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.

End Game Thoughts: Wario’s Woods!

Game Title: Wario’s Woods
Platform: NES Classic
Hours Played: just over an hour

About The Game

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Wario’s Woods is a puzzle game originally released on both the NES and the SNES in 1994. It was also a hidden NES game in the GameCube version of Animal Crossing, which I’m pretty sure I have! 🙂 At some point I need to figure out which NES games I have in that game… anyway, I’m getting off track! It is also available as an eShop purchase. I bought it on the Wii Virtual Console and think I played it for about 30 seconds. Oops! Anyway, Wario’s Woods is one of the games on the NES Classic, which is the version I played for this little mini review thing.

So, apparently the background for this game is Wario is up to some shady shit and makes the poor inhabitants of the woods near the Mushroom Kingdom bend to his will. I guess he’s trying to create an army to take over the Mushroom Kingdom or some shit. I guess Mario is busy or whatever, because Toad is the one who has to stop Wario and restore peace to the forest. Wow! Bet you didn’t think this game had such a deep story!

What I Liked

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Well, it’s a fun little puzzler at first. I enjoyed the animation on the side of the screen where Wario would become more and more agitated as you got closer to winning. I think I liked the music?? *checks YouTube for music* Yeah, it’s not bad, but not my favorite either.

What I Didn’t Like

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Oh THE SHITTY CONTROLS!!! Why?!?! It’s a decent game with the most craptastic control scheme ever for a puzzle game. Sometimes I just pressed random buttons because I didn’t know what the fuck was even happening.

Closing Thoughts

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I was enjoying myself while playing, but by the time I died on Level 23, I was more than ready for my run to be over with. I also completed one of the Time Attack Modes, so I will consider this game beaten. This game is okay, and I wouldn’t mind picking it up from time to time to play a few levels… but for me, there are better puzzle games out there.

I posted two days in a row?! Wow! I’m on a roll here! Don’t get used to it, haha!

End Game Thoughts: PAC-MAN!

Game Title: PAC-MAN
Platform: NES Classic
Hours Played: maybe 15-20 minutes

About The Game

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PAC-MAN was originally released in the arcades in 1980. It has been ported a billion times to many consoles, and I’ve played a few different versions of it! The version I played for this little mini review thing was on the NES Classic, which was released in 2016.

What I Liked

To me, PAC-MAN is one of those games that’s fun to play in short bursts when you have a few minutes to spare. The whole point of the game is to see how long you can last in the maze and possibly beat your high score, so it’s fun without being stressful. Well, the ghosts chasing you constantly can be a bit stressful, but you get what I’m saying. I just like to pick this game up every now and then and spend a few minutes seeing how long I can play before I die!

What I Didn’t Like

The ghosts don’t leave you alone for one damn second! Can’t I just gobble up my little yellow dots and pieces of fruit in peace?!

Closing Thoughts

I called it quits when I got a game over. I beat my high score, which now sits at 9490. That is probably a shitty score, but I’m not very good at this game, so I don’t care! I died really stupidly too- right as I was eating one of the ghosts, it stopped flashing and turned back to a normal ghost, then killed me. Such is life.

End Game Thoughts: Galaga!

Game Title: Galaga
Platform: NES Classic
Hours Played: probably 30 minutes or so

About The Game

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Galaga is a sweet little arcade game originally released in 1981. I’ve played it on a few different platforms, but for this particular End Game Thoughts post, I played it on the NES Classic, which was released in 2016.

Galaga almost reminds me of Space Invaders, because you are shooting all kinds of baddies that want to kick your ass!

What I Liked

This is a really fun game. I like to fire it up every now and then just to see how far I can get. Turns out, not very far! I kind of suck at it, but I like it anyway. It’s a fun way to spend a few minutes here and there! I like the different ways the enemies act- keeps you on your toes!

What I Didn’t Like

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Hmm… can’t really think of anything I don’t like! Aside from the fact that I suck, but that’s not the game’s fault… it’s mine!

Closing Thoughts

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This game is fun and fast-paced, and my slow reflexes don’t do me any favors. It doesn’t make me mad though… I just try to get farther each time I play! On this particular play through, I made it to level 4 and beat my high score. Maybe next time I’ll make it to level 5, haha!