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!

End Game Thoughts: Lily’s Day Off!

Game Title: Lily’s Day Off
Platform: iPhone
Hours Played: about 45 minutes

About The Game

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Lily’s Day Off is a visual novel game that was released on Steam in 2017. It has since been released on a few other platforms. I played mine on my iPhone. It was free, though you can pay a small amount ($2.99 maybe?) to get rid of ads. I didn’t find the ads particularly intrusive, so I didn’t pay to remove them!

Anywho, Lily’s Day Off involves you meeting pop idol Lily, who seems to have lost her memory. Your character (who remains unseen) helps her remember who she is. Since this is a visual novel, every action you choose has a consequence, and those choices can lead to some really weird shit! There are 16 different endings in all to find, which is pretty neat.

What I Liked

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The fact that this game offers such drastically different paths! The paths range from sweet, to weird, to completely twisted! I can’t say much about them, because I don’t want to spoil the game for anyone who hasn’t played it and might want to… but yeah, this game is a fun little diversion that encourages you to make as many different choices as you can! Because of its short length, each path takes only a few minutes to play through, so it doesn’t become cumbersome.

Also, I appreciate the fact that the choices you have already made are grayed out, so you can keep track of the paths you’ve already taken.

What I Didn’t Like

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There wasn’t really anything I didn’t like. Well, except maybe for the fact that there is zero replay value. Once you complete every path and unlock every ending, there really isn’t any reason to play again, because you already know all the possible outcomes. There is some kind of feature to get Lily a couple new outfits, but I didn’t really care to dive into that.

Closing Thoughts

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I played through all 16 paths in about 45 minutes. The game is short and sweet and doesn’t demand too much from you. It takes you on a weird, fun and occasionally disturbing journey, and I’m glad I played it!

End Game Thoughts: Shark! Shark!

Game Title: Shark! Shark!
Platform: Intellivision Plug and Play
Hours Played: about 40 minutes

Does anyone else have an Intellivision Plug and Play System? There seem to be a few of them out there, but mine is the 10 in 1 version that I bought many years ago! It’s a fun little system and I’ve always enjoyed playing it from time to time. Anyway, this little End Game Thoughts post is about Shark! Shark!, one of the games on this system!

About The Game

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Shark! Shark! was originally released for the Mattel Intellivision in 1982. In this game, you start out as a small fish swimming around with a bunch of other fish. You can only eat fish smaller than you, or else you die. Immediately. Eat a bunch of fish smaller than you, and eventually you become bigger and can eat more of the fish! There’s a giant shark that swims around and makes a really rude sounding noise every time he appears, but I don’t know what he does except try to kill you. Maybe eventually you get big enough to eat the shark? I’m not that cool, so I never found out.

What I Liked

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This is a fun game that’s easy to pick up and play for a little bit. It doesn’t really require too much thought or explanation, so I enjoyed playing a few rounds just to beat my high score! I thought the bleeps and bloops the game made in lieu of music was cute and made me feel quite nostalgic.

What I Didn’t Like

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So, you have 5 lives. Unfortunately, when you die, you go back to being the smallest size fish, so you have to start all over. Your score is the only thing that rolls over from life to life.

Also, the fish is constantly moving, meaning you are always pushing the D-pad to keep it out of danger. A small gripe, sure, but my poor arthritic hands were tired after awhile!

Closing Comments

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This is a fun, cute game that anyone can play! The difficulty gradually rises but doesn’t ever become unbearable. My hands just got tired after awhile! I played this game for around 40 minutes, and my high score was 29,720. Not too shabby I think! I’d like to go back and play again and see if I can eventually eat the shark… 😉

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

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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.

End Game Thoughts: Puyo Puyo Tetris!

Game Title: Puyo Puyo Tetris
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Hours Played: around 2

About The Game

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Puyo Puyo Tetris is a game that came out for the Nintendo Switch in 2017. It was also released on several other platforms, but I played it on the Switch, so there ya go. This game combines two puzzle types- Puyo and Tetris. I’m a huge fan of Tetris, and I’ve played a Puyo-type game before (Kirby’s Avalanche) and had fun with it, so I thought why not? Plus, the game came with a couple cute keychains, and I’m a sucker for freebies!

What I Liked

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The main thing I liked about this game was the sheer number of modes that are available for you to play! Whether you prefer Puyo, Tetris, or strange combinations of both, there is something most everyone will enjoy. There’s even a story mode that’s totally whack and makes no sense, but who really buys a puzzle game for the story anyway?

What I Didn’t Like

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Playing Puyo Puyo is just okay- it’s not really my favorite thing to do. I much prefer Tetris, and fusing the two together is a bit awkward sometimes. I found myself gravitating toward one mode or the other instead of modes that combined the two play styles together. That’s not much of a gripe, just my personal preference.

However, one thing that really got on my nerves during this game- the characters’ annoying ass voices! Oh my lord. Every single one of them grated my eardrums, and there was no way to silence them. I often played with the volume turned way down because it annoyed me so much.

Closing Thoughts

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This game is fun, and it’s got so many different modes to try out. I tried all of them, and while some are better than others, there is definitely a good selection there. My favorite mode was one where the game would randomly switch back and forth between Tetris and Puyo. This is a good game to pick up and play for a few minutes at a time- or until your eardrums explode from the awful voices.

End Game Thoughts: Napoleon Dynamite!

Game Title: Napoleon Dynamite
Platform: PlayStation Portable (PSP)
Hours Played: around 1

About The Game

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Napoleon Dynamite is a shitty game that came out for the PSP in 2007. It came out for some other platforms too, but don’t bother looking into it. This is one of the few games that I have ever purchased that I seriously considered smashing into pieces and setting on fire just so I wouldn’t have to look upon its shittiness ever again.

What’s the point of this game? It’s based off the movie, which I thought was funny. This game, however, is not funny. Do not purchase this piece of shit.

What I Liked

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Let’s just skip on down to the next section, shall we? Nothing to say here!

What I Didn’t Like

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Everything about this stupid game! God damn… first of all, it’s glitchy as shit. You’ll get screwed over more often than not because the game will freeze, the images on the screen will flicker, the music will stop… if something can glitch in this game, it will.

The game is basically a collection of mini games, which I don’t have a problem with. What I do have a problem with is the fact that these mini games suck so much ass and are so unenjoyable, I’d rather clean the toilet at a gas station than spend one more second with it.

Closing Thoughts

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This is truly the first game I can say I wasted my money on. It was only a couple bucks but still, I could’ve bought a couple items off the dollar menu at McDonald’s and been happier for it! It’s an awful, glitchy mess, and I beat 5 of the mini games before I got too pissed off and called it quits. Fuck you, Napoleon Dynamite.