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Jean Cockburn retired from her professional career as an academic librarian in 2008 to become a textile artist living on Denman Island, British Columbia. She draws, quilts, embroiders, knits and crochets, makes wearable art, weaves baskets, dyes fabric, and paints watercolours. Her work has been exhibited locally in juried and group shows on Denman Island, in Courtenay, Comox, and Duncan on Vancouver Island, in West Vancouver, and across Canada with the Surface Design Association.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Tiny Bang Story computer game

Last evening I downloaded the Tiny Bang Story computer game from the apps store on my Mac laptop, cost $10. The game was released in October 2011. Then I spent most of the evening engaged in a delightful puzzle of shapes and numbers and honestly, critical problem analysis. What fun!

I became interested after reading a review of the game in a Jan. 20, 2012 Globe and Mail newspaper article Three of the best from Mac’s App Store: "The Mac App Store has, in its short existence, joined Web-based game distribution platforms such as Steam and Xbox Live in becoming a stage for small studios to show off wares that might otherwise struggle to reach mainstream audiences. Some of these games deliver engaging new ways to play and daring digital artistry......... Hidden-object games – those in which we hunt for random items concealed in complex pictures – have a reputation for being a bit mind-numbing. That’s not the case with Russia-based Colibri Games’s debut offering, The Tiny Bang StoryThe action is set in a whimsical world where everyday objects like boots and kettles have been turned into buildings for wee folk. Sadly, a soccer-ball-shaped meteor shatters this unusual realm at the game’s outset, and we’re the ones who must put it back together. Players search lovely hand-drawn environments for suspicious things, like a broken panel or a locked control box. These discoveries dictate the sorts of objects we seek – like a tool to remove screws from the broken panel – and eventually lead to new areas and fresh puzzles. It requires more thought than you’d expect, and proves a relaxing, habit-forming experience capable of sucking up entire evenings."

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