There is nothing quite like piloting a quadricopter. Parrot’s AR Drone 2.0 is a lot of fun to fly – but for a good number of people, it’s hard to justify the purchase, as it is a little expensive. It also makes some people nervous; even though it comes with a protective shell for indoor use, it’s relatively large, making it an intimidating prospect to play with inside one’s house – especially for beginners. Thankfully, Parrot has another option for those people who are jonesing for a chance to play with a remote-controlled helicopter without breaking the bank (or that vase you got as a gift from your aunt Betty): the Rolling Spider.
After spending so much time playing “digging” games, I wasn’t sure what Miner Man Golden Edition had to offer. After plugging in the code that I was sent, I discovered that Invictus Games had taken the strategy of a normal mining-type game and removed valuable decision-making time, resulting in a fast-paced reflex-based game that retains a decent level of fun while still being somewhat difficult.
As human beings, we exhibit some behavioyrs that can only be described as self-destructive. As horrible a thing that might be, in Untame Games’ Mushroom 11, the whole point of this puzzle-platformer is advancement through self destruction. I spent a little time watching people play this game and was quite intrigued. Coming in 2015, this is one of those games that I am very much looking forward to playing when it goes gold.
Vampires still seem to be all the rage these days, so it’s not surprising that enterprising developers would try to cash in. Vampire Tribunals, developed by Raincrow Studios (for iOS and Android), seems to be an honest attempt at a great vampire game that has fallen short of its full potential. Vampire Tribunals is heavily laden with back-story and atmosphere, but ultimately fails on delivery of compelling game-play, making for a somewhat tedious experience.
It’s amazing how many people are connected these days – especially children. In my commute I see so many kids using tablets that it makes me question Santa Claus’ gift policy. Many parents like the freedom and independence that a tablet gives their kids, and who can blame them? With all kinds of entertainment and educational applications available with a few taps, it’s a compelling way to leverage the power of connectivity. However, not everyone can afford an iPad air or a larger Android tablet – and frankly, not everyone needs that sort of real estate, which limits the options for many. Canadian-based Western Leaf Electronics aims to give consumers an option with their Frenzy 8Z tablet – an affordable, decently-sized Android-based option. They sent us one to try out, and it is definitely a solid choice if you’re looking for a tablet solution without having to sell your kidneys.
One of my all-time favourite games is Thatgamecompany’s Flower for the Playstation 3. In fact, I have a soft spot for games that have a meditative quality to them (I’m looking at you, Journey). At Gamercamp 2014, on the second floor of the pop-up arcade, indie developer A Stranger Gravity was showing off a new drug for me called Apsis, which I’m sure I will end up playing for hours on end when it hits the market next year. There is still a ways to go in terms of the final product – but what I saw was enchanting, and I’m looking forward to the final product.
There are many things in the world that are a big mystery to the average consumer. Straddling the line between alchemy and sorcery, these secrets lead to much head-scratching and face-scrunching, due to the mystical nature of these odd occurrences. One of these puzzles is the “check engine” light that occasionally pops up on the dashboard, indicating some issue with your car, which leads you to drive to your local garage and pay for a diagnostic and a fix (if required). Lemur Vehicle Monitors helps to fan away the fog of mystery with the BlueDriver diagnostic tool, which turns your smartphone into an automotive information center.