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Jack's Crazy Cong should no longer be sold
by Eve Glover, USA - Dec 10th 2006

Please don't waste your money on this game. There is NO point to the game other than endless frustration. I wrote to the manufacturer 3 times about problem after problem but they never wrote back to me. You will not be able to get through even half of the levels - it is absolutely impossible and a complete waste of time.

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Smooth as glass
by Matt Ryburn, USA - Dec 10th 2006

The title says it all, I'm using an Intel Macbook and Age of Empires III runs smooth as glass, no matter what you throw at it in-game (graphics all cranked up to the max, huge armies all shooting at each other simultaneously, it handles it all perfectly smooth). The game itself is already Ensemble's masterwork to date, and for anyone who's a fan of the RTS genre or even want a good RTS to start off on, this is a must-buy.

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Being a football manager is wonderful job - if you got the nerves
by Thorsten Hahnel, USA - Dec 4th 2006

CM2006 is the second attempt (and first on the Mac) of Beautiful Games Studio to revive the successfull managment series which saw a cut when Sports Interactive parted with Eidos to publish their game under a new label ("Football Manager") together with Sega.

CM2006 is different from Football Manager 2006 or 2007 (both also available for Macintosh) as it has a different approach how to present information, action on the pitch and the controls which it gives in your hands to take control of your team.

The features seem less than in FM but this doesnt mean it is less fun. Actually I have the feeling that I can control all important aspects of my team better with CM than with FM. Less is sometimes more. The tools you have are enough to get the feeling it is your decisions which create sucess, fame or fate.

The match day presentation is okay, with different angels to view the action but it is kind of monotone. You hardly see great games rather than a sequence of moves, passes and shots which sometimes happen to lead to a goal. But it still is very exciting and I never got the feeling the Macintosh is cheating on me. It is not prime time quality yet, but fair enough.

The interface is being critisized as being old-fashioned, not polished. I found that all information is presented in an easy to understand manner and ergonomics are better than in FM. I dont mind the "retro" look of the skins. It works for me.

One little "flaw" is the performance. I have hard times on my G4 ibook to proceed quickly through the season. Number crunching in the background makes me waiting a lot for the next match day. You still can do things around your team but sometimes everything is set and ready but you are still waiting for the computer to be ready to move on. My workaround: I run CM2006 in a window while surfing or working and let the ibook work on my inputs. After 3 weeks of downloading the game I am still in my first season (6 matches to go) and I spent quite some time on my team. But the designers of CM are not responsible for the hardware I own; a managment game with this scope has to calculate a lot, but Minimum system requirements, which I exceed by a good number, dont match the reality at all.

If you love managment games with soccer being the topic, oyu have 2 good choices: CM or FM. Go for the demos and compare yourself.

I am pleased with CM2006.

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XIII Icon
Very Stylish
by Graham Carden, USA - Dec 4th 2006

This game is often overlooked, but is a really fun shooter for the Mac!

The plot follows a French graphic novel with a story similar to "Bourne Identity." The gameplay varies from stealth to "Rambo" style fighting.

However, what makes this game fun to play is that it's been made like a comic! Panels appear when you kill your enemies, people have talk balloons when they speak, etc. The special "cel-shaded" graphics also contribute to the overall comic-book feel.

The multiplayer is weak (no one ever plays), but single-player mode is lots of fun. Reccomended.

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LONG Overdue 1st OS X Version
by W Quattlebaum, USA - Nov 29th 2006

First it is great to finally have an OS X / Universal version of the classic Scrabble.

Excellent features include: nice clean simple graphics. Fast. Great to have the offical dictionary, hints, etc.

$20 is a fair price if they will add features listed later in this review.

I turn off the sound so no real comment on that. No distractions needed so the developer should keep the glitz out. Some previous Mac versions had starburst exploding tiles and such - concentrate on keeping the simplicity.

Needed: NETWORK PLAY!!! Several of my family liked this in the past.

Needed: Larger high resolution board views for older eyes - the FULL SCREEN mode has some bad resolution problems and I do not like it taking over the display. Give me a board 1.5x the current with hish resolution board text.

A slightly tilted board option "might" be nice. But don't go heavy on wasted 3-D looks.

One cute / fun feature I recall from previons versions - the face down tiles around the board that one could hand pick if they so chose.

So an excellent first release. Add a bit extra effort into it and DON'T LET IT DIE like previous commercial versions did.

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Professor Fizzwizzle
by Lynn Peterson, USA - Nov 22nd 2006

A very nicely done game. One can jump right in without instruction as instructions are incorporated during intial gameplay. Relaxing and non-stressful, but a good workout for the mind. Background music was not intrusive or distracting, but was nice to listen to while concentrating on the solution. Just a well done, overall game.. graphics, sound and animation were excellent. Game concept very entertaining.

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minor performance issues, but it's still worth it
by Matt Ryburn, USA - Nov 14th 2006

As a game, Age of Mythology is a quality installment to the Age series. While the sounds are somewhat iffy (not bad, but don't really leave you with a feeling of satisfaction that you should have when you destroy something big), the graphics are solid and the gameplay is excellent and variable enough to keep you playing for a long time.

The framerate, except during very large battles between 3 or more players, generally stays high. The framerate drops to a crawl, however, on multiplayer games when watching very large battles. Running this on a Macbook can result in infrequent but predictable crashes, especially when playing with more than 4 players (A.I. or human) at once. The crashes are much less frequent on a Macbook Pro and probably nonexistent on more powerful Macs. Even on a Macbook, the crashing is not frequent enough to keep one from playing, unless you have a lazy saving ethic. :-) Overall, it's worth getting if you like the Age series.

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The Sims 2: Pets Icon
yay!
by Rachel Weinberg, USA - Nov 12th 2006

it's so awsome!

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Fun, EPIC strategy game.
by Thomas E. Herring, USA - Nov 10th 2006

Disclaimer: I enjoy the Paradox titles. I've played several of them: EU2, HOI, Victoria, HOI2, and HOI2: Doomsday. And, of course, CK (Crusader Kings).

Paradox isn't known for friendly UIs, CK is no different. But, you do become acquainted with it soon enough.

CK will not be for everyone. I believe one reason for this is because there are significant amounts of time where the player is just waiting for things to happen, such as changes in another kingdom's inheritance line or inheritance rules. Of course, war is always dynamic. I do like how troop strength is recruited in-game, during times of war - then back to the fields when peace returns. I feel research is handled well, through cultural diffusion. Although you are actively researching advancements, you can randomly receive technology through cultural diffusion. You also have to manage those uppity nobles and pesky peasants, as well as the church.

My problem is I'm too impatient. If you don't play as a king, then mustering the forces to take on other Dukes & Counts can be risky, because their leiges almost always come to their defense. Ouch! Patience is a virtue in this game.

Those new to Paradox titles should know that when loading a save game, you need to choose the save then click on your realm in the selection menu. For instance, if you've been playing as the Duchy of Apulia for several in-game years and save. The next time you load that save, you must choose it, then again click on Duchy of Apulia - again. Just like when you start up a new game. I believe this is not required in a couple of the Paradox titles.

As to manuals, forget it. Only the HOI2 and HOI2: Doomsday manuals are worth their salt. That's because Paradox had a fan create them. But, you can get excellent advice on the Paradox forums and more mac-specific feedback at Virtual Programming's forum.

FPS fans beware! :-) This is a thinking man's game! :D

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Crusader Kings - Kludgy and Unfinished, Bugs and bad I.A.
by Tom Dearie, Canada - Nov 10th 2006

This game is marred by incomplete and poorly organized documentation, a disorganized and unintuitive interface, and serious bugs. The information architecture is atrocious. But most important - it's not ready for release. It should not be on sale at all.

First, the digital download you'll get needs to be immediately updated (you'll go on an adventure to find the update). After you update, you'll find that your game still makes no mention of loading saved games in the documentation. The main menu has a "Save Game" item, but no "Load Game" Item. When you relaunch the game after quitting, there is a list of saved games, but clicking them just brings up the new game prompt.

In-game the messy and unintuitive interface leaves the user perpetually asking "What do I do next? Have I done what I should? Where is the thing I'm looking for?"

There is nothing in the documentation or one-page help file (ridiculously called a "tutorial" by the developer) that outlines what a typical series of actions would be for a new player.

If you go to the developer's site to get help, you'll have to register twice - once to access the site as a user and once to get technical help. The web site is marred by the same bad interface design as the game. Help entries refer to places you should go, or things you should get, but don't tell you where those things are. For example, a help response told me to go get the latest patch from the file library without providing a link or explaining where the file library was. I eventually found the library (after registering again on their web site), only to find that the file I had been referred to was for a different game.

In short - this game has been a chore from the moment I downloaded it. It is not complete and the developer should not be charging money for it.

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Like the game
by Kevin Weaver, USA - Nov 8th 2006

I enjoy this game but once I get to the first step after Dawson Hills the game crashes. I have emailed tech support but don't get any responses.

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HALO THERE!!!
by Matteo Scarano, England - Nov 8th 2006

Guys this is so cool!!The geme is very nice apart that you will need a very potent graphic card! But the online game has to be tryed!!!so addictive!!! :)

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Excellent Game
by Aric, USA - Nov 8th 2006

You'll enjoy this twist on a classic bowling game. You're bolwing in a landscape that looks like something out of a 1960's "city of the future"

Think bowling meets mini golf with rocket boosters. :)

This game is one of the best "causual" games I've played in a while.

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!!!A MUST!!!
by Peter Hickson, Australia - Nov 4th 2006

I love Age Of Empires and this is no diffrent. I got the game from over seas and i dident even know if it would work, but as soon as i opened it i was amazed. The Graphics are stunning and the battles you can have are just so beautifully done. We have hooked up the game with some nice speakers, but that did not make a much of a diffrence because the sound is mad, the cannons sound so real.
!!!!! ALL UP ITS A MUST !!!!!

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Atlantis Sky Patrol
by Rod K. Nickas, USA - Nov 4th 2006

Excellent game in all respects. No cavets. My satisfaction was complete on all levels. Just wish sequel was out.

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soiund problems
by peter mead, USA - Oct 29th 2006

I had the same sound problem with quake
4. downloaded the newest version and that took care of the sound.

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Great game, but not without flaws
by John Kurokawa, USA - Oct 26th 2006

Ancient Tripeaks II is definitely a quantum leap over its predecessor. The gameplay is great, with fantastic music and graphics, but I have two sticky points:

1. Why no universal binary? Not a major killer, but I was wondering why my Intel Core Duo MacBook Pro was getting so warm, only to find out that Ancient Tripeaks II was consuming 65% of my CPU cycles and 163 MB of RAM??!? Please make it a universal binary so it doesn't have to run under Rosetta!

2. Since this game was released in October of this year, there is absolutely NO reason why this game should not have widescreen support. All Macs being released currently have widescreens; why should a commercial game with so much polish run at only 640x480 with ugly black bands on the left and right sides of the screen? Add widescreen support!

These are the only two nitpicks I have about what is otherwise an excellent game. Definitely worth the download.

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You need Jets'n'Guns
by Ian Beck, USA - Oct 17th 2006

There is simply no excuse for not owning this game, particularly if you are a fan of the shoot-em-up genre. Jets'n'Guns features some of the most addictive shoot-em-up gameplay since some of the classics. Its weapons upgrade system, space marines and other bystanders, and intense action make it a must-have for any gamer. And that's without mentioning the incredible soundtrack.

This game takes nothing seriously and ends up being hilariously bad-arse in the process. Download the demo, then buy the game. I doubt that you'll be disappointed.

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Mystery Case Files: Prime Suspects Icon
Addictive
by Simon Johnson, England - Oct 10th 2006

Beautiful graphics and a simple game format that really draws you in. I wish the resolution was somewhat better, as it can be difficult to make some things out. I know that is the idea, but the resolution is so low that the objects can be close to impossible to see. Otherwise a nice Flash game.

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Poor Directions
by Katharine Papale, USA - Oct 8th 2006

I like the game but the directions are nonexistent so you have to figure everything out by deduction. Also, the "Classic" mode will not play for me.

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