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Game Giveaway of the day — The Steampunk Era

A slightly challenging puzzle game with 35 pieces and 12 playable levels.
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User rating: 9 (82%) 2 (18%) 15 comments

The Steampunk Era was available as a giveaway on October 11, 2022!

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The Steampunk Era is a slightly challenging puzzle game with 35 pieces and 12 playable levels. The game resumed the preview of the image before the game, you can see how the final image should look, after which it will disappear (5 seconds). In the game, you need to swap tiles in places to complete the image, as all the fragments will stand correctly, you will receive a notification that the game has been completed, and after 5 seconds you will move to a new level.

In this version, there is no transition to a new level if you have not completed the current level. The game includes one hint with which to simply start the game, the lower right fragment is marked with the "GameREA" logo. You won't be able to start the game from any level either. When you pass the level, the password for this level will be written at the bottom of the panel, from which you can start the game if you enter it on the passwords tab, which is located in the menu. The game is colorful and I hope you enjoy this format. Good luck to everyone in the game.

System Requirements:

Windows

Publisher:

GameREA

Homepage:

https://gamerea.itch.io/the-steampunk-era

File Size:

180 MB

Price:

$5.00

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#1

Only just seen today's giveaway, I was busy this morning (getting my Covid Booster vaccination).
The Steampunk Era:


In Brief:
The Steampunk Era is another of those GameREA jigsaw puzzles with 12 different images, each on with a 5 x 7 grid. Please see the above description below the countdown timer for more details of the basics.

There is a difference from previous jigsaws we've been given from GameREA and other developers. There's no level map, no timer and you cannot play any puzzles apart from the first until you've completed the first one. Once completed it moves on to the next puzzle and again you have to complete it before you can see the next puzzle. Also, each puzzle includes a code, so, once you've unlocked each puzzle you can access it at any time using that code via the password button that takes you to an access panel where you punch in the code, which then opens to that puzzle, (See the last image below). You get several seconds to see the puzzle fully completed, then the pieces are shuffled up automatically. To move a piece, you click on it, then click on a second piece where you think the first piece should be located.

If you complete several of the puzzles, then leave the game, if you've not kept a record of the codes for each puzzle, you will have to start from the beginning again. Keeping the first code is useless because it only gives you access to that first level anyway, so you can just restart the game to get to the same point; however, any of the later levels from level 2 to 12 will require a code, unless you don't mind starting from scratch each time. It's a bit of an antiquated way of accessing levels. Games from the 90's and early 2000's used to use similar systems, but they were annoying as you often lost the codes after writing them on scraps of paper. I still have codes for a couple of games I used to play (a marble rolling game and a breakout game) as I put the level codes in an old diary I used to keep.

You can see a video of game play HERE.
Notes on Security
I scanned a zipped copy of the installed game using Virus Total and it found zero hits from 64 antimalware engines. You can see the results of the scan HERE
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Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+14)

Whiterabbit-uk, to revisit a puzzle you have to put in a code??? If I want to jump through hoops, I'll join the circus. Doesn't sour me on the game one way or the other. Actually, these puzzles haven't attracted me. But don't see the need for a password to revisit a game level.

Reply   |   Comment by watcher13  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

watcher13,

Exactly how I feel. I thought that method of accessing previously completed levels had gone over a decade ago. It's a stupid idea. Besides, these short jigsaw puzzles are much like what I was discussing about templates. They are using the same template for most of the puzzles, just adding different subjects. You can get free jigsaws that allow you to upload your own images and have several jigsaw shapes and you can adjust the number of puzzle pieces from a simple one that's ideal for a child, to more complex ones up to a thousand plus pieces for adults. I find these jigsaw puzzles annoying especially as the developers are charging $5 per puzzle for them. It just feels like a scam to me; (maybe that's a little over the top).

There's a few jigsaw puzzles on Steam, that offer the base game for free, but to add more puzzles you can pay up to £483 just for a pile of jigsaw puzzle images. When you can get free ones that enable you to upload anything, it just feels like a cash grab to me.

You can find two that come under that banner HERE and HERE. That second one is even more expensive (if you purchased all of the DLC). I posted a review of the last example back in 2017 HERE with a thumbs down vote.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

Whiterabbit-uk, These games have their own mechanics, where you don't have to drag, but just click with the mouse. I have never seen such games anywhere else, simple puzzles as you have given in the example, of course, a lot, but these are not the puzzles that are provided in today's distribution.

Reply   |   Comment by JULYA2005  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#3

+2 Time Zone __04:58 12/10/2022

My Win XP PC Specifications :
Windows XP Pro 32bit , Intel Core2Duo E8500 3,20Ghz ,
4 Gb memory (DDR 2) , NVIDIA GeForce GTX460 768Mb .


The game works under Windows XP !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

No controls to talk about .
Only Sound on/off

I love Steampunk , so , I would love to play the game .
It looks very interesting pictures wise ...
Unfortunately after having 3 heart attacks and 3 ischemic strokes ,
My brain , especially my memory does not work properly .

So , I've started the game and I was lost after 20 seconds ...
I could sped an hour or so to solve the first puzzle , but my patience
is the second thing I've lost after my memory functionality ...

Oh well , que sera, sera ...

Reply   |   Comment by JEDIGEG  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

So , I keep playing UT1999 GOTY .
Pure , straightforward , utterly FUN... :-)

It runs beautifully under Windows XP and I have about 1000 or more Maps to play with .
Yeeeeah ... :-)

Reply   |   Comment by JEDIGEG  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

JEDIGEG,

Hi G,

Sorry to hear of your medical issues, must be really scary. I found the level codes stupid, with no access to later levels until you've completed the ones preceding them. Level codes were implemented years ago before proper save files were enabled on most arcade and AAA games and back then served their purpose; though many of the game I played I'd end up losing the codes and have to start a fresh; though I still have codes for a few of my favourite games that I documented 20 years ago in my diary that was handy at the time. :)

Stay safe

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

JEDIGEG,


I loved the Unreal Tournament games and was very disappointed when Epic decided not to continue development of the game, that they originally started development on following Unreal Tournament 3's release in 2007. I think they stopped development just over a year ago.

You can still play the pre alpha for free that is available HERE. I've not played it in over a year, but it was still populated by other players then and what you got was decent; however, I still preferred earlier versions.

My favourite was Unreal Tournament 2004. I've got hundreds of mods for all of the UT games but haven't loaded them up in years. I used to run a UT3 server and invited those who had joined the Gamegiveaway Steam group. We'd play either Half-Life 2: Deathmatch or Unreal Tournament 3. I ran the servers for about a year every weekend and would leave the servers open all weekend.


Something I intend doing again for a couple of old FPS games (Battlefield Vietnam & Men of Valor and possibly Men of Honour: Pacific Assault) sometime soonish (once I've rebuilt one of my old computers which I intend using as a server), I may even include the first and third battlefield games (Battlefield 1942 & Battlefield 2) as I have spare copies of both games, so can use one copy for the server, plus I have several hundred custom maps for all three of the battlefield games, some of which are as good as the vanilla maps.)

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Whiterabbit-uk, thank you for your kind words .
As I said ... que sera, sera ... ;-)

Reply   |   Comment by JEDIGEG  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Whiterabbit-uk, hi .
If I remember correctly , Epic pulled the team of UT4 because they
wanted to develop another game .
I think God of War 2 .
I have UT4 , but it wants an 64 bit O.S , so , no luck ... :-(
I too have all the UT games and tons of maps and mods .
I remember I've bought UT2003 the day it was released at
full price (55,00 €) .
I almost never buy a game at full price .
Usually I wait for a significant price drop and then I grab it .
Unfortunately , I regretted this buy because the game was
to hard to play .
After a few weeks Epic released UT2004 that I also bought
the day it was released ...
What can I say ... I love UT ... :-)
Fortunately , this time Epic got it right and I think that all the
planet rejoiced ... :-)
The only thing I hated about UT2004 was the function of the rifle .
The rifle at UT1999 was perfect .
Why did they meddle with with perfection ?????

I also bought UT3 Black edition but never finished it because
I got stuck in a CTF map with an enormous bridge that I could
not beat and I was frustrated .
I've must played this map more than 10 times with no success .
At the same time another game was released that I wanted to
play "right now" .
I can't remember the tittle but it was a "must have" for me .
After that I've never got back to UT3 .
A few years ago I've installed it again .
The old installation was lost due to HDD malfunction .
Unfortunately ... again ...I've encounter the "GameSpy server"
problem and I could not login into the game .
When I started scouring the Internet for solutions , my health
problems started (2019) .
So, I've abandoned UT3 again ...
This game has NO luck ...
All I need now is a "step by step" guide on how to update/upgrade
the fresh installation of UT3 to the latest version , including the
"GameSpy server" fix and I am ready to go .
I am also considering ( maybe ) to install UBUNTU (64bit) and install
UT4 but given my current state , sounds like alot of work , so that's
a big maybe ... :-)

Are your UT servers still running ?

Reply   |   Comment by JEDIGEG  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

JEDIGEG,

Hi G.
Epic games have created an executable patch that fixes the Game Spy problem by circumventing Gamespy via a replacement game executable. You can read about it and download the patch HERE.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Whiterabbit-uk, thanks for the info .
About the patches .
I have a fresh installation of UT3 Black Edition .
Do I have to install all the patches , or just the last one ?

Reply   |   Comment by JEDIGEG  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

JEDIGEG,

Hi G.

I'll have to check, seems like the original links from that article are dead, though the first one does take you to a page with several different patches. I'd not actually followed through, assuming the article was still up to date. I'll get back to you on that once I've researched the issue. I'm out of the house soon, so won't have time immediately. I'll email you when I've found the correct patch. (Thursdays always a busy day so it won't be today, more likely over the weekend)

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

+2 Time Zone __14:18 14/10/2022

Whiterabbit-uk, thank you very much .
I've just read in your review for the game Russian Car Driver ZIL 130 ,
that you feel ill from the Covid booster .
So , I figure you will need some more time .
Don't worry , get well and we will talk later ... :-)

Reply   |   Comment by JEDIGEG  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#2

Apologies for the late review as I have been busy today.

Today's game kind of has me scratching my head. I've enjoyed a lot of GameRea puzzles and Uniden Puzzles and the things I liked about it was I was able to take my own time and solve the puzzle.

This game adds in a password system which is pretty pointless if you ask me. Back in the day of some console games, NES most notably, a lot of these games used lengthy passwords as a way of saving game progress.

Instead of taking steps forward, GameRea is going many steps backward with the implementation of this system. Some may find the puzzles a breeze and some may not. And there is no way to skip the level to find another puzzle you might be comfortable with. If anyone has completed this game and has a master list of codes to share it would be welcome in the community so those who may be new to this genre is not intimidated by the format.

Reply   |   Comment by sailorbear510 aka Jason  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
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