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101. Worms 3D (Mac)
$19.99 $17.81
102. Burning Monkey Mahjong (Mac)
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103. Escape from Monkey Island (Mac)
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104. Hoyle Puzzle Games 2003
$28.99
105. PANGEA SOFTWARE Nanosaur 2: Hatchling
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106. Mia's Reading Adventure: The Search
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107. I Spy Junior:Puppet Playhouse
$9.99 $6.50
108. Tomb Raider: Chronicles (Mac)
$19.99 $18.99
109. Caillou Kindergarten
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110. I Spy School Days
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111. Disney's Magic Artist Cartoon
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112. Disney Learning Toddler
$29.99 $25.97
113. X-Words Deluxe (Mac)
$39.99 $32.00
114. Harry Potter Bundle (Macintosh)
$19.99 $17.95
115. Medal of Honor Expansion Pack:
$2.04
116. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire:
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117. Spy Fox: Operation Ozone
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118. JumpStart Kindergarten Fun Pack
$19.99 $17.49
119. The Sims House Party Expansion
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120. Hoyle Kids Games 2002

101. Worms 3D (Mac)
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Asin: B0000VMIMC
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Feral Interactive
Sales Rank: 3223
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (2)

4-0 out of 5 stars Very Good
The Worms 3D game was one of the best games ive played in a while. I have been a big fan of the "Worms" games and was dissapointed by Worms Blast. But this game takes the original Worms and gives it a whole new spin. But the only big thing that is a problem, is that you will have some trouble trying to aim. With it now in 3D you'll need to learn how to aim with large objects in your way.

5-0 out of 5 stars what a fun game!
I really love worms 3d, it's extremely addicting. The multiplayer is among the most fun multiplayer games I've ever experienced and the singleplayer is deeper than I thought it would be. Though I have had problems connecting to multiplayer over a modem...hotseat makes up for that and if you have a broadband connection gameranger should be no problem. So what are you doing sitting here reading my review? If you like worms buy this game and if you don't then download the demo first and then come back and buy this :-D ... Read more


102. Burning Monkey Mahjong (Mac)
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Asin: B0000A33W6
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Freeverse Software
Sales Rank: 2890
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • A beautiful, tile-matching game with tons of different layouts and tile sets
  • Add in the monkey antics and you've got hours of challenging fun
  • Multiple-tile layouts; a random layout generator; beautifully drawn tilesets
  • Freeverse character favorites Monty and Jackie return, with new monkey pals
  • Customizable backgrounds, with photos by Sandia Ren; fun monkey humor

Reviews (2)

4-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful game with lots of options!
Now, bear in mind -- I'm not an avid gamer - in fact I rarely play computer games altogether nowadays. My favorite games were in the late 80's early '90s when game play was paramount over flashy graphics.

I purchased this program after trying it out for a few weeks via Freeverse's website. This game is very similar to Activision's 80's version of Shanghai -- except that it's gorgeous to look at, has terrific gameplay, and is ...(insert drum roll here) ...loads of FUN!

I prefer games that are easy to get into, and continue to hold my interest over time. This review would be 5 stars, but I took down one star because under MacOSX 10.3, I can't play any of the audio tracks on the game. Freeverse software has indicated that a patch will be made available soon.

Highly recommended, especially for non-gamers that want a good, fun diversion every now and then. Perfect for kids and adults alike!

2-0 out of 5 stars Beware: Not what it seems
Just a note ... this is NOT a Mahjong game. This is that (lame, IMHO) tile matching game that so many erroneously call Mahjong. If you're looking to play Mahjong against the computer, this ain't it. ... Read more


103. Escape from Monkey Island (Mac)
list price: $9.99
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Asin: B00005A1PB
Catlog: Video Games
Manufacturer: Aspyr Media
Sales Rank: 6629
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

LucasArts' Monkey Island adventure game series has been missedoflate. It has been too long since we've visited the anachronistic Tri-Islandareain a Monkey game stuffed with vivid characters, zany plot twists, andliberal use of awful and awfully funny puns. Thank goodness that the clumsy,bumbling, and utterly charming pirate hero Guybrush Threepwood returns inEscape from Monkey Island. Luckily for him so does his bride, ElaineMarley Threepwood; unluckily, it looks like the stubborn ghost pirate LeChuckmay be back as well. Or is he? We'd tell you but that would give away too muchof the vibrant and hilarious story line.

This is adventure gaming at its very best: sharp graphics, excellent voiceacting and writing, and solid puzzles throughout. LucasArts even included awalk-through that'll get any new players into the right mindset to solve thebizarre, convoluted, and convulsively funny pun-ridden puzzles in the game.Butplayers who rely on it are missing out. Sometimes it's much funnier to dothingsthe wrong way, because the sharp-minded developers probably already thought ofit and are ready to reward you with a humorous comment or action. Completelyhilarious, drop-dead gorgeous, and always innovative LucasArts proves once andfor all there is ample life left in the adventure genre. --Andrew S.Bub

Pros:

  • Excellent voice acting and writing
  • Very funny
  • Challenging for players of all skill levels
Cons:
  • The controls could be a little more streamlined
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Reviews (9)

4-0 out of 5 stars Addicting game
I bought this game (PC version) at a very low price and I can say it was well worth paying full price for if I couldn't find it on sale. I played it until I couldn't figure out how to beat the grand monkey.I was almost done with it too.I beat at least 5 island monkeys when I gave up.I haven't picked it up since (6 months ago).I recently bought the Mac version, just waiting to load it.All in all I really liked the game.

4-0 out of 5 stars I love all the Monkey Island games
I got a Mac laptop recently so was quite pleased to see this in Mac version. I did go looking for patches before picking it up thanks to earlier reviews. There are two - both are available not from LucasArts but from the company that translated the game to Mac.

I recommend Monkey Island games to anyone who loves wordplay and goofy puzzles rather than blood and guts. Great fun, especially since you don't die, you just get stuck.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good game, bad compatibility
The excitement that was about to explode from within me the moment I received my copy of Escape from Monkey Island (Mac) was impossible to describe in words.However, that excitement quickly became that of sorrow when I realized that this game is not very compatible with OS X 3.

The game is playable, but the in-game movies don't seem to like playing. The sound comes out crystal clear, but unless you enjoy being in a simulation of playing a game in a pitch black cave, you'll probably find it as annoying as I did.

And to make sure I was not the only one to have this problem I searched forum after forum only to find out that there are many other people suffering from the same ailment.

If you're running OS 9 to OS X 2, get the game, it's a definite buy -- funny and smart.If you're running OS X 3, beware of some annoyances that will probably stick its ugly head out.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Game that I have for Mac OS X! There are better games..
This game is funny, it has awesome background graphics, and a fun storyline.People always complain about the controls, but they are easy. You are a mighty pirate named Guybrush Threepwood, and you need to stop the Ultimate Insult. The puzzles are sometimes easy, sometimes hard...and I did need a couple of hints. Overall, it was only 10 dollars and it took me 2 weeks to beat it!
IT IS WORTH IT!

3-0 out of 5 stars cute, but contrived
i just finished this. it only took 2 years. basically, i progressed until i got stuck, then stopped. when i got reinspired, sometimes several months later, i took up where i left off. often, but not always, this allowed me to get past the sticking point. what annoyed me is that i was forced to cheat more than in any other game. i couldnt get Aussie off his throne, couldnt get the captain to break the boulder, and i had no idea how to get herman to talk. otherwise than that, i was able to navigate through the many contrived puzzles, sometimes by a rare flash of brilliance, but most often by trial and error. one example is the use of artificial skin to make a trampoline to get into a second story window; there are many such contrivances.

also, the game need patches. there were places where the program failed and the screen turned white (not blue) as on the landing beach of jambalaya island. the patch was readily available and worked perfectly. otherwise, the game was flawless on my old imac.

on the positive side, this game was definitely funny; the names of locations and establishments are generally "bad" puns, and many of the comments are hilarious. the games also cute, with loads of foolish but amiable characters, whose dorkiness made them appealing. for example, there was brittany, the young girl on lucre island, who, by her own account, had no talent, but wanted to be a rock star, or the school teacher who, whenever there was a false fire alarm, would come running out yelling "help! another fire".this game is very long; you get a lot for your money.

in summary, this game is very enjoyable because of the character development and humor, but it loses points due to the forced puzzles with loose logic. i got through riven unaided, and it was very bad for my ego to have to use a walkthrough 3 times. monkey island is very entertaining, though, and definitely worth the price. ... Read more


104. Hoyle Puzzle Games 2003
list price: $19.99
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Asin: B00005VU43
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Sierra
Sales Rank: 2543
Average Customer Review: 3.33 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (6)

5-0 out of 5 stars Stay engrossed for hours!!!!!
I also purchased Board Games and Card Games at or about the same time. Since I and my three other siblings were brought up on most of these games back in the 1950's, it is a big pleasure for me to play these games alone or against computer generated opposition. I can't cheat. . .this is wonderful. Also I love to redo a game in case I think I can make a higher score. I love the Facemaker option. So in between my boring daily chores I play Puzzle Games or one of the others. So far Word Yacht is my favorite. As a former English teacher it is a real challange!!!!

2-0 out of 5 stars Hoyle Puzzle Games 2003 - a disappointment
I have purchased all the Hoyle Collections (Board Games, Card Games, Word Games, Casino); and have found all of them to be superb...Have always said that Hoyle makes the best games. However, Puzzle Games falls far short of their usual efforts. Most games are boring, or a repetition of other packages (Anagrams, Crosswords, Hangman, Mahjonng). Not their best effort; and not what I was expecting from Hoyle.

1-0 out of 5 stars crashes on mac
iMac OS 9.2 256K real RAM. Have been using system 2 years, no problems.

This game is a 'port'. I found parts of the 'games' which will not run on my Mac. Other parts simply cause crashes.

Although advertised as a 'Mac' playable game I cannot recommend it for such.

Three kids [12 - 14 yo] installed on Win XP home. Report games 'boring' and unchallenging.

3-0 out of 5 stars Gets old quickly
Although Slide Tiles and Edge Tiles are different than the usual solitaire games, most of the games are pretty simplistic. The maze games, although intriguing, are awkward and frustrating to play on a computer keyboard. If you're looking for a mindless alternative to television, this is a good product. If you're looking for a challenging diversion, Microsoft's Pandora's Box is a much better buy.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Mixture of Games
I think it has great variety of games. It has some solitaire games. I don't know how to play solitaire but for those of us that do; it is a nice inclusion. I like the inclusion of the tile games. I was kind of unsure if I wanted to buy this cd because I wasn't thrilled with previous versions of tile matching by Hoyle. But here they added some new versions of tile matching games that require more strategy. They are less boring.
The Incredible Machine is a complete version of the game. It is a good game because you can experiment so much in trying to figure out the Puzzles. Unfortunately, there is a issue where the game wasn't retaining scores.
The Word puzzles are great. The Anagrams makes you think about how many words you can make from a series of letters. I liked Hangman because you can choose different scenes to play the game. There are crosswords as well.
There are some arcade-types of games. Some involve running around a maze; which is challenging with the various helpers and obstacles. Time breaker is fun as it is similar to break out. However depending on what is loosened from the wall; there are interesting effects on gameplay.
Star collector is challenging as it is about lining up pieces and capturing stars. I think it is one of the more harder of the games.
This game has something for everyone. It isn't boring. No one really seems to do these compilations as well as Hoyle. They seem to run well. And you don't need the Cd to play the game in your computer once installed. ... Read more


105. PANGEA SOFTWARE Nanosaur 2: Hatchling ( Macintosh )

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Asin: B0001UQVRK
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Pangea Software
Sales Rank: 4464
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Features

  • Control a heroic pterodactyl as it loads up with advanced weapons and goes to war against an alien race, trying to destroy the dinosaur race
  • Soar, dive and swirl through gorgeous renderings of alien worlds -Incredibly designed
  • Face off against Rebel Nanosaurs armed with energy blasters, fragment grenades, heat-seeking missiles and more
  • Avoid powerful alien defenses like revolving gun towers, floating mines and laser-wielding robots
  • Collect power-ups & weapons that are scattered throughout the evil alien landscapes

106. Mia's Reading Adventure: The Search For Grandma's Remedy
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Asin: B00005O6AY
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Topics Entertainment
Sales Rank: 2228
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Mia's grandmother, Mimi, has suddenly become very sick. With help, Mia must find the ingredients for Grandma's medicine. But, just as the quest begins, Mia is robbed of her "sparklies" and must find more to pay for the remedy to Grandma's illness. Many surprises, discoveries, and characters await, as Mia finds her way through a very special house. But, watch out for Romaine and his cousins; they are always in the mood to cause trouble when least expected.

The Mia adventure series integrates fun learning activities into a story-game of exploration. In each adventure, kids lead Mia throughout her house and garden to find articles needed to complete a mission. Along the way, they encounter challenging activities to test their abilities. Successful completion of each task results in a reward, bringing the companions one step closer to their goal. Kids learn early-reading skills, spelling, vocabulary, word recognition, phonics, and rhymes as they play. ... Read more

Reviews (2)

1-0 out of 5 stars Very Poor Game - frustrates children and is slow paced
I've seen a lot of children's fun and educational games and this is one of the WORST I've seen especially given the awards it has received. The graphics are great, but the game is EXTREMELY slow paced. It takes too long to get from one activity to another meaning that most of the hours required to play are spent just wandering around Mia's house not learning or accomplishing anything. The character Mia is geared towards 5-year-olds, but most of the games are geared towards 9-year-olds. The font used is hard for young kids to read. (The "g" and "a" for example are not like hand printed letters.) Some of the activities are not explained well, the child often looses even when only chance is involved, and the reward system is so strong that the child is left feeling inadequate rather than enlightened. For example, one activity requires full understanding of syntax of written words. When the child forms word by word the sentence "The cat like to hit balls", he is told "that is not a sentence" and all the work disappears. The child is not corrected or given a second chance to change "like" to "likes".
If you are looking for good adventure games for 3-6 year olds, try the "Putt-Putt" series; for learning games try "Davidson's Learning Center Series" and the "Reader Rabbit" series."

5-0 out of 5 stars An impressive, polished and educational experience - buy it!
This new (2001) game has exceptionally good graphics and animation. Scattered throughout the adventure are educational activities which were:
(1) extraordinarily good (I remember being taught to read with exercises similar to these, but using flash cards)
(2) varied in difficulty -- some were too difficult even on level 1 for even a bright 5 year old (e.g. read question sentence, then read and choose correct *form* of answer for the question). However, the well written CD insert gives adults helpful advice on when and how to assist children -- I found that re-assuring. With appropriate adult assistance, even the hardest activities became fun learning experiences.
(3) covered an impressive breadth of reading skills (on level 1: starting short words, matching short words with images, matching questions with answer forms, choosing words - structured in a column-ordered matrix - to create sentences) and even problem solving involving lever-fulcrum, etc.

The game is fun, and I found it best to supervise sometimes and let my child just explore for a while at other times. The "skateboard" accelerator is a great fun feature for the child and can be used to keep the action from dragging. The story's theme - getting medicine for sick Granma -- is a very positive. The initial mugging in the dark by the evil rat character is less so -- but perhaps the story needs that edge (my child was careful to avoid the rat thereafter -- perhaps a lesson in itself!). A selection of interesting characters are encountered enroute. Occasional surprises prevent the action from slowing down.

The script does not talk down to the child -- too many books and games treat childen condescendingly, using "baby talk" and slang.

This is by far the best childs game I have come across in the 3-5 year old range (it is for 5-9 year olds) so far. Is it perfect? Well no (see below) but it is an order of magnitude better than other games I have encountered.

It is hard to find substantial faults with this, but here are a couple of issues I found:
(1) It always installs only on the C: drive -- I hate that, my C:\ partition is always near full because of this sort of half-baked installer. I expected the installer to fail because of lack of space, however it succeeded -- I can only assume the game has a fairly small hard disk requirement (footprint) -- despite the advertised need for 40Mb.
(2) Mia apparently walked through a slipper at one point. It looked odd, but did not effect the game.

Works great on Windows XP Professional. ... Read more


107. I Spy Junior:Puppet Playhouse
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Asin: B00004U1PM
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Scholastic
Sales Rank: 3830
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Based on the I Spy book series by Jean Marzollo and Walter Wick, I Spy Junior: Puppet Playhouse features puppets, games, and riddles to promote listening and problem-solving skills. An interactive story about a princess and a sneaky dragon strengthens rhyming and other word skills, a puppet-making workshop teaches kids to follow directions, and a magical animated tree helps promote early reading skills. Seven play areas in all offer a variety of fun learning activities. ... Read more

Reviews (4)

1-0 out of 5 stars Boring...
This was so heavily hyped, I had to have it for my five-year old twin girls. What a bore. They're either too old for it, or there is the outside chance that Scholastic really didn't put a lot of effort into this. It would bore a three-year old. Compare to Spooky Mansion or Treasure Island - can't compare with these gems. I'm 50 and play the latter two.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best children's software I've seen yet
I have never taken the time to review a product, but I love this CD so much I felt I had to. It is the best software that I have bought for my kids so far. The colors, the characters and the graphics are terrific and even manage to hold mom's attention!! Never mind, that my daughter really loves it too. Another thing that was good about it is that it's teaching my daughter basic mouse skills and there are quite a few different activities to play so kids won't get bored easily. I'll be looking for more software from this company as I find that most of the stuff out there for kids is a big waste of money.

4-0 out of 5 stars Not perfect, but very good
My 2 1/2 year old son has really taken to this. It's a really great idea and it's well executed. You have four puppet shows and three games. The graphics are very well done and very realistic, with no cartoon-like figures. Everything is a scan of a real object. The games are building your own puppet, building your own still image from a puppet show, and sorting. Sorting really is what early math is all about. I'm glad they have it.

The puppet shows are where you will spend most of your time. Each show is composed of four or five scenes which have a dozen or so clickable objects. A riddle appears at the bottom and you have to find the three or four objects that are in the riddle. When you click on a riddle object, it does something and advances the story. Each scene has two riddles and when you have gone through all the scenes, your done with that show. A kid might eventually learn the locations of all the objects in a particular show, but with four shows, it will take a while.

There is only one real problem I have with it, based on several sessions of lap play with my son. Because there are about a dozen objects in each scene, but you only need 3 or 4 for the riddle, the rest of the objects don't do anything when you click on them. I think every object should do something (wiggle, glow or zoom, at the very least) when it gets clicked, not just the riddle objects. This has led to my sons newest vocabulary word: "doesntwork". If not this, then at least the riddle objects from the first of the pair of riddles for a particular scene should still be active for the second of the pair. So, when you click on a riddle object from the first riddle, it should still do something, if not it's original action, when you are finding the objects from the second riddle. As it is now, my son tries to click on the objects which were just active in the previous riddle, but they "doesntwork".

But, overall, I'm pleased with it. There is no violent action and it is pretty exploratory and creative, as advertised.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Decent Game for Kids Under 5
This is a good choice for children under 5. I was impressed that the graphics and game play were appealing, and utilized the latest features from Macromedia.

I get SO tired of childrens games that look and play as though they were made for a Windows 3x machine, circa 1994. This game will not disapoint. ... Read more


108. Tomb Raider: Chronicles (Mac)
list price: $9.99
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Asin: B00005K2QU
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Aspyr Media
Sales Rank: 6699
Average Customer Review: 2.81 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (86)

3-0 out of 5 stars Better Than The Others
This game is definitely better than the other Tomb Raider games. Graphics are better and there are cut scenes to keep the story interesting. The controls default was just plain sad. No one uses curser keys for the PC, we use WASD...hello! I had to change almost all of the default keys for the control key pad. It is difficult to manuver Lara as she does not slide left or right, only turns. If your character is in the crouch position, you are unable to slide left or right and I found this very frustrating. If your gun is drawn, it is terribly annoying to run up stairs because although you are telling her to go upstairs, she inevietibley wants to go back down....though it is very funny to watch Lara run like a bow-legged guy up a flight of stairs. I don't care for game play that forces you to hit a function key to "pick up" an item, I prefer just running into them. Your character will be in the heat of a battle and you'll have to hit a function key to pick up an item...you'll watch your character in S L O W M O T I O N bend down and pick up the much needed item and then SMACK! you're dead, because it took too long!!! There is no cross-hair for aiming, so that's no challenge. sigh. Your camera view is constant and so very difficult to view your surrondings and impossible to see anything when you are in that crouch position. Game needs work, but has the basic core of the interesting story line, fun kick-butt characters, and good stategy. Check out No One Lives Forever 1 or 2, and Star Wars, Jedi Outcast for some great gaming!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT!
Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness is one of my favorites. The plot is very interesting, the graphics are good (but kind of shakey, at least on my computer), and it's pretty cool to be able to play another character (although Lara is always the best). The environment is very dark and grimacing though, and I find that if I play the game to much, I get a little depressed. It's still one of the best, though, and an awesome addition to the Tomb Raider series.

3-0 out of 5 stars old tomb raider new game
first off dont get me wrong i love this game but in most of the tomb raider games you get two pistols with infinite ammo you never get those guns in AOD that is the first thing the controls are way different than any other TR game and for two or three levels you play as a guy that really set me off the great thing about other TR games is its not like every othor steriotypical video game you play as a girl thats cool well i think if your gonna buy a TR game buy a game thats like 75 cents and is a classic iinstead of a $30$ game that is gonna ruin the series

2-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely awful controls! DO NOT BUY
I am a huge fan of the Tomb Raider series, and have played all five other games on my PC. I love them. I was so excited to get this one, and sooooo disappointed with the quality. Glitchy glitchy glitchy. Do not buy this game. The controls are terrible. While all other 5 games play out smoothly, this one is slow, stalls, goes blank some times, and takes minutes to load to new chapters. Now I don't have a fancy schmancy computer, but I have been able to play all the other games on it just fine without any hitch. This is just crap. It makes me feel like I have to go buy a $2000 computer just to be able to play this $30 game! It probably runs better on a PS 2, so if you have one of those don't bother with the PC version. Thanks a lot Eidos, I totally wasted time and money and am warning future buyers to BEWARE!

4-0 out of 5 stars Classic Tomb Raiding, taken up a notch!
After reading all the bad press this game has been getting, I felt compelled to write a review myself. In all honesty, I must say this game is getting slammed unfairly.
I've been a fan of the TR games since the original, but I freely admit that some of them had their fair share of irritations, and by the time Chronicles came out, things were starting to seem a little uninspired. I say this so you know I'm not the sort of person to gush over anything that has the Tomb Raider logo emblazoned across the box.
Now, on to Angel of Darkness...
Core Design knew the series needed an overhaul, but they also knew they couldn't change things too drastically without upsetting long-time fans. So what we have here is a classic Tomb Raider experience with an all-new (and quite attractive) graphics engine, a bit more depth (dialogue-trees, deeper plot), and some simplified controls to make it easier to navigate the TR world.
Yes, that's right, I said the controls are EASIER this time around. I cannot fathom why so many people are complaining about the control scheme. In essence, it's identical to one found in every other TR game, but it doesn't require your fingers to be quite as nimble. For example, when climbing a ladder or a wall, you no longer have to hold down two keys at once. Same with walking. Want to climb over that box in front of you? No need to press some weird key combination, simply walk up to it and keep on walking, and Lara automatically hitches herself on to it.
A lot of people complained about the vast number of bugs and the drops in frame-rate. Maybe I just got very lucky, but so far I've experienced only minimal bugs (nothing that interfered with gameplay), and I did not experience any drops in frame-rate at all... everything runs very smoothly, and Lara is quick to respond to keystrokes. I'm running this on a Pentium 4, 1.8ghz, 256 megs ram, 64 meg GEForce2 graphics card, so it's hardly a cutting edge system by today's standards, yet I can't complain about the performance at all.
AOD offers some great environments to explore. The beginning of the game is somewhat mundane, as you run through the back streets of Paris, but it's a good way to get a feel for things before you're in any significant danger. Then you're off to raid the Louvre, which is brilliantly atmospheric, and before long, you find yourself in some classic tombs. The gameplay in the tombs is among the best the series has seen, reminding me very much of the thrills I got back in 1996 when I first worked my way through St. Francis Folly in the original game. From here, the adventure heads off to other exciting locales, which I won't spoil for you, but suffice to say, there's plenty to see and do.
I recommend this game whole-heartedly to Tomb Raider fans. My only warning is that I know a lot of people have experienced significant bugs, and I suppose it's somewhat of a gamble when you buy the game because you may be lucky (as I was), or you may have problems. If you're one of the lucky ones, you'll have a great time playing one of the best TR games in the series. If you're unlucky, well, hopefully you can trade it somewhere. ... Read more


109. Caillou Kindergarten
list price: $19.99
our price: $19.99
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Asin: B0001GNGK4
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Brighter Child
Sales Rank: 1202
Average Customer Review: 1 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Fun games teach children about counting and numbers
  • Puzzles give children stronger thinking abilities
  • Expand your child's creative skills with Coloring & Creativity

Reviews (1)

1-0 out of 5 stars Multiple Problems
I got Caillou's Kindergarten for my daughter who will start kindergarten in the fall. There were multiple problems with the product. First, when you start the CD, the voice says "Welcome to Caillou's Preschool" (instead of Kindergarten) and then vocally gives options to select games about the alphabet, colors/shapes, and coloring. Yet, the actual options (the ones written on the screen) are for Caillou's Counting, Thinking Skills, and Coloring & Creativity Part 2. Nowhere on the CD can you select the options that were given vocally. I contacted the company and they said they will not fix the problem because it doesn't effect the game play. Yet it completely confuses the consumers since they can't choose the options mentioned. My daughter wanted to play the colors/shapes games, and no such games existed on the CD! I actually returned the product to get a replacement, thinking it was a bad disk, but the next CD had the exact same problems.

Additionally, the written menu said "Coloring & Creativity Part 2". There is no Part 1 on the CD, yet another confusing aspect. Also, there is only one game in that section, whereas the other two sections had numerous games to choose from, leaving the parent wondering if there were supposed to be more.

Only the Dad's voice is heard in the English version, a disappointment to those hoping to hear one of the many other characters speak. The designers of the software could have done so much more with this product but chose not to.

Finally, the product was way too easy for my daughter, who has not yet started kindergarten. This CD is much more appropriate for preschoolers. Overall, it is a poorly created, overpriced CD that I would not recommend to others. ... Read more


110. I Spy School Days
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Asin: B00004U1PN
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Riverdeep
Sales Rank: 185
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars My 8 yr old loves I spy!
For those who say this is boring, maybe your kids should just stick to video games. My son is loving the books and the computer games. He conquers them pretty quickly and we have to buy more but hey, it's getting his mind working looking for hidden items. We went for an open house at his school a few months ago and the teacher picked up an I Spy book and said that it was the main thing all the kids fought over in class. We love all the books, computer games and the gameboy game that is out. Good investment for little thinkers out there!

3-0 out of 5 stars Can't find 12th ladybug!
I really like this game but I am annoyed that I can't find the last ladybug in the find me game. I can find no game hint support sites either. Has anyone else had this problem? Is it a bug (ha ha) in the program? I have spent weeks looking but always find the ones I've already found. Can anyone out there help me? I am not a child, but my daughter can't find it either. Apparantly the game will not finish until all bugs are found because I have found all the treasures. Does this game not have more than one complete game to play? I thought it had 3 like treasure hunt.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Will Keep You Thinking....
My 6 year old daughter loves this game. It is not easy and keeps her thinking. I some times find some of the items hard to find but with persistance you will find them. It is never boring. The whole family enjoys this software.

5-0 out of 5 stars Elementary Kids Love It!
I am a computer lab teacher in an elementary school. Last year, I used this software for quite a few weeks when my Kindergarten through Grade 3 students came in for activity period. Students in grades 4-6 would beg to get a chance to use the software when their assignment for the day was completed.

It was a stretch for Kindergarten to find some of the items, because they did not recognize some of the items in the riddles, but I made sure to point these out in lessons and then circulated to help them more.

It was exciting to watch as students became absorbed in this activity, and most of them grew in their visual and verbal awareness. Children in grades 1-3 could either click to hear the descriptions or read for themselves.

Yes, it is on the shelf this year, but will taken out to be used in two years. This year I bought I Spy Spooky Mansion for use, and next year hope to get the Î Spy Treasure software if I can find the funding.

1-0 out of 5 stars I Spy School Days-big bore
My six year old great nephew completed all of the activities within two hours. He was moderately interested in the beginning and bored by the time he finished. I watched as he played, and thought they were boring, too. ... Read more


111. Disney's Magic Artist Cartoon Maker
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Asin: B00006IRI6
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Disney Interactive
Sales Rank: 1367
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Using Disney's Magic Artist Cartoon Maker, kids can create their own animated cartoon shorts. Design and customize colorful animated sequences, then add music, effects, props, titles, and credits. Design a range of animated shorts, then queue them up, and add a guest star and a bonus Disney short to create a complete show for family and friends. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A good Software
I saw this product and I really liked it. It can create Cartoons like the ones Disney creates. It can create cartoons how long you like not, only short. Wonderful, simply wonderful Software. I have many cartoon makers and creators but I really liked this one.

Thankyou!! ... Read more


112. Disney Learning Toddler
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Asin: B00005Y1R1
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Disney Interactive
Sales Rank: 313
Average Customer Review: 4.14 out of 5 stars
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Disney Learning Toddler featuring Mickey Mouse and Winnie the Pooh is an early-learning tool that enables children to learn age-appropriate skills with their favorite Disney characters. Whether your child is visiting friends in Mickey's neighborhood or exploring the Hundred Acre Wood, they'll learn important skills that enhance memory, observation, and listening. Other exercises will teach them letters, numbers, colors, shapes, and music--all in an atmosphere of gentle encouragement and fun. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Good fun
my cousin loved this book. She is 2 and learnt her alphabet, numbers and can begin to write through books like these. I enjoyed showing her the bright pictures, and the large fun text. thank you disney and amazon. ( I also enjoyed it too, even though i would never tell anyone that i love toddlers' winnie the pooh books! i advise parents to have a read too! :)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for young toddlers!!!!!
This game is great for young toddlers!! My 20 month old LOVES it. When ever she hears the music starting it up, she comes running. a few of the games have children drag the mouse over "hidden" letters. This is great for children who do not know how to click. It would be great if you had a mini mouse. they are meant to be used with notebook compters, but are smaller, so little kids can use them easier! This is a great program for teaching children how to use the comptuer.

1-0 out of 5 stars Wish I hadn't bought it
I bought this for my two year old son after he fell in love with, and practically wore out, Winnie the Pooh's ABCs. This game, however, turned out to be very dissapointing.

First - it has issues running under Windows 95. For starters, it requires you to run in 256 colors instead of 16 bit color, so it is necessary to change video modes every time we switch in or out of this game. Also - the sound track is not very high quality - it has scratchy moments, and some sounds don't play at all.

Second - the game just isn't as good as other childrens games out there. It isn't as educational as Winnie the Pooh's ABC's or 123's. Its more like a bunch of little animated movies that occasionally have clickable things to do.

I wouldn't advise purchasing this game - I'd suggest getting instead Winnie the Pooh's ABC's and/or Winnie the Pooh's 123's. Blue's ABC Time Activies is also a much more interactive and educational game.

3-0 out of 5 stars Fun but software issues
The game seems fun for your toddler however, it's fairly easy to master even for a two year old. I also found that I had problems with certain sounds and images with my Microsoft ME. Certain sounds could not be heard and certain images never appeared. The technical support that we called was not helpful to the task.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great first computer game
My son is two and loves this game. It was amazing how quick he gained control of the mouse to pop the balloons and move from game to game. This is a great starter! ... Read more


113. X-Words Deluxe (Mac)
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Asin: B0001DB6J0
Catlog: Video Games
Manufacturer: Freeverse Software
Sales Rank: 9063
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Features

  • A totally configurable interface -- make your own board, word lists, and bonus words!
  • Numerous competitive opponents, each with adjustable skill levels and his/her own running commentary!
  • Network play on the Mac via GameSmith.
  • Many different boards and scenarios!
  • Special word lists for kids, for experts, even for Manx Gaelic-speakers!

114. Harry Potter Bundle (Macintosh)
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Asin: B000294HAI
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Aspyr Media
Sales Rank: 3406
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Features

  • In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer?s Stone, you'll become Harry Potter and interact with characters like Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Draco Malfoy, and Rubeus Hagrid -- while attending classes and learning to cast spells
  • Collect wondrous magical items, potion ingredients and Famous Wizard Cards, to improve your powers
  • Explore rich, detailed environments like Privet Drive, Dragon Alley, the Forbidden Forest and more -- while overcoming 29 challenges to graduate your first year
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber Of Secrets brings you back for a second year of adventure. The Chamber Of Secrets has been opened and the Heir To Slytherin is causing havoc -- Harry and his friends have to stop it.
  • Combat the deadly menace unleashed by the Chamber with all-new spells and techniques

115. Medal of Honor Expansion Pack: Spearhead (Mac)
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Asin: B00008H6T2
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Aspyr Media
Sales Rank: 4998
Average Customer Review: 3.29 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Demanding of hardware
This is a good add-on to Allied Assault, but you probably shouldn't try it unless you have the hardware to handle it. I first tried Spearhead on a G4 with 768 MB RAM, and eventually gave it up in frustration. In some levels (particularly the one that has you riding around on the top of a truck), the frame rate slowed down so much to make the level impossible.

However, I've recently gotten a G5 with 1 GB RAM, and tried Sprearhead again. This time, the computer was able to handle the graphics nicely, and I was finally able to beat that level, although it was still really tough. I found that the later missions (defending the frontline, and infiltrating Berlin) were quite fun.

All in all, a worthwhile purchase if you are not frustrated by slow performance.

3-0 out of 5 stars Huge Let Down
I loved Allied Assault, it had challange, yet ran smoothly and was beatable. But sadly, Spearhead is a major dissappointment. I made it to the Ardennes mission far to easialy, at which point it is unbeatable. My 800Mhz machine is running at about 2 fps for parts of it (the driving part), so is simply unbeatable. Friends with faster machines, even a duel 1 Ghz find it all but impossible. But on a positive note, the Multiplayer additions are very good, with New Maps, Skins (sadly they took out Manon :( ), Missions, and weapons.

2-0 out of 5 stars Simply awful performance, but a good game
This is an add-on pack to MOHAA - which was a great game. The content of this expansion pack is great. Essentially more of the same. More missions, etc.

However, the performance is so bad on this that I ended up quitting it and un-installing. My system is pretty fast, too (G4 tower, 867 mhz, 768 mb RAM).

The first few levels are ok, but the performance issues keep getting worse and worse with every successive level until finally, it just grinds to a blurred halt (ardennes forest, winter, half-track).

I've looked on the Web site for tech support or patches and haven't found a thing.

As a result, I really would have to discourage people from buying this game unless you have a super-fast machine to run it on.

2-0 out of 5 stars Frostbite at Ardennes
As to the Wermacht, the weak point to this game is the snow, the Ardennes forest stage has no autosave feature and the quicksave doesnt work. Other snow bugs are:

-1 out of 2 times planting the sticky bomb on the first battery of artillery stalls the game, forcing to quit.

-The mountain top stage slows the game to a point can not be played at all. That happens even with the video and advanced options at minimum. Even playing in a 1 Gb RAM machine.

The sound, the graphics, the play is superb, but dying from bugs is the worst thing can happen at any war, even a digital one.

I would prefer to play this game in the PS2. The MOH Frontline is the best game I ever played. And I didnt find any bugs at all.

(This information refers to the MAC version)

4-0 out of 5 stars A good expansion, but the original was better.
Medal of Honor: Allied Assault Spearhead is an expansion pack to the popular Allied Assault. It requires the original game to run.If you played it on PC, you'll be happy to know everything runs, looks and plays the same.

Spearhead is a fun FPS. It is set in World War II, right where Allied Assault left off. However, Spearhead doesn't seem to be as great as the first. For one, there is nothing like the Omaha Beach scene from the first. A lot of the levels here, while fun, actually seem a bit bland. Secondly, some of the levels can get frustrating.

Graphically, Spearhead is good, but looks a tad dated. There are no improvements from the first game, which was great for its time. However, there are some annoying problems with the framerate, especially in multiplayer. The sound effects are excellent, and music is good.

Overall, Spearhead is a good FPS, but the first Allied Assault was better. However, the online mode is fun, and the single player mode is still worth playing through. Worth buying, but it is not a classic. ... Read more


116. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Second Edition

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Asin: B00004RIPJ
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Disney Interactive
Sales Rank: 2585
Average Customer Review: 3.74 out of 5 stars
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The first version of Who Wants To Be a Millionaire was the third bestselling game of 1999 and continues to fly off store shelves, so a sequel was inevitable. Who Wants To Be a Millionaire: 2nd Edition gives fans 600 more questions and brilliantly captures the feel of the TV show. The only thing missing is the cash.

The game was developed by Jellyvision, famous for its irreverent You Don't Know Jack series of trivia games. Although the designers didn't have much to work with considering how Spartan the set of Who Wants To Be a Millionaire is, they did a masterful job of simulating both the mechanics and the drama of the television show, wrapping everything up in a slick interface that is immediately recognizable.

It seems impossible that players could feel any tension playing Who Wants To Be a Millionaire: 2nd Edition when no real money is at stake, but the game's perfect pacing did a nice job of at least making us think we were playing for cash. That's because it doesn't deliver an immediate response when a question is answered. Just as in the game show, if you answer a question quickly host Regis Philbin will confirm or reject your answer quickly. As the game progresses and the questions get tougher there is more of a pause between your answer and the confirmation. Regis will make some comments, sometimes offering you the chance to change your mind by asking the now grating "Is that your final answer?" as the show's music and a drum roll build tension in the background. The delays were surprisingly unnerving, making us constantly second-guess our answers.

Should a question prove too tough you can always fall back on your three lifelines. The designers polled 50 random people to provide data for the "Ask the Audience" lifeline, and The Reege's friends dispense audio advice for the "Phone a Friend" option. Of course, the 50/50 lifeline is also available.

All these elements coalesce to form a surprisingly fun trivia game, and one of the few available that is more fun to play solo than with a group of friends (although playing cooperatively with a few buddies can be fun). Games rarely take more than 20 minutes, so it's perfect for a quick trivia fix--we just wish it came with more questions. Guess we'll have to wait for the flood of sequels that is sure to follow. --T. Byrl Baker

Pros:

  • Atmosphere provides some tension
  • Near-perfect simulation of the hit TV show
  • Lifelines are implemented well
Cons:
  • Questions quickly run out
  • Doesn't come with a million dollars
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3-0 out of 5 stars Great Experience -- Content Lacking
This game does as well as it can to replicate the TV experience. Regis' voice and videos, lifelines just as on the show, the whole works. But you'd better enjoy it, because the "replay value" is minimal. There are only about 600 questions here, and that means that after about 20 games, you will be seeing a lot of repeat questions, enough to really spoil the fun.

On a CD there should be room for many thousands of questions. But the use of audio files for the "phone-a-friend" lifeline likely eats up a lot of the available space. If they were all authentic, some people might judge it worthwhile. But most of them seem to be the silly "psychic hotline" responses, and these are definitely not worth it.

At ..., it still makes sense for fans of the show to give this a shot -- just be aware that you'll only get a week or two of enjoyment out of it. If you want a larger database of questions, consider the board game at ..., which *does* have several thousand questions.

1-0 out of 5 stars Awful!
The questions are IMPOSSIBLE to answer - especially with the stupid time limit (which, correct me if I'm wrong, ISN'T on the show) -- The first $100 question I was asked was which popular singer is referred to as the Chairman of the Board...

Silly questions - WAY to hard to answer... stupid game. And Regis Philbin is the most annoying man alive!

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Game
This is a fairly good game. Some of the graphics get a little distorted at times, but they are pretty good. Some of the questions take a lot of time to think about it, but there is a 30 second time limit, so you have to think fast! The questions do start to repeat after you have played it for a while, but usually the questions don't repeat too often. I have three HP computers and this game works on all of them so the compatibilty shouldn't be an issue. Overall, this is a good game if you are looking for some entertainment, but you still want to learn something when playing the game!

1-0 out of 5 stars won't run on windows xp
i was very disapointed to not be able to install and run this game i just wanted to let anyone else out there who was thinking about getting this game to know .....there is nothing on box to let you know and if there is its so small i still haven't found it ......

1-0 out of 5 stars HORRIBLE!
I bought this game about a year ago for a good price...but guess what it's done for a year. It's sat on my shelf and collected dust. If you haven't gotton my point already...THIS IS A TERRIBLE GAME! First of all, if you think Regis is annoying on T.V.... Also, the questions are almost IMPOSSIBLE to answer. (However, I am only a kid, so adults might argue with that last comment.) Also, if you don't answer the fastest finger question right after a few tries, the game exits! All in all, even though this game is priced good, it's REALLY bad. I'd give it -5 stars if I could. ... Read more


117. Spy Fox: Operation Ozone
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Asin: B00005BIU5
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Atari
Sales Rank: 750
Average Customer Review: 4.35 out of 5 stars
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SPY Fox is out to save the world again in his latest thriller,Operation Ozone. In this episode, the iniquitous Poodles Galore haslaunched a giant can of hairspray into space, and the aerosol is slowly blastingaway at the ozone layer. Unless SPY Fox can outwit Poodles, the citizens of theworld will be forced to buy Poodles's super-powerful SPF 2001 sunscreen toprotect themselves from the ravaging sun.

Anyone who loves SPY Fox games won't be disappointed. The meat of the mission isto collect the ingredients for a Congeal Pill that will put a literal stop toPoodles's hairspray space satellite. To accomplish this, SPY Fox travels allover the world and meets up with an amusing and witty cast of characters. You'llnotice here the thoughtfulness that went into creating the game. From BobbyLlama, a Marlon Brando-esque recluse à la Apocalypse Now, to RogerBoar, an undercover agent with a penchant for new hairstyles, the characters arenothing short on character.

And, of course, SPY Fox comes armed with a double-breasted jacket full of spygadgets to help him outwit Poodles and her goons. The most charming include theSticky Stun Bun, which explodes caramel and nuts all over enemies, congealingthem into one tasty mess. Other favorites include the Grappling Granny, SpyMint, and Canned Laughter.

Gameplay is slightly complex, but it's nice to see a game that actuallychallenges kids to think, instead of hand-feeding solutions. Operation Ozone requires that kids pay attention, as clues are dropped left and rightthat will be of use later in the game, and strong logic skills are certainly anasset. We only got slightly frustrated by the exactness expected in clicking. Ifyou're trying to use a spy gadget, you must move that gadget to exactly theright place or SPY Fox will tell you that's not the right tool for the task.

However, that quibble aside, this is a SPY Fox game not to be missed. In fact,you'll probably be disappointed when you finally finish the mission. But don'tfret, there are multiple mini-missions and endings within the game, encouragingreplay. In fact, it's so entertaining that parents--and older kids--might evenfind themselves playing along as well. (Ages 5 to 8) --Ara Jane Olufson ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars We Were In There Like Swimwear!
My daughter and I have worked our way through just about every Humongous title on the market, so we were eagerly anticipating their latest release. "Operation Ozone" didn't disappoint. We found this one slightly less challenging than the first Spy Fox (and the first Pajama Sam, for that matter), but we enjoyed the scope of this game much more than earlier Spy Fox titles. There are more locations to go to, and more situations encountered. Another fun and well-done offering by Humongous!

5-0 out of 5 stars Operation Funzone!
This newest game of SPY Fox's is really great. Poodles Galore is destroying the ozone layer so that everyone will buy her newest sunscreen. SPY Fox saves the day, after solving many puzzles. It's for older kids than the other SPY Fox games, but I don't know why. There's also a weird but neat soundtrack of eleven songs that can be played inside the bowling alley on the jukebox in the game, or on a CD player in the real world. This game teaches kids thinking and problem solving skills, but is also lots of fun to play. If you liked this game, try Freddi Fish, Putt-Putt, Pajama Sam, and other SPY Fox games ("Dry Cereal" and "Some Assembly Required").

4-0 out of 5 stars Very Fun!
I just bought it today and couldn't stop until I solved the mystery...I have all 3 and have enjoyed all 3. I am 11, but this game still made me think, but still have fun. It's vibrant and colorful, the characters humorous as well. They should have a Spy Fox television show!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Game!
This was a great game. I'm 12 and I still enjoyed it and it still made me think! Give it a try, it is very fun!

5-0 out of 5 stars The best ever work by Humongous
I really like this. Spy Fox is just the coolest spy ever. He beats them all, James Bond, Solid Snake, Austin Powers (maybe not him). The game is targeted for the pre-pre-teen age group, but anyone can sit down and enjoy it. I have every Humongous
game ever made, and I can safely say that Spy Fox is their best creation ever. The first one was great, the second was great (but it felt rushed out), and OpOz is even better. I am killing myself waiting for the fourth installment! ... Read more


118. JumpStart Kindergarten Fun Pack 3 CD
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Asin: B00005K8SK
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Knowledge Adventure
Sales Rank: 500
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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A package of three educational titles. In JumpStart Reading for Kindergartners kids are invited to help Hopsalot the Bunny discover thesecret of the lost carrot-patch treasure. They'll travel around the worldvisiting family and friends, searching for clues to the treasure'swhereabouts. Meet Frankie the Dog in JumpStart Learning GamesNumbers. Frankie loves his dog biscuits. The problem is he has eaten everylast one. Kids help Frankie find more tasty biscuits by blasting asteroids,dueling in the Old West, and searching for buried treasure. The magic andharmony of the Land of Music is threatened by Sir Sour Note in JumpStartLearning Games Music, and the instruments need the user's help. Collectthe sour notes scattered about the land by playing games and learningimportant music skills. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Jump Start Software
Jump Start software is one of the best educational/fun softwares there is for young children. My kids both learned a lot about computers and prep for school from this software. Now I am buying it for our niece. You can't go wrong! ... Read more


119. The Sims House Party Expansion Pack ( Mac )
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Asin: B0001CNKFE
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Aspyr Media
Sales Rank: 2092
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Features

  • So you've got a great house & a sweet family in The Sims. Why not let other Sims enjoy them too? Now you can, with Sims House Party!
  • Choose the perfect setting -- three new neighborhoods are here to choose from
  • Buy the perfect items for your party and get things prepared by having some food catered
  • Create a theme for your party, anything from luau to RAVE
  • Use the phone feature to get other Sims over, and get the party started

120. Hoyle Kids Games 2002
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Asin: B00005MJ9J
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Sierra
Sales Rank: 727
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Childhood gaming chestnuts like Old Maid and Snakes & Ladders get sospiffed up on this CD-ROM, adults may find themselves indulging in these gameswhen the kids aren't busy with them. The multilevel appeal of Hoyle Kids'Games is best illustrated by their version of Hangman: not only can playershang 'em high in settings that range from the Wild West to a sandy beach, but atthe advanced level, the game throws players words like dysprosium.

There are 15 games to play on this Mac- and Windows-friendly disc, and up tofour players can compete at once. The standards are: Tic-Tac-Toe, Old Maid,Crazy 8s, War, Hangman, Snakes & Ladders, Chinese Checkers, Checkers, Go Fish,Battling Ships (similar to Battleship), and Memory Match (a.k.a. Concentration).New games include Bump 'Em (imagine Aggravation with cars and oil slicks),Placer Racer (an aiming game that requires spatial skills and strategy), TheMusic Game (hearing and repeating musical sequences), and Speedy Racer (type theletters that are rapidly falling out of the sky to save the houses of the ThreeLittle Pigs). In addition, this game has the best "build your own face" functionwe've ever seen. Realistic noses, eyes, and mouths coupled with arrow functionsthat allow players to stretch necks, slide mouths, and widen eye spacing turncharacter creation into engrossing mad-scientist fun. The characters the programprovides as opponents aren't too shabby either. Among them are Ethel the granny,Roswell the alien, and a pup named Pepper who whines, "This is worse thanobedience training!" when he's losing at War.

Technically, it's all here. Graphics are great, games can be interrupted fordinnertime and saved in mid-play, and nothing takes too long to load. An optionto play the game in a window allows use of the computer's other functions whilethis program runs. Folks who have forgotten how to play Checkers (you know whoyou are) will appreciate the many different helpers at the bottom of thescreen--they range from a genie who reads the rules out loud to various cop-out buttonsthat will give hints or do your next move for you. And, of course, upper-levelGo Fish players can get rid of the help bar, and simply immerse themselves inthe Zen of casting for the perfect card. (Ages 5 and older) --AnneErickson ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Adults will love it too
This is a great computer game! My 3 year old loves to play "Battling Ships" and my 5 year olds favorites are "Go Fish" and "Placer Racer". The computer characters are fun to play with (we especially love Marvin) and you can also play against another real person at the computer. They list the appropriate ages for this product at 5-12 but I confess to sneaking a few games of "Chinese Checkers" by myself and enjoying a game of "Bump Em" with the kids. there are different levels of play from easy to very difficult to keep different age levels happy. Gotta have this one!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful CD
I have bought a number of Hoyle CDs since they began coming out with this type of game compilation. This one I play with my duaghter who is two but she likes trying to figure out the games. She does like Tic Tac Toe and Crazy eights though she can't understand what she is suposed to do yet.
I liked the characters that play the game with you. I think they are friendly and not too irriating like some of the Hoyle personalities in other games.
I like the format of how you choose the games; where it is like your bedroom and you click on the shelf to pick something. That is how Hoyle used to configure their games till you got so many one one cd. They increased how many games were on the CD each year.
Bump "em is like Aggravation. It is my favorite game; better than Parchisi. I like how they make games seem whimsical like using frogs as Checker pieces; using a goldfish to make Xs and Os for Tic Tac Toe; using little men to climb a treehouse for Snakes and Ladders.
The games are kid friendly but they are classics that grownups can enjoy playing even when the kids aren't around. I think that board games teach kids things like rules, strategy, counting, and cause and effect. So this is a good way of teaching kids how to play and master these games.

5-0 out of 5 stars THIS IS GREAT!
I BOUGHT THIS CD FOR WHEN MY GRANDCHILDREN COME TO VISIT. THEY HAVE ALL GIVEN A "THUMBS UP" TO IT. I PLAYED EACH GAME WHEN IT FIRST GOT HERE SO I COULD SHOW THEM HOW. I NEED NOT HAVE BOTHERED! IT IS SO EASY TO LEARN THE CONTROLS AND BUTTONS. THE KIDS HAD A LOT OF FUN MAKING THEIR OWN FACES. I WOULD RECOMMEND TO ANYONE! ... Read more


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