Top Tuesday: Favorite Simulation Games

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday and happy March!

I’ve been playing a variety of games lately – some new, but mostly old. I’ve been thinking a lot about my favorite genres and decided to break them up into favorite lists.

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The Sims

This is certainly no secret that I enjoy The Sims. I stream it often and I love living a different life than my own. I can create myself and either pursue what I’m trying to accomplish in real life (and get jealous of my sim when she becomes more successful faster than me) or I can become something I’m not or something I’ve always wanted to be. Or I can create someone random and live an unrealistic life of goofing off. This game is a time-sucker and makes real life time seem to go as fast as the in-game time goes.

Game Dev Tycoon

This game is a gem. It was an accidental find on Steam and once Kris and I started playing it, we couldn’t stop. You play as game developer starting off in your garage. Once you get successful enough you can move into a small office and hire one or two people. Then you keep growing from there. It’s a rabbit hole kind of a game. Once you start, it’s hard to find a spot to save and stop playing for a while. It’s another time-sucker and I wish making games were this easy.

Animal Crossing

Do I really need to explain this one? Animal Crossing is one of my all-time favorite games. Being able to live in a small village, paying off my debt, and making friends with the various villagers, all the while redecorating my house and collecting random objects and items, it’s a lot of fun. This isn’t as much as a time sucker because it’s based on real-life time so you’re limited throughout the day sometimes. Still, it’s a great one and a lot of fun.

Catz & Dogz

This an old PC game that Kris and I used to play all the time. You could adopt cats and/or dogs and bring them home where you could play with them in the back yard, living room, feed them in the kitchen, and bathe them in the bathroom. The later games, Catz 5 and Dogz 5, I think it was, you could take them to visit other places where they’d play mini games and you’d earn item such as toys for them. You could also breed them and have puppies and kittens. Another mindless game, but so much fun.

Pokemon Ranch

I don’t think this game was too popular. It was a digital download for the Wii and I can’t remember if it was free or if we had to pay for it… but it was Pokemon so naturally, we got it. This was when the Sinnoh region was popular. Pokemon Ranch was a simulation ranch where your Pokemon could hang out and have fun. Haley was the main rancher but you could add your Miis to be ranchers as well – Kris and I were ranchers. I believe we added our other sister Lisa. We also added Raph, Donny, Mikey, and Leo, the Ninja Turtles. (Yes, I made Miis for them. I’m pretty sure I maxed out the amount of Miis we could have on the Wii.) You could hook up your Diamond and Pearl Pokemon games (not Platinum, sadly) and input your Pokemon from the games to the Ranch and take them back out and put them back into your game. The more Pokemon you had in the Ranch, the more rewards you’d get such as expanding the Ranch or Haley gifting you a Mew! I always loved having it on as background noise watching the Pokemon play together. I wish they would make an updated version for all the new Pokemon and the Switch.

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Pokemon Sword & Pokemon Shield

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The Pokemon Direct on Wednesday morning was only about 7 minutes long, but we have yet to see too many complaints about it. All things considered, I was pleased with what I saw of the Generation 8 Pokemon games. Pretty sure one of my favorite parts of it was the reveal that gyms would be returning!

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I have to admit, I was expecting generation eight reveals, but I was also thinking there would be other announcements. I’m certainly not complaining though! What they showed off of the Galar Region was amazing. The world looks beautiful and yes, I’m eager to collect badges again.

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The graphics definitely look gorgeous on the Switch, and the world itself looks so much more detailed than the Let’s Go titles. The character designs look fun — I was really amused at how large the male character’s backpack was! The starters themselves look cute. I’ll definitely be going with Grookey, since I usually go for the Grass-type starters anyway. Sobble looks adorable, though!

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All the main starters are adorable. I’m excited to have a bunny as the fire-type! I’m super curious as to what they’re final evolution and typing will be. I’m also looking forward to finding out more information about the legendary Pokemon. For the titles Sword and Shield, I don’t know what they’ll do. I have a feeling they’ll be wolf-like though, of course.

krismii
Think the Scorbunny will end up being Fire and Fighting type? One of the things that Alola had in its favor was the secondary typing of the starters’ final evolutions. Ghost, Dark, and Fairy were great, but it would be interesting to have other, unique secondary types for the starters. The titles Sword and Shield are awesome and I’m hoping they have a fun story and plotline to go along with them. I’m totally up for canine-like legendaries!

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I don’t know, I feel like they’ve had so many Fire/Fighting Pokemon, especially for the starters. For some reason, Scorbunny looks like it could be Fire/Electric. Grookey maybe Grass/Ground and Sobble Water/Bug. I honestly would love to see opposite types together. I know it won’t happen with Sword & Shield (if at all) but I think it’d be cool to have starters that are Fire/Water, Water/Grass, Grass/Fire. But now I’m rambling – anyway, canine legendaries would be awesome. I wonder if it’ll be two versions of a similar Pokemon (kind of like Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres) or if they’ll somehow be different (like Solgaleo and Lunala). But both looked like they were wolves or something.

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Oh, I know, I’m joking. I’m convinced that Incineroar, with its design, was originally going to be Fire/Fighting, but so many people were sick of that typing that they changed it to Fire/Dark. Ground is starting to be a bit overused with the Grass starters, but there’s not many Water/Bug types. Going back to Sword and Shield, I wonder if the legendary Pokemon and the story itself will have some sort of medieval angle. I think the logos of the games remind me of crests from royal families or knights. Generation 5’s story played with a royal family angle, didn’t it?

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Ground is starting to get overused with Grass, I agree. But Grookey’s coloring reminds me of Grass/Ground. Grass/Rock would be cool too. A medieval angle would be cool. I mean, the story will more or less be the same as all the other Pokemon games, I think. I was surprised to see the Galar map. It’s long and seems like the journey will be fairly linear. Which isn’t a bad thing, but it’s definitely different than before.

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Grass/Rock would be interesting. I miss the Grass/Poison typing that Venusaur has, admittedly. Yes, I’m sure the story will involve some team or other trying to take over or change the world while using Pokemon, and the fate of the world will rest on the shoulders of our pre-teen protagonist. Still, I hope the lore of the region is well done. If the lore is well done enough, I would absolutely love it if the region got a third game. I wasn’t thrilled with the “sequels” of Black 2/White 2 and Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon — we should have gotten a Gray and Eclipse for those regions, respectively. We also totally missed out on another game for the Kalos region. There should have been a Pokemon Z for Zygarde. I suppose those are a bit of a ways off, though. For now, I’m definitely looking forward to Sword and Shield.

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I totally agree. We should have had third installments for Unova, Kalos, and Alola. I understand they want to make more money, but I think they have plenty and the third volumes are what people seem to really enjoy. Here’s hoping to Pokemon Armor when the time comes! In the meantime, I can’t wait for Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield… late 2019 most likely means November. It’ll be here before we know it.

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Throwback Thursday: Dragonvale

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

I can’t believe February is just about over. Since I’ll be starting mobile reviews next month, I decided to talk about a mobile game I used to play all the time.

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Dragonvale is an IOS and Android game that was released by Backflip Studios in September 2011 for IOS. I had gotten my first iPad in May 2015 as a graduation present. I had downloaded a fair share of social media apps, WordPress and other “work” type apps, plus writing apps. I also wanted to look at the games because – let’s face it – that’s what everyone did on their phones and tablets at that point.

Not that the technology was new, but it was new enough. It was especially new to me.

I had found Dragonvale by accident. I was just scrolling through the games and when I saw dragons and how you can breed, hatch, and collect all these different dragons, I thought, sure. Why not?

Thus, a can of worms was opened. Normally, when I download a game on my iPad, I play it for about a week or two, get bored, and then delete it. Dragonvale was different. I played this game for quite a few years before I lost interest in it and deleted the game.

It was fun – being able to buy habitats and collecting dragons of various kinds and elements. The game was only four-years-old when I got it and there wasn’t a whole lot to do other than collect the dragons. However, they were always updating, changing, and adding things to the game. I watched the game grow and continued to play feeding off their additions. New dragon elements were added as were dragon races, a special material dragon for the nests when hatching, a guardian, gem dragons (dragons that make gems instead of money), and so much more.

It completely sucked me in.

When I was searching for games to play for my mobile reviews, I came across it again. I downloaded the game to check out where I left off and how different the game was since I had last played a couple years ago. I was level 74 and now, after playing it again for about a month, I’m almost level 80. I’ve been suckered in again.

I also found a newer version of Dragonvale by the same company and had downloaded that as well. I’ve been playing both and plan on doing a mini review of both as well as comparing the two to each other.

Dragonvale itself isn’t that great of a game, but I do love collecting this and I remember getting my friends and cousins involved with the game as well so we could send each other gems. It does, oddly enough, hold some fun memories.

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Character Spotlight: Piranha Plant

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

For this month, I decided to give some attention to a minor character who has finally gotten their chance in a spotlight in a popular game.

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Piranha Plant is a common enemy in the Mario franchise. Based off the Venus Flytraps in real, Piranha Plants are plants that will eat anything that comes near it, sometimes being able to spit fire.

This guy made his first appearance in Super Mario Bros. for the NES in 1985. Piranha Plants were traps laid by Bowser to slow Mario down from saving Princess Toadstool. Most often than not, they can been seen poking their heads in and out of pipes. However, in later games such as Super Mario 64, they’re planted in the ground unable to move. In Paper Mario, though, they’re able to move about the ground popping out like moles as they chase and attempt to catch Mario. As you can see, they’ve seemed to evolve over the years.

Piranha Plant has never been anything more than a common enemy in the Mario series. Petey Piranha is its own character, however, Piranha Plants in general have never gotten much of the spotlight. Common enemies such as Goombas, Boos, and Bom-ombs have also occurred in one way or another – Mario takes on these types of characters as partners in Paper Mario, King Bom-omb is a well known enemy as is King Boo.

Now Piranha Plant finally has a chance in the spotlight and can fight back as his own fighter in Super Smash Brothers Ultimate. When Nintendo first announced Piranha Plant as a player fighter, I was confused and had my doubts at first. The more I thought about it, though, the more I really liked the idea. Piranha Plant doesn’t get talked about much and he does have a lot of skills despite being stuck inside a pot.

Good job, Piranha Plant. You finally have been able to show people what you’re made of!

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Mystery Case Files: Ravenhearst [Video Game Review]

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Title: Mystery Case Files: Ravenhearst
Developer: Engine Software
Publisher: Tulip Games
Platform:
Nintendo 3DS
Category:
Hidden Object
Release Date:
April 3, 2014
How we got the game:
I bought it on the Nintendo eShop on my 2DS XL.

 

 

 

Mystery Case Files is a series of hidden object games, Ravenhearst being the first in the series. I’ve had my eye on this game and particular series for a while now. When the games went on sale, I bought this one to try. The game were only $1 so I was going to buy a couple. I didn’t and I’m glad I only bought the one game.

Story | Video Game Reviews | Video Games | Gaming | Blogging | DoublexJump.comRumors have been spreading around about Ravenhearst Manor for years. When Emma Ravenhearst’s diary is discovered, you – the master detective – take it upon yourself to figure out the mystery behind the place. Unfortunately, some pages are missing so you must go through the mansion finding clues and searching for missing pages to put the story of Ravenhearst Manor together.

All in all, it’s not a bad idea for a story. A mysterious and haunted mansion is common for a mystery game and it certainly adds a creepy effect to it. However, with the lack of character interaction and not even really knowing yourself, the protagonist, the story becomes bland.

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This game is just like it says it is. It’s an hidden object game. You go from room to room in the manor using your stylus to search for certain objects in a list. Each room is fairly large and you need to use your stylus to move the screen left, right, up and down, to get the whole picture. There are about 12 or so hidden objects in each room and some of the rooms can reset after you’ve completed it a first time. Once you have a certain amount of objects (typically about 40 or so) then you find a page of Emma’s diary.

The diary pages are torn and you need to fit them together like a puzzle. Now, I’m all for hard puzzles – I enjoy a jigsaw puzzle. However, the puzzles were one color with faint lines to show the picture. I understand it’s meant to make the pages look old, but it was so hard to see. The puzzle pieces needed to be rotated as well so it was such a pain to get the puzzles to fit together like they were supposed to. The puzzles themselves took much longer than they should have. I found myself brightening my 2DS screen and even then I needed to look so close at the screen just to see the picture.

That’s the whole gameplay. Except some rooms are “puzzles” and not hidden objects. These puzzle rooms are required as they typically hold a lock to get to the next floor of the mansion. None of these puzzles had any directions to them. I actually tapped mindlessly on my screen with my stylus until something happened. It was pretty stupid.

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The graphics and music were what this game got right. For a hidden object game, the graphics were spot on. The hidden puzzles stumped me a few times with how well some of the objects were blended in together. I definitely had fun with the hidden object puzzles.

The music was pretty good too. They went with the creepy factor and the longer I played, I had to turn my volume off. Not because it got annoying, but because the longer I listened to it, the more it actually started to creep me out.

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While the puzzles themselves wouldn’t be bad to play again, I don’t think I’ll be going back to this game. The hidden object part was the only fun part for me and I know there are other hidden object games out there that probably did it better. The story wasn’t good enough for me to come back to it either. I’m glad I gave the game a try, but I’m also glad I was able to get it on sale for a dollar. Maybe someday I’ll give the sequel and the rest of the series a try, but for now… I’m done.

Mystery Case Files: Ravenhearst gets…Video game review: 3 Lives3 out of 5 lives.

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Would You Rather: Gamecube Edition

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It’s time for another rousing edition of “Would You Rather!” This time around, our questions are focusing on one of our favorite eras of Nintendo gaming, the GameCube. To kick things off, Rachel, would you rather have a GameCube with a memory card that only has room for your top three GameCube games or a memory card that has ten random games?

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Right off the bat we’re starting off with a fairly difficult question… I think I would rather have ten random games. I honestly played a ton of Gamecube games and while I do have a top three list of my favorites, I enjoyed the console as a whole and wouldn’t mind playing a nice variety of them. Kris, would you rather have the Gamecube be the last console Nintendo ever made or have them never had made the Gamecube in the first place?

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Oh, shit. What an unfair question! I think… I would rather the GameCube not exist. I love the GameCube’s library, but I think I would definitely miss games from the later consoles more. Alright, if you could only have one of the following two series that started on the GameCube, which would it be — Animal Crossing or Luigi’s Mansion?

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Hm… that’s a tough one. I think I would have to go with Animal Crossing. I like story-based games but there’s more to do in Animal Crossing. I mean, the game would last longer for me. Kris, out of all the multiplayer games we have for the Gamecube and have played together, would you rather have only multiplayer games (Four Swords Adventures, Mario Party, etc.) and no single player (Twilight Princess, Starfox Adventures, etc.) or vice versa?

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Considering the fun we’ve had with multiplayer games on the GameCube, I would choose those. The single player games were great but the ones I really cared about — such as the Legend of Zelda titles — do get ported later, so I’ll cut my losses with those, haha! Rachel, would you rather have to play future Nintendo games using the GameCube controllers or have the GameCube controllers not exist (such as still using N64 controllers or the Wii controllers for the GameCube console)?

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Ah, that’s an easy one. I would prefer to use the Gamecube controllers for everything. I have baby hands so, aside from the Joy-Con, the Gamecube controllers seem the most “fitting” for me. The Wii controllers weren’t too bad, but definitely were an interesting shape. Last question Kris, would you rather do without the memory cards and have the games save right onto the disc or console or have to use those memory cards and keep buying more for all the Nintendo consoles?

krismii
Hmm, I don’t mind the memory cards. Sure, they’re kind of annoying to keep track of, but they do save space, both physically and digitally when it comes to save files for games. That was a fun “Would You Rather,” and I like that we had more technical questions rather than focusing on just the games, haha!

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Top Tuesday: iPad Games To Try

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

As you may already know, I’ve been playing some iPad games lately do mobile game reviews on the blog. I’ve gone down a rabbit hole of iPad games and made a list that I want to and will be trying.

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Tycoon Games

Business tycoon games such as Game Dev and Roller Coaster Tycoon are, surprisingly, on mobile. I mean, I guess I shouldn’t be surprised because they’re popular games and mobile games are… well, popular. I enjoy simulation games and plan on making my way through the various tycoon and simulation type games.

The Sims

So… The Sims Free Play is a thing. I used to play it in college on Facebook. But there’s also the actual Sims on mobile. I have it downloaded and have yet to try it out. I’m slightly afraid to.

Pokemon Games

Do you know how many Pokemon games there are out on mobile? I didn’t. There are a ton and I plan on playing every single one of them.

Random Games I Find

You know those mindless games like Angry Birds or Flappy Bird that take the world by storm? If I happen to come across any games as such that tickle my fancy, I’ll give those a try. I’ve tried plenty of .io games that have suckered me in so I’m sure I’ll talk about those at some point – maybe not individually, but as a whole.

This whole mobile games ride is going to be interesting for sure. My iPad and storage… I’m ready though! The first mini review will come in March.

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