Reviews


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

By Jorge Figueiredo - July 16th, 2014

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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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Reviews
Worms Battlegrounds

By Jorge Figueiredo - July 15th, 2014

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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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Toys
Transformers Age of Extinction
Generations Deluxe Class Strafe Figure

By Jorge Figueiredo - July 14th, 2014

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As Transformers: Age of Extinction rampages through the box office to mixed reviews, you and your kids can take home the adventures with some action figures from Hasbro. Smallest Thumbs and I recently reviewed the Flip and Change Optimus Prime action figure, with each of us having a differing opinion about the toy. Hasbro has since sent us a Generations Deluxe Class Strafe Figure to check out. When I first took it out of the package, I rejoiced at the old-school transformation mechanics. To my surprise, Smallest Thumbs was also into the flying Dinobot.

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