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  • Colorful graphics
  • Good price

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  • Takes up a lot of space
  • Some games aren't as good as others

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Ludigames 5-Pack Review
By Pepper
11/01/2001


Overview
Ludigame's 5-Pack of games offers a variety of games from different styles. There's a side-scrolling, space shooter game, a little beach volleyball, and a logic based game called Atomino. The variety of game styles offers a little something for almost everyone.

Atomino
Atomino is a logic game where you race the clock in an effort to gain as many points as possible. There is a bar on the right which fills up with various colored atoms. Each color has a set number of electrons to it. The electrons are really contact points, and the most a single atom can have is four.

The goal is to create a stable molecule, that happens when all of the electrons are touching another. The larger the molecule is, the more points you'll get. Atomino is pretty easy to learn, but can get really challenging once it starts to speed up.

Saturn Strike
Saturn Strike is a side scrolling-action game like many others. You're in a space ship and you need to maneuver through many asteroids and aliens in a seemingly endless journey home. You have the ability to fire at the objects coming to destroy you and sometimes you'll be able to grab a power-up which provides you with a fancier way to shoot.

The graphics aren't spectacular and the controls leaves a bit to be desired. Overall it's a good game but not too attention grabbing.

Summer Volley
This is definitely my favorite game of the bunch. You are basically a crab who loves to play volleyball. You can jump, set, and even spike the ball towards your opponent - yet another crab. You and the other crab play it out to be the champion crab at the beach. Between every game is a short, and rather cute, cartoon.

The graphics in this game are very cartoonish, and very cute. When combined with a simple yet addictive game play this game is definitely one of my favorites.

Toxic Boxing
You are half human and half machine. And you are about to take part in a fight to claim your territory. The game itself is pretty simple because there is really not much to it. You can either do an uppercut or a jab, and you can move closer and further away from your opponent. After a little while you can enter fury mode where you can hit your opponent as much as you want for a few seconds without him retaliating.

I think the game is alright but the crucial thing it's missing is two player mode. The ability to fight with real people, instead of a slow-thinking computer, would make the game much more enjoyable.

Wecky Dancing
This game was definitely my least favorite. Looking at the graphics, it definitely seemed to be geared to the male audience. The game was rather pointless and seemed to me like it should have been thought through a little more. Pretty much all you do is hit buttons to match the arrows coming up from the bottom of the screen. If you match it'll tell you good and if you don't it says bad. After the bar reaches the bottom of the screen your game is over and you get to start over again. I wasn't too intrusted in this game due to its lack of purpose.

Conclusion
Some of these games are pretty good but they're also huge space hogs. Each game is about 300k, which totals to about a meg and a half. Despite that small issue it's still a good game pack. You should try it out yourself first and then decide if you would really like to spend the $15

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Wacky Dancing

I.M. Anonymous @ 11/1/2001 12:52:44 PM #
Yeah that game was lame but its a copy of a very popular arcade game in SE asia. In the arcade game there are two variants. One where you play drums in accordance with the "arrows" and another where you use hand and feet motion (its dancing really). I think its a copy of the latter. Just FYI.

RE: Wacky Dancing
bcombee @ 11/1/2001 1:26:57 PM #
The dancing game is called "Dance Dance Revolution", and it is very, very popular in Japan, and getting that way on the US west coast. On the Palm, I couldn't see this working too well, at least not without a Beat Plus or MP3 playing peripheral.

RE: Wacky Dancing
I.M. Anonymous @ 11/1/2001 3:29:49 PM #
That dancing game has been in every big video game parlor (D&B etc) I've been in on the East Coast for months.

The boxing one is also a copy of one where the game senses where your real fists are. It is alot of fun though very tiring if you aren't in shape. I can see the palm version being a pale imitation.

RE: Wacky Dancing
I.M. Anonymous @ 12/4/2001 12:41:12 AM #
Yup, Dance Dance Revolution is very popular here in SE Asia, among a slew of other music games (drums, guitar, DJ, etc.).

All I can say about the Palm game is: They could have done much, much better. For starters, it's actually possible to create decent one-tone-at-a-time music on the Palm's "beeper". An example would be the ringtones in mobile phones. Second, I don't think they should have modeled the game after Dance Dance Revolution. The game called "Beat Mania" could have been more appropriate. But of course, they should retain the dancing babe. :P

Can the games be installed individually?

bcombee @ 11/1/2001 1:26:11 PM #
One of the review cons was the space the games take up. Is each game a separate PRC file that can be installed on its own, or is it a combo system?

RE: Can the games be installed individually?
I.M. Anonymous @ 11/1/2001 1:34:26 PM #
they're all separate.

RE: Can the games be installed individually?
I.M. Anonymous @ 11/1/2001 10:47:34 PM #
Yes you can, choose only the ones you want to install!

RE: Can the games be installed individually?
I.M. Anonymous @ 11/5/2001 5:47:22 AM #
Dear all,

You can choose wich game you want to install. They are all separated.

Best regards,

5-pack support

RE: Can the games be installed individually?
cyberced8 @ 3/2/2006 5:02:34 PM #
I have a T2 and found out non of these games work in it? is there a patch or something I can install into it? plus how come mine still came out black and white? when I selected any game it just goes to blank screen. help help please

awwwww...nad i dont have enough space

I.M. Anonymous @ 11/1/2001 11:31:20 PM #
i have seen some really kool games come out for palm os lately....most liked is spy hunter...but i have no space on my IIIxe left to play the games and contiune with my daily life.

it is nice to know that even in pdas the software will always make u upgrade teh hardware :)

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