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Tuesday, 27 October 2015 19:12

Time Waster - Hex FRVR

Hexagonal puzzle games are a thing. A really fun thing, apparently. This latest iteration six-sided deviltry is Hex FRVR (Hex Forever? Hex Fervor? You choose). Your goal is to place as many four-dotted pieces on the playing field as you can.

When you fill a horizontal line it will vanish (a la Tetris, but without the time factor). You get more points the more combos you can pull off, tempting you to fill your hexagon as much as possible while waiting for a perfect shape sometimes this really pays off, and sometimes you're better off trying to keep a clear board.

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Tuesday, 20 October 2015 19:45

The first five hours of Wildstar'

'Wildstar' is a sci-fi MMO from from Carbine Studios that, at launch back in 2014, was a full price game with a monthly subscription fee. This has recently changed; now the game is free to play. I put in about five hours to see how it was.

If you are an MMO veteran, the first thing you will say is 'Woah, this looks exactly like World of Warcraft.'' The art style for the environments is very, very similar to 'WoW.' However, the character designs, both player and enemy, set themselves apart. The characters remind me a bit of Ratchet and Clank. The animations are great and really give everything a lot of personality. The world itself is big, diverse and vibrant. You will see a wide range of locations fairly quickly. I've already seen asteroid bases, snowcapped mountains and forests with towering trees.

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Wasting time can be all about mood. Sometimes you want to while away your hours mindlessly clicking an idle game while waiting for your coffee to heat up; other times you want to unwind after a tense day. This time waster is a zen time waster all about calm, quiet and a little weird. OK, a lot weird. But there are weirder things.

This is a video series of someone cooking - cooking real food, but using doll furniture to do it. Take a moment to think about that, but before you go away shaking your head, know that this is some calm-inducing video. It's quiet, yet has a clear progression. It is oddly satisfying to watch and is incredibly cute. And when you get right down to it, watching someone prepare deep-fried shrimp on a mini-oven is no odder than watching a stranger's cat do cute and funny things on the internet.

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Monday, 21 September 2015 11:33

Time Waster - Have a Low-Key Forest Adventure'

'Have Low-Key Forest Adventure' is a game that you can find on Clickhole. For those not familiar, Clickhole is a site you need to visit with your tongue firmly in your cheek. Part of the Onion News Network, Clickhole is to internet clickbait what the Onion is to hard news. Basically, it makes fun of the polls, slide shows, and listicles you can find on other sites. So, it's an awesome way to waste your time anyway. But we're discussing Clickhole for another reason.

Your goal is to have a laid back adventure in the forest the emphasis being on low-key. In fact, if you do anything that isn't low-key, you lose. Which is half the fun. When you start you are presented with a photo, a brief description and two options. Your outcome depends on which of the options you choose.

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Tuesday, 15 September 2015 22:12

Time Waster - Akinator: The Web Genie'

There are some bits of the internet that have been around for a while, but we don't always get to as soon as we should. 'Akinator: The Web Genie' is one of these places. This is a glorified game of 20 Questions except it's more like 25 Questions. You think of a character (living, dead, fictional or real) and then answer Akinator's questions about that character. Then he tries to guess who you are thinking about.

The thing is, he is creepily accurate. Yes, you can 'outsmart' the man, but the genius of this genie is that you then have the option to submit the name of the character you were thinking of. So he learns from his failures. Also, he's too polite to say if you were wrong about some of your answers.

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With an ever-increasing variety of beverages available for U.S. beer and wine lovers, discovering and keeping track of the best brews, bars and vintages can be challenging for even the savviest connoisseur. Never fear, however, because a variety of apps for today's mobile devices are helping people keep track of their favorite drinks, discover new ones and share them with like-minded individuals.

If you're a beer or wine enthusiast, there are some great apps available using mobile devices like the 4G LTE iPhone 6 or Samsung Galaxy s 6. With U.S. Cellular's national coverage, smartphone users can conveniently discover, locate and share their favorite beers and wines wherever they are.

Published in Tekk
Tuesday, 08 September 2015 22:41

Time Waster - Hextris

Hextris is similar to Tetris in that there are shapes falling from above, and you match up lines to make them disappear. But that's about it. Four colors fall from above: red, green, yellow and blue. Sometimes combos will fall, complicating matters, but the majority of the time it's those four.

One of the drawbacks in this game is there's no room to be clever. In fact, the best combos were sometimes achieved after I had literally given up and just went to time out. As you progress, the speed in which the blocks fall increases but the depth of field makes it hard to gauge just when your block hits. Occasionally, you may find yourself moving your hex before you locked your last block.

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SAN FRANCISCO Google is introducing an application that will connect Android smartwatches with Apple's iPhone, escalating the rivals' battle to strap their technology on people's wrists.

The move thrusts Google on to Apple's turf in an attempt to boost the lackluster sales of watches running on its Android Wear software. The program uniting the devices running on different operating systems is being released Monday in Apple's app store.

Published in Tekk
Monday, 31 August 2015 19:50

Time Waster - Hexel'

'Hexel' is a wondrously complicated game that is simple in design and layout. But there is a chance that if you play it you will go mad. The game is 19 circles, set up in a hexagon. You start with three red dots, and you move them with your keyboard (or by swiping, since you can play on a mobile device). If you have lined up three or more red dots in a row, they will combine to make another color (e.g. three red dots combine to make orange, four red dots create yellow, five will make green).

But every time you make a move, another red dot appears. The goal is to combine enough colors to make a black dot you know after you've created green, blue and purple. As of this playthough, I've only been able to make one purple dot.

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Tuesday, 25 August 2015 21:47

Time Waster - Rumble in the Soup'

You remember that time you were eating soup and all the ingredients began attacking the laser-packing rubber ducky in the broth? No? Well, clearly you aren't playing 'Rumble in the Soup.' This is a simple shooter with a bizarre premise that is nothing but fun.

This is a mouse-only game, which means you can play with a touchpad if you want, but it's going to be more difficult.

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