|Publisher: Fun Pause Genre: Puzzle & Trivia
|Min OS X: Any Version CPU: G4 @ 667 MHz RAM: 128 MB Hard Disk: 40 MB
Graphics and soundAlthough Faries' gameplay is nothing new (albeit quite a lot of fun), the presentation is where the game really shines. The graphics are very well done, from the many fairies to the backgrounds and adventure images. Everything exhibits a high amount of polish, and there are many small details which really add to the overall game experience. Fairies fly away in a trail of fairy dust when freed from their bottles, the fairy lounging under the scale strums her instrument, and the many motes of light and fairy dust floating around sparkle and shine.
The sound is also extremely appropriate and well implemented. The music is laid back and somewhat ethereal at times, and the sound effects, ranging from whispers of "Bonus!" to the clink of jars and combos, are well integrated and add a lot to the gameplay experience. In addition, if you enjoy the music, you can purchase the sound track from Fun Pause to play even when you aren't playing the game.
The game designers obviously put a lot of care into crafting this game, and playing it is a pleasure. Graphics and sound come off very professionally, and are what take this game from being just a clone of a good game to a being a very worthwhile little game in its own right.
ValueFor those who enjoy a good puzzle color-matching game, or for anyone who has bemoaned the small number of PopCap deluxe games on the Mac, Fairies should be an appealing download. Its professional execution, ethereal and colorful ambience, and addicting gameplay all combine to make it extremely worth the download, and you will likely see the 60 minutes of demo play evaporate like water in the Sahara.
Fairies has a $19.95 price tag, which is pretty standard these days for such shareware games, and the game will be well worth the money for any puzzle gamer or Chuzzle lover. Additionally, the 60 minute demo version should give you plenty of time to get a feel for the game, so there really is no good excuse not to download it and give it a try.
Pros• Wonderful ambience
• Fun, addicting gameplay
• Four different gameplay variations
• Professional execution
• Saves in progress and profiles
Cons• No real challenge to classic mode
• Playback mode somewhat tedious