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TOSHIBA’S take on an 8- inch Windows 8.1 tablet comes in at an attractive price point – $ 399 for a 32GB model. It also has a 1.3Ghz fourthgeneration Intel Atom processor, along with a 1280x800 pixel display. That’s a little slower than the competing Dell or Acer tablets, though that 32GB model is cheaper. The issue with the lower- cost 32GB model is that storage has to accommodate Windows 8, which means that there’s not much space left over for your own fi les. The 64GB model is the better buy. The Encore has a wide variety of Toshiba accessories to add to its productivity and while they’re nice, the same isn’t entirely true of the Encore’s otherwise plastic build. It’s not an expensive tablet – and it feels like it. It’s a decent little workhorse, but there are better options.
One thing that has translated well is the need for speed. There is a real sense of urgency to complete each stage in the quickest time, which adds some welcome pressure to the action.
A highlight for both fans and newcomers to the series are the epic boss battles at the end of each level.
While each of these one- on- one challenges requires a unique approach and plenty of persistence to succeed, it’s nice to see some of the original boss characters make an appearance.
The biggest stumbling block for this Strider remake is that the greater gaming community has well and truly moved on from the retro style gameplay of the ’ 80s. The franchise’s classic combat and exploration may be be authentic, however, it’s mostly underwhelming and repetitive, compared to the quality and originality of most new release titles today.
Even at its budget price, this one is only for the diehard fans of the series.