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FizzBall
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Age of Mythology
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minor performance issues, but it's still worth it

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.

by Matt Ryburn, USA - Nov 14th 2006
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The Sims 2: Pets
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yay!

it's so awsome!

by Rachel Weinberg, USA - Nov 12th 2006
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Crusader Kings
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Fun, EPIC strategy game.

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

by Thomas E. Herring, USA - Nov 10th 2006
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Crusader Kings
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Crusader Kings - Kludgy and Unfinished, Bugs and bad I.A.

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.

by Tom Dearie, Canada - Nov 10th 2006
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Brain Boosters
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Teddy Factory
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Like the game

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.

by Kevin Weaver, USA - Nov 8th 2006
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Halo Universal Binary
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HALO THERE!!!

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!!! :)

by Matteo Scarano, England - Nov 8th 2006
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RocketBowl
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Excellent Game

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.

by Aric, USA - Nov 8th 2006
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RocketBowl
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Age of Empires III
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!!!A MUST!!!

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 !!!!!

by Peter Hickson, Australia - Nov 4th 2006
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Atlantis Sky Patrol
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Atlantis Sky Patrol

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

by Rod K. Nickas, USA - Nov 4th 2006
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Kult: Heretic Kingdoms
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Postal 2: Share The Pain
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Ocean Express
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Postal 2: Apocalypse Weekend
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DOOM 3
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soiund problems

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

by peter mead, USA - Oct 29th 2006
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Ancient Tripeaks II
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Great game, but not without flaws

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.

by John Kurokawa, USA - Oct 26th 2006
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Arcadrome
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