Top 250 Games for PalmOS
Software (Pearson Technology Group), go
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PalmOS 3.1 or later, Palm III or higher, all Handspring Visors
and Edge, Sony Clie, TRGPro/HandEra; (Desktop) Windows 95/98/Me/NT4,
2000/XP, MacOS 8.6, 9 or OSX and QuickTime 4.0 or later;
note: limited high-res support
reviews of PDA games of any kind is difficult.
The absence of reviews makes it equally hard
to know what to download or purchase. Trial and
error is OK for a while, but you really don't
want to spend all your allotted game playing
time simply trying to find something decent to
play. Enter Marc Saltzman's Top 250 Games for
PalmOS. Marc is a syndicated game columnist and
technology correspondent for CNN, and has assembled
some of the best PalmOS-based PDA games available.
The hybrid (Win/Mac) CD-ROM is accessible through
an all-in-one, easy to navigate, categorized
interface. The game collection consists of selections
that work on grayscale and color PDAs. With excellent
balance between freeware, shareware and commercial
demo titles, this collection also features a
very broad range of game types - from RPGs to
card games, from puzzles to racing sims, 1st
person shooters and sports.
and installing individual games from the CD is as simple as
browsing the menu which appears after you place the CD in
the drive (as long as Autorun/Autoplay is turned on in Windows).
Nothing actually installs on your PC or Mac - the menu program
runs entirely from the CD-ROM drive. A menu appears on the
desktop, asking the user to click on the desired section:
action/arcade, strategy, puzzle, role-playing games (RPGs),
simulation, adventure and sports. Each section displays a
list of games and selecting any of them displays a game graphic
along with a brief description. Click the graphic to install
the game. The Palm Desktop Add Program dialog appears and
the selected game is set up to install at the next HotSync.
I'd like to see some of the shareware and commercial software
authors provide fully licensed versions on these types of
CDs - OEM versions in other words. I'd pay twice as much for
the CD in that case. The individual authors might only earn
a royalty for each CD sold, but the potential volume of sales
might be worth it.
Twenty bucks for this CD? No problem. Everything on the CD
is playable - I couldn't really find any outright turkeys,
although titles such as "Dr. Insano's Eyes" and
"Graffiti Face" in the Miscellaneous category are
slightly odd. On the other hand, RPG/Adventure titles such
as Ancient Red and Solskia (a development demo) are downright
gorgeous - both of them use the newest graphic engines. You
can certainly download all of this stuff yourself, but you'd
have to sort through enormous amounts of junk in order to
come up with Marc Saltzman's collection - which is the time
and effort saving point of purchasing this CD in the first
place. The CD works as advertised and I couldn't find any
inoperable programs. The Macmillan Web site refers to the
CD as Marc Saltzman's Top 200 Games for PalmOS, while the
accompanying product screenshot clearly shows Marc Saltzman's
Top 250 Games for PalmOS. But if you count the individual
games in the KidzPak, Palm Puzzles and a couple of other selections
separately, the actual count is well over 250. If your PalmOS-based
PDA is a constant companion, you'll likely get many months
of use out of Marc Saltzman's Top 250 Games for PalmOS. Recommended.
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