Frequently-Asked Questions


Q: Why do you keep sending me to Big Fish Games?

A: Good question! I’ve been to lots of game sites and had some real problems at some of them; in fact, some are fake sites waiting to lure you in to get inside your computer and make mischief, or serious damage. That’s happened to me and, believe me, it’s very frightening to suddenly lose control of your computer, and very expensive to get it back! At other sites, the ads can be the source of the mischief, and most game sites are loaded with all kinds of ads that the site doesn’t even seem to be controlling or proof-checking. It’s like the Wild West out there, and getting wilder by the day, so I stick with sites I know I can trust.

And that’s where Big Fish Games comes in… I trust BFG and everyone who works there 100%. They have no malware, spyware, or outside advertising. They test all their games, and if you have any trouble with any of their games (usually because of an incompatibility with the system you’re using, or you have outdated drivers, or you have Vista Aero enabled, for instance), their Customer Service people are top-notch and really seem to care. You can e-mail their technicians at any time by using the blue envelope at the bottom right of the Help screen, and they’ll get back to you with advice.

And finally, their prices are great, they have sales every day, and they release at least one new game every day, 7 days a week. I love Big Fish Games.

Q: Okay, okay. I get it. But… do you get anything out of it?

A: A little. I’m an Affiliate, which means that if you buy a game after accessing their site through mine, they give me a small percentage, which I use to buy the games I review.

(I’m looking into making similar arrangements with other sites I trust, as I find them, so I can turn you onto more great games.)

But there’s a catch… I only get compensated for the customers who are new to them, or who haven’t bought anything from them in over a year, and lots of women already play Big Fish games, so I’ve earned nothing so far. That’s why I need everyone to tell all their friends, neighbors, relatives, and mothers about my game site. And please make sure you give them the exact wording: because there are other sites out there with similar names.

If you like my site, find it useful, want to see me grow and afford more games to review, and are willing to spread the work in a big way, I can send you my business cards with my URL printed on it. Just give me your mailing address and tell me how many you want. Let’s go viral! I can be reached via e-mail:

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Q.: What is the difference between a Collector’s Edition game and a regular game?

A.: A regular game is referred to as a Standard Edition game, and for convenience it’s abbreviated SE.  Standard Edition games are the regular games that the stores sell, and since every Collector’s Edition game has an SE version, that means you can get a standard version of any and every one of the thousands of games in Big Fish’s inventory.

Collector’s Edition (CE) games have more features than their Standard Edition counterparts;  for instance, there will be a bonus chapter that contains puzzles and probably hidden object scenes, and either adds to the story, or tells a completely different story.  There will also be some combination of additional features such as wallpapers you can use as a backdrop to your desktop; musical scores that you can listen to; before-and-after screen art illustrating the process of making that game; and perhaps one or both of these very popular and really fun features:  collectibles (which are images, like little animals, for instance) that are inserted into the game and that you can click to ‘collect’, and morphing objects which are also inserted into the game and which change right before your eyes!

The games chosen to be made into Collector’s Editions are most generally in the Adventure category, and have an elaborate story with a complex set of tasks and goals for you to accomplish, usually with puzzles and hidden object scenes.  The artwork is always spectacular.

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Q.: I looked at the Collector’s Edition Games list and there must have been over a hundred games!  I can’t test them all — can you recommend some?

A.: Actually there are more than 200.  Some of the more notable games that have the Collector’s Edition option are (in alphabetical order):

Christmas Stories: Nutcracker
Dark Parables: Rise of the Snow Queen
Death at Fairing Point: A Dana Knightstone Novel
Death Under Tuscan Skies: A Dana Knightstone Novel
Death Upon an Austrian Sonata: A Dana Knightstone Novel
Detective Quest: The Crystal Slipper
Dracula: Love Kills
Empress of the Deep 2: Song of the Blue Whale
Grim Tales: The Stone Queen
Lost Souls: Enchanted Paintings
Mystery Case Files: Return to Ravenhearst
Otherworld: Omens of Summer
Otherworld: Spring of Shadows
Princess Isabella: Return of the Curse
Reality Show: Fatal Shot
Sherlock Holmes: Hound of the Baskervilles
Unfinished Tales: Illicit Love
Witches’ Legacy: The Charleston Curse

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Q.: What is the difference between Game Credits and Punch Card Credits?

A.: There’s a big difference.  You’ve paid for the Game Credits and they’re yours to use as you wish, on any games of any category, Standard or Collector’s Edition.  Also, Game Credits don’t expire until you use them, no matter how long you’ve kept them.  Punch Card Credits, a.k.a. Punch Card Codes (PCC), on the other hand, are like free thank-you gifts, and they have restrictions attached.  They can only be used on Standard Edition games, and they will expire two months after you earned them.  By the way, that’s exactly two months, down to the hour, so try to use them no later than the day before they expire because they might have expired earlier in the day if you wait till the last day.  (That has happened to me more than once.)

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