Book Review: Supercade

Supercade by Van Burnham

Supercade: A Visual History of the Videogame Age 1985-2001
by Van Burnham

4 out of 5 stars

This book gives a comprehensive history of the development of videogames in the 1980s and 90s. I love that this book begins with a quote from George Bernard Shaw, “We don’t stop playing because we grow old… we grow old because we stop playing.”

The chapters are separated by year, going through each major game that was released that year. We get to learn about Super Mario Bros., Oregon Trail, Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?, Prince of Persia, Legend of Zelda, and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.
I remember playing some of these games! Ah, those were simpler times. I lost count of how many times I “died from dysentery.” The nostalgia is strong with this book!

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Book Review: The Toughest Sudoku Puzzle Book

Toughest Sudoku Puzzle Book by Cristina Smith
Toughest Sudoku Puzzle Book: 200+ Puzzles to Sharpen Your Brain
by Cristina Smith, Rick Smith

5 out of 5 stars

This book begins with advice on various strategies for completing sudoku puzzles, and gives some advanced techniques to try out. The puzzles are separated into sections for Tough, Tougher, Tear-Your-Hair-Out, and Extra Credit.

There are also some variations of sudoku puzzles that are explored, like diagonal sudoku, consecutive, jigsaw sudoku, killer sudoku, chain, skyscraper, and butterfly sudoku. Most of the puzzles in this book are the normal style of puzzle, but there is an extra credit section with some of the variations of sudoku puzzles

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Book/ Game Review: Build a Castle

Archicards by Paul Farrell
Archicards: Build a Castle
by Paul Farrell

5 out of 5 stars

This game has 64 cards that are designed with the towers, turrets, windows, portcullis, flags, and shields of a medieval castle. Each card has cut-out slots so that you can connect them with each other to build a 3D puzzle of a castle in any shape you want! The cards are sturdy cardboard, and printed with bright colors and a simple design.

I can’t stop playing this game! Every day for the last several days, I sit down and construct something new. I’ve done three individual towers, two towers with a bridge in between, one long building, and one L-shaped building with one big tower. I keep changing it up, and I feel so creative! It’s completely fascinating because it fires up my imagination and there are so many options for how to put the castle together. Continue reading

Non-Fiction Review: Ultimate Trivia, Vol. 2

Ultimate Trivia, Volume 2 by Donna Hoke
Ultimate Trivia, Volume 2: 840 MORE Fun and Challenging Trivia Questions
by Donna Hoke

5 out of 5 stars

This book has Trivia Questions in categories for Pop Culture, Geography, Sports, and Science. They vary from multiple choice questions, true or false, or putting a group of words into the correct order. Some groups of questions have a word bank of possible answers that you can choose from.

In the beginning, there are instructions about using the book to play with teams or individually, how to keep score, or how to play with a quizmaster that shouts out the questions to any player quick enough to answer. The book can also be used for a two-person game, or as a solo challenge. Continue reading