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Can you survive and escape an evil presence in two manor houses?
Forming part of the Hidden Mystery Collective series, this next package is made up of two Haunted Manor titles.  Developed by Top Evidence, these two games are Lord of Mirrors and Queen of Death.  Both titles belong to the Hidden Object Adventure genre and offer the player the opportunity to create profiles, adjust volume levels and view the action in full screen mode. Your role in this game is that of Stan Riddle who has built up a reputation of not being able to resist a dare.
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Gioteck HC2

Sadly this headset arrived a little too late to get published prior to Christmas, however anyone with a little Christmas money left this would be a great way to spend it as this can be both a set of headphones or a headset as the microphone is easily removable. I had to double check the price as to my mind it is far too cheap for a unit of this quality.
It Gioteck HC2 headset measures 19cm from the base of the diamond shaped over ear padded earpieces to the well-padded headband without any of the 3cm expansion available on each side. If the earpieces are vertical there is 15cm between them. Both the hard wired 3.5mm lead and the microphone when fitted are from the base of the left side. There is 42cm from the hard wired connection to the 6x2x1.5cm control clip and then another 108cm to the 3.5mm plug.
Acting like a stairway to a wish, this next game contains a tower you need to climb.
According to legend, or so the story goes, there exists a Tower that rises upwards through 100 levels.  This is the Tower of Wishes.  By climbing to the top of this high-rise building you will be granted a single wish.  Ironcode, the game developer, has turned this legend into a Match 3 offering.  This particular title has now reach version 2 and is entitled Tower of Wishes 2 - Vikings. As usual you are offered a series of options to customise the game's playing environment.
Are you ready to step forward and assist a fight-back against the mysterious illness affecting London?
They are back.  You could almost say that they had never been away.  This time the Victorian London detectives of Morgan Johnson and Jack Brown take on the tasks of investigating the mysterious illness, with no apparent cure, that was causing London to be quarantined.  This results in Case 5 of the e-Funsoft Gaslamp series, entitled The Dreadful City, Match 3 game play offering.
895801 Ugreen Nexode 100W USB C Charging Station Ugreen Nexode 100W USB C Charging Statio

Power to Charge : Ugreen 100W 65W

As out collections of rechargeable devices increase, so does the required ability to charge them.
News has just reached me regarding the launch of two new products from Ugreen. For those who may be unfamiliar with Ugreen, I should explain that this is a company, established in 2012, to provide revolutionary hardware and digital solutions. The company's products range from charging devices, phone & computer accessories plus home and automobile accessories. The two new products are the 100W Desktop Charger and the 65W Desktop Charger.
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Emporia SuperEasy Mobile

This can be a near standard Android phone or by clicking on Emporia during the initial setup one that offers more assistance and help without looking like a phone designed for the older user. While it does have an emergency button the back below the camera it does not look like one it just looks like a second camera so no one need know.
The Emporia SuperEasy Mobile measures 13.5x6.5x.7cm and weighs 147 grams. Going around the outside has the volume rocker and on/off button on the right side. The base has the microphone. The left side is clear. The top has USB ‘C’ port for charging and 3.5mm socket for personal listening.
Can you help restore the balance between two worlds when they collide?
Usually when a nanogram game title arrives for review the product has been developed by Match Gems and belongs to its Fantasy series of offerings.  But this is not the case with this next nanogram game product.  Daydream Mosaics 3 - Shades of Hope, developed by Suricate Software, is the current title occupying my review attention. While the game's developer might be different, the available set-up options follow the same generally pattern as those used by Match Gems.
Step into worlds with more than their fair share of ghostly figures as you are required to solve mysteries.
Joining the ranks of three-pack games is Haunting Mysteries.  This triple pack of titles is made up of Urban Legends - The Maze, Paranormal Crime Investigations - Brotherhood of the Crescent Snake and Guardians of Beyond - Witchville.  All three titles belong to the Hidden Object Adventure genre and offer you the choice of creating profiles, adjusting the volume levels for background music and sound effects plus viewing the games in full screen mode.
Join a group of friends as they take a camping trip to several locations.
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Smooth 5S Combo

This is the latest Gimbal from Zhiyun. It comes in a solid fitted zip up case with the parts easily accessible. In facts the only assembly required is attaching the tripod to the base of the handle for those times that you use it remotely. The whole Gimbal has a very solid construction and feel in your hand.
The Smooth 5S Combo gimbal from Zhiyun measures 31cm from the handle base to the top of your mobile phone. At the widest point near your phone it is 16cm. Its total weight in your hand is 471grams – without your phone – and the rubber grip at the lower 9cm of the grip has a great feel. There is a 16x12cm Quick Start Guide that has six pages of information in each of 14 languages. There is also an A5 sheet that describes all the controls.
Never judge a book by its cover especially when murder is involved.
Allowing different people to test their detective skills, profiles can be created to record their progress.  You can set volume levels for the different audio features and play the game in full screen mode with a custom cursor.  When playing the game there is a choice of acting as a Rookie or Veteran investigator.
This latest Keyboard and Mouse set from Trust is said to be their quietest. So if you are someone who the tiny noise of a keyboard clicking disturbs you then this could well be who this set is aimed at. I can understand if one person is typing in an otherwise quiet room that the keyboard can sound loud or indeed if someone is typing while others are watching TV or listening to music.
This Trust TREZO Quiet Keyboard Set measures 44x18x2cm and the last can be increased at the rear by another 3cm if you raise the rubber mounted props. The keyboard has 108 full-size keys plus another six keys beyond the function key row for control of audio. At the far right of this row is on/off button and the normal three LED’s. There is 4.5cm clear in front of the keyboard in a sloping area to accommodate wrists.
Stay-at-home holidays continue to be popular with the appearance of yet another title in the genre.
Similar to titles such as Trip to Europe (developed by Avex Games) and Around the World or European Quest (developed by Lazy Boy Games), Travel Along takes the armchair holiday maker on a voyage around various locations.  On the trip you will be challenged to find a range of objects, passports and morphing stamps while solving a variety of mini game puzzles.
Vampires, Zombies and creatures of the night all feature in this next collection of game play titles.
Adding to the Vampire Saga™ is episode 3 of the story.  This is entitled Break Out and is a Hidden Object Adventure game developed by Go! Games.  I have been looking at the Deluxe Edition version of the game which bundles the main game with a number of bonus items plus two extra games.  All three games can be access from the same front-end created as part of the initial installation process.
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Acer Swift 5

This latest offering from Acer is the Swift 5 a small and light notebook that has Windows 11. Just because it is small does not mean it is not powerful. There are a range of models with different processors, sizes of SSD drives and memory.
The Acer Swift 5 measures 31x22x1.5cm and weighs 1278 grams. On the left side there are two USB ‘C’ ports an HDMI port and a USB port. On the right side are 3.5mm audio out socket a USB port two LEDs and the all-important Kensington Lock port. The keyboard is 84 keys with the alpha keys being full size. There is a 2cm border behind and to the sides of the keyboard with 9cm in front and the 10x7cm trackpad being mounted centrally in this area.
Looking to purchase a late Christmas present! This offering might be the answer.
Are you up to a challenge?  If not then perhaps you could pass on this particular challenge to the younger members of the family allowing them to enter a world generated by the !  Combining elements of construction with more than a touch of competitive game play, this product has been rated suitable for the inquisitive minds of those aged 8 years and older.
These days getting an appointment to see a doctor is harder than ever, when/if you get one often one of the tasks the doctor does is take your blood pressure. A lot of surgeries introduced phone consultations during Covid and of course taking blood pressure remotely is impossible so being able to take it yourself can give the doctor useful information.
What do the ratings means with regards to the video games that bear them?
As the festive seasons draws even nearer and Christmas lists from children make appearances or show alterations in their choice of favourite video games, parents sometimes can struggle to choose the most appropriate game title for their child. It can be confusing when you need to select a title that would appeal to a young child while delivering suitable content.
Are video games remembered for their critical acclaim or their player acceptance?
Although a critical opinion could help make or break a production, such as a play, film or game, there is often a difference between what the critics thinks and what the paying public believes is value for money.  Uswitch has looked into this aspect to see how wide, and in what direction, this difference might be with regards to video games available in 2022. Scoring better with players than the critics, the top five titles are listed below.
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Canon Scanner RS40

While these days the vast majority of images are taken on peoples phones it’s not that many years ago that they were taken on cameras and only a little longer ago they were taken on film with a negative that gave a printed image. So there are still a great number of irreplaceable images that exist only as a printed photograph and each time they are taken from an album the chance of damage happening is increased so get an image now while you still can.
The Canon imageFORMULA RS40 Photo and Document Scanner measures 31cm wide, 17cm from front to back although this increases to 36cm when the receiving tray is extended and 26cm tall. There are folded sheets with Getting Started instructions in several languages. Basically remove the tape and one orange plastic shield.
A long-time favourite board game takes on an architectural flavour with this next title.
It looks a lot like a larger Swiss army knife. The difference here is that to access any of the tools you need to push with your thumb to allow any of the tools to be accessed. There is even a clip so wherever you keep it in a pocket or bag it will stay in place until it’s needed.
The Leatherman FREE™ T4 Multipurpose Tool measures 9cm long, 2cm wide and 1.5cm thick it weighs 123 grams. It is available in five colours. There are a total of six tools three on each side and to access any of them you first need to push with your thumb to allow release of a tool. First tool is a knife with a 5cm blade, also on that side is a 3.5cm flat headed screwdriver and 4cm long double sided file.
Amanda is back for another adventure in the Magic Book series of game play.
When the door bell rings, do you know who is calling? This next product could help.
Encased within a bulbous, lacquered white shell, the takes central stage in the kit.  It comes with a mount unit that features a built-in articulated device that allows the angle at which the camera points to be adjusted through 90 degrees.  A set of three screws and rawl plugs are provided for attaching the mount and camera to an outside location.
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Sound Blaster KATANA V2X

This latest Sound Bar from Sound Blaster is a 2.1 system meaning not only do you get the main bar but also another box that contains the bass speaker. This gives not only normal sounds such as speech and music from the speakers in the sound bar but also the low notes such as bass action from the other box and in action movies this really give the cinema effects.
Putting it another way as the Quick Start Guide does, this is a ‘Tri-Amplified Multi Channel Super X-Fi Gaming Sound bar with compact Subwoofer’ So while designed for games – hence the subwoofer – it works perfectly well for TV and indeed for Audio. The sound bar is quite small ideal for those who do not have 55 inch or larger TV’s but still want to hear the sound clearly of films and not just the older ones.
Refreshed from her initial battles, Helga returns to defeat new enemies.
It was about four or five months ago that e-Funsoft introduced me to its latest Scandinavian character, who will stop at nothing when it comes to the pursuit of her missions.  The character is known as Helga the Viking Warrior and whose adventures are blended into a Match 3 environment of game play in e-Funsoft's usual style.  The heroine of this series sets out on a course of revenge in the company of Ivar, the Viking leader, in this game that e-Funsoft has subtitled Ivar's Revenge.
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Redex & AGON Mice

I know people who love using a Notebook but hate using its Trackpad. So here are two USB wired mice that could well help then both for work and play as both these offerings have more than the standard two buttons and a scroll wheel.
Redex is the gaming brand of Trust and the box states it is an Accurate Lightweight Gaming Mouse with fully adjustable RGB, up to 10,000, and 80 Mill Kailh switches. It is 12cm long a maximum of 5cm wide and 3cm tall. A 1.8m long USB lead emerges from the front edge. It has standard left and right buttons with scroll wheel there is an extra touch button behind the scroll wheel and two further buttons on the left side. It is lightweight at only 72 grams.
Can you help free fairies and restore the balance of power in this Playrix developed game.
It is time to produce mosaics as you join penguins exploring the Cosmos.
Those  pesky penguins are back in town with the latest Fantasy Mosaics title.  Now up to number 53 and subtitled Mysterious Cosmos, this Match Gems developed offering features the intrepid travellers of Una and Aaron.  This inquisitive duo embark on an intergalactic journey that involves a black hole and plenty of nanogram game play. I should explain for the benefit of those not familiar with the nanogram concept, this form of game play allows you to create multicoloured mosaics.
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Pure Evoke Home

The words ‘All In One’ normally relate to a printer that also copies and scan. Here it is an audio device that has everything in a single unit that measures 38x18x11cm. So you have DAB+, FM, Internet Radio, CD, Spotify, Podcasts, Bluetooth Audio and Auxiliary Input via 3.5mm socket.
The initial setup is controlled from a 6x5cm screen on the top of the unit, the first thing is to connect it to your Wi-Fi network once done you see a screen that displays eight icons in two rows of four. Control can be from buttons in front of the screen and you can move through selections sequentially. There is also a small remote control that allows you to make changes from the comfort of your chair.
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