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Game du Jour Deals: May 21 through May 27

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Game du Jour is a "One Deal a Day" website for casual PC games. Every day of the week, GameDuJour.com sells one downloadable game at a steep discount.

Every week Blogcritics Magazine will bring you a look of those games, so you know what to expect when the featured game gets its 24 hours in the spotlight.

We aim to publish reviews at least one day before the game goes on sale at GameDuJour.com, so please check back regularly. But we will admit, as much as we love casual games here at Blogcritics, we won't be able to get to every title.

This Week's Deals

5/21/2007 ChessGenius — 60% discount
5/22/2007 Brickette — 50% discount
5/23/2007 The Strategist — 50% discount
5/24/2007 Crazzy Eggs — 50% discount
5/25/2007 Shoop — 60% discount
5/26/2007 Bubble Frenzy Remix — 50% discount
5/27/2007 Mr. Smoozles Goes Nutso — 50% discount

ChessGenius

Richard Lang’s ChessGenius programs have a long history of being the strongest in the world. They have won Computer Chess World Championships 10 times.

Perhaps ChessGenius’s greatest achievement came in August 1994 when it shocked the Chess World and became the first program ever to beat a World Champion (Gary Kasparov) at a non-blitz time level. ChessGenius also knocked GM Nikolic out of the same tournament, achieving an astounding 2795 ELO rating – all on a mere 100 Mhz Pentium PC!

Brickette

Push, match, and remove sets of blocks. Your goal is to remove all blocks while never leaving single blocks behind. Featuring multiple modes (including hectic fights against the clock in arcade mode and relaxing play in thinker mode) Brickette offers hours of fun for both beginners and advanced players alike.

The Strategist
Writer: Brian Szabelski

The Strategist is a slight twist on a style of game play we’ve seen before. Those familiar with Risk or the popular online game Dice Wars will be able to quickly understand the basic concept to the game: conquer surrounding regions to increase the number of troops you receive each turn, build a force, and defeat the opposing armies. The unique twist in this case comes from the fact that each force has a strategist, and by defeating the strategist at any point, victory is achieved.

Oxeye Games’ latest effort is for Macs only, meaning that PC owners can’t get in on the fun. But for those of you who do own a Mac, The Strategist is a pretty worthwhile game to take a look at. The little in-game animations you see as your troops move across the battlefield or the miniature explosions that pop up as you battle enemy armies aren’t graphically mind-blowing, but they’re neat little touches that help add a bit of flavor to the game. It’s easy to lose yourself in the strategy and fun this game provides, but in the end, The Strategist is different enough from Risk and Dice Wars to be good.

Crazzy Eggs

Crazy Eggs is a puzzle game that tests your reflex speed and hand-eye coordination. The goal in your game is to link up dinosaur eggs of the same pattern, and clear all eggs on board within a time limit.

Shoop

“The Shooting Puzzle Game” – Think before you Shoot and have fun in Arcade Mode by unleashing your trigger finger on Bugs, Blocks and Numbers for a relentless challenge that will make your head hurt and your heart pound !

Bubble Frenzy Remix
Writer: Brian Szabelski

Bubble Frenzy Remix is yet another in the many bubble-popping puzzle games that are available. If you’ve ever played Bubble Bobble or Snood, or have even seen those games being played, then you know what to expect: match up three or more of one kind of bubble to clear the screen of everything and keep advancing. Pretty simple, right? Well, Bubble Frenzy Remix adds to that with four different modes (Bubble Puzzle, Endless Wave, Timed Puzzle and Bubble Battle) to try and bring some new challenges to the genre.

It honestly appears as if Bubble Frenzy Remix has only one song, which just loops over and over again. Graphically, the game doesn’t stack up that well against other Bubble Bobble clones and the bubbles themselves lack a true roundness. On top of all of that, there are far too many kinds of bubbles, often resulting in my frustration as I had to find spaces to store them while I waited for the right color bubble to appear. If you’re trying to find a bubble-busting puzzle game, you might be able to do a bit better than what Bubble Frenzy Remix has to offer.

Mr. Smoozles Goes Nutso
Writer: Brian Szabelski

Mr. Smoozles Goes Nutso has perhaps the most unique name of any game I’ve ever heard of. The characters and some references to the game come from a British online comic, but the game’s developers have done a pretty good job of making a game that anyone can play.

The basis of the game is that you, playing as a cat named Ed, must save the planet. The Goragons have invaded Earth and are using Mr. Smoozles’ house for their base. Not only have they affected his mind, they have warped reality. Ed must free his friends, restore normality – and Mr. Smoozles’ mind – and defeat the Goragons’ plans.

The game looks good, but the game play itself is basic. You have to run around, finding keys, gems and items to use to save your friends, as well as solve puzzles. All the while, you have to avoid the possessed Mr. Smoozles, who sports a ray gun.

Overall, Mr. Smoozles Goes Nutso is a pretty solid game that should entertain you and provide a good level of challenge. Fans of action games with puzzles and mazes should enjoy this game greatly.

Check back for more reviews during the week!

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