Kirby: Planet Robobot 3DS review

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Playing through this game took me back to when I first encountered the pink gas ball. Who, was originally an off white on the cover of the original game on the GameBoy DMG. A big clunky portable with a green screen that could produce great sound and had 8 Bit pixel graphics just like the NES. This was also the first time I also tried Caribbean cuisine at a friends house. I wondered what on earth appealed to people about corn on the cob, having not yet acquired the taste for the delicious vegetable. And I am sure he too didn’t appreciate my butter covered fingers all over his GameBoy either.
Having said that I did not actually own my first GameBoy until about 6 years ago, (I collect old video games). I opted for at the time, the impressive Game Gear. With a colour display and an unhealthy appetite for AA batteries. Six of them at a time. As opposed to the GameBoy’s humble four. As a Nintendo fan even at that age, the GameBoy just did not seem too appealing. Perhaps I missed out, but I thoroughly enjoyed the Game Gear throughout my time of owning it and have no regrets.

WVW69jWSh9cLjrEoEjI can’t really pretend to know and have played every Kirby game that has been released.
Apart from Dream Land and up until Planet Robot, I had once sampled Triple Deluxe which was not only visually impressive.. but from what I played had all the right components of what makes a great Video Game.
Kirby has never really taken much of a break in the way of releases over the last couple of decades. Sometimes at a push a year or three without a release, but he has pretty much appeared on every system Nintendo has released. Spanning over 24 games and then some, in appearances.
Playing Planet Robobot is exactly what you would want if you asked for Kirby to be remade for a new generation. It has robots for a start! Who doesn’t like them? And when you find you can get into a Mech Body suit your inner child (or your actual child) will squeal with delight.

WVW69jWSi-g2o8hT9HFor each of the invading robots firmly rooted legs is an area that has levels, and is also an enemy base. Your job is to find code cubes which are small metallic cubes with circuits on them. You need to collect so many to progress, and, unlock levels that have no pathway to them.

There is a plethora of abilities and upgrades for not only Kirby himself, but also for the mech suits you can control.

Ability suits will see you change your appearance more times than a pantomime performer and you will grin from ear to ear when you unless the elements of the like of  electricity, flames, ice and more.

Plus your suit appearance’s based on the poor fellow you just swallowed and digested seem like a tribute to many of Nintendo’s rosta of characters. Though don’t take that for gospel, just speculation.

WVW69jWSeSA24bNMF8WVW69jWSicApaIhqRUAs with a lot of the Kirby titles, there are big stars that transport Kirby around, from taking you to different areas of the level to the background and foreground, which is a mechanic not often used in video games and looks great on 3D.

WVW69jWS3TgALrrShgThere are some levels where you won’t get all three Code cubes in one attempt, so there is some replay value to the game to keep you going. There are also stickers scattered around to find and collect to complete the whole set. Some of the stickers are rarer than others and may take some grinding to get them all. There are also various puzzle patterns to follow, which if successful, will hold one of the levels code cubes inside. And also the mechanics of the game also do a good job at challenging your mental ability and problem solving.

Though I am only currently on area 4, my only criticism is the Boss battles which are not particularly challenging… but they may turn up a couple of notches as you get past the mid way mark.

 

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I don’t think it is unfair to say this games borrows elements from many of Nintendo’s classics, from Donkey Kong to Bomberman. Or, could it be they took influence from Kirby? Either way it is all bundled into a great play style. Throughout the game Kirby will find a special power up, that will completely transform the Mech suit he’s in into a vehicle of sorts. Much like Yoshi’s transformations in his games. You will enjoy a ship shoot em up zones (shmup) to diving and driving a fast car, which is actually really enjoyable.

*All images used are screenshots done by myself and created using the Miiverse app on the Nintendo 3DS

Zuru Bunch o Balloons.

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It’s summer and the good weather is here (sometimes!!). We have a large group of friends children and that get together once a month commitments permitting and we try to get outside as much as possible and are always looking for things to do to involve everyone young and old.  Hide and Seek, homemade bows and arrows, skating boarding with ramps.

In the summer it’s nice to do things with water so water pistols are a must but we wanted something a little different this year and the Bunch o balloons is a great addition to our summer games, you will be thinking water balloons great fun but it takes hours of someone usually me stood filling each balloon one at a time and then there are 30 of you all wanting to play you can imagine how long this would take! No not with Bunch o Balloons, you can fill 100 yes 100 balloons in 60 seconds yes 60 seconds!!

Everything you need is in the pack for around £7.98 3 bunches of self-sealing balloons and a connector to go on your hose pipe or water sauce

. So easy connect to the hose, fill and see the balloons self-seal and make all the balloons you need in minutes and it is easy to do everyone wants to have a go. We have never had so many balloons where everyone can take part and have some good old-fashioned outdoor fun.
Another great feature is the balloons and o-rings are biodegradable. So you don’t have to worry about collecting every last bit of balloon.

VIDEO COMING SOON

Never Be ashamed Of What You Believe In!

I wasn’t going to write a post.

It just causes fights and tension. But the longer the day has gone on, the more upset and demoralised I become.

Today was the EU referendum in the UK. We got our say on whether or not we wanted to stay in the European union.

Somewhere corruption is swept under the carpet, somewhere people from another country, who we didn’t even elect, gets to make decisions on how our country is run.

Being British used to be a good thing. We held onto our values of freedom of speech and equality. We held onto our British sovereignty and it was a thing we were proud of.

Now?

Now you’re a bigot, a racist or a fool even?

Now you are thick.

You just flushed our whole future down the pan.

But how do we know that?!

I have seen people say “if you voted leave i’m ashamed. If you voted leave you have destroyed our children’s future. If you voted leave you will be sorry, If you voted leave please remove yourself from my online presence.”

So tell me. Since when has someone who has a different view point been something we have the right to dictate? We all have different opinions. We all saw and read different things. We all had different reasons.

You are basically telling them they are wrong. Wrong for thinking differently and having a vote. Wrong for staying true to their views.

That not only makes you a hypocrite but bigotted too.

We all have the right to vote.

There are no right or wrong answers and if you can’t have these, nice, kind, friends in your life because they don’t think like you, then what does that make you?!

That’s like saying “if you are not a Christian please remove yourself from my timeline.”

Because they, we are different.

I voted leave.

I voted leave because I want my children to be proud to be who they are.

They can still travel freely. With a passport. Which you need anyway. They can still have family and friends within the EU, because leaving doesn’t stop us from being morally united.

Leaving gives us freedom to use our own political process to pass laws. From people who are living in our country.

It gives us a chance to be British and proud. And that’s okay. We can still be a multicultural and diverse nation. Together.

I am not a bigot. I am not a racist and I am not thick. I follow politics. I make informed choices. I also hate Farage and Brexit.

And the fact that other countries are now wanting to leave the EU means the something isn’t right there. Becuase if it was all that, they wouldn’t feel the need to follow suit.

People are regretting voting leave. And the reason why they are is because those who voted IN are spreading hate and forcing opinions on people.

It seems the IN campaigners who shouted the loudest before are still shouting.

And that shouting got them nowhere yesterday.

So before you attack someone. Or call them stupid or thick.

Take a minute and realise we are all people.

We all have different opinions and beliefs.

But what’s done is done. So let’s just band together and make this a good thing. Instead of trying to emotionally attack people into changing their minds and feeling guilty.

We are not all the same. And that is okay.

I am excited for change. I am excited to see what this will offer my children.

And that’s okay.

 

 

 

Disney Tsum Tsum

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As everyone who reads my blog and reviews will know my two girls love all things in small blind bags and collecting things. Disney Tsum Tsums are great and fit the bill perfectly, The are small plastic, squishy  characters from the Disney films anything from Winnie The Pooh to Toy Story so everyone’s favourite film is catered for.  With a surprise Tsum Tsum inside so you don’t know what you’re getting. There are Ultra Rare ones to collect which are gold in colour (we love ultra-rare in this house)

There is over 50+ to collect in the first series and they range from around  £6.50 and suitable for ages 3+. Great for gifts for birthday presents and for both your and old as we all like a bit of Disney.  A great addition is playset toy shop to have fun with your Tsum Tsums and help with imaginary play.  These toys can also be stacked wide or tall and if you have doubles you can trade with you friends too.
There is a huge range of Tsum Tsum products to go alongside the toys from clocks and puzzles to duvets sets and bags, all with the Disney Tsum Tsum characters on them.

Zuru – Hamsters In The House

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Yes, we are halfway through the year and we will soon be turning our thoughts to Christmas!!! Yes, I said it, anyone who knows me will know I’m almost done! But we are always on the lookout for next toys for the girls, they playsets, little things and animals and when we got the opportunity to review the new Hamsters in the House from Zuru we were very please and they are new to the market.

These are of course small (very cute) fluffy hamsters that Buzz, Scoot, Scurry and Zoom around their little town going about their everyday business. They “come alive” (which is great when the girls want  a hamster but aren’t yet old enough to look after a real one) There are 9 different hamsters to collect all different colours and are battery powered. There are sounds and phrases when the hamsters go through hotspots set up in the playsets. There are great and helping to create role play with the little ones.

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We had the supermarket with Periwinkle she has a track for her to scoot around the supermarket doing her shopping with her with her own trolley for all her shopping, a cash register and plastic food to make it like a real supermarket.  Ages from 4 years +
There are many add ones to buy to create your very own hamster world that all connects together. With lifts, cars a stage and what every hamster needs a styling studio lots more sets to collect this is a great gift that the little ones can keep on collecting.