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Posted:
2010-12-07

snowie

Super Gamer Dude

6.9

The title is a little misleading as this bundle actually contains four games. The Triple Pack consists of the iWin games entitled The Mysterious City of Cairo; The Mysterious City of Golden Prague; and Mysteryville. The last is a bonus is GameHouse's TextTwist 2.

The two Mysterious City titles are hidden object games which provide you with various scenes to search within a number of days. You can play in relaxed mode which doubles the time limit allocated to each day. Watching the clock ticking away relentlessly may tempt you to make use of the always available hint facility, there is however a drawback, it deducts from your allowed time and provides only a general pointer as to the whereabouts of the sought after object. As well as hidden object hunts there are also parts of the game that are more in the nature of a puzzle, such as spot the difference, jigsaws and other relatively easy posers. Not exactly mind stretching.

There is little difference between these two titles, as in both you take on the persona of a female archaeologist. When visiting Cairo you are a junior and relatively unknown ancient artifact hunter and so nameless. When you move to Prague with a promotion you get a name, and a new role as Dr.Ellis who is asked to search for the missing Professor Goldy who has disappeared before the start of an important event that he was responsible for setting up. Prague does contain more scenes but is, perhaps, not quite as visually impressive as Cairo. Neither game will give you any headaches.

The graphic presentation in Mysteryville is poor compared to the first two, they are very basic. In this same type of hidden object game you play an itinerant investigative reporter looking into weird goings-on in Mysteryville. What is this mystery? The disappearance of all the cats the town. As you visit the local shops, pubs and other locations to question the residents, you are presented with hidden object scenes that need to be completed before any of the residents will answer your questions. With 22 levels, the game includes assorted puzzles and minigames.

The bonus game, TextTwist 2 has five different modes of play. The first two are similar to each other but one is timed and the other untimed. Both are word puzzles setting the task of creating words from a set of letters. You have the choice of gradually building up your point total, or immediately trying to create the BINGO using all your given letters, so nothing very new here. Once achieved, the BINGO word allows you to progress to the next round and a new set of letters. You can select the maximum number of letters from a choice of 6, 7 or 8. Word of the Day is a mode that can only be played once a day. You need to create a word using all the supplied letters in order to progress to the next round and if you fail you have to wait a day before trying again. Lightning mode is much the same in that you need to create a word using all the letters within a time limit. A time bonus is added for each successful word completion. You can also get hints but you should not need them. The final mode of Crossword involves completing a grid of linked words using a specific set of letters. As you add a word, so the grid will twist around to indicate where the next word should go.

Although some game graphics are better than others, none are more than adequate to the task, but its only a puzzle game after all. I found the game useful for filling in a little time without too much brain damage. Its a bit like the things we used to call puzzle books and priced accordingly. Nothing special but reasonable value for what it is.

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Posted:
2010-12-08

snowie

Super Gamer Dude

7.8

RailWorks accurately depicts, down to the smallest detail, the management and day to day running of real train networks. There is no fancy stuff or embellishments to make the simulation more exciting, you see it as it is. Its not everyone's cup of tea but its a chance for the non railroader to get the feel of a real train, and almost anyone will find it interesting at some level.

RailWorks is a little more than watching authentic little trains running on authentic little routes; it offers a variety of scenarios requiring you to meet strict timetables making sure passengers meet their connections and arrive with their luggage at their destination on time. In the Intermediate and Expert modes the number of duties is so great that the printable keyboard control essential and needs frequent consulting. But that's about he size of it. There are many tasks to carry out but most are mundane routine chores. However, if you are a train freak then its right up your junction.

The game comes with five separate virtual documents and manuals, an impressive work in itself and in order to enter fully into te concept of the game you will need to read them.

Newcomers should certainly read the Quick Start Guide to get the general philosophy and structure of the railway, as well as getting a printout the Keyboard Signal Guide to understand the many controls needed and the many international railway signals encountered, as the travelling trains cross frontiers into many countries.

There is a fifteen page FAQ document and a ninety-page Driver Manual that really sets the scene and puts the player in touch the game and its mechanics. Not only are the locomotives modelled in accurate detail, but so are the freight wagons and passenger coaches. This manual also has detailed maps of the routes. Then the last one, the Creator Manual deals with the creation of new routes and scenarios. All this reading takes time and requires patience.

At the start of each session you select a route and then decide whether to go into Free Play, involving unrestricted driving, or to choose a scenario. Once you're up and running you'll want to experiment with different viewer perspectives of which there are many. You never get to stick with one perspective as the game requires you to switch from one to another as you progress and meet new challenges.

Though gameplay is considerably less thrilling than flying planes or racing a car, it does offer its own particular challenges. Drive too fast for the prevailing conditions and you will derail. Switch to the wrong track or forget to switch at all and you may collide with an approaching or stationary train. Mess up your timing and you'll forfeit your chance of completing the current tasks. And you'll be docked points for speeding too.

RailWorks is a visually attractive game, with many locomotives and carriages, many types of weather and lighting conditions to provide diversity. The scenery is impressive and varied, and the level of detail of trains themselves is stunning. Make sure to pay close attention to both the signals and the information graphic overlays as they help you decide what you can and cannot do.

I found it enjoyable but unfortunately I do not have the time it would take to fully take advantage of all the game offers.

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Posted:
2010-12-09

snowie

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6.4

Total War Shogun 2 sends the player back in time to the turbulent era of Japan in the sixteenth century at the time of the end of the Onin war, you find yourself in a country whose society and infrastructure has been destroyed by battles against enemy Shoguns leaving its capital, Kyoto, a ruined shell. Eight warlords control their own dominions and these lesser rulers rival each other to gain the favor of the main ruler, the Emperor, and to strengthen their hold over their lands. The player takes on the character of one of these warlords, each of which has his own expertise, perhaps political, diplomatic or military. Their lands are scattered all around the Emperor's lands. some may be positioned on distant islands while others may be in the central plains. The warlords must make use of these scattered terrains to their own particular advantage.

The Samurai warriors of this era present a wonderful mix of realism and imagination. The game has captured a Total War experience and the setting of Feudal Japan is a perfect place and period to host this grand conflict. Between the participants there is much competition and everyone has the possibility of climbing up the ranks to be top man. Political and technological advances have been brought by the Portuguese and Dutch colonizers, and added to this is the introduction of destructive gunpowder from China.

The game also introduces hero characters. Heroes are skilled army units who have specialized fighting skills allowing them to sneak up to the enemy unnoticed. These heroes are based on Japan's historical figures which make the game even more representative of the era in which it is set. The heroes are relentless, once released on the battlefield there is little chance of stopping them. They can hold a bridge against enemies who wish to cross or crash through a battle formation to fight alongside their commander. However, the enemy can also send their heroes against the player, so be prepared, as such attacks can be costly for the unprepared opponent. Tactics can deter enemy heroes, a flurry of arrows can make it hard for them to penetrate the battle line and fighting your heroes can slow or stop them.

The whole game exhibits the distinctive character of Oriental architecture, a wonderful backdrop for the military encounters. The piled pagoda architecture permits assaults to be taken in stages, with the enemy and friendly units hopping from level to another. This provides each camp with more choice than merely waiting for an entry point in the enemy's battle lines and then just sending in army units around it. It is extremely challenging to topple a castle as each has five levels of structure, and as the player progresses, the level of choice and sophistication advance as well. To add more content, each castle possesses distinctive characters according to where they are situated. These locations range from mountainous terrain to the coastal regions.

Overall presentation is brilliant and the animations of units and battles move fluently. There are loads of new characters added to those which feature in the earlier installments of Total War games. Graphic quality is exceptional and to give added substance the game also has inventive sound effects reflecting realistically the feel of ancient Japan. In my opinion this new game will be a great addition to the top-class war games already on the market.

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Posted:
2010-12-18

snowie

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7.2

Jimmy Hopkins, a fifteen year-old misfit is the hero of the piece. Mother is honeymooning with hubby number eight and you are in the bottom grade an "underperforming", rough and extremely unpleasant school. You begin in a relatively large map with a combination of missions and side quests, trying at all times to do a balancing act between rival school factions, trying not to antagonize any of them.
Despite being nicknamed Bully, your mission is to stop the bullying within the school. This you attempt to do by thumping everyone up until they agree with you; a bit like bullying.

The gameplay itself is so much fun. Mostly doing everyday things that teenagers do, including figting. Others, like mooching around the lunatic asylum are not so everyday things. Jimmy also has to take lessons twice a day, or as is more likely, avoid getting caught while skiving off classes. There are some good ideas along this theme; art classes improve his kissing abilities, and gains extra health. English improves his ability to bull his way out of trouble. Chemistry classes teach him to make his own explosive fireworks and so on. But most lessons have no such practical uses, consisting of either boring quick-time event challenges or second rate puzzles.

The PC controls are particularly poor, being sometimes contradictory, and pop ups carry misleading or incorrect information relating to the current action. There are other small problems, and though obviously frustrating, because the acting is marvellous and it’s a pleasure to play, overall I do recommend it.

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Posted:
2010-12-21

snowie

Super Gamer Dude

7.9

This game is more of a mystery and exploration game with a horror twist to it. Lost Souls provides the most unique adventure game ever. With this game, you get a combination of horror and mystery. This is new style of an adventure game that adds more thrill to every gamer. This review on Dark Fall: Lost Souls will take on its story line and give you a glimpse on what this game is all about.

The story starts with a man trying to save his missing brother in the village of Dowerton, somewhere in England, but I can't think where. And another side of the story being about Benjamin Parker who aims to stop the evil that lives in the Fetch Rock Lighthouse. Now you will control the role of the inspector who has a failure in the past that haunts him until the present time. You will start your investigation in the Dowerton hotel and train station. You will be going up against ghosts and demons. The monsters you fight do look pretty amazing, if I may say so, and the backgrounds or environments are what I like the best though (they are kind of flat but in its unique way is kind of cool). The lighting is absolutely amazing.

This game is played in the first person perspective. I really couldn't see it being played any other way. Therefore, you are directly into the scenes and games. You will be given a mobile phone which will be your weapon all throughout the game. The mobile phone will also be receiving clues from a mystery character. This game offers a good sense of horror. The scenes are well presented and will give you that terror feeling all the time. You will be given lots of puzzles to solve, obstacles to go through and clues to find. Clues will lead you to solving the mystery and erasing the past failure that you had in career as the inspector.

Dark Fall: Lost Souls is an effective adventure game that truly provides the kind of horror that a gamer would want in a horror-adventure game. It has no boring scenes; everything is worth watching and working on. You will have lots of things to do in this game. Activities are all related to the story line. And lastly the story is so interesting that you do not want to stop until you finish the whole game. In other words, the game is addicting. The graphics are well done. The element of fear and fright were achieved in its attempt to show horror in the game. It is truly terrifying. I would have to say the audio or background noises are one of the best things about this game. You will hear things, but never see then; it really gets you in the mood. Sometimes just knowing something is there is actually more terrifying than actually seeing it. The way the story is told is very unique way. Dark Fall: Lost Souls is a very good horror adventure game. It will leave you in awe with how the puzzles were given within the story of the gameThis game is fun, thrilling and enjoyable. For people who like horror and adventure, this is the game they should try. I would rate it 8/10.

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Posted:
2010-12-21

snowie

Super Gamer Dude

9.4

This game allows you to take charge as Captain of wide variety of ships ranging from small tugboats to large cruise liners and giant supertankers. If this is not enough to occupy you, these ships will be put into missions involving extreme conditions of weather leading to some pretty extreme seas to contend with. Some of these missions are supposed to be based on real situations; one of them involves boats from the Greenpeace organization. Another involves a coast guard team rescuing survivors from a blazing passenger ship. For even more variety the missions take part in many parts of the world, from the balmy tropics to the frozen Arctic, from harbors to the open oceans

There are many missions that can be tackled but these are in no particular order, and there is also a facility for an online multiplayer mode. This in my opinion is not unwelcome, but as only one man should be 'driving' the ship I do not see the point of it. No points to play for, just you against the sea.

Simulations are usually great fun for all because they allow game players to get the feel of something they will probably never do for real. This game is no exception and is, of its type, one of the best.

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Posted:
2010-12-24

snowie

Super Gamer Dude

8.0

Serious Sam HD is close to a remake of the previously excellent Serious Sam, with extended levels, much improved graphics but has kept its zaniness anh humor. You'll still be gunning down loads of enemies; Harpies that shoot ice, zombies that spray fireballs, plagues of exploding frogs, shocking piranhas, lazer and rocket shooting bio-mechs that clump around.

Another pleasant character is the Headless Kamikaze; a smelly, fast moving corpse with two ticking bombs, who appears throughout the game. Sam starts with a pistol and builds up his weapon capability until he is the proud owner of a canon.

While you never leave this monster-filled Egyptian city, Thebes, Serious Sam finds room for a lot of varied architectural scenery and strange locations; underground rivers, dry canyons, dusty tombs and gardens to name but a few. All the game locations give plenty of action room with different elevations and hidden places. Each enemy form makes a distinct and distinctive noise which warns you in advance of the tactics you need to combat them.

There are some flashback elements to Serious Sam but as most things about the original are good this does not matter too much. A very good amusing game very reminiscent of the excellent original.

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Posted:
2013-05-29

snowie

Super Gamer Dude

6.6

Angry Bird Trilogy originally came out on the app phones and later made it way on the Xbox 360, most people online will be well aware on this game and how popular it became online as million upon millions of players decided to play it on the iPhone.

The aim of each level is to fire or rather catapult the angry bird in a location resulting in gaining points based on your accuracy of the sling, more accuracy results in a higher score unlocking potential achievements.

This is the trilogy set and is no different to that of one that was released on the iPhone, there are over 600 levels to wade through but fans who have played the originals already may not find enough satisfaction having already seen what needs to be done and the general scenery overall.

I would have expected given the cost of this game to further introduce more new levels, or better still a complete set of new levels given the amount of users who have already played the trilogy in extensive length. Or perhaps include the trilogy and offer more new levels on top, they decided against this and to be honest if you have already played the app games then this can be brushed aside.

I found some enjoyment here but nothing that astonishing, it was meant as an app game to pass the time away, rather than being slung on a console, to me it seemed that the only reason why it came to the console was because of the success of the app, rather than giving Angry Bird addicts something further and different.

Overall the price is what lets this game down, you cannot charge small peanuts for the app version then go and change 20 times that price to place it on the Xbox 360, not without adding more incentive and more different levels other than the original Angry Birds Trilogy which people have played extensively.

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Posted:
2013-05-29

snowie

Super Gamer Dude

7.2

Rocksmith Guitar Bundle for the PC gives personal computer gamers a lot more to look forward to when they decide to pass the time playing video games. You do not have to feel like you are not gaining any skills when you play video games any longer. This game was developed and produced by Ubisoft and comes on Microsoft Windows. This is one of the music video games that takes playing this genre of gaming to the next level.

The concept behind this game is that you can literally plug in your guitar and play this game to learn how to cover actual songs. Sometime after the release of Rocksmith Guitar a Bass extension was added to the game so people could build on their Bass skills as well.

In order to use a guitar players must have the Hercules plug in that connects to the computer. Once you do this you can hook up just about any guitar or bass to your Guitar Bundle. There is an extensive song selection from artists such as The Cure, Blur, Eric Clapton, Nirvana and Muse.

As you play Rocksmith there are notes that come at you on the screen and you have to match the notes on the screen. While you are trying to match the notes on the screen you can also look at the fretboard to see how you should be holding the guitar or bass. Song lyrics are also displayed to help those that want to conduct solo acts. Although you are not required to sing along, many people choose to memorize both the song lyrics and notes in order to provide a small performance for people.

Rocksmith has a lot of downloadable content which gives it a lot of replay value. The game received a lot of critical reception for not hitting all the notes with complete accuracy though, and people felt that this is what hurt the game the most. Either way if you are interested in learning how to play music this is a good game to play. Rocksmith helps those who would never pick up a guitar or bass learn songs easily. The game got reviews in the 7.5 to 8 out of 10 range, so it was not seen as a bad game.

If you are a PC gamer looking for a change then this game is a must play. Yet if you are experienced with the guitar or bass then you might not find this game as appealing. Rocksmith Guitar Bundle PC is more of a casual musician's pickup music game.

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Posted:
2013-05-29

snowie

Super Gamer Dude

8.3

Civilization V Gods and Kings is a game that comes with a lot of depth. The game has advanced in many areas in this latest expansion of Civilization V. People enjoy this game because of its depth and strategic aspect. Like in Civilization games of the past, Gods and Kings is a game that is based on strategy and thinking. Something that you can never do enough of.

What Is New For The Sid Meier's Civilization V Gods and Kings PC Game?

With this latest installment, you will see that religions have been incorporated into the game. Religion will play a major role in this game. You can choose from some of the world's major religions, but if that is not appealing, then you can create your own religion. Now you might be thinking, what is the point? Well, each religion is going have its own distinct benefits to your civilization. You will also convert rivals to your religion. What is interesting about this game is that people who you share the same religion with will tend to be friendlier towards you. However, you are likely to clash with those with differing religions.

Another major advancement that helps to make the game series more interesting is espionage. In previous titles, espionage was a part of the game, but you will find that it is a major part of the gameplay in this latest installment. In fact, it is vital to your diplomacy with other countries, but if your spies get caught, then it can cause a war or worse--they can be interrogated and start revealing secrets about your civilization.

New Units And Structures

You will find that new units and structures have been created in the latest game. It is also more engaging than games of the past. The one thing that you might notice for the first time in a Civilization game is that the units do not necessarily follow history. Nonetheless, you can tell that a lot of effort was put into this game to give it a depth that few other titles can compete with.

The great thing about this game is that you have potentially infinite scenarios that could play out, which means that the chances for re-playability are high.

The Fatal Flaw Of The Sid Meier's Civilization V Gods and Kings PC Game

The game is great in almost every respect-except one. The one downside of the latest expansion is that the AI of the computers is excessively low. A good example of this would be like how a computer can throw everything they have at you, weaken themselves to the point of certain death and then ask you for gold as tribute. It makes no sense, and that is only one example of how bad the AI is.

Nonetheless, Civilization V Gods and Kings is a game that has a lot of depth to it. You will find yourself enjoying this game despite the bad AI because there are still many positives to this game. If you always wanted to create your own civilization, then you cannot afford to miss this game.


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