My Gaming Week in Review (6/19-6/25)!

I thought I would do a little something different and start writing a “gaming week in review” blog post on Saturdays. I normally post blogs during the week about games I am trying out, games I purchase, or other odds and ends, but there is a bit more gaming that goes on that I don’t always write about 😉 I’ll break it down into three categories: Console, Handheld, and Mobile. Enjoy!

Console

Nintendo Wii
The only game I played on a console this week was Animal Crossing: City Folk. I finally decided to spend some time weeding my town so it would look nice for once! I did the area near my house previously, but got lazy and never finished it. Oh, and I randomly planted some flowers that my “dad” sent me on Father’s Day right by my mailbox. I bet I will run over them by accident for sure!

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Why in the hell did I get sent flowers on Father’s Day? Shouldn’t I be the one sending the gift?

I was playing at night, so I took some time to enjoy the fireflies (and Truffles creeping in the background).

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Truffles was pacing because she lost her house key. Sorry!

Prince told me probably the greatest truth of all time.

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Truer words were never spoken, my friend!

And I met my new neighbor, Caroline the squirrel. She’s kind of cute!

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Caroline is also my mother-in-law’s name…

I did finish the weeding, which I was very happy about. Now my town better stay nice! 🙂

Handheld

Nintendo Game Boy
Like I mentioned in my previous blog post, I re-bought 星のカービィ (Hoshi no Kirby) because I felt lame ever since I traded it in many years ago. I of course only played the first level of it, but it was still a lot of fun.

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I love this game!

Nintendo 3DS
I played a few more levels of Kirby Planet Robobot! I am now in Area 4: Gigabyte Grounds.

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Sounds very “techy”!

The first level was neat- it looked like some kind of weird, post apocalyptic spaghetti dinner disaster! Seriously. Why are there forks in the background with noodles/ wires wrapped around them, and why am I walking around on pieces of bread? I don’t know, but I love it!

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I love Kirby’s expression in this shot! 

The second level looked much like the first, except there was more fence climbing and lots of poison clouds being blown around that I had to avoid. Also, there were fans that kept trying to push me into enemies and shit. Rude!

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Touching those clouds probably isn’t a good idea…

The third level looked pretty cool, and had pretty awesome music to go along with it. There was a lot of trickery with the foreground and background, which was so much fun!

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This level was awesome!

I would have played more, but yep… you guessed it… my 3DS needed to be charged!

Mobile

iPhone
I played several games on my iPhone this week, included good ol’ Solitaire. Normally I do well with this game, but I played like 4 hands and lost every. single. one. Ugh!

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Ugh!! 

I also played Juice Cubes. At one point, I was stuck on Level 19, which I found highly irritating. I got passed it, though, and I am now on Level 21.

I played/ sucked at Crossy Road a little more too, and I unlocked two new characters! They are New Year’s Doll…

And some weird guy called Capoeira.

He’s pretty funny, because he walks on his hands and flips and does all kinds of weird stuff! This game makes me laugh, even though I am awful at it.

So those are the games I was into this week! I will definitely be playing Kirby Planet Robobot more soon. That game is very addicting! 🙂

Hoshi no Kirby is Mine (Again)!

Many years back, I was at a GameStop when I stumbled across a Japanese Kirby game for the Game Boy! I was really surprised because I had never seen the game before, so I didn’t even know which game it was. I bought it, of course…

…and then traded it in the next day for Pokémon Blue! The reason I traded it back in was because when I got it home and played it, the only words that were in Japanese were the title screen- everything else was in English! I guess I felt kind of gypped or something, who knows. Pretty shortly after I traded it in, I regretted my decision. I still wanted that Japanese Kirby game, even if it wasn’t that different from what I had!

Fast forward to present day, when I found said game on Amazon.com for a ridiculously cheap price! I couldn’t resist buying it, and it came in today!

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Hello old friend!

The game is officially called 星のカービィ, which translates to Hoshi no Kirby. It is known as Kirby’s Dream Land in North America. I immediately tried the game out, and was so happy to see the title screen pop up with no issues!

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So fun!

I played through the first level just to test the game out, and it played beautifully.

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Fly, Kirby!!

I played this game on my Game Boy Advance SP, not my Game Boy. My original Game Boy has a problem where it doesn’t display the whole screen, so I don’t play it too often anymore. Luckily, there are many other options when it comes to playing my original Game Boy games! 🙂

Anyway, I’m so happy to have this game back in my possession! I always kicked myself in the butt for trading it in, so I was happy to have another chance to purchase it!

Oh yeah, and by the way: Game Boy games aren’t region locked! I’m able to play without any sort of modification to my system. Ah, I miss the simpler days of gaming sometimes…

First Impressions: Kirby Planet Robobot!

First of all, I just want to say that I was so excited to start playing this game! It looked amazing and fun and besides, I just love Kirby! I finally got a chance to check it out a few days ago.

Day 1:

I didn’t get to play much the first day, because my 3DS was actually dead and playing it while charging gets uncomfortable fairly quickly because of the stupid dock it has to sit in! Anyway.

I created a new save file, and an opening cinematic began. The story for Kirby Planet Robobot is this: the residents of Dream Land are just chillin’ (and Kirby is napping under a tree) when suddenly they are invaded by a bunch of alien/ robot things! King Dedede and Meta Knight try to fight them but are quickly defeated. Kirby wakes up from his snooze, sees what’s happening, and runs off to go kick some robot ass!

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Sorry this pic is kinda crappy, my 3D was on! Still cute!

After the opening cinematic, I arrived in Area 1- Patched Plains.

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Level 1 was fairy easy, just introducing you to the game mechanics and such.

There are two items to collect in each level: stickers and Code Cubes. Stickers are SO ADORABLE and feature characters or moments throughout Kirby’s career. As a bonus, they are used to decorate your Robobot armor (more about that in a second).

Code Cubes are what you need to collect to fight the boss! There are several to collect in each level. Sometimes, they will also unlock extra levels.

Level 2 was great because this is where you get to put on the Robobot armor for the first time! It’s pretty bad ass.

Kirby still has the copy ability (he “scans” the enemy instead of inhaling it) and the results can be awesomely devastating. You use the suit to interact with your surroundings too- sometimes you need to destroy everything in your path, sometimes you need to use it to unscrew a bolt and reveal a part of a path that was previously hidden. You often jump in and out of the armor several times throughout the level, which is kind of neat.

Level 3 took place on a train, and that was pretty fun!

Day 2:

I couldn’t wait to jump back into the game after playing it the day before. I started off on Level 4 of Area 1- Patched Plains. This level involved lasers and climbing fences (reminds me of Mario!).

After I beat Level 4, I had enough Code Cubes to disable the firewall! Boss battle, here I come!

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The boss ended up being a crazy ass mechanized tree I fought briefly in the first level. His name was Clanky Woods, and he was a total weirdo! It was a super fun boss fight, though. He had several different attacks and switched from foreground to background, keeping me on my toes!

Once I kicked his ass, Area 2- Resolution Road opened up for me.

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Level 1 was so cute! It took place in what looked like a city, complete with little Waddle Doos that would stop at stoplights and let you cross the street!

Level 2 was amazingly fun. You basically turn into a jet and the bulk of the level plays like a side-scrolling shooter! The boss at the end was cool, too. I didn’t want this level to end!

Level 3 started out giving me the “wheel” copy ability, which scared me at first. Sometimes that thing can be really hard to control! The level wasn’t too bad, though. I fought some weird looking slime creature named Miasmoros, who gave me the “poison” copy ability. Thanks?

Level 4 was charming as well. This took place in a casino. Kirby even has a copy ability called “circus” where he performs several different circus acts to defeat his enemies, including jumping through fire, balancing on a ball and blowing up balloon animals!

There was one really awesome part of the level where I picked up a Game Boy, which turns out to be a communication device that allowed me to control a robot! I controlled Kirby in the foreground, while the little robot I was controlling mirrored my movements in the background. It was so incredibly neat!

The boss of Area 2 was pretty fun. It was called Holo Defense API, and it sent out 4 different projections of different creatures for me to kill. The first projection was of Kracko, which made me cringe because he can be such a jerk! It wasn’t too hard to beat, though, and Area 3- Overload Ocean opened up after I beat it.

Day 3: 

I began playing Area 3- Overload Ocean! There were 5 levels in this area, instead of 4 like the first two. Since this is obviously a water world, I was a bit apprehensive to play. You know, because water levels in games typically suck! Thankfully, they were all pretty fun.

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Level 1 was a mix between water and land areas.

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I took some time just to swim around and have fun. Look how cute Kirby looks with his mask!

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And look how cute he looks floating in an inner tube!

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Anyway, there was an ability called “Smash Bros.” in this level, which was pretty neat. I wish I could’ve experienced more of what it could do, but I unfortunately made a stupid mistake and sank to my death shortly after I acquired it. Hopefully it pops up again at some point!

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Level 2 involved becoming the wheel and skipping across the water, which was a lot of fun! Then I got to put on my Robobot armor and use the wheel ability to run over pretty much everything! Several parts of this level required me to switch quickly between foreground and background, and that was awesome.

Level 3 was probably my least favorite of the bunch, because it was auto-scroll level for the most part. Despite this, it was still fun to play and I got through it with no issues.

Level 4 was adorable! It was full of tasty treats like ice cream cones and popsicles. Even though the ice cream cones tried to crush me and the popsicles were really slippery…

Anyway, one part of the level required me to take these steel heads and put them on a body that was made of ice cream. (huh?) Problem is, I had to carry them over heat and they would explode if they got too hot! I got the first two, but had trouble with the last one. I tried a few times, but I just couldn’t figure it out. I’m pretty sure the prize for doing this is a Code Cube, so maybe I’ll go back and replay it eventually.

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Level 5 was a beautiful level set in the deep sea. Like level 2, I had to switch between foreground and background a lot, which made things very interesting.

Also, one of the stickers I collected in Level 5 was “Demon” Kanji. That’s really bad ass!

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The boss of Area 3 was some smart ass alien/ robot bitch named Susie, who told me all about where she works and why they want to take over Planet Popstar. She told Kirby he must be destroyed….

and Kirby really wasn’t amused.

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Neither was I! She got in a mech suit, but I still kicked her butt pretty quickly. At the end, she fell out of her suit and some flying thing picked her up, and she flew away laughing. I have a feeling that probably won’t be the last I see of Susie!

Conclusion:

I really love this game! Every level I played has been different, exciting, and makes me ready to play more. All of the Robobot capabilities are cleverly incorporated into the game and add a whole new dimension to gameplay. The graphics are superb and the music is sweet, typical Kirby. I enjoy collecting the stickers and the Code Cubes, too. Honestly, this is one of the best games I’ve played in awhile. Despite the fact that I was just “trying” this game out, I’ll probably keep playing it for awhile longer! 🙂

Getting Trolled By The Sims… Plus A Cool Find!

I was on the computer the other night when I came across a quiz from The Sims that was titled “What Type of Sim Are You?” I love taking little quizzes, so I decided to check it out. When I got my result, I wished I hadn’t taken the quiz:

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That just ain’t nice!

Seriously?! That is probably the worst result you could get, lol! I’m pretty sure I just got trolled by the Sims. All of the questions were weird anyway! Whatever, moving on…

My husband and I were out and about this weekend and we stopped in a neat comic book store. They have SO MUCH STUFF you could spend a good amount of time just looking around. They have a small amount of video game stuff, and I happened to come across a Space Invaders key chain game. I tried it out in the store and really liked it! I’m a big fan of Space Invaders, so of course I bought it!

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So fun!

It’s a pretty simple game. You just press the alien that lights up and if you press the wrong one, you lose a life (which is shown on the bottom bar).Once you lose 6 lives, it’s game over! It gets faster and more challenging the more you play. I will probably take this to work with me and sneak in a couple minutes of play time when I’m not busy! 🙂

First Impressions: Crossy Road!

I know, I know. Sometimes I’m a little “late to the party” when it comes to games released for iOS/ Android. I tend to overlook games when they first come out for the App Store, because I only have so much storage on my phone! And since my iPad is older, a lot of newer games won’t work on it. Besides, I have so many games to play already. I do enjoy games on my iPad and iPhone, though, so every now and then I’ll scroll through the App Store and see what catches my eye.

One game that I’ve seen (and heard) a lot about is Crossy Road, released in late 2014 by Hipster Whale. It’s basically an endless Frogger-type game where the whole goal is to get as far as you can without dying. There are many obstacles, including cars and trains that will immediately flatten you, trees that will get in your way, and rivers to cross. The blocky, Minecraft style graphics are pretty neat as well. A few days ago, I finally decided to download it and play it!

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Let’s play Crossy Road!

Let me just say that this game is pretty tough and unforgiving! Pretty much any mistake you make results in instant death. You can’t even stay still for long periods of time, or a bird will swoop down and eat you! Or carry you away. Or something.

Despite this fact, I found myself playing it over and over, just trying to get a little further each time. The board constantly changes, so you are never going through the same motions twice. The board also changes depending on what character you are using, which I think is pretty neat!

I am especially in love with the Pac-Mac Board!

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How cool is this?!

Speaking of characters, there are TONS of unlockable characters in this game! Right now I have 7/159 characters, so I have a long way to go. Check out some of the ones I have unlocked so far:

I REALLY want to unlock Floppy Fish, because it looks funny! I also really want to unlock The Dark Lord, because… well, if you know me, you wouldn’t be surprised. 😉

By the way, the default character is the chicken.

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Go little chicken!

Of course, there are a few characters available only by purchasing them with real money, but I doubt I’ll be doing that!

You unlock characters through a little coin machine type thing, which you can play when you get 100 coins. According to Wikipedia, “Coins can be obtained in-game via landing on them during gameplay, watching advertisement videos, completing tasks, collecting a free gift given every few real-time hours, and using real money to buy them in various amounts.” You can also pay 99 cents for a specific character right away if you’re impatient- nope, I won’t be doing that either!

Overall, this is a REALLY fun game, and I would recommend it to anyone that’s got a couple minutes to spare. You don’t have to devote that much time to it, there are tons of wacky characters to collect, and the game board is always changing. It’s a shame I didn’t download this sooner!

I also want to mention that there is a sequel of sorts to this game called Disney Crossy Road. It’s very similar to Crossy Road, except with Disney characters and themed boards with certain objectives to complete. Despite the fact that I’m not a huge Disney fan, this game still looks like fun. I may still download it at some point! 🙂

 

My Sneaky Little Juice Cubes Habit!

A couple years back, I downloaded a game called Juice Cubes on my iPad. It was published by Rovio Stars and developed the company Pocket Playlab (who, as far as I know now, has completely taken over the game- I don’t think Rovio has anything to do with it anymore). Despite the fact that it looked like “another” match-3 game, I was drawn to its bright graphics.

I started playing the game and for awhile, I was hooked! The graphics were so fun and the music was so upbeat and beachy, it was like I was on summer vacation while I was playing! The game itself was pretty fun, too. It did get a bit aggravating in some of the later levels, but I still played through them.

I took a break for awhile, then one day decided to revisit my game, only to find that it no longer worked on my aging iPad! Despite the fact that it was supposed to run with the iOS version I had on my iPad, the game crashed  at the title screen every time. I was so bummed! I had gotten pretty far in the game, and I didn’t want to start over.

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Makes me so ready for summer!

…and yet for some reason, I kept thinking about the fun, bright little game! Finally, I decided just to download the game on my iPhone, even though I knew I would have to start from the first level.

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Level 4.

I’m so glad I did! I started playing the game last night, and I couldn’t help but smile when I saw the adorable little fruits and heard the beachy tunes.

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Level 5.

I only played to level 5, so the game is still pretty easy at this point. Nothing much needs to be done except for achieving a certain amount of points, which is pretty easy to do. I know in some later levels, these annoying sand castles eat up your fruit and you can’t make matches, and in other levels your little cubes are frozen. It definitely gets challenging, but I can’t wait to see how far I can get this time. I just looked the game up, and it looks like there are around 550 levels. It looks like I’ll be keeping my sneaky little Juice Cubes habit up for quite some time! 😉