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April 8, 2012

Android App Spotlight: Angry Birds Space

Angry Birds Space

The Angry Birds franchise has been around for a while now and it was a huge hit on the iOS platform and now on the Android platform recently. With every new spin-off, the gameplay is essentially the same. Shooting birds into structures. Well, with Angry Birds Space, Rovio tried to tweak the established formula a bit in changing the environmental variables that directly effect gameplay. Hence, the introduction of changing gravity played a major role in how Angry Birds Space is played.

Taking a closer look, Angry Birds Space does introduce some uniquely different gameplay than the rest of the franchise. With the use of gravity manipulation and new birds with new superpowers, they try to change the way Angry Birds is traditionally built from. But does this Angry Birds spin-off replace the original game? Looking at the Google Play Store, Angry Birds Space has between 10,000,000 to 50,000,000 downloads. However, Angry Birds has over 50,000,000 downloads. What does this tell us? Does it mean that many people have given up the Angry Birds craze or they are simply bored of this version?

Moving on, it really depends if you are a hardcore Angry Birds fan or just want to try something new. Angry Birds will always be the classic game that shook the world.


Anime Review: Castle in the Sky

Another classic film by Studio Glibli, Castle in the Sky takes us on an adventure to the skies above in search of a legendary floating castle, Laputa. The film captures the audience's every attention with an engaging storyline, variety of mysterious characters and dramatic classical music.

Castle in the SkySynopsis:
This high-flying adventure begins when Pazu, an engineer's apprentice, finds a young girl, Sheeta, floating down from the sky wearing a glowing pendant. Together they discover both are searching for a legendary floating castle, Laputa, and vow to unravel the mystery of the luminous crystal around Sheeta's neck. Their quest won't be easy, however. There are greedy air pirates, secret government agents and astounding obstacles to keep them from the truth, and from each other.

Review:
I'm sure that when you were a child, you had dreams of flying and wild imaginations of a floating city in the clouds. Studio Ghibli brings some of that dream into reality with Castle in the Sky of course without any detail left out. Thus brings us to the story of Pazu and how he meets a young girl named Sheeta and together they set out on an adventure to discover the floating castle in the sky. Seems straightforward? Apparently not, along the way, the duo discovers hidden truths, encountered greedy air pirates, battling secret government agents whilst overcoming obstacles. It is definitely an action-packed adventure. I have always enjoyed Studio Ghibli's films as they tell a complex story so simply and imaginatively. They have certainly done a great job here.
As always, Studio Ghibli films have focused strongly on the visual presentation of their stories to effectively appeal to the audience and to inspire one's imagination. Even though this film was released a while ago, I still find myself lost in the 'world' of the film. The spectacular sceneries and backgrounds never stop dazzling me. Even if the character lack some depth, the wondrous use of lighting effects and unique angle shots makes up for its presentation.

Voice acting was perfect and the theme songs were beautifully composed. Even though its been a while since I saw this film, I can still slightly recall the character's voices. Everything is just perfectly timed and appropriately placed in the anime. An excellent composition by Studio Ghibli as always.

The wide variety of characters is what makes this film stand out like any other. With many different people from different backgrounds and attitudes just makes this film interesting to watch as they form and break relationships with each other. The air pirates are funny as ever and the government secret agents are mysterious as ever. You will not get bored.

Overall, I am a huge Studio Ghibli fan. I loved the story and its visual presentation. The film was well compiled and illustrated. For those who already seen this film many years ago, it will bring many nostalgic memories. In the end, whether you are young or old, this film will make you imagine the impossible.

STORY: 9
Well told and highly imaginative that will really capture your attention.

ART: 7
Beautiful sceneries and vivid backgrounds in every scene.

SOUND: 7
Voice acting was perfect. Theme songs were well composed and appropriate to the overall film.

CHARACTER: 9
Many different characters with many different personalities never gets boring,

ENJOYMENT: 8
Imagining the impossible is fun!

OVERALL: 8
Loved it.