Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Nintendo - Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush


Nintendo Wii U, Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush, Kirby amiibo

Nintendo Wii U, Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush, Kirby amiibo

Nintendo's new game Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush (Wii U) is just way too cute! It's the first time we have played a video game with clay animation graphics, and we found it really refreshing! The classic platform game features a unique control method as well, adding a fun twist to the game play. Read on to find out more about the game!



Nintendo Wii U, Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush, Kirby amiibo

Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush (Pegi 3, Nintendo Wii U, RRP £34.99) is the first Nintendo Wii U Kirby adventure game (long awaited too!). The game can be played with up to 4 players (Kirby with Wii U Gamepad, and up to 3 Waddle Dees with Wii remote controllers), and it works with Nintendo's amiibo figurines (Kirby, King Dedede and Meta Knight) as well.

Story:
Claycia has stolen all the colours in Dream Land, but the Rainbow Paintbrush Elline managed to save Kirby and Waddle Dee. They've agreed to go on an adventure with Elline to save Dream Land by getting all the colours back.


Nintendo Wii U, Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush, Kirby amiibo

Nintendo Wii U, Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush, Kirby amiibo

Nintendo Wii U, Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush, Kirby amiibo

Nintendo Wii U, Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush, Kirby amiibo

Nintendo Wii U, Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush, Kirby amiibo

Instead of using the usual control to move the characters up and down the platforms, the main player will use the Stylus pen to draw rainbow ropes on the Gamepad to guide Kirby and the Waddle Dees around. By double tapping on Kirby, he will go on turbo mode and dash through walls and enemies, and tapping and holding on to him after collecting 100 stars will turn him into a bigger Kirby, making him even more powerful! Kirby can also change into different vehicles at certain stages (the beauty of being a clay character!)

Other players can drop in and out of the game any time as Waddle Dees, and they can also walk on the rainbow rope, collect stars and use weapons on the enemies. They can pick up Kirby when needed, and they are the only one that can fight off the Grab Hands (they appear during multiplayer mode) who tries to grab Kirby!

Stages get trickier as they should be, and you'll find that the rainbow rope doesn't work in colourless areas, so some good problem solving is definitely needed.

There are of course bonus minigames too, where the player will have to grab the treasure within a limited time.

What I like about Nintendo's platform games is that there are a lot of hidden goodies. You get hidden bonus levels in Super Mario Bros games, and treasure chests in Kirby! We didn't know at first but Abby managed to tap on a hidden treasure chest and collected a Kirby figurine to start her collection! You can also collect secret diary pages for the full story, and Kirby's music tracks from all the Kirby adventures there was and is. There are also useful items around the maps, including ink bottles to recharge the ink to draw the rainbow ropes (yes, you will run out of ink and it requires charging up, so use wisely!), so don't forget to look and click around!

(For more information on game play (with videos), visit Nintendo UK's official Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush site).


As mentioned above, we found the game play really refreshing. The Wii U Gamepad really opened up a lot of different ways of playing, and also made it possible to add more complicated/ flexible designs to each level. I like it that Nintendo is exploring different graphics, and there is more of that to come too (keep an eye on my blog for it!). Games aren't coming in just Hi-definition or Retro pixels kind of graphics anymore.

The game is rated Pegi 3, and it certainly is attractive to the younger children. They will still need older children or adults to help them with problem solving, but since it's possible to play with others, that's not really going to affect them enjoying the game.

As Kirby can't fight Grab Hands (he's absolutely hopeless against them!), he relies heavily on the Waddle Dees to save him, which encourage team work. With children at that age learning about sharing, it's a welcoming skill to learn through play.

A big thumbs up from us! This half term we will be playing more of Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush for sure!

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes - The Avengers Quinjet City Chase


LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, Avengers Age of ultron, Quinjet

Avengers: Age of Ultron! Have you seen it yet? Although we can't pop into the movies, we've watched all the trailers (officials and extended) on YouTube (there are so many!) and O.M.G! We have to buy the Blu-ray, it's just awesome!

While waiting for a release date, here is something equally awesome to quench our thirst - LEGO Marvel Super Heroes The Avengers Quinjet City Chase playset! This is one of the scene that appeared in the trailers and it comes with most of our favourite characters (Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow and J.A.R.V.I.S/ Vision!) so it's the perfect set for us!


LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, Avengers Age of ultron, Quinjet

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, Avengers Age of ultron, Quinjet

The playset (RRP £69.99, recommended for age 8 - 14) comes with:

  • 2 manual books
  • a comic strip
  • sticker sheet
  • 6 bags of LEGO pieces (722 pieces)
  • Minifigures include the already mentioned Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow and J.A.R.V.I.S/ Vision, as well as Ultron.
  • Vehicles include the Quinjet, lab truck and Captain America's bike.
  • Special pieces includes a Super Jumper, Iron Man's helmet and Captain America's shield.


LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, Avengers Age of ultron, Quinjet

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, Avengers Age of ultron, Quinjet
Press and release to launch Captain America towards Ultron!

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, Avengers Age of ultron, Quinjet
The lab truck can be cracked open to reveal a cargo pot.
Note: black square button on the top of the Quinjet to open bottom hatch doors
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, Avengers Age of ultron, Quinjet
Bendable pilot's cockpit and wings; cabin can be accessed from both the roof and rear
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, Avengers Age of ultron, Quinjet
A secret compartment for laser gun and another for Black Widow (her legs can be clicked into place)
Hatch doors open by pressing a black square button on the top (so clever!!)
The one playset that remains intact after building because Clay loved it too much! Well, it did fell on the floor once while he was playing with it. He was so sad (that puppy face!) that we had to rebuild it straight away for him. The comic booklet has become his favourite book and Iron Man his favourite buddy too! Of course, he's not the only one loving the set, we all loved it very much!

Me and hubby were discussing about the design and the choice of LEGO pieces used for the Quinjet (LEGO geeks talk hehe), and we both agreed that, although LEGO Technic pieces (used for the Quinjet frame) are hard and not so fun to use (it just doesn't feel very LEGO), they are the perfect pieces for building a vehicle's skeleton. Not only are they holding together much better than normal LEGO pieces (you really have to yank them apart), they created the perfect shape for LEGO pieces to build around, allowing for a grander and flexible design, and you'll have a perfect cargo/ compartment in the middle too.

Another clever thing about the Quinjet is that each part of the jet (the body, wings and head) are built separately, then joint together by clicking the LEGO Technic pieces together. So when Clay dropped the Quinjet, although it looked like it was broken into pieces, the damage was no where as bad as dropping a jet built purely with LEGO classic pieces (the many helicopters that he's dropped..). Then of course, it also allows each wing and pilot cockpit to tilt, which is so much more realistic, like in the movie!

Overall a playset worth investing on. Not only is it buildable but also very playable!

Tip: If you struggle to keep the hatch doors closed, just press them firmly together until you can't see the gap in between

Sunday, 3 May 2015

May the Force be with You



Calling all Star Wars fans! I've heard from a reliable source that a group of Microfighters has been sent out on a secret mission, which involves venturing out into the unknown! Although we aren't sure what their secret mission is about, we have heard stories of one brave ARC-170 Starfighter Clone Pilot's encounter with a giant rodent-like creature!

According to the source of the story, this little brave Clone Pilot ventured out into an unknown planet, and was hit by a strong current, forcing him to fly through a thick wall of water. Focusing on keeping his Starfighter in control, he zoomed out to the other side, but the sudden change of density caused him to crash onto a spot that seems to be covered with a thick layer of mulch. He was fortunate to have crashed there, as it has minimised the impact done to his Starfighter. It is broken but he is confident that he could fix it.

However, he has also landed near a giant rodent-like creature, which happened to be hunting for his meal of the day! It was certainly curious about the disturbance and was tempted to take a bite of the Starfighter. The little brave Clone Pilot stood his stand and successfully scared the giant creature away!

Not only was he brave enough to face the giant creature, after fixing his Starfighter, instead of returning to the headquarter, he continued his secret mission and is currently checking out another planet.







What the things these Microfighters have to face for their secret mission! We wish them all the best and hope that they can all return in one piece! May the force be with them!


Disclosure: This is a fun piece written to announce the new LEGO Microfighters set (6 to collect) release, each RRP £8.99, featuring Chub the hamster! Happy 4th May!

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