The Super Game House Collection CD
is a collection of three games:
- Super Collapse!
- Supper Glinx
- Super Nisqually
Author: Game House
Rating: E (Everyone)
Super Collapse! is a full
application version of the popular web-based game, Collapse!. In this game you click
on sequences of 3 or more colored blocks to remove them from the board, while new
blocks are added at the bottom of the screen. At higher levels, the blocks appear
increasingly faster. By the time you lose (and it is inevitable) your adrenaline
will certainly be flowing.
Super Glinx is a game where you remove colored gems from a playing field by
linking similar ones in chains. The longer the chains, the higher your score. This
game has a puzzle mode, where you can take your time to figure out your moves, and
a tournament mode, where the clock is your enemy.
Super Nisqually is another variation on the 3-in-a-row game, where patterned
stones must be moved around (by switching with a neighbor) to create sequences. When
a sequence of three (or more -- it is possible to link up to five with some forethought)
stones is formed, the matching stones disappear. However, in this game when the last
stone in a column is removed, it is no longer possible to move stones across the
gap, so careful planning is required. Each level has a minimum number of stones to
remove. Failure to remove that many when you have no more moves left ends the game.
All three games evidently share a common framework that has been well polished. The
graphics are simple, as befits the arcade style of the games, but with sufficient
detail (texturing, 3-D effects) to make it clear that these are current generation.
The background music is appropriate, increasing in intensity with the game. For the
best experience, enable full-screen mode.
Whether you enjoy these games depends on what kind of games you prefer. I dislike
tetris-like games, like Super Collapse!, yet I find myself strangely addicted to
them. After each loss I grumble, then immediately try again to see if I can do better.
The first levels are quite easy, but the levels get uncomfortably hard very quickly.
I didn't find Super Glinx enjoyable at all. There was not enough information (perhaps
some demo levels would help) to develop a strategy, and not enough feedback to let
me know if my chosen strategy was working. I could not always discern between legal
and illegal moves (except I couldn't make illegal ones!), so the timed mode was too
frustrating, and the puzzle mode (exact same layout, only without the clock) was
not challenging. I could always figure out a way to clear the board, I just never
knew if it was a good one or not.
Super Nisqually reminded me of Tessarae (one of my all time favorite games), but
the game play was too similar to Super Collapse! to hold my attention. It is a game
where you can take time to plan out your strategy (although a bonus clock does count
down) without the frantic rush to make a play of Super Collapse!.
The minimum requirements for these games are a G3 running OS X 10.1.5 with 128MB
of RAM and an 8MB video card. I tested them on an 800MHz eMac and they performed
On a lark, I put the CD in my 400MHz G3 8500 running OS 9. Surprisingly, Super Collapse!
included an OS 9 version of the game (although none of the other games would run).
When it ran, it behaved just like on the eMac, but it did lock up several times requiring
a force quit. All the games are advertised as being OS X only, so use the OS 9 version
at your own risk.
This CD includes three games suitable for family entertainment. The three games appeal
to three different types of gamers, so at least one of them is likely to be a pleaser
to each family member. The graphics are crisp, and the overal visual experience is
excellent. This is a great family entertainment
package, and although your mileage may vary, I highly recommend it.
- Straightforward arcade-style play
- Full-screen mode
- OS X native
- OS X only
- Simplistic strategies may get boring
4 out of 5 Mice