This is a 2D clone of MineCraft made by Noodlecake Studios.

The overall idea is similar to minecraft in that you start out in an empty world and have to survive. You cut down trees and mine ores to make tools, kill dodos and farm crops for food, and make a nice little base from which to explore the world. However, there are added challenges aside from hunger and injury, as you can suffer from exposure and exhaustion, and the crafting process is much more time intensive as it can take a while to craft more complex items.

That being said, there is the option of using micro-purchases to get gems which allow you to import another blockhead, or speed processes up. These gems can also be found, albeit very rarely, deep in caverns under the earth.

Gameplay is easy and intuitive, and just like minecraft, is very addictive. I like the fact it’s a bit tougher, and offers other challenges to your little blockhead. My only issue with the game is it is very memory intensive, and I could only play for about 15mins before the game crashed and I had to restart my phone, which suggests it would be better suited to newer devices, or maybe even a tablet. Other than that it’s very enjoyable, and I would recommend to anyone who likes Minecraft with a different spin.

4 out of 5 points Dru Points

This is a staple favourite of mine and Dark’s, and hopefully soon to be Neo’s as well. I got the recipe of a place-mat, of all things, almost 15 years ago when my Nan, who spent most of her life in Wales, brought it for me as a present.

Bara Brith literally translates to ‘speckled bread’, and is essentially a fruit loaf. It was transitionally made by miner’s wives out of things you’d have kicking around the store cupboard for their husbands to take to work, as it’s not very crumbly and would survive wrapped in a handkerchief in a pocket. It also keeps for a couple of weeks or so, in a sealed container, if you can keep from eating it all in the first day 😉

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 pint (236ml) Strong Black Tea
  • 2 tablespoons Marmalade
  • 450g Mixed Dried Fruit (I use raisins and glacé cherries)
  • 450g Self-Raising Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Mixed Spice or Allspice
  • 1 Egg, beaten
  • 170g Brown Sugar

Method

  1. Make up the tea, and dissolve the marmalade in it, then leave the fruit to soak for about an hour.
  2. Sieve together flour and spice.
  3. Add sugar, egg and flour to the tea and mix together well.
  4. Pour into a greased and/or lined loaf tin, and bake for 1 and a 1/2 hours at 180°c
  5. Cool on rack and serve sliced and buttered with a cup of tea.

Bara Brith

 

As you can see, I managed to burn the crust a little. Fortunately it doesn’t taste burnt, just a bit tougher to chew on. So far, I’ve been the only one eating it as it makes for both a good breakfast and afternoon snack.

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This is made by Shayort Games, and is a 1st person ‘horror’ game, but quite frankly isn’t actually all that good.

The idea is you are in some kind of abandoned town and you need to collect 8 pages about the Herobrine before it gets you. The first issue I have is that there is no obvious clues as to where these pages are. They are just randomly stuck to buildings, so you essentially just spend time wandering around. My next issue with the game is that the controls aren’t very good; your wandering is controlled by two virtual joysticks (one for view and one for movement) and I just find this very clunky. This is further compounded by the graphics looking like they were just pulled out of a Quake 1 game and therefore the narrow alleys are somewhat difficult to navigate with the virtual joysticks. My final issue is that the Herobrine is a character from minecraft – the default Steve skin, with no eyes – and to see it just ripped out and put in a game where there are no other minecraft elements is really strange and annoying, not to mention it’s really easy to avoid. You can hear it following you, and you need to stand still for at least 5 seconds before it reaches you.

Overall, this is just a pointless exercise in wandering around a virtual town. I spent 10 minutes on it, trying to give it the benefit of the doubt, before just staying still and letting the herobrine take me.

0 out of 5Dru Points.

I can see your faces now: your brows are furrowed in confusion, your eyes are narrowed, and you’re saying ‘whaaaaaat?’ I know, I know. I had the same reaction when Lord Eris poked me to give this a go. I can’t say I was overly enthusiastic, but he promised me it was nice, and I had a can of soup I wanted to use up, so I thought ‘what the hell’ and scoured the ‘net for a recipe. I finally found one here, after struggling to find one that was in grams rather than cups.

Ingredients

  • 60g unsalted butter, softened
  • 200g granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, well beaten
  • 1 can condensed tomato soup
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 200g self raising flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon all spice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 75g raisins (optional)

 Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180°c. Line with a 8″ tin with parchment and grease.
  2. Cream butter and sugar in large bowl.
  3. Add egg and mix well.
  4. Combine baking soda with undiluted soup in can. Let foam for 1 minute. Pour soup mixture into butter/sugar/egg and blend well. Mixture will look slightly curdled. This is normal.
  5. In a small bowl combine flour and spices. Add to tomato soup mixture and mix well.
  6. Add raisins, if using and mix again.
  7. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 30-35 minutes.

I had a few issues with my attempt:
1, I had cream of tomato soup instead of condensed which made it a bit runnier than it should have been, and so it took 40 mins to cook, rather than 30.
2, I added the bicarbonate of soda to the flour right away, instead of to the soup.

While mixing it looked quite unappetizing, but on removing it from the oven, all it really smelt of was sugar and spice. I let it cool down for a bit before trying it, and it’s not that bad. It tastes, again, mostly of sugar and spice, with a hint of the tomato coming through in the after taste. While I woukdn’t make it again, it’s not too bad, and an interesting experiment.

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