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I wrote it real quick

This is quite possibly the most rushed review I've ever written. I don't think I've sped towards a deadline like this since college term paper days. :)



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goodjoan
Jan. 29th, 2002 08:31 am (UTC)
Were you rushed because you were busy with other things, or did you get addicted to this game and play through your deadline? I first encountered this game as "Jewel Box" on the mac in the UCNS office where I worked. It is very addicting, probably because it seems so simple. Dan has it on his laptop and I have to be careful not to start playing it or I will neglect all my housework for hours!

If you enjoyed this you might like the Breakout game made by the man who made Tetris. It's an old win3.1 version, I found it on a website with downloads of old pc and atari type games. It seems to wrk fine on Win ME. It has as similar style but much better sound and is just as addicting and it has a kid friendly version that has no time limits so they can win :) If you're interested I'll find the url.

pointedview
Jan. 29th, 2002 11:32 am (UTC)
*laugh* Ironically, rushed because my hub wanted me to come in and play Dark Age of Camelot with him. However, as editor, I do actually do a few useful things for WG, like trying to pace out a somewhat balanced range of exposure for various genres. When I was cleaning up the sublistings last week, I realized we hadn't had a classic game review since October! So, when other people fail to contribute stuff we need, I fill the void. I don't mean for that to sound all martyr-like, I'm just doing my job. It's ironic - it never fails to amuse me, this common perception/stereotype that the only games that women play are puzzle/classic games: that's actually one of the smallest areas of our site! I mean, maybe S women, but not N gamer women, and gamers are the people who primarily write the reviews. We gladly welcome everyone, I just think the perception is kind of amusing in light of what I've seen and learned in my time there.

*laughs* Though I will confess to playing the timetrial a little more than I should've while working on the review because I posted a screenshot of the high score board for readers, and I didn't want it to look like I hadn't played it at all. Ah, vanity. ;)

I love old arcade-style games. I wrote a nostalgic article about them and MAME a while back here. Do you have MAME? I recommend it, and can send you what I've got if you don't have it.
goodjoan
Jan. 29th, 2002 03:06 pm (UTC)
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Dan found mame a few years back and has had a blast playing his old games. Even the kids enjoy them because they are so 'different' They are so spoiled! Not to date myself but I had an original PONG growing up and when my brother got an atari 2600 we were all really impressed! Compared that those, the 'plain old Playstation one' we have is really amazing! I saw the software store in the mall had a big controller panel that looked a lot more like the arcade style buttons and joystick (and a track ball for us centipede fans) I need to find out how much it is, maybe I can get it for Dans birthday. I just can't seem to get the hang of these little control pads.

It's funny you mentioned the puzzle thing. I am definately a puzzle fan much more than an action game player. I used to play MUD for hours when I worked in the lab but that was as much for the social aspect as the need to whack something. Looking at my computer now aside from the kids games I have breakthru (the tetris like game, not the atari paddle game), various solitaire games, scrabble, (I miss email games from hasbro!) Myst3, and my newest favorite time waster- Docking Station from creature labs. I want to get the creatures internet edition but can't justify the $30 at the moment. The boys recently found the CD of the Neverhood so I have been enjoying that again, in playing it with them. I guess the major theme here is I like a game where you don't die if you leave the room for a moment!
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