IF you’ve ever contorted yourself in knots creating a selfie with a camera, you’ll know there must be a better way. My strategy of snapping and hoping usually results in gurning faces half out of shot or a giant close-up of nostril hair. Not a good look.
So for all selfie fans out there, let me introduce you to the Nikon Coolpix S6600. It’s far from the first camera to arrive with an adjustable rear screen but it’s one of the more affordable.
Flipping out to the side, the screen can rotate through 180 degrees to face forward for a selfie. Or it can simply enable you to get a better viewing angle on a conventional shot while adding stability to the camera’s handling.
Nikon even includes a wonky gesture method of snapping a selfie but you’re best to stick with the shutter button.
Other goodies on board the S6600 include connectivity over WiFi. That enables you to transfer images to your smartphone with the aid of a free iPhone/Android app. You can also use the apps as a remote viewfinder – to get a steady shot or, ahem, snoop on someone.
All told, the S6600 is a decent performer image-wise, possibly a bit slow in some situations and a little short on battery life. The relatively high cost of €240 reflects the inclusion of the adjustable screen, so if selfies are not your thing look elsewhere.
Beyond: Two Souls
David Cage makes Marmite games: you either love them or hate them.
Beyond delves even further into the realm of "interactive movie" than Cage's last effort, Heavy Rain.
Anchored by terrific motion-captured acting from Oscar-nominated Ellen Page, Beyond explores the life of a teen burdened by a supernatural and disruptive guardian. Page sets a new bar for game believability, helped by Willem Dafoe, playing a secret service agent assigned to help harness her power.
Yet the plot unfolds mostly without challenge to the player, with only occasional gestures required to progress. What keeps it interesting is the sheer globe-straddling variety of the storyline and Page's compelling performance.
Puppeteer throws together delightful textured worlds, melodramatic voice acting and a bagful of quirkiness. The resulting platformer is always entertaining if a bit scattergun.
Its central gimmick – your wooden puppet can replace his head with others earned in the world – adds virtually nothing. But you're having too much fun in pantomime worlds to care.
Star Wars Pinball
A TRIUMPH on other platforms, SWP gets squashed in the transition to 3DS. Its intricate pinball backgrounds become hard to make out on the handheld's low-res screen.