Play This, Play That. Sounds like a game that gives you many
choices, in this case, 6 different games. It even comes with 6
sub dirs that clearly separates the games. Here are the games
Air Hockey - The featured game on this product. This would
have been a decent addition to the rather boring games
included had it not suffer some major AI deficiency. The
developers should be ashamed at themselves for creating such
a dumb AI. For example, the opponent, when serving, only
moves side to side until it makes contact with the puck. The
opponent also moves slowly to just make contact with the
puck, a lot of the time hitting it in his own net.
Skeet Shooting/Saloon Shootout - 2 games, both target
practice with your mouse. Skeet Shooting lets you aim at
moving discs and Saloon Shootout lets you target items in a
saloon bar. The saloon bar contains hidden surprises. Not
much else to say.
Walk the Plank - Hey, a fighting game with pirates? No. Instead
you are treated to Hangman. Yes, Hangman, the game where
you pick letters of the alphabet to solve a phrase. Instead of the
little man that gets hung if you lose, you have a pirate who will
fall slowly off the plank had you choose a wrong letter.
Odd Man Out - Another old classic. Basically you have a
number of spheres where one can jump to an empty spot,
eliminating the sphere it jumped over. This is to be done
repeatedly until the sphere are spread out and one cannot
jump over another anymore. 3 different shaped boards to play
Memory Pick - Memory...ring a bell? It's a game where you
pick 2 cards at a time to find matching ones. The amount of
cards can go to 56 (You have that much time? Are you 75 years
old?) and all the way up to 144 cards when stacked to add
another element to it. In any case, its still picking two identical
cards within a big number of them.
Graphics: 5 / 20
Although viewed in only half of the screen, the graphics are
very sharp. At the same time, however, it suffers from a major
lack of movement, finding only 1 or 2 sprites moving, making
the game very bland and boring to look at.
Sound: 5 / 15
Most of the sound are well done, depicting it's real life
counterparts but the lack of different sounds, due to the
simplicity of most of these games, make the sound similar to
the graphics, very bland and boring.
Gameplay: 10 / 30
There isn't much to say about the gameplay. Most of the game
play the way it was meant to be played with the exception of
Fun Factor: 3 / 20
5 minutes of fun in each games that should have been released
Multiplayer Play: 5 / 5
It supports both modem and network play.
Overall Impression: 2 / 10
Each game belongs either in the 5$ shareware bin or in the
Windows 98 games package. Combine 6 of those games and
what you end up with is...well...nothing much.