Video gaming is a major part of the entertainment industry and adult adventure games are one of the ranges available. Combining video gaming with pornography may seem a strange combination, but these types of game have been developed for some years now.
The Lula series of video games was developed in Germany by Cdv software for Microsoft Windows. The first game was called Lula: The Sexy Empire and was followed by Lula Inside. The third game in the series pushed the boundaries and was titled Wet Attack: The Empire Cums Back.
In 2005, Cdv Software released the fourth installment, called Lula 3D, and marketed the game as having, “Bouncin’ Boobs Technology.”
Lula is a pornographic actress and producer who is planning to make her next adult movie. In this installment of the Lula series, we find her as a middle-aged woman living in a Playboy-style house. The house is full of naked or scantily clad people and there’s plenty of sex going on in many of the rooms.
Production of Lula’s next movie is delayed when she discovers that her female co-stars, who are triplets, have been kidnapped. Lula must rescue her co-stars before the movie can be produced - and so the adventure begins.
Following the abduction of the triplets from Lula’s Beverly Hills mansion, she finds a book of matches from a San Francisco club. Lula puts two and two together and realizes the matches must belong to one of the kidnappers. Lula decides to take matters into her own hands with the help of her sidekick, Dusty the dog.
Lula grabs the keys to her ‘57 Chevy and begins her mission to rescue the missing girls. Lula must visit Las Vegas, New Orleans and San Francisco to rescue her co-stars. The player must guide Lula, using the mouse and keyboard, in order to solve a series of puzzles to progress in the game.
Lula needs to speak to every character she meets in each level and the player must click on every object in the scene to progress. One of the strange things about the game is that every time Lula picks up an object, it ends up in her bra. As the game progresses it’s hard to take this seriously as there are so many items to collect.
Lula often has to perform sex acts to progress on her mission and the game player sometimes has to watch cut scenes from Lula’s movies. These movie clips are fairly poor, with a number of annoying glitches. Watching the scenes is compulsory to carry on; I feel that an opt-out option would have been a good idea here.
Graphics and Game play
Two of the most important points with a 3D video game are the graphics and the quality of the gameplay. We’ll have a closer look at the quality of the graphics and the slickness of gameplay.
Adding the third dimension (depth) to a video game that features people naked and having sex was always going to appeal to some gamers. The technology used to create 3D video games is complex and production costs are higher than when making 2D games. Video gamers want crystal clear images with no loss of definition and in some cases this just cannot be achieved.
The graphics in Lula 3D aren’t great and one of the main problems is that the porn stars all look the same. No effort was made by the game developers to create 3D characters with different appearances. The girls being animated also takes away from the eroticism and appeal.
The graphics used for the erotic scenes are prone to glitches and, at times, the scenes look like two bodies are just sliding around. There are times where a hand will go through a person's body which is totally unrealistic. There are also some flickers, due to the fact the highest setting is 60Hz.
Some of the background 3D graphics are very good and it seems that the developers concentrated more on this than on the characters. Many of the scenes are attractive but still not sharp or crisp enough to be lifelike. The 3D is not the best that’s out there but it does work well at certain points throughout the game.
Overall, considering the game takes up 2GB of space on a computer, the low quality of the 3D graphics is surprising.
Controlling Lula as she goes on her mission can be frustrating and tedious at times. When Lula has to pick up an object, the player has to instruct her to do so, even if there’s no other option. To discard an item, you’ll need to open up the inventory and go through the list to get rid of it.
There are a couple of mini-games within the main game, which require doing some target practice or shooting police and criminals. It’s difficult to see how these mini-games add to the story but they don’t take long to complete. Two or three attempts is all it takes to complete the mini-games before you can continue with the main game.
When controlling the game with a mouse and keyboard, Lula tends to move quite slowly, even in running mode. One niggle is that Lula comes to a sudden halt when she bumps into an object, small or large. She doesn't, however, stop when she bumps into Dusty and at times walks straight through him as if he doesn’t exist.
Gamers have said that it’s difficult to control Lula using the keyboard, which makes the game harder to play. Due to the fact that there’s a lot of movement, it’s easy to see why this puts gamers off.
Some of the puzzles in the game are ridiculously simple and are solved within a few seconds. Others have no logic to them whatsoever and are solved by walking around or bumping into things. It’s easy to understand why the puzzles are there but the game’s creators should have put more thought into them.
The sound is a big problem with this game and the voices of the characters could have been much better. Lula’s voice is easy to understand and she has an English accent which is pleasant. Other characters in the game have pauses when they’re speaking, which is frustrating.
Another problem with Lula 3D is fluidity of movement when trying to control Lula. A number of players have reported that when trying to turn and move at the same time the game has a tendency to crash. In some cases, the whole game will freeze; as load time is slow, this is super annoying.
The game was developed by a German company and some of the speech doesn’t match up with the subtitles on screen. This may just be a translation issue and it doesn’t affect the game. Dusty the dog sounds as though he’s in pain or unhappy as he is constantly whining and yelping, which is off-putting at times.
One odd thing with Lula 3D is that you’re given a strange option at the beginning of the game. The option is not to play the game at all and let the police handle the kidnapping so you can just sit back and watch. This defeats the object of buying the game in the first place and seems a strange option to offer a video gamer.
Is the Game Overly Explicit?
The game is about a pornographic actress and producer so there are some explicit scenes within the game. The game begins with Lula doing a striptease, and if she’s alone she’s prone to masturbation. When you’re playing the game, you’re actually following Lula from behind and therefore spend much of the time looking at her thong-clad bottom.
The game features a variety of sex scenes and it’s difficult to see why some of them need to be there. The game features straight, lesbian and bi-sexual sex, but strangely there are no gay scenes. There are twosomes and threesomes, with some bondage thrown in at certain points.
The game is not 100% pornographic, as the designers have shied away from showing erections and penetration. The sex scenes involving men and women show the man with a flaccid penis pressed against the women. None of the characters reach orgasm in the game, which is strange and unrealistic.
A couple of scenes within the game are censored and a black bar covers the explicit action. It’s difficult to understand why the game’s designers did this when the game is all about porn. It would have been much easier to leave those scenes out, to avoid having to worry about censorship.
Overall, this game cannot be described as hardcore porn, but it is very explicit in places. It’s definitely for adult eyes only, but animated men and women having cartoon sex is not exactly real or erotic. One critic even said that if people get aroused when playing the game, they should consider therapy.
What Did the Critics Say About Lula 3d?
Lula 3D was poorly received by gaming critics and most reviews were bad. Gaming critics slammed Lula 3D for its lowbrow humor which they felt was detrimental to the game. It’s useful to look at what some of the more respected gaming critics said about Lula 3D.
Eurogamer scored the game 2/10 and said that Lula 3D was childish rather than erotic and aimed at teenage boys instead of adults. Eurogamer were not impressed with the translation of the dialogue or sound design. They said that the graphics were mediocre and could have been much better with the technology that’s available.
PC Zone gave Lula 3D a terrible review, scoring it 31%; their main criticism being that the game is unrealistic. PC Zone commented that the developers were ignorant of how real-life sex works. The reviewer particularly slated the “Bouncin’ Boobs Technology,” saying it was not real or lifelike.
The online review site, bit-Gamer, describes Lula 3D as boobs in a box, with no intention of delivering an interesting gaming experience. The reviewer said the game has potential if the story and puzzles were made better. bit-Gamer described the keyboard and mouse controls as cumbersome and unreliable.
Adventure Gamers ranked Lula 3D as poor and said it is badly designed and poorly written. The critic commented that the gratuitous sex was over the top and pointless in many parts of the game. Adventure Gamers said that, overall, Lula 3D was an average adventure game but playing it is tedious, and the content could have been much better.
Rock Paper Shotgun
When Rock Paper Shotgun reviewed Lula 3D, they described the voice actors as struggling to read. The critic said that a lot of the sex was only there for decoration and was weird and empty. Rock Paper Shotgun said Lula 3D was a good example of how bad a sex-themed game could be.
If you’re looking to escape the real world for a while and want to solve some puzzles while looking at naked cartoon characters, you may enjoy this game. Playing it for short periods can be fun, as long as it’s not taken too seriously.
The writing, production, and camera work used to produce this game lack quality - and it shows. The plot is average but there’s no real story and the sex scenes are less-than-average and boring in places.
After looking at the game, it’s clear to see why there aren't more of these adult games on the market. With the click of a mouse anyone who wants to watch porn can do so, without having to load and play games. It’s unclear whether this type of video game will become more popular in the future, but after reviewing Lula 3D, it’s doubtful.
3D printing was first patented in the 1980s, the first machines were used for industrial purposes and they were very expensive. In recent years, desktop 3D printers have become readily available and they’re more affordable. Creating models, toys and prototypes in the home is now within reach of more people.
Desktop 3D printers are compact and portable unlike the cumbersome machines used for manufacturing.
How do 3D Desktop Printers Work?
Before printing an object, it needs to be designed using computer software and then that design is then sent to the 3D printer. The printer produces very thin layers which are printed one on top of the other. These layers stick together until the 3D object is complete.
The 3D printing process is called fused deposition modeling (FDM). The materials used to produce the print are heated and dispensed from special nozzles. As the layers are produced, the materials cool before setting to make the solid object.
Any molten material that can cool down and set can be used to make 3D prints. Plastics, steel, nylon, resins and polycarbonates are all used by 3D printers to produce various items.
There are some important components that make a 3D desktop printer and it’s useful to look at the components and what they do.
The build area determines the size of the object that is created by a 3D printer. Desktop models will not have a huge build area due to their compact size. The surface of the build area should be flat and this is called the print bed.
Some print beds are heated to prevent objects warping when the print is cooling down. When plastic or other materials cool there is some shrinkage which can cause warping. Some printers do not have a heated print bed and this limits the materials that can be used to print.
The hot end is a vital part of any 3D printer and it’s where the material is heated before it’s extruded. There are various types of hot end for extruding different materials at varying temperatures.
Peek Based Hot End
Peek based hot ends are able to extrude various thermoplastics up to a maximum temperature of 230°C. Peek based hot ends need to be well maintained to prevent them from clogging.
All Metal Hot End
All metal hot ends are needed for extruding nylon and polycarbonates which are heated to high temperatures. All metal hot ends extrude materials up to a maximum temperature of 320°C. All metal hot ends do not require any maintenance and rarely clog.
The filament is the plastic or other material that the 3D printer uses to create the finished product. Filaments come in 2 sizes and are 1.75mm or 3mm depending on the type of printer. The filament is on a spool which is loaded into the printer.
The extruder on a 3D printer is needed to feed the plastic or other material to the hot end. There will either be a direct extruder which is mounted on the hot end for finer control of the filament, or the other type of extruder is call a Bowden and this feeds the hot end from a distance for more accurate 3D prints.
Most 3D printers have one or more cooling fans which reduce the temperature of the print. Having a 3D printer with efficient cooling will produce better prints with a nicer finish.
A 3D printer contains many electrical components as well as the mechanical components used for printing. Printers have a power supply, electric motors, thermostats and a motherboard. The motherboard communicates with the computer and the software to create 3D prints.
Reasons to Use a 3D Desktop
There are a number of good reasons to buy and use a 3D desktop printer in your home. Learning to design and print items is rewarding, educational and fun. Making your own tools, toys and household items saves you money, time and it has environmental benefits.
Save Time And Money
If you are able to make your own tools or spare parts for a broken piece of machinery you’ll save money. After the initial outlay for the 3D printer, many things can be made for a fraction of the price you would have to pay for them. Making unique gifts for family and friends is another way to save your hard earned cash.
You’ll also save time by not having to visit stores or shop online for the things you need. Once you’ve submitted your design to the 3D printer you can sit back and wait for the finished product.
Learning to use a 3D printer and designing prints is a great way to learn new skills and it’s a particularly good way to educate children. Children love to create things and seeing something that they’ve designed come out of the printer is very rewarding. Using a 3D printer teaches children computer skills which is important in today's technological world.
3D printing at home has environmental benefits and you’ll be helping the planet. When goods have to be made in factory it contributes to air pollution, and the items have to be shipped. 3D printing produces less waste than manufacturing which is another environmental benefit.
Shipping items by land, sea and air uses fuel which is damaging to the environment. Making your own things in the home reduces the amount of goods that have to be transported.
How to Choose a 3D Desktop
When choosing a 3D desktop one of the most important things is the bed size of the printer. You’ll need to think about the things you want to print so that the machine can accommodate the finished product.
Layer thickness is another important thing to consider when choosing a 3D desktop. The majority of home printers produce layers starting from 20 microns to 500 microns. The thinner the layers are the better the finished print, but printing thinner layers takes longer.
Before buying a 3D desktop printer it’s useful to check what materials it uses to make prints. Many of the printers are able to use a variety of materials but some may only use plastic. If your printer only uses one material it will limit the type of things you’re able to produce.
Choose a printer that allows you to change the nozzle for different projects. If you want to produce accurate and highly detailed prints you’ll need to use a smaller nozzle. Nozzle sizes for the majority of desktop 3D printers range from 0.25mm to 0.8mm.
If you’re new to the world of 3D printing it’s better to buy a basic printer until you’ve learned how to design and print. Some 3D desktops are aimed at experienced printers and may be too complex for beginners. When you become more experienced you always have the option to upgrade your printer.
What Are The Top 5 3D Desktop Brands?
We’ve selected 5 manufacturers that produce desktop 3D printers that are suitable for home use.
MakerBot Industries is based in the United States with their headquarters in New York City.
MakerBot produce a range of 3D printers including the desktop models the Replicator+ and the Replicator Mini+. The Replicator + is an upgraded version of the original Replicator and new model has a larger build volume that its predecessor. It prints 30% faster than the old model and features a grip surface which prevents prints from warping.
A great feature on this printer is the built-in camera which allows you to monitor your prints from a mobile device.
The Replicator Mini+ is a compact desktop 3D printer making it a great choice for hobbyists. The printer is lightweight and portable whilst remaining robust and durable.
MakerBot printers can be controlled using the control panel, or remotely using the free MakerBot Print software. MakerBot 3D printers are compatible with Windows and Mac operating systems. Files can be sent to the Replicator Mini+ via Wi-Fi or USB and the Replicator+ has an ethernet port.
FormLabs is a technology manufacturer and developer based in massachusetts in the United States.
FormLabs manufacture industrial and desktop 3D printers and their Form 1 was released in 2012. The new Form 2 desktop printer is an upgraded version of the Form 1 and it’s a great choice for a home printer. FormLabs printers produce high quality prints with an excellent finish.
FormLabs printers use laser technology to cure the prints made from liquid photopolymer resin. The resin is contained in cartridges which are quick and easy to change when necessary.
The Form 2 features a touch screen display, a handy peeling mechanism and wireless controls. FormLabs printers are controlled by their PreForm software which can be downloaded for Windows or Mac. Files are sent to FormLabs printers via Wi-FI, USB or the ethernet connection.
Aleph Objects Incorporated
Aleph Objects Incorporated is a US company based in Loveland, Colorado.
Aleph Objects make a range of 3D printers and the Lulzbot Mini, Mini 2 and Taz 6 are compact desktop printers aimed at the enthusiast. In June 2018 Aleph Objects released the LulzBot Mini 2 which is an upgraded version of the original. LulzBot printers produce good quality prints with a clean finish.
LulzBot 3D printers support a variety of printing material making them more versatile than other printers that are available. Nylon, polycarbonate and t-glase, which is a transparent material, can all be used by LulzBot machines.
One of the downsides with LulzBot 3D printers is that they have to be tethered to a laptop or desktop computer whilst printing. The Cura software needed to control the printer is a free download compatible with Windows and Mac.
iMakr is a UK-based company with stores in London and New York.
iMakr make a number of desktop 3D printers including the FlashForge Finder, Creator Pro and the Dreamer. FlashForge printers are a good choice for newcomers to the world of 3D printing as they’re easy to use. The compact printers made by iMakr produce quality prints at an affordable price.
iMakr FlashForge printers can be loaded with a variety of materials to create prints apart from the Finder which only uses polylactic acid. The Dreamer and Creator Pro are capable of printing with metals which makes them a good choice for engineers.
iMakr FlashForge 3D printers are compatible with Windows and Mac operating systems and can be controlled with software including Flashprint and Cura. All of the desktop printers made by iMakr have a display screen and designs are sent via Wi-Fi or USB.
Ultimaker is a dutch company and they have offices and manufacturing facilities in the United States.
Ultimaker manufacture a number of 3D printers for industrial uses and for hobbyists. The Ultimaker 2+ is their desktop model and it’s a good choice for the more experienced designer and printer. Ultimaker 3D printers are not the cheapest but they’re very well made and produce high-quality prints.
Ultimaker 3D printers work with a range of materials including plastics and nylon, making them versatile. The nozzles are interchangeable to allow for different print qualities and varying print speed.
Ultimaker printers are controlled with Ultimakers own Cura software via a USB port and there’s an SD card slot. The printers are compatible with Windows and Mac operating systems.
The fascinating world of 3D printing awaits you and if you’re looking for a well made 3D desktop printer there’s a huge choice. The brands that we’ve looked at in this article are all a good choice when you plan to make a purchase. There are 3D printers suitable for beginners and experts alike, and there are machines to suit all budgets.
While it may not be able to compete with modern-day 3D technology, at the time of its release, 3D Dinosaur Adventure was unlike almost anything else on the market. With a variety of interactive games and information at the player’s fingertips, this game is exciting and informative at the same time. However, the whole game does not feature 3D graphics. The game includes a small number of features that require the use of 3D glasses and provide the player with an exciting 3D experience.
3D Dinosaur Adventure is an educational computer game for children all about dinosaurs, however, it has received mixed reviews. Some praise its educational and informative premise and highlight how beneficial it is for the younger generations. Others have criticized the graphics and somewhat primitive gaming experience it provides. We will take a closer look at the critics later in this article and let you form your own opinion of this classic computer game from the 90s. First, let's take a look at the game itself, the creators, and how the game works.
What is 3D Dinosaur Adventure?
3D Dinosaur Adventure was developed by Knowledge Adventure and released in 1993. Knowledge Adventure, an American based company, are creators of educational software, including titles like My First Encyclopedia.
Being an educational software company, it is no surprise that they released 3D Dinosaur Adventure. The game was released to be compatible with DOS, Macintosh and Windows 3.x and is built around a theme park setting. The aim of the game is to explore the theme park and the different areas which are contained within this setting.
Within the breakdown of the game, players can visit a virtual museum located at the theme park, as well as take part in a variety of quizzes and access an encyclopedia full of dinosaur-related information. While the game is classified as 3D, there are only certain parts of the game that feature 3D graphics.
The game itself comes with two sets of 3D glasses, and in certain parts of the game the players need to wear them in order to experience the full effects of the 3D graphics. The main parts of the game which include 3D graphics are short, informative clips of dinosaurs; these appear to jump out of the screen at the viewer. Players will also need to wear their 3D glasses when they visit the dinosaur museum, but this provides exciting 3D images of various dinosaurs.
It is clear that this game falls firmly in the educational category of games. Within the game there are plenty of opportunities for the user to learn and find out new and interesting facts about dinosaurs. 3D Dinosaur Adventure has also taken into account that a number of age ranges may be interested in this topic and has adapted how the information is delivered.
While older children will be interested in accessing the encyclopedia for information, within the game there are a number of storybooks that are targeted at younger children. Both the encyclopedia and the storybooks are read aloud, with the option to read along, making the game accessible for a variety of ages.
Arguably, one of the most attractive features of the game is the movie theatre in the theme park. Players have access to 30 live-action films in the theatre. The films cover a great number of topics and themes, all related to dinosaurs, of course. The films are different lengths and are both entertaining and humorous.
As previously mentioned, the game is set within a theme park. Obviously, this is a great choice as it is an exciting place for the game to take place, especially in the eyes of the target audience. The theme park setting also allows for the game to be logically set up, and easy for the player to navigate and find their way around.
There are three main areas within the theme park; each of these areas provides a variety of games and activities for the player to get stuck into. Each section of the theme park offers plenty of features, including interesting facts and information. Let's take a closer look at some of the different features within the game and how to make the most of 3D Dinosaur Adventure. To do this, we will break down each section of the theme park and highlight the different activities available in that section.
In the Triassic Tour section, there are a number of exciting features and activities. Players can test their dinosaur knowledge by playing Name-a-Saurus. They can also access a Dinosaur storybook which is read aloud and gives the user the chance to read along too. This feature is really great for players of all ages.
Finally, within the Triassic Tour section of the theme park, players can access the 3D Dinosaur museum.
This is arguably the most exciting feature of this section as it utilizes full use of the provided 3D glasses. As players take their tour of the museum they will see exciting 3D images of a wide variety of different dinosaurs.
This could be considered the most creative section within the game. Jurassic Jungle allows children to explore, discover and create. This section is also easily accessible for younger children, as the activities available are not dependent on knowing a great deal of facts about dinosaurs.
The first activity in the Jurassic Jungle section is called Photo Safari. As the name suggests, players are taken on a safari and get a taste of what life is like as a wildlife photographer.
Only the subject of their photographs are the wildest creatures of all. Players get to search for and discover a variety of different dinosaurs and take photos to look at later.
Another fun and creative activity in this section is called Create-a-Saurus. This is a feature that allows users to let their creativity shine through. Players can design their very own dinosaurs out of everyday materials. This great feature will keep children of all ages entertained as well as letting their creativity blossom.
Finally, within the Jurassic Jungle players can yet again use their 3D glasses. As mentioned previously, there is a great selection of 3D videos all about dinosaurs. All the videos in the theater are informative yet entertaining and cover a wide range of topics.
Within this final section of the theme park are two more captivating activities for any youngster interested in dinosaurs.
First up there is a quiz game called “Who Am I?” In this game, players have to use picture clues to figure out which kind of dinosaur they are looking at. This activity provides a great opportunity for them to consolidate their learning and what they have found out in other areas of the game. However, as this activity requires a bit more knowledge about dinosaurs, it is more accessible for older children.
3D Dinosaur Adventure also provides users with a game within a game. Save the Dinosaurs is a race against the clock to rescue dinosaurs. In order to play, users must use the mouse to navigate through a maze-like setting. The aim of the game is to save all 15 kinds of dinosaur before the time runs out. Players are aiming to try and save them all before they are wiped out by a comet hurtling towards Earth.
What the Critics Think of 3D Dinosaur Adventure
While this game has a multitude of different activities and features to keep children entertained, 3D Dinosaur Adventure has received mixed reviews. That said, most reviews are positive with the only real criticism being related directly to the quality of the graphics. Some praised its innovative technology and use of 3D glasses to enhance images, giving users the experience of dinosaurs appearing to jump out of the screen at them. Others argued that Knowledge Adventure were capable of making better.
Educationally, the game received plenty of praise. The Educational Technology Handbook highlighted that the game and its animation sequences had the ability to not only inform students but help them retain the information they had learned. The game also won Best Overall Education Program in 1994.
PC Mag did praise the game as a good reference tool for young learners but highlighted that the technology and special effects could have been better. That said, it is clear that 3D Dinosaur Adventure is a great resource for any children interested in learning about dinosaurs.
What We Think of 3D Dinosaur Adventure
While this game is obviously not really relevant in today’s market, 3D Dinosaur Adventure was an exciting and informative game that was mainly well-received when released in 1993. However, the one thing that arguably let it down was its primitive graphics and special effects.
That considered, let’s focus on the main point of the game; it is ultimately an informative resource aimed at educating children and students about dinosaurs. The element of 3D graphics is an added exciting factor, but it is not the entire objective of the game.
The game itself only has a limited number of features that allow users to access the 3D imagery. But at the time this limited number was still enough to give the game an edge and add extra levels of excitement and engagement.
The features of the game that do include 3D graphics are well-executed and interactive. They add an exciting element to the learning process and allow the user to feel even more connected to these prehistoric reptiles featured in the game, especially when watching the variety of 3D movie clips.
There are also a great number of different activities and features included within 3D Dinosaur Adventure. This is something that is very important in order to open up the game’s appeal to a wider variety of age ranges and interests. The game is easily accessible to children of all ages and has thoughtfully adapted features to accommodate these different groups.
The availability of a number of different kinds of activities is also great as it allows learners of all abilities and interests to find something that they’re keen on. Not everyone learns in the same way, and this game tries to support that with a number of different, yet interesting and informative, activities.
Overall, we think 3D Dinosaur Adventure is a great piece of kit. It may not stand up well against modern-day technology standards and it may not appeal to the current generation of children. But, at the time of release, this was a wonderful resource.
There are a great deal of different activities available on 3D Dinosaur Adventure to keep children busy for hours. The information is delivered in an instructional yet exciting and interactive way and this is arguably one of the best methods to learn and retain information. With the added feature of quizzes within the game, players are also given the opportunity to consolidate their learning and test what they still need to find out.
While the entire game does not contain 3D graphics, the areas of the game that do are well-executed and interesting. The fact that the game also comes with two pairs of 3D glasses is also a plus; this allows for more than one player to play the game. The second pair can also serve as a spare pair if the others are broken or lost.
We think that the 3D Dinosaur Adventure game is a great educational resource that still appeals to different age ranges. With a wide variety of different games and activities to get stuck into, there really is something for everyone. Why not dig out a copy and have a go if you have an old PC lying around? There is plenty to learn from this game, whatever your age.
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When Were 3D TVs Introduced?
In 2010, shortly after the release of the 3D Hollywood blockbuster Avatar, Korean company, Samsung, released the first 3D TV. Many of the leading tech companies at the time believed 3D viewing in the home was the future of television. This, however, was not to be, and a few years later in 2017 the manufacture of 3D TVs ceased.
Most of the major TV manufacturers are now concentrating on 4k and HDR technology. Virtual reality is growing in popularity and Samsung have even made TV pilots for VR headsets.
For those still wanting the full 3D cinema experience at home there are still a number of reputable online retailers that can supply new and used 3D TVs. You’re now able to buy a high specification 3D TV for a fraction of the original retail price.
Why Did 3D TV Fail?
Many things contributed to the demise of 3D TV and here are 5 of the main reasons the technology died out.
One of the reasons that in home 3D viewing didn’t take off was the need to wear a pair of special glasses. In order to see a 3D picture on the screen you have to use them or the picture is blurry and not 3D.
Most 3D TVs are supplied with one pair of viewing glasses so that you can watch the TV as soon as it arrives. However, a family of four would need to buy three extra pairs of glasses to share the 3D experience. Furthermore, if you already wear prescription eyeglasses when watching TV, using the 3D glasses can be tricky and uncomfortable.
The additional kit required to get the best viewing experience was another reason that 3D TVs were not a success. To view movies in 3D, consumers needed to buy a Blu-ray DVD player that supports 3D. To get 5.1 surround sound, a home cinema system was needed for the true cinema effect.
All of these extra items needed to create a 3D home cinema are costly and not an option for many consumers.
The angle of viewing makes watching 3D TV more difficult than watching 2D images on a screen. To get the best experience viewers have to keep their head upright so that the image is not distorted. Laying on the sofa whilst watching your movies is not an option with 3D TV.
Lack of Content
Another reason that 3D TV was not as successful as the manufacturers had hoped was a lack of content. To make a TV show or movie in 3D requires more equipment and a lot more work, which costs production companies more money. If the movie or TV show is expensive to make, then the costs of filming are going to be passed on to consumers.
Viewing 3D images on a screen can cause dizziness, nausea and motion sickness and this may be another reason why 3D TV failed. Clinical studies have been carried out that concluded viewing in 3D caused motion sickness. Some viewers also complained of headaches after watching a 3D TV for a period of time.
How Does 3D TV Work?
3D TVs produce display 2 different images and one gets sent to the right eye and one to the left. One image is polarized horizontally and the other is polarized vertically.
In the early days of 3D viewing, getting the images to the eyes meant wearing a pair of glasses with one red lens and one cayan lens. Red light passes through the red lens and blue and green passes through the cayan lens. The 2 images then combine to form the 3D picture.
As technology improved the 3D TV manufacturers developed active glasses which are battery powered and connected to the TV via Bluetooth. These glasses have high speed shutters which control what the viewer sees in either eye. This technology is known as alternate-frame sequencing and it delivers a high quality 3D image.
How to Choose a 3D TV
3D TVs are not cheap and when you’re spending a substantial amount of money on one it’s important to make the correct purchase. The first thing to look at is the size of the screen. 3D TVs are available in various sizes and some of them are huge.
Choose a TV that’s going to be large enough to view but one that doesn’t dominate the room. An 85 inch TV in a tiny apartment is going to take over and not give the viewing experience you’re looking for.
You need to make sure you have got enough room to watch 3D TV and distance from the screen is important. For a 50 inch screen you need to be at least 8 feet away for the best viewing results. For larger screens you’ll need to be further away and taking some measurements before buying a TV is useful.
Check the features on the TV so that it’s going to do all the things you need it to. If you need to plug devices into the TV, ensure there are adequate USB and HDMI ports. If you plan to use the TV for gaming then it’s useful to check that the TV has a gaming mode before buying.
Before buying a 3D TV check what accessories are included in the purchase price. Some of the TVs are supplied with 3D glasses and the cables needed to connect everything. If the TV you plan to buy does not include glasses and cables, you’ll have to factor the price of these into your overall budget.
You should also check your cable or satellite box for compatibility with your potential purchase. You may have to upgrade your receiver if you plan to receive 3D content. Your service provider will be able to advise you on which receiver to use with your Samsung 3D TV.
The Top 3 Samsung 3D TVs
To determine which Samsung 3D TV is the best we’ve looked at three of the top selling models and looked at some of the features and the picture quality.
The Samsung JS900 is available in 55 and 65 inch sizes and the screen is curved. This 4k SUHD smart LED TV has 3D capability and it converts 2D to near 3D quality. The TV surround is brushed silver with a matching base.
The JS9500 comes with Samsung’s One Connect box which enables users to plug devices such as Blu-ray DVD players into it. This means only one cable runs to the TV which keeps things neat and tidy. The TV is supplied with a single pair of Samsung Active 3D glasses and a remote control unit.
The remote control is not the usual type with rows of buttons and instead uses an on screen navigation similar to a computer mouse. The remote is also equipped with a built-in microphone and can be voice activated. Turning off the voice command feature however, is tricky, and some serious searching within the menus is required.
The JS9500 has 4 HDMI ports, 3 USB 2.0 ports and built-in Wi-Fi. Using Samsung’s Smart View 2.0 you can also share content wirelessly with devices including tablets and smartphones.
Picture quality on the curved screen of the JS9500 is good and the black levels are excellent. Colors are clear and sharp and the curved screen is effective in reflecting ambient light. The screen performs well in the brightest of rooms.
The TV has excellent 3D capabilities and the picture remains sharp and realistic. There’s minimal lag or judder in game mode making the JS9500 a good choice for gamers. The Samsung Active glasses supplied perform well and they’re not cumbersome or bulky to wear.
The Samsung JU7100 is a flat screen TV available in 40, 50, 55, 60 and 75 inch screen sizes. The 4K ultra HD smart TV has 3D capability as well as displaying standard 2D pictures. The slimline frame that surrounds the screen and the pedestal style stand are brushed silver.
The JU7100 is supplied with the Samsung One Connect Mini box which is equipped with 3 USB 2.0 and 4 HDMI ports. 3D glasses will have to be purchased separately as there are none supplied with this model. The TV is supplied with a remote control unit which like the JS9500 remote has voice command.
The remote is used to navigate a menu on the screen which is fairly easy to operate. A great feature with this TV is that you can customize some of the menu layouts to suit your preferences. One minor criticism is that the remote does not have backlit keys unlike other Samsung remote control units.
The TV has built-in Wi-Fi and supports Samsung’s Anynet+ which enables the TV to communicate with other Samsung devices. Users can take advantage of Smart View 2.0 for quick and easy streaming.
The JU7100 features precision black technology making the black levels on this TV good. The picture is crystal clear with vivid colors thanks to Samsung’s color enhancement feature. It’s worth noting that when viewing this TV from some angles there is a loss of color saturation.
The JU7100 produces a good 3D image with accurate colors and good contrast. The 3D picture quality is good when converting 2D images with no loss of definition. The TV is a good choice for gamers and there is no noticeable lag when in gaming mode.
The Samsung HU8550 is available in 50, 55, 60, 65, 75 and 85 inch screen sizes. The screen is flat and the 4K ultra HD TV is capable of showing 3D images as well as converting 2D pictures. The TV has brushed metal surround and an attractive low-profile base.
One of the great things about the HU8550 is that it comes with 4 pairs of Samsung Active 3D glasses. The extra 3 pairs make this model a good choice for families that want the 3D viewing experience. The TV comes with 2 remote control units and there’s a standard remote and a touchpad alternative.
The standard remote control is easy to operate which is useful for viewers that prefer a traditionals style remote. The touchpad remote is used to navigate the various menus on the TV screen. There is also a built-in microphone on the touchpad remote allowing for voice activation.
The HU8550 is supplied with the Samsung One Connect Mini box which connects to the TV with a 6 foot cable. The One Connect Mini box feature 4 HDMI ports and 2 USB 2.0 ports. The TV supports Samsung Anynet+ and the back of the TV features a USB 3.0 port and an ethernet port for internet connectivity.
The Samsung HU8550 delivers excellent picture quality and the black levels are good. Color accuracy is excellent and the colors are clear, natural and uniform across the screen. The high quality picture remains sharp even in a brightly lit room.
The 3D mode delivers a good image whilst keeping accurate color and contrast. The Samsung Active 3D glasses are lightweight and comfortable and suitable for watching long movies. There is no lag or picture judder in 3D mode unlike some other models on the market.
Price & Rating
1632 x 961 x 230 mm
66.5" x 38.2" x 2.5"
57.1 x 11.6 x 34.4 in
If you’re a fan of 3D viewing or gaming then choosing one the Samsung 3D TVs is a good choice. They’re well built, include a host of useful features and they can now be found at affordable prices.
It’s not clear whether 3D will make a return in the future and now may be the best time to pick up a 3D TV. You’re still able to watch regular 2D movies and TV shows but having the 3D option is useful.
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Picross 3D: Round 2 is the new and improved sister of the original Picross 3D puzzle game that was released in 2009. The updated version has been designed for use and play within the 3D gaming console, Nintendo DS, just like its predecessor Picross 3D. However, v, along with some new additions that add to the complexity of how some of these puzzles are solved.
This new and improved version of the game brings with it new features, details and options, as well as improving the overall gaming experience for the player. So, let’s take a closer look at Picross 3D Round 2, how it was developed and some of the new features that Round 2 brings to this brain-stretching puzzle game.
What is Picross and the Picross 3D 2?
Picross puzzles, also known as Nonograms or Griddlers, have been around for the last few decades. In simple terms, these puzzles are like SuDoKu merged with a dot-to-dot puzzle. The end result of solving number-based problems reveals a 2D image. Solving a Picross puzzle can provide a feeling of great pleasure and accomplishment, but they are not always very straightforward for a beginner. Picross puzzles are not for the faint-hearted, or should we say the faint-headed. These puzzles can be extremely complex and difficult to solve. Looking at a puzzle from the outset can be daunting and off-putting when you have no idea where to first begin. Understanding how to solve them is probably the most difficult hurdle to tackle, but once you have cracked the code and know how to approach and solve these puzzles, they can be exciting and leave you wanting more.
If you have no idea what exactly a Picross puzzle is, allow us to try and explain in simple terms. Picrosses are logic puzzles, based on a grid. The grid has numbers along the top and side which are used to solve the puzzle. As the puzzle is being solved, various cells are either colored in or left blank, to eventually reveal a picture at the end. In order to solve the puzzle, the player must decide which cells are to be colored in and which are to be left blank. While this is the basic approach to how a Picross is solved, the process itself has a number of rules. If you are interested in learning more about how to solve Picross puzzles, there is some great information online, including videos to break it down. We found this description from the Gamers’ Guild particularly easy to follow.
These puzzles were created in 1987 in Japan, by two different puzzlers: Tetsuya Nishio and Non Ishida. Following their creation, Picrosses began to gain in popularity and appear in puzzle magazines across Japan, eventually extending to other cities across the world, including London. In 1995, Picross puzzles made their debut on electronic games consoles, including GameBoy consoles. This electronic shift saw a further increase in the popularity of Picross, especially as a game on a handheld console. Nintendo released various Picross games within Japan and adapted the games to suit the developing technology of the consoles. 2007 saw the release of the Nintendo DS and along with it a compatible Picross game. The game evolved over the years alongside the platform and can now be played in 3D on the Nintendo 3DS.
Picross for the Nintendo DS came with advanced features to the previous versions of the game, one being that the new version had various degrees of difficulty, allowing players to solve puzzles of different sizes. Players can start on the easy level with 5x5 grids and then work their way up to 25x20 grids. There are also features within this game to help those struggling to solve a puzzle. A notification can be given to the player if they have made a mistake in their puzzle. Picross 3D Round 2 is the new and improved version of the original Picross 3D game which was released in 2009. Developed by HAL Laboratory in Japan, the game was gradually released across the world. The original release date in Japan was on October 1st 2015, with the United States finally getting their hands on it almost a year later, in September 2016. HAL Laboratory are video game developers from Japan who have been working to create new and exciting video games since February 1980. HAL Laboratory has worked very closely with Nintendo throughout their working lifespan and Nintendo is the company who officially released the game Picross 3D Round 2, ready to be played on one of their game systems.
Picross 3D Round 2 retains a lot of similarities to its older sister, Picross 3D. The new version of the game consists of a number of different three-dimensional puzzles, but throughout the game the rules of Picross apply.
About the Game: Picross 3D Round 2
The latest version of Picross 3D for the Nintendo 3DS promises hours and hours of puzzle-solving fun. The newest version of the brain-testing game is divided into different “books”. Each book contains various levels, all tied into a set theme. The game starts with a tutorial to walk players through step-by-step and show the basics of game play. During this tutorial, the player begins with a rectangular block, complete with a variety of numbers within both columns and rows. The numbers displayed on the starting block are there to show how many of each particular colored block will appear in the rows and columns that form the puzzle.
An updated feature of Picross 3D Round 2 is that blocks are now color-coded. There are both blue and orange blocks to add an extra element of complexity to the puzzle. The player is provided with tools to paint blocks within a puzzle in either orange or blue. Blue blocks within a puzzle will remain in a cube shape when the row is complete and orange blocks have the ability to turn into almost any shape. Numbers in the game look different to signify different things. For example, if the block contains numbers with circles or squares around them, these numbers are part of separate groups. If numbers are solid it means they will appear consecutively within a specific column or row and that they will form painted blocks.
There are a multitude of rules that come with playing Picross 3D Round 2; however, the basic concept is simple. The player must use the numbers on various rows to decide which blocks need to be eliminated. The blocks that stay will eventually reveal a hidden object or 3D image. The added element of solving these Picross puzzles in 3D adds a new and exciting twist on these brain-teasers, which can be intimidating and confusing to start with. Even with the added support of a tutorial to begin with, it can still take some time to learn the rules and figure out how to solve these complex puzzles. As this game comes with an extensive selection of puzzles all with varying difficulty, there is plenty for the player to get to grips with and to help get their head around how these puzzles work.
Once you feel comfortable with solving Picrosses, there are a number of features that can enhance the game experience for you. For example, each puzzle is timed and logs your mistakes, which is useful for those players looking to improve their solving time and the accuracy with which they complete each puzzle. The availability of three different levelled modes allows players to select the difficulty of the puzzles they are trying to complete. Players have the choice of easy, medium and hard levels within the game, which allows for more control and enjoyment. The ability to control how much you are challenged within a puzzle will no doubt decrease frustration if you are finding things too tricky on higher levels.
The graphics of the game are very pleasing to the eye, and as each part of the puzzle is solved, keep you guessing as to what the final result will be. The solved puzzles reveal a variety of different images, from charming wooden toys to vegetables and sea creatures. The quality of the graphics adds to the satisfaction of completing a puzzle, as the images are often surprising. Other features that make Picross 3D Round 2 a joy to play include a number of different music options to choose from. Players can select a soundtrack of their choice to listen to while solving a puzzle or leave it random if they wish. Whether it's something relaxing and chilled that will help you solve the puzzle, or some motivational marching band music, there is an option everyone will enjoy. There is also the option, of course, to have no sound at all if you prefer to solve in silence.
One of the downsides of Picross 3D Round 2, compared to Picross 3D, is the loss of the ability to create your own puzzles. In previous versions of the game, the player was given a platform to make their own puzzles, but they have withdrawn this option in Picross 3D Round 2. So, once you have solved all the puzzles in the game, you will have to move on to something else. Unless, of course, you are happy to replay the puzzles you already completed first time around. Picross 3D Round 2 allows you to repeat the puzzles in the game as many times as you like.
What We Think of Picross 3D Round 2
If you are looking for something to relax you, yet challenge you at the same time, Picross 3D Round 2 is a great option. For the puzzle-solver in you, there is a great selection of different puzzles to keep you busy for hours. The updated approach to a classic puzzle really adds an exciting complexity to solving Picrosses. The game can be daunting and a little confusing to begin with. However, if you persevere and learn how to crack the code and solve these mind-bending puzzles, there is great satisfaction in the final result. There are plenty of options within the game to give you pointers and support as well, which is a bonus.
With such a variety in the size and difficulty of the puzzles, Nintendo and HAL Laboratory have provided another brilliant, problem-solving puzzle game. The different themes within the game also take the player on a journey, keeping the puzzles exciting and intriguing from start to finish.
Final Thoughts on Picross 3D Round 2
Picross 3D Round 2 has been extremely well received by critics and has even been declared by some as “the best puzzle game in the last 30 years.” Picross 3D Round 2 was given an aggregate score of 84.15% by Game Rankings. So, if you are into solving puzzles, this game really is an essential. However, it is only available on the Nintendo 3DS, which is limiting if you do not have the console. This complex and challenging puzzle game promises many hours of puzzle-solving fun and excitement. That is, of course, when you have finally got your head around how to solve these sometimes daunting and complicated puzzles.
Our advice is to give it a whirl, start easy and in no time you’ll be tackling the bigger and more complex puzzles. With plenty of levels to choose from and a variety of different themes within the game, there is something here to please everyone. However, if you were looking to have a go at making your own puzzles too, this is not the version of Picross for you. Picross 3D Round 2 does not allow users to create their own picross puzzles as the original Picross 3D did.