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East India Company: Pirate Bay is an expansion pack that allows you to play as a pirate. Your goal is to make as much money as possible in thirty years. They say it’s a twenty year campaign but if my math is correct, 1650-1680 is thirty years. To make money you will have to defeat and loot ships or raid ports. What’s unique about this expansion is that it’s extremely fast paced. You only have one fleet and if you lose it, it’s game over. There are no quick saves so it’s literally sink or swim.
When you start the game you have 20,000 gold and one ship in your fleet. You can have a maximum of four ships under your command. Needless to say, you’re at quite a disadvantage when you start. The ports in this game have good defenses, so raiding them will not be easy unless you have a lot of pirates with you. Be careful when you attack other fleets, they usually travel with several heavy duty ships. Once you get a good number of pirates on board and several warships in your fleet, there will be no stopping you. However, getting to that point is a challenge by not having the option to quick save. The only time the game can save for you is when you exit to Windows.
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The kingdom of Bella Lagucia is rapidly deteriorating while being ruled by rivaling siblings King Lorenzo and Queen Florentia. They live in separate castle towers connected by a mighty drawbridge. The rulers are not the sharpest knives in the drawer and every disagreement between them, big or small, is settled by a game of Legio. The villagers are suffering from starvation and disease while these rulers are constantly playing this game.
Legio is relatively easy to play but difficult to master. When you start the game you have twenty five points you can spend towards building your army. The various characters have different costs and you are limited to how many times you can use them in the game. There are two rounds to play, and if a character is killed off in the first round, you can’t replace them. One neat thing is that the winner gets to bring their surviving units to the second round. They won’t regenerate health though. If it’s any consolation, the loser determines the battle ground for the second round.
Legio is a turn based strategy game. The turns are based on the unit’s initiative rating. There are many different approaches to playing. You can play offensive or defensively. If you don’t want to move a unit, you can put them in a defensive stance to minimize damage they receive. Every move you make is vital; unfortunately you cannot take back a move once it’s made.
Here’s a breakdown of the units, their cost, and their special abilities:
If you position your characters around a captain their offensive and defense abilities are boosted. If the opposing team has a magician or a giant they can damage multiple units with one strike so it may be to your advantage to keep your units separate. Be warned that a Magician or a Giant will injure friendly units in the line of fire.
A winner is determined by wiping out all of the enemy forces. The second level is chosen by the loser and each team is awarded twenty five points to re-assemble their army. After each round a statistics table is shown and awards points to both sides. It’s neat to see how long each turn takes and the accuracy of the attacks. When a unit is attacked there is no way to defend against it. To attack an enemy unit, you have to click when the aiming reticule is lined up in the bull’s-eye.
The interface is mouse driven and fairly easy to use. At times it’s difficult to get the attack option to activate. This is a 3D puzzle game and the character models are definitely unique. I love the battle animations.
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Have you ever wanted to test your Bible knowledge? Do you think you know all of the answers? Solomon Says: Anything Goes has over 500 questions in five various categories. There are three difficulty levels and you can set the difficulty or make it random. The harder the difficulty, the more points you can earn. 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 times the word “the” is found in the Bible? How about the amount of times “LORD” appears in the Bible? You can have up to three players sharing a keyboard. There’s even dance pad support if you prefer.
Here are the categories: (Anything Goes covers everything)
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 quickly decreases 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. There’s a random question multiplier that appears for a few seconds. If you press your action key in time, you can double or triple the question\'s value. This is essential if you want your name to be recorded in the hall of fame!
There are eight un-lockable characters available to you as you play the game. These are avatars that you can choose to represent you in the game. They make comments as you answer questions and you can use unique taunts to distract other players in multiplayer mode. Most of the un-lockables require all of the players in a multiplayer game to have a certain number of points to enable it.
When it comes to 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. This game will run on many older systems just fine.
The sound effects and background music make you feel like you’re on a TV game show. The announcer’s voice sounds a bit nasal at times but it seems to fit. The game character voices are cute.
I didn’t experience any show stopping game crashes or glitches. I did see some repeat questions in the same round though.
Since this is a Christian bible based game, there are no appropriateness issues here. I highly recommend this game for all ages. Some of the questions may be a bit challenging for kids, though there is a Solomon Says that’s geared for children called Solomon Says: Amazing Animals.
If you’re looking for a fun way to test your Bible knowledge, look no further than Solomon Says: Anything Goes. It’s made by Cloud 9 Games and can be yours for $19.95.
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Up until now, things have been going smoothly since you\'ve been ruling over the kingdom of Ardania. Recently there have been reports of glowing eyes and jack-o-lanterns scaring away your loyal subjects. The goblins are taking over and you have to fight to re-claim your lands. There are many goblin villages that need to be destroyed along with their powerful mage. The Kingmaker expansion adds a map editor and eight new campaign missions, which are geared towards experienced players offering only advanced and expert difficulty levels. There is an option to randomize the enemy spawn points but the waves of enemies are bloody hard regardless of where they come from.
Just like Majesty 2, you do not have absolute control over your units; they have a mind of their own. Some units prefer to fight and others prefer to explore or protect things. To get things done you can put flags to explore, attack, defend, or avoid danger. Sometimes a unit will do things without you paying; however, most of the time you have to add a monetary incentive with your flag.