Something I thought would be fun to do is write a few thoughts down after I beat a game. Not a review, exactly, just what I liked and didn’t like about the game, how long it took me to beat, etc. No in-depth writing, just my rambling thoughts! I thought of this idea a few months back, and I’ve actually beaten a few games since then (go me!). The first game on my list is Doubutsu no Mori!
Game Title: Doubutsu no Mori Platform: Nintendo 64 Hours Played: approximately 20
About The Game
Doubutsu no Mori is the first game in the Animal Crossing series. It was only released in Japan, so I played the game entirely in Japanese. It’s a life simulation game, and you live in a village populated entirely by animals. I considered the game beaten when I paid off my house- though it certainly is open-ended and can continue to be played and enjoyed for many years!
What I Liked
Well, it’s Animal Crossing, so of course I loved it! I loved the simplicity of the day to day life in Doubutsu no Mori- chatting with villagers, decorating my house, fishing, digging up fossils… there is something so relaxing about it! I love how since the game was released in Japan, there are Japanese holidays I can take part in. It’s interesting to see some of the cultural differences!
What I Didn’t Like
I was a little disappointed in the fact that dressers and other storage chests only hold one item each! Since the house is only one huge main floor, it makes it really hard to have a place to put extra items. Likewise, music players can only hold one song at a time. Also, you can only hold 50,000 bells at one time, which is more annoying than you might think. These are all little nitpicky things, though, and they don’t really detract from the game itself.
I love this game! I am excited that I finally paid off my house, but that doesn’t mean I’m done playing. Like all my other Animal Crossing towns, I will still play Doubutsu no Mori and check in on all my little villagers!
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?!
After a bit of a hiatus, I’ve decided to bring back a type of post that I’ve always enjoyed doing, but that ended up taking too much time for me to write: My Gaming Month in Review! This time around, though, I’m going to be working on this post throughout the month, so I won’t have a shit-ton of stuff to come up with when the month is over! Plus, I’m also trying to work on only one or two games at a time, so I’m more focused on beating a game before moving on, versus just jumping around from game to game. This is me we’re talking about though, so by the time next month rolls around, it could all be different. Anyway, here’s what I was up to this month!
Besides narrowing my focus on other games, I’ve decided to narrow my focus on my Animal Crossing games as well. Instead of checking in on my different villages on different days, I’ve decided I’m just going to focus on one of my villages at a time until I have my house paid off. It’s lame that I’ve only paid off my house in Animal Crossing and Animal Crossing: Wild World! With that being said, I’m focusing first on Doubutsu no Mori!
I’ve been playing this game for a couple years on and off now, and I still suck at Japanese. One day I’ll actually start those lessons… anyway! My little village of Weezey is doing quite well, and I’m working on my second house expansion. I currently owe 163,000 Bells, so I have a little while to go!
Oh, and I also found a totally creepy policeman/ crossing guard figurine up for sale at Nook’s. Its arm moves back and forth and I don’t know… it just weirded me out for some reason. Not something I want in my house!
I am STILL playing Harvest Moon: Animal Parade. I’m determined to ring that final damn bell so I can consider the game beaten! It’s still so slow going, because every in game day takes about 20 minutes or so, and lately I haven’t had much extra time to play. I have told 9 out of 10 people’s wishes to the shrine, so I’m getting really close! Becoming friends with people so you can get their wish is a total pain in the ass though. I’m tired of giving them gifts!
I did participate in the Animal Festival, which occurs on the last day of Spring. I competed in all of the contests, and surprised myself by doing pretty well. My duck, Quackers, got 1st place in the livestock contest, while my snake, Slither, got 1st place in the pet contest! I also did a race with my cow, Ember, but the controls confused me and pissed me off, so I think I ended up in 4th or 5th place.
One extremely adorable perk to getting 1st place is your animals wear a teeny tiny crown on their head! Aww! Here’s Quackers and Slither with their crowns on (though Slither’s is pretty hard to see).
Anyway, I’m currently on Year 2, Summer, Day 10. I’ve got two hearts for the last person I’m trying to become friends with (a really overexcited girl named Maya), so I’m really close to ringing the damn bell.
I’m still playing Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp every morning before work (and on the weekends while I’m sitting there drinking my coffee 😉 ) and I’m still very much enjoying it! Right now I’m focusing on getting all the villagers invited to my camp, which is easier said than done considering new ones keep getting added to the game! It took me awhile of sending Gulliver away with shitty items so I could get the three traveling villagers, but I finally got them all! Currently, I have 92/ 94 villagers invited to my camp.
There were a couple events I participated in this month. The first one was Katie’s Fruit Party, which was a gardening event. I’m not too fond of these events, because I don’t like how low the capture rate is. I feel like if you plant flowers and a creature appears on top of them, you should automatically catch them. I don’t like feeling like I have to play multiple times throughout the day, and I’ll be damned if I spend Leaf Tickets to complete an event. So, I just played casually and won whatever I could win, and I don’t really care that I missed out on some of the prizes.
The second event was much more fun- Chip’s Fishing Tourney #2! I don’t mind playing a couple times a day to see what fish I catch, and I don’t feel like I “have” to play. I loved catching the puffer fish! 😉
I ended up with a silver trophy, which isn’t too bad. I wish the event would’ve lasted a couple days longer, but oh well.
Anywho, here’s a couple different pictures of my campsite and my camper. I change everything around quite often, so you never know what to expect when you visit my campsite! 😉 I have also reached Level 79!
Well, that’s it for my gaming in May. I got some things accomplished, but hopefully by next month I’ll have some games that I can take off of my backlog! 🙂
It’s officially fall, October is here, Halloween is right around the corner… this is one of my favorite times of year! We don’t really have much of a “fall” where I live, but I live vicariously through my Animal Crossing towns! Wow, I just realized how sad that sounded… ha! Anyway, here’s a look at the games I played in September!
I continued playing Doubutsu no Mori for the N64 so I could pay off more of my debt! The rainy season continued… nearly every time I played, it was raining!
However, on September 30th, it was a nice, sunny day with lots of bugs jumping around. It was as if summer was saying goodbye!
I was eager to make more money to pay off more of my mortgage, but when I went to Nook’s, I discovered the lottery was happening! I forgot that on the last day of the month, there is a lottery and you can’t sell anything. Dammit! I couldn’t even play, because I didn’t have any tickets. 😦
I still made a small payment towards my mortgage anyway. I now owe 213,000 Bells!
In Harvest Moon: Animal Parade for the Wii, Owen sent me a love letter!
He still seems a little pushy, haha.
I entered the Harvest Festival vegetable contest, but apparently I had no idea what I was doing, because I got last place! Ugh!
Finally, Fall turned into Winter! Winter is so beautiful… and I love when the snow falls! I also love the music that plays during this season. It’s like a mix between Animal Crossing and the Sims! 🙂
However… why the fuck do giant rocks randomly appear in my field sometimes?!
I had enough money and materials to upgrade my house, woo hoo! I was surprised the change was immediate. I figured I’d at least have to wait a day!
Finally, I got Renee’s wish! Three people down, seven more to go!
I decided it was time to get another animal, so I bought a foal and named it Rodeo. How cute!
I also met the snowman, who is totally awesome! He gives you presents every morning if you give him a nose, haha! I gave him a carrot to use as a nose, which was just what he wanted!
The first present I got from the snowman was a perfect potato. This is just what I needed to make Humphrey the Hippo a veggie pizza so his ass would go back to the circus. Whew!
Lastly, Owen said he wanted to talk to me. He asked me to be his girlfriend, so now it’s official! 🙂
As of the end of September, I was on Year 1, Winter, Day 8.
Oh, and, um, it said my pet snake and I were practically twins. Thanks?
I wanted to get into the Halloween mood, so I decided to play a game I’ve had on my iPad for awhile called Haunted Halloween Escape.
This game is exactly what it sounds like- you have to escape from a haunted room. The graphics are a bit blurry and not that great.
Some parts of the game are silly- like, why is this ghost blocking the desk?
Don’t get me started on this cheesy vampire.
I found the recipe to escape… and discovered I kind of suck at puzzle solving.
When I escaped, Dracula was at the door, but after I gave him some candy, he went away. No, I’m not kidding.
Maybe I shouldn’t have played this game before bed, but I felt like it was more irritating than anything. The graphics weren’t great, some of the puzzles weren’t even clear, and there were also a few misspellings that were kind of silly. A decent game to waste a half hour on, I suppose, but not one I’ll be playing again.
I did make a small amount of progress on Juice Cubes for the iPhone, stopping on Level 36. It forces you to wait at this point until you collect “map pieces” which is kind of lame. But since summer is over, my time playing this game is over for now! 🙂
I made a little bit of progress in The Legendary Starfy this month too. I played a level in which you had to swim through bubbles, and surprisingly it was kind of fun!
Overall, though, I feel like I just want to get through these levels as quickly as possible. I don’t really care about finding any extras, I just want this game done.
I beat the boss of Sogwood Forest and got the 5th shard, go me!
Another stage, another annoying gameplay mechanic… you have to spin/ step on a button to make the water rise, and it really sucks!
As of the end of September, I was on Stage 5-2 Glitzem Grotto: Rickety Ride.
Lastly, this month I checked in on all my little friends in Tomodachi Life! Since my cousin recently had a baby, I decided to add him into the mix. Welcome, Cameron! 🙂
The first food I fed him- a cheeseburger- turned out to be his super all time favorite food!
Meanwhile, Don dreamed that he was a skeleton keychain dangling off of a backpack. Wow.
So, that about wraps it up for my gaming month in review. See ya next time!
Well, I have been sick all this week with a lovely cold! It’s a little early for that, isn’t it? I hope that doesn’t mean I’ll be sick all through the fall and winter!
Besides the cold, I am NERVOUS because I live in Central Florida, and Hurricane Irma is supposed to start impacting our weather Sunday. The hurricane is so big and covers such a wide area! The track has shifted a few times, and none of those shifts have been in our favor… it’s been crazy this week as people have been stocking up on supplies and getting their houses ready. I’m still hoping it shifts away from us… anyway, let’s just hope for the best here!
Now to talk about something much more fun… video games of course! I didn’t get a ton of gaming time in for August, but I still managed to make some progress in a few of my games!
First of all, Michael and I had a bit of fun this month playing some games on our Atari Flashback 7 console! I just love Atari games. Anyway, the Atari Flashback 7 has 101 games to choose from, so there’s a ton of different options here! We played a few of them, including Bowling, Frog Pond, Hangman, Miniature Golf, Night Driver, Sky Diver, and Slot Racers.
Night Driver game me a damn headache, and we couldn’t figure out Sky Diver for the life of us, but the other games were a blast to play. Frog Pond had us laughing so hard trying to get our frogs to move and eat the flies! It was simple, silly fun.
I played Doubutsu no Mori a little bit on the N64 this month as well. It seems like it’s always raining when I play!
I FINALLY witnessed a balloon getting stuck in a tree, and I eagerly shook the present down! Inside was… an annoying executive’s toy. Yippee.
One day when I started up the N64, a message popped up on the screen that I hadn’t seen before. I was a little worried, until I realized that the controller wasn’t all the way plugged in! Still, the literal translation of “please throttle controller 1” gave me a good laugh!
I continued working towards paying my debt on my house, and one of the best ways to do that is by fishing. I know I’ve said it before, but fishing is such a royal pain in the ass in this game! My reaction time is way too slow, I guess.
As it stands, I still owe 285,000 Bells to Tom Nook. One day my debt will be paid!
Meanwhile, in Harvest Moon: Animal Parade for the Wii, I finally got Bo’s wish! Two people down, eight more to go. I’m getting close to hearing Renee’s wish.
Owen is seriously crushing on me, lol! I sound like a middle schooler. 😉 It is adorable to watch, though. He asked me on a random date at one point, which I thought was pretty cool. I wasn’t expecting such a random event- makes the romance a little more “realistic” in my opinion!
At the end of August, I was on Year 1, Autumn, Day 26…. I didn’t get a screenshot of my progress though!
I also continued playing Juice Cubes on my iPhone. There were some limited time vacation levels to play, set in a world where everything was frozen solid. These levels are really hard! I only played the first level.
Back in the main game, the levels are still pretty tricky. I beat Level 29 on the very last turn!
Currently, I’m on Level 35.
I’m still slogging my way through The Legendary Starfy on the Nintendo DS. The game is so cute, but the gameplay mechanics are so weird sometimes… and I think that’s why it’s taking me so long to beat this.
It’s such a pretty game though!
Also, I spent way too much time laughing at this screenshot:
Yes, I am aware that sometimes I have the same humor as a 12 year old boy. So be it! I’m currently on Level 4-3: Sogwood Forest: The Papes Chase.
That’s it for my gaming fun in August. I had a really productive month in Pokémon GO, which I will detail in my next blog post. 🙂
I know I haven’t been very good at posting much about the games I’ve been playing lately- sorry! It was fun to do my “Gaming Week in Review” posts, but it started to become a little bit of a chore. I feel like when it’s time to sit down and play a game, I want to just PLAY it, not worry about taking screenshots and remembering what I was doing to give a play by play of it later. So, I figured if I did more of a summary post of what I’ve been playing, that would be easier and more fun to do! Doing this once every few weeks or so is much less stressful than trying to put out a post like that every week.
Anyway, I’ve decided that I’m going to follow a format for gaming that I came up with awhile back: I’ll try to focus on one console game, one handheld game, and one mobile game at a time so that I actually finish more of my games! 😉
With that being said, the console game I am currently playing is still Harvest Moon: Animal Parade for the Nintendo Wii. I am still loving this game! I’ve made considerable progress since the last time I posted about it. There are 5 bells to ring in order to restore power to the Harvest Goddess and get everything running as it should be, and I’ve already managed to ring 4 of them! The only one I have left is the Purple Bell, which is literally going to take forever. You have to become friends with 10 people and hear their wishes. Once you hear their wishes, you take the wish to a shrine because they can’t seem to do it their damn selves!
I haven’t quite become friends with anyone yet, though I am currently working on Owen. I also want Owen to become my husband, so I give him the gift of rice every day and he is warming up to me, haha!
Honestly, it doesn’t bother me that it is going to take awhile to ring the Purple Bell. I have so many upgrades I need to make to my farm, and there are so many different things to do, this game will keep me busy for a long time! Here is a screenshot of my current progress:
And this is how much money I’ve made so far. Not bad at all!
As far as handheld gaming goes, I’ve decided to forge ahead with The Legendary Starfy for the Nintendo DS. It is a fun game, but for some reason I play it, then put it away for long periods of time without actually finishing it! I’m going to try really hard to see this to completion, though. The last level I beat in this game was a boss battle against King Ping:
This guy was a total annoying douche who killed me a bunch of times because the attacks in this game are extremely cheap and you die way easier than you actually should! Ugh! I finally beat him though, and now I am getting ready to enter Sogwood Forest, which should be super wonderful.
World 4-1: Sogwood Forest: In a Fog is the exact name of the level I am currently on, in case you care!
In the world of mobile gaming, I’ve picked back up Juice Cubes on my iPhone! It’s a cute little game I’ve played before but never beaten, and the developers have added many levels on since the last time I’ve played. This game has a fun summertime vibe that I figured is perfect since it’s now summer! I’ve started from the beginning just to get myself re-acquainted with the game, so I’m only on Level 3!
Even though there are three main games I am focusing on, there’s always room to play one of the Animal Crossing games! 🙂 Currently I’ve been playing Doubutsu no Mori for the Nintendo 64. I want to finally pay off my house! So I’ve been fishing, digging up fossils, and shaking trees to try to make tons of Bells! It’s been raining every time I play lately, but I don’t mind. The rain is soothing in all of the Animal Crossing games!
I currently owe 339,000 Bells on this current expansion, so it’ll be awhile before my house is paid off.
There’s also always room to play Pokémon GO as well! I’ll do a separate post at the end of the month to fill you in on the new Pokémon I’ve acquired! 😉
So there you have it for the games I’ve been playing lately! I wish I had more time to play, but what else is new!