What happens when you take equal parts Tetris, Tower Bloxx, a physics engine, and random objects, mix well, and bake? I want to know too, so let’s find out as I review Crazy Construction.
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I like beer. You like beer, or at least you know someone who likes beer. After all it is the most widely consumed alcohol drink in the world.
Windhoek Draught is a popular favourite amongst South Africans and certainly appeals to our tastes (and wallets) with its no-compromise approach to the German Reinheitsgebot, a brewing tradition that had its origins 527 years ago. That pared down approach carries across to the new designs of the Windhoek Draught bottle and can. It’s a cleaner look, elegant, and modern.
Cymatics is the process of making sound waves visible, and artist Nigel Standford shows just how that is done in a fantastic set of six audio-based science experiments. In one such experiment, Standford sends audio frequencies through a Chladni plate covered in sand and records the patterns that form in the sand. And in another experiment, he tapes a hose to a speaker and by matching the audio frequencies to the camera’s frame rate, he creates an illusion of water forming a spiral as it leaves the hose. It’s all very fascinating.
Check out CYMATICS: Science Vs. Music below.
To see the behind-the-scenes footage of these audio experiments, check out nigelstanford.com/Cymatics.
I don’t like Call of Duty. I don’t hate it either. When I reviewed Call of Duty: Ghosts last year, it was the first time I had played more than an hour in what is arguably the world’s most popular FPS title. I found the experience unmemorable. So I’ve been impervious to CoD fanaticism/hype and don’t have high expectations for this year’s iteration of the franchise, subtitled Advanced Warfare.
As the name implies, this tour of duty is set in the future of 2054 where clever human technology (no alien involvement here) has greatly improved soldiers’ mobility and combat skills. I don my exo-suit and jump buildings in a single bound to bring you this review.
Indie puzzle games come in two flavours: gameplay that will make you pull your hair out combined with puzzles that are unfair, and ones that are a dream and delight to play, with puzzles that aren’t too taxing, but still leaves you with a head scratching experience without making you want to commit electronic murder. Let’s find out which category Tetrobot and Co. falls into.
Raul Aguiar is a Brazilian illustrator who was commissioned to create a slice of Earth, complete with a slew of pop culture references, including a few video game ones. How many pop culture references can you find in this illustration, and how many of you know who Alex Kidd is? Comment and let us know!
Disney Infinity, released last year, was Disney’s entry to the toys-that-come-to-life genre, alongside the only other entry: Skylanders. While Skylanders had to build their fan base almost from the ground up, Disney Infinity had the advantage of having a built-in fan base and a veritable slew of characters to draw upon. This year, Disney lets its Marvel characters take the helm with the new Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (aka Disney Infinity 2.0). I strap on my shield, get into my power armour, grab my hammer, sling my webs, and plug in my Awesome Mix vol. 1 to see what the new game is all about. Read more
NES Remix 1 and 2 appeared a few months ago on the Wii U as two separate titles, pitting you against various NES games to complete assorted tasks. The games were fun, and had us doing things that we’d either done ourselves hundreds of times before, or doing stuff we’d never thought of doing (or stuff we couldn’t ever do with the original games). Now the game’s gone portable, and a collection from both Remix games are available for the 3DS. Let’s see how the 8-bit retro nostalgia holds up.