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Harvest Moon: Magical Melody (Wii)
Harvest Moon: Magical Melody (Wii)
Price: 19.53

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Still the best option for UK Wii gamers, but a bit disappointing, 29 Jun 2009
= Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars 
This is a good game, which could have been great. It just needed a few things:

(1) Make cut-scenes skippable, or at the very least faster! When you first start, it takes AGES to actually get to play the game.

(2) No Wii specific controls. What a shame they chose to re-release the Gamecube version and stick the word "Wii" on the box, when there is nothing "Wii" about it.

(3) Although they didn't take the time to ADD any new controls or features, they did manage to REMOVE features... you can't play as a girl in this version (unlike the Gamecube original).

The true Wii sequel "Harvest Moon: Tree of Tranquility" has been out in the USA for 9 months at time of writing. When will UK gamers stop getting a raw deal?

Celebrity Sports Showdown (Wii)
Celebrity Sports Showdown (Wii)
Offered by Trade-N-Go Gaming
Price: 7.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars 12 events... but not really, 29 Jun 2009
= Fun:2.0 out of 5 stars 
We like party games, so thought this would be worth a look - based on the existing reviews here. However, although the presentation and graphics of this game are pretty good, the gameplay and controls let it down.

Of the twelve events, some are played in a very similar way. Beach Volleyball and Smash Badminton are nigh-on identical, and most of the others seem to fall into one of two control methods - either moving the Wii remote up and down, or twisting it left and right (both whilst holding it horizontally). The game doesn't use the nunchuk at all.

None of the events are awful, but neither are any particularly good. Over on the site people are raving about how great the Dodgeball event is... all I can say is that we found it extremely dull (it's just 2 on 2, which limits how you can play).

If you want a great party game with lots of variety then look to something like "Rayman Raving Rabbids TV Party" instead.


1.0 out of 5 stars Get anything but this!, 14 May 2008
I bought this as a compact pad to use with my laptop. Big mistake - the D-pad is so bad as to be virtually unusable. The upper diagonals are broken, i.e. you can't hold right (or left) and then go up. Worse still, when you are holding left or right it will also push down, with just the tiniest bit of movement.

If you want to spend hours making sure each and every time you put your thumb on the D-pad it is super accurately positioned, this might be for you. Otherwise, steer clear - keyboard control with a joypad emulator is better than this!

Blitz 3D
Blitz 3D

25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blitz3D - The ultimate games creation language, 1 Dec 2001
This review is from: Blitz 3D (CD-ROM)
I'm allowed up to 1000 words with this review, but one word could really suffice - "Wow!". However, for those of you out there who need more convincing, here's a little more on the fantastic package that is Blitz3D.
Want to learn how to program games, have maybe tried Visual Basic or C++ but can't make head nor tail of them? Tried Dark Basic or DIV Games Studio or similar game writing languages, but either hate the interface or the lack of power (or both)? Well Blitz3D is the answer! What can it do?
Blitz 3D can enable you to write games (both 2D AND 3D - don't let the title fool you) with as much ease as you are going to find on todays PC's. Let me restate this - you will NOT FIND an easier way to write HIGH QUALITY games on a PC. I've tried them all - if you want the best, this is it.
The language uses a sort of hybrid between BASIC and C, but the best thing about it, because it is mainly based on BASIC, is that it is FAR easier to understand and get started with than most other languages! An illustration - with this you can have a simplistic 3D game done in a day, and I'm talking about from scratch here - if you've NEVER touched programming before! If you HAVE had some programming experience before then you could have something done in just 2 or 3 hours! If you are a total beginner then you simply need to follow the excellent tutorials that are found in the included 322 page ring bound manual. You will also find dozens and dozens of example programs (that you can look at and modify and learn from) on the CD.
A quick word on the interface - it is Windows based which, if you have tried some of these other languages that use their own quirky (and hard to get used to!) interface, is a real blessing! The code editor is simple to use, fast loading, easy on the eye and well thought out. Having said that, if you don't like it for some reason then you can use your own text editor to create the code and import it into Blitz3D! Flexible? Yep! One disadvantage of doing this though is you miss out on the built in help system, which really is superb! You have a complete language and command reference at your fingertips. Not sure what a command does or how to use it properly? Type in the command name and press F1 and you instantly are taken to a help page which tells you all about that command, and also often has a small example listing to help you fully understand how it works. Brilliant!
Another benefit of this language is the amazing support it has online. Blitz3D is also regularly updated with FREE patches (as it should be) to add new features and support. An example of a recently added update is the ability to use the Quake 3 BSP map format to design Quake 3 style maps for use your OWN games!
I guess I'd better soon because this is getting pretty long, but a word about speed. Blitz3D is FAST! Some other languages (naming no names) slow down to a crawl when you begin to write games that are a little bit more complex. Not Blitz3D though! It flies along, even on my PII 350. Obviously it helps if you have a good 3D card (if you are doing 3D games, the 2D side is really fast regardless), but I only have a (now out-dated) Voodoo 3 2000 and it still zips along! An extra bit of info - as I am writing, the creator of Blitz3D is writing another update that will make it even faster! As if it needs it! You just don't get this level of support with other packages.
Lastly, any games you write in Blitz3D are yours - free to do what you want with. You can sell them, give them away or whatever, you will never have to pay royalties to anyone. You also don't have to put up with an annoying "This was written in Blitz3D." banner or intro/exit screen - anything you write stays as YOU intended it!
Final words - if you are even half interested in writing a game, or simply want to write a fancy demo or something to impress your friends (and believe me, they WILL be impressed!) - buy it now! It is worth every single penny, and for the sheer power and ease of use that it gives you, I think it is actually under-priced! If Microsoft or Macromedia had this product, I'm sure they would charge you HUNDREDS of pounds! Buy it now and start enjoying creating your OWN games with this superb package.

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