My Gaming Month in Review: July 2017!

**EDIT: I’m dumb and I originally had this post titled My Gaming Month in Review: June 2017! Yeah, I definitely meant July…**

Let me just say, doing these types of posts once a month is much easier than doing them once a week! As I’m playing games, I just jot down a few notes here and there and take screenshots if I feel so compelled… it’s way less stressful! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Anyway, here’s what I played in July!

I’m making considerable progress in Harvest Moon: Animal Parade for the Wii. I’m still working on becoming friends with people so I can ring the purple bell! So far, I’ve only gotten Owen’s wish. These people need lots of gifts before they become friends with you, ugh! What’s with all the bribery?!

Anyway, one wish down, nine to go! I’m almost friends with Bo and Renee, so hopefully I’ll get their wishes soon.

Besides becoming friends with people, I’m becoming friends with all the animals too! I was really happy one day when I went pet the snake and realized I was able to adopt him!

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I named him Slither, and now my little snake friend lives in my house! I wish I had a bed or little tank or something for him, but he still seems happy just slithering through my house! I can also teach him tricks and carry him around, which is pretty cute.

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One day while I was visiting Toucan Island, I fished out some swimming trunks. Um… okay?

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One of the holidays during Autumn is the Moon Festival. I was pleasantly surprised when Owen asked me to go with him!

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The night of the Moon Festival, Owen and I hung out and had a great time! He said he was going to keep asking me out, so don’t reject him! This guy is pretty pushy, and he spends all his spare time lifting weights… geez, what did I get myself into?!

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He still seems sweet, though. Soon after he shyly brought me a gift and wanted me to turn it into an accessory!

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Here’s my current progress:

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And here’s how much money I’ve made so far:

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Aside from Animal Parade, my husband Michael and I continued playing Kororinpa: Marble Mania for the Wii! We played the single player game, but took turns with each level. Towards the end, though, the levels get REALLY annoying!

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Seriously. The last few levels were so aggravating it almost took the fun out of it for me. I blame myself for not having a steady hand, but still.

In the end, though, we beat the game!

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Doing so unlocked mirror mode, and we played around for a little while seeing how different marbles worked for different levels. We may finish mirror mode, we may not. I’m cringing at the thought of those last few levels…

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Well, that’s about it for my gaming this month! I’ll have a separate post for Pokรฉmon GO progress next. See ya!

First Impressions: Kororinpa: Marble Mania!

A week or so ago, I was settling in to play some Harvest Moon: Animal Parade on the Wii. As the game was loading, I looked over at my stack of Wii games and got a little sad about all the games I bought but still haven’t played. One game caught my eye, and I decided that I wanted to check it out right then and there! I turned off Animal Parade and began playing Kororinpa: Marble Mania.

Kororinpa: Marble Mania was released for the Wii back in 2007. I remember seeing a preview for the game (don’t remember where) and I thought it looked really fun! For some reason, though, I never saw the game in stores anywhere, and though I wanted it, I never found anywhere that sold it.

About a year ago, I was at GameStop, and imagine my surprise when they had not only Kororinpa, but its sequel as well! Since this was practically the only time I had seen these games in the wild, I snatched them up. Sadly, it took me this long to get around to playing it- but enough of me blabbering on! What did I actually think of the game?

On the title screen, I was met with bright, cheerful colors and equally cheery music. Setting up my profile for the first time was a cinch, and the vibe was pretty relaxing.

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This game immediately reminded me of a combination of Super Monkey Ball and Marble Madness. In fact, the similarities to Super Monkey Ball are what drew me to this game in the first place! Anyway, every time you select a level, you are shown an overview and brief description of the stage.

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Much like Super Monkey Ball, you tilt the stage to get your marble rolling. Your objective is to collect every red crystal and make it to the goal…bucket thing. Tilting the Wii remote feels pretty natural, though my hands are a bit shaky.

What I think is pretty neat about this game is the fact that the timer counts UP, not down. In other words, no matter how many times you die on a stage (and most likely, you will die) you can just keep going and going and the clock will be stopped when you finally reach the goal. This makes things a bit more relaxed instead of feeling rushed that you have to collect crystals AND get to the goal before the clock runs out.

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Also, once you collect a gem, you don’t have to do it again if you die. That’s a pretty great feature!

When you start out the game, you are playing with a regular marble. As the game progresses, you unlock different marbles/ balls/ whatever and they all have different attributes. Most importantly, a lot of them are SO CUTE! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Conclusion

I really enjoyed this game when I played it! I played through the first 10 levels, and it was a lot of fun. The tilt control mechanism can be a bit frustrating if your hands are shaky like mine are, but practice makes perfect. The fact that you are not penalized for dying makes things a little easier to bear.

I just want to mention that since my initial First Impressions play of this game, my husband and I started playing it together! I will note my progress in another entry, since this is just a First Impressions post! Besides, I have some Kirby games to get to! ๐Ÿ˜‰