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Review: To the Moon (2011)

The following is a review of To the Moon (2011), available for PC on Steam.

Good story, but iffy controls

From the reviews of this game I was expecting a short game with a good story. And having now beat the game in a little over 3 and a half hours (having only looked up if I needed to get off the horse to exit the stage; we'll get to that in a bit), that's exactly what I got.

To the Moon did make me start to tear up at one point, as the game progresses from a man's old age to his youth, and you see what happened to bring him to where he was.

The art is good, the music is fantastic, but the controls leave a bit to be desired. I ended up playing the game with part mouse and part keyboard for movement, and quite frankly I still don't know which was better. Perhaps using a controller would have helped (if I even could; I didn't look). As mentioned above, the movement controls, and sometimes even the mouse selection, can be iffy.

While I understand it's built on top of an RPG Maker version, there's no real RPG elements, just point and click and minor puzzles.

But despite the minor issues, the game is recommended. 4 of 5 stars.

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Review: Hexcells Plus (2014)

The following is a review of Hexcells Plus (2014), played on the PC.

More of the same, with a bit more complexity

Having gone through the first Hexcells rather quickly, I just as quickly started playing the standalone Hexcells Plus. While this game contains the same number of puzzles as the original, it adds additional gameplay dynamics.

While I finished the first in less than 2 hours, Steam reports that I put in 8 hours on this version. I think I ended up letting the game run, as I don't think it required anywhere near that amount of time. However, the puzzles in this version are a bit more complex.

If you enjoyed the first Hexcells, you'll like this one. Since I did, and do, this game is recommended.

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Review: NETGEAR Trek N300 Range Extender and Travel Router (PR2000)

The following is a review of the NETGEAR Trek N300 Range Extender and Travel Router (PR2000), which I received as part of the Amazone Vine program.

Works perfectly to convert a wired connection, with no loss of speed

The NETGEAR Trek N300 Range Extender and Travel Router (PR2000) can assist as either a simple wifi router for a normally wired home network, as a wireless range extender, as a protected wireless hotspot on the go, or to convert a wired device to a wireless one. In my particular case I decided to focus on enabling one of my wired devices (Windows PC) to connect to my existing wireless.

In order to do this I connected the small device to my PC via the included USB cable, which supplies the necessary power. While it's also possible to plug the device into the wall, I opted to do it this way to really test the device, and so that I could use a very short ethernet cable, which I plugged into my computer, and the side of this device.

After switching the device on my computer started to connect to the device, and automatically pulled up the configuration page. After selecting my existing wireless network, and entering the necessary credentials, there was a 2 minute reboot (it counts down from 120 seconds) before my device connected to the wireless network. It should be noted that there's a small instruction booklet included that tells you how to setup all of the various configurations you might want this device to be in. Clear, clean, and concise.

I ran a couple tests of Speedtest on both my wired and wireless connections and experienced no real change in download or upload speeds.

The only issue I've run into thus far is that at one point after starting up my computer I had no network connection. After powering the device off and back on, I entered the configuration interface, but while bouncing around within it my wireless connection was restored. At this point I believe it was a minor issue, that may have resolved itself had I not been so quick to start troubleshooting it.

This device also doesn't connect on 'n,' but again, I experienced no issues with the speed.

I like the compact look of the device, and at this point might strongly recommend this as a simple wireless router, unless more than one ethernet port is required (since the device only has two, and you would need to plug one into your modem).

I'll update as time goes by, since hardware can sometimes develop oddities, but at this point I give the NETGEAR Trek N300 Range Extender and Travel Router (PR2000) a full 5 of 5 stars. Thus far it does exactly what it says it will do.

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