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Awakening - The Goblin Kingdom Collector's Edition
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Awakening - The Goblin Kingdom Collector's Edition

I liked the demo of this game so much, that I actually paid full price for it(which I'm normally loathe to do!). The art was very good, the plot was fairly intuitive(meaning I didn't have to use the strategy guide to figure out what to do next), the hidden objects were decently hidden, and the mini-games were not(with a couple of exceptions) ridiculously hard. I hadn't seen either of the earlier "Awakening" games, but I got a deal on "Moonfell Wood" from Big Fish, so I bought it. I've started it, but "The Goblin Kingdom" is definitely better.

by Joe Slavinsky, USA - Jan 21st 2012
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The Stroke of Midnight
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The Stroke of Midnight

Now I understand why this game was given away for free, this past weekend. It doesn't work, at all, as it locks up at the sign-in screen. I had played the demo, when it first came out, and didn't buy it, because the game slowed my mouse down so much, it took forever to move it around the screen. When I saw it was a freebie, I thought why not? I did "re-install" it, in my Mac Games Arcade, but it didn't help. Same problem. Giving it 1 star, because zero is not an option.

by Joe Slavinsky, USA - Aug 24th 2011
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Marooned 2 - Secrets of the Akoni
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Improved graphics & puzzles, but pretty short

I really enjoyed the first "Marooned", and was happy to see the sequel come out. The graphics are better in this one, and the puzzles are a little different(which is good!), but it was pretty short. I downloaded the demo, but bought the game before I finished the demo. All in all, I probably finished it in around 2 hours, and while that seems pretty short, it was "only" $9.95, which is half of what the first game cost. I would still say it was worth the money.

by Joe Slavinsky, USA - Jan 4th 2011
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Kuros
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Fun, but short

I liked this game a lot, as it is somewhat different from normal HO games. The puzzles were interesting, and different, but not killer hard. Yeah, the main character was somewhat annoying, but overall the game was good, except that it ended too soon. Of course, it was only $9.95, so it was worth the money.

by Joe Slavinsky, USA - Jan 4th 2011
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Mushroom Age
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Mushroom Age

This game was pretty bad. The game play & puzzles were amateurish. The dialog was sophmoric, and I suspect it was NOT meant for children. The game was developed by non-Americans, with fairly limited English & History skills. I also received 2 separate updates for the game, which corrected an error, which wouldn't let me get past level 16, despite the fact that I solved the puzzle. Maybe their next game will be better, but I would avoid this one. Fortunately, it was only $9.95, for which I got a fair amount of game play, but the reason for a lot of game play, was trying to figure out where they were trying to go with this game.

by Joe Slavinsky, USA - May 22nd 2010
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FATE
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Fate

I love this game, and play it on a mini, and I've had very few problems. The one exception, is that I cannot "map" spells to my "F" keys, or anywhere else. I've got a new Apple keyboard, and I've looked on the web, and in the reviews here, but I don't find any mention of this problem. If anybody has any ideas, I'd appreciate some help. Other than that, I've played more than 35 hours, and I'm at level 44, and getting my butt kicked by the swarm surrounding the "boss". I'd love to be able to use multiple spells, but can't.

by Joe Slavinsky, USA - Jan 23rd 2010
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Marooned
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Marooned

I generally agree with the other reviews of this game. The graphics are great, story line is interesting, but... hints are a little heavy-handed, and THE GAME IS TOO SHORT! I certainly don't think it was worth the price, for less than a day of game play. Otherwise, I would also have given it 5 stars.

by Joe Slavinsky, USA - Aug 31st 2009
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