Aug 24, 2016

[Games] Futurama: Game of Drones (Android)

I try not to invest too much time into mobile games since, well, life is beautiful and all that. But inevitably one looks for something to do while waiting in queue or while idle for one reason or another and a lot of mobile games nicely address that particular itch. But they don't address that itch for long.

While I'm not the biggest Futurama fan, I eventually gave in and downloaded Futurama: Game of Drones since (1) match-3 games are decently casual and easy to pick up and drop between tasks and (2) Futurama is funny. The combination of the two elements made for a decent enough game with all the frustrations of this game genre.

I played the game steadily for a week or thereabouts while switching between Star Trek: Wrath of Gems on the side. But over time I played it less and less until I've reached a point where I only occasionally venture into it when I remember that I have it.

So let's explore that a bit.

Aug 23, 2016

[Apps] Doctor Who Colouring App

And while I never got into the "adult coloring book" crazy that got pretty popular last year, I am more than a little amused that the folks at the BBC decided it would be a good idea to release a Doctor Who theme colouring app because, why not, right? And the app isn't free either, so you will need to shell out approximately $2.99 USD for it on Android, iOS or Amazon devices.

As much as I love Doctor Who, I'm not sure if this something I'm ready to get into just yet.

But if you're curious, check out the video ad below:

Aug 22, 2016

[Comics] Chrononauts

Skimming over this year's Eisner Award nominees got me rather curious about a number of titles and a related Image sale on comiXology led to me picking up a number of titles. Award nominations and yet another  $0.99 sale makes for a rather deadly combination for me indeed.

Among them was the Mark Millar creation Chrononauts, which appealed to me since it was (1) a limited series, (2) about time travel, (3) and with a nice retro feel to it. And while I normally like my comic book art involve cleaner lines, there was something about the rough look of the covers that got me a little nostalgic for the comics of my youth.

It's easier explore limited comic book arcs like this it means I don't have to invest too much to get a full comic book story experience. Plus I like tracking how many books I've read in a year via Shelfari  Goodreads and a limited series tends to have a clear definition of beginning and end all nice and neat.

Aug 19, 2016

[Games] SimCity BuildIt (Android)

As much as I love board games like Suburbia and PC games like Cities Skylines, one doesn't always have the time or the opportunity to play such games. And sometimes you really just want to build a city despite the other factors getting in the way.

I found myself wanting to scratch that city-building itch and finally got into SimCity BuildIt as a more casual effort to get back into the city-building groove. And while the game is comparatively simpler to play than its PC-based older brother, to call it a casual game may be a bit of an insult. Like the original SimCity before it, you still have to balance diverse elements in order to keep your city functioning. Plus it has EA's usual brand of brutal freemium design that can make it pretty tempting to purchase in-app currency with real-world money.

But that's just how these games go.

Aug 18, 2016

[Transformers] Optimus Prime Versus Windblade

In the latest episode of Machinima's Transformers: Combiner Wars web series. I was not expecting Windblade try and take on Optimus Prime with little regard for herself. And of course Optimus was all noble by not attacking her for as long as possible, although given his size and relative scale compared to Windblade, you wouldn't expect him to be able to dodge her attacks so quickly.

Three episodes in, I have to admit that I wish the animation quality was a little better. Sure it''s a Machinima series so it's not exactly a Pixar creation, but for a series that aims to be totally action-packed, at times the action ends up being jerky and jilted. This fight was generally okay, but it definitely could have gone a heck of a lot better.

But don't take my word for it - watch it for yourself!

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