866170 avanquest Riddles of Egypt gamFinding Four Crystals

Published in Entertainment by mfereday on Jan 13, 2016
With puzzles and mini-games, this next adventure game takes you on a journey through Egypt as you defeat an evil force.

866138 avanquest Golden Trails 2 The Lost LegacAccused of Piracy

Published in Entertainment by mfereday on Jan 6, 2016
Golden Trails 2, subtitled The Lost Legacy is a Hidden Object Adventure game. The Collector’s Edition of this game is available as a download priced at £10.20 from Avenquest’s GSP game catalogue.

865950 avanquest runes of cameloA Battle for Camelot

Published in Entertainment by mfereday on Dec 23, 2015
This is one of those occasions when I get the opportunity to check out the debut title of a software development team. In this case the title in question is Runes of Camelot from Fingerpunch Games. This game is available as a download from the Avanquest GSP gaming arm.

865708 Sphero SPRK Edition App Enabled BalSphero SPRK

Published in Entertainment by paul_smart on Dec 16, 2015
This version of Sphero goes far beyond what the previous version could do and that was be controlled by an App to move around, if you were good then you could just about control it, if not it controlled you. Here you teach it.

865510 Focal Sphear High resolution In Ear HeadphoneSphear Earbuds

Published in Entertainment by paul_smart on Dec 13, 2015
When I think of Focal I think of quality and these earbuds are rather good. However unlike a lot of items in their catalogue the price they are sold at does not make your eyes water. So these mid-priced earbuds got tested over several weeks.

865520 bigfish Lost Lands The Four Horsemen Collectors EditioTackling the Four Horsemen

Published in Entertainment by mfereday on Dec 9, 2015
Walking through an underground car park, following a shopping trip, you are mysteriously transported to another world under attack from the Four Horsemen.
By chance these came in for review whilst I was learning to use an iPad and it was not a huge chore to listen to music while learning a new operating system and again by chance when I was flicking through the battery properties I came upon a reading that told me the state of the iPad battery which I expected but also the state of these earbuds which I did not expect.

865301 big fish games Dracula Love Kills   gamA Blood-sucking Hero

Published in Entertainment by mfereday on Nov 25, 2015
Who would have thought it! Dracula teams up with Van Helsing to thwart an attack on humanity in this next title.

865529 EnVivo Bluetooth SoundstagEnVivo Bluetooth Soundstage

Published in Entertainment by paul_smart on Nov 25, 2015
One problem with a sound bar is that to get a good improvement on the ‘naff’ sound coming from your TV is that you really need both the soundbar and a sub-woofer, probably expensive and for a lot of people it needs more space, here a different solution a Soundstage.

865315 TabletTV UK Portable TuneTV for your Tablet

Published in Entertainment by paul_smart on Nov 16, 2015
I received this unit four months ago only to find nothing I had was compatible. I consulted the list and eventually I got something that worked with it; ironically this was the first iPad to pass over my desk, me being a confirmed Android person.

865101 Spirits of Mystery Song of the PhoeniRescuing the Groom

Published in Entertainment by mfereday on Nov 11, 2015
Bringing together the Dragon and Phoenix Kingdoms is the task set you in this Hidden Object Adventure game.

865313 Google Chromecast Chromecast 2

Published in Entertainment by paul_smart on Nov 9, 2015
When I saw the first version of Chromecast it was around the same time as a similar product from Roku, to my mind the latter was a better product at a near similar price. So what will the second version have to offer to change my mind?

865063 Sennheiser M2IEi Momentum In Ear HeadphoneEarbuds from Sennheiser

Published in Entertainment by paul_smart on Nov 8, 2015
I think of Sennheiser as a maker of quality headphones but at a reasonable price, to give an example one top of the range audio store stocks Sennheiser as their lower priced range. Here is something new for me anyway earbuds from Sennheiser.

864967 Oppo PM 3 Classic Planar Magnetic HeadphoneOPPO PM-3 Headphones

Published in Entertainment by mfereday on Nov 5, 2015
Combining stylish appearance with quality audio, this next headphone product offers support for iOS, Android and Windows mobile devices.

864964 avanquest retro rpg bundlSome Retro Gaming

Published in Entertainment by mfereday on Nov 4, 2015
Computer gaming has come a long way since those early days when blocky monochrome pixels, simplistic sound effects and a storyline that could put a great deal of pressure on the player’s imagination. Nowadays, with photo-realistic graphics, smooth fast animated action, Dolby surround sound and an all-engulfing storyline set in an atmospheric environment, the game provides us with a virtual world to inhabit. This next title comes somewhere in between these two extremes.

864853 avanquest grim legends song of the dark swaSong of the Dark Swan

Published in Entertainment by mfereday on Oct 28, 2015
Swans with nettle vests and a speechless Queen accused of black magic feature in this Hidden Object Adventure game.

865056 thumbs up Infinity SpeakeInfinity from Thumbs Up

Published in Entertainment by paul_smart on Oct 28, 2015
This is an interesting item. The light effects around the forward facing mirror give an indication of volume level and things like drums tend to activate them more. Apart from that you have a reasonable pair of speakers giving a good sound, welcome to Infinity.

864735 Jam Trance Mini LED Bluetooth Wireless SpeakeA Light Show Speaker

Published in Entertainment by mfereday on Oct 23, 2015
Like many others, I’m sure, I tend to carry out various activities while listening to music being played in the background. However this next speaker unit, which is currently delivering my favourite music, has been trying to distract my attention from other tasks with a display of lights.

864737 avanquest game psycPsychic Detective Work

Published in Entertainment by mfereday on Oct 21, 2015
Television continues to provide fertile ground for games’ developers looking for inspiration. This is one such occasion.

864841 GOOGLE Chromecast AudiGoogle Chromecast Audio

Published in Entertainment by paul_smart on Oct 16, 2015
Chromecast has been around for a while, there is a new version just out which I shall tell you about another time. This however is a totally new product that allows you to ‘cast’ your music to speakers anywhere without draining your devices battery.

864595 game agatha cristie dead mans follWorking with Poirot and Marple

Published in Entertainment by mfereday on Oct 14, 2015
Bringing together two classic murder mysteries in a single offering, Avanquest has published, as part of its GSP catalogue, an Agatha Christie double pack. The two games are of the Hidden Object genre and feature Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple as the leading characters. Hercule Poirot is the detective in charge of solving the mystery of Dead Man’s Folly while Miss Marple steps in to take charge in the 4:50 from Paddi

864544 avanquest 7roses gamDefeating Eternal Darkness

Published in Entertainment by mfereday on Oct 7, 2015
With its different types of Hidden Object game play, this next title sets you the task of defeating Eternal Darkness.

864410 avanquest theatre absurTheatre of the Absurd

Published in Entertainment by mfereday on Sep 30, 2015
In this game your on-screen persona makes a mistake that releases an evil demon. Will you be able to correct this mistake and recapture the demon?

864558 Roberts Radio Revival Mini DAB Digital RadiRoberts Revival Mini

Published in Entertainment by paul_smart on Sep 28, 2015
A new DAB and FM offering from Roberts that looks more like something from many decades ago. It is however packed with modern technology, so instead of having to continually move around to get a good signal and sound it’s just there.
The price of this group of in ear headphones seems to vary according to their colour. With Midnight being nearly 50% more expensive than curry, here I am listening to a mid-range unit called Fire at least I think I am as the box has no part number.

864390 avanquest 7 hills of rome mahonTouring Ancient Rome

Published in Entertainment by mfereday on Sep 23, 2015
Ancient Rome is a popular location for game developers. In this case the location shares the stage with the Mahjong board game.

864124 avanquest the legend of mystery high cultureEgyptian High Culture

Published in Entertainment by mfereday on Sep 16, 2015
Taking the old favourite of Match-3 game play and placing it within an ancient Egyptian environment with a touch of high culture is a Legend of Mystery or so the title says.

863994 avanquest Infected The Twin VaccinA Human Infection

Published in Entertainment by mfereday on Sep 9, 2015
With a title that might discourage you from installing the product, Infected: The Twin Vaccine is described on the packaging as a “spine-tingling Hidden-Object thriller”. Developed by GoGii and available from Avanquest’s GSP game catalogue in Collector’s Edition format, this game sets you the task of searching the town of Oxford for a missing girl who holds the key to preventing a global epidemic.

863927 avanquest game the drama queen murdeThe Murder of a Drama Queen

Published in Entertainment by mfereday on Sep 2, 2015
Eastville Chronicles: The Drama Queen Murder describes itself as a “whodunit Hidden Object game full of love, passion and intrigue”. Developed by Queen Media and published by TAG, this game is now available as part of the Avanquest GSP catalogue.

Music from Qobuz

Published in Entertainment by paul_smart on Sep 2, 2015
There are numerous streaming services available; few however allow you to stream in high quality. Qobuz even have a service that lets you download and keep the music that however is not that cheap. Here is a service that works providing they have the music you want.