Featured Article on GrimTalin!

Just a short little post today! Back in January, I wrote a review article for a game called Cake Laboratory on LadiesGamers.com. In May, I finally got around to posting my article on my own blog. Well, turns out my article was actually featured on publisher GrimTalin’s website!

Pretty neat, huh? My article is under the heading LadiesGamers. You can read my review, and many other reviews, by clicking here. It’s pretty neat to get a little recognition 😉

Lovin’ My Backlog!

Back in February, the always awesome Lightning Ellen did a little post showing some love to her backlog, and encouraged others to do the same. Now, I’m no stranger to the backlog… I have an account on Backloggery keeping track of all my games and the progress (or lack thereof) that I’ve made with them! The number of games I have backlogged might be artificially inflated to some of you, because I also have listed all games in mini consoles I own as well as a bunch of mobile games. But hey, I figured it was important to list everything I have, not just games for the main console! In addition, I have all of my husband’s games listed… so yeah, there’s quite a few games I haven’t managed to play yet!

Anyway! For the sake of this post, I’m going to write about games that I have in my backlog that I have never played- not games I’ve played but haven’t beaten.

The State of My Backlog

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Haha… Backloggery tells me I have 703 games I’ve never played! Oops! Remember, that number is greatly inflated due to games I haven’t played on mini consoles. I have a little tiny arcade console that has like 200 games on it, the Sega Genesis Flashback has 85 games on it, the Atari Flashback has 101 games on it, etc.! It’s easy to see why I haven’t tried all those games out yet. If you don’t count all those games, my number is probably somewhere closer to 300. Still a lot!

Most of the time I get games because I know for a fact it is something I like and will enjoy… but I also buy shit just because it’s cheap sometimes. GameStop had a period of time where they had a ton of Nintendo DS games for sale, and I probably bought like 20 of them for 99 cents- $2 each. Yep. I love games, what can I say?

Game most likely never to be played

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Browsing through my list, I’m going to go with a game called Chaotic: Shadow Warriors for the Wii. I don’t even know what the hell this is or why I bought it. It must have been super cheap! I won’t say that I’ll NEVER play it, because I really do want to play all my games at some point, but it’ll be a long while before I get to it.

Shortest game

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I’m going to choose Wheel of Fortune for the NES. I bought this a few years ago and still haven’t tested it. Too late to return it if it doesn’t work, I guess! Anyway, it probably won’t take too terribly long to get through a round of Wheel of Fortune, so there you go!

Longest game

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I have a few lengthy RPGs in my backlog, but I think I’m going to go with Persona 4 Golden for the PS Vita. People easily sink 100 hours or more into Persona games, and I’ve been itching to play this one for awhile!

Game which has spent the most time on the backlog

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Ha… probably Ranch Rush, I game I bought for the PC many years ago. So many years ago, it probably won’t even work at this point.

The person responsible for adding the most entries to your backlog

Though I have received many great suggestions, in the end, I have no one to blame but myself! 😉

There you have it- a little peak inside my robust backlog! Far from ashamed of it, I’m actually pretty proud of the game collection my husband and I have!! Now if only we could become millionaires and have a bunch of free time to just sit around and play games…

My E3 Wishes… And What Came True!

As everyone who loves gaming knows, E3 was held in June like it is every year. I always look forward to it on a more passive level… I have ideas about what I WANT to see, but I keep my expectations low so I’m not disappointed! Over at ladiesgamers.com, we all chimed in on what we wanted to see at the show. It was fun to read what everyone was most excited about!

Since E3 has come and gone- but I still wanted to share my article with y’all- I figured what I would do is post my original article and add a paragraph after each section explaining if my wish came through or not! Here is the link to my original article, in case you want to see it! Without further ado, let’s begin…

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With the next E3 around the corner, I got to thinking about what my E3 wishes were.

More information about Pokémon and Luigi

First off, I’m interested in learning more about Pokémon Sword and Shield! I love Pokémon, and this new generation looks really neat. I know there was already a Nintendo Direct for these games, but maybe we’ll still get more news. I’ve been playing Pokémon Blue lately, so I’m just in the mood for Pokémon I guess!

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Note: This wish did indeed come true! While a dedicated Pokémon Direct aired a few days prior to E3, Nintendo still showed more gameplay from the newest games. It looks so amazing! I definitely want Pokémon Sword because, um, I just like swords!

I also cannot wait for more information on Luigi’s Mansion 3. Luigi’s Mansion is one of my absolute favorite games of all time, and Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon was pretty fun too. Can’t wait to see what spooky surprises are in store!

Note: This wish came true as well! Luigi’s Mansion 3 looks awesome! It’s set in a hotel, so I don’t know if the “mansion” part of the title can really hold true, but anyway… it has the same familiar look and feel of the other games in the series, with new abilities and different ways to explore. Also, Gooigi really just cracks me the hell up. I don’t know why!

Dreaming about Donkey Kong

This is probably a bit of a pipe dream, but I’m secretly hoping another Donkey Kong Country game will be announced. The original trilogy of Donkey Kong Country games on the Super Nintendo were the best, but I’ll take another game in the same vein as Donkey Kong Country Returns/Tropical Freeze too. I’m still holding out hope that maybe the original trilogy will get a remaster- not likely, but a girl can dream!

Note: For about 15 seconds, I actually thought this was coming true! A video clip showed Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong and K. Rool in DK’s treehouse crammed up against a window staring at something… I about died because I thought they were revealing a new DK game! But no… it was just a trailer showing the inclusion of Banjo-Kazooie in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Fuck me. 

Animal Crossing in every region

Lastly (and probably most importantly for me) I’m waiting to hear some news on Animal Crossing!! As you all probably know, I’m a huge Animal Crossing fan and love every game in the series. I’m anxiously awaiting the day I can play Animal Crossing on the Switch. And since the Switch is region-free, I’ll probably want a copy from every region so I can enjoy all the different holidays and events 😃

Note: This wish came true as well! Yay! We finally got to see some awesome footage for the latest game in the Animal Crossing series: Animal Crossing: New Horizons. It’s not coming out for the Switch until March 2020, but I’m okay with waiting a little while longer if it means they are perfecting the game! Everything about it looks amazing. I cannot wait! I don’t know if I’ll be able to do the one game from every region thing, though, because I read something about how only 1 island can be saved to your Switch at a time or something. Uggh.

So there you have it, just a few things I hope I get to see at E3. I’m never one to have high expectations though, because I don’t want to be disappointed. We’ll just have to see what happens!

Note: I’m actually pretty surprised that most of the stuff I wanted was shown in one form or another. Just… come on, Nintendo… get back together with Rare and give me a new Donkey Kong Country game with the Kremlings in it!! A re-master of the original trilogy with new features and maybe a few new levels would please me too… I’m waiting… 

Book Review: Hawk Witch by Ashley McLeo!

Ashley McCleo is such a busy lady! She has been releasing a bunch of awesome books this year, and I’m amazed at what she is getting done! She recently began a new series called The Bonegate Series, which is kind of a companion to The Fanged Fae Series (some characters and stories overlap, which is quite interesting!). In May, I reviewed the book on Goodreads. Here is the blurb:

Blood calls. Soar, surrender, or die.

Lana Shea is a mediocre witch, a lackluster student, and a loner with no clear path in life.

But when a shifter delivers a scroll bearing strange clues to her father’s whereabouts, one thing becomes clear.

She must search for the father she’s never known.

Lana races across Dublin solving the obscure clues until finally, she is transported into a bleak kingdom in Faerie.

A kingdom her father rules.

When asked to participate in the Successional, a violent royal tournament, Lana accepts. As do twelve of her new siblings. To earn her father’s attention, she must win.

Under the tutelage of her handsome guard, Lana learns Faerie is darker than she ever imagined and as a competitor, there is more than just her father’s love at stake. In fact, the fate of fae she’s come to know and cherish may be on her shoulders.

Can she master her magic in time to win? Is Lana willing to spill the blood of her newfound siblings to better her life and help those who need it most?

For fans of Throne of Glass and the Cruel Prince comes Hawk Witch, an epic Faerie tale with a dark twist and slow-burn romance. Warning, Hawk Witch is dangerously addictive and may keep you up late into the night!

And the cover:

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This is my review that I posted on Goodreads:

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review! 🙂

The first book in The Bonegate Series, Hawk Witch, begins with the main character, Lana, graduating from college. She’s a bit of an outcast, as she doesn’t have many friends besides her lifelong best friend, Finn, and her trusty hawk, Naela. Lana isn’t really sure what she’s going to do with her life yet. She does possess some magical powers, however- she is an Illuminator, a light witch. The only problem is, she isn’t very good at magic, and she doesn’t practice like she should either!

Her life is practically turned upside down when she is visited by a shifter elf who proposes something peculiar- solve a few riddles and potentially meet her long-lost father! Of course, Lana can’t resist this offer, and enlists the help of Finn to solve the riddles. After they solve the last riddle, they both touch a stone at the same time (a “bonegate”) and are transported into the land of Faerie.

Once in Faerie, Lana learns that she has many half-siblings because her father (the King of Lyonesse) is at war with Queen Pari of Buyan… and he needs strong magical creatures at his side. Um, yeah dude… way to be an absentee father for like 20 years and then go “Oh yeah, help me fight someone.” Pssh, I would’ve been out of there so fast!

Anyway, the King allows Lana and her siblings to train for a couple weeks before they compete in what is known as the Successional. As the name suggests, the Successional will determine who will become general of the king’s army and second in line to the throne. Some of Lana’s siblings are more competitive than others, and they all display a wide variety of magical talents. While in Faerie, Finn discovers that he is actually one of Lana’s siblings as well… and he never knew he had magical abilities!

I felt like the king was exploiting his children by parading them around and by even holding a Successional in the first place. Despite this, Lana and all of her siblings want to stay and fight, which I thought was a little strange. I mean, no one wanted to go back to their old lives?? Not even Lana, who had a close relationship with her mother? Doesn’t make sense to me.

Anyway! No spoilers, but the Successional’s winner was pretty much who I assumed it would be all along. Also, Lana discovers that her hawk is more than just a pet- she is a familiar, so she is really in tune to Lana’s thoughts and emotions. All in all, I enjoyed this book and can’t wait to see what happens next!

I gave Hawk Witch 5/5 stars on Goodreads!

End Game Thoughts: Bookworm!

Game Title: Bookworm
Platform: Kindle Touch
Hours Played: about 1 1/2

About The Game

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Bookworm is another one of those games that has been released multiple times throughout the years on multiple platforms. It was first released in 2003 I think on the computer? I’m too lazy to do much research. Anywho, the version I played was released in 2012 for the Kindle Touch. (yes, I still have a really old Kindle that has books and games on it!)

So what is Bookworm about? Well, it’s a puzzle game where there are a bunch of Scrabble tiles with letters on them, and you connect the letters together to form words. Shocking, right? Once you make a word, more tiles fall down and you just keep on forming words til your little heart is content… or until the level is over, anyway.

As you progress through the levels, more shit goes down… like, sometimes the tiles will catch on fire and move down the board with each turn! Oh, the horror! If the fire reaches the bottom of the board, you are screwed.

What I Liked

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This game is pretty relaxing, for the most part. I really do enjoy word games, so it was fun for me to see how high I could get my score! Even though my Kindle Touch displays everything in black and white, the graphics translated well and I had no problem seeing what I was supposed to be doing!

What I Didn’t Like

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Though it is fun, the game does start to drag on the longer you play. It’s definitely designed to play in short bursts- just play a level or two here and there, and it’s fun for everyone!

Closing Thoughts

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Bookworm is a fun little game that when played in short bursts, provides a decent distraction from life. I played it for about an hour and a half total, got up to Level 14, and had a final score of 114,790. Not too shabby!

End Game Thoughts: Hay Day!

Game Title: Hay Day
Platform: Kindle Fire
Hours Played: about 6 (so far)

Okay, this post is kind of cheating a little bit. This can’t really be considered an “end game thoughts” post, because Hay Day doesn’t really have an end! I just wanted to write about my experiences with the first few hours I’ve put into the game- by no means have I “beaten” the game! But because I’m horribly lazy and uncreative, I am still lumping this post under End Game Thoughts!

About The Game

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Hay Day is a mobile game that was released for iOS in 2012 and Android in 2013. I have had a passing interest in this game for several years, mostly because I loved the shit out of Farmville and wanted to play a game that was similar. I had a co-worker tell me about it when it came out, but I never downloaded it. Fast forward a couple years later, and I downloaded it on my iPad… and still never played it. Finally, I got a Kindle Fire tablet for Christmas this past year, downloaded it, and finally gave it a go!

The premise of Hay Day is simple- you run a farm. You have crops and animals that can make you some money, which you can use to make your farm bigger so you can buy more crops and animals and fancy buildings and all that other necessary shit!

What I Liked

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This game is very chill. It’s more chill than Farmville actually, because your crops don’t die, your animals don’t get sick… you could literally leave your farm alone for years and when you come back, everything’s the same! It’s the perfect casual game to sit down and spend a couple minutes with. Plant some crops, feed some animals, then come back in a couple hours to collect your money. I like how the progression of the game is slow and steady, so you aren’t too overwhelmed with everything at once.

What I Didn’t Like

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Your ability to earn money is awfully slow at first! You don’t really start out with much, but the game is meant to be played at a slow pace, so I really wasn’t too put off by it. As time goes on you are able to earn money more easily, which allows you to buy machines that can make bread, cheese, etc. so you can earn even more $$$! I played the game pretty consistently over a week’s time and was able to make decent progress. Of course you have the option of buying gems or whatever to speed up your process, but I refuse to fall prey to freemium shit!

One thing that PISSED ME OFF though: I accidentally bought and placed another chicken coop. No problem, I can just put it away, right? FUCKING WRONG. IT STAYS IN YOUR GAME AND YOU CAN NEVER PUT IT AWAY. I may use it someday, but for now, it’s empty, it’s taking up space, it’s in my fucking way! GOD!

Closing Thoughts

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Hay Day is a nice relaxing game very reminiscent of Farmville- which is exactly what I was looking for. Why the hell didn’t I start playing it a lot sooner?! Anyway, I’ve put maybe 6 hours total into it so far. It’s kind of a “weekend game” for me in that I play it a few times throughout the day when I’m chilling on my days off. With no real end to the game, it’s something I can enjoy at my leisure for quite some time to come!

Game Review: Block-A-Pix Deluxe!

Note: I originally reviewed this game for LadiesGamers.com back in April of this year. Click here to see the original article! 🙂

Game: Block-A-Pix Deluxe
System: Nintendo Switch
Publisher/Developer: Lightwood Games
Price: $7.99 | £6.49 | €6.99 | $9.99 | $11.99
Age Rating: EU 3+ | USA E
Release Date: March 21, 2019

Review code kindly provided by Lightwood Games.

Lightwood Games has published several good puzzle games, including the Pic-A-Pix titles that have been reviewed on this site by Jonah! Despite being interested in them, Block-A-Pix Deluxe is the very first game I tried. As a fan of Picross, I couldn’t wait to check it out!

Story

Well, this is a puzzle game, and it doesn’t really pretend to be anything else… so there really isn’t a story! Your whole goal is to fill in a grid to make a wide variety of pixelated pictures.

Graphics and Sound

The graphics are just fine for this game! The interfaces are streamlined and look very clean, the puzzle grid is easy to see, and the completed pictures are pixelated in an enjoyable way.

There isn’t really much in the sound department, except for some bleeps and bloops as you are filling in the grid. There is a little tune that plays as you are working on the puzzle, but I turned it off because it got old quickly.

Gameplay

After pressing Play on the title screen, you are ready to jump right into the action. Basically, the puzzle is presented as a tiled grid. In some tiles are colored numbers, which indicate the amount of spaces around the number that are filled in by that color.  This is where the “Block” in the title comes in, as you are essentially creating a picture out of a bunch of different colored (and different sized) blocks.  A smaller picture off to the right will show you how your picture looks. When you have filled in the grid, the completed picture is shown!

There is a timer, but don’t let that worry you! This is only there to tell you how long it took to complete the puzzle- it doesn’t affect whether you complete the puzzle or not.

Fun Factor and Replay Value

This game is very easy to pick up and play. Once you get into the groove of playing, it’s easy to relax and complete a puzzle or two at your leisure. The puzzles get larger, but they never get overly frustrating. You simply take as much time as you need to complete the puzzle. There is even a “fix” option if you messed up and you aren’t sure where you went wrong. If you use that option, you can still complete the puzzle, but you won’t have a snazzy gold medal next to the picture.

With all the praise I am giving this game, one negative is that replay value is questionable. Some people will want to beat their times, but others may only want to play the puzzle once before moving on. I myself don’t really care to beat my original times, but I can still see myself revisiting the puzzles now and then, just because the game is relaxing! Even if you don’t replay the puzzles at all, there are 120 puzzles to play (not counting DLC puzzle packs), which should keep you busy for quite some time.

Closing Remarks

Block-A-Pix Deluxe is a fun addition to the puzzle genre. It’s very easy to pick up and play, and I often found myself playing a puzzle or two just to relax after a long day. I rate this game I Like It A Lot, and I’d recommend it to anyone who likes Picross-type puzzles!

I like it a lot!