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Tatties & Herrin': The Land
Tatties & Herrin': The Land
Offered by Todays Great Deal
Price: £4.57

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Spoilt by talking and audience participation, 5 Sept. 2010
Unfortunately to listen to this CD, you need to make your own version, editing out the talking, and what's worse a considerable amount of amateur audience singing. So full marks for Isla St Clair, but deduct 2 for letting the audience join in, and all the descriptive chatter which could have been left to the CD notes.


The Settlers - Rise of an Empire (PC DVD)
The Settlers - Rise of an Empire (PC DVD)
Offered by passionFlix UK
Price: £5.21

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very restrictive, a step backwards after Settlers V, 23 Aug. 2010
Playing this shortly after replaying Settlers V was a mistake. The graphics in the game are very beautiful, and superb animation, but the gameplay is full of tedious annoyances.

In a sense it is a return to the old Settlers games in regards the way you have to have a storehouse, and the limited types of army. All the complex upgrade paths for promoting armies seem to have gone out of the window, and it's all very basic - even simpler than the original Settlers games in that you don't need the sawmill to get wood, and you don't need to work the metal before getting swords - and there's nothing so complex as geologists - just stick a mine down near a clearly marked resource.

Game play is at times very frustrating. In Settlers V, you had a real sense that the army you built was winning or losing - it's all just vague in this one, and there's no way to make the army stronger, and they don't even heal when they return to base. What's the worst aspect of armies is the incredibly bad siege equipment, which just doesn't work in any expected way - when you get to level ten and are forced to attempt to knock down an opponents gate, you will most likely just give up. And you have to earn the right to use siege equipment by the seriously tedious tasks of promoting your "hero" to an advanced level.

The game play is very restrictive - follow the campaign instructions exactly, usually providing some of your hard-earned resources to some other game character. This is all very limited and dull - in previous games you could do the game in your own sweet way. Also annoyingly inept are the heroes - forget the useful skill such as Erec and Dario had in Settlers V - these heroes are wimps who die very easily and have hopeless skills that are only vaguely useful. Resources are low in this game - hundreds of units rather than tens of thousands - and buildings that are far from base take ages to return goods back to camp. All the pleasures of earlier games of seeing the goods pile up is gone. All the pleasures of building a thriving community have gone. Also the storehouse gets full way too early - ludicrously early. I'd count that as a design bug one of many - did no-one point out how seriously bad all aspects of game play are?

Still, all said and done, you can pass some time with this game, and get vague satisfaction in following the precise campaign orders. Bluebyte don't seem to learn by mistakes, so expect an annoyingly complicated way to exit the game when you just want to get out with two keypresses. Apparently Settlers 7 is worse...

If you've not played 5 before, then go get the gold edition of that, and if you've done all the previous games then perhaps give this a go at least to see the pretty cut scenes.


Spellbinder: Land of the Dragon Lord - Series 2 ( Spellbinder: Land of the Dragon Lord - Complete Series 2 ) [DVD]
Spellbinder: Land of the Dragon Lord - Series 2 ( Spellbinder: Land of the Dragon Lord - Complete Series 2 ) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Lauren Hewett
Offered by DaaVeeDee-uk
Price: £44.69

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars High standard of children's TV, 17 July 2010
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It seems that while British Children's TV was winding down in the 1990's, it was still going strong in other countries, most notably in Australia. It's from Australia that we get extraordinary well made kid's tv even today. Shows like Mortified, Girl from Tomorrow, H2O, Thunderstone... and all of them are of a high standard - well acted, well made, and lacking the horrific childish slapstick nonsense that inflicted children's tv in the UK: witness the difference from 1970's show Catweazle, brilliant in every way imagineable, to the Ghosts of Motley Hall in the following decade.

Spellbinder seems to have an impossibly large cast - largely Polish - and the scenario of a parallel world with limited technology is extremely well realised with fantastic sets, and a compelling storyline that doesn't just pad out the stories with filler material, but follows the story arc as we see Paul in Rhianna's world, and then Rhianna in Paul's.

Highly recommended, even if (due it's lack of availability) it is highly priced.


Fort Boyard
Fort Boyard

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid this rubbish, 17 July 2010
This review is from: Fort Boyard (Video Game)
If you ever come across Fort Boyard the Quest, avoid it. First room, first puzzle and it's a sub-Lara Croft game, except it's impossible to control and totally unforgiving. You have to jump across crates, fall in the water, and its back to the start. It's impossible to jump further than the first crate because the controls are so awful, so that's it. Tried 20 times, then uninstalled.


Gulda & His Big Band
Gulda & His Big Band
Offered by Disco100
Price: £36.80

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth seeking out, 26 April 2010
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This review is from: Gulda & His Big Band (Audio CD)
I've always loved big bands when they play jazz, rather than just the usual old-fashioned tunes. Here's a CD that seems to be hard to find - I believe it's on the German Amazon though, Amazon.de, and it's worth getting. At times experimental, at other times bordering on, but not quite reaching, easy listening, but always interesting.


Huge
Huge

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but too short, 20 April 2010
This review is from: Huge (Audio CD)
My initial reaction to this is - why is it so short? It's more like a CD single than an album. I understand this to be a set of three, it seems a bit cheeky though if they are all this length, when they could be put onto one CD.


Freedom, Rhythm and Sound: Revolutionary Jazz and the Civil Rights Movement 1963-82
Freedom, Rhythm and Sound: Revolutionary Jazz and the Civil Rights Movement 1963-82

5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some nice tracks, 6 Mar. 2010
The word is "nuclear"... not nucular... But anyway, some quite nice tracks, well perhaps about 2 out of 3 tracks are good. A few are a bit banal, almost 1960's easy listening, and some are just avant-guard tuneless arsing around.
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Industry Giant II - Gold Edition (PC DVD)
Industry Giant II - Gold Edition (PC DVD)

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Problematic, but good if it works, 4 Oct. 2009
I've never come across a game that simple refuses to install on so many computers. The basic problem is running with an NVidia video card.

However, if you can find the patches on rapidshare, or perhaps somewhere else (that's where I located them), the game does then run. So now having seen the game, I change my mind - it is fun, and pretty well built in terms of user interface. Probably not quite as much fun as something like Settlers, and the game requires a bit too much hands-on at times. For instance, you have to declare exactly what goods are transported, not just transport whatever's free in such and such category. Also because on the harder levels you need to not waste money, you have to tightly control when factories operate - it shouldn't really be necessary - factories should auto-close when there's no production possible (because you're waiting on a harvest). I can't increase the rating, but having got the game to run, I'd give it 3 stars now - would be 4, but too much messing around early on to get going.


Ely Voices (Tempus Oral History Series)
Ely Voices (Tempus Oral History Series)
by Nigel Billingham
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Warning, not Ely, Cambs, 28 Sept. 2009
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I had great hopes for Ely Voices - unfortunately, this book has nothing to do with Ely, Cambridgeshire. The title should be changed to "Ely in Cardiff Voices", because I bet I'm not the only one to make this mistake!


Thursday's Child: Complete & Unabridged (Word for word audio books)
Thursday's Child: Complete & Unabridged (Word for word audio books)
by Helen Forrester
Edition: Audio Cassette

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars First half okay, 26 July 2009
I enjoy Helen Forrester's autobiographical books, but find the novels heavy going: they don't come across quite as well, I think. This one is quite enthralling for the first half, telling of Peggy's marriage to an Indian. I found Peggy's ordeals a bit too easy - she doesn't seem to have to prove herself in her new home. The real trouble starts towards the end, where suddenly the story seems to have shifted away from the first person to some third person viewpoint,I thought for a moment I must have the wrong tape at this point, it just seemed to be going on about completely different characters. I'd like to have seen Peggy develop as a character, have children, go back home - the story could have been a bit more challenging and earthy, but nonetheless not too bad.


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