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Laura Jones and the Gates of Good and Evil
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too much talking and freezing

The game has potential, but: there's way too much talking and while I was playing the trial version, it kept freezing.
I'm not going to spend $$ on it. I'm now downloading Azada ancient magic, I believe it has a lot more potential

by viart, France - Apr 14th 2009
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Subway Scramble
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Subway Scramble: Simple but surprisingly fun and additive.

At first this game seems very simple and too easy, but keep playing a few more levels. You'll be amazed how challenging it can be to keep all those little trains from running into dead ends and each other. While still being fast enough to keep the stations from overflowing causing you to lose.

by Kenneth Olsen, USA - Apr 11th 2009
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Hacker Evolution Untold
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Hacker Evolution Untold

I found Hacker Evolution Untold to be a fun and interesting game. Those with any command line experience should not have difficulty learning the command console in the game. I've only had my first Mac for six months, so most of my experience with command consoles comes from Windows and DOS, but I quickly adjusted to the UNIX style command console in the game. Best tip I can offer is to read everything carefully. Some clues are obvious and some are not. General rule: If something looks even slightly out of place, incorrect, or inconsistent investigate it, as it may be a clue.

by Kenneth Olsen, USA - Apr 11th 2009
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Annie's Millions
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Interesting, but way, way too short

For a hidden object game, it feels a lot less "arbitrary", in that the items are in context in their locations (no finding televisions at the bottom of the ocean), and the running credit card total felt fresh. It seemed from the running total I had, like there would be a lot of time left in the game, only to find out after buying it that it only lasted about 10 minutes past the one hour free trial. In the middle of what felt like the beginnng of the game, the game took a story turn that felt like it arbitrarily ended.

In essence, while I liked it, it is very short, has hardly any replay value, and does not feel like it is worth $20 for the amount of time played.

by Mette Hedin, USA - Apr 11th 2009
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Youda Farmer
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Beautiful to look at, but difficult and quite frustrating

This has to be one of the best games visually to look at I have seen from Macgamestore/Mac Games Arcade, the graphics and animation are beautiful and very well done. My biggest problem with the game though is the level of difficulty - I am on level 8 now and am totally stuck trying to fulfil 70 orders out of 75, I keep replaying over and over and very rarely get much more than 50 or so. At this level the game is well nigh impossible using the trackpad on my MacBook Pro, so have to connect a mouse when I play. This is probably just my playing ability, rather than a problem with the game itself, so despite the difficulty I'd still recommend it.

by John Hunter, England - Apr 11th 2009
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FATE
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High-quality RPG experience

I was really blown away by the quality and detail of both the gameplay and the story. If you head to best buy, you will see FATE as a boxed RPG game for the PC - so this is the real deal, complete with a 50+ page manual for gameplay. It really is a steal for $20.

FATE reminds me of neverwinter nights 2 - but in a light format. There's just a single town and 42 levels of dungeon to work through, so the plot is linear: a guy in town says, "go destroy this monster on level 20, I'll give you this enchanted item." There are LOTS of items to get. The levels are actually great for me - I can finish a dungeon level and quit the game, playing for an hour at a time and not feel like I'm cutting off my experience of the world.

Battle is real-time, like in diablo and other games of its ilk. Contrary to other reviews, I found the game easy - choose the "page" difficulty when you are creating your character.

I've been playing this game for about 25 hours and I'm halfway through the dungeon levels. So there's a lot of value in the purchase!

by eric t, USA - Apr 11th 2009
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Sally's Spa
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clickable, likable time management game

Sally's spa is a cute, engaging time management game.

Gameplay is essentially about clicking in the right places at the right time and in the right order, within a specific time limit. You will definitely want a trackball mouse or another pointer device that you can move very quickly across the display.

I downloaded the demo, thinking I'd probably find the game simple and not very interesting. (How engaging could it be to run a spa?) But I was pleasantly surprised and decided to lay out the $ to buy the game.

What separates sally's spa from others in the time management category is the graphics and sound. These are both high-quality, with fluid animation and a rich soundtrack that doesn't annoy or get in the way of gameplay. Download the demo and see for yourself. There's a tutorial and you can be playing in about 5 minutes.

There are something like 30 levels in the game and I have not yet hit all of them, but they do become increasingly complicated and difficult to beat with an "expert" or "perfect" score. Your reward is more money to spend in the spa, upgrading items and buying new ones.

You are moving spa customers through different services in the spa. Some want the steam room, others want facials, etc. And everybody gets impatient waiting - time is of the essence. Upgrades add additional complexity to the game. Buy a second massage table, for instance, and you can handle two customers at once. But then you're clicking a lot more to move customers between two tables instead of just one. I'd say there are somewhere around 20 such upgrades to be had.

In sum, four stars. One of the better time management games. I particularly enjoyed the build-a-lot series, and while this isn't as engaging as those were - sally's spa is more of a light touch - it is still satisfying to play.

by eric t, USA - Apr 11th 2009
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Burger Shop
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What a blast!!!

I do not spend a lot of time playing video games, but this game is so addicting! Great way to pass the time while waiting to board your plane. Well worth the money!!

by Lisa Watson, USA - Apr 11th 2009
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Farm Mania
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Fun

This game is no different then the an other "Dash" games but still fun to play.

by ivy dingle, USA - Apr 9th 2009
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Call of Atlantis
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Nothing new

I just like the information about each city before the start of each level besides that its the same as the other match games.

by ivy dingle, USA - Apr 9th 2009
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Azada
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Fun Puzzle game that has a point and click flair...

I had a good time with this puzzle/adventure game although it was short. I beat it in about 2-3 sittings. (I can definitely understand why some people would be upset by the price tag.) The graphics and sound are all spot-on. Azada has a good musical score. The controls are good although I found myself being penalized in the "puzzle rooms" for combining objects when I was merely trying to place them in the inventory screen. So when you're battling the clock that can get pretty irritating. The logic (and other) puzzles themselves are all relatively easy with a mild increase in difficulty as the game goes on. You can go back and play the puzzles you've beaten although there isn't much incentive to do so unless you truly love replaying puzzles you know the solution to. The so-called puzzle rooms are fun though, again, I found the penalty system slightly irritating. As an avid point and click gamer going back to the days of Sierra and Lucasarts it is counter-intuitive not to experiment with different objects. Thankfully the majority of the solutions are quite logical unlike some seek and find games I've played in the past. Azada is more than just a seek and find game though... I found it to be an interesting amalgam of a point and click adventure game, seek and find game, and logic puzzle game. Sort of a reductionistic version of Myst meets Mystery Case Files meets Professor Layton. All in all, I enjoyed this game and look forward to playing the sequel. I hope that the sequel will offer a little more in the point and click department.

I have noticed that some people have said that they cannot save their games. If you have the latest version of Adobe Flash Player (v.10) you'll be fine. If you're not sure what version you have go to Adobe's website and check. Also, it's a free download. Make sure to install it before downloading Azada otherwise it's a touch more complicated to fix (but it is fixable). Check the Mac Game Forums online if you need more help. Keyword search: Azada Save Game Fix and click on the first hyperlink. : )

by Fred Wayne Cole Jr, USA - Apr 8th 2009
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Prince of Persia
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prince of persia

very good game but very very power hungry i cant get it to look as good as ps3 version on my 2.66 imac when other games i have looking for better than ps3 games.. dont think this is a very good cider port . mac games need to be ported properly not using cider

by kevin harwin, England - Apr 8th 2009
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Chocolatier 3: Decadence by Design
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Exciting global choc challenge

This game is very enjoyable simulation game. If you're a choc-a-holic or not! You get to create your own recipes (and work for them), you get to unlock different global ports and have to keep up rapports to open shops all with an underlying storyline... It challenges you on different skills and is not too difficult to take the fun away!

by Valentina, England - Apr 7th 2009
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Build-a-lot 2
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Build and project manage

I enjoyed this. I haven't played the first one but thought the demo as quite addictive and 90 minutes just wasn't enough. You can kind of get the jist of the what's coming next with every level but this doesn't really take the fun away as you still have to work things out. It's not rocket science it's satisfying. Bring on version 3...

by Valentina, England - Apr 7th 2009
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4 Elements
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Enjoyed it until the end

This is a pretty Match-3 game. However, at the very end, there is a screen that I've found impossible to get through - the timing is such that you have to memorize a set of moves learned through dozens of trials. Not my cup of tea. I thought that sort of strategy went out with Pac-Man and Super Mario Bros. Oh well. Never finished it.

by Christi Clogston, USA - Apr 7th 2009
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Be A King
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Don't bother

If this game were free it might be OK. There are too many games out there like this with much better graphics, sound, and far more interesting game play.

by David Allen, USA - Apr 7th 2009
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Emerald City Confidential
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Refreshingly Fun

I just finished Emerald City Confidential and I had a blast! It took me under 10 hours but I do not regret buying it at all. This game really takes me back to the heyday of point and click adventures. The puzzles are NOT overly difficult at all (there is a built in hint system for each puzzle that will ultimately reveals the answer if you get stuck) and while you won't find yourself combining items or combing over every screen looking for useful inventory pieces what you will find is well-written and executed dialog, interesting characters and a fun story with an interesting, twist ending. There is also an interesting magic system to this game that definitely adds some depth. I am not a huge fan of the Oz books or movie(s) but I still found myself getting wrapped up in the story and there were plenty of characters I recognized from my child. The funny thing is that I didnot even realize this was an Oz game... shows how little I know about the the Ozian Mythos.

If you are a fan of the old-school Sierra or Lucasarts point and click games, enjoy a funny story with some easy puzzles, or are a fan of Oz check out this game. Just do not go in expecting the depth of a Broken Sword, Monkey Island, Beneath a Steel Sky, Sam and Max, etc. (You'll still have fun!) I'm hoping for a sequel or something in the same vein.

by Fred Wayne Cole Jr, USA - Apr 7th 2009
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Secret of the Lost Cavern
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Great game!

Just finished this game and it was awesome! Great graphics, excellent story and easy to play. Even I could figure out most of the puzzles. Well worth the money and certainly worth your time. I give a big 5 stars. i hope they put out more games just like this one.

by RichardIII, Canada - Apr 7th 2009
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Prince of Persia
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Just short of pure awesome.

At first, when I looked at this, I was confused by the title. I played the original Prince of Persia many years ago on and old old Mac. It was a blast then as well.

So, what was this? A digital download of the same game with revamped graphics maybe? NO! This is an entirely new game, based on the Prince of Persia and his exploits through the lands of, er, persia.

I looked at the screenshots, and immediately though this may be kind of lame. Well, I can honestly say, the screenshots do this absolutely no justice what so ever! You have got to see this 'in action' to truly understand how incredible the graphics are. They are not only fluid, but they are actually 3D, just flat and sketched like a drawing. Its hard to describe.

Action is fast, and fun. Various moves you can do, and acrobats. Its difficult at first, but you get used to it. Having a gamepad controller for this kind of game is beneficial over a mouse+keyboard combo.

This port to Mac OSX is also done very well. The game doesn't mess with my desktop, or other open apps/windows. It cleanly starts and quits. It runs heavy, the graphics requirements are bare minimum (8600), as this game truly does shine.

There isn't much else I can say without giving away spoilers and the like, so I will wrap this short review up here. For a digital download, 7gb (you will need 15gb total to get it installed though, 7 for the .dmg, and 8 for the installed file), and the price... this is a A+ quality game!

by Frigidman™, USA - Apr 4th 2009
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Geneforge 5: Overthrow
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Not Very Satisfied

Im not really into "beautiful" graphics but this the graphics in this game are horrible. Not only are the graphics outdated, the gameplay will make you feel old very fast. In other words its a very slow game. The layout of the game is ok. I think I got grey hair from playing 45 minutes. The pricing is outrageous as well. I wouldnt even pay 10 USD for this game.

by Stephen Rinehart, Germany - Apr 3rd 2009
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