Monday, April 16, 2007

Agatha Christie: Death on the Nile

Sorry I haven't written in awhile, gentle readers! The weather has improved, so I've been out and about tending my garden and things. We need more gardening games! I'd love to see a gardening game that was a little more accurate in simulating a real experience.

Anyway, speaking of games: Agatha Christie: Death on the Nile is out! A game set in the tone of Lady Mallowan herself! I'm pretty sure she didn't work on the game, herself, considering she died in 1976, but for fans of her murder, crime, and mystery writing this is a must-play game. It's a hidden object game, which makes perfect sense for the mystery genre, but it's loaded with mini-games to keep things fresh. Personally I'm glad to see this--I think hidden object games get a little tiresome unless there's something else to do to break up the pacing. One can only stare at a screen for so many hours trying to find that darned fish before the mind wanders.

So make sure you check this out! I'm hoping that the popularity of Agatha Christie: Death on the Nile will spur others to actually go out and read her books. I know that sounds a little absurd--books? In the age of computers? But people forget how compelling a good book can be! Of course, a good game is awfully fun too!

Agatha Christie: Death on the Nile Game

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Monday, April 2, 2007

Cathy's Caribbean Club

Cathy's Caribbean Club is a new serve-the-customers game from Mystery Studio. If you think it bears a striking resemblance to Betty's Beer Bar or Wild West Wendy, you're right! It's by the same guys. Someone needs to come up with a catchy name for this genre. I've heard Time Management games, but I think that's a bad move. "Time Management" is has awful restructuring-like connotations. You may as well call a genre "Downsizing Games". Ugh.

Anyway, Cathy's Carribean Club follows the same game type as its predecessors. You serve a variety of whimsical characters smoothies at your smoothie bar. I like the theme--I've been to a few all-inclusive resorts in the Bahamas and Carribean, and it really is fun to laze around on the beach drinking smoothies. Hm...maybe it's time for another trip! Or, failing that, a quick play with Cathy's Caribbean Club!

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