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754670 Alex Hunter Lord of the MinAlex Hunter: Lord of the Mind

Published in Entertainment by mfereday on Feb 15, 2014
Alex Hunter is your typical Private Eye or some might prefer the term of Gumshoe. Typical that is if you exist in a world inhabited by characters created by authors such as Mickey Spillane and Raymond Chandler. This slightly more refined Private Eye, than those Spillane and Chandler originals, is your role in the Epic Star developed game of Alex Hunter Lord of the Mind.

751810 Epson EH TW490 HD Ready 720p 3LCD Home Cinema ProjectoEpson EH-TW490

Published in Entertainment by bidmead on Feb 13, 2014
Very decent home cinema projectors can now routinely be had for around 500 quid. But how do you pick a winner you'll be happy to live with from this cheap and cheerful bunch? As the TV industry hurries us ever upwards towards 4K (four times the number of pixels in a regular HD TV screen) punters tend to view pixel count as the prime requirement. Chris Bidmead thinks there are more important factors to look out for.

757029 Creative WP 380 High Performance Bluetooth Wireless Headphone with NFA Multi-Connecting Headset

Published in Entertainment by mfereday on Feb 13, 2014
The latest headset to arrive from Creative contains some features I had not previously encountered before.

A Mahjong Story

Published in Entertainment by mfereday on Feb 12, 2014
Described as an “epic makeover” of the ancient tile matching board game, Age of Mahjong (one of the various spelling used for this Chinese board game) combines a series of Mahjong board layouts with a story line that spreads over 56 levels. This Adept Software developed game was originally published by Alawar and now forms part of Avanquest’s GSP games catalogue.

756511 Geemarc CL7400 Amplified Wireless Digital TV HeadseGeemarc CL7400 Wi-Fi Sound

Published in Entertainment by paul_smart on Feb 10, 2014
Often such devices fail after a few feet, here is one I could leave my lounge, move to front door and then out into the street. Now that is what I call Wi-Fi and unlike some that only work for things with a 3.5mm jack these will work with RCA jacks as well.

753119 mystery_murderers the sleeping palacThe Sleeping Palace

Published in Entertainment by mfereday on Feb 8, 2014
Somewhere in the virtual world of adventure game play is the Palace of Laroche. Built to serve and protect the family of De La Roche as they rule their kingdom, Laroche Palace has recently become a place of mystery as everybody within this magnificent building has succumbed to a deep sleep - everybody that is until you awake. Initially you will have no memory as to who you are or how you came to be there. So starts the game of Mystery Murders: The Sleepin

756508 Sonos PLAY 1 Black The Wireless Hi FSonos Play 1

Published in Entertainment by paul_smart on Feb 7, 2014
I first saw some Sonos speakers around eight years ago, great sound but very expensive and only at that time for Apple. Over the years they have become more affordable and now useable with Apple, PC, Android and IOS.

753110 focus stray souls stolen memorieStolen Memories

Published in Entertainment by mfereday on Feb 5, 2014
Set in a nightmarish world, this next title sets a mother against a clown in a battle over a husband and a daughter. Just who will win?

756504 EX 06 Foldable Wireless Stereo HeadseTwo Headphone Units

Published in Entertainment by paul_smart on Feb 2, 2014
On this occasion both sets are available at almost the same price. Both have wired connections so have at least two things in common. So would I prefer the Giotech EX-06 or the Nine Audio Vega, read on to find which my ears preferred.

750808 Age of Mahjong Epic Escapes; Dark Seas Double PacAdventure at Sea

Published in Entertainment by mfereday on Jan 29, 2014
If you are hoping for a relaxing sea cruise with this next title then you could be disappointed as gigantic waves make an appearance.
First from Sony something of a lightweight offering so maybe ideal to take with you out and about the a set of headphones designed to go in an audio outlet for studio quality units but unscrew it and you have a 3.5mm jack.

752570 Roku 3 HD Streaming PlayeROKU 3 for Streaming

Published in Entertainment by paul_smart on Jan 23, 2014
The thing that enticed me to look at Roku 3 was its ability to stream sound so that you can have no sound from your TV and still hear sound through the ROKU 3 unit to headphones or earbuds, ideal for those who don’t want to disturb others.

749276 avanquest Sacra Terra Kiss of DeatThe Kiss of Death

Published in Entertainment by mfereday on Jan 22, 2014
It is time to embark on a task to rescue somebody who has been taken prisoner by a succubus in a Hidden Object Adventure game.
Here I am looking at two sets of small speakers, the first from Creative are a wired Bluetooth unit that is similar in size and shape to the second from Bose, a name I associate with high end audio but here at a cheaper price.

749273 drawn trail of shadowDrawn Part Three

Published in Entertainment by mfereday on Jan 15, 2014
Drawn is a magical kingdom with mythical creatures and an on-going battle between the forces of Good and Evil. One defining factor of this land is that pictures play an important role in its existence.

743865 velodyne vQuiet Over Ear Noise Cancelling HeadphoneNoise Cancelling Headset

Published in Entertainment by mfereday on Jan 11, 2014
Velodyne, the California based design and development company specialising in audio equipment and responsible for the vFree headset reviewed recently, has a second headset model entitled the vQuiet. Manufactured in China, this new headset offers over-the-ear noise cancelling functionality as you listen to your favourite music in solitude but only if you really want to (see later).
As part of its Signature Series, Creative has developed its T4 Wireless product.

745278 focus haunted halls revenge of doctor blackmorRevenge of Doctor Blackmore

Published in Entertainment by mfereday on Jan 8, 2014
With the same three main characters, the next episode in the Haunted Halls series arrives to challenge your Hidden Object Adventure game-playing skills.
The first a name that has been around in audio circles for a long time, the second a name I had never heard before. So here two sets of earphones. The first has quality the second has new ideas so the choice is for your ears, neither of them are expensive.

No Avoiding Fate

Published in Entertainment by mfereday on Jan 4, 2014
Fate, they say will eventually catch up with you. In the case of Madame Fate Carnival, the catching up could be considered to last over four years as this was the interval between my looking at the original Madame Fate title and the arrival of the sequel in the form of a Collector’s Edition of Mystery Case Files: Fate’s Carnival from Big Fish Games. This gap was more than long enough for my memory to erase any

740721 focus mystery trackers black islFinding Sarah

Published in Entertainment by mfereday on Jan 1, 2014
Everything is not how it seems as this next game goes to prove as your investigations take you to Black Isle.