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Jewel Match
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It Was Nice!

Jewel Match is a lot of fun. The only complaint I have is I think the trail should be a lot longer on this game. I never had a crash, and it runs very smooth.

by Paula McLeland, USA - May 26th 2007
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SpongeBob Diner Dash
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My Review

Good game but will get repetative.

by Anonymous, Australia - May 26th 2007
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Little Shop of Treasures
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My Review

This is a very nice game to look at. The graphics are good, colourful and bright. The problem is with the gameplay. Basically the game is just way too repetitive. Each level is essentially the same, just in a different location and it doesn't get any harder. You have the same time limit - 5 minutes - and have to find the same amount of objects - 15 - at both the beginning and end of the game.

Difficulty settings would have been good, decreased time limits as you progress, more objects to find per level the further you get into the game, thinks like this would all have enhanced the gameplay and stopped it from being quite dull.

And what exactly is the benefit of getting a gold star? You can progress to the next level by finding only 10 of the 15 items on a level, and there doesn't seem to be any advantage I can make out to getting all 15 and a gold star, other than the satisfaction of knowing you'd found everything.

So to sum up, a nice, if ultimately, boring game. Good to while away a couple of hours, but there are better games on this site (Kudos, for example) for the same money.

by John Hunter, England - May 26th 2007
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Tradewinds Legends
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Good Joss!

I loved this game - it reminded me of playing Taipan on the old Apple ][s with the trade and ship battles. Five stars just for that!

by HappyPig, USA - May 19th 2007
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Prey
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Awesome Twist on Traditional Shooters

I downloaded and played the demo on my iMac 17" 2.0 Core2Duo with a gig of ram, and it was awesome! Graphics are fabulous and the gameplay is great! The story line is pretty intriguing as well. Sound is great! I love the Native American twist on the music when you go into "spirit mode" during the out of body experience. In fact, I love the way the game incorporates some characteristics not previously found in FPS games. Great concept for a game.

I will warn you that the language is pretty offensive, but the nice thing is that you can turn the profanity off in the game options. That is a great bonus considering that I have a 6 year old in my home and I don't want him hearing the "F" word in every scene when I'm playing. Not to mention the fact that I hate foul language myself. All in all, if the full game is as good as the demo, then I think this could rival some of the mainline FPS games on the market. I think this will be a homerun based on what I have seen thus far.

by Martin Graham, USA - May 9th 2007
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Hearts of Iron 2: Doomsday
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for those with plenty of time

Granted, this game is not for adreneline junky, the frag king, or the Orc commander. But for those who thought Hitler, Stalin, Rosevelt or Churchill could have done things differently this game is for you. Yes, with the millions of calculations it is running all the time the game can lag, but I still find it manageable with my macmini 1.2ghz. If you know some ww2 history and want massive scale strategy this game can be the cat's pajamas.

by Ubermaximus, Canada - May 4th 2007
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AquaPark
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AquaPark

Annoying! Hard to manuever, Carpal tunnel syndrome is to be expected after 5 mins.

by John Van Cleaf, USA - Apr 22nd 2007
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Ouba: The Great Journey
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Bugs add to gameplay challenge!

This is not an easy game. The goal is to match blocks to free the cute little boogying Ouba's but to do so you must also avoid causing the blocks to freeze or the game itself to crash entirely. Addicting and annoying. Would be a super game if it didn't crash and was less laggy.

by Nathalie Baldwin, USA - Apr 22nd 2007
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Halo Universal Binary
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Worth every penny.

I love Halo. I love Halo even more now on my Macbook Pro. All performance issues have vanished with this new patch. If you went and spent tons of money on a new Mactel, an extra $5 to make your favorite game even better is worth every penny.

by Craig Valeri, USA - Apr 15th 2007
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PeaceMaker
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Makes you really see the news for the first time

PeaceMaker is a revelation. By letting you play both sides in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict it makes you really confront the complex issues involved. After playing it, the news from the region will be viewed with a new light of understanding.

Stepping into the shoes of the Palestinian President or the Israeli Prime Minister and negotiating the shifting winds of public favour and the rough seas of violence of both sides makes one appreciate the delicate balancing act of building peace both within and without your people.

Making the policy decisions, negotiating with radical and conservative parties, choosing where to spend money and dreading the next outburst of violence makes the issues stick in your mind long after finishing the game. More understanding comes with doing than reading magazines or watching TV.

Playing the game is a fast and efficient way of learning about the seemingly neverending Middle-East conflict. In just a few hours the player will make many illuminating connections between the often conflicting actions and speeches of the participating groups - and the consequences of the actions. When the same findings are shown daily in the international news it makes you really appreciate the work that has gone into PeaceMaker.

The game is fun and engaging to play and encourages deep thinking about the conflict. A strategy game has seldom felt so alive and current. PeaceMaker proves that the real world provides subjects many times more interesting than the usual fantasy fare offered in the name of entertainment.

Above all, PeaceMaker provides hope. Hope of the conflict being solvable, hope of mutual understanding and respect being possible. Hope of finally setting aside the myriad legitimate grievances of both sides and working together to achieve peace. Hope of people from both sides to mostly view each other as people first and members of a different group second. A game couldn't aspire to higher ends.

It does not even matter if you agree with the assumptions the game makes or the accuracy of the many facts presented. You will think, and you will learn. And you will have fun.

by Jarmo Petäjäaho, Finland - Apr 14th 2007
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RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Soaked!
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RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 Soaked

The game adds a large range of water items including pools, slides and many more. This makes the original rollercoaster game much more enjoyable and fun. You can also make laser and water shows which can be shown in your park at night.

Recommend to anyone who owns RollerCoaster Tycoon 3.

by Mr Ross Williams, Australia - Apr 12th 2007
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PeaceMaker
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A great game offering unique playing experience

I am an Israeli, a serious gamer, and an expert on the subject.
This game manages to combine three things:

- A great, highly addictive game
- A refreshing approach
- An accurate description of the up-to-date situation in the Middle East.

I like this game for many reasons. At first I was skeptical and only downloaded the demo version, but quickly upgraded.

Instead of overloading the player with irrelevant (and boring...) historical facts, the game conveys the situation in the middle east as is, currently, every day.

By playing both sides, the Israeli and the Palestinian, you get a new perspective on things.

Instead of going 'hey, why can't they resolve it', in this game I felt 'hey, what should *I* do next to resolve it?' - a unique playing experience, that carries on to every news report I currently see.

And the game is much fun, very well balanced. Highly recommended!

by badolina, USA - Apr 12th 2007
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PeaceMaker
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Over simplified - fails to deal with core issues; mis-states goals

The game is a nice concept poorly executed. It is unrealistic because it papers over the core reasons for continuing conflict.
For example The game states that the goal of the militants (Hamas etc) is to end the "Israeli occupation". If only it were that simple! The clearly stated goal of Hamas (in its manifesto) is to end Jewish sovereignty over the whole of Israel, not just the West Bank & Gaza. Similarly it states that the economic & political development of the Palestinians is a core goal of the Arab states. Unfortunately this is not true of many Arab states. Their goal is to keep the current Arab regimes in power. The Arab states, despite their oil riches, contribute very little to PA economic development. The EU and US contribute orders of magnitude more.
The game also fails to deal with the history of the conflict pre 1920 or even mention the Holocaust as a factor in Israel's creation. The pre 1920 history of the conflict is very important to both Arabs and Jews and shapes their understanding of current issues to a degree not easily understood by the West.
Its a real pity that this game didn't have more depth, complexity and accurate goals. It might have made it harder to win the Nobel Peace prize but would have been far more educational.

by Andrew Hamilton, Australia - Apr 9th 2007
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Star Wars: Empire At War
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Passable Mac Game

EaW leaves a lot to be desired. The graphics are mediocre by today's standards even for a game of this age. If Aspyr is going to constrain us to Intel-only chipsets then we'd better be seeing some MIND BLOWING graphical capabilities and unit caps.

If you're looking for good space combat, go for Homeworld 2. If you want good ground combat (Star Wars style) get Galactic Battlegrounds. Old games, but both deliver on fronts that Empire at War fails.

I absolutely loathe some of the gameplay elements here, especially the artificial game barriers that the game imposes. For example, why can't I land my entire army during a ground invasion? No, in order to land my full force I need to capture reinforcement points scattered across the map. WHY? It makes absolutely no sense.

I should never be scratching my head and chaffing at gameplay barriers. If you can't make a game without these idiotic elements, then don't make the game at all.

by Jarrod Nettles, USA - Apr 9th 2007
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Age of Mythology
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Good game, i enjoyed it, and still do

i have had this game for 2 months, and i must say, this game is amazing, it was much better then age of empires 3, and works on more computers.... microsoft did a amazing job on this game.
CAUTION, ITS EXTREMELY EDICTING!!!!!!

by Ann Deane, USA - Apr 9th 2007
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Virtual Villagers
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Fun if you like pet fish

This is one of those ant farm like experiences where you sort of nudge your lifeforms into what you want done and otherwise just generally sit back and watch. This is kind of a double-edged blade that works for and against this game. I can only recommend it if you're willing to give it an hour at the beginning of the game and then check it ever hour or so like a Tamagotchi.

Basically, try the demo and imagine that your sense of accomplishment will slow down dramatically after a few hours when you've sort of finished the obvious stuff and then the game will become almost like a stamina test rather than a constant stream of things to do and overcome.

by Christopher Rydberg, Taiwan - Apr 9th 2007
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Victoria
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Hard-earned fun

This is the king of micromanagement games and it can be incredibly daunting trying to get into it, but when you do you are rewarded with a game so deep and rich you may never stop playing. If not for its awkward interface I'd put it up there with classics like Civilization. A.D.D. kids need not buy.

by Christopher Rydberg, Taiwan - Apr 9th 2007
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Democracy
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The perfect game for the backseat politician

While this game is not attractive and gets repetitive I still enjoy cranking the difficulty way up and seeing if I can't rebuild my own perfect America without getting assassinated or voted out of office. I'd wager that unless you like management gaming or are really politically minded you probably won't enjoy this game much, but if either of those could describe you this game might well be worth your time.

by Christopher Rydberg, Taiwan - Apr 9th 2007
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Airline Tycoon Deluxe
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A solid businees management game

I bought this as a fan of the classic console game Aerobiz and was not disappointed. While I will say that the game can be a little hard to make sense of at first, it becomes fun and interesting after a few plays and I'm still enjoying the occasional afternoon with it.

by Christopher Rydberg, Taiwan - Apr 9th 2007
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Star Wars: Empire At War
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Big disappointment

With all the powerful graphics available today this is a poor excuse for a game. It leaves the player as a watcher instead of in the action. It is so slow, I could read a book and play at the same time

by CARL, USA - Apr 5th 2007
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