With so many interesting gadgets out there, it’s tough to figure out which ones might be useful. Here are some gift ideas based on my own experience with a few of the interesting mobile devices that have been sent our way to review.
There are a lot of geek-themed baked goods and cakes swarming the internet. Taking a look at any Facebook timeline reveals people baking Tardis Cookies and Portal Cakes (which, of course, are a lie). It adds a wonderful visual delight to the food before you eat it, but the one problem with these wonderful delectables on your timeline is that you can’t eat them!
Samantha Anderson runs Cakes Cove, a Toronto-based bakery which has been creating a wide variety of geek-themed cookies, chocolates and cakes since August 2013. You may have even seen some of her creations during Desert Bus 8, and her works have also been spotted in Toronto-filmed Space Janitors seen on the Geek & Sundry Youtube channel. She runs the gamut of themes, from Dexter and Walking Dead to Sandman and Star Wars. All of her specialities have been primarily sold through Toronto conventions such as FanExpo, and Sam is now taking the next step and is currently building a storefront at St. Clair and Dufferin.
When I was a kid, I loved the challenge of the electronic game, Simon (by Milton Bradley). The game tested memory skill in a way that was very entertaining. Hasbro has changed up the formula somewhat with a variant game called Simon Swipe. Like the original, this new game also tests your memory – but it also challenges your dexterity and timing. It’s a fun and challenging addition to Hasbro’s board game lineup.
In what I would like to call a “Texan gambit”, Nintendo has taken the Super Smash Bros. franchise to the next level by making it even bigger (and better) than any other Smash Bros. that has come before. Four-player multi-player fights with some of your favourite Nintendo characters in weird venues? Pffft. Say hello to local 8-player multi-player battles with access to an even larger selection of wacky Nintendo legends in even more wild and vibrant locales! And while Nintendo has chosen to add a new aspect to the title (and their games in general) with amiibo figures (which will be covered in another article), the core experience of the game has not changed, making it one of the best games for the Wii U to date. If you are one of the three people that don’t own Super Smash Bros. for Wii U yet, you should just take my word for it and grab it right now; but if you’d rather read a glowing review…
The review. Click to enjoy!
I love me some Jagged Alliance. It’s not quite up there with X-COM in my personal pantheon of “best games ever” but, as far as turn-based strategy games go, it’s one of the brands that has withstood the test of time and held onto a passionate fan base that is always coming back for more. Problem is, that same fan base has been teased three times already in recent memory; are we in danger of “Jagged Alliance burnout”? After reviewing Jagged Alliance: Flashback, the crowd-funded entry into the series, I’d say burnout is the least of Flashback’s worries. Check the video out for my full review.
I find that giving the gift of audio is something that is definitely appreciated – if you give the right solution, that is. Giving someone a junky pair of headphones or a crackly Bluetooth speaker is the opposite of friendship – so it’s important to choose your weapon carefully when the time comes. Here are a few ideas for audio if you have some extra coin burning a hole in your pocket this holiday season.
It’s hard to say whether Relevant Games’ Fat Chicken is a tower defense game or a tower offense game1. Either way it is a colorful and clever tongue-in-cheek experience that will put you at the helm of a meat-producing farming operation nestled firmly within the organization known as the Fat Chicken Meat Company. Regardless of how you feel about the meat-packing industry, this interesting spin on the process is both hilarious and challenging, and is a totally fun PC gaming experience that contains a covert commentary about the meat-packing industry.