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#1123087 - 08/30/17 04:59 PM Re: Re-Plays :-) [Re: Mad]
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Good point, Mad. Never give up on a series if you liked one game in it. Other series, like Twilight Phenomenon, Surface, Reflections, and Bridge to Another World, have had games that I panned in my record-keeping but also have had other games I gave the highest ratings to among the genre. And Dark Parables, which generally is very good (I've played ten of them), had one that I noted, "Interesting, but way too easy. Just pokes along. Bailed on demo," and two that I noted, "Don't even remember it" (which means I added no comments after finishing). It must depend entirely on the makeup of a given game's development team?

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#1123089 - 08/30/17 05:46 PM Re: Re-Plays :-) [Re: Reenie]
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It has also been my experience that sometimes games actually improve after what would be the demo portion of the game. The catch there is that you have to purchase the game in order to discover this.

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#1123172 - 08/31/17 12:08 PM Re: Re-Plays :-) [Re: Marian]
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As I don't maintain such detailed records as you, Reenie, with regard to my games, I will more than likely risk buying one purely because I like the sound of it yes

[I very, very rarely play demos.]

And I certainly do tend to go on and buy all those released as a series if, after I've played one, I liked it laugh
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#1123178 - 08/31/17 12:32 PM Re: Re-Plays :-) [Re: Mad]
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Yes, I also will try a game from a series I haven't enjoyed previously, after a decent time interval has passed. I use the Trial Game option to see if the series has improved AND because a good series can still have a stinker in it. I usually have at least one game active on the computer, for when a little diversion is appealing. I play one every other week or so. At this point, I have close to 400 games in my database. Even if you buy every game at at Two-Fer Sale, and get them for only $7 (I prefer the CE version), that adds up over the years! No sense in throwing away your money. wink

I started to keep this database in 2014 after a couple of times buying a game for the SECOND time (the first purchase being as a hard disk in a computer store or game store ~ remember those days?) There simply are too many to keep straight or remember. Just takes a minute to enter my comments. happydance

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#1123186 - 08/31/17 01:11 PM Re: Re-Plays :-) [Re: Reenie]
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I think it's great that you make comments on all that you have tried/played, Reenie. I may just start doing that myself. smile

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#1123195 - 08/31/17 02:11 PM Re: Re-Plays :-) [Re: Marian]
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Hi.

Oh, right from the start I've tended to buy from Big Fish only when they've been running a sale because I feel the prices (as at most other download places) are high for download games - considering there are no physical elements or shipping costs involved.
And so far, even over all the years I've been buying, I seem to have been lucky as I've ended up with very few duds indeed.
Even though I don't bother with demos evil

But the record keeping of my whole game collection really only consists of a list of titles.
So I am nowhere near as industrious as you, Reenie lol

And good luck to you, Marion, if you decide to go down the full scale route that Reenie uses. [Phew !!] wink
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#1123212 - 08/31/17 03:24 PM Re: Re-Plays :-) [Re: Mad]
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It isn't an arduous endeavor, Mad. If you know how to create a Word spreadsheet, then it is only a matter of taking a minute (or less!) to entering the name and a "review" comment on each game as you play it. I consult it now whenever considering buying a game because there are SO many that I can't remember what I already have played, otherwise. Prevents the wasted time of downloading only to find I've played it. Time saver, for sure. happydance

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#1123213 - 08/31/17 03:32 PM Re: Re-Plays :-) [Re: Reenie]
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Yes. I realise it wouldn't be an odorous task, Reenie, if I had started it years ago and all I had to do was keep it updated.
But to start a spreadsheet now would be more than I could face rotfl
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#1123228 - 08/31/17 04:47 PM Re: Re-Plays :-) [Re: Mad]
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Boy, I sure agree with you there! Hard to remember the games themselves, much less what things about them were good or bad. I would not try to go back and recreate the list.

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#1123255 - 08/31/17 09:44 PM Re: Re-Plays :-) [Re: Reenie]
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Well good for you for creating that spread sheet it in the first place, Reenie !! thumbsup
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#1123316 - 09/01/17 02:57 PM Re: Re-Plays :-) [Re: Mad]
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By the way, I discovered the Sable Maze series recently. Wow. Have played Twelve Fears and Sullivan River, so far, and both were darned good. Sullivan River had some tasty puzzles! Even though Twelve Fears was an SE, it still was good, creative interpretation of HO scenes, and longer than most SE versions. I probably will replay both of them later.

So I bought Norwich Cave a couple of days ago, and am playing that now. Loving it! Every HO scene is a puzzle, not just a hunt-for-the-screwdriver thing. There is some wacky use of inventory that tickles me. The mini-games are all easy, but the game is looooong. I've been pecking away at it and still can tell I am only a little more than halfway through it. I most definitely will replay this one at a later date! happydance

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#1123319 - 09/01/17 03:14 PM Re: Re-Plays :-) [Re: Reenie]
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I recently played Harrowed Halls: Lakeview Lane and I thought the length was quite epic! It took me a long time to get through it without using hints or skips. This is from the same developer as Sable Maze - Daily Magic. Really good value for money, especially if you buy it during a BOGO sale.

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#1123326 - 09/01/17 04:10 PM Re: Re-Plays :-) [Re: Marian]
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Thanks, Marian. I will look up that one. happydance

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#1123329 - 09/01/17 04:43 PM Re: Re-Plays :-) [Re: Reenie]
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One of the reviewers said it took them 6-1/2 hours to play the main game and another 1-1/2 hours for the bonus game. I don't know whether they used hints/skips, though. wave

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#1123362 - 09/01/17 10:07 PM Re: Re-Plays :-) [Re: Marian]
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I never time myself when I'm playing, do you? I just enjoy the game. Yes, I don't use Skips, either, but I have used a Hint now and then, to figure out where to go next. Sometimes, the wandering gets to be a bit much. ha ha

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