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Reviews

  • Wileyfox Swift review: fantastic little floof

    You have R2500 sitting in your pocket for a phone. You don't fancy taking out a contract because hidden costs and flagship phones are ridiculous overkill. You're looking for a device that can snap the odd picture, send the odd message and looks like something a little more expensive. If that describes you, the Wileyfox Swift might be a good option. When the UK company launched last year I honestly thought "Oh God, not another smartphone company making the same old cheap Android crap, flooding the already stool-filled market with more drab". But thankfully, I was wrong, the Wileyfox Swift, even...

  • Alcatel Go Play review: get wet on a budget

    If you're in the market for a water-loving smartphone but your wallet isn't exactly enjoying its best years, the Alcatel Go Play might be your best bet. Aimed at the mid-tier market, the phone comes in at a modest R3199, and features most of the modern goodies a smartphone user requires. Sounds good on paper, doesn't it? Of course, while first impressions are everything, I did grow to enjoy my time with the Alcatel Go Play. Arguably, it's company's best device to hit the country in a long, long while. But that's just the surface. Let's take a deeper look at...

  • Better Late Than Never: we review Stardew Valley, Inside & Stellaris

    It’s Better Late Than Never time again, the review series that takes a look at the gaming titles we have unforgivably overlooked in recent months. In this instalment we will be looking at three very distinct and vastly different titles: the light-hearted and addictive Stardew Valley, the beautifully sinister Inside and Stellaris, an immersive and remarkably thorough space adventure. Stellaris Stellaris is a 4X grand strategy game that takes place in the year 2200, developed by Paradox Developent Studios, who are well known for their work in the grand strategy sphere. This is their first title that takes place in a futuristic ...

  • Google Pixel review roundup: an iPhone running Android

    The Google Pixel smartphone marks a rather notable moment for the company, as Google sheds the Nexus label (temporarily or otherwise) and takes a bigger role in the hardware department. Now that many reviews are out, what do experts think of the new smartphone? The camera is the star here Almost all reviewers had nothing but praise for the Google Pixel camera, going so far as to call it the best mobile camera around. David Pierce of Wired wrote that the Pixel didn't have the iPhone 7 Plus's 2x zoom or depth-of-field trickery, but it produced "killer" snaps anyway. "The iPhone faithfully reproduces the...

  • Event 0 [PC] review: I compute, therefore I am

    I wasn’t sure what to expect when I initially booted Event 0 (stylised as Event), a short but poignant first-person narrative exploration game by Ocelot Society. All I knew was that I would spend most of my time conversing with a spaceship’s artificial intelligence named Kaizen. This meant I was probably going to do a lot of reading and typing, not activities I would usually associate with video games. I could not help but think: can a game that revolves this much around typing, something that many of us would regard as mundane, actually be any good? Well the answer is yes....

  • BioShock: The Collection [Xbox One] review: whose your Big Daddy?

    Saying the Bioshock series is widely loved and highly regarded is an understatement. The trilogy was a darling of the previous gaming generation and one the fans still rave about. Now, Irrational Games has brought the series to the current generation of consoles, but will long-time fans find anything new here? From the outside, the Bioshock trilogy is a mix of horror, beauty, and all-out death. All of the games have you taking on the role of an almost lone hero as you mow down foe after foe with a range of weapons and special powers. They're dark, gritty, and cartoony...

  • Forza Horizon 3 review: a tour de Forza?

    Forza Horizon 2 on Xbox One represented one of the high water marks for racing on console. Combining a more forgiving Forza handling model with Test Drive Unlimited, Burnout Paradise and the older Need for Speed games, the result was a racing title that just about anyone could get into. Toss in those fun prize spins, the Drivatar system and some lush European environments, and you've got a title any Xbox One owner should have in their library. So when Playground Studios announced Forza Horizon 3, I couldn't help but wonder whether the title was just going to be Forza Horizon 2.5... New...

  • Quest of Dungeons review [3DS]: brutal roguelike gaming on the go

    Indie game Quest of Dungeons, from Upfall Studios, has finally made its way to the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U after being released on a range of other platforms. With so many AAA titles out this month, is Quest of Dungeons really worth your time? Quest of Dungeons is a roguelike RPG that has you venturing through randomly generated dungeons in order to defeat an end-game boss. The story is simplistic in a "kill the bad guy" kind of way, and you don't need anything deeper than that. It does come with two pre-created stories and a random mode, but I feel as...

  • The Tomorrow Children [PS4] review: splendid child labour

    Have you ever played a game so confusing, so convoluted and so downright odd that you haven't a clue what to feel, think or do afterwards? That's my problem after sinking a good 15 hours into The Tomorrow Children -- easily the strangest game you'll play on the PlayStation 4 this year. Or perhaps ever. It's weird. It's unbelievably pointless. But it's also strangely addictive. But that barely paints a corner of this game's canvas. But before I sink my teeth into why I can't quite plot this title on 2016's gaming map, let's start with the basics. Welcome to the Void, comrade The...

  • Xiaomi Redmi 3 reviewed: this Redmi Blewmi away

    The Xiaomi Redmi 2 Pro arguably represents the best bang for your buck in the South African smartphone sector. At R1899, you got a budget-minded but still capable Snapdragon 410 chip and 2GB of RAM, an 8MP/2MP camera pairing and 16GB of expandable storage. So does the Redmi 3 actually meet the benchmark set by the Redmi 2 Pro or is the old phone still king? Let's dive into the hardware first. Hardware and specs The Xiaomi Redmi 3 represents a notable step up from its predecessor on paper, starting off with the internals. There's a mid-range Snapdragon 616 chip (eight A53 cores)...