First Impressions
Lords of the Black Sun

By Jorge Figueiredo - July 21st, 2014


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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Sonic Jump Fever

By Jorge Figueiredo - July 20th, 2014


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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By Jorge Figueiredo - July 19th, 2014


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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The Last Tinker: City of Colors

By Jorge Figueiredo - July 18th, 2014


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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Kiwaka Story

By Jorge Figueiredo - July 17th, 2014


Smallest Thumbs and I are suckers for a good story. Kiwaka Story, an eBook from international mobile app company LANDKA, tells a tale that can be enjoyed by the whole family. This app, which is designed for iPod, iPhone and iPad, is entertaining and educational.

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Snugg iPod Touch 5th Generation
Silicone Rubber Case (Black)

By Jorge Figueiredo - July 16th, 2014


Owning a smartphone, tablet, or some other smart hand-held device is like wielding a two-edged sword. On one hand, you’re essentially carrying a computer around that can fit in your pocket. On the other, the interface is not bulletproof, and dropping the device can result in disaster. Snugg makes some great cases that are functional and protective. They sent me their Touch 5th Generation Silicone Rubber Case to check out, and while it does not provide absolute protection1, it’s up to Snugg’s usual high standard.

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Worms Battlegrounds

By Jorge Figueiredo - July 15th, 2014


I remember, years ago, firing up Team17′s Worms for the first time on my PC (not too long after a friend had shown me Scorched Earth, actually), and I really enjoyed the never-ending war between those itty-bitty invertebrates. The basic premise of the game has changed little over the years, and now the title has come to the latest generation of consoles. As with practically every iteration before that expanded to a new platform, Worms Battlegrounds for the Xbox One and the Playstation 4 is a most welcome and fun diversion.

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