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Mark R. Bannister (London, England)
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Space Overlords (PC DVD)
Space Overlords (PC DVD)
Price: £7.81

1.0 out of 5 stars Let down in every department, 12 Jun. 2016
This review is from: Space Overlords (PC DVD) (DVD-ROM)
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This would be a really great game if it wasn't let down by the graphics, music, back story, game play, terrible cut scenes, corny invented language and names and just about everything else. You spend your time as a space overlord that you have chosen walking over planets that are far too small destroying lots of equally small identical looking buildings (it's like they are made of lego), avoiding tree that can somehow poison you. The buildings are destroyed by either walking over them, or hitting them, as far as I can tell. Not really "fighting my way", and no more satisfying than, when I was child, knocking down my brother's lego tower block. It's a bit like a 2D platform game pretending to be a 3D game, but not nearly as interesting as a 2D platform game because at least in those you can go up and down a bit more. I will be uninstalling the game shortly, as I don't really see the point of it.


ccbetter® 5 in 1 Wireless Key Finder, Key Locator with LED Flashlight and Base Support, Distance 10m-30m
ccbetter® 5 in 1 Wireless Key Finder, Key Locator with LED Flashlight and Base Support, Distance 10m-30m
Offered by efsuk
Price: £29.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Great at finding lost things, but not so good at self recovery, 18 May 2016
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Seemed to work fine at Christmas when unwrapped, beeped nicely as expected, except we then lost all of the key fobs and the key finder in a recent house move :-)


Theory Made Easy for Little Children, Level 1
Theory Made Easy for Little Children, Level 1
by Lina Ng
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Great series, my children have loved it, but some stickers can unstick themselves too easily, 18 May 2016
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A great series for young children. It does require some basic maths abilities, for example being confident in the knowledge of the different combinations that add up to 4, so you can't start them too early on the theory, but the stickers really help and encourage remembering and recall. My only complaint with this, and the other books in the series, is that the stickers on the edge of the sticker page always come off by themselves once you've started opening the book and it bends on its binding. They can then fall out or get stuck on your arm when you're reaching across the book, and can easily get lost. If the stickers were provided on more pages and not up to the edge, this phenomenon would resolve itself. This is the only reason I couldn't give 5 stars.


Boredom Buster (Lonely Planet Kids)
Boredom Buster (Lonely Planet Kids)
by Lonely Planet Kids
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Rainy day games perhaps, but no good at all for travel, 18 May 2016
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Packed with 118 pages of games, and with the subtitle "games for the road" and back-page blurb that says "keep your whole family entertained on any journey" you'd think there would be some original gems in there that would help keep children amused during a long car journey. Unfortunately, apart from the obvious games we've played all of our lives anyway, almost anything original in this book involves looking at or holding the book. Not suitable for drivers, or indeed anyone in the front passenger seat. Moreover, the "board" games and "flick" games wouldn't work even on a flat table in a stationary room that does not bump around as the double-page spreads don't sit flat enough - let alone in a moving car. If the game involves all players having visibility of a book, it's not a game that is going to be suitable for the whole family whilst travelling.

A title such as this really needs to rely much less on impractical gimmicks and actually provide practical games that really do not require that you hold anything or look at anything specific. Alternatively, taking away the "travel" perspective and calling this a "rainy day" book would probably be ok, as long as it were spiral bound so that the pages can actually lie flat.

In it's present form, I'm very disappointed by the false promises. However, with a bit of rework, this could become a practical boredom buster rather than just an oversized drinks mat.

p.s. A family of astrounauts will also encounter immense difficulty playing the flick games, as it relies on the presence of a reasonable gravitational force, so it's not really suitable for *any* journey as advertised.


ProCook Gourmet Non Stick Wok & Lid 28cm
ProCook Gourmet Non Stick Wok & Lid 28cm
Offered by ProCook
Price: £64.00

1.0 out of 5 stars Glass lid shatters, unsafe, very poor quality control, 16 May 2016
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My wife was very pleased to receive this for her birthday, however, when she washed up the lid, the glass shattered all over the washing up bowl. Luckily she was not hurt. We have now had to throw the lid away. Is the lid supposed to be safety glass? The way it shattered and left little pieces everywhere suggests not. These must be safe to wash up, so this must have been a defect. We've asked for a replacement lid, but we will be very wary of the lid in future, wouldn't want that to happen when placed on a hot pan. The wok seems really good quality and perfectly non-stick as other reviewers have mentioned, but I can't give a cookware product more than 1 star if there are safety issues with it. Shouldn't be on the market at all if their quality control is this bad.


Specimen Aural Tests, Grades 1-3 with 2 CDs: new edition from 2011 (Specimen Aural Tests (ABRSM))
Specimen Aural Tests, Grades 1-3 with 2 CDs: new edition from 2011 (Specimen Aural Tests (ABRSM))
by ABRSM
Edition: Sheet music
Price: £11.75

3.0 out of 5 stars Good quality but not enough examples, 19 Mar. 2016
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Good in that you know if your child can do these aural tests they're probably well enough prepared for the music exam, but, there are not nearly enough examples. When you're using this book two or three times a week in the lead up to an exam, you quickly find yourself repeating the same tests over and over again. This book is not nearly as good as the sight reading tests where there are many more examples.


Brain Games For Clever Kids
Brain Games For Clever Kids
by Gareth Moore
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor paper quality and the wrong type of binding for a book that you're supposed to write in, 19 Mar. 2016
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It's a nice idea, and lots of the brain games included in the book are good, but the layout is awful. It's printed like a fiction book that you read at bedtime, and yet you have to write in it? It would be much better printed as a workbook.


Magic Wand - Magic Theme Party Filler
Magic Wand - Magic Theme Party Filler
Offered by Be Unique Sales
Price: £1.04

1.0 out of 5 stars Cheaply made, not robust enough to survive child's play, 19 Mar. 2016
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Cheap rubbish, one of the white ends broke off within a day or two.


LeapFrog Explorer Game: Mr. Pencil Saves Doodleburg (for LeapPad and Leapster)
LeapFrog Explorer Game: Mr. Pencil Saves Doodleburg (for LeapPad and Leapster)
Price: £13.33

3.0 out of 5 stars Good at teaching pencil control, but it is very American, 19 Mar. 2016
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It has been a good game for getting my 3 year old to improve his pencil control, and he has enjoyed it. I won't fault it for that. But it's very American, and I do wish that Leap Frog would realise that in the UK we would much prefer having educational games talk to us in a British accent.


Thunderbirds Thunderbirds Vehicle Super Set
Thunderbirds Thunderbirds Vehicle Super Set
Price: £19.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, cheaply made, break too easily, should be much better than this!, 19 Mar. 2016
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They look authentic, based on the new Thunderbirds Are Go television series, and they fit the Tracy Island playset perfectly (as they would, they are designed to go with it). Unfortunately that's where my praise stops. They are quite small really, ok they fit the playset but boys like big rockets. Thunderbird 2 has very flimsy legs which will soon break, I can see the plastic going white where it has been stressed, I'm expecting those legs to break off any day. Also, the centre section of Thunderbird 2 falls out too easily. Thunderbird 3 already has one of its three grappling arms broken off. The Tracy Island playset is really sturdy and I can't think that anything is going to break on it, but these toys are too expensive for what they are - cheap, flimsy plastic. Disappointing.


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