This was a fun giveaway that garnered more response than I thought it would! Thanks for entering and congratulations, İlkay Çetin, on winning Skyrim.
I noticed that a few folks want more than one entry. Should I start using Rafflecoptr? I’ve looked at it before but I’m not sure what I think on using it because, if I understood it correctly, you need a Facebook (page?) for folks to like for one of the entries. I can create a fan page for this site but I’m not overly fond of Facebook and much prefer Google+. What do you guys think?
I downloaded a mobile game for my phone called You Must Escape from Mobest Media last night. The object of the game is to escape by opening the doors in every room. All of the doors are locked, however, and you must hunt around the room for objects, clues and puzzles to find the key. Some items have to be combined while others are usable as is. It’s not too hard nor is it too easy (so far, not very far in) and I’m finding it to be a fun little time waster. The download from the Google Play Store was free but when I checked it out on Amazon it’s 99 cents/coins.
What are Amazon coins, by the way?
Looks like there are level packs you can purchase on the iTunes store but I’m not seeing them on the Google Play store. Weird. Anyway, just after a few rooms and I’m already looking forward to trying more of these escape games from Mobest Media, so I thought I’d post about it. Let me know if you’ve played any of these before as it looks like there are several. Noticed a walkthrough when doing a Google search for the game which is cool. Not sure I’ll need it but nice to see the community putting them up regardless.
March is here! Means it’s time for another giveaway and this time it’s The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. This is just the base game, no DLCs and it’s the PC version on Steam.
I’ve had this game for about two years but have barely played it. That has everything to do with my kids playing it (non-stop for months) and nothing to do with how I feel about the game. I am looking forward to picking this game back up and fighting my first dragon!! Here’s what the Steam store page has to say about the game.
EPIC FANTASY REBORN
The next chapter in the highly anticipated Elder Scrolls saga arrives from the makers of the 2006 and 2008 Games of the Year, Bethesda Game Studios. Skyrim reimagines and revolutionizes the open-world fantasy epic, bringing to life a complete virtual world open for you to explore any way you choose.
LIVE ANOTHER LIFE, IN ANOTHER WORLD
Play any type of character you can imagine, and do whatever you want; the legendary freedom of choice, storytelling, and adventure of The Elder Scrolls is realized like never before.
ALL NEW GRAPHICS AND GAMEPLAY ENGINE
Skyrim’s new game engine brings to life a complete virtual world with rolling clouds, rugged mountains, bustling cities, lush fields, and ancient dungeons.
YOU ARE WHAT YOU PLAY
Choose from hundreds of weapons, spells, and abilities. The new character system allows you to play any way you want and define yourself through your actions.
Battle ancient dragons like you’ve never seen. As Dragonborn, learn their secrets and harness their power for yourself.
Sounds fun, no? I have heard that you can spend 70 hours in this game and still not be ‘finished’, something I truly believe after listening to my kids play for months on end! There’s a LOT to this game. I have it for the Xbox360 but I now wish I’d asked for the PC version. Would have been a lot easier to access in a large family all fighting for TV time! Let me show you the system requirements, also taken from the Steam Store page for this game.
- OS: Windows 7/Vista/XP PC (32 or 64 bit)
- Processor: Dual Core 2.0GHz or equivalent processor
- Memory: 2GB System RAM
- Hard Disk Space: 6GB free HDD Space
- Video Card: Direct X 9.0c compliant video card with 512 MB of RAM
- Sound: DirectX compatible sound card
- Processor: Quad-core Intel or AMD CPU
- Memory: 4GB System RAM
- Video Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible NVIDIA or AMD ATI video card with 1GB of RAM (Nvidia GeForce GTX 260 or higher; ATI Radeon 4890 or higher)
So, how does this giveaway work you ask?
- You have to have Steam to play the game as I’ll be gifting the winner the game through Steam. There will be instructions in the email explaining how to download Steam in case you don’t have it already. Steam is a free download.
- The winner will have to use a valid email address when commenting (not IN the comment itself, just in the input box you have to fill out TO comment so it’s kept private) so I can send the download link for the game. I won’t sell or give your email address to anyone, promise. If you’re signed in to WordPress when you comment make sure the email associated with your WordPress profile is a valid one that you can check.
- You have to leave a comment on this post in order for me to enter you into a random draw to win the game.
- Oh, and you need an internet connection to download the game.
- You don’t have to be my Steam friend in order for me to gift the game to you because Steam allows for people to send gifts to email addresses, not just through the client. If you want to add me as a Steam friend, that’s cool. Not required though.
- I will assign each person who comments a number and then enter the numbers in a Random Number Generator to determine the winner. Multiple comments from the same person won’t increase your chances of winning. In other words, if you comment 187 times you’re still only getting one entry number assigned to you.
This giveaway starts as soon as I publish this post (around 4pm CST on 3/3/14) and runs until midnight Saturday, March 08th (midnight CST). I will then use the RNG linked above to draw a winner. I’ll email the winner and if I haven’t heard from them by Monday night I’ll draw for a new winner come Tuesday (3/11/14) morning. I really don’t like announcing who’s won on here (my blog) before hearing back from the winner but will do so Monday morning if I haven’t heard from them. Sound fair?
I’m really excited for this one! Enter by commenting below and good luck!
Editing to add: GIVEAWAY IS OVER! A winner has been drawn and I’m just waiting to hear from them.
The Book of Unwritten Tales is such a cute, funny and super fun game to play! KingArts and Nordic Games, the folks behind a favorite game of mine, The Raven: Legacy of a Master Thief, certainly excel at putting out wonderfully thought out and designed point and click adventure games. I love the graphics in the game and the beautiful artwork lends well to the story of a young Gnome, Wilbur Weathervane, as he yearns for adventures of magic and mystery rather than machine building (like a proper Gnome). I have read that there are four playable characters but, so far, I’ve only opened three of them: Wilbur, Ivo (a Wood-Elf with a rather shapely rear end) and Captain Bonnet. The dialogue is witty, often making fun of the game and the genre or drawing references from other tales (such as LotR and Harry Potter). It’s a point and click adventure game with many elements of classic RPG fantasy based games. The world is in a war with both sides being so evenly built an end seems impossible. There are dwarfs, gnomes, NPCs, DEATH! (haha)
I forget what chapter I’m up to but I’ve just gotten into the cave on the secret island. I think I’ve missed something because I can’t find a way to free Wilbur and Bonnet from the trap they fell into. Ivo suggested she continue on without them but after trying, I don’t think that’s possible. When I load up the game next I’m going back out of the cave with Ivo and see if I can find something I didn’t see the first time.
Since I’ve gotten to the cave, if you’ve played the game, then you know I finally beat this puzzle! OMG. RNG must be killed with FIRE! That sucker took forever before I realized how to get him to tell me all three colors. Multiple choice questions are your friend and you need Lady Luck on your side! That’s not why I took the screenshot, though. See that huge fluff ball in the left bottom corner? That’s the world’s largest hamster. Was his name Bertram? The hamster? Either way, my husband was on his computer behind me when the hamster was introduced to me and he laughed out loud and hard for a bit. Not sure why it was funny, but … I have no doubt I’ve missed more than a few references in this game.
I had to gather a laundry list of items to make a special potion so Wilbur could pass his Mage exam. That was the easy part. Getting the game to accept the way I was playing with my thumb ball mouse as I brewed this potion, however, was a whole other thing. I texted my daughter in the middle of the night for help (she’s a teen, they don’t sleep unless the sun is out). I’d tried and failed a bazillion times I think. So did she before she announced I was on my own. I thought about logging without finishing the potion at one point, thinking I was just too tired to know how to properly stir. That’s when it worked! WOOT! Although the graphics, presentation and instructions for this ‘puzzle’ were great, I did not enjoy the execution (stirring) at all. No more of that, please.
I bought this game and the DLC in a Humble Bundle last week. I’m now thinking of pledging towards BouT:2 (next week) because even though this game is a few years old, it’s still stunning, has made me fall in lurve with Wilbur, the story is compelling enough to wonder what’s next and I can’t wait to finish it. The idea of a part two makes it that much better!