Reviews by mudixon

Crookz – The Big Heist Icon
Mac cursor, click problem tarnishes a good one
by mudixon, USA - Dec 13th 2016

I really want to like this game, but it was obviously not originally designed for Mac users (or ported properly to work with the Mac). At first launch, the cursor was invisible. Fumbling to the options page, I was able to turn off the "hardware cursor" option, which allowed the game's mouse cursor to reappear. During the lengthly tutorial, I struggled with what should have been easy stuff: right-click this and left-click that. I was using an Apple mouse (wired) and right-clicking rarely worked. Control-right clicking seemed to work better, but it took me a while to figure it out. Come on, developer! But it's hit and miss. Without being able to reliably click on something in the game, what's the point?

Otherwise, graphics look really good and it runs like a charm, at the highest visual settings on a 2014 iMac 21.5". Retro (think Ocean's 11 soundtrack) music plays throughout. Voice acting is okay, but the programmers didn't program enough pause between some of the dialog, so it sometimes sounds like they're trying to interrupt each other by cutting in right after the other's sentence is over. Again, a little sloppy there. The storyline reminds me of "The Italian Job".

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Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded Icon
I guess it was more fun in 1987
by mudixon, USA - Nov 29th 2016

Yes, I did play Leisure Suit Larry (this exact same game) which came on a floppy disc. Back then, this was a big deal. Nostalgia drew me to buying it a second time. Yes, it plays the same, although the graphics have improved. I guess my expectations for games has also improved. Story is just as crude as it was in 1987. To those who want to experience 80's computer gaming, this is an excellent example. Enjoy!

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Airport Madness 3D Icon
Addictive!
by mudixon, USA - Nov 29th 2016

This my first taste of Airport Madness. I thought I'd start with the three dimensional version. While I can't compare this game to the others, I will say this is much more challenging than Airport Mania (which is certainly geared towards casual gaming). This airport game is more realistic looking and really challenging. It's not as rapid-fire fast as Mania, and because of that, it can lull you into a insecure sense of complacency. If it does, you'll cause crashes on the runway, in the air and lots of passenger complaints! I crashed planes 18 times during my first 3 hour marathon try of the game (yea, started playing and looked up and 3 hours had passed). But I also managed to get 400+ planes to successfully land! It's repetitive, but that's not the point. You are an air traffic controller and this likely provides a good idea of the stress that comes with that job. The sounds and graphics are pretty good, and it runs very smooth on my 2015 iMac.

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The Silent Age Icon
Simple graphics but great game
by mudixon, USA - Jan 5th 2016

This game feels nostalgic, not only because its story is set years ago, but the sudo-2D graphic style reminds me of early to mid-90s game play. It's very mysterious and requires a lot of investigation of all environments (lots of clicking), but the puzzle-like solutions needed to get through some environments aren't hugely difficult. I almost never give a game a perfect score, but this game deserves a solid 4+.

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This War of Mine Icon
Intense
by mudixon, USA - Jan 5th 2016

I've played games on the Mac since the late 80's (remember Dark Castle on floppies?). This game is one that I consider quite unique. It's sort of a side-scroller, text-based game (yea, really) but with a gritty, intense feel. Graphics/animation are quite smooth and you start really trying to keep your characters alive (it's not easy). There is adult language in the game, so be advised. Honestly, I'd only recommend this game for adults due to its intense nature.

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Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure Icon
Takes me back
by mudixon, USA - Jan 16th 2015

I was fortunate to play earlier Tex Murphy games when they first came to the Mac many years ago. They were so ahead of their time. Today, this new episode is more nostalgic but still provides a challenge. I've played 3rd person games so much that when I went back to this 1st person game, I got a little nauseous from rotating around a bit too much. I'm slowing getting used to that. The humor and good voice-acting really makes a difference. Recommended.

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Iron Sky: Invasion Icon
Exactly what I expected-space combat!
by mudixon, USA - Feb 18th 2013

This game kinda reminds me of the old Wing Commander series (I'm dating myself here), but without the downtime in the hangar or socializing with the crew. There are human interactions through cut scenes to introduce new parts of the plot or missions, but the primary part of the game is zipping through a massive area around Earth and the moon, shooting down small and (VERY) large craft.

Much of the acting is down right awful, but luckily, the game play holds up. Controlling with a mouse isn't easy and takes getting used to, but there aren't too many controls to memorize on the keyboard. I like being able to re-route power to damaged parts of the ship. The game auto-saves without you knowing, but it seems to be fairly smart and when you die, you don't have to go too far back.

I'm plaing this full-screen on an i7 iMac 2.93 GHz with 8GB ram and 1GB video card (that last bit is important). Don't even try playing this on something slower. It definitely needs the video RAM and horsepower, as there are often many moving objects on the screen.

Overall, very heart-pounding game, mostly non-stopping action. I actually wish there was a little down time without the constant threat of something…but the game delivers on what it sells!

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The Settlers 7 Paths to a Kingdom: Deluxe Gold Edition Icon
gorgeous looking game, but only for hefty Macs
by mudixon, USA - Jan 14th 2012

This game can truly be breathtaking to look at and play, but get real people: this game requires a high-end Mac to enjoy it. I have an iMac i7 27" 2.8 GHz quad-core loaded with RAM 1 GB VRAM and the game runs fine (not maxed out settings, but plenty good). There are tons of hours of gameplay, and even though I'm not liking the tie-in with Ubisoft and its Internet validation, the game is worth the trouble.

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