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Lifeless Planet (PC DVD)
Lifeless Planet (PC DVD)
Price: £8.82

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Average Puzzle Platformer, 13 Jun 2014
This review is from: Lifeless Planet (PC DVD) (DVD-ROM)
Lifeless Planet is the story of a nameless American astronaut '002'. You have been sent to check out a possible candidate planet for settlement 20 light years away; the landing is anything but smooth and you awaken separated from your ship and crew. All alone on a seemingly barren planet; completely contrary to the initial reports. As you explore the environment, it becomes clear that someone has been here before and in numbers. Can you unravel the story as to what happened here? Time will tell...

Lifeless Planet is a pretty simple game - even with the resolution at 1920x1080 (max) and the graphics set to 'Fantastic' it seems a bit grainy and uninspired. The texture palette is bland and all of the shapes are jarringly geometric. That is not to say it isn't without its moments; the vivid greens and blues of the geothermal pools are extremely impressive and some of the vistas you come across (the canyons and the craters) are truly breath-taking, the lighting of the sky is fantastic. However these are the show-pieces of the game; the rest of the levels are pretty humdrum. The transition between cut-scenes and chapters is often jarring; dropping out of the video into a level that you have no idea how you arrived at - it can feel rather surreal at points.

There are glitches still in the product. A couple of times I got stuck in between objects and the wall and had to reset from the last checkpoint - I fell down a pipe there was no way to get out of without a reset. Falling off a cliff means you hit an arbitrary level and die, rather than hitting the floor - a small point, I admit - but bearing in mind you have a jet-pack to break your fall you shouldn't just die when you get to a specific altitude. Objects I was carrying just glitch-disappeared and respawned where I got them from originally for no apparent reason - it seems a bit unfinished.

The puzzles are pretty boring, once you have done the range (about three or so; find an object, put it here; touch keys in sequence; and turn the power on) they are recycled ad infinitum across the stages. The rest is just a jumping game - this is frustrating - there are protracted jumping sequences, platform to platform - which is OK if your control mechanics are sharp but the astronaut moves about like he's just finished a bottle of jack on an empty stomach. There is an extended boost feature to your jet-pack which is turned on and off at whim by the game (apparently you have run out of fuel but there is no limit to how much use you have until you reach a certain part of the level) which is infuriating. Finally, the lighting is appalling at some points, just pitch-black - you cannot see anything! Your third-person perspective is free to move the camera about as you see fit, but the flashlight on the helmet doesn't follow it, so in the darker cave areas it is literally impossible to see what you are doing, sure you can turn the astronaut to illuminate the section you want to see but what happens if you want to look upwards to scope out the next ledge you want to jump to? Forget it buddy, it can't be done.

For all of its flaws Lifeless Planet is still fun to play, the story is interesting, if a little thin for a Sci-Fi, and the music, well the music drives this entire game; coming over a ridge and seeing the path ahead set to compelling string concertos is a great feeling. You know that you are on the right track when you feel the soundtrack change, driving you towards the next objective. So I feel bad only giving this game 3-Stars but it is only 4 hours of play to completion and I don't think I will be coming back to it, I didn't feel like I left anything on the table or there was anything more to be garnered out of it by playing it again. Simplistic graphics, buggy in places, a moody & atmospheric soundtrack and an interesting story but pretty short - despite all of that I can still recommend this game.


Glow Hockey 2 Pro
Glow Hockey 2 Pro
Price: £0.63

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well designed air hockey game, 21 May 2014
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This review is from: Glow Hockey 2 Pro (App)
This really is a simple one; air hockey, control the paddle with your finger and fend off the oppositions hits towards your goal. The arena is surrounded with neon lights that light up when each quarter is hit. You can play 2 player on the same device which is cool, there is also a 1 player quick game and even a championship. The scores are shown on screen. That's about it.


Inferno+
Inferno+
Price: £1.18

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic arcade style shooter, 20 May 2014
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This review is from: Inferno+ (App)
Inferno is a great little two dimensional neon based game, much like Asteroid, but animated one hundred times better. You control a little spherical ship through a neon line level, you are free to move in any direction you like and have two joysticks, one for motion, the other for the direction of fire.

Use your shields, buddy drones and power bombs to beat each level's swarms of enemies, static gun emplacements, mines and kamikaze ships. Each level you beat gets you an upgrade point where you can improve an aspect of your ship, be it shield duration, spread fire, rapid fire and so on. As the levels progress your ship becomes something truly powerful but new types of enemies keep the pressure on. A fast paced, smooth, well animated and highly entertaining little shooter. Recommended!


Son of Batman [Blu-ray] [2014] [Region Free]
Son of Batman [Blu-ray] [2014] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Ethan Spaulding
Price: £7.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Solid animated Batman story, 17 May 2014
After a sustained assault on the League of Shadow's lair, Ra's al Ghul is murdered by his former protégé, Deathstroke (Slade Wilson). His daughter Talia flees with her son Damian to Gotham. Damian has spent his entire life in the walls of the League of Shadows compound and is a highly skilled fighter for such a young man. Talia, being targeted by Deathstroke, thinks it would be safer for Damian to stay with his father, the Dark Knight - apparently Damian is the result of a little date-rape by Talia...

Damian is bloodthirsty and Batman struggles to temper his will; trying to teach him that you do not fight crime by being a criminal. But when Deathstroke's master plan becomes apparent, the Dark Knight will have to team up with the impetuous young Damian to topple them, will they suceed? Time will tell...

Son of Batman is an excellently animated adventure, credit to Warner Animation who have done a sterling job. The action is constant with some excellent characters making an appearance; Nightwing, Killer Croc, Manbats and a prominent performance from Alfred. Whilst Damian is an impetuous little SOB (Son of Batman) - he is skilled and earns Batman's respect. The story is solid but the action is a little over the top sometimes - an eight-year-old being able to go sword to sword with a 400lb body builder and hold his ground is a bit much, as are arrow launching mini-guns and trebuchets able to take out moving helicopters. Despite these points, this is a great addition to the DC animated universe.

Recommended!


Last Fish
Last Fish
Price: £0.69

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Monochromatic tilt'n'turn game, 17 May 2014
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This review is from: Last Fish (App)
Last Fish is a great little game; by using your device's accelerometers you control a little white fish in a murky pond, collect the white food to gain health points and avoid the moving black goop. Each level has different goals; whether it's achieving a fixed number of health points, passing through a number of rings or even just surviving a length of time in a heavily goo infested pond.

The accuracy of the movement controls is great, even having the consideration of asking you your current orientation, directly overhead playing on a flat surface, sat in a chair or lying on your back so the fidelity of the controls remains high. The white food fades in and out just as the black goop does and it's all set to an atmospheric soundtrack.

When all this is considered it makes this a fantastic little time-burner. Recommended!


PicShop - Photo Editor
PicShop - Photo Editor
Price: £1.99

5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent post-processor, 16 May 2014
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This review is from: PicShop - Photo Editor (App)
Apply filters, tints and frames to your images using this nifty app. It allows you to adjust just how much each effect is being used with a slider bar, allowing you to choose between subtlety and full-on blow-out effects. It has the usual suite of filters, Lomo, Vignette etc and the frames are predictable, grunge, feathered and Polaroid for example. However, once again it takes it a step further and you can decide the width and level of all of these effects. Finally it has great little features like 'Meme Generator' allowing you to add bold white text to the top and the bottom of the image, it also allows speech bubble, stickers and so on. When all this is considered and it has a flick-back button to the original image throughout the entire process and a direct link to your Gmail, this is a great app. Recommended.


Rhonna Designs
Rhonna Designs
Price: £1.21

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An average set of free frames - buy everything else, 16 May 2014
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This is a well put together little app, the editing is smooth and easy and the frames are novel and neat, you can go back and edit any stage of the transformation, meaning you can re-mask everything until it is finally saved. However, there is a prevalent button that shows you all of the filters and frames you could have had and they look a lot better. Of course the catch is that you have to pay £0.59 for every pack (of which, there are many) and it does seem a bit like a money-spinning exercise. A good app, but there are others doing the same thing for free.


Camera ZOOM FX
Camera ZOOM FX
Price: £1.79

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really reduces zoom pixellation, 16 May 2014
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This review is from: Camera ZOOM FX (App)
As you zoom in, using this app it interpolates pixellation giving you a much smoother end result. You can use this app to change your zoom settings using the volume buttons rather than the on-screen slider which is cool functionality. It has heaps of post-processing filters as well, the usual set of colour filters, but really comes into its own when the retro photo effects are considered. Able to replicate turn-of-the-century photo effects, Polaroids, 70's style film, 8mm style, faded and weathered effects and cracked & folded images. Really a great addition to your regular filters


TouchRetouch
TouchRetouch
Price: £0.63

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible photo-editor, 16 May 2014
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Using only your phone and your thumb you will be surprised just how much you can do with this nifty little app. Using the lasso, drag around an unwanted subject in a photo, or background, complete the loop then hit 'start' and voila, it's gone. The app interpolates the missing pixels from around the cut-out area into the hole, meaning it does produce some blur sometimes, especially in complex areas. But you can use the clone stamp to copy an area and drag it into the hole to produce a replicating pattern (wallpaper behind someone for example). Considering this is all on your phone and done with the drag of a finger and a couple of button presses, this app is very impressive.


PicFrame
PicFrame
Price: £0.59

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great composite photo compiler, 16 May 2014
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PicFrame allows you to select a few images (new via the camera or existing from gallery) and put them together in a split-frame composite image - like the app badge. There are a myriad of different framing option, with as many as 2-5 pictures together in a tile. The options are pretty much endless, choose how much you want the corners of each image rounded, the border width, the colour of the border, the pattern in between the images. Once each image is in it's specific frame, you can drag and zoom it to make sure the subject is centered. A great app for producing composite images. Recommended.


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