End Game Thoughts: Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn!

So, I actually beat this game back in April of this year… I’m still a few months behind on all my posts I want to do, but I think I’m making some good headway. I’m also catching up on reading everyone else’s posts too, which is awesome! I’m taking some time off starting Friday (which happens to be my birthday!) and I’ll be off of work all the way until August 6th. Not sure how much time I’ll spend on the internet considering my husband and I are probably going to the beach and other fun stuff if the weather holds up (plus our anniversary is the 29th). Anyway, why am I blabbering so much?! On to the whole point of this post… my End Game Thoughts on the wonderful Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn!

Game Title: Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn
Platform: Nintendo 3DS
Hours Played: around 8

About The Game

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Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn was released for the Nintendo 3DS in March 2019. Naturally, I bought the game the day it came out… it’s Kirby, duh! I’m so proud that I actually bought a damn game and played it close to its release date instead of like 15 years later! Anywho. This game is actually an enhanced port of Kirby’s Epic Yarn for the Nintendo Wii. It featured new abilities, modes, etc.

If you’ve played the original, you know the story for this one… some asswipe named Yin Yarn has been turning the inhabitants of a place called Patch Land into yarn because he’s a freaking weirdo. Prince Fluff (who looks suspiciously like Kirby) asks Kirby for help and because Kirby’s such a sweet little guy, he just jumps right in!

What I Liked

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Playing this game just feels so… cozy. That’s the best word I can use to describe it. When you want to relax after a long, annoying day, playing this game is the perfect escape. The beautifully designed levels and chill music never fail to give me a relaxing vibe. Plus, it’s so damn adorable, you can’t help but smile while you are playing it.

I also enjoyed some of the power-ups present in this game. The original Epic Yarn didn’t have them, and while they aren’t necessary to get through the game, they were fun additions that I liked using.

What I Didn’t Like

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Losing all my beads because I suck ass and keep getting hit by the same enemy over and over. But that’s my problem, not the game’s!

Closing Thoughts


This game is absolutely wonderful. It was a joy to play through and brightened up my cold, dark little heart every time I played! Plus with new modes and extras, there are more reasons to keep playing after you kick Yin Yarn’s ass.

Book Review: Blood Moon Magic By Ashley McCleo!

A few months ago, Ashley McCleo released the first book in her new series, The Fanged Fae series! Titled Blood Moon Magic, this duology centers on a character named Mauri coming to terms with her surprising heritage as Fae royalty- with the added twist that she was bitten by a vampire! I wrote the review for this book on Goodreads back in April. Here’s the blurb:

Mauri always knew she was different.

But exiled fae royalty? She never imagined that.

After a vampire bites Mauri, three hunky fae guardians appear and her secret history surfaces. As does the terrifying truth that Mauri must find the attacker—her vampiric sire—and kill him before the next blood moon.

If she fails she’ll become a lethal nosferatu, a creature totally subservient to her sire and a peon any vampire leader would desire to control.

With the blood moon only days away, Mauri is short on time and battling an increasing craving for blood. And her conflicting feelings toward one of her guardians aren’t helping either.

Can her fae guardians help Mauri find her sire before the next blood moon? Or will she be transformed and unleashed on a supernatural world she’s just beginning to understand and love?

And the cover, which might just be one of the most gorgeous book covers I’ve ever seen:

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Mauri is gorgeous! And the way the red mixes with gold is just beautiful. Anyway, here’s the review I wrote on Goodreads:

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

After reading Ashley McCleo’s amazing Starseed Trilogy, I was so excited to start her next series! Blood Moon Magic, the first book in the Fanged Fae series, begins with the main character, Mauri, getting attacked by a vampire in a parking garage as she is leaving work. She awakens later to find three extremely handsome men with otherworldly characteristics telling her she is in danger and they have to protect her!

Naturally, Mauri has no idea what is going on, but she soon learns from the men (who turn out to be her Fae guardians) that she is a Fae princess! Since she was bitten by vampire, she is in danger of turning into a Fanged Fae, or nosferatu. A Fanged Fae is a powerful, lethal creature that is a cross between a faerie and a vampire. The only way Mauri can prevent herself from turning into one is to hunt down and kill her sire, or maker, before midnight of the next full moon… which is easier said than done!

Mauri is not one to give up easily, so she immediately sets out to find her sire, which leads her into dangerous situations. On top of that, she is also trying to hone in on her magical skills as well as her burgeoning vampiric skills in an attempt to defeat him. As days go on, though, she finds herself wondering if she wants to give up her vampire side.

Without giving away any spoilers, a person Mauri never would have suspected set her up so she would become a Fanged Fae. She has to make some difficult decisions and I feel for her!

I really enjoyed this book. Mauri is an excellent character! She is strong and beautiful and kicks ass too! The supporting cast of characters (her Fae guardians, Rowan the witch, and Elizabeth the vampire) are all wonderful as well. I absolutely cannot wait to see where this series goes next!!

I rated this book 5/5 stars on Goodreads!

Freeloader and C64 Mini Fun!

As many of you know, a little while back I bought the last two Animal Crossing games I needed for my collection: どうぶつの森+ (Doubutsu no Mori+) and どうぶつの森 e+ (Doubutsu no Mori e+). Okay, it was like 2 1/2 years ago… read the blog post where I talk about getting them here! Anyway, I had big plans to either mod my GameCube or buy a Japanese GameCube, but I did neither of those things. My husband and I received a GameCube from his mom’s collection after she passed away, and I figured I would mod that one. Nope. Turns out that’s way more of a pain in the ass then I thought it would be due to the fact that Nintendo uses some weird ass screws to hold everything together. So one day while browsing online, I found:

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The Freeloader/Action replay combo! These suckers are really hard to come by, at least in my experience. Every single time I looked up the Freeloader (which tricks your GameCube and allows you to play games from other regions) it was expensive and not worth getting. For whatever reason, I found this Freeloader/Action Replay combo for like $29, and I jumped on the chance to get it! (For the record, I have no interest in using Action Replay)

When it came in, I was SO EXCITED! At first, I couldn’t get it to work. It wouldn’t let me click on anything! After turning my system on and off a few times, though, I was able to get it working. I popped in どうぶつの森+ (Doubutsu no Mori+) and…


YAY!!! So amazing! I played a little bit of the game, just to get a feel for it. I was so happy!

I did turn the system off and reload a few times just to make sure everything was saving properly, which it was. I am a little uncomfortable with constantly opening and closing my GameCube though, so my husband and I think it’s best if I use his mom’s old GameCube instead. I haven’t tried out どうぶつの森 e+ (Doubutsu no Mori e+) yet, but I will!

Also, I just wanted to mention really quickly that since I have a need to purchase All The Small Things (haha, shitty Blink-182 reference), when I saw that there was a mini version of the Commadore 64… well, obviously I wanted it! I saw it at GameStop for $90 but gave it the middle finger and moved on because no way did I want to spend that much on it! Two weeks later, Amazon had it on sale for $35, so…


Of course I got it! It’s so darn cute just like all the other mini systems I have. I haven’t tried it out yet, and I’m kind of bummed that the little keyboard is just for show, but oh well. I’m still glad I got it!

Samsara: Deluxe Edition Review!

*Note: This article was originally published on LadiesGamers.com in March 2019. Click here to see the original article! 🙂

Game: Samsara: Deluxe Edition
System: Nintendo Switch
Publisher/Developer: Marker
Price: $9.99 | £7.99
Age Rating: EU 3+ | USA E
Release Date: December 31th 2018 (UK/EU/AU), January 10th 2019 (US/CAN)

Review code kindly provided by Marker

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When I was first asked to review Samsara: Deluxe Edition, I was pretty excited! I enjoy some puzzle games every now and then, and after watching a trailer for it, I thought it was something I might enjoy. If I’m brutally honest, however, I was excited at the beginning of the game; by the end of the game, I was more than ready for it to be over with. Read on for my short review!


Nintendo.com describes Samsara: Deluxe Edition like this:

While playing in the park, Zee follows a squirrel through a portal to a world of echoes, inhabited by a shadow child. Surrounded by the unknown and trapped in a series of realms both confusing and dangerous, the youngsters must avoid slipping into the pool between dimensions, embarking on a voyage of discovery and awakening they share with the player, up and down staircases, through light and dark, across the upside-down and the right side-up to their eventual freedom.

I’ll admit, if I hadn’t have read this, I wouldn’t know what the exact story was behind the game! When you start a new game, you are greeted with a little cutscene of a boy chasing a squirrel and getting sucked into a portal. You have to guide both Zee and his shadow into their respective portals to clear the levels. Easier said than done!

Graphics and Sound

To me, the graphics are nothing spectacular. They aren’t bad by any means… they are just kind of “there” and don’t stand out to me in any way. Also, let me just say that for about half the game I thought Zee was supposed to be a little girl… only when I was reading more about the game did I realize that Zee is a boy. Oops!

Some of the later background level designs are kind of cool though. I like the spooky looking neighborhood and the creepy carnival themes the best.

There isn’t really much in the way of music in this game. In fact, the only time music plays is when you set Zee in motion- it’s kind of weird and I didn’t care for it. Most of the ambient sound effects were a little on the annoying side. As a matter of fact, most of the time I just played this game with the sound turned down!


Gameplay in Samsara: Deluxe Edition is quite straightforward. Your goal is to get Zee (and a little later on, his shadow as well) into the portal! When you begin a level, you are presented with a number of blocks on the right side of the screen. You can place these blocks almost anywhere you like, rotating them as you see fit.

You will notice there is a line dividing the light and dark parts of the world. I guess this is what the description is referring to as “the pool between dimensions!” If you place a block on the dark side, it will be reflected on the light side. Once you place a block, gravity will take hold and pull the blocks towards the dimensional pool.

Once you have the blocks placed to your liking, you can set Zee and his shadow into motion by pressing Y. If either of them fail to get into their respective portal, you can restart the level and move the blocks around as much as you need to until you get it just right!

Fun Factor and Replay Value

At first, I really enjoyed Samsara. The levels were fun and challenging. However, when I was about halfway through the game, I found myself getting kind of tired of it. The levels were becoming more and more difficult, and the blocks just didn’t seem to behave the way I would imagine they were supposed to. I encountered a glitch or two in which blocks would randomly face different directions and I had to reset the entire level to get it to work properly.

I don’t mind when games are difficult. However, because this game is nothing but puzzle after puzzle, I found it quite repetitive. When I knew I was near the end of the game, I couldn’t wait for it to be over with!

Samsara: Deluxe Edition for the Switch comes with an additional 24 levels. I choose to end my playthough at the last level of the original game; I wasn’t in the mood to dabble with any of the extra levels.

As far as replay value is concerned, I don’t really feel like there is much. Once you know how to complete a level, there isn’t much reason for you to go back and play it again.

Closing Remarks

My total playtime for this game was around 4 hours. When I first started playing this game, I really enjoyed it. However, gameplay became repetitive and later levels can be pretty frustrating. The graphics are just okay, and there isn’t much in the way of music. This game may be better suited for people who just want to challenge themselves every now and then, but I don’t think it’s the type of puzzle game that has everlasting appeal and charm. I also don’t think it should be played for long periods of time- playing a level or two here and there is probably best. There isn’t much reason to come back and play levels after you clear them. With all of this being said, my final rating for the game is I’m Not Sure.

Just because I wasn’t a huge fan of the game doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give it a shot! Samsara does have many positive reviews around the internet. If you’re into puzzle games, give it a try and see if you like it!