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Monday, December 22, 2008

Zenses: Active Relaxation

Some people relax by reading, writing or napping. While I do enjoy doing those things, for me, playing videogames is also a great way to de-stress. My Nintendo DS has provided much relaxation for me ever since my son was born (although not as much as I would like). Still, I have a new game to add to my wishlist: Zenses.

Zenses, published by The Game Factory, is designed to let the player relax while playing puzzle/brain games. There are two editions available - the Ocean edition and the Rainforest edition. Both games provide a soothing experience, with ambient sounds and authentic visuals. From the website: Be inspired by the movements of the tide, rippling water, riffs and corals, beach vegetation and sea life. Explore the Amazon while playing games infused with rain drops, exotic flowers, waterfalls and giant trees.

I love that it's meant to be played casually...you can pick it up for three minutes or three hours. It's great getting sucked into a game, but sometimes it can get frustrating when I just don't have the time to play it to the next save point. This seems like an easy game to pick up and put down. This is important, because this makes the playing experience enjoyable and not too stressful, the way all games should be! The games are targeted toward female gamers ages 25 and older. This is not something you see everyday - it's intriguing and only makes me want it more. Zenses is also controlled by the stylus only, a nice touch. Check out the website to see screenshots and features of the games.

WANT TO WIN? One winner will receive a copy of Zenses Ocean and Rainforest. To enter, leave a comment on this post prior to Monday, December 29th at Midnight. Tell me either what your favorite video game is or your favorite way to relax. Please leave your email address. Winner must provide a U.S. mailing address.

Thank you to Family Review Network for this review opportunity.

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261 comments :

  1. i love playing family fued i a trivia geek haha

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  2. I love word games...this looks fun too!

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  3. My favorite video game is Dr Mario, I can't stop playing it once I start. cdziuba@aol.com

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  4. What a a great concept. I never thought of video games as relaxing before this. My way of relaxing has always been to soak in a hot bubble bath! I would love to try this route!

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  5. Thank you so much for this giveaway. My favorite is Mario Bros. vs Donkey Kong. Thanks and Happy Holidays.

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  6. I take a long hot bath, that always does the trick! Sometimes I bake, for some reason that relaxes me!

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  7. long hot bath for the win if time- and even baking because it gets my mind off of things

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  8. my favorite way to relax...a wonderful hot bubble bath with candles and great music
    THANKS

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  9. my favorite game is animal crossing.
    qxcat@aol.com

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  10. My favorite game for the past 4 years is DDR (Dance Dance Revolution).

    lilnamekangelivy[at]aol[dot]com

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  11. This will sound like ingratiating, but my favorite videogame is Zenses Rainforest. Gemdrop is my favorite game.

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  12. SUPER PAPER MARIO is my favorite game I'm afraid. My daughter and I beat it already last year though. This looks really neat though and we would love to check it out. Happy Holidays everyone!

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  13. a hot bubble bath is relaxing, but games can take your mind away also! thnx for the opp

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  14. Like you, I enjoy playing video games. I love Brain Age for the DS and Mario Kart for Wii.

    I also like a nice hot bath for relaxing!

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  15. My favorite way to relax is, turn off all the lights, put on my jammies, wrap up in a blanket and watch my favorite movie on TV. By the way there's 10 inches of snow on the gound an I'm in relaxation Heaven :)

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  16. I love animal crossing!

    ahsieh913@yahoo.com

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  17. I love to knit or play bejewled. This game sounds really great!

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  18. This game looks really great!:)ty 4 the entry:)

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  19. Tetris used to be my favorite game, back in the day...

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  20. all time fave video game is soul reaver two... awesome game! Merry xmas!

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  21. I am CRAZY for Nintendo DS games--My top three picks are Harvest Moon, Cooking Mama, and Animal Crossing! I play these all the time! :)

    sundayminimalist@yahoo.com

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  22. My favorite way to relax is to play on my computer. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  23. My favorite video game is the Zelda series. I like to drink champagne and listen to jazz.

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  24. My fav way to relax is reading in bed,
    with nice music to listen to.
    Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays to you!

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  25. I love to do Yoga very relaxing!

    ajcmeyer AT go DOT com

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  26. I sometimes play mindless games to relax, but I also love Scrabble and crossword puzzles.

    Now this Zenses sounds really cool. I could definitely get into the Amazon.

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  27. I like to play the Animal Crossing. Lots of fun. Thank you!
    tatertot374@sbcglobal.net

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  28. I like reading to relax. I can lose myself in a book and not think about the things that make me tense.
    traymona[at]aol.com

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  29. Me and my daughter love to play animal crossing

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  30. My husband and kids all love video games. I'm not really ionto them.
    I love to relax by getting on the computer.

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  31. My very favoriter way to relax is by playing games. I love my DS so, so much! My favorite games have been from the Pokemon series. I also love playing games on the computer, especially hidden object games.

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  32. I am currently hooked on MySims Kingdom with my girls, but nothing says relaxation like a nice, warm soak in the bathtub!ashlyn@chuparkoff.com

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  33. I love Tetris...chills me right out!

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  34. I don't want to sound repetitive, but I love Tetris.always have.

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  35. My favorite game is Bejeweled 2. I don't know how relaxing it is, but it sure is fun!
    smchester at gmail dot com

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  36. My favorites are the Castlevania games.

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  37. I like to gaze out the window at my back yard while drinking tea to relax.

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  38. I relax by playing Clubhouse Games on my DS--I'd love to have a new game to relax with! Thanks for the contest!

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  39. Love Brain Age or Yoshi's Island.
    Thanx for the contest.

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  40. I love the Ratchet and Clank games.

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  41. I relax by playing bongo on the computer

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  42. love bejewled and playing it is addictive

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  43. Sudoku online or in the newspaper, or Cranium Hullabaloo with my kids!

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  44. I enjoy Tetris and watching a good family movie with my children.

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  45. My favorite video game is Tetris. My favorite way to relax is to take a bubble bath and drink hot tea. Thanks!

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  46. My favorite video games are the Tomb Raider, Twisted Metal and Jet Set Radio series. Please accept my entry. Thank you.

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  47. My favorite game is Harvest Moon.

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  48. pac man, or pac attack. my hubbys favorite is MS. pac man.

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  49. Having the house to myself and puppy of course and being able to read blogs and check email is my relaxing activity. The Nintendo DS lite is on my wish list this year. Thanks for a great giveaway and have a Merry Christmas!

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  50. I love to relax by reading a good long book

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  51. Scotch, cigar, and some video games are the ultimate way to relax

    jason@allworldautomotive.com

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  52. my son and i play lego star wars together.

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  53. My fave way to relax is to read a book
    jceko77@yahoo.com

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  54. Current favorite game is Call of Duty.
    bebemiqui82(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  55. My favorite game is Mario Kart for my DS. Thanks!

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  56. I like brain age 2 and guitar hero, but to relax, I prefer good old fashioned non-hightech reading. Thanks for the chance to win some cool new games!

    thegamblinggirl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  57. my favorite video game is Rock Band - I love playing with friends!

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  58. I can totally relate to using my DS as stress-relief! My all-time favorite game is Animal Crossing. Great giveaway!

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  59. my favorite video game is Hello Kitty, Big City World...but I have had my eye on Zenses!!

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  60. The graphics on both the Zenses games look great. I think the rainforest version look like the most fun.

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  61. relaxing in a hot bath with a good book

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  62. I like to play Pop-n-Drop from RealArcade.

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  63. I love to sit down with my son and play mario party DS

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  64. I relax by reading in the bathtub

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  65. I love playing board games, but my favorite way to relax is with a bubble bath, candles, bath pillow and a trashy magazine. Thanks for the giveaway!

    turtles8861(at)gmail(dot)com

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  66. really old game but i love Tetris, a classic that will always be great

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  67. My favorite game is super mario, but right now I'm kinda addicted to the kids mario kart on ds.

    Thank you for a chance.

    actsm AT hotmail DOT com

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  68. My favourite video games are Final Fantasy Tactics Advance and its sequal, FFTA2: Grimoire of the Rift. I love that they're both portable, but still have great graphics, a great story, and a challenge to them!

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  69. i love playing tennis on the wii, its my favorite

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  70. I love playing games like Super Mario and Tetris. To relax, I like to get in bed and read or watch TV!!

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  71. Chrono-Trigger is my current favorite, but some of the Word Jumble type games are the ones I play over and over. For relaxation, I tend to enjoy video games (and reading, but I like both).

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  72. I don't have a favorite game yet, but we're getting a Nintendo DS for Christmas so I hope I'll have one soon. To relax I either take a walk or read a book.

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  73. My favorite game is the Sims. I'm addicted! Thanks.
    Heidi
    sweet_soul_sistermi@yahoo.com

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  74. I'd have to say that right now playing Sudoku on my DS (part of Brain Age 2) is a great way to unwind.

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  75. tetris was always a favorite for me..although i'm pretty burned out on it now :)

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  76. my favorite video game is Wii Sports. My fave on DS is Nintendogs. Thanks

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  77. my fave way to relax is to snuggle with my boyfriend and watch a movie :)

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  78. My favorite way to relax is to read gossip magazines and drinking coffee from 7 11

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  79. My favorite game is Tetris. Relaxing, until it speeds up!

    Dee

    mhgatti at yahoo dot com

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  80. I love playing battleship with my son. He always wins, it's uncanny!

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  81. Tetris :)

    ktgonyea at gmail.com

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  82. My favorite video game is puzzle quest and I enjoy reading to relax. It would cool to try a relaxing game. It sounds intriguing. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  83. MFJ:
    The Mario brothers, classic, is still my favorite.
    watson(at)zerostreet(dot)net

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  84. My favorite way to relax is to lay down and listen to Enya.
    Sheila
    chiliburger@icehouse.net

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  85. I don't play video games any more...I'm too old, but I remember when Atari first came out and Frogger was my absolute favorite!! Thanks for the great giveaway, and Happy Holidays.

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  86. My favorite way to relax is to either take a nice long hot bath or sit out in a shady, quiet location and read a good book or magazine.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

    HunnyV "at" Optonline "dot" net

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  87. i'd like to win this thing

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  88. I watch movies to relax.

    walters123 (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  89. Great giveaway!

    Weirdly, I love to relax by...doing exercise! I'm a workout freak, it gives me such a satisfaction and I know that as well as calories, I'm burning off stress!

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  90. My all time favorite videa game is still FROGGER!
    Thanks for this awesome giveaway!

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  91. My favorite way to relax is reading a great book! thanks, justicecw@hotmail.com

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  92. my favorite video game is still tetris. i love games with simple concept that are timeless. zenses definitely seems like one of those games! i think nintendo ds is a great console and love the choice of games.

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  93. No favorite video game, I like crossword puzzles and other word games though.

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  94. My fav way to relax is to play guitar hero....
    allain99@gmail.com

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  95. My favorite game is definitely Brain Age 2. I love the little puzzles and sudoku!

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  96. I like playing Raving Rabbits, it's so much fun!

    shel704 at aol dot com

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  97. Hee hee--it's always been Pac Man. Thanks so much!

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  98. Tetris will always be my favorite game to play. I think I owned one of the very first Atari games that were made. I am such a video game player. I relax to video games.

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  99. Call me old-fashioned, but I still like to curl up with a good book to relax. Although sometimes I do enjoy a good game of Tetris or Mario Kart. Zenses looks very cool. Thank you for the great give-away.

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  100. I relax almost every night by playing a game of Bubble Bobble with my husband. At first I thought the game was silly, useless, now I am the one asking him to play with him. We have a great time and while playing it gives us a chance to talk about what happened that day. It is our time.

    Thank you for the chance to win, Happy New Mama Sparkles

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  101. My favorite game is actually Tetris, love it :)

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  102. I like to relax in the hot tub. This game looks like an interesting change.

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  103. My favorite video game is Picross

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  104. I relax by playing on the computer, reading blogs, and visiting forums. This sounds like an excellent game

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  105. my favorite game is mario kart

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  106. my favorite game is mario party
    imjessica(at)mail(dot)com

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  107. Reading is my favorite way to relax. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  108. Mario Kart is my favorite video game. Thanks for the great giveaway!

    braaisjo at gmail dot com

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  109. My favorite game to play is scrabble on my computer.

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  110. My husband and I play Dr. Mario constantly. I love that game. It is an obsession!

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  111. I've been hooked on Mine Sweeper before.

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  112. I love to read!
    Thanks
    Sarah
    believedreamcourage (at) gmail.com

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  113. I read voraciously. However, to transition from work to classes, sometimes I play FreeCell on the computer.

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  114. My favorite game to play is "Jeopardy"...I always love testing my brain, although sometimes I'm disappointed!

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  115. My favorite video game is (don't laugh) Pokemon Pearl. I got hooked!

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  116. Give a good thriller I love to read

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  117. I love Mah Jong and Dr. Mario. I get really sucked in. I just got my DS for Christmas and I am really excites about getting my hands on the Zenses games.

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  118. Castlevania rocks!
    this game sounds fun and relaxing!

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  119. Love to play Mahjongg...it's fast and relaxing. Also like to relax by going for a walk, reading, listening to music and doing puzzles. Fountains...bubbling brooks...rainfall...they're all relaxing.

    Kasnick5(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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  120. When I get a chance to relax, I either grab a book or a crossword puzzle! This sounds like a great new thing to try!

    sherri419 at gmail dot com

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  121. Right now my favorite is playing Guitar Hero with my son. Tetris is my all time fave though.

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  122. I actually play the Nancy drew Ds games.

    hetz-junk(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  123. relax? what's that?

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  124. I heart pinball games! That and the Monopoly game when I can drag DH into playing with me :)

    My favorite way to relax is a hot shower or a wonderful bubble bath!

    stormraven at gmail dot com

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  125. I have always loved playing galaga

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  126. My favorite game is Bejeweled

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  127. What a unique game. would love to try it

    ardy22 at earthlink.net

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  128. Rubik's World :)

    froggypartyof2@aol.com

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  129. I enjoy watching tv with a nice glass of merlot.

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  130. I LOVE Mario Brothers! My oldest son got it for Christmas and I'm addicted!!

    kaguirretravel@hotmail.com

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  131. My favorite way to relax is by reading a good book.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    bmc1978 [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  132. I love to grab a hot cup of tea and a good book. Doesn't happen often, but it does relax me

    thanks for sharing

    ceashark at aol dot com

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  133. Playing scrabble on the computer.

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  134. i used to really like mario tennis

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  135. ok I am weird but Return to Castle Wolfenstein is my favorite game to relax with

    weblynx at hotmail.com

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  136. My favorite was to relax is reading a great book. My favorite game is Mario Cart for the DS.
    tamben7996(at)aol(dot)com

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  137. To relax, I sit with my dog Spike and watch the sun go down before dinner.

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  138. My fav game is Katmari. It's really fun and different.

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  139. I love playing the teris like game on my brainage ds game at night to relax before falling asleep

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  140. I love the quest trio, it is a blast

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  141. I am using my DS to learn French with my French Coach

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  142. My favorite way to relax is to curl up on the couch with a good book and a cup of hot chocolate.

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  143. Mario Party 8 is an excellent way to relax and have fun

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  144. I like top relax by doing online sudoku, i can zone out and not worry about my messy house :)

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  145. My favorite video game is Resident Evil 4 for the Wii. thanks! k-team@comcast.net

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  146. I love family feud!!


    RobinMarie72@Gmail.com
    RobinMarie72 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  147. my favorite video game is kirby ultra

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  148. another game I play to relax is called Lumines. It's a fun puzzle game!

    Thanks for entering me! Great Contest!

    Janna Johnson
    jannajanna@Hotmail.com

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  149. My favorite video game is Guitar Hero 3, Legends of Rock! I love it!

    THANKS!
    newmommyin08@yahoo.com

    Head over to my blog and enter my contests!!
    http://dexterphilip.blogspot.com

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  150. Puzzle Planet for my DS, I just leave the world behind and play.

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  151. I love to relax by playing with my dogs or reading. My favorite video game is bejeweled....quite addictive.

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  152. I love to play blast thru to relax.

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  153. I like to listen to music to relax.

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  154. my way of relaxing is to go online and enter contests to win prizes such as this one, thanks for the chance to win.

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  155. My favorite way to relax is to curl up with a good book.

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  156. My favorite way to relax is to enter sweepstakes. Thanks! :)

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  157. My favorite game is my son's Mario Galaxy. Even though he's gone all the way through the series, I'm still trying to get through the first galaxy. Silly but fun when I get a chance to play!
    pauline15_01 at hotmail dot com

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  158. I love playing puzzle games to relax, especially around bedtime...

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