My Gaming Checklist

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

It’s hard to believe we’re already in April. With so many things closed down and not being able to leave the house much, gaming seems to be just about all you can do. (That is, if you choose to ignore work.)

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My favorite games

We all have our favorite genres and our go-to games after a long day or just need to escape reality for a bit. I’ll admit, I can’t pinpoint an exact genre that does this for me but I have a handful of games that are my favorite.

By favorite, I mean games that I will never get tired of playing. Games that I have played over and over again that I know by heart.

Pokemon

This, of course, is no secret. One of my favorite games is Pokemon. I’ve played all the spin-offs and mobile games and such, but there’s nothing quite like a main-stream Pokemon game. I could pick up Pokemon Silver, Pearl, X, Shield, or any of the other Pokemon games and have a great time with it. I could start my journey over, go shiny-hunting, grow my team to level 100 and then raise a new team, enter the Pokemon League over and over again, and so much more.

Whenever I run out of games to play or I’m in a slump, I find myself going back to a Pokemon game.

Pokemon Mystery Dungeon

Maybe I could have put this with Pokemon in general, but aside from the main games, I could play and replay the Pokemon Mystery Dungeon games forever. I don’t know what it is about these games – the gameplay is simple, the story and the dialogue is young – but I love them just the same.

Luigi’s Mansion

One of my all-time favorite games. Luigi’s Mansion is a classic and I can’t get enough of it. Luigi has always been one of my favorites and I have a soft spot for ghosts and the like, so Luigi’s Mansion is a perfect series for me. Plus, the gameplay is simple and the games themselves are fairly short and sweet to get through.

Of course, I wouldn’t mind them being longer, but hey – I’ll take what I can get.

Animal Crossing

This is a game that happens in real-time. So, of course, this is something I’ll go back to now and again. Animal Crossing is one of my favorites, yes, but it’s not something I could play every single day of my life (though I wouldn’t mind trying). Still, it’s easy to get sucked into the Animal Crossing world and forget about reality – which, let’s be honest, is nice sometimes.

Paper Mario

Finally, my all-time favorite game – Paper Mario. I’ve played the Nintendo 64 game so many times and I can breeze right through it in about 24 hours. This game is quirky with fun music and awesome characters. Maybe that’s it, but I don’t know why I have such a love for this game. It could also be because it was the first game I completed myself.

What I need from Nintendo

Nintendo has given me all brand new versions of my favorite games in less than a year. Pokemon Sword and Shield, Luigi’s Mansion 3, Pokemon Mystery Dungeon DX (not a new game, but a remake of the first one so I’ll take it – it was fun to see the Gameboy Advance game on the Switch!), and finally, Animal Crossing New Horizons.

I said to Kris the other day, “All Nintendo needs to do now is give me a new Paper Mario game and I’ll be all set.” (That is, then I can start asking for more sequels for these games all over again.)

Ironically enough, the next day, a rumor appeared. Nintendo will be celebrating Mario’s 35th anniversary this year and a new Paper Mario game (going back to its original Nintendo 64 roots) may be in the works. There have been rumors about a new Paper Mario game before. I don’t know if I can believe this one or not.

I would love either Nintendo to remake the original Paper Mario onto the Switch (like what they did with Pokemon Mystery Dungeon) or create a brand new Paper Mario game that’s similar to the original Paper Mario. (Or Paper Mario The Thousand-Year Door – that one was good too, though I still prefer the original over any of the sequels.)

Supposedly, with this rumor, Super Mario 64 may be coming to the Switch among others. We’ll see what happens, I suppose. I can’t wait to see what Nintendo has up their sleeve. I just need Paper Mario and then I’ll complete my Bingo card before I can start it again!

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Simulation Games I Want To See

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Let’s talk some more about simulation games. Specifically, let’s discuss some simulation games I would love to see.

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Pokemon Ranch upgrade

Does anyone remember this game? It came out on the Wii Ware back in March 2008. It was a wonderful game – even though there wasn’t much to do in it. You transferred your Pokemon from Diamond and Pearl (not Platinum for some reason) and that was about it. Your Pokemon had a hub world to go to so they could play and explore. The music was relaxing and I often had it up on the TV while I worked. The Pokemon derped around, sometimes playing (or getting into fights) with one another. It was fun for me.

I’d love to see another Pokemon Ranch. In fact, that’s what I was hoping Pokemon Home would be. (Home on the Range, anyone? No? Nintendo, you missed an opportunity here.)

The downfall of Pokemon Home is that once a Pokemon go in, they can’t go back. They can be transferred to the most recent games but they can’t go back to where they originally came from. I don’t know why this decision was made, but Pokemon who aren’t in Sword and Shield yet are now stuck in limbo in Pokemon Home.

In that case, it would have been awesome if Pokemon Home was it’s own game and mimicked Pokemon Ranch. That way you could still visit your Pokemon. Pokemon Home/Ranch could have been the equivalent of Pokemon Camps from Sword/Shield. It’s all been done before. We just need to throw it in a pot and mix it up.

Pokemon Ranch and Stardew Valley crossover

This may be cheating since I’m piggy-backing on the fact that I want more from Pokemon Ranch. Why not have a crossover between Pokemon Ranch and Stardew Valley? Farming games are all the rage as is Pokemon. Who wouldn’t want to grow a farm – berries, poffins, apricorns – and raise Pokemon? It can be farm animal-like Pokemon such as Mareep and Miltank or it can be all the Pokemon. Different types will have different stables.

In addition, you can add onto your farm to make work stations to make pokeballs from the apricorns or you can sell the apricorns as is. Berries can be sold or can be used to feed your Pokemon.

The many regions of Pokemon have plenty of caves to explore and bodies of water to surf, dive, and fish from. The possibilities are endless here. I don’t know why no one has thought of it before.

Pokemon and Animal Crossing crossover

Similar to crossing Pokemon Ranch and Stardew Valley, why not throw Pokemon in an Animal Crossing village? Sentret can be the new Tom Nook! Hoothoot can be Blathers. I mean, come on. These ideas are gold here.

One of the things I had hoped to see in Animal Crossing New Horizons was different biomes to expand our village. Instead of having one area, have different sections – east, west, north, and south. This has been done before with the town being to the north of the village and a camp being to the east or west. A new area to expand your village can easily be made. The seasons will still be present but you can have randomly generated biomes such as a desert, tundra, rainforest, etc. The types of animals the villagers are based off will live in their respective biomes. (See? Learning experience for kids!)

Taking that idea and warping it to Pokemon – you can have different areas for different types of Pokemon. I’d live there.

I may be the only one to play these games

I realize Nintendo hasn’t hired me yet because I tend to think of games that only I would play. I’d be surprised if people wanted a Pokemon Ranch upgrade. I also realize I’m on a Pokemon kick right now. I had to change the title of this article because I didn’t originally intend it to be mostly Pokemon related.

Oh, well. I can dream.

(By the way, Happy Mar10 Day!)

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Why I Love Simulation Games

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We love the simulation genre so much that we decided to dedicate a month to it. There’s a lot to talk about when it comes to simulation games and, for some reason, there’s just something so special about them.

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What exactly is the simulation genre?

Simulation games mimic activities from real life. You can create your own person and have them live their own virtual life, such as in The Sims. You can take care of virtual pets, have virtual jobs, go on a virtual vacation… the possibilities are endless. There’s just something so exciting about a simulation game. You can do everything in the game that you can do in real life but it’s faster and cheaper. We all want an alternate reality where we can do the things we normally do but at an in-game price.

The simulation genre is pretty vast too. There are plenty of subgenres such as dating sims, life sims, business simulations, medical simulations, vehicle simulations, and so many more.

For me, I personally tend to gravitate toward life or dating simulation games. That is until I get jealous of my character and stop playing for a little while. Either way, I love pretty much all simulation games for a couple of different reasons.

They’re relaxing

I don’t think it’s much of a secret that I’m not great at video games. There are certain games I love but I’m just bad at them. Platformers, especially. Simulation games allow me to go at my own pace and do what I want. Sure, there are some simulation games that you can “lose” or get a “bad ending” but the journey is relaxing anyway… for the most part.

They’re the kinds of games that you can pick and play as you go. There’s no heavy story you need to pay attention to. There are no deadlines. I mean, there are some games that have deadlines or have stories, but for the most part, most simulation games are pretty chill.

I can collect things

I love collecting things. I don’t know why. I have no clue where this fascination came from to collect everything. Maybe I can blame Pokemon for this, but if I have one thing of something, I have to get them all. There are a lot of simulation games that have things for you to collect.

I think this is why I love Animal Crossing so much. Between the fish, bugs, fossils, furniture, clothes, and everything in between, there are a lot of things to collect to grow your catalog. It’s relaxing to spend a day fishing and it’s also a bit of a challenge. Animal Crossing, for example, is based in real-life time so there are certain bugs and fish you can’t get in certain seasons or weather. It keeps you busy for a long time.

I can keep going and going and going

You don’t normally play a simulation game once and never go back to it. No, you’re always going to keep playing the game and each time you play, you’ll play a different way. Or maybe you’ll do what you did before but still somehow get a different outcome as slight as it may be.

I can play Animal Crossing for years and still be collecting things, trying to get new villagers to move in. I can play The Sims for the rest of my life and build all the houses I want, create all the families, kill off those families, what have you. I can play Game Dev Tycoon and have a different outcome every single time based on the cards I’m dealt with.

Overall, simulation games never get boring. There’s always something to do. There are some simulation games I’ve played that just isn’t good – and I mean they’re pretty bad. For the most part though, most simulation games I fall in love with and will go back to all the time. It’s a well-rounded genre that will never get old.

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Top Tuesday: Favorite Things To Do In The Sims

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The Sims is a game I’ve played and loved for years. While I skipped over The Sims 1 and 3, I had a lot of fun in The Sims 2 and still have fun in The Sims 4. I could never get sick of these games and, even though I do the same things over and over again, there are just some things I love doing in The Sims.

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Build a house

Aside from creating myself and giving my Sim a life, I think I deserve in the real world, I enjoy building houses. When I played The Sims 2, I think I built houses more so than actually playing with the sims. I would spend hours building a single house. They all looked the same. They were all mansions. I never improved my craft, but I had fun with it anyway.

The Sims 4 makes building houses so much easier. I still haven’t improved that much, but I still have fun with it and can spend hours on a single house. My houses are always massive and I usually have only a single sim – maybe two – living there. But it’s cool regardless.

Begin from scratch

In The Sims 2, I knew all the cheat codes. I’d create a family, use “motherlode” a bunch of times, move them into a ginormous house, and keep cheating. I’d fast-forward so my sims could max out their skills quickly all the while being able to simply “max motives” so they wouldn’t have to eat or sleep during it.

I did this because in The Sims 2 having friends and maintaining those relationships were required to get a job promotion. This was so I could focus on having friends while working. We can’t work, socialize, and build our skills in 24 hours. That’s crazy!

When The Sims 4 came out, I vowed not to do that. I wanted to play and build my characters from scratch. Of course, friendships aren’t required to getting job promotions (thankfully!) in The Sims 4. I still try to do it legitimately though. And, I have to say, I have a lot more fun with it.

Create an entire town (sometimes using one family)

Unfortunately, I can’t really do this in The Sims 4. Not unless I evict NPC families, there aren’t too many empty lots or empty neighborhoods for me to have creative control. In The Sims 2, I used to start in an empty neighborhood and create a family. They’d have kids and when their kids moved out, I’d build them a house in the same neighborhood. Before I knew it, I created an entire town using the same family tree. That was a lot of fun and something I’d love to try to recreate in The Sims 4 somehow at some point.

Try a challenge and make a story out of it

The Sims doesn’t have any story to the games. Of course, that’s kind of the point. You create sims and make your own story using those characters. Tell them what to do or sit back and watch them make their own decisions and mistakes. It’s a lot of fun and challenges help out a lot with that.

I had always wanted to try a challenge or two in The Sims 2 but never did. I was too busy building houses. In The Sims 4, I started the 100 Baby Challenge which is… proving to be more difficult than I originally thought. It’s stressful, but I’m having a lot of fun with it.

Overall, there are so many things to do in The Sims. I have hours of fun doing the same things I always do or try something new once in a while. It’s a time sucker, but it’s fun.

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Throwback Thursday: Catwoman (Game Boy Color)

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It’s time for another throwback and for some reason, I decided to talk about a game I haven’t thought about in ages.

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I have Catwoman for the Game Boy Color. Why? I don’t know. This game released in 1999 and was developed by KEMCO. It’s a game that exists and I don’t really know why.

Catwoman is a side-scrolling platform-type game. I’m trying to remember but it’s hard and there’s very little information on this game – surprise, surprise.

Part of the reason I don’t remember this game that well is, despite my being young when I played it, is the fact that I never made it out of the first level. According to the game’s Wikipedia page, which is pretty bare-bones, this game has nine stages. That’s it. I couldn’t get past the first. Maybe this is because I was young and couldn’t play games well or maybe it’s because the game is just as ridiculous as I remember it being.

All I remember from the game is that you play as Catwoman, of course, and you’re in this museum-type place. I never knew where I was. I just walked back and forth, jumping, clawing at bad guys and whipping them all trying to find the way out and onto the next level – or whatever it was I was supposed to do.

According to Wiki, this game has a story. Catwoman was hired to steal a weapon of some sort by an evil organization and then she decides to keep it for herself. Now, these evil guys are out to get her.

So… that was something I didn’t know when I played the game. The first level must be in a museum or something because she’s going to steal the weapon… or maybe she has it and is trying to escape. I have no idea since I never made it that far.

I think about this game once in a while. I still have it and my Game Boy Color still works. Maybe I’ll pick it up again sometime soon and see if I can actually get back the first level. That would be interesting.

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Character Spotlight: Kirby

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Kirby is a beloved pink ball of fluff well known by everyone. Yet, I feel like he doesn’t get enough time in the spotlight.

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Kirby first appeared in his own game, Kirby’s Dream Land for the Game Boy in 1992. He has appeared in 33 titles within his own series, the latest being Super Kirby Clash for the Nintendo Switch in 2019. Kirby has also appeared in other games such as Super Smash Brothers.

My first Kirby game was Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land for the Game Boy Advance. I can’t recall if I ever beat the game or not. I no longer have it though because I let the kid I used to babysit at the time borrow it. He turns 18 in a couple of months and I’ve come to terms with the fact that I will never see that game ever again.

As much as I enjoy Kirby and his kinds of games, I don’t play them that often. Kirby was always one of those series that “got away” and took a back seat to Pokemon and Mario. I’ve played a small handful of Kirby games here and there though I haven’t made a dent in the 33 altogether… I didn’t realize there were 33 until writing this post.

I don’t know what Kirby is but he’s adorable in his own right and he’s got cool powers. It’s a bit scary how he eats people and spits them back out and absorbs a few their powers or weapons… I wonder if he’s related to Yoshi in any way. Maybe Kirby is a long-lost dinosaur no one has ever heard of.

Kirby is a franchise that I’m hoping to play more of in the future. However, with 33 games… where do I start?

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Animal Crossing New Horizons Is On The Horizon!

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I called an Animal Crossing Direct about a week or so ago. Nintendo said more info would come before the game releases and still not hearing anything halfway through February, I had a feeling they’d wait until the 20th, one month away from this grand new adventure.

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I have to admit, when I found out there was going to be a direct at 9 am my time on a Thursday morning, I wasn’t surprised. I’ve tried to live stream on Thursday mornings for the past two months and something has always come up where I couldn’t – three Nintendo Directs included.

I was excited to finally get more information on Animal Crossing New Horizons. Although I’ll admit, I would have been okay being surprised when the actual game comes out. Nintendo packed a lot in the 30-minute direct and showed off so much from the game. It seems to me that the game is keeping just about all the old mechanics from previous Animal Crossing games (especially New Leaf) in addition to adding a bunch of new mechanics that definitely seem like they’ll work for the game overall.

I took notes while watching the direct and it’s a huge one-block paragraph of me rambling. I can’t make sense of it and, because there was so much to take in, I’m going to ignore my notes and talk about what I remember. So, I apologize if this particular article seems a bit jumbled itself.

First, it seems as though the game itself is going to be similar to past games. You move to a new area – in this case, an island – and choose the layout. You get a tent to start off with but can upgrade to build a house and expand upon your house down the road. Since you’re on a getaway package, you’re not the only one to move onto the island. Some villagers are moving in along with you and you can choose where they put their tent.

There’s a DIY workbench where you can make tools and furniture yourself. The furniture can have custom designs and the tools can be upgraded as such as well based on your materials. This particular service is open 24/hours a day and you can buy and sell items. However, Nook will still run a separate shop that sells items and furniture that you can’t make yourself.

In addition, the museum and the Able Sisters will be there. Other small shops, such as the flower shop and Kicks from New Leaf, won’t be there but they’ll appear once in a while as special visitors with pop-up shops. Speaking of special visitors, free updates will occur throughout the year for special occasions and holidays. For example, the first free update will be available the same day the game releases to celebrate Bunny Day.

Instead of a bus or train station, you get to the island by plane, which makes sense. The airport is used as a way to visit other islands either locally or online. You can also send postcards, so it acts as the post office as well.

It looked like you have more pocket space. The slots were smaller than they are in the previous Animal Crossing games so maybe it’s the same amount. I didn’t count it while watching the direct and I don’t know the exact amount of pocket space you have in the other games (10, maybe?) but it seemed as though you’re given more pocket space in New Horizons. Plus, you can change tools easier. Whether they’re in their own inventory slot or part of your pocket, I’m not sure. That one was hard to tell. If the tools go in your pocket then that’s almost some space gone.

Of course, fishing, bug catching, and fossil hunting are still a big part of the game. Certain creatures are available in specific seasons. Yes, even though we’re on an island, the seasons still exist. This is great and I’m looking forward to building snowmen in winter.

I will say this though – they’ve made so many changes to this game to the point that you can rearrange the terrain. Yep, destroy a cliff with your shovel and create a waterfall into the river. This is a super cool concept and I’m looking forward to making the island on my own.

With that said, in addition to the seasons… I now want to ice skate. They showed off winter a bit in the direct and the water was never frozen. I think, down the line, it would be cool if a special event occurred where the rivers froze. You can ice skate on them, go ice fishing and only be able to get certain fish through ice fishing, or only have the ability to fish in the ocean. Also, igloos. We should be able to build igloos and have a snowball fight.

I just had to get that off my chest. I’m happy with the add-ons they’ve made but I’m realizing skating and ice fishing maybe something in Animal Crossing none of us knew we needed.

Speaking of a wish list though, I wrote an Animal Crossing Switch Wish List almost a year ago. Surprisingly enough, some of the things I mentioned seem to be there. There are no biomes, like a desert area, but they did show off a scorpion and I specifically said I wanted to get Blathers a scorpion. So, there’s that.

Honestly, I could go on and on about everything that the direct showed off. We have so many new and old things to look forward to in New Horizons and I absolutely cannot wait for the game to release.

There’s so much I didn’t touch upon that was shown in the direct, but… I’m going to leave it at that. It’ll take me a week to get through it all and I think I’ll sit back and begin counting down the days.

Just for fun, you can read my jumbled notes about the direct while I watched it:

deep dive into deserted island life choose island north or south hemisphere all four seasons orientation session with other villagers to get a tent and pick where everyone lives resident services open 24 hours buy and sell diy workshop learn a recipe and make it gather materials like wood from trees and stuff custom design furniture airport to use internet or local to invite friends to my island i can also visit other islands up to 8 people can be on the island at one time send postcards nookphone will add new apps at some point nook broadcast milage program can be used to pay debt and other rewards quickly change between tools dangerous creatures nighttime castaway sighting gulliver rescue service resetti? optional extras building a house more pocket space interior decorating similar to happy home designer house additions as well nook miles ticket can travel to island tours mystery tours take stuff home YOU CAN JUMP party play four residents can play together if they live on the same island whoever calls the others is the leader but that’s easy to change while you play recycle box nooklink for new leaf and happy home designer to bring them to the switch chat system on switch online app this launches in march 2020 shortly after the game on march 20 2020 that was only part one, holy crap, onto part two additional residents wanted invite new villagers nook’s cranny museum able sisters campground residents services expansion ISABELLE lots of visitiors  i want a magic wand participate in planned events fishing and bugging free updates seasonal stuff ladder in pocket bridges and ramps paths and change terrain the sims in animal crossing form i can’t wait I’m going to cry can i play with my family on one switch can have 8 people on one island total support amiibo yes from animal crossing series photopia more info about visiting friends can play with friends or not friends can be restricted with parental controls cannot use tools unless on a “best friend” island what if i lose save data does not support save data cloud a service will allow to restore this in certain cases new animal crossing switch system free updates will happen after game launches first one will be on march 20 celebrate bunny day in april pocket camp connection social media plug where’s fang

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Top Tuesday: Most Creative Bosses In Cuphead

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Kris and I have Cuphead. We played it and didn’t beat it. We were terrible at it and didn’t get far. Someday we will go back to it and defeat the devil. Until then, I’m going to stick to watching others play the game. While I haven’t gone up against most of the bosses, there are some I absolutely love for how creative they are.

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Hilda Berg

Hilda Berg is an interesting one. Her final phase is the moon which I love considering her attacks are based on the Zodiac signs and other sky-like happenings. I haven’t fought this boss myself but watching others do it, it seems difficult and annoying. Not in a bad way, of course. It just seems hard. I like the theme and her style though.

Grim Matchstick

He’s a cute little dragon! Well, I guess he’s not actually little… and his third phase is actually kind of creepy since he gets three heads instead of one. But hey, any dragon boss is an awesome boss. His attacks are fun too. He shoots fireballs. You can’t go wrong with fireballs even if they are aimed at you.

Cala Maria

I love the design of this boss. She’s a mermaid in the ocean, but she’s a big mermaid and pokes her head of the water and yells at you and throws fish at you. I think it’s a creative way to show off a “siren” because we all know mermaids are not like The Little Mermaid. They’re actually quite mean. But then to also mix her with Medusa for her final two stages is extra cool. I thought it was clever how they combined the two.

Phantom Express

It’s no secret I like ghosts. I like that kind of creepy stuff. I don’t know anything about trains but it was a cool setting nonetheless to have the train come alive. I don’t have much to say about this particular boss other than that I think it’s pretty cool.

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DragonVale World [Mobile Game Review]

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Time for another mobile game review. We’re playing with more dragons. Here we go!

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I’ve talked about Dragonvale quite a bit on this blog. It’s a game from Backflip Studios, the first game I had ever downloaded on my iPad… well, iPod at the time. It was a fun game, one I enjoyed more when I was younger. Yet, it always sucked me back in at one point or another. It’s been a few years since I’ve played it actively. When I searched on the app store not too long ago, I discovered another Dragonvale game called Dragonvale World. I downloaded it and… it’s more or the less the same thing as Dragonvale.

I have to admit, I was a bit disappointed in the game. The dragons, more or less, are the same. You have your typical elements – fire, water, ice, and so on. To start the game, you buy eggs, hatch them, feed them to level them up, and then breed them to mix and match elements.

Each element has its own habitat. For example, fire dragons can’t go in the water habitat. However, a fire-water dragon can live in the water habitat. Each habitat can hold a certain amount of dragons and can be upgraded once or twice using in-game currency. When the capacity is full, you can buy another habitat of that element.

When you first start off the game, you’re in a small area of the world. There are trees and rocks in the way for you to clear (using in-game currency, of course) to expand on your area so you can have more habitats and farming land – which allows you to get more dragons and level them up with the more food.

Everything is done in real-time too. If you want to hatch an egg, it may take an hour in real-time. If it’s a rare dragon, it could take 48 hours or something. If you’re going to play this game, you have to make the time commitment to check on it every so often.

This was why I was disappointed when I first started playing the game. With real-time games, it can be so hard to make money and build everything up. The beginning is spent waiting for a lot of things to happen. You’re waiting to save up a certain amount of money to buy this one thing that will make you broke, but that one thing will earn you that much more money. Rinse, repeat. This makes the beginning so slow.

I’ve level 70-something in Dragonvale. I have a boatload of money and if I want to upgrade something, I can do it. In Dragonvale World, because I’m at such a low level and just started the game, I can barely do anything. So, when I have Dragonvale, why would I want to play Dragonvale World?

Other than the graphics and some dragons being slightly different breeds from the other game, there’s no difference and it made no sense for me to basically start over. Needless to say, I didn’t get very far in the game.

Dragonvale World gets a rating of…

Play It | DOWNLOAD IT | Delete It

Overall, Dragonvale World is like a copy-cat game made by the same developers. I’m not sure why they decided to make such a similar game. It’s cute. The graphics are 3D whereas Dragonvale is 2D. However, I’d rather new gameplay over graphics.

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What I’d Love To See In The Next Luigi’s Mansion Game

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Ever since Luigi’s Mansion 3 was announced, I’ve speculated and wondered how different the game was going to be compared to the first two. Dark Moon was vastly different from the original Luigi’s Mansion and yet, they were still both the same – same mansion setting, similar ghosts, etc.

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Luigi’s Mansion 3 was so different from the first two games. The ghosts were similar even though they had different styles and slightly different powers. It was set in a large hotel rather than a mansion that is, surprisingly, smaller than the hotel. The game was much longer than the first two games which were a treat.

And yet, after playing through Luigi’s Mansion 3 there were some things I would have loved to see more of. I loved this game, don’t get me wrong, but I already started thinking of some ways they could improve upon the hotel again.

In Dark Moon, E. Gadd lived in the mansion in harmony with the ghosts. The ghosts go bad again when King Boo takes the Dark Moon out of the sky. The Dark Moon, of course, was what kept the ghosts nice.

I don’t know if something like that would fly if Luigi and company were tricked into going back to the hotel and E. Gadd magically is there again. Maybe they go on another vacation and King Boo and Helen Gravelly somehow escaped and try all over again.

However they do it, I would love another hotel setting. Whether it has more than 15 floors or each floor is expanded upon and much bigger than in Luigi’s Mansion 3, I would love to go back to the hotel theme of the game. But there are a few things I would love to see done differently.

More ghosts

In Luigi’s Mansion, there were a ton of ghosts and they came at you like crazy whenever you entered a new room. Dark Moon was similar, though I think that game had less ghosts… but they were trickier, in my opinion. (At least that’s what I remember. I haven’t played Dark Moon in a long time.)

Luigi’s Mansion 3 had only a handful of ghosts. Not even a handful, I don’t think. They were few and far between too when it came to them actually attacking Luigi. It made the game easier in a way and I would have loved to have a more variety of ghosts.

More guests and more suites

In the first Luigi’s Mansion game, the boss ghosts were people who lived in the mansion. I’m sure they were a big, happy family once upon a time. There was a husband and wife plus their child, a grandmother, and so many other people.

Luigi’s Mansion 3 had people who worked at the hotel – a bellhop, the maid, a security guard… but what about the people who attend the hotel?

If they make another Luigi’s Mansion game I want it to be based in an abandoned hotel. I don’t know how, but people attending the hotel died and never left.

This means I want more suites. All the floors in Luigi’s Mansion 3 had rooms but only the fifth floor looked the most like normal suites. What about a honeymoon suite and the newlywed couple staying the week? What about people on business trips or staying for a convention or something? Or how about the loud people staying in the room next door to yours?

I would love to see what sort of guests this hotel attracts.

Honestly, that’s about it. That’s really all I can think of. I want more variety of ghosts and see more personalities of ghosts.

Aside from the elevator buttons and certain floors, the atmosphere didn’t feel much like a hotel to me. I miss Luigi engaging more with the boss ghosts like he did with some of them in the first game.

Overall, I wouldn’t change anything about Luigi’s Mansion 3, per se. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with that game. I’m wishful thinking a fourth game will be made at some point. If it does happen, give me a bigger hotel and more hotel guests.

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