Cambodian Angels

Cambodian Angels

A great idea good for the environment and good for the people: Rehash Trash.

While I was on my way to the market, I noticed a different shop which I couldn’t quite figured out what it was about. My intuition told me to stop and have a look because it was certainly something to do with recycling by the name of it.

For those of you who’ve never had the opportunity to visit Asian countries, you should know that the biggest environmental hazard is primarily represented by plastic bags. In the past, most Asian countries used banana leaves and bamboo baskets to carry their food and goods around so when those suddenly got replaced by plastic bags, nobody bothered explaining to the people – many of whom are illiterate – that plastic is not biodegradable,  on the contrary it is a real threat to everything and everyone.

I do my best here not to use plastic bags but sometimes it is virtually impossible. Even if I go to the market with my own containers, there are some types of food which are sold sealed in plastic bags (just like in supermarkets), like fresh tofu for instance. But I live here, so I have the opportunity to buy containers (yep, made of plastic) to be recycled over and over again. As a tourist, it is not that easy to do it but here are some tips for those travelling in Asian countries.

Do your part no matter how small, many drops of water together form an ocean:

  • Carry a thermal bottle with you because in countries such as Malaysia, Thailand and Nepal, you can just refill your bottle for a very cheap price without any plastic waste. In Cambodia, most guest houses and hotels have free water dispensers where you can fill your bottle.
  • Make a little room in your backpack or suitcase for a lunch box  so that if you want to buy anything fresh you can ask the people to put it in your box.
  • Do not use a straw when you drink, people are very clean and nobody ever got sick by drinking straight from a glass. I’m your living proof, I even drink fresh coconut milk straight from the market without cooking it: delicious! For coconut water, if you are given a straw just keep it and use it for the time being.
  • If you are given any plastic bags, wash them in your room and use them again.
  • Buy your fresh food from the local market and not the supermarket because they use a lot of packaging just like in the West.

The target is obviously to eliminate plastic altogether but in the meantime, let’s do our best.

Back to my story with the shop named Rehash Trash, I discovered that they are an NGO which recycles rubbish bags and turns them into beautiful and useful items. I actually bought a big laundry basket myself. The women working there are the mothers of several street children who are given the opportunity to make a little income and provide for their kids. They also offer workshops where you can learn how to recycle plastic.

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If you come to Siem Reap, do visit them, here is their FB page:

https://www.facebook.com/RehashTrash/?ref=py_c

Be proud of yourself live Eco and not ego!

 

DARK ANGELS: Masquerade of Shadows

DARK ANGELS: Masquerade of Shadows

A game review from a woman’s point of view: 5/5

DEVELOPER :

SKYWIND GAMES


STORYLINE: 5/5

Wonderful sci-fi, action, adventure with time travel. You never get bored in this game because there is always a very urgent task to accomplish and once that’s done, get ready for the next one. Very cleverly done. Outstanding job! This is a must play for all HOPA players.

CUTSCENES: 5/5

Very good cutscenes which will keep the tension high in this action filled game. They are spectacular and will surprise you every single time.

VOICE OVERS: 4/5

Let’s say that there are many characters involved in this game but I wasn’t very impressed by the job done by the female characters; the main protagonist in particular sounds a bit too girlish and not really convincing. At times, the protagonist’s voice almost sounds hysterical…

MUSIC: 5/5

Fantastic! They had the brilliant idea of using a real song with a real singer and such theme will happily stay in your mind for a while. In addition, there are others, appropriate themes for each chapter. Outstanding job here too!

SFX (Sound Effects): 5/5

Excellent selection of sounds for all the interactive objects and the special effects. Great!

ARTISTIC ILLUSTRATIONS: 5/5

To be honest, I actually stopped playing a few times to admire the beauty of certain scenes, rich in details and background effects such as the snow, for instance. I don’t know how many artists were involved for the creation of this game but I do know that they did a brilliant job.

MINI GAMES: 5/5

I played this game twice, the first time was about a year ago and then now. Yet, I could still remember most of the scenes and where to find some of the clue items. The minigames are not particularly challenging in this game – but I don’t really know if that is because it was the second time I played this game or not -. However, they are very well executed and fun.

HIDDEN OBJECT: 5/5

As you know from my previous reviews – assuming you have read them – I don’t like ho. However, they are very well done in this game and often interactive so that you don’t get a lot of the usual boring list of items to find in an overcrowded scene. Good job!

PLAYABILITY: 5/5

This game is impeccable. There is a map with highlighted interactive areas and a very useful hint button which will take you exactly where you need to go in case you get stuck. The collection of figurines which allows you to access superpowers is a fantastic idea. You get to choose the level of difficulty as well (3 choices available). What can I say? It’s simply very user friendly and intuitive.


Learn more about the criteria used for the review here:

What Makes a HOPA game great

If you want to download this game for free, check the following links:

HOPA Download Links

NAMARIEL LEGENDS: IRON LORD

NAMARIEL LEGENDS: IRON LORD

A game review from a woman’s point of view: 5/5

DEVELOPER :

SHAMAN GAMES


STORYLINE: 5/5

This is one of the best stories I’ve ever played. There is a bit of everything: adventure, fantasy, sci-fi and a touch of RPG style. The only problem is that once you start playing is very difficult to stop. Shaman Games is particularly renown for making fantastic games! An applause to the entire team!

CUTSCENES: 5/5

The cutscenes in this game are particularly well executed as a lot of 3d animation has been used. They have also used several cutscenes during game play to accompany the player through the really intriguing story. Once more, an applause to the entire team!

VOICE OVERS: 5/5

There are different characters in the game and each one of them has a very distinct voice and tone. The actors did an excellent job and some of the parts required good acting skills as the voices had to be particularly low or rough. Well done!

MUSIC: 5/5

The music is very good because several themes have been used for the game and each one has been dedicated to a particular chapter. At the beginning though, I noticed that one of the theme was a bit too similar to the one used in Dreamscapes – The Sandman, another excellent game, I thought that was a bit cheap for such a magnificent game…

SFX (Sound Effects): 5/5

As you can expect, the SFX used are appropriate for each scene and help a lot to create the fantastic atmosphere surrounding the game.

ARTISTIC ILLUSTRATIONS: 5/5

There are beautifully illustrated scenes and characters in both 2d and 3d with spectacular attention to detail.  Lots of original scenarios to explore both indoor and outdoor. Great job!

MINI GAMES: 5/5

FANTASTIC JOB! The minigames are one of the strongest point in this game as they are all very original, a little challenging but not too difficult. You can see how much care has been put to develop such clever and beautifully illustrated puzzle games. Outstanding job!

HIDDEN OBJECT: 5/5

NONE. Why am I giving 5 stars  to this section if there aren’t any ho in the game? That’s the point! Because there aren’t ANY ho in the game. HURRAH! Finally an adventure game that does not require you to put up with any time filling BS.

PLAYABILITY: 4/5

This game is an adventure game and if you don’t know what to do next you get stuck – and you will in this game. The hint button is completely useless because it’s too generic and whenever I used it I got “There is nothing to do here” which means that if you have exhausted all possibilities, it will not guide you towards the right choice. In addition, there is no map so you have no clue where there are active areas available. Why will you get stuck? Because nothing is obvious in this game – which is great – however there are some active spots which are hard to detect unless you hover your mouse over every single corner of the screen. There is also a particular scene where you have to click twice to get a result… Anyway, I would play this game a million times because it’s really worth it though I think that an interactive map would have helped a lot. Thank you Shaman Games for, once more, making such a brilliant game.


Learn more about the criteria used for the review here:

What Makes a HOPA game great

If you want to download this game for free, check the following links:

HOPA Download Links

THE FOG

THE FOG

A game review from a woman’s point of view: 4/5

DEVELOPER :

ALAWAR

CREOBIT


STORYLINE: 5/5

Incredibly intriguing story surrounded by an aura of mystery. This is a horror with a couple of scenes which are literally covered in blood, not for the faint of heart…

CUTSCENES: 5/5

The opening scene will leave you with your mouth wide open because of its realism. There are some stunning details and incredible care in those cutscenes, pity they did not use enough of them during game play.

VOICE OVERS: 0/5

As I said above, the cutscenes are great but they didn’t use any voice overs. It’s such a pity because it would have helped the game a lot, especially as there are a lot of messages and letters here and there. A couple of actors would have given the game a completely different feel.

MUSIC: 5/5

The music is very good and it changes quite often so that you never get bored during game play.

SFX (Sound Effects): 3/5

This is the reason why this game does not get 5 stars! There are no sounds for locked doors, drawers opening and closing, some machine mechanisms and so on. You have some sounds but not all of them so if you top it up with the fact that they didn’t use any voice overs then you know why the result has largely contributed to lower the quality of this game. There was also not appropriate sound in a clue scene towards the end of the game and that really pissed me off.

ARTISTIC ILLUSTRATIONS: 5/5

The art in this game is impeccable from start to finish. The scenes are so realistic to give you the chills in certain scenes. Excellent artists at work here!

MINI GAMES: 5/5

Cute and not too challenging though I would have loved a few more of those in the game and less hidden object scenes.

HIDDEN OBJECT: 4/5

I personally believe that ho are boring, however you have to bare their presence if you want to play a good adventure game such as this one. There are some interactive scenes where you have to connect two objects together and it took me ages sometimes to find the second object… In my view, they put way too many ho scenes in this game, half of them would have been sufficient.

PLAYABILITY: 4/5

The biggest problem here was the lack of a map which is sort of necessary for this game. You don’t have to do a lot of running around but there are plenty of scenes available at once and it’s hard to remember where  to use a particular item. The case on the top of the menu button where you are supposed to place items was also a bit of a mystery to me. Why did they bother with such nonsense? Anyway, the game is very very good and definitely worth playing.


Learn more about the criteria used for the review here:

What Makes a HOPA game great

If you want to download this game for free, check the following links:

HOPA Download Links

INTO THE HAZE

INTO THE HAZE

A game review from a woman’s point of view: 5/5

DEVELOPER :

ALAWAR

ARGALI ENTERTAINMENT


STORYLINE: 5/5

A cute horror story! The beginning seems a little complicated because it’s hard to understand who summoned whom and for what purpose but as the game progresses, all the pieces fall into place.

CUTSCENES: 5/5

Very accurately made from the beginning until the end of the game.

VOICE OVERS: 5/5

Few actors involved and they all did a great job.

MUSIC: 5/5

The music is quite pleasant and they have used more than a theme for the entire game which is actually quite short.

SFX (Sound Effects): 5/5

Perfectly appropriate for the situation and the items used.

ARTISTIC ILLUSTRATIONS: 5/5

Very beautiful! You get to explore so many different scenes both outdoor and indoor. Excellent artistic work.

MINI GAMES: 5/5

Sort of cute. Not too challenging but also not too easy.

HIDDEN OBJECT: 5/5

I personally dislike ho scenes so I’ll try to be as unbiased as I can. There were a bit too many of them in the game for my taste, it would have been better with just half of them. However, the objects are very easy to see and always placed in clever positions; a good job after all.

PLAYABILITY: 4/5

A map was essential here due to the numerous locations available to explore at the same time. I had to use the hint button several times because I had no clue what to do next. At times, but luckily not that often, you have to return to the initial scene to use certain items and that was a bit annoying in my view.


Learn more about the criteria used for the review here:

What Makes a HOPA game great

If you want to download this game for free, check the following links:

HOPA Download Links

WEIRD PARK – Scary Tales

WEIRD PARK – Scary Tales

A game review from a woman’s point of view: 4/5

DEVELOPER :

ALAWAR


STORYLINE: 4/5

Interesting storyline which starts with a breathtaking introduction though it loses a bit of its power half way through. Still very good but not excellent!

CUTSCENES: 5/5

The intro scene is a masterpiece. What a piety they did not use enough cutscenes throughout game play. Excellently illustrated and animated.

VOICE OVERS: 5/5

Perfect: well acted and convincing.

MUSIC: 5/5

The music is aligned with the theme of the game so it’s pretty good.

SFX (Sound Effects): 5/5

Appropriate for each scene and the interactive elements in each scene.

ARTISTIC ILLUSTRATIONS: 5/5

The art work is really good here. Well done!

MINI GAMES: 5/5

Mini games are quite good in this game, I think this is a strong point for this particular game.

HIDDEN OBJECT: 4/5

Traditional ho scenes have been used for this game. There are way too many ho scenes in the game which disrupt game immersion. The same scene is often used twice for finding different objects and it gets quite boring after a while. There is no interactivity but just a long list of items to be found.

PLAYABILITY: 4/5

A map was definitely necessary here. There is a stage in the middle of the game where you have a lot of scenes available for exploration, as well as a lot of items in your inventory, and it is almost virtually impossible to remember where to use them. The rest is fine.


Learn more about the criteria used for the review here:

What Makes a HOPA game great

If you want to download this game for free, check the following links:

HOPA Download Links

MOTOR TOWN – Soul of the Machine

MOTOR TOWN – Soul of the Machine

A game review from a woman’s point of view: 4.50/5

DEVELOPER :

ALAWAR

WELLORE


STORYLINE: 5/5

This story is quite intriguing as you have to discover what has happened to a renown scientist who has suddenly disappeared. It gets more and more complex as you continue playing, overall a good story.

CUTSCENES: 5/5

Perfectly executed and appropriately inserted though I would have loved having some more cutscenes during game play.

VOICE OVERS: 5/5

Perfectly acted. A few actors were involved in the job and they all did an excellent job!

MUSIC: 3/5

This is something which actually pissed me off… Such a great game, why did you use just one theme for the entire game – hidden object scenes included? Ok, the music was fine at first but after a while it got on my nerves. This is a long game, there should have been more themes in it.

SFX (Sound Effects): 5/5

Very good. Every single detail has been enriched with appropriate sounds.

ARTISTIC ILLUSTRATIONS: 5/5

Stunning! The sense of space in the game is incredible. You have the impression of being outdoor in huge places while in reality you are still in front of the screen. Excellent art!

MINI GAMES: 5/5

Very good mini games. Simple to understand, a bit challenging but never too difficult.

HIDDEN OBJECT: 4/5

This is the part of the game I don’t really like but that’s my personal view. In terms of quality, well this was a very traditional ho with a list of objects to be found in a scene with some occasional interactive areas. To me a bit boring because there were too many ho scenes in the game for my taste and though, beautifully illustrated, the number of items to be found was somehow overwhelming.

PLAYABILITY: 4/5

This is one of those games which needed a map and didn’t have one. Don’t get me wrong, most items are very near the places where you need to use them but at times, you get a lot of items at once and there are too many scenes available so it becomes difficult to remember where those items where needed.


Learn more about the criteria used for the review here:

What Makes a HOPA game great

If you want to download this game for free, check the following links:

HOPA Download Links