price:

$9.99

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The Enchanting Islands:
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In Brief:
The Enchanting Islands is an interesting match 3 game, with spell casting, boss stages and mini hidden object stages. As you progress through the game it can become quite challenging, with locked and then double locked tiles added later in the game. It's worth downloading, especially if you like Match 3 games; definitely one of the better ones of this genre..

The game was previously given away on the 18th May 2014, where it received a positive 76% thumbs up from 373 votes, with 38 comments. You can see those HERE

You can also few videos of game play HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE
Introduction:
The Enchanting Islands were filled with light and colour until an evil sorceress spread darkness throughout the land. You can restore this fairy-tale realm by collecting the elements you need to cast your spells and watch as glistening pools & verdant meadows burst forth from the soil. Use various tools to gather everything you need in this Match 3 game, and defeat the ferocious guardians (boss battles) in your quest to return life to The Enchanting Islands!

Edited reference accessed HERE 18th May 2014; re-posted with some editing 15th September 2021
The Game Review:
The Enchanting Islands is a match-3 puzzler with mini games that has you casting spells to save the land from eternal darkness, and making specific tile matches to gather enough elements to create your restoration spells
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Once upon a time, the Islands were an enchanting place, filled with light and colour. Then an evil sorceress attacked the land, cursing everything she saw, and destroying everything she touched. It looked like the end of the Enchanting Islands, until Alice, a wizard who lived nearby, offered the people of the land a glimmer of hope.

As Alice, you must restore the islands to their former glory by matching element tiles and beating evil boss monsters using the tools at hand.

To play, you must swap adjacent tiles to make matches of three or more of specific types. In order to beat a level, you need to gather all of the elements that are required to complete the level; these change for each level and are indicated at the top of the screen. Sometimes you will need to clear all of the gold tiles, which can be done by making matches over the top of them. Other times you may be asked to release a special item, like a potion by creating matches underneath the special item until it reaches the bottom of the screen. For each board you play, you can earn gold, silver, or bronze medals, although this doesn't impact the game play, but does act to give the game more re-playability. (assuming you don't get the gold awards for each level on your first attempts.

Because of the game mechanics i.e. you advance based on casting spells and not by completing boards, there's no way to replay a board for a better score. Boards can take a long time to complete, generally 7-10 minutes each.
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There are three power-ups available in game, each one being introduced at specific points in the game and when used are refreshed on a timer. The hammer breaks one block, the bomb destroys all the tiles contiguous with the bomb tile. The collector tool is used to collect all the elements of one type that are located on the board at the time it is used. The collector tool is doubly useful because it will also destroy chains locking those tiles, and clears the gold tiles located underneath those elements. Bubble tiles are wild a sort of wild card; where you can see all the different tiles presented on the board alternating over several seconds. Clicking on the bubble when the most useful element is presented will add that element to the board.

Of course, there are also a bunch of obstacles. Chains can lock a tile into place, and you have to make matches with them in order to break them. Some items are double chained. Spiders can leave messy webs behind, which also trap tiles. You can destroy the spiders by making matches above or below them, and break webs by including those tiles in matches.

While it starts off simple, things can get quite hairy when you have multiple obstacles and goals on a single board. The layouts are involved; Levels are timed, but the timer is generally pretty generous and not too troublesome. If you lose, you can just replay the level.
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In a new twist, you don't actually advance by completing boards. Rather, you advance by casting spells. These spells require a certain number of “elements,” which you gather by playing the main game. For example, you might need 200 strawberries, 2 potions, and 50 gold tiles. Once you have enough elements to buy the spell upgrade, you play a short hidden object board to find the elements hidden on the screen. After you've beaten it, you get the upgrade.

There are several upgrades to unlock in each chapter. When you've unlocked them all, you advance to the next island.

Before you move to a new island, you have to beat the boss battle. This is really cute, and something different. You make matches of three or more, as usual. However, there is a monster scrolling around at the bottom of the screen. You need to make your matches over its head, in order for the tiles to fall and damage it and eventually destroy it.
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Some tiles are better than others. Leaves, for example, just float off and do no damage. Bigger items like oranges do more damage. This is my favourite part of the game, and would make a nice stand alone.

The game features upbeat fantasy-inspired music, which really sets an enjoyable and relaxing mood during the game play. The length is good, so you can expect at least 5 hours of game play. The game itself is very smooth and polished; though a little dated graphically by today's standards .

During the regular chapter play, things can be a bit repetitive. The boss battles are the most entertaining, since they break the monotony. Because of the repetition, it's difficult to sit and play in one sitting. This is the sort of game that's more suitable for playing in short spurts.

There are only 3 power ups, making The Enchanting Islands less complex than many other match-3 games. The artwork is very nicely done, but repetitive. The tiles change slightly as you advance in the game, but you're still mostly dealing with fruits and flowers. It would have been nice to see more variety.

The Enchanting Islands isn't particularly original or complex, but it features everything you'd expect from a match-3 game. The artwork is bright and colourful, the music is fun, the rules are clearly presented and simple, and there's a fair amount of opportunity to form strategies as you play. It's entertaining if you're looking for a game to play during coffee breaks.

Significantly edited reference accessed HERE, the original reference posted by Lisa Haasbroek on Mar 17th 2009, reposted by Whiterabbit May 2014 and again reposted 16th September 2021 (with editing).
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Conclusion:

Pros (both the original reviewers and my take on the game):
The game has standard match three rules with some extra ones thrown in for example to knock spiders off the grid, you have to create a match below them before they create a spiders web. If a web is formed the tile will become locked. Fun boss battles, lots of different barriers to stop matches such as double gold tiles to clear, spiders webs, double chains etc, plus collecting various fruits to create spells that will repair the damage done to the world.

Cons (at least from the original reviewer):
I was only able to play in a small window (though this could be increased in size if I reduced my monitors resolution). when I selected full screen from the options menu, the screen turned white. This may be because the game is quite old and the more modern computers don't lend themselves to some of the older games. If I was bothered to change the resolution it may fix the issue, but I was quite happy to play in a window, besides it was easier to take screen captures using windows snipping tool, rather than one of the more complicated screen capture programs I often use (e.g. older versions of Ashampoo's screen capture program 'SNAP' that are nearly always free from various sites that give away applications). The original writer of the review also felt the levels were repetitive, personally I found them quite challenging the further into the game you got and were not that repetitive; especially as I took the reviewers advise and only played the game in fits and starts during various coffee breaks.. My attempts at the first several levels never resulted in nya gold awards being made, making this a replay-able game if you are up for the challenge of getting gold for each level. Graphics were said to 'basically' be boring (there's only so much you can do with a match three game), again I found them acceptable; maybe not as nice as other games that were released around the same time e.g. one of my favourite match three games i.e. the first Treasures of Montezuma. Also said by the original review was that there were Limited power-ups. Personally I didn't find the power-ups limiting).
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Notes on Security

I scanned a zipped copy of the installed game using Virus Total and it found 2 hits (MaxSecure & Zoner) from 61 antimalware engines. MaxSecure & Zoner are one of only several that often tag TooMky Games from all the other anti-malware engines; most of which are better known and more reliable. In this case 59 other antimalware engines found the installed game safe, so it's very likely to be a false positive.

The downloaded executable 'may' include some low level adware that only opens your browser once to Falcoware's home page after the game has installed and also places four shortcuts onto your desktop (which can be safely deleted once the game has installed).

The installation does NOT inject any malware into your system. When your browser is opened to Falcoware's home page following the games installation, it earns Falcoware games some money, part of which is given to the developer of the game for allowing the game to be given away free. Once you've installed the game, there are no more browser redirections. This is because Falcoware removed their installer over a year ago (that installer would show an advert for a game and then open your browser each time you played and then closed the game down.)

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

https://www.virustotal.com/gui/file/547cb81e90f3ddd2d3bf77de9bf853cdd24861e93b1f90163d37be668d109c76?nocache=1

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+22)

Whiterabbit-uk,



The latest free game from Epic Games is the map based Europa Universalis IV , an empire building game that gives you control of a nation to guide through the years in order to create a dominant global empire. Next week we will be getting PC Building Simulator - Build and grow your very own computer repair enterprise as you learn to diagnose, fix and build PCs. With real-world licensed components and comprehensive hardware and software simulation, you can plan and bring your ultimate PC to life.

Indie Gala have added more games to their showcase section HERE, e.g. One-bit Arena, Crazy Space Pirate, Marvin the Hatter, Pirate Codex, DreamTime, I LIKE THE FLOWERS, Project Restart, A Maze In Opportunity, Skull Rogue, Mirage Online Classic, In the world unknown, Dissociation, The little witch Edwina and Hard Place Once added to your Indie Gala library, they will always be available to download; even when they have been removed from the free list. All the leisure Suit Larry games have now been removed..

You can usually find links to Steam and non Steam freebies via Delenn's threads over in the forums HERE (non-Steam) and HERE (Steam). Thanks a million for keeping these threads updated frequently Delenn, it's really appreciated by me and I'm sure many other community members.

The latest Humble Choice bundle went live on the first Tuesday of the month (the next bundle will unlock in three days time on Tuesday 5th October); If you have the original subscription before it changed from the Humble Monthly to the Humble Choice bundle, you get all 12 games in the bundle, plus a DRM free arcade game called Sluggish Morss Pattern Circus and access to all the games in the Humble Trove while your subscription is live. The Humble Trove includes around 75+ titles. The DRM free titles you can download and keep forever. The other games in the Trove can be downloaded and played while your subscription is live. If you suspend a month you lose access to those games for that month. They are adding games to the Trove virtually every month. Here's just a few examples of what's included in the Trove. Race the Sun: Challenge Edition, Zodiac II, Volantia: Kingdom in the Sky, Shady Knight, 20 minute Metropolis, Keyboard Sports, When Ski Lifts Go Wrong (this is £14.99 on Steam, you get the DRM free copy, so can still play it if you suspend your subscription). Also includes Valhalla Hills (another Steam game worth £7.99, but you get the DRM free version), Broken Sword 5, Runestone Keeper, Bomber Crew, (another DRM free copy that is £14.99 on Steam), Drawkanoid (£3.99 on Steam), Actually quite a few of the games in the Trove are also on Steam, but you always get the DRM free version.

There are different choice subscriptions available, details of which you can find HERE.

If you subscribe, it doesn't tie you in to buy every monthly choice bundle. If you find the latest bundle isn't for you, just go to your account page and suspend that month. This has to be done for each months bundle if you don't want them before your subscription is due for that month. Apart from the amazing bargains found with these choice bundles; there is always at least one or two premium AAA games, plus several other AAA and high level indie arcade games included in each bundle.

This months bundle would set you back £211.68 (approx' $290) if you purchased all of the games and includes PGA Tour 2K21 (£49.99), Neon Abyss (£15.99), Not For Broadcast (£19.49}, RÖKI (£19.49), Narita Boy (£19.99), West of Dead (£15.49), Atomicrops (£11.39), Heaven's Vault (£19.99), Swag and Sorcery (£9.99), Fort Triumph (£15.49), Orwell: Ignorance is Strength (£7.19) and Framed Collection (£7.19). For me, just the cost of Swag & Sorcery takes care of the cost of the whole bundle with change; (the bundle cost me £8.72 (the cheapest you could get it) because I had subscribed to the monthly bundle before it changed to the Choice bundle); so, I'm very pleased with this months choice, especially as several were on my wish list. The last one listed, I already had, so gave it to a friend. :)

The extra game is a weird DRM free graphic oriented game on the lines of those point & Click adventure games by Amanita Design; e.g. as Samorost 1 (free on Steam) and Samorost 2, Machinarium and Rocket man, but is much more psychedelic and wacky. (If you get the bundle make sure you turn down the volume when playing Sluggish Morss Pattern Circus as it's rather jarring in places, but oddly, does fit the game.


If you come across any games that are worth downloading, please do post details and links in Delenn's threads HERE (non-Steam) and HERE (Steam). Thank you in advance.

Two games I highly recommend at this time; firstly, because they are both excellent games and more importantly, because they are both 90% off at the moment (ends 30th September; tomorrow at 6pm UK time 1pm Eastern). They are Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide (£2.29) and Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III (£2.99).

The third person adventure games Syberia I (£2.29) and Syberia II are also free on Steam a third game in the series called Syberia: The World Before - Prologue HERE.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  16 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+17)

Whiterabbit-uk, I can confirm that full screen works fine in Win XP. I haven't tried it on my Win10 laptop yet to see if I can get around the problem, and don't know if I will get time today. But from my limited playing time it looks like a real keeper, thanks!

Reply   |   Comment by Min  –  14 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Min,

Glad to hear it at least works in older Win platforms.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  14 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
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I had the same white screen problem on my Windows 10 system. I saw no way to set the screen play size while installing so per suggestion I uninstalled it and reinstalled. It came back to the finish/start screen and I clicked on it to start but nothing happens. I also tried clicking the game icon but the game does not start. It works fine on the Window 7 pro system but not on Windows 10. Note. when uninstalling it says not everything was uninstalled.

Reply   |   Comment by Jerry  –  14 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Jerry,

Hi Jerry, sorry for the late reply. I've been rabbit sitting our dwarf rabbit for weeks; which has left me exhausted as I've had barely any decent sleep since his partner passed away last month. Last night was my first decent sleep in weeks; I only woke up before lunch, so missed your post until after the giveaway has ended.

You would need to make sure the remnants of the game are removed and search the registry for any entries referring to the game. I've posted some instructions in my reply to Granny.

I installed the TooMky game version rather than the giveaway version and have no issues with the game whatsoever. (I did delete the internet shortcut found in the game folder though)

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  14 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Whiterabbit-uk, No problem. thanks for the info. FYI I did notice on the company website for this game it does not list its for Windows 10 so that may be the problem. The version you installed is probably updated for 10.

Reply   |   Comment by Jerry  –  13 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
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No Relaxed Mode, no game for me.

Reply   |   Comment by Carl  –  14 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
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I have only a white screen with sound in the background. :(
Win 10, 64bit
Compatibility mode (Win 7 / Vista / Win XP) does not work

Reply   |   Comment by Thomas Müller  –  15 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Thomas Müller,

Hi Thomas,

I had the same issue when in full screen. If you can access the options menu, select windowed mode. This should fix the white screen issue. Okay, the window is quite small; this is because the game is old and wasn't created with modern monitors in mind. You can increase the size of the window by temporarily changing your screen resolution to 800 x 600. I did mention this in the conclusion part of my review above.

I do hope you can get the game to work because this is a decent match three well worth having in your game library.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  15 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#4

This looks like a fun game! I enjoy Match-3 games. It downloaded and installed fine on my desktop and my laptop - both running Windows 10. However, when it opened up initially after installing, it opened full screen - and white - on both machines. The cursor showed up and that was it. I had to do ctrl-alt-del to pull up task manager to close it out. When I opened it from the desktop icon, it would open as a small window and I was able to play the game. I went into options and tried for full screen - and ended up with a big white full screen showing a cursor. Back to ctrl-alt-del.... I like being able to play games full screen. I find this frustrating that the full screen option doesn't work.
I like the little extras in the game and will be keeping it. If anybody has any suggestions on getting the full screen part of it to work I would surely appreciate them!

Reply   |   Comment by Granny483  –  15 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Granny483,

Hi Granny, thank you for your feedback.

I had the same issue, but found that selecting the windows option from the initial configuration window fixes the issue.

I briefly mention this issue in my conclusion (in the ''con'' section above), with a quick fix; i.e. firstly by making sure you are in windowed mode; which I think is the default for this game. You can then increase the size of the game window by changing your monitors screen resolution. This is accomplished by right-clicking anywhere on your desktop; then, from the drop down menu, selecting Display Settings (I hope I'm not coming over as condescending here). 800 x 600 should increase the size of the window to almost full screen, (depending on how large your monitor is - I'm using 24.5'' monitors).

I know doing this is a bit of a 'faf'; but, I reckon it's well worth the effort because it makes everything
easier to see.

In my opinion The Enchanting Isles is one of the better Match Three games; and, is nearly as good as my number one favourite 'standard' match three game Treasures of Montezuma. I say standard because my preference are the Match Three games with an RPG element by creating matches that give you various stronger attacks, spells , shields, healing potions etc, and most with upgrades like the Puzzle Quest series and like the first of that sub genre that we received here way back on 29th June 2008 called Puzzle Hero, or ones with a multiplayer element where you are also fighting against either an AI or with newer versions like the free Gems of War where you can also play against other players.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  15 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

Whiterabbit-uk, thank you so much for your reply - and guidance. No..... you're not sounding condescending at all! I appreciate all the guidance I can get. Some things on the computer I'm really really good at - some I'm not! Giving me directions on how to accomplish a goal - quickly without spending time exploring and pulling my hair out - is always welcome!

Reply   |   Comment by Granny483  –  14 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Granny483,

:)

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  14 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#3

Downloaded 2 different ways and ended with a centered white screen with music. Had to do a control alt delete to get out

Reply   |   Comment by Weepawz  –  15 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Weepawz,

Hi Weepawz,

Please see my replies to Thomas Müller and Granny483. There is a fix so long as you start in windowed mode (which I think is the default setting. If you've changed it from windowed to full screen; you may have to delete the game and reinstall it. If it still wont boot up in windowed mode, you may have to open up the registry editor (type regedit in the search field to open the editor up. Then click on the edit command along the top of the editor. From the drop down menu select find. input the name of the game in the Find What field. then delete all entries related to the game. After the first search, you can press F3 to find the next entry. If you have to go as far as deleting registry entries, it's a good idea to first back up your registry just in case you accidentally delete something else. I've deleted thousands of entries from my registries over the years and have never had an issue, but it is always a good idea to take care and ensure you are deleting the correct entries.

Once all the entries related to the game have been deleted reinstall the game then reboot it. It should then open in its default mode i.e. windowed.

Full scree will not work on modern computers with the latest operating systems. If you are still using Windows XP or earlier you shouldn't have this issue.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  15 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Whiterabbit-uk, Too much trouble to go to just to download a simple game. Will wait for a more modern game as this one is obviously old. First time I have had a problem in all the years I have been using your site.

Reply   |   Comment by Margaret Jennings  –  15 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#2

I cannot find a way to open this game full screen. Looks like a nice game but it will only open in 1/3 of my screen. This problem needs to be solved to improve the game.

Reply   |   Comment by Chuck  –  15 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Chuck,

Hi Chuck, it is not advisable to open the game in full scree, It seems trying to play in full screen will result in a white screen unless you are using an old operating system such as Win XP or older. If you want to increase the size of the window, please see my reply to Granny483.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  15 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
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