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Is it Worth Your Allowance – Worms Revolution

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Is it Worth Your Allowance? Is a weekly column written by 14 year old Nate. Nate reviews inexpensive games and lets your geeklings know if it’s worth spending their hard earned allowance on. Have a game to suggest? You can email Nate here.

Worms Revolution

Genre: strategy, action, multiplayer

Cost: $14.99

Developer: Team17 Digital Ltd

If you want to buy this game go to this link: http://store.steampowered.com/app/200170

The worms series started in 1995 and is still going with the most recent game, Worms Revolution. like it’s predecessors, Worms is a turn based 2D shooter (flat side scrolling game) where you play as sentient worms in ant farm like map with various settings and one goal; destroy the enemy team(s). Worms Revolution has a four person local multiplayer that is lots of fun to play with friends. Worms is competitive with up to four teams battling for victory though it stays playful and fun for all. While battling there are tons of weapons to choose from, ranging from the classic rpg (rocket propelled grenade), to little silly things like water balloons. My favorite weapons are the are the bunker buster, turret and of course the rpg but there are the crazy ones like the old lady and the sheep. I have been playing the Worms games with my family since I was just a little kid and this one is my favorite.

Worms Revolution came out in 2012, but the older ones still hold up if you’re interested. There have been many Worms game before this one and weird ones like Worms 3D and Worms Crazy Golf and more. The game has a cartoony art style with great bright colors and detail.

I love the Worms games but most of them are really only fun to play with friends it gets really boring when you play alone, though if you don’t have any friends over to play the game does feature an online option. All of the Worms games are based around violence but all of it is cartoon violence so there’s no blood or gore, making the games good party games for anyone. I recommend this game for people ages 6 and up.

Overall,  my final rating for this game is 7.5/10 and I definitely think it’s worth your allowance.

Samsung Galaxy Alpha Review

Samsung Galaxy Alpha Review

The Samsung Galaxy Alpha solves Nate’s two complaints about the the Galaxy s5 “it’s huge” and “it’s cheap looking”.  Indeed, in the world of iPhones, Samsung’s Galaxy line, while superior in most ways, is lacking in looks.  It’s plastic and it feels flimsy.  Nate’s complaint about the size also rings true.  While the larger form factor makes for gorgeous movie viewing, it’s hard for my petite hands (and his teen hands) to manipulate, and forget about using it one handed without having to switch to “one handed mode”.   The Galaxy Alpha also looks like it carries a hefty price tag (which it does) with a real metal frame – not the metallic plastic of the s5 – and a thinner more compact body.  It really is a beautiful device.

 

Nathan with Galaxy AlphaThe phone looks and behaves so much like a smaller s5, that it’s hard not to make comparisons.  It has the same Snapdragon processor as the s5, and it also has a fingerprint scanner and heart rate monitor – some of my favorite features of the s5.  What’s really disappointing though, is where it is lacking.  Though it comes with a decent 64gb of internal storage, there is no SD card slot.  Pictures, music and video will fill that up fast.  It also has a lower resolution screen than the s5, while Nate neither noticed or cared, I am surprised that with so much attention paid to looks that Samsung wouldn’t have included the same amazing display that’s in the s5.  It also lacks an IR emitter, this became a problem for me while I tested it out because I use my phone as a remote for my Samsung TV on a daily basis.  The lack of this feature was unimportant to Nate, though.

I’d add that it’s not waterproof, but my s5’s waterproof charging cover broke about three months after I purchased it, so it’s not waterproof either.

I noticed all of these “shortcomings” because my primary phone is an s5.  Going on specs alone, the Alpha is still a zippy phone.  Nate loves it.  It looks really cool, it’s sized better for his hands/texting. He was given the choice of taking my s5, or continuing to use the Alpha he chose the Alpha.  His only complaint is that the power button seems to be in a bit of an awkward spot.

The Samsung Galaxy Alpha is available at AT&T and other carriers.  (Special thanks to AT&T Seattle for providing us with the Samsung Galaxy Alpha!)

The Galaxy Alpha is a perfect choice for anyone who is missing the style factor of an iPhone or who is looking for a smaller form factor while maintaining a high-end mobile experience. We found it to be fast, a good size, and very attractive.

AT&T’s Store of the Future

AT&T’s Store of the Future

 

Have you been to a carrier store recently to shop for a new mobile phone or accessory? If so you know it can be an overwhelming, unexciting, and stressful.  Well, my friends at AT&T are looking to change that, with a new retail concept they have dubbed “The Store of the Future”.

I had an opportunity with a few other Seattle-area influencers to get a tour of The Store of The Future in Bellevue, WA.  AT&T has designed the store to not only be fun and welcoming, but has divided into “zones” to help you find what you need easily and without a lot of stress.

The zones were the most intriguing part of the new store design to me.  I especially love the Digital Life Pavillion.  It was set up to look like a kitchen (complete with prop mugs of coffee that I was completely obsessed with), and it showed how to integrate some of AT&T’s technology in a real home environment.  They had a tablet on the kitchen counter, some bluetooth speakers set up and demo units of their Digital Life home security and automation devices and services. It was really neat to see the Internet of Things in a real life environment.

The Music Pavillion was also neat because unlike most mobile stores, AT&T have put all of the speakers available on demo.  You can try them all.  We have probably eight or ten bluetooth speakers at our house and the quality varies greatly.  With price points starting around $30 for a very entry level model, Bluetooth Speakers can be an investment.  It’s nice to be able to give them all a go before making a purchase, getting them home and realizing that you should have spent a bit more for a louder/sturdier/better quality speaker.

 

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The store design makes browsing fun, which in turn makes comparison shopping a whole lot easier.  All of the phones are right by each other, making it easy to compare specs.  All of the wearables are displayed side by side, making the tiny differences between them easier to compare.  This layout also brings the sales staff out from behind the counter – all purchases can be made on the spot with portable POS devices – making them more approachable.

While there are just a few flagship stores at the moment (besides the one we visited  in Bellevue, Wa, there are flagships in Anchorage and Chicago) the plan is to change all current AT&T stores to this model.  Smaller locations won’t have all of the Pavilions, but the feel should be the same throughout all stores soon.

All in all, AT&T took the two extremes – a traditional mobile carrier store with its great selection but standard design and workers behind the counter, and the trendy, hands on but sometimes overwhelming Apple Store – and found a happy medium.  I really enjoyed shopping there.