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Hoyle Board Games

Hoyle Board Games

Spring 2000 Software
Ages: 12 & Up
Manufacturer: Sierra On-Line
Price: $29.95
Review:
The only problem with playing traditional board games on the home PC is that board games are really just a good excuse for human interaction—family and friends having a good time over Checkers or a Parchisi game. Hoyle, the company that "rules" board game rules, adds two innovations to make up for that missing element in these 14 animated games. Players can create an on-screen version of themselves using the facemaker feature and then take on, head-to-head, 10 personality-packed, animated opponents. Or players can connect online and play these and other Hoyle card, word and casino games against real-life opponents worldwide. While neither feature replaces flesh ‘n’ blood rivalry, the games—including such favorites as Backgammon, Dominoes, Snakes & Ladders, Mancala, Yacht and Chess—provide hours of intelligent and competitive play. The special effects are nice, too—like the realistic sound of the marbles tapping the “wood” board in Chinese Checkers and the missiles soaring and booming explosions in Battleship. What may be best about this package, however, is the tutoring feature that teaches anyone the right way to play each game and then allows practice against a skilled player.
Don Oldenburg   ©2000 Parents' Choice
A former feature writer and consumer columnist at The Washington Post for 22 years, Don Oldenburg is the Director of Publications and Editor of the National Italian American Foundation, in Washington, D.C. He regularly reviews books for USA Today and is the coauthor of "The Washington DC-Baltimore Dog Lovers Companion" (Avalon Travel). The proud father of three sons, he lives with his journalist-author wife, Ann Oldenburg, in McLean, VA.

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