I didn’t get a whole lot of gaming time in the month of April, mostly because I have been too damn exhausted to do anything, even if it’s something fun! Story of my life these days for some stupid reason! Anywho, here’s what I accomplished in April 2020!
I played a little bit of Animal Crossing: City Folk. I didn’t pay off anymore of my loan, but I sold some stuff and made a little more money. Hopefully I’ll be able to make another mortgage payment soon!
Of course I played some Animal Crossing: New Horizons! I still haven’t made a First Impressions post of this game, but I do plan on it. I did a lot in the month of April: participated in a couple events, had a few more residents move in, expanded my house, etc. If I ever get that First Impressions post done, I’ll write more details on my gameplay 😉
I did manage to finish a game this month, believe it or not! I completed my gameplay of Mario Tennis Aces. I’ll write an End Game Thoughts post about it at some point, so stay tuned for more info 😉
Nintendo Game Boy
Still plugging away at Pokémon Blue! I explored the Safari Zone, which was a HUGE pain in the ass! Pokémon tend to break out of the Safari Balls and run WAY too easily. I’m not big on luck-based shit! I managed to nab a few new Pokémon anyway, but it wasn’t really that fun. I tweaked my team a bit, and I ended the month by gathering experience while exploring Route 16!
Of course I played Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp on my phone! The events in April were cute, but a little too pink for my tastes. Anyway, I ended the month at level 174 with 195/198 villagers invited to my camp! I decorated the upstairs of my cabin around Tom Nook this time, so here’s what I came up with:
It was actually harder than I thought to make a theme around him for some reason! I ended up trying to mimic his store, with completely random items up for sale. And instead of working, he’s sleeping behind the cash register. I almost fall asleep at work every day, so I totally understand. 😉
Hmm, April is more than halfway over and I’m just now writing about March’s game play… big slacker here! What else is new! Haha anyway, let’s jump right in and see what I was up to in March!
I played a bit of Animal Crossing: City Folk this month- still trying to pay off my final mortgage in this game! The grass wear is starting to get to me… uggh! Anyway, I set the time back a bit so that I could participate in Festivale! During Festivale, you play games with your villagers to win candy, which you then trade in to Pavé for some sweet furniture. Even though I really suck at luck-based games, I still managed to win enough to get three pieces of furniture!
I also did a lot of fishing and was able to make a mortgage payment. Only 380,000 bells to go!
So I’m sure a lot of you know that Animal Crossing: New Horizons was released on March 20th! OF COURSE I had to get it on release day (which is something I rarely do for games) and I’ve been playing it ever since! I’m going to do a First Impressions post of this game (with my slow ass track record, expect this post sometime in July or August) so I won’t bog down this post too much. Let’s just say that I made some decent progress 🙂 Oh, and my island name is Spartacus- that’s a nod to my late grandfather, who probably would get a laugh out of the name!
I played a little bit of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild this month as well. Instead of just randomly fucking around, I decided to work on the Locked Mementos quest so I could get my Sheikah Slate repaired! I went to the Hateno Ancient Tech Lab to speak to the Director. She wanted me to light her furnace before she could work on it… um, okay? Anywho, I did that weird task for her, then she repaired the Slate- now I can take pictures and complete the Hyrule Compendium! I also activated several side quests, though I didn’t try to complete any of them yet.
For my Switch Sunday playthrough, I continued on with Mario Tennis Aces! I played Adventure Mode a bit more, and I finally beat The Reflection Room, which was a HUGE pain in the ass! I lost so many times, the game took pity on me and gave me unlimited power- only then was I able to beat it. It was stupid and annoying and I never want to play it again!
The next level was called Detour, and this was where I called it quits on Adventure Mode. I attempted to rally with Boo 300 times and for the life of me, I couldn’t do it. Boo is a cheating asshole!
Since I’d seen enough of Adventure Mode, I tried out Tournament Mode. I beat the Mushroom Cup. Hey, that’s progress!
Nintendo Game Boy
I made a bit of progress in Pokémon Blue, go me! I explored Routes 14 and 15 and gained some experience, then entered Fuschia City. I’m playing this game on my Super Game Boy and the color palette makes my eyes bleed! Anyway, I took on the Gym Leader (Koga) and earned my 6th badge!
I continued to play Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp! Something I decided to do is dedicate the top floor of my cabin to a different NPC each month. Hey, I spent Leaf Tickets on them, they should be shown off! I’m just doing it in the order I purchased them, because I’m neurotic. Anyway, this month I set up a little concert setting for K.K. Slider!
At the end of March… I don’t remember what my level was, because I’m a dummy and forgot to make note of it. Ugh! I was probably at like Level 168 with 187/191 animals invited to my campsite… something like that!
So that’s it for my March gaming adventures! See ya! 🙂
Wow, two months in a row with this type of post… I’m on a roll! Ha. Anyway, let’s get right down to it… here’s the progress I made with my games in the month of February!
I didn’t make too much progress in Animal Crossing: City Folk this time around. I did play on Groundhog Day and got my Resetti model. I also played on Valentine’s Day and got a letter and some chocolates from Harry, how sweet! Festivale was on the 24th, but I didn’t play… so I might need to rewind time so I can check it out 😉
I’m still having an absolute blast playing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild! I ended up wandering into Hateno Village, where I found and completed the Myahm Agana Shrine which… was a challenge. It was some weird tilty piece of shit labyrinth puzzle that wasn’t a lot of fun! Anyway, after some exploration, I decided to finally pay attention to the main quest and “Seek Out Impa.” Cool! Now I have two more main quests: Free the Divine Beasts (that will take me literally forever) and Locked Mementos (that’ll probably take forever too). I also completed the Ta’loh Naeg Shrine, which was a training exercise- the first one I’ve encountered. Because I’m an idiot, I broke a few of my weapons trying to chop the Guardian into pieces before I realized you have to follow the onscreen instructions. Uggh.
I’m happy to say that I beat Yoshi’s Crafted World this month! Yay! I’ll do a more in-depth End Game Thoughts post a little later. Anyway, the final levels of the game were decently challenging. One level in particular, Be Afraid of the Dark (in Shadowville) featured a creepy clown looking character that chased you with an axe! Definitely did not see that coming! Anyway, I defeated Baby Bowser, recovered the final Dream Gem, and that was that! Such a fun game!
After beating Yoshi, I decided to play Mario Tennis Aces as my next “Switch Sunday” game. There are a few different game play modes, which is interesting. I first played through all the tutorials and played a few of the characters in Free Play mode just to get a feel for the game. I then played a little bit of Adventure Mode. I beat Bask Ruins, so now I’m getting ready to play Piranha Plant Forest!
Nintendo Game Boy
I continued playing Pokémon Blue a bit. I explored Route 13, battling trainers and gaining experience. I think I’m starting to form a team that I’m going to keep until the end, but we shall see. I was also SO EXCITED to nab a Ditto!! He was kind of a bitch, but I got him in the end.
I’ve been playing a bit of Wordscapes here and there on my tablet when I have some downtime, and it’s a lot of fun- and a challenge too! I’m on Level 90, which isn’t too shabby… until I think of my aunt, who has completed over 20,000 (yes, I typed that correctly!) levels. I have a lot of catching up to do!
Of course, I’m still playing Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. I’m now at Level 165 and have 180/183 animals invited to my camp. So close! I just can’t seem to get that last map from Gulliver. Anywho, I played through the events for this month, though I didn’t get the final prize because I didn’t craft everything from the scavenger hunt in time. That’s okay! As sad as I was to see the snow melt, I’m ready for springtime!
That’s about it for February 2020. Thanks for reading!
Hey everyone! Hope the new year has been treating you right so far! I’ve been a bit lame on the posting front lately, which isn’t how I planned for things to be. I’ve been struggling for awhile with chronic migraines (I’ve had them for years) and for some reason over the past few months, the intensity has really kicked up a notch, which makes it hard for me to do… well, anything really. I’ve fallen behind on blog postings, video game progress, housework, etc. Some days I can’t even look at the computer and something as simple as scrolling through a post will make me so dizzy I want to puke. I’m hoping my brain will stabilize itself soon because I’m fucking sick of it! 😉
Anyway! In the meantime, I’ll just do what I can do and that’s that! I decided to bring back an ongoing series I used to write awhile back (I tried to look for the last time I posted one, but the aforementioned dizziness reared its ugly head as I scrolled through my blog, so oh well)- My Gaming Month in Review! I love writing posts like this, but my problem was I would spend so much time trying to take screenshots and remember what I did in the game, I wouldn’t enjoy the actual game I was playing as much. Yikes!
So, this is going to be a similar post to my old ones, but I am just going to give a briefer summary, and I probably won’t include my own screenshots. Enjoy!
I’m still working my way through Animal Crossing: City Folk, just trying to get my loan paid off. I try to play though any events during the month, so on New Year’s Day I played and got my fancy new 2020 shirt! It’s got a rat on it since this is the Year of the Rat, so I thought that was pretty cute! I also participated in the Dab Fishing Tourney that was being held, and surprisingly, I won! I still owe 484,000 Bells on my loan, but at least this is my final loan and I’ll be done!
I’ve been playing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild here and there over the last couple months, and I LOVE IT! I’m not nearly as far as most people. As a matter of fact, I’m not far in the game at all, because I am having a blast just exploring everything. My main goals right now are to complete as many shrines as I can so I can upgrade my health and stamina, and activate as many towers as I can so my map is complete. During my last session, I searched FOREVER trying to find the Dow Na’eh Shrine (it was behind a waterfall, ugh) and I managed to activate Hateno Tower. My main objective is Seek Out Impa, which is like… the first thing you’re supposed to do after getting off the Great Plateau. Oh well, I play how I want!
So I’ve started this thing I call “Switch Sunday” which is exactly what it sounds like… on Sunday, I try to play a Switch game! Yes, I’m already working my way though Zelda, but I wanted to choose another game to play as well, because I’m a glutton for punishment. Anyway, I decided to start playing Yoshi’s Crafted World, and that was an excellent choice! The game is so cute and relaxing, and puts me in a great mood when I play it. I also like how it’s not completely linear- after the first few levels, several branched pathways appear to let you choose which way you want to go. I think that’s pretty neat! I left on on Acorn Forest- Jumping to Victory, and I’ve recovered 3 Dream Gems so far (which means I’m more than halfway through the game at this point).
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Yes, I’m STILL playing Pokémon Blue. Things take me forever, remember?! I’m more than halfway though the game at this point though, so I have definitely made progress! In January, I beat the Saffron City Gym and got my 5th Gym Badge. While wandering Route 12 afterwards, I finally got a better fishing rod and caught Tentacruel (or was it Tentacool? Shit, I don’t remember), Goldeen and Krabby. Now I’m exploring what Route 13 has to offer!
I also want to add that I’m still playing Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp on my phone. I can’t help it, it’s part of my routine nearly every morning! Right now I’m at Level 162, and I’ve invited 177/183 animals to my campsite. I can’t get the last island containing those animals to pop up as part of Gulliver’s islands, dammit! I keep refreshing but no luck yet. I enjoy participating in the events, and I feel no pressure to complete them.
That’s it for gaming in January! Hopefully February will see me completing a couple of these games, but we’ll see how it goes. See ya!
Game Title: Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp Platform: Apple iPhone Hours Played: oh lord… probably over 120 or so
About The Game
Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is a mobile game that came out in November 2017. I was SO EXCITED for an Animal Crossing game to play on my phone- I remember I couldn’t wait to get off work so I could download it and play!
This game is a bit different from other AC games in the fact that you “manage” a campsite and invite the villagers to hang out there! You can also decorate you campsite and your rv (and later on, your cabin), collect fish, bugs, fruit and shells, and participate in one of the many events that are always going on!
Note that there really isn’t an “ending” to this game. I considered the game beaten when I invited all of the available animals to my campsite, though more animals are added into the game every so often!
What I Liked
At its core, this game is just… so cute. Seeing so many of my favorite villagers at my campsite is awesome and I love giving them gifts and treats! The more you interact with them, the more they level up, which in turn increases YOUR overall level. As of my time of writing this, I’m at Level 142… after almost 2 years of playing, that’s not too shabby! The level cap is somewhere over 200 right now, though that changes depending on how many villagers are in the game.
I also really like the fact that there are monthly events that keep you wanting to come back and check in. The game has gone through a few evolutions since its inception, but as of now, there are 3 different events each month- a gardening event, a scavenger hunt, and a fishing tourney. These events allow you to collect themed furniture. Last month it was all Halloween furniture, which was awesome!
What I Didn’t Like
Ha… the main gripe I have with this game? It’s a mobile game, and therefore falls into many of the same traps as other mobile games. There is, of course, premium currency (Leaf Tickets) which can be spent on premium items. At first, Leaf Tickets were pretty easy to come by, and it was easy to buy whatever you wanted. THEN they introduced fortune cookies, which can only be purchased with Leaf Tickets (although they do occasionally sell them for Bells, the game’s standard currency). To make matters worse, the item you get is completely random, so you may end up with several of the same item that you don’t want!
I want to point out that I haven’t spent a single dollar on this game. I refuse to participate in gacha type gambles with my real money, so I just earn Leaf Tickets organically as I play the game. Sure, I miss out on stuff sometimes, but oh well.
One other little thing about Pocket Camp… I kind of wish it were more like a mini Animal Crossing town. The villagers don’t really do anything but stand around and sometimes interact with items in your campsite. Even when you visit them in other areas, they are pretty static most of the time. The have little tents, but you can’t go inside and look around like you can with their houses in the core games. With that being said, I know there are probably restrictions placed on the game because it is mobile.
Despite the fact that the gacha mechanics are absolutely ridiculous and the game can be a bit repetitive, I still find myself logging in every day! I just ignore what I don’t like about the game and I don’t feel pressured to spend money either. Animal Crossing has always been about living your life the way you want… don’t want to fish? Don’t bother. Love interacting with villagers and redecorating your house? Do it all day long and no one will try to stop you. Pocket Camp retains some of that charm and doesn’t force you to participate in anything you don’t want to. Many people have Fear Of Missing Out and have to collect ALLTHETHINGS or else their life is ruined, but not me. I’m content to check in on my little buddies, participate in events as much (or as little) as I want, and go about my day.
P.S. The only thing I HAVE to have in this game is all the animal buddies. In the past, new villagers would just randomly appear and you would have to meet them and craft their favorite furniture in order to invite them to your campsite, which was cute and fun. That mechanic has been replaced by a shit mechanic where you have to send Gulliver away for a chance to get an animal map back, and it’s a bit annoying and tedious. Patience is a virtue, though, and it is possible to do it without spending money, so I just take my time with it 😉
Game Title: Lily’s Day Off Platform: iPhone Hours Played: about 45 minutes
About The Game
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
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
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.
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!
Yeah, October is almost halfway over and I am just now posted this… sorry! I would really love to be back on a more consistent posting schedule. I just don’t have much energy lately 😦
Also, sorry if this post is a little boring because there aren’t any screenshots or anything. I did take some, but lack the motivation to edit and insert them. Ah well.
In Super Mario Odyssey, I finished up the Snow Kingdom- I had to participate in a race which was actually pretty fun. The way the little Shiverian I was controlling bounced around was slightly tricky, but I managed to win.
After saying goodbye to the Snow Kingdom, I headed to the Luncheon Kingdom, which was bright and colorful and full of food!
However, despite the kingdom’s whimsical look, this place was a death trap! I died more than once getting stuck in the purple… lava stuff? I don’t really know what it was. Anyway, at one point I possessed a piece of meat.
That was one of the weirdest things I’ve done in the game so far. I then finished off the Luncheon Kingdom by battling Cookatiel.
Next up was the Ruined Kingdom… I loved the look of this kingdom! So dark, gloomy and ominous. I fought a bad ass dragon, and I thought he was a lot of fun. Too bad there wasn’t more to do in this kingdom, though.
After the dragon, I headed to Bowser’s Kingdom. I loved the Japanese aesthetic! It was really cool. This kingdom was basically a gauntlet of stuff that wanted to kill me…. not to mention the horribly aggravating boss, Robobrood! I couldn’t wait to be done with that fucker.
Finally, I got to the Moon Kingdom. Because, you know, Bowser wanted to get married on the moon! The way the church bells rang was pretty eerie. I had to do some ass backwards stuff to get to the hill the church was on, but that’s okay. It was time to face Bowser, which was a fight similar to the fight in Cloud Kingdom. I managed to whip his butt after a few tries, but then shit started going down and crumbling all around me. So I did the natural thing to do… I possessed Bowser and started destroying everything to get us out of there! It was a fun and frantic way to end the game!
With that being said, I beat Super Mario Odyssey! One thing I love about this game (which I know many of you already know) is that the end game is so expansive- there are so many reasons to keep playing even after the credits roll! I spent quite awhile in Mushroom Kingdom afterwards, just wandering around and collecting Power Moons. Speaking of Power Moons, my current total is 161- so I have a LONG way to go!
My husband bought me WarioWare Gold, and I started playing it right away! WarioWare is one of those series I’ve always loved since the first game came out on the Game Boy Advance! WarioWare Gold has many microgames from the past games in the series, as well as new ones!
There are a few different “leagues” of microgames, each with a different host character. My favorite has always been Ashley 😉
I’ve already played through all of the Mash League and the Twist League. I’m currently on the Touch League with 9-Volt! So far, I am in love with this game. The microgames are quick, weird, and fast- paced!
I am plugging away with Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. One event in September was Brewster’s Sweet Harvest, which was a gardening event. I didn’t mind this event, actually, even though I don’t really care for gardening events. However, it seems like the catch rate was improved this time around, which really helped! Plus, you got sweet grape related furniture, and I really loved the look of it.
Another event going on this month was the Blitz Clam Scavenger Hunt. It’s basically just like the gyroid scavenger hunts, but with blitz clams, which are items from Splatoon. I’m not very familiar with the Splatoon games, so I can’t say much about them. Anyway, you collected the clams to craft Splatoon- related clothing with them, and they are kind of cool!
There was also Fishing Tourney #6 this month, which also featured Splatoon- themed prizes. Plus, you got to catch colorful squid and octopus (octopi?)!
Also, Jack’s Halloween Hunt (a gardening event) began! I LOVE HALLOWEEN SO MUCH! All the spooky prizes you can get from this event are amazing. However… it didn’t start out too promising. Barely any bats spawned on my flowers, dammit!
Um also… the spooky terrains are awesome but HELL NO I’m not spending like $30 to get all of it! Pisses me off. I want to earn these things by playing the game, not by spending money on them.
I’m currently at Level 95, and I have 111/ 113 animals invited to my camp!
I played a bit of Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery this month as well. I still need to complete my classes to finish off Year 1, Chapter 7, but I got sidetracked by Hagrid’s Birthday Party preparations. I didn’t finish those either, oops!
I’ve decided to revisit a couple of my favorite games on the SNES Classic this month. First up is Donkey Kong Country, which remains one of my favorite games of all time. I cannot even tell you how many times I’ve played through and beaten this game, but I enjoy it every time! And the crazy jumps in Mine Cart Carnage (as well as the anxiety- inducing music) always make my hands sweaty no matter how many times I play it!
I am currently in World 2: Monkey Mines, Level 5: Millstone Mayhem.
I also played a bit of Super Mario Kart. While I am a huge Mario Kart 8/Mario Kart 8 Deluxe fan, I at times miss the simplicity of the original. No blue shells, no real drifting… just good old- fashioned kart racing! I played through the 50cc Mushroom Cup, and I won the gold.
That’s all the gaming I did in September! See ya next time!
Despite my best efforts, I still suck at posting and being up to date on everyone’s blog posts! I just have not had the energy. However… after 7 1/2 years at my current job, I am embarking on a new career path starting this Tuesday! I am hoping with this new job I will be less stressed and have more energy to be able to get back to more of the things I enjoy doing. Some of those things include reading all of your posts as well as writing more of my own!
With that being said, here’s a short post detailing what I played in August. Unfortunately, I didn’t make a whole lot of progress in any of my games, so this isn’t going to be the most interesting post! Sorry.
I’ve gotten back into playing Super Mario Odyssey, which continues to delight and surprise me! I haven’t played a whole lot of it, but I’m enjoying every second of it. I completed the Metro Kingdom, which I enjoyed despite my reservations at first. I mean, realistic looking people in a Mario game really weirded me out at first!
Anyway, after the Metro Kingdom I ventured to the Seaside Kingdom, which I found beautiful! After getting rid of the weird ass octopus-boss-thing, it was even more fun to explore.
Edit: According to my strategy guide, the name of that thing is Brigadier Mollosque- Lanceur III, Dauphin of Bubblaine. Um WTF?!
Right now I’m chillin’ in Snow Kingdom (ha! An unintentional pun!) and I am just about to participate in the Bound Bowl Grand Prix, so I believe I’m almost ready to travel to the next kingdom!
Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp had some fun changes this month. They updated the way the goals are laid out, and they are actually much more fun to complete. Each event has several goals to complete as well, and the prizes are pretty generous!
Speaking of events, there were 6 events this month! They were:
1. Redd’s Summer Festival- a gardening event *rolls eyes.* I played it very passively, and got a couple cool items.
2. Fishing Tourney #5. I always enjoy the fishing tourneys, even though they upped the goal requirements and I never get the gold trophy anymore. Oh well. The piranhas were fun to catch!
3. Flower Festival. This was a cute gardening event. I enjoyed planting the flowers and creating hybrids! I felt like there was actually a decent amount of time allotted for this event. which made it way less stressful.
4. Gyroidite Scavenger Hunt #4. This time around I hunted denim gyroidites, which were super cute! I didn’t care all that much for the actual prizes, but it was fun collecting them anyway.
5. Summertime Bug Catching. I enjoyed this little event, because some of the prizes included fortune cookies! I didn’t complete the last goal, though, because no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t get a goliath beetle to show up for me. Fuck you, goliath beetle.
6. Brewster’s Sweet Harvest. Another gardening event that just started on 8/31, so it’s not done yet. I’m sure I’ll bitch… er, tell you how well I did next month!
Currently, I’m at Level 91 and have 107/ 109 animals invited to my campsite!
I started playing Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery this month. I’ll admit, I avoided playing it at first because I wasn’t in the mood for bullshit energy meters and microtransactions. I have a couple friends that like it, though, and since I really love Harry Potter, I decided to give it a chance.
You start off as a young witch (or wizard, if you are a guy of course) who gets an acceptance letter into Hogwarts. (I’m in my 30s, but I’m still waiting for my letter dammit!). The story is set in a time when Harry Potter is a baby, so he’s not at Hogwarts. Your story is pretty similar to Harry’s, though: you make a good friend, you make an immediate enemy, people think you’re a freak because of something that happened in your life… etc. I have to say, I really do enjoy the story and I can’t wait to see how it all plays out as the in-game years progress.
The game is divided into Chapters, and each Chapter typically has a few story- related tasks as well as Lessons for you to complete. Everything you do requires energy, which is where it gets annoying. Also, most tasks have a time limit, so running out of energy is an issue. ALSO…. the game is very passive. You tap away on the screen, you trace a pattern… there really isn’t much to do.
And yet… I find myself enjoying the game. I enjoy the story, and when I run out of energy, I just put my phone down for a little while and do something else. I don’t even play it every day- I’ll just pick it up every few days or so and complete part of a chapter, then leave it alone for a bit.
Maybe I like this game because I’m not really in any big hurry to complete it. I’m sure people that play it religiously and want to beat it ASAP get pissed off at it, and I understand. For now, I’m just enjoying the slow journey. I’m on Year 1, Chapter 7, and I’ve completed all the story tasks. I’m just finishing up my Lessons 🙂
That’s it for my gaming in August. Not much progress, and sorry for the lack of screenshots! I just wasn’t up to the task. Like I said at the beginning of this post, things are changing for me, and hopefully everything will be headed in a more positive direction. Thanks for reading!
After continuing to plug away at Doubutsu no Mori, I finally paid off my house loan!
Tanukichi was apologetic when he said he couldn’t upgrade my house any further, but he said he wanted to build a monument for me to commemorate my accomplishment. How nice of him!
Also, this Google Translate made me laugh so hard….
Since my loan is fully paid off in Doubutsu no Mori, I decided to move on to the next Animal Crossing game I need to do so in, which happens to be Animal Crossing: City Folk. As I’ve previously mentioned, this is the Animal Crossing that I’ve put the least amount of time into, so I have a long way to go!
When I booted up the game, my pals told me I hadn’t seen them in 3 months. Sorry!
I walked around picking weeds and talking to everyone, enjoying the stormy weather. I also met my new neighbor, Moe!
I couldn’t remember what version of Nook’s store I had in this game, so I went to take a look. To my surprise, I had Nookington’s! It was closed for the night, though.
Not much else happened this month. To make money, I caught a bunch of fish. However, I realized that I had only 4 fish that I had donated to the museum… I like to always donate one of each kind of fish (or bug) to the museum, so I ended up donated most of my catches. Oh well.
Currently, I owe 248,000 bells on my loan.
Despite my greatest efforts, I only managed to get “Master” ranking at the end of Summer in Harvest Moon: Animal Parade, which is the ranking below Hero. I was SO PISSED, because I really thought I had it. I feel like the game royally screwed me over, and I almost gave it up. However, being so close to the end irritated me and I want to actually beat it, so I decided to try again in the Fall.
Turns out, you can fast-forward your gameplay a little bit by sleeping all the way through the day! So I settled into a routine of waking up, checking my crops and animals, then going right back to bed. I even considered selling my animals just so I didn’t even have to worry about them, but… their cute little digital faces made me feel guilty.
The only crops I planted were Bluemist flowers, which turned the easiest profit. I also put a shitload of fertilizer down to make them grow faster. I really didn’t want to take any chances this season!
Finally, at the end of the season…
Sweet! The ultimate ranking is the top ranking you can get. Damn skippy! The next day, I raced up the mountain to ring all the bells.
The somewhat douchey Harvest King returned and restored the goddess tree.
A brief ending sequence played, and the game was beaten! FINALLY! I’ll probably write some sort of wrap up for this game in a later blog entry, if I get around to it.
After months of ignoring the bane of my existenceThe Legendary Starfy, I decided I was ready to finish it up! I had left off on Level 8-2, so I didn’t really have much left to do! The level immediately aggravated me by starting out with one of those stupid gap jumps that are impossible to judge so you just die a million times before you figure it out!
I played a train section with some damn cheesy graphics…
After a couple more slightly annoying levels, I made it to the final boss, Mashtooth. Oh my god… what a huge pain in the ass he was!
This annoying asshole had a couple different forms you had to fight, and each time you lost, you had to start all over. The plus side of this is I started to become pretty good at fighting his first form! His second form was difficult, though, and gave me some trouble.
The last “form” wasn’t really a fight… I just had to push the moon back at him a couple times. Ha, that sounds so dumb when I actually write it out! Anyway, I finally beat the stupid mother fucker, which means….
I FINALLY BEAT THE LEGENDARY STARFY OMG! There are some end game levels to play, but I’d be lying if I said I was interested in playing them.
In Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, I participated in Fishing Tourney #3! I ended up missing a couple days of gameplay though, due to being busy around the 4th of July and not really wanting to play. I only got a bronze trophy, but oh well.
Another July event was Kapp’n’s Bloomin’ Booty, which was a sunflower themed garden event. Meh… you probably know how I feel about gardening events by now. I got a couple cute items, but didn’t really care to participate too much.
Also, can I just tell you how pissed I am that there are several seriously cool beachy items, but you have to buy fortune cookies to have a CHANCE to get one?! I mean, you could buy 5 fortune cookies and get 5 of the same thing… sorry, I’m not wasting my Leaf Tickets on that shit. Hopefully I’ll be able to buy one or two with some Bells, but otherwise, no beach stuff for me.
Oh, I finally paid off my loan for my van. Woo!
The 3rd event for July was the Gyroidite Scavenger Hunt #3, this time with adorable little jelly gyroidites! I really liked the furniture this time around.
Surprisingly, there was another Fishing Tourney… but I really sucked at it this time around. I didn’t play much, and I ended with another bronze trophy. I didn’t even get a pic of my results, sorry!
My birthday was July 26th, and my friend Callula sent me a message telling me to check her campsite out. She had it decorated with birthday/ party decorations for me, which I thought was really awesome!
Lastly… I got Stitches’ picture! Aww!!
Here’s what my campsite looks like:
Currently, I’m at Level 87, and I have 102/ 104 animals invited to my campsite.
Also, I decided to try out Pokemon Quest.
It was very cute but… I just wasn’t a big fan.
Maybe I just wasn’t in a good mood when I played it, but it seems like there’s many different things going on, and it just wasn’t something I was interested in continuing to play. Also, I’m tired of free to start games with energy shit, so there’s that.
So that’s what I was up to in July! Like I said, my birthday was July 26th, and I got some cool gaming related stuff that I will share with y’all in a later post! Thanks for reading! 🙂
I continued playing Doubutsu no Mori this month, and I am inching closer and closer to my goal of paying off my house! It’s the rainy season, and it’s often raining when I’m playing. One thing I noticed is unlike Animal Crossing for the GameCube, the weather doesn’t stay the same all day in Doubutsu no Mori! Well, it will if you leave the game running… but if you turn it off and come back to it later, the weather may be different. This is probably due to the fact that the in-game time is actually saved on the game cartridge itself and not the console. It’s not a big deal, just something I observed!
Anyway, on June 10th there was a Fishing Tourney!
Apparently it was a bass- only tourney, which I found out when I tried to give Chip something else. I only caught one small bass, and it wasn’t enough to win the tourney. Oh well!
Currently, I owe $53,000 bells on my loan.
I’m still slogging through Harvest Moon: Animal Parade, and I FINALLY got the 10th person’s wish, and I immediately ran to the church so I could ring the final bell! When I got there, Edge (the harvest sprite in charge of the bell) started crying and told me he couldn’t ring the bell because it was raining. Okay, fine. I waited until the next day and rang the bell!
It was then time to talk to the Harvest Goddess. I expected her to be happy but nooooo, she told me her stupid tree was still dying and the only way to save it was to call upon the Harvest King. You do that by ringing all 5 bells at the same time… which you can only do if you are ranked Hero or higher. FUCK!
There are a couple different ways to earn Hero rank, and annoyingly, the game doesn’t tell you how far along you are in achieving that goal. You just have to play and hope at the end of the season you actually did it. Since I am on Year 2, Summer, Day 20, I have 8 more days in the season left to go before I find out if I did it or not. I better make the ranking, or else I may snap the game in half and throw it out the window.
Anyway! I also participated in the Summer Festival. There was a “fish” contest and a “fishing” contest. Apparently the fish contest is where you are judged based on the fish you’ve already caught, while the fishing contest is for how many fish you can catch in a certain amount of time. Uh huh, sure. I got third place in the fish contest, yay!
However, when I tried to enter the fishing contest…
Ugh! No thanks, I don’t WANT to try again next year!
I continued playing Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, and once again, I have all animals invited to my camp! That’s 99/99 invited, and I’m at Level 83. My main goal now is upgrading all my amenities (specifically, the elegant amenities right now). Once I do that, I’ll work on maxing out all of my campers so I can get their pictures! 🙂
There were three events this month, and one was a gardening one… uggh! Digby’s Artful Retreat was full of cute little furniture that was way too annoying to get. I mean come on:
How could I earn anything when I can’t catch shit?! I got a couple rewards at least, and I’m happy with what I got. I love the birch trees!
Another event was a gyroidite scavenger hunt, which is always fun! I like collecting them. But… all of the items you could craft were clothing, save for one small table. I wasn’t particularly interested in the clothes, either, because they were all wedding themed. Oh well. I did get a giant wedding cake as well as a wedding arch out of fortune cookies that I bought for 5000 bells each, and that went well with the theme.
Lastly, a Fishing Tourney started on the 29th, and it’ll run through July 4th. Fishing Tourneys are my favorite!
Here’s what my campsite looks like:
I also changed the inside of the first floor of my camper around. I wanted more of a cabin theme, so here ya go:
So there you have it: my June gaming adventures! I’m making some pretty slow progress, because real life gets in my way as usual. Any progress is better than none, though, right?!