Reviews
The LEGO Movie Blu-Ray

By Jorge Figueiredo - July 24th, 2014

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I’m sure the phrase “everything is awesome” will be (and is being) used to death to describe this film. While I don’t normally go in for using a single catchphrase to describe a movie, it’s hard not to in the case of The LEGO Movie. When the trailer was released some time ago, I was both excited and afraid; excited at the idea that such a movie could exist – afraid because of the possibility of failure. Smallest Thumbs and I attended the sneak preview earlier this year, and we also played the video game shortly after. To say that we were pleased with both entertainment options is the understatement of the year. The film did have a few moments of technical weirdness (that didn’t take away from the film’s greatness, for the record) – but these have all been fixed on the Blu-ray, making it a must-own movie.

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Interest
Capricious
Impressions and Interview

By Jorge Figueiredo - July 23rd, 2014

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Recently, I was sent what I can only describe as a very cool experience on my PC. It wasn’t quite a game, but it wasn’t quite a story, either. This interactive narrative horror, created by Eden Morrison, is a great vehicle to deliver a genuinely scary experience that I hope becomes a trend.

After the jump, you can read my impressions of Capricious. Also, in an effort to understand the story behind the story, I posed some questions to Eden Morrison.

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Reviews
ViewSonic VP2772 Pro Graphics 27” Display

By Evan Bergstra - July 22nd, 2014

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There is an episode of Corner Gas where a couple of the characters get into a strategic battle of luxury, with each side trying to introduce the other to new, rich tastes and experiences, thereby ruining otherwise acceptable pedestrian alternatives for the recipient. I think it starts with a fountain pen and escalates from there. The good people at ViewSonic sent me one of their premium displays to try out for a couple weeks, and it may well have ruined all lesser displays for me.

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First Impressions
Lords of the Black Sun
Beta

By Jorge Figueiredo - July 21st, 2014

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Rituro is our go-to guy for 4X (eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, eXterminate) games. However, not willing to let him have all the fun, I decided to claim the beta access for Arkavi Studios’ Lords of the Black Sun. The title entered Steam Early Access towards the beginning of the year, and has gained a little bit of a following. Arkavi seems to be trying to appeal to a wide audience with this one, by keeping things simple for the less-experienced while simultaneously trying to present depth and challenge to those who have been around the 4X block a few times. It’s a noble goal – but it’s a lot to juggle. I’m going to break down what I think of the beta so far after the jump.

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Reviews
Sonic Jump Fever

By Jorge Figueiredo - July 20th, 2014

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Sonic Jump Fever, a free-to-play title from SEGA (available for Android and iOS), is a jumping platformer in which you guide your character ever upwards. The title is similar to Doodle Jump, albeit with a bit more flash. It can be fun at times, but the ever-looming micro-transactions have a tendency to dampen one’s enjoyment.

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Reviews
Kiwaka

By Jorge Figueiredo - July 19th, 2014

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Recently, I reviewed an eBook called Kiwaka Story (by international mobile app developer LANDKA). The plot of the eBook revolved around four interesting animals from Africa and their quest to learn about the stars (specifically, the constellations). LANDKA has created a game (designed for iPod, iPhone and iPad) called Kiwaka, that acts as a spiritual companion to the eBook. The game is not built for the hardcore gamer; but it is a very cool way to learn about the constellations – especially if you have kids.

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Reviews
The Last Tinker: City of Colors

By Jorge Figueiredo - July 18th, 2014

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If I was to describe Mimimi Productions’s The Last Tinker: City of Colors in as few words as possible, those words would probably be “texture”, “colour”, “storybook”, and (to be fair) “tepid” to some. This family-friendly platformer-on-rails (sort of) has the potential to be entertaining; by baiting the line with some interesting concepts, it hooks you at first – but it may not necessarily present enough to reel you in. In fact, some parts of the game can get in the way of others, allowing one’s attention to escape (at least, if you’re an adult). However, there is hope: if you are young, or even young-at-heart, this might be a fun diversion for you (and I fall into this category).

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