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Signal [Blu-ray] [US Import]
Signal [Blu-ray] [US Import]
Offered by RAREWAVES USA
Price: £9.90

21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Scifi story, 8 Oct. 2014
The Signal features Brenton Thwaites as Nick - a former college-team runner forced into retirement by muscular dystrophy. He is travelling across America with his best buddy Jonah (Beau Knapp - Super 8) to drop his girlfriend Haley (Olivia Cooke) in California. Along the way, the MIT undergraduates are pestered by the persistent & skilled hacker NOMAD. They manage to track down his address to a rural location in Nevada and decide - as it's along the way - to drop by and pay him a surprise visit, unaware of what is waiting for them at the other end. One thing is clear, nothing will ever be the same...

The Signal begins as any number of other bait movies, you fully expect to know the direction this film will take and that's OK because director William Eubank (from Sci-fi thriller Love) has intentionally laid the trap for us to walk into like the characters. The direction of the open-road and tension between the characters at the crux of their lives is palpable set to windscreen shots of ominous thunderstorms. The sense of foreboding as the trio explore the derelict house in the desert is incredible. What is so refreshing about the direction is the constant twists that throw your plot expectations out of the window, acted incredibly ably by the relatively novice cast. Whilst this film may begin life as one thing, it rapidly becomes another. The premise is supported by an excellent aesthetic to the milieu and some truly impressive CGI. Laurence Fishburne (The Matrix Trilogy) provides an excellent rendition of an absolutely unreadable Dr Wallace Damon; head of the 'transition' team.

Extras: There is a commentary by the director and producer, which I had hoped was going to explain a little more of the subtext to the film, however it is rather limited with the guys even themselves pointing out their lack of distinct direction and context at several points. Featurette "Behind the Signal" offers a look at the making of the film with set footage. The camera pans around letting you see the production effort that went into several scenes, while also letting you get a brief glimpse at the personalities of the cast. There is also "Brilliant!", which is an amusing 18-second clip of Fishburne.

Whilst The Signal is probably not the greatest Scifi film ever it is certainly a welcome breath of fresh air to the genre, avoiding time-worn cliches and really leaves you pondering the fate of the characters and wider context. For that reason alone, this is well worth a watch!


Earth & Moon in HD Gyro 3D PRO
Earth & Moon in HD Gyro 3D PRO
Price: £0.99

5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best lock-screens out there, 8 Oct. 2014
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A fantastic back drop for your tablet, moves as you move the tablet and completely customisable, down to the distance of the moon from Earth and the speed earth rotates at. You can change the perspective whilst it is the background without even having to enter the app itself. Great functionality, beautifully rendered in HD and one of the best lock-screens out there. Highly recommended!


Draw Something Free
Draw Something Free
Price: £0.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Ad-ridden - but great game, 8 Oct. 2014
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Draw one of the preselected buzzwords for an anonymous player on the other end. Using different colours and brush types, really hone your doodling skills. Collect coins for a wider colour palette and bombs to reduce the number of letters to guess from when you are guessing your opponents picture.

Play friends by connecting to facebook and of course, you can buy additional coins and bombs using real money. My favourite aspect is drawing the specific words that collect you badges and badges mean big coin rewards. Addictive and fun. Highly recommended.

The reason for the three stars here is that this is the free version, which plays video adverts to you after every round. This would be tolerable, if it were different adverts, but it is the same advert every time which is immensely frustrating. Feels like your mind is being saturation-bombed.


Draw Something
Draw Something
Price: £1.27

5.0 out of 5 stars Doodling fun, 8 Oct. 2014
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Draw one of the preselected buzzwords for an anonymous player on the other end. Using different colours and brush types, really hone your doodling skills. Collect coins for a wider colour palette and bombs to reduce the number of letters to guess from when you are guessing your opponents picture.

Play friends by connecting to Facebook and of course, you can buy additional coins and bombs using real money. My favourite aspect is drawing the specific words that collect you badges and badges mean big coin rewards. Addictive and fun. Highly recommended.


Doodle Farm
Doodle Farm
Price: £0.62

4.0 out of 5 stars Average Doodle experience, 8 Oct. 2014
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Create creatures of all different type in this card matching game. Mix elements from different types to create creatures.

One of the weaker Doodle series, if you like this be sure to check out the far superior Doodle God, Doodle Devil and Doodle Kingdom.


Doodle Kingdom
Doodle Kingdom
Price: £0.69

5.0 out of 5 stars More Doodle fun, 8 Oct. 2014
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Match elements together to create new creatures and spells in this match up game. Really uses your brain to think of novel combinations. For example, life and magic creates elves and elves and lumber create bow and so on. There is also a run type game that comes with this where you upgrade your hero.

Doodle Kingdom also features three challenges, Restore the Kingdom, The Necromancer and How to Raise your dragon where you use your elements to create nests, eggs and raise them into full grown dragons of different types.

One of the better Doodle series, but check out the originals, Doodle God and Doodle Devil.


Dark Guardians
Dark Guardians
Price: £0.76

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Run, Slash Repeat, 8 Oct. 2014
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This ridiculously addictive rhythm game sees your guardian run through richly-animated dark worlds slashing beasts as they run at you, it's all about timing and the type of attack you use, whether it's fire, electricity, earth or a regular sword strike to kill the corresponding type of beast.

Collect health and battle bosses along the way and try and reach the furthest distance you can with well timed taps. Collect power-ups, runes and upgrade your character. Use your horse to stampede the oncoming hordes and receive multipliers for chained perfect attacks. My one small complaint is that the menus look pixellated on a tablet (playing on a Tab S) but the game is smooth as silk, a confused order of graphical issues.

Anyhow, highly recommended for an addictive and novel rhythm game.


Abyss: The Wraiths of Eden (Full)
Abyss: The Wraiths of Eden (Full)
Price: £3.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic puzzler, 25 Sept. 2014
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Great game, brilliantly put together. Solve the mystery of what happened to the diver that went to find the lost city of Eden. The decor and the feel is very much like the original Bioshock, an underwater art deco city in ruins - however the game play can be anything from a hidden object static shot to a moving tile puzzle as you navigate around the city solving the mystery. Decent length gameplay with cutscenes that draw you into the story. Recommended.


Sorcery! 2
Sorcery! 2
Price: £3.00

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy text-based adventure sequel, 24 Sept. 2014
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In this simple Tolkien-inspired map world, choose your course of action to affect the text-based story. As you progress and choose different options, different paths become available to you. When you run across an enemy, you enter a fight mode where you have to choose whether to defend and save your energy or attack with each turn. Saving your energy increases your damage the next turn, but you have to gauge whether or not your foe will be blocking or defending. You have life energy, an inventory, weapons & rations and the story is genuinely interesting and has real replayability as there are numerous side quests that I still can't figure out how to complete!

This picks up from the end of Sorcery!

If you like games like Dungeons and Dragons and Magic then this well animated text-adventure is for you. Recommended


Sorcery!
Sorcery!
Price: £3.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy text-based adventure, 24 Sept. 2014
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This review is from: Sorcery! (App)
In this simple Tolkien-inspired map world, choose your course of action to affect the text-based story. As you progress and choose different options, different paths become available to you. When you run across an enemy, you enter a fight mode where you have to choose whether to defend and save your energy or attack with each turn. Saving your energy increases your damage the next turn, but you have to gauge whether or not your foe will be blocking or defending. You have life energy, an inventory, weapons & rations and the story is genuinely interesting and has real replayability as there are numerous side quests that I still can't figure out how to complete! You end your journey just outside the gates of Khare where Sorcery! 2 begins - the close of this chapter gives you a unique code to load into the next to resume your progress.

If you like games like Dungeons and Dragons and Magic then this well animated text-adventure is for you. Recommended


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