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Fun, but not user friendly
on February 22, 2012
I'd played this game in the past and it's as fun as I remember it. I bought the download because I missed it so much. You get free reign to be any kind of dictator you want. I like the ability to create a dictator, choose an island, and to customize how buildings and business are run. It's like a political Sims-type game, with more control than the Civilization games but less than actual Sims or Sim City.
That said, this game plays ONLY on full screen. This means that if you want to play it you have to take out a chunk of time to devote to it and can't be doing other things on the side. I have found that the Mac 'Spaces'/'Expose' navigation works in game, which is better than having it totally full screen, but not great. There is a way to change this on the PC but I cannot figure out how to translate it to Mac. It does make my laptop heat up a great deal and makes it slow down considerably when playing. If I had known this beforehand I probably would not have purchased the game.
The graphics are fine, although it is a little hard to navigate the map and there are few options for it. It will depend a lot on how you set your 'visuals' options, but on medium/low quality it makes my computer (1.5 year old MacBook Pro) slow down and heat up, so I don't know what the realistic best quality is.
There are also a limited number of activations on this game (I believe it's 5).