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Giveaway of the day — Ingenious

Ingenious is the new puzzle game based on a best-selling Mensa-award winning board game.
$19.99 EXPIRED
User rating: 981 92 comments

Ingenious was available as a giveaway on September 2, 2007!

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Marvelously elegant and compulsively replayable, Ingenious is the new puzzle game based on a best-selling Mensa-award winning board game. Created by acclaimed game designer Reiner Knizia, Ingenious is a treat for the whole family. The game features a challenging single-player mode and balanced options for playing with 2, 3, or 4 players.

Each player starts with six tiles with color symbols. In clockwise order, players place one of their tiles onto the board, trying to establish lines of matching symbols. Players must advance all six of their color symbols, not leaving any of them behind.

Features

  • A strategy game for 1-4 players or as a team game;
  • Family fun for ages 10 and up;
  • Easy to learn and highly addictive gameplay;
  • Enough strategy to have players scampering to win but just enough random luck to make the game unpredictable;
  • Three different difficulty levels;
  • Play against the clock, or go online to play against real opponents;
  • Based on the classic best-selling board game (over 200,000 copies sold).

System Requirements:

Windows /2000/ME/XP/Vista; 750MHz processor; 256 MB RAM; 16MB Video Card; DirectX 8.0 or higher

Publisher:

Merscom LLC

Homepage:

http://www.merscom.com/games/ingenious.php

File Size:

18.5 MB

Price:

$19.99

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#92

Sorry, changing the folders name will lock up the game on Lan Play.

You should try downloading codecs or, if you want, you can replace the movie folder's vids with these "fake" ones.

http://www.mediafire.com/?cixg9nzw41v

Reply   |   Comment by Strathos  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#91

*** For those who are having problems when lauching the game ***

It's probably a codec problem.
Try going to the Ingenious folder on Program files and changing the name of the folder "Movie" to something else.

Good luck!

Reply   |   Comment by Strathos  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#90

I am rnning XP Pro sp2. I got to play this game maybe 3 times and now I get the opening splash screen and the error message box that says the program had an error and has to close. I did report the error t there is no indication as to what the error is, since I am no programmer and can't read te technical report.

Reply   |   Comment by tdore  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#89

This game is horribly broke. Freezes when exiting, computer won't move if I change player options, and the computer takes extra turns.

Reply   |   Comment by Matt Baerbock  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#88

Remember to check the forums if you're having any trouble!

Reply   |   Comment by Keilaron  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#87

Was not able to run this game. Using Vista Home Premium. Tried installing several times, including setting to XP compatibility and running as administratior. Donwloaded a second time, same results.
Have had no problems with other software.
Thanks anyway... Everything else I've downloaded worked as expected.

Reply   |   Comment by FiOS-Dave  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#86

I'm disappointed! The game started strong, but as I play it, it stops working right in the middle of the game. Clicking on a tile to play it, nothing happens. Only way is to close that game (darn, I was winning) and start another. I'm glad it was free, I'd hate to pay for it and find this problem :(

Reply   |   Comment by Marvelous  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#85

I love this game is very challenging and make your brain cell work a bit hard sometime...I love it Thank you all

Reply   |   Comment by N.C  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#84

Ya know i have to make one comment to merscom ty ty ty for putting a shortcut to the desktop for this game i know i appreciated it and thank you GAOTD for the occasional game one here and there is better than nothing at all :)

Reply   |   Comment by bluhoteyes  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#83

Hello Gamers,

I just wanted to tell you a little more about the designer Reiner Knizia. For the modern board game player, he's a big deal. Reiner's one of the most prolific and successful game designers out there and has over 50 games in print at any time. He designs games for all types, from small children to hardened gamers and he often has an interesting scoring mechanism in the game. In this game, Ingenious, it's that your lowest colour value is your true score. The same mechanism is used in his game Tigris & Euphrates, highly rated by serious gamers.

Board games have changed a lot in the last decade and now many are being converted to PC versions. If you've played games like Settlers Of Catan, Niagara or Carcassonne, then you're enjoying the fruits of German designers and publishers. Nip over to www.boardgamegeek.com to find out more about these games. My favourite Knizia game is Through The Desert.

Cheers,
jon.

Reply   |   Comment by EYE of NiGHT  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#82

Kevin, can you please tell me how you set up the game via Lan? I've been trying to do that for 2 days now without luck. Any help would be appreciated!

Reply   |   Comment by Gerald  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#81

Knizia is possibly the world's greatest living board game designer. Nice job, GOTD!

Reply   |   Comment by Frank  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#80

same problem as #78 - the game apparently hangs after Computer takes a turn. When it should be my turn, I can't select a tile. It looks like a good game, but I can only play a few moves before this happens. :-/

Reply   |   Comment by Hozay  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#79

Follow Up to my #76 comment: I updated the Kaspersky virus signatures and tried activating again - this time with no virus reports. So it was indeed a false positive. I've installed and been playing ingenious. GREAT GAME! My wife and I are having fun playing over our network... let's see, winner does the loser's chores for ...

Reply   |   Comment by Toolman  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#78

FANTASTIC. Great game.

Reply   |   Comment by vish  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#77

Thanks GGOTD and Merscom for an addictive game. I downloaded this with only 14 minutes to spare but am so glad I got it. It took 3 tries for me to win but after using the tutorial I did it.
Thanks White Rabbit for your review - I always look for that before downloading.

Reply   |   Comment by Helen  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#76

Nice game, but as simple as it is, they managed to screw it up. Every once in a while, once in practically every game, it gets stuck: you can't highlight any of the pieces to move. Once it even happened to me on the very first move. The only cure: save the game, exit comletely, start it again and load saved game. Then you can play.
As a giveaway it's OK, but I wouldn't pay a dime for it. Too buggy.

Reply   |   Comment by Igor  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#75

In case anyone ends up with the error:
"...failed to start because ad2mpegin.dll was not found..."
Like I did, here is the fix:
http://kb.adobe.com/selfservice/viewContent.do?externalId=319912

Add the ad2mpegin.dll and ad2mcmpgdec.dll files to your Windows\System32 directory.

This error message appears because the application you are attempting to start cannot find the ad2mpegin.dll file on your system. If you see this error message when you start an application, and you recently installed Premiere Elements 2.0, copy both the ad2mpegin.dll and ad2mcmpgdec.dll files from the Premiere Elements directory to your Windows\System32 directory:

1. Navigate to the Premiere Elements 2.0 folder. By default, this folder is installed at C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Premiere Elements 2.0.

2. Copy the ad2mpegin.dll and ad2mcmpgdec.dll files.

3. Navigate to the Windows System32 folder. By default, this folder is installed at C:\WINDOWS\system32.

4. Paste the ad2mpegin.dll and ad2mcmpgdec.dll files into this folder.

Reply   |   Comment by Funner  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#74

During activation, Kaspersky Internet Security 6.0 reported a virus alert: Trojan-Dropper.Win32.Agent.boh in C:\Documents and Settings\Toolman\Local Settings\Temp\we24DC.tmp
Kaspersky prevent writing this file and the "Activating..." dialog is still displayed. I don't know if this is a false positive from Kaspersky, but I was wondering if anyone could shed any light on this. I know GOTD says these things are malware free and I welcome some information from them or the developers.

Reply   |   Comment by Toolman  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#73

This is a very nice game. Good graphics, no crashing. It runs just fine on my Vista Home Premium.

Have to wonder about the apparent need to manipulate the thumbs up/down ratings though.

Reply   |   Comment by Dave  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#72

Same as #30. Installs fine, but crashes upon launch, even before it manage to open a window. Only getting the XP pop-up to send or not send error report (have sent). Using Windows XP SP2, but no other patches or updates at all. Game looked very interesting. Hope they will fix this problem and offer an update.

Reply   |   Comment by KAS  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#71

Fun, different, and very addicting

Reply   |   Comment by Antonio  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#70

#61, the download expiration means you have until September 15th to download it, but after you download it you have to activate it before the giveaway ends to use the software. The game is good as long as your computer is running.

Reply   |   Comment by Janice  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#69

Like so many others, this is the first game that errors out when trying to open. Says it installed successfully? Where do we find help?

Reply   |   Comment by catbait  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#68

Those of you with kids especially should check out the website of the creator of Ingenious--this page particularly: http://www.convivium.org.uk/kgcoolstuff.htm# I downloaded "Sudoku Hex" "Decathlon" and "Catego" there. These are games in pdf files with pieces or scorecards you can print and cut out for family fun.

Reply   |   Comment by jr  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#67

Warning!! Highly addictive!! :-) Make sure you do the tutorial in order to learn how to play. Installed without a hitch on Vista!

Note to #61: The expiration date is for the download service that GOTD uses, not for the application.

Shine

Reply   |   Comment by Shine  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#66

Pretty cool gaotd, though more AI skill could help. Thanks!

Reply   |   Comment by koriza  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#65

I've never downloaded any of the games here at GAOTD but this one intrigued me. Downloaded before church and when we got back home this afternoon I sat down to give it a go. I can't stop! LOL This is a great game, very glad I downloaded it. Thanks GAOTD!

Installation was easy, tutorial was informative enough to get me going. Nice colors, had to turn the music off. All in all a great game. :)

Reply   |   Comment by Princess  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#64

Good game but can't figure out the LAN mode.
Any tips from someone who was able to play against another on their local LAN.

Reply   |   Comment by Norm  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#63

Downloaded,activated, installed: nothing happens.
Ingenious is running, consuming a lot of CPU, but no display, no warning no error message.
Bad software. Will uninstall it.

Reply   |   Comment by Clweb  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#62

Well an easy donwnload and I must say a very nice little game, they say games like this keep the mind sharp and it is an easy and slightly addictive one. Easy step by step tutorial that actually guides you through by letting you complete the steps. I still have to figure out the point system though. I don't often download games but this will compliment the MahJong game I downloaded a few weeks back, you can only play the one supplied with windows so much and variety is good to have.

Reply   |   Comment by quitwhining  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#61

The high number of ratings for this giveaway is because the link to this site has been posted on boardgamegeek.com. So putting up - actually good boardgames - will draw the attention of this community. *thumbs up*

Reply   |   Comment by Rune  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#60

I have the same problem that AG is having.
installed on XP ran it nothin happened?! no error screen .. nothing.. had to close it from task manager

Reply   |   Comment by scott2608  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#59

Was I the only one to notice that in the Download Details their is an expiration of Sep 15, 2007? Is this game only good for 15 days?

Reply   |   Comment by MisterEdd  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#58

Exactly the same as #10. Reinstalled twice. Re-downloaded but it has the exact same md5 hash, so I expect the same result. Also, while not opening a window, the running process consumes 98% of my cpu cycles. Very disappointed.

Reply   |   Comment by Craig Travers  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#57

installed, ran and.. nothing. 92% CPU and no start.. Kill by process explorer :-/

Reply   |   Comment by ambi  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#56

This game is definitely worth getting!! I agree with the others, WATCH the TUTORIAL to learn how to play the game. I have a 5 yr old who is very bright, especially with computers, and he really loved playing this game. And I loved him playing it because unlike other shoot 'em up games which are pretty mindless usually, this one requires him to think. Thanks so much again!!

Reply   |   Comment by Dixie  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#55

Merscom has had very few duds in the offerings here, and this one may be the best yet. Installed easily, the tutorial is excellent, and the network play worked without a hitch.

Good game, good graphics, music you can turn off if it's not your thing, (some of it wasn't my thing).

All in all totally worth the time to download and install, and you miss it today, and you like puzzle games it's worth buying. We'll be playing this one for some time to come.

Reply   |   Comment by Shultis  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#54

I LOVE this game!!! It is very addictive and the colors are nice. If you like puzzle/thinking/strategy games, you will enjoy this. I have yet to beat the computer, but have come close. I don't think I will tire of this one anytime soon. Since there are no "levels" to beat, the replay-ability of the game is infinite. I tend to play games until I beat them and then leave them behind for a long time before playing again. Not this one! Overall, a 10/10!!

Thank you GGOTD team and Merscom! Keep up the great work!!

Reply   |   Comment by SingleRose  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#53

Anyone?? I cannot close it with Task Manager, or ALT F4 or via the Exit on the screen. I am running (interesting word there) Vista.....

Reply   |   Comment by Pat  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#52

Very nice game! Worth the download for sure! Great job Giveaway, keep 'en coming!!

Reply   |   Comment by Beaver  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#51

I've never bothered downloading any of the games on here as they never look very good and I don't play alot of games on my computer but I liked the look of this on so gave it a try. Its actually pretty good. Takes a while to get to grips with but once you get the hang of it it's pretty addictive. One thing I didn't realise at first was why I was losing games when I had the highest score, after a second look at the tutorial I realised you lose if you have the lowest amount in any one of your colours eg your lowest colour is blue with five, your opponents lowest colour is red with 6, your opponent would then be the winner. This adds an extra element of strategy as you have to try to keep all your colours scoring well.

If you like the look of the game you probably will like it and it may well be a keeper for me.

Reply   |   Comment by JDPower  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#50

Downloaded, installed and activated with no problems.

The name suits this game. It looks simpler than it is. I agree with #21 that it is part chinese checkers, part othello and part something else. The graphics are clean and simple. Large and easy to see for those of us with low vision. My only complaint is that even when full screen is deactivated, the board remains on a full black screen, therefore blocking out all other windows.

Overall this game gets a 9.5 out of 10.0!! As usual Merscom has given us yet another keeper. Thanks Merscom and GOTD!!!

Reply   |   Comment by dns  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#49

>> Could someone please explain how its played. It realy looks interesting.

You can find more information about the original boardgame from the links I posted:

Fantasy Flight Games:
http://www.fantasyflightgames.com/ingenious.html

BoardGameGeek:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/9674


aka. Washu! ^O^

Reply   |   Comment by Cedric Chin  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#48

Thank you GAOTD for a chance to download a game. I give this a thumbs up. I played a few levels and found it fun. Thanks again for not leaving us gamers out of luck. I'm not sure if the game side will ever return full time but I hope it does. This game is greatly appreciated by all gamers.

Reply   |   Comment by gpc111  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#47

Wonderful game!!!

Reply   |   Comment by Lukas777  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#46

Having problems with it. Vista is frustrating enough and now this! I actually downloaded this because I need a break from my STEEP learning curve for Vista - how is that for irony?

Reply   |   Comment by Pat  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#45

Typical, the first puzzle game that I found here that I might like, and it doesn't work for me. Anyone else have this problem: it goes into the game, then you're at that "find lan game" page, and I can't click on anything or close the program. I have to use task manager to close it. Anyone with a solution to this, let us know, thanks!

Reply   |   Comment by gamefan  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#44

Great.. well worth the download... must get on with some work.. but just one more game!!!!! Thank you GOTD.

Reply   |   Comment by timeball  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#43

12/10, thanks, great, but if we reinstall we will going to loose it.

Reply   |   Comment by TAPASH NATH  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
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