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Wildlife Tycoon: Venture Africa
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A lot of fun!

This game is a lot of fun to play, and is challenging and interesting, however it has short lasting appeal and the engine can be somewhat sporadic. The gem system used to build the landscape is somewhat random in how you get the gems, and the animals will die suddenly, however, they are easy to remake. Otherwise, this is a solid simulation.

by Kieran William Culff Najita, USA - Dec 18th 2006
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Lugaru HD
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fight to the death you bunny!

Lugaru is a fun, origional fighter. The battle system is creative. While it is good 3D, the graphics provide flat, textureless landscapes, and the trees ar rectangles with green on them. The levels have low replay value, but overall, it is fun while it lasts.

by Kieran William Culff Najita, USA - Dec 18th 2006
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Brave Dwarves: Back for Treasures
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Worse than Bad

This game is a miserable failure in all accounts. While it claims to be "nonviolent family fun for all ages," it has age appeal similar to Bob the Builder: You need to be in that golden pocket where you're smart enough to navigate the awful levels, but dumb enough not to know that it sucks. The gameplay consists of shooting obscure blobs of light into worms, which turn into a puff of smoke. Each level is only one screen long, but it is long enough to make you die continually due to the confusingly simple controls, and the nightmarish design.

by Kieran William Culff Najita, USA - Dec 18th 2006
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Kid Mystic
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Too Simple

This game is fun to begin with, but it's value rapidly decreases. It is masquarading as a Zelda style adventure, but it is really a random spell blasting game. The battle system is simple: press a button, and some flashy lights shoot out of your wand. Press it again and it shoots blue sparks. Repeat. The level designs are creative, but there is absolutely no skill involved. The graphics aren't bad, but they are somewhat disproportionate, and your character has absolutely no control over his movement. It is challenging simply because of the quantity of obscure enemies you must destroy before you die.

by MasterK, USA - Dec 18th 2006
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Virtual Villagers
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Nice Try.

Virtual Villagers would be a good game, if it wasn't riddled by small problems. First, it runs in real time, which is neat, if you have the time to check on it every five minutes. I would come home, open it up, and find all my villagers dead. It takes a long time for a villager to do something however, so checks throughout the day are a necessity. My final complaint is the completely broken camera, which you must drag with your mouse. The main problem with this is that the camera goes in the opposite direction of the way you are pulling. It is good to see an independant developer try something besides diner dash, but overall it fails to please.

by Kieran William Culff Najita, USA - Dec 18th 2006
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Poker Superstars II
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Solid Poker

It is surprising how hard it is to find a good digital poker game. Most games seem distant, the bets are random, and you are playing against nobody. Poker Superstars fixes these shortcomings, making it a nice, fun game. Overall, it is very good, and very close to the real thing.

by Kieran William Culff Najita, USA - Dec 18th 2006
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Pirate Poppers
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FizzBall
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Amazingly Addictive and Fun

At first when I downloaded the demo and tried this, I had no great ambition it would be all that wonderful. Then, after the demo ended, I found myself wanting to play more!

This normally isn't the type of game I enjoy, but for some reason I found this incredibly fun and entertaining. The flow, the content, the expanse and length of it is just right.

Sounds are fun, and entertaning, especially for the younger kids in the house. Animal sounds, bings, bops, pops, and whatnot. Enough ear candy to keep you involved, with some nifty jamming music too!

The graphics aren't earth shattering, but they are fluid and smooth, with good detail as for what is happening. This runs extremely well on a 1.5ghz G4 laptop.

by Frigidman™, USA - Dec 14th 2006
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RocketBowl
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Funtastic Alternative Bowling

This is a fun game. The first thing that came to my mind while playing the first arena was also "Bowling meets mini golf". The futuristic 60s snazzy setting is entertaining as well.

Graphics are basic 3D with very little fanfair and flash. For me, there is a frequent and random jerk in speed that has caused me to lose a few shots. Not sure what that was, could just be lack of gpu power on my part.

The repetitive music played during all rounds gets, well, repetitive. However its not in such bad taste to where it gets painful on the ears.

Sound effects are ok. A bit simplistic and lacking, however they get the job done.

Overall though, its a fun game, and gets insanely difficult by the 4th location and beyond. Enough challenge for players.

by Frigidman™, USA - Dec 14th 2006
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Scrabble Classic
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Has Potential

I found this to be fun to play with a friend in the house. Unfortunately many things lacked.

The board is tiny in windowed mode (which is what a game like this is best played as so you can pay attention to emails and other activities). Needs to be larger, or the option to be larger.

After spending an hour jumping up and down out of the seat and averting eyes while the other player took their turn, I came to the conclusion that this game would SERIOUSLY benefit from network ability. Plus such ability with PC and Mac all on the same network, or over the internet.

The dictionary and other features were great for a scrabble game, making it easier to deal with (or not deal with) bogus words. However it had the option to turn that off so you could challenge your opponent's words. The hint system of course we always turn off, as that justs not fun.

Even though the game lacks some key things that could make it "Excellent", the game is a great diversion and fun to play.

by Frigidman™, USA - Dec 14th 2006
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Plantasia
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Excellent game, a bit overpriced.

I'd buy the game for $10. I can buy huge games that take a month to play through for $20, why would I pay the same price for a simple game like this?

by Allen Mueller, USA - Dec 13th 2006
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Halo Universal Binary
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Halo UB: Combat Enhanced!

This update is absolutely wonderful, a must for those Intel users out there. No more lag, smooth sailing all the way. If you already have Halo for Mac, you have to buy this update. Worth the $5, love it! The graphics are suberb, the gameplay is awesome and the sound is outragously great. Hope you enjoy this game!

by Nick Nichols, USA - Dec 10th 2006
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Age of Empires III
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It was great

I raly like Age Of Empires 3. It has really good grafics. but it seems to crash every time I change the volume of my computer while whatching a video clip. It really makes me mad!!! I have had to do two levels over allready. besides this I love the game.

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

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.

by Eve Glover, USA - Dec 10th 2006
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Age of Empires III
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Smooth as glass

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.

by Matt Ryburn, USA - Dec 10th 2006
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Diamond Detective
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Championship Manager 2006
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Being a football manager is wonderful job - if you got the nerves

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.

by Thorsten Hahnel, USA - Dec 4th 2006
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XIII
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Very Stylish

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.

by Graham Carden, USA - Dec 4th 2006
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Diner Dash - Flo On The Go
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Scrabble Classic
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LONG Overdue 1st OS X Version

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.

by W Quattlebaum, USA - Nov 29th 2006
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