Friday, 18 April 2014

Civilization V Campaign Edition for Mac

A good number of years ago now my Sister-in-law introduced me to a game called Sid Meiers Civilization.  I purchased the game, and we would play together over the network or on our own.  Over the years my computers got too slow to keep up with the advancing games, so I just quit playing.  But I really did like the game and strategy of it.

Last May, I bought my first Mac, it's a Macbook Pro, and we went with a high end version.  It was much more of a machine than I need for my blogging, and games I generally play.   One day, I was cleaning out something and I found the old Civ game, and thought hmmmmmm I wonder if they have a Mac version.

One thing I love about my Macbook is if I want a game, just go to the app store, and purchase it with my iTunes account.  I searched and found Civilization V Campaign Edition, and since I had a gift card for iTunes (and it was on sale! woot!) I bought it!

In case you aren't sure what Civilization is about I've been told it's like Risk, but in a computer game.  I am not 100% sure about that as I have never played Risk (I know, I know), but I've watched it, and it seems like the main concept is the same.  Basically for Civilization you will be picking what Civilization you will be.  That will determine what Leader you are, and specific strengths and bonuses your Civilization will have.  Then the goal is trying to build the best Civilization you can, while trying to handle complicated relationships with other Civilizations, or City/Towns (that is new to me).

You will research different types of knowledge which will determine your strengths, and also lead to what you can build.  You want to dominate the game, and you can choose how you would like to win say via technology, science, military, etc.

The game cost $29.99 in the App Store, and is rated E (Everyone) 10+ for Drug Reference, Mild Language and Mild Violence.  I haven't really noticed the drug reference or the language, and I am usually very aware of that sort of thing, but maybe I just haven't come across it yet.  The violence I have seen is really mild, and my boys are 7, 5, and 4 and they have seen and heard me play this game, and I haven't worried about it at all. One is very sensitive and he isn't scared of this game at all.

You can buy expansion kits in game for this, although you can turn it off as well. I have mine turned off, and would just go to the app store if I wanted to buy any of the packs. 

Become Ruler of the World by establishing and leading a civilization from the dawn of man into the space age: Wage war, conduct diplomacy, discover new technologies, go head-to-head with some of history’s greatest leaders and build the most powerful empire the world has ever known.

Civilization V: Campaign Edition includes the following downloadable content for free. Babylon Civilization Pack, and their ruler Nebuchadnezzar II, as well as the Mongols Civilization and Scenario Pack. Features: Civilization V introduces hexagon tiles allowing for deeper strategy, more realistic gameplay and stunning organic landscapes for players to explore as they expand their empire.

Civilization V Mac offers a limitless variety of vast, realistic and diverse landscapes for players. An intuitive interface eases both new players and Civ veterans into the game. Guided by a set of trusted advisors who will explain game functionality and provide counsel for significant decisions. 

The addition of ranged bombardment allows players to fire weapons from behind the front lines, challenging players to develop clever new strategies to guarantee victory on the battlefield.   I actually really loved this option!  You can get your army to stay out of their territory and still shoot! Nice!

The one thing I am not a fan of is that the Multiplayer option is LAN only.  My Sis-in-law lives 4 hours away in a different country now....the LAN cables don't work LOL

Here is a trailer I found for it:

I really like the graphics, and the video components are really well done.  And thoroughly enjoy playing it.  It's not a fast game though, and when I start playing I sort of get sucked in LOL  I highly recommend this game if you are into strategy games, and world domination.

Have you ever played any of the Sid Meier Civilization games?

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Gamer Girl Giveaways

Welcome our weekly giveaway link-up, 
Gamer Girl Giveaways.

There will be an ongoing linky, but will be published each Thursday. Stop in weekly and link up any gaming related giveaways. Or come on by and browse for gaming giveaways to enter!

Wondering how to participate? It's easy!

Under Your name: put the name of your giveaway prize and the end date. For example something like this "My Cool Blog - Excellent Prize (Can/US 3/12)" or  this "Awesome Prize, 4/16".

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If you're looking for more places to list your giveaways   
check out our lists: Giant Linky List, and Giveaway Listings.

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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Mouse Trap - An Easter Gift Idea

MouseTrap Elefun & Friends

I have always been a fan of gaming, especially as a family.  We played card games, board games, dice games, and video games.  I remember all the family bonding time.

One game us kids loved to play was MouseTrap.  Do you remember the classic version?
Mouse Trap Game from Hasbro
Since my hubby and I are both the same age, I love that we both played with a lot of the same things, or remember the same cartoons and such.  We have talked and laughed many times about the game Mouse Trap and the aggravation of thinking you just won, and the trap not catching someone! Being a highly competitive person, this was like the worst for me! LOL  

MouseTrap is one of our classic board gaming memories, and brings back memories of fun childhood times with my sisters and our friends.  So when I saw they had a new version out I had to try it out for my boys!

Looking for something non-chocolate for the kids for Easter?  Think MouseTrap!  It's fun, and even my 4yo who never gets to play board games with us can play!

The board has been redesigned, and is much more little kid friendly.  It is part of the Elefun & friends line of products.  There are a lot less parts to put together now.  I also liked that they moved away from a dice to a colour spinner instead.

He picked the orange mouse

 The concept was easy enough that my 4yo was able to understand what was needed and to play with me. 

Of course I won...because that's how I roll.  He is 4, he was very happy for me! LOL

This is one of those games our whole family can play, and when I say whole family, I mean WHOLE family.

Family Game Night with Hasbro
Yeah that's right...our cats play MouseTrap

Wordless Wednesday - Packing Up

Packing up the games for a fun night of gaming!

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Tingly Greeting Games

Between being a blogger, and moving away from a lot of my family and friends over the years (and moving from city to city), most of my friends I only see via Facebook.  We tend to keep in touch online. 

Many times I might not know about a birthday ahead of time.  Or what if my friend is just having a bad day?  I would like to send them something to brighten their day.  I do like sending real cards when possible, but sometimes an ecard is the way to go.  Being a person who loves games, and gaming...and most of my friends do too....being able to send a game to play along with the ecard? That is sheer awesomeness!

That's why when I spotted Greeting Games, by Tingly Games I was all over it.  Imagine sending your friend who is having a rough day a little ecard to say you care about them, and then adding in their favourite game. You can purchase a subscription, or buy them as you go.  And the bonus is: The first two are always for free.  So you an try it out and see what you think!

I found the process quite easy, and sent a few to friends.  Each one thought it was cute, and a fun surprise.

I like that they were able to send a thank you game back for me to try and play as well.

Monday, 14 April 2014

10 Question Interviews

We are always looking to learn more about other bloggers, and gamers.  We love collaboration, and showcasing other gamers. We are looking to post this set of questions every Monday here on our blog.  If you want to fill this out, and then email it to us, we will post it in order of arrival, send the completed form to us at our email: And She Games Email

1. What kind of gamer are you? Single Gamer, Mommy Gamer, Gamer by association, long time gamer, newbie, not sure why you are here and answering these questions?

2. What types of games do you like to play? Board games, video games, app games, table top, card?

3. Tell us about your #1 go to game; it might not even be your favourite, but it's the one you find yourself playing the most often.

4. What is your favourite place to play games? the coffee shop? the computer room? in your PJs on the couch?

5. Who do you play games with? strangers? your spouse? family? friends? solo?
5.B. What is your favourite party game?
5C. Do you game with your spouse? If yes, do things ever get too competitive? Does gaming bring you together or drive you apart?

6. Do you game with your kids?  If yes, what are some of your favourite games to play with the kids?
6.B What is your favourite family game?

7. What's currently at the top of your gamer wishlist?

8. Go retro: Name a classic game you loved from ten or twenty years ago.

9. How many hours a week go you spend gaming?

10. Why do you game? Is it all about winning? Escapism? Family time?

Bonus: Leave us a link or 2 to a post about gaming that we will share :) (and if you would like us to make a post about that be sure to leave that in the email)

Friday, 11 April 2014

Gamer Wedding

At And She Games we love all things gaming...and geekery...we love anything geeky!  Whenever we can show off awesome things we found and support other bloggers (especially the SHE variety ;) ), we are all over it. 

We stumbled across this awesome Gamer Wedding post from Going Crazy Wanna Go.  She tells all about the fun and awesome ideas that the brilliant game loving couple came up with.

I fell in love with the cakes:

Used with permission from Going Crazy Wanna Go

 Be sure to check out her post for what was unique about the reception, and what the wedding party wore to walk down the aisle. 

She describes many awesome ideas that you might just want to check out, or incorporate into your awesome gamer wedding.

So..... do you have a gaming related post we should check out?  Be sure to email us!
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