First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
Konami Dewy's Adventure
- Great ideas, excellent graphics, cute
- Probably too cute, frustratingly slippery physics, and a very bad idea to implement Remote shaking to affect the environment
The game is great graphically, especially considering how quickly the environment responds to climate changes, though the hyper-cute characters and level designs may turn off many. Had the physics been less dramatic, we probably would have had more fun with it. Instead, the game is just too frustrating for its own good, which is strange considering its kid-friendly vibe.
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Everyone remembers the feeling of leaping away from a goomba, and leaning frantically to the side as if moving your entire body will somehow make Mario jump farther out of the way.
Back then, leaning meant nothing to your character, but with the advent of the Wii, your movements actually have an impact on the game. Say what you will about Dewy's Adventure's rainbow cute factor, it certainly takes good advantage of the Wii's motion-sensing capabilities.
We blame global warming
To help Dewy--a little water drop who's trying to save the world--finish his adventure, you hold the Wii Remote sideways, classic controller style, and tilt it to tilt the world, making Dewy slide around. It's basically the same idea found in the PSP cult-hit LocoRoco.
But, there are some interesting twists. By hitting up on the directional pad, you can raise the landscape's temperature and change Dewy into an immobile cloud that can stun enemies with lightning. If you press down and lower the temperature, he becomes a slippery block of ice that can decimate enemies with a combo attack. Each of these transformations is on a timer as the temperature slides back toward equilibrium, requiring you to act and think fast. The landscape also reacts to the temperature, and you will often need to keep this in mind when solving puzzles.
Unfortunately, for all its charm and interesting controls, the game is seriously hard. It requires a large degree of precision and finesse in your movements--a single misstep and you can wave goodbye to Dewy. The A button will in theory stabilise Dewy, but it doesn't always save you. The constant falls will send you into a frustrated rage as you're thrown to the beginning of a particularly tricky platforming sequence for the twentieth time.
It's too bad because Dewy's Adventure is an interesting and inventive 3D platformer.
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GGG Evaluation Team
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.