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Why Don't Penguins' Feet Freeze?: And 114 Other Questions
Why Don't Penguins' Feet Freeze?: And 114 Other Questions
by New Scientist
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

66 of 68 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb Q & A book to satisfy even the most trivial curiosity, 9 Nov. 2006
This book, the follow up to 'Does Anything Eat Wasps?', of trivial, is a wonderful compilation of trivial, unimportant questions that you might wonder about but never really knew the answer to, or who to ask, or where to look.

Why Don't Penguins Feet Freeze? compiles a list of these questions, all categorised into their own section, all come with a variety of responses (scientific, factual and sometimes funny and bizarre) for you to enjoy.

You don't have to be an expert in science to appreciate and enjoy this book (such as me). Embrace it and learn something new everyday. Definitely worth checking out.

Tetris DS (Nintendo DS)
Tetris DS (Nintendo DS)
Offered by CD DIXIE
Price: £26.95

12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely update handled with care, 10 Sept. 2006
Classic Tetris gameplay combined with nostalgic elements from various Nintendo All-Stars from over the years create this up to date package that retains the game we all know and love, as well as incorporating new styles of play.

Everyone who grew up on the old GB version of Tetris may or may not enjoy having infinite spin incorporated into the game (whereby a block will not be set firm until you stop spinning) but this should not hamper your experience, particularly, and this is one of the most attractive features of this new version, of playing online.

It's a wonderful game that doesn't fix what isn't broken. Great stuff!

Silent Hill [DVD]
Silent Hill [DVD]
Dvd ~ Radha Mitchell
Price: £4.99

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric and well intended movie that does the franchise justice, 8 Sept. 2006
This review is from: Silent Hill [DVD] (DVD)
Video game to movie adaptations have all flopped in the past and garnered a bad reputation of being awful crapfests that do the game franchises no justice.

Silent Hill changes all of this by being produced and directed by someone who respects the source material and respects the fans - Christophe Gans. As Rose Da Silva finds her drawn to the mysterious town of Silent Hill, the journey becomes a frantic search for her missing daughter in a seemingly deserted place, isolated from civilation.

The parallels to the video games, in terms of character presence and atmosphere is staggering. The film set and the foggy nature of the town is replicated successfully on the big screen as they were in the game.

The film's flaw includes a clunky script that delivers some rather clunky and unconvincing dialogue. The actors, all of whom blend well into the roles, do make the most of this, but tighter scripting could have been made.

The DVD is disappointingly bare bones for a release that deserves so much more. The Making of documentary is sufficient and gives insight into character casting, creatures and the sets, but it's worth pointing out the the R2 UK DVD is MISSING the last segment of the documentary 'creature choreography', even though it's stated on the back of the case.

Overall, a well made film with the best of intentions. Despite its flaws in script, it is by far the best video game to movie adaptation to date.

Prehistoric Park [2006] [DVD]
Prehistoric Park [2006] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Nigel Marven
Price: £6.98

8 of 36 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars An interesting, ambitious concept spoiled by terrible execution and delivery., 8 Sept. 2006
This poorly produced, poorly written and ultimately poorly executed programme is the latest in programmes on dinosaurs and creatures of the past.

The story, in which the actors play the parts of themselves, stars Nigel Marvin as sets about trying to save creatures from the prehistoric era from extinction, and bring them back to fake nature conservatory 'Prehistoric Park'. Now, you'd think they could make an interesting story that could be enjoyed by all but practically everything from production to the acting hampers everything going it.

Saying "it's for children' is absolutely NO reason and is no excuse to why we should accept such a sloppy overall product. The acting, by all, is dire and the reasoning behind the decisions in this piece of fictional pretence is mind-boggingly bizarre (wooden enclosures) and just highlights just how badly conceived the whole thing is.

A total waste of space. Anybody wanting entertainment and education, as well as a treat for the kids, are far better off investing in any of the BBC nature documentaries such as Big Cat Week or any of David Attenborough's series.

Lucifer's Call aka Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne (PS2)
Lucifer's Call aka Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne (PS2)
Offered by Entertainment Hub Ltd
Price: £9.30

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark, bleak and wonderfully engaging in every way, 3 July 2005
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
Shin Megami Tensei: Lucifer's Call, much like the rest of the series and the first to make it to the UK is an RPG that is much darker in tone, language and spirit than the vast majority of Japanese RPGs in the market.

The apocalypse and destruction of everything we believe in, and the quest to find out who you are and what your place is in the world delves into an atmosphere that's wonderfully bleak, with a non-stereotypical cast supporting you along the way.

The game allows a vast amount of choice and customisation for the gamer, meaning that you can construct and develop all the characters in your party however you want with demon customisation being particularly emphasised. It's a pretty lengthy RPG that makes the most of what it has to offer and then some.

Comes highly recommended for people wanting to try any RPG different to the norm.

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