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Reviews
Parrot
Rolling Spider

By Jorge Figueiredo - November 18th, 2014

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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.

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Reviews
Miner Man Golden Edition

By Jorge Figueiredo - November 13th, 2014

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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.

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Gamercamp
Mushroom 11

By Jorge Figueiredo - November 9th, 2014

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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.

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Reviews
Vampire Tribunals

By Jorge Figueiredo - November 8th, 2014

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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.

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Gamercamp
Apsis

By Jorge Figueiredo - October 31st, 2014

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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.

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Reviews
Lemur BlueDriver Diagnostic Tool

By Jorge Figueiredo - October 28th, 2014

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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.

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Reviews
Lizard Island: Observation

By Jorge Figueiredo - October 21st, 2014

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Sometimes it’s like pulling teeth to get children interested in things that are good for them. Vegetables, chores, school – these are things that cause some parents to rely on bribery to achieve a reasonable result. While Budding Biologist can’t really help with the consumption of greens, they have made a very interesting app for iOS and Android devices called Lizard Island: Observation to help generate interest in science. This app allows your young scientist to experience some of what biology has to offer. What’s interesting about it is that it does offer a level of challenge that makes it far more than a passive experience.

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