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(Kaswoj Software)


"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!

Graphics (n.)
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.
Sound/Music (n.)
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 vv
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.

Story (n.)
The creativity and presentation of the game's critical plot
(Very Poor) 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.
Challenge (v.)
To strike the mental nerve in such a way as to stimulate human thought and reflexes
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

Players 1-2 players
Genre: Strategy Game
Rating To solve: N/A Final Rating: 16/35

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Installation Tips
wThis game requires a mouse. Make sure you've got the DOS routines installed.
wModifications must be made on the "START!.BAT" file if you wish to get music to certain Sound Cards.
wTo play Confaive, run "START!.BAT".

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