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GameHouse Solitaire Challenge
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Not Impressed

I'm really dissappointed in this game. Each game, your dealt the same deal, over and over and over!!! If the game can't be solved, oh well, choose new deal and be dealt the same game again! It's like being stuck in the twighlight zone!

by Traci Odum, USA - Jan 13th 2009
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FATE
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Problem with German localization

I like this game. I really do (I already played it on my old PC). However, the Mac version suffers from a very annoying bug in non-English localizations: Lots of tags are displayed on-screen so that the text is effectively rendered incomprehensible. Unfortunately the game doesn't let you choose your language but auto-detects which one your system is set too as default.
As a workaround, it is possible to switch your OsX to English as the display language before starting the game and switching back afterwards. An annoying procedure at first, and an infuriating one as you have to repeat over and over. Please get a patch from the developers!

by Albert Bock, Austria - Jan 12th 2009
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Jade Empire: Special Edition
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Superb RPG

I played this on Xbox a couple of years ago and it was a brilliant game then. Stunning graphics, a very interesting and varied plot, and great characterisation.

Although I haven't tried the Mac version yet, assuming it's the same game as the Xbox version then I thoroughly recommend it. It is such a beautiful game that it is almost like being inside a movie.

I originally bought Jade Empire because it was made by Bioware, and I loved the Baldur's Gate series. At first I was a bit concerned that the combat might be too complicated, as I am not into martial arts games. However it was very quick and easy to learn, and extremely rewarding. Although the combat did have more depth than the average RPG, it was not too demanding and I quickly got to grips with it. It's probably even easier on a keyboard than with a console controller.

Because of the long history of this game, there are massive of hint sites and game guides around. More casual gamers will find these particularly useful.

The best part of Jade Empire for me was the earlier stages. There are so many quests and the game world is very detailed, expansive and open. Later on, as with most RPGs, it becomes a bit more linear as it follows the storyline to the plot finale. But even then there were plenty of choices to make and different things to do.

by istara, Australia - Jan 12th 2009
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Geneforge 5: Overthrow
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Absolutely wonderful game

Like all Spiderweb Software titles, Geneforge 5 has amazing gameplay and a really interesting, vivid storyline.

It is really complete as an RPG in every aspect, from character development - class, levelling, equipment and so on - to varied and interesting quests and a lot of significant moral choices.

You can play very much as a single character, or you can raise a little army of different creatures to help you fight. After a while they become like pets - even though you should probably reabsorb them and build stronger ones later on, you can get really attached to your starting creations.

Best of all is how original the storyline is. You don't need to have played any previous Spiderweb games, or even any previous Geneforge ones. Geneforge 5 has a completely stand-alone, original and unique plot. But if you do enjoy this you will almost certainly want to go and play earlier games in the series, as well as Spiderweb's brilliant Avernum series.

Geneforge 5 will give you dozens of hours of gameplay even if you rush through it. And if you take your time - exploring every nook and cranny - you are likely to get well over 100 hours of enjoyment from it. The game is also very replayable as there are so many factions and plotlines, it is really like getting a game and a half, rather than just one game. Whole areas, quests and NPCs will be quite different depending on who your allies are.

by istara, Australia - Jan 12th 2009
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My Tribe
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ehhhhh....

I was ADDICTED to this game the first week or so I got it, but after a while it gets really boring, there is nothing much to do in it afetr you unlock everything, and it's REALLY annoying when your tribe dies and you have to start all over!

by Bobby Saretsky, USA - Jan 12th 2009
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Fishdom
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Fitness Frenzy
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*WRETCHES*

I played this game for 6 minutes and it made me want to barf. Just look at the image people, doesnt that look horrendous? Unless your really out of shape and you need to lose weight, all the vomiting will let you lose a good 5 pounds a day. Im disgusted by this. You click on the person and then the equipment they want, they start complaining! They whine about the mat being taken, AND THERE IS NO WAY TO GET A SECOND MAT!!! I only got to level two, so I might be wrong. But I dont even WANT to get farther. Couldn't they have added Azada or Dream Day in the Holiday bundle instead?

by Nyecko Yecko, USA - Jan 10th 2009
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Ancient Empires Lux
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Good Game!

Divertente, molto semplice ma per chi ama il genere lo trovo un ottimo passatempo, praticamente io ci gioco almeno un oretta al giorno.

by Andrea palombini, Italy - Jan 10th 2009
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Europa Universalis: Rome
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Not as much depth...

As other Paradox titles, but its entertaining and yes, like the previous reviewer stated you'll need to spend some time learning how the play.

by jeffrey Wilkins, USA - Jan 10th 2009
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Postal 2: Share The Pain
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Killing Spree !

Well this game is sure a good deal!

Cheap but full of fun XD

It realy test your morality. Too bad its a bit short.. lets hope that Mac Games Arcade makes the expansion pack avaible soon..

by Gabriele Stragliati, Italy - Jan 10th 2009
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Global Conflicts: Palestine
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Good game, very enlightning!

This is really a good game, if you like have any questions about the ongoing conflict in Gaza, this game gives you insight like few other newsmedia can.

But it would do more good if it was given away.

by Matteus Sobczynski, Denmark - Jan 10th 2009
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Go-Go Gourmet
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Stimulating!

The level of play is not s easy that you beat it at one go (given that there are about 50 levels) but at the same time it is rewarding. If you like time-management & hidden object games this will appeal to you. I had so much fun playing this game. I would like to see Go-Go Gourmet: Chef of the Year on here. I've tried searching for the mac version online. One suggestion I have is to make a game about the restaurant because you work/play so hard to put it together!

I RECOMMEND this game!!

by Daisy Noelle, USA - Jan 10th 2009
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TextTwist 2
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Geneforge 5: Overthrow
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Absolutely Spellbinding...

As expected from a Spiderweb title, GF5 merges not-so-stellar graphics and sound with a truly stellar plot and character development. The graphics themselves, as limited as they are, are a welcome improvement over past Spiderweb games - the engine now supports widescreen resolutions, which is a long-overdue feature. The morally ambiguous progression of both the PC and the plot are still here, which may leave people crossing over from Spiderweb's Avernum series (like myself) a little frustrated. There's plenty to see, do, and kill, though the combat may prove too overwhelming in some areas for the less-hardcore crowd.

Overall, I highly recommend it - the immersivity of the plot and gameworld, not to mention the depth of the characters and the choices they are faced with more than outweighs the graphics and sound deficiencies. At least this means that this game is still quite playable on older hardware, and is great for MacBook or Mac mini users with Intel GMA graphics.

At the very least, it's worth trying out the demo, which for a demo is huge and gives you a very good feel for the game's tone and playing style.

Notably, I would have given this game five stars but for a rather pesky bug which on my system limits sounds to one channel (other users have reported no problems with the sound, but others have on the Spiderweb forums).

by Justin Ancheta, Canada - Jan 9th 2009
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Swarm Gold
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Little Shop - Memories
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Book of Legends
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Book of duds...don't bother!

It is way to easy and simplistic. It ends abruptly and is not worth the money. I am very dissappointed in this purchase.

by Alyse Laing, USA - Jan 7th 2009
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Hidden Secrets: The Nightmare
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A Nightmare to play

The game has crashed at least 5 times now with a weird error message when I try to restart. I've never had a game crash before.

I'm so annoyed by the mini games sucking up my time so that I have to do the level all over again if it takes too long to figure out what the heck I'm supposed to do. I've spent so much time cursing, I forgot that games are supposed to be fun.

This is the most awful game I've ever played, and I've played a lot. The only thing keeping me going right now is wanting to see if my theory is right about what happened. Like watching a bad movie to the end... the sad part is this will probably take much longer than a movie.

by iceprincess0966, USA - Jan 7th 2009
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Deep Blue Sea
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Wonderful in every way

The only bad thing I can say is that I spent far too many hours playing this instead of working! I got tired at the end, but only because I'd been playing for so many hours my clicking finger was numb.

The music is amazing. The accompanying "story" graphics are not so great but the actual game graphics are incredible and some of the animals are oh so cute. The story behind it is pretty interesting, but the game would still be fun without it.

Spoiler alert? There is such great satisfaction in making a move that breaks a chain and sends things popping and spilling all over. It's great stress relief.

by iceprincess0966, USA - Jan 7th 2009
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Jade Empire: Special Edition
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