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Review & Giveaway: Hotel Tycoon 3D board game from Esdevium Games

It’s Spring but we still hardly have only a few opportunities to visit the local park or for some outdoor adventures as the sun is still deciding to take rest most days! Children need options to keep them occupied and board games are mostly the best. And it if it a family game, it is a double bonus.

When we got the opportunity to review few games from Esdevium Games, I was more happy as I was getting ready to keep the kids entertained during Easter holidays. We have received Hotel Tycoon, Dobble and Palace Pets – Royal Pet Salon. I will share our experience with Hotel Tycoon in this review and watch this space for our thoughts on Dobble and Palace Pets – Royal Pet Saloon.

Remember the good old board game “Hotel” that you have played in 1970’s. I don’t know anything about it but Hotel Tycoon is a trendy version of Hotel with some innovative modifications to make it stylish and compatible with the modern 21st Century.

Hotel Tycoon Box

Contents of Hotel Tycoon:

  • Game board
  • 30 buildings
  • 8 gardens
  • 8 title deeds
  • 30 entrances
  • 4 airplane playing pieces
  • 2 dice
  • Rules of the game
  • Money
  • Initial set up sheet

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Warning: The building and the towers are not ready made!!!!! It’s not a game that you are ready to play as soon as you open the box. You are in for a lovely surprise. You need build the towers, hotels and beach houses with the cute little creative contents in the box.

To the parents: This game is suitable from 8+, mainly because there is an initial setup that needs a bit of concentration and co-ordination and ofcourse a lot of patience :). If you DC is not so good in being patient, you might be needed to go for rescue :).

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DD1 is quite good in putting things together, so honestly didn’t like me helping, But I am the eldest child at Mummy and the cuties and couldn’t resist myself interfering :)

So for the initial setup, you need to sit together as a family which is the most fun part I loved!!!! :) There are quite a good number of bits and pieces but everything is securely packed in individual plastic bags so you won’t miss them but you might have to get them all in one go to reduce the risk of missing the pieces.

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I heard some pleasing words like ” This is awesome Mummy” , “You know what! The people who built this game are really wonderful because they didn’t waste too many plastic bags and thought wisely so the children can build their own houses” :)

It will take a minimum of 20 – 30 minutes to do the initial setup and then you are ready to go! I guarantee, You will really be pleased with the finishing piece. It is very colourful and definitely attractive. The towers and the buildings are 3D to get you more involved in the game.

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The little Aeroplane counters are a great touch to the game.  The game rules are quite simple. you first buy the land and then start building on top of it. The games goes on until one of the players have all the money and others go bankrupt. There is a very good video to explain the rules rather than me writing it here!

 

Players take turns to jet around the board snapping title deeds, then it’s time to build their stunning Hotels – from the ice palaces of the Artika, to the skyscrapers of Uptown Towers. And if their guests stay long enough, they might just go bankrupt when it’s time to pay the bill!

Another warning: This game is more addictive! :) but you are in for a lot of fun. At first, it looks quite complicated to understand but you will enjoy it within few Goes. It says 40 minutes on the box to finish the game but we have had quite long runs! :) and really enjoying it as the Easter holidays have kicked in now.

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Hotel Tycoon is designed for 2-4 Players aged 8+ and is available to buy from major superstores and toy stores. It is priced £24.99

You can also find Hotel Tycoon on Facebook

Hope you enjoyed our review and thanks for visiting. Esdevium Games is offering a chance to my readers to win your own Hotel Tycoon game. For your chance to win Simply follow and RT the tweet below and enter the Gleam Giveaway for more entries.

Hotel Tycoon Board Game

Power Theory Ultra Slim 10000mAh Portable Charger External Battery Power Bank Pack – Review

Are you a photo Addict? Love to take pictures and getting frustrated when you end up with the dead smartphone with no charge in it? Well… you are just like me …. then.

Being Mum and a blogger, I take a lot of pictures.  I don’t like missing those precious moments, so it is easy for me to take pictures in my Smartphone rather than wasting time looking for my Camera. I love my iPhone 4S, however, unfortunately it is not good enough to hold it’s charge and drains it’s battery too quickly that most days I end up having a dead phone.

As I was looking for a backup charger, I was very happy when Power Theory approached me asking if I would like to try one their Portable Ultraslim Power Banks. I couldn’t wait to receive the Power Theory Ultra Slim 10000mAh Portable Charger External Battery Power Bank Pack and it wasn’t a long wait. The Power Bank was delivered quickly and was well packaged.

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What’s in the Box:

  • 1 * Power Theory PT10000 Power Bank (10000mAh)
  • 1 * 3 in 1 USB Cable compatible with  iPhone 4s, iPhone 5 and above, A standard USB port
  • 1 * USB Charging Cable to charge the Power Bank – White
  • 1 * User Guide

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The Best Features that we loved:

  • Ultraslim - It is definitely slim and weightless. There are days I have been tweeting with my iPhone connected to the Powerbank, having both in hand and hardly felt the weight.
  • Stylish -  Comes in a slightly stoned black colour and just the right size.
  • Efficiency: When fully charged, it can happily charge my iPhone 4S, Hubby’s Google Nexus and the Kid’s Kindle Fire twice.
  • Enough Ports – There are 2 USB ports to charge two devices simultaneously.
  • ON/OFF button – When you don’t use it, you just switch it off and the power is preserved.
  • Automatic Sleep: When the power bank is not charging any devices, it goes to sleep; saving power to use when you need it.
  • Perfectly working Charging cables:  When I replaced my iPhone 4S charging cables, I always had trouble fitting them in the charging port. With the Power Bank cables, I didn’t have any issues.
  • Amazing Lifetime Customer Support – Read the User Guide till the end (It is really Small :) ) and you are in for a surprise.

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There is no over heating fear here! Even if the Power Bank is on for the whole day (Which I do on most days), I have never sensed it being under the risk of over heating. The Charging indicator is a nice touch to the Power Bank as it gives you an idea of how much charge is left over in the Power bank. It also has an indication if the Power bank is currently being charged.

The one thing, you should always remember is……..!!!!!…. If the Power Bank was idle and goes onto standby mode,  when you connect the devices, remember to switch it on It took a few days for me to get used to it as I was initially treating it like an USB charger that will just kick off as soon as the device is plugged in for Charging.

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The improvement we would love to see:

  • The cables could have been slightly longer, however considering the fact that sometimes I use the phone while it is connected to the PowerBank, I am OK with it. So there could be an option for long or short cables.
  • With the Black PowerBank, Black cables would have been more attractive! All my Gadgets are black and I would love to have bcables instead of white one.
  • You need to remember to switch the PowerBank on when connecting the devices to charge. Could it be automated that the device wakes up when it detects a device being connected?

If you would like to have an ever active SmartPhone and never want to see it running out of charge, Power Theory PowerBank is something you should consider. It will be your best Companion at worst possible times to have a dead phone: Traveling, Outdoors, At a party, At a meeting Or having car trouble.

We give PowerTheory PowerBank a Double thumbs up – We LOVE IT. Power Theory Power bank can be purchased from Amazon – Visit the link here and is priced around £23.99 which I feel is a very reasonable price for such a great device.

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