Beasts of Balance

beastsofbalanceGather the family around the table for board game night.  Build, create and stack.  It’s like Jenga, well kind of.  First you will need to spend $100 bucks on the “starter pack” that includes the Plinth, which is the electronic interactive base plate and 24 “Artefacts” which are the animals.  You will also need an iOS or Android device to play the game.

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DZ Android Mini Series 06

deadzebraandroid6001Dead Zebra Inc’s popular Android vinyl is back with series 6.  The Android Mini Series 06 features 16 designs including 3 rare chase figures.  Designs feature artwork from Google, artists like Andrew Bell, Andrea Kang, Colus, Dwaine Morris, Igor Ventura, Jessica Wang, Nathan Jurevicius and Otto Bjornik.

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The Smartphone Spacecraft Toy – Space Hawk

spacehawkboxThis spacecraft toy looks like it’s from the 1980s’s Silverhawks cartoon show, remember that?  But, this is Space Hawk from Ravensburger.  Space Hawk combines the toy element, while adding the smartphone (sold separately) interactivity and board game aesthetics into one.  Fun for kids and adults trying to save the galaxy!

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PewDiePie: Legend of the Brofist (Android) Mini Review

So this past week I was browsing the ‘Play Store’ on my phone for something new to play.  I needed something new to play that would keep me busy until Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection comes out next week.  Enter PewDiePie: Legend of the Brofist by Outerminds Inc.  It is a cute little 8-bit platformer.  The game is something like a Mario… or Adams Family for the SNES, except with a bit wonkier controls.  You may find it a bit difficult to control your character while jumping in the air.  The touch-screen is a little sensitive, or at least it was for me.

pewdiepie legend of the brofist

It’s a short game, something that you could probably beat in one day; if you play on easy mode that is.  Now I’m not a big PewDiePie fan, I’ll admit that I have watched a good number of his videos, however in this game there seems to be references to his videos that only loyal fans will understand.  Friends of his are also in this game as playable characters; if you’re not a fan of playing as PewDiePie, then maybe you’ll like playing as Markiplier… or how about CinnamonToastKen… or Cry?  Personally, I played JackSepticEye all the way through the game once I unlocked him.  Speaking of all these YouTubers, there is also voice acting in this game, which means you get to hear these YouTubers give out some cringe worthy performances.

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I know it sounds like I am bashing the game, and that is not what I want to do.  I actually really liked this game.  It’s really really tough on the harder difficulties.  I’ve only beat the first two levels on lvl. 2 difficulty; don’t judge.  If you have $5 to spare, I would recommend this game, and you don’t even have to be a fan of Felix or his friends to enjoy this game.  If you’re looking for a mobile game to pass the time, then this one is for you.  So try it out, have fun, and go ahead and rage while you play it on the harder difficulties.

Fallout Shelter (Android) Mini Review

Fallout ShelterThis game has only been out for about three weeks, on Android, and it doesn’t seem that I’ll stop playing it anytime soon.  When Bethesda announced this game back during E3, I was excited to play something new that was Fallout related; though I would have to wait two months to get my hands on the Android version, but it was worth the wait.  Not a day has passed since I haven’t been on this game; leveling up their abilities or sending them out in the Wasteland.

Fallout Shelter Vault

The game is simple enough.  You are the Overseer or your own Vault, sort of like the big boss, and your job is to build your Vault while making sure the people that live in your vault don’t die.  You’ll have to build water treatment plants, diners and power plants to be able to keep your Vault up and running.  While running your Vault, you’re also going to have to deal with fires breaking out, Radroach and Mole Rat infestations, Raider invasions, and the scariest of all… Deathclaw invasions.  I’ve had two Deathclaw invasions in a row and let me tell you, it is the worst thing that can happen to you.  Your power, water and food storage goes down quickly and they can (and will) kill your Vault dwellers so fast that you had better equip every dweller with good weapons to defend themselves.

Fallout Shelter Deathclaws

I really don’t know how long this game lasts.  Is it never ending? Will it game over once you reach your 1000th vault dweller?  I’m not sure if I’ll ever find out that answer because once Fallout 4 comes out this November, like so many others, I will probably be playing this game a whole lot less.  It’s a fun game.  Even if you are not a fan of the Fallout series you can still have fun, trying to see how big you can make your Vault.  Thank you Bethesda, for such a simple yet addictive and fun game; I can’t wait to see how your main title is going to turn out.

I give this mobile game an 8/10.  So long from Vault 47.

Japan: The Robot Receptionist

robotreceptionistMeet Aiko Chihira.  She’s robot made by Toshiba and you will find her working at Mitsukoshi Nihombashi department store in Tokyo.  Let’s go shopping!

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Android Series 5 Drops

androidseries5The Android logo is more than a logo for pushing smartphones and stuff!  The Android Series 5 is dropping into retail for 2015 with killer designs from Andrew Bell, Gary Ham, Devilrobots and Google, Inc. itself.

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From A App Game, Now A Toy Blaster

doodlejumppopperFrom the popular smartphone app game Doodle Jumper, comes the toy Doodle Jump Popper from Hog Wild Toys.  It’s not only cute, but shoots out foam balls.  Just pop into mouth and squeeze away with the 6 included foam balls.  Ages 4 and up.

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Japan: The Future of Robotics

androidrobotsRemember watching anime like Bubblegum Crash or Ghost in the Shell about androids and cyborgs?  Is it here already?  Engadget is at the “Android: What is Human?” Exhibition in Toyko, Japan.

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Marvel Puzzle Quest Review

Marvel Puzzle Quest Logo

I was never a big fan of mobile games so naturally I’ve never heard of Marvel Puzzle Quest. Even though this game had been out since October 2013, it wasn’t until a week ago when I was persuaded to try the game for the first time. Here’s a fun fact about myself: I’m not a fan of Marvel Comics – I’m more of a a DC man myself.  At first I didn’t want anything to do with this game; my friends then compared it to Bejeweled which didn’t help their case either, but in the end, I gave in and ended up downloading it on my phone. And lo and behold, in just a matter of minutes, I got hooked on the game. I guess the features of leveling up your characters and having hit points for each really got to the RPG fan in me. Since each of your characters have HP, and it takes seconds to restore just one hit point, this is not a game that you are going to be stuck on for hours and hours. If your character(s) get beat down at the end of the match, it may take them hours to regenerate back to full health, causing you to take a break from playing if you have no health kits to cure them – so at least you’re not going to be spending your whole day playing this game non-stop.

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Custom R2D2 Droid by Evilos

r2d2 droidCustom vinyl artist Christopher Avalos aka Evilos takes a regular Android vinyl toy and makes R2D2 from Star War Wars.

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Android Series 4

google android series 4We got a sneak preview of this Android Series 4 set of figures @ 2013 New York Comic-Con a few weeks back.  Now this collectible vinyl set is ready to drop these next few weeks at your local geek shop or online store.

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Halloween Android Mini Figure!

trickortreat androidJust in time for Halloween, check out this cool pumpkin-inspired Android mini-figure by artist Gary Ham.

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Pebble Watch Review

[Pebble Watch]

My Pebble watch finally arrived! For those who don’t know, this watch is an e-ink display watch which communicates via bluetooth with a smart phone. It rose in popularity due to its interesting design blowing past it’s Kickstarter goal by BIZZZZZILIONS of dollars.

Not being a watch person for many years, I was intrigued by the project and succumbed to its siren’s calling. I backed the watch in May 2012 and waited. And waited. And waited until it arrived. It’s finally in my hands and here’s some quick thoughts!

Package:

The box was made out of cardboard and had an easy to remove pull-string. Inside was the watch and USB charge cable. That’s it – nice and simple. Reminded me of Apple’s minimalistic packaging.

Packaging[Packaging]

Watch:

If I had to describe the watch, I would categorize it as a sporty looking watch. The e-paper display looks good in the daylight and the night time. It has four buttons, up / down / select / back, and a section for the magnetic charge port.

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Android Mini Collectible Figures

android figuresLike Apple-addicts, if you can’t get enough of the Linux-based Android OS platform, show your support by buying these cute little Android Mini-figures by DYZ Plastic.  This Rainbow Set features a collectible display box and 10 different colored Android figures.  The heads are removable too, so that you can store things.

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Anomaly Warzone Earth HD Game Review

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2018 is a bad year for Earth in Anomaly Warzone Earth HD. An alien force decides to visit and it’s up to you to fight against this menace.

In the game, you command military units in various missions to escort, search and destroy, and kick alien butt through a hostile environment. There are two parts to the action, a tactical map and a battle mode.

The tactical map is your planning stage. Time stands still for you to decide which units to use and which route to plot through the battlefield. Once the units and route is in place, it’s time to set the troops in motion and switch to the battle mode.

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The Hottest Drawing Game on the Planet Right Now

Main Menu for Draw Something

Draw Something is my current distraction on the iPhone. If you haven’t heard about OMGPop’s Draw Something yet, you’ve been living under a rock!

It’s best described as a cross between Pictionary and Scrabble. The gameplay is pretty simple. At the start of the game, you choose one of three words to draw, draw the image, and then sends the image to your friend. Your buddy then guesses the word from the image and sends an image to back to guess. Moves are done in a play-by-mail method. Since this is a casual pace, there’s no urgency for the players. Whenever time permits, a move can be made.

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