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    Post by genkicoll on Mon Jan 16, 2012 5:18 pm

    This week's featured game is:

    Great Adventures: Lost in Mountains
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    This cute adventure game has a variety of characters that you can alternate between, depending on what you need done.  As you can see from the screen above, there is a hint meter, which is filled by finding dog biscuits (they're scattered all over the place).

    All in all, this is a fun game with a short, built-in tutorial to give you the general gist of the game mechanics.

    *NOTE: Great Adventures: X-mas Edition is the SAME game, but with Christmas decorations/tree.


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    Post by genkicoll on Wed Jan 25, 2012 1:56 pm

    This week's featured game is
    Mystery Stories 3: Mountain of Madness.

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    This is a simply beautiful game with excellent game mechanics and an immersive and compelling story. Above all else, it is different, which is a breath of fresh air nowadays. The game is heavy in adventure elements, which is something I especially love.

    Absolutely give it a try if you haven't done so, already. I highly recommend this game!


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    Post by genkicoll on Wed Feb 01, 2012 7:48 pm

    The featured game this week is
    Sacra Terra: Angelic Night

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    The game's graphics and mechanics are very well done, with interesting gameplay, tons of scenes to visit, not a ton of hidden object scenes and a lot of the adventure-esque play that I love so much.

    The screen above does not do the game's graphics justice, as you may have gathered from the banner at the top of the page. Look for a third Sacra Terra banner later this week!

    Check out the game here:
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    Post by kac on Wed Feb 01, 2012 8:51 pm

    Looks interesting. It is in my stack of "to be played" games.
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    Post by genkicoll on Mon Feb 06, 2012 2:42 pm

    The featured game this week is one I have not yet played:

    Mystery Trackers 2:Raincliff

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    This game has been raved about as being one of the Collector's Editions that is well and truly worth the extra price. The only thing I've seen for a complaint is that it's similar in theme to MCF: Dire Grove, but even those who made this comment still had wonderful things to say about the game. I bought the SE outright, played for 5 minutes and upgraded to the CE right afterward. I have not yet played beyond my original 5-minutes' demo, but am looking forward to what has been widely acclaimed as a truly great game featured - GGG - Featured Game 3026146359

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    Post by kac on Mon Feb 06, 2012 2:49 pm

    I picked the CE up on one of the sales for this as well. Haven't played it either though.
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    Post by genkicoll on Mon Feb 13, 2012 2:42 pm

    This week's Featured Game is
    Gemini Lost

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    I love this little SIM, and in the spirit of Valentine's Day, have made it the featured game for this week. As you can see in the current banner, you can build a chapel to marry your characters. This is where the horoscope comes in to play - only characters with complementary astrological symbols can marry (and then have children).

    You can build a school and train the children in various skills, and there are plenty of quests to complete.

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    Post by genkicoll on Thu Feb 23, 2012 2:05 pm

    We have a mini-feature this week, since I've been sick, so I chose a game that most everyone knows:
    Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove

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    This is a fantastic game, even by today's standards. Put aside any preconceived notions you might have about the video tapes being like Blair Witch Project. The tapes do seem that way at first, but if you can set aside those early similarities and realize that the tapes are there to give you the back story, the game takes on a whole new ambiance and depth that I've seen in no other game. This is one I'll play over and over again featured - GGG - Featured Game 737505495

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    Post by genkicoll on Mon Feb 27, 2012 2:26 pm

    The featured game for this week is one of my favorite IHOG-lites:

    Season of Mystery: The Cherry Blossom Murders

    The story follows a woman in Japan whose husband has supposedly committed suicide. Her goal is to prove that her husband was murdered, and the story involved is really very well done. It left me with a feeling of quiet, serene triumph.

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    As you can see from the screen above, there are no junk pile hidden object scenes, and the graphics include the understated glimpses of movement that I so appreciate. The slightest movement of a curtain caught by the breeze, the dust motes caught in the sunlight or by the lamp... Just beautifully done!

    There's not a lot of interaction, which makes it good for those who like straight HOG's, but there is enough that those who prefer IHOG's will enjoy it, as well! I really enjoyed this one, and it's definitely one to check out if you haven't done so, already.

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    Post by bribling on Wed Mar 07, 2012 5:55 pm

    I purchased, played and enjoyed this game back in November, 2009. I don't remember much about it now but I do remember enjoying it and loving the beautiful graphics. Good game!
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    Post by genkicoll on Mon Mar 12, 2012 6:01 pm

    The featured game for this week is a favorite of mine, and has a whole section devoted to it, as there is just so much information to be had! This game is about so much more than animals Big smile

    Zoo Tycoon 1

    You can get a general idea of what can be done with the game from the banner, which features many user-created items. Here is an idea of what you can do with "just" the official in-game content:
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    Find more screenshots HERE

    This screen doesn't even show any content from the two expansions, Dinosaur Digs and Marine Mania.

    You can get the "basic" Zoo Tycoon, as well as both expansions, all wrapped up into one inexpensive package with Zoo Tycoon Complete Collection (ZTCC). You can find ZTCC for sale at a variety of places, from Wal-Mart to Amazon.com, and for under $10.

    This game kept me rapt for six years, first as a player, then as a creator of items to use in the game. Any questions you might have about the game I can probably answer, so just ask featured - GGG - Featured Game 3026146359 My creations are hosted at a variety of sites, with Zoo Tek Phoenix hosting most of them. You can find links to the fan sites HERE


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    Post by kac on Mon Mar 12, 2012 7:11 pm

    Wow, I would not have thought that your banner picture came from Zoo Tycoon. With all the snow it reminded me of that TM/Sim game you used before.
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    Post by genkicoll on Mon Mar 19, 2012 1:20 pm

    I'd wanted to show a snowy picture of Zoo Tycoon for the banner since it's Wintertime featured - GGG - Featured Game 364988687 Not so much wintry this time featured - GGG - Featured Game 2981382511

    This week's Featured Game is
    Mystery Age: The Dark Priests.

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    This is the second in the series, though it is not necessary to play the first game to understand the second. I do own the first game, but have not yet played it past the demo. featured - GGG - Featured Game 3286387481

    Dark Priests is one of my personal favorites, with gorgeous graphics and incredibly immersive gameplay. It is a mixture of both fragmented items and classic hidden object scenes, starting with FROG play, going to IHOG, and back to FROG. Excellent game, I absolutely loved it! featured - GGG - Featured Game 737505495

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    Post by genkicoll on Tue Mar 27, 2012 6:14 pm

    This week's Featured Game (late again!) is

    Farmscapes

    Primarily, this is a match-3 game, selling produce with the goal of fixing up Grandpa's farm. There are intermittent hidden object scenes, as well as adventure-esque play where you have to find x-number of bees, or put together a wheelbarrow so that you can move rocks (in order to plant a new area). There are hints during all types of gameplay, so not to worry if you're not good at that kind of thing!

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    Grandpa is delightfully cranky, and the goal of making money to fix up the farm makes the game completely addictive. If you're thinking that this game reminds you of Gardenscapes, that's the perfect comparison! Gardenscapes and Farmscapes are both made by Playrix, and the "fix-it" mechanics are much the same. The biggest difference is that this is a match-3 game, rather than a hidden object game, but that addictive quality is the same for both.

    There is a both a timed and a relaxed mode, and you can instantly switch between the two if it looks like you can't finish in time. The bonus of timed is that you get extra $$ Wink

    Absolutely give this game a try if you like match-3 games... and
    possibly even if you don't! featured - GGG - Featured Game 580207494 You may find that you like M3's after all!


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    Post by genkicoll on Fri Aug 03, 2012 7:30 pm

    It's been a while, so I'm guessing it's time for another featured game!

    This time we focus on Reincarnations: Awakening, which is the first in the series. As a bonus, as I was looking for some good images, I found that the official site offers some lovely wallpapers!

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    This game has beautiful graphics, and is especially good for those who don't have a lot of time to devote to playing games, as there are five completely different quests to complete, with an overall plot that nicely ties them together. Complete a quest, then come back at any time to do the next one without having to try to remember exactly what you'd been doing before!

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    Each of the doors you see above offers an experience from a different past life. This is a beautiful and varied game, and I really enjoyed it.

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    Post by genkicoll on Wed Aug 15, 2012 4:52 pm

    You might have noticed that we have a new featured game today!

    The Treasures of Mystery Island 3: The Ghost Ship is my favorite of the series, with the first two not really capturing my interest.

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    I see that I never did a formal review of the game, which is a crying shame, as this particular game is one of best of the best, IMO. I'm generally not a fan of FROG's (FRagmented Object Games), but this one really stands out from the pack. When I got to the "end" of the game, I realized that there was still a lot of game left to play, giving even better value for the money.

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    The graphics are crisp and beautiful, the gameplay interesting, and the storyline captivating. I definitely recommend this game! :thumb:


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    Post by genkicoll on Mon Aug 20, 2012 3:31 pm

    It's probably no surprise that I've chosen Twisted Lands 3: Origin to be the new featured game.

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    The game is outstanding, from the art to the storyline to the gameplay. On the off chance that you haven't played the first two games in the series, this one CAN be played without ruining anything for yourself.

    Find my full review HERE. I simply can't do the game justice in a short blurb featured - GGG - Featured Game 765500672

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    Post by genkicoll on Mon Aug 27, 2012 10:28 am

    I thought I'd do something different, and add a game series as the "featured game" this time.

    The current banner is from Delicious 7: Emily's True Love.
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    I absolutely love this series, and have reviewed the series (with game specifics) HERE.

    Taste of Fame:
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    Holiday Season:
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    Childhood Memories:
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    True Love:
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    You can find all the Delicious games from #3 through #7 (and bundles! Woohoo for bundles!) by clicking HERE.


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    Post by genkicoll on Thu Sep 06, 2012 1:30 pm

    Well, I added a new banner a few days ago, and never made the Featured Game post, so it's about time I do so - especially since I added another new banner for it featured - GGG - Featured Game 2981382511 featured - GGG - Featured Game 364988687

    Elementals: The Magic Key is our current featured game.

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    I'm currently on my second play-through of Elementals. I was completely enamored of this game when I first tried it, and I still am really enjoying it very much.

    It's a strange mixture of gorgeous scenery and cartoon-like characters, a combination that nonetheless works somehow.
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    The game is interspersed with adventure-like FROG scenes or find-x-number-of-items, the occasional find-items-by-outline, puzzles and "battles", which are played via a fun strategy-board game:

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    The battles start off easy, but get harder as you progress. Fear not, there is a skip button for both the minis and the battles, if you so desire.

    Check out my full review HERE

    I hope you enjoy the game as much as I do!

    You can find wallpapers made from Elementals: The Magic Key here:
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    Post by genkicoll on Sun Sep 09, 2012 7:45 pm

    The new featured game is The Clockwork Man 2: The Hidden World.

    The graphics in this game are simply breathtaking, the music poignant, and the characters loveable.

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    The game features a full, original soundtrack, which is easily transferred to your computer if you buy the Ultimate Edition (which I did, of course featured - GGG - Featured Game 3286387481)

    Find my full review HERE

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    Post by genkicoll on Mon Sep 24, 2012 1:50 pm

    I've changed the banner a couple of times lately, but did not announce a new Featured Game, simply because they were games that I had recently posted reviews on.

    Now we have an older game that I'd like to spotlight - one that was ahead of its time in the world of IHOG's, and still stands up today: Deadtime Stories

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    This is one of my eldest's favorite games, which she played through three times straight, and has played a couple of times since. It has an unsettling story, which in part featured the real-life woman Delphine LaLaurie. The graphics are gorgeous, the gameplay adventure-esque, and the story is engaging, to say the least!
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    As you can see, we have to make some potions, and for those who worry about such things, I do not remember harming any creatures during gameplay -- including other humans.

    Deadtime Stories was set up to be a series of different stories, and I really wish that I-play had continued with the project (I'm just assuming that they haven't, since this one was released in 2010). This is an excellent game, and I highly recommend it!


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    Post by genkicoll on Mon Oct 22, 2012 1:55 pm

    We have a new featured game today:
    Night of the Scarecrows

    My favorite part of this game is the opening and closing cutscenes. Quirkiness abounds, and I love it!
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    As you probably guessed, this is an arcade-style match-3 game. Click on groups of matching scarecrows to get rid of them, and don't let any reach your farm!

    Find more game-specifics in my review, HERE.


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    Post by genkicoll on Thu Nov 22, 2012 1:14 am

    We have a new featured game at last! In honor or the season, I'm giving thanks for GOG's 5-for-$10 sale on.... Drumroll please! ... Botanicula!

    I have been coveting this game since I did the demo a couple of months ago. It's delightfully quirky, beautifully rendered, and in all a gorgeous reminder that point-and-click adventures are still a wonderful way to pass the time.
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    The game is by Amanita Design, the company responsible for the Samorost games and Machinarium (which I will be adding a topic for shortly).

    I hope to play and review the game properly in the next couple of days. In the meantime, why not try it for yourself? Just go to http://amanita-design.net/games.html and you can do the demo online!


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    Post by genkicoll on Sun Dec 09, 2012 2:35 pm

    I'm taking a break from the winter-themed game shots to do an actual featured game.

    Anyone who's played the game knows what Glitch is already, but for those who never got a chance to play this MMO, it was a quirky, funny, and sometimes touching game that was community-driven. You may have noticed that I said "was". Sadly, today is the final day in Glitch's existence... the game ends for good as of eight o'clock this evening (PST).

    To honor Glitch's memory, I'll be featuring the world of Glitch with a new banner every day. I could probably go on for months this way, and never repeat a graphic style, but I think that 10 days will be sufficient for everyone to either get a taste of what the game was like, or to remember fondly the world that was.

    Rock on, Tiny Speck! We former Glitchen salute you, and hope for the best in your next endeavor! featured - GGG - Featured Game 2815934938


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    My eldest pointed out this morning that I've put the wrong credits on the banner at the top of the page... It's Chimeras: Tune of Revenge, not Tune of Death featured - GGG - Featured Game 3253339202 Whoops!

    Since we're talking about it, I REALLY enjoyed this game. It hasn't been long since I posted my review, but in case you missed it, you can read it HERE. This is one I'm really glad to have gotten the CE of, an excellent game! The graphics in the banner are actually from the bonus section Wink


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