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    1. Crazy Machines: The Wacky Contraptions
    $19.98
    2. Chessmaster 10th Edition
    $24.99
    3. Learn to Play Chess with Fritz
    $18.98
    4. Hoyle Puzzle & Board Games
    5. Bejeweled 2: Deluxe
    6. I SPY Treasure Hunt (Win &
    $17.99
    7. Knowledge Adventure Books by You
    $19.99
    8. Ankh
    9. The Incredible Machine: Even More
    $19.98
    10. Hoyle Puzzle & Board Games
    $29.99
    11. The Secret Files: Tunguska
    $24.99
    12. Learn to Play Chess with Fritz
    $18.98
    13. Jewel Quest
    14. Scrabble Complete
    $14.98
    15. Atari: The 80 Classic Games in
    16. Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego?
    $37.98
    17. Fritz 9: Play Chess
    $39.99
    18. Need for Speed Carbon Collector's
    19. Insaniquarium
    $38.00
    20. Dance Praise With Dance Pad (Win/Mac)

    1. Crazy Machines: The Wacky Contraptions Game (PC & Mac)
    by Viva Media
    CD-ROM (01 October, 2005)
    list price: $19.99 -- our price: $18.99
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    Asin: B000B642OI
    Sales Rank: 17
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • Build imaginative machines in this creative and addictively fun brainteaser
    • Turn cranks, rotate gears, pull levers, and more to build unique contraptions
    • Solve more than 200 challenging puzzles; put your machines to work
    • Physics engine with air-pressure, electricity, gravity, and particle effects
    • Experiment with gears, robots, explosives, and more in your own virtual lab

    Reviews (35)

    5-0 out of 5 stars We'd give it 10 stars if we could!
    Kids and adults love solving the puzzles.It is a great intro to basic physics (w/o your kids realizing it!)There are problems to solve and you have to place tools (pulleys, balls, dominoes, candles, etc.) in the right place in order for the goal to be accomplished.Our 5 year old needs help; our 8 year old plays alone.Our friends' teenagers enjoy it also.

    5-0 out of 5 stars ~WOW~
    This game is a lot of fun. You need to use your head and think about how to solve all of these "wacky contraptions." At first, I thought it was a challenge, but then it got easier and easier. I'm almost at the end of the game and can't wait to see what happens!

    5-0 out of 5 stars North Dakota Kid
    I am 8 years old and I got Crazy Machines for my Birthday.This is the best game in the world but if you don't like complicated things you won't this game.The four main things are fire, rope, electronics,and the next one I will let you discover.You can either build your own machine or you can figure out problems that may seem hard but after you've done them awhile they are easy.Some of the things that you can build with are boards, balls, robots, cannons, goo, blimps, cords, gravity controlers, scissors, tubes, and plants.Buy this game and have tons of fun! ... Read more


    2. Chessmaster 10th Edition
    by Ubi Soft
    CD-ROM (10 August, 2004)
    list price: $19.99 -- our price: $19.98
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    Asin: B00023XXMM
    Sales Rank: 256
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • CD-ROM
    • Chess teacher, mentor, and ultimate opponent with intuitive user interface
    • Chessmaster Academy teaches the basics, plus a variety of simple strategies
    • Animated chess sets; whimsical 3D sets; simple and efficient learning tools
    • Full-featured online chess module; comprehensive chess engine
    • Intermediate and advanced player options; for ages 6 and older

    Reviews (98)

    5-0 out of 5 stars OH MY GOD!
    I played this game for two minutes.The first thing I wanted to do was to sign on to amazon.com and write a positive note about it.It is AMAZING!It installed easily.You only need the CD to start the game.Apparently there is a patch that you can download that allows for starting the game without a CD, but who cares?
    5-0 out of 5 stars an AMAZING chess tool, especially for chess newbies.
    I have always enjoyed playing chess, although I have never been very good at it. Pretty much I knew how the pieces move as well as some very simple strategies such as forks, and simple traps (which were often avoided). Recently i've been getting back into it but this time I wanted to actually become good at chess. I couldn't decide if I wanted this one, Fritz or Chessmaster 9000 (slightly cheaper). Well, I am very happy with this purchase. I decided on this one because it has even more training material, which was my main goal.
    4-0 out of 5 stars Have to be a chess fan
    This is a very cool game for those of us who play chess regularly and just want some pointers on how to become better. I dont think this would help chess masters get better, but like I said it is great for someone who knows chess and wants some advice on how to become better. ... Read more


    3. Learn to Play Chess with Fritz and Chesster
    by Viva Media
    CD-ROM (02 July, 2003)
    list price: $29.99 -- our price: $24.99
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    Asin: B0000950SM
    Sales Rank: 51
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • CD-ROM
    • When the king and queen go on vacation, young Fritz is left in charge of the castle. As he explores his surroundings, he'll learn all about chess, from the basics to advanced strategies -- and so will you!
    • Discover 7 great arcade-style games that introduce chess fundamentals and advanced concepts
    • Fun characters like Fritz and Chesster make learning the game fun and interesting for children
    • Also includes a one-year membership to playchess.com

    Reviews (56)

    1-0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this worthless game unless you love to be frustrated
    I was looking for an intructional CD to help my daughter to learn chess.I read the reviews and endorsements and thought that this was what I was looking for.WRONG!
    4-0 out of 5 stars Great Trainer for New Chess Player
    Our 7-year old loves this program and is learning chess the fast, fun and easy way.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing chess product
    I was extremely disappointed with this chess software. With my newest PC I bought this year, the program is buggy when it comes to sound and music, which they do acknowledge in their manual.
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    4. Hoyle Puzzle & Board Games 2007
    by Encore Software
    CD-ROM (06 June, 2006)
    list price: $19.95 -- our price: $18.98
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    Asin: B000EXS47Y
    Sales Rank: 181
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • CD-ROM
    • Comes with official rulebook for every game
    • 45+ classic and new games provide fun for the whole family
    • Enjoy traditional board games and challenging puzzle games
    • Classic games include Chess, Backgammon, Pachisi, Hangman, and more
    • 100+ challenging sports crossword puzzles; newly added Sudoku and Kakuro

    Reviews (3)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent entertainment value
    This is a GREAT set of games.There are some new games I am hooked on (e.g. Rummy Squares) and some old ones (Backgammon) that I can now play with humorous, though slightly cheesy, opponents.
    3-0 out of 5 stars disappointed
    I was excited to see on the box that there were new players added.Where??Can't find them.And I have problems with the Pachisi, in moving the piece and putting it where I want.Anyone else find this?Other than that I like this game.And having Jewels and Sudoku is neat.I spend hours playing all the different games.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Bravo!
    A truly wonderful experience.Many old favorites and a few new ones to tempt you.Thank you Hoyle!! ... Read more


    5. Bejeweled 2: Deluxe
    by MacPlay
    CD-ROM (15 November, 2004)
    list price: $19.99
    Asin: B0006HUH00
    Sales Rank: 323
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • CD-ROM
    • Stunning 3D special effects and higher resolutions
    • Awe-inspiring planetary backdrops
    • Four ways to play: Classic, Action, Puzzle & Endless
    • Explore a galaxy of hand-crafted brain-teasers in Puzzle mode
    • Play for eternity and collect jewelry in relaxing Endless mode

    Reviews (24)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fun and addicting!
    I like this game a lot.It has different variations that include timed games and endless games.If you have a new computer set up the better resolution and faster acceleration... you get the cool "wormhole" transition between the worlds!
    4-0 out of 5 stars good
    i was thrilled with the video game, but i was dissapointed with the graphics in between each stage, the rainbow worm in-between is missing after each level. i was looking forward to it.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Bejeweled Game
    The game I ordered was received in quick time.It was a gift for my friend in Australia.It was not available in Werribee, Australia.He is over 60yrs. old and is having fun playing it every day to pass the time away and keep his mind alert. ... Read more


    6. I SPY Treasure Hunt (Win & Mac)
    by Scholastic
    CD-ROM (18 April, 2006)
    list price: $9.99
    Asin: B00005NN17
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    Pirate's plunder rewards players who discover all of the hidden objects and decipher the riddles in

    Features

    • CD-ROM
    • Challenge your child to pick out the clues in the collages -- each clue helps them get closer to finding hidden treasure
    • Put all the clues together to get the map
    • Explore interesting places like lighthouses, train stations, forts, and more, while using & developing kids' rhyming skill
    • Once you're done, you put together the puzzle to go off in search of the treasure left behind by pirates ages ago!

    Reviews (60)

    1-0 out of 5 stars Mac Users Beware!
    The product description is wrong, this is NOT OSX software.It's OS9 and can only be run in "Classic" environment.Any Mac purchased in the last two years, at least, does not come with OS9.You would need to have OS9 installed on your computer in addition to OSX.This will definitely affect the performance of the software and your machine in general.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Fun for everyone!
    My kids (6 and 9 years old) and I spent hours playing this game. We took turns deciding where to go, and we all helped find the hidden images.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great product
    This was a great product - it is fun and educational and the graphics are great.It was such a fun product - that I purchased it first as a download but I went ahead and purchased the actual product so that I could have a CD of it forever.Buy it - you and your children will enjoy trying to find the items. ... Read more


    7. Knowledge Adventure Books by You Win/Mac
    by Knowledge Adventure
    CD-ROM (01 September, 2006)
    list price: $19.99 -- our price: $17.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B000H94ZYQ
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

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    Features

    • Four exciting story lines - endless possibilities
    • Answer John Lithgow’s simple questions to transform the stories
    • Change and edit each chapter of your book
    • Challenging words are introduced to expand vocabulary
    • Import digital photos or drawings to personalize the book

    Reviews (1)

    5-0 out of 5 stars SO much fun -- and a book to keep forever!
    I am a teacher of 3rd and 4th graders and love this product. The students have a great time creating their books -- they love that they can make their own choices, using their own names, friends and family, pets, etc. -- and the stories are more personal and fun than any other book they have.
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    8. Ankh
    by Viva Media
    CD-ROM (28 August, 2006)
    list price: $29.99 -- our price: $19.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B000H3OHMW
    Sales Rank: 208
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • CD-ROM
    • Over 40 original characters
    • More than 80 unique puzzles
    • Dazzling Egyptian landscapes

    Reviews (3)

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Wild Journey through Ancient Egypt
    PROS:
    5-0 out of 5 stars Adventurous & Fun As Well As Funny
    This game is Funny...A True Point & Click Game...The interface is easy to use. I found this game to be so much fun......
    1-0 out of 5 stars Ankh is full of Angst...and Starforce
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    9. The Incredible Machine: Even More Contraptions
    by Vivendi Universal
    CD-ROM (28 August, 2001)
    list price: $29.99
    Asin: B00005KB3J
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    This fantastic program will have your brain working as hard as a mandrill on a conveyer belt with bananas dangling in front of it. Don't worry, we'll explain. Read more

    Features

    • CD-ROM

    Reviews (13)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Even More! Contraptions Galore!
    I played this game in Video Production every so often, and while making contraptions, I literally NEVER wanted the end-of-the-period bell to ring for at least another hour. This game has no limits to what you can create. Imagination is the tool of success!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Crazy Machines Style game
    I love this kind of smart software for kids. I would give it more stars but it is dated.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Incredible Machine Strikes Again!
    We had to play this game in school in our tech ed. class. Every day, I found myself wanting badly to go to 3rd Hour(My tech ed. class.) I would recomend this game to everyone. ... Read more


    10. Hoyle Puzzle & Board Games 2005
    by Encore Software
    CD-ROM (14 September, 2004)
    list price: $19.99 -- our price: $19.98
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0001BR9QG
    Sales Rank: 487
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • CD-ROM
    • 40+ classic games and brain-teasing puzzles means fun for the whole family
    • Games include Backgammon, Crosswords, Checkers, Chess, and more
    • Interactive computer opponents with multiple skill levels to challenge everybody
    • Games based on official rules from Hoyle, the authority for over 200 years
    • Customize character with Facemaker to create your own unique player

    Reviews (22)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Fun for the Winter
    This game is fun for all ages. I like the variations of pool, but there needs to be a connect four game on there.Sometimes, the software will not let you change or add characters when you need to.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Games
    There are so many great games in this collection, my favorites are slide tiles and 8 ball pool.I think you will love these games. The hoyle bucks are fun to win and spend.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Review on latest 2006 Version.
    Don't have previous version, 2006 version not on Amazon, but figured someone might like to know about the current version. First off you can load the games on a computer and don't need the CD's to the play the games. Here is the list of games from the content page from the manual since the box does not tell you all the games it comes with.
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    11. The Secret Files: Tunguska
    by Dreamcatcher Interactive
    CD-ROM (24 October, 2006)
    list price: $29.99 -- our price: $29.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B000G7WGP4
    Sales Rank: 258
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    Features

    • Based on the real Tunguska phenomenon that fascinated the world
    • Widescreen perspective, cinematic storytelling, and charismatic leading characters produce a game that plays like a mystery movie
    • Premium quality product incorporating outstanding graphics, sophisticated story and puzzle design, and an innovative interface

    12. Learn to Play Chess with Fritz and Chesster 2: Chess in the Black Castle
    by Viva Media
    CD-ROM (05 November, 2004)
    list price: $29.99 -- our price: $24.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00068M52W
    Sales Rank: 224
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • CD-ROM
    • A new chess adventure with Fritz, Bianca, and Chesster
    • Covers openings, middle game tactics, endgames, pinning, and more
    • Over 20 mini games within the game for practice
    • Powered by "Fritz", the world's leading chess software
    • For kids ages 8 and up

    Reviews (15)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent product for kids
    This is an excellent product for kids. My kid loves to learn with this software. I had issues installing this product. Other than installation issues, it has been excellent. We are having fun now!
    4-0 out of 5 stars Powerful training games
    Although this game maybe aimed for kids, it can still offer powerful training games in an entertaining way. Each assorted machines is like an arcade that trains each tactical aspects individually. Such as blind Chess, eye-training, memory training of chess positions are most notable that separates it from the other beginner chess training programs.
    4-0 out of 5 stars Happy Mom
    My children absolutely love this version. They wake at 5 a.m. to play before school. My son says "it's great--I've learned lots of tips, and now I'm a much better chess player."
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    13. Jewel Quest
    by United Developers
    Video Game (19 November, 2004)
    list price: $19.99 -- our price: $18.98
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0006GQ7SM
    Sales Rank: 712
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • CD-ROM
    • Unique new take on classic-style matching game
    • Map progress through 180 increasingly difficult puzzles
    • Encounter buried relics, cursed items, and mind-boggling boards
    • Stunning graphics, captivating music, and wild sounds of the jungle
    • Get special hints to help with the battle against time

    Reviews (5)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Addictive and entertaining
    I first played this game on a trial basis through a game site and realized that I had to get the full version.I am glad that I did.There are a lot of different boards to play and each board becomes a bit more difficult.The good thing about this game is that if you're unable to beat the board, it eventually allows you to "give up one life" and move on to the next board.It has 5 levels of play and as I am still on the first level I assume it gets increasingly difficult in time.It's a great variation on Bejeweled but recommend it more for adults than kids younger than 10.It's very addictive and find myself playing for hours if I don't tear myself away from it. This is a great gift!

    5-0 out of 5 stars So addicting
    As others have made note, this is an addictive game. You line up three or more icons to change the tile color. Sounds simple until you get into the icons that have to be unfrozen, multiple tile changes, and black idol 'bombs' that can set up delays for you. The complexity of various level/boards is a challenge and you simply don't get the same game twice. Very fun and quite addictive and occassionally frustrating. Anyway you look at it, it's not a bad investment because you'll beat it, forget about it, and then try it again a few months later and get hooked again.

    5-0 out of 5 stars great game
    Very addictive game.I cruised through the first level and now I am really challenged with the second and there are three more to go after that. ... Read more


    14. Scrabble Complete
    by Atari
    CD-ROM (24 September, 2002)
    list price: $19.99
    Asin: B00006910J
    Sales Rank: 1332
    Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • CD-ROM
    • ESRB Rating: Everyone
    • Genre: Strategy
    • Mission: Go for the triple word score in this interactive version of the popular board game
    • Platform: Windows 98/Me/XP

    Reviews (70)

    1-0 out of 5 stars not for xp
    I purchase the game, and it did not work on my laptop or desk top, both have xp. So if you have xp, do not bother.

    1-0 out of 5 stars They should be ashamed
    This product sucks.On my Windows XP machine I can only run this program with my firewall disabled, no other programs running, and the CD in the drive.And no wonder: I bought it from Amazon in 7/06 and it hasn't been updated since 2002.It's ancient & antiquated.
    1-0 out of 5 stars Scrabble Complete - Still locks up XP machines
    I purchased this product in July 2006. Earlier versions were reported to lock up computers. I can report that this version thoroughly locks up 2006 vintage XP machines. The blue (or in my case, black) screen of death appears with every startup of the game. Uninstall/reinstall/reboots were no help. Useless! ... Read more


    15. Atari: The 80 Classic Games in One (Jewel Case)
    by Atari
    CD-ROM (20 September, 2005)
    list price: $31.49 -- our price: $14.98
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    Asin: B000BC3AHW
    Sales Rank: 1097
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • CD-ROM
    • Take a step back in time with this collection of authentic Atari titles
    • Faithfully reproduced with great sights, sounds, and fast action
    • Classic arcade hits include Asteroids, Battlezone, Centipede, Pong, and more
    • Atari 2600 titles include 3D Tic-Tac-Toe, Asteroids, Football, and more
    • For 1 to 2 players

    Reviews (1)

    3-0 out of 5 stars Great Classics but watch out for the Spyware
    This is a great collection of the old classic atari games.
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    16. Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego? (Jewel Case)
    by The Learning Company
    CD-ROM
    list price: $9.99
    Asin: B00005BNLP
    Sales Rank: 510
    Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • CD-ROM

    Reviews (6)

    1-0 out of 5 stars never delivered!!
    I would like to review this game but i havent recieved it!!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Loved it...when i could play it
    I used to play this all the time when i was young and it was honestly one of my absolute favorite games.I was able to play it on my XP OS in 2003 (changed the color settings and it was fine) but uninstalled the program.I tried to install it again fairly recently and now it won't work.It's a shame really.I wish they'd make an updated version that works with XP as this is a great learning tool for kids.I was barely finishing grade school when I got this game and it really strengthened my knowledge of Geography.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Game For All Ages!
    I played this game for hours as a kid and I am super excited to see that it's still around.I can't wait to relive my childhood again! ... Read more


    17. Fritz 9: Play Chess
    by Viva Media
    CD-ROM (28 November, 2005)
    list price: $39.99 -- our price: $37.98
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B000B643GA
    Sales Rank: 1875
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • CD-ROM
    • 3D-Worlds Chess with machines from the past and future
    • New 3D boards with realistic physics
    • New more powerful, intelligent engine
    • New Coach and handicap functions
    • 1 Year free access to playchess.com

    Reviews (17)

    3-0 out of 5 stars Get Chessmaster Instead
    I gave my Chessmaster 9000 to a friend and bought Fritz 9 as a replacement. Big mistake. Fritz may have a slightly more powerful engine but there are only a few Grand Masters who would even test the limits of any chess program. For 99% of the people, Chessmaster would crush them.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Chess review
    This game is highly interactive and has the ability to personalize in many ways.I have enjoyed many hours of playing.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Fritz 9 has the software, but not the engine
    You want a simple chess program? Go search for WinBoard. If you want to play 3D Chess just for the look, then I am sure you can find all sorts of swanky looking 3D chess boards out there. If I want to play on-line I can go on yahoo games and play any one of the thousands of chess games for free for as long as I want. If however you are interested in chess engines (the AI behind the chess software) then obviously you are considering getting a decent piece of chess software with some brains rather than just a ritzy looking chess board (why not actually spend on a ritzy look chess board instead!). The Fritz 9 package is basically offering the latest Chessbase software and the Fritz 9 engine. There are many engine players out there who like to play with the best engines such as Rybka, Hiarcs, Shredder, TOGA II, Deep Fritz or Fruit. Fritz from Chessbase currently offers the best chess analysis software. Most people who want to play chess complain that it is too complex for their needs. Chess players, who play computer chess, play it with Chessbase. Even the GMs (grandmasters) are known to use it. So for people who just want to play chess, then Fritz is probably not for them, especially at the price tag, which is near a whopping $40 for chess and can be upgraded to a $100 worth of chess software if you go with the latest engines. Let us just state for the record right now that there is a very cheap and excellent Chessbase product called "Deep Fritz: Grand Master Deluxe" for $20. It comes with the Deep Fritz 8 engine and the Fritz 8 Chessbase software. That is a very powerful engine and a very nice piece of Chessbase software, which has all the same analysis tools as the latest Fritz 9 Chessbase software update. For $20 that kind of chess power is an absolute steal. The problem is that it is just not the latest Chessbase software. Before we talk about engines we should talk about the Fritz 9 Chessbase software which is at its cheapest in the Fritz 9 chess package. The Fritz 9 manual is a bit better than any previous offering. It is in full color. There is also an entirely separate manual for the on-line Playchess feature. Fritz 9 loads quicker and runs quicker. It defaults to a blue and white board that is not so harsh on the eyes. The icons are nicer. The arrows indicating movement are transparent and do not look as stark. There are some new game types. The 3D board is greatly enhanced with a new 3D control panel for moving the board and camera. There are expanded 3D settings with new character animations, such as the Turk, Mia and the Fritz room with enhanced visual effects with fully rendered backdrops. The manual however is probably what sets Fritz 9 apart from it predecessors as the tutorial is much easier to follow and if you spend a bit of time you can learn all there is to learn about Chessbase just by reading the manual, something that was not really possible with earlier versions without asking someone who knew what they where doing. Is it worth the extra $20 to go from "Deep Fritz: Grand Master Deluxe" to Fritz 9? The answer to that depends on what you want. If you find that Deep Fritz 8 does not offer much of a challenge anymore then you will probably want to improve your engine. The problem is that Fritz 9 might not be the best improvement available to you. The "CSS - Rating List" is a good chess engine rating list. The "bff-liste" is also good and so is the "SSDF Ratings list". Although Rybka leads them all there is some discrepancies between Hiarcs 10, Shredder 10 and Fritz 9. TOGA II is free from UCI and Chessbase can import UCI engines. That is a phenomenal free upgrade. If you want to pay for the best then Rybka is where it is at, but that costs a whopping $70 without Chessbase software. Hiarcs 10 and Shredder 10, come with the new Chessbase software but at a price of $50. Fritz 9 is $10 cheaper with an engine that can compete (note compete, not always beat, but compete and even loose) with Hiarcs 10 and Shredder 10. Fritz 9 is currently the standard Chessbase offering. It is available almost everywhere. Hiarcs 10 and Shredder 10 are a bit harder to get because they are professional chess engines and not mainstream like the Fritz and Deep Fritz offerings. The truth is that your best deal is "Deep Fritz: Grand Master Deluxe" for $20 which gives you Deep Fritz 8, the last Chessbase software without a great manual but with full analysis and an import function for the UCI Toga II engine. That is a very powerful piece of chess software for $20. If you really want the latest Chessbase software then Fritz 9 gives you just that for $40 plus the Fritz 9 engine. Fans of Hiarcs or Shredder would probably feel better shelling out the extra $10 for their favourite engine that comes with the Fritz 9 software package. The top professional players will probably get Fritz 9 for $40 just for the Chessbase software update and buy the Rybka engine for $70 for a whopping $110 chess software package. Right now it is all relative to how much you want to spend and if you have a preference for Hiarcs or Shredder. Also Chessbase software is not the most stable software in the world. Fritz 9 chessbase software does solve some its old crashing problems and analysis bugs. A lot of the mystery lockups and functions that cease to work in previous editions are working now. The bottom line however is that there is nothing like Chessbase software out there, but there are optional versions of this software. Since nothing can compete with it we should be lucky to get a Chessbase upgrade at all, even if it is a poor one, it at least tries to correct a few things... but it could correct a whole lot more. If you own a previous Chessbase I don't think you should be worrying too much. If you have bought Hiarcs 10 or Shredder 10, then you have the latest Chessbase and some of the nicest engines out there. What you really need to know is that you can work out a better engine configuration than Fritz 9 with "Deep Fritz: Grand Master Deluxe" plus TOGA II, for half the costs ($20). For $40 you spend an extra $20 on the latest Chessbase software, but the TOGA II engine can beat the Fritz 9 engine. The very existence of TOGA II for free with Chessbase's ability to import that engine is why I would say doing a bit more research is important. However you can easily slap down $40, get Fritz 9 with the latest Chessbase software, and TOGA II for free also. You can pay an extra $10 and have the same configuration with Hiarcs 10 and Shredder 10 with a free TOGA II. "Deep Fritz: Grand Master Deluxe" offers the best value overall. Fritz 9 is nice to have but absolutely not necessary, but it is still a great engine, and not as bad as many would like to make it out to be. I am sure many software users are waiting until Deep Fritz 9 comes out... and probably rightly so. Maybe then we would have a new Fritz engine worth talking about.
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    18. Need for Speed Carbon Collector's Edition
    by Electronic Arts
    CD-ROM (31 October, 2006)
    list price: $39.99 -- our price: $39.99
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    Asin: B000GPVUJY
    Sales Rank: 291
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    Features

    • DVD-ROM
    • All-new Canyon Duel and Drift race modes are the ultimate test of skill and nerve; one wrong turn could cost you more than the race
    • Race for control of the city block-by-block by taking down rival crews on their turf, then defeat their crew leaders in life-or-death races in Carbon Canyon
    • The revolutionary new Autosculpt car customization tool gives you the power to design and tweak your crew's cars in every way imaginable
    • Affiliate with the Tuner, American Muscle, or Exotic car classes and prove once and for all who makes the best set of wheels
    • A new physics model makes each class handle and drive differently

    19. Insaniquarium
    by United Developers
    CD-ROM
    list price: $19.99
    Asin: B0006OHVSE
    Sales Rank: 1535
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • CD-ROM
    • Play through 20 captivating new levels and 4 unique tanks
    • 4 game types -Adventure, Timed, Challenge & Virtual Tank
    • Spectacular new cel-shaded 3D graphics
    • Enhanced sound effects and original score
    • Ruthless new extraterrestrial boss beasts

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Fun For the Whole Family
    Our whole family has enjoyed taking turns playing this game.Since we purchased it a few weeks ago, it has been played on a daily basis ... Read more


    20. Dance Praise With Dance Pad (Win/Mac)
    by Digital Praise
    CD-ROM (03 October, 2005)
    list price: $49.99 -- our price: $38.00
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    Asin: B000BU7U48
    Sales Rank: 137
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • Turn your computer into a lively dance arcade for hours of family fun with music worth listening to! Show your kill with the latest dance game and keep movin' to the hottest Christian hits featuring : ZOEgirl, tobyMac,Steven Curtis Chapman and more ! Plug in the pad and your dance arcade is ready to rock! With 35 Christian songs from well=known artists. Ideal for all players of all ages.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
    This is so much fun for the whole family! It has wonderful music and is well done! They did a better job than Dance Dance Revolution!! I love my kids being able to dance to Christian music.It is great exercise, too, while you're having fun.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Dance Praise review
    I purchased Dance Praise as abirthday gift for my grandaughter and she just loves it as did her older brother.My daughter is planning on getting her another CD for it for Christmas.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Way To Worship!
    I really enjoy this game and find the lyrics to be much more uplifting than on the secular versions.My friends and I love to dance on this at sleepovers and other gatherings. I just wish amazon would sell the expansion packs! ... Read more


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