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The Legend of the Golden Tome Giveaway

Game Giveaway of the day — The Legend of the Golden Tome

Go on an exciting journey through the Druid lands and save The Golden Tome!
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The Legend of the Golden Tome was available as a giveaway on February 11, 2017!

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Go on an exciting journey through the Druid lands and save The Golden Tome of knowledge and magic in this Match 3 game! Containing all of the Druids’ knowledge that has been collected for six centuries, The Golden Tome must be protected from those greedy villains who would use its power for evil! Help Aidan explore mystic locations and locate the legendary tablet in The Legend of the Golden Tome!

  • Gripping gameplay;
  • Exciting action;
  • Protect the Golden Tome!

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8/ 10; CPU: 1.0 GHz; RAM: 512 MB; DirectX: 7.0; Hard Drive: 56 MB





File Size:

53.2 MB



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The game took a bit of time to download and opened quickly. I do like the voice talking between plays. The match 3 was easy until I began going higher up, then no choice but to use the power ups when no matching colors. My only concern would be if you run out of power ups! I used story and relaxed mode and play was easy. Finding the objects was very easy also. The match pieces remind me of M&M's and play was smooth.
Thank you for another good game!!!! Lee

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Thank you for your feedback. lol, not had M&M's for years.

Reply   |   Comment by Lee C.  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Fast donwload and installation under Win10.
I played until I got the first diamond, funny mix between match-3 and HOG as others said.
Best part: You can choose a mode.

Thank you very much for this one.

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

This downloaded nicely in Win 10. It is an enjoyable mixture of HOG and match 3. I really like it and appreciate the giveaway. Thank you!

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Reply   |   Comment by Dona Witmer  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

The Legend of the Golden Tome
A MPC game that downloaded and installed well. like usual from them ;)
And another Match-3, but w/a twist, as hidden inside are some HOG puzzles and it makes it an interesting game. Did get annoyed a bit by the voice over as others mentioned, but once I turned that down and entered relax mode it made it much nicer to play.
Thank you GGAOTD and MPC for these awesome games!

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Thank you for your feedback JBurt.

Reply   |   Comment by JBurt  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

White Rabbit thanks so much. Your suggestion to change my name (or at least the letters in it) worked like a charm. Have been in and out twice and no issues. Have a good weekend.

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Hi snow

Glad it worked for you. Now that i think more about it, it was an Alawar game that had that issue back then.

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

Another nice little game today! I like the graphics style, and the swapping from HOG to Match keeps the interest going.

Quick and easy to download, and I didn't have any bother with false reports - Win Def seems to cope with that very well, most of the time.

As usual I had a fairly short intro test run, but I'll admit it did go on a little longer than intended. Which is probably a vote of confidence, I suspect.

I do like games that I can play for a short break from work, and then go back to as and when the mood takes me - or when inspiration leaves me! - so this kind of episodic game is perfect for me. Thanks again to all concerned in the Giveaway -I shall be back!


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Thank you for your feedback Basilica, appreciated. :)

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

file corrupt

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Hi Joanne

That error message is sometimes thrown up when your security blocks the installation. I had to re-download the file after my security deleted the file. If you temporarily turn off your security or install in safe mode, the game will install. Please read my comments to others who have been having problems. Thank you. regard W.R.

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

Thanks to White Rabbit and My Play City for a very enjoyable game.
The HOG and Match 3 really breaks up just one Match 3 after another nicely. I was impressed with the clarity of the runes as all those tiles can just run together.
The problem I am having is it will not save my game and player name when I stop for awhile and come back to play again. I've searched the threads and online, but have never had this happen before.
Hope it is okay to post this issue here.
Thanks again

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Of course it is. We had issues with game snot saving some years ago with a particular game. Turned out it wouldn't accept certain characters. Try using a different name for saving. Don't know if it will work, but it's worth a try. Hopefully someone from the community will suggest other fixes. I don't have the time to play the game further today.

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

Thanks so much for quick reply. Will do as you suggest and let you know, as it may help someone else.
Take care.

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

The only "negative" is the voice over. Nice game, fun concept pairing these two genres

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Reply   |   Comment by Mavadelo  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Thanks for easy download. No problems, looks like a good game.

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

Barbara, here is an easy way to fix these issues. Right-click on the game shortcut and choose "Troubleshoot Compatibility" to let Windows make settings changes for you. It will allow you to play the game testing each change until you're satisfied that it works properly.

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Thanks Buster. :)

Reply   |   Comment by Buster  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Buster, Thank you! Worked like a charm!

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

Well, that was BIZARRE. Never have an issue with these, but this time, it downloaded fine, I unzipped the file, clicked on setup.exe as always, but it never set up---just said it was now activated (the step that usually comes AFTER the setup, and that was it. No game. Would have liked to try this.

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When I first tried to install it deleted the executable. It's likely your security is stopping the installation due to the Themida wrapper, which has also been used to hide malware, so some security software will automatically stop anything with Themida wrappers from installing. try temporarily turning off your security, or try installing in safe mode.

Reply   |   Comment by neme  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Thanks, WR. I've been using this site for ages and have NEVER had Avast even warn about the Themida wrapper, and this time there was NO warning, no quarantine into the Virus Chest, not a peep, just wouldn't run. So I didn't think it could be Avast, but sure enough, when I disabled Avast for a few minutes and tried again, everything installed. THIS IS DEFINITELY SOMETHING DIFFERENT, so for some reason, all the other wrappers never got flagged and this one did? And no warning or alert or anything from Avast?

A little worried about allowing this, solely because this is very different behavior from usual.

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If the game was infected with malware we would have been inundated with complaints, or concerns over it. As I've said many times. The giveaway team throughly check all giveaways using the latest anti malware suites. also, in the ten years this site has been operating, there has never been a game infected with malware, though many community members have over the last few years since the Themida wrapper was included reported issues, but all have been false positives. If you are really worried, you could download and install the MyPlayCity version directly from MyPlayCity, though do make sure you uncheck the check boxes first. The main difference between the giveaway and MPC versions is the check boxes and advertising have been disabled, but you still get the browser opening when you close the game down.

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

And just to add, I just checked Avast and it IS set to alert me on any action it takes, and to move any suspicious file to the Virus Chest, but neither happened. No alert at all, and no evidence it doing anything. THE EXECUTABLE WAS NOT DELETED. It was still in my downloads folder (both the zip and the unzipped folder) and with Avast disabled, it installed. Something is weirder than usual :).

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

neme, try wiping it out completely and re-downloading, as sometimes the built in Windows 'Smart scanner' seems to interfere with some GOTD's. I turn mine off for the downloads, but also you can right-click on the download and go into Properties and unclick 'unblock' where it warns you it came from another computer, and may not be safe, as no GOTD has ever had a virus or malware in it, and if you do this BEFORE you extract the files to install, it seems to work much better on Win 8 and up.

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

I don't believe I have any Windows 'Smart Scanner' (on 8.1),there was never a warning about coming from another computer, and as I said, when I disabled Avast, it installed fine, BUT Avast did not throw up an alert, move the file to the chest, nor delete the file---the files were untouched. And again, if this wrapper were the same as always, why would it suddenly not work? Last week's and every week before always worked fine.

At any rate, wanted to chime in with a review now that it's working. I like this---the match 3s are VERY fast which is nice if I just have a few minutes, and breaking it up with HOGs is nice, too, though I can already see that this might get a bit repetitive as I play more. And I kinda like the encouraging words from the wizard :).

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

This game looked interesting as I use match 3s to unwind, relax, or to pass time when I am ill and don't want to think too hard. I looked at reviews on other websites as well. My advice would be to add a relaxed mode, especially since it has some levels that are difficult. I chose not to get it because it doesn't have a relaxed mode, and I don't want to get stressed out by a match 3 game. :P Thanks for offering the game!

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Hi Blueboomerang. The following image is one I included in my review. You can see that the game does have a relaxed mode:

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Reply   |   Comment by blueboomerang  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Hi everybody and Whiterabbit-UK. :-)

No problems during download.
No problems detected after doing pre-scans and post-scans with Win10 Defender, SAS free, MBAM free, EEK free, GSAM (all definitions updated).
The package is too big to be sent to some AV web services (jotti, virscan): virustotal and metadefender show no problems.
Same false positives were found for GAOTD setup.exe, I won't repeat them.
No problems during installation, at game startup and when changing its options.

I'm using:
- Windows 10 home/standard x64, DEP always on, custom scaling 150%.
- Resolution 1920x1080, color depth 32bit, refresh rate 60Hz.

Hope this helps.

Thanks to the GAOTD team, in particular to Whiterabbit-UK!
Follow the white rabbit, guys!
Thanks for the game to RainbowGames, BigFishGames, MyPlayCity!

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Thank you for your feedback Xilolee, appreciated.

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

Sorry: thanks 2twinz group, not RainbowGames.

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

I like this game because is it a Combo. Both Match and HOG. This can be a game for those who don't normally like a HOG. If you have never played one before then this one is very, very good one for you to start; because is goes through the beginning with you in a clear and simple manner. Designed so yu can learn. This one is also good at a Match first timer. The Graphics are great to excellent. It has an opening trailer or movie that is great. I enjoyed the "Celtic" theme I'll call it. I cannot see how to improve this one, I am glad it is Simple. I stated at the beginning and progressed through a few levels and was not bored at all. It installed like clockwork on my 10 pro 64x, very fast DownLd and Install. It does have the differing modes of play which is great (Relax). It progresses to be a challenging game later on, so that an experienced player or newbie is good, and not bored or disheartened. This one is an all around great game. I hope you all really enjoy it; Like myself. Normally I like Shooters.

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Thank you for your feedback Ed. What shooters are you into at the moment. I#'m looking forwards to Ghost Sniper 3 being released and the soon to be released Sniper Elite 4. :)

Reply   |   Comment by Ed PENNY  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Ed PENNY, I am far along in "Sniper Ops 3 D", a Store Game/. Its simple but good. A Tank Shooter Steam game "Desert Thunder", I am at Mission 4 . In the old days I played the
Tom Cancy Ghost...

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Ah yes the Tom Clancy games. Have enjoyed those for years. Loved the Advanced Warfare games especially the first one from several years ago. Desert Thunder is on sale at the moment with 90% off. At £0.69 a steal. What I really want is a VR headset so that I can play that VR sniper game (The Last Sniper VR)

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

Thank you! Very nice game. I love match 3 games and lost all my giveaway games when I got a new computer. (Also discovered I had to disable my antivirus in order for it to install after activation!) All is good now.

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Thank you for your feedback Andrea, and yes I also don't mind jumping through a few hoops to get a free game.

That would probably be due to the Themida wrapper.

Reply   |   Comment by Andrea  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Thanks, MyPlayCity, Stephen, and GGOTD, for offering this game. I had it before on a different computer, and enjoyed it. I like the relaxed (not timed) mode. It's been some time since I played it, but I do remember going through the story part the first time around, then there is the option to merely play the match-3 part, which I did many times. I like the darker colors of the runes (which I think of as ancient, petrified m&m's.)
For a while, I had trouble installing games from MyPlayCity, due to my Emsisoft Anti-Virus program, but then I found that adding the folder C:\Users\[my name]\AppData\Local\Temp\ to my white list did the trick, as this is the part of the installation that had been holding things up. It's getting harder to find free match-3 games that aren't silly-story, cartoonie, candy-bombing experiences. Those are fine, but just not my style, and this game is none of those, which is fine with me. I look forward to playing it again.

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Thank you for your feedback MaryLee

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

Installed on Win 7 64-bit - and there is no cursor shown in the game window :-(

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Hi Marie

Try going into compatibility mode and changing some of the parameters

Reply   |   Comment by marie  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Thanks for the hint, doesn't work. Did the compatibility check, up to Win XP SP2 as proposed + administrator rights = no cursor. Same problem as for Barbara Wright on Facebook.

Have this problem sometimes with MPC, and usually it works when changing the cursor in the game options. Unfortunately, here is no other custom cursor to select.

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Hi Marie, check the FAQ's thread. I'm sure I added something about disappearing mouse pointers. check it HERE

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

Thanks for the hint, got it work now - just put it in fat in every GOTD game description:

In System > Mouse properties > Pointer Options, one needs to untick "Display pointer trails" (= empty box)

And voilà, cursor is shown in the game window :-)

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Glad you sorted it. :)

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

Nice game, however I had a problem with it shutting down. I was in Story Mode, Relaxed play. I completed the first scene then it closed and I got a Windows error box. I will try it again later, but this was discouraging.
Just happy it is not another lottery today.
Thanks, Game GAOTD and MPC.

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Thanks for the feedback

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

When I tried to install today's game my anti-virus program said it contained a virus and shut down the installation.

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My security deleted the executable, so I had to re download it. The reason is not becasue there is malware. Most giveaways are now protected by a Themida based wrapper. Themida code has also been used to hide malware, so some anti malware suites will block any installation using Themida as a precaution. The game giveaway has been operating for over a decade now and has never given away a game infected with malware. You can rest assured the download is safe. You may have to either install the game in safe mode, disable your security temporarily or configure your security to allow the installation to go ahead.

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

Haven't yet installed, but THANK YOU for not making us jump through social media & email hoops for the download link!! :-)

Reply   |   Comment by Lara  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+13)

HEAR HEAR!! Kudos Lara.

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

I don't mind a few hoops for something free.

Reply   |   Comment by Andrea  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Windows 10 - 64 bits (ok)

Match-3 (ok)
Swap tiles (ok)
Relaxed Mode (ok)

I like it (ok)

Thank you.

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

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Sundays game giveaway is almost 1GB in size, so, if you usually download late in the day and also have a slow internet connection be sure to start downloading as soon as you are able to avoid disappointment.

Please only post comments about today's game giveaway; other comments either not appropriate, or not about the game will be deleted at the moderator or administrators discretion; however a little light banter among community members and with the moderator to keep this a friendly place to visit is acceptable and welcomed. All comments not specifically about today's game giveaway will be judged by the moderator and if deemed not appropriate, will be deleted with no explanation.
I am posting this in light of the massive increase in negative comments not related to the game being given away, inappropriate comments and spam (Almost 700 spam comments were posted over a 24 hour period last month ) that have occurred over the past several months since the site was updated and in particular since the site started using Facebook, Twitter and Steam

I believe if we get lots of decent feedback about the games we get here, more developers will be happy to give away their games. Seeing lots of complaints (and spam) instead of feedback about the giveaways will not persuade other developers to give their creations away for free. So please bear this in mind when posting your comments. Any comment not about the game for example complaints, or if deemed unfriendly or inappropriate, will be deleted (usually with no explanation) or added to the spam folder, which automatically black lists the IP address you used. Although I have enjoyed responding to many of those comments, I will no longer waste my time answering comments from community members who should have read the moderation policy.
Negative feedback about the games given away will always be welcomed because they can also be very constructive for developers, however, complaining about the way the site is operating or problems about downloading or installing the games or about Steam keys not received should be directed to the giveawayoftheday contact form (with evidence of completed tasks if needed). I've linked to the contact form HERE; alternatively, if the problem is game related and it is late in the day (I can't moderate 24 hours a day), please also post your issue in the forums where you may get a response from the community. Often, such problems are related to your computers set up. i.e. your security may block the installation (for example quite a few game giveaways I've installed have been blocked by my copy of Zemana Anti-malware suite) Also please read the moderation policy which can be found HERE and if you do have a problem please check the FAQ's thread HERE. Thank you.

The Legend of the Golden Tome

In Brief

A Celtic themed Match Three game with Hidden Object elements.

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Whether you like or dislike The Legend of the Golden Tome please give some feedback about your opinion of the game giveaway, for example, what you liked or disliked about it, and how it could be improved from your point of view. If you don't like this genre at all, please explain why. What improvements would change your opinion? 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 such as better or more original mini games, or a level editor that you would like to see that would make it more appealing to you. Maybe you think the graphics are a little dated and are in need of re skinning, or maybe you've just had enough of the genre and want to see something different or something with more originality? Giving such feedback instead of saying nothing or just saying this game is rubbish or good may bring more developers to the site, which could mean more and better games. Would you give away thousands of copies of a game (or extra content for a game) away to a community that complains all the time instead of giving useful feedback? It only takes a few moments of your time. This site could be transformed if only the community would be more forthcoming in their opinions of the games they are getting for free instead of complaining about the way this site has changed or that they don't like Steam games. If something isn't for you then move on to the next giveaway, or check out the extra's section at the end of this review; you never know, you may find something that interests you..

If you miss today's game giveaway you can always get the game via MyPlayCity 24/7 HERE. It's also available free from other free game sites for example HERE. It normally costs between £2.99 to £7.70 depending on where you purchase it from. It's free from MyPlayCity becasue the money they earn whenever your browser is redirected to their home page, part of it goes to the developer of the game. If you cheat the system and try and circumvent the browser opening, eventually these free game sites will no longer be able to afford to pay the developers (as more people find out how to circumvent the additions) so the games will be removed from the free game sites.

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The Legend of the Golden Tome downloads to a 53.2 MB zip file that unzips to three files, (a setup.gcd security wrapper, the set up file and a read me). Those with multiple hard drives are able to save games on any drive they wish. The newly installed game is 57.7 MB in size. The game installs to the following path by default, but can be changed by the user if you prefer:

C:\Program Files (x86)\MyPlayCity.com\The Legend of the Golden Tome

Four shortcuts are installed to the desktop. three of which can be safely deleted (Play Online Games, MyPlayCity Games and shortcuts to a free online game which vary each week). Also, if you don't like icons installed to the quick launch task bar, make sure you uncheck the box when the additional tasks window appears (after the Select Start Menu Folder window)

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Go on an exciting journey through the Druid lands and save The Golden Tome of knowledge and magic in this Match 3 game! Containing all of the Druids’ knowledge that has been collected for six centuries, The Golden Tome must be protected from those greedy villains who would use its power for evil! Help Aidan explore mystic locations and locate the legendary tablet in The Legend of the Golden Tome!

Reference accessed HERE. Feb 11th 2017

If you have a problem installing or activating or getting The Legend of the Golden Tome to work please visit the problems section, which I've now incorporated into the FAQ's thread, and which you can find HERE

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The Game:

For centuries the Druids recorded their magic spells in a book they called The Golden Tome, and to protect these powerful spells from those who might misuse them, they hid the Tome, and also the six crystals that open the gate to the Tome. In order to locate these crystals, you must solve the series of Rune puzzles, in the form of Match 3 puzzles, which they have created as a test. Will you prove worthy?

Matching 5 rune stones in a horizontal or vertical row will add 20 seconds to your allotted time. ~ Save your power-ups until you need them to keep from losing a life; the unused power-ups are rolled over to the next rounds, and since the game keeps getting harder, you’ll need them even more, later in the game. ~ The number of lives you have remaining is indicated in the lower right corner of the screen. ~ At any point you can press the F1 key to get the rules, including the functions of the various power-ups (called bonuses). ~ Each time you return to the game, the background story is told again; to skip over it, click on the red button in the top right corner.

First rescue the power-ups by making matches below them, forcing them drop to the bottom of the screen, and break any chain as it appears. More power-ups appear randomly and you must release those also. ~ In this particular Match 3 game, after I’ve broken the chains and rescued the power-ups, in order to break the tiles behind the rune stones, I find it best to work on the matches at the bottom of the board, and let the tiles get broken automatically as the rune stones fall. ~ When the board contains only Runes with nothing behind them, look at the color bowls, see which colors are still visible, and match those colors to fill those bowls; when they are full they will get covered, so as long as you can see the color in the bowl, keep matching that color.

When a rune stone appears that looks like a stylized flower or mandala, you have found one of the six crystals. Rescue it by making matches below it. ~ Nothing can be matched with a crystal, nor can a crystal be swapped using the Swap power-up. ~ Rune stones frozen with ice can’t fall, but they can be unfrozen by matching with regulars of the same color. ~ The black stone, which look like a shiny black marble engraved with a gold II symbol, can’t be broken, nor can it be matched. ~ Similarly, brick walls can’t be broken, and since they block the downward flow, you should try to slide any crystals or power-ups to the left or right before they reach a brick wall.

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I found this to be a really difficult game. Not only do you need to release the power-ups from the board, you also must break the wooden or metal tiles behind some of the rune stones, and you must fill the color bowls along the right side of the screen by matching enough rune stones of each needed color, all within the given time period as indicated by the green column on the left. Meanwhile, chains will randomly appear and lock one of the rune stones, and you must break that chain. And there is not an untimed option. Lose all your lives and you lose all the crystals and power-ups and points you’ve amassed, and you must start over from the beginning.

The Jigsaw Puzzles were pleasant, but the Hidden Object scenes were repeated again and again and again — always with the same objects in exactly the same places — and that really tried my patience.

I can recommend this game only for experienced gamers who have finished all their games and are looking for another challenge. However, I must confess — as difficult as this game is — in the beginning I found it rather compelling and I wanted to keep trying. (Perhaps the gentle encouragement that the Druid gave between levels actually works?) But when I kept losing all my lives and had to start over, again and again, I knew I was wasting my time.

Edited reference accessed HERE. Original review written by Christina@greatgamesforwomen.com on September 28, 2014 Edited by Whiterabbit-uk Feb 10th 2017

The Legend of the Golden Tome is a Druidic match three game that includes three distinct play modes and many magical objects. This game gets hard towards the end, but mastering the basics will push you along.

The Legend of the Golden Tome basics involve matching three identical runes by clicking one rune, then clicking an adjacent rune, to swap the two. All runes have two distinguishing marks: symbol and color. Color is easier to distinguish, and should be your primary method of identifying runes.

Hidden Objects Mode - The first mode for Legend of the Golden Tome is a hidden objects game. Look at the objects in the bottom bar, then click them in the garden image above. Look for things that look odd, like a barrel near a door or a rake in a tree. This mode is hard initially, because this is the first time you see the garden image. Memorize this image, because it is used repeatedly.

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If you get stuck, wait for the blue hint bubble towards the left to fill up. Click it, and it will show you where the next object is hidden. Besides taking about a minute to fill up, there is no penalty for using the hint bubble. Time is not a factor in this game mode, except for determining your score, so take as long as you need.

Breaking Blocks Mode - The second game mode is all about matching three runes and breaking blocks. In the rune grid, you will see two different colored boxes: brown and black. The brown ones must be smashed. To do this, you have to match runes in that box.>

Runes can be moved out of the brown boxes, but the boxes themselves are stationary. Unlike the hidden object mode, you are timed. If the timer is getting low, stop focusing on the brown boxes and start making matches anywhere on the grid. This will help you get extra runes to make matches needed for the brown boxes.

Filling Orbs Mode - The second game mode is all about matching three runes and breaking blocks. In the rune grid, you will see two different colored boxes: brown and black. The brown ones must be smashed. To do this, you have to match runes in that box.

Runes can be moved out of the brown boxes, but the boxes themselves are stationary. Unlike the hidden object mode, you are timed. If the timer is getting low, stop focusing on the brown boxes and start making matches anywhere on the grid. This will help you get extra runes to make matches needed for the brown boxes.

Colored Orbs Mode - The third game mode in Legend of the Golden Tome is filling colored orbs. There are seven orbs to the right of the screen, and each one represents a rune. For example, the blue orb signifies blue runes. Match blue runes, and the orb will fill up. When the rune is full, it will close.

Pay attention to the orbs. If an orb is already full, then stop working on that colored rune because there is no bonus for matching more runes then needed, besides getting extra points for the match. Just like the breaking blocks mode, there is a timer to watch out for.

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Every two or three rounds you will return to the hidden objects game. Unlike the first time, you will receive a special item for finding the objects. These items appear on the grid, sometimes randomly and sometimes they start there.

To use an item, get it to the bottom of the grid by matching runes underneath it. Click the item from the bottom bar to activate the effect. When you get the item for the first time, a menu will describe its effect. The hammer, for example, can break any block you want. The circle allows you to match any two runes, regardless of position.

Hints & Tips:

Always pay attention to the timer (assuming you choose the timed mode). The Legend of the Golden Tome only gives you a few lives, and if you lose them you have to start from the beginning. The timer is your worst enemy, so concentrate both on the grid objective, and making matches to keep the timer high. For an extra 20 seconds, match five of the same rune.

Only use the special items when you need them. If you use the item immediately, chances are you wasted it and won’t have it for a real emergency.

Always pay attention to the hints and tips Golden Tome gives you. These hints come up whenever you encounter a new type of block, or get a new special item. Also, if you can't find any matching runes, a mystical oval will appear around two runes.

Go after heart tiles to get extra lives. You only get a limited amount of lives, and if you run out you have to start from the beginning. Like special items, you need to get the heart to the bottom of the grid to collect it.

Chained runes are released by making a match involving the chained block. Releasing the chained rune will help, but it is not needed to beat a grid.

Don’t repeatedly click the screen during the hidden object game. After three successive clicks, the mouse pointer turns into a lock. This means you can’t click anything for the next few seconds. If you really can’t find something, it is best to wait for the hint bubble.

Edited reference accessed HERE. Original review written by Alex Newth and then edited by Michael Hartman on 4/17/2012, further edited by Whiterabbit-uk 11th February 2017

Other Information, Reviews, Videos and a slideshow of The Legend of the Golden Tome:


Hammer: Use it to break a tile, rune stone, chain, double chain, stone or metal layer, or ice that is keeping you from winning the round before you run out of time.

Swap: It looks like a circle made by connecting two arrows; to use it, select 2 rune stones to switch their positions, making one or two vital matches.

Bomb: This will break stones, but it only damages chains or ice.

Fireball: It looks like a fancy triangle, and it breaks rune stones, and damages chains, double chains and ice, in a horizontal row of your choice.

Lightning: It breaks stones, and damages chains, double chains and ice, in a vertical column of your choice.

Shuffle: It looks like crossed arrows, and you can use it to mix up the positions of all the stones on the board.

Power of Colors: It looks like 3 circles, and it breaks stones of the color you select.

Heart: Gives you an additional life.

Other Reviews:

You can see community reviews of The Legend of the Golden Tome HERE and more information in the Big Fish forums HERE.

Video & Slideshow:

If you want to see The Legend of the Golden Tome in action you can see some game play videos HERE, HERE and HERE and a slide show of over 40 images HERE.


The Legend of the Golden Tome is a reasonably decent match Three with a weaker Hidden Object game included. I thought the Hidden Object scenes were far too easy, but they may be okay for the very young, who probably have keener eyes. This should keep the family occupied on a cold, rainy weekend. 7 out of 10

I'd like to take this opportunity to thank MyPlayCity for giving away The Legend of the Golden Tome and also to the game giveaway team, as always, for securing other ways to get free games, in this case Steam keys.

Useful Information not related to today's game giveaway:

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.

If The Legend of the Golden Tome didn't appeal, you may find other games either free or for less than the price of a cup of coffee via the 'Weekly Roundup of Game Deals' thread which I've posted a link to above, or HERE.
The free game over on Origin is still the excellent atmospheric Sci Fi RPG third person Shooter Mass Effect 2, but it will be ending soon. If you've still not got a copy, get it now, it's well worth. It usually costs £19.99/$19.99 (though I paid the pre-order price of over £30 prior to it's release back in January 2010) . You can get it HERE. Please note that you do require the Origin game platform to be able to download and install the game.

You will also find lots of deals over on Green Man Gaming and Big Fish Games usually have 70% off the first game you buy from them, plus they also have other deals occasionally. Desura was purchased from Bad Ju Ju games last year by One Play. If you already have a Desura account you can read details of what is happening HERE. As yet you can't access games you previously purchased via Desura (I have around 1400), but One Play are working to recover everyone's accounts and hope to do so by the end of March 2017. Indie Royale will also resume on a weekly basis, though at this time I don't know if previous Inde Royale Greenlight bundles will be honoured? Alawar, Gamehouse and Playrix entertainment have free games available (usually online versions) and other game houses such as the AAA distributors Ubisoft and Origin always have some games on sale. I've updated the Weekly roundup of game deals HERE to include a large list of other sites where you can find games on sale ( eg Origin, uPlay, GreenManGaming etc, as well as links to free online games as well as other game houses such as Alawar, Playrix and Gamehouse plus gaming news sites such as Rock Paper Shotgun and Game Seek, and included a list of free to play Massive Multiplayer games such as World of Tanks, world of warships, Liberators and Allegiance to name a few. For more details please go to the Weekly roundup of game deals over in the game discussion sticky section HERE.

There are 1180 games on sale over on Steam at the moment, with up to 91% off. Game prices range from as little as £0.15p (Plasma Being, Splatter: Zombie Apocalypse, Drago: A game about a Dragon, See No Evil, House of Caravan, Squirbs), all with 91% off, and there are almost 300 games and dlc less than $1 and almost 400 for less than £1. You can find all of the deals HERE.

If you spend more than $3 in the Indie Gala store you'll also get a free copy of the atmospheric point and click horror adventure game 'Between Me and the Night' worth $14.99/£9.99. There's also an RPG sale on over on the Humble Bundle site featuring Fallout 4 (50% off), Victor Vran (75% off), Grim Dawn (50% off), Torchlight I & II (75% off), Elder Scrolls Online Gold Edition includes all expansions so far (40% off), Elder Scrolls Online Ramriel Unlimited (50% off), Van Helsing Complete Pack (75% off), Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition (25% off), plus other non RPG games on sale. If you subscribe to the Humble Monthly, which costs $12 a month you not only get a large collection of decent Steam games you will also get for the first month of the subscription Total War: Warhammer, which was released last Spring and costs $59.99/£39.99. The great thing is, you can cancel at any time, so only need to receive the first bundle of games. I personally haven't bothered, but only becasue I usually have already purchased most of the games included in the monthly bundle. The usual savings on the games you get are around 90%, not counting the introductory offer. There's also lots of games on sale over on the Bundle Stars and Indie Game Stand (IGS).

For those who missed out on the Alien Shooter 2 - Conscription giveaway from last month or Zombie Shooter from last October or Alien Shooter 2 - Conscription from last June or Zombie Shooter 2 from last May you can get six games from the series including Alien Hallway, Zombie Shooter 2, Alien Shooter 2: Reloaded, Alien Shooter: Revisited, alien Shooter and Zombie Shooter for $1.49. HERE. Pay an extra $0.50 and get a second bundle to give to your friends. All keys are Steam based. stores.

...........................................FREE game offer from the moderator in exchange for quality feedback...................................

I've posted a list of over 100 Steam games in the forums HERE, some of which I will giving away to those community members who post decent feedback for the game given away that day. It is quite an extensive list of games taken from the 10 000+ Steam keys I've collected over the last several years; all were either purchased by me, or received free for pre-ordering games on Steam, plus a few from entering competitions and other offers). There will be a limited number of other keys available, such as Origin, uPlay and Desura keys (Desura has recently been purchased following the original owners demise and should be up and running by the end of March). I will announce the winner's from the giveaway the following week. If no announcement is made, it means no one posted feedback that qualified for a free game that week. There were no winners from the previous two weeks, though I am still considering a couple of comments from last week. I will inform those community members if I decide they are worth a game by email. If you have won a game, I will also post details in the thread I've created specifically for that purpose HERE. Once I've given a key away, the game and any comments by the winner will be removed from the list.

Depending on the quality of the feedback, I may choose to award games to more community members for each game given away, 'at my discretion'. The feedback must be about the game, and it must include a couple of paragraphs of feedback following the guidelines I've posted in the suggestions section of my review. i.e. your opinion of the game, what you liked and/or disliked plus suggestions for improvement. If you choose a game that is very cheap I may give you a second game; so, when choosing from the list I provide, please list more than one choice. If a game is chosen by more than one community member and only one key is available the key will go to the one I deem the most useful. I do have multiple keys for quite a lot of the games I've listed, so, don't be put off if you see someone else has chosen the game you want. I haven't indicated any of the games I have multiple keys for (though for example I do have several keys for the excellent Western themed AAA game Call of Juarez, which i picked up for free for purchasing several games via the Indie Gala store several months ago. spending a few dollars got me a copy of the game, so I made several separate purchases over a couple of days while the offer was still live.
I do own at least three community members a game from the previous giveaways that I posted several months ago. I'd totally forgotten about those. I do have a document with their names on, so they will get a game from the original list when I find the document (I'm extremely disorganized); or they can peruse the new list and choose something different. Just post a comment over in the forums in the appropriate thread. If you do post feedback with a view to getting one of the games and think you have covered the requirements, you don't have to do anything until I announce the winners the following week.
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