First Impressions: 101 in 1 Explosive Megamix!

Like I wrote yesterday, I tried out a game from my backlog last week called 101 in 1 Explosive Megamix for the Nintendo DS. Now, I bought this game for like $1.99 at GameStop, so I got it cheap. Thank the lord I got it cheap, because if I would’ve paid $20 for this game… ugh!

Anyway, I bought this game because I do love game compilations, if they are done well. Clubhouse Games for the DS is still one of my favorite games, and I spent hours upon hours playing it. But this game…. nah, it’s not quite in the same league.

First of all, when I tried to start this game, my DS wouldn’t even read it! I tried several times, but it never worked. It even caused my screen to freeze up, which isn’t a very promising sign. I cleaned the contacts of the game cartridge with some alcohol (and was transported back to the NES/ SNES days!) and luckily, that seemed to solve my problem.

Because this was a used game, there was already save data on it. I briefly checked it out, but whoever owned this game didn’t really get that far, so I just deleted it and started my own file.

There are only a handful of games available to you at the start, and the rest you have to unlock with coins you earn by playing games. Oh, the games. That’s the main point of this thing, right? Too bad most of the games I played were cheap, boring, and uninspired!

Take Basketball for example. You’re supposed to flick the ball with your stylus from the bottom screen up to the hoop in the top screen. Good luck with that! The game seemed sluggish and unresponsive, and if you missed, the ball would just bounce around lamely for about 5 seconds before you could shoot again. After a minute, the game was over.

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What about Tornado Hockey? That sounds fun! Well, NO, it’s not! It’s a rip off of air hockey that has absolutely NOTHING to do with tornadoes. I don’t get it. Anyway, when the game first started, the puck was bouncing back and forth between my paddle and the CPU’s paddle. I just stared at it for like 10 seconds, but nothing happened. When I moved, the CPU moved, and for one crazy second I thought I was actually just playing against myself. Moving on…

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Circus and Soccer both shared a similar premise: your shit can’t touch the ground, or it’s game over. For Circus, it was hoops, and for Soccer, it was- surprise!- a soccer ball. Again, with sluggish touchscreen response, these games were pretty much no fun at all.

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Card Castle just flat out pissed me off. The whole point is to draw a triangle to build cards on top of each other. But once I got to this point:

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the game flat out REFUSED to recognize any more drawing that I did. I drew perfect triangles, shitty triangles, I scribbled all over the screen… nothing. Talk about frustrating!

They weren’t all bad games, though. I really enjoyed Sushi, where pieces of sushi rolled across the top screen and you had to spear as many of them as you could before time ran out. Darts was also fun and fairly accurate, which was surprising.

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The last game available for me to play was Aquarium and wow… this game made no sense at all. Just read these instructions:

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So, I’m leading a smiley face around fish, eating bubbles and cheese? What the fuck where these people smoking when they came up with this idea? Hey, I realize a lot of games don’t make sense, so I’ll try anything. It probably would have even been funny if it was executed properly. Too bad the smiley face is hard to control and it pops after about 2 seconds.

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Conclusion:

Despite my criticisms, this isn’t the WORST game I’ve ever played. There were a couple good games hidden among a bunch of mediocre-to-highly-annoying games, but there are many more to be unlocked. I just don’t know if I will ever get around to unlocking them all, but I’m sure there are bound to be a few more good ones in there. It’s a shame, really, because the graphics aren’t all that bad and the menu interface is kind of cute. Part of me wants to keep playing it, but I have much better games to attend to right now. Oh yeah, and the music makes my ears bleed. If you ever play this game, turn that shit off!

My Gaming Week in Review (9/11- 9/17)!

I only had time for a few games this week, but I did squeeze some gaming in here and there!🙂

Console

No console gaming this week.😦

Handheld

Nintendo DS

I dug through my backlog and played a very bizarre game called 101 in 1 Explosive Megamix and um… yeah. I was going to write up a First Impressions post about it, so stay tuned for that in the next couple days. In the meantime, here’s the lovely main menu:

Mobile

iPhone

I played a little bit of the game 10000000 this week. If you’ve never heard of it before, the premise is this: you are stuck in a castle, and you have to upgrade your castle to become free. If you earn 10,000,000 points, you are free! You earn points by matching tiles on the bottom screen according to what is going on on the top screen. For instance, if you are standing in front of an enemy, you might match swords to defeat him. If you are standing in front of a treasure chest, match keys to unlock the chests. The top screen is constantly scrolling, so if the left side touches your character, it’s game over.

It’s an interesting premise for sure, and the game was fun when I started playing it. However, I erroneously thought that your score was cumulative throughout your adventure, and eventually you would earn the correct number of points to be set free. That is not the case, though, and suddenly the thought of earning 10 million points seems insane. I felt that after a couple rounds and a few objectives complete, I still wasn’t really getting anywhere. The game has kind of lost its appeal to me, and I’m not sure I’ll play it anymore.

I didn’t have much time to play Pokémon GO this week, though I did do the update so I could have a buddy! Of course, my first buddy of choice was Squirtle. Look how adorable it looks standing beside me! I also love how its little head is shown next to your face on the map.🙂

I did evolve a couple Pokémon this week. I evolved my Caterpie into a Metapod…

my Pidgeotto into a Pidgeot…

and my Weedle into a Kakuna!

I also reached Level 8 this week.

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Lastly, I played a bit more Crossy Road. I unlocked Unlucky Cat…

Unexpected Shrew (which has the most ADORABLE board!)…

and Elf, which got me in the mood for the holiday season!

That’s it for my gaming adventures this week. See ya!

First Impressions: Enclave!

As most of you probably know, I have a lot of games. A LOT. However, despite that fact, I pride myself in the fact that I not only know which games I have, but I remember how/ why I got them, if I’ve played them or not, etc. I’d like to think I have a pretty good memory.

That was not the case with the XBox game Enclave.

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Where did this game come from?

As I looked it over and read the box, I couldn’t remember ANYTHING about this game. Where I had gotten it, what it was about, NOTHING. I showed it to my husband, who also had no clue the game even existed. Yet when I checked the system memory, I discovered that was a save block for it! When the hell did we play this game? Without further questioning my terrible memory, I powered up my XBox and began the game!

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The title screen.

The first thing I did was go to “load game” and there was a file there all right… simply called Me. Now, I knew immediately that it was not ME who had played it, because I would never name a file anything other than my name or a variation of my name. I’m neurotic like that! That leaves my husband, who still insisted he remembers nothing about the game. Oh well. The last time it was played was 11/15/2007 anyway!

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Who is Me? Not me!

I started my own save file and got on my way. When prompted to choose Light Campaign or Dark Campaign, of course I tried to pick Dark Campaign! I want to be a demon!🙂 But nope, the game wouldn’t allow me to choose it. Apparently you have to complete the Light Campaign first. What a rip!

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The fact that I can’t choose the Dark Campaign just blows.

I sat through a long cutscene about- well, about Enclave. And a lot of stuff happened. Look it up if you care!

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Blah blah blah…

After all that, I was presented with my first mission.

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I was a guy trying to get out of a prison cell. I immediately snagged a sweet sword and tried to hack everything, but the environment is unresponsive, it seems. That’s a real shame.

I explored every area I could, including some other prison cells and a sewer, collecting gold and potions along the way. I killed a few Snotlings too, the little bastards! They are little troll like creatures who tried to kill me. The nerve! Some of them were in a wine cellar, drunk off their asses. They didn’t even try to fight back!

I completed my mission, then started my next one.

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Ugh, I hate helping people! This bitch tried to tell me she needed my help, then- surprise- she barely helped me when we were faced with an onslaught of enemies! What a waste. Anyway, I picked up a crossbow, but it was lame, so I stuck with my sword. When the courtyard had been cleared, I used a cannon to open the door to the next area…

Aannnd that’s where I died! I couldn’t swig my healing potion fast enough, and there were too many enemies ganging up on me at once. It’s all good though, I was about ready to end my game anyway!

Conclusion:

This game is actually pretty fun. It seems pretty glitchy, though, especially when moving around the environment. More than once I got stuck to a wall! Also the controls are a bit clunky and take some getting used to. I’m interested to see more of the game, though, so I’ll eventually pick it back up and try again!🙂

My Gaming Week In Review (9/04- 9/10)!

Console

Nintendo 64

I finally revisited my Doubutsu no Mori town of Weezey- it’s been a couple months since I’ve played! Checking the bulletin board, I realized that there were fireworks every Saturday in August, and I missed them all! Bummer! A second notice on the board told me that there is a full moon (the harvest moon?) visible on 9/15, so I’ll have to try to remember to play.

It was pretty late when I played, so most of my animal friends were already asleep.

Since there wasn’t too much going on so late at night (or early in the morning, depending on how you look at it) I just walked around picking weeds and digging up stuff! I dug up some furniture, but when I placed it in my house…

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It was two of the same item! How dumb!

While walking through town, I noticed a house I hadn’t seen before. The sign told me it belonged to Garigari (Nibbles in North America). She was already asleep though, so I decided to visit her the next day!

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The next day starting the game, there was a nice, steady rain. I had never bought an umbrella, so I went to the store and bought one. All they had was a red one with white polka dots, which isn’t really my favorite. It’ll do for now, though. While walking around, I noticed that TWO of my neigbors had the same umbrella! I guess it’s a popular style!

I then went and met GariGari. She is a little silly looking, but cute! The inside of her house was an eclectic mix of themes.

I also dug up 30,000 Bells, which was pretty awesome!

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Nintendo GameCube

I also showed some love to my Animal Crossing town of Branvil this week. I haven’t visited there in a couple months, oops! Oddly enough, it was raining in this game as well.

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I got a very rude letter from my mom!

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What the hell! Anyway, after squashing roaches in my house, I traveled to Nookington’s, where I discovered the same umbrella I had just bought in Doubutsu no Mori for sale there as well! Too weird. I didn’t buy it, though, as I like my current flame umbrella much better😉

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I then walked around and said hello to a few of my villagers who were still awake (they seem to go to bed much earlier in this game!). I also paused to watch Octavian stare at a fish in the pond, which was so cute! I woke up Gulliver, too, which took forever! He gave me a Mannekin Pis, yippee!

Besides that, I just walked around, pulled weeds and enjoyed the rain!

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I also showed a little bit of attention to my Animal Crossing: City Folk town of Spookie this week… and yep, it was raining there, too!

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I knew I didn’t have a whole lot of time to play, but I still said hello to the villagers I ran into. Nan in particular seemed happy to see me!

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I was so tired of my bedhead, so I stopped by Shampoodle for a new hairstyle. I was surprised when Harriet told me I would look good with a boy’s hairstyle, and she wanted to know if I wanted one! I hesitated for a moment, then decided to go for it! The result was very different… but I don’t mind it!🙂

Lastly, I stopped by GracieGrace to see all the furniture I can’t afford! I really loved the cool psychedelic umbrella I found in there. It was only 3400 Bells, so I bought it! I also bought a new outfit at the Able Sisters, just to give the witch outfit I had been wearing for like 3 years a rest😉

Handheld

Nintendo DS

I visited my Animal Crossing: Wild World town of Booland this week as well- and came across something TERRIBLE!

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Stitches was all packed up and ready to move out! OH NO YOU DON’T! I cannot bear to think of Stitches moving away from me! I must’ve talked to him like 100 times, trying to convince him to stay.

Finally, just when I thought I wasn’t going to be able to convince him otherwise, he acted like he was leaning toward staying. Whew!

I also visited my other neighbors, who provided me with entertainment as usual! Sometimes they say the silliest things!

The next day, I had to play again to see if Stitches decided to stay in Booland or not. I was a little nervous, but once the title screen loaded, I was happy to see him walking around! Yay! I still played and talked to him, and he made no mention of moving. Stitches will remain in Booland for awhile longer!🙂

Mobile

iPhone

I played a little bit of Crossy Road this week, which I haven’t played in awhile. I played several times, and I unlocked three characters, which were Epoch:

Pudding (wtf?):

and Capybara:

This is such a fun little game! It’s just perfect for when you have a couple minutes to pass, and I love unlocking new, weird characters!

I also caught several new Pokémon in Pokémon GO this week! They were Goldeen:

Zubat:

Clefairy:

Rhyhorn:

Nidoran:

and Caterpie:

I also hatched 3 eggs this week, which gave me a Spearow, a Geodude, and a Caterpie!

I also accidentally entered a Gym and started a battle. Needless to say, I got my ass handed to me. I knew none of my Pokémon were strong enough, but I didn’t know what I was doing! I need to read up on Gyms more before I start messing around in them.

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Finally, I leveled up to Level 7 and got two new medals; one for catching 10 Grass-type Pokémon and one for catching 10 Bug-type Pokémon.

So, it was a pretty productive week in Pokémon GO! I am still enjoying this game a lot. Catching Pokémon and hatching eggs is so fun!

 

 

Cheap Kirby Amiibo!

While browsing on Amazon.com a couple days ago, I decided to look up Amiibo on a whim. I had been reading about some Amiibo that were on sale on someone’s Twitter feed, and I guess it just got me in the mood to look them up! Now, I don’t have too many Amiibo, as there are only a few characters that I feel like I HAVE to have. Kirby is one of those essential characters for me, as is Yoshi! And when the Poochy Amiibo comes out in February, I MUST have one- it is the cutest thing I have ever seen!!

Anyway, while browsing, I came across the Kirby Amiibo series. I currently only had Kirby, but I saw that King DeDeDe, Waddle Dee, and Meta Knight were only $4-$5 apiece! Wow! What a great deal! I didn’t hesitate to snatch them up. Plus, I had an Amazon gift card, so I had to spend it on something!😉

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I already had the Kirby, but the other 3 just complete the collection!

They arrived today, and I was so excited! The Kirby Amiibo series looks great! I did order one more Kirby-related item to finish off my gift card, but that is coming from Japan and may take a few weeks to get here. I will post a picture of it when I get it!

On a side note:

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Yes, notify me immediately when this comes out! 

OMG I can’t wait for this game! It really looks like fun. Hopefully the Animal Crossing mobile game won’t be too far behind this one…

My Gaming Week in Review (8/28- 9/03)!

Console

Nintendo Wii

Last week, I dusted off my Wii Fit board and started playing Wii Fit Plus! Despite the fact that it had been a LONG time since I’ve played, I jumped right back in. I played for a couple days, trying out all the different activities to just get a feel for them once again.

This week, I played twice. I like to do a Body Test every time I play, just to see what my Wii Fit Age is. On Tuesday, it was 32- only 2 years above my actual age, so not bad!

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Despite this fact, the game felt it necessary to antagonize me a bit…

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Anyway, I decided to focus on Yoga…

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And despite my “poor balance” I managed to snag a high score on one of the exercises!

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I played again on Thursday, took another body test, and was happy to see that this time my Wii Fit Age was 29! Suck it, Wii Fit!

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I focused on Strength Training this time…

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And the game found it necessary to antagonize me again!

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Oddly enough, my right ankle was hurting me that day, so maybe there was some truth to that statement. Whatever! Then I did a plank and I cracked up…

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Those that know me would definitely not describe me as a body builder! Haha! Anyway, I am enjoying the fact that I have gotten back into this game. It has exercises that are easy enough for me to do without feeling like I am going to die, so hopefully I can stick with it for awhile!🙂

Nintendo Wii U

I decided to show my Wii U some love this week and play Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival. Despite this being a slower-paced game, I still enjoy it. I’m months behind, so I picked the March 2016 board and started playing!

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Goldie was the host of the game, and she looked adorable as usual!

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Right off the bat, I lost money on almost every space I landed on. Ugh!

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Lots of special characters came to visit, including Katie, Katrina, Phineas, Shrunk and Red.

Shamrock Day was the 17th, but nothing really special happened.😦

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There was a Fishing Tourney on the 19th. I caught a bluegill, which got me 3rd place.

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I laughed at one of the computer characters, who had an unfortunate incident:

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The 27th was Bunny Day! Zipper T. Bunny showed up and told us to look for eggs. I earned 11 Happy Points for finding 11 eggs.

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In the end, I got 3rd place. Oh well, I never seem to win when I play this game!

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Handheld

Nintendo Game Boy

I made a little bit of progress in Pokémon Blue this week! First of all, my Butterfree learned Poison Powder, yay!

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Finally, I leveled up all of my Pokémon to Level 15, so I was ready to challenge Brock in the Pewter City Gym.

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When I arrived at the Gym, some chump dared to challenge me while I was trying to find Brock. I made quick work of his Diglett and Sandshrew. In between fighting his two Pokémon, Squirtle leveled up!

After the battle, my Squirtle evolved into Wartortle! Hell yeah!

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I proceeded to Brock, who didn’t seem like that bad of a guy. I kicked his butt anyway! He had a Geodude and an Onyx, and I made quick work of them both.

Wartortle grew to level 17, too! I then received the Boulder Badge for my troubles.

Honestly, I think I may have leveled up a bit TOO much before that battle. My Squirtle/ Wartortle had A LOT of power. Oh well. On to the next Gym!

Nintendo 3DS

I took some time to pay a visit to my little look-alikes in Tomodachi Life, which I haven’t done in forever! It was pretty late when I played, so a lot of them were asleep. My look-alike (not surprisingly) was still awake and was playing with a puppy!

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I decided to give her a makeover and change up her interior design. She seemed pretty pleased with it!

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Marge seemed pretty… thrilled to see me…

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While Frankie was too hungry to think about anything else! I gave him some barbeque, which he loved.

Cheryl complained about her hair…

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And I fed Diana something she totally hated! (Can’t remember exactly what it was though, haha!)

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Ryu learned to rock & roll…

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While Lee and Tové both wondered the same thing!

I discovered that although I had made her awhile ago, I had NEVER stopped in to say hello to Judy! Oops! I felt bad, so I fed her, gave her a new outfit, and changed her interior. Hope we are friends now!

I also realized that I had never spoken to David, but that’s not that big of a deal- I made him the last time I played, and turned the system off before speaking to him.

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I then created Jenn, who seems to be quite the happy camper, despite the scowl on her face!

Before I turned the game off, I noticed someone was on top of the tower. I zoomed in and witnessed Carolyn doing something incredibly bizarre. She was leaning backwards, staring at the sky. Occasionally she would wave emphatically! Was she staring at aliens? Is she just nuts? We will probably never find out!

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Mobile

iPhone

As I wrote about in my last entry, I tried out- and quickly deleted- the monstrosity known as I Am Bread. Uggh! Moving on…

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I had quite a productive week in Pokémon GO! In one trip,  I managed to catch a Krabby, an Eevee, and a Staryu!

 

I then hit Level 5 and caught an Oddish! I really like his little smile😉

An egg I had been incubating hatched, but it was only a Rattata!

I then caught an Exeggcute!

After all that, it was time to choose my team. I listened as each team told me why I should join them.

In the end, I chose team Valor! I love the phoenix logo.

My next trip, I quickly caught a Bellsprout. I was heading through downtown in my city- there are a shit-ton of Pokéstops around here! Lucky me!

Next, I earned a medal for catching 10 Flying-type Pokémon. I was then thrilled to catch a Raticate! He was a little asshole too, he broke out of like 5 Pokéballs before I nabbed him! After catching him, I earned another medal, this time for catching 30 Pokémon.

Next, an Abra popped up, followed by a Nidoran! After catching those two, I leveled up, then earned yet another medal!

Overall, I would say it was a very successful week for Pokémon GO. I am still only playing it casually, and I am really enjoying it. I haven’t been to any Gyms yet to train, but hopefully I will soon!

So as you can see, I was able to enjoy several games this week, even if I didn’t play any of them for long periods of time. I am super happy when I get to relax and enjoy gaming, so it was a good week for me!🙂

First Impressions: I Am Bread!

While waiting for my husband to get ready to get dinner tonight, I was looking through my phone at the games I had. There are a few I have downloaded and have not played, one of them being a strange game called I Am Bread. I had a few minutes to spare, so I decided to give it a go!

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Um…yeah. The tutorial levels began, and I wasn’t really too impressed. I don’t know what I was expecting, but I was literally a piece of bread. On a counter. Moving around. Yep.

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Apparently I could also climb walls…

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And inch my way across “thin platforms.” Thrilling!

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After that *exciting* introduction, the level selection screen popped up. I chose Monday, which was the only level available to me.

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Immediately after I selected Monday, this popped up onscreen:

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What the fuck am I looking at? Am I still playing the game?! Did this “Mr. Murton” guy turn into the piece of bread I was poking around? Who the hell knows!

Anyway, the level began after I clicked on the screen one more time. I was a sliced piece of bread on the table, and I had to make it to the toaster. Um, okay. I poked, prodded, and grabbed the bread, but it was REALLY hard to control.

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I pretty much just flopped my way across the table, knocking over salt and pepper, a bowl of beans, and a plate with a fish skeleton on it. I got stuck in the fish plate for awhile, which was extremely annoying!

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And then, I fell off the table… and landing on a fucking skateboard! Hell yeah!

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Somehow I, as the lowly piece of bread, managed to pushed the skateboard over to the counter. I then tried to climb up the counter… and failed miserably. No matter how hard I tried, I just flopped helplessly onto the floor, slowly became inedible, and it was game over for me.

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I tried it a few more times, but I found that this game just pissed me off more than anything. The premise is weird, but what really turns me off is the fact that the bread is so hard to control! It’s a lot more frustrating than it should be. Plus, this game doesn’t even intrigue me enough to make me want to TRY to play it better. It’s way too aggravating, so I just deleted it. I will not be a goddamn piece of bread for one more second!