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Anno 1503 The New World (PC)
Anno 1503 The New World (PC)

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very nice, fun game., 21 Nov 2006
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
Many people have this game because they don't like games that take time and this is the sort of game that, once you've got into it, you can leave running for ever without interference. But you want to keep expanding your empire with more inhabitants and islands etc. The whole game is set on islands and after the initial stage one must set out to islands to the south for crops that only grow in their warm climate.

This the sort of game, of which there are few, that you have to give time and thought to, often when not doing anything related to it, until you've got into it. When I bought it a few years ago, attracted by the prospect of the possibilities offered by over 300 different buildings, I spent the first few days having the throwing yourself about the floor kind of tantrum and the next months looking through the manual, replaying the tutorial and wracking my brains desperate to find something that would give me a clue as to how to get an economy that keeps the people happy whilst actually gaining money. Which you mainly make at the market stalls by selling the goods you have created through what is often a long production system from crops to craftsmen. The problem is a balance between the amount of people spending money and the amount you spend on goods. Silk, for instance, can cost enormous amounts from having to set up on another island in the south, creating sufficient numbers and proportions of silk and indigo plantations and dye works to create the sheets. So you need enough people to make money but not so money that you find it difficult to get enough resources. But most important is getting the street plan right. On one side of the island you need a well planned grid of houses and on the other the fields and factories.

It can seem very complicating and sometimes it is but if you give it time you will find the game enjoyable, satisfying and, contrary to other reviews, very easy set on the easy maps (there are many levels of difficulty, deginated by island size, pirates, other palyers aggresion etc.) The combat in this game is an additional but very expensive option but wcen if you like combat games like me, you should be happy enough to stick to the trade with it pleasant music, happy populace and vast loads of cash.


Darwin's Watch: Science of Discworld III
Darwin's Watch: Science of Discworld III
by Terry Pratchett
Edition: Hardcover

0 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Allright, 22 Sep 2006
Most that there is to say has been said. The science was interesting when it was not getting boring. I just wonder what happened to the Bursur?


CHERUB 5: Divine Madness
CHERUB 5: Divine Madness
by Robert Muchamore
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

9 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cherub, 4 July 2006
The thing about Robert Muchamore is that he seems to think that Children in England speak American. Nobody says 'dude' or use the word 'totally' as it is used in the books. People say 'chav' in derogatory form a lot and sometimes call each other mate in this country. They say 'fit as' rather than the 'totally hot' he has in his books. I just wanted to point out that Children in England to day don't used such a stranges form of the English laguage as they do America.

Nether the less his books are brilliant and the childrens behaviour is believable even if the language isn't. This book is his longest so far and so very different from the others and as good as if not better than them. Allthough I think James deserved the reward as much as Lauren, not specifying so as not to spoil it for those who have not read it. I think it's a bit rude for children under 12 though.
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Cossacks II: Napoleonic Wars (PC)
Cossacks II: Napoleonic Wars (PC)

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A slight let-down., 4 July 2006
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
At first I found this game cofusing because of the fact that you have to make organise your soldiers into companies and the use of guns against bayonets but srttling down I find it enjoyable. The gameplay is good and the graphics and clips shown are - well - I'm afraid I must describe them as nice. The battle for Europe option is good but doesn't have the level of economy management as would be preferable.

HOWEVER I have coplaints. The engine is second hand and it shows, even the main menu is in other ganes but that isn't important. It is not, as opposed to what has been said of it, very hystorically acuarate. The British Army used a double line not a triple and it is called canister not case that the cannons fire. The only army to use case shot is was the British. Cannister fire hundreds of musket balls in a cone from the cannon lashing into troops that a close enough as it dose in the game, case has asimilar effect but the balls come from a type of shell fired from a distance. It was a sort of secret weopon of the British. And most important is the cavalry. They should be able to charge into the enemy ranks, crushing them under hoof and slashing down with there sword as they pass, inflict horrible wounds or killing instantly. Instead they gallop up to the enemy, stop, and start prodding them with sword/lance. A solid infantry line can easily hold off a cavlry attack - quite the opposite in reality. This sort of thing may be acceptably in Age of Empires but most other RTS as games have long become more advanced. Allthough things like the miss naming of cannister may seem trivial it all adds up to show poor research and neglect of reality, one of the things that are most important a game like Cossacks II.

The graphics are good but once again not up to date. It would be nice if you could zoom in or rotate but its fine as it is really.

I'm afraid some of my complaints about it notbeing up to date may seem like I am saying it should be the same as other games which would not do. I am just saying that it's a bit behind times but it still needs good graphics requirment because they are quite good and it has those little video clips.

One rperson said in a review 'The computer may well be able to give commands to 30 units at once, but us poor old humans can't!' In effect, you can. Press pause, issue as many orders as like to as many units and as soon as you unpause it they will be caried out as with most games.

My main complaint is lack of accuracy although the volley fire is good. If there was an addon with more open maps with the abillity to merge companies into battalions allong with more historrical accuracy - it would be fun to use platoon fire, another thing unique to the British - I would certainly buy it. Until then I don't think you should bother (with addons). The original is still a good buy despite my complaints.


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