A tree killed his granny and now he is out for revenge. Meet Jack Lumber, the supernatural lumberjack who hates trees, loves animals, and hates trees. Did we say that twice? The guy really hates trees, and boy does he have an axe to grind.
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Mixed (307 reviews) - 64% of the 307 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Apr 30, 2013

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"…what are yew waiting for? Branch out, and give this charming puzzle game a try. Yule won't be sorry."
8.5/10 – Destructoid

“Verdict: Trees suck”
Internet Freaks

"…the game is solid at it’s core. Well built and full of cute animals. What more could you ask for?"
8.75/10 – Subpar Gamers

"The best thing about Jack Lumber is the story under the plaid and flying splinters of wood. Chopping down the forest to see it is great fun."
10/10 – Leviathyn

"You chop logs, and try not to chop beavers. Sometimes, there’s maple syrup."
Penny Arcade

About This Game

A tree killed his granny and now he is out for revenge. Meet Jack Lumber, the supernatural lumberjack who hates trees, loves animals, and hates trees. Did we say that twice? The guy really hates trees, and boy does he have an axe to grind.


Use the supernatural powers of Jack Lumber to massacre the forest in this time-warping, line-drawing, log-slicing, pun-filled lumberjacking mashup! Bust out your flannel to muster the strength and burlyness to solve the skill and logic puzzles (flannel not actually required).


Fight the forest and make Granny proud! Eff trees!

Key Features

  • Chug the blood of your foes; drink Granny's magical syrups to enhance your log-chopping powers.
  • Stack beards like you'd stack a pile of flapjacks; more beards add more challenge!
  • Poke at the adorable forest animals living in your cabin after you’ve destroyed their forest homes.
  • Unlock Infinitree Mode; chop till you drop!
  • Pining for puns? Yule love the quirky humor and piles of puns packed into Jack Lumber (alliteration is a bonus!)
  • Unlockable missions, player driven challenges, and inventive syrup power-up combos make replaying this game a real tree-t.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows XP SP2 or later
    • Processor:1 GHz CPU
    • Memory:512 MB RAM
    • Graphics:Video card with 64mb of memory
    • Hard Drive:400 MB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX 9.0c-compliant sound card
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    Minimum:
    • OS:OS X version Leopard 10.5.8, Snow Leopard 10.6.3, or later.
    • Processor:Intel Mac
    • Memory:512 MB RAM
    • Graphics:Video card with 64mb of memory
    • Hard Drive:400 MB HD space
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    Minimum:
    • OS:Ubuntu 12.04
    • Processor:1GHz CPU
    • Memory:512 MB RAM
    • Graphics:Video card with 64mb of memory
    • Hard Drive:400 MB HD space
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
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Mixed (307 reviews)
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Ingenium
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 9
Purchased as part of a bundle at some point in the distant past, excellent graphics and music, originally played on tablet/phone. #PLAID

Plays A LOT like fruit ninja.
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Netski (Idling for cards)
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: March 11
Jack Lumber is a fun game, but I recommend it more on portable devices, such as phones or tablets.

+ Style
+ Gameplay
+ Beaver

- More fun on portable devices
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OctoberFox
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: February 27
I was a big fan of Fruit Ninja when it came out; it was actually one of the very first game apps I'd ever had on Android. It was a fun little puck up and play game with little structure, fair challenge, and a nifty idea. Jack Lumber takes a lot of these ideas and builds upon them with structure reminiscent of other mobile games; a game board, star ratings based on scoring per level, trial and error level design, collectibles that are more than cosmetic, and a smattering of humor that may or may not get a chuckle depending on how generous an audience you are.

Unlike the aforementioned Fruit Ninja, Jack Lumber scores better for players that used some added skill and foresight when playing, which again comes to a lot of memorization as well as trial and error. Instead of simply swiping, or in this case mousing, willy-nilly, logs float, fly twirl, fall, and otherwise come into view from any direction in clusters and must be cut from end to end rather than simply any which way you will. To do this you press down on the mouse button as the logs enter your view and they are reduced to slow motion for a set amount of time indicated by a moving bar at the top of the screen. When the bar reaches zero or you released the mouse button your time to slice that group of blocks is done and a little trail showing where you moved your mouse will appear. The logs you managed to chop are blown apart with corny sounds and visuals akin to the old Batman TV series; POW! SLICE! PLAID!

Power ups make play easier in some cases, for example if you miss a block or group of blocks you can get a second try before moving on to the next cluster.

The graphics are a strange combination of cartoon and style that might work with a better palette. As they are in this game, things had a decidedly pink and orange hue that looked more washed out and drab than stylized. The sounds are also okay, with karate style “HOO!” and “HYA!”, and cutesy high-pitched voice 'noises' for the animals you collect throughout the game.

The biggest issue with this game are the controls. For a game that really doesn't demand much, the least they could have done was sharpen the mouse a bit. As it was, for my time playing it, the mouse felt imprecise and this was frustrating. I could see the trail I'd left behind to slice logs but they would inexplicably show that I missed, and the log would fall away while the timer continued. I realize there are other axes to collect and use, but if this is a feature requiring a better ax to improve upon then it's a terrible feature as it frustrated me to no end. If this is not a feature but a design flaw then it's no less frustrating because, once again, this game's controls are so simple that I'd think honing them would have been the least they could have done.

I can see how this might have been fun on a mobile device or a tablet, but on the PC it's mediocre at its best.


Pros:
  • Slicing can be challenging
  • Collectibles and power ups add strategy and customization for players
  • Humor?

Cons:
  • Frustrating controls
  • Kind of ugly
  • Too much trial and error
  • Humor...
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Trickyni ♥
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: February 4
It's a game for your phone that you can play on your computy box.
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Ini
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: January 13
Its a f** mobile game for 5 mins on the train. Luckily got it trough a Humblebundle. Charity Yay!
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dennisrichman
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: January 9
Cool game! =)
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malpiszon7
( 5.4 hrs on record )
Posted: January 6
Not a bad game per se, but this is not a game for PC, this one is for mobile devices. Mouse movement is not as good as finger sliding on mobile device, thus this game is not that fun on PC.

I do not recommend playing this on on a desktop, because it's basically pointless. If you like slashers like fruit ninja or however it's called then go and play this game on your android or apple.
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Trustedflipper8
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: December 17, 2015
surpisingly adicctive and funny. it can run on lower end computers and its just a lot of fun
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Wegra
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: November 25, 2015
Its mostly just a rip off of fruit ninja. Only get this game if its on humble bundle otherwise.



not to say its bad but eh what do youy expect?
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The Squishiest Wizard
( 4.5 hrs on record )
Posted: November 21, 2015
I got this in Humble Bundle deal and never played it

10/10







The hours i "played" is from me getting trading cards off IdleMaster....






Hey why are you still reading this I have no opinion on this game, go look at some one elses review














What more do you want from me?
Fu*k it, here have a recipe for black forest cake

Ingredients:
1 x 470g pkt chocolate cake mix
1 x 670g jar morello cherries
2 tablespoons caster sugar
1 tablespoon cornflour
600ml thickened cream
60ml (1/4 cup) kirsch
2 tablespoons boiling water
2 tablespoons caster sugar, extra
100g dark cooking chocolate, coarsely grated

Method:

Step 1

Prepare and bake the chocolate cake mix following packet directions. Turn onto a wire rack to cool completely. Use a large serrated knife to cut the cake horizontally into 3 even layers.
Step 2

Drain the cherries, reserving 160ml (2/3 cup) of the juice. Reserve 10 cherries to decorate. Place the remaining cherries and the reserved juice in a saucepan with the sugar and cornflour. Stir over medium-low heat until the mixture boils and thickens. Transfer to a large bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge to chill.
Step 3

Use an electric beater to beat cream in a medium bowl until firm peaks form.
Step 4

Place kirsch, water and extra sugar in a jug and stir until the sugar dissolves.
Step 5

Place 1 cake layer on a serving plate and drizzle over half of the kirsch mixture. Spread with half of the cherry mixture and a thin layer of the cream. Repeat with the remaining cake, kirsch mixture, cherry mixture and cream, finishing with a layer of cake.
Step 6

Spread some of the remaining cream over the top and side of the cake. Sprinkle the chocolate over the top and gently press onto the side of the cake.
Step 7

Place the remaining cream in a piping bag fitted with a 1cm fluted nozzle and pipe rosettes around the edge of the cake.
Step 8

Arrange the reserved cherries around the cake between the cream rosettes. Cut the cake into wedges to serve.


THERE ARE YOU FU*KING HAPPY NOW!!!!!!
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Tablis
( 6.9 hrs on record )
Posted: November 13, 2015
I tried playing it a few years ago on my Android tablet but it was a frustrating experience. I ended up quitting in world 2. Thought it would be better with my 1337 g4m!ng mouse and, to an extent, it is. The graphics and audio are adequate and the beaver's horrible puns are actually funny.

The game suffers from one critical design failure. If you want to 4-star all levels, you need consumables. A lot of consumables. They are very expensive. What's worse, you can fail the level you wanted to 4-star, waste your consumables and be forced to grind some other level to have money for syrups again. That is atrocious and unacceptable. You are not a triple-A game to warrant thinking of yourself so highly to imagine, that players will be willing to put themselves - and their time - through that. This was going to cause a negative review all by itself, but some lucky, last minute Googling delivered a solution. The truth is out there.

Also, "plaid" as an onomatopoeia is mad cool.
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ProfessorIrony
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: October 13, 2015
It was OK.
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Salarn
( 3.8 hrs on record )
Posted: September 25, 2015
https://youtu.be/OBq6LKG8kt8

Clearly a mobile game for the PC, however the gameplay and theme only suffer minor dings and scratches due to that.
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Niki Lina
( 8.2 hrs on record )
Posted: September 10, 2015
I find using a mouse more comfortable than touching on screen.

Fun, charming game. Not that much content. Going for 4 stars can extend lifetime.
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altx1978
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: September 8, 2015
I got this in a Humble Bundle and I play it on the tablet of my Asus Transformer Book (running Windows 8.1 and Steam), so with touchscreen.

I can only recommend this game if you have touchscreen support. Then it's a rather enjoyable game, inspired by Fruit Ninja. Otherwise don't bother.
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Korv
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: August 30, 2015
Got both andriod and PC versions through a cheap bundle.
I couldn't justify spending $6 on this game alone.

Jack Lumber is similar to Fruit Ninja and JetPack JoyRide in that you use your mouse to cut logs in specific patterns, whilst time is slowed down. The more logs you cut the more resources you gain. Use these resources to buy cosmetics and neat upgrades.

Game is designed, more enjoyable on mobile devices, and should have stayed that way.
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Nalgas D. Lemur
( 7.5 hrs on record )
Posted: August 20, 2015
I'm not opposed to the idea, but it feels kind of janky. The hit detection seemed a little weird/unreliable/unpredictable to me, and I also had issues with it occasionally not registering going into slow-mo or spontaneously dropping out of it very quickly. For an "eh, I guess it's alright" game, it was not worth investigating further.
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Dragon
( 2.4 hrs on record )
Posted: August 16, 2015
Great game for mobile, but it is also a decent reflex game for pc.
Give it a shot.
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T!
( 7.1 hrs on record )
Posted: August 14, 2015
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Sutgon
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 30, 2015
Unfortunately I don't recommend this game. The reason behind this is that it gets too boring too fast. You just got to cut logs! It may be descent as a mobile game, but that's that.

Lil' Sucky Gameplay to go with the review.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3CQEdngb5Y
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
70 of 83 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 15, 2013
A game like Jack Lumber was meant to be played on portable phones. Its gameplay is so shallow and its price so steep that I just can't recommend this to anyone, even if it is fun for sessions of 10 minutes.

The graphics are clearly upscaled which results in the game occasionally having blurry graphics and the sounds are actually pathetic.

The gameplay is all about cutting up trees, or pieces of lumber actually. You have to cut them up in a certain way and as fast as possible to gain enough points. At the end of a level is an animal that can be rescued by not cutting it up. Succesfully doing this will have the animal appear in your cabin. Unfortunately, it gives you no rewards and they're absolutely pointless.

Play it on your iPhone and you'll have some fun, but playing this on your PC is a waste of money.

[Rating: 60/100]
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47 of 58 people (81%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 17, 2014
My television is not a touchscreen.
My computer is not a phone.
This game is probably much more fun on those.
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37 of 48 people (77%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 4, 2014
Regrettably, I have to NOT recommend this game with one exception - those who have laptops with a touchscreen or a Microsoft Surface will likely have a significantly more enjoyable time with this Fruit Ninja clone than those who have to use a mouse.

Being a Fruit Ninja variant, quick, precise swipes are necessary to maximize your score. As a result, in the more difficult levels a mouse simply will not do. This leads to very frustrating misses and lower-than-expected scores. I can play this to a much better degree on my laptop's touchscreen, but touchscreen laptops are relatively new and not many people have them yet. I've given up playing this on my main PC and will only play it on my touchscreen laptop due to the significant frustration level when (trying to) play this with a mouse.

The game itself is very cute with a cutout-style art design and some of the levels are very challenging even with a touchscreen. The game really is a lot of fun. I don't care if this is an iOS/Android port, and I really wish that people would stop complaining about that like it's a bad thing. (The game as I write this is only $5, for crying out loud!) But unfortunately this is one game where it is better experienced on a touchscreen device.
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33 of 44 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 6, 2014
Game is alot of fun, simply put. It's easy to start but hard to master as it advances. Also a good way to build mouse dexterity.
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16 of 18 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 15, 2014
Ever wondered what it would be like to play Fruit Ninja with a mouse, with a neat time slowing mechanic? Well, look no further than Jack Lumber.

Honestly, just another game which is better suited to mobile devices. Not my cup of tea.
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20 of 27 people (74%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2013
Likely best on a touchscreen but fine with mouse or touchpad. Filled with puns and quirky humour. Easy to pick up but difficult to master, which can get frustrating.
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22 of 32 people (69%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 15, 2014
Fruit Ninja but logs.
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24 of 36 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 22, 2014
This game deserved to be 15 levels shorter given the shallow depth of the game concept put forward. The scoring system is almost always irrelevant, and is only rolled out in some of the later levels to stymie what should have been me bulldozing through the repetitive gameplay. If you are someone's mother looking to submerge yourself in a throwaway tablet game PC port, then Jack Lumber is your man.
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30 of 48 people (63%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2013
This game just wasn't developed for computers. It's meant to be played on iOS or Android device. It's like fruit ninja in slow motion. If you can get this for less than 2$, then sure, buy it. It's definietly now worth 6$ on computer.
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 24, 2015
I don't have a bad opinion about this game, but it's because I got it in an humble bundle, and I don't think it's worth its price, basically is a mobile game ported on PC.

I've tried the mobile version (included in the bundle), and it's not bad.
It's something like fruit ninja with slow motion, but it has an original concept, and design.

Anyway, I just don't feel like reccomending it, unless you have a touchscreen PC (I suppose touchscreen funtionalities are supported on PC too, but I'm not sure).
It feels like a mobile game, probably because it's meant to be played on a mobile phone.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 15, 2014
Jack... Lumber? Are you Serious?! [KAMGUSTA's REVIEW]

I'll begin by saying this is an iOS port, so it was thought for touchscreens. By the way, it works good also with the mouse (not perfectly, but good)! :-)

So... You are Jack Lumber, the lumberjack... Evil pines killed your granny... You'll go out with your mighty axe to seek revenge... exterminating all the logs you'll find... saving your little forest friends... and trying to solve the evil mystery that lies behind (??!)...

It is a nice fruitninja-like game where you have to perpendiculary cut a lot of moving logs (helped by slow time) by moving your mouse cursor! But where the game really shines is in its humor, from the animals' sounds mimicked by mouth by the developers, to the granny that will send you stupid letters from his new "home" and from Illuminati to to a soul mate named Jill Lumber that seeks revenge, too...

LOL!

Best played with Mouse (or iOS)
Recommended Buy Price < 2$
Score 8/10
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28 of 46 people (61%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 7, 2014
I wood give this a full review, but let me just chop the time in half by not branching out into unwanted verbiage and saying it is, seedless to say, just a fruit ninja clone with a silly story and not much depth behind the trunk. Despite not there being much to root for, I will leaf a score of tree out of five (3/5).

Birch please!
Acorny time.
RelAXE, everything will be just pine.
I planted this review just for you.
I'd think of more, but I am stumped.
:)
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16 of 25 people (64%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2014
This port is so bad it still has iOS icons.
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 12, 2013
It's kinda like Fruit Ninja with bullet time, oh and you're taking revenge on the trees that killed your granny. Make of that what you will.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 3, 2014
A cheap ugly Fruit Ninja clone. Fruits reskinned as logs, all right.

First of all, this kind of gameplay - slicing stuff by drawing a line - is brilliant on touch devices but very unfun with a mouse on PC. Second, graphics are crappy, blurry and jagged, they do not skale really well for high-res.

I would not ever buy this, if it wasn't a part of an indie bundle. Totally UNrecommended.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 3, 2014
Most people probably got this from the Humble PC+Android Bundle. This one falls squarely in the Android camp -- it basically amounts to a lumberjack / woodcutting take on the Fruit Ninja swipe-to-cut formula. It has an interesting and cute art style. Only really good for short bursts.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 3, 2014
This game was designed to be played on a phone, and you can tell. Simple mechanics with increasing levels of difficulty, boosts that you can buy with in-game currency, and "swipe-across-the-screen-in-intricate-patterns" gameplay which is much more conducive to a touchscreen rather than mouse control.

If you want a fun little time-killing game for your phone, I'd recommend this. But if you're on the PC, skip it.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 31, 2015
fun little game but should stay on phones. I do not recommend this as a steam purchase.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 4, 2014
I do not reccomend. Leave it on the iOS/Android app stores. Not a game designed for computer. 2/10
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
I got this game in a humble bundle. It is probably about average but worth an occasional play.
I don't have a problem using a cursor to play and it is made easier by the time slowing. Fruit ninja on the other hand is almost impossible to play with a cursor.

It can get repetitive after a while so is only really worth a short play.

I recommend it but only during a bundle or at a low sale price. It probably isn't worth the full price. Don't be put off by the minority of haters since you may find you quite like it as I did.
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