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"Nothing can get more boardgamish than this!"
Remember the old days
when you and your friends sat and at a table, playing 5-in-a-row? Are you
hungry to play some more? Well, in Connect Five, there's a computer player
who's just as hungry for a worthy challenge.
Set your difficulty
level and choose from one to two players in a casual game of Connect Five.
Whether you're the X or the O, you're bound for a classic adventure just
the days of yore, with a challenging twist!
The use of animation and visual effects to stimulate the senses
|At first glance, the graphics look a bit
old-fashioned. Even though the game has a good looking intro screen, a
well-constructed GUI, a drop-down menu system, and options to different
board styles, the graphics are not enough to match the standards of today.
Using 16 colors, without page flipping, undoubtedly tones down the graphics
to a lower level. Even the use of 256 colors without page flipping would
improve gameplay, but the GUI saves the graphics from a poor mark.
The smooth blend of atmospheric sounds and original harmonies
|Using the QMidi routines, Confaive has
a good support for playing MIDI-songs. Kaswoj Software included songs that
do vary in quality, and some of them does not place well in a board game
at all. Happy songs should be replaced with calmer background-music. It's
a bit annoying as it is now... fortunately, you can choose in the options
menu to remove the songs you don't like and accentuate the tunes your prefer,
whether they come from Blink 182 or the Mighty Bosstones.
The hardware has some serious problems
too. As my soundcard is not being supported by the standard QMidi routines
I was forced to hack into the start-up routine and change an attribute
of the QMidi loading. Stuff like this should always have some options.
|Gameplay (n.)The precision of control
and involvement of character within its universe
|It's hard to judge the gameplay since
it's a exactly the same game as you would play with pencil and paper. If
you don't know what 5-in-a-row is, it's a game with a big grid, and the
goal for both players is to mark one spot at a time. If 5 spots are marked
in a row, the player win! Keep in mind that the goal is not just to get
5 spots marked in a row, but to prevent your
opponent from acheiving the same goal.
The game comes with a lot of options such
as playing against computer or friends. All these options are easy to maneuver
and not hard to find. The only option missing is to force the computer
make the first move. At least, I haven't found one.
The creativity and presentation of the game's critical plot
||Story, you say? Into a board game? Uh-oh.
I don't think so. A bit sad, but I can't possibly imagine how to put a
story into Confaive.
|Replay Value (n.)
The timelessness of the gamer's delight, such that the experience
can be repeated again and again
|Average. This is a game that you'll go
back to over and over again (the dominating computer AI keeps can keep
you reeling you back a couple of rounds), but it hasn't got that demand
just like Tetris. Even though you'll find yourself playing this sooner
or later, you won't play it very long each time. And worse, if you want
to play it with your friends, you'd rather prefer to play Connect Five
with a pencil and a paper.
To strike the mental nerve in such a way as to stimulate human thought
|Plain excellent - many levels of difficulty,
from Easy (moves are pretty random) to Hard (unbelievable). The computer
is really smart, and it's getting on my nerves. I haven't won a single
game against it! It is always planning a plot, a secret plan to bust you.
And it always does.
|Fun Factor (n.)
The overall entertainment value as maintained throughout the adventure
|Kaswoj Software faithfully captured Confaive.
I see the ancient game and it's glory, but Confaive in general (whether
on paper or on your PC) is not that fun anyway. You might drop in there
to play three games or so, and then drop out again. It's not fun, but it's
not dead boring either. It's as fun as it is on paper. And when the computer
beats you, you just want to do something else. That's it.
Confaive Reviewed by AlienQB
|Genre: Strategy Game
||To solve: N/A Final Rating: 16/35
To download this game, click here.
game requires a mouse. Make sure you've got the DOS routines installed.
must be made on the "START!.BAT" file if you wish to get music to certain
play Confaive, run "START!.BAT".
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