My Arcade Pac-Man Micro Player Review

I’m really loving the concept of these Micro Player cabinets, I honestly may have found my new amiibo to hunt! At about $35, they are inexpensive enough to catch on as collector’s items - especially since they are pretty much exact replicas of the originals.

 Hey guys! It’s Ray back here and welcome to another blog post! Thanks to my friends over My Arcade, I am super excited to share with you the brand new Pac-Man Micro Player! It looks like an original arcade cabinet, it plays like an original arcade cabinet but it’s only about the size of a water bottle…HOW COOL!!! Regardless of whether you play on these micro players or not, one thing is for certain - these things are beautiful collector’s and display pieces.

There’s no denying it guys, I’ll say it until I’m blue in the face. These micro cabinets are absolutely gorgeous…especially this Pac-Man version over here. It’s an exact replica of the original cabinet that you would find in arcade - for comparison here’s a picture of the original and the micro side by side - can barely even tell the difference!

Unlike the original big cabinet though, the micro player runs on either 4 AA batteries or can be plugged in via a micro USB cable. There’s also a headphone jack around the back just in case you wanted to have a little bit of privacy when you’re playing. I don’t know why you would play on something like this when you’re out in public - but hey, you never know!

Gameplay-wise, the micro runs what seems to be an NES version of Pac-Man, not the original. You can hear it in the sounds and see it on the screen - this isn’t actually the original arcade ROM and that’s kind of a disappointment. I would have liked for this to be the complete retro package but sometimes, you can’t have it all. Regardless, you still get to play Pac-Man on this thing and it’s a great version at that, it does what it’s supposed to very well.

Overall, I’m really loving the concept of these Micro Player cabinets, I honestly may have found my new amiibo to hunt! At about $35, they are inexpensive enough to catch on as collector’s items - especially since they are pretty much exact replicas of the originals. Sure they may not have the actual original ROM’s or sounds but the concept has me hyped and I’m excited to see which ones are going to come out next!

What’s your favorite arcade game?

The Google Pixel 2 XL Camera is INSANE!!!

Selfie on Google Pixel 2 XL

Hey guys! It’s Ray back here and welcome to another blog post! Last month during my trip to California, I actually had an awesome opportunity thanks to Verizon to try out the Google Pixel 2 XL as one of my main cameras and overall as just a daily driver! You guys know, there’s no hiding it, I am a hardcore Apple fan. I've never really gone outside of that ecosystem - I’ve been sheltered in iPhone country for a long, long time so this was an interesting change of pace for me and a real treat! If there’s one thing that can change my mind about something, it’s an amazing camera and one thing is for certain - the Pixel 2 EASILY has the best camera on a phone!

So I figured there’s already been a ton of reviews done already on the Pixel 2 XL and everyone knows it’s an awesome phone so I thought rather then focusing on that, we could focus on using this thing as a camera by itself because man is it impressive!!

Portrait on Google Pixel 2 XL

After trying it, this seriously has me tempted to pick one of these up for use as a point and shoot travel camera - not only is the quality outstanding but you also have all of the functions of a phone to shoot, edit and share create content on the go! Even if you just got it to only use on Wi-Fi - you just can't beat the size and convenience of it - I was most definitely that guy carrying around two phones for most of my trip! I'm like nothing to see here, just a boy and his cameras trying to make cool stuff.

Video quality on the other hand is also pretty solid on the Pixel, obviously there's only so much you can squeeze out of a small phone camera sensor but it is really good for what it is. Where the camera really shines though on this phone is in it's photos. I don't know if it's the screen that makes them look incredibly sharp or if it's the camera itself but goodness guys this phone produces some incredibly crisp and vibrant photos - especially in portrait mode. I mean, the images really speak for themselves here - it's hard to believe these were actually taken on a phone!

Overall, as much as I love iPhones and always will, I will admit Android is right up there with them nowadays, the Pixel 2 XL is a fantastic phone and I can only imagine how insane the Pixel 3 is going to be whenever it gets revealed. Until then, the Pixel 2 XL is a fantastic option and I really have to thank Verizon for introducing me to it. You can find some pretty great deals on it now and when the 3 comes out, probably even better ones!

Kirby Star Allies Review: 5 Things I LOVE & Dislike (Nintendo Switch)

Kirby Star Allies is a super fun and adorable game that any fan of Kirby will easily enjoy! If you have friends to play with, this game really shines!

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Hey guys! It’s Ray back here and welcome to another blog post! Thanks to Nintendo, today I am super hyped to finally share with you guys my review for Kirby Star Allies! Get hyped! I LOVE KIRBY!!!

So actually going to be doing this review a little differently then the others - I’m going to be trying something new today with 5 things I LOVE (and dislike) about Kirby Star Allies! Each love and hate point is worth 20 points with a total score of 100 possible. So without further ado, let’s get right into this!

Coach Co-Op Multiplayer (+20 Love Points)

Alright so we’re starting things off with BIG love points going to Star Allies bringing back coach co-op multiplayer! This is an area where Nintendo always does best, bringing that local multiplayer for players to play together and it really shines here in Star Allies! This game is easily playable with a Joy-Con and if you have four of them - you can play with four players at once. It’s incredibly chaotic, it’s incredibly fun and wacky - it’s typical Nintendo at it’s best and if you enjoy playing with friends, you’re going to love this!

The Friend System (+20 Love Points)

In the next category, we have another set of love points going out to the friend system! When I first saw Star Allies, I am not going to lie, I was a little hesitant as to why Nintendo would add so much chaos at once into a Kirby game…it almost reminds of the Subspace World’s in Super Smash Bros Brawl for some reason, but after playing through the game, it really starts to make sense. Your friends aren’t just there to knock out enemies, they are there to help you through the levels as well. You can mix and match power ups, swap out friends for new friends and even form Friend Bridges and Friend Circles! I’m just waiting on getting caught in the friend zone! These guys are ride or die for you because they literally follow you EVERYWHERE! Even if you fall off the edge, they’ll follow you down…it’s great! Can we also appreciate King Dedede’s reactions to things!? They are HILARIOUS!

Those Classic Vibes (+20 Love Points)

You guys know by now that I absolutely love Kirby games, right? There’s just something unique about that has always had me hooked - especially Kirby 64 and the Crystal Shards. I could go on and on about that one. But the reason why I say “Classic Vibes” about Star Allies is that it genuinely gives off classic vibes from previous games. I mean some levels have music from Kirby on the NES, remixed themes from Kirby 64 and so on. Not to mention, there's a whole lot of familiar faces in the enemies - many of whom you can now call your friend. Star Allies takes an "if it isn't broke, don't fix it" take with lots of classic Kirby references - I love it!

The Beautiful Graphics (+20 Love Points)

In the second to last category, I’m sending out yet another set of love points to the graphics in this game! Seriously guys, the visuals in Star Allies are absolutely beautiful! Whether you’re playing in handheld or on the big screen, Kirby looks absolutely stunning either way. I’m always shocked by the output of the image from the Switch - this little handheld continues to impress. I mean just look at these cut scenes though! Absolutely amazing.

Needs More Content/Mini Games (+0 Love Points)

And finally, fifth and final category…sadly has to be a dislike..we're breaking the streak here! While Star Allies is an incredibly fun game with friends, it is a little lonesome when you’re playing by yourself. Granted it is still fun and does work well with the CPU - it just doesn’t quite feel the same. You know the saying how “everything is better with friends”, well that’s the case outside of the game. I also wish that there was more content in the game like mini games or something extra. After my addiction with Battle Royale on the 3DS, I really think we could have seen some few things along those lines added here. It would have been perfect!

Overall, Kirby Star Allies is a super fun and adorable game that any fan of Kirby will easily enjoy! If you have friends you play with, this game really shines. Tallying up the score, I easily give it an 80 out of 100 or 8 out of 10. Kirby’s debut on Switch looks as great as it plays.

Luckily, If you’re not sure you want to buy the game, there is a demo available on the Nintendo eShop for you to check out.

Kirby Star Allies

80 out of 100