Reviews by Widds

The Lord of the Rings: War in the North
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Compelling and action packed

Fans of hack and slash role playing will enjoy this involving romp through the lands to the north of the action in Lord Of The Rings. Tolkien fans will love the depth of storytelling that's to be had through interaction with the non-player characters, supplying lots of good info about the history of Middle Earth, and many well known characters from the books/films.

There are three characters to play - a Ranger, an Elf and a dwarf - each with different abilities and stories, and it's well worth playing as each as each gets to do (slightly) different things.

The action is compelling, and the look of the game superb.
One problem is that the game was designed to work best as a multi-player game, but unless you can run it on a LAN (and that ain't simple) you won't have this option in this Mac port, so while you play one of the characters the other two are computer operated and aren't as much use as they should be.

However, it's great fun and top value for money. It's the easiest way to get transported to Middle Earth with a mouse in your hand!

by Widds, United Kingdom - Jan 7th 2015
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Tropico 4: Gold Edition
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Viva!

More of the same from the Tropico franchise - but the same is good! El Presidente gets a few more toys to play with in the Modern Times campaign, and it's good fun with lots of laughs along the way. Sharp, stylish and deliciously corrupt.

by Widds, United Kingdom - Jan 24th 2014
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Dracula 1 - Resurrection
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Too little at stake...

Dracula Resurrection tries hard to be an interactive puzzle game with a horror theme, but it lacks any puzzles or thrills and is almost totally linear - you cannot proceed past certain points until you have done certain things.

But worst of all is that there is no jeopardy - if you don't do those certain things nothing happens - literally! You do not suffer in any way, you cannot die or lose, you simply don't proceed. So what's the point?

That leaves the story and the animation. The former is silly and the latter is clunky and dated. If you can get this game very cheap - less than $5 - it will fill a few hours but pay no more for this click and point hack that is, frankly, disappointingly dull.

by Widds, England - Mar 3rd 2013
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Roads of Rome 3
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Fun, frustrating and fulfilling

A very well paced casual game that presents constant challenges and plenty of "one more go" encouragement to players of all levels. The gameplay is fun, the difficulty frustrating (in a good way) and the successes, when they come, are fulfilling. Fab!

by Widds, England - Mar 3rd 2013
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Ancient Rome 2
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A funny thing happened on the way to the forum...

This is a pretty basic city builder game in which logic plays little part. You build up houses from mud huts to luxury villas by building facilities in the city and farms, workshops and mines in the country. It's repetitive in the extreme, and by the end I was building to a formula and there was little in the way of challenge other than the time it took to complete a level.

On the other hand, it's easy to learn, easy to play and mostly fun. It needs more variety in the kind, cost and shape of the things you can build, as cities look very grid like very easily. For the money, it's good but not great.

by Widds, England - Feb 18th 2013
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FATE
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Good fun game - but needs Intel Mac

I bought this game to run on my old PowerPC G4, and it was OK - a little stuttery due to the processor speed, but playable - but there's a bug that means that after a while saved games cannot be restarted, which is terrible news after spending a few hours battling bugs and baddies! However, I've now bought an Intel Mac and it runs like a dream - smooth and clean - and the old saved games will now restart.

So, buy the game ... but only if you're running an Intel Mac!

by Widds, England - Oct 1st 2009
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