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Game Giveaway of the day — Woodle Tree Adventures

An old school platform game with a catchy and unique art style!
$2.99 EXPIRED
User rating: 46 (67%) 23 (33%) 27 comments

Woodle Tree Adventures was available as a giveaway on April 10, 2016!

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Your mission is to protect the forest and your friends from invaders.

Woodle Tree Adventures is an old school platform game with a catchy and unique art style! Explore a total of 6 worlds and save the lands with the magical water drops you'll find through your journey, bringing back peace and balance and finally becoming the new hero!

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ 7/ 8/ 10; Processor: Intel Dual-Core 2.6 GHz / AMD Dual-Core Athlon 3.0 GHz; Memory: 1 GB RAM; Graphics: SM 3.0 with 512MB VRAM; NVIDIA GeForce 8500 GT / AMD Radeon HD 4650 or greater; DirectX: Version 9.0; Storage: 180 MB

Publisher:

Fabio Ferrara

Homepage:

http://www.ferrarafabio.com/portfolio/woodle-tree/

File Size:

60.1 MB

Price:

$2.99

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Woodle Tree Adventures
In Brief
Woodle Tree Adventures is a relatively short 3D platformer created by Fabio Ferrara. It has cute colorful graphics, and is largely a collectibles game with approximately 1 to 2 hours of game play (hence the low price of £1.99/$2.99 when it's not being given away free).

It's an ideal game for the family. The kids will love the in game characters, but may need parental help negotiating some of the platforms (depending on their age). I give this a 6.5 out of 10 for Gameplay. It would have been higher if there had been more than 7 levels and the camera angles had been better.

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If you don’t like today's offering, instead of posting a few words saying you think it's a waste of time, or other words to that effect, please would you instead give some feedback detailing why you don't like the game and how it could be improved from your point of view. If you don't like this 3D platformer genre at all, explain why. 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 that would make it more appealing. There is also a thread over in the forums where you can post suggestions about which games you would like to be given away.
If you miss today's giveaway you can get the game on Steam for £1.99/$2.99 HERE. None of the free game sites have this in their listings and generally the game is only available from distributors as a Steam key, though drm free copies have been sold via indie game bundles and for Mac and Linux computers. Todays giveaway is a drm free version of the game. It should play on all versions of Windows from XP upwards. You do require a minimum of a 2.6GHz dual core intel processor or a 3.0GHz dual core Athlon processor

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Introduction:

Woodle Tree Adventures is an old school platform game with a catchy and unique art style! You will find all the classical elements from the 90's games and new interesting ideas. Explore a total of 6 worlds and save the lands with the magical water drops you'll find through your journey, bringing back peace and balance and finally becoming the new hero!
The feeling of traveling around the game world is refreshingly peaceful. Woodle Tree is a great game to play if you want to relax, and the soundtrack and art style help giving a serene tone. Even if you’re not a fan of the genre, this game is still very much worth considering, even if only to witness the beautiful game world.
If you loved games like Banjo Kazooie and Mario 64, never fear, Woodle Tree will take you back to the good old days! The whole gameplay is an hybrid between an art game and a platformer and is meant to be played by adults and children and to bring happiness to all souls.
Reference accessed HERE 10th April 2016
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If you wish to see the problems section, which I've now incorporated into the FAQ's thread you can find it HERE and the recent game deals (now called The Weekly Roundup of Game Deals) is HERE. I've not posted the installation section yet, just not got around to doing so. In the meantime, if you have problems installing the game, just post a comment here, thank you.
The Game:
Video game mascots are one of the pinnacle inventions that brought the market back from the brink. For kids, it was a way for them to connect, to easily recognize out in the wild, and more importantly, allowed the arguments of who was better: Mario or Sonic? These conversations continued up to the fifth generation of the Playstation, Sega Saturn, and Nintendo 64. As time went on, these mascots seemed to fall back to the shadows (with the exception of Mario and terrible Sonic games), but there’s always something so charming about a main protagonist that resembles the characters on a cartoon. Chubby Pixel has braced an entry into the mascot platforming genre with Woodle Tree Adventures as a charismatic tree log, armed with a giant leaf, set to collect special apples and water droplets to give new life to his forest home.
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Woodle Tree Adventures is a recreation of the popular 3D platformers like Super Mario 64, Spyro, and Croc. There are six worlds to explore (seven once you’ve collected 600 apples which means finishing the game) of all different atmospheres including wintry wonderlands, water ridden marshes, and bee infested honeycombs. Strapped with an ever growing bag, you’ll collect apples which will unlock new worlds.
The game opens up with our character Woodle standing on a floating island. This will act as your hub from world to world. Around the outside, you’ll find some podiums with giant numbers over them. Collecting will unlock new worlds and also allow you to upgrade you leaf weapon. Moving to the inside of your house, there’s two floors to enter the different worlds. You’ll have a few to start with then unlock more as you complete them. Walking up to the different “balls” you’ll swipe at them to start the level. This is reminiscent of jumping into the paintings in Super Mario 64.
The game is ideally played with an XBox 360 controller (PC version), but a keyboard will sufficeif you don't own a controller. You'll find the main key bindings and controller controls detailed in game. The left analog stick moves Woodle around, the A button jumps, and holding down the X button will make the log run. Which is a blessing because the walking speed is extremely slow. To start the game using the keyboard, press the return key; for movement you can use either the arrow or WASD keys, to jump use space, to attack or defend use the E key, but you do need to pick up a leaf before you can use this. To run, use the shift key in combination with the movement keys, to exit the game use escape. You can play local co-op using a controller, to start a co-op game ensure you have a controller plugged into your computer then click the right arrow on the controller to play as Woodle beaver.
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The jump mechanic is a bit floaty at times. You’ll be relying on your shadow spot to line yourself up on platforms. You can adjust the distance mid-jump which will help making it to different platforms. There doesn’t seem to be any uniformed jump distance between platforms so some jumps will feel fine using a full force jump while others you’ll over jump and ultimately die. With all of the issues with the camera in this game, you’d think the jumping would feel more controlled. Sadly, it doesn’t.
Even though in a 3D environment, the layouts of each level have a start and end point. There is a little bit of exploring that will grant you more apples to collect, but mostly if you stay on the right path, you’ll collect everything you need and make it to the end. Lots of platforms to jump on, some cool jet streams that’ll push you up into the sky, and turtles! The graphic design is excellent. Very unique and, I mean this in a nice way, cute. It’s extremely charming to run through these lands as a happy, apple collecting piece of wood. Who would have thought?
There are enemies that scatter the level but they are more or less just there for looks. Some enemies just walk back and forth, others up and down, some don’t do anything and are just there seemingly to deter you from moving one direction or another. The ones you can kill just take a simple swap of your leaf and they fade away into nothingness. Others can’t be killed at all, only avoided. There never seems to be any threat to force you from one point to another. There’s no time limit and you don’t have a hit meter. If you fall off the world, you’ll just respawn either at the closest checkpoint or at the beginning of the stage. Seems more of a romp through an interesting, yet repetitive, landscape than a 3D adventure game. There isn’t even a counter as to how many apples you’ve collected or how many still exist in the world. Lots of missing things here, especially for a game that claims to be complete, that said, it is a very cheap to buy game.
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The leaf weapon is a nice touch. Going up to different enemies and smacking them down makes sense since you’re a log and all. And the upgrades are welcoming even if I completely forgot about them until I had finished the game. You use your weapon so sparingly, that any upgrade seems to go unnoticed. Would have liked to see how it would have worked in a boss battle or with more difficult enemies.
Even with all of the monsters that litter the worlds, you’re biggest enemy is the camera control. You can move the camera in and out using the right analog stick. In and out. No left to right or in a 360 degree rotation. Just in and out, or by moving the mouse back and forwards. Granted, zooming the camera all the way out to see the entire level in a single screen is impressive in itself, but more often than not you’ll be missing platforms or falling off the edge because the camera controls are aweful. This was the most challenging issue I had with Woodle Tree Adventures. The camera is so poorly designed, that it creates an obstacle that you can’t just over come. This problem makes this game even unplayable at times. And the camera seems to have a mind of its own. Starting the level, the camera is typically positioned to the side allowing you to walk left to right. Suddenly, the camera will change perspective behind for no reason which usually ended with my death. Never thought that a camera angle could be so cruel. Brutal, brutal stuff.
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You’ll find several videos of Woodle Tree Adventure game play HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE , HERE and HERE
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Conclusion:
Unfortunately Woodle Tree Adventures misses on the bare mechanics needed to make this a pleasure to play. The poor camera work, the missing difficulty, passive enemies and relatively boring level design spoils what could have been an excellent game. The odd camera angles gave me a headache and I felt a little woozy after playing this game for over an hour. Also, there are only several levels which can easily be completed in an hour or two at the most .
That said, out of the four thousand plus reviews (yes, 4K) over 60% are positive. You can see those reviews HERE
Scoring:

Game play: 6.5

Graphics: 7.5

Audio: 7

Re-playability: 6

Originality: 7.5

Fun Factor: 6

Chill Factor: 7

Power-ups/upgrades: 3

Mini Games: 0

Game as art: 8

Tutorial/Help section: 5

Collectibles: 5
I've added more categories to the score board, but I won't be giving an overall average score based on those because each holds a different weight when taking the whole into account. Overall, I'd give Woodle Tree Adventures a 6.5 out of 10, this would have been higher if the camera controls were not so abysmal.
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank the developer Fabio Ferrara for giving Woodle Tree Adventures to the giveaway community for free today and to the game giveaway team for finding yet more games.

Extra information:
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, games and yet more games' section that used to be posted with the review. The thread is now called 'Weekly Round-up of Game Deals. 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.
The latest free game over on Origin has changed to the excellent FPS game Medal of Honor Pacific Assault. It's a little dated compared to the latest FPS games, but is still a great game with excellent graphics. It was released around 2005 so should easily play on most computers of today. You'll find details of that game and how to get it in the Weekly Round-up of Game Deals.


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To those who don't want a Facebook account, or to use an email to be able to download today's game, there's no need. Just go through the motions, i.e. click on the green 'proceed to download page' then click on Download now. You will be given two options, either have a download link sent to you via email or open up your Facebook account. Ignore the email method and click on the Facebook button, when the Facebook login window appears, just cancel it. The final green download button will then appear and you can download as normal.
To those that continue to have problems installing games from this site; it's more than likely due to the gamegiveaway wrapper which contains Themida code. Some anti-malware suites see anything with Themida coding as a threat (due to it's sometimes use in hiding bad code), so your anti-malware suite may block the download. It has been shown, time and time again that disabling your security 'temporarily' should solve the problem. Once you've unwrapped and installed the game, your anti-malware can be turned back on. There is no difference in how the games are downloaded now or previous to the recent site upgrade. I know many of you are dubious about turning off your security, but if you consider that the game giveaway site has been operating since Dec 2006. They used to give games away every day (minus the odd day when they were doing server maintenance); then, when they changed to weekends only early Spring 2008 they have given away games virtually every weekend since (well over a thousand games) and no game has ever been infected with malware. The giveaway team check every game given away using several anti-malware suites before the games are released to the community. The giveaway site has a very good standing with all the major search engines and the giveaway team do not want to jeopardize that by allowing malware ridden games to be given away.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)
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VIRUS ON SETUP DETECTED IN AVIRA FREE ANTIVIRUS

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Hi Adan, there is no virus . As mentioned in my review above (see the first comment), the giveaway wrapper (that protects the giveaway from hackers) contains Themida code, which is sometimes mistaken for malware by some anti-malware suites because it can also be used to wrap virus's etc. If there had been a virus, we would have seen many comments on this matter because thousands of community members download from the giveaway site every weekend, but as you can see there has been no other comment on this issue.
The game giveaway project has been live since Dec 2006 with well over a thousand games given away. (we used to get games every day until April 2008 then since then virtually every weekend since). Over that period there has never been a game given away that contained malware. The giveaway team throughly check all games with several malware suites to ensure that the downloads are clean. It would not be in the giveaway teams best interests to allow malware through as this would impact on the projects good standing with all of the major search engines. Also, if the project did or had allowed malware to be downloaded, we would lose valuable contributors to the project

The Themida code was included in the wrapper about 3 years ago to stop unscrupulous community members from ripping off the games. It was found that you could save the executable in such a way that you could install the games anytime and on any computer after the giveaway had ended. There were several you tube videos posted showing you how to rip the executable from the wrapper as well as posts on various forums explaining how to rip the executable, so the giveaway team had to update the wrapper to ensure the executable was safe from hackers. Not only was ripping the wrapper illegal, it could have impacted on the number of developers giving games away.

Reply   |   Comment by ADAN  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
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Thanks a lot for refreshing out of match 3 and hidden object games. looking out for more games in different genres such as adventure and racing, too.
Keep up the good work

Reply   |   Comment by Kourosh  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
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Win10 Home 64bit. Downloaded fast and loaded fine. I couldn't play it well as I was getting motion sickness. Playing with just a keyboard and mouse is a little tricky, the poor little thing died on me more times than I could count. LOL Probably a good game for the younger crew. Thanks.

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I had the same problem. The way the camera worked gave me a headache and made me feel rather woozy. Reminded me of when I went on one of those glass bottomed boats to watch dolphins, and half the people ended up sick as the waves were quite choppy.


Reply   |   Comment by Suzanne  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
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Downloaded and installed OK on HP 550 Intel I3 w/Win 10 64bit. Opened and it gave me a series of graphics resolutions choices (I kept the default), then it started the game. No option for silencing the very loud music, or even adjusting it in any way. It started running all over the scenery, showing me everywhere in the play environment, but will not respond to any keyboard or mouse input. No characters appear either, just showing and panning the scenery. Totally without any ability to input any game commands. Is it a bad download, a bad install, or simply won't run on my hardware? Please help!


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The HP 550 i3 is a 3.7 GHz Processor which is more than enough to cope with this game. As I mention in my review, there is no options menu so no ability to turn the music down. You could try left clicking the speaker icon in the tray next to the computers clock. from there you can adjust the computers volume. I seem to remember havbing problems when I first booted this game up two years ago (I purchased it via Steam when it was released). I'm sure there is one key that starts the game proper. what you may be seeing is the intro movie to the game. Try the enter key. Once it starts properly you should see a screen that shows you some of the key bindings (see the image posted in my review above). If you have a controller try that. The game is actually much better played with a controller, but can be played with a keyboard.

Reply   |   Comment by Bebop  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
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This is a cute game for children, but the camera angles are not very good. I think some young children will get frustrated with it easily.

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

Kathy Porter,

My daughter enjoys it very much (8 years old)

Reply   |   Comment by swa  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
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i downloaded the game clicked on the install but nothing was installed all i got was a popup saying to read the read me text to find out how to install it. no game. checked the games folder and its not there.

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Hi Joseph, if the game hasn't installed to the path quoted in the read me, it may have been installed inside the last game giveaway you installed. Sometimes the giveaway cookie becomes corrupted and causes the installation path to be read as the previous installation. Check inside the last game you installed to see if it has been installed there. If it isn't, try reinstalling and make a note of the installation path during the installation process.


The installation path should be: C:\Games\WoodleTreeAdventures_Game

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

joseph, The Readme File is in with the installation files, not the game files after install. check within the zip file you downloaded for the readme.

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

Reply   |   Comment by Erzhan  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
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wont install on win 10

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Hi RJ, it installs fine on my copy of win 10 and looking at the specs it should be okay for win 10. more than likely there is a conflict with something on your computer, probably your security software, that is stopping the game from installing. Check the review above. I explain why this can happen at the end of the review. If there was a problem with win 10 we would have had loads of comments by now.. Do let us know if you solved the problem. Thank you.

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

RJ, had no problem on my Windows 10 64bit

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Nice one re: the free key on Steam. always worth looking. :)

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

RJ,

I am playing it with win10...older dell d610 computers with xp couldn't play it (graphical problems i guess)

Reply   |   Comment by swa  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
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This was given away as a steam key quite some time ago by another promoter so I have the honor of already owning it. Woodle Tree Adventures is a cute, colorful, non-violent child's game. There has been regular updates, and even some downloadable content (a soundtrack). Only thing I can say about this game, as it's really not my type, some of camera angles get complicated on important jumps and the levels are very repetitive. Not really a fair judgment though due to my family being a bunch of hardcore gamers. Controller support is a ++++ bonus!


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Thank you for your feedback Michelina. I agree about the camera angles. It's what spoils the game for me. It was given away via Failmid June 2014. A couple of hundred thousand keys were given away, but it's also been included in some of the indie bundles :)

Reply   |   Comment by Michelina  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
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I would immediately install this when I would have a game controller.
For me these games are not so suitable for a pc, to navigate with the keyboard doesn't seem to go right a lot of times. It would help a lot when the majority of the movement could be done with the mouse (walking and jumping for instance)

In the heat of the game I very often hit the wrong key.

The game sounds nice :)

Reply   |   Comment by irene  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
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Genius? Madness? Dev on acid? I am unsure how to classify this game.
You are a little treestump that has to collect tears for some reason. You do this on levels that are .... interesting to say the least.
Let's start out with a tip, if you have an xbox 360/one controller or a logitech F series controller (basically I think any xbox driver using controller) use it. Right analog to move, left analog up and down to zoom in and out a bit. X to run, B to hit with your "weapon"(a tree leaf) A or Y to jump. Besides tears you collect what I think are either radishes or apples (I go for radishes) and off course there are "baddies". Mind you though, not all creatures you encounter are enemies. For example a little tiny caterpillar is deadly upon touching, some "humanoid" creatures I encountered and hit with my leaf where asking "why are you hitting me" You can also step on ladybugs, they make a cracking sound and dissapear but if that has any influence ingame... I haven't seen so far.

You start in a central area where your "house" is. first thing to do is get upstairs to get your leaf, then downstairs and jump into the first globe that is there. You enter a level that you will need to explore and it ain't no linear exploring. Besides from the edges of the level where you can fall off, you can go any direction and will need to go any direction. Up, down, left and right. Inside little rooms, behind bushes, everywhere can be something hidden.

I just played part of the first world to get a first glimpse and I think this will be a very nice timewaster. Suitable so fa for any age AND it has (local) multiplayer. I could not test that out as I only have one controller but it seems with two layers one will play as a beaver, no idea if you will be enemies or friends

The game looks kinda weird when you first start it up but I guess after a while gameplay takes over from the weirdness and you will grow to like it. The wish I made yesterday to have more luck today with the game seems to be granted heheheheh.

Last tip from me is about quiting. you need to go into the pauze menu (start button on controller) and then ESC (select button on controller) if you want to quit the game

Keyboard controls:
Arrows to move
Space for jump
Shift to run and
E for attack
Enter to get into the Pause menu and there ESC to quit

enjoy

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Thank you for your feedback Mavadelo :)

Reply   |   Comment by Mavadelo  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)

@Great White Hopping One, Currently not working on TS scenarios as I am playing ATS and WoWS more atm. Working on some skins for it though and will be making scenarios for those when I finished them. Also trying to make some skins for ATS btw :) Will let you know on Steam if I have something to show ;)

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:) I look forwards to seeing those skins.

Reply   |   Comment by Mavadelo  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
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So, I use most of the games of giveaway of the day for my children...they both have 2nd handed DELL d610 laptops as they are still young...although this game is very basic and clearly created 4 children it wasn't possible to use it on their computers... (for example they can play Tarzan the game with their computer which is a nicely made graphic game)
It's a pity...

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Hi swa, was it because the computers didn't come up to spec, or was there another problem?

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

Hi Mod,

One dell d610 didn't even bother to try to start it up...on the other it crashed...kids are now playing and watching it on my desktop...


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Probably was the specs. They are quite high for an arcade game. :)

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

swa,

Just solved the problem (thanks to todays giveaway) It was due to the driver of the graphic chipset (win 7 used it's and that wasn't ok to play games on Dell Latitude d610)

Reply   |   Comment by swa  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
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out of all the games this is the best you could come up with ??? would not waste my time and my internet is to precious to waste

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Sue, the giveaway team have no control over what games they are given from week to week. They and the community rely on the generosity of developers. We should be happy that we are getting games totally for free as to be honest, rarely are we given something for free in this world unless there are hidden prices to pay.

Reply   |   Comment by Sue  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-13)

Sue , why must you complain? The game is FREE ... no charge whatsoever. You saw what it is and didn't like it. So, why complain? If you don't like it, don't download it, but don't complain. I have downloaded most of the games that come out here; installed them, then tried them when I get the time. I've now got more games than I'll ever play. Awesome collec tion, but I've got some that I've NEVER played! Kudos to the GOTD team for MANY good games ... and a few Turkeys. And, to The Happy Whiter Hoppy Thing ... thanks for your years of help and for putting up with all of this BS from people that would complain about FREE BEER if it wasn't their favorite brand.

Reply   |   Comment by Rixxter  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)

Sue ,

Both of my kids (age 8 and 13) are enjoying this game (thanks giveawayoftheday)

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

Sue , I'm not sure why you are unhappy. These games are FREE from the developers. Are they hoping we will like them and buy them because we don't keep them through reformat & computer disaster? Of course. & I have for a number of them. We all don't like the same types of games so there will be weekends when you wont download them and there will be weekends when you download 1 or 2. But complain? Not me!

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

At least the game is being given away DRM-free, and this is the only time I've seen this game given away DRM-free. I'm thankful for that, as honestly I don't want to deal with stupid DRM clients for a game that is commonly being given away. Thanks for the developers for letting Woodle Tree Adventures go DRM-free for free!

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I wish that was so, but sadly developers were forced into adding drm due to the number of games that were being ripped off by the gaming community. We are talking millions of dollar/pounds worth of games every year simply because some gamers were too dishonest to pay for their games. That is the main reason for the many game clients we see now. I used to avoid game clients like the plague until I purchased two Steamworks games several years ago, not realizing at the time that Steamworks meant having to install Steam before I could play those games(Galactic Bowling and Defense Grid: The Awakening). I really wanted to play the games so went ahead and installed Steam. within a few weeks I was converted. Back then you could still play most games without a client, but now, there are some superb games that can only be played via a client. I think one of the first drm bound games was EA games Battlefield 2042. I would still prefer a drm free system, but that will never happen for the reason I mentioned previously (i.e too many gamers stealing games). It's a sad fact of life that the majority of good and honest gamers will always have their pleasures spoiled by the minority. :)


Some of the things the Steam client has given me apart from an easy way to keep my games updated to the latest version and access to cheap games is a brilliant gaming community, access to mods that can be installed at the click of a button, the ability to categorise my games (which for me is essential as i have almost 7500 games in my Steam account and due to memory problems caused by a bad head injury I find it difficult to remeber most of the games I have - many of the games i have have been listed under up to 20 different categories e.g. upgrades, level editor, VR support, coop, indie, strategy etc) and a market where you can earn money just for playing your games (I've earned around £1500 from selling the Steam trading cards that you get when playing many of the games on Steam - That's £1500 saved on games.

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