This is the fourth installment for the The Treasures of Montezuma series. It has a backstory featuring young Montezuma and his beloved, Anaokoa, as they attempt to escape the Spanish invader of Tenochtitlan via mystic portal. Montezuma escapes, Anaokoa does not, and we are fast-forward to our current time where an archeology student, Anna, has felt a connexion to the Aztec city and culture, and is soon off on her own expedition to learn about what haunts her dreams. That is where the game begins.
The game play is pretty much the same as in the other The Treasures of Montezuma games, but the goals of the puzzles differ, which actually gives a little more variety to the game, and makes level goals easier to obtain. Some levels are timed and you must reach a certain score. In some levels, you try to catch frogs on your grid, and in others, you break up the grid to create a waterway. This is much better than trying to get a certain number of gems before time runs out. As with most Alawar games, the timers are unrealistic. I do hope they find a way to make those clocks more user-friendly in the near future. Read more...(292 words, 31 images, estimated 1:10 mins reading time)
Alawar Games gave this game the wrong title. It should be called Farming Frustration, and it is exactly that! After trying this game out again, I remembered why I can’t stand the Alawar Games Farm Frenzy series. The challenges are unrealistic, and the goal they set for each level are pretty much impossible when you have crap to work with and there is some kind of loud, destructive bear squad attempting to destroy everything you’ve worked for on that level. I did not get very far along in this game, but I don’t think I could stand to have it wasting space on my machine for more than thirty minutes. I could stand so much chicken chasing, water trough filling, powdered egg manufacturing, and panda bear chasing! Let’s not even go there with that tiny transport thing they call a truck with a hamster wheel for an engine! Read more...(264 words, 31 images, estimated 1:03 mins reading time)
Alawar games has brought us a retro 70s Saturday Morning cartoon kind of a game in Outta This Kingdom. The beginning starts with a young housewife on a desert vacation with her cat, Martha. Rachel is like a brunette Barbie, she even drives a big pink Cadillac, with fins and everything. Why she is out on a lone vacation, we do not know, but we do know that she has caught the eye of an evil wizard that is lusting for a powerful piece of jewelry she owns. Rachel does not know it, but in this magic kingdom in a parallel world, she has the ability to control elementals. Read more...(354 words, 31 images, estimated 1:25 mins reading time)
I’ve have seen many movie versions of this Mark Twain classic, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court , from the original Danny Kaye version, to the more contemporary Disney versions starring Whoopie Goldberg, and so so, but this is really quite different in that we are not only playing the new “Sir Boss”, protecting the kingdom from thieves as we expand our little part of it, we also need to keep a Dark Ages perspective in our 19th century heads. Read more...(307 words, 32 images, estimated 1:14 mins reading time)
I don’t mind watching weather reports. Especially in these days here in Florida when fires are common during May. Now to be able to control the weather is a great thing, but in Weather Lord you seem to be doing it far all the wrong reasons. Leave it to Alawar Games to give us yet another! Sheesh! A farming simulator… Don’t they have enough of these variations on a theme?
So in this silly sim, we don’t buy seeds and supplies, but we buy clouds, sunshine, wind, and combine them to make various weather patterns that we take over to little farms and orchards to help them grow. We also fuel green energy by using solar power, and turbines. This helps us gather building materials to upgrade the farms and weather stations. While this is a fun little green game, the music will make you sleepy, and repetitive movements of combining these little elements over and over again gets tiresome. While we are nowhere near having the power of Storm, if we did, I’m sure this game would have been much more fun. For now, I’ll keep wishing for real rain to put out the fires while I look for a better game to play.