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Old 02-04-2005, 01:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I came over from Palm OS, loved the Astraware games, like Mars Needs Cows, TextTwist etc. Just wondering if anyone has produced a copy that will run on the Blackberry?
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There are none at this time.

Fortunately, Handango does have some software that look similiar to Asrtaware games.

The ones with the best graphics appear to be many of the Magmic ones. Those tend to run very fast and smoothly while still having reasonably good graphics. If you want the smooth running graphics.

Some people notice the Microforum games look remarkably similiar to certain Astaware games (i.e. Zap2016! PalmOS looks similiar to BlackBerry MegaBlaster) .... These have some rather fancy graphics but run slowly. Microforum seem to have somewhat fancier graphics but run MUCH more slowly...they tend to run VERY slowly, at least on a model 7280. Some people think they are unplayable, but I haven't tried them on the newer Blackberries (7290, 7250, 7520)

"Karpov X3D"

"OutRoad"

"MegaBlaster"

(I can't directly link to Handango.... Because Magmic is one of our sponsors, and I am posting screenshots of what are "competitor" videogames)
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Hi Mark, thanks for taking the trouble to provide the screenshots, the games sure look good. Especially the chess game. I've had a free game from Magmic, and I do think they're great. Hopefully they can come up with some word games, that can utilize the BB's thumbboard (without running into copyright issues of course).
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There is a genuine Merriam-Webster crossword game, not sure how good it is, but it is a genuine brand game -- if you are looking for word games.

Some of the Nokia/Motorola/Sony/Siemens J2ME videogames also work on BlackBerry too, just so you know -- sometimes you have to masquerade as a different cellphone (preferably a bigger-screen cellphone that uses at least 176 pixels tall or more). This is pretty hit-or-miss. But it does give you access to something like 1,000 videogames that potentially could run on BlackBerry. Rather than just something like 100-200 BlackBerry specific videogames.

If you try out the Microforum games, please post a mini-review in this thread. I am pretty curious how well they run on your BlackBerry (and which model you have)

There are two more free Magmic videogames you can download (Klondike and Bass Assassian) if you enter http://mobile.blackberry.com in your BlackBerry HTML browser (not WAP browser).
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