The Shallows

This is my first movie review, so I can maybe a little bit rusty about not knowing if it’s ok to spoil some things or not, but let give The Shallows a go.

The kid
The movies starts with a shot of a helmet with a Go Pro camera attached to it wash ashore and a kid finding the helmet. You would think that this is a very important part of the movie, or atleast it has something to do with the story. Sadly this wasn’t the case. More on that later.

Slow start
The movie starts of slow. Well atleast it does for people who are expectation a thriller. In the first part of the movie we learn a little bit about Nancy (played by Blake Lively, known from movies like The Town). She has lost her mom to cancer. Leaving her, with her father and sister. She dropped out of medical school, because she lost faith in it after losing her mother. She clearly states that not everyone can be saved.

Beach we still don’t have a name…
She decides to find the beach her mother came when she was pregnant to surf. Her little sister is also a surfer, but she decided to go with a friend instead. The friend sadly didn’t make it, so she went to surf all by herself. This is where she met 2 other surfers and after a day of surfing this kind of goes wrong.

After finding a dead whale she encounters a shark. The shark bites her leaving a big wound in the girls left leg. She luckily has a medical background so she can go full MacGyver and stitch herself with only using her jewelry. The didn’t back out on showing this stuff on the big screen and the only thing that was more terrifying than the image of blood and a girl screaming of pain on the big screen was the face of the person sitting next to me when the movies showed this scene.

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Jaws
After regaining some strength on a little rock in the middle of the ocean she sees a man lying face down on the beach. She tries to get his attention which she eventually gets. Sadly for the man he tries to steal her stuff and gets killed by the shark when he tried to steal her surfboard.

The next day the two other surfers went back to the beach and find the girl on the rock. Sadly before getting there they both get killed by the shark. Nancy uses the Go Pro camera of the just killed surfer to ask for help, or alteast make a good bye video for her family.

The end
After making the video Nancy tries to make it to the water buoy after figuring out the sharks routine. There she has a big battle against the shark which gave the shark a very weird death.

She tries to make it back to the beach, but sadly doesn’t have the energy anymore. The little boy who found the camera (see begin of the review) got some help who only takes her from the ocean back on the beach where Nancy herself wakes up.

Redict
The movie had a very interesting idea, but sadly didn’t deliver. The movie was long with some unneeded moments. Don’t get me started of her relationship with a seagull.

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The acting was very good. I would love to see Blake Lively in future movies. Sadly if the story and the rest of the movie don’t appeal a good actor can’t make the movie awesome.

I give this movie a 2 star out of 5 rating. It was enjoyable, but it didn’t deliver for me. The deaths were not really needed, but I had the feeling that the creators wanted to show that the shark was a killer. The entire Go Pro camera idea could have been better which took like 5-10 minutes of the movie.

2 star

Auralux

Auralux: Constellations is a game inspired by the populair Planet Wars game. The game is developed and published by War Drum Studios. The player has a planet that generates fleets to conquer or defend other planets.

Controller support
The thing that War Drum Studios has done right is to make use of the Steam SDK and it’s features. Many other planet wars inspired games on Steam don’t have these functions. This way Auralux: Constellations makes a better impression to Steam users than those other games.

The game supports even controller support and ever testing it with a Xbox One controller I have to say that the controls work really good in this game.

To infinity and beyond…
The game has alot of levels to play. The levels go from easy to hard and can be very difficult at some time. I had to redo a couple of levels because I picked the wrong strategy. Sometimes it’s better to conquer a few small planets instead of 1 big one.

The levels really look good and are really fun.

Another Planet Wars game?
Like I already written above, the game does a very good job in integrating all the Steam SDK features, but there is one more other feature in the game that does make this planet wars better in my opinion. I never have seen the option to upgrade the planets during a match in any Planet Wars game. This brings an entire new strategy to the game. So it’s better to take out an upgraded planet and use it to create more fleets for yourself.

The game also features a few new mechanics like worm holes to transfer your fleet to other planets quickly. Also it can be possible that planets move. All these mechanics add another difficulty. But these mechanics make this Planet Wars inspired game so special.

JosWeb Score (0/100):
70/100
Auralux: Constellations is another Planet Wars inspired game, but this time the developers really made the best Planet Wars inspired game I have seen in a very long time. Making use of the Steam SDK and it’s features always gets a plus in my book. But the visuals and the strategies needed to complete a level make this game challenging and pretty to look at.

I would recommend buying this game if you like strategy games and want to play a Planet Wars inspired game.

Links:
Auralux: Constellations on Steam
Auralux: Constellations official website
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Plantera

Plantera is a click and relax kind of game. The player plants trees, bushes, garden to grow fruit or vegetables. You can “sell” these fruit and vegatables by clicking on it or wait till a collector picks it up. With that money you can buy more stuff.

The relaxing part
The collectors continue when you close the game if you bought the time upgrade. They will keep collecting till the time is over. The time resets every time you close the game. This feature is the same as the “manager” feature in Adventure Capitalist, but limited.

Nature
The game looks ok and the music is quite relaxing as well. The game has very playfull graphics and the animals look adorable.

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Loot Hero
Sometimes the Loot Hero appears. The special thing about this hero is that when you click him you make money. The amount of this will increase over time. I have no idea how to make him spawn, but I do know you need to be active. You can’t let the game run on the background.

Worth the money?
There isn’t much more to say about this game. The game is just a clicker game and I don’t know if it’s worth the full recommend price. I had fun playing the game, but for 3€ you can grab some other cool games when on sale and play Adventure Capitalist as a relaxing clicker game.

My thoughts
Plantera is a fun and relaxing game. You can have some fun with this game and it’s not a difficult game to complete 100%. The game is only 3€, but I wouldn’t buy the game myself for this price. The game is worth checking out and when it’s on sale I kinda recommend getting the game if you like clicker and relax kind of games.

Links
Plantera on Steam
Plantera Official Website

There’s Poop In My Soup

A fun little game on Steam called There’s Poop In My Soup is developed and published by Rudder Games.

Throwing poop
The game doesn’t have much to offer in term of gameplay. You’re controlling a person throwing poop. You have to hit people or object in order to get a combo. How bigger the combo how bigger the score.

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Unlock
There are some objectives which you need to achieve in order to unlock new stuff. These unlockables can be more people in the city, new locations of even the bomb attack.

Bomb
The bomb is a special attack which allows the user to hit multiple targets at once. The special attack is different per location.

My thoughts
I’m not going to score this game, because it’s a game below 1$ and it doesn’t have much features or anything to offer. You just throw poop on people and see people scream and run around about it. If you have 1$ and want to have a laugh you can give the game a try. Is it a must-have? No, I wouldn’t say to people that they have to play “There’s Poop In My Soup”.

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Links
Rudder Games on Twitter
There’s Poop In My Soup on Steam