Temple Run

Temple run is a endless running game.First released in 2011, this game was very popular and attracted many people to download it. Updated versions of this game appeared several years later.They were temple run 2 and temple run 3. There are several characters which you will have to unlock which have special abilities. When you start the game, there will be a few creatures chasing you.If you run without hitting any obstacles in front of you, you will be able to shake them away. There are different obstacles which you will have to jump, slide under, turn left or right to avoid them. As you run , you collect coins. There are 3 kinds of coins. Red, gold, blue. Red coins are worth 2 gold coins while gold coins are worth 1 coin and blue coins are worth 3 gold coins.

Coins can be accumulated to buy power ups or unlock new characters. Swiping up allows you to jump, swiping down allows you to slide under ,swiping left and right allows you to turn to your left and right respectively. Coins can be earned faster through in-app purchases using real money. This game was first released to iOS. then followed by Android, then Windows Phone 8.

I think this game is generally fun. But to make this game easier , the game should have a limit and not be endless.This game should be introduced in more platforms such as computer. But, this game must be updated frequently so that it will not be outdated and get replaced by new games.

Credits:

https://temple-run-2.en.softonic.com/android

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temple_Run

Growtopia

Growtopia

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Its a multiplayer sandbox platformer with crafting, building, punching and socializing. There are no goals, just an infinite number of worlds where you create whatever you want with all your friends. Farming in Growtopia are the most interesting thing to do! Farm by planting and breaking them after they can be harvested. Examples of farmables are: Fish tanks, Pin balls and of course Chandeliers! Farming is one of the most easiest to profit in world locks(a item where you use it as a currency in game, able to do lots of things!)

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Can’t get farmables? There is a simple way of earning them! Enter a world by any name you want to and all you need to do is start punching dirt, cave background and lava. After clearing the whole world, you will get gems and able to buy packs consisting splicing or clothes. You can also save up to buy a world lock and lock a world of your own! Slowly progress through this game with all those and even start getting your own built world! Easy once you got 2 to 3 world locks where you can buy lots of farmables, gain more by farming and getting more world locks

Disadvantages:

People in game might sometimes be rude and swear, but there is a solve! Growtopia has a settings where it blurs out the rude words and makes rude players speak gibberish. Another bad thing is that new players will get laughed and scammed easily, game knowledge is needed to know pricing of items that the new players might get. New players can solve this problem by going to worlds with correct pricing of items and find out how much their items cost. Competitiveness is also another problem, it makes players angry if they could not sell an item .

Advantages:

Growtopia is a game that makes time pass very fast and is a very fun for players who likes excitement and competitiveness. Socializing in game can help you with your own language and Emotional Intelligence(E.Q)

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Anyways, i feel that growtopia is a good game to spend your time on. With its wide variety of items and things you can do, you will never be bored!

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Infinitroid – Roguelike Metroidvania

Infinitroid is a solo indie project that is still being developed on by Luke. It is going to be put into Early Access soon.  So far, there is only one character, around 5 types of weapons, 7 types of enemies and 2 zones. However, it is planned to have more playable characters, enemies, bosses, obstacles and more. The finished version is planned for release on Steam and possibly consoles.

Game:

Infinitroid is a Roguelite Metroidvania game. It takes inspirations from The Binding of Isaac, the original NES Metroid, Super Metroid, Spelunky, and many others.

Lore:

The player starts in an alien hive with a blaster and rocket launcher. Exploration for resources and weapon parts are vital for survival and to find out what is threatening your home colony.

Gameplay:

At the top right, you can see the health of your character. You start at 2 out of 3 red heart containers filled. So far there is only one way I know of to gain more heart containers. As expected, when your red hearts drop to 0 from enemies, which deal 0.5 heart or shield damage, you die. Shields and red hearts(0.5 or 1) can be found to help you survive. Shields does not change depending on the red heart capacity.

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As inferred from the lore, you start with a blasterImage result for infinitroid that is only capable of defending you from early enemies like grubsImage result for infinitroid.  Along the way, modifiers can be found in red item boxes(not the official name) or in secrets. The boxes look the one above with a red glow on top. The modifiers look something like this . This however, is not a normal modifier, it is a rare one that I have only seen appear in secret rooms. Modifiers takes up certain amount of energy, with the most common ones being 0.5. These energy are provided by batteries, which can be found in secret rooms and blue “item boxes”. You can see the batteries below the hearts. You start with 2 batteries with 1 used by the blaster.

Below the batteries are the credits you own, it only shows after you pick one up. It looks like a purple plasma ball inside a blue plasma ball.

Below the batteries are rockets, rockets can be used to kill enemies or open shops, treasure rooms and item boxes. Killing multiple rockets with one rocket can give you a bonus rocket. You switch weapons with “q”.

Below the rockets is the minimap. It shows rooms one room away from rooms you discovered. You can enlarge it with “m’. It is also the screen that shows up if you use the teleporter.

Below the minimap is the items you have. Items are one use and are powerful, though not necessary for completion.

Below the items is the weapon that you are currently using.

Finally, below weapon is the permanent upgrades you own.

Rooms:

The following contains spoilers, skip to opinions to not spoil it.

Secret: These rooms usually are joined to by breakable walls or fake walls. Over my play time, most of them contain heart or shields or batteries.

Brutal secrets: There are only one per world and usually require all upgrades to beat, at the end is usually a 2x damage modifier that consumes 0 battery

Challenge rooms are special rooms with many rewards at the end. So far I have encountered 3, 2 requires you to kill enemies and 1 requires parkour. The rewards are usually health, rockets and credits.

Treasure rooms: they normally contain permanent upgrades required for particular worlds to get into the next area. However, they may contain items instead. From what I noticed, those that require rockets to open, always contains items.

Boss rooms: The first and second bosses are always the same. They are indicated in the minimap and a special worm like entrance.

Zone 1 rooms: They can be skipped and can require certain upgrades to progress through. Most of them contains enemies.

Zone 2 rooms: The other doors closes once you enter and will only reopen when all enemies are cleared. Most of them contain enemies.

Shops: Most, if not all requires 5 rockets to open, they can sell items, upgrades, health, rockets and even credits. They can be brought with credits.

Teleporter: They contain a teleporter which can teleport you to rooms you already cleared, saving time.

Opinions:

Controls: The controls are complicated and hard to control at first, but once you get the hang of it, the controls can feel very fluent and nice to use.

Content: Content and difficulty was not enough for me to replay this game a lot, but it is not the full content and the difficulty curve feels fair.

Graphics: They seem nice to look at, my only complain, if any, would be that it is too dark. But there is an option to adjust the brightness. The sounds are also okay.

Overall, I feel like this game is worth a try even before the full version and there is no reason not to since it is currently free.

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Splatoon 2

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Splatoon 2

Overview

Splatoon 2 is a very unique third person shooter developed by Nintendo, the same company behind classics like ” The Legend Of Zelda” series,  “Mario” series and “Kirby” series, for the Nintendo Switch, Nintendo’s newest console. Splatoon 2 is also the sequel of the popular “Splatoon” game on the Wii U.

Gameplay 

In Splatoon 2, you play as an Inkling, a creature that can transform form squid to kid and back, wielding a variety of different and unique ink based weapons to cover the map with ink. In Splatoon 2, there are multiple game modes, some from directly taken from “Splatoon”, and others brand new.

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A female inking, inkling in squid form and male inkling

Game Modes

  • Turf War: A four vs four team fight that lasts 3 minutes with the goal of covering as much of the map in your team’s coloured ink. The team with the most area covered in their ink wins!
  • Splat Zones: A type of ranked battle where the goal is to take and maintain control of a specific area the map.
  • Tower Control: Another type of ranked battle where you try to keep control of a moving tower as you slowly go into enemy territory.
  • Rainmaker: Another type of ranked battle where you try to bring a special weapon called the “Rainmaker” into the enemy’s territory.
  • Salmon Run: The new game mode added in Splatoon 2, a co-op mode where four player must collect valuable “Golden Eggs” while fighting off waves after waves of  “Salmonids”, with the occasional boss Salmonid.
  • Single player: Fight against the Octarian forces to save the stolen “Great Zapfish”, the giant electric producing creature that powers the Inkling City.

Splatfests

Occasional events that pit two random subjects against each other in a great team verses team battle, allowing people to fight for their topic in four on four turf wars to win points for their topic.
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Splatfest pitting the power of fight versus the power of invisibility  

Final Thoughts

Splatoon 2 is a great improvement to the already great game of Splatoon, giving players a unique third person shooter experience while providing a great single player and multiplayer experience, making it one of the best games on the Nintendo Switch.

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Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is a new addition to the series available on iOS and Android devices. After playing other versions of Animal Crossing on the DS, I enjoyed the concept establishing a town on your own while decorating the place you will be living in. Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is different from the other versions in a way where how you will be looking at the game.

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp will not be like the other games where you will be the Mayor of your own town which you can name on your own and you will build your own house to live in and decorate it for your friends and other players when they visit it. Instead, in Pocket Camp you will be the manager of your own campsite and you will be building and decorating your camp or campervan. One way of decorating it is by catching fishes and bugs you may find along the way with a net anda  fishing rod. Along the way of doing just that, you may come across some problems with getting certain items or just feel that you are doing it too slowly and have no way of going faster. Thankfully, you will have an in-game currency known as leaf tickets to help you get just what you need for your camp or campervan. Unlike the other Animal Crossing games, the players in Pocket Camp will have a player ID which can be shared to others so that others can visit your camp.

Nintendo has announced its release in late November this year.

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Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (13-inch, 2016)

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Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (13-inch, 2016)

Introducing, Apple’s new laptop, the Macbook Pro, with a touch bar. The new computer is slimmer and lighter than it’s predecessors, making it a slightly more transportable device. In this model, Apple has also removed all it’s legacy ports for Thunderbolt 3-powered USB-C, forcing you to have to buy a whole bunch of dongles. The main touch of this model is, of course the touch bar, that replaces the function keys.

Features

The macbook’s key feature is of course, is the mini slice of an ipad know as the touch bar, located at the top of the keyboard. The touch bar has a fingerprint scanner, allowing users to use Apple pay and Touch ID. It also allows you to adjust brightness and volume and works with other apps, which for now are mostly apple made apps but more 3rd party support is inevitable.

Pros

The macbook is currently the best macbook on the market with the touch bar making some task a little simpler and quicker. Also, being smaller and lighter than the rest of the macbook family, it is easier and more convenient to transport, making for better for using on the go.

Cons

One of the main problems is the large number of dongles required to get the legacy ports back, which some may find rather annoying. Also the computer runs at 16GB of RAM, which some find a little too low, expecting 32GB as a benchmark for the RAM. Also the lack of third party support is rather disappointing. All factors driving people away from macbook and to windows.

Specs

Operating system macOS Sierra
Display size/resolution 13.3-inch 2,560 x 1,600
PC CPU 2.9GHz Intel Core i5
PC Memory 8GB 1866MHz LPDDR3
Graphics Intel Iris Graphics 550
Storage 256GB PCIe SSD
Networking 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 4.2
Price USD$1699

Overall

This is the ultimate macbook for now, with the addition of the touch bar, despite trading of several features.

 

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Sony MDR-1A

The Sony MDR-1A is the successor of the discontinued MDR-1R, a so-called “premium” version of this product. People liked the previous model as it is known for being extremely comfortable. The MDR-1A is better, thanks to some improvements.

The design of the earcup is different but, it’s still keeping that exquisite design, adding on softer padding and cushions that are slightly angled to fit your head better. The design on the MDR-1A is a bit more textured compared to the MDR-1A.

One of the biggest design changes is the earcups rotation, the way that its facing in the opposite direction. Why would I mention that ? Its because the headphones can rest with their pads down. Which is more convenient when its resting on your neck. Means that it feels more comfortable we are wearing it around our neck and not listening to them.

Without any cables attached to the headphones, the mass of the headphones would be 225 grams which is slightly lighter compared to MDR-1R which is 240 grams, which doesn’t matter as it is still considered lightweight for an over-ear model. There is also another small design change to the cable connector on the headphones. On the MDR-1A, the connector is replaced with a gold ring.

When you get the headphones, the company also provides you two standard 1.2 meter cables, one of them has a button inline remote and microphone. It adapts towards Android and Iphones. But if you are using Android, you can use the SmartKey app to customize the button controls.

The MDR-1A is for audiophiles-those people who wants to hear the sound as accurately as possible, so there’s no jacked-up bass. It’s also one of the most comfortable headphones around, so you can listen to it without weariness. If you coincidentally have the older version of this product, the MDR-1R, you can try to compare both products to see which is better in audio. If you switch back to the MDR-1R, you will tend to find out that the bass is thicker, muddier and less clear.

So, all of these so-called premium headphones, that you like really comes down to your own choices. Like I said before, the clarity of the audio can beat down so many other types of headphones not only that but its very useful headphone that is well-worth considering if you’re looking for headphones “worthy” for you. The price of the headphone is roughly S$250-S$300 range.

Honestly, I would buy this headphone as not many type of headphones are around in the world. Given that it has so much more advantages compared to other products in the world, that would convince so many people to buy this product. Even though it is expensive, I would still recommend to buy this product as it is worth it to me and hopefully, many other people as well.

 

 

OnePlus 5

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What you see above is the OnePlus 5, with  an awesome dual camera technology that lets you focus on your subject, progressively blurring the background for a better look on your subject. Even with that OnePlus 5 is affordable and super fast, with an 18-hour battery and nearly all the specs of this phone is as great as other expensive phone that cost hundreds dollar more!

It is just released at June 2017 weighing 153 grams which is pretty light. With a price of $479 USD and with high-performing hardware, like the latest Snapdragon chipset, the Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835. It has also a long enduring battery life of 83H and a dual-lens rear camera with each 16 megapixels and that can by use for artsy picture.

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Its dual camera is even better than the Iphone 7s, that is pretty impressive because of its affordable price. Also with a telephoto lens with 20 megapixel that allows a narrow field of view and a magnified image and able to zoom in on distant objects clearly and steadily. It has soft edges that makes it comfortable to hold.

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Here are the disadvantages, it only have 2 colours for the phone, gold and black making it look not attractive to me, also the awesome camera does not do the job of blurring unpleasant looking things in the pictures unlike the iphone 7s. Also the model of OnePlus 5 is not any special compared to the previous model but still costing more. It also does not have expandable storage. Comparing with the looks on other phones, it does not stand out.

But after all the OnePlus 5 is outstanding, especially for the price, no other phone companies will give you the same price for such a great phone which makes it unique.

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DJI Spark

The five colours of the DJI Spark:                                                                      Blue,Green,Red,White,Yellow.

The drone that I will be doing today is the DJI Spark. Its advantage is that it is light, has a very good camera, can sense obstacles and dodge it and has gesture controls. It is suitable for taking good pictures.But the gesture mode can only take pictures and it flies for a very short time.

The app is not very efficient , especially on phones with small screens and frustrates the user. In general, it a good camera in a small flying package.

With a affordable price of $468.49, like a efficient camera , you can get many good functions of this portable camera.At first, DJI Mavic Pro($999) with its features like the compact folding design, it went to the top ranking amongst the drones.But after the appearance of the Spark in may, everyone forgot the rest of the drones and only remembered this one.It has many features like the Mavic such as dual-band GPS and a visual positioning system to let it “float” 30 feet above the ground without falling.

For the Spark, there is a bundle for you to get a set of prop guards, extra props, batteries for only $699. You save $154, so why not get this bundle right?It comes in five colours- blue, green, red ,white ,yellow.

How do you operate it?Simple.

Just power on the blades of the Drone, put it in your hands and your face. facing the camera, tap twice of the power button.The camera scans your face.Simple as that.

I personally think this Drone is great for people who love flying objects, love to take pictures and people who likes cool and trending stuff. Basically, it has a great camera quality in a small package but it cannot hover in the air for long.

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DJI Phantom 4 Pro

The DJI Phantom 4 Pro is another drone for photographers to use. The DJI Phantom 4 Pro almost seems like it was made for that exact purpose with automated camera functions, robust controls, and a max speed of  72kph (45mph).

Specifications:

  • 1388g (3.06 pounds)
  • 350mm diagonally (13.7 inches)
  • Approx 28 minutes flight time
  • Controller with flight and camera controls (optional touchscreen)
  • 72kph (45mph)
  • Front and rear collision detection

The automated camera functions means that you do not need to control the camera on your own to do the same things over and over again. The 28 minutes flight time would mean that you do not have to constantly land your drone and recharge it and can continuously take a series of photographs. Having a controller with flight and camera controls to control the drone would be like playing a video game on your phone. Collision sensors on the sides would allow you to know when your drone bumps into something. The one on the bottom would allow for safer landings and the infrared sensors would allow it to know where it is in a confined space.

The return-to-home function has a range of 300 meters. The function allows the drone to go back to a specific location that you can set as long as that location is within the range. That is where the infrared sensors come in handy as you can get it to go into confined spaces like your house. The drone, using the infrared sensors, would be able to navigate through the area on its own when returning home.

The chunky controller has not changed from the DJI Phantom 4. Of course the price is more expensive due to the additional Pro features.

Now onto the drone itself. It has a carry case which as the name suggests can carry items in it. The propellers can be easily removed and clipped on for the ease of setup.

Camera Specifications:

  • 4K video at 60fps
  • Max video bitrate 100Mbps
  • 128GB MicroSD
  • 20-megapixel, 1-inch CMOS sensor
  • Mechanical shutter
  • Aperture control f2.8-f11

The specifications are what you would usually find in a camera drone.

2 of the drone functions include ActiveTrack and Tapfly mode. ActiveTrack allows the drone to follow a subject by flying sideways or backwards. Tapfly mode, which works backwards now, allows the drone to fly to a location which you will determine by tapping on the screen and you can rotate the drone or tilt the camera without changing its path. The software can handle the gimbal’s smooth sweeps and tracking better than you can, and that is what’s worth the price for interested photographers.

The drone comes with a beginners mode where it restricts the top seed and steering. Once you are more comfortable with flying it, you can always remove the beginner mode anytime you feel like.

I personally feel that the price is worth it for the wide variety of functions and the complexity of each function. The functions are easy to use and can easily help one out in sticky situations.

The DJI Phantom 4 Pro costs on an average of $1,500USD.

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