Loot Rascals Review

Based on the title alone, you’d think that Loot Rascals is all about the loot. (And rascals, if you want to be pedantic about it.) For that much, it’s true, but the game is also difficult, esoteric at times, and damn hard to put down. It combines a lot of odd parts into a surprisingly compelling whole.

Perhaps that’s what you get when you have a man who says he’s not interested in roguelikes design a game that cribs quite a few staples from the revival genre. Ricky Haggett and the rest of the team at Hollow Ponds have created a game that features procedurally generated maps chockfull of enemies that drop color-graded loot—all of which you’ll lose upon death—but it’s everything else that makes it worth playing.

For one, it has personality out the yang. It’s bright and colorful in a way many games simply aren’t, but it’s also quirky to a fault. From the moment the story begins to unfold—which is admittedly light since it can be entirely summed up as “escape an alien planet”—you’re treated to a sardonically Scottish AI, a flagrant disregard for common sense and physics, and a full indulgence in the tone and attitude of a Ren & Stimpy. If there’s one thing you can’t hold against Loot Rascals, it’s its sense of style.

On the gameplay side, it’s shockingly simple, but with the adherence to a stark and unflinching set of rules, it becomes complex and brutal in a way that makes you keep coming back for more. The game takes place on a hex grid, and with each move you make, enemies patrolling the level can also move. Some move one-for-one to you and others only move one spot for every two of yours.

This is important because when you and an opponent occupy the same spot, you two battle it out. When you swing, you hack away HP equivalent to your Attack rating. When they swing, their own Attack rating, your Defense rating, and a dice roll get mixed up into a bucket and determine how much damage you get, if any at all.

At best, you’re going to be able to take five knocks or so, which means if you play recklessly, you’re going to die. Like, a lot. Even if you play smart, you’re probably going to die a lot. You have to position yourself to not get surrounded or cornered into battles you don’t anticipate because with a certain number of moves, enemies change tactics. If they attack first, you’re almost guaranteed to take damage, so you’re going to want to time your moves right so you can one-shot as many aliens as you can.

Loot Rascals

It conjures a fascinating dance between you and the game. You end up teasing out faster foes into a chokepoint where you can line them up and knock them down while trying to coax stronger, usually slower enemies into amenable positions to not get swarmed and—consequently—dead. And once you mix in map elements like electrical pads that charge up or wholly create new baddies, it becomes even more about managing these chess pieces that are inherently uncontrollable.

And then even if you fight your best, your best may not be good enough. Or rather, quick enough, as demonstrably harder enemies will eventually descend upon the map after a while. These guys don’t fuck around and suddenly turn this tango of opportunity into one of desperation, taking the kills and hits where you can.

The same sort of positioning philosophy comes through in your equipment and inventory. You have ten slots to fill with cards, cards that you’ll pick up along the way for killing aliens or completing side quests. Some are dedicated to Defense, some are dedicated to Attack, and others augment the ones you currently have equipped. The best ones, however, pull double duty, allowing you to switch their utility or giving positional bonuses.

Loot Rascals

Some, for instance, get bonus points for being in even slots or in the top row. Others will boost the card to their right while negating the card to their left. This interplay between physical alignment and actual card attributes makes for an unexpectedly intriguing and deep loot system. You’ll spend a good amount of time crying out to the gods every time you have to pick between an upgraded helmet card or a weaker one that can be actively switched between Attack and Defense or the like. (But, you know, in a good way.)

It’s almost too obviously not for everyone, despite streamlining the adrenal rush of getting loot and making your rewards’ value immediately apparent. With no team to keep track of and very little in the way of special moves, the focus is entirely on the mechanics and the prizes you get along the way. But the basic loop of embarking upon journey after journey only to smash bow-first into another set of cranky, alien rocks can be exhausting to the point of swearing it off completely as if it were a crazy ex.

Even so, there’s no reason you shouldn’t check it out at least once. You get to hang out with a bunch of oddball, charming spacefaring folk; you get to fight seahorse aliens that are actually half horse; and you get to tickle your pickle over an endless and endlessly joyful deluge of rewards. Get your rascals on the loot that Loot Rascals can offer and it just might hook you.

Loot Rascals

+ An art style that you wish you could have on your walls
+ Gameplay that is simple but deep and punishes and reward you in equal measure
+ Loot system forces you to make some heartbreaking decisions
– Brutal difficulty can be a real turnoff at times
– Story is charming but isn’t at all compelling

Final Score: 7 out of 10

Game Review: Loot Rascals
Release: March 7, 2017
Genre: Turn-based roguelike
Developer: Hollow Ponds
Available Platforms: PlayStation 4, PC
Players: Single-player
MSRP: $14.99
Website: http://lootrascals.com/

Meccano – 25 Model Set – 4×4 Off-Road Truck

Use your imagination as you explore the world of real engineering with the Meccano 25 Model 4×4 Off-Road Truck Set. Build 1 of the 25 off-road models, including a truck, then take it apart and build a different one. After that it’s up to you and your imagination to create a vehicle of your own design! This real working Off-Road set comes with 443 parts, including 2 ergonomic tools and easy-to-follow instructions. Explore the mechanical wonders of the world with the 25 Model 4×4 Off-Road Truck Set.

Product Features

  • The 25 Model 4×4 Off-Road Truck Set comes 443 durable metal parts, including off-road wheels, real tools and instructions.
  • Build 1 of 25 motorized models, then take it apart and rebuild a new model.
  • Models include motorized 4WD drive, and opening doors.
  • The Meccano 25 Model Set is for ages 8+ and requires 4 AA batteries (not included).

VTech Gallop and Rock Learning Pony

Hop in the saddle and go for a ride on the Gallop and Rock Learning Pony by VTech. This interactive 2-in-1 pony grows with your child and quickly transforms from a rocking horse to a ride-on toy. Brightly colored buttons introduce colors, action words and play realistic horse sounds for imaginative play. The pony also features a motion sensor that detects your child’s movement and responds with cheerful music and horse sounds to encourage them to rock and ride! Requires 2 AA batteries (batteries included for demo purposes only; new batteries recommended for regular use). Intended for ages 1 to 3 years.

Product Features

  • VTech’s 2-in-1 Gallop and Rock Learning Pony, grows with your child and transforms from a rocking horse to a ride-on toy; rock or roll on the 2-in-1 pony
  • Brightly colored buttons introduce colors and animals; light-up roller bar flashes along with the sounds
  • Plays realistic horse sounds and fun phrases for imaginative play; features 60+ songs, melodies, sounds and phrases
  • Motion sensor detects your child’s movement and encourages them to rock and ride; hop in the saddle and go for a ride on the Gallop and Rock Learning Pony by VTech
  • Requires 2 AA batteries (batteries included for demo purposes only; new batteries recommended for regular use); intended for ages 1 to 3 years

MagZen – Unique Magnetic Zen Garden Zen Box, Tabletop/Desktop Zen Garden Kit for Relaxation, Stress Relief, Creativity and Magnetic Science

Create Spectacular, Beautiful & Weird Magnetic Landscapes & Sculptures

MagZen is a unique “Magnetic” Zen Garden that combines natural Magnetic Sand together with Three (3) Polished Hematite Magnet Rocks and three (3) Real Metal & Wood Tools.

We all know what happens when you combine magnets and metal. Now you can create your own ZEN creations that can only be accomplished with powerful magnetic fields, magnetic sand and metal tools.

Magnetite Black Sand is made up of magnetite and hematite. We call it Moon Sand… Just like real moon sand… it’s magnetic! The special magnetic sand is mined right from the ground in Arizona USA!

You’ll forget about the troubles of the day as you focus on your next magnetic creation. Playing with magnets and magnetic sand is a great way to relieve stress. The miniature metal tools interact with the magnets and the sand in a unique, relaxing, interesting and fun way.

You’ll find yourself drawn back to this unique magnetic zen box, again and again. It’s addictive and promotes the same benefits as meditation.

BENEFITS

Promotes Relaxation and Stress-Relief
By focusing on your creation, you’ll forget about everything else. This is an extremely potent form of meditation!

Hold a desire, wish or gratitude in mind as you comb the magnetic sand…
Or… ask the Zen garden to deliver the answer you seek. Then forget about the answer, focus on your Zen creation and you answer may arrive much faster!

Enhances Beauty, Balance and Flow in Your Décor
Many Zen gardens are striking in their simplicity. The Japanese concepts of Kanso (simplicity) and Fukinsei (asymmetrical balance) often contribute to their grace and appeal.

*** Choking Hazard: Not for Children Under 3 Years of Age

Product Features

  • Zen Garden Desktop, Zen Garden Kit, Magnetic Zen Garden, Mini Zen Garden
  • MagZen is a unique “Magnetic” Zen Garden that combines natural Magnetic Sand together with Three (3) Polished Hematite Magnet Rocks and three (3) Real Metal & Wood Tools.
  • Use the magnets and the tools to enhance creativity, relaxation, peace and Zen.
  • Made In The USA
  • Real Wooden Box with Metal Closure, Real Metal & Wood Tools, Magnetic Sand Mined from Arizona USA

Traxxas 76044-5 CRD LaTrax SST 4WD Electric Stadium Truck Vehicle (1/18-Scale) Truck

The LaTrax SST takes the fun of off-road Stadium Super Trucks and packs it into a convenient 1/18 scale size. Equipped with a powerful motor, independent suspension, and 4-wheel drive, the SST is Ready-To-Race. Oil-filled shocks soak up the bumps and jumps, and provide smooth suspension movement over any terrain. SST is built to be fast and nimble while being extremely durable. The all-weather electronics defeat the elements. The 2.4GHz radio system provides dependable, long-range control. SST is perfect for any skill level and comes fully assembled, painted, and Ready-To-Race. The SST’s simple and efficient shaft drive sends power to all four tires to provide traction. 4-wheel independent suspension keeps the tires planted over all terrain. SST fits easily in a backpack and can be taken virtually anywhere. SST doesn’t slow down for puddles, mud, ice, or snow! The waterproof servo and sealed receiver box let you keep going, even in wet. It’s total driving freedom! The 1/18 LaTrax SST is fully assembled with a 2.4GHz radio system, painted and decaled body, and easy instructions. A LaTrax 7.2V rechargeable NiMH battery pack with iD, AC wall outlet charger, and 4 Traxxas Power Cell AA alkaline batteries are also included. Everything you need for fun is in the box. LaTrax is backed with proven customer support from Traxxas. Fast and friendly answers to all your questions are just a phone call or an e-mail away. Unmatched parts availability allows your LaTrax vehicle to be serviced with parts from thousands of hobby dealers or from Traxxas directly. The LaTrax SST is powered by Traxxas so your investment is also protected by the LaTrax Lifetime Electronics Warranty.

Product Features

  • Four-wheel drive for superior all-terrain grip and fully independent suspension with oil-filled shocks for exceptional all-terrain handling
  • Waterproof power system for all-weather driving excitement with powerful motor for aggressive acceleration and exciting speed
  • Ready-To-Race with included AC wall outlet charger, 6.0V NiMH battery pack, and glitch-free 2.4GHz Radio System
  • Available in race replica versions with officially licensed paint and graphics: Sheldon Creed (Traxxas #74), Keegan Kincaid (Traxxas #1), or Robby Gordon (Traxxas #7)
  • Powered by Traxxas for award-winning performance and support

Melissa & Doug Mickey Mouse & Friends Nesting & Stacking Blocks Baby Toy

Join Mickey Mouse and the other brightly colored Disney characters that illustrate numbers, letters, and words on these sturdy cardboard blocks. Nested, the 10 blocks fit into the durable case. Stacked, the blocks form a tower nearly 3 feet high!

Product Features

  • 10 sturdy cardboard blocks with Disney’s Mickey Mouse and the gang that nest and stack
  • Blocks feature letters, numbers, fun full-color artwork
  • Reusable storage box can also be used for stacking
  • Promotes fine motor skills, number and letter recognition, and matching and sorting skills
  • For ages 2 years+; blocks stack nearly 3 feet (80 cm) tall

#BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE Movie Billboards Spotted in Times Square!! #NYC #NY



Here are some photos I came across the other night showing a few super-huge advertising billboards in Times Square (NYC, NY) that are promoting the new BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE movie! 


Oh man, they look SO AWESOME!!


DC Collectibles TV: Arrow & The Flash Action Figure (2 Pack)

Fresh from their hit TV series on the CW, Arrow and The Flash are back in a new action figure 2-pack. Arrow comes with a bow, three arrows and spare hands. ARROW — 7″ THE FLASH – 6.75″.

Product Features

  • Based on the hit CW series
  • Arrow stands 7″ tall
  • The Flash stands 6-3/4″ tall
  • Arrow comes with a bow, three arrows and spare hands
  • Limited edition

Fisher-Price Select-A-Show Soother (Includes 4-pk Energizer C Batteries)

Fisher-Price Select-A-Show Soother

This is a refresh of our successful Ocean Wonders Take Along Projector Soother with the original Miracles & Milestones Select-a-Show Soother functionality. The base utilizes the cute penguin character from the Discover n’ Grow. There are three buttons on the front that include: one for classical music and lullabies, one for nature sounds, and a mode selection button that will allow mom to choose between music only, projection only, or music and projection. A slide switch on the side of the unit acts as an off, low, high switch. There are three cards that allow for a variety in projected images. The first card for the youngest of babies projects three high contrast images of the Discover n’ Grow characters. As baby grows and their eyesight develops, Card #2 projects three different colored butterfly images that will give the illusion they are moving – a projected mobile. For the growing child Card #3 will be most interesting with the most detailed full color projected image. Plays up to 15 minutes of music.

Product Dimensions: 3 by 7.5 by 9.25Recommended Ages: 0 months – 36 months

Spy Master Briefcase Black Spy kit – Secret Agent Mission Handbook with Top Spy Gear and Gadget Surveillance

Welcome to the world of spying. Are you up to the top secret challenge? You’ll need to have your wits about you. Sharp sight, keen hearing and quick thinking are essential. The essential spy toolkit gets a dangerous new look, with brand new gadgets and a cool new Spy Ear snooping device! Want to be a master of espionage? Then you’ve gotta have it! This top-secret, ultra-hi-tech briefcase is our ultimate bestseller – and it’s just got even better! The upgraded gadgets have everything you need to go undercover and make sure suspects can’t shake you off their tail! There are binoculars to give you sight as sharp as a hawk, and rear-view glasses that disguise you and let you see what’s going on behind you. Plus the cool new Spy Ear device, where you pretend to be casually listening to your headset – but really you’re eavesdropping on baddies from several meters away! Spy Briefcase contents: secret missions file, Spy Ear device, binoculars and rear-view glasses. The spy components (gadgets) that come with this briefcase will help you on your way to becoming a spy master! Rear view spy glasses See what’s going on behind you with these fun rear view spy glasses! They have mirrored outer edges which reflect the rear view. Comes in one size, will fit adults and children. An effective method of following someone or watching what they are doing without them noticing, is to be in front of them (they’ll be looking for someone behind). Wear your glasses and walk a short way in front of your suspect. If they stop and talk to someone, you can watch what they’re doing while pretending to do something else. Listening Device: Push the spy Listening On/Off switch to the ON position to turn on the receiver. Place the earphones in your ears. Point the receiver towards your target to activate sound spying. If you want to hear through a closed door or wall, place the receiver against the surface of the door or wall.

Product Features

  • Spy Master Briefcase Spy Kit (Totally top secret) Welcome to the world of spying. Are you up to the top secret challenge? You’ll need to have your wits about you. Sharp sight, keen hearing and quick thinking are essential.
  • The spy components (gadgets) that come with this briefcase will help you on your way to becoming a spy master!
  • Hard briefcase Spy Master with: Handbook, Fold-flat Binoculars, Listening Device, Rear View Spy Glasses
  • See what’s going on behind you with these fun rear view spy glasses! They have mirrored outer edges which reflect the rear view. Comes in one size, will fit adults and children.
  • Push the spy Listening On/Off switch to the ON position to turn on the receiver. Place the earphones in your ears. Point the receiver towards your target to activate sound spying.