End Game Thoughts: PAC-MAN!

Game Title: PAC-MAN
Platform: NES Classic
Hours Played: maybe 15-20 minutes

About The Game

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PAC-MAN was originally released in the arcades in 1980. It has been ported a billion times to many consoles, and I’ve played a few different versions of it! The version I played for this little mini review thing was on the NES Classic, which was released in 2016.

What I Liked

To me, PAC-MAN is one of those games that’s fun to play in short bursts when you have a few minutes to spare. The whole point of the game is to see how long you can last in the maze and possibly beat your high score, so it’s fun without being stressful. Well, the ghosts chasing you constantly can be a bit stressful, but you get what I’m saying. I just like to pick this game up every now and then and spend a few minutes seeing how long I can play before I die!

What I Didn’t Like

The ghosts don’t leave you alone for one damn second! Can’t I just gobble up my little yellow dots and pieces of fruit in peace?!

Closing Thoughts

I called it quits when I got a game over. I beat my high score, which now sits at 9490. That is probably a shitty score, but I’m not very good at this game, so I don’t care! I died really stupidly too- right as I was eating one of the ghosts, it stopped flashing and turned back to a normal ghost, then killed me. Such is life.

End Game Thoughts: Galaga!

Game Title: Galaga
Platform: NES Classic
Hours Played: probably 30 minutes or so

About The Game

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Galaga is a sweet little arcade game originally released in 1981. I’ve played it on a few different platforms, but for this particular End Game Thoughts post, I played it on the NES Classic, which was released in 2016.

Galaga almost reminds me of Space Invaders, because you are shooting all kinds of baddies that want to kick your ass!

What I Liked

This is a really fun game. I like to fire it up every now and then just to see how far I can get. Turns out, not very far! I kind of suck at it, but I like it anyway. It’s a fun way to spend a few minutes here and there! I like the different ways the enemies act- keeps you on your toes!

What I Didn’t Like

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Hmm… can’t really think of anything I don’t like! Aside from the fact that I suck, but that’s not the game’s fault… it’s mine!

Closing Thoughts

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This game is fun and fast-paced, and my slow reflexes don’t do me any favors. It doesn’t make me mad though… I just try to get farther each time I play! On this particular play through, I made it to level 4 and beat my high score. Maybe next time I’ll make it to level 5, haha!

End Game Thoughts: Dr. Mario!

Game Title: Dr. Mario
Platform: NES Classic
Hours Played: pssh… try like 20 minutes

About The Game

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Dr. Mario was originally released in 1990 for the Nintendo Entertainment System. I played it on the NES Classic, which was released in 2016.

What is Dr. Mario about? Fuck if I know. I hate this game. He throws different colored pills at shitty little viruses to make them go bye bye. It was fun for about 5 seconds.

What I Liked

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Mario is there. Mario is cool.

What I Didn’t Like

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THIS GAME. FUCK. I like puzzle games a lot, I really do. I thought I liked this game. It just really started to get on my last nerve because it just isn’t FUN to me. I made it to Level 7 before I got a game over. I beat my high score, so I consider the game “beaten” even though I know I will NEVER EVER go back and try to clear more levels.

Oh, and the fucking awful music will invade my brain until the end of time.

Closing Thoughts

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No.

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I realize I’m probably in the minority because most people seem to really like this game, but it just didn’t click me for some reason! And I tend to stay away from things that piss me off, and this game pisses me off so… *shrugs*. Don’t take my really awful mini review as the last word though- try this game out for yourself and see if you like it! 🙂

Creative Pin Board!

Every once and awhile, I like to do creative stuff. Problem is, I kind of suck when it comes to artsy fartsy things! My creativity lies more in my words, and even that’s a bit of a stretch sometimes. Sure, I have a degree in Computer Graphics and Design, but I consider myself retired from that field. Anyhow, I saw a YouTube video from Cinnamoniboni. She posts all sorts of fun videos, many of them gaming related! In one video, she painted a corkboard to put all of her little pins on them, and I thought it was such a cute idea! The video is below if you want to check it out.

Now, I don’t have a ton of pins or anything like that, but I have a few that I’ve been wanting to put somewhere- I just never knew how to display them. After watching the video, I thought I would try it out, since it didn’t seem overly complicated!

I started with a standard corkboard that you can find at just about any office supply store. I got mine at Office Max. I forgot to get a picture of it in its unpainted state, but here’s what the wrapper looks like, in case anyone actually gives a shit:

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I decided to paint the whole board black. I wanted a dark background with little dots of color! Hey, I said I wasn’t artsy. I can only do simple things!

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Originally, I was just going to have yellow dots of color…

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But then I decided some silver would look nice…

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And some blue…

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And finally, some red! Looks like a party!!

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After giving the board time to dry, I added a few of my favorite pins to display. I have some Mario pins, Harvest Moon pins, and a Kirby pin too! My favorite pin on the board is the Pokémon Mimikyu, the little pin near the center of the board. I do have other pins, but I didn’t want to clutter up the board too much, so I may just rotate the ones I choose to display.

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This was a fun project, and it wasn’t that difficult to do. If it was, I would’ve tossed it and pretended it didn’t happen haha! I like doing creative things like this, so maybe in the future I’ll have more to show! 😉

End Game Thoughts: Kirby Star Allies!

Game Title: Kirby Star Allies
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Hours Played: approximately 12

About The Game

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Kirby Star Allies was released in 2018 for the Nintendo Switch. As you all probably know by now, I love Kirby, so of course I couldn’t wait to play this game!

Some weird shit is going down up in space, and Kirby needs some friends to help him set things right! (A+ for that amazing description of the story line!). In addition to inhaling everything in his path and stealing copying his enemy’s abilities, Kirby can also have up to 3 friends with him that can help defeat enemies, solve puzzles, etc.

What I Liked

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There is so much to love about this game! First of all, it’s ADORABLE! I love the character designs and the level designs. The music is pretty good too, though at this point and time I can’t tell you any tunes that are really standing out to me. Maybe I shouldn’t be writing this when I have a headache and I’m super tired… anyway!

I love how besides all the helpers/copy abilities, there are also Dream Friends in this game. You can play alongside King Dedede, Meta Knight, Rick/Kine/Coo, and a bunch of other bad asses from past games. My favorite is… um, Gooey.

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I give the developers credit for putting so much content into this game as well! Aside from the main story mode, there are 2 sub-games to play (Chop Champs and Star Slam Heroes) which provide a fun, if brief distraction from the main game. There’s also The Ultimate Choice, which is basically like a boss rush mode. There’s Guest Star ???? Star Allies Go! mode, which I love! You basically play through an abbreviated version of the Story Mode, but you can play as any of the helpers or Dream Friends instead of Kirby, which gives you a lot of replay value!

The last mode was actually released as FREE (yes, free) DLC, and it’s called Heroes in Another Dimension. This is the only mode I haven’t fully played through, but it’s pretty enjoyable.

Seriously, there is a lot to do in this game. I think my file is sitting at 87% complete right now, and I love the fact that I’ve played through most of the modes several times and still have plenty left to do!

What I Didn’t Like

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The fact that the final boss in the story mode had like 5 different phases and wouldn’t fucking die already! He was cool though, so I can’t complain much. All kidding aside, I don’t really have any complaints about this game.

Closing Thoughts

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This game brought me a lot of happiness during my play through! It was like the best elements of all the past Kirby games were thrown into this one. I also really want to mention that it seems like a lot of love was put into Kirby Star Allies. From the characters to the music to the menu design to the varied levels, it’s apparent that the developers put a lot of care and effort into what they were doing. That’s something I really appreciate!

 

End Game Thoughts: Donkey Kong Country!

Game Title: Donkey Kong Country
Platform: Nintendo 2DS XL (Virtual Console)
Hours Played: approximately 1 1/2

About The Game:

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The original Donkey Kong Country for the SNES has been ported quite a few times over the years… and I’ve pretty much bought most of the ports. My SNES cart still works just fine, thank you very much, but I cannot help it- I feel the need to buy the game every time it’s re-released! The version I played most recently was released on the Virtual Console for Nintendo 2DS/3DS in 2016. I played it on my Nintendo 2DS XL, which my husband bought me specifically so I could download some of my favorite SNES games 🙂

Anyway, Donkey Kong Country is about Donkey Kong getting pissed because some lizard-looking asshole stole his bananas! He traverses through DK Isle with his nephew Diddy to find King K. Rool and get his bananas back.

What I Liked:

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This is a port of one of my favorite games of all time, so of course there are so many things I like about it! First of all, the graphics are pretty sweet, even after almost 25 years.

The levels are just FUN to play! And some of them are not easy, either. I still find myself dying every now and then despite the fact that I have played through them many, many times.

And let’s not forget about the amazing music in this game! There are so many great tunes, it’s hard to pick a favorite.

Lastly, I just really enjoy the characters in this game. The Kongs are great, the Kremlings are dope, and King K. Rool is one of my all-time favorite villains.

What I Didn’t Like:

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The fact that my hands still get sweaty during barrel-blasting segments. So stressful!

Closing Thoughts:

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Donkey Kong Country is always a blast to play, no matter what form it’s in. I’m glad I got the chance to download one of my favorite games on a system I can take with me anywhere!

End Game Thoughts: Super Mario Odyssey!

Game Title: Super Mario Odyssey
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Hours Played: approximately 10-12

About the Game

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Super Mario Odyssey was released for the Nintendo Switch in 2017. In this game, like most Mario games, Princess Peach gets her dumb ass kidnapped by Bowser, and Mario has to go save her! This time, Bowser has the help of some annoying rabbit things called Broodals, and he plans to force Peach to marry him. Along the way, you meet a spirit trapped in a damn hat named Cappy. Cappy becomes your BFF and as an added bonus, you can use Cappy to possess shit! Wahoo! Anyway, you travel through many different kingdoms to try to stop the wedding; it turns out to be quite the adventure!

What I Liked

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Hmm, where do I begin?? First of all, the graphics in Super Mario Odyssey are AMAZING! Each time I traveled to a new Kingdom, I was in awe. I think my favorite kingdom is the Ruined Kingdom, because it is dark, gloomy, and has an amazing dragon battle! I also loved the bright, colorful Luncheon Kingdom- only in looks though, playing through it was quite annoying!

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I also enjoyed how the different Kingdoms have different objectives and are all so different from each other. Plus, there are so many Power Moons to collect- this gave me motivation to explore!

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I thought Cappy was a very creative character. At first, I wasn’t too sure about him, but the little guy grew on me. I tried to possess everything I could, and I had a lot of fun doing it! I especially liked taking control of the Cheep Cheeps in areas where I needed to swim around a lot. Oh, and possessing a piece of meat was definitely my most WTF moment in the game!

There are many other things I loved about the game: the characters, the music, etc. I could probably go on forever!

What I Didn’t Like

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Well, there isn’t much that I didn’t like about Super Mario Odyssey! There are things that annoyed me here and there (like the Luncheon Kingdom…. uggh) but that’s just me being nitpicky. There was nothing that really pissed me off or made me want to quit playing!

Closing Thoughts

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I loved this game! I thought it was so much fun, and there were so many times while playing that I had a smile on my face. Certain parts of it are more challenging than others, but Super Mario Odyssey has something for players of all skill levels to enjoy. Now I just need to go back and collect the hundreds of Power Moons I am still missing…