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System Requirements Windows 2000/XP 512MB RAM 64MB 3D graphics 2GHz CPU 500MB HDD God has summoned Moses to free the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. Start your journey as Moses and later as Aaron to free God’s people from the evil Pharaoh. You will not be welcome in Egypt, so prepare to defend yourself. Use your staff to protect yourself from bandits, Egyptian guards and mummies. Use your staff to defend and protect yourself. There are various moves and power-ups you can use to defeat your foes. Collect power ups (Greater Powers), coins, water, and bread to restore your health along the way.

How do you play?

This is the first game in a long time that doesn’t use the typical WASD keys. You primarily use your mouse and there is no customizing the controls. To move you hold down the right mouse button and you use your left to attack. You can change your attack moves with the scroll wheel. To jump you use the space bar and you can access the power ups with the number keys. The H key brings up the menu where you can save/load and see your objectives. The mouse only control is a blessing and a curse. It’s easier for new gamers but the camera angles or the lack of controlling it is frustrating at times.

What attacks are there?

Block Foot Sweep (knocks the enemies off their feet) Jab Parry Overhead (Moses takes his staff and hit enemies on their head) Staff kick (Looks cool as Moses grabs onto his staff and kicks outward) Staff sweep (My favorite since you can take out many enemies at once)

What Greater Powers are there?

I haven\'t used the powers that often but they look cool and do a decent amount of damage. They also strike many enemies at once. Smite Tremble Thunder Wrath Restore (health)

What are the missions like?

Your first mission is to go up the mountain and talk to God. Other primary missions in the game involve talking to the Egyptian guard captain to get an audience with the Pharaoh, find and speak with Miriam (Moses’ sister), destroy various idols, lead the people out of Egypt, and others. There are many side quests such as saving people from bandits, collecting various items for people, and recovering Joseph’s bones.

How is the game play?

This game is probably best described as an action RPG. It’s in the third person and you primarily play as Moses. You can talk to the villagers and explore the world. It is easy to get lost. There’s a compass/radar that displays friends, foes and objectives for you. The game play varies with quests, mazes, jumping puzzles and boss battles. There’s probably fifteen hours of game play if you complete all the missions. I beat the game in about ten.

Graphics

Deliverance uses the Torque engine and it looks decent. The models look a little cartoonish and have a decent amount of detail/uniqueness. The textures look good and; I like the Egyptian hieroglyphics. Some of the world is a bit bland but then again you\'re in the middle of a dessert. Many of the bushes are paper-thin and if you walk too close to a building or a wall you can sometimes see through it. The cut scenes are pre-rendered. Though low-res, they look decent.

Sound

The only voice acting is in the cut-scene movies. When you talk to NPCs it’s text only. I guess I’m spoiled by many modern games like Oblivion where everything is voice acted. The background music was nothing spectacular or memorable: mainly drums, ambient noise, trumpets or synthesizer. The special effects were good though.

Bugs/Stability

I had a hard time getting this game running at first. Make sure your drivers are up to date and AMD X2 users will need to get a CPU patch from AMD to make the game playable. This game does not minimize well, so close out of any chat clients you may have running. One of the bugs I encountered was that when you save and reload a game while playing as Aaron, your character will come back as Moses instead. Another bug is that loading a save does not work; the only way to load a game is through the Continue option.

Appropriateness

This game is spot on when it comes to the Biblical narration however a few creative liberties were made to make it a fun game. The Bible only mentions Moses killing one Egyptian instead of the countless he knocks out during the course of the game. There is violence in this game but no blood.

Final Thoughts

I like the storyline and premise for this game. The world is big and fun to explore and the NPC side quests are fun. Deliverance is a bit lacking in the sound and graphics departments. I can’t fault it too much on the performance since most of my issues were CPU patch related. The glitches I encountered will hopefully be fixed in a patch. There is no multiplayer, so once you beat the game in fifteen or less hours there’s little reason to go back to it.

Final Ratings

Game Play 12/20 Graphics 6/10 Sound 6/10 Controls/Interface 3/5 Stability 2/5 Appropriateness 46/50 -4 points for self defense violence

Overall 75%

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System Requirements
Windows 98/Me/2000/XP, OS X
733 MHz, G3,G4 or G5
120MB HDD Space 128MB RAM
16MB Video RAM
CD-ROM

 

How well do you know God’s animal creations? This Bible trivia game will stump adults and kids alike. Some of the questions can be answered from the Bible but not all the questions have a verse reference. For example do you know how many eyes a caterpillar has? How about a grasshopper? (Both have more than 2!) There are over 500 questions in five categories so there aren’t too many repeats. There are three levels of difficulty however you get more points for answering harder questions. You can have up to three players and since this a Digital Praise title, you can even use your dance pad as a controller if you prefer. The default controller is a keyboard with each player using different keys.

Categories

Wet & Wild Creepy Crawly Things With Wings Marvelous Mammals Creatures Great & Small

Game Play

This game is pretty fun and with the wise cracking announcer it’s similar to the “You Don’t Know Jack” series. Single player mode has a different feel than when you’re playing against someone else. The point system is completely different. In single player, after the question is asked, your total available points decrease until you answer the question, so think fast! Another difference is that you are not penalized for wrong answers in single player mode. In multiplayer mode if you answer a question wrong you lose the amount the question was worth. Unfortunately, no matter how well you do in single player your score will not be entered into the Hall of Fame. There are un-lockable characters available to you as you play the game. These are avatars that you can choose to represent you in the game. There’s a monkey, a lion, a dog, and more!

Graphics

Trivia games don’t need the latest and greatest 3D engine and this game is no exception. The graphics in Solomon Says are colorful and flashy; they fit the bill nicely.

Sound

The menu music has a jungle rhythm to it and it fits with the game décor. The announcer is amusing and the animal sound effects are good too. You can taunt other players in an attempt to distract them.

Stability

This game did not error out on me but we did discover a bug. When my husband and I were playing against each other, we got a blank question with no audio or text to read or choose from. That only happened to us once.

Appropriateness

This game has Bible based trivia, so I don’t have any complaints in this department. I recommend this game for all ages (7+ up according to the box).

Final Thoughts

I have not played the original Solomon Says, but this title is very fun and I have learned a lot by playing it. (Caterpillars have 12 eyes btw). Some of the questions require Bible knowledge while other questions require animal expertise. The 3,000 bonus point questions are either super hard or super silly, good luck getting those right. All in all this game is very enjoyable and I recommend it for any animal lover.

Final Ratings

Game Play 17/20 Graphics 7/10 Sound 8/10 Stability 4/5 Controls/Interface 5/5 Appropriateness 50/50

Total 91%

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System Requirements Windows:98/ME/2000/XP Mac:OSX 500MHz CPU 100MB HDD space 128MB RAM 8X CD-ROM DX 9 compatible sound and video USB ports for connecting the dance pad If you like Dance Dance Revolution and Veggie tales this game is sure to please! It’s got the Veggie Tale twist with over fifty silly songs to dance to. Dance Dance Dance uses the Dance Praise engine but I must say it’s very well polished and looks better than the original Dance Praise in my opinion. Like Dance Praise, the arrows still go down instead of up.

What Dance Modes are there?

For all the Dance Modes there are four difficulty levels: Easy, Medium, Hard and expert. Of course there is the standard dance mode when you dance to a song, keep your life bar up and get scored at the end. If you want more of a challenge, try the Arcade mode. In Arcade Mode you have score increasing and decreasing arrows. There are also bomb arrows that if you tap on them, will cause a cloud of smoke to appear and make it harder to judge when to tap the dance pad. So in Arcade Mode it is okay to miss certain arrows. For those wanting to lose weight there is an exercise mode, in which you can set a goal of how many calories you want to burn, or how long you want to dance for. Finally the most challenging mode depending on how mean the leader is: Follow The Leader. In this mode, the leader makes up dance moves for the other person to do. If you just want to listen to the music there’s a sing along mode, which is cute.

What songs are there?

There are fifty-one songs you can sort by title, silliness or difficulty. 1. B-O-N-G-O 2. Bellybutton 3. Big Things Too 4. Billy Joe McGiffrey 5. Boids 6. Do the Moo Shoo 7. Driving Medley 8. Endangered Love 9. Erie Canal 10. Ezekiel Saw The Wheel 11. Gated Community 12. Get on Board 13. Good Shepherd 14. Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes_Do your Ears Hang Low 15. His Cheeseburger 16. I Can Be Your Friend 17. I Love My Duck 18. I’m So Blue 19. John Jimmy Jingleheimer Schmidt 20. Joshua Fought The Battle Jericho 21. Joy To The World 22. King Jesus Is All 23. Larry’s High Silk Hat 24. Love My Lips 25. Modern Major General 26. Polly Wolly Doodle 27. Promised Land 28. Rocka My Soul 29. Salemunz Rap 30. Schoolhouse Polka 31. SillySong Remix Medley 32. Sports Utility Vehicle 33. Take Me Out to the Ballgame 34. Thankfulness Song 35. The Bunny song (reprise) 36. The Dance Of The Cucumber 37. The Green Grass Grew All Around 38. The Hairbrush Song 39. The Pirates Who Don’t Anything 40. The Song Of The Cebu 41. The Veggie Tales Theme Song 42. The Water Buffalo Song 43. The Yodeling Veterinarian Of The Alps 44. There’s a Hole in the Bottom of the Sea 45. This Is My Commandment 46. This Little Light Of Mine 47. What Do You Do (With A Tired Veggie) 48. When The Saints Go Marching In 49. While by my sheep 50. Who Did (Swallow Jonah) 51. Zacchaeus

Graphics/Interface

The interface is pretty easy to maneuver and use. There’s a helpful announcer to explain everything to you. Many of the game elements look the same when it comes to the song selection. One feature I like is the Tune Into You mode, which chooses and adjusts song difficulties depending on how good/bad you do. The Dance Pad configuration is pretty handy and easy to use. I like how you can see the song lyrics in the background. The Dance Pad itself is unique and very colorful.

Sound

This game is all about music and this game will not disappoint in this area. It is great to see a DDR game where you do not have to worry about sexual or drug overtones in the songs. This is an ideal game for kids, church, and youth group gatherings. The music quality is good and it uses a proprietary song format.

Bugs

I can say from experience that this game does alt-tab very well so if it does get interrupted you can go back without any problems (other than a lower score if you got interrupted during a song). One other complaint I have is that this game doesn’t disable the screensaver, so if you are having a long dance session, it will get interrupted.

Final Thoughts

Overall I’m impressed with this game and would recommend it to any Veggie Tales or any DDR lover. There’s a good number songs to dance to. This game retails for $49.99 and that’s including a dance mat. You can buy the game at many retailers including Covenant Games

Final Score

Appropriateness 50/50 Game Play 20/20 Graphics 8/10 Sound 10/10 Controls/Interface 5/5 Stability 4/5

Final Score: 97%

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System Requirements Windows 98/Me/2000/XP 2GHz CPU 512MB RAM 64MB 3D card 2.4GB HDD Space Axys lives on the beautiful Pacifico Island with his family and friends. All is well until all the flowers disappear and are replaced with weeds. Instead of grabbing a weed whacker like the rest of us, Axys dons his sword and armor given to him by The Creator. His quest begins by finding the root of this evil. (pun intended)

Game Play

There’s a lot more than weed slashing happening in this game. If you like Zelda and Mario Sunshine, this game should have a familiar feel to it. There is a very close resemblance to Ocarina of Time with the heart life bar, chargeable sword and crystal currency. There are many moving platform jumping puzzles, memory games where you have to match character portraits, time attack puzzles where you have push down five randomly located blocks within a limited amount of time. My favorite games were the Bible ones where you have to guess the book the verse clues were from and collect and spell it out with letter blocks. The mini-quests I enjoyed as well, where you interact and help the NPCs. There’s about twenty hours of game play. When you complete the game you can still go back and visit all the towns and islands. There is no multiplayer.

What do I fight?

There are nasty weeds that will hurl things your way, worms that throw rocks at you, fish that spit stuff at you, and some bosses that are challenging. The key to surviving is collecting as many hearts as possible to extend your hit points. You have sword blasts just like Zelda. To replenish your health and sword power whack some bushes with your sword and you will often get heart and sword recharges or coins.

Graphics

Axys Adentures uses the A6 engine, which is a bit dated, but this is the best looking game I’ve seen using it. The graphics are Game Cube caliber. The worlds are very colorful and remind me of Mario Sunshine. Many of the character models are re-used but they have different colors to differentiate them. Some of the levels have some neat effects, there is a maze level where the walls are almost transparent and you can’t tell there is a wall until you get really close. There is also a Gray Plague where the characters affected lose their color. Overall this game was well done in this area.

Sound

The music in this game is excellent, I often had some of the songs stuck in my head. The voice acting is decent I like the voice for Axys and the girls in the game. Some of the male voices were a bit stretched though.

Stability

This is the biggest downfall of the game. It hasn’t been beta tested thoroughly and I felt more like a beta tester than a reviewer when it came down to pointing out many bugs in this game. Fortunately Rebel Planet is very helpful and there is a patch in the works that addresses all the issues. However save games before the patch will NOT be compatible. So if you buy the game patch it first!

Appropriateness

There is not doubt that this is a Christian game. The Bible puzzles are fun and whenever Axys defeats a boss he usually gets them to repent and let God into their heart. The violence is not much different than a Zelda or a Mario game; there is no blood or anything of that sort. There is a good moral lesson to be learned and the consequences of evil are shown.

Final Thoughts

This is a good game with a great message. It does have it flaws so I recommend waiting for the patch to come out before playing it. If you’re like me and dislike jumping puzzles or time attacks, play the game in easy mode. In that mode you don’t have to complete every puzzle. There’s a great fan site where you can get tips and hints. http://www.rebelfans.com

Final Ratings

Game Play 15/20 Graphics 7/10 Sound 8/10 Controls 4/5 Stability 2/5 Appropriateness 54/50 Cartoon Type Silly, Non-Deadly Violence (-2 pts) This game shows the consequences of evil and/or messing with the occult. (+3 pts) The story in this game delivers a good moral lesson. (+3 pts)

Final Rating 90%

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