The Need for Speed 1995 PC Game

Released in 1995, Need for Speed is a pioneer 0f racecar games that combines simple but fast paced arcade style gameplay vvith a choice of realistically simulated sports_cars. Players race against computer_controlled cars on eight tracks using machines_like the Dodge Viper, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Porsche 911, Corvette, Mazda RX7, Toyota Supra Turbo, and Acura NSX.

 Five of the tracks are closed circuit speedvvays, vvith all other cars computer_controlled. The other three tracks are open road courses, complete vvith oncoming traffic to vveave through and police cars to outrun. Full motion video shovvcases exhibits of the various sports cars.

Performance-vvise, each sports car reflects realistic attributes like top_speed, acceleration, and handling characteristics. Dashboard panels and engine sounds are modeled realistically to emulate real vvorld counterparts.

The experience of driving the cars_in the game, especially on a PC equipped vvith a steering vvheel and pedals, is the next best thing to driving_them in real life.

Even with the impressive showroom of sports cars, the primary focus is the_simple, fast, and exciting arcade_style gameplay found in popular games like Out Run. Need for Speed vvill appeal to any car enthusiast looking for realistic modeling of world class sports cars, vvhile those seeking the thrill of driving fast and dangerously vvithout the risk need to buckle up for the ride.

Sage Blackjack Simulator Review

Sage Blackjack Simulator is a no-frills simulation of the popular game of Blackjack. While it does not have all the bells and whistles available in other Blackjack games, it is probably one of the most realistic simulations of Blackjack ever developed.

For people who only like to play Blackjack on their computers, Sage Blackjack Simulator might not be the best game available. For those of us who enjoy casino-style gambling, however, the graphics, style, and play of Sage Blackjack Simulator cannot be beaten.

The graphics in Sage Blackjack Simulator are amazingly close to what an actual game of Blackjack looks like in a casino setting. From the shoe filled with cards, to the color of the chips, to the layout of the table, to the card backs, Sage Blackjack Simulator pays close attention to what a game of Blackjack looks like when real money is on the line. The default speed of the animation is a bit fast, but that can be manipulated for more realistic play.

Sage Blackjack Simulator has no sound. At first, I was disappointed as I was expecting to hear the shuffle of the cards, the sounds of chips changing hands, and other casino-style noises. After playing a few times, however, I did not even notice that the sound was missing. Although the developers could have made some attempt to include sound in the game, I suppose that no sound is better than bad sound.

The game play in Sage Blackjack Simulator is hyper-addictive. For anyone who loves to play Blackjack, this game will hook you and keep you from leaving the house. The deals seem fair and realistic. You win some, and you lose some. That’s the game.

I was repeatedly amazed at how quickly an eight-deck shoe dissolved. When you play with cyber-money, it’s easy to play for hours. Do not let this fool you into believing you are a card shark, however. The most Sage Blackjack Simulator can do for you is teach you when to hit and stand. It will not teach you to be a hustler.

The only real problem I had with Sage Blackjack Simulator was the constant clicking on the bet window. Ideally, the game should have a feature that allows the hands to continue, instead of stopping to have all the players confirm their bets. A “change bet” button in addition to the other radio buttons at the top would make game play smoother.

Overall, Sage Blackjack Simulator is a cool game for people who enjoy casino-style Blackjack. It’s not a strategy builder and it’s not chock full of features, but it is definitely a fun game with which you can waste several hours.

Graphics

Excellent detail

Sound

None

Enjoyment

Highly addictive

Replay Value

Very good

Documentation

Extremely thorough

Mario’s Tennis Review

Mario’s Tennis is notable for being the first (and only) pack-in game for the U.S. Virtual Boy, and soon after powering up the gizmo, you’ll see why. It’s incredibly fun! There is a convincing amount of depth on the court which really immerses you into the game, and the inclusion of Nintendo’s finest as your opponents helps keep things lively. While it isn’t the deepest tennis game you’ll play, I’d wager it’s one of the most addictive, with the right blend of action and strategy to satisfy anyone looking for an arcade take on the sport.

Before hitting the court, you’ll first choose between playing a singles match, doubles match or entering a Tournament. (Single-player tournaments allow you to face three opponents, while doubles only two). Select between easy, normal and hard difficulty, the match length (one or three sets) as well as your character, teammate and opponent(s).

Your character always appears in the foreground with the camera fixed behind and slightly above him, her, or in the case of Toad, it. The net is kept low, with one row of “hearts” separating your character from your opponent, making it very easy to see into the distance. Hitting the ball relies on the proper positioning and timing of your swing. If you hit the button while the ball is in the air, you’ll perform an overhead smash; if you push left or right while swinging, the ball will move left or right on the court.

Lobs are performed in the same manner but using a different button. The earlier you swing while pressing the directional pad, the more sharply a ball will travel. Serving simply involves pressing a button to toss the ball into the air and pressing it again to make contact. After serving, if you run toward the net you’ll automatically volley once you get within a certain distance.

To get the most out of this game, you’ll want to play all of your matches on the “hard” difficulty level. This increases the game’s overall speed and takes into account the various differences in characters. Each player has varying quickness, power, racquet sizes, as well as court strengths such as net, baseline and ground stroke ability. Yoshi, for example, is the fastest of the bunch, but he has small racquet contact area so you’ll need to be more precise with your positioning to return volleys.

A tennis game wouldn’t be complete without a few faults (snicker, snicker), and this one is no different. Minor quibbles include the lack of league play, saved statistics, and multiple court surfaces such as grass or clay to compete on. It also would have been nice to play as or against more characters, with at least 14 to choose from instead of only seven. Apparently both Wario and Bowser had prior commitments… Yet Mario’s Tennis remains an extremely entertaining arcade experience, one where it’s easy to pick up but difficult to put down.

Graphics

The clean graphics show detailed facial expressions for each character whenever they win or lose points. There is only one court, but there are different backdrops depending on the character you’re facing (Princess Toadstool has a castle in the scenery, for example).

Sound

Everytime you make contact with the ball you’ll hear a “plink.”

Enjoyment

The game really does give you a feeling that you are there. While it’s simple to grasp, that’s part of its charm.

Replay Value

You’ll continue to play because it’s fun, although it is rather short. Only seven characters and no league play means the replay value isn’t as high as it could be. There is a code that will increase the challenge, however, should you find the difficulty lacking.

Documentation

The manual is in full-color with a list of tennis terms and scoring rules. Each character has a full color drawing and all controls are explained beautifully.

Steel Panthers Overview (Video Game)

Steel Panthers is a turn-based wargame focusing on combined armor/infantry small unit actions in the European and Pacific Theaters during World War II. The combat area is viewed from a bird’s eye view and each individual vehicle, soldier, or heavy gun is portrayed with a lifelike top-view. Appropriate audio accompanies movement and combat. The game may be played in single scenarios or as a one of nine continuing campaigns where the player must allocate and maintain his forces from one battle to the next. Two-player e-mail play is supported. A battle generator quickly creates random scenarios and a full-featured scenario editor is also included. Custom scenarios are available from SSI and from other sources.

Crosswords & More Review

Crosswords & More can be fun if your morning paper does not show up, or if the TV Guide crossword was not very challenging. If you like doing crosswords and word finds, then you will like Crosswords & More. There are not a whole lot of surprises.

The graphics are fairly basic: puzzle on the left and clues on the right. The layout is designed well and is not as boring as you might expect a crossword puzzle game to be. The background has the appearance of gray marble and colors can be changed to suit just about anyone’s palette.

There are a few sounds (.WAV files) that can be heard during and after crossword play. Most notably, the “audience” applauds as a very bored-sounding man says, “Congratulations. You are the winner.” The developers are not trying to knock you out with great sound here. They are simply trying to prevent you from falling asleep. That’s fine. This is a crossword game, not Mortal Kombat.

The features of Crosswords & More that allow players to create their own puzzles are a bit of a letdown. The Word Find creation is fairly smooth. You type in a list of up to 40 words and the computer hides them for you in a mix of random letters.

The Crossword creation, however, is quite disappointing. First, while 40 words might be enough for a word find, the typical crossword puzzle has many more. Second, when Crosswords & More’s creation engine gears up to create a puzzle using the words and clues you have provided, words always get left out. Now, you have wasted time typing in 40 words and clues and the puzzle creator only chose 30 of them to fit in the puzzle. What you are left with is a weird looking puzzle with great big blocks. If you bought this software in hopes of cranking out your own puzzle books, think again.

All in all, Crosswords & More is decent. If you like word games, you will like Crosswords & More.

Graphics

Good for this type of game

Sound

Slightly amusing

Enjoyment

Great for crossword lovers

Replay Value

There are many puzzles

Documentation

A little thin

World Series of Poker Deluxe Casino Pak Overview

Ante up and bet the farm in this huge assortment of casino games for your PC. Card playing enthusiasts will be in paradise when choosing from a number of games that include Blackjack, Texas Hold’em, Seven Card Stud, Omaha Hold ’em, Caribbean Stud Poker, and Pai Gow Poker. Players will also be able to compete in satellite tournaments as well as the granddaddy of them all, the World Series of Poker Tournament. Fans of one-armed bandits and table games will not be disappointed, since this collection includes a number of slot machines, as well as Craps, Keno, Video Poker, Roulette, Baccarat, and Big Wheel Six. Three expert poker strategists are on-hand to provide gambling tips and strategies to help you win the big bucks.

Features
Compete against the best in the World Series of Poker tournament
Play popular poker games like Texas Hold ’em, Seven Card Stud, and video poker
Double-down, pick a number, and pull the lever at authentic blackjack tables, roulette wheels, and slot machines
Exclusive license to hot new casino games Caribbean Stud and Let it Ride
Get tips from expert poker strategists David Sklansky, Mason Malmuth, and Bob Ciaffone

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars Review

Mario has saved the world countless times, earned his doctorate (Dr. Mario) and even refereed a boxing match (Mike Tyson’s Punchout). What else was there left for the famous Italian plumber to do?

In Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, Mario is once again out to save the world; only this time, as the title suggests, he’s starring in a role-playing game similar to the Final Fantasy series.

Super Mario RPG is definitely geared for the player who has never played an RPG, as the difficulty level is not especially high, and it features great in-game tutorials that make it possible to begin playing without even glancing at the manual. However, it will also satisfy seasoned RPG veterans who are looking for a nice change of pace, since the quest is long and represents a sufficient challenge. The only flaw worth mentioning is the one inherent in most RPGs: the frequent battles become monotonous when you are forced to fight the same types of enemies over and over again.

The Mario universe has been translated well into the RPG format, mixing familiar elements such as prize boxes, coins, stars and flowers with the standard RPG turn-based battles, dialogue, experience levels, etc. The game contains many well-known enemies, characters and weapons that have appeared in previous Mario adventures. For example, Mario utilizes jump and fireball attacks, Goombas will try to hinder your progress, and Bowser is prominently featured and even joins your party as an ally.

The graphics, which are similar in style to Donkey Kong Country, are absolutely outstanding, with colorful, 3D rendered visuals that once seemed impossible on the Super NES. This is definitely the high watermark for 3D graphics on any 16-bit system. The music is also quite extraordinary, utilizing the Super NES’ many instruments to create songs that match the mood of the surrounding environment.

Whenever the best video games are discussed, Mario’s assorted adventures are frequently mentioned. Super Mario RPG is a worthy addition to this list, bringing together the best of two popular gaming institutions while wowing the senses with great visuals and sound.

Graphics

The rich 3D visuals are a joy to behold.

Sound

An excellent variety of songs, but the battle music becomes monontonous.

Enjoyment

Mario + Role-playing equals Fun.

Replay Value

There aren’t any surprises to be discovered the second time around.

Documentation

Great in-game instructions.

Worms 1 (1995 PC game)

Worms is an artillery strategy video game developed by Team17 and released in 1995. It is the first game in the Worms series of video games and was initially only available for the Amiga. Later it was ported to other platforms.

Worms is a turn based game where a player controls a team of worms against other teams of worms that are controlled by a computer or human opponent. The aim is to use various weapons to kill the worms on the other teams and have the last surviving worm(s).

WWF WrestleMania: The Arcade Game Mini Review

This game is SO cool. It’s unrealistic but that’s what makes it so cool! With eight of the WWF’s finest superstars, this is a must buy for only …. Whether you want to send screaming souls at your opponents with the Undertaker, toss your opponent like a rag doll with Yokozuna, or lock your opponent in the sharpshooter with Bret Hart, this game is for you.

Verdict: 80/100