Matt Fern

Matt Fern

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Wednesday, 06 February 2019 14:11

Weekly Time Waster - ‘Nano Golf: Hole in One’

As spring nears the horizon, many of us look toward the recreational sports of the season. One of the biggest of the bunch is golf. Well, while golfing season is still weeks away, at least we have our phones to keep us occupied.

This week, we take a look at the digital golfing game “Nano Golf: Hole in One.”

“Nano Golf: Hole in One” can essentially be looked at as a trick-shot putting game. Each level is a puzzle, and in each puzzle, you need to take a shot, have your ball hit some coins, and effectively get a hole in one. The fun part is seeing how many levels you can complete in a row without missing, as they get progressively harder and harder to master.

I haven’t really completed the game yet, so I can’t speak as to how many courses there are, but I can confirm that there are a LOT. As each course changes its layout to keep you on your toes, it also offers a variety of traps. Some courses have traps that you need to avoid or are shaped in a way that taking a wrong shot can see your ball flying back to where you started. Some courses even have “portals” that your ball goes through to get to a different part, figuring out the angles of your shot can get tricky on them.

As you collect coins on the courses, you get to unlock different golf balls that have unique abilities, such as a golf ball that has a gravity field to collect coins, which lets you take an easier shot without having to aim for said coins.

This game won’t help your real-life putting skills, but it can make you feel like the best in the world! “Nano Golf: Hole in One” is free to download on the Android and IOS stores.

Wednesday, 30 January 2019 13:56

Weekly Time Waster - ‘Beach Buggy Racing 2’

“Mario Kart” has been around for as long as I can remember. It holds plenty of dear memories from my childhood - sitting around the Nintendo 64 with friends, racing around a colorful map and shooting turtles at one another to determine who was the best. Nintendo has built up and refined “Mario Kart” over the years, but it’s never made its way onto mobile phones. There have been some fun rip-offs though.

The latest in the Kart Racing mobile scene is a game called “Beach Buggy Racing 2,” with many elements that you know and love from “Mario Kart.”


We’ve seen a lot of the “Transformers” franchise over the years, watching our favorite cartoon characters of Optimus Prime and Bumblebee come to life. When you make movies about awesome, alien transforming robots blowing things up on a regular basis, there are bound to be games that crop up on the same subject.

The latest iteration of that particular game-type would be “Transformers: Bumblebee Overdrive” - we’ll abbreviate it to “TBO” for short.

Based vaguely on the new “Bumblebee” movie, “TBO” combines the game styles of top-down racers and top-down combat to create a fun and refreshing gaming experience that you might have found in an arcade. Playing as the beloved Bumblebee, you are set on an adventure with car chases, explosive shootouts and – as with any retro arcade game – boss fights. In each level, you must race at high speed, collecting coins along the way to reach a Decepticon base. When you arrive, Bumblebee transforms into his mechanized self and you are set for a top-down full-frontal assault on the base, taking out enemies and defenses. Then, when you get to the heart of the base, a Decepticon boss awaits you for a final battle.

The coins you collect on each level help you to unlock other notable Autobots such as Optimus Prime, Sideswipe, Jazz and more. This game really brings back the joy that was 80’s arcade gaming, with the gameplay, stylized graphics and even soundtrack to boot!

“Transformers: Bumblebee Overdrive” is free to download on the IOS and Android stores. Autobots, roll out and download this game!

Scrabble has entertained friends and families for many years as one of the best word-building games of all time, challenging you to not only thrown down the best word you know onto the board to accumulate points, but also challenging you to expand your vocabulary and discover new words. In a world where many are busy, and one might not be able to find the time to sit and play a few games of Scrabble, we are saved by technology.

I give you - “Words With Friends 2.”

Now you might ask, what about the first “Words With Friends” game? Well, this is their newest version, and while it has all the same offerings as the previous game, it also brings lots of new things to the table. In “WWF2,” you are pitted against friends, or strangers from all around the world in an intense game of building up the highest score by spelling out words.

Just like Scrabble, the board contains boosts such as “double word” or “triple letter” on which you can strategically place your words and boost your score. What’s nice is that the game is always live, so you and the other player can make moves on your own time until the game finishes; no need to sit around for 30 minutes and play the game fully out.

In this new version, they have also added solo challenges, where you can play against a computer player to train and improve your word skills. Each computer player you defeat brings a newer more challenging one.

“Words With Friends 2” is free to download on the Android and IOS stores. May the best friend win!

Wednesday, 26 December 2018 13:06

Weekly Time Waster - ‘’

By the time you’re reading this, Christmas will be over. Presents will be opened and bellies will be filled with food. However, that doesn’t mean the holiday and winter festivities can’t continue! We may not have gotten to have a white Christmas this year, but we can still play with snow in video games. So, in this week’s Time Waster, I sought to spread a bit of winter cheer.

“” is an extremely simple, yet quickly addictive game that places you in an arena with a few other players. Each player controls a snow pusher that can create a snowball. Your goal is to push the other players off the snow-cliff. You do this by creating a large snowball and running into them or firing the snowball from a distance. The bigger your snowball, the farther you push the other snowplow player. If you don’t think that you can take the time to create a large snowball, you can create multiple small snowballs and fling them around. Be the last snowplow on the cliff and you win!

This game is all about strategy, but also about having some snowy fun. It’s like a real snowball fight. You can be the person who hurls massive snowballs to take out your foes, but possibly miss. Or you can be the guy who plays it smart and sits from a distance firing small snowballs left and right. This game only requires two fingers to play, as one finger controls your snowplow and the other controls the direction you plow or shoot your snowball.

You may not be able to throw snowballs outside this week, but nothing will stop you from pushing snowplows off snowy cliffs in “” This game is free to download on the Android and IOS stores.

There was a movie that came out recently called “Assassin’s Creed,” loosely based on a video game franchise that has risen up as one of the best in the industry.

“Assassin’s Creed” takes history and puts its own alternative backstory against it with a secret organization called the Templar Order and a secret organization called the Assassin Brotherhood. The Templar Order seeks to save humanity from itself by controlling free will. As that can certainly be seen as a problem, the Assassin Order fights back to ensure the survival of freedom, which would allow for human progression.

Well, if you aren’t looking to get into that universe on a gaming console, you can delve into it on your phone!

“Assassin’s Creed Rebellion” is a turn-based RPG and base-building game that puts you in the shoes as a leader of the Assassin’s. You must build a fortress and develop various assassins to push your groups agenda of stopping the Templars from controlling the world and its history. You send your assassins on missions to infiltrate bases, take out high profile targets, and even steal treasure. The treasure can be used to purchase upgrades and build your base larger. The more resources you have, ensures you can equip your assassins with the best gear possible.

With a super fun battle system full of cool assassinations, many assassins to recruit, and items to build in your base, “Assassin’s Creed Rebellion” is a fantastic time-waster to play during this holiday week.

“Assassin’s Creed Rebellion” is free to download on the Android and IOS stores.

Wednesday, 12 December 2018 16:36

Weekly Time Waster - ‘World of Tanks Blitz’

World War I was truly a turning point in warfare, as we saw the rise of amazing machines of warfare. The combat vehicles we see today got their start during World War I – including tanks. Tanks were invented for one purpose: to dominate the battlefield. We may not be able to ever sit inside a tank and command one in our lifetime, but with the power of video games, we certainly can pretend we are.

“World of Tanks Blitz” takes the gritty nature of Tank Warfare and hands you the reins as a tank commander taking on other people in multiplayer combat. With over 100 million players, there is always a match to join. In seven-versus-seven combat you can control tanks from different eras and help your team rise to victory.

The game features over 300 iconic tanks, with four tank classes ranging from light tanks to heavy, tanks from Germany, Japan, France, UK, USA and USSR. With 300, there are so many to choose from, including but not limited to: the American M4 Sherman, the German Panzer 38T and Tiger tanks, British Matilda and Churchill variations and more. In each match, you will choose your tank, upgrade it and battle over a dozen maps based upon World War II locations.

You must use tactics and cooperation to ensure victory for your team. The game is very easy to pick up and quickly play – and it sure is easy to waste some time with. “World Of Tanks” is an easy way to experience what driving a tank and participating in tank warfare is all about, and it looks and sounds beautiful on your phone while doing so.

Download “World Of Tanks Blitz” for free on the Android and IOS stores.

Back in 1989, the Apple II series computer saw a fun little platformer game called “Prince Of Persia”. In this game, you controlled an unnamed protagonist (presumably the Prince of Persia) who had to venture out through different dungeons to defeat an evil villain and save a captured princess.

Sounds like most games of its time, right? Well, now, in the wonderful world of video game remastering, we now get a mobile facelift of that 1989 version in the entity of “Prince of Persia: Escape.”

In the year 2001, before the days of “World Of Warcraft”, there existed an MMO game that took the internet by storm. It was extremely popular, prompting thousands of users to spend hours online using glacial dial-up. This game was called “Runescape”. Strictly a computer game for years, it has grown and evolved over time. The original “Runescape” was ditched for a newer, sleeker one, but the one everyone knew and loved would be resurrected by the company into a mobile game: “Old School Runescape.”

Wednesday, 07 November 2018 13:54

Weekly Time Waster - 'Helix Jump'

In this week’s Time Waster, we take a peek at a game that is so simple and relaxing, you’ll forget what a challenging game even looks like.

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