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Fix-it-up 2: World Tour
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Loved it but HATED it

I was going to just buy this one outright because this would have been my 2nd "Kate" game, but I decided to give it a try first. Boy oh boy am I glad I did! Saved me ten bucks! I absolutely WILL NOT buy this one! The concept is the same as the first Kate game and its a good one. It's challenging and has an interesting story line. BUT ... UGH!!! the "ambient" sounds are, to put it mildly, HORRIBLE! Every 3 seconds you hear a kid whining "can we go for ice cream?" or a lady asking "ready to work?" or a man screaming "ICE CREAM SANDWICHES!!" or a dog barking or a couple laughing or well, you get the idea. It's the most annoying, distracting (and ultimately "game ending") flaw I've ever encountered in a game (and I've downloaded and own over 40 games including all of the "Diner" and Dash games). You can only adjust the music or sounds not the ambient noise itself. Of the 60 minute free trial I was tempted to quit after about 20 minutes but I really like the game play itself so I grit my teeth and finished it. What a shame. Great game if you can play it with the sound off (which is an option but not one Im willing to pay ten dollars for).

by Kate Finney, USA - Jan 20th 2010
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Escape The Museum 2
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Good and somewhat educational

I was extremely impressed with this game. I expected a normal hidden picture game, but when I discovered the extra missions, I could really see the point of the game. Following the story of a father seperated from his family by an earthquake, the game is family oriented saving dogs, kids, and a lost teddy bear. The activities that have you put together the bridge and work to put mechanics together can actually teach the player those basics. The main problem with the game is that it is extremely hard to find the parts of the bridge, but the hints do not help you find them.

by Amber Gouldthorpe, USA - Jan 20th 2010
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Mary Kay Andrews: The Fixer Upper
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Ehh

This game was great when I first started playing it, the dialogue was interesting and the premise was cute. The game did end rather quickly and I felt like I had missed half the game. I don't feel this game is worth 10 dollars, just play the hour free trial. You don't miss much if you purchase the rest.

by Kate Walsh, USA - Jan 20th 2010
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Escape The Museum 2
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Escaping isn't easy

There are no instructions that come with this game and it takes a while to figure it out. Each level is timed so if you don't get the correct action in the first few minutes, it takes up to 15 minutes to get additional clues. I found it very frustrating. Also, the activities are geared to mechanical processes like how an engine works. Not my area of expertise. Otherwise, the graphics are nicely done.

by Pam Field, USA - Jan 18th 2010
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Penumbra Black Plague
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COOL

this is a ff (fear factor) game very scary game but if you dont now what is best of penumbra black plague or penumbra overture i would thinl that its best to play penumbra overture because overture is the first and the story is good and overture is not scary as much as black plague but awful game it is very scary but a very very VERY COOL game

by thomas grosen, Denmark - Jan 18th 2010
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My Kingdom for the Princess
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I want more like this one

This is a great game: pretty, uncomplicated yet interesting, cute story (there is a knight and a princess) and challenging enough to be played many times.

I love the principle: each step along the way is a scene seen from the top where the player has to figure out the way while building facilities and clearing the path. It seems like a recipe that could apply to any theme yet I haven't found another game with this set up.

3D games makes me sea-sick and HO games bore me so I will have to keep on replaying this one.

by Sandrine Maugy, England - Jan 18th 2010
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Machinarium
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Machinarium

What a great game.. I was delighted to finally find a game that reminded me of Fool's Errand. I played this game during our winter cold snap doen in " My GIRL CAVE" I renamed it since my husband was working long hr. We palyed together over the phone and at home..He did the arcade style puzzles while I guided us through the rest.. It was so sad to see the end. But Happy I was able to asset Mr Machinarium and friend to safe ground.. I plastered this game all over my FaceBook...Make more please!

by karen carmack, USA - Jan 16th 2010
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Empire Builder: Ancient Egypt
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Fun game

I downloaded this game and recently completed the missions. If you like games like Pharaoh, Ceasar, Sim City, etc, then you'll like this. On a scale of difficulty I would rank it a 5 or 6. Once you play the first few scenarios it is easy to figure out how to win each campaign, but still fun enough to keep playing. Just wish the campaign option was a little longer. Well worth 10 bucks.

by jennifer Chadwell, USA - Jan 14th 2010
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Mary Kay Andrews: The Fixer Upper
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too short, too simple, and not age-appropriate

The puzzles were very simple, but the dialogue was interesting. But everything wrapped up very quickly and abruptly! I still had about 10 minutes to go on my demo hour and I'd finished the game - mystery solved, credits rolling.

Given the ease of the puzzles, I would have thought the game was intended for younger players, but the overall theme is actually pretty mature (FBI, fraud, sexual harassment, etc.). So I'm not really sure who the intended demographic is - I think the developers missed the mark on this one. Certainly I'm glad I didn't pay for it.

by Heather Macpherson, Canada - Jan 14th 2010
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Machinarium
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Amazing Music - Great Game

I really enjoyed playing this game. It's fun to come back to every now and then. The music makes it even more special.

by KeeKatz, USA - Jan 14th 2010
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Penumbra: Overture
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cool game

This is a very cool game it is a hard game i think and a must have the details is so good i love this game it also has a good story you get so much more than you give for this game

by thomas grosen, Denmark - Jan 14th 2010
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Wild Tribe
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wild tribe

A cute little game but so not worth the price got only one days game play out off it. Once all is completed and they get off the island the game is over, it should only be worth a quarter the price they are asking so wish i never purchased it.

by danylb, Australia - Jan 14th 2010
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Megaplex Madness - Now Playing
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Engaging but very laggy

While I did purchase the game and have enjoyed it for the most part, it is slow to load, becoming worse as the levels advance. Even on my nearly new macbook pro the game lags so badly that I can't finish the final levels. Other than having to wait constantly while the game runs in slow-motion, this is a clever time-management game that I would have rated a star or two higher.

by Dawn Johnson, USA - Jan 12th 2010
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A Vampire Story
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Fun game, with technical difficultues, and bad support.

First about the game design:
The best in this game are funny dialogs and the strange characters like a vampyre lady neglecting she is a vampire - hilarious.

Technical difficulties:
The game runs nice under Leopard, but struggles in Snow Leopard with occasional crashes or even forcing you to cold-restart your computer. It is a bummer that one cannot switch between applications when running game.

Company's support:
Beware, if one reinstalls the game more than twice one gets locked out of the game with the error message "This registration code is already registered on two machines. Please contact support@vpltd.com.com for assistance.". Unfortunately, the company does not respond to this email address quickly, if at all, at least I am still waiting for a response for several days.

Summary:
Nice game, but I expected higher quality from a Mac software.

by Andre Wehe, USA - Jan 11th 2010
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Wheel of Fortune Super Deluxe
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Akward controls

The amount of time to enter the letters to make the final answer is not enough. Therefore even if you know the answer there isn't enough time to select the letters with the mouse. Frustraing.

by Abby Barnes, USA - Jan 9th 2010
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Veronica Rivers-Portals to the Unknown
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Veronica Rivers: Portals to the Unknown

An excellent mind stretcher. The right balance of puzzles, hunt and find. As a medical editor, this overall sharpens my edge and yet, relaxes the mind. Good get!

Anne

by Anne Ugartechea, USA - Jan 9th 2010
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Megaplex Madness - Now Playing
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decent

pretty good for a time management game with a little strategey thrown in. the more you play the harder it becomes as the customers start comming faster and losing their patience more quickly. to make more money you also need to match the customer color with the spot you place them on. then theres the decision on how best to spend your money . upgrade ticket booths or popcorn machines? or is is better spent on more employees. i only played the demo for the hour but it did keep my attention the entire time.

by cecilia forbes, USA - Jan 9th 2010
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The Serpent of Isis
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Lot of fun, but short

I really enjoyed this game - the objects are well hidden, and the puzzles are fun. Only problem is that I finished it in about 4 hours. It might keep younger players busy for longer, of course. And my husband's taking a bit longer to plough through it - but he only plays with it off and on. He's not the must-solve-in-one-sitting type.

Still, if you compare the entertainment-cost-per-minute to going to the movies, getting this game is by far the better deal! But don't expect it to occupy you for a straight weekend or anything.

by Heather Macpherson, Canada - Jan 8th 2010
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World War 2: Time of Wrath
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Bad experience

Have Snow Leopard and game is unplayable. 2 -3 urns and whole game freezes unable to quit and have to reset mac. very poor support from the authors,. don't waste you money

by john Gough, England - Jan 8th 2010
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Build It! Miami Beach Resort
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quick and fun

It was fun. I might buy this one but I want to see some others 1st.

by Marguerite Swartz, USA - Jan 8th 2010
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