A Definite Crowd Pleaser

Ivy, a multiplayer game, is a definite crowd pleaser and will become the new party game hit.

Ivy is a competitive game for up to eight players. It is played using hockey and basketball rules with a twist. Players have the ultimate creative experience by drawing their own characters, building their teams and composing their own fight songs. This is probably why the game is so addictive and fun. You are not only playing a game, you are given the opportunity to express yourself creatively.

Ivy is an offbeat sports game. Two teams of players quickly race around an arena trying to score goals off their opponent. This is how it is similar to hockey and baseball rules, but that is where the similarities end. The game matches are quick, which allows others to join in at any time. This enhances the game’s popularity, making sure no one sits on the sidelines, giving everyone the opportunity to join in on the fun.

The game has uncomplicated controls, making it easy to learn and master. Use a right trigger control, which shoots the ball or by holding it giving your opponent a shove to knock the ball out of their hands. Being able to perform both actions with one trigger is a plus in this frantic game. The more you practice and play, the more goals you will be able to make.

Ivy has many different platforms. The many platforms allow you to jump through platforms, walk through platforms and some are solid barriers. Having these different options allows you to maneuver the ball in many different ways while it is in play. The further away you are to the goal the more points you will receive. The object of the game is to make as many goals as possible.

Due to the amazing graphics and pixels of Ivy you can have teams of mimes, mermaids and breakfast foods giving this game a whimsical feel. You also have the ability to create your own characters. Once again, being able to create your own characters reinforces the customization and uniqueness of this game according.

The uniqueness does not end there. It continues by giving you the option of tapping into social media. Every match is given its own four-character hashtag, and by tweeting with the hashtag to the game account (@IDARBwire)anyone can send messages and they will appear scrolling ticker at the bottom of the game screen.

If that’s not crazy enough, friends can start throwing certain words that can affect the game by mysteriously filling the arena with water, done by hash tagging the word flood, or they could turn the ball into a bomb done by hash tagging the word, bomb. They can even temporarily block both teams’ goals by hash tagging the word block. This only adds to the fast-paced action of this offbeat game. You never know what could happen one second to the next, when so many people are involved at the same time.

It should be obvious by now that having these unique options makes Ivy a real sport and community event. By having these options you are also able to create tournaments for the ultimate competition.

Ivy is a game that is competitive, easy to learn and very addictive. It is also taps into social media, which makes it unique and quirky in its own way. It allows all to participate, even those who are not playing in the traditional sense. All of this along with the ability to be creative and make your own characters, teams and fight songs. What more can you ask for.

Electric Cars – are they worth it? – A review by Gary Fixter

Electric Cars – are they worth it?

Like most people, my perception of electric cars is that they’re frankly a waste of time and money. But are we really being fair in that assessment, or is there something more to be found from the newest range of cars available on the UK market today?

Renault Zoe, from £13,995 rrp

Renault Zoe – Gary Fixter
  • 250 mile range on one charge
  • 5 seats, 338 litres of boot space
  • 4 years warranty and Renault assistance as standard
  • Zero tailpipe emissions
  • Rapid charging port, plus home charging kit supplied
  • Flexible battery hire
  • 6 different models to choose from

Nissan Leaf, from £16,680 rrp

Nissan Leaf – Gary Fixter
  • Up to 155 miles on one charge
  • 5 seats, 370 litres of boot space
  • 60:40 split folding rear seats
  • Rapid charging port, plus home charging kit supplied
  • Zero emission vehicle
  • Range of different models, styles and colours to choose from
  • Aerodynamic exterior
  • NissanConnect EV telematics system combines navigation and entertainment with an in-car management system

Kia Soul EV, from £25,495 rrp

  • Kia Warranty of 7 years or 100,000 miles
  • Zero emission vehicle
  • Up to 132 miles on one charge
  • Rapid charging port, plus home charging kit supplied
  • Privacy Glass & Solar Glass
  • Touchscreen SatNav

The specifications – and the manufacturer’s pages – for each of the cars look really impressive, but how practical is an Electric car? I was pleasantly surprised on researching to find 3 charging stations within easy reach of home, and looking at a map of the UK now you can see that there are charging stations pretty much everywhere.

On top of that, Motorway service stations are increasingly offering ‘Rapid Charging’ stations, which allow you to charge up to 80% of your battery life within 30 minutes; meaning that the old fears about running out of charge half-way on your journey really are a thing of the past.

So it seems to me that the biggest problem with buying an electric car is my own perception: that it’ll be hard to charge up, fiddly and difficult to organise, I’ll have to go out of my way to recharge instead of going straight to my destination – when actually these really are outdated fears and not at all reflective of the way things have changed in the UK in our push to be more energy efficient.

One thing is for certain, all these cars are ugly and need to look a lot more modern and less boxy in order to get a sale from me.


Article written and published by Gary Fixter

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