Kirby Star Allies – Nintendo Switch

Time for a video game review!

Kirby games are simple and relaxing.. With beautiful levels, nice music, and a colorful atmosphere.. This game has all that plus some! While yes, it seems easy at times (if you don’t add as many allies it’s much harder) I still found it fun.. My wife and I had a better time with just us and no CPU players.. With us and two CPU players, we had earned over 29 extra lives in the first world! Second world was just as easy so we stopped making allies and played as just us.. it got much harder then..

Another thing to point out is the similar world’s folks keep complaining about.. Kirby, like Sonic, and like platforming Mario’s to an extent, always recyle the world’s.. it’s what makes them special!! While the worlds and zones are the same, Nintendo always does a great job making them unique game after game!

Where this game shines is couch multiplayer!! While the switch has been advertised as a multiplayer machine, the star games for the switch aren’t really multiplayer!! Even Mario had a stripped down multiplayer (Cappy isn’t a full character on two player). This game, 4 folks can play at a time and can control their characters.. They can attack, they can defend, they have full control just like player one.. they just can’t get to far away from player one or they will warp back to Kirby (player 1)

So while this game isn’t the caliber of Mario or Breath of the Wild, it’s a good game.. it’s a fun game.. it’s designed to be a multiplayer game and if played that way, it’s a knockout!

The last thing I want to point out is the reviews complaining about the price.. This is a full game, it feels like a full game.. Mario platfromers have never been long, sonic games have never been long.. what makes platform games special is the hidden items in each world!! If you compare the game to Mario or Breath of the Wild, you might be let down by the price.. but just because those games have so much content, doesn’t mean other games need to be offered for less money. While I wish they were less expensive, there are a ton of games out that cost just this much, with much less content. Games that were received very highly!

I think if you come into this game with the expectation that it’s Kirby.. they didn’t try to do anything special with it, didn’t try to change the formula, you will love this game.. That’s what Nintendo has done here, made a Kirby game with the same basic Kirby formula we all love!

A+ game here! I highly recommend it.

Antennas Direct HDTV Antenna Clearstream 2Max 60 Mile Black (C2MVJ-5)

Use: Purchased this to use with AirTV and my sling subscription.

Short Review: Basically, the AirTv classic is a two tuner box that streams your OTA channels to your SlingTV subscription. Using this antenna makes it a perfect setup! All my locals are clear, the channels show up ok my SlingTV guide, and the antenna was very easy to install.. it includes all hardware for both indoor and outdoor installs.

My install: Indoor in a window. I have clear view of the stations from my window and they range 5 – 25 miles away. No issues receiving them inside with an indoor setup

Pros
1.) Durable – Well made, American designed antenna.. this isn’t a Chinese knockoff that doesn’t work well over here

2.) Includes all hardware EXCEPT for coax cable. It includes a metal mast for outdoor setup or a simple stand for indoor.

3.) Well written instructions and Antennas Direct has a great site to help you learn the proper way to install.. a lot of antenna bad reviews are people setting them on top of their TV like the movies.. that’s NOT the best way to install

4.) Works well with AirTV and Sling (Google if you aren’t sure what I am talking about)(I own the AirTv classic and not the AirTv player)

5.) Works much better than those things antennas, even the high priced thin antennas

6.) No amplifier needed.. I live 5 miles from the stations and on the thin antennas I STILL needed an amplifier. Not with this!

Cons
1.) No coax included but hey, most antennas that did include it included cheap coax so not really a loss. I can buy the quality and size I needed

Overall: This is working very well for my use and needs!

365 Facts That Will Scare the S#*t Out of You 2018 Daily Calendar

Everyone needs a good laugh at times! Especially at work!  Finding a good desk calendar like this is kind of rare.  This calendar is work friendly (For the most part) and gives me something to laugh about daily!

Awesome and very funny!

Note: This calendar starts Jan 2018! I know it’s a 2018 calendar but some of these have the month of December 2017.. Just wanted to give that heads up for those who wanted to use instantly! At the time of this review though, we have less than 2 weeks left in 2017 so that shouldn’t be an issue

Pros
1.) Calendar Stands by itself!
2.) Funny!
3.) Office Friendly
4.) Good price

I love this! Food calendar

Sonic Forces Bonus Edition – Nintendo Switch





I agree with the reviews on Amazon and find this a fun game!! Please ignore reviews on professional review sites! A lot of review sites gave this a bad review.. While it is a little heavy on the story, the game is great.. Very modern graphics, fun gameplay, and to me, it feels like old Sonic.. it brought back memories of playing old Sonic. Their is a lot of speed and very tight controls.. classic sonic!! I was afraid when I came to write this review, that I would be met with mostly negative reviews but was very happy to see that everyone seems to agree and all seems very positive.. Don’t go by what other sites say about this game, it is great and it is fun! While the game in general is short, most should be able to beat it in under 5 hours, Sega has made up for that by not charging what other game makers charge for new games.. I feel the game is priced very fairly and worth the price! Sega is very ambitious putting this game out shortly after Mario, right before Doom for the switch comes out, and in the mix of so many great games hitting not on the Switch but other consoles.. I hope this game doesn’t get lost in the mix and hope people enjoy it as much as I am. Every Sonic fan should give this a try.. it really is a fun game that controls very well

New Amazon Dash Wand with ALEXA

Before I start my review, I want to post some tips

Tips
1.) $20 Credit – This is NOT a gift card.. This is a promotional credit that shows up if and when you buy eligible products.. The nice thing about the “Wand” credit is that it will show up on MOST items sold by Amazon

2.) As stated in the description THIS DOES NOT play music.. BUT it is good for other things in the kitchen. Think of it as a “Mini” Alexa without all the expensive features

3.) The main purpos of this is a barcode scanner! Yes, that’s true BUT now that it includes ALEXA for simple features which I think is a great plus!

Pros
1.) Essentially Free
2.) The Alexa features are nice! But I purchased this as a barcode scanner to help me reorder stuff
3.) I find the Amazon prices on stuff I buy to be comparable to other stores.. I know some folks complain about high prices and who knows what they are buying.. I also know some stuff on Amazon is expensive BUT for the stuff I buy, it’s not
4.) Makes it easy to build a shopping list!
5.) Good battery life

Test Purchase:  Sun Bum Shampoo Normal cost everywhere else is $17.99.. Amazon cost after scanning barcode was $17.99 but free because I used my $20 credit..  So yeah! Price is fine!

Overall: I will update this more as I use it more.. Mine just arrived but so far I am impressed with it

Bear Butt Rain Fly Better Alternative Than ENO (Eagles Nest Outfitters)



First, to truly review this I must tell a story!! I now own two of these and love them!

Short Review: Performs GREAT, easy to setup, and includes everything you need!! I have used it ONCE so far as an emergency shelter during a hike and it performed better than almost any tarp I own (See short story below)

Short Story: Earlier this month I went on a hike, short hike, but hike!! It was a nice and sunny day.. My GF said, “Hey we forgot rain jackets lets take this umbrella”. I was like “Umbrellas are for pansies hiking, plus it’s sunny”.. The hike was short but ALL UP HILL!! At the top of the mountain (End of the hike before we turned around) my GF was like “LOOK AT THE FOG! IT’s SO BEAUTIFUL”.. I was like “Thats why they call this the Smoky Mountains” (Keep in mind, this was a few days after the Gatlinburg Fires so it could have been real smoke).. It wasn’t!! I put my Scouting background to use and was like “CRAP THIS IS A STORM coming over the mountain and its moving FAST” (Again we were high up so it was the CLOUD not fog!!).. She said “You will be single after this hike I told you to bring the umbrella”.. Pancaking to save my relationship, I remember I told my GF to carry the “Bear Butt” bag! We always carry it hiking because hammocks are the BEST way to relax and the bear butt hammock is big enough for the two of us!! I use the bear butt branded backpack with the hammock and straps and just leave it in my trunk! I always have it.. BUT I remembered just tossed this fly in the bag to keep it all together!! Quickly putting it up, it saved us and about 6 strangers from a downpour!! It saved my relationship and performed very well!! All of us remained dry while other hikers looked like they had been swimming..

Pros
1.) Includes EVERYTHING you need – This is a MAJOR PLUS!! If it didn’t include the rope and stakes, it wouldn’t have saved me from the downpour! Plus I hate buying budget gear only to find out I have to spend $20+ on the other items I need to use it! NOT WITH THIS, it includes everything!

2.) Large enough to cover a hammock plus gear and even a chair!! But if you set it up as a tarp it can protect 5 – 6 people comfortably! And more crammed like sardines!

3.) VERY Waterproof! This is another must for a rain fly!

4.) DURABLE – Reinforced tie spots! NOT EVEN ENO HAS THESE!!! Quality is excellent!!

5.) Tons of colors available – Match your hammocks, biners and even straps!!

6.) Packs Small!! – Smaller than a BEAR BUTT HAMMOCK

7.) Setup in under 1 minute!!

8.) Wonderful PRICE

9.) Taped Seams

Cons
1.) Dirty looks from other hikers when they found out the couldn’t fit under it because I already had around 6 strangers!!

Overall: Great brand and great quality gear!! Wonderful price! I highly recommend this tarp PLUS any bear butt product!!


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