Easy Does It…

Due to a recent hand injury, my time playing video games over the last couple weeks has been greatly diminished. And as someone whose favorite pastime is playing video games, this is extremely aggravating! Just typing this is taking me forever, as I have my hand in a splint that allows for limited movement. I have found, however, that I can play games that do not require fast actions or that I can play almost exclusively with one hand. With that being said, I decided to visit my Puzzle Craft town of Misteria and see what was happening there.

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Misteria is coming along nicely!

As I mentioned in my previous blog post about my 2016 Gaming Goals, Puzzle Craft is the current mobile game I am working on. I have been slacking on playing it, but it’s the perfect game to play right now since I don’t have to do a lot to actually play it. My next building I have been working on is my Ironwork, and after a quick glance at the materials I needed, I figured I could complete it in one shot.

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Misteria is coming along nicely!

I did some farming, then some mining.

When I was done, I had all the supplies I needed to upgrade my Ironwork. Now I can forge more iron!

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Next up, I need to upgrade my Feeding Trough. As you can see, I have many supplies I need to gather before I can do so.

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I enjoy this game a lot, but I do find myself leaving it behind for periods of time just because it is super repetitive. I’m really gonna try to stick with it for awhile this time, so I can say I beat it and then move on!

Stitches vs. Kabuki/ Tubbs Strikes Again!

Since I have been feeling like shit the past few days (thanks, bronchitis!) I haven’t felt like doing a whole lot. Today, I passed my time by playing quite a bit of Animal Crossing: Wild World. I’m inching closer and closer to paying off my house, so I worked hard towards that goal today! I did a lot of fishing… and I saw this screen A LOT:

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Ugh, trash!

Normally it’s common to catch one or two junk items while fishing, but today I caught 13. Yes, THIRTEEN! Count them!

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This has got to be some kind of record!

What the hell man! That was pretty aggravating. Nevertheless, I still managed to catch several valuable fish.

I also met my new neighbor, Antonio the anteater. He seems pretty lively and fun!

While roaming around town, Stitches pinged me and asked if I have ever received anyone’s picture. I told him yes, and he immediately told me it better not have been Kabuki that gave me one! He quickly gave me his picture, since I’m, ya know, his bestest friend!

Yay! I’ve been wanting his pic for awhile and I was very happy to receive it.

I also spied two snowballs close to each other, so I decided to take my chances and make a snowman. As usual, the results were not what I had hoped for.

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Getting real tired of your shit, snowman!

Later in the day, Stitches pinged me again and asked what I thought of Kabuki. I told him I thought he was nice, and he got extremely jealous! Is there some kind of rivalry between those two that I don’t know about?!

When I was done playing for the day, I went to the post office and pay off more of my mortgage. Only 90,000 bells until my house is FINALLY paid off! I can’t wait! I hope to pay it off in the next day or two.

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The end is in sight!

Besides playing Wild World, I also checked up on my kitties in Neko Atsume: Kitty Collector. I put out some new goodies and food, and soon the yard was hoppin’ with kitties!

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Looks like they are having fun!

Later, Tubbs came and ate all the food out of the bowl. Save some for someone else!

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Come on, Tubbs!

He’s cute and all, but it sucks when he comes and eats almost a whole bowl of food that you purchased! Freeloader!

That’s all for tonight. Bye!

Winter in Neko Atsume!

I wanted to check on my kitties in Neko Atsume: Kitty Collector today. When I loaded the game, I was pleasantly surprised to find that snow was covering the yard and the music had changed to a beautiful holiday tune. I also love the little snow bunny on the table! (The snow bunny also happens to be one of my favorite items in the Animal Crossing series)

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How pretty!

I hadn’t realized the game would correlate to real life seasons, so that’s a pretty cool discovery! I bought a couple new items for my kitties, including a Blizzard Tent and a Bunny Kick Toy. Before long, Dottie showed up to play with the kick toy!

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How cute!!

She looks like she had a blast with it. Again, I am reminded of my cat Misty when I see behaviors like this, because she does the same exact thing!

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Misty loves her toys!

After Dottie left, my frequent visitor Snowball came by to hang out in a sock.

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I can always count on Snowball to come visit me!

These kitties are so cute, it makes me smile every time I play. Good night everyone!

Still Collecting Kitties…

Two blog posts in one night? That’s a new record for me! Ha. Anyway, I have been ignoring my kitty collecting duties lately, so today I played a bit of Neko Atsume Kitty Collector to make up for it. I purchased a couple new items and placed them in my yard. Soon, I had several kitties playing!

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Snowball (the all white one) has visited me 37 times!

I checked the game on and off throughout the day, which is customary for this game. I was thrilled to see that I had finally caught Misty hanging out in a box!

Misty the cat has made a few visits, but I never managed to get her picture until now. The reason why I was so happy to finally have a picture of this cat is because I have a REAL cat named Misty, and I’m pretty sure they share some of the same personality traits.

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Just like her in-game counterpart, the real Misty loves boxes and is very lazy!

So far, I have seen 26 cats, and have pictures of 21 of them. That’s pretty good progress! I don’t mind taking my time collecting all the cats though. I have a feeling I’ll be sad when I’ve gotten them all!

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Who will visit next? You never know!

Trying To Get In The Holiday Spirit…

I haven’t been playing as much of Christmas Sweeper as I had originally planned on this season, so I’m very far behind. It’s been hard for me to get in the Christmas spirit this year, so I haven’t felt like playing it much. Since Christmas is only a few days away, I decided to play a little bit and finish a few levels!

I left off on Level 21, which I sailed through with no problems.

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I already cleared some of the board by the time I snapped this pic, but it still wasn’t too hard.

Level 22 wasn’t too bad either.

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Looks complex, but it wasn’t too bad!

Then I got to Level 23. Wow! This one looks like it’s going to take some work!

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Are you sure this is only Level 23?!?

Clearing the chained up pieces of the board really proved to be challenging, especially the ones on the very bottom row.

I was beginning to think I wasn’t going to ever clear it, but I finally did.

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One star is better than none!

Over sixteen minutes to complete one level? Uggh! I’m glad I got it done, but I wasn’t in the mood to play any other levels after that.  I started playing a couple other games in the meantime- I may blog about that either later tonight or tomorrow. =)

First Impressions: Neko Atsume Kitty Collector!

I am a fan of Buzzfeed and I receive a few emails from them a day. One of the emails I received the other day had a link to a small post about a game called Neko Atsume Kitty Collector. I had never heard of it, so I read the article and was intrigued. A game about collecting cats? Sign me up! I decided to download it and check it out.

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Meow Loading hmm??? This should be interesting…

Today was my first day playing the game, and I thought it was so cute! It’s a very simple game where your only goal is to collect cats. The way to do this is by setting out toys, food, and other items that cats deem as fun (hello, paper bags!) and wait for them to show up!

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There are so many different items to choose from!

Now, the cats won’t show up immediately. That’s kind of the beauty of this game. It isn’t designed to be played for hours at a time. You put out the items to attract cats, then close or suspend the app for a bit. After awhile, check back, and you may see cats in your yard!

I put out some food and a rubber ball, and the first cat that came to play was named Snowball! When you meet a cat, his or her data is added into the Catbook. You can check the Catbook for stats such as the cat’s personality, its favorite toys, and how many times it has visited you.

Each cat also has its own photo album, and you can save up to 18 photos per cat. This is cute because you can take pictures of the cats interacting with the different things you place in the yard, and it’s fun to look back on the photos you took of them!

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What a cute picture!

When the cats leave your yard, they will leave you a gift to thank you for letting them play. Most of the time they leave you regular fish, which you can use in the store to buy more fun stuff for the cats! Sometimes you will get lucky and they will leave some gold fish, which can be spent on the premium items at the store.

That really is all there is to it. You don’t directly interact with the cats (no petting, no playing, etc.) There are no minigames to play or bosses to beat. Therein lies the charm of this game: it is adorable, unique, silly, and fun.

Throughout the day, I’ve checked my game a few times just to see what cats have come to play. It kind of has a fun, “gotta catch ’em all” type vibe, and I can’t wait to see all the different kitties available in this game! I leave you with a couple more screenshots of the kitties that have visited me so far. If you’re interested in this game, it is free to download for both iOS and Android, so check it out!

iOS Love…

Today I decided to show my iOS games some love! I have many games downloaded onto my iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch (which I can’t find right now…ugh!!) and I have a tendency to play games on them for an extended period, then not play them at all for awhile! One game I love to play during the holiday season is Christmas Sweeper. Christmas Sweeper is a fun match-type game that resembles Candy Crush. The difference is, of course, everything is holiday themed! From the little tiles that you are matching to the cheerful Christmas music, this game always gets me into the holiday spirit.

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Clear all the black bricks to win!

Although I have beaten several of the levels, I decided to start with Level 1. It’s a new year, after all! The goal of the game is to clear all of the “black bricks” (they look like little blobs of chocolate to me) by matching 3 or more Christmas-themed tiles. The game starts off easy enough, but soon starts to present several challenges!

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It’s fun to match Christmas-themed tiles. 

As you can see in the screenshot above, sometimes you need to hit the black bricks more than once to make them disappear.

As you progress through the game, sometimes you will find that tiles are chained up! This can be quite tricky, as you need to line up similar tiles to unlock it, then line up tiles again to clear it!

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Things can get tricky!

You either earn 1, 2 or 3 stars on each level. The timer bar runs behind the stars and tells you how many stars you are earning. I’m assuming that when the timer runs out, you fail the level- I just haven’t encountered that yet! Yep, I’m that good LOL. There are several power ups to assist you, including a bomb and a firework.

Right now, I’m on Level 12. There are 150 levels in this game, so I’m sure the levels will really start to get challenging later on. Christmas Sweeper is a fun game you can play in short spurts, and you can download it for free on your Apple or Android device! You can pay to remove the ads, but they don’t really bother me enough to do so.

That’s it for tonight, everyone! See ya!