As many fans of mobile phones will probably already know Apple and Samsung are not the closest of corporate friends right about now as both companies are locked in a massive litigation battle regarding patents. I won’t bother to get into the nitty-gritty of the various issues but anyone can merely go to Google or Bing and do a search to find out how each company is taking this very seriously.
After being delayed due to a litany of different reasons JJ Abram’s sequel to his enormously successful Star Trek reboot finally has a firm release date of May 17, 2013. For those who are keeping track of such things this means a whopping four year gap between Star Trek films making it the longest period Trek fans have had to endure between sequels. Additionally, Paramount Pictures has announced that the film will be released in both 2D and 3D which is not much of a surprise considering 3D surcharges will surely drive up revenue although one hopes that it doesn’t force JJ Abrams into shooting specific shots just for the sake of making something look cool in 3D.
With close to 650,000 apps there is no doubt that Apple’s app store remains the leader in providing consumers with the most applications to download for their mobile and tablet devices. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that most are of any quality whatsoever and Skyline: Test Your Knowledge is one such app which makes the case for Apple to be more stringent in what they allow in their store. To put it bluntly Skyline: Test Your Knowledge is an awful application that would still fail as a grade ten computer science project. While the game concept seems like it could be novel and distinct from other quiz games by using silhouettes of various city skylines and tasking the player to correctly choose the right answer the entire project reeks of amateurishness from start to finish.
Having watched Disney’s Tangled every single night for the last three weeks with my 21 month old son I did what every sane parent would by going out to my local gaming store and purchasing the movie tie-in videogame. I mean, spending two hours with the movie wasn’t enough time with Rapunzel and Flynn so I needed even more! Okay, that might be exaggerating just a tad but suffice it to say Disney’s Tangled for the Wii ends up being an above average video game based on a movie license and although it will satisfy many there are times that the game mechanics seem beyond the range of its target audience.
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Director Wayne Wang might not be a well known name yet many will have undoubtedly seen his best film, the adaptation of Amy Tan’s Joy Luck Club. Now, almost two decades later, he returns to try his hand once again with yet another melodramatic tale of camaraderie between women in Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. However, the results are decidedly less grand as the film suffers from an extreme sense of pointlessness that does nothing to help illuminate its compelling subject material. The entire project feels inherent manufactured and scripted precisely to touch as many emotional heartstrings as possible yet the execution is as subtle as a massive hammer to the head as viewers are constantly bombarded by an altogether saccharine original soundtrack and the creation of two parallel plots that don’t do the film any favours by diluting its core message.
Just when I thought that I couldn’t play a worse hidden object game than Rangy Lil’s Wild West Adventure here comes Route 66 which is a carbon copy of the aforementioned game but lacking even more features making the title a sure contender for worst iPad game of all time. Developer Gameshastra should be completely ashamed and embarrassed for these bad PC ports which rip out content for no apparent reason. In this case, much like Rangy Lil’s Wild West Adventure this means that there are no mini games whatsoever and that gameplay consists entirely of hidden object locations one after the other from start to finish. While HOG gamers might see this as a positive it does nothing but frustrate players to no end especially when one takes into account the game’s dual daggers of boredom the first being the ludicrously easy difficulty and the second the total lack of any penalties.