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RECKLESS RACING [MAC] – REVIEW (84%)

Reckless Racing is a top down racing game released by Polarbit.

“Reckless Racing mixes old-school racing gameplay with state of the art graphics and multiplayer features to brew a mean gumbo that takes the genre to a whole ‘nother level. Perfectly balanced controls lets you skid, slip and slide through some of the most beautiful tracks that you ever did see – leaving nothing but mud-splattered opponents, skidmarks and chaos in your wake.”

The application can be run in full screen or a set screen size that I believe is around the size of the iPad screen.

Reckless Racings offers a single player mode and also multiplayer via the internet, you will need a Polarbit account in order to use the Multiplayer functions.

The Single player game offers the selection of three game modes, these are: Dirt Rally (race against five other AI opponents) , Hot Lap (time trial – with Ghost car) and Delivery (pick up and take deliveries to locations on the map.)

I cannot really comment on the Multiplayer game as I could not find another player online during my review.

All the content of the iOS version is here including the bonus packs, so you have eight vehicles to select from. There are 18 tracks in all (5 original tracks and 5 reverse versions) and (4 Pack 1 tracks and 4 reverse versions.)

The graphics are very good with some nice landscapes. The games runs very smoothly. The music is generally good, especially if you like the banjo.

Comparsions have to be made to its iOS counterpart and they are almost identical, in fact it feels very much like a straight port. The onscreen keyboards and the menus for looking through the tracks available do not scroll as they should on a mac, with you having to hold down the mouse pointer and then pushing up and down, just like you were doing it with a finger on iOS.

On the upside:

  • Fun top down driving game.
  • Controls are very good, lots to select from to find the right one for you.
  • The addition of the delivery mode mini-game is very good and adds to the game.

On the downside:

  • If you own the iOS version there is nothing new here.
  • Single player can be completed fairly quickly, so you will need to like the multiplayer long term.

Overall, this game is excellent racing game. It has a very reasonable price tag. If you have played this before on iOS you will find nothing new here, but if you have never played before it is well worth a look, especially if you enjoy playing games with a physical keyboard.

Rating: 84%

Size: 195 MB

Price (at time of review): £2.49

Link: Reckless Racing – Polarbit

 
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Posted by on December 3, 2011 in Game - Driving, Mac Software, Reviews

 

ROBOTEK [MAC] – REVIEW (82%)

Robotek is a strategy game released by Hexage.

The game puts you in the role of a lone human in control of the Victoria Node, the last human control node in the world after the robot uprising. The Empire of Machines is trying to end human life and you need to use you node and control over a limited amount to machines to recapture nodes from the Empire of Machines.

The basics of the game has you playing out a campaign, you need to select a node and then enter a battle with the AI that controls that node. You will basically select one of the attacking modes (robots, powers or warfare). Then you start a slot machine style wheel spinning to get your outcome. The first wheel spins slowly, so easy to select the first outcome, but the last two are random.

Depending on the outcome the scene is played out with the robots summoned, attacks made or shields up up.

As the game progresses you will be able to purchase power ups and experience which will increase your health and other abilities.

The campaign is big with a full world map with around one hundred nodes to try and take over.

The game is controlled by selecting a form of attack and then pressing the arrow to spin the wheel and again to make your first selection.

The graphics and sound are interesting with nice “retro” stylished graphics.

I have now played Robotek on iOS, Touchpad and now Mac. So the game really does not need touch controls it works well on the Mac. Unlike the other two versions Free games are a little harder to come by on the Mac platform.

On the upside:

  • Stylished graphics.
  • Well designed strategy game.
  • Massive campaign to try and complete.

On the downside:

  • Lack of real control over your troops.
  • The game is a little too random at times, with battles turned with good / bad luck.
  • Repetitive game play.

Overall, I have played this game for several hours now, and I have to admit when I first loaded it I was not so keen on the game, I felt it was too random and I did not like the lack of control. However, as I contined to play I began to enjoy the game and started to come up strategies to contend with most outcomes. Somes you will lose a battle by seer bad luck (the bad guy getting three attacks in a row, by some lucky spins) but this does not happen too often.

Rating: 82%

Size: 9.7 MB

Price (at time of review): Free

Link: Robotek – Hexage.net

 
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Posted by on October 2, 2011 in Game - Strategy, Mac Software, Reviews

 

GALAXY OF FIRE 2 FULL HD [MAC] – REVIEW (83%)

Galaxy On Fire 2 Full HD is a space ship adventure released by FishLabs.

“A hyperdrive malfunction sends intergalactic adventurer and war hero Keith T. Maxwell tumbling through space and time. Awakening 35 years later at the far end of the galaxy, he quickly finds himself fighting for his life against a mysterious alien armada that is wreaking havoc on the warring races occupying this volatile sector of space.”

The game is basically in a mix between space trading / missions and space combat.

The game starts with a tutorial mission which has you entering space combat, then after the accident that sends you into the future you are given a poor ship and learn how to mine asteroids etc.

Once you have completed the first few story based missions the way to progress really becomes your own. You can follow the story path or you can try some of the side missions to gain extra money and improving your skills of combat etc before moving on.

These missions are given by various humaniods hanging out in the louge areas of the space stations. Missions are often combat based, but not always.

The game is controlled with mouse and keyboard, with the keyboard control movement and the mouse controlling aims. The mouse or keyboard can be used to navigate the menu systems.

The sound and presentation are very good with even the “blackness” of space being fairly colourful.

On the upside:

  • The story line is large and will take some time to complete, with a large galaxy to explore.
  • The side missions allow you to really 
  • Combat combat is well done, with the battles been small ships very satisfying.

On the downside:

  • Launch on a mission and fly out of a space station slap bang into an asteroid, but you have a moment to turn.
  • Very combat based at times.
  • Can become a little repetitive in some of the tasks, like the mining.

Overall, this is a good game and with the few of the downsides addressed it could be even better. It is very enjoyable to play and when you upgrade to a new space ship you feel you have accomplished something. I look forward to what future updates bring.

Rating: 83%

Size: 633 MB

Price (at time of review): £13.99

Link: Galaxy On Fire 2™ Full HD – FISHLABS

 
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Posted by on September 18, 2011 in Game - Arcade, Mac Software, Reviews

 

MACFAMILYTREE [MAC] – REVIEW (89%)

MacFamilyTree is a genealogy application released by Synium Software GmbH.

Before I start, we reviewed the IOS companion to this application called “MobileFamilyTree Pro” it is worth checking out this review if you have an iPhone or iPad.

This application is designed specifically to create and edit family trees. It also has a lot of reporting and charting capabilities once done.

When you finish open the application you will be presented with a blank family tree page. Start to create your find person, and then you are underway. I found it a little tricky to get the started, once the first person was in place things became a lot easier being able to click on that person then adding details, parters, parents and children.

The application gives you dozens of options to add details on the people. Special dates, Notes and Facts.

Sometimes there feels like too many places to enter data, and sometimes it can almost be confusing where to enter a date, for example marriage. You cannot enter it in the special dates of the person, but have to do in the connection between the two partners in the wedding.

You can even add photos that are available from the family tree view and also in a special media section. This works well with the camera roll / photo library if you have pictures on the device.

There are other options like adding sources of information on a piece of data, locations for mapping out where people lived and events that happened in that area. There is even a built in To-Do list for making notes of the next steps in your search.

There is even a quiz that asks you questions on your family, its usefulness depends on your interest and the amount of data you have collected.

This application has some options that is not in the mobile application, such as data maintenance and improved search options.

This user interface is well designed and easy to use, once you have learned the options available.

To be very honest I think for ease of use the iPad version has a small edge over the Mac version.

On the upside:

  • Well designed user interface.
  • Easy to add people and the smallest detail about them.
  • Excellent options for Charts and Reports, that really impress.
  • Good support for importing media to family tree.

On the downside:

  • SYNC to MobileFamilyTree Pro was not as easy as I would have hoped.
  • UI can be a little confusing to new users.

Overall, this is an excellent application. It is a great way to create your family tree. If you have a laptop then this is a must have application if you have any interest in geneogy. If you have an iPad and an iMac then the mobile application needs to be considered, and whether you will buy the mobile version exclusively or buy both.

Rating: 89%

Size: 73.3 MB

Price (at time of review): £39.99

Link: MacFamilyTree – Synium Software GmbH

 
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Posted by on September 9, 2011 in App - Life Style, Mac Software, Reviews

 

REAL GOLF 2011 [MAC] – REVIEW (83%)

Real Golf 2011 is a sports game released by Gameloft.

After the strange turn of events with “Let’s Golf! 3”, I was a bit worried what Gameloft would do with Real Golf 2011, but I am happy to report that it remains true to the game.

The game offers lots of options for both single players and multiplayer.

Single player modes include:

  • Instant Play – A random game
  • Career – Work your way up to number 1 in the world.
  • Challenge – various challenges, like win the match from the 16th hole etc.
  • Free Mode – Select from dozens of options for game set up and course.

Multiplayer offers local or online play.

The real players are limited to only nine players (both male and female), this is probably due to the cost of licensing.

Gameplay wise, the game plays just like you would expect. Select your club, aim and then tap for power and then accuracy. You can also add some spin after the ball is hit.

The graphics are generally very good with nicely captured courses and real players, however, some of the modeling does leave some of the players looking ill.

On the upside:

  • Solid Golf game.
  • Lots of course to play.
  • Lots of real players and courses.

On the downside:

  • Career world map and email system is a little confusing.
  • Sometimes a “random hole” mode is selected, so you do not get to play the whole course.
  • Not easy to undo a major mistake in some modes.

Overall, this is an excellent golf game with a lack of EA’s Tiger Woods PGA tour on the Mac it fills the gap nicely. I think if the career mode was tweaked and made clearer then this could be one of the best golf games on the market.

Rating: 83%

Size: 688 MB

Price (at time of review): £4.99

Link: Real Golf 2011 – Gameloft

 
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Posted by on September 3, 2011 in Game - Sport, Mac Software, Reviews