Revisiting Disney Magical World!

One thing you probably know about me by now is the fact that I will give pretty much any game a chance, regardless of genre, critical reception, etc. I don’t shy away from games just because they are targeting a “specific audience,” so I’m always keeping my eyes open for new games to play!

One game I definitely would not have sought out on my own accord is Disney Magical World for the 3DS. I’m not a big Disney fan, despite the fact that I grew up in Orlando with Disney World only about 30 minutes from my house! Nevertheless, about a year and a half ago I was browsing some Animal Crossing forums and someone had mentioned Disney Magical World. They said it was a super fun game with elements similar to Animal Crossing and they liked it even though they weren’t a fan of Disney or Disney characters!

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I didn’t think I would enjoy this game, but I love it!

Naturally, this statement piqued my interest, so I looked it up online and decided I wanted to buy the game! It had been out for a little while before I heard of it, so it wasn’t really in too many stores. My husband found it at Gamestop and surprised me with it, which I thought was awesome! I played the hell out of that game- and enjoyed every second of it! It’s a Disney game without being too “Disney”- there are Disney characters in it, yes, but they are all part of a bigger story. You could play this game with no knowledge of Disney characters and simply feel like you are in a strange and wonderful world filled with both human and animal characters alike. There are so many different objectives to complete and so many items to collect, this game will keep you busy for a long time!

After playing it for a little while, I switched off to a different game, which is something I do quite often!🙂 Last weekend, though, I decided to give Disney Magical World some love once more! The first thing I noticed was that I hadn’t played the game since September 2015, which is pretty lame!

I left off having 45 stickers- so technically I am not even halfway done with the game yet. I l have a long way to go!

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Wow, I still have a long way to go…

The first thing I did was put on a Christmas T-shirt🙂

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Cute!

I was a little out of practice with the game, so I decided to start playing through all of the episodes I had already beaten in each of the worlds (Cinderella, Winnie the Pooh, Aladdin, Alice in Wonderland, and Pirates of the Caribbean). So far I’ve worked my way through Cinderella and some of Winnie the Pooh. One of the Cinderella episodes pissed me off because it had a really annoying glitch. I defeated some enemies and was trying to pick up this gem:

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But every time I got near it, it would disappear! Then I would walk away, and it would come back! Uggh!!!

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I’ve also been busy trying to collect as many items as I can, which earned me this sticker:

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Apparently this was a “secret” sticker. Snazzy!

I also managed to craft a Well Made Rod, which is pretty cool! I had to grind a little bit for the items needed to make it, so it took a little bit of time.

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I did earn a couple more stickers, but I didn’t take any screenshots- and I totally thought I did. I guess I was half asleep when I was playing or something! Anyways, I’m really into this game right now, so I’m sure I’ll write more about my adventures🙂

Oh yeah, I guess I should mention- I really do want Disney Magical World 2, so it would be great if I could finish this one first!😉 I’ll at least try to complete all the episodes in every world, then focus on collecting the rest of the items I need. We’ll see if I actually do that or if I just end up getting the game and playing them both at the same time!😉

First Impressions: Lifeline!

It’s been a busy few days around here, since Thanksgiving was Thursday! Hope all my American friends had a great one!🙂 Now the holiday season has begun, which I am pretty happy about. It’s such a nice time of year!

Anyway, as I mentioned in my previous posts, I recently played a game called Lifeline on iOS. I actually downloaded this game quite awhile ago when it was free on the App Store, and although it has always intrigued me, I never got around to playing it. Then I recently came down with the cold from hell, and I didn’t feel like doing shit for days! It was even too much effort to play a game like Animal Crossing- that’s how horrible I felt! So while browsing through my phone, I came across Lifeline, and I figured it was the perfect time to start playing!

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Lifeline is a game that is not designed to take up very much of your time. The intro screen really says it best:

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So the premise is, an astronaut named Taylor has crash-landed on a distant moon and he has no idea what happened. He sends out a transmission signal to attempt to get a hold of someone, and he somehow manages to get through to you!

This game kind of reminds me of a choose your own adventure novel. Taylor will talk to you and the game will prompt you with a couple different responses. Sometimes he’s asking you to help him with an important decision, sometimes he just wants to chat. He’s a bit of a smart ass at times, which is kind of fun!

What I thought was really cool about this game was the fact that the game does not need to remain running! Sometimes Taylor would be busy for long periods of time, and when he starts talking again, it shows up as a notification on your phone.

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The whole point of this game is for Taylor to get rescued from this alien moon. The problem is, weird things keep happening all around him…

I don’t want to post too many of my screenshots, since I don’t want to ruin the game for anyone! However, around the third day of playing, things started to get a little tough. It was obvious that Taylor was being influenced by the mysterious circumstances surrounding him, and it was hard to keep him focused!

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Nevertheless, I managed to successfully get Taylor rescued on my first play through of the game! I couldn’t believe it! I thought for sure I’d have to play through the game several times to get to the ending.

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I was happy I beat the game but then I realized… I had no incentive to play the game again. None. I mean, if Taylor would have died, I would have immediately restarted and tried to figure out where I went wrong and what path I could send him down to change things. But since I won, I don’t feel like playing the game anymore, at least not for a long time. Despite this, it was a really cool game, and at times it actually did feel like there was a real person I was communicating with! There are other Lifeline games, which I may check out at some point.

The PANDA Award!

In addition to receiving the Liebster Award, I also received the PANDA award from my friend YvoCaro!🙂 Thank you so much for the award! I love your blog so much- I love reading your thoughts on games and life in general.🙂

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The PANDA award was actually created by fellow blogger Mr. Panda, who writes awesome game reviews and just seems like an all-around good guy! The PANDA award stands for the Play A New Day Award. If I may quote Mr. Panda from his site:

“I want to encourage others to play for another day. No matter what is going on, whether in the world, your country, your home, or even in your mind, I want you to play for a new day. We’re all in this together, and we can make it together.”

What a great concept for this award! I love the idea of encouraging others, because we all need it at one point or another. So, the rules for this award are pretty simple:

Thank the person who nominated you.
Nominate any number of people for the award.
Encourage them in any way, whether through thanking or complimenting them.

Like I said in my last post, I really appreciate everyone who reads this blog! So consider yourselves all nominated for this!!🙂 I do want to give a special shout out to my friend dirtpoordutchess though. She was one of the very first people to follow my blog, and we have had so many fun conversations over the past year! Her friendship is truly appreciated.

All right, well it was fun writing about my recent awards! My next entry will be about the mobile game Lifeline. Good night!

The Liebster Award!

As I mentioned yesterday, I was nominated for the Liebster Award by my fellow blogger retrOpia! I cannot thank you enough for this, retrOpia! I’m flattered and honored for the nomination, and I’m having so much fun writing this blog and interacted with people who love gaming as much as I do! With that being said, this is the Liebster Award:

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Rules:

1. Thank the person who nominated you and answer the questions they’ve written for you.
2. Nominate 5 to 11 blogs and give them different questions to answer.

All righty, let’s get started!🙂 Here’s the questions retrOpia had for me:

1. Who is your favorite Muppet?

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I’m gonna have to be pretty basic here and say Kermit! I love frogs, and I’ve always thought Kermit was pretty cute!

2. What are your favorite and least favorite DC Comics films?

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Favorite: Hmm, this is a tough one, but I think I’m gonna have to go with Batman Returns that came out back in 1992! I saw this movie as a kid and it just stuck with me all these years!

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Least Favorite: This probably won’t come as a surprise, but… Catwoman. Just… no. No thank you.

3. If you haven’t already or are at the legal age but haven’t done so, would you ever drink alcohol or do you prefer normal beverages?

Ah, how I wish I was still somewhere near the age of 21… lol! I have definitely had my fair share of alcoholic beverages and still enjoy them from time to time, but honestly, I just like drinking tea now. Or flavored water. My 21-year-old self is hanging her head in shame somewhere…

4. Who is your favorite Marvel character?

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Now this is a very difficult question! There are so many great characters it’s hard to choose just one! Honestly, though, I’ll just go with my gut instinct, which is Deadpool! I love him because he’s kind of like the asshole anti-hero, and he’s really just a lot of fun.

5. Who is your favorite video game antagonist?

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This may seem like a really oddball answer, but I LOVE K. Rool from the Donkey Kong Country series! For whatever reason, he captured my attention as a kid and he was always someone I loved to hate in all the DKC games. I thought it was hilarious that he was a king in the first game, a pirate in the second and a robot… thing in the third! Plus he was fun to fight!

Well, it was fun answering those questions! Now for the hard part… nominating other bloggers! I don’t want to leave anyone out, and I know some of you have already been nominated for this award, so what I’m going to do is nominate my 5 most recent followers to show my appreciation for checking out my blog! They are:

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I Played The Game!

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The Shameful Narcissist

Sublime Game Reviews

Here’s a couple of my questions!

1. What is your favorite video game?
2. What was the first video game you ever played?
3. What is the worst video game you’ve ever played?
4. Do you have any video game related tattoos?
5. Do you like to play board games?

Please don’t feel under any obligation to answer my questions if you’ve already accepted this award in the past! Thanks to everyone for reading, and my next entry will be about the PANDA award!🙂

Blog Awards, 1 Year Blogging, and More!

First of all, I want to say a huge thank you to retrOpia, who so graciously nominated me for The Liebster Award…

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and YvoCaro, who nominated me for the PANDA award!

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It’s so nice of you guys to nominate me for blogging awards… and I will be sure to make an entry about each of them soon! That brings me to my next order of business…

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As of November 15th, I have been blogging on WordPress for one year! Wow! Time really flies! I started this blog with no real expectations, but I’m so happy with the friends I have made this past year! I wasn’t sure if anyone would even enjoy reading the journal-style entries that I like to write, but I’m happy there are people enjoying them just like I do! It’s so fun to write about gaming, and I equally enjoy reading about other people’s gaming adventures.

With all that being said, things are finally starting to settle down with us moving to our new house (even though my office still isn’t painted, which means most of my gaming stuff is still in boxes!) which means my entries won’t be as sporadic now! Yay! It’ll be nice to finally get into a routine with playing games and writing again!

Of course, I’ve been sick AGAIN with ANOTHER really rotten cold, so I didn’t make much progress on the house at all this week. In fact, I spent most of my week on the couch reading or sleeping. Today was actually the first day I played a little bit of Animal Crossing: Wild World (VC)! I did play a game on my phone called Lifeline… very interesting! I will do a separate entry on that game soon as well.

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Well, I have the next few entries all planned out… one for the Liebster Award, one for the PANDA award, and one for Lifeline, so stay tuned!🙂

First Impressions: Animal Crossing: Wild World (VC)!

Finally, after weeks of packing, moving, unpacking, organizing, blah blah blah, my house is starting to look like a house and not a war zone! There is still a lot of work to be done, but we are coming along nicely! My office contents are still all boxed up for the most part though, as we are getting ready to paint in there. This means that most of my video games are still packed away, because I don’t want to set everything up only to move everything around again to paint! I did, however, unearth my 3DS and my Wii U! (Too bad all of my Wii U games are still packed up, but whatever) I was happy when I found out that Animal Crossing: Wild World was released on the Wii U Virtual Console a few weeks back! I have been waiting for this game to come out ever since it was released in Europe almost a year ago, I believe. I was so busy moving, the release snuck right by me until I read about it on Jeff’s Animal Crossing: New Leaf Blog. Since I just set my Wii U up in the living room, I decided to download it!!

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Sooooo exciting!!

I was so excited to see the screen load… even though it looked a little different than I had imagined. The “DS” screens are pretty damn small on my tv, so I had to look down at the gamepad to see what I was doing! Even then, it was a little hard to see.

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Well this is… different.

Anyway, I met Kapp’n in his cab, and I answered a few basic questions for him.

Soon, I arrived in my new town, Satanica!

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Home sweet home!

I LOVE my town’s set up! All of the shops and city buildings are on the left side of the map, while my house is nestled away all by itself on the right side. It’s like I have my own little private sanctuary near the beach, which is something I wish for in real life!😉 I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before a villager moves in near me, but I’ll enjoy it while it lasts.

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Love my town map!

I got a good look at my character for the first time. She’s kinda cute, though her hairstyle is gonna have to change, haha!

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Well, she has blue eyes like I do in real life!

I barely had time to enjoy my new digs before Tom Nook came to pester me about paying him. Check out my thrilled expression!

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Uggh, can I just enjoy my new town for 5 MINUTES please!

Of course, Tom Nook wanted me to work for him to pay off some of my debt. After planting some trees and flowers, I met my 3 new neighbors: Nan, Apollo, and Filbert. I also introduced myself to the mayor, Tortimer.

So, I was enjoying the game, but honestly, the screen was bugging me a little bit. I was a little disappointed that everything looked so tiny. Then I realized… you can change the screen settings! DUH! I’m so dense! To be fair, this is my first DS game on Virtual Console, so I wasn’t aware of the settings!😉 Anyway, I played around with them for a few minutes, but ultimately, I like it set up this way:

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So the top screen is small and on the left side, and the bottom screen is the main focus on the right side. Not much goes on on the top screen in this game, so this is the perfect set up. As a side note, it’s kind of a bummer that everything is right handed. I’m a lefty, so it’s nice when there’s an extra setting to accommodate my awkwardness! I’m totally used to it, though, so it’s not too big of a deal.

Moving on! I wanted to finish my jobs for Nook, because he was starting to get an attitude with me!

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Wow, thanks douche!

After a few more quick tasks, I was done! If only it was this easy in real life.

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I wish…

Once I was done working, I immediately shook a few trees to gather some cherries, sold them to Nook, and bought the net and fishing rod he had in his shop! There better be a damn shovel for sale tomorrow.

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Since it is Saturday, I figured K.K. Slider would be performing, but nope! He was nowhere to be found! Maybe because I just started the game, he wasn’t there. Who knows.

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Aww. an empty stage… how sad!

However, despite this being the first day of me playing, the game announced that the Flea Market was happening today. As I entered my house to place my hammock that Nan had given me, Apollo busted in and tried to buy each of the four measly pieces of furniture I had! No way buddy!

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That’s my only light source right now…. so no, you can’t have it!

After that, I walked along the beach, picking up shells and catching fish. I then ended my game for the night!

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My first fish!

Conclusion:

I was so happy to see this game come out on Virtual Console. Even though I own (and still actively play) the DS version, it’s still really cool to see this game on the big screen. The game seems to have ported over quite nicely, and I’m sure I’m going to be enjoying it for a long time!

All My Games Packed Up= No Fun!

Just wanted to write a quick entry since it’s been a few weeks since my last one! We are mostly moved into our new house, though it seems like hardly anything is unpacked! I’m pretty OCD when it comes to organizing and having everything “just so,” so as you can imagine, the sight of tons of boxes makes my skin crawl! Hurricane Matthew slowed down our progress a little bit, as we lost an entire weekend worth of work. It’s all good though- our house is coming along nicely, and soon everything will be unpacked and organized!

Of course, this is a gaming blog, so it’s hard to write when all of my games are packed up! Even my 3DS is “somewhere” right now. I’ve been playing on my iPad and iPhone a little bit, but at the end of the day, I’m really too exhausted to do much of anything. Between working all day and then coming home and trying to finish moving in, I don’t have extra time to game. That is sad to me, but I know it’s only temporary😉

Anyway, I expect at least some of my games to be unpacked this weekend, and hopefully I will be able to get back to my favorite hobby very soon!!🙂