Video Game Crushes

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday & Valentine’s Day!

I normally don’t really do anything for Valentine’s Day. It’s not too much of a fancy holiday for me. However, I thought I’d talk about some video game characters I just absolutely love.

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Fang (Animal Crossing)

It’s no secret that my biggest video game crush is Fang from Animal Crossing. I think he has one of the better personalities in that game even though he seems angry all the time. I don’t know what drew me to him originally, but he’s a wolf and I really enjoyed his design. For some reason, I developed a crush on him when I was younger.

Alfyn (Octopath Traveler)

Another character who I absolutely adorn is Alfyn from Octopath Traveler. He’s definitely high on the list. He’s a respectable character and is such a big brother of the entire group of characters even though he’s one of the younger ones. He has a great character design and his voice acting is amazing. Plus, he uses words like “shucks” and “egads.” Who can argue with that?

Luigi

I mean… I can’t not add Luigi to this list. He gets a lot of crap from people but he and I are a lot a like. We’re both afraid of ghosts and yet we’re oddly fascinated by them all the same. The Mario games don’t have much growth to them when it comes to their characters. Neither does Luigi’s Mansion, but the fact that Luigi’s Mansion even exists, says a lot about Luigi’s character development, in my opinion.

Honestly, I’m sure there are way more other video game characters that I have a crush on. I just can’t think of them at the top of my head at the moment. But the characters I listed are definitely my top three… and one of them is a wolf… at this point in my life, I don’t have high standards, guys.

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Watching Speedruns

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

Instead of playing games myself, I’ve been chilling out and watching a lot of speedruns lately. I’ve always been interested in speedrunning and would love to try it myself, but… it’s complicated.

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I haven’t watched speedruns in a while. I go in spurts when watching them and I’m definitely in one now. So far, I’ve watched four speedruns – two of them were Paper Mario, the third was Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, and the fourth was Luigi’s Mansion.

All of these were from Games Done Quick. They have a charity event twice a year, which I didn’t know about. I watched the two Paper Mario runs from 2016 and 2017 and the second Paper Mario game was from 2018.

They have a winter event called Awesome Games Done Quick in January and a summer event in June called Summer Games Done Quick. So, 2019’s winter event has already come and gone. I’m going through the games they played and already watched Luigi’s Mansion.

Voting for the games for the summer session will be opening at the end of the month and I’m excited to get more involved.

As I said, I’ve always enjoyed speedruns but have never been too into it to really know what’s going on and get involved. I’m hoping to do so for the summer event. I’d love to be on top of that news and follow some new Twitch streamers as well.

Paper Mario is one of my all-time favorite games and while it takes me about 24 hours to do a normal run, these guys beat the game in about 3-4 hours. Minimal glitches were used and some of them looked fairly “easy” though I know they’re not.

They explained things pretty well and honestly, I think I’d like to give some of those techniques a try. I’ve always liked to see how fast I can get through a game that I know like the back of my hand. I also like to go through the whole game and enjoy it. But I wouldn’t mind trying out one or two glitches just for the sake of trying it.

I don’t know why I enjoy speedruns so much. In all honesty, I had turned on the first Paper Mario speedrun because I had an itch to play it myself and I wanted to listen to the music. But, I had work to do, so I decided to kill two birds with one stone.

Now I’m going down a rabbit hole of speedruns. But it’s fine because it’s a lot of fun and the speedrunners are super talented.

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Introducing Mobile Mini Reviews

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

I have an iPad, as I’m sure many of us do. However, the more work I do online, the more apps I download – business, social media, etc. I used to play a good amount of games though and I decided to get out some of the games I used to play. Which, in turn, led me to find newer games to try. Some are mobile versions of consoles games, which is interesting.

I’ve decided to branch out a little and start talking more about mobile games, even though they’re not typical games I’d normally gravitate towards.

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I remember playing a lot of mobile games when I first got my iPad almost four years ago now. I also used to play a lot of “Facebook” games as well. I went onto the app store recently to look something up and I noticed some games that I’ve been wanting to try on PC or console was on there. They were free, so I downloaded them.

Then I looked up a couple of games I used to play in the past and re-downloaded those to see how they’ve changed. After I looked up the Pokemon mobile games and realized there’s a bunch I have yet to try.

I went down a long rabbit hole, guys.

I downloaded quite a few games before forcing myself to stop. But I made a list of games I didn’t download that I want to try once I’m done with these other ones. It was then that I decided to begin a new feature on the blog: Mobile Mini Reviews.

I’ve never been one for mobile games, but I want to try out all the Pokemon ones and playing games I used to way back when has been refreshing to go back to. So, I decided I’m going to play through these mobile games and do a mini review on them about once a month.

After I decided this, Nintendo announced a Dr. Mario mobile game as well as hints that there will be another new Pokemon mobile game in the works. I figured these mobile reviews are coming at a good time. I’ll be checking out the good, the bad, and the ugly of the mobile gaming world.

Wish me luck and I hope you guys are looking forward to it. I am… oddly enough.

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Top Tuesday: Favorite Video Game Genres

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday & happy February!

I don’t know why, but I was taking a look at the video games I’ve played throughout the years and wondered which genres of games I played the most of. Which, in turn, made me wonder which genres are my favorites. It’s not exactly something I’ve really thought about before… there are just certain games I gravitate more so than others.

Looking at a list of video game genres to pin-point my favorites, I realized there’s not a lot of “genres” but a lot of “subgenres.” So, I’ve narrowed it down to just three to talk about.

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Sports

No, I don’t typically care for the sporty games where you play on a soccer team or basketball or anything of that sort. I mean I enjoy racing games and I’m good at them too. I loved Diddy Kong Racing back in the day and I absolutely love Mario Kart. That will always be a game I go back to. I’m not really sure why I enjoy racing games so much. I like the flow of them and I don’t have to think as much, if that makes sense. Especially with Mario Kart, I enjoyed sitting back and turning the controller this way and that like a steering wheel and just cruise along the race track. It’s casual and yet it can be totally tense at times. Plus, it’s great to play with friends. Oh, any Wii Sports. I was in love with that game.

RPG

This one is no secret. I love a good role-playing game – Octopath Traveler and Pokemon are just a couple examples. It’s funny though, because there aren’t too many RPGs that I’ve really played. I’ve watched Kris play a ton, but I’ve never actually played a lot of them myself. Which I find interesting, especially since the main one I play is Pokemon and that doesn’t seem to be your “typical” RPG. But, they’re always fun to go back to and there’s always plenty of things to do in the game which is one of the reasons I love them.

Simulation

I don’t want to rate any of these genres, but I think Simulation might be up there on being my all-time favorite. I can suck hours and hours into The Sims, Animal Crossing, and have found an appreciation for tycoon-type games, especially the business ones. These games are so relaxing and, if I’m to be brutally honest, I love being able to live a different life.It would be totally cool to write, edit, and publish a book in 30 hours like my Sim does.

Honorable Mentions

You can’t go wrong with action games. Fighting like Super Smash Brothers or platformers like any Super Mario game. I love adventure like The Legend of Zelda. I also enjoy strategy games to a certain point. I never really got into Fire Emblem, but I enjoyed what I played of them. Then again, I loved Pokemon Conquest. Go figure that one. I’ve also had a soft spot for party games and dance games.

Unless it’s horror or rated M, I’ll most likely try just about anything. But there will always be my certain favorites.

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Why I Have Two Copies Of Pokemon Black [Throwback Thursday]

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

Since Kris and I went through all the video games we own recently, I realized that I still have two copies of Pokemon Black for the Nintendo DS. I laughed at seeing the second copy and I decided to write a blog post about it.

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Of course, now I’m wondering if I’ve already shared this story. I’m sure I have at one point or another, but maybe it wasn’t through the blog.

I babysit a lot and the first family I ever babysat for had three kids. They were all avid gamers and their middle child was especially into gaming. As much as I love gaming, we often fought because he wasn’t allowed to be playing video games all the time. He had an hour a day and that was it because he was so addicted.

We had a lot of fun playing games together though – from Smash Brothers to Mario Kart and everything in between. Pokemon was another game we played together a lot. We’d trade Pokemon cards and I’d often bring my DS or 3DS so we could battle against each other or simple continue our journeys together.

Fast-forward seven or eight years later and I ducked out. They were a lovely family to work with but I needed to move on and so did they. Their oldest was going to be 17-years-old and their middle child was going into high school. Despite their disabilities, it was time for me to leave so they could have more independence.

It wasn’t until a year or two after I stopped babysitting for them, I realized I had two copies of Pokemon Black. I had assumed one was Kris’s so I gave one to her. But then she checked her bucket of DS games and had one in there. She turned on her game and sure enough, it was her profile. I turned on one of the games I had and it was my profile.

I turned on the third cartridge and guess who’s name was on the profile? Yep, the kid I used to babysit for.

I remember when he lost his game. He spent a while looking for it and I even spent a great deal helping him look for it. These kids lost everything too and their bedrooms were a mess, so I wasn’t surprised when he lost the small DS cartridge. We never found it.

Until I stumbled upon it in my own bucket of handheld games.

I have no idea how it made it home with me. I assume I saw the cartridge on the kitchen table or something and, thinking it was mine, I took it. Or maybe he had put it in my bag or DS thinking it was mine. Whoever thought it was mine though, never thought that maybe I had brought it home with me through those many weeks of us searching high and low for his game.

It’s been three or four years since I’ve stopped babysitting for them. I’ve forgotten about it here and there. I think, at this point, the game is mine. I don’t think I’ll get the chance to give it back to him and honestly, he’s probably long forgotten about it by now.

If I talk to him again in the near future, I’ll try to remember to tell him I have it. But I probably won’t remember I have it until I decide to play that game again or I go through my bucket again.

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Character Spotlight: Blue Thieves

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

I can’t believe January is already just about over. This month went by pretty fast and I had decided to do a character spotlight on these characters since the beginning of the month.

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The Blue Thieves are an enemy in the Spyro games. They first appeared in Spyro the Dragon (1998) and have most recently appeared in Spyro: The Reignited Trilogy (2018). These little guys are exactly what their name is. They wear blue robes that covers them from head to toe, not even revealing their face. It makes them look pretty creepy, but they’re voice counters that.

They’s also thieves (duh), stealing dragons eggs, gems, and other important items you need in the Spyro games. As Spyro, you chase them around certain areas of the levels and either ram into them or breathe fire on them to make them stop and drop whatever it is their holding.

I had forgotten about these characters until Kris started playing Spyro: The Reignited Trilogy. Their updated graphics are great and their voice is hilarious. Until Spyro starts chasing them, they taunt you by saying, “Nah-nah-nah-nah-nah!” and then laughing. I find this absolutely hysterical and I love these characters.

They don’t do much, they’re bad guys, and they’re in most levels for just a few minutes (or until you catch them). But hearing them make fun of you from afar and laughing makes me laugh and I could listen to it all day.

The Blue Thieves are such small characters, but they definitely deserve to be in the spotlight some. They certainly made things interesting and gave you one more challenge throughout the Spyro games – even if they were fairly easy to catch most of the time.

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Cattails [Video Game Review]

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Title: Cattails
Developer: FalconDevelopment LLC
Publisher: FalconDevelopment
Platform:
Nintendo Switch
Category:
Role-Playing, Simulation, Adventure
Release Date:
November 29, 2018
How we got the game:
 I bought it on the Nintendo eShop

 

 

 

When I was 11 I started reading a book series called Warriors by Erin Hunter. I fell in love and still read the series to this day (since there are still books coming out for it). I’ve gotten behind and recently started reading them again. I told Kris that I wished there was a video game based on the books. Barely a week later, Kris came up to me and showed me Cattails which was, ironically, being released for the Nintendo Switch in just a couple of weeks. Now, this game has nothing to do with the books, but it still reminds me of the books in some ways.

Story | Video Game Reviews | Video Games | Gaming | Blogging | DoublexJump.comI hate the way this game begins – let me get that out in the open right now. The game starts off with a young girl and her mother picking out a kitten. They’re all happy and bring the kitten home. The kitten and the young girl are best friends until, one day, the mother gets angry. The young girl is sad as they bring the cat to the middle of no where, drop it off, and leave, abandoning the cat. This broke my heart, despite it being a fictional video game and I didn’t like it at all.

This beginning is told through black and white pictures as well. There are no words or narration. There are no clues as to the motivation behind the mother wanting to get rid of the cat and abandoning it in the middle of no where. But, that’s where your story begins.

You, as the cat, are abandoned on the side of road and in the middle of no where. A cat named Coco appears and teaches you how to hunt and fight, two major skills needed to survive in the wild. Then he tells you about three colonies of cats – Forest Colony, Mystic Colony, and Mountain Domain. You can choose which you want to join and from there, you befriend cats from that colony.

As you go about your day to day life – hunting, fighting in battles over territory, and trying to woo eligible cats you can marry and have kittens with – Coco asks for your help. The Forest Guardian has disappeared and it’s up to you to help Coco bring him back. So, aside from going about your every day life, you must try to bring back the Guardian and essentially, save the forest.

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You are a cat living in the wild. You can customize your fur color and eye color and give yourself a name. Once you choose a colony to live in, I chose the Forest Colony, then you begin living your life as a wild cat.

The days go by fast. The time mechanic reminds me a lot of how Harvest Moon works. Five minutes in-game seem to be 30 seconds to a minute in real time. The game goes through the four seasons, each season being about 10 days. This makes it so you can go through the seasons multiple times extremely fast. The seasons have their ups and down, though. For example, winter is the hardest season because prey is scarce and the lakes and streams are frozen over so you can’t even fish. Certain herbs don’t grow like Goldenseal, which helps heal you. I found it easiest to catch a lot of prey, pick a lot of berries, and stock up on healing herbs during the other seasons so I could use them during the winter time.

That is, until you get really good at your skills. Ending a day, picking herbs, battling, and catching prey earns you experience points. You can then use those experience to level up in hunting, fighting, foraging, and swimming. Plus, you can gain new skills such as calling allies to battle, killing in one blow, or “democracy” which allows you to get closer to the other colonies. Once you upgrade these skills and learn new ones, the game is a breeze.

There are many things you can do in the game aside from just catching prey and gathering herbs. You can dig through the mines and there’s a festival where all the colonies gather together at the Sacred Temple on day 10 of each season. These are mini-games in which you can earn tokens and trade them in for decor for your den, accessories for yourself, and other items. Instead of spending the tokens on things I need in-game, I saved up enough to get myself a “companion” from each season. So, my cat now has a pet turtle, dragonfly, ladybug, and butterfly following me around everywhere I go. They do nothing, but it’s cute.

You can also woo certain cats from each colony, mate with them, and have kittens. You have to build up your friendship and then build up your relationship before you can “marry” and have kittens. My cat hasn’t gotten the chance to become a parent yet, so I’m not sure how that experience will be.

Aside from just surviving, there are six pillars in the Sacred Temple, the one piece of neutral land that all the colonies gather to for a festival once a season. The pillars need certain items (mostly prey) to unlock. Once unlocked, the pillar will tell you where to go and there will be a puzzle that needs solving. Once the puzzle is solved, you’ll get a gem which is used to go inside that pillar. This needs to be done to bring back the Forest Guardian. I don’t know where he went, but he disappeared. Three of the pillars need the items and then certain areas in the forest will open up for you to go and solve the puzzle. The other three pillars, once they have their items, require you to get a key from each of the colony leaders.

This adds an extra step because while your colony leader trusts you and can get you right into the area, you need to get close to the other two colonies and allow those cats to trust you enough. There’s a lot of steps, but none of it seems too tedious.

Overall, there’s a lot to do in the game and I always find myself saying, “just one more day” to get through in the game before I turn it off for the day.

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For being on the Nintendo Switch, the graphics aren’t at all what I expected them to be. They’re pixelated and the animations are very minimal. It reminds me of a handheld game or even a PC game that might be a little older. Still, the graphics are charming and it definitely works for the game. It looks nice both on the big screen and in handheld mode, though you can’t use the touchscreen when the game is in handheld mode.

The music isn’t bad either but it can go right through your head after a while. There are certain tunes depending on the time of day. At night, there’s silence. When the music is playing though, it just goes on a loop and can get old real quick. There’s no music when it rains or snows either, but the sound effects of the rain is soothing.

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I have to be honest – this isn’t the best game I’ve played. When I first started playing it, I was slightly disappointed. However, it’s grown on me the more I play it and I want to see the game through to the end. I know I’ll be playing it until I beat the main story. After that? I’m not sure.

I know you can create your own custom colony, so maybe I’ll give that a go at some point. Either way, it doesn’t seem like there’s much to go back to once you beat the main story.

For me, I think I have feelings for this game more so for nostalgic reasons because it reminds me a lot of the Warriors book series – but again, this game has nothing to do with those books. I think it’s just merely a coincidence that they’re similar.

With that said, this game certainly isn’t everyone. But, if you enjoy cute cats and simulations games – even if you enjoy Harvest Moon – this wouldn’t be a bad game to try out.

Cattails gets…
4 out of 5 lives.

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