Review

Phineas and Ferb Toy Box Set for Disney Infinity - contains Phineas and Agent PWe bought Disney Infinity for the geekdaughter as her main Christmas present last year, and since then both kids have really enjoyed playing it. In fact, I think the geekson probably plays it more than his sister, although she still likes to remind him that it really is her game! There is an amazing amount of depth to the game, with the combination of pre-made adventures in specific Disney-themed worlds and also the immenseley powerful Toy Box mode where kids can use their imagination to build their own adventures using all sorts of different building blocks. Disney have just released their latest characters for the game – Phineas and Agent P from the TV series Phineas and Ferb - and we were sent the pack with both characters in for review.

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Skylanders Swap Force logoMy two nephews speak a foreign language. It involves words like “Wash Buckle”, “giants”, “fire element”, “Blast Zone” and all sorts of other things that make no sense to me at all. They have an ever-increasing selection of small figures in their lounge, and will discuss each characters special abilities at length. The cause of this behaviour is a video game called Skylanders, which my nephews have been fans of for the last couple of years. I think my kids have just reached the age where they are interested in, and capable of, playing video games – they join in the games with their cousins whenever they visit, and they’ve both been enjoying Disney Infinity which we got them for Christmas. So when I was recently offered the chance to review Skylanders Swap Force, I accepted, as I was keen to see what it was that had gripped my nephews so completely.

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Toca Pet Doctor iconThere is always much excitement in our house when a new Toca Boca app is released, and at the end of Febuary Toca Pet Doctor (affiliate link) arrived on the scene. If you (or your child) has already played Toca Doctor they will find Toca Pet Doctor plays in a very similar way, although it feels somehow “newer” than the older game.

In Toca Pet Doctor your child is the vet helping out a series of different pets with a variety of predicaments. There’s Pickles the pigeon, who has a broken wing; Pop the spiky iguana, who’s eaten too many flies; Brie the hiccupping mouse, and Tofu the rabbit, who’s got himself into a bit of a scrape, to name but a few. Each animal has their own unique activity which your child must complete to restore them to health. But they are not finished when they’ve done that, for after the animal is feeling better it needs a healthy meal, and another mini game follows where your child feeds the animal.

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Yoshi eggA couple of weeks ago this rather intriguing delivery arrived on our doorstep. A beautiful white chocolate egg with green spots. What a shame neither of my kids like white chocolate eh? ;)

I seriously considered saving it for Easter. After all, that’s what you do with chocolate eggs, right? But I got the feeling that there was more to this egg than meets the eye, and it had come with instructions to open very carefully, so I very gently cracked it open to see what would hatch…

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The Geek Family Supermini Test Drive

March 31, 2014

I’ve mentioned previously that we’re in the process of buying a new car, and I’ve been struggling to narrow down my shortlist. I didn’t think my list of requirements was all that demanding – fuel efficient, Euro NCAP 5 star rating and some fun geeky gadgets. Taking a quick look at what was available it […]

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Family Film Review: Frozen

March 28, 2014

We first went to see Frozen in the cinema around Christmas time. We’re a film-loving family, and wouldn’t want to miss a Disney release. A week or so later the geekdaughter had an inset day off school, and she and I went back just the two of us to watch it again as we’d loved […]

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Family Tech Review: Panasonic HTB20 Sound Bar Home Cinema System

March 13, 2014

Over Christmas we were loaned a Panasonic Smart TV, which you can read my review of here. At the same time we were also provided with a Panasonic HTB20 Sound Bar home cinema system, which we didn’t actually get around to testing until much later, as we already have a very nice surround sound system […]

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Family App Review: Wonders of Life

March 5, 2014

I talk a lot about the educational benefits of the iPad to young kids, and I have seen my own children learn so much from it. However, when I’ve been asked to recommend educational apps for older kids I have up until now struggled to find anything. So when the makers of the Wonders of […]

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Family Film Review: Turbo on Blu-Ray

February 28, 2014

Last week was Half Term, and the people at Fox Entertainment sent us a Blu-Ray of Turbo to keep us entertained. This is a movie that the geekdaddy and I took the kids to the cinema to see when it was first released, and they’d loved it then, so they were delighted at the chance […]

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Gaining financial control with You Need A Budget

February 27, 2014

One of my New Years resolutions this year was to gain financial control. Last year I felt very out of control as far as the money was concerned, and for a control freak like me that is not a comfortable place to be. We had never really adjusted our spending to match the 25% pay […]

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Kids App Review: CBeebies Playtime gets a major update

February 26, 2014

Last summer I was invited to the CBeebies studios in Manchester where the geekdaughter and I had an early look at the CBeebies Playtime app before it was released. A couple of weeks ago I was granted early access to the latest update to the app, which adds one brand new mini game, and re-brands […]

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A week with the Volvo V40 R-Design

February 24, 2014

The geekdaddy and I have recently been going through the exercise of buying a new car. The geekdaddy’s car is now 8 years old, has done around 100,000 miles, and is going to start costing us money soon, I am sure. Plus, with the price of petrol ever increasing, driving two very fuel-inefficient cars around […]

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Family Film Review: Tinker Bell and the Pirate Fairy

February 23, 2014

Tinker Bell and the Pirate Fairy is the fifth Tinker Bell animated movie that Disney have released. The geekdaughter owns and loves the previous four, so it was natural that as soon as she saw the trailer for the new one she wanted to go and see it. We’ve taken the opportunity this half term […]

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Living with the Panasonic Smart VIERA TV (Review)

February 13, 2014

I have mentioned previously that the geek family are working with Panasonic this year to share our thoughts on their Audio Visual systems as part of the Panasonic Brit Bloggers programme. Shortly before Christmas we received a very exciting delivery – a Panasonic Smart VIERA LED TV for us to test out for one month. […]

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