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Gas Station - Rush Hour!
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A little repetative

This is a good game if you're new to Time Management games. I found it repetative since it's the same scene every time, just with more stuff to do.

by Zelmia, USA - Dec 14th 2013
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12 Labours of Hercules
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Good for kids or adults

You can play in both a "relaxed" or "expert" mode. A simple concept, easy enough for kids to be able to play, but challenging for adults too.

by Zelmia, USA - Dec 14th 2013
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Zombie Solitaire
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Unique version of up/down Solitaire

Cute concept, with levels to try to reach. You can try to score higher or "run away" to move to the next level. Good way to relax.

by Zelmia, USA - Dec 14th 2013
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TRAUMA
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Thoughtful, but anticlimactic

This game has a very high concept and the design is fluid and sophisticated. The plot, however, is a little thin. You are an amnesiac who needs to rebuild her memory by locating a series of photographs and piecing together images that are scattered across four "levels". You can peruse these sections of the game in any order, but the journey is much better than the goal, which comes pretty abruptly once you've achieved the "main ending" for each level. I enjoyed it, but it was a lot shorter than it seemed like it would be.

by Zelmia, USA - Nov 29th 2013
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Westward III: Gold Rush
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These are fun

I enjoy all the "Westward" games, although it can get frustrating when your characters and tasks are spread out. These games are simple to learn but never the same game twice, so hold up well for at least a couple of replays. You can also play as different characters, which changes the story slightly as well.

by Zelmia, USA - Nov 29th 2013
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Braid
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Maybe it's me...

… but I never really understood this game. It wants you to do things that are not possible until you reach a certain level - but you can't reach that level unless you get through the level you're not able to get out of until you do that thing. If that sentence is confusing, then you'll understand how I felt playing this game.

by Zelmia, USA - Nov 29th 2013
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Zuma's Revenge
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Waiting Game

These Match 3 games are perfect if you're just looking for something to occupy your brain while you're waiting for something: a phone call, a text, a ride, your favorite show to come on. Can be addictive.

by Zelmia, USA - Nov 29th 2013
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Finders
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Repetitive

Not really either an adventure or a time management game. Each "level" is basically exactly the same as the previous, just in a different setting. The whole thing is pretty dull, actually.

by Zelmia, USA - Oct 20th 2013
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City of Fools
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You'll love it or hate it.

The developers are very up front in letting you know that this game is silly and nonsensical, frustrating and ultimately pointless. It's tough sometimes to know exactly where you are or get where you want to go because of the way it has you move. But it's a pretty straightforward adventure game where you have to complete a series of tasks through talking to the various denizens of Tundrel. Refreshing in that it's not a HO game pretending to be something else.

by Zelmia, USA - Apr 16th 2013
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Cleopatra: A Queen's Destiny
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Bland

The problem with a lot of "point-and-click" type games is that the people who build them tend to think there can be only one sequence of actions per scenario to achieve the game's goals. This one, while pretty to look at, is a textbook example. It seems all the energy went into the look of the game and very little thought went into either the story or the number of possible ways a player could complete a certain task.

Because of this, I found myself using the "hints/help" quite a bit - not because I didn't know what to do, but because I couldn't figure out the developers' logic in setting the order of steps to accomplish what needed to be done. I also found it frustrating that, when moving through the area, it would often move "you" to a position well past what would be an effective place to perform the task required.

by Zelmia, USA - Mar 31st 2013
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Destination: Treasure Island
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Graphics FAIL

I have downloaded this demo several times since I discovered this games outlet and it has never worked. The "graphics" only show up as unrendered wire-frame cubes. There is a green check mark and I am on the latest version of OSX. I have other Coladia games and have not had any issues with them so not sure what the deal is with this particular game.

by Zelmia, USA - Mar 31st 2013
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iBomber Defense
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Engaging

This was a fun one. A straight forward "shoot 'em up" that also requires a bit of strategy. The controls are a bit tough to get used to. You have to move using the keyboard to drive and the mouse to target and shoot, something that doesn't sound terribly difficult but ends up being a bit more challenging in practice. The $6.99 price tag is quite reasonable for a game that has such clean,colorful graphics and is sufficiently challenging to play.

by Zelmia, USA - Mar 7th 2013
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Gothic Fiction: Dark Saga
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Not Bad

For a nice change this "puzzle" game is not a HO masquerading as something else. The puzzles are easy enough for younger players, but still challenging enough for everyone.

by Zelmia, USA - Mar 6th 2013
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The Game of Life
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Something's missing...

Seems like all the elements for a fun nostalgic game are there, but it just doesn't come together. On my system, there were also - literally - parts missing from the text in the instructions, the description, etc. Other "players" were able to use the Share the Wealth cards against me, but I couldn't get the game to let me do the same. When I went to the "game help" section, the page was nearly blank.

At the end of the game, there was a weird flickering/fluttering happening with the screen.

This game needs quite a bit of overhaul before I would pay for it, even though it is quite reasonably priced.

by Zelmia, USA - Dec 1st 2012
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Magic Encyclopedia
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NOT an "Adventure" Game

This game is dull and repetitive and, more importantly, ISN'T an Adventure game but a simple Hidden Object game trying to pass for one. Each level requires you to find pieces of objects which you need to find more pieces of other objects. And so on and so on and so on. I couldn't even get through the one-hour trial, it was THAT dull.

by Zelmia, USA - Nov 22nd 2012
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Criminal Minds
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Okay if you like that sort of thing

If you're into HO games, this is fine. But if you're interested in the actual "investigation" part, it's pretty lame. Not sure who this is designed for. A bit graphic in terms of content for kids, but then the actual puzzles and game play is far too easy for this to be intended for adults. Suggest mum and dad check the demo to see if it's appropriate enough.

by Zelmia, USA - Sep 29th 2012
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Legends of Atlantis: Exodus
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Freezing Issues

Pretty much a direct copy of Roads of Rome, so if you like those, chances are this will appeal to you. Forunately, I tried the demo first, which kept freezing up, so doubt I will buy this one.

by Zelmia, USA - May 17th 2012
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The Cross Formula
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Not that great.

This game was refreshing insofar as it was not yet another HO game trying to pass as "adventure". And I liked the basic "comic book" style graphics. Still, it was pretty repetative and kind of thin on originality. Each "level" (and there are only 5) basically involves searching for clues, talking to any characters, solving a not-terribly-difficult puzzle and then going into the "memory" bit where you have to solve another puzzle. It's probably more geared toward younger players than adults but it's a decent way to kill some time. Unfortunately, the entire thing ends very abruptly about where other games would only be halfway finished, which was pretty disappointing.

by Zelmia, USA - May 4th 2012
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Journey to the Center of the Moon
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Not a fan

The controls for this game are awful. I bought this without worrying about there not being a demo version because I assumed - wrongly - that since this game is produced by the same company that does "Mysterious Island" etc that the controls for the game would be the same. But, on my system at least, they are not. I have to click on the "Inventory" button rather than simply right-clicking the mouse. You have to click on an "interact" icon rather than simply hovering over the object to see what can be done with it. Combining objects is even more frustrating, since the game seems to only recognize the one that is "active" in the inventory (selected with a red square around it).

If there is some flaw in my Mac version, I would like to know how to fix it. Otherwise, I just wasted $10.

by Zelmia, USA - Oct 28th 2011
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Empress of the Deep 2 Collector's Edition
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Kids Game

This game seems pretty clearly targeted at 10-year-olds. The puzzles aren't very difficult for adults, and there are far too many hidden object sequences for my taste. The story is a bit strange too, but kids might find it more appealing.

by Zelmia, USA - Jun 2nd 2011
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