101 Incredible Games!: Collector's Edition
While the stated number of games in the collection is definitely inflated, the selection of family-friendly entries in 101 Incredible Games!: Collector's Edition makes that fact easy to overlook. There may not be 101 games, but there's plenty of fun.
Most games in the collection have been included in previous eGames releases, and the "special editions" are primarily meant to serve as enticements for the full versions. eGames' commercialism aside, the included selections are diverse enough to please a wide range of tastes ranging from card and casino titles to puzzle and adventure games.
Some redundancy holds the collection back, evidenced by the inclusion of both Acey Ducey Backgammon and Pro Backgammon. Mostly, though, the title sticks to variations on the classics with small solitaire collections, Mah Jongg, and pseudo-educational games such as the peg-jumper Geo Jump, featuring the individual states of America, and Balloon Pop, which builds math skills. In this respect, the choice of games provides family oriented entertainment, with the possible exception of the cartoon-like violence seen in the adventure game Spooky Castle.
Though the games come from various developers, a surprising sense of unity exists. The quality of the graphics tends to range from adequate to merely good, but the games are bright and colorful with lighthearted sound effects and mostly self-explanatory gameplay, making the majority appealing and non-threatening.
Most of the fun, though, is found in initially discovering and playing each of the individual games. Long-term enjoyment dissipates with extended play, as in the cases of Strata Poker and Western Slots, whose charms wear off once you're familiar with the graphics and gameplay.
101 Incredible Games!: Collector's Edition offers little that is new or original and those who expect more will quickly be bored. Still, as a solid collection of games for the whole family, the package serves its purpose and is interesting and varied enough to offer value for your budget buck. Although lacking polish at times, the collection often provides an element of fun associated with all good games. ~ Eden Miller, All Game Guide
Most of the graphics are crisp and pleasant, though varied from game to game. ~ Eden Miller, All Game Guide
Some of the sound effects are basic Windows fare, but most are original and entertaining. ~ Eden Miller, All Game Guide
While most of the games are more fun the first couple of times played, the collection is large enough to keep most gamers from becoming bored too quickly. ~ Eden Miller, All Game Guide
A few of the games will be played repeatedly, and younger players may find a few to be more challenging than adults will. Beyond that, once all the games have been explored, most won't be revisited. ~ Eden Miller, All Game Guide
The documentation is minimal, but in-game help files are often quite good. ~ Eden Miller, All Game Guide