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Nintendo Wii Game Review of Cake Mania: In the Mix

Nintendo Wii Game Review of Cake Mania: In the Mix

Who doesn’t love a delicious, pretty-looking cake? It’s even better if that cake is calorie free! If you have an unwavering sweet tooth, long for the days of home ec class, or have ever dreamed about owning your own bakery, Cake Mania: In the Mix just might be the perfect game for you!
Cake Mania: In the Mix is a simple, yet challenging time management game developed by Sandlot Games. This addicting Wii game features Jill, an ambitious pastry chef running her grandparents’ bakery empire. It’s Jill’s responsibility hand each customer a menu, correctly bake each cake, and collect money — all while keeping each customer happy. Beginning levels have you baking simple cakes with a dollop of frosting for patient patrons. As you move into the higher levels, game play becomes much more complicated with fussy customers (some even entering the bakery as couples) requesting two or three-tied creations with two frosting colors, and a decorative topper.

Gameplay: Gameplay is very similar to the other titles in the Cake Mania series. During the game, you progress through 9 different bakery locations, including an underwater bakery and uber posh high rise bakery. As you complete each level, it’s up to you where you set up shop next! The non-linear game progression allows you to choose your next destination, giving you complete control over Jill’s career path.

As you earn more money, upgrades become available to you – a TV set to keep the customers’ patience at bay, top-of-the-line ovens speed up the baking time, or a pair of running shoes to make Jill scuttle around the kitchen faster, and many others. Cake Mania: In the Mix introduces never-before-seen customer-friendly upgrades such as a fish tank and tables. Throughout the various levels, you’ll meet a variety of customers. Cake Mania: In the Mix for Wii includes wacky customers, each with a different patience threshold, including ninjas, police officers, and moms-to-be.

Cake Mania: In the Mix, as well as other time-management games, are considered “casual games”, but as you advance, you’ll find yourself needing to concentrate more and more, eventually giving the game your undivided attention. In the higher levels, Wii’s Cake Mania: In the Mix is not a game you can play while watching your favorite television program or play while chatting on the phone. This game can emotionally taxing, especially in those higher levels when you have angry leprechauns and irate surgeons storming off in a fit of rage because they didn’t get their complicated cake within 7 seconds, so it might not be the best choice to play after a hectic day at the office. Frosting cakes for demanding customers can leave you feeling even more stressed out – very counterproductive when you’re trying to unwind at night!

In addition to the traditional storyline mode, Cake Mania: In the Mix offers – endless bakery and multi-player mode, allowing up to four players to get all up in Jill’s bakery business at once.

The Cake Mania series has been a success on the PC and Nintendo DS, but unfortunately it doesn’t translate well to the motion-based Wii. Because you are using the WiiMote instead of a mouse or a stylus, it makes very difficult to pinpoint the function you need on the screen. Cake Mania: In the Mix requires speed, accuracy and precision, which is easy using a computer mouse, but is an entirely different beast on a Wii. It will take lots of practice to get used to the functions. Mastery is vital during the game’s early stages; if you don’t have the Wii controls  amp; buttons down pat early on, the advanced levels will be nearly impossible to conquer.

Graphics  amp; Music: Cake Mania: In the Mix features the same colorful cartoon-style graphics and catchy music as the previous installments. However, if you’ve played Cake Mania on the computer, the 3-D styled graphics will seem subpar and choppy. You might also consider reading stella game review written by one of my cousin on his blog.

Overall:Cake Mania: In the Mix earns a B- in my book. If you’re new to the Cake Mania series, you might want to try your hand on the PC games first to see if you like it, as they are much easier to control and free 1-hour trials are available online for download. If you love the Cake Mania franchise, then you’ll probably want it for your Wii. Just beware of its shortcomings and challenges with its motion-based interface. Ranging in price from $17.99 – $29.99, Cake Mania: In the Mix won’t break the bank.

Finding the Right pair of Nursing Shoes for Women

Finding the Right pair of Nursing Shoes for Women

Gone are those days when nursing shoes were unattractive and unappealing to the eyes.  So much has changed in recent times and nursing shoes were not left out. These shoes have evolved from being dull and bulky into stylish shoes with various styles, designs and colors to choose from. Nursing shoes goes beyond just looks though; these shoes have come a long way in functionality, providing greater support and protection as well as comfort. Nurses spend a whole lot of time on their feet so it is imperative that those feet are well catered for. Finding the right pair of nursing shoes can be a daunting task; this article will act as a guide.

The first thing to do before setting out on your best nursing shoes quest is to know your foot! The feet act as a foundation for the body and if the foundation is faulty, it poses a big problem for the whole building which is the body in this case. Your feet rolls in (pronate) and out (supinate) when walking to absorb the shock and the weight. The wear pattern of the bottom of your shoes can tell how your foot rolls. People with flat feet tend to over pronate while people with high arches tend to under pronate. Motion control shoes are best for over pronation while cushioned shoes are the optimal choice for under pronation. Before your nursing shoe shopping, you should go for gait analysis to ascertain the nature of your feet from a runner’s shop with the right equipment.

How to Find the Right Pair of Nursing Shoes for Women

The nursing profession is dominated by women. Women deserve all the love and care in the world because they are hardworking and caring; it is not an easy job to be a nurse. When shopping for nursing shoes, please take note of the following:

Weight: Nursing requires a lot of walking and running. Carrying extra weight on your feet can slow you down and make you tire quickly. When shopping for nursing shoes, look for a lightweight pair. If your current shoes are comfortable and lightweight enough for you, weighing them to know the weight is not a bad idea. This way, you go for shoes that are as light as the former pair or lighter. Your legs will begin to feel heavy after a few hours on the job, you don’t need heavy shoes to make matters worse.

Size: It is perfectly normal for one foot to be bigger than another. When shopping for nursing shoes, try out the shoes with the big foot instead.

Price: For something as important as nursing shoes, price shouldn’t be the main criteria for purchasing a pair. Go for a pair that will provide you with comfort and safety no matter the price, not a cheap pair that will cause you pain and health issues. Most nursing shoes come with a warranty that allows you return them if you are not satisfied with them.