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7 January 2007

Winigolf

 in 2000,Sports — Jack Frost

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Winigolf is basically a minigolf course for your computer. It has easy to follow instructions to start a game and can be configured, so you can play any number of holes (up to a maximum of 35) in a random, sequential or counter sequential way. This game is extremely addictive, and has suprisingly excellent graphics, while only taking up appoximately one and a half megabytes. It has excellent info at the bottom of the screen, as well as a score card that you can check at any time. The info records your score against par, and the number of shots you have left to get par on the hole you are on, among other things.

Unfortunately, there is only one skill level, but the holes get gradually harder as you progress through the course that you have chosen. Another of the games features is its ability to have multiple players in the golf tournament (up to a maximum of 8). This is an excellent feature, apart from the fact that the person furthest from the hole should get the first hit, but doesn’t. Well, that’s the rules I play when playing golf, or minigolf off the computer. But hey, I’m not complaining. The multiple player feature really adds to the fun of the game.

The graphics in Winigolf are simple, yet effective. The game doesn’t try and overload the user with pointless animations and replays like other golf games. Instead it offers a near perfect green course with brown edges on a grass background. It could possibly have included a player, and maybe even a club, but I think that the person would have ended up as one of those orange blobs that I don’t like myself. The ball is extremely realistic, and is your only indicator of where you are on the course.

Where the graphics are excellent, the music is on the other end of the scale. It is repetitive and gets really annoying, although I suppose you could replace the midi with something of your own if you wanted to. The only good thing I’ll say about the music is that its of a very good quality. The sound effects go some way to make up the disapointment of the music, but there are only a few of them. They play mostly when you play a shot, and when you get the ball in the hole.

Originality ? Well there are a lot of golf games out there, but not for mini golf courses. I’d score it quite highly on originality of the idea of a mini golf game. Also I think the animation that goes in the background it really good……if in fact you actually get bored of the game. I guess the only thing that isn’t original is the green course, but I don’t think that degrades the game.

The games very playable, once you figure out how to start a tournament. It’s extremely simple, and perhaps it’s simplicity is it’s short fall, you decide !!

So overall, the game is a very aditictive excellent game with only a few pitfalls (mainly with the music side of the game). It’s defenetly a keeper in my games folder, why wouldn’t you download this game.

Graphics = 80 %
Sounds = 30 %
Playablity = 50 %
Originality = 70 %
Addiction = 90 %

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Winigolf

  • Designed by: Ola Lisboa
  • Published by: Athreex

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Size: 558kb (2 min on 56k dial-up)

5 January 2007

Warcraft: Orcs and Humans

 in 1994,Strategy — Jack Frost

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An ignorant person would claim that Tides of Darkness was the first game in the Warcraft series. They would be wrong !!! But, of course, it doesn’t stop hundreds of websites refering, to the above as Warcraft, as though it was the original. Just look in any search engine (I used MSN, Google and Altavista) and type Warcraft, or even Warcraft 1. You’ll be amased by the number of websites that talk about Warcraft 2, and yet seem to miss out the classic game I’m taking a close look at in this review Over the years I’ve become increasingly irritated by the situation described above, and as a purchaser of the original warcraft I can honestly say that most people overlook this game when they think of the great games. Who could deny Warcraft the honour of being one of the patriarchs of modern games ? Especially when it won 9 awards for the game (see bottom of the following webpage for details: http://www.blizzard.com/inblizz/awards.shtml), and all at a time when a half hour plus install wait wasn’t the norm !!The game is really fun, but I guess I would say that, considering that I’m a real time stratagy fanatic. You start the game as a low ranked servant of either the Orcish hordes or the Human kingdom of Azeroth. You can increase your rank, and the number of units you can command, by achieving the goals of the stage you are on. The ultimate goal is to rid Azeroth of the oposite race, whose tactics get better as you progress through the stages.

The graphics are excellent, especially considering the game was released in 1994. The trees and terrain are believable and realistic. Sometimes, though, the animation of the units in the game turns into blury blobs of flesh. This happens a lot when the peons or peasants are choping trees. But, I still love playing the game.

The sound effects and music are characteristically millitaristic, and add to the war admosphere and realism of the game. They are also very high quality. I think that this game (along with others) helped steer modern sounds effect and music in the right direction. Warcraft’s sounds were an important development in turning the irritating bleeps and screeches of the early games, to the music we hear in modern games. Sounds, like the ones heard in this game, don’t make you want to reach for the mute button. They are a bit repetitive, but I don’t think that the game becomes irritating or monotonious because of it.

Overall Warcraft 1: Orcs vs Humans is a classic game. It’s only flaws are ones that it’s decendants (Tides of Darkness and Reign of Chaos) have only just corrected. It’s a real shame that there aren’t that many warcraft 1, cause it really is a great game.

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Warcraft: Orcs and Humans

  • Designed by: Blizzard
  • Published by: Blizzard

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Size: 5415kb (19 min on 56k dial-up)

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