“Legends of Chima” is a free LEGO game at ChimaOnline.com. All you need is a computer and the right browser. Google Chrome worked fine for us, but using Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, gave us a message saying we needed an upgrade — even though we were already using the latest version.
Every so often, a project at Kickstarter.com gets our attention. Kickstarter projects invite the public to chip in with money to help a product get launched. In return they get one of the first units. The “EVO ONE” is a basketball with a digital sensor inside that tells you how to adjust your shot. The micro-sensor weighs less than half an ounce and sits inside the ball. It emits a sound that can be used to judge how good your shot was. You’ll hear something only when your shot has the ideal backspin of plus or minus two revolutions per second. (Or you could look up at the basket and see if your shot went in.) A wobbly, slow or […]
“YAKiT” is a free app for iPhone/iPad/iPod for adding speech to photos. The photoscan come from your Facebook album, your photo gallery, or photos you take at that moment. We took Joy’s face, added moving lips and used Bob’s voice to record a funny message. Changing the pitch made it come out high and squeaky. We also made a talking lamb. If you don’t have an iOS gadget, JibJab.com is similar. Add your own face to animated greeting cards with funny messages.
We think “Peggle” is the most addicting computer game we ever played. But our most fantastic moves and scores are ephemeral, lost in the mists of time. Serious gamers record those magic moments using a free program called “FRAPS.” Now we have a way to convert FRAPS videos into regular movie formats, and it’s also free: Freemake Video Converter from Freemake.com. The reason gamers use FRAPS to record their triumphs is simple. The typical video recording can’t copy a video game in high quality because games are fast and have too many frames per second. If you search on “FRAPS” at YouTube.com, you’ll see a good example of it. Freemake Video Converter can also convert any video from one format […]
TelltaleGames.com has adventure games from the 1990s on up. The old ones have been jiggered a bit to play on modern computers. They have two versions of our all-time favorite, “MonkeyIsland,” a game that can take you weeks to finish if you don’t use the free strategy guide available from a Google search. Follow Guybrush Threepwood as he fights his way to victory against pirates, ghosts and strange creatures. Lots of humor here. All games are downloads for PC and Mac, starting at $5 and going up to $35.
Bioshock Infinite is a much acclaimed first-person shooter game that came out in March. A fantasy set in 1912, it’s the story of a former Pinkerton detective on a mission to rescue Elizabeth, imprisoned since childhood in a tower in an airborne city. Together they fight through the streets of the Utopian city Columbia, and aboard giant Zeppelins in the clouds. The game can be played on the computer, on Xbox 360, and other platforms. Previous versions have won multiple awards. More info at Bioshockgame.com.
“Tropical Heat” reminds us of the video arcade days, when you feel as though you’re literally riding a jet ski. Dive under water, launch from ramps, combine extreme tricks. This summer’s new version will add volcanoes, tunnels, cliffs, sand dunes and cyclones and let you be a sea turtle or sting ray if you prefer. It’s $10, or PC and Mac from TropicalHeatGame.com.