Ian HaracPCWorld

Review: Towns lets you build a fantasy city, one human corpse at a time

Towns is a complex, fun, game of micromanagement, city building, and exploration. The potential is there to be the next big game in this small niche, but it's not up to standards of a commercial product.

Review: Page Four provides the tools writers need, without distractions

This straightforward writing program is designed to enhance productivity.

Review: Process Hacker is task manager on steroids

Process Hacker provides information on running processes, system resource use, and so on, with many options for customization... and it's free.

Review: Sticky Password Pro is a valuable tool for keeping passwords safe

Sticky Password makes it easy to store a different password for each site, as well as other data. Constantly updated and with many utility features, it's well worth the price.

Review: Wizardry Online brings 1981 dungeon crawling into the MMO era

An unusual mix of influences, ranging from its namesake Apple II game to console RPGs to early Ultima Online, Wizardry Online offers a decidedly different feel from most MMORPGs, but it needs polish and an improved play experience.

Review: Dooble enters the crowded field of alternative browsers

Dooble has some nice ideas and is fast, but needs further development to be a day-to-day browser. With more polish, it could be excellent, especially with its default security settings.

Review: Age Of Fear 2 brings back classic turn-based strategy gaming

Age of Fear 2 is a turn-based strategy game that with a distinctly retro feel. It has a lot of good ideas and challenging battles, but also has a lot of rough edges.

Sign up for City of Steam's open beta, get promises of fantasy steampunk fun

City of Steam's closed beta was yet more enjoyable than the alpha, but we're still waiting to find out when the open beta will start. You can sign up now, though, so you'll be ready.

Review: PowerShell Plus is a free IDE for PowerShell users

PowerShell Plus is a straightforward, highly functional IDE for PowerShell, now released as uncrippled freeware.

Review: Vanguard's free-to-play option brings Telon to the masses

Vanguard is an immense MMORPG that has languished for years due to a poor launch. Shifting to free-to-play has brought in a population surge, and it is well worth checking out.

Review: Steed modernizes FTP with modern protocols, cloud integration, and a fresh design

FTP may sound old-fashioned, but it's still useful. Steed brings FTP interfaces into the current decade with an easy-to-use, clean design, and cloud storage integration.

Review: Axon Idea Processor's awkward interface hinders its productivity-boosting goal

Axon Idea Processor is a complex product with many potential uses and some frustrating flaws. Though versatile and potentially powerful, its steep learning curve and many bugs require more patience than someone buying a time-saving product is likely to have.

Review: PhraseExpress 9 adds application-specific macro features

PhraseExpress is a text expansion/macro program that can be a great timesaver if used properly. Application-specific features are a major enhancement.

Review: Directory Opus Light is heavy enough for most purposes

Directory Opus adds a “Light” version that is very feature-rich. At less than half the cost of the Pro version, it's worth a look for anyone who wants a better File Explorer.

Review: World of Tanks has good graphics, just enough physics

World of Tanks offers a fun gaming experience that can range from the casual to the obsessive. Its frequent updates and moddability keep it fresh.