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The Happy Hereafter Giveaway

Game Giveaway of the day — The Happy Hereafter

Guide the newly dead as they build an afterlife for themselves and their fellow lost souls.
User rating: 195 (71%) 81 (29%) 30 comments

The Happy Hereafter was available as a giveaway on November 8, 2015!

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Flying up to the colony, the feeling of anxiety and fear only intensified.

Welcome to The Happy Hereafter, a casual sim in which you guide the newly dead as they build an afterlife for themselves and their fellow lost souls. There will be no rest for the wickedly funny as you put them to work building a village to rival Paradise!

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8; CPU: 1.6 GHz; RAM: 512 MB; DirectX: 9.0; Hard Drive: 573 MB


Xing Interactive



File Size:

205 MB



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As I do not install or try and install all GOTD offers I cannot say if it works or does not work with all or with some, that being said, there was no problem until recently (within the last 3 months). Previously I unpack and ran the setup, no problems, now, nothing happens, no error messages, nothing. As far as offering GOTD information, I have provided all I can in the past, nothing came of it. As I cannot verify why the software does not install and I can see that there are *two* setup.exe's running (I provided details on these and they are the correct ones), and one of them is supposed to be the setup from the manufacture, I can only thumbs down the product due to the installation failing.

So, I provided the information to GOTD previously, this was ignored.
Used to work, even with the newer GOTD installer, then just stopped; again details previously provided.
I checked and rechecked my end, nothing helps; not even GOTD.
GOTD packager unpackages *two* files and starts the setup.exe in the package and waits for it to end; thus, until GOTD can prove otherwise, the manufactures installation fails to execute correctly and a thumbs down is given due to the manufactures installation failing to complete execution.

Now, who am I'm blaming? As you can see, I have tried what I can including trying to contact GOTD directly. From what I can see, the GOTD installer/packager is working and they are pointing to the manufactures installer failing by not answering or providing any assistance.

No answer/assistance in a support environment = we don't consider it our problem. Thank you very much.

Complain all you want. Others are reporting the same situation. None are being helped.

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Hi giveaway fan. Please excuse the late moderation. I'm extremely busy at the moment. I'm only a volunteer, having been moderating for the giveaway project and administering the forums since about 2008. Thousands of giveaway community mem,bers have no problems installing the games given away here. I've only had problems installing a few giveaways since the project started back in 2006, an arkanoid given away in 2007 and the game given away this Saturday. Most or a large percentage of the community also had problems, installing bth of those games so I can only assume it was a global prblem and probably the fault of the installer conflicting woth something running on our computers, or maybe not being compatible with the latest operating systems.

If you are having so much trouble installing giveaways, it has to be something about your computer that is causing the problem, or maybe your connection. I can only point you to the FAFaq'thread i created in the giveaway forums. One suggestion would be to turn off background programs one at atime to see if one is causing the problem. One way to test this theory would be to use something like Game Booster (which is available for free from Razer), which turnes off all unecessary system programs while playing your games, plus you can configure it to turn off non system programs as well. If all of the unecessary programs have been turned off, and you were then able to install and play the giveaways, it would indicate at least one or more of the programs you temporarily closed is the culprit for your giveaway problems.

I do hope you resolve this problem.

regards W.R.

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

I was unsure whether the game had downloaded fully when Firefox decided to reboot for updates. Downloads have been extremely slow since I installed Windows 10, taking hours and failing frequently. I've missed a couple of games because of this as they didn't finish within the allotted 24 hours. This is despite having a fibre optic connection. Anyway, I was fortunate on this occasion as the game installed and ran with no problems at all. I'm really glad I got this one! I've been playing for the past 3 hours and it is different from all the other games available. The closest being the "Rescue Team" kind of games which I also really like. This does it all on one huge screen which scrolls when the mouse pointer hits the edge of the screen. There are a few instructions at the beginning, but most of it is pretty easy to figure out. It was a bit frustrating at first, having to go back to the centre of the map to pick up the idle workers, until I discovered that you can scroll though them and pick them up from the worker menu at the bottom left of the screen. I'm really enjoying the game, so I can't really find any fault with this one!

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

Me likey. At first i thought it's yet another very dull yet again time-management but it's actually quite decent executed.

The german title for the game is Ghostville (can be found on the german Alawar homepage) and you can use the two localization XML files from the Data\xml folder in todays giveaway version (replace the english ones in the same location) to play in german.

Reply   |   Comment by BartA.D.  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

As usual, installed and runs fine on my old Vista system. Despite some peoples' misgivings about "lost souls" or other subject matter, this is a cute game of gathering resources, researching new technology, and building/upgrading mines, farms, and other structures. The graphics are quite nice, the sound isn't irritating (there are volume controls for effects and music) and I didn't find the "hand holding" excessive (you can turn off the hints). And there is no timer! So gameplay is casual. The only thing I don't like is the Flying Pigs and Light Knights, which I find an irritant and a distraction from the rest of the game. Probably the best thing I can say is I meant to play a few minutes and it is now two and a half hours later. A definite thumbs up.

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Thank you for your feedback jgf, appreciated. :)

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

"Still, we get what we pay for, eh?" Well, I downloaded yesterday's game, and I got an error. But someone suggested a solution and I tried it and it worked. I then researched the situation and tried to provide some insight so others might not worry about that particular error. So, I paid with a little determination and the clear thinking to try someone else's advice, and I got the game. So, I would put it this way: you get out what you put in.

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Reply   |   Comment by watcher13  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Had no problems downloading on 8.1. All went quickly. I should point out that I do have problems and cannot download any to
a laptop with 8. I like the look of it and is easy to run. You do one task at a time, sometimes have 2 open. I am sort of stuck
on trading right now, haven't figured out who or where to trade. One thing I don't like is the slowness of the workers. Could read
a book while waiting. I prefer faster action, perhaps a speed up option?
Thanks for another good game!

have a great week,

Reply   |   Comment by Lee C.  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Thank you for sharing! I hope your day was as fulfilling as it projected to be! Love me some MEATLOAF!

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

Win10 64bit. Loaded and played fine, no problems. I actually like this game. Thank you. Only part I didn't like was when you need to do housework and everyone in the game is asking for something. LOL Just exited anyway.

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

I had no problem downloading, extracting or installing. Running Win 7. The game is rather silly and confusing at times but after just finishing it, I rather liked it. When you have to sell 5 wood they actually mean planks, for those stuck, and keep some of the powders and vials as you may have more cooking to do with those later. The only glitching I noticed was some of the people wonder into walls and keep walking, you can click and move them though and they go on their way. Also if you put one on a task, sometimes they glide off to the other side of the screen/game map. They still keep working though so no big deal. All in all I love this one and even let my kiddo download it too. :)

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

Your sure it's GGOTD and not you who are wrong? There's 2 suggestions for you. Did you try them? Did you try all of the suggestions in the forum post Whiterabbit linked to? Have you tried researching the problem yourself? Read your application events on event viewer? Maybe, after you give GGOTD an answer on that, they may consider your request. You haven't specified if this is all the games? From all the developers? So maybe someone can see a pattern? All developers can't fix if it isn't happening on all games to all people. "God helps them that helps themselves." You give a thumbs down. Those of us for whom it works give a thumbs up. Have you compared the count lately?

Reply   |   Comment by watcher13  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I downloaded it and clicked on set up and got a popup box that said failure to connect

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

Haven't had a chance to try the game, been too busy having cornflakes for lunch, walking the dog, and raking leaves. I'll be watching football today, then have meatloaf and mashed potatoes for dinner, before retiring for the night. Just sharing my exciting life like others on here.

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

Thanks but comments and concept seem like too much labor for now.

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

Well, it was a very mixed bag this weekend. Both games downloaded and installed perfectly (Win7) but whilst I couldn't get past the first stage in Legionwood, I didn't feel like getting past the first stage of todays' game. The graphics are great but I had trouble manipulating the characters without getting the whole screen to move. I would have liked there to be a zoom out feature and a purpose for all their actions. I will persist with it for a little while but if it's too much trouble it will have to go. I did give both games the thumbs up because they looked interesting enough, I just have problems with RPGs and Sim games. However its great to at least try different games here, cost free, and for that many thanks to GGOTD and the developers. (and Stephen For the review and comments) Thank you all.

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

Always the same: The program or the installer is the "bad one"...
No, friends - search in YOUR system for the reason that something is not working.
I had no problem to install this on 3 different systems.
Are your drivers up to date - are the settings in your AV-program alright - are the system-requirements ok and so on...
Look at this - but don´t say the "GOTD Packager isn’t working correctly".

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

RE: "The archive is either in unknown format or damaged"

As WR posted, please check the FAQ as well as relevant posts in the forum. What can happen is that security software can mistake the installer's behavior for malware [not the files themselves], & delete or quarantine that archive. And if it's no longer there, that certainly qualifies as being damaged.

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

AFAIK it was the game's installer, not the GOTD part, that caused installation to fail on Windows 10, & apparently Windows 8/8.1 systems. If that's correct, the game dev [Immanitas Entertainment] would have to repackage it in another installer, or fix the one they used. They might or might not, but the game's requirements on the Game GOTD page said: "Windows XP/ Vista/ 7 (x32/x64)", meaning they knew of the problem with 8-10, so my guess is probably not.

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

Thank you Alawar and GOTD. I opened this fine. All seems to be working properly.. Love the kind of bobble head characters..lol.. Installed on Win 7 64 bit. No problems. Quick download.

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

I was having that problem too until I temporarily turned off the virus protection before downloading and installation. Now I can get the games again...might be worth trying.

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

I've had no interest in the games that have been offered the last few weeks. I don't like "HALLOWEEN" themed games and was certainly hoping for a return to normalcy. Oh well.

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

I'm finding it clunky and slow. Be good if it was possible to zoom out to see more of the map as well.
Disappointed that yesterdays game was a lemon and didn't install. I thought maybe it might have been carried over to today since it seems nobody was able to get it. Still, we get what we pay for, eh? :)

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

dinged for antivirus, can't download at all despite closing antivirus

what a shame cos I wanted ths game,

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

try turning off antivirus program. I have to do that for most games from this site.

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

No problems either downloading, extracting or installing on Win7 Home Premium. Very nice graphics for what so far seems to be an enjoyable distraction. As Mavadelo already said, it seems to be 'sim-like', which is good if you need to unwind! I didn't have more than an hour or so to devote to trying it today tho, so hopefully others can give a more in-depth analysis.

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

try running as admin that may sort it out

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

Yet another product that cannot be installed because the GOTD Packager isn't working correctly.

I previously reported this, nothing happened.

Unzip and run the setup. Task manager shows Setup.exe *32 13.612K and setup.exe *32 3.796 K and the nothing ever happens. Killing the process and retrying results in the same thing. Seriously GOTD, please fix this.

Yes, I know the argument about it isn't happening on all computers, not enough are complaining about it so it must be me right? WRONG! Perhaps you can invest some time in looking into the ones that are reporting it?

I can only give a thumbs down on this as, as a user, the installation fails to run, it doesn't matter if the installation is from GOTD or Alawar Entertainment, it fails and for me, Alawar Entertainment has put out a free application that cannot even be installed, making it a poor give away.

Hopefully GOTD will take this serious and look into the reason the installations are failing. So that the developers get a thumbs up/down based on the actual application and not the poor installation.

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

Why didn't you guys extend yesterday's game download? I downloaded it early yesterday and it didn't work and was waiting to see if you guys fixed the problem. I tried again to down load which it did but when went to install it said can't install. What the heck? Thanks anyway!

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

Played a little bit of the start. Graphics are very nice, game is so far easy to follow. A city building sim with a haloween theme. I can see myself enjoying this one for a while :) Thanks Alawar and GGOTD.

to bad yesterdays game was a fail for so many including me

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

I really hope Rabbit had time to do at least a cursory review, as I must admit that after reading the blurb at the top, I've never been LESS interested in a game in my life! I deal with enough lost souls on a daily basis, and I certainly have no interest in helping build an afterlife. My life is h*ll enough without wanting/needing to simulate it! Wonder if any comments or reviews could make me think this could possibly be worth the bandwidth. ;)

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

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I'm off to a rememberance parade with my children, they are in the Scouts and Girl Guides, and always attend the parades and services. Then we are going to a theme park (Alton Towers), for the afternoon and evening fireworks display, so I won't be around much till mid evening tonight. Please continue to post comments. I will moderate your comments when i can. Thank you.


If you get any hits by your anti malware suites, firstly it will be a false positive; the reason you may be getting a hit is because your anti-malware suite is picking up the Themida based protection, which was put in place to protect the game from unscrupulous community members that were hacking the giveaway wrapper which then gave them unlimited access to a registered copy of the game, and which was being put on peer to peer sites. Some community members were even uploading video tutorials on You Tube telling you how to do it yourself.

Themida based applications are sometimes seen as a threat by anti-malware. I can assure you this game and hundreds before, that have given community members cause for concern have been totally safe. The game giveaway team have managed to secure well over a thousand games for us since they first started giving games away back in late 2006 (firstly via the main site back in Oct 2006, then via the game giveaway site early December 2006). There has never been an infected game given away.

If you are able to configure your anti-malware suite to allow the 'offending' file through security, the game should then install normally. If you can't, or don't know how to, then the other way would be to temporarily turn off your protection. You do so at your own risk, but please do take into account what I've already said above; in a nut shell, every malware occurance reported here since the game giveaway went live in Dec 2006 have been false positives due to overly sensitive anti-malware suites.

It would be against the teams best interest to allow such an occurance as it would destroy their good standing with the big search engines and I'm sure many who have frequented this site for a long time would leave. The giveaway team use several antimalware suites to test every game given away here.

Another thing to consider when you think the game is infected, if it really was, there would be hundreds of community members posting about the infection; we rarely see more than a few posts for any particular game. Since the gcd file was introduced over the summer of 2012 I have seen many more community members reporting infections due to the Themida based code found in the giveaways wrapper protection. However, out of the thousands of downloads each week, those community members reporting a malware hit are considered insignificant and support the fact that the results they are getting are actually false positives. They have always been proven to be so.

The Happy Hereafter:


The Happy Hereafter downloads as a 205 MB zip file that unpacks to a read me document that contains the terms and conditions and a wrapped dual activation and set up module and a security set up file (setup.gcd). Just for the newcomers amongst today’s users that means the game will be registered once it’s gone through the set up process, so there’s no registering the game with an activation code. The instal path is:


There is no desktop or Start menu shortcuts intalled. Sometimes I've found the installation path shows the previous game I installed from this site, so to be sure you don't install the game inside a previous game, check the installation path when you start the installation. You can usually find where it's supposed to go by looking in the read me file that comes with the download. To stop this happening, clear your cache. The installed game is 554 MB in size.


If you have any problems installing or registering The Happy Hereafter, check the problems section below.


Welcome to The Happy Hereafter, a casual sim in which you guide the newly dead as they build an afterlife for themselves and their fellow lost souls. Explore weird but wonderful landscapes, discover cleverly hidden secrets, and complete dozens of challenging missions in your quest to create a little slice of Heaven in the underworld!

Reference accessed HERE Nov 8th 2015

If you miss today's giveaway The Happy Hereafter is available from MyPlayCity 24/7 HERE. Please do be aware that if you don't uncheck the checkboxes during installation, and sometimes everytime you boot up the game you will get toolbars installed, and possibly your home page changed or even your browser. Also everytime you close the game down, it will open your browser to MyPlayCities home page.

The Game:

In this game, you have to help the souls build a happy afterlife and create a Heaven in the underworld! Would have been more appropriate last week beofre Halloween, but, better late than never.

The Happy Hereafter is nothing really different from the usual Strategy/Sim games, Virtual Villagers alike. You have to assign tasks to your workers, build houses and machines, manage resources, make potions, trade and so on. What makes The Happy Hereafter stands out though, is the Halloween theme.

The visual design is weird but looks beautiful in its own way. The landscape looks pupleish and a little gloomy, but not so dark that will blind your eyes. The graphics are clear and the 3D artwork is pure greatness. The characters look funny and funky, however, unlike some other games - each character does not has its own ability, skill and you cannot train them. The soundtracks are on the upbeat side but suit the game surprisingly well.


The landscape in The Happy Hereafter is also expertly designed, full of interesting areas to discover. We would be super grateful if the areas in the game are easier to explore. As for now, you actually have to click and drag your mouse around to explore - it is fine for the first half an hour or so but it gets quite painful after a while.

Unfortunately, The Happy Hereafter fails a little on the task system. Most of the time you are being told what to do, the game even tells you what to do next if you left the Hint on. Many advanced players would definitely feel that the amount of hand-holding is beyond control. Even though the tasks are nicely thoughout, you cannot actually complete them before they appear on the left hand side of the screen. So basically, you have to follow every steps that the game tells you to do and one step out of the box might require some replay.


The Happy Hereafter has great presentation and potential gameplay, but it suffers from technical issues and too much hand-holding.

Reference accessed HERE. 8th Nov 2015

Other Reviews:

You can see more community written mini reviews via Big Fish near the bottom of the page HERE.


You can see several videos of The Happy Hereafter game play HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8
CPU: 1.6 GHz
System RAM: 512 MB
DirectX: 9.0
Hard Drive: 573 MB

A simple Strategy sim game with a spooky Halloween feel to it, a little late for Halloween, but only just. :) There;s a lot of hand holding, so this will probably feel too easy for veteran players of his genre. It's ideal for beginners.


I haven't scored the game for the same reason as mentioned in the conclusion.

Graphics: 8
Sound: 7
Originality: 7
Gameplay: 8
Fun Factor: 7

37 out of 50 which is equivalent to 7.2 out of 10



If you have any problems installing or getting today's game working, please go HERE for help. I've posted most of the common problems and solutions in a FAQ thread, which you can find in the sticky section of the forums by following the above link.

If you are posting late in the day I would also suggest posting in the main giveaway forums; in the game discussion section, because I cannot moderate 24hrs a day over the weekend. I've created a thread HERE for that purpose. If you've installed the game but it doesn’t work for some reason, it should still be registered, so someone may be able to help at a later date. Unfortunately if your problem is actually downloading it, once the giveaway deadline is reached you will no longer be able to download the game unless you've already started downloading it before the cut-off. Sometimes you can still register the game after the giveaway has ended so long as you managed to start the download before the giveaway ends. I've tested this and the grace period lasts for up to 1 hour. Apart from the above instances; i.e. already installed, but having problems running the game, (with the possibility of receiving help from the community via the giveawayoftheday game discussion forum); or still downloading after the cut off period, but within the 1 hour grace period, or registering within an hour of the cut-off period. Once the giveaway period is over there’s nothing that can be done to get the game (unless its available from one of the free game sites) until the game is given away again (though that isn't always guaranteed).

It's worth checking the giveaway game discussion forums the day before the giveaways go live to see if we are getting a large sized file (I usually post a comment about approximately how large a file is, though if I'm particularily busy I may neglect to do this). It is especially important for those who have slow connections and even more so if the game is popular. We can have up to forty thousand (40 000) community members downloading over the 24 hour period, with the bulk of community members downloading in the first 12 hours of the giveaway going live, there is always a massive strain on the giveaway servers. The bigger the file size, the more community members will be downloading at any one time. Because the bandwidth is shared equally amongst all community members, downloads can become excruciatingly slow, so if you do have a slow connection, its important to start your download as early as possible to avoid disappointment. Because these games are free, the giveaway owners cannot invest in more bandwidth without compromising the whole project, so we have to be satisfied with what we have at present.

A download manager can help speed the download up and also protect the download in case of an interrpution. There's nothing as frustrating for those with really slow connections to have the connection break after an hour or so, then have to start from the beginning again. I would ask community members if you do have decent bandwidth please avoid using a manager as it does add to the number of downloads occuring at any one time, for example some download managers will download your requested file in up to 32 packets simultaneously, that will take 32 download spots, thus slowing down everyone else's download speeds. For those with slow downloads (due to having a slow connection e.g. a 2MB Broadband connection or less) I would advise using a download manager if the file is larger than around 200MB. My broadband connection is 100MBs, so I don't need to use a download manager, (I do have one called Internet Download Manager, but don't use it when downloading files from the giveaway site). For me a 1GB file usually downloads in about 1.5 minutes or less. My connection is quite a long way from the provider so it is slowed a little, but is still quite good at a download speed of around 12 to 14 MB's per second.

I hope the above goes some way in expalining why we sometimes have really slow downloads.

It’s always worth checking out the free games sites because sometimes the games we get here are also available for free from them. MyPlayCity (MPC) has the most with over 1000 games to choose from. The Happy Hereafter is available from MyPlayCity 24/7 HERE. I haven't checked the other free games sites.

If you do download any games from MyPlayCity, or the other free game sites please 'do' watch out for toolbars etc. Make sure you un-check the check-boxes during installation, and, in the case of MyPlayCity, every time you boot the game up, (this may have changed now as these free game sites tend to change the format frequently)....... I've posted links to all of the common free game sites below in the games, games games section. If you do download a game from any of these sites you do so at your own risk. We cannot be held responsible for problems arising from an installation recommended here. :)

For now I won't be recommending you download games from Jenkat Games. They have changed the way you get games from their site. Diane has posted information about this over in the game discussion forums. If I have time or remember, I'll link to it. TooMyk Games are now safe to download from. They have removed the games that were suspect and have cleaned up their act. As always, you download from those free game sites at your own risk. The giveaway site is the safest site I know of where you can get free software and games. The only disadvantages with downloading from here is you have to download and install within the day of the giveaway (apart from the instances mentioned above and if and when you upgrade or buy a new computer legally you aren't allowed to transfer games given away previously, unless they are being given away on the day you upgrade, or if you've purchased a licence. :)

You just have to look at the gamegiveawayoftheday sites track record since the game giveaway site was created back in December 2006. Zero games given away have been infected with malware, there are no toolbars installed, nor home pages hijacked or browsers changed. There is one slght annoyance, but that only occurs if a community member isn't paying attention when the final window pops up after installing a giveaway. That is the Software Informer installation. Some community members have complained that they were given no choice in its installation. That is not true; when the final window pops up, there are two buttons, one asking if you want Software Informer installed and the button to close the giveaway window down. Some community members have clicked on the wrong button, probably because they weren't paying attention. Thankfully Software Informer is a genuine application, that can easily be uninstalled by the usual means. It's actually a useful piece of software, especially if you have a lot of applications running on your computer. Basically the program will list the programs that need updating, or programs that have available updates. They wont be automatically installed (thus cancelling many giveaway registrations); you have to click on individual buttons to update each program/application. :D


Games, Games, and yet more Games:

There are 497 games on sale over on Steam. The weekend deals includes up to 85% off the excellent Trine franchise, 80% of the brilliant Age of Empires II HD edition (only £2.99 or equivalent in other currencies), plus there is a developers sale, this week it's the turn of Nordic games with titles like Darksiders, The Book of Unwritten Tales 2, Painkiller bundle, Red Faction Guerilla, (one of my favorite games), Spellforce franchise, The Guild franchise, the Gothic franchise, Titan Quest Gold (used to play this with my son a few years ago, excellent game), MVX vs. ATV Supercross Encore, Legend of Kay, plus more.

There are far too many other great deals to mention here, just check out the specials section for all 2300+ titles on sale HERE.

There's loads more in the weekly sales and the 48 hours sales to choose from. almost certainly something for everyone. The next set of weekly sales starts on Monday with usually a hundred or more titles added to the sales list. :)

You'll also find some excellent deals over on the following Game sites.

GreenManGaming They usually have coupons to the value of 23% and sometimes more off pre ordered games. I've just pre ordered Just Cause 3 XL and XCOM 2 using a voucher and saved £22 on the price paid in the Steam store
Gamersgate Summer Sale
GOG (DRM free games)
GameFly (soon to be sold off)

I've removed the Desura link because the owners are bankrupt and there has been no activity on the site in months. The servers are still live (at least until Bad JoJo's subscription to the servers has ended, Bad JoJo are the owners of Desura and Indie Royale, or were until filing for bankruptcy). If you own any games via Desura I advise downloading all of the drm free games you have on that platform and on the Indie Royale site before the sites are taken down.

Free Game Sites:

MyPlayCity (over a 1000 games to choose from)

To be honest there are too many game deals around too list them all. Just visit the sites I recommend above and I'm sure you'll find something that suits you for a very decent price. If like me you prefer Steamworks games, many of the above sites also sell steamwork games.

If that's not enough, check out the Game Discussion forums HERE for details of other games either free or on deals such as the Indie Game bundles (there's over 20 of them - If you purchased all of them you'd be paying around $80 for around a thousand dollars worth of games); or check out the four day sales at IndieGameStand. you'll find the indie bundles thread HERE. The thread is outdated, but all of the links will still take you to the latest bundles.

The latest IndieGameStand is Fearless Fantasy. It's probably the weirdest RPG you’ll play this year. It’s a turn-based game that deeply involves players during every turn. You use gestures (with the mouse) to score critical hits, resulting in very involved and interesting gameplay on every turn.

* Use gestures to score critical hits in a turn-based RPG
* Most original character designs you’ll see this year
* A full-on story with animated cutscenes and voice-overs
* Upgrades and progression systems
* Boss fights
* RPG stuff and dances!
You can get the game for $1; pay over the average (at the time of writing it was $1.51) to get Fearless Fantasy artwork.
The deal ends Tuesday 10th Nov 2015 5am (GMT)

The latest DIG game is Ionball 2: Ionstorm an arcade game with a modern 3D twist; re-live the joys and frustrations (in equal measure) of classics games such as Breakout and Arkanoid, in a no holds barred fast action game with stunning 3D environments, awesome effects and a thumping soundtrack.

Battle through 60 formidable levels and 3 boss levels with a multitude of enemies; each with their own unique abilities. Upgrade your armament from a range of weaponry such as the mighty machine-gun upgrade for the ball, or the rampant rail-gun for your bat; Ionball 2: Ionstorm will set blood pumping and pulse racing like no other ball game before it!

Pay £0.99 for the game or you can get two packs if you pay more than the average of $1.03 (at the time of writing ). One Steam key to share with a friend or family member perhaps? You'll find that deal HERE. They also have five bundles of several games that'll cost you less than $1.50 each HERE (DIG Bundles 43, 44, 45 & 46 plus a DIG Greenlight 3 bundle). You get Steam keys for all of these games apart from the Greenlight bundle. If any game is Greenlit from that bundle you will get a Steam key, in the mean time you get a drm free copy.
The single game deal ends just after Midnight Midnight Tuesday 10th Nov 2015
Most of the bundles available retail for around $5 give or take a few dollars (apart from the Daily Indie bundles that only cost $1.49 for six games), but you can pay as little as a dollar for some. There are some excellent bundles out at the moment. Check out the following:

Groupees (5 bundles)
Indie Gala (? bundles)
Humble bundle (2 Bundles)
Indie Royale (this bundle is no longer live)
Bundle Bandits (0 bundles)
Blink Bundle (0 bundles)
Play Injector (0 bundle)
Get Loaded (0 bundles)
Games Rage (0 bundles)
Flying bundle (0 bundles)

The free game from Origin has changed from Zuma's Revenge to one of Command & Conquers later games Red Alert 2 plus you get the expansion Yuri's Revenge. This is another AAA game, well worth having if you are into strategy war games.

The world erupts in conflict as Soviet forces invade American soil in Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2. Time travel has helped to eliminate the German threat, and now the Soviets are expanding into the West unchecked. You are the Supreme Commander. Arm yourself to the teeth with top-secret technologies and lead the Soviet or Allied troops to victory.
Plus, defeat an army of mind-controlled Soviet forces in the expansion Command & Conquer: Yuri's Revenge.

Game Features:

Many ways to play. Lead Soviet or Allied forces in a gripping single-player game or a Skirmish game, where there's no particular objective other than destroying everything else on-screen. Who will win the war for world domination?
No need to play nice. You'll need to pull out all the stops if you're going to win this war. Thankfully, you've got a well-stocked arsenal of legitimate and illicit technologies from Prism Tanks and Terror Drones, to Psychic Mind Control devices and Soviet Cloning Vats. Use them.
Deliver the fury. Dominate land, air, and sea battles with the help of over 80 units and structures. Plus, you'll benefit from a enhanced veterancy system that turns newbie forces into battle-hardened war machines -- and brings you closer to victory.

Check it out HERE.

You do need a free Origin account and install the Origin client to get these free games. Once you've installed the Origin client and signed into your account select 'On the house' from the 'Free Games' drop down menu. Then select download now. The game will then be registered to your Origin account permanently.

A Request for help:

Developers rely on good feedback to improve their games. If you download this game please take some time once you’ve played it a while to leave some constructive feedback either positive or negative. The more constructive feedback we get, the more likely developers are going to give more games away. The giveaway site already has a very good standing with the search engines. Developers want their products out there on the WWW, this site has the potential to do that. The game giveaway project gives away on average between 9 to 17 thousand downloads for each game depending upon what genre and how obscure the game is. That’s a lot of homes these games are being downloaded into and a lot of 'potential' cash that’s being lost by the developers. If we get better games because of better feedback, the community are likely to continue to benefit from the generosity of the developers. Satisfied community members are then more likely to visit the home sites of those developers and purchase games that they may not have bothered with before they discovered the developer via the game giveaway site, thus giving the developers more incentives to give away even more decent games.

Please leave some feedback once you’ve checked the game out. It can be positive or negative, but please explain what your reasons were for the feedback you post. You could also leave suggestions for improving the game, for example, this game could do with more block types for the levels editor, add more power-ups, describing the ones you think would be suitable, add some mini games (which seem all the rage in some arcade games now) or enable the user to be able to change the in game music easily.

Thank you in advance to all those who take the time to post a constructive comment, and a big thank you to immanitas games for sharing and to the game giveaway team for getting these games.


Whiterabbit aka Stephen

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