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Once Upon a Time in Chicago Review

Once Upon a Time in Chicago Review

Once Upon a Time in Chicago is like a bingo/keno/lottery play with a little sim built into it. The name of the game is chance and if you win big, you can buy enterprises to advance. You are a naïve tourist visiting the big city, Chicago, in the roaring 20s, and you are robbed of everything except $50. The only way to make more money is to go to the wild casinos full of gangsters and their molls. There is a spinning wheel with 6 numbers and 6 cards with corresponding numbers. If you get a match, you drag the ball from the wheel to the card with the same number. Once one of your cards is filled, it will

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Antique Road Trip 2: Homecoming Review

Antique Road Trip 2: Homecoming Review

Well, you should know by now I’m into antiques and flea markets where there are a lot of junk scattered around. I guess that’s why I like Hidden Object games. Antique Road Trip 2: Homecoming is just one of the many HOGs around you can explore the items all around a locations. This sequel has many levels and scenes to explore and enjoy. You can play it either timed for more of a challenge and earn bonuses for completing levels quickly or untimed for a relaxed game to spend an afternoon browsing through things. The story starts out with James and Grace again, but this time they have a son and are visiting Grace’s parents in Montana. To their surprise,

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Qwak + Professor Fizzwizzle and the Molten Mystery Reviews

Qwak + Professor Fizzwizzle and the Molten Mystery Reviews

Professor Fizzwizzle and the Molten Mystery Review Guess who’s back again? Everyone’s favorite kooky scientist, Professor Fizzwizzle! This time the Professor finds himself in trouble while on vacation on a tropical island. A former student of his has become evil and has taken control of a volcano on the island. It is Professor Fizzwizzle’s job to save the world from this mysterious circumstance. Molten Mystery is a sequel to the original Professor Fizzwizzle, and has almost the exact same gameplay as its predecessor. It is a puzzle-platform game that puts the weak Professor back into the action, pushing crates and barrels while avoiding evil bat bots. Once you push and stack the blocks in the way that works, you can

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Supercow And MacPinball

Supercow And MacPinball

Supercow Review Action, adventure and…dairy? Yes, dairy. Sunny Valley is in danger and the only animal that can help is Supercow. The evil criminal Professor Durianti is on the loose and is terrorizing the local farm. Only a true spotted hero can save the farm from his evil animals. Supercow is an adventure, action game that pits Supercow against the evil animals that roam the levels. The object of each stage is to kill all the enemies and collect all the coins. Each stage has a secret area as well, where the most valuable coins and gems are hidden.

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Ricochet Lost Worlds

Ricochet Lost Worlds

In Ricochet Lost Worlds, the classic brick-breaking game is taken to interesting and exciting new levels. Most people typically enjoy these type of games on their handheld cellular devices (like a Blackberry) but why does the fun have to stop there? Why not expand the game and make it applicable for use on a computer. I think Ricochet Lost Worlds has done this. I am not a huge fan of playing breakout games (usually) but I was pleasantly surprised by this game. Like all brick games, the object of Ricochet Lost Worlds is to destroy all the bricks on the level by bouncing the ball off your paddle and into the bricks. Although tedious at times, there are power-ups available

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Shutter Island Review

Shutter Island Review

Have you ever wished you could be in the National Spelling Bee in Washington DC? Well, now you can (kinda) with Spell-Jam! This game, sponsored by Meriam Websters, is the non-genius’ way to rise to spelling glory, all from the comfort of your home computer. There are three modes in Spell-Jam: Gameshow, Tournament and Practice. The gameshow is like “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” for spelling. You can choose from three difficulties (advanced is very difficult) and work your way up the money list. Tournament is a chance to take place in an actual spelling bee, where you can compete against multiple competitors, including other people. Practice is self-explanatory; you practice spelling. The gameplay is basically the same in

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Science Girls!

Science Girls!

Prep school never looked so exciting especially when giant aliens are attacking the school. In Science Girls, join a team of quirky and brave high school girls as they fight the alien invasion to solve the mystery of these strange beasts. Use group tactics and the girls’ individual powers to make it through waves and waves of foes. An RPG game, decisions will affect the squad of girls, their powers, and the outcome of events. Solve the mystery of the school and help the Science Club save the day. It’s been a while since I have played an RPG game such as Science Girls. The many choices of stats for the girls and places to explore in the school were

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Avenue Flo: Special Delivery Review

Avenue Flo: Special Delivery Review

Avenue Flo: Special Delivery the sequel to Avenue Flo brings about a fun and charming adventure game with Flo singing her own theme song. The familiar quirky characters welcome you to a family of funny cartoon characters bringing them to life and into your home. PlayFirst continues to stick with their successful formula to entertain and delight their fans. This sequel is similar to their first point and click game where you move around DinerTown searching for items, talking to the citizens, looking for balloons and playing mini games. The story begins with Quinn the party planner getting into trouble with Vicky and Tony’s baby shower party when puppies destroy the room full of party favors and food. Of course,

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Ancient Tri-Jong

Ancient Tri-Jong

Ancient Tri-Jong is not your average Mah Jong game! Quite the contrary, it is kind of like a hybrid between a solitaire game and a Mah Jong game. Let me explain. The object of the game is to remove all the tiles, but not by matching like-tiles. In order to remove a tile, you must choose either a higher or lower card than the (what I will call) “main tile.” This “main tile” is initially given to you, but as you remove cards, they replace the old tile and become the new “main tile.” For example, if you start with a 9, you can choose either a 10 on an 8 to remove from the board. If neither of these

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Tradewinds Caravans

Tradewinds Caravans

Take a ride on the Silk Road and claim your fortunes as the best trade caravan in the East. Tradewinds Caravan is a game that has you as a manager of a trading caravan that travels on foot across ancient cities buying, selling, and running errands to make a profit. Beware of bandits though, as your precious goods could be in danger of being robbed, unless you hire some extra muscle to fight them off. The Old World is filled with riches and dangers and your trading company is destined to obtain and conquer them. Tradewinds Caravan is a game that has you essentially running a business in all aspects. You deal with important people such as emperors or priests

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Drawn: Dark Flight

Drawn: Dark Flight

Did you like those kiddy pop-up books when you were growing up? They were great with moving parts and colorful layouts. Drawn: Dark Flight brings the pop-up books to life and cleverly uses them to help you solve puzzles. As a sequel to Painted Tower, you begin where the first game left off. The dramatic beginning will give you a glimpse of what is to come in this puzzle solving game. Iris, the young queen to be, hides herself in a book in order to avoid capture from the evil king who wants to use her artistic talents for wicked purposes. Iris can make a drawing come to life. Imagine the possibilities of someone who can do that. However, before

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Elythril – The Elf Treasure Review

Elythril – The Elf Treasure Review

Elythril – The Elf Treasure is an original and different kind of match 3 Mac game. Leorna daughter of elf king Halgora is upset over the discord among the elf people. I didn’t know there are so many different kinds of elves, but there are. They are the wood, river, wild, mountain, moon, fire, high, underwater, underground, flying, emerald and elves of the twilight. She decides the only way to unite the many elves is to search for the Elythril, an ancient elf treasure. With this treasure she can bring happiness and accord among the elves. In order for Leorna to reach her goal she must solve many mysteries. There are locks to unlock in this game of 80 levels.

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Etch A Sketch

Etch A Sketch

Who doesn’t love the classic Etch A Sketch? Everyone had and loved one, but no one was ever good at actually drawing the pictures. Now, your computer can be used to do the exact same thing! This game is now more than just a fun little toy; it is a game derived from the beloved gadget. There are four game modes: Quest, Bounce, Etch, and Draw. Quest is the main game, where our hero, Knobby, is on a mission to stop the evil witch who stole his girlfriend and turned the world gray. He must travel through a fairytale land and help some friends to get their color back and save his girl. In Bounce, Knobby jumps bounces around a

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Magic Farm Review

Magic Farm Review

Mac game Magic Farm: Ultimate Flower is not your ordinary sim time management game. It is much more than that. It is a flower growing management game with a role-playing aspect associated with it, made to accommodate novice or advanced players. Choose your skill level from Casual or Hardcore modes and begin your journey to find Iris’ parents. The story is familiar but hey, you have to start the expedition somewhere. However, you don’t have enough money to go searching for them. Your old neighbor lets you use his broken down farm to grow flowers and sell them to raise enough revenue to subsidize your trips and hire a detective. Anyone coming up to you in the foreground of the

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Five Card Deluxe

Five Card Deluxe

One of my favorite genres of games is card games. Five Card Deluxe really captured the key to my gaming heart by combining two of my favorite card games, solitaire and poker. The point of this game is to create poker hands from the cards given to you one at a time (in a similar way to solitaire). Once you get five cards in a row that make a poker hand, the slot clears and you can move on to making a new hand. There are four game modes: Challenge, Freestyle, Jokers Wild and Tournament. Challenge asks you to make specific hands like a three of a kind, a straight and a pair. Once you complete all the required hands,

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Royal Challenge Solitaire Review

Royal Challenge Solitaire Review

If you are looking for a relaxing and beautiful solitaire game, Royal Challenge Solitaire may be the card game for you. With no story line, you can immerse yourself in this addictive and fun game for the afternoon. The backdrop of this game is gorgeously drawn with many items from different countries represented in each scene. I don’t know how royal these items are but they are nice to look at. Some may have letter writing, pearl necklace, biscuits and more in pastel like colors. Another scene I found interesting is the Japanese one where they put a bowl of white rice with chopsticks, kokeshi (Japanese wooden doll), hand fans, good luck charms, yen, old fashion photo, and manju (confection)

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Spell-Jam Review

Spell-Jam Review

Have you ever wished you could be in the National Spelling Bee in Washington DC? Well, now you can (kinda) with Spell-Jam! This game, sponsored by Meriam Websters, is the non-genius’ way to rise to spelling glory, all from the comfort of your home computer. There are three modes in Spell-Jam: Gameshow, Tournament and Practice. The gameshow is like “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” for spelling. You can choose from three difficulties (advanced is very difficult) and work your way up the money list. Tournament is a chance to take place in an actual spelling bee, where you can compete against multiple competitors, including other people. Practice is self-explanatory; you practice spelling. The gameplay is basically the same in

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Luxor Mah Jong

Luxor Mah Jong

Luxor Mah Jong is an engaging mahjong Mac game with exciting power-ups and extras. This is a new angle to a very old traditional game. There are 3 modes: Adventure, Single and Traditional. Adventure takes you on a journey across Egypt recovering stolen treasure. The game is a new mahjong based play with extras to help you pass any obstacles. You start by clicking 2 free matching tiles to remove them from the game board. Tiles are free when no tiles are to the left or right of it. Also you can remove 2 of the seasons or 2 flower tiles and they do not have to be exactly the same. In order to complete the level you must match

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Fizzball Review

Fizzball Review

Professor Fizzwizzle is back! And this time, his crazy robots are working for him. He has decided to use his new invention, the Fizzball, to help animals in trouble. This ball starts out small, but slowly grows in size, as more and more animals are collected. The game has more than 60 animals to save and 180 levels to maneuver through. One of the first things the game asks is whether you want to set the game to regular or kids mode. I find this very considerate of the creators because they realize that their demographic reaches further than just the teen/adult bracket. Kids can pick up the game and play without becoming too frustrated with some of the harder

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Bob the Builder Can Do Zoo And R.I.P

Bob the Builder Can Do Zoo And R.I.P

Bob the Builder Can Do Zoo Channel your inner child when playing Bob the Builder Can Do Zoo. This is definitely a kid’s educational and recreational Mac game. It’s colorful with simple artwork to keep any toddler captivated and engaged in this interactive play. There are many different plays to choose from and your child will be interested in all of them. There are working trucks with funny names like Scoop, Roley and Muck. They all work together with Bob so they can build a wonderful zoo for all the children. Most of the plays are matching color to color and the more difficult game is to put the blueprints in order. Others like finding the tool at the top

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