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Guns of Icarus
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Great game BUT....

The game looks fantastic and plays well up to a point. At level 4 or 5 it simply freezes. Not just the game mind you but my entire computer. After freezing the 5th time, out of 5 tries I've stopped playing it. Granted I'm just using the demo but I'm not sure I want to buy the full game. Still, if it wern't for the "freezing up my computer so badly I have to cut the power" thing I'd plop down my hard earned $ in a heartbeat.

by Edward P, USA - Dec 21st 2009
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The Path
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Waste of money

Yeah, I get it: this isn't really a "game" in the traditional sense. In fact, it isn't really a game at all.

All you do is wander around the forest trying to collect a particular kind of flower or certain "artifacts" (like the trucker cap a guy who is chopping wood is wearing), even though the reason for this is never made clear. If you go straight to "grandma's house" or get there before it thinks you should, the game tells you that you've FAILED, even though it never tells you what you are supposed to have accomplished beforehand.
There is a "save" option, however, other than remembering all the little objects you have already collected, you have to start the game over - even having to choose a character - from the beginning every time. There is no way to turn off the annoying music other than to kill the volume on your computer altogether.
The little girl character doesn't seem to do anything other than hug you as long as you'll stand there, or drag you all the way back to "the path" - which is totally annoying since the game clearly wants you to do other things before you get to "grandma's house" - see above. And while the description claims that gameplay is different depending on which character you choose, frankly, I don't see one bit of difference from one character to the next.

by Kim Wilber, USA - Dec 21st 2009
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Machinarium
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Short but fun

Machinarium is a game that fits in a genre which has nearly disappeared - the "graphical adventure." In a graphical adventure, you move a character around in a (usually) 2D world, interacting with various objects to further the story line. These aren't "hidden object" games (although they can sometimes feel like it) - the objects are part of the world and make some sort of sense to use.

Machinarium is visually a beautiful game, with a unique style for both the characters and the locations. Character movement is easy and fun to watch.

Generally speaking, the "puzzles" - the objectives you must meet in each location to advance the story - are reasonably balanced. Here and there I found a few to be pretty obscure, and at least once I was unable to see an onscreen object until I accessed the built-in hints - it just blended too well with the background. But overall, they're fun, not too challenging to enjoy, but hard enough to make you think.

If I have a complaint, it's that this game is extremely short. I read somewhere that a player could expect 30 hours of gameplay. I completed the game in about a 3rd of that time. This game costs half of what most games cost these days, so perhaps I am being unfair. However, one of the built-in issues with graphical adventures is that once you're finished, you're *finished* - there is literally no point in replaying the game. Given that fact, this game should have been around $10, or twice as long.

Still, if you want something more interesting than the hidden object games, restaraunt simulators and other assorted junk that seems to fill the Mac gaming shelves, Machinarium may be just your cup of tea. I enjoyed it - as long as it lasted.

by James Fields, USA - Dec 21st 2009
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Machinarium
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Great Game

Great Game

by Maciej Pawlowski, Poland - Dec 19th 2009
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Osmos
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A very lovely, and brilliant game!

How to describe this lovely game? You play the part of a kind of organic 'mote', maneuvering in a dreamy universe to absorb smaller motes. As you eat, you grow bigger, but as you maneuver, you shrink. Be careful not to touch a larger mote, or it will absorb you! There are several very clever game modes involving different objectives, different laws of physics, and different kinds of 'other' motes - some of which are rather dangerous. The first levels teach you the basic rules of the motey universe, but I found them very intuitive and clever. Later levels become more challenging with new physics and new situations that add a great deal of depth to this game, enough to challenge anyone. I was so impressed while playing the demo that I immediately bought it, and was very glad I did. This is also my first review of a game, because I would like to encourage others to give it a try. The developers sure took a lot of care and creativity to make a game like no other. Simple, unique, and totally absorbing. I am hooked.

by Mark Sturtevant, USA - Dec 17th 2009
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Plan It Green
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play it green

Not worth the money. I finished playing it in one afternoon and that was it, Got it right the first time and no use playing it again. Very simple, maybe interesting for 5 year olds. Worst $20 I spent on a game!

by William Van Horn, USA - Dec 13th 2009
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World War 2: Time of Wrath
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Freezing

Sorry that I did not read the reviews prior to wasting $30 on this game.

by Chris McDonald, Canada - Dec 12th 2009
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Galactic Assault: Prisoner of Power
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Excellent turn based strategy game.

This game is excellent for only those who liked SSI's turn based People's General and Panzer General series in the '90s. If you're one of them, buy this game; it's worth it.

by Michael Lomvardos, Greece - Dec 12th 2009
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Iron Roses
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Really EASY....

It's a really short game with a sappy story. It took two hours to play the whole thing.

by Danielle Brusco, USA - Dec 11th 2009
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My Kingdom for the Princess
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A fine, quirky resource management game

This is a very neat little resource management game where you have to restore order to a kingdom by careful husbandry of your food, wood and gold. You can build buildings to increase these, but you have to think about the order you do it to get everything done before nightfall. 47 levels of various difficulty. Would appeal to people who like Build-a-Lot, Westward or time management games. A little like a casual version of real time strategy games like Command and Conquer, but without any significant military element.

by BohemianCoast, England - Dec 11th 2009
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Iron Roses
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Iron roses

I got the demo and plan on getting game. Only thing I would change is to slow down conversations. I feel like I got to be a speed reader. But rest of game is so real. Lots of fun too. I recommend it.

by CiberTiger, USA - Dec 8th 2009
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Find Your Own Way Home
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Find your own way home

I don't care if you are a Reospeedwagon fan or not. You will love this game. Totally unique and out and out fun. Great graphics and challenging games. A variety to. Interesting story and definitely repeat game play. Also new way to play music. Lots of fun. Highly recommend.

by CiberTiger, USA - Dec 8th 2009
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World War 2: Time of Wrath
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PATCH coming soon?

This game looks to be well conceived and designed. Unfortunately I can only get 2-3 turns in at best and the graphics freeze on me. Same issues occur when the application is attempted on either my 17" MacBook Pro with 4GB RAM and a 2.8 duo core running OS X 10.6.1 or my mac mini configured the same with the exception of a slightly slower processor (2.6).

Don't purchase until a patch is made available.

by Tim Barkowski, Canada - Dec 8th 2009
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Campfire Legends - The Hookman
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OMG!

This game was great. It was engaging, with interesting mini-games and hidden objects that made sense. It also scared me to death! So, a word to the wise, be prepared for a few scares. The graphics only lend to the creepy environment in the game. If you ever wished your favorite horror movie was blended with a great puzzle hidden object game, then this is the right game for you. I am still trying to recover from this one.

by Cassie Hileman, USA - Dec 8th 2009
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Delicious - Emily's Holiday Season
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I Love It!

This is actually a fun game. It sets the most accurate and comical view of what happens when a family gets together for Christmas. There is a perfect level of challenge in each stage and it isn't a chore to continue because it has a cozy, simple story and concept. The character's facial expressions and moments of awkwardness are as priceless as their funny lines. The gags are great, too. Emily's reactions are pretty realistic, too. I love it!

by mmmbunnies, Canada - Dec 3rd 2009
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Machinarium
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Very Entertaining

I enjoyed every minute of this game. The animation is spectacular, the puzzles are challenging, and if you get stuck there is a mini-game that unlocks a hint book. I highly reccomend this to anyone who likes adventure games.

by Clint Meeks, USA - Dec 3rd 2009
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Hidden Expedition: Amazon
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Great Bugs!

The graphics are great. I love bugs and the "take off" on this adventure is beautiful. This is more than peck and hunt. I'm stuck on the pyramid puzzle, but having fun playing music off the stripes (easily entertained). After a hard day as a transcriptionist, I need bubble gum for the brains!

Thank you,

Anne

by Anne Ugartechea, USA - Dec 2nd 2009
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Mr Jones' Graveyard Shift
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average game

The game is nice at first but than repeats itself. you keep working in same grounds and it becomes difficult to move around.

by cya nogen, Turkey - Dec 1st 2009
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G.H.O.S.T. Chronicles
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average game

hidden object scenes were not good, the puzzles were very easy. the game ends quickly and is not challenging

by cya nogen, Turkey - Dec 1st 2009
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Kudos Rock Legend
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nice game with replay value

it is a nice game, you can train in various areas and build up your career. graphics are average but general game play is easy and user friendly.

by cya nogen, Turkey - Dec 1st 2009
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