Reviews


Reviews
Oculus
Blu-Ray

By Jorge Figueiredo - August 30th, 2014

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Throughout the history of horrors and thrillers, reflections have had their fair share of screen time. Sometimes, reflections reveal a monster or murderer sneaking up behind an unsuspecting character, causing the audience to shout out at the screen. At other times, the lack of a character’s reflection in a mirror hints at their supernatural origin. And who can forget those movies that feature horrible creatures that are summoned through the use of a mirror? Yes, reflections have the capacity to add an extra layer of fright to almost any already tense situation. Oculus (WWE Studios, Blumhouse Productions, and Intrepid Pictures), a 2014 horror film written by Mike Flanagan and Jeff Howard, takes a mirror, and places it squarely in the center of a twisted plot. While slow-moving at times, I found that Oculus was a clever film, pushing forth a scary idea and then wrapping around the viewer’s imagination to great effect, making it a somewhat refreshing film from a genre that seems to be filled with boring and tired movies in more recent times.

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Reviews
The Golf Club

By Jorge Figueiredo - August 29th, 2014

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The game of golf is interesting to me. Whether watching or playing, it is a game that involves patience and skill, with repeated practice resulting in great muscle control and the ability to do some very interesting (subconscious) physics calculations. Translating golf to a console in such a way as to keep the game entertaining (without sacrificing the sense of accomplishment that comes with a great round) is probably not the easiest of tasks, but HB Studios has done a really great job of doing so in their latest game: The Golf Club.

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Cool Kickstarters
POPSCOPE
Selfie-Helpie

By Jorge Figueiredo - August 28th, 2014

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The number of selfies being taken seems to grow every day, if you pay attention to social media. More often than not, self-shot photos tend to lead to awkward head positions (the downward tilt) and, consequently, duck faces. Part of the problem is that our arms are not long enough, so unless you plan on undergoing some sort of somatic mutation in order to gain the arms of an orangutan, you will need to use some sort of mechanical device to help you put a little distance between your hand-held and your face. Enter the POPSCOPE, a selfie-taker’s best friend – but also so much more useful, as you can see from its Kickstarter page.

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Reviews
The Phantom PI Mission Apparition

By Jorge Figueiredo - August 27th, 2014

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One of the nice things about tablets is the screen real estate available to the user. Touch-based games play especially well on these larger devices. So, it is no surprise that Rocket 5 Studios’ side-scrolling adventure, The Phantom PI Mission Apparition, is especially fun on the iPad. This amusing title has a cute story and is full of neat little puzzles, all of which are presented in a “point-and-click” type of format, making it an easy game to get into.

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Reviews
The Last of Us: Remastered

By Jorge Figueiredo - August 23rd, 2014

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The Last of Us is one of the best games for the Playstation 3, and it was definitely one of my favourites. When the Playstation 4 arrived in stores, there was some surprise that there was no immediately available PS4 version of Naughty Dog’s hit about life after the end of the world as we know it. Well, the wait is over as The Last of Us: Remastered is available for purchase, merging the horsepower of Sony’s latest gaming console with the emotional power of one of the best console experiences of all time.

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Reviews
Spellfall

By Jorge Figueiredo - August 22nd, 2014

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It is incredible how many variants there are of the “match-three” type of hand-held game, and it is amazing how many of them are different enough to be entertaining. Backflip Studios’ Spellfall is one of the more interesting free-to-play match-three games that I have seen lately, blending both puzzle and role-playing game elements to give it some distinction. Game-play is enjoyable enough to offset the in-app purchases, making for a fun, strategy-filled experience.

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Reviews
Hexiled Word Challenge

By Jorge Figueiredo - August 19th, 2014

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I spend a fair amount of time playing Words With Friends. It’s a neat Scrabble clone that allows me to stretch my brain muscles a bit – but the down side of the game is that I need to wait for other people to take their turns. Enter Triplezero’s free-to-play word game called Hexiled Word Challenge. Hexiled is more like Boggle than Scrabble, and is easy to pick up and play. As an added bonus, it is a single-player game – so I don’t have to wait for anyone! The game-play is sound, the production is great and it is addictive – to a point.

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