Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Lindy Folding Plug to Fig.8 Review [UK]

So I was recently gifted one dual compartment PlayStation Vita hard case both for storing also carrying the handheld game console, too its cables. It is something of an almost ideal size, somewhere between a pouch and small bag, providing protection less added bulk.

Now you may be aware that UK ( and many other countries ) AC power plugs have a third pin (Earth/ ground.) This usually goes unnoticed until it comes to transporting or stowing them, at which time the difference becomes very apparent.

It's surprising how much more room that extra pin takes up and ( think you can guess where I'm going with this ), after much shuffling around I resided on the fact it just was not going to fit in my new case.

Next, after recalling learning about folding plugs, I decided to do some research and discover whether plugging my Vita into one of those straight at the mains via its USB lead would work, most importantly be safe.
    Finding out this might causing overheating, perhaps worse put the kibosh on that.

Shortly after, then wondering if there was such a thing as a Fig.8 Cable with folding plug, I went online window shopping.
    Mere seconds later, up popped, '2m Folding UK Plug to Fig.8 Mains Power Lead' [£4.98] plus delivery from lindy.co.uk As you can imagine it was not long before I added it to my basket and checked out.

I'd not been that excited about receiving some wiring for a while ,( no it is not my first time ) and luckily only had to wait two or three days before the parcel dropped through our letterbox.


The product arrived enclosed in a nice little resealable bag, packed neatly within one padded envelope, both branded.
    Upon closer inspection and handling I was impressed with the overall look, compactness, also build quality of this genius invention.
    It's pleasing to the eye, wraps tidily away and feels of a solid, durable construction.

'First thing's first', I thought before proceeding to test whether it would fit in my PS Vita case along with the USB lead, AC Adaptor and of course mobile gaming console itself.
    As you can see from the image below it sits comfortably inside and  there is no awkwardness or bulging while, even after zipping up said travel case.


Later I of course tested if and how well my purchase worked. Its folding (Earth) pin snaps securely into both positions; flat or upright, while the plug itself is shaped nearly ergonomically, even practically. These factors give reassuring grip for plugging, then unplugging and naturally makes it compact for storing.
    The lead connected furthermore charged my PlayStation Vita at a mains efficiently with no problems and did not get warm while in use.

It comes with a replaceable 3 Amp fuse and though not an official PlayStation product also my recommendation.
    Currently available similarly price tagged to a regular Fig.8 cable, it's worth mentioning this folding version is also suitable for other electrical gadgets and gizmos that share the same type of connection.
    Sure, we could just buy bigger bags, but the '2m Folding UK Plug to Fig.8 Mains Power Lead' is an innovative alternative for those of us whom ultimately prefer to travel lighter.

With a variety of payment and delivery options, though I'm not reviewing the site itself I would like to share that it's one I'll likely shop at again.
Their prices appear competitive, service reliable and there is plenty of nicely catalogued quality stock to browse  -well worth a visit.


What a difference a folding Earth pin makes!



HUVr Board: Fact or in fact


an elaborate publicity stunt?

Courtesy of HUVrtech.com also their YouTube videos featuring alleged real life hover boards, theories have been circulating the web since yesterday with numerous sites posting articles questioning its authenticity and origin, thereafter generating growing discussion, even debate.

The homepage of said website claims, "The Future Has Arrived." Then begs a question, "What's your style?" Before permitting you a choice from currently four different hover board colour combinations, after which you're invited to share via email and/ or social networks; twitter, Facebook and Google Plus.
    They state there's also the HUVr app "COMING SOON" which reads to be a tracker that connects via Bluetooth and maps your route, thereafter these are then shareable.
    There's an About section introducing The Team before giving their readers a brief outline of who-what, also some quotes from "Customers and Partners", including Tony Hawk.
    A functional Contact icon is present, as too are one Press Kit and links to their videos, in which celebrities are also involved.
    These include Christopher Lloyd of Back to The Future trilogy fame as 'Doc' Emmett Brown and even a DeLorean makes an appearance.

So what's the story? Are hover boards finally going to be an affordable method of transportation for us all?
    Or is this all some kind of extreme PR for a certain former Pro Skater's upcoming mobile game, widely reported to be currently in development?
    Perhaps it has something to do with a new Heads Up Virtual Reality product? Or software for the Oculus Rift? Maybe Back to The Future IV? Even 'those boots' Nike are relaunching?

The latter few would make more sense ...right? Or nonsense, I mean April Fool's Day is just around the corner -this could all be some massive prank!
    Whatever the reasoning, it's definitely got people talking.
    Visit the site and check out the videos, if only to believe for a while.


It's 2014! Where's my hover board?


Monday, 3 March 2014

Ravenous Games Sale [iOS] News


Ravenous Games, those who brought us the rather marvellous League of Evil trilogy, appear to have a sale on two of their iOS titles.
    Either that, or they've permanently price dropped them to free-to-plays.

A trademark endless runner and side-scrolling brawler respectively complete with the fun, challenge, pixels and soundtracks we've come to love from Ravenous Games.
    Random Runners [Free] contains in-app purchases while Beatdown! [Free] does not, suggesting the latter might be temporarily free.

We shall see I guess, in the meantime, yet to check either of them out? Then right now is a great time to download both for absolutely no charge.



Update: So earlier tonight after posting the news this morning, a tweet appeared in my timeline from Ravenous Games themselves stating,
 So there you have it, straight from the horse's mouth -grab 'em while you can! Devious Dungeon [£0.69] "A Medieval Action Adventure for iOS" is set to launch March 6, at which time the link will be live. Until then take a look at some screenshots and an official trailer below:


























Sunday, 2 March 2014

Letter Quest Update [iOS] News


For reasons unknown, (though it seems to be happening a lot lately,) the great RPG strategy word game formerly known as Spell Quest: Grimm's Journey [Review] gets an update and a brand new name!

Fear not, Letter Quest: Grimm's Journey [Free] is still the same good old Bacon Bandit Games ...game ,and this news actually gave me an excuse to write up on a couple of gameplay elements I'd so hastily forgotten first time round.

Time Trials and Special Challenges!
    For each stage there are a total of three stars to earn. First by completing the level, next, again but within an allotted time, then finally once more while fulfilling a set challenge.
    You can now also just tap on said Time Trial or Special Challenge's corresponding star right from the results screen,

"It saves you a trip to the map."



These extra modes certainly add replay value and variety to an already
diverse title with plenty of longevity.

If you enjoy Mark Smith's free iOS debut, please consider donating or even just buying a Gem Doubler (Pro tip.) Not only will the kind gesture help you out, but in-turn support future updates ...like this:

"What's New in Version 1.04
* Added a bonus shop with new weapons for Grimm and new letter tile sets (bonus shop is an in-app purchase)
* 7 new stages for a total of 40, and 120 stars
* 10 new quests
* 6 new achievements
* 5 new Game Center leaderboards
* 2 new books
* Twitter integration - tweet your best word with a picture from the results screen
* Rate our app functionality to ask to review the game
* Can tap second monster in stage to get details
* Added more words to the dictionary
* Can now tap stars on results screen to play other star types without going to map
* Potion costs reduced from 500 to 400 gems
* Letter tiles on time trials blacked out when viewing monster details
* Reduced memory usage, should fix crashes on iPod Touch 4g and iPad 1
* Fixed bug with stat for defeating monsters in one word, wasn't updating before
* Less confusing text on gem doubler enable/disable button to avoid confusion
* Swap spell now disabled when start spelling a word
* Added Game Center button on results screen
* Increased efficiency, game now runs more smoothly on older devices like iPhone 3 GS
* Several difficulty tweaks
* Fixed bug that could delete save file when critically low on disk space
* Fixed bug for achievement for entire board of duplicator tiles - is now possible
* Fixed bug with restore purchases button being disabled when Game Center was disabled
* Fixed bug with touching multiple letters on treasure minigame when only had one guess remaining"