The Merry Manor Review (Gamezebo)

If a name like The Merry Manor strikes you as the kind of thing that droll Victorians called the local asylum, then the crazy choices the developers make in this new farming sim will do little to dispel this impression. Here is a game that requires you to fork out more cash than any title…

Dog Show Friends Review (Gamezebo)

Can you teach the pet management genre new tricks? NBC’s The National Dog Show and Purina seem to think so, and they’ve released an adorable new Facebook game called Dog Show Friends to prove it. But before you pick it up, keep in mind that this puppy’s not fully grown. Since it hasn’t yet launched…

The Interrogation Room: Rift (GameSpy)

Ryan Scott, Executive Editor: I recently attended a small press event for Trion Worlds’ upcoming massively multiplayer online role-playing game Rift. It’s definitely getting a lot of buzz, and it seems like an altogether well-made fantasy MMO. I know you’ve been playing the beta for quite a while; since you’re a big World of Warcraft…

Castaways Review (Gamezebo)

The problem with Castaways is probably also its strength. Long stretches go by where you merely wait, your progress stymied by your stamina bar as the minutes inch pass like ants across the sand. The scenery rarely changes, and when it does it bears a strong similarity to what you’ve already seen. You hunt, you…

The Oregon Trail Review (Gamezebo)

The Oregon Trail is brutal. When it’s not subjecting you to the ills of dysentery and incurable snake bites, it’s plaguing you with bugs and forcing you to spend lots of virtual currency. It’s very much the same game that swallowed many hours of free time back in the 1980s, but it loses some of…

World of Warcraft Column: Looking For Group (GameSpy)

A funny thing happened not long after my little shaman alt stepped through the Dark Portal the other day: Someone asked me to group with them for a quest. I was floored. After speeding through Cataclysm’s new, streamlined content from levels 1 through 58 with virtually no interactions with other players — and on two…