Stuffocation by James Wallman

StuffocationStuffocation by James Wallman
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I think this reviewer said it much better, but here it goes anyway:
For a book dealing with clutter and minimalism (and other similar subjects), it sure was cluttered! The idea was good, some of the information you could extract was interesting, but to get to it you had to wade through a mix of extremely boring anecdotes/quasi-stories, and loads of fact dump (it kept going from one to the other indiscriminately). Eventually I just grew bored and gave up reading it. I just don’t have the patience for it.

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Racer 8

 

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Game: Racer 8
Genre: Casual, Racing
Developer: 30.06 Studios Ltd
Publisher: KISS ltd
Release Date: Jun 6, 2014
Platform: PC / Played on Windows 7
Overall rating:  2/10
Graphics: 7/10
Controls: 8/10
Level/Puzzle Design:2/10
Sound: 2/10
Story: N/A
Replay Value: 0/10
Community: N/A

 

Review

Racer 8 is a mobile-port puzzle game. The basic premise is this “puzzle” – a racing track – where the car moves around and you turn tiles to make a path to the finish line: not overly exciting, but a good time waster to have on your phone and are somewhere, waiting, and terribly bored.
But that’s about all this game is, and it should have stayed as a phone game.

The game’s graphics are decent, kinda cuteish, but definitely… generic. There’s nothing special about them, and it looks exactly like every other mobile game with cars.

The splash screen forces you through the tutorial even when you’ve already played the game and clearly don’t need it (there is a skip button, but in mine it wouldn’t work at all). So you go through the tutorial, start playing, and then get 100 pop ups telling you the exact same thing the tutorial screen just did. Ugh! Interrupt my gameplay why don’t you?

After the first round alone it gets boring and repetitive, which you could have kind of guessed it was, though I had somehow hoped it might be a bit more exciting and that the levels would provide a bit of a challenge further on. Not quite so.

There are no graphic options, no sound options, not even volume options. In fact, there are NO options whatsoever. Even if it were to be a basic hi/low, on/off setting, you HAVE to have options in your game!
To top it off, the music was pretty awful (and it was super loud), so I had to mute my entire computer to play. Way to go.

Definitely steer clear from this one, unless it’s free again.

La Casa de los Espíritus by Isabel Allende

La casa de los espíritusLa casa de los espíritus by Isabel Allende
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Just not my cup of tea.

I actually won a book of my choice a while back, and out of the few, poor amount of books I had to choose from, I chose this one. I figured I’d read it- it sounded amazing! And Isabel Allende had such good reviews all the time, so why not?

Great mistake. I found her writing to be tedious to my personality. I couldn’t get past the first pages as it failed miserably to catch my interest and was clearly not the type of literature I enjoy, for it was full of socio-political commentary and sounded too pretentious.

I guess I’ll stick to the genres I know I enjoy, because clearly my incursion in others has failed.

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