Our Review of Two Terrific Surreal Video Games: The Gardens Between and My Brother Rabbit

In case you are not aware, I occasionally do video game reviews on my site, and it is rare that I review two games that are similar with their style. The style is that of surrealism, which can bring the player into worlds similar to that of a Salvador Dali painting. This is only one of the best aspects of The Gardens Between and My Brother Rabbit, and they are both great games in their own right.

The Gardens Between Game Review

It will be very difficult to describe the settings of these games, and I’ll try and let the visuals speak for themselves. Both of these games have some kind of real world event taking place, but then it slips into the surreal. In the case of The Gardens Between, it tells the story of a boy and girl who meet after one of them moves into town. If you ever had a best friend in childhood, you tend to do a lot of fun things together, and the surreal aspect celebrates this.

At the beginning of each stage, the boy and girl (Frendt and Ariana) go to some weird island that has oversized objects on it. For example, they go to one where there is a huge couch on it. From there, the two friends attempt to make it to the top of the island, where they put a lantern on top. Arina is the one that holds the lantern, while Frendt has the power to occasionally interact with objects.

The Gardens Between takes place is truly a unique game because the controller literally moves time forward. I am absolutely serious and I will try to describe this as best as I can. If you move the controller forward, the two friends go on their path like any other game. The issue is when you move the controller in the direction opposite of forward, the main characters go backward because time is going backward.

So how does it play out? Well, as I said before, you have to move a lantern to a certain point, but you can place it in places along the path. Also, since you can manipulate objects, imagine if you could go back in time, manipulate something, and then go forward again. This would cause things to change, and this is the puzzle-solving aspect to this game.

As you probably have probably predicted, I don’t have much time to do a game before I need to write a review of it. I can usually only give a game a few hours before I get into a game and can fairly write about it. The Gardens Between is a game that I didn’t want to stop playing, because it was so relaxing. Seriously, most video games really are full of intense action, but this game, with its cool new-agey theme song that really calms me down instead of winding me up. This is a good thing.

The Gardens Between is available now on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 (NA, EU), Steam, and Mac App Store for $19.99. It’s a small price, and I don’t know how long the game is, but it is worth double its price. You can find out more information about the game here.

My Brother Rabbit Game Review

I can’t help but compare My Brother Rabbit to the last game, because it also has a real world situation taking place in conjunction to a surreal one. The real world in this is a real problem based on a sad memory and not a happy one. The game starts with a family who has a daughter who is very sick. The daughter has a brother, who gives her a stuffed rabbit, who is the main character in the surreal world.

This story can’t help but feel sad, and I am reminded of The Velveteen Rabbit and its very bittersweet story. The rabbit main character has to help out his friend, a plant-like being, who is also sick. The world the stuff rabbit lives in is cartoonist’s surreal kingdom, with strange objects all around and everything kind of has a face.

The action of My Brother Rabbit is an old-fashioned point-and-click. The player has to solve puzzles to advance to the next world on the map, and a lot of these require a lot of hidden objects puzzles. The usual pattern is to find the hidden objects in order to open up a new puzzle, which will lead to another puzzle. It then becomes very fun to assemble a vehicle by putting pieces of puzzles together in order to advance.

I was able to play My Brother Rabbit all the way through, and I loved it. Some of the puzzles were pretty difficult and time-consuming, but that is part of the fun.

My Brother Rabbit is available for $14.99 in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, and Turkish on Nintendo Switch, Steam, Windows Store, Mac App Store, GOG, Humble Store, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One now. More information is available on the website here.

BlueLounge Product Review: Posto and Products to Manage Your Cables

With all the technology we have to deal with these days, there is an inevitable mess of cables. BlueLounge is a company that creates gadgets to help manage that mess. We have the opportunity to review some of those items today.

BlueLounge Posto

photo credit: BlueLounge

This device is a stand to hang your headphones on. With dimensions of 4.25 x 4.25 x 9.6 in, Posto will give you a place to store headphones and reduce clutter on your desk. It comes in black or white, and will accommodate all sizes of headphones.

The headrest is rubberized- made to form to the headphones. The base is a sturdy aluminum. It looks very classy. You can purchase a base of your own for $19.99.

 

BlueLounge CableDrop

Discouraged by cables everywhere? This product comes in a mini size for little cables like MicroUSB and Apple Lightning connectors. They also come in a regular size for larger cords. The sticky back is perfect for sticking to desks, walls. People even use them in their bathrooms!

They come in many color choices- black, white, bright,  and muted. You get six CableDrops in a package. If you purchase the mini version, there are 9 in the package. They both cost $9.95. Their plastic build is firm, but somewhat flexible. The adhesive backing eventually becomes permanent over time, so you should take precautions when trying to remove them.

BlueLounge Cableyoyo

We’ve reviewed similar management systems for earbuds and their cables. This system is unique in that it has a magnetic center that holds the earbuds. You could also store lightning cables in it. It’s also made of silicon- rather than the hard plastic ones we’ve reviewed in the past. There are different options of colors, too! There are ones in Dark Grey, Light Grey, Lime Green, Black with a Gold magnet and Blue with a Gold magnet. These handy gadgets are only $9.95 and make a great gift!

BlueLounge CableClip

photo credit: Blue Lounge

The last BlueLounge product we have to review is the CableClip. As you can see, this is another gadget to keep your cords tangle-free. This is great, because if you’ve ever thrown cords into your backpack, you know that they often don’t come out so well. For $9.95, you can buy a package of 2 large, 4 medium, or 6 small clips.

The large ones work great for thick power cords and network cables. Medium ones will work well for USB and data cords, small power cords, audio cords and phone cables. The small ones are ideal for  earbuds, small data cables and charger cords.

We’d like to thank BlueLounge for sending us these great products to review at no charge. Our opinion is unbiased and fair, and no other compensation has been paid to influence our reviews.

A New Kind of Music Player for Kids- Introducing Jooki by Muuselabs

Kids these days… They love technology- just as much as their grown-ups. That’s why we think the product we’re about to review would make a nice Christmas present for young children. Designed by a company in Belgium called Muuselabs, the Jooki will allow your little ones to listen to their music independently.

photo credit: Jooki

Once adults set up the playlist using the downloadable app(compatible with IOS from 9.0, Android from 4.4, MAC and PC), young ones will be able to choose which playlist they want to listen to by popping a character on to the middle of Jooki. The characters that come with the Jooki right now are a ghost, a dinosaur (I think? I don’t know), a whale, fox, and knight. The characters are… interesting, for sure. It sort of reminds me of Amiibo, but with odd characters. The intended audience will love it, though. It works with Spotify, by the way, so they will love it even more.

Other great features of this product includes it’s durability. It’s built to last in little hands- including being splashproof. Also, with little ones in mind, parents can set the maximum volume it plays, and it has a headphone jack, so great for trips in the car. 8 hours of battery life will let the kids enjoy Jooki on long rides.

Set-up of the device is simple, and there are videos by Jooki on YouTube to help set things up. This company is also known for great customer service- if your device seems to be having issues. You will need an SD card if you have downloaded music you want to use wirelessly.

We can recommend this product. $199.99 buys this item on the Jooki website, or you can also get it on Amazon.com.

Thanks to Muuselabs for sending us a free model to review in exchange for our fair and unbiased analysis. No other compensation has been given.

New Urban Armor Gear (UAG) Cases for the new iPhones: Trooper and Metropolis

If you’re one of the people who is looking forward to buying a new iPhone XR or Xs Max, there are already cases for you! Urban Armor Gear(UAG) is one of the companies who have rolled out their cell phone cases to protect your valuable phone. Today, we’re looking at two of those cases.

The first case is

The Urban Armor Gear Trooper Series Case

UAG Trooper
Photo Credit: UAG

Photo credit:UAG

These rugged, but classic looking cases will surround your phone to a lip on your screen with a poly-carbonate shell backing. The back opens to reveal a recess that holds up to 4 credit cards.

The inside backing is rubbery and springy- built with the hexagonal pattern you’ll find in many UAG cases. The back is tough to open initially, but should get easier after a while.

There is the usual drop test standard to MIL- 810G-516.6. We have reviewed this series for other phones before as well, but for the iPhone X/XS and XR this black case costs $39.95. The case for the XS Max costs $44.95.

The UAG Metropolis Series Case

The Metropolis case is another fabulous case by UAG. This one provides 360 degree protection by wrapping completely around your phone. The inside of the cover has a soft, felt material that lines and protects the screen of your phone. It also holds credit cards in pockets.

The outside of the case has a leathery feel, but is water resistant. There are raised ridges on the back. The strap closure is held in place by a magnet. Your ports and buttons remain easy to access. The thinness of the case allows you to wirelessly charge your phone, or access Apple Pay.

The cases for iPhones X and above come in black, blue and red. They’re available for $39.95 on the UAG site.

UAG Metropolis
Photo credit:UAG


Both of the cases in these collections are covered by a one year warranty, and have free shipping.
Thanks to UAG for sending us these cases free of charge in exchange for our fair and unbiased review. No other compensation was given.

Thinking of Christmas? Our Review of Some Great Catalyst Products including Impact Cases for Note 9, GS9, iPhone XS, iPhone XR as well as the Waterproof 10L Backpack

There are 91 days until Christmas. Fewer than that if you are reading this days after the article comes out. Our hope is that you can get some good ideas for Christmas presents from all of the products we get to review. Here’s a review of some phone cases and a waterproof backpack to protect your mobile devices from Catalyst. We’ve reviewed many of their protective items in the past.

Catalyst Impact Protection Case

photo credit: Catalyst

This case is built to protect your phone from drops as high as 9.9 ft. It has the 810G Military Standard protection that these durable Catalyst cases carry. Now we’ve reviewed the Impact Protection Case for other phones in the past, but Catalyst has sent us the cases for iPhone Xs Max, iPhone XR, iPhone X, and the Samsung Galaxy Note 9.

Each case has most of the same features-

  • impact truss system for protection
  • rotating mute switch for iPhones
  • non-slip rubber for easy gripping
  • wireless charging through the case
  • blocks dust and debris
  • a wrist lanyard is included

The cases come in colors of clear, blueridge/sunset, clear, and stealth black. The X/XS cases come in other colors as well.

If you buy the iPhone XS Max case now, you can get a 20 percent discount coupon on the upcoming waterproof cases. The price of this case on the Catalyst site is $49.99. The X/XS and XR cases also have  the 20 percent discount code offer off the waterproof cases if you order now. Their price is $39.99.  The Galaxy Note 9 case is $49.99.

Now, for our next review:

The Catalyst Waterproof 20L Backpack

photo credit: Catalyst

This backpack is surprising in its real size when you first see how small the case it comes in is.

Wow. If you can’t tell from the picture, this item fits in the palm of my hand.

This backpack will hold all your items- up to 20 L worth, and will keep them dry. This would make a great daypack for those adventurers out there who like getting wet! The seams inside the pack are taped to provide the waterproof seal. There is a roll top closure, and the material has a waterproof testing rate of 10,000mm HH. The side pockets are nice and deep(9 inches) to securely hold a water bottle.

If you want to purchase this item, they are $119.99 on the Catalyst site.

Thanks to Catalyst for sending us these products for free to review in exchange for our fair and unbiased evaluation.

A New Kind of Drone, Titan, Being Backed on IndieGogo

Normally when we review a product, we get a chance to get our hands on the product. We hope that we’ll be able to do a second review when this Kickstarter project comes out, but here is an overview of something we think is really neat! Introducing, Titan- an underwater drone that will produce quality video footage at a depth deeper than its rivals.

photo credit: Geneinno

With a 4K camera and 1080p filming capability, great underwater footage can be taken with the aid of a 160 degree wide angle lens. A couple of LED spotlights on the drone give you a combined 3,000 lumens. This is good, because the drone is able to go down to depths of 150 meters (490 feet). This is deeper than other drones out there go (50 to 100 meters).

There is, of course, a handy app to download, and it has all these features shown here:

photo credit: Geneinno

Here’s a video to show you exactly what this drone is all about:

The first drones are said to be deliverable this month for the early backers. The basic Titan kit is currently available for $1799 on Indiegogo. This is 30 percent of the mfrp, so it’s a great time to get one.

The basic kit includes:

  • the Titan
  • 50m Tether Cable
  • Remote Controller
  • Titan Hard-shell Case
  • Wireless Transmitter
  • 4 * Weight Module

We can’t wait for a chance to try this underwater drone out for ourselves. I think it would be a great Christmas gift for the Jacques Cousteau in your family.

Review of DC 2000 and EZClean KC 1000 Keyboards from Cherry

Cherry has sent us some nice keyboards in the past to review like this silent keyboard and the MX Brown 3.0. Today we have a couple more Cherry keyboards to review, and we’ll do both in this one article. One is the Cherry DC 2000, and the 2nd is the EZClean KC 1000.

photo credit:Cherry

This keyboard is a pretty basic one. It comes with a mouse. The dimensions are 2 x 7.9 x 21.6 inches, and it weighs 1.76 pounds. There are some shortcut keys on the top right corner for e-mail and calculator and such. It’s also available with German keys. This wired keyboard and mouse for a basic entry-level user is available for $17 on Amazon.com.

The 2nd keyboard- the EZClean KC 1000, gives you an idea of what kind of keyboard it is in the name.

This keyboard is actually very similar in build and style to the first. The main difference seems to be the silicone cover that comes with the keyboard. This cover is removable, however, it’s a cover that you probably would keep on while typing.

Fortunately, the keys are still easily accessed through this cover. The flat, easy to wipe surface makes this a great product to have in a medical office, in food service, or perfect for those who want to keep their keyboards clean and free of dirt and grime.

You can find this keyboard and cover for $43.61 at NothingButSavings.com.

Thanks to Cherry for sending us these keyboards free of charge in exchange for our fair and unbiased review. No other compensation has been given.

Our Review of the Soundcore Flare+ by Anker

The last time we reviewed an Anker bluetooth speaker was back in January, when we reviewed the Soundcore Boost. We’ve been given another opportunity to review a bluetooth speaker from the same company. This one has an LED light party and 360 degree sound. We’re reviewing the Soundcore Flare+.

Soundcore Flare+ Specs

Size- 3.9 x 3.9 x 7.2 inches

Weight- 1.88 pounds

Waterproof rating- IPX7(fully waterproof and immersible)

The Flare+ has a playtime of up to 20 hours. This is up from the playtime of the original Flare speakers of 12 hours. That’s some impressive time without having to charge! Also helpful is the ability to charge your phone through the speaker. It also is a bit taller and wider, plus it has two extra tweeters over the original. The sound quality is even more superior than the high-rated original. Another difference is the built in Alexa and the ability to use the speaker as a power bank.

What Comes in the Soundcore Flare+ Package? How is set-up?

The Soundcore Flare+ device and the micro USB Cable are included in the box, as well as the instruction book.  The Soundcore app can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play. Once downloaded, the app is easy to connect and manages the Flare Plus with ease.

There are 5 color themes and 5 adjustable patterns that gives a fun vibe with the beat of your music. This all can be controlled by the app as well. Bluetooth 5.0 makes these super easy to pair with your phone.

Other Features of Soundcore Flare Plus

These speakers are able to pair with other Soundcore Flare speakers, so you can use them in matched playing mode to increase the sound in the room. You can also adjust them as left and right speakers to give a dynamic surround sound as well. The BassUp technology intensifies your experience in the bass end of your music.

At $99, the price is right for this great speaker. The sound is great, and these speakers have received a high rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars on Amazon.com. I encourage you to check it out for yourself!

Thanks to Anker for sending us this product for free in exchange for our fair and unbiased review. No other compensation has been given.

 

Anker’s Roav Dashcam S1 Review

We’re going to continue in our review of Anker products with the newest DashCam by Roav. The Roav S1 is the 6th in their series. It came out within this month, so this is a pretty new product on the market.

photo credit:Anker

Roav DashCam S1 Features

The dashcam has great definitition with HD 1080p and NightHawk Vision that allows a clear picture even in the dark. It uses a high-sensitivity Sony Starvis sensor. A 4-lane wide angle lens helps get the whole picture. A shock sensor will activate the camera if the car is bumped.

You download a dedicated app to help track your route. The app will give you an organization of your videos, and you can use it to quickly share your videos on social media. It also gives another way to control your device(there is a wi-fi connection), although you can also shift through the menu on the camera.

This product is pretty simple to install. A sticker mount for your windshield is easy to attach. A long cord will connect to the USB 2 port charger, and a tool comes with it to help hide the cord in the trim of your vehicle. This video is for the C1, but the S1 is similar, so you can see how to install it.

What you get in the ROAV S1 Package

  • Roav DashCam S1
  • 2-port car charger
  • Micro USB cable
  • 32GB microSD card
  • trim removal tool
  • two 3M sticker mounts
  • user manual
  • happy card
  • 12-month product replacement warranty

Comparison of other ROAV DashCams

As you can see, there isn’t much difference between the C1 and S1. The sensors are different, there is GPS logging in the S1, and a micro SD card is included with the S1.

Final Words on the ROAV S1 Dashcam

This dashcam can be recommended for those needing extra security while traveling, or to catch those hit and runs. It has a decent price tag of $89.99 on Amazon.com.

Thanks to Anker for sending us this product in exchange for our fair and unbiased review. No other compensation has been received.

PowerCore 13400 Nintendo Switch Edition by Anker Review

Anker is a popular company for charging gadgets, and we’ve done many a review of their products. We talked about a PowerCore product back in February. Here’s another PowerCore product by Anker specifically for the Nintendo Switch. This is the PowerCore 13400 charger.

photo credit:Anker

PowerCore 13400 Specs

The 9.2 ounce, 3.8 x 3.1x 0.9 inch device runs on a lithium ion battery. It has a capacity of 13400 mAh. The Anker website suggests making sure that the latest version of Nintendo Switch is installed before using the PowerCore charger. It recharges in about three and a half hours and charges 1.7 times. You can also charge your Nintendo Switch while the battery is charging.

What you get in a PowerCore 13400 Package

Along with the PowerCore 13400, you get a nice little travel pouch, a USB-C to USB-C cable, and a welcome guide.

Other PowerCore 13400 Features

This portable device, smaller than a phone, will charge said phone through the 2nd USB charging port. You get up to 10 hours of extra playtime. An LED indicator on the back tells you how full the charge is at increments of 25 percent, 50 percent, 75 and 100 percent.

Our Final Review of the PowerCore 13400

At a cost of $69.99, this product is definitely something for the more serious player. You are getting the Nintendo Switch licensing and the Anker quality brand for that price, though. It is very helpful to those on the go- maybe for that long ride to Grandma’s in the car. If this sounds like a deal to you, the PowerCore 13400 can be found on the Anker site. You can also buy one with 15 hours of battery life for a bit more.

Thanks to Anker for sending us this free product in exchange for our unbiased and honest review. No other compensation was given, and our opinions are strictly our own.