Reviews


Reviews
Disney Magical World

By Jorge Figueiredo - April 16th, 2014

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When we receieved Disney’s latest 3DS title, Disney Magical World (developed by Bandai Namco Inc.), we didn’t know what to expect, as it was not something that we had actually kept tabs on. It’s hard to put a finger on what it is. It is a life simulator – but it’s also so much more. When Smallest Thumbs and I first started playing it, we both agreed that Magical World was a little like Animal Crossing: New Leaf. However, while there are similar elements between the two titles, there is enough of a difference between them that we find ourselves making time for both. Similar to visiting the Magic Kingdom in Florida, as soon as you step over the threshold, the game will have you in a constant state of activity, tugging at you like the eddies near the shore of a powerful river. And as you wade in deeper, you’ll find yourself swept away by the magic – especially if you are a fan of anything Disney.

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Byte-Sized Reviews
Battletank: L.O.B.A.

By Jorge Figueiredo - April 14th, 2014

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I met Quentin Preik at the 2013 Fan Expo in Toronto, where he was manning a booth for his game called Steel Archers. Since that time, I have run into him at various events, and chatted him up. In talking with Quentin, it’s easy to see how much he loves making games, and his love of simplicity in game-play coupled with good ol’ fashioned fun makes him a neat person to chat with. These qualities permeate the games that he makes – one of which is a little-known local multi-player PC gem that he sent our way. The game is called Battletank: L.O.B.A. (Local Offline Battle Arena), and it’s a party game with a simple hook: blow the crap out of your friends.

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Reviews
Yoshi’s New Island

By Jorge Figueiredo - April 13th, 2014

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Up until this year, I have not really dedicated a lot of time to the Yoshi games. I have certainly dabbled with the character on a number of occasions, but never enough to call myself a Yoshi enthusiast. Take Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island (Super Nintendo Entertainment System) for instance. I certainly wet my whistle with it – but I was at a friend’s place and didn’t own my own console at the time (so my ability to engage with the little green egg-chomper was limited). Well, those university days are long gone, and the fact that I have a 3DSXL and spend plenty of time on public transit allows me to spend more than enough time with Yoshi in Yoshi’s New Island. It’s not necessarily my cup of tea, to be honest, but it is a well-made game that will present plenty of challenges and fun to both newcomers and experienced Yoshi handlers.

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Reviews
inFAMOUS: Second Son

By Jorge Figueiredo - April 12th, 2014

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The inFAMOUS franchise powers up on the Playstation 4 with an all-new adventure. The latest title in the series, inFAMOUS: Second Son has you exploring a locked-down Seattle in the shoes of a new hero (or villain). If you enjoyed the first inFamous, you will definitely be blown away by the sheer scale, beauty, and dramatic complexity of this latest PS4 exclusive. Second Son has a few flaws, but these are easy to overlook, as this game is more than a worthy successor to the previous two titles in the series.

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Toys
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Marvel Legends Platinum Figure

By Jorge Figueiredo - April 9th, 2014

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I’m off to see Captain America: The Winter Soldier tonight, so while I’m gone, check out this cool Marvel Legends Platinum Captain America figure that Hasbro sent to us to check out. Out of all of the current Captain America figures that I have seen, this one definitely takes the cake as the most realistic-looking one. Dressed up in his outfit from the Winter Soldier movie, Steve Rogers makes for an imposing action figure for play – or for display.

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TIFF Kids International Film Festival 2014
Film Impressions
Knight Rusty (Ritter Rost)

By Jorge Figueiredo - April 8th, 2014

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This German film, directed by Thomas Bodenstein, is about a self-absorbed robot from Scrapland named Rusty who is made entirely out of old parts. In fact, almost everything in Scrapland is made out of old, re-purposed junk. Rusty is not the biggest or the most shiny knight in the Kingdom of Scrapland, but he definitely has dreams; dreams that he’s willing to risk everything for – including his best friend’s prized possession.

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Toys
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Flying Shield

By Jorge Figueiredo - April 7th, 2014

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Captain America, the super-soldier from the Marvel Universe, is a tough customer. With his augmented strength and speed, Cap is definitely far more than human. Of course, unlike other superheroes, Steve Rogers is not bullet-proof, and requires some sort of protection that will not hamper his agility. Luckily, he carries a one-of-a-kind Vibranium shield that can be used for both defense and offence. Hasbro has created a flying disc that resembles Cap’s shield, and it can be worn!

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