Hoyle Board Games 5

Anyone who enjoys board games will find much to love in Hoyle Board Games 5. As with every iteration of Board Games, you get a suspiciously similar interface peppered with a couple of new gaming choices.The usual representatives, such as Backgammon, Checkers, Chess, Dominoes and Pachisi still feel and sound much like their real world counterparts. Even better are Yacht (a Yahtzee clone), Battling Ships, Mahjong Tiles (which comes in several variations, including ‘Gravity Tiles’), Snakes and Ladders (Chuttes and Ladders), Line ‘Em Up (Connect Four), Reversi and Mancala (a fast-paced count-and-capture thingamajig), totaling eighteen games in all.

9_1FaceMaker has been available since Board Games 3 and makes an expected return here as well. You’ll play against an amusing assortment of AI characters that you can freely adjust as far as difficulty and dialogue frequency. They range from talking bears to alien-abducted fur trappers. If playing the computer gets tiring, players can also go head to head against live opponents on the same computer. Though lots of what you’ll get here is recycled from previous collections, the sheer attention to recreating each game in its proper setting mixed with the added polish make this a classic entry in the series.

System Requirements: Pentium 133 Mhz, 16 MB RAM, Win 95/98

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