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GAMES: Three of five ain't bad
Editors' Choice Collection
(waiting on a price)
Grab your joystick and glue your eyes on the computer screen and endless hours of entertainment will come your way. No, this isn't the latest wave of cyberporn, but Sierra's Editors Choice Collection five different video games in one package.
You Don't Know Jack, a game that's been around for a while, is one of the winners of this group. Labeled as a party game, it lets up to three people square off in a test of knowledge of useless information, much like other trivia games. This one comes with a bit of a twist though, players are put into a game show environment where a somewhat cynical announcer throws question after question at contestants trying to prove to them they don't know jack.
Questions range anywhere from remembering the characters of "Howdy Doody," to rhyming with jibberish and the "Jack Attack" at the end of the game where contestants must quickly match words together that are popping up on the screen. Very entertaining if played with a group of friends, although it can be played with only one person.
Computer hacks can also test their golfing ability on Front Page Sports: Golf without worrying about putting on any plaid pants to do it. There are tons of golf games out there and this one doesn't stand out from the crowd.
Moving on, this package jumps out of the golf cart and into an Indy car with Cart Racing. Jacques Villeneuve wannabes can race with the best drivers in the world in any one of 15 different cities. Pretty realistic racing makes this game enjoyable and you don't even have to worry about going back and telling mom and dad you smashed the new car.
However, similar to the golfing game, this one needs a pretty powerful computer or racers won't even get out of the pit. Without a Pentium in the 100s, this game will only find its way into a dusty corner.
Caesar II, a game that takes the idea from the classic SimCity creation of a few years ago and transforms it to 1,000 years before that, is a little slower from the rest of the games in the package. The player erects a Roman-like city with baths, temples and even an arena for its citizens to be entertained. It's an interesting idea, but it takes a while to get the hang of the game.
Rounding out the group is the adventure game Rama. Here the player is rocketed up to an alien spaceship to explore it and find out why it's drifting through space. Several other people from Earth are on the ship exploring it as well, all coming with distinct personalities and ulterior motives. This science fiction game has some impressive graphics and sound but can get a little slow at points.