Supertuxkart – the kart racing game

If you are a fan of Super Mario Kart then you are sure to either love or hate SuperTuxKart: there is no room for ambivalence here! From the wee-bit unoriginal name – SuperTuxKart – it is quite evident where the inspiration for this racing game hails from, but how does SuperTuxKart compare to its big famous brother?

SuperTuxKart can be downloaded for free, and as soon as you’ve done so it becomes evident that more than just the name of Mario has been borrowed. The interface is very similar to that of the original, with a selection of drivers/vehicles available for the user to choose from.

And just like with Super Mario Kart, there is a selection of various weapons and power-ups that allow the player to take out opponents, charge past them and essentially achieve the end-goal of being first across the line.

If you have always been a fan of the original Super Mario Kart then it is worth downloading a copy of this homage, purely for nostalgia and curiosity. It is fun to see how a classic has been taken, and interpreted by others.

Whilst some of the variations on the original can almost be viewed as improvements, making you wonder why the creators of the ‘real deal’ hadn’t thought of it in the first place, there are other features that just seem a bit facile and a bit weak. All in all, though, it’s hard to argue with a freebie that’s this good-looking.

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Manage your fonts with NexusFont

NexusFont is a program designed for you to view and manage the various different fonts you use on your system, allowing you to view and test the myriad font types quickly, whether it’s seeing how the font looks in one particular size, or in bold and italic, or a different colour. You may think that this is a slightly over the top function for what is a simple enough task. However, NexusFont is of a niche appeal. For graphic designers, web designers or even if you’re just a Photoshop or InDesign nerd, fonts are everything. They are pivotal in creating unique and interesting designs.

As a result, you can become flooded with fonts, and finding the right one can be a task and a half. This is where NexusFont helps. All your fonts are available for viewing at once, with a large scroll down menu to view them. Simply type your sample text and view your options. You select what fonts you want to test with, so instead of a lengthy list of fonts, you can limit the test list. Similarly, you can group your fonts by type.

It’s quick and effortless to install and the interface is rather simple so if organising and working with various fonts is an important part of your work or hobby, then NexusFont is a must have program.

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Secure your home or businesses internet connection with Wifi Protector

Whilst a wireless connection is an easier and more convenient way to get on the internet, using one puts your personal information at risk of being seen by others.

Most security software just protects your device from viruses. The WiFi Protector protects your connection from hackers at all times. It uses 256 bit encryption technology, enough to protect you from identity theft and other internet crimes.

The software also hides your unique IP address, giving you anonymity and the freedom to surf the internet reassured of your privacy. With your IP address hidden you can access restricted websites censored to you in your area.

The main menu displays all the information you need to check your connection is protected. You can monitor what devices are connected to the same network as you, making sure only devices you trust are on the same WiFi connection as you. The software runs in the background of your computer, notifying you whenever a new device connects to your network.

Whilst wireless internet makes it easier for you to surf the web, it also makes it easier for hackers to access your personal information. It is vital to encrypt your information to keep it protected from others. The WiFi Protector is an easy way to protect your network at all times.

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Protect your home network, personal identity, and online activities with Trend Micro Internet Security

Over the years, the world of internet security has expanded beyond that of the major players whose names have come to the fore via long-established relationships that has seen their platforms bundled alongside operating systems – it can be hard to compete when the name of certain internet security platforms comes up the moment someone switches on their new computer.

This is not to say, though, that alternative forms of internet security are inferior, and there is no better an example of the great products available than Trend Micro Internet Security. Trend is a great new free-to-try internet security product that protects PCs against all the usual suspects including: Viruses, Spyware and Identity theft.

Trend Micro Internet Security gives you the peace of mind to be able to go about your usual computer-based activities without having to worry about the threats that can make you and your computer vulnerable.

As far as internet security software goes, Trend Micro Internet Security has the capability to offer more than adequate protection to the average home user of a PC, and is especially good when it comes to considering the family, with well thought out options for protecting kids against the many dangers of the web.

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Teeworlds – the retro multiplayer shooter

You would be forgiven for making the assumption that Teeworlds is another online golfing game, given its name. In actual fact, teesworlds is a free multiplayer game that gives you the ability to go head-to-head with as many as 16 other players. Teeworlds offers a great level of variation via several game modes that include ‘team deathmatch’ and ‘capture the flag’. With the additional option to design your own maps, Teeworlds is a free game that promises a fair bit.

Upon playing the game, it is hard not to draw direct comparisons with Worms which, in itself was a latter-day version of Lemmings, and that’s without even mentioning Angry Birds. Teeworlds is great to play ‘straight out of the box’, with a level of intuitiveness that allows the user to throw his or herself straight in there. Once the general idea has been picked up, it then becomes possible to start thinking tactics, and strategy.

With a learning curve so small as to be pretty much flat, and no associated cost, it’s hard to find any valid reason against downloading Teeworlds – particularly given the amount of rainy lunch hours you’ve got coming your way. Give it a try. Even if it’s just half an hour you get out of it, it wouldn’t have cost you a penny.

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Slender: The Eight Pages Review

Slender: The Eight Pages is the latest release by Mark Hadley, alias AgentParsec. It’s billed as a short horror game in which you’re alone in a dark wood, searching for messages scattered around the trackless forest.

And that’s exactly what it is, sadly.

After ten minutes of trudging around the forest, the screen fizzled and a rather portly, monochrome figure appeared for a moment. Game Over.

OK, that can’t be it, can it? Unfortunately, yes it can. On the second try I was slightly more successful; I found two of the eight pages before the overweight Slender Man had his supernatural way. Not wishing to spoil the game for fans of the genre I’ll say that there is a way to prolong your survival, but I’ll leave you to work out what it is.

The Slender Man meme has proliferated virally, and the concept of this impossibly tall, thin and faceless figure, glimpsed as a black shadow in the corner of the eye has undeniable horror potential. There’s a strong hint of Blair Witch in the videos to be found on YouTube, and the number of followers suggests that this is a cult that provides a rich vein for developers of horror games.

The game has reasonable atmosphere, but Hadley should review the chills created by the deserted orphanage in Thief II. Nothing happened for ten minutes in that game too, but I was riveted for every second. Much of Thief’s neck-prickling fear came from a brilliant sound track of half-heard whispers and moans. In The Eight Pages we get nothing more than our own footsteps. It’s a reasonable start, but it needs much, much more.

Overall this feels like an exercise by someone trying out their new 3D game development software. As a free download it’s a way to kill a few minutes, but if you’re already that bored, this is probably not the answer.

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Create an awesome 3D video directly on your own PC

With this marvellous new software suite it is possible to create an awesome 3D video directly on your own PC. With 3D Video Maker you can select a movie file of your choice and have it digitally converted into a three dimensional format in a matter of just a few clicks. As part of the unique features of the software you can also create a 3D video from a single source file or from two original source files.

This software suite offers a host of adaptable features and combines them together in a wonderfully simplistic interface. As anyone who works with video editing software will tell you there is nothing worse than having to learn a new package. With the range of complex features that this generally involves it can be a painfully laborious process. Thankfully this is not the case with the 3D Video Maker. Everything you need it is neatly housed and on screen with no hidden menus or fiddly settings panels.

Getting a movie into the 3D format is incredibly straightforward. Once you are in the program you can browse to select the file you want to use, tick the box that says ‘single source file’, click ‘Make 3D’ and hey presto; you have a 3D version of your video.

Unlike many other free video editing packages this software is clean of any adware or spyware. It is a genuinely safe free package that will cause no problems on your PC or home network.

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Rediscover engaging combat and the delight of exploration

If you are looking at your first foray in to the world of MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game) or simply wishing to add a new virtual world to your repertoire, then Runescape will offer a treat for you.

Set in the magical world of Gielinor this globally popular online community game will see you battle it out with millions of other players throughout mythical towns, cities and oceans. Its setting has a medieval feel and caters for all sorts of skill and play, rather than being based purely on combat as many games of its type are. It’s free to download and as it runs on Java software there is no need to download specific software. It’s free to use at a basic level although you do get access to more skills, areas and quests when you upgrade to a paid membership; monthly fees are relatively cheap. 

The 3D graphics are in the main satisfactory and with over 100 quests and new content, quests and challenges being adding regularly there’s always something new and fresh to keep you hooked. Gaining new levels of skill however can be quite repetitive as you need to do the same thing over and over in order to progress.

The online community is vibrant and friendly and is monitored by moderators to ensure a pleasant experience is enjoyed by all. If you are beyond your teens you may find it a little youthful, as it’s this age category where Runescape sees the most success.

Overall Runescape offers a great online gaming experience, if heed is to be taken it’s to keep an eye on the vast number of hours that it could easily consume!

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