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The Treasures of Montezuma 4 Giveaway

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Free the gods' powers and fulfill your destiny!
User rating: 29 (91%) 3 (9%) 17 comments

The Treasures of Montezuma 4 was available as a giveaway on November 26, 2017!

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Free the gods' powers and fulfill your destiny in the Treasures of Montezuma 4! This new match-three game is overflowing with mystery and excitement! Follow the story of Anna, who travels to an Aztec ruin to uncover an ancient secret. The journey is loaded with tons of levels, three all new game modes, and an epic boss battle that you will never forget!

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8/ 01; CPU: 2.0 GHz; RAM: 256 MB; DirectX: 9.0; Hard Drive: 552 MB





File Size:

442 MB



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The Treasures of Montezuma 4
In Brief
Today’s game is the fourth in the excellent Treasures of Montezuma series of match three games. I’d score this an 8.5 out of 10. The first in the series is still my favorite. :)
Before you decide to download todays game, please do check out the in-game videos of game play HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE. You can also see a slideshow of 250 images of The Treasures of Montezuma 4 HERE.
If today’s game isn’t to your taste check the end of this review for links to more excellent (and for a limited time FREE) commercial games called Plants vs. Zombies and Sanctum 2, Also MDK (Murder, Death, Kill) and Spellforce 2: Anniversary Edition

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The Treasures of Montezuma 4 downloads to a 442 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 567 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 Treasures of Montezuma 4
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)
Unleash the magic of totems and defeat the epic boss in the breathtaking game The Treasures of Montezuma 4! Are you tired from exhausting daily routine and want to have a rest? The game The Treasures of Montezuma 4 is the best choice to combine rest and logic exercises. It’s of vital importance to train your logic and quick wits to become a well-educated person. Use all your mental resources and don’t lose a chance to get smarter! The gameplay in The Treasures of Montezuma 4 is really captivating, once started to combine multicolored crystals in rows of the same color, you can’t stop until come to the end of the game and reveal all the ancient mysteries. Make chains of the bright multicolored gems to get all kinds of boosters, helpful power-ups and powerful totems.

You can use totems during the game – just destroy the precious tiles of its color twice to activate it! The super booster is also very helpful, just fill in the special scale with sand below during the game to get it. If it’s activated, all your game scores will be doubled! If you are lack of special bonuses, buy them in the shop to set new records. When you appeared in the ancient land, you would be told about an age-old mystery that you are going to solve. Do your best to get to the roots of the hidden story, break the stones and set the gods free! Use totems to activate the powers of elements and cope with all the tasks and numerous levels lightning fast! It’s high time to set out on the journey through the jungle and restore Aztec pyramid to gain the ancient gods’ support and succeed in breaking the rows of colorful tiles! Use super bonuses to launch unbelievable combos and get mind-blowing rewards! Accept the challenge and prove that you are the one who can overcome the difficulties and release the petrified gods from their imprisonment! Let’s go through the numbers of sparkling levels together, cope with all the riddles and quests to break the chains of jewels and get unique rewards in the game The Treasures of Montezuma 4!
Edited reference accessed HERE. 25th November 2017

The Game:
You have a choice of playing the game in either Casual or Expect difficulty depending upon your skill level. I always find it best to start at Casual level and then move on to the more difficult Expert level later. When you first start the game you are limited to tackling the Story mode. Once you have made the necessary progress then Puzzle and Quest modes become available. Story mode involves completing 14 different playing boards of Match 3 game play for each of seven Aztec statues in order to release their power to reopen the portal.
Each board layout consists of rows and columns of different coloured tokens. In standard Match 3 mode, you need to create lines of 3 or more tokens of the same colour by swapping two adjacent tokens. As the newly created line of tokens disappear, the space is filled up by other tokens falling downwards. Often this will result in more new lines of three or more similarly coloured tokens being created so causing a chain reaction as they disappear and more tokens take their place.
Some of the tokens will contain gems and money which is then added to your account so increasing your points’ total and bank balance. While your points total will sometimes play a role in completing a board, the money you earned can be used to purchase items from the game Shop. There are two types of items available for purchase. You can either purchase and upgrade powerful mini-statues or select from eight types of bonus.

As with the main statues, there are seven mini-statues. Each one is coloured red, green, blue, white, purple, orange or yellow. After the initial purchase, you can pay more to have a statue’s power upgraded. This power is automatically applied once you have created two successive Match 3 lines of the statue’s colour. The bonuses generally come into play after you create a line of five similarly coloured tokens. Messages will appear when statues, upgrades and bonuses are available for purchase as long as you have the money.
In order to complete each board you will need to reach its specific target. In some cases you might need to achieve a set points total while another board will require you to include a set number or percentage of tokens that have been endowed with specific attributes such as fire or frogs which do have a habit of jumping from token to token. There are also boards where you need to clear away the tokens from every cell or reveal specific areas.
The game will provide assistance by identifying a possible move with a directional arrow. However this is not always the best move. While speed might seem to be a necessary consideration, it is often beneficial to take a few moments to study the board to look for possible matches that can be repeated to activate a particular statue to provide its help. If you do complete a board within a designated time limit then you will be rewarded with a Gold, Silver or Bronze symbol. I have to discover whether these symbols have any benefit other than decorative.

Any matches created by falling tokens will add to your total of points but have no bearing if they create a match of the same colour. Only matches you make will be recognised in this respect. Unlike some other Match 3 games I have played, this title allows you to create further matches while the previous move is being implemented. In this way you can create a match that might otherwise have been lost as tokens are displaced by the previous match. You need to be quick but it is possible and can prove useful when trying to make a second match of the same colour. When no further moves are possible then an automatic shuffle of the tokens will take place.
As well as the Story mode, there are also Puzzle and Quest modes. Puzzle mode becomes available once the first statue has been completed. You can tackle set challenges to include a set number of tiles with special attributes in your matches. Quest mode only becomes available once Story mode has been completed. Each Quest sets you three targets which need to be completed within a time limit.
The game’s graphics are well up to standard with some impressive explosions and views of the Mayan pyramid. I did notice that the background music would tend to cut out occasionally but this did not affect the game play. The Treasures of Montezuma 4 is certainly challenging with three game modes, two difficulty levels and a Story mode that has 99 boards. You can download a time-limited trial version of this excellent Windows game from www.Alawar.com before committing to purchasing to the unrestricted version.
Reference accessed HERE. Originally posted by mfereday on 30th October 2013. Reposted by Whiterabbit-uk 25th November 2017.

Other Reviews and Videos of The Treasures of Montezuma 4:
You can see Big Fish community reviews of The Treasures of Montezuma 4 HERE and Steam HERE. There are several in-game videos of game play HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.
I loved the first one and love this one, tohugh IMO the first one is still the best. If you like match three games, this is definitely one to download. A keeper for me (purchased it when it was first released). :)

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If you miss today's game giveaway you can always get the game via MyPlayCity 24/7 HERE; or If you prefer to purchase the game you can get it HERE via Big Fish Games or via Steam HERE.

Problems getting the game to work:
If you're having problems installing or activating or getting The Treasures of Montezuma 4 to work please visit the FAQ's Thread HERE and read through the communities comments because sometimes fixes have already been posted, for example, a common issue seen since the Themida wrapper was introduced three years ago is that some community members installation of the game are blocked by their security because Themida code has been known to hide malware, (usually an error message is flagged for example 'The executable is corrupted' even though in reality it is not); so as a precaution some anti malware programs will block and even delete the suspect installation files even though the files (i.e the setup, read me and setup.gcd files are actually totally free from malware. This issue can be solved either by rebooting your computer in safe mode with networking or a quicker method is to temporarily turn off your security software to allow the installation. You could also try whitelisting the setup.gcd file. In the almost 11 years this game giveaway site has been operating there has 'never' been a game given away that was infected with malware.
If for any reason you want to contact the giveaway team, for example, you have a game to offer the community, or are unable to download the latest game or other issues that the FAQ's thread or these comments don't cover or solve you can do so HERE
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank MyPlayCity for giving away The Treasures of Montezuma 4 and also to the game giveaway team, as always, for securing other ways to get free games.

Useful Information not related to today's game giveaway:
If The Treasures of Montezuma 4 doesn't interest you, but you still hanker for something new to play, you'll find details of some game deals whether they be sale items, indie bundles or games being given away for free HERE (I've not updated the thread in a while, but most of the links still take you to the latest deals).
The rest of the information that used to be posted in the game review can be found in the forums HERE. Finally, check out Delenns threads for details of other free games and offers HERE and eslewhere in the game discussion forums HERE, (usually on the first page of the game discussion forums).
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Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)

I've finally found time to play this game. :-)
I have to say that graphics and sound are fine, but the gameplay is "difficult". I'm now in level 6, having mastered all 5 previous "God statues", but from what I could buy with the earned gold, I only have level 1 of all the totems and all the bonuses. And I hardly get any further gold (you only get that if you finish a level with Gold, Silver, or Bronze status). But the time is always too short. Even if I match the tiles quickly all the time I hardly get Bronze, thus I hardly get coins to upgrade. This really bothers me and drops the enjoyment of this game.
If anyone has tips or can tell me what I do wrong, let me know.

Reply   |   Comment by M. H.  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

no time limit would be nice

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

"all three browsers I use (Firefox, Waterfox, Chrome and I.E.) "...?!

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

Hi! I had one of the other treasures and enjoyed it! I think I did get stopped at one
point with one level that seemed to go on forever, hope that doesn't happen here!
The game makes the levels different with buying the upgrades and having different
resources. The graphics are very good and game play is mainly smooth.
The download was fairly fast and opened easily. Felt there was less of a drag with
the computer cursor. Have a great week and thank you for another great game, Lee

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Thanks for the feedback Lee. :)

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

I'm with you, Rabbit. I think the first one in the series was the best, too. I seem to be repeating the first nine levels of this one. Haven't figured out why yet. Maybe need to get gold on all levels before I can go on?

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

Okay, never mind. I figured it out. Click the "Levels" box to move on...

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Reply   |   Comment by Delilah  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

An interesting take on the traditional match 3 game. I was going to play a few levels just to see and ended up clearing two and a half of the gods before I had to quit. Love the water way round, and the frogs are fun.

Nicely done.

The only thing that annoyed me was how slow it was to load the first few levels...so much I almost quit then, but I learned once the progress bar completes, I can click the graphic to skip the whole slide circle to get to the next level which helped. Later, it seemed to take less time to load. Don't know whether that was perception or reality though, as I was committed to the game by then.

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

Always before when I logged into facebook it gave me the link, now on two different browsers it no longer works? What gives? Don't like using my email, as I try to keep spam down, and even though every site says they don't, last time I did a gamesite it had me getting over 100 a day!

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

Where is the Facebook link? It is not showing, only email link.

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

I'd enjoyed a previous Montezuma title (2) so grabbed this one; d/l'd and installed fine on Win 8.1 (after usual disabling of AV). Found the tutorial quite intrusive and so didn't pay enough attention, and realized I'd forgotten from the previous title that it's important, once you have mini-statues, that you purposefully duplicate the color of your last match to get the full benefit. That slows me down a bit, but adds to the excitement :).

I do try (at least in these early levels) to get Gold on every level (just to add to the challenge) so once I remembered to duplicate my red and green matches, it did slow me enough to have to play one of the levels (6) a couple of times before I got back in the swing and got gold. So kudos for challenging me a bit more than the standard Match 3!

So a thumbs up for this one, at least in these early levels. Haven't tried the Puzzle yet; I thought from the review that wouldn't be available until I'd played through the Story, but while the Quest is locked, the Puzzle seems unlocked.

Reply   |   Comment by neme  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Awesome graphics!

Reply   |   Comment by Jeffrey K Benham  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

The Treasures of Montezuma games are amongst the best games given away here since the site's inception. My first experience of this series was thanks to an earlier version of the series being given away here many years back, and it stayed on my laptop for years and still got the occasional play (and played to completion multiple times). I enjoyed it that much I bought this version a little while back, after losing the earlier giveaway version to a format. The fourth in the series doesn't really bring anything new to the table compared to earlier versions, except perhaps making the upgradable bonuses more complicated, but if you like match 3 games and have never played any of the Montezuma games - get it installed, you won't be disappointed. It may not be the best of the series, but it's so similar it's only marginal, and it's still better than 90% of other match 3s out there, and better (in my opinion) than any match 3 ever given away here previously.

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

Looking good! They've obviously put some work into the graphics & sound efx on these, and it feels like it's been awhile since a good Match 3 was available here.

I think this is the same visual style of the people who did Rolling Idols: Lost City, and that one's a lot of fun. Thank you MPC & GGOTD!

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

I cannot download the game, each time I have attempted to do so all I am asked is to add stupid extensions to my browser which have now changed my home page. What a waste of my time!!

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Hi Don, The only thing I see when downloading a game from the giveaway site is the addition of a link to my favorites, no homepage change takes place. Once you've unpacked the downloaded zip file, clicking on the executable opens up the installation window and presents you with a welcome set up wizard, clicking on next takes you to the setup window where you can change your installation path, then a series of other windows that culminates in the 'Successfully activated window. Which also gives you the option of installing software Informer. If you don't want software informer just click on Close to complete the installation and set up for the game. At no point are you asked if you want your home page changed or any other changes? The difference between the giveaway version, which comes from MyPlayCity and the same game downloaded directly from MyPlayCity is that with the MyPlaycity version at the start of the set up you are given the option of changing your home page, your search provider and adding toolbars to your browser. to stop these from being installed or changed you must uncheck the checkboxes provided. The giveaway version has had the files associated with these changes removed, so it shouldn't be possible for your home page to be changed. Did you install the game directly from the giveaway version, or did you download the MyPlayCity version?
Almost a thousand community members have now downloaded todays giveaway and no one else has reported this issue, so I cannot explain why you have had your homepage changed?
The following images show the stages during the giveaway version of the game being installed. I installed both the giveaway and the MyPlaycity versions (making sure I unchecked all checkboxes apart from the desktop shortcuts). Once I'd installed the giveaway version I checked all three browsers I use (Firefox, Waterfox, Chrome and I.E.) and all have their usual home pages. After installing the MyPlayCity version I again checked all my browsers and again no changes were made. Not all of the images are in the correct order)






The following images show the stages of a MyPlaycity installation. If the checkboxes are not unchecked then you will have had your homepage changed.



Sorry I cannot be of any useful help. Please don't take my explanation as a critiscism, just trying to explain that the giveaway versions do not change your home page. something else must have happened to change your homepage?

Reply   |   Comment by Don  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

Don, something has definitely changed recently....at the end of installation, when the MyPlayCity homepage opens up, it has a big flashing link with an arrow that says to install some extension....you can actually just skip that, just click the "X" button to close that page and it won't hijack anything.

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Most of the free game sites that giveaway commercial games change their format slightly occasionally. Whether this is to confuse community members, or for security (I suspect the former), so long as it increases the number of times community members visit their pages, the more money they can earn, some of which of course goes to the developers who allow their games to be given away. apparently it's a good earner for them, especially the older games that rarely sell via the commercial sites like big fish, Gamersgate, Gamehouse etc.

Reply   |   Comment by Dax  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Don, I cannot download the game, each time I have attempted to do so all I am asked is to add stupid extensions to my browser which have now changed my home page. What a waste of my time!!

Your time, judging by not one but two exclamation marks, must be very precious indeed, and an really unhappy to hear that even a second of it has been wasted. Perhaps if you followed the instructions properly you might have had encountered such an unhappy and wasteful experience. There exists the possibility, surely you might accept it, that it's not he programme, but you, that caused the problem; since everyone else would also be reporting that their time also had been wasted. Can tell you at this time, everything went along just perfectly here. Perhaps the game mfr, knowing that since I am an old fellow, with lots of time on his hands, they would go easy on me.

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