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Monopoly Classic
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Has some bugs....

For the most part the game plays fine, however every so often it will have a glitch and freeze up. It would be an excellent game if they released an update to fix the glitches.

by D.W., USA - Feb 11th 2008
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Chocolatier
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My first game

My first Mac, so I decided to splurge and get the chocolate game instead of buying the real thing. It was quite fun at first and engaging.

But after getting all the recipes, I reached a cap of earnings $2.4 billion, the game wouldn't let me make more. I was curious to continue playing to see if it will let me go past the current date.

Will probably buy the other game for my long work trips, it's something to do.

by Phyllis Rawley, USA - Feb 11th 2008
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Azada
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Azada - Only OK

Some of the puzzles were really good. I mean really good, while others were so easy they belonged in something with a Sesame Street theme. What was potentially the coolest part of this game - the rooms where items had to be found and used properly - were often too difficult to understand but still solvable with random guess work, yielding a hollow victory. Ultimately I wanted more challenge. Not harder, just something that made me think more. Maybe a fifth of the puzzles here qualify. Ultimately I don't think it was worth the price. I'd pay $5 - it's worth that.

by Christoffer Rees, USA - Feb 11th 2008
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Mystery In London
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Mystery in london - Weak

I like the hidden picture games. This one ads a new twist with not letting you see whole scene at once, instead you have the choice of 10 views (the sum of which comprise a 360 degree view of your environment - both high and low) and the things you are looking for are hidden in any one of the views. The story is lame as can be. It's a find hidden pictures game, the story is so completely irrelevant, and just waists time getting the the next "game." I hit the "SKIP" button as often as provided. Most things are easy enough to find, too easy, but the need to keep switching views because you don't know if your item is there or on another is just annoying. Some items were hidden well, and rewarding to find, but not most. Buy a better game.

by Christoffer Rees, USA - Feb 11th 2008
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Mystic Inn
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Still the best yet

I have played many of these "click crazy" games. I've tended bars, worked bakeries, opened pet shops, done house keeping, and more, but the one where I am a witch in training serving potions to witch patrons of an inn is still the most fun. But most importantly this game is the best at giving signals where you need to most need to focus your attention. Some games - you get clicking and before long it's really hard to keep track of what to do next because the visual feedback doesn't stand out. This game does not have that problem. Plus it's kind of a cute thematically. There is an overall charm to it.

by Christoffer Rees, USA - Feb 11th 2008
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Professor Fizzwizzle
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A big relaxing with your family

As Lynn wrote earlier "Just a well done, overall game...", I totally concur with she. This game also good for the young or for the old. It has 4 main group level what is fun, with learning things, like alphabet, or using the computer, or training your problem handling. My family and I love this game.

by Attila Dávid, Hungary - Feb 11th 2008
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Senet
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Hidden Secrets: The Nightmare
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Frustrating

This game is very good with a compelling story line. The puzzles are challenging and fun but the mini-games have got to go!! They do nothing but waste time, keep you from progressing in the game and frustrate you! I would like to see a puzzle game like this without the mini games.

by Sandy Miller, USA - Feb 3rd 2008
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Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 08
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Not on an iMac

I have a new 24" aluminum iMac. 2.8Ghz, 4 Gb RAM. I am on Leopard with all the latest updates - also the latest update from EA. Suffice it to say this game is extremely slow. Loading and changing screens is downright painfull. There is an annoying texture display problem that causes flashing, and triangles of terrain to be drawn incorrectly. I also have the Windows version of the exact same game and it plays and looks great on the very same machine. In other words, this is a terrible port of a very good Windows game. Too bad. If you want to buy this game, get the Windows version and run it under Boot Camp.

by RichardIII, Canada - Jan 31st 2008
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Big Bang Brain Games
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An excellent resource for maintaining brain fitness

Of the six games in this software suite we really enjoy Sudoku, Remembrance and Echo. My wife and I have been challenged for hours. We are getting better at each game over time. This "game suite" will definitely maintain the brain fitness of the older generation (of course younger people will enjoy them as games). PBS has been running a series on Brain Fitness showing the results of studies made by Posit Science Corporation on senior subjects and have proven that these types of games can improve brain function in older people. This game suite seems to have all the features of Posit Science's "tests" for considerably less money. The games are installed on our laptop (MacBook Pro 17") and I think we could get better scores on Remembrance and Echo with a mouse connected than with using its trackpad. Enjoy the games, you will feel energized after challenging yourself.

by Tom Kirsch, USA - Jan 31st 2008
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5 Realms of Cards
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Mystery In London
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What!

This game goes around and around and takes hours to play. The best parts are few and far between and then to make matters worse it can not be replayed.

The sounds could have been great - instead they repeated the same sound until it nearly drove me mad.

Save your money - don't buy it.

by Linda Holley, USA - Jan 28th 2008
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Hidden Secrets: The Nightmare
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Frustrating

I agree with other reviewers. I got stuck on the morgue table minigame, the help is useless, and you only seem to get one skip option which I already used. If there was better help and it was easier to progress, I would buy the game in a minute. As it is, I see no point in banging my head against the wall.

by Susanna Fisher, USA - Jan 28th 2008
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Little Shop - Big City
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Little Shop Big City

This is a cool game. I have Little Shop of Treasures 1 & 2 which are also good. This version is the best yet! There are more levels, bonus rounds, rewards and other good stuff. I don't know who does all the graphics, but they get better each time. It's fun and frustrating at the same time!

by Kamyo, USA - Jan 28th 2008
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KingMania
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Not so hot

It's just very easy. The mechanics and look are reasonably elegant, but it's pretty much the easiest game ever. One tactic is pretty much what you need, replay value is not so high, but it's an okay game, I suppose-somewhere in between action and real-time strategy.

by Matthew West, USA - Jan 28th 2008
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Hearts of Iron 2: Doomsday
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Best strategy game ever

This is the best in-depth strategy game I've ever played. It does require total immersion, though, which is the problem. Days will go by and I will hardly notice. I have to work hard to not let it take over my life and usually try to keep it off my computer entirely. For a hard-core strategy gamer, I can't imagine a better WWII game.

by Matthew West, USA - Jan 28th 2008
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Ricochet Lost Worlds
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I'M GOING BLIND!

Without a doubt, I'm going blind for playing this game so much! It is one of the most challenging, fun games I have ever encountered. I dream of it at work until I can get home and play. I'm on level 81 and that's just the easy level.

If anything, try out the demo and you'll be hooked.

by Karen Ehlers, USA - Jan 28th 2008
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Dress Shop Hop
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Chocolatier 2: Secret Ingredients
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Delightful and Entertaining with Good Variety

I have not played the first Chocolatier, so I have no basis of comparison to the first game. I like sim games and was disappointed with Nanny Mania as well as Alice Greenfingers. Both ended far too quickly, were too simple and repetitive or didn't have enough variety.

C2 has a story mode as well as free play. In order to fully open a free play game, the story mode must be completed. Could be considered negative if one wants to just "have it your way," but the story mode introduced the player to all the details of the game, i.e. ports, characters, factories, ingredients, types of chocolates, in an organized but entertaining way.

I enjoyed reading the story about the Baumgarten family's characters struggle in the chocolate industry as I played, but I was glad that it was not necessary to follow it in order to win or complete the story mode. It was a source of entertainment, but not germane to the game.

The shooting skill games to set up the factories were very similar but enough variety that I was not bored. Different kinds of skills games for different categories of chocolates might have been more interesting.

The tasting lab was great fun. Gathering ingredients from around the world and combining to make new chocolate exotics. Interesting results.

I felt like I had to play it in chunks of time. Plan out factory production, remember what ingredient and recipe was going where, purchase the ingredients, physically set up the factories, and start production. When I return to the game, I have to look it all over to remember where I was and go from there.

The website high score competition hooked me. I'm #13 on the global all-time list. I figured out a system was shooting for #1, until life got in the way and I had to take the game off my computer for a while.... sign of a true addict.

Negative - I wasn't fond of the overall music, but the music in each port was ok. The graphics were pretty good but not excellent. Clicking through the numerous people in the various port locations sometimes got a bit tedious.

I like the game, and now I have to get back to real life. The game is sitting there waiting for me to play again, and I look forward to it.

by JR, USA - Jan 25th 2008
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Hidden Secrets: The Nightmare
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Disappointing

This game looks and sounds like it was made 15 years ago. The creators could have taken fuller advantage of the graphic artists out thar! Plus, with all the out of work actors in the world, they coulda/shoulda found been people for the voice overs. Finally, when you get stuck - the game ends. There's no option to help with finding the solution.

by nancy schreiner, USA - Jan 23rd 2008
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