Infinity Blade review

Infinity Blade opening scene

Soon after a friend passed me a note recommending Infinity Blade, I was hooked.

The swordfighting game on the iPad is a lot of fun and completely addicting.What kept me interested for such a long time is that it really does take skill and practice to improve at this game. And of course, it’s fun to upgrade your character.

The first time through the game wasn’t too difficult, especially once I looked at curi’s Infinity Blade Guide, which gave some helpful tips about everything from how to fight the God King to what items are important to buy.

Unfortunately, I didn’t read the guide closely enough, and when it came time to continue to the NewGame+, I had neglected to sell any of my items.

That failure on my part left me penniless as I started the game over again in NewGame+, which greatly increased its difficulty. The hardest part for me was against the Level 300 God King, when I had to work hard to learn how to beat him because I didn’t yet have a shield with resistance to light. It took me about a week before I finally took him down.

After that, the game moved steadily. I set a goal of beating the Level 1,000 God King and again vanquishing the dungeon bosses. It was only a matter of time after passing the Level 300 God King and buying the Infinity Blade before I killed the Level 1,000 God King.

It’s a testament to how fun the game is that I couldn’t stop there. I continued on, buying up more and more expensive items. I don’t want to start over again on another NewGame+, so now I’m just maxing out my character so he can always live on as a badass. Then I’ll try to set the game down and move on to something new.

As of July 2, the last God King I had beaten was at Level 1,400, and I’m only one bloodline over the minimum (due to how pour I was when starting the NewGame+ with no money).

UPDATE: Defeated Level 1,500 on July 4.

UPDATE 2: Defeated Level 1,550 on Aug. 6.

iPad and Splashtop Remote disconnect issue

Splashtop is a fantastic program that allows you access to your desktop computer interface through your iPad screen. Through this program, I have access to all my Windows programs through my iPad.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t maintain a connection through my WRT160N router. The problem was with signal interference from multiple access points and routers in my condo complex. The problem was not caused by my antivirus program or firewall.

I corrected the problem in my WRT160N settings by following instructions found here: Linksys WRT160N router and Intel 4965AGN WLAN card N speed Fix

I also investigated changing my wifi channel, but that seemed to cause more harm than good. I left my channel as “auto” after trying to manually choose other channels. But if you do need to find the SSIDs and channels of your surrounding access points, I recommend Netstumber.

Another handy feature of Splashtop is remote access. Follow these instructions to do so: How do I connect to my home computer from outside of home?

Splashtop has added remote access through Gmail as an “experimental” feature. I haven’t tested it yet, so I can’t vouch for how well it works.

UPDATE: Remote access through Gmail seems to work better than previous methods. Now when I boot Spashtop, I wait for it to automatically find my desktop through Gmail, and then it usually connects without any problems.