Candy Crush Soda Saga is a match three puzzle game developed by King software with the latest update released on March 17, 2015. The story follows Kimmy as she searches for her sister Tiffy.
Graphics-The graphics are bright and vibrant and suits the game very well. Each area (which roughly consist of at least 10 or more levels) has a different related sweets theme (i.e a chocolate canyon, soda ocean, etc) and each look fantastic. There are interactive elements in the game also, which adds a nice touch to the game. They range from a character to a piece of scenery (is it me, or does it look like an extra wide theater stage). Come to think of it, the character models do have some resemblance to a pop up book. Maybe it's just me, who knows.
Sound-As far as sound goes, there isn't a whole lot to say. You only get three soundtracks (the title/map theme, level theme, and bonus round). The "voice" acting (I put it in quotes because it resemble grunts) isn't too terrible, but I wasn't too keen on the whole thing from the get go.
Gameplay-The gameplay is simple to learn, but tricky to master. All you have to do is match three or more pieces of candy to progress. But there's a catch: you have an objective to complete before you can move on, and each level's objective (i.e pop all soda bottles, find the bears trapped in honey or frosting, etc.) varies as well as how many moves you have to do it in. The early levels aren't too picky, but later levels tend to resemble more of a puzzle solving and require some more thoughtful moves. While I don't object to this, I do find it rather irritating that some levels require a little bit of luck as the layout of each level can make things harder than they appear. I also don't like the concept of having to wait for your lives (oh yeah, I forgot to mention that you have 5 lives to complete each level) to regenerate before you can play again (thanks to the updates, other players can give you lives as well as you giving them lives as well.) You do get some assistance from two lollipops (their function is a secret), but I find this rather pointless, and the cost to get three of them isn't worth it. Speaking of cost, my biggest gripe is that the game begs you to buy their gold bars in order to buy five more moves or refill your life, and the latter just makes buying gold bars even more pointless since you can get extra lives from other players.T
Overall-If you want a good time killer, you can't go wrong with this Candy Crush Soda Saga. With over 100 million downloads (and still downloading), it's no surprise that this game is popular. On a scale of 1 to 5, I give this a solid 4 out of 5.
It seems that television companies are now putting RGB ports (or VGA ports, whichever you choose) into their TVs. Many of the newer video cards are putting HDMI ports into their system. There are advantages and disadvantages to this. And this blog will cover each of them.
We'll start with TVs as computer monitors. I've been using my television as a monitor for a couple of years. And to be honest, I find the concept worthwhile. It does save money because you won't have to buy two separate devices and also space in your office (or bedroom, or whatever). I also find this concept a little strict because if you don't have the right adapter (i.e DVI, DVI-D, etc), you won't get a signal from your computer or laptop. Finding the correct plug is a little bit of a guessing game because some video cards run on "harder to find" adapters.
Next on the agenda is HDMI on video cards. One thing I like about this is that you don't have to guess which port and adapter you need. Another advantage is that the cords themselves are easy to find. The biggest disadvantage to this is that the picture quality isn't as clear or sharp as a VGA connection and resolution is extremely limited. I know this for a fact because I've done recording and I can only do so with an HDMI connection.
Overall, I think this is a huge step in the right direction for users because in this day and age, technology is improving, but is also costing more because resources are very limited and you can only do so much with it.
Ken Kriho is a videographer, producer and director. He has a YouTube and Twitch channel (links at homepage). Ken is also a graduate with a degree in Art from UWEC.