The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past Review

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The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past is the third installment to Nintendo’s popular action-adventure series of video games. It was released for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in 1991 in Japan and 1992 in the USA and Europe.

03The game begins with our hero waking up after being communicated to by Princess Zelda in a dream, Zelda tells Link that she has been locked in the dungeons of Hyrule castle.

Links Uncle is preparing to rescue the princess demanding that Link does not follow him to the castle, Link ignores his uncles command breaks into Hyrule Castle where he finds his Uncle mortally wounded, he hands link his sword and shield before he dies and Link is left to rescue the Princess.

After rescuing Zelda and escaping to the sanctuary a priest tells Link of an evil wizard called Agahnim who has taken over Hyrule and is planning to break an ancient seal in order to release Ganon. Link is sent to find the Master Sword and rescue seven maidens who can help him to defeat Agahnim before its too late.

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In a similar manner to other Legend of Zelda games, you will need to travel far across the land of Hyrule on your quest, you will traverse many different terrains, discover hidden villages, conquer dungeons and meet many characters along the way.

New items were introduced in this game including the Hookshot, the Pegasus boots and even the Master Sword!!.

In the game Link can travel between two realms, the light world and the dark world, each realm is an alternate reality and they both have unique dungeons and area layouts.

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The Puzzles are really fun here and they require a lot of thought to figure them out, the game is also full of really cool secrets and hidden mini-games that you can play. In a way this is the Zelda game that really nailed the formula for what Zelda games would become.

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The visuals are outstanding, the artistic realism that was put into the game really helped to make the experience of the game much more immersive, magnificent and in some parts scary.

In general the visuals are some of the best you would ever see on the Super Nintendo and no game in the series was as impressive from a visual perspective as this one was and the only exception in my opinion is Breath of the Wild which also pushed its system close to its graphical limits.

The Super Nintendo had a fantastic sound chip that was able to produce some wonderful and memorable video game soundtracks, a Link to the Past is no exception and its music composed by Koji Kondo is one of my favourites from the Super Nintendo library.

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The Legend of Zelda: a Link to the Past is one of greatest video games ever made, it by far made up for the disappointment that was Zelda 2 and it helped to shape the Zelda series into what it is today.

The game is fairly flawless, It can be very difficult at times but with enough practice and by finding the many secrets hidden across the map you will eventually survive its difficult dungeons, puzzles and boss battles.

Its one of my favourite Super Nintendo games and while its not my favourite game is the series it is definitely one of the best 10/10

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General Mills: Chocolate Lucky Charms Review

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Lucky Charms is a cereal from General Mills, I have already reviewed the original version of the cereal and you can read that review here.

https://ragglefragglereviews.com/2019/07/05/general-mills-lucky-charms-review/

I wasn’t a massive fan of the original cereal due to a lack of taste so I am hoping the chocolate version is a lot tastier.

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The back of the box has a game of the back where children need to help Lucky the Leprechaun win a marshmallow unicorn.

One serving of the cereal is 3/4 of a cup which is approximately 96 grams in UK measurement.

One serving of Chocolate Lucky Charms has

100 calories

1 gram of fat

150 milligrams of sodium

65 milligrams of potassium

23 grams of carbohydrates

1 gram of protein

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The cereal smells delicious, it has a very strong chocolate smell that takes over your nostrils

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The dry cereal is really tasty, I love the chocolate oat cereal, the marshmallows do not have much flavour dry but that was expected after trying the original cereal.

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When milk is added Chocolate Lucky Charms might be the best cereal I have ever eaten, they are so delicious, the chocolate flavour of the cereal is much nicer than the oat flavour of the original cereal, this version is sweeter and packs more flavour which is all I wanted and I couldn’t be happier.

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General Mills: Lucky Charms Review

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Lucky Charms is a breakfast cereal from company General Mills, it has been popular in kitchens at breakfast time since 1964. The cereal generally consists of oat pieces and marshmallows, my box came with Pokemon cards which is really cool because I couldn’t tell you the last time a box of cereal I have bought has come with something other than cereal.

The commercials are great for Lucky Charms, they consist of the leprechaun Lucky trying to keep children away from his cereal but he almost always gets caught in the end and the children get the cereal, some of the commercials are really memorable and they have helped to make the cereal so popular.

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The back of the box has various Pokemon games and information regarding the Pokemon card promotion.

One serving of the cereal is 3/4 of a cup which is approximately 96 grams in UK measurement.

One serving of Lucky Charms has

110 calories

1 gram of fat

170 milligrams of sodium

55 milligrams of potassium

22 grams of carbohydrates

2 grams of protein

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The cereal has a very faint sweet smell to it when you open the box but nothing that stands out

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The cereal tastes ok dry, the marshmallows do not have a lot of flavour dry but the oats have a very nice flavour similar to cheerios.

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The cereal smells sweeter when milk is added but its not an over-empowering smell.

The cereal is nice with milk it reminds of cheerios mixed with sugar and apart from that nothing about it is really that interesting, the marshmallows are definitely what will bring in the kids but for me Lucky Charms are not the greatest cereal when it comes to taste, I do also have a box of the chocolate variety which I am going to review so hopefully that version will bring more flavour to the table.

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As a bonus these are the Pokemon cards I got in the box

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Crash Team Racing/ CTR Nitro Fueled Review

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After Crash Bandicoot took the video game world by storm with his original trilogy of games on the Playstation, the next entry in the series was an unusual choice for the character, in 1999 Crash team racing was released, the game was a kart racing game that was developed by Naughty Dog and published by Sony Computer Entertainment.

 

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An extraterrestrial creature called Nitro Oxide comes to earth and challenges the Crash Bandicoot cast to a race, he wants to race the fastest driver and will leave earth if he loses but if he wins he will turn the planet into a concrete parking lot.

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The Adventure mode of the game has players driving around an over word to find racing tracks, when you find a track you will be challenged to win a race against a cast of challengers. In traditional kart racing fashion you must race as fast as you can while drifting around corners, gaining boosts and using the various power ups to your advantage. I’ve never really liked the power ups in CTR but if I had to pick a favorite it would have to be the TNT crate. The game allows players to collect Wumpa fruit in order to drive faster although to be honest even with the max amount of Wumpa fruit I didn’t seem to be going any faster at all. The boost is really useful once you get the hang of it, when drifting players can boost if they press the opposite shoulder button once the exhaust fumes from the kart turn black and you can do up to three boosts during one drift.

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The adventure mode has various boss races which are very challenging and in my opinion a little unfair. The bosses just spam their attacks onto the player making the races very frustrating.

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After beating an area boss in the game players are able to replay the race tracks in both CTR medallion races, Relic Races and Crystal levels, CTR medallion races are exactly the same as the regular races apart from a player is needed to find three hidden letters C,T and R and place first. In Relic Races players must complete all three laps in under a set amount of time they can hit crates to gain more time and depending on how long they take to finish the race will determine what level of relic they are awarded, players can win either silver, gold or platinum relics and in Crystal levels players have a set amount of time to collect 20 purple crystals (This mode is by far the most challenging in the game)

The final mode in the adventure mode are the gem cups. after collecting a set number of coloured tokens from winning races and challenges players can challenge a gem cup in order to win a gem, if all gems are collected players can unlock some bonus content and the true ending to the game.

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A few other modes are available outside of the single player adventure mode, Time trials allows players to race across tracks with no items to see how fast they can beat the track, they can save ghost data to the game in order to try and beat their best time at a later date. Arcade mode allows players to replay any track from the adventure mode, Battle mode is a lot of fun players can pick from a selection of battle arenas to try and get the most kills against other players by attacking them with the games various weapons.

The games soundtrack was composed by Josh Mancell, I love the soundtrack to this game its got a nice beat to it and every track had me tapping my foot to the music. The music really suits a comedy racing game such as Crash Team Racing and you couldn’t ask for anything better than this.

Crash Team Racing is a phenomenal game it was an odd choice for Crash Bandicoot but it worked extremely well, it has great controls, a wonderful soundtrack, an hilarious plot and a hell of a lot of charm the only issue I have is that I find the boss races a little unfair but apart from that this is one the best kart racing games of all time only falling short to the Mario Kart Series in my opinion. 9.5/10

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In 2019 a remake of the game developed by Beenox was released and this entry included a new lick of paint for the game bringing it into the modern era. Tracks, karts and characters from the original game and the sequels were remastered and added to the game.

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The biggest change here was the graphics which look fantastic, The best part for me personally was how much life was added to the tracks, while they mostly stuck with just a modern take on the classics the developers gave back ground details such as environments, animals and elemental effects which made the tracks really interesting to soak in while I was playing.

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You can now also build karts in the game by swapping colours, wheels, bodies, stickers and decals, this is quite fun although all of the karts I built felt the same to race.

The soundtrack while again really good takes a more modern approach to the music, the tracks sound more smooth and better composed although I prefer the original soundtrack over this, I just cant jam to this one as much as I can the original which is a shame but its one of the only things that I would say is worse in this remastering.

This is an amazing reboot of  Crash Team Racing and while the original sequels didn’t do to well back in the day its nice to see them get some love here in the form of bonus content. The game controls fantastically and visually its beautiful, while I was not a fan of the soundtrack it was still very nice to listen too. What I really dislike about this remake is the god awful load times, I played this on the Switch which has apparently got the longest load times but players from both Xbox and PlayStation that I know have confirmed that load times are a little too long on those platforms as well. I can only hope this is fixed in a patch in the future and its because of this I find it hard to give this version a higher rating compared to the original game so I will be fair and say that it just as good 9.5/10.

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Post: Fruity Pebbles Review

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Fruity Pebbles as well as its sister cereal Cocoa Pebbles are cereal brands based on the animated sitcom the Flintstones, they were both released in 1971 and have been popular in American homes ever since.

The commercials for pebbles are really great, they are very entertaining and will make you want to try the cereal, they have changed a lot over the years but I like the commercials where Barney is trying to steal the cereal from Fred the best.

Today we will looking at the fruity pebbles version of the cereal.

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The box comes with some games on the back which will keep children entertained for a short while.

One serving of the cereal is half a cup which in uk measurements is 135 grams.

One serving of fruity pebbles has

110 calories

1 gram of saturated fat

140 milligrams of sodium

20 milligrams of potassium

9 grams of sugar

14 grams of other carbohydrates

and 1 gram of protein.

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Upon opening the box you can smell a very strong artificial fruit scent that fills your nostrils.

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I tried all of the different colours dry and they all taste the same, it a very artificial flavour but it is nice.

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The cereal is a lot nicer with milk but it is very sweet, I cant see me eating this on a daily basis but as an occasional treat it would make a nice dessert.

The cereal goes soggy really fast which is a shame for me because I enjoy crunchy cereal but this didn’t affect the taste of the cereal at all.

Fruity Pebbles is a cereal that is not available in the United Kingdom so I had to get this imported, it is very enjoyable but as I have already mentioned it is incredibly sweet so keep this in mind before you order a box online.

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Rocket Power Review

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Rocket Power was an animated series that came from Klasky Csupo who gave us Rugrats, Rocket Power was aired on Nickelodeon between 1999 until 2004 and it lasted for four seasons.

Great opening credits and a catchy theme song for Rocket Power, its one of my favorite theme songs for the older nickelodeon cartoons.

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Rocket Power is about the gnarly adventures of four children, the two rocket children Otto and Regina as well as their friends Sam and Twister.

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The four protagonists live in a fictional town called Ocean Shore where extreme sports including surfing, skateboarding, roller blading etc is very popular for the locals who live there.

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Every Episode has one of the characters from the show learning a lesson which normally has something to do with sports, one of my favorite episodes is from season 1 when Otto Rocket ditches his dads snowboarding equipment to promote his competitions equipment after he is manipulated by the douche bag in image above.

And after accepting to represent the competitions brand he learns the lesson that the other brand does not care for him and only wants him for profit, its a hard lesson to learn but its a real issue that a lot of celebs go through when they agree to promote certain brands.

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I like most of the characters on the show but my absolute favourites are the Rocket family (Reggie, Otto and their dad Raymundo) as well as Raymundo’s business partner Tito.

I never really liked Sam or Twister as much, I feel that the Rocket Kids have more personality and are genuinely more fleshed out characters.

Rocket Power was a really cool show that I have found more enjoyment from as an adult than I did when it first came out, it has pretty good animation, a fantastic voice cast, memorable characters and a lot of good morals as well as moments from the show that are hard to forget.

I wouldn’t say this is one of my favourite shows as I couldn’t get completely into it, I found the episodes seemed a little repetitive and there wasn’t much character growth in the series but apart from that Rocket Power is well worth a watch to see if you like it.

Normally with these cartoons I would like to talk about the theatrical films as well although Rocket Power didn’t have theatrical a movie (not including the made for TV films) so my opinion is purely based on the show.

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Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows (2015) Review

I would recommend reading my review of Shovel Knight:Shovel of Hope before reading this review.

https://ragglefragglereviews.com/2015/11/15/shovel-knight-2014-review/

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Shovel Knight Plague of Shadows was the first alternative campaign that was added to Shovel Knight. It was released on September 1st 2015.

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The game stars Plague Knight who wants to collect the essences of the other knights in the game, once he has the essences Plague Knight  hopes to create the ultimate potion which can grant him anything he desires.

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Plague-Knight-12The game mostly follows the same premise of the original Shovel Knight but it does have its differences. The major difference is the way that you traverse the various levels and defeat the bosses, Plague Knight cannot jump as high as Shovel Knight but he can double jump and use bombs to propel himself into the air.

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A new arsenal of weapons comes with the game, Plague Knight is able to use bombs powders and fuses to defeat his enemies.

New relics are also available to Plague Knight, all of these have various uses such as absorbing health from enemies, creating a cloud of invincibility and creating floating platforms as well as many other useful relics.

 

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Small green coins named Cypher Coins can be collected through out the game, these coins can be used to update the weapon upgrades you can buy in the shop and if you collect all of them you can unlock an upgraded version of the troupple chalice.

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The game is a lot of fun although its hard not to find it a little bit repetitive, minus a couple of levels and a few changes this is the same game as shovel of hope, it has the same over world map, the same levels and the same boss fights the only major difference is the character you play as and how you get through the game.

A few new tracks were added to the soundtrack for Plague of Shadows and they are fantastic, I think I actually prefer this music to the music of Shovel of Hope.

And that is about all there is to say about Plague of Shadows its a new game based on the stages and the map of Shovel of Hope, it makes the game much more challenging with its new game play style and even though it does feel a little repetitive its still a really fun time and with a couple of new original music tracks Plague of Shadows is well worthy of a 9.7/10.

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