Reviews by Karl F. Davie Burgdorf

The 39 Steps Icon
Classic still hold mystery
by Karl F. Davie Burgdorf, USA - Nov 26th 2017

This was a re-buy of this game from way back. It still is enjoyable to play and offers a flashback to the "old way" of doing things ... and that's not a bad thing!

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Crusader Kings II: Conclave Icon
Nice add to great game
by Karl F. Davie Burgdorf, USA - Nov 26th 2017

The Conlave DLC is a nice addition to the CK2 family. A must if you enjoy the game!

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Train Fever Icon
OK ... but ...
by Karl F. Davie Burgdorf, USA - Nov 26th 2017

This game adds unnecessary complexity where you don't want it. I love the type of game and I don't find this one as enjoyable as others. It looked as if this game was going to be a more complex version of Railroad Tycoon and other clasics games. It is however loaded with more in the weeds requirements than I prefer. I spent way too much time trying to figure out the very basics and didn't feel satisfied afterward. If you like a very detailed game, this one will suit you well.

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Hearts of Iron IV: Colonel Edition Icon
It's HOI! Nuf' said ...
by Karl F. Davie Burgdorf, USA - Dec 25th 2016

Ok, I'm a huge fan of the HOI games and Paradox games in general. This is step in a different direct in gameplay and look. It is more emersive than HOI 3 and places more emphasis on some aspects of strategy not explored in the previous games.

Some critics have said the game was actually "dumbed down" but I find it to actually be more challenging with the newer system of play.

If you've never played these games before, take a look at their Wiki before you dive in. It can be daunting if you haven't seen them before.

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Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth Icon
Teen loves it ... me "It's ok"
by Karl F. Davie Burgdorf, USA - Dec 25th 2016

My teenager loves this version of the Civ series. He likes the new environment and different gameplay from the other Civ games. I, on the other hand, didn't find it as fun as I'd hoped. It required more energy to figure out the differences in the games ... (I know that's my fault, but if you're used to the way Civ normally plays it may drive you nuts, too).

The idea is fine, I just find something missing ...

Still, good game overall.

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Craft The World Icon
One of my son's favorites!
by Karl F. Davie Burgdorf, USA - Dec 25th 2016

Great game! My 12-year-old loves the concept and the gameplay. It is different from other games of this type in its storyline and play ... he likes that. Worth picking up!

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Hearts of Iron IV: Together for Victory Icon
Ok add on, but waiting for more
by Karl F. Davie Burgdorf, USA - Dec 25th 2016

Alright, let's put it on the table. The HOI games are some of the best and most complex strategic war games. Normally, the DLCs are a fantastic edition and make them even better. With this new add on, I have to say I'm underwhelmed. It is mostly things that are in the "fixes" category that should have been in the original game. Much of the new content is covewred by free mods on Steam.
That said, it still adds to the game. The price should be lower for what it does, however.

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The Tiny Bang Story Icon
Nice but not top notch
by Karl F. Davie Burgdorf, USA - Dec 25th 2016

This is a nice game that my youngest has enjoyed playing but I found it rather boring and tedious.

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realMyst: Masterpiece Edition Icon
Update on Classic
by Karl F. Davie Burgdorf, USA - Dec 25th 2016

I played Myst when it first came up a million years ago and enjoyed the challenges of the puzzles and wanted to find my way through the storyline. With this version, the graphics are 1000X better and makes the emersion even that much better. If you want something classic or want to revisit a classic, this is great.

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Hearts of Iron 2 Complete Icon
Old favorite still fun ...
by Karl F. Davie Burgdorf, USA - Dec 25th 2016

Got this to pass one of my favorite games along to my son. Always loved this HOI version and thought it would be the perfect one to introduce him to the complexity of a true strategy game.

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Tropico 5 – Complete Collection Icon
Be a dictator for a lifetime!
by Karl F. Davie Burgdorf, USA - Dec 25th 2016

Yes, that's right. This game lets you be the third-world dictator you always wanted to be ... and more. This is my youngest son's favorite game and I have found it to be enjoyable, too. I'm a fan of Tropico from the original so I already had a positive attitude about it. My son just reinforces that.

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Crusader Kings II: The Reaper's Due Collection Icon
Nice add on
by Karl F. Davie Burgdorf, USA - Dec 25th 2016

This is a nice add on to the CKII games. Is it necessary? No, but then most DLCs aren't. I found this one to be worth the money just for a change in gameplay. Nothing ever goes the same way anyway, but adding in a different twist makes it even more challenging.

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iBomber Attack Icon
Fun and challenging!
by Karl F. Davie Burgdorf, USA - Jul 11th 2016

This little game packs a lot of fun and is entertaining to play. I've played it on the desktop and on the iPhone and either way it is challenging to move and maneuver to keep yourself alive during the missions. The only complaint is that it can become tedious at some points, especially late game.

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Gold Rush! Anniversary Icon
Old style game with fun feel!
by Karl F. Davie Burgdorf, USA - Jul 11th 2016

This is a great flashback to an era of gaming when I was a kid ... and graphics were improving and getting more exciting all of the time. This is like playing the old-style games I loved. Unfortunately, the controls are clumsy making it dificult to maneuver. My 13-year-old was excited with the topic but was also frustrated with the controls.

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Fist of Jesus Icon
Ugh!
by Karl F. Davie Burgdorf, USA - Jul 11th 2016

Ok, take away the lightning bolts that will strike you for playing this. Overall, it's really not that much fun. The controls are very simple and the action is very simple, too. Gave it two stars for the effort to create something different ...

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Sid Meier's Pirates! Icon
Still a classic ...
by Karl F. Davie Burgdorf, USA - Apr 3rd 2016

This is a great game that was updated for a new generation of gamers. It is fun and unlike so many of the other games that places too much on graphics. The graphics a simple; the game is fun; and the gameplay is simple. I've played this game sine the original "Pirates!" back in the day and can say it is still fun.

The most unique part of this game is the total lack of linear gameplay. You really get to chose your path and get rewarded (or punished) for it.

There are some weird bugs that have caused my MacPro to crash — HARD. It has happeded sever times on this game and it has NEVER happeded with any other program.

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Kerbal Space Program Icon
Perfect for Science-minded Son!!!
by Karl F. Davie Burgdorf, USA - Jan 9th 2016

This game is complex an science driven - and that's a good thing! My 12-year-old Very science-minded son is enjoying he game and learning from it. The game's real-life physics are one of the things he really likes. The game requires critical thinking ... another thing he loves. Overall, great game.

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Battlestations: Midway Icon
Fun but not Fantastic
by Karl F. Davie Burgdorf, USA - Jan 9th 2016

This is a nice game and can be fun to play. Unfortunately, it isn't one to come back to time and time again. Once I learned how to play it, the complexity was well balanced with game play. After playing it for a few hours, I became slightly board and frustrated at other times. This game may be great for some, it just wasn't for me.

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Sid Meier's Civilization V: Double Civilization and Scenario Pack - Spain and Inca Icon
Great addition!
by Karl F. Davie Burgdorf, USA - Jan 9th 2016

This add on is a great addition to the CIV V series. Adding these two cultures makes some unique changes into the game that make game play even more replayable than it was before (a hard thing to do in a VERY replayable base game!).

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Crusader Kings II Collection Icon
Great Game!
by Karl F. Davie Burgdorf, USA - Jan 9th 2016

Ok. I love the Paradox games but I never played the CK games. This collection is a great start to playing the series. The game itself is complex and intuitive. Learning to master the various skills to be successful in this game is not easy but it is unpredictable in good ways.

The only note is that this collection is not complete. There are a few expansions that will need to be added to bring it up to the most complete version with all of the new bells and whistles. Get them all when they are on sale.

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