02Jam Game Review

02Jam is an online game that prevailed through the years. It was a simple free online rhythm action game that requires the coordination of both your eyes and fingers. However, it has been shut down by the year 2012. Good news for 02Jam players, the game is back! – though not for the PC but for the smartphones. So without further ado here is where this game review begins.

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Starting off, the simple yet attractive GUI of the game has caught my attention almost instantly. You can navigate through the system without a problem. The menu is divided into several parts as you can see in the photo above. I’m not going to cover all of its functions so you can enjoy exploring it on your own. What I’ll be covering, however, will be the big red start button in the center. As the word suggests, this starts up the game and brings you to the song menu.

Shown above is the song menu. It’s divided into 4 parts; Category, Sort, My Album and Search. Category is simply where you can find songs by type. Sort depends on the title and level of the game. While Album is where you compile all your favorite songs. However, it’s only limited to 10 songs per album. To get a new one, one must unlock it by paying 30 000 gems, and Search, as the name suggests, gives you the power to find a specific song you wish to play. Okay, enough about the submenus, let’s get into the gameplay.

First off. allow me to explain the Point and Gem system. These two systems act as the stamina for the game. Points are deducted at each and every time you play. The amount of points that have been deducted solely depends on the level of the game. You can regain these points by buying them on the store, leveling up, or wait for them to replenish. You can also receive more points by completing offers. Gems, on the other hand, are more commonly used for power-ups. You can use them to buy songs so you can play them permanently without deducting any points. The power-ups are divided into three: active, passive and pattern. Now not all of these are power ups; some of them are to make the game more challenging. I won’t be telling what every power up(or chips) can do. It’s up for you to discover what lies ahead. Now, let’s move on to the gameplay itself.

To play a song, you have to press its icon on the song list. After pressing it, you have to press the play button on the center. Doing so will cause the game to download the song. After the song has finished loading; you are greeted by this. The 4 bars on the bottom is where you have to hit the notes as they fall from the top. Take note that this is the landscape version. The chips are commonly shown at the top right corner along with your score and the pause button. Pausing can give you the chance to resume, go back to the menu or change the speed settings. Now, please take a look by the top left corner of the screen. Written there is “JAM COMBO.” Jam Combo is more or less the score multiplier. To activate the combo, you must first fill in the gauge. After that, you have to either press the button that appears underneath it or shake your phone. It’s a crazy mechanic but it’s extremely useful. After finishing, you will be greeted by this screen and I do believe it explains everything.

There’s more to this game but I’ll leave the rest up to you. No point in spoiling the fun. Enjoy playing 🙂

 

About the Author: Another guest post contributed by my youngest son- Yahmir, 16 years, grade 10 student, who excels academically, a gamer, a writer and the author of The Lunacy of a Warrior.

 

 

 

 

 

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Online Gaming: Entertainment at its Finest

Entertainment has become a necessity for those who are always busy with their everyday routine. Finding time to amuse oneself through movies, music, recreation sports and online games can relax and create a diversion from the list of chores to be done. The development of computer and the internet paved the way for the most popular means of entertainment for both young and old.

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Today everybody can while away his leisure time playing games online through a computer network. Most online games are free and anybody can play without paying anything. You can find single player games as well as multi-player online games where an online community is created to pursue the game. Multi-player games also serve as a venue for social interaction. Most of these popular online games are classified based on the genre. These are:

Action Games – include fighting, shooting and games that emphasize physical challenges such as high-speed reaction and hand to eye coordination.

Role Playing Games – these are the kind of games which are usually multi-player and may require an internet connection.

Simulation Games – may include activities such as city or empire building, business, war games and more. Different real life activities are replicated in simulation games and they may not have a specific goal and involves playing as the character.

Sports Games – may include a variety of sports such as soccer, tennis, F1 racing, basketball and more. Most players of this online game are also sports fanatics with a clear understanding of the game to play effectively. This game usually tests a person’s precision and accuracy. Athletes and teams are usually featured to make the game more interesting.

Online casinos – some people consider casino playing to be a casual hobby to entertain themselves but others play with serious gambling in mind. Technology has made it possible for players to play real time such as in casino.netbet.co.uk without having to leave the comforts of their home. There are probably thousands of online casinos today and each one has offered deals and bonuses to encourage players to check them out.

Online games attract both male and female players who wish to while away time and escape from the demands of their day. Whatever game it is that play, it is sure to give them the entertainment, relaxation and amusement that they need. Most of these online games can be played for free; all you need is to access the internet.

 

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Elsword Online Game Review

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Ah, Elsword… Where should I begin? It’s a 2.5D side scrolling game which works much like the game named “Grand Chase”.  The big difference is the character design and how the PvP system works. Believe me, the PvP system is somewhat annoying.

Before you start playing the game, you have to choose among of the following characters; Elsword, Aisha, Rena, Raven, Eve, Chung, Ara, Elesis and Add. Expect for more characters to come in the future for the game is an MMORPG as well. Each character has their own 3 respective paths, and you can only choose one so choose wisely. Let’s begin talking about them, shall we?

I’m not going to be too detailed on these characters; the rest is up for you to find out. The first one we’ll tackle is of course, the possible leading main character: Elsword.

Elsword the Swordsman can choose to either be a “Sword Knight,” “Magic Knight,” or a “Sheath Knight.” A Sword Knight will be specializing on the usage of Elsword’s rather large sword while Magic Knight, well as name suggests, will be specializing on some magic. Sheath Knight is one of the most complex yet easy to use classes; choosing this class will make Elsword wield two swords and be an overall annoying character in PvP. Not as annoying as Add but we’ll get to him later.

Next up is Aisha the Magician. She can choose to either be a High Magician, Dark Magician, or a Battle Magician. The High Magician is an elementalist, Dark Magician specializes in Dark Magic while Battle Magician is basically a typical Anime MahouShoujo.

Rena the Archer, definitely one of the most annoying opponents you could ever face in PvP. She can take on 3 paths; Combat Ranger, Sniping Ranger and Trapping Ranger.

Raven the Taker, one of the most unique characters in the game. He’s a sword wielder but also has a Nasod Arm (Nasods being robots in the game by the way.) He takes on 3 paths; Sword Taker, Over Taker, Weapon Taker. Sword Taker specializes in Sword Skills, Over Taker specializes in Destructive Abilities and finally Weapon Taker is a mixture of the two.

Eve the Nasod Queen, I should say is my “videogame crush,” is one of the most annoying characters in 3v3 PvP and useful for playing in Dungeons. She is divided into 3 classes: Code:Exotic, Code:Architecture, and Code:Electra. These three classes are quite different from each other. Code:Exotic specializes in Close Combat and the usage of several weapons such as cannons, miniguns, and Nasod Spears. It’s deadly point is “Queen’s Throne.” Code:Architect specializes in summoning Nasod Minions and the like, and lastly Code:Electra specializes in honing and destructive barrage of lasers.

Chung the Guardian, the trap of Elsword, is definitely one of the most challenging opponents you could ever fight. He can journey the path of Fury Guardian, Shooting Guardian and Shelling Guardian. Fury Guardian is regarded as the “Tank” class for Chung. Shooting Guardian specializes the use of dual pistols. Finally, Shelling Guardian uses grenades and the like for his attacks.

AraHaan the Martial Artist. She uses a spear and has quite the mobility that rivals Eve’s overall movement in the air. She can enter 3 paths, Little Hsien, Little Devil and Little Specter. The first class is mostly used by players in PvP due to its rather strong attacks until Little Specter came who specializes in dark exorcist abilities. Little Devil, on the other hand, specialize in the usage of balls. Lots and lots of balls.

Elesis the Red Knight is Elsword’s older sister and wields a claymore. She’s definitely the character you need to have a look out for because out of these characters, one could say that she is the deadliest of them all. Her connection with Grand Chase’s Elesis is official and the same person due to the fact Elsword was confirmed to be Elesis’ little brother in Grand Chase. She can enter one of the 3 paths: Grand Master, Blazing Heart or Crimson Avenger. Each has their own specialization and I think that you should find it out yourself on how they work.

 

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Lastly, my favorite character of all: Add the Tracer. Unlike the other characters, Add is mentally insane due to witnessing his parent’s death, being enslaved and trapped during his childhood. He’s definitely one of the most OP characters in Elsword currently and is both loved and hated by the community. He is designed to pair up with Eve, having the same color scheme and Nasod Weapons. He can enter the jobs of Psychic Tracer, Arc Tracer and Time Tracer. Psychic Tracer relies on brute force. Arc Tracer relies on the usage of different Nasod minions while Time Tracer manipulates time and space.

Now that we are done with the characters, let’s go with the game itself. The game is rather simple and much like Grand Chase. Each stage is well done as well as its boss. It has 3 difficulties: Normal, Hard and Expert. Each difficulty, the map changes and the amount of monsters are increased. Mini bosses are also added which adds in the difficulty. However, the dungeons are rather easy at first but as the game goes on, it gets harder and harder. The bosses also drop rare loots so you will definitely waste your time grinding for these items.

Speaking of dungeons, there are also secret dungeons wherein you need to acquire specific items and the specific level to enter.

There is the Henir Time and Space Challenge which brings in all sorts of joy and rage. It’s basically a dungeon wherein you have to fight ALL the bosses in the game in the hardest difficulty. Oh did I mention? They actually multiply. Good luck with that. Finishing Henir will give you some fragments in which you can exchange for rather powerful gear. Start grinding folks or you will be constantly destroyed in PvP.

PvP is hell, literally. If you wish to enter PvP, I wish you luck because you will seriously feel inferior to the other players. Unless you did some practice and research then go ahead! You can practice at the Sparring Channel by an NPC named Camilla. Moving on, PvP is divided into three: 1v1, 2v2 and 3v3 as of the moment. The higher the rank you get in PvP, the stronger your opponents gets.

The game supports a stamina system which limits the time you’ll be able to play. You can restore them by using stamina potions which restores 30% but they can only be given by exchanging medals to Ariel or by events.

Well done backgrounds are also present in the game and if you want to get some special gear, you can visit the item mall. In order to buy the items, however, you have to pay real life money. Hope you don’t get addicted.

Now that I’m done explaining, it’s time for its Pros and Cons!

Pros:

  • A fun experience and definitely challenging.
  • Well-made character designs as well as the costumes that comes along with it.
  • Connecting combos which sparks your creativity.
  • Gives Goosebumps during PvP.
  • A 2.5D game which is basically 2D and 3D at the same time.
  • A storyline which leads to several possible fanfictions and ships to sail. I personally ship ElswordxAisha and AddxEve.
  • A comic-style cutscene every time you execute a skill

Cons:

  • Gets rather boring every once in a while, especially if you have to wait for the players to go with you to the dungeon.
  • Frustrating players in PvP(I’m definitely one of them.)
  • The excitement dies down after the first few days of playing unless you are really into games like this.
  • Imbalanced characters (Add and Elesis are the most imbalanced ones.)
  • Sore losers, trash talkers and scammers on some servers while one certain server has the most of them.

 

About the Author: Another guest post contributed by my youngest son- Yahmir,  who’s only 15 years old at the moment.  He’s a grade 9 student, who excels academically, a gamer, a writer and the author of The Lunacy of a Warrior. The Elsword online game review is based on his own opinion and experience.

 

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AQWorlds, an online game to take boredom away

AQWorlds is one of the greatest games I’ve played since I was a kid. If I get bored playing other games I will definitely play this game. This online game is created by Artix Entertainment. It is a browser-based role-playing game that only uses Flash and Unity engines. Players can have their own guilds and parties. Although to create a guild you must be a Member. Oh, quick note: not all items are for non-members. Some are for Premium Member accounts only. To get a Member account you need to pay real-life money.

In order to join you have to click the “create a free account button.” Make sure you use your legit e-mail and birthday date. After creating your account, you can click play and start playing! Take note that your username is the same for the name of your character. You can’t change it until AQWorlds is integrated into the Master Account system.

Be reminded you can only join canned chat servers if you’re around 13 years old below. If you want to go join chat servers you have to ask your parents to upgrade your account to a Member account. Although to be honest, I like canned chat servers better.

Here are some screenshots of the game with my character:

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Note: This is another guest post from my son, Yahmir who’s only 14 years old 🙂

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Top Casino Games for Your Tablet

Over the last decade, online casinos have enjoyed a massive rise in popularity. With the majority of people now owning tablets and smartphones, you can now access the best online casino very easily from your device on the move as well.

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The great thing about playing casino games on your smartphones and tablets is that the touch screen feature makes games feel much more realistic and interactive. You can have a great entertainment experience from anywhere at any time. Since we have our smartphones and tablets with us all the time, games are truly more accessible than ever and we expect the games we play on them to be up to speed with our needs.

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