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I don't know about you. But I love these mini barbeque boxes. In our party days me and my friends often didn't have much chance for the traditional house parties. It was often due to strict parents or inconvenient timings. Instead we hired (or borrowed) fields that were in nice secluded places. It wasn't til late in this that anyone perfected the art of making a decent fire and cooking over it. Until then we often had a large supply of disposable mini grills such as this one. Cooking of these proved to be much simpler than poisoning ourselves on the fruits of our badly constructed campfire. I may be past such days now (I still do festivals). These mini barbecues have still been a brilliant alternative to the giant expensive proper barbecue grills out there.
-The flamin hot-
The disposable mini BBQ grill is designed to be portable. They are very light nor to they take up a lot of space. There is also a plastic film around the rig to prevent the coals spilling around while in transit. It doesn't take very long to get up to cooking heat either. Once lit it takes only a few minuets for the flames to die down and bring you a fine cooking temperature. This last for about half an hour before it begins to die down past a decent cooking heat.
-The over crispy-
The main problem with these is lighting them. You have a special oil sheet that you need to light and place on the coals. To do that you need to unfold the foil tray and remove the grill. It it remarkably easy to burn yourself putting the grill back and folding the foil. Also because of the heat the foil tray can get very weak as well as hot so you need to leave it a long while before you can properly dispose of it. The grills tend to warp a little with heat also so you will have trouble keeping sausages on the tray. Lastly if your planning on doing a large party you will need to buy a lot of these. The half hour timing of these means some things will not have time too cook. Nor will you have the space to cook it all at once.
These little things are great for short get together or even countryside picnics. But nothing really more, they make a great alternative if you can't afford a full size BBQ but they will be more tedious to use. If your thinking of going on a camping trip. Personally I'd get a camping stove. The mini BBQ has its uses but it's one use nature limits it.
-safety note. Always use on a stone surface. Otherwise you risk melting/catching fire to the ground-
Little know fact. My favourite deodorant "flavour" is lynx dark temptation. Since its early days being paraded as lynx chocolate I have been a fan. I partially blame this on my close friends obsession rubbing off on me and the fact that I was part of the minority that could actually smell the chocolate hidden amongst the manly. Originally I was going to review the spray. But for fear of that review being too much like my lynx Africa review I've instead chosen to review the bathing sensation that is lynx dark temptation: shower gel edition.
- The land of chocolate-
Sadly this would not belong there. The bottle is made from sturdy plastic that flexes to allow the squeezing of soap from bottle to person. It features a clip down cap and fancy indentations that are meant to aid grip. The soap itself it nothing special. Shower gel Imbued with the the dark temptation fragrance. Gets you clean and leaves you smelly (in the good way)
Dark temptation boats an interesting smell. Unlike the spray variant it isn't overpowering and the subtle chocolate manliness left over from washing is quite pleasant until you inevitably spray another deodorant on it. The soapy side of things works well also. A small amount can easily work the whole body if your the spongy sort or 'borrow' your other half's scrunchy thing.
Sadly if you don't have a soap foamifier then the gel has a tendency to spend more time on the shower floor than in your hand or on your body and the bottle runs out surprisingly fast considering how much appears to be in it.
Dark temptation is a great deodorant/soap and while the soap is a little lacking i find the lovely scent is worth it. Dark temptation shower gel retails at at an average of 2-4 pounds a bottle so depending on where you buy it you could get real value for your money.
Kinder eggs hold an esteemed part of my childhood. They were both the best and the worst thing I could ever buy with pocket money. Granted those were at different times of my childhood and often depended on what kind of toy was in circulation at the time.
-The eggs of numbing inevitability-
The world theory of kinder eggs is simple. Chocolate + toy = happiness. For the most part scientists would agree some are disputed on wether white or milk chocolate yields greater amounts of happiness and so kinder have gone for a half and half approach. The chocolate egg shell it milky on the outside and white on the inside with no way to pry the two apart if you preferred one or the other. Inside that is item two of our happiness equation. The toy, this inside its own protective shell. Preventing accidental toy consumption. ( according to science, this is bad). The toy comes with instructions. Stickers if applicable and a picture of the whole set for you to collect.
-The gold egg-
Our eggs of happiness are contained in a thin foil package, the foil keeps the chocolate fresh and tasty and is easy to remove when needed. It doesn't do well to protect the chocolate from breakage after purchase, but chances are your not saving it for later. The eggs are kept safe in transit in a similar manner to normal eggs, just more colourful. This colourful packaging often displays the toys that box of happy eggs has to offer. The chocolate can be broken into with ease unlike most chocolate eggs that have been known to require a chisel. It melts in the mouth easily meaning no sharp pointy bits. The newer packaging for the toys is a godsend. No joke but I have cut my mouth as a child trying to get one of the old capsules open with my teeth because it wouldn't budge normally. The newer capsules feature a lift open yet stays shut mechanism that simply works and I just wish it were around when I were younger. The toys are a little hit and miss, what I do enjoy is building my toy and the feeling of accomplishment after as I sent my new racecar driving up the walls and cupboards. Stickers were even better though not all of them would be placed where I was instructed. (Part of the fun in my opinion)
-the bad egg-
The fun of construction was often beat down by the sheer number of toys that were quite simply , just models. Eg Smurfs, Animals, the like. They often required one click to put together or not build at all. They even had instructions depicting your already compete papa smurf. These are the times I hated and often felt cheated by kinder eggs. I also place jigsaws in this hate because in my opinion. Puzzles were just plain lazy. The chocolate is nothing special, I can see that they tried to be different by combining white and milk chocolate and for things like the kinder maxi and the bueno this works. They are delicious. The chocolate for the egg however was just lacking. It's too thin and lacks a real definite flavour. It's an uncomfortable ground between milk and regular chocolate in flavour. The maxi works because you can taste the two different chocolates. The egg pales in comparison.
Kinder eggs are very hit and miss. If they were more substantial with the chocolate the. I'd say get them every time but with the thin struggling chocolate your really buying them for the little toy. Chances are you'll be disappointed anyway. I'd spend the money on more enjoyable confectionery.
The title is a reference to how 90% of Fluxx games end. quickly, confusingly and most importantly, out of the blue. Once you have the hang of it Fluxx is a fast paced ball of confusing fun. Me and my girlfriend own two sets between us and find its always been welcome to play wherever we are. we cant get enough of the constantly changing.. everything.
-Where were going we wont need sense.-
The rules of fluxx are simple. each card has written on it how its used and what it does. Generally speaking there are five types of cards. Rules,Goals,Actions,Keepers,Creepers. Rules change the basic rules of play Eg Draw 5, Hand limit or even that all threes are instead fives. Goals create conditions by which the game is won. these are usually too have two specific keepers in front of you. Actions do what if on the card right there and then. Eg Draw 2 and play them. Keepers are placed in front of you and are used to win goals, though sometimes they have abilities. A good example is the holy hand grenade that removes a creeper if you discard it. Or the unladen swallow from the Monty python set that counts as both a European or African swallow. lastly there are creepers that prevent you from winning and go in front of you the moment they are drawn.
The cards are well designed. The minimal style makes it easy to see what's on the table and the sideways bar going up the left makes it possible to condense the cards if you do not have much space to play while still being able to know what's on the table. All of the sets also feature the same core design. Thanks to this you can mix fluxx sets together for a longer sillier game. The cards themselves are of reasonably high quality. Our sets have managed to withstand numerous spilt drinks with no loss to the cards themselves. They haven't discolored nor has the ink ran. When it comes to the different sets, they all have very diffrent themes and are full of lots of little pop culture references and silly little in jokes. A good example if the unladen swallow above that is from the Monty python set.
Sadly though. While I could sing endless praise about this fun quirky and random game I have one issue with it. Pacing. Due to the random nature of fluxx. It has no really sense of pace. Games will often end very suddenly with no real build up. Likewise a game can last anywhere from five seconds to two hours. No exaggeration, we've had games won on the first hand alone. There are tactics though they rarely go beyond playing as many cards as you can or stopping your friends playing anything. Creepers also become a little redundant after a while as they all have at least one goal card related to them (goals that require creepers override that creepers no win trait). Combine this with the rule that stops creepers from preventing wins and you start to see my point.
Having said all that Fluxx will always have a special place on my gaming table. It's flaws are an annoyance, but to fix them would take away from Fluxx something that Intrinsic to what makes fluxx fun, randomness. You could call fluxx perfectly imperfect in that manner and i highly suggest buying it. Fluxx retails from £8 to £12 so while it may seem expensive for a card game its highly worth it.
If you do decide to get a set. pick a set that suits your personal flavors and joke knowledge. you'll get the most out of fluxx that way. FunFact!! me and my partner are this moment working on Drinking fluxx. a wonderful disaster waiting to happen
Of all the lynx "flavors" this one has to be my most used. I was first introduced to lynx africa back in my spotty teenage years after being given the shocking drastic news that some deodorants actually smelled of something other than testosterone. One whiff of the smells on offer convinced me and though i much preferred the scents of pulse and dark temptation ( Back when it was know as chocolate), my friends encouraged me to get Africa for entirely teenage reasons. Lynx have been a long favorite of mine since that day.
-Made in Africa?!?-
Africa comes in three main varieties; regular, dry and bullet. Dry is more of an antiperspirant than a deodorant and comes in a manly silver can and bullet is a teeny tiny version on the spray that can be taken with you in case you feel the need to become attractive at a moments notice. I feel the need to point out however, That hoards of women are yet to flock to my person upon use. Disappointing, but in the long run its for the best. It retails for approximately £2-4 making it available to most.
The smell of lynx Africa is hard to describe. It has the warm manly testosterone like smell but unlike most other deodorants this one is a lot more subtly and soft on the nose. Its nothing special i have dubbed it the generic smell as it often seems that all other lynx flavors are based off this one. if i could compare the smell to anything the best i could really use is the combined smell of soap and aftershave. Personally i cant tell why its the most popular lynx fragrance but with that said nothing has stopped my buying this.
Risk is a popular game among my friends. We all take pride in forging our nations and equal pride in crushing eachothers vast empires. I'm suprised none of us dream of world domination.
Risk puts you and your friends as leaders of the free world. You all start in your own little space and must expand and defeat eachother in a campaign for global conquest. Each turn you gain units dependent on how much of the board you own. Typically the winner is the last player standing but allied victories are possible just a little rare. Your units are represented by coloured army men each player having a different colour.
Risk is a very simple game to pick up, mastering it? That will take time. The regions are quite ballanced, that is to say that each continent has multiple points of access. Making it difficult to wall yourself in. Typically speaking if your at that point then your close to winning already. The game comes with more than enough pieces for each player and even then it's easy to get new player sets online.
Unless your lucky enough to have a good group of friends then you won't often play this to its full potential. Risk plays best with 4-6 people. Plus risk is a very time consuming game, especially for those who have been taken out early on.
Given you have the players and the time risk is a brilliant engaging game. I wouldn't reccomend it to everyone however. The time consuming side of things will put some off
A classic curiosity of mine, this game was first spied while working in a local charity shop. I took a shine to its interesting concept and spend the next hour googling to see if it had all the parts. It was also missing instructions so if you happen upon a copy also missing instructions then i shall help you out in true internet fasion.
Setting up the game is simple. take your tiles and place them all in the empty spaces that the board has left for you. If you have one tile left over do not fret, this is intended. Next pick a colour piece and place it on the appropriate coloured space. Last bit of the setup, take the cards, shuffle them and place them face down in front of each player in this manner
2 players = 7 cards
3 players = 6 cards
4 players = 5 cards
You can only view your cards one at a time and cannot reveal them until your piece lands on the tile with the same item on it. When it is your turn you can move one space and move the labyrinth one space in any order. Arrows on the sides of the board show you which rows can be moved. players move with the labyrinthe and if any players are pushed off the edge they appear on the other side of the board
The game ends when one player had revealed all their cards and returned to their starting space.
So simple but so much fun. moving the labyrinth gives you many strategic options from furthering your own exploits to delaying the eventual winner. my one gripe with the game is that a fair few of the cards/tiles have very very similar images. this has lead to many a frustrated player in the past. You learn the differences in time but the early games can be frustrating and time consuming for that reason
The board and tiles are made really well and have happily withstood many years of play. i myself am surprised at how smooth pushing the labyrinth around still is. The cards however are flimsy with a couple in my set being lost to split drinks and the like. The packaging is robust but feels as if it was made for another game with many many more pieces. When i first bought the game i was convinced that there was stuff missing for that reason.
labyrinth is a brilliant rainy day sort of game. Great for kids and adults alike, although adults will notice they have no age advantage with this game so may be a little weary of playing this with their children ( dont want to be seen losing now do we ) joking aside this is a brilliant, easy to learn game for everyone.
I've owned this game for quite a long time and I can happily say that it hasn't stopped being fun. From my early teens to college parties to my house warming last year. I'm yet to find a group of friends who hasn't enjoyed this frantic, backstabbing race against the clock.
The goal of Atmosfear is simple. Collect six different coloured keys and reach the centre. One of the players picks out one of the fears that were placed in before the game. If its yours, you win! Offcourse that would be too easy. you also play the game against the gatekeeper a semi randomised DVD that will show up from time to time and mess up your progress and encourage you to mess up your friends also. Now if your sitting there thinking "pah I could do that in my sleep". I should let you know you have 50mins to do so. The gatekeeper gets more annoying as the timer ticks. With you and your "friends" getting more chances to steal eachothers keys. Success in this game is never meant to happen.
The game comes with great quality keys, characters, key holders and cards. The board itself is smoothly finished and durable. The only think Likley to break is the box so if your going to keep it around I'd reccomend finding a better storage solution. The DVD is the most important bit, the games instructions are found on it and frankly the game isn't anywhere near as fun without the gatekeeper. That said its held up nicely to the array of scratches mine now has.
Overall this is a brilliant game for anyone able to play it. Best of all for Halloween parties
I have been though many phones in my time. Im currently on my second iphone ( I blame the Washing machine), but my tocco light has always been there to pick up the pieces. Ive owned the same one nearly three years now and its in full working order. A testament that phones can still be "built to last".
The Tocco lite also contains the longest phone battery i have ever witnessed. With light use you can expect it to last just over a week before needing charging making it ideal to take to festivals and other places where your everyday phone may be at risk.
Internals wise the tocco lite contains a surprising amount of power, it boasts full internet connectivity with only minor tweaks to pages to make them readable. The cameras quality is better then the screen can display so don't be put off if your photos look off when testing out this phone. they will look much better on facebook.
While it may not have access to an app store or have all of the high end features that most modern phones have. The tocco lite is one of the best budget phones out there.
My experience of laptops had never been a good one. For a "portable" computer i always found them to be stupidly heavy not something i really wanted to carry from place to place. This and they never really had the power i needed. Moving to net-books was a dream and this has been my favorite to date.
Visually it is very light and has a minuscule profile when folded, fitting in small bays with ease. On the outside it has three USB ports, an sd card reader, an Ethernet port, a VGA port and a pair of audio jacks. Inside boasts wireless support. A 1.6Gz processor, 1gb ram and 360gb hard memory. It's available in white black purple and red.
Mine retailed at £200 brand new which was a steal, The dot s boasts great value for money. The battery time it's roughly four hours and unlike most laptops has kept it's battery life over time. The processor and ram can handle complex program's like photoshop suprisingly well. It's lightweight compact size make it a dream to carry. The power supply is also very light and compact compared to others. Though thanks to its battery you will rarely need to carry it.
As with all net books, It's got it's limits. Multitasking, while possible hurts the processor I've found slowdown from music and Internet alone in the past. The keys are a bit fiddley, their flat profile makes hitting multiple keys commonplace.
For the price this is a brilliant beautiful netbook. In my opinion it's values outweigh its flaws and if you are seeking something with power then this may not be your ideal choice.
The Wii U brought more power and a shiny new controller type to the table, Epic mickey 1 brought innovative game play and beautiful enviroments that was hampered by horrid framerate and graphical bugs.
Sadly epic mickey : The power of two doesn't improve on this very much. beautiful and interesting visuals are once again hampered by a terrible frame rate and this just the beginning. This time round you have an interesting ally from the old game, Oswald. now if you happen to have another person around then great, co-op fun for all. but if your intending on a single player experience then i'm sorry playing this will feel like an over extended escort mission as you wait at the puzzles for Oswald to catch up (yes the puzzles need both characters). The last big bug ive got with is the insistence to use the gamepad for mickey. In epic mickey 1 you pointed with the wiimote and painted. Simple, Intutituve, Fun. Instead your using your thumbstick for what can be considered a big step backward.
All that said the game is pretty as you tour the wasteland, the land of forgotten disney characters and lost rides from the theme parks. There are periodic songs that liven up the tone in that typical disney musical manner. its just a shame that the gameplay lets it down so much.
One of three Wii U launch titles, ZombiU is fun, thrilling and damn right tense to say the least. My first impressions were doubtful. Nintendo by record is not know for horror and im not sure they ever will. but this game breaks expectations and proves to instill a deep sense of fear and caution that most coining the "survival horror" title fail at before even trying.
ZombiU plays in a very curious manner. Think early resident evil mixed with dark souls. You character is completely random. From PC davies to Al the beekeeper, its all in the random mix of things. On top of that when you do die that character is dead permanently. No save points. no restarts. Instead your brave survivor is one of the fold. Carrying all the equipment you held dear as you wake up reincarnated in another random hapless chap ( or chapette).
The pad integration works to cover your players equipment, scoped weapons and certain context sensitive puzzles Eg lockpicking. While this isn't particularly innovative as Nintendo would have us believe, it does add a degree of tension as you take the risk to look away from the world and into your bagpack.
graphically is isn't bad, there are certain elements that would have looked a lot better on the stronger xbox and ps3. But this is the limitation that Wii U owners will likely expect. though if i were Nintendo i would be embarrassed that their console still cant hold up to its much older rivals
Ive owned one of these for some time now. It was a big purchase at the time and i'm happy to see the price ease its way down from the price i payed back near its initial release. That aside the first thing what stuck me was how easy to install it was. Pop in the CD, plug in the tablet and in no time your presented with a short tutorial to get you used to the various neat features bundled with the device.
The tablet had two main modes, pen and touch ( clue is in the title). You can tell if your in either mode by a little light between the side buttons. white if its in touch mode and orange when the pen is close to signal pen mode. Touch mode allows gesture based features such as zoom in, scroll up/down, and rotate. Pen mode lets you draw with the pen and disables multi touch. This way you draw and can rest your hand on the tablet in a natural manner.
The side buttons are completely configurable they have pre set settings ( i can never remember which) i personally had mine set to Undo, Redo, Save and Pick colour. I should also mention that all the pen buttons and the touch gestures are fully customization in the driver settings, allowing you to tailor the tablet to your specific needs.
Sadly the drivers can cause occasional confusion between you and your computer but this issue seems to have been fixed in the driver updates.
Overall this is a brilliant tablet and a brilliant price for what it is. I would recommend this to any budding digital artist.
Another "new" Mario bros hits the market. its bound to be the same generic stuff isn't it? Mario runs from left to right. jumping occasionally while accompanied by his brother and two oddly colored mushrooms.
And for the most part i'd agree with you. Yes there are subtle differences for example, browser has taken over the castle and no one is kidnapping peach and the usual assortment of new but not quite power ups. but that doesn't stop it being what Mario games have always been. silly cartoony fun. not to mention baby yoshis! Thats right little little colorful dinosaurs, while they only really serve as portable power ups, they are cute! ok maybe i like them a little much.
Mario U Can support up to five players. with the fifth using the gamepad to stun enemies and place blocks. However if there are less than five then the game pad can be used as normal with the added feature of that player being able to run off the screen and control their game exclusively from the Game pads screen, Something that pairs of players will find relieving. The game features a well balanced difficulty curve combined with the super guide that will take control of players having trouble with the same areas multiple times.
Graphically its the same 2D/3D mix from the previous installment that calls back to the games pixelated routes. The main game takes place in a side scrolling platform manner and Map takes form as a large open sprawling world instead of the level system from the previous games.
Overall, this game is pleasantly nostalgic and a joy to play with friends or family.
When someone mentions a Wii U the first thing you think of it the giant wacky controller that the whole console it marketed on. So if Nintendo are all for the innovation, why should you spend your hard earned cash on this perceivable step backward?
Well contrary to popular (assumed) belief not every game released will require that big expensive touch screen. Think classic arcade games and the inevitable ports from xbox and ps3. So it makes sense that Nintendo decided to release a regular variant. Now granted most developers out there will want to make use of all this extra technology, take batman arkham city: armoured edition for example. but its inevitable that for those that don't that big bulky tablet its going to bug you.
However Nintendo have also re released the original wii controller for the Wii U also. this will have the same compatibility as the pro controller and both are wireless. So at the end of it all its really a question of if your willing to spend more money on yet another way to play on the Wii U.
-Two analog sticks with button capability
-Directional pad and "a,b,x,y" buttons
-Central start select and home buttons
-Shoulder bumpers and triggers
-Four player indicators. thises also show battery life on startup
-built in rechargeable battery with mini usb charging port
-30ft wireless range