Last night I returned from Rethymno, Crete, Greece, after a week of heavy activity!
Most activity was in trying to not get my face burned by the sun, and trying to avoid the endless jewelry, (hand)bag, clothes and shoe stores. Anyway, the beach, sea and sun made up for that! The boulevard and city of Blanes where I spent my holiday in 2005 was better, though.
As for my PPC – right before I left my mini SD card wasn’t recognized by my device anymore. Neither was it recognized by my laptop, so I couldn’t even format it! I’ve been using it continuously so I’m thinking it just couldn’t take any more, but the day before my holiday isn’t the best day to say “bye bye”. I couldn’t go to the store to get a new one (it was sunday) so I took a mini SD card from my mom and quickly installed the necessary programs, did a backup to both my device AND the mini SD card, AND copied the most important .cab files to the Storage card so I could install my things on the move if needed. Luckily, all went well. I did get my new card immediately at the airport so that I wouldn’t have to find a store after getting back home – this morning I immediately replaced my mom’s card with my new SanDisk, Ultra 2, 1 GB, Mini SD card.
Just one more backup to the new Mini SD card with SK Tools and I’ll be back to normal.
Backing up stuff is a though item, since it’s hard to find the right balance. I don’t want my life to be all about backups, but of course it’s a relief to have one when your device or card crashes.
Anyway, I did have a good time playing a game of Machines at War by Isotope244 every evening. I just played at the easiest setting, and tried to apply the same strategy every time to get the hang of it. Most games lasted a little over 30 minutes and by that time I had a small city with the necessary buildings, protected by a wall, some defensive units, and mostly airports from which I used the plains to destroy my enemy in various sessions.
When I had less time, I had lots of fun with eSoft Interactive Earth Day which appears to be a lot better than I initially though when I saw the screenshots. I saw a game that takes place on just one screen, and all you do is rotate your planet and watch how an automatic fire kills the enemy attackers, collecting some powerups along the way. However, the powerups appeared to allow for playing with different strategies, and the game (probably not lasting for more than 15 minutes, but with a really progressing and well-balanced difficulty) turned out to be everything that I didn’t expect it to be. My strategy is to spend two of the initial weapon points on Clones (to have three guns instead of one), and the other on Rapid fire. Then, when I collect new Weapon points, I first max out my Clones to have 4 guns, then Rapid fire and Firepower, and finally, if I still manage to shoot satellites AND get the Weapon points, I work on the Rotational speed and Force Field.
When I came home I read about the coming update to Orions: Legend of Wizards on the PocketMore Games website. I didn’t own Orions yet, but I had been looking at it for quite some time already after the very positive and useful articles from Doug Goldring (JAMM) HERE, Ben Stanley (SP&PPC Mag) HERE, and Werner “Menneisyys” Ruotsalainen HERE. Reading them before and after trying the (short) trial is highly recommended. I also really liked the trial of Azgard Defence (article by Doug Goldring on JAMM HERE and Ben Stanley for SP&PPC Mag HERE). So I decided to purchase both games, knowing that they (together with the two games mentioned above) will be able to fulfill my gaming needs for the rest of the holiday. I haven’t even played Orions yet after purchasing, I first played Azgard Defence and I really like it. Playing after the trial limitations you can start to develop strategies to protect your tower as best as possible, and that’s what I really like so far. I know that an expansion pack for Orions is coming this month, along with some feature improvements, and that it will be priced at just below $ 10. I *will* play Orions before getting the expansion pack, but knowing that the upgrade will probably balance the game better (in addition to the new cards) it will probably improve my gaming experience if I get the upgrade before I get used to the “old style” Orions.
So even though the weather in the Netherlands today isn’t really what you would expect in the summer, I don’t have to be bored!