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895530 Montgomery Fox and the Case of the Missing Ballerina

The Fox Returns

When performers go missing, you need to send for the detective with a nose for sniffing out clues.
Some may remember that Paprikan introduced us to Montgomery Fox who had abandoned his scavenger lifestyle and was not putting his skills to more advantage use by working as a detective.  Fans of Montgomery may be wondering how he has spent his time since that initial outing.  My research reveals that, after spending time sunny himself in my back garden, he has been busy disturbing my sleep with his mating calls.
Bringing together a white wolf, rampant plants and an unpaid debt, this next offering should provide plenty of Hidden Object game play.
I have been looking at the Collector's Edition of this game developed by Alawar's Go! Studio.  Unlike other titles bearing the Collector's Edition branding, this offering takes a different approach to its bonus offerings.  Rather than a bonus chapter, you are given two bonus Hidden Object games of Mountain Crime and Natural Threat.  These games have their own setting options regarding the volume adjustment and full screen viewing.
895509 FIVERAY Light Wand Light Stick Dimmable Photography Tub

Zhiyun Fiveray FR100C

With so much more video being produced out of studio one thing needed is lights even a well-lit room does not look top notch so this solution from Zhiyun could well help solve it. During lockdown a great deal of meetings moved to online from home where ordinary room lighting did not hack it. The doughnut ring light was popular but is there something better like this Fiveray offering to give you professional standard lighting from a single internal battery powered unit.
It is 50cm tall and 4cm wide and 3.5cm thick except at the handle where its 4cm. It weighs 900 grams. There is a tripod mount on the base. Just above the grip on the left side is a USB ‘C’ connector to charge its internal battery. The back of the grip is rubberised for ease of holding. The only other item to mention is the 7x3cm area on the face of the grip, this has a joystick ‘control centre’ and a small 2x1.
Pack your bags, have all the necessary injections as you prepare to visit various countries for missing members of your club.
There is a theory, supported by some, that the human evolutionary chain was somehow influenced by the presence of outside elements that were alien in concept.  Whether that influence included Ancient Astronauts is a mute point but this next game might swing the argument one way or the other.  As a member of the Unsolved Mystery Club, you can join the search for five fellow members who have gone missing when searching for evidence of whether Ancient Astronauts existed or not.
You shall have music where ever you go with a smartphone and a set of Cambridge Audio ear-buds.
Cambridge Audio has over 50 years experience in the designing and production of audio products including the three piece speaker system that has been providing the audio output from my computer system for well over a decade now without any problems.  Recently the company has launched its new ear-bud product consisting of a pair of earbuds and a carry case.
In true Star Wars fashion, this next game explains how location for previous titles came to be.
With its title of  "Academy of Magic - A New Beginning" might indicate that this is the first offering in a new series from that hotbed of Match 3 game play.  In fact this is the latest episode in one of e-Funsoft's longest running series.  This game should be regarded as a prequel as it explains the origins of the Academy of Magic. In a previous episode, those energetic students at the Academy of Magic had defeated the Great Dark Wizard.
895501 Creative Outlier Pro True Wireless Headphon

Outlier Pro

These are the latest set of earbuds from Creative to land on my desk. They are just a little bigger than most buds of a similar type and when I weighed them this was confirmed. However they still sit comfortably in your ear. So what is new to make you shell out to purchase another set of earbuds apart from them being from Creative to tempt you.
Each bud weighs 7 grams and in their charge box the total weight is 87 grams. 15 hours use before you have to recharge and a total of 60 hours before you need to search for a USB port for more charge. Both these figures are 25% more than most other sets of buds that only offer 12 hours. They have a total of six microphones so you should be heard more clearly by others.
When earthquakes occur, who do you send for? It has to be Glass and Ink.
Entitled "Clockwork Tales of Glass and Ink" this is a game which takes you on a voyage into a Steam Punk world ruled by machines and gadgets.  Developed by Artifex Mundi, the game is a Hidden Object offering with my review copy being of the Collector's Edition variety.
895519 Google Pixel 4a 128GB Mobile Phon

Google Pixel 4A

Not everyone wants the latest or biggest phone that can take fantastic photos in near darkness. What they do want is something that can make and receive calls and take the odd photo or three and browse the Internet while out and about for things like when will that bus or train arrive and possibly will it ever rain again in my lifetime. So perhaps a solid reliable phone like this Google Pixel 4A, while this is well over two years old it still gets updated to the latest version of Android.
The Google Pixel 4a measures 14x6.7x.7cm and weighs only 144 grams; its viewable screen is close to 6 inches, the screen is 1080x2340.   Going around the outside has the on/off button and volume rocker on the right side. The base has speakers, and USB ‘C’ for charging, or data transfer and microphone. The left side is free and the top has 3.5mm socket for earbuds or headphones. The back has its camera and LED flash top left in a 1.7cm square raised area.
When two people are separated by a shipwreck, how do their stories develop?
This next product bundles together Twisted Lands - Shadow Town and Twisted Lands - Insomniac in Collector's Edition versions.  Both titles, being in the Hidden Object Adventure genre, have been developed by Alawar's Stargaze team.  When it comes to installing these two titles, you have no choice but to copy them both to your computer's hard disk thus relinquishing 1.4GB of space.  The games can then be launched and played individually from the same opening menu.
Even ghosts can have worries and your job will be to ease these issues within an Amityville dwelling.
Let us take a trip back in time to the year 1947.  This is not the 1947 recorded in our history books and in the memories of those of us old enough to remember that year.  Our journey will take us to the 1947 year of an alternative universe.  This is a world where paranormal activity is commonplace with ghosts from the past appearing everywhere.
This is a 27inch UHD multi view flat panel from Philips. Up to 144Hz refresh rate is possible and all in a small footprint. It has a good amount of rear tilt and a little forward movement so ideal for those who play games or even for business users. It has decent speakers for those needing to present and as with most recent panels a wide viewing angle.
The Phillips 27inch Momentum 5000 is just more than 61cm wide and only 34cm tall and at its edges only 2cm thick. It has a four sided open ‘M’ shaped base 16.5x15.5cm, 34cm wide base that raises it by between 9.5cm and 19.5cm from your desk; you can also pivot it to view in landscape mode. For those into serious gaming this panels 1ms refresh rate could save your life in so many games.    4K (UHD) 3840x2160 display is ultra-clear.
A family curse returns to haunt the next two stories in the Shadow Wolf series.
Bundled together in a single package are two titles from the Shadow Wolf Mysteries series.  The two titles are the standard versions of Bane of the Family and Cursed Wedding.  Developed by ERS Game Studios, both titles can be installed individually from the same front end and come with their own desktop icon. Both titles support the use of profiles to record the progress of different players.
As a famous healer you are called in to solve the mystery of why the Queen is ill.
Based on the classic tale of "The Six Swans", Grim Legends 2 - Song of the Dark Swan is a Hidden Object Adventure game developed by Artifex Mundi.  I have been looking at the Collector's Edition of the game which features a number of bonus items.  These items include more mini games, Hidden Object scenes, an additional story told from two different perspectives, wallpaper, soundtracks, concept art and cut-scenes.
Who was responsible for the death of a painter several years ago?
Death at Fairing Point: A Dana Knightstone Novel is a Hidden Object Adventure game.  I have been looking at the Collector's Edition of this Boom Zap developed offering that requires you to solve a 19th Century murder.  Unlike other Collector's Edition titles which tend to bundle various extra items, Death at Fairing Point limits its extra items to just a bonus chapter and a Strategy Guide.
895483 Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro plus 5

Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G

As with most recent SmartPhones it is all about the cameras. Here one of its four cameras is an amazing 108MP. However with 5G those who download a lot to their phone are also able to do this with minimal delay. So what has this latest offering got to make you choose it apart from of course the extremely powerful camera that it has?
It is 16x7.5x1cm the figure at the top left of the back where the cameras are, it weighs 207 grams. It comes with Android 11 and MIUI 13 which sits on top of the Android operating system and while I was testing it loaded the Android security update for July ’22. It comes with 128GB of storage and around 32 GB is used. There is 8GB of RAM. It has an Octa Core Media Tek Dimensity 920 Processor. The display is 6.67 inches and has a 120Hz refresh rate to the 2400x1800 display, 395PPI.
Can you put your Hidden Object skills to the test by reversing the procedure and replacing rather than finding objects?
895468 creative BT W4 bluetooth dongl

Creative BT-W4

If you find that Bluetooth does not always perform reliably then this little gizmo from Creative may made your Bluetooth stronger and most of all reliable. As I live in a home with solid walls I have long found that Bluetooth soon drops off under the stated distance you should be able to achieve. So can I roam that little further away before dropouts happen?
Your headphones or earbuds must support aptX. This is Smart Bluetooth 5.2 Audio Transmitter with aptX Adaptive. Assuming you are using USB ‘C’ it is just over 2cm long, 1.5cm wide and .5cm thick once inserted in a port. If however it’s USB then the adapter makes its protrusion 4cm. Should you need to extend length for your calls then a 3.5mm socket will have a 2cm protrusion.
Creating a guest list for an event needs care to ensure you do not miss out somebody important.
Uninvited guests can cause a problem.  This is especially true when that guest is a large bear and the occasion is a wedding.  Matters certainly do not improve when the bear, ignoring normal circumstances, decides to carry off the bride.  This is the situation facing you at the start of Artifex Mundi's Grim Legends: The Forsaken Bride. I have been looking at the Collector's Edition of this game which comes with a number of bonus items.
895485 Hidden Mysteries Notre Dame Secrets of Paris Deluxe Editio

Who Stole the Crown?

When the crime scene is a Cathedral, do you gave the gravitas and skill to complete the investigation?
Notre Dame - Secrets of Paris is a Hidden Object Adventure game.  I have been looking at the Deluxe Edition of this particular title.  Unlike the numerous Collector's Edition titles, which tend to come with additional items based on the main story, this Deluxe Edition has been paired with a separate bonus Hidden Object game entitled Lost Secrets Bermuda Triangle. Developed by Gunnar Games, this title is based on a robbery conducted on the premises of the Notre Dame.
895476 Acer Aspire XC 166

Acer Aspire XC-1660

I still get requests to review Desktop systems and this latest offering from Acer is much smaller than most, in fact not only smaller but also a great deal lighter. In fact I placed it on top of my own normal sized Desktop system and this amplifies the smallness. It also comes with small cordless Keyboard and mouse that take just one USB port to connect both.
It is 29.5cm tall, 9.5cm wide and 32cm deep add another 5cm to the last figure for cables into the back of the unit. The mouse is 10.5x6x3.5cm at most and weighs 81 grams with battery inserted. The keyboard is 41x11x2cm the last figure is at the back; at the front it is hardly 1cm. The keyboard has 112 keys with the numeric and alpha keys being full-size.
Can you pull the right strings to solve the mystery of a missing child?
We have ERS Game Studios to thank for the third episode of the PuppetShow series.  This third episode of the Hidden Object Adventure game is subtitled Lost Town and is available in Collector's Edition format with various bonus items bundled with the main game.  Apart from the built-in Strategy Guide, access to the various bonus items with their extra content, including an additional chapter, wallpaper, screen saver and concept art, require the main game to be completed first.
Game playing can sometimes have a dream-like feel to it especially when the game involves taking part in dreams.
Imagine being placed on an orphanage doorstep shortly after birth, you then spend the next 25 years wondering who you are and why your existence began in such a manner.  But then you receive an invitation to meet your biological mother and, at the same time, take a trip of an underwater dream facility that is normally reserved for the rich and elite.  By accepting the invitation, so begins the GOGII developed game of The Emerald Maiden - Symphony of Dreams.
As fans of the series will appreciate, you do not mess with Catherine when her mind is set. Not even a giant octopus can stop her.
Now up to episode three, the Catherine Ragnor story continues with the Cursed Island.  This e-Funsoft title is a Match 3 game that is spread over five chapters of achieving targets and building upgrades as the genre's favourite female sea captain one again takes centre stage. The usual set-up options are available for Catherine's latest adventure.  Profiles can be created so that different players can tackle the game and have their progress recorded.
895373 Purista%C2%AE Series 300 Fully Automatic Coffee Machin

Bean To Cup from Melitta

While I am sure we all enjoy good Coffee Shop coffee, sad to say even those with far deeper pockets than mine are starting to see where savings can be made. Sadly one of these is the coffee shop, while some instant offering are tolerable what if you could have coffee grounded and brewed in your home of office, you can with this latest offering from Melitta the Purista Series 300 Jubilee Edition.
Perhaps the first step is to find out what coffee you favourite coffee shop uses and where they get it from. There are plenty of online places that roast beans and despatch them the same day. If you have beans then what you do not want is them to be ground and not used immediately as fresh ground is even more important than how long ago – within reason – they were roasted. Now all you need is a machine to grind and prepare your coffee.
Can you rescue a young boy from the clutches of an evil wizard who prefers living in a dark environment?
As the third episode in the series, Drawn - Trail of Shadows takes you on a trip to worlds created by a young boy.  Even at his young age, the boy was a talented artist whose paintings seemed to have the ability to take others into a different world.
Step into three different environments as you tackle a trips dose of Hidden Object game play action.
Bundled together in a single package, entitled Mysteries, Secrets and Shadows, are three Hidden Object Adventure games.  The three titles making up this triple offering are Grim Facade - Sinister Obsession, Secrets of the Dark - Eclipse Mountain and The Theatre of Shadows - As You Wish.
Incidents in childhood can return to affect events when the participants are older.
The Lake House - Children of Silence is a Hidden Object Adventure game developed by Alawar's Friday's Game.  This review is based on the Collector's Edition of the product which comes with a number of exclusive content to add value to the main game.  This extra content includes bonus chapter, Wallpaper, Concept Art, Character details, Media Gallery, Trivia about the game and a Strategy Guide which is integrated into the main game.
895409 HONOR Earbuds 3 Pro_Gray_0

Honor Earbud 3 Pro

Honor have produced a range of earbuds alongside their larger offerings such as PC’s and Tablets. Here their most recent set of earbuds that are small, fit neatly into the ear and run for extended periods. They are silver in colour and live – when not in your ears – in a small case that is also a charge unit to quadruple the total amount of runtime.
The buds weight only 5.5 gram each and in their case a total of 54 grams. The case is 6x4x2.3cm there is a flip up lid 1.5cm from the top and when you flip it open a tiny pin hole LED comes on green if you have good battery reserve. Linking for the first time is very straightforward with the lid open make sure Bluetooth is enabled on your phone and the Honor unit should be found click on it and that’s it. Next time you connect it will link automatically.
While challenging, a game can still be entertaining but not in this case.
When I am looking for inspiration regarding starting my next review, the solution is often under the auspices of my mouse and keyboard as I am introduced to the next game on my computer system.  However for a novelist or screenwriter, the inspiration for their next project can be harder to achieve.  In the case of Isabel, desperate to find a great story for her next screenplay, she decided to visit the Quinault RainForest to help refuel her creative energy.
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