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The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn The Game (Wii)
The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn The Game (Wii)
Offered by Game Trade Online
Price: £26.27

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic family fun on the wonderful wii, 11 Jan 2012
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
this really is a wonderful wii platform game featuring the mighty tintin and friends.

as an avid tintin fan i was very excited to hear of this game's release and it does not disappoint... you get to play as tintin, snowy, captain archibald haddock, sir francis haddock, bianca castafiore and not forgetting the blithering thomson and thompson.

the graphics and sound are fantastic, the gameplay is fun, easy at points but also challenging enough to not become dull. the game features single player story mode, co-op game and lots of mini games and challenges (which when completed unlock lots of hidden stuff).

i have no idea why it has been rated as pegi 12, there is no foul language or inappropriate content with hardly any violence in the game and the violence that does occur is very much in a cartoon vein and in no way unsuitable for children.

in conclusion, no tintin fan should be without this game (especially at the low price its available for) and for people who are new to the adventures of tintin due the recent film release, i feel that you and your family will really enjoy the variety and fun challenges that this game has to offer.

vive tintin!


5.0 out of 5 stars great case...., 9 Jan 2012
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this is a fantastic quality leather case with screen protectors also included (haven't used those yet so can't comment on their quality).

the phone fits snugly into the case and all of the holes are in the appropriate positions to allow charging, headphones etc etc

the magnetic clasp keeps the flip case firmly closed and generally i couldn't be more pleased with the item

recommended to all!

Learn to Ride 2011/2012: Everything You Need to Pass Your Motorcycle Test (Haynes All in One Book)
Learn to Ride 2011/2012: Everything You Need to Pass Your Motorcycle Test (Haynes All in One Book)
by Robert Davies
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars OK, but no comparison to the DSA Guide to Riding - Essential Skills, 17 Sep 2011
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print quality wasn't great with the copy that i received (and promptly returned to Amazon) with eligible text on some pages of the book due to excessive ink splurges.

and in my opinion, doesn't compare the official DSA Guide to Riding - The Essential Skills Book, which to be fair, is one of the books listed/suggested as a must read by the DSA & all reputable instructors for those who want to pass the test successfully on their first attempt.

therefore, i do not recommend this book as a replacement to the DSA texts for those who are studying for their tests.

the theory test question section doesn't actually tell you the correct answer on the same page as the questions and this is a real pain to keep flicking from one section to another.

personally, i'd avoid this one!

Sonisphere 'Live From Sofia' - Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax [Blu-ray] [2010] [Region Free]
Sonisphere 'Live From Sofia' - Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax [Blu-ray] [2010] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ The Big Four
Price: £28.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Blu-ray!, 7 Aug 2011
Fantastic Blu-ray, featuring the Big 4 Live in 2010.

Sound quality 10/10 (kicking, when turned up to a sensible 'metal' level)

Picture quality 8/10 (can be grainy at times, whether this is intentional or not, it does detract from the otherwise crystal clear viewing experience)

Additional features 9/10 (interesting and amusing documentary included)

Movie 10/10 (for me Megadeth steal the show on this Blu-ray, they're truly awesome - Metallica are as good as ever and do not disappoint - Slayer are good, but not really my thing - Anthrax seem ok, but really not cup of tea at all so i can't comment)

All in all, a worthy addition to any fans collection and i highly recommend this to Megadeth fans as in my opinion, this is them at their very best (although the Rust in Peace Live Blu-ray is pretty cool too)

Tintin and the Mystery of the Golden Fleece [DVD]
Tintin and the Mystery of the Golden Fleece [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jean-Pierre Talbot
Price: £7.51

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars surprisingly good..., 12 April 2011
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i wasn't even aware of this film's existence until recent years and am pleased to say that it actually has a really good plot, is visually pleasing (mainly set in and around Istanbul and Marlinspike Hall) and somehow captures the essence of TinTin very well.

i read somewhere that even herge gave a positive response when viewing this film back when it was originally released.

for this price you surely have to buy it!

Sega Ultimate Portable Console with 20 Classic Megadrive Games built-in
Sega Ultimate Portable Console with 20 Classic Megadrive Games built-in
Offered by iSolutions
Price: £39.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars portable retro gaming at a retro price!, 21 Feb 2011
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
I, like most people who are probably reading this, have done some extensive research into this little system before purchasing it and that is why I have decided to give as accurate of an account of the console as I possibly can (typing skills and intellect permitting of course).

as far as I have found, this system made by blaze europe is the cheapest handheld console on the market that enables additional games (roms) to be played (via an sd card) and unless you are only looking for a quick (and limited) blast from the past when playing retro games, this would be the main reason for buying the 'ultimate' version of this console as apposed to the even cheaper versions that do not have the sd slot.

now, onto the review!

the system arrives well packaged in a sturdy card box, containing the six buttoned console with an 3.5mm a/v out socket, 3.5mm headphone socket, small usb socket and an sd slot, an instruction manual (giving very minimal instructions for the console and each of the built-in games) and a usb lead for charging the console via a pc/mac/usb plug adapter (as provided with an iphone) using the same connections as the lead provided with a ps3 for charging a control pad.

the console itself does feel a little plasticy (is that a word?) and cheaply manufactured, but thus far it has held up to some intensive hardcore use (I have owned mine for about a month now) and the six buttons/directional pad all feel and play very responsively.

the games built-in the console are:

1. Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle
2. Alien Storm
3. Altered Beast
4. Arrow Flash
5. Crack Down
6. Columns III
7. Decap Attack
8. Ecco
9. Ecco Jr
10. Eswat
11. Mean Bean Machine
12. Flicky
13. Gain Ground
14. Golden Axe
15. Jewel Master
16. Kid Chameleon
17. Shadow Dancer
18. Sonic & Knuckles
19. Sonic Spinball
20. Shinobi

the only issue that I have found with any of these built-in games is that the sound is not quite emulated correctly on some of them and therefore to a purest retro gamer, this machine will not be suitable, but to anyone else this really wouldn't be a problem. the sound quality itself is very good both directly from the consoles built-in speaker as well as through the headphone socket and when connected to a tv using the a/v socket.

the consoles 2.5" X 2" lcd screen picture quality is very bright and sharp and is perfectly playable without the need of any magnification (as a previous reviewer has mentioned) in my opinion. when connecting the console to a tv (a 32" hitachi lcd tv in my case) with a 3.5mm to 3 X rca jack a/v cable, the whole experience of retro gaming really comes to life! obviously some of the graphics can end up a little blocky when being blown up this big, but this in my opinion adds to the fun. unfortunately, the a/v cable is not provided with the system, but using a well known auction website, I found a 5m long cable for under £5 (inc delivery) which works perfectly.

as other reviews have stated, the one and only major problem with this console is that you are unable to save your game progress. this is not always an issue if the game that you are playing has a password system built in (i.e. road rash or desert strike etc) but it is a real set back when playing an rpg or long game and this is the only reason why I have given the console 4/5 instead of a full 5/5.

now onto the sd slot and its near endless gaming opportunities...

my whole reason for buying the 'ultimate' version of this console was of course to be able to play additional games and with minimal web searching you can find pretty much every game ever released in the uk/usa/japan for the sega megadrive/genesis available to download as a rom in .bin format. to play these roms on the console all you do is click and drag each rom from your computers hardrive onto an sd card (not provided with the console, but can be purchased for very little money from amazon etc), pop the sd card into the consoles sd slot, select the sd card option on the games menu screen and away you go!

in conclusion, I highly recommend this console to anyone wanting to play sega megadrive/genesis games and bearing in mind that the system, an sd card and a suitable a/v cable costs less than what one of these game cartridges originally cost back in the late 80's/early 90's (I remember making my poor parents pay £39.99 for desert strike on its release back in the day - crazy eh!), you really can't go wrong here.
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