$ 399 ( 32GB)/$ 459 ( 64GB), har­veynor­man. com. au

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - TECH -

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.

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