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!!🙂
My posting will most likely be sporadic for the next couple of weeks, because my husband and I closed on a new house last week! So we are gonna be pretty busy packing, cleaning the new house, moving, etc. I expect that pretty soon all of my game systems are going to be packed away anyway- I’ll probably just leave out my 3DS to play!🙂
Anyway! I was really excited at work today because my Kirby keychain that I ordered a few weeks ago from Japan finally arrived! Yay! It is SO CUTE! I love the way he looks like he is floating. Here are a couple pictures of it:
It is definitely bigger than I expected! It said in the description for him that you could attach him to your purse or bag, but as you can see from the photo above, he is way too big for my purse!😉 That’s okay, though. I probably wasn’t going to carry it around too much anyway, because I don’t want it to get dirty!
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.
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…
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.
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:
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.
The last game available for me to play was Aquarium and wow… this game made no sense at all. Just read these instructions:
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.
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!
I only had time for a few games this week, but I did squeeze some gaming in here and there!🙂
No console gaming this week.😦
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:
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
I sat through a long cutscene about- well, about Enclave. And a lot of stuff happened. Look it up if you care!
After all that, I was presented with my first mission.
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.
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!
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!🙂
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…
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!
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!
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.
I got a very rude letter from my mom!
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😉
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!
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!
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!
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😉
I visited my Animal Crossing: Wild World town of Booland this week as well- and came across something TERRIBLE!
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!🙂
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:
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:
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.
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!
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!😉
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:
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…