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simX reviewed on 29 Feb 2008
Compared to the latest beta that was released 2.5 years ago on the Z Sculpt website, this release is *excellent*.

I experienced no crashes, no glitches, no bugs, and everything that's playable in the demo is feature-complete, including the training and the various new Return to Dark Castle rooms. It's a complete turnaround from beta 13; I thought RoTC was dead, but apparently not!

I noticed one small control scheme difference from the original Dark Castle and Beyond Dark Castle (if you are pushing up + one direction, Duncan^WBryant will continue up stairs in the other direction as well), which is admittedly minor and easy to adjust to.

What may be really hard to get used to, though, is that all the rooms from the original Dark Castle and Beyond Dark Castle are colorized, and the sounds have also been updated (when Duncan^WBryant runs across different kinds of ground, the sound his steps make are different), and the three episodes in the Dark Castle series are somewhat integrated via the various ante rooms, which is interesting but well-done.

If you're just looking for nostalgia, you can easily run the original versions of Dark Castle and Beyond Dark Castle (in their pristine black and white glory) using Mini vMac. But if you want a modern version, Return to Dark Castle (surprisingly) delivers in spades!
[Version 1.1]


simX reviewed on 22 Mar 2006
Ugh. Lostify is nice in that it lets you set video tags, but it's interface is utterly horrid. It only shows you the info for one video at a time, so if you want to batch modify certain info, you have to use the kludgy "locking" mechanism -- you lock certain fields, and the locked values will be retained when you open the info window for the next video. Furthermore, once Lostify finishes processing all files in a batch (which you have to drag to the Lostify icon in the Dock), the app quits! That's really annoying!

The creator of this app seriously needs to take a class in interface design. It's annoying, and it really makes me not want to use this app. I'll come back once Lostify starts using a list, can do batch processing without a kludgy interface, and doesn't automatically quit after processing.
[Version 0.3.2]

simX commented on 10 Jan 2006
Um, version 1.5.86 no longer contains a disk image inside a disk image. That only occurred with the previous version.
[Version 1.5.86]

Simx commented on 06 Nov 2005
Actually what johnnycat said is incorrect. You hold down play/pause while pressing the up/down volume buttons, not the back/forward buttons.

In any case, it's a great improvement.
[Version 1.0.4]

Ellipsis Productions (developer) commented on 12 Nov 2004
OK, guys. If SBE isn't working, you've gotta send me an e-mail. An obscure comment on MacUpdate saying that it just doesn't work won't help me in figuring out the problem. Because bookmark file formats change often, I keep SBE constantly updated. So please send me an e-mail at simX [at] mac [dawt] com if SBE isn't working for you. (BTW, it works for me with Firefox 1.0, or I would've fixed the problem by now.)
[Version 1.0.8]

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