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I just got this game for my birthday, and I am hooked. There are 20 different games, five card games, five arcade games, three brain games, four search games and three puzzle games, which means that there is pretty much anything for you to do.
Combo 11 - this is one of my favourite games. You start off with 15 cards, and you have to find pairs of cards that add up to 11, either vertically, horizontally or diagonally. When you can't find any more pairs, you click a button and more cards are put onto the board. You keep doing this until all of the cards are paired up. If you can't pair up any cards, you have a jumble button, which allows you to mix up where the cards are. You can only use the jumble button once. This game has a time limit of 3 minutes, which is perfectly adequate for the amount of time it takes to find the pairs. I like this game because it is simple, but very addictive as you want to get as far as possible.
Carpet - this is another one of my favourite games. You begin with 16 cards on the board, with space for four more. You also have a pile of cards that you can go through only once. You have to put the cards in order onto the corresponding ace cards, from either the pile or the cards already on the board. If you cannot put any cards away, then you have to decide whether or not you want to put a card from on the pile onto the board, or come back to it later. This is a hard choice because you can only go through the pile once. You have four minutes to play this game, which is just about enough time. It gets harder as you go through each level, as you have one less space on the board to put down a card. This game is fun too because you want to see how far you can get.
Poker Slide - I haven't played this one much, as I do not understand poker. From what I can see, you have a lot of time for this game, but as I don't play it, I cannot tell for sure.
Triples - this is another poker type game, so unfortunately I haven't been able to play it much. Again, it does look like you have plenty of time to complete this game.
Speed Solitaire - this is a game that I do enjoy. It doesn't really take much explaining, it's just normal solitaire. You do have a six minute time limit, but even if you do go over that time, you can continue because each round is regarded as a bonus round. There are two good things with this solitaire is it is a one card draw, which is much easier, and the cards automatically turn over when you move one of them. The game does not get any harder as you progress through the levels, and I haven't actually lost a game yet - in fact, I think it is impossible to. I like this game because it is simple and a great way to waste time.
Bowling - this is a really weird game, as it is quite easy to play. You tap the ball, and then you push it forwards when the arrow points to the direction in which you want to go. This is a simple game, cause you can easily get a strike as long as you know when to push the ball. The moving arrow does get faster the further along you go. I believe you have six minutes to play this game, which is plenty of time. I don't often play this game because I find it too easy and a bit boring.
Catwalk Caper - I don't really play this game, because I don't understand really what to do. You are a criminal, and there are four platforms that you have to walk across to collect money. There are several police officers that try and catch you to arrest you. I'm not sure how long you have, but I think it's around 12 minutes. You have three lives, and once you have been caught three times, the game is over.
Billiards - there isn't much to describe in this game, as it is normal billiards. I don't really play this game much because it is really tricky to work out how to hit the ball. You have three minutes to play it, but I don't know if that is good or not, as I don't play it much.
Beaned - this game involves hitting the enemy with a bean bag as the walk past on three platforms. There are also people on your side, so if you hit them, you lose a point. You have to hit 30 enemies in 30 seconds. This game is really strange, so I don't really play it much.
Speed Demon - using your stylus, you have to drive a car along a road. If you hit another car or a tree, it is game over. You can also get boosts by driving over arrows, repairs to the car by driving over spanners and fuel by driving over fuel tanks. The amount of time you have to play this game doesn't really matter, as the car basically drives at a specific speed. I don't really play this game much as it is quite tricky to move the car.
Super Mahki - this is one of my favourite games. There are coloured squares (red, blue, green and yellow) on a board, and you have to get rid of all of the squares. You do this by tapping on one of the colours that is attached to more squares of that colour. The more squares that there are, the more points that you get. You have to clear a set amount of squares by the end of the game to progress to the next level. If you cannot get any more squares, you do have one chance to jumble up the squares, in the hope that there are more that you can get rid of. You have one minute and 45 seconds to complete this game, which is plenty of time. I like this game because it is simple to do, and rather addictive as you want to get as far as possible.
Dice King - this is another one of my favourites. There are lots of dice on the board, but you can only see the the top number. You have to make lines of three or more of the numbers (i.e. three dice in a line that have the number one on them) that go up to a line where you can store seven sets. You need to have three sets of each number that go up into the line of seven (i.e. you have to make three lines of three for each number that are visible at the same time - they do not have to be next to each other, but they do have to be in the line of seven). You also have to get four of the same number in the line, and five of the same number in the line. Along with that, you have to get two sets of two different numbers in the line of seven, and finally a set of two and a set of three different numbers in the line. There are 320 dice in total to go through. You have one minute and 30 seconds to complete this game, but even if you go over the time limit, you can continue, as long as you've had all of the sets. I know that the description of the game was pretty bad there, but once you start playing it, it's pretty simple to understand. I like this game because you really want to see how far through it you can get.
Prismatix - in this game, there is a sequence of gems on the top screen. You have to make a line on the bottom screen that matches those gems. The sequence will then change. You do not get any any extra gems than the ones on the board. You can change the sequence at the top three times by clicking spin. You have to remove as many gems as possible in the six minute time limit. This game isn't one of the best, but it is alright to play if you get bored of the other games.
View Finder - this is basically spot the difference. You get shown a random picture in the top screen and the picture is duplicated onto the bottom screen with five differences. You get points for finding the differences, but you lose points if you just randomly click and don't find a difference. You get three minutes to find all the differences. It doesn't get harder as you progress, probably because it is already pretty tricky to play and the quality of the pictures isn't very good.
Scavenger - in this game, you are shown a picture that has lots of objects hidden into it. You are asked to find five of these objects, which you have to do in three minutes. At first it can seem quite hard, but when you look closely, you can easily see all of the objects. This game can be a bit boring, but it is fun to do for a little while.
What is it - you are shown a small amount of a drawing, and as the time progresses, you are shown more and more. When you know what it is, you have to write it down. If you are right, you move onto the next one. You have to identify 10 pictures in one minute and 45 seconds. This is quite fun as you do have to think, but once you have gone through this game a few times, you can tell what the picture is straight away.
Picture Slide - this game involves sliding parts of picture into the right place to make the picture whole. I find this game quite boring, but that is because I am good a slider games, so it doesn't take me very long. You have a long time to do this game, I'm not too sure how much exactly, but it would be around 10 minutes.
Rampage Empire - this is a very strange game. You have to spell out words in lines that are on a tall building. An ape climbs up the building to destroy that line when you have got the word right. You have three minutes to find seven words. I don't often play this game because I find it really weird. I think as you complete a level, you have more words to find, but I'm not too sure as I don't like playing this game.
Spellwinder - this is basically a wordsearch, however, the words can change direction part way, going from horizontal, to vertical and even to diagonal. As you go through a level, you have more and more words to find. In the first round, it is only four words. I quite like the game because it is easy to understand what to do, and it is quite fun trying to find all the words. You have two minutes and 15 seconds to complete each level.
Catacombs - this game involves you trying to find you way out a maze, whilst several spiders and ghosts try and hunt you and kill you. You have three lives in this game. As you go through the maze, you can pick up coins to help you get more points. You have three minutes to complete the game. I don't really play it much because it is quite boring.
On each game, there is a pause button. When you have pressed pause, you can resume, exit or restart the game, or get help on how to play. You then go to a points screen where you get points for the amount of time you took, your overall score and another category which changes per game. You get wizard points for each game too, which is an overall score of how well you do out of 40. You can get medals when you reach a certain number of points.
You can also play multiplayer, but the other person has to have the game as well, which means spending even more money - but I think that you can get it for around £12 now.
You can only have three people play on the game, as there are only three slots, which is slightly annoying if you want more people to play.
Although I only play on about four of the games, I do think that it has been a great present, because it helps to keep me occupied and there is always something different for me to do. The quality is great, and I would really recommend it anyone.
A quick warning, if you don't like sci-fi books, or you don't like being taken to this imaginary land where anything can happen, and you feel really involved with the story, then Terry Pratchett is not the author for you. If you do like that sort of thing, then read on, and you will fall in love with him straight away.
My parents have always read Terry Pratchett's books, and when I read my first one, I immediately knew why. I think I originally read one just because the cover was so interesting. I know they say you should never judge a book by its cover, but come on, we all do it. On most of his books, especially the discworld ones, the design is absolutely amazing. It is usually a picture from one of the scenes, but it is drawn with so much precision, that you really get a sense of what the story is about. And it is so colourful, that your eye is drawn to it. Pratchett's books definitely stand out from the crowd.
From the very first chapter, in fact, even the very first line, you are drawn into this wonderful world (whether it be a discworld story or not) and you feel compelled to keep on reading - if not to find out what happens, then to just have the joy of reading Pratchett's style of writing. All his lines are witty, and everything he writes has a point to it. Every little detail is described, from the smell of the air, to the buttons on a coat, allowing you to feel like you have been transported to this amazing place.
It can actually be quite disappointing when you finish one of his books, as you never want the story to end, but when you look up at all the other books there is, you realise that you can carry on having the feeling of going to a new and exciting world.
A lot of people know Pratchett for his discworld stories, but he has done so much more than that. Although they are by far his best stories, his one off books, and the occasional trilogy are still as captivating, and you still have the same feeling as with the discworld books.
Pratchett really writes for his readers, making sure that they feel involved and want to read on. I always look for his books when I am out shopping, though I do spend more time looking for them in charity shops. This is not just to help the charity, or to find a good deal, but because it is so nice to have a book that looks like it has been well read and well loved. I would definitely suggest to anyone to go out there and buy as many of his books that you find, you won't be disappointed!
I got this laptop three years ago for use at sixth form and now university, and it has done pretty good over its life. When I got it, I believe it was around £250, not entirely sure though as it was a while ago. That's a pretty good price for a laptop, that has all the features that you would need on it.
I have Microsoft XP on my Eee PC, and it has done alright. It's got all the usually programmes with it, such as Word and Excel, and copes well with your own pieces of software like CoralDraw. All of these programmes mean that you can do what you want, whether is a simple logo design, or a complex essay.
The hard drive was a bit small - not too sure what it came with, as it was quickly replaced with something bigger. As I take a lot of photo's, I need a lot of space to save them, and what it came with just wasn't adequate. But swapping the hard dive was no issue, and it all works perfectly well.
The screen has a mat finish, which means it is pretty easy to use outside as you don't get any glare on it. You can easily change the screen brightness up and down, which means that you save a bit of battery, or make it easier to see what you are looking at.
As I use this laptop for my studies, the fact that it is small and light is really helpful, as it means that it can fit into my bag easily and it doesn't weigh too much. I didn't need to buy myself a laptop bag or anything like that with this, because it is smaller than a sheet of A4 paper, so it can just slot in the back of a normal rucksack. I did think that I was going to have a problem with the screen size and keyboard size, but I soon became used to it, and I now find that I can type much faster on a smaller keyboard compared to a larger one. The keyboard itself has pretty much all the features of a normal one, although some of the keys aren't in the normal place. But you soon get adapted to that, and you find yourself using the function button a lot more than you usually would!
This laptop came with a case for it, but it was rather boring and disappointing, and began to lose its colour. This meant that I had to buy a new one, but you can find them for a pretty cheap price now and it allows you to have your own style.
The charger that it comes with has an adequate cable length, but it would be nicer if it was longer, as you do find yourself having to sit near to a plug socket.
Unfortunately, this laptop has slowed down over time. I know that it is to be expected, especially with such a cheap laptop, but it is very disappointing when you go from having a battery life of about five hours to one of two at the maximum. And that's only if you're not doing a lot and have the screen brightness turned right down. It also has become slower to start up and shut down, meaning that you are waiting around for a while for something to happen.
I have had a few problems when starting up my laptop - it occasionally freezes and just won't boot up, which means that I have to force shut it down and try again. This can get a bit annoying, especially when I'm in lectures and need my laptop to be ready. I have the same problem when turning off the laptop, and quite often when I put it into standby.
My laptop also freezes sometimes when I am going into My Documents. I open it up and begin to start searching for whatever it is that I want to open, and then it just decides to not do anything. I therefore have to open up the task manager and force close My Documents. Once it does this for the first time in the day, it won't let me open up My Documents again for hours, so I have to either find something else to do or open up the file another way.
All in all, this laptop is pretty good as a cheap alternative to some others, but it really should only be used for a couple of years before it starts to slow down. It has all the features that you would need, and has been great to help me with my studies.
I've tried quite a few body creams, and this is one of the best. I went into boots a while ago, looking for some nice body cream, and bought this one along with a few others as there was a buy 3 for the price of 2 deal, and instantly fell in love with it.
It has two parts to it - an orange coloured jelly and a white creamy bit, that are both swirled around each other in separate layers. I find that the cream is much nicer on the more sensitive parts of the body as it isn't too overpowering and has more of a moisturising quality, whereas the jelly works well everywhere else as it has a much stronger smell that lasts for longer. It is nice to mix them together though, as it gives your body a really fresh feel, with a mix of the sensitive cream and the powerful jelly.
The smell is really nice too, as it makes you feel really clean and smooth. The fruits really allow you to feel refreshed and like you have just spent a day in the spa.
The price is pretty good too, not too expensive like other body creams of the same quality, seeing that it works much better than some of the leading brands that I have tried. If I had a choice, I would always choose this (or one of the other scents which I am slowly working my way through) because it really works!
Have pretty much always used ipod headphones with all of my ipods. They are brilliant quality headphones - you can really hear the music clearly. However, they don't really cancel out the background sound, meaning you can still hear what is going on around you. This is really annoying because it makes it harder to listen to the music.
But these headphones do work best with ipods, because they have been specifically designed for them. They are long lasting - I haven't actually had a pair brake on me or fail on me. This is great because it means you don't have to worry about spending time and money on getting new headphones.
The cable length of the ipod headphones is pretty good - you can hang them round your neck so they are ready to be used when needs be. The only annoying thing is that both ear cables are the same length, which means that putting them round your neck can be a bit awkward, and looks a little weird.
The balance board is actually really good. I was a bit skeptic at first, but when I tried it out, I thought it was really good fun. It really does pick up any slight movement that you make, meaning that you can really get a good work out on it. I suppose it is possible to cheat on it, but you don't really want to when you get into it, cause it takes away the point of having the wii fit. All of the games of great fun, and you really feel like you are part of the actual game. It's fantastic if you want a daily work out, and also great if you've got a few friends or family members over. You do look a bit weird on some of the games, so if you are a bit conscious about that sort of thing, then you'd be best to use it on your own,, but otherwise, it can be a bit funny!
To begin with, these controllers can be a bit confusing, as they are not really like any others. It can take a bit of time adapting to the differences, but when you get used to it, it is really simple to use. It only needs the use of one hand, and all the buttons are within easy reach of where you hold the controller. The wii easily picks up what you do with the controller, which means you can really interact with the games. Of course you can you can cheat with the controllers, and only move them slightly to make the game work, but I have found that I don't like to do that, as it takes away from the fun of the game.
However, there is the problem of the controller flying into the TV if you get too involved with the game. This hasn't happened to me yet - thankfully! This does mean that you have to buy the strap for the controller, which of course is definitely advisable, but is a bit of a nuisance.
I really enjoy playing on the wii because the games are really interactive. Each game allows you to be an actual part of it, as you have to move your body for the games to work. Not only is this great fun, but it is really good exercise too, because you really get involved with the games.
There are also a wide variety of games to play on the wii - some of them make no sense but are just good fun, some are fighting games and some are racing games. This means that there is something for the whole family, allowing everybody to get involved.
The fact that you can have more than one person playing the games is also good too, as it means that nobody is left out, and you can get really competitive.
The only real problem with the wii is that on some of the games - especially games like tennis - it is easy to injure yourself. This is because you swing your arm, but there is not resistance when you hit the ball, so it can really hurt you arm muscles.
Quite a lot of vacuum cleaners are awkward and heavy, which makes cleaning the house very tiresome, however the Henry is very different. It is easy to carry up and down stairs, meaning that the hoovering can be done quickly and easily.
The long hose where the vacuum is attached makes reaching into awkward places much easier, and also means that the main body does not have to be moved as much. This makes the cleaning much simpler.
The long cable also means that the main body does not need to move far, and in smaller houses, it means that you do not have to unplug the vacuum cleaner when you move from upstairs to downstairs.
The vacuum cleaner is very efficient, and picks up most dirt and dust from the carpet. Larger pieces do take a bit more work - you tend to have to go over them a few times before they can be picked up - but this is a problem that you will find with most vacuum cleaners.
This is the best camera that I have ever had. I received it as a birthday present a year ago, and it still works wonderfully. It is 14.1MP with a rechargeable lithium battery pack that lasts for a long time between charges. It also has a 3 inch (7.62cm) LCD display that is crystal clear, and allows you to see in high quality what you're about to photograph, without having to squint in bright light. The zoom on it is amazing, both in and out. You can go to 14X optical zoom, and the picture still comes out in high quality and not pixilated, which I think is a great feature, as it means you can get some really good far away photos. It also has a wide aperture, so you can take close shots of a group easily, even when you're taking the photo and you're in it too.
There are also so many great settings on this camera, allowing you to change the aperture and point of focus. You can also change the settings for great photos indoors, outdoors and for nighttime. This is really great because it means that you can always get the best quality photo. It also has an image stabaliser, so the pictures come out really clear, even when you're moving about quite a lot. It also has a slot at the bottom which allows you to use a tri-pod for any particularly hard shots, or for taking timed pictures of yourself.
Being able to take HD videos is really good too, because it means that the videos are the best quality that they can be. However, as my laptop is not currently able to play HD videos, it does mean that I have to spend ages converting them. For anybody with a good enough laptop, this would not be a problem.
This is my first car, which I learned to drive in, after it was bought for me for my 17th birthday, and I have found it delightful to drive. Yes it may be a simple and basic car, but that really is all you want to learn in. Two electric windows is pretty good for such a cheap car, and the boot is big enough for a two week holiday for two people. Three seats in the back makes it great for giving friends a lift home. Reasonably inexpensive to run too. It has coped on several long journeys, which for a first car, is pretty good.
The main problem is that it can be quite slow. The acceleration is pretty poor, making it difficult to pull away from traffic lights fast enough for other cars, meaning that you do get a few people who get rather annoyed and drive really close to you, or try and overtake when it really isn't suitable. Overtaking cars on dual carriageways and motorways takes a bit of work too, you really have to build up to it, and make sure that there is nothing else trying to overtake. But as this car has been used as a first car, I don't really see much problem with it.
It has an air con in the car, but it isn't the best. To get any benefit from it, you have to turn up the speed, which means that it becomes very noisy, distracting you from your driving. You end up having to either cope with the heat/cold, wind down your window (which isn't best when you are driving above 40mph) or get distracted by the noise.
The radio is quite good, it has a very clear sound and can receive a lot of stations. As it's quite an old car, there is nowhere to put an ipod, so you don't really have much of an option of what to listen to. But you can save up to 6 stations, which makes it easy to find what you are looking for.
The horn is on a button on the side of the indicator, so if you need to use it quickly, it can take a bit of time to find. I have to drive on a few motorways occasionally, and have almost had a run-in with a lorry, so from now on, I keep my hand near to the horn, just in case.
It is a reasonable price to ensure (I'm not too sure how much exactly because my parents pay it for me), and I think it was fairly cheap to buy, as it is quite old now. For a second hand car, you definitely pay for what you get, but I would really only recommend this a first car to learn in and to use whilst still a student.
Although I have only had this ipod for ten days, I think that it is brilliant. The touch screen is great, really sensitive and responds well. Being able to turn the screen around is so useful for when it is attached to my belt or the sleeve of my top. There is plenty of space on it for loads of songs, and tons of pictures. The slide show element of the pictures is great, especially as you can put it on shuffle. It is great to be able to see old pictures. I also love that you can shuffle the songs by shaking the ipod, making it really easy to shuffle the songs whilst on the go.
The only bad point is that the fitness part is slightly iffy, as it sometimes doesn't count steps. But as it is an ipod, you cannot expect a perfect step counter, and the fact that it is otherwise a brilliant player, it doesn't really matter that much.
Had this console for a while now, after it was bought as a birthday present, and I think that it is really good fun, even after all these years. Having multiple controllers means that playing against or with somebody else is easy. They both can connect to the console, but because they have wires, you are limited to how far away from the console you can go. This can be a bit annoying as you end up having to sit in the middle of the room, or leave the console where it can be easily tripped over.
There are plenty of great games for it, so there is something for everybody. I don't like playing fighting games, which seems to be the only thing you can get for some consoles, but for the playstation 2, there are plenty of other games which are more to my taste. Mystery games work quite well, as it is easy to move around, as well as driving games, because the controllers are designed for them. This means that everyone in the family can have a go playing on this console, as there is bound to be something that they enjoy.
Just watching the games is quite good fun too, because the quality is excellent and the games are really clear. You can really feel like you are part of the game.
However, you can't save many games on it, which meant that when I was playing a game with my friend, we couldn't save it as it would have overwritten what I had already done on my own. I believe you can buy more memory cards for this console, but it does mean spending more money, when you've already had to buy the playstation itself.
Despite that though, the advantages definitely outweigh the disadvantages, as I have never had any problems with it not working, freezing or turning off unexpectedly. The games are all really clear and the variety makes it a great console to have, as it means that the whole family can use it, meaning you really get your moneys worth from it.
I have had my nintendo ds for a long time now, and it still hasn't let me down. There are so many great games that you can get for it, and the controls are really easy to use. It is a great way to pass the time. You can get so many great games for it, but it is annoying that they do not produce the games for the new 3ds in a format available for the ds lite, as there are a few games which I would like to get, but cannot afford to.
However, occasionally it does not recognise that I have put a game in it, which means I have to turn it off and on again, but that doesn't take too long, so is not much of a problem.
Also, it is really hard to see the screen outside, so if you are looking for a game console to play at any time, this might not be the best bet.
I have had this phone for a while now, and I have to say, it is kind of useless. To begin with, it keeps on freezing, turning off and occasionally restarting. I have missed a few texts and phone calls because of this, as I had to put my pass code back in.
Also, when I first got the phone, it did not have bluetooth enabled, which meant that I had to update the phone to get it to work. This deleted loads of settings and I had to basically start over again with the phone.
The touch screen also has a tendency to not work when my phone is plugged into my laptop, which can get rather irritating.
This phone does have a few good points - when it works, it does the job well. It is pretty robust and I love that it saves my conversations without taking up much memory. The fact that you can download apps is also brilliant, as the games help to pass the time, and the apps can also come in handy.