Golden Trails 2: The Lost Legacy

golden trails 2 the lost legacy ce feature Golden Trails 2: The Lost LegacyAwem releases the hidden object game sequel to Golden Trails: The New Western Rush. The first one takes ya to the Wild West where you travel around town asking questions about a bank robbery and send the bad guys to jail.

In Golden Trails 2: The Lost Legacy Collector’s Edition, yer grandfather has been arrested. Naturally, being the good grandkid ya are, ya sniff around to find out what the deal is and encounter nasty characters like that scallywag Captain Morgan. Something isn’t right about this guy and he has it in for ya. What’s up with that? Just because yer related to the guy he arrested?

Based on talking with the townsfolk and Captain Morgan, yer grandfather used to be a pirate. Yeah, right. Yer the good guy. How can the good guy’s grandfather be a pirate? This hidden object game challenges you with its diversity of puzzles. I never could solve one of the puzzles and had to move on because we had a deadline to make so y’all (Whoops, thar goes me Texan accent.) could stop waiting for the game and play it.

Avast, thar! I had something to do with the game, so I’m biased. This is not an official review. I loved playing the puzzle games. Some were familiar and some were not for the lily-livered. Most of them make ya work hard for the booty and doubloons.

Ayyy, matey. It feels like “Talk like a Pirate Day” even though it’s not until September. Anyway, grab ye some grog and try out the game. Yo ho ho and a bottle of water! OK, I’ll cut it out already. Seriously, let me know what you think.

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slot quest alice in wonderland feature Release: Slot Quest: Alice in WonderlandWhen I drink my morning coffee, I always choose my Alice in Wonderland mug first. (It’s based on the Disney cartoon movie.) Although I love Alice in Wonderland, I haven’t pushed myself to see Tim Burton’s version. I’ve caught bits and pieces of the movie and it feels strange to me. OK, I know strange describes Alice in Wonderland, but Tim Burton goes further. If you can’t get enough of Alice, here’s another opportunity.

Embark on an amazing adventure through a fascinating story book in Slot Quest: Alice in Wonderland. The task at hand asks you to restore four famous stories that are being maliciously rewritten by four evil characters. Defeat the evil villains, including the Queen of Hearts, Wicked Witch, Mr. Hyde, and the Evil Dragon. Unlock new slots as you progress through each storybook. Complete quests, earn Achievements, and win!

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These brain training games were coming out of the woodwork. It quited down and then dummies brought it back with Brain Training for Dummies. Of course, you’re no dummy. But sometimes we need to exercise our brains between activities. Braining (brain+training) does a brain good while milk does the body good. icon smile New PC Game: Brain Training for Dummies

Boost your Brain power! Sharpen your intellect with fun, challenging, brain-building games that can help increase your reaction time and improve your memory. Play games to strengthen your brain power! Progress through multiple difficulty levels.

Test for six skill sets:

  • Math
  • Language
  • Spatial
  • Logic
  • Reflexes
  • Memory

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Empress of the Deep 2

empress of the deep the darkest secret feature Empress of the Deep 2I don’t know why, but reading about this game made me think of Edward Lear’s “The Owl and the Pussycat” story that I had. First thing that came to mind, “The own and the pussy cat went to sea in a pea green boat.” Strange what the mind conjures from what the eyes see.

Empress of the Deep 2: Song of the Blue Whale Collector’s Edition: Anna awakens on a mysterious tiny island after escaping the destruction of her underwater kingdom. She must find her way to a mystical floating cloud city in the sky, seek out the four Children of Light and save them from the twisted clutches of the Evil Empress Pandora. Along the way she must rescue and heal enchanted animal slaves in this fantastic Hidden Object Puzzle Adventure game!

Here’s the original Empress of the Deep: The Darkest Secret.

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puppetshow lost town collectors edition feature PuppetShow: Lost Town Collectors EditionPuppetshow fans celebrate. Another Puppetshow is ready for you.

After discovering a new system of caves, the entire town is excited to explore, until Suzy is kidnapped by a mechanical beast! Emerging from the darkness and startling the townfolk, the creature causes a cave-in behind him, leaving no trail to follow. Track the creature down and explore the mysterious caves in PuppetShow: Lost Town Collector’s Edition, a beautiful Hidden Object Puzzle Adventure game!

This is a special Collector’s Edition release full of exclusive extras you won’t find in the standard version.

Other Puppetshow games:

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The Serpent of Isis: Your Journey Continues

serpent of isis your journey continues feature The Serpent of Isis: Your Journey ContinuesWell, how about that? This description doesn’t say “Exciting” game.

Find the Tomb of Isis and finish the search that Robert’s Grandpa started! Travel the globe and find clues that will help on your search! After Professor Thomas Penroy is kidnapped, it’s up to you to take over the hunt for the legendry Tomb of Isis in this perplexing hidden object puzzle adventure game. Unravel ancient mysteries and solve incredible riddles in Serpent of Isis – Your Journey Continues!

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If you haven’t played The Serpent of Isis, you might want to check that out, too.

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Study: Casual Video Games Helps Reduce Depression and Anxiety

I believe this to be true. At the end of 2009, I played Bejeweled Blitz for hours — something I rarely do. We had a family crisis and there wasn’t anything I could do about it. Playing the game gave me purpose (trying to top my friends’ high scores) and helped me relax a little. Games also come to the rescue when my brain won’t focus.

It’s like those times when you don’t feel like going to a party or another social event. Once you get there, smile and chat… you feel better. Casual games (non-violent, family-friendly) do that for me and I can get on with my day. Here are the details of the study:

East Carolina University’s Psychophysiology Lab and Biofeedback Clinic completed a year-long randomized, controlled clinical study to look at the efficiency of casual video games for reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety. Almost 60 subjects that met the criteria of clinical depression participated in the study. Half of the subjects were part of the control group. The participants played three family-friendly, non-violent puzzle games: Bejeweled 2, Peggle and Bookworm Adventures. (All of the games are made by PopCap Games, underwriter of the study.)

The result was a 57 percent reduction of depression symptoms along with improved moods.

“The results of this study clearly demonstrate the intrinsic value of certain casual games in terms of significant, positive effects on the moods and anxiety levels of people suffering from any level of depression,” stated Dr. Carmen Russoniello, Director of the Psychophysiology Lab and Biofeedback Clinic at ECU and the professor who oversaw the study (as well as previous studies involving the same games’ effects on stress levels). “In my opinion the findings support the possibility of using prescribed casual video games for treating depression and anxiety as an adjunct to, or perhaps even a replacement for, standard therapies including medication.”

Ehh… I’m not sure I’d recommend games as a replacement to standard therapies and medicine. But at least, it’s an option that might work with all the therapies or for those who are just feeling down, but haven’t been diagnosed with depression. Depression is a real problem, a real illness. But some don’t see it as a real illness without physical symptoms. Nonetheless, games do affect the mood and chase the doldrums away.

Russoniello said that the games had both short term (after 30 minutes of game play) and long term (after one month) effects when compared to the control group.

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treasure seekers the time collectors edition feature Treasure Seekers: The Time Has Come Collectors EditionThe time has come for Nelly and Tom to stop a potential catastrophe and save the world in Treasure Seekers: The Time has Come! With new powerful devices, such as the Ring of Time and the X-Glass, Nelly and Tom must go on their most exciting adventure yet! Is Totenkraft really as evil as they previously thought? Find out in this hidden object puzzle adventure game!

This is a special Collector’s Edition release full of exclusive extras you won’t find in the standard version. As a bonus, Collector’s Edition purchases count toward three stamps on your Monthly Game Club Punch Card!

Corny description aside, Treasure Seekers is a popular and best selling series. The others:

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Phantasmat

phantasmat collectors feature PhantasmatAfter crashing your car in the middle of nowhere, you stumble upon The Drowned Dead Hotel, a lonely forgotten structure leaning from a cliff. Beneath lies a dark and cold lake that used to be a lively town. What secrets are buried at the bottom of the muddy waters? Who are the mysterious inhabitants of the hotel? Dive into Phantasmat, an incredible hidden object puzzle adventure game, and get to the bottom of a long forgotten tragedy.

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death fairing point a dana knightstone ce feature Death at Fairing Point: A Dana Knightstone Novel Collectors EditionCan you solve a 19th century murder? You are Dana Knightstone, an up-and-coming fiction novelist. While on vacation in Scotland, you are haunted by the ghost of David, a working-class painter in love with a rich heiress – until he was killed at Fairing Point! Uncover history as you travel across Europe to investigate David’s mysterious death. Solve clever puzzles and follow the ghost’s trail in Death at Fairing Point, a fun hidden object puzzle adventure game.

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