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Sunday, January 09, 2021

in spirit
I’ve already latched onto a new iPhone-borne time-waster for the new year: “Spirits”.

This little low-impact game app will look familiar to anyone acquainted with “Lemmings”. The premise is pretty much the same as that old PC-era classic: You shepherd to safety groups of little beasties who have one-track minds. Notably, the “dig” command is in the modern game, attesting to the “Lemmings” heritage. (Maybe these “spirits” are the ghosts of departed lemmings, with their hive-mind mentality carrying over to the afterworld?)

I’m not generally a fan of puzzle-type mobile games, but this one works for me. The nice graphics and animation help with that, along with the music (although half the time I play it while listening to my own iPod playlist). I’ve already killed off big chunks of dead time between appointments with this gamelet, and happily so. It’s almost worth the battery drain that leaves the iPhone almost fully discharged by the end of the day…

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 01/09/2021 11:10pm
Category: Videogames, iPhone
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Lately, everyone has been prodding me to catch The King’s Speech.

Don’t see it happening. Despite the actual historical basis, the dramatic chops of the cast, and the critical acclaim, the movie’s premise comes off as a stereotypically hackneyed Hollywood pitch: The story of an inbred blueblood and his courageous battle against… stuttering. All against a background of high-British accents and flowery orchestral music. Pass.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 01/09/2021 12:12pm
Category: History, Movies
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