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Monday, December 31, 2007

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Apple Games Features Sims 2 Bon Voyage & Sonic For iPod
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Apple Games recently posted two new feature articles. The first examines Bon Voyage, the latest vacation themed expansion for The Sims 2. The second article enters the speed driven world of Sonic The Hedgehog for iPod owners. The features include a review of the games' features as well as some secrets to discover in Bon Voyage and a brief history of Sonic.

The Sims 2: Bon Voyage
Each of the three destinations features locals whose special greetings, dances, and other customs you can learn. You can befriend them, or other Sims also on vacation, and continue those relationships back home. (You might even discover that a certain giant hairy biped who lives in Three Lakes would like to move in with you. Don’t be turned off by his appearance; he has a lot to offer.)

A trip also brings with it special wants and fears that will affect your aspiration and/or skill points if they’re realized. In addition, a particularly enjoyable vacation offers, at its conclusion, a choice from six different rewards with 48-hour effects. For example, you might get an additional want slot and find yourself more productive.

Don’t forget to snap photos of all the fun. Bon Voyage lets you ask another Sim to assume a pose in front of a particular spot before clicking the shutter button. In Story Mode, arrange your photos and compose captions. You can even order prints to display on your wall or counter at home, so you’ll always remember your visit to Twikii Island’s South End Beach, where Bilious Bob the Pirate washed ashore during his search for the Monkey Ruins of Jumbok IV. Or so the story goes.

Sonic The Hedgehog for iPod
The game’s zones contain rings that you should grab as often as possible. You earn an extra life for every 100 rings you collect, and finishing the first or second act of each zone with at least 50 produces a final giant ring — jump through it to access a bonus level where you can obtain one of the Chaos Emeralds. Find all six Chaos Emeralds along the way to view the game’s happy ending.

Sonic attacks his enemies by spinning when he jumps or runs fast, freeing the animals from their robotic confines in the process. If he’s not spinning when he hits one of them, he loses all of his rings; if he does so without any rings, you lose a life. Monitors scattered throughout the zones give Sonic power-ups — such as invincibility, bonus rings, or a speed boost — when he breaks them.

Even when Sonic is invincible, however, you can still lose a life if a trap crushes him, he falls into a bottomless pit, he drowns, or you go over the ten-minute gameplay limit for each act. When you lose a life, you start over at the last checkpoint you passed, rather than the beginning of the act.

The rest of the feature articles are available at the links provided below.

Apple Games: The Sims 2 Bon Voyage
Apple Games: Sonic The Hedgehog
Sonic The Hedgehog
Aspyr Media
The Sims 2: Bon Voyage

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