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Lets Play Hide & Seek

Published in Entertainment by mfereday on Sep 17, 2014
At some time in your life you will have played a game of hide and seek. I can remember one instance of playing the game in my grandparent’s pub. Unfortunately nobody realised I was playing the game and panic set in as they thought I had gone missing. Eventually I was discovered and everything returned to normal. Neither my version of the game or any that you have played would bear any resemblance to the Big Fish Hidden Object Adventure title of Rite of Passage: Hide and Seek.

Humax YouView

Published in Entertainment by paul_smart on Sep 17, 2014
All PVRs work in slightly different ways to achieve the same goal. This is not important providing you know how your machine works. Here however is a machine that works differently in that you can watch items from up to a week before which you forgot to record.

835516 focus fear of sale sunnyvalA Double Package

Published in Entertainment by mfereday on Sep 10, 2014
Focus Multimedia has bundled together two titles from the Big Fish Games Fear for Sale series of Hidden Object Adventure offerings. The games forming this bundle are Sunnyvale Story and Nightmare Cinema with both titles being based on mysterious disappearances.

835762 Soul Transform Superior Active Performance On Ear HeadphoneSoul Transform

Published in Entertainment by paul_smart on Sep 10, 2014
A rather nice set of on ear headphones. Nothing fussy just a good quality sound without doing any more than removing from the box and plugging the lead into whatever you normally use to output your sound files from and relax.

A Humax Soundbar

Published in Entertainment by mfereday on Sep 9, 2014
While entertainment devices generally have their own built-in audio output, it is not always of the highest quality. This next product offers to improve the audio output.

835360 focus azada hidden mysteries collectioDouble Azada Adventure

Published in Entertainment by mfereday on Sep 3, 2014
This next Focus Multimedia offering bundles together two Big Fish titles that feature a magical world.

835498 Samsung Electronic SHAPE M7 Wireless Audio SpeakeSamsung M7 Speaker

Published in Entertainment by paul_smart on Aug 29, 2014
This can work as a single triangular speaker or via a hub form a multi room offering. It can work wired, wireless, Bluetooth or even via an Auxiliary cable. If this is not enough with the right sort of TV you can improve the TV sound with the M7.

835359 focus hidden mystery collectiveRedemption Cemetery Times Two

Published in Entertainment by mfereday on Aug 27, 2014
Redemption Cemetery is a series of Hidden Object Adventure games, currently standing at five, published originally by Big Fish Games. Focus Multimedia has taken two of these titles and bundled then together in a single package which is priced at the company’s usual £10.20 level.

834969 HMDX HX P230RDA EU Jam Bluetooth Wireless Portable SpeakeA Bigger Jar of Jam

Published in Entertainment by mfereday on Aug 23, 2014
This is not a case of “Jam tomorrow” as offered in Lewis Carroll’s “Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Did Next”. Instead it is, in fact, Jam today as HMDX adds another device to its series of Jam portable speakers. This is the Jam Plus which, as you might suppose from its title, is the slightly larger sibling of the company’s original Jam device that I reviewed last year.

835132 avanquest hidden files echos of JFHidden Files: Echoes of JFK

Published in Entertainment by mfereday on Aug 20, 2014
With the various conspiracy theories, the assassination of J F Kennedy is an obvious target (no pun intended) on which the developers of games can base their work. One example of this is Hidden Files Echoes of JFK. Available from Avanquest GSP label, this game sets you the task of investigating more modern day events that are meant to have a connection with the assassination of JFK on the 22nd of November 1963.

835110 Samson MediaOne BT3 Active Studio MonitorMediaOne BT

Published in Entertainment by paul_smart on Aug 20, 2014
This pair of speakers are described as ‘Monitors’ which for those who do not know is a term used by musicians to have speakers facing themselves so they can hear what they are playing. Here there is a twist in that they can accept Bluetooth input.

834967 avanquest enigmatis mists ravenwooThe Mist of Ravenwood

Published in Entertainment by mfereday on Aug 16, 2014
Enigmatis: The Mists of Ravenwood is the sequel to Enigmatis: The Ghost of Maple Creek, a game that I seemed to have missed for some reason.

834801 avanquest mystery placeA Collection of Mystery Places

Published in Entertainment by mfereday on Aug 12, 2014
Like the previous Avanquest 4 Play Collection I reviewed recently, this next collection brings together four titles under the banner of Mystery Places.
The central problem with projectors has always been the lamp. Power hungry and hot, a typical projector lamp will need a busy fan to keep it cool, further adding to the power consumption, and bringing distracting noise to the party. And lamps can be costly to replace – typically between £150 and £250. Low powered and cool running, LED illumination promises to put a stop to all that. And here's the Optoma ML1500 to show how it's done.

835106 roku 3500eu video streaminRoku Streaming Stick

Published in Entertainment by paul_smart on Aug 8, 2014
For those who have Wi-Fi but do not have a TV that accepts Wi-Fi input then assuming your TV has a spare HDMI port then this offering from Roku could be the answer. It is somewhat easier to install than the recent Chromecast was.
Nightmares from the Deep: The Siren’s Call is the sequel to Nightmares from the Deep: The Cursed Heart which was reviewed earlier on this site. Do not worry if you have not played the first title as, although your character is the same in both games, The Siren’s Call is a self-contained offering.

834714 Olympus LS 14 4GB Linear PCM RecordeOlympus LS-14

Published in Entertainment by paul_smart on Aug 6, 2014
Olympus is a name big in cameras and voice recorders. So here a slight deviation of the latter into music recording and indeed the microphones needed to impart full range audio recording required for such a complex task.

834531 game olympus griddlerAn Addictive Puzzle

Published in Entertainment by mfereday on Jul 30, 2014
The next game is one of those that is easy to play but can be extremely addictive.

834712 Samsung UE48HU7500 4k 3D Smart LED TSamsung 48inch Curved LED TV

Published in Entertainment by paul_smart on Jul 30, 2014
While I have seen TV’s with curved screens, in fact I seem to remember one vendor claiming it had the first one in the UK. Now around a year later I get one to review. This 48inch offering from Samsung has a great deal to offer.

834530 Samsung HW H550 A Samsung Soundbar

Published in Entertainment by mfereday on Jul 29, 2014
When is a speaker not a speaker? The answer could well be when the particular audio output device is called a soundbar.

834759 BenQ W1500 DLP 3D ProjectoBenQ W1500 Projector

Published in Entertainment by bidmead on Jul 28, 2014
If you're looking for a projector (and why wouldn't you be - good ones are abundant and cheap these days, and deliver much more screen real estate for your money than TV sets), you don't necessarily have to seek out the top the range get yourself and your family into the home cinema game. True, what I'd call fully-fledged "home cinema" is costly to set up. But if you have a blank wall and an existing hi-fi system there are bargains out there just waiting round the whole thing off for you.