Friday, October 31, 2014

Candy In The Media

All this month on the Candy In The Media segment of the Candy Critic blog we're going to look at candy themed games for tablets.  All of the games will be tested on my Nexus 7 tablet running Android Kit Kat.  Keep in mind that I'm not really a gamer, so my past experience is pretty minimal.  I'll mainly be focusing on how easy it is to play, how it incorporates candy, and any tech issues that may come up.  We welcome your suggestions for games you think we should try out on future posts.
As far as candy themed games go, Candy Transport is fairly average.  It's the kind of game I can play for about 10 minutes, but after that I'm left bored or frustrated.  Theme wise it's pretty good, lots of mouth watering candies to look at and lots of fun characters to check out. The plot of the game is to load your truck up with all kinds of candies.  Each candy is a different size and shape, thus making it challenging to balance your load.  Then you have to drive over a series of bumps and hills without losing any of your candy load.  Lose too much and you're out.
The frustrating part of this game comes from the way the candy is randomly dumped into your truck.  Sometimes it falls into a nice neat pile, other times most of it falls out of your truck before you even start.  You can move your truck around when you're loading up, but I still get the sense that it's fairly random.  I was also kind of frustrated that after I saved up for a new bigger truck, the back end of it was tilted and it allowed candy to spill out of my truck when I went up hill.  The improvement was a little better, but considering I saved up for the most expensive truck, it wasn't worth it.
One of my favorite parts of this game came about whenever you finished a level.  At the end of each level you're given a congratulations from a random candy guy, and it was followed by a "Did you know?" candy fact.  These facts are utterly ridiculous, but really fun. Most of them would give very unrealistic praise to various candies.  I warmed up to this game fairly quickly, after a while I got bored of it, but I was still able to pick it up now and again and enjoy it for a short period.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A Cool Candy Thing - Halloween Costume Eddition

When you type the words "Halloween costume" into Google, most of the entries that you'll find will consist of "sexy" versions of various costumes.  There's no difference when you're trying to search out candy themed Halloween costumes either.  The most popular sexy "costume" one finds when doing a search for candy costumes tends to be a small tight dress that vaguely looks like a famous candy wrapper.  I decided that I would search through all of the "sexy" costumes and find one that was still sexy, but kind of classy as well.  This is the best I could find.  While still being sexy, it's not over the top, it also has a simplicity to it.  Cupcakes are a fairly attractive type of sweet treat, and they lend themselves well to Halloween costumes.  There's just something very 1950s about this costume, and it seems a little bit innocent with a hint of sass.

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Monday, October 27, 2014

This Week In Candy

Halloween is coming, and it's one of the most important holidays on the candy calendar.  Have you picked out a costume yet?  I'm thinking this year I may go as an annoying tourist.  I've been traveling a lot lately and I have a great deal of experience with them.

Make sure to check out "Snack Facts" this week on our Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter Feeds.  Last week we started our daily Halloween fact countdown.  So far we've learned such facts as there's never been a case of random candy poisoning on Halloween, and candy corn used to be called chicken feed.  Sign up to any of our feeds to find out more Halloween facts this week, and other random snack facts in the future.

Finally, this week we're posting 3 Halloween candy review, instead of just our single Monday update.  Sign up to any of our social media feeds to keep up with all of this week's Halloween reviews.  Today's review is a real "screme"... Click here to check it out.

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Candy In The Media

All this month on the Candy In The Media segment of the Candy Critic blog we're going to look at candy themed games for tablets.  All of the games will be tested on my Nexus 7 tablet running Android Kit Kat.  Keep in mind that I'm not really a gamer, so my past experience is pretty minimal.  I'll mainly be focusing on how easy it is to play, how it incorporates candy, and any tech issues that may come up.  We welcome your suggestions for games you think we should try out on future posts.
I can't say that I have a great deal of experience playing games on my tablet, I have a few games that I like to play either alone or with Allison.  I also have a few games that I've played, but since taken off my tablet because I was either bored of them, or I finished them.  I can say that all of the games I've ever played on my tablet would probably amount to less than 30.  Even with such a small amount of video game playing, I can tell you that I don't think I'll ever see a game that I hate more than Candy Maker.
I played this game once, and then thinking that there's no way that this is the game and I must of missed something, I played it again.  I couldn't believe how boring, and of poor quality this game was.  I tried to tell myself that maybe this game is designed for children, so that's why it's so simple.  Then I realized that if you're a child and you are able to hold a tablet, than this game is way beneath you.  The basic principle of this game is that ingredients fly in over the pot, and you tap on them to add them into the pot.  There are several ingredients, some that I'm pretty sure don't actually belong in hard candy.  After all of the ingredients are added (and there is no "wrong" ingredients you just add them all) a spoon appears and you stir the ingredients.  This is the most complicated part of the game, and it's remarkably simple.
After your mixture is prepared you pick a colour to add, then you poor your mixture into a mold that you selected when the game started.  You can see that the graphics of this game are really simple, and the animation is simply fades, and basic graphics.  There's nothing really entertaining at all.  It doesn't even represent a realistic view of how to make candy.  There are ingredients that don't belong, like large quantities of oil, and there's no thought towards tempering or heating properly.
At the end of the game your lollipop appears and you can decorate it.  You can pick one of 9 backgrounds and one of 9 stick colours.  Then you can add graphics to your lollipop, which consist of 9 random candy like images.  The thing is, once you've selected an image, you can't take it off.  You can move the graphics around, and you can add more, but you can't take them off.  Finally you have the chance to eat your lollipop, which consists of a shrinking/fading graphic that I learned in first year animation school. Maybe I am missing something about this game, maybe there's a detail that I didn't come across, and in that case I'm the biggest idiot.  But if this game is simply what I described, you're much better off just going out and buying yourself some candy.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A Cool Candy Thing - Halloween Costume Eddition

There's something rather evil looking about this costume.  If I remember correctly, Willy Wonka wasn't really very nice to children, at the end of the story he even yelled at Charlie, who was nothing but the nicest boy in the world.  So the idea of a child wanting to emulate a character that's mean to children seems a little strange.  Maybe this could inspire a new book, maybe we could learn about Willy Wonka as a child, and find out why a man who really doesn't like children would get into the candy industry.  If you made a movie about it you wouldn't have to worry about hiring a designer to design his wardrobe, it's right here.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

This Week In Candy

This week has started off on the wrong foot.  As of Saturday evening I've been fighting a cold that snuck up on me and leveled me out.  I had grand plans to start this week off with all kinds of fun projects, but alas I've been stuck in bed most of the time.  I've decided that I should take a few minutes to let you know what we have planned this week, but please keep in mind that some of it might be posted a little later (such as today's "This Week In Candy" post) in the day.

On our Snack Facts feed (available on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook) this Wednesday, we're going to start off our count down to Halloween list of facts.  Also, many of you may not know that we also have an Pinterest gallery, on this gallery you can see all of the latest treats we've reviewed.  Finally, last week we started posting all of our newest link discoveries on Facebook, as well as Twitter. So far we haven't had any complaints, so we're going to continue, please let us know if any of our social media changes drive you nuts.

Today's new review is brought to you by the creators of Codhoppers, one of my favorite Canadian made snacks ever.  Did they improve on their already awesome candy, you'll have to click here to find out.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Candy In The Media

All this month on the Candy In The Media segment of the Candy Critic blog we're going to look at candy themed games for tablets.  All of the games will be tested on my Nexus 7 tablet running Android Kit Kat.  Keep in mind that I'm not really a gamer, so my past experience is pretty minimal.  I'll mainly be focusing on how easy it is to play, how it incorporates candy, and any tech issues that may come up.  We welcome your suggestions for games you think we should try out on future posts.
This week's candy themed game was one that is fairly popular with many people, but one I've never actually tried myself.  Actually the Hidden Object Candy version of the game may not be the most popular, but the "Hidden Objects" style of game is very popular right now.  That would explain why there are hundreds of variations to this game, with all kinds of themes.  This is but one version of this game, and as you'll read later on, I don't really understand why they even bother.
The object of this game is to find random stuff.  A picture comes up on your tablet with a pile of random things loosely attached to the picture and you have to find (and click on) specific objects hidden amongst the clutter.  A few of the objects interact with the background, or at the very least are themed appropriately.  Most objects are completely random and are just floating within the picture for no particular reason.  You get a time limit to find the objects, and then you get a bonus round to fine even more.  I can see how the concept of this game may work, but I don't really think this version works at all.

My biggest problem with this game is the randomness.  The randomness of where the things are sitting on the screen, as well as the randomness of the objects themselves.  Most of the objects that you search for have no relation to candy whatsoever, they're just random objects.  While the backgrounds are candy themed, the hidden objects don't really belong in the pictures for the most part, and when they are integrated they're nonsensical. To me it seems like the candy theme of this came is just thrown in with no effort.  I'm guessing if the candy theme was pulled off a bit better, I may have enjoyed the game a lot more. As it stands I've played it 3 times, and that's probably it for me.

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