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Civilization IV
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Great Game, Needs Power

Civilizations 4 is a wonderful, fun, immersive, addictive game that is a highly reccommended buy, if you have the system to run it. In this game, you run your civilization down to the nitty gritty. You can negotiate with leaders, explore on ships, discover science and settle the world, from the dawn of man to the space age. Every feature works perfectly, and the interface is great. Expanding borders is great fun, and although war is a key feature, this is also a simulation. However, this game has one big problem: system requirements. At first, I was knocked off my feet by its requirement of 3.5 GB of hard disk space, but I decided to order it anyway. To those with full disks, it actually only takes about 2.9 GB if you only drag the civ 4 folder to your hard drive. However, the game also requires a 64 MB graphics card. Although the graphics are decent, they are somewhat lacking in detail, and my 32 MB card was abe to handle almost every game I threw at it. However, if you really flip for this game, I found that my 32MB card could handle it, at the cost of scroll speed on the map and warrior animations in battle. I wouldn't approach it with a 16 MB. If you can run it, get it. If you can't, dont, but either way, this is a great, addicting, fun, easy to learn game that will appeal to everyone.

by MasterK, USA - Dec 28th 2006
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Pigllionaire
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The Gimmicky Money Puzzle

Although the "cute" and "money " aspects are mostly gimmicks, the game is a lot of fun as a puzzler. You must match up rows of the same color and shape gem to blow them up. There is a generous distribution of power ups, and the push of the gems gives it an action-packed, fast paced feel, and makes it challenging and fun.

by MasterK, USA - Dec 23rd 2006
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Age of Empires III
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Great!

This game is great, it's a must buy.

by cody shinaman, USA - Dec 23rd 2006
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The Sims 2
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A Big Mistake

I purchased The Sims 2 and an expansion four days ago, remembering how fun The Sims was back on my PC. The package arrived promptly, and the installation was semi-quick, taking only 15 minutes total for both The Sims 2 and its expansion.

I was excited to jump in and get started, but I was very disappointed about what came next. Crashes. Sure, I could load neighborhoods without problem, but if I tried creating a family or playing one of the premade families, the game would lock up and I would have to force quit.

I spent the next hour troubleshooting and I still couldn't fix the crashes. I felt I was cheated out of my money. I run an iMac and I pass all of the recommended requirements.

So please, if you want to risk it and purchase this game, buy it for a Mac Pro. Perhaps it will have better luck than my iMac did.

by Brandon Taylor, USA - Dec 23rd 2006
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Homeworld 2
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Fun if you like RTS...

... except I hate Real Time Strategy.

Warcraft, Starcraft, and this game make me bite my fingers. I just don't like having responsibility for managing units while everything else is going wrong. If that's what you enjoy (how can that possibly be fun?!) then this game is beautifully rendered and for you.

Anyone want to buy my copy?! :) Just kidding.

by Randolph Shipon, USA - Dec 23rd 2006
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Kult: Heretic Kingdoms
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Doesn't run well

Try as they might to get this game to run for me - and it eventually got me to the first area - the staff at VP could not get it to run on my 1.67 GHz PowerBook G4 running 10.3.9. It crashed after the first section and I guess the staff at VP lost interest in helping me fix it.

Otherwise it looked interesting. But I bought something that doesn't work for me, and frankly, I'm a bit disappointed.

by Randolph Shipon, USA - Dec 23rd 2006
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Crazy Machines
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NOT the same old thing! I love this game ...

I am an old player (52) of all sorts of games (computer, sports, board, you name it) and am always looking for something new, something that challenges in a unque way. So many games are old games in new clothes ...

This product is SO unque, some days I would not even call it a game but rather an education program; some days I think it is the best game ever.

Essentially, it is a set of puzzles that builds on each other, with no set solution beyond reaching a goal. A solution is provided, if you get stumped, but there is nearly always more than one way to reach the prize.

I bought this game for nieces (6 and 9), and I learned it first to get them started. They are also completely addicted. Shrieks of laughter and groans of delighted despair!

This is a fun forever game, completely replayable. The physics of the graphics is awesome. Thank you to the programmers!

by Patricia A Cousineau, USA - Dec 23rd 2006
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Fish Tycoon
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Why is it Free?

Fish Tycoon is a basic, beginners simulator. It works in every element, but it is very simple, and, as with all real time games, slow. The sound is boring. It is a good intro to simulators, but the free web version is enough to get a beginner started. Afterwards, you would be better off getting a Sid Meyer or Will Right title as a keeper.

by MasterK, USA - Dec 20th 2006
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Laser Dolphin
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Shoot the Sea

Lazer dolphin is obviously designed to be a fun, exciting adventure. It succeeds in some respects, and fails in others. The gameplay is somewhat lacking in control, and the underwater interface is fairly boring. However, the gameplay department has some extreme fun in the stunts. You can race down to the bottom, build momentum, and do extreme flips. The graphics are as good as you can hope for, but, the environments are monotonus, and I feel that the game would have fared better in 3D. There is some music, but the overall shortcomings keep this game in the lower range.

by MasterK, USA - Dec 20th 2006
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Marble Blast Gold
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Shallow Fun

To be simple, this game is a lot of fun to play. It is bright, colorful, and played to a catchy tune. Although it is somewhat easy to plummet into the oblivian, you get infinite retries anyway. Overall, it is a nice, solid game, it just is a little light on the gameplay.

by MasterK, USA - Dec 20th 2006
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Democracy
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Micromanagement, Micrographics.

This is one of those games which kind of reminds me of the old classics like Oregon Trail (by the way staff, there is a mac oregon trail that would make a great addition to your listing) It has very fun interface, designed as a point and click game where you attempt to manage all the different problems that are constantly happening, and do what you want, but still keep the people happy. My only complaints, and they are somewhat large, are the virtually nonexistent sound track, and the simplistic graphics. Although the graphics are substantial for the genre, it would be nice to see pictures of what is going on. It would also be nice to have some background music. However, this game is a solid simulation, that doesn't get as bogged down in making money as other independant games do.

by MasterK, USA - Dec 20th 2006
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Phantasia II
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Snowy: The Bear's Adventures
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Didn't like it

This game claims to be a charming, fun, kid-friendly little adventure. This game is a filthy liar. It has a very boring layout, psychodellic colors, and is no fun at all. While the levels themselves are painfully easy and generic, the bosses use a hopless interface.

by Kieran William Culff Najita, USA - Dec 18th 2006
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FizzBall
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Fun!

This game is a very fun arcade game, with a collecting element added in as well. I have only played the demo, but I now wish to own this game.

by Kieran William Culff Najita, USA - Dec 18th 2006
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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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