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Mystery Case Files: Ravenhearst
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The best so far...

This is the latest of the Mystery Case files series. In my opinion, it is the best so far. What I do like about this one is that it is a more cohesive game in both storyline and graphics.

I like the way that unlike the others in the series, it has a narrative, rather than a set of disjointed characters. The story and puzzles were in keeping with the cluttered rooms and outside areas in the haunted mansion.

The portrayal of the characters was certainly more in keeping with the whole atmosphere, unlike the earlier series characters, though funny, and well depicted, did not fit in with the general theme of the rooms and the turgid, creepy old discarded objects within them.

Thankfully, the peep hole view used for certain scenes in Prime Suspects was not used as a puzzle device. I liked the mini puzzles which opened the various doors. Nicely programmed, humourous, yet keeping with the eccentric spirit of the game. What was pleasing was the option to bypass the puzzle if needed as well as the ability to play the game untimed.

The audio was appriopriate, subtle and as well as being unobtrusive, giving a little bit more of a creepy atmosphere to the dark scenes.

Looking forwrd to the next...and the next.... installments.

by Dr Hilary Rhodes, Australia - Feb 11th 2007
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Mystery Case Files: Prime Suspects
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help, can't stop...

i now need glasses! LoL.
A nice, simple game.
Love the concept.

by Karen Hew, Malaysia - Feb 11th 2007
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Zak & Jack in Showdown at Monstertown
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Minigolf Mania
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Mystery Case Files: Ravenhearst
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Europa Universalis II
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Not as advertised

Be careful and read the info. 90 *potentially* player controlled nations. You start off with only about 9 and are expected to aquire the other nations. But you cannot start another game with those nations you aquire. Graphics are horrible, like a windows 95 era game. Advice: save your money!

by Schuyler Reidel, USA - Jan 25th 2007
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Armado
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Armado

This game is a front-scroller on rails, la Crash Bandicoot. The character follows a curved path, rather than a straight one, which might be perceived as side-scrolling, but it's not. I find the gameplay to be just about right for this type of gamelots of jumping and smashing, spinning and rollng. It's a kid's game!

The graphics look really nice on a G5 Dualcore with the GEForce 6600. The company was very responsive to users' outcry for gamepad support, publishing a new patch only a couple weeks after the first demo was out. I do have to agree with MasterK on one point, however: Armado's "reflexes" are really slow, on a very speedy Mac. It sometimes takes 7 or 8 "spinning jumps" to kill a red ant, and there are times when it's just about impossible to dodge the boulders. I don't know if it's sloppy coding or what, but I never have such problems getting my character to react in Doom 3...Overall, a real good game for Mac kids, something we could use a lot more of!

by Gary Montcalm, USA - Jan 25th 2007
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Democracy
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Needs a lot of work

It's a really neat idea but it feels like a half-implemented game. Needs a ton of work to actually become playable. Scenario is the same no matter what country you start as, the policy dilemmas aren't interactive and it's hard to tell what their effect is, and the interface is messy with spelling mistakes and poor graphics (even if it's going to be text-based, it could have looked a LOT better).

There needs to be a bigger and more country-specific mix of initiatives to implement as well. The results from these initiatives were a little simplistic.

Overall, I cannot recommend this game. It's just not playable after about an hour of exploration. Hopefully the makers will spend some time and upgrade this, because it could be really cool.

by Matthew Brooks, USA - Jan 25th 2007
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Prey
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Amazing

I also have played the demo and the graphics on my macbook pro are stunning. All the gravity stuff is trippy!!

by Phillip Johnson, USA - Jan 25th 2007
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Prey
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Incredible

This game is very very good.

by Fernando Laq, Spain - Jan 25th 2007
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Arctic Quest
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Sweetopia
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Armado
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A Good Try

I really appriciate what Tricky Software is trying to do with Armado, however, I wish they had taken some more time to work out it's implementation. Tricky Software is trying to bring a classic platformer to mac, and it succeeds in many ways. However, it's gameplay is marred by several shortcomings. In the gamplay department, Armado is a jump and run side scroller-except that it is in 3D. This may sound good, and it is, to a point. Stomping enemies is great fun, but the combat is slow and erronious. You have to jump about a second too early in order to hit an enemy. Another low point is that it doesn't take full advantage of its 3D engine. Instead of taking the time to make a full 3D platformer, Armado can only move forward and backward, taking a lot of depth out of the game, and I was fully unaware of what most of the power ups did. Although there is combat, most of my deaths were caused by the slow erronious jump system. The level design is boring and repetitive do to the lack of possibilities afforded by the simple circular climbing aspect of the game. Ditto goes for the graphics, the 3D engine makes good colorful backgrounds, but going around in circles isn't veryfun to watch. The sound is, once again boring and repetitive, with a few effects and a quiet tune playing in the background. Overall, I am glad this game was made as a forray into mac. platforming, but for a real jump n' run, download Supertux absolutely free at mac game files instead of spending money on something worse.

by MasterK, USA - Jan 20th 2007
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Diner Dash 2: Restaurant Rescue
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Disappointed Again

The original Diner Dash is lots of fun, but this is such a disappointment. The graphics are poor at best - heads, ponytails in white squares floating on their own. The action is sluggish and jerky. I can see why this was bundled with "Diner Dash-Flo on the Go" (equally as bad) and the original. This needs to go back to the designers for a makeover!

by Jan St. John, USA - Jan 20th 2007
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Diner Dash - Flo On The Go
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Disappointing

The original Diner Dash is lots of fun, but this is such a disappointment. The graphics are poor at best - heads, ponytails in white squares floating on their own. The action is sluggish and jerky. I can see why this was bundled with "Diner Dash-Restaurant Resue" (equally as bad) and the original. This needs to go back to the designers for a makeover!

by Jan St. John, USA - Jan 20th 2007
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Prey
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If the game is as good as the demo...

Played the demo on a MacBook Pro and I have to say it is awesome in all respects. Adds some new ideas for both weapons and navigation. While there are some times when things get a little far afield of the gameplay itself, it does help to take a break now and then and let some blood circulate back into my hands.

by Jeff Hellman, USA - Jan 20th 2007
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Aloha TriPeaks
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Card flip

After upgrading to OS10.4.8 game action slowed remarkably. Card flipping sped up even after trying some mouse adjustments.

by Janice, USA - Jan 20th 2007
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Age of Empires III
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Amazing, thrilling, creative

Age of Empires 3 is a great game and has a basic story line taking you through 3 ages of fun and adventure. even when you beat the game you still can play in skirmish mode and play as the: turks, spanish, dutch, russian, england, french ect... the only bad part of this game is that it takes 64 VRAM to run and most people may have this but some people only have 32 (you should check under system profiler what your VRAM is). but if you had a chance between age of empires 3 and some other game you should chose this one!

this review was made by: carter logger

by Ann Deane, USA - Jan 20th 2007
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Armado
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Mystic Inn
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A diner dash with something extra

This is just like Diner Dash, but for the Harry Potter fans among us. Instead of just taking the order, you must fill it for the correct potion. One thing I LOVE is that you can queue you moves, up to four places.

The only thing I would like is the ability to choose the upgrades to the Inn, a la Diner Dash 2.

by Shanna Flaschka, USA - Jan 14th 2007
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