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What free games are hidden in Windows XP Media Centre Edition 2005?

There are two hidden games that are included in Windows XP Media Centre Edition 2005 :-

1. Otto's Magic Blocks. Help Otto bound through quirky levels while collecting powerups and avoiding enemies like the Fuzzabound and Hoverbug. Find magical blocks and discover up to 15 secret levels, but beware of King FrixFrax who will chase Otto across the board.

2. Gem Master Mystic. Arrange the falling Gems in colour chains of at least three of a kind to boost your score. Complete levels to unlock Mystic Gems and gain special powers. Play faster with the SuperBomb, kill a colour with the skull, or send a Missile to destroy a column of Gems. There are over 50 challenging levels with 4 difficulty settings! Hours of addictive fun!

What do I do to show these games?

In order to show the games they need to be downloaded and installed into Windows XP Media Centre Edition 2005. Firstly, Find the file Otto.mcl which is located in the ehome folder in your Windows folder. In most cases this will be C:\Windows\ehome\Otto.mcl. Otto.mcl allows you to download the free game over the Internet. Run Otto.mcl and click on the green Download Now button :-

Green Download Now button

This will display another download screen where you then press the purple Download Now button :-

Purple Download Now button

After pressing on the purple Download Now button, you will be prompted to save the file otto-english.exe. We suggest you save the file on your desktop as you can delete the file when the installation is complete. Run the program by double clicking on it. The cursor will momentarily change to an hour glass and that's it, you have installed the game Otto's Magic Blocks.

The procedure for Gem Master Mystic is the same. Run Gem Master.mcl to download the file gemmaster-english.exe. Run gemmaster-english.exe to install the game.

Both games are installed into the More Programs menu :-

More Programs menu

The first time you run each game, you will be asked to agree to a long list of conditions. Click on the Accept button when you are ready :-

EULA

You are now ready to play each game.

How do I play Otto's Magic Blocks?

On the title screen you can press the up and down arrow buttons on your remote control to access various options, such as difficulty level, sound on/off and more. When the hand cursor is over the Begin New Game, press the OK button on your remote control to start the game :-

Title screen

The instructions to play the game are very simply, use the arrow buttons on your [p.139,remote control] to move up, down, left or right and use the OK button to double jump :-

Instructions

The pause button on your remote control will pause the game. Press the pause button again to resume your game.

Here are some screenshots of Otto's Magic Blocks :-

Level 1

Level 2

How do I play Gem master Mystic?

It is not obvious on the title screen, but use the up and down arrow buttons on your remote control to can access various game options, such as setting the difficultly level, turning the sound on or off and so on. Press the OK button on your remote control when the New Game button is displayed to start a new game :-

Title screen

Playing the game is easy, create horizontal, vertical or diagonal matching combos with falling Gems to score points. Use the right and left arrow buttons to move falling Gems. Use the up arrow button to switch the order as the Gems fall. Use the down arrow button to rapidly drop the Gems :-

Instructions

The pause button on your remote control will pause the game. Press the pause button again to resume your game.

There are many special Gems that can be included in the falling Gems. They include :-

  • Mystery Crates. When the Mystery Crates land they will break open to reveal a random set of Gems.
  • Speedup Gem. When the Speedup Gem is made part of a colour combo it will speed up the rate that Gems fall.
  • Slowdown Gem. When the Slowdown Gem is made part of a colour combo it will slow down the rate that Gems fall.
  • Freeze Gem. This Gem will freeze surrounding Gems for 20 seconds. The effect can be bypassed by dropping the freeze Gem into an empty column
  • Flipstack Gem. This Gem flips the entire stack of Gems if it contacts any Gem. Avoid a flip by dropping it into an empty column.
  • Missile Gem. The Missile Gem destroys either a row or column of Gems. Use the up arrow button to toggle between row or column.
Here are some screenshots of Gem Master Mystic :-

Level 1

Bonus Level

Have Wild Tangent released any more games like these?

Sadly, no. Otto's Magic Blocks and Gem Master Mystic are the only two games they have released that are designed for Windows XP Media Centre Edition 2005. Let hope that changes in the near future.

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