Top Tuesday: Favorite Card Games Growing Up

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Now that we’ve been doing more card game reviews, it got me thinking about some games I used to play when I was younger. I don’t play card games often, but here are some favorites of mine.

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Uno

Uno is a classic. One thing I love about this game is that it can last five minutes or it can last an hour. It’s so easy to screw over your opponents and yet, it’s so easy to form a temporary truce with an opponent while you both gang up on another player. This game is a lot of fun and yet can be increasingly frustrating depending on the cards you’re dealt or just the people you’re playing with.

War

This is another game that can last a few minutes or last forever – most likely forever. War is simple where you split the deck evenly between the players and flip your cards one at a time. Whoever gets the highest, takes both cards. Whoever loses their deck, loses and the game is over. This is one that can get competitive quickly with my family – especially me.

Go Fish

This is the first game every child learns how to play as soon as they can hold a hand of cards. At least, I think so. I have fond memories playing this game when I was younger, especially with my grandparents. It’s a good game to just relax with.

Solitaire & Spider Solitaire

Speaking of relaxing games, Solitaire and Spider Solitaire are great relaxing games. I have to admit, I was never good at either of them. I used to play Spider Solitaire on the computer when I couldn’t get onto the Internet because my mom was talking on the phone. Show of hands – who remembers those times? Still, whenever I played Solitaire, I used to just click around and if a card moved, that was great. But then I would often get myself stuck and have to start over. It was always a great accomplishment when I actually won a game.

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Throwback Thursday: Playing The Sims on Playstation

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If you know me, then you know I love to play The Sims. I started off playing The Sims 2 and for a while, I thought that was the first Sims I ever played. But I realized the other day that I had played The Sims on the Playstation 2.

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Eons ago, I remember going to my friend’s house. She’s not a big gamer, but she did enjoy games like Just Dance and that was something we used to play together all the time. However, the first game we ever really played together was probably The Sims.

I have to be honest, I don’t remember too much of it (seriously, I probably say this in every Throwback Thursday post) but she put on The Sims on her Playstation 2 and we sat in the living room for a good few hours playing. We created a female who lived alone. From what I remember of the game, it was dark and the graphics were terrible.

What did we do? I don’t remember that either. We just fooled around and had fun taking turns with the controls.

What I do remember is that the house caught on fire.

We told our sim to make herself dinner and she set the house on fire instead. Now, we all know that sims are pretty stupid without their “God” to help them out. In The Sims 4, they’re a lot smarter and will do simple tasks themselves if they really need to. This includes either running out of the house if there’s a fire or pulling out the fire extinguisher and putting out the fire themselves. Of course, having a fire alarm helps as well so the fire department automatically gets called.

Well, our sim didn’t have a fire alarm. The only way to get the fire department to come was to call them. The only way to call them was if the sim was far enough away from the fire, the sim needed to be “safe.”

Our sim was stupid. I recall spending at least a good 30 minutes trying to get her to call the fire department. She refused to run out of the house. She only wanted to stand directly next to the fire. When she did listen to us and go outside, before we were able to tell her to call the fire department, she was running back into the house in a panic.

You know how some sims feel the need to panic right beside the problem, point to it, and yell, “OMG! FIRE!” and not actually do anything productive about it?

Yeah. That was our sim.

We even paused the game once we got her outside at one point, cancelled her “panic” task, and ordered her to call the fire department. When we unpaused, she stood like a dope, and then ran back inside to panic some more.

We did eventually save her and the fire got put out. It was shortly after that we saved the game and never went back to it. We were too frustrated with her at that point even though we were laughing hysterically the entire time. Though, I think we were laughing because otherwise we’d be crying.

Now that I think back on it, I wonder if we were missing something? Maybe we had forgotten to give her a phone or something. I don’t know. Still, it was quite the adventure.

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Character Spotlight: Mikk & Makk

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It’s time for another Character Spotlight. Kris and I have been playing a lot of Octopath Traveler lately and I thought Mikk and Makk would be fun to talk about!

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Mikk and Makk are two minor characters from Octopath Traveler. They’re pirates, baddies at first, but are complete dopes. Well, they’re not dopes but their dialogue was entertaining and I immediately took a liking to them.

The two characters only show up in Tressa’s story. They’re the main boss of the first chapter for Tressa’s story. Mikk is the tall one on the right side of the photo and Makk is the shorter one on the left side of the photo. They’re two peas in a pod and they reminded me of Jasper and Horace from 101 Dalmations. They did their job but they were goofy about it.

Honestly, that’s all I can say about Mikk and Makk. They’re not in the game much as their very minor characters even though they’re the first boss battle for Tressa. Still, they were entertaining and I thought they were a great introduction the game itself. I would definitely love to see more of them in the future.

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Tetris 99 [Video Game Review]

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Title: Tetris 99
Developer: ARIKA
Publisher: Nintendo
Platform:
Nintendo Switch
Category:
Multiplayer, Puzzle
Release Date:
February 13, 2019
How we got the game:
I downloaded it from the Nintendo Switch eShop

 

 

 

Tetris has always been the kind of game that I barely played. I enjoy it, but I never owned the various games of it myself. I’ve played mobile versions and tried my hand at the older games once in a while. So, when they announced Tetris 99, I thought it was cool and I was excited. The best part of all, it’s free.

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Tetris is one of the simplest games to play despite it being a puzzle game. Blocks in various shapes and sizes fall from the top of the screen at a fairly slow pace. Before they reach the bottom, you can move the pieces from side to side as well as turn them depending on how you want them to fit on the ground. The point is to lay them in the straight line to make said line disappear. If your stack gets too high and reaches the top, then it’s game over.

Tetris 99 is no different – other than the fact you’re playing against 98 other people who are able to target you and sabotage your game so they can be number one. You can sabotage people by clearing lines on your own board. Lines with one or two spots missing will force their stack higher adding pressure for them to clear their own lines before their pieces get too high. Using the analog stick on the Joy-Con, you can choose any player you want to aim for and this can be changed throughout the game. So, if you notice someone is in the red and is close to getting out, then aim for that dude.

I personally don’t really aim for anyone. I’m not very good at checking the other boards to see where people are in their games and try to make them lose faster. I just focus on my own game and play by the rules. For some reason, I get targeted by multiple people at once and get screwed over. I’m not the best at Tetris, to begin with. My OCD enjoys fitting the pieces together just so but the pressure gets to me. With that said, as of writing this review, my best place was 31 and that was the third game I had played. Not bad, if I do say so myself.

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Tetris 99 looks and feels like a high-tech arcade game. There’s not much to the main menu other than the game itself, your stats, and options/settings. But the colors are bright and the game itself is vivid and flashy. It’s really well done and the first game I played, I got distracted from the Tetris pieces flying around from everyone’s games.

The music is awesome too. It’s the original tune but seems remixed or remastered for this particular game. It’s definitely one that gets stuck in my head and one I don’t mind looping as I play the game for a while.

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The replay value is endless. No two games are ever the same and it’s easy to get addicted to the gameplay. Some games can be short depending on when you get KOed. It’s far too easy to get sucked in and keep saying, “just one more match.”

Tetris 99 gets…
5 out of 5 lives.

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Top Tuesday: Favorite Nintendo Switch Games We Own (So Far)

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The Nintendo Switch has been out and about for a little over two years now! We’ve played a lot of games – old, new, indie, and more. All have been great, but here are a few that stick out in my mind. Of course, the games listed below are games I’ve played the most of.

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

This game was breathtaking (no pun intended). While I’ll admit it’s not my favorite Zelda game, it’s definitely high on the list between the music (which could be soothing or intense), the graphics and open world, and the game play itself. Kris and I put a lot of hours into this game and tried to squeeze out all we could from this game before beating the main story. This is the kind of game where I wish I could turn it on for the first time again and be totally amazed and not being able to wait to see what happens next.

Octopath Traveler

This is another amazing game. The graphics and music are top notch – higher than top notch. The characters are all loveable and while, I would like more character banter and development, Kris and I have a wonderful time filling in the blanks and imagining what they would all do and say on their journey together. Still, we’ve been playing this game since it came out in July 2018 and still haven’t beaten it. We’ve been taking our time and enjoying every moment of it.

Super Mario Party

I wouldn’t say this is my favorite Mario Party game, but it’s a good Mario Party game. Would I like more boards? Yes. Would I like them to be bigger and longer? Yes. Is it like Star Rush or Top 100? Yes and no. They added elements from those games and mixed them with old elements we love and it worked beautifully. Are there any vehicles? No cars, no moving together, but there is a raft… but that’s mode’s actually fun, so I can’t complain. Overall, Super Mario Party is a game we’ve played over and over again. It was definitely refreshing to get this game.

Super Smash Brothers Ultimate

While I haven’t played this one as much as I would have liked, I’ve been enjoying what I have been playing of it. Smash is a good that’s fun alone or with friends, even though it’s better with friends. World of Light is an amazing story mode and the roster is overflowing. This game was certainly made with love and I’m so happy to have the chance to own and play it.

Pokemon Quest

I had to put this game on the list. Even though you don’t do much, I’ve played this game quite often and have put a lot of hours into it. It’s a mindless, relaxing game. It’s good to put on, especially if you don’t know what to play. Someday I will actually beat the game… Pokemon Quest is grinding at its finest.

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Picross Puzzle Game

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I enjoy my fair share of puzzles and logic games that help exercise the mind. Am I necessarily good at them? No, but I still get them done eventually and have fun doing so. 

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Word Search puzzles are fun. I’ve always been a fan of Sudoku. I love word puzzles (just not crosswords or word scrambles unless I have a word bank) and jigsaw puzzles. One type of puzzle I recently got into was Picross.

I had never heard of the game before until Pokemon Picross came out in late 2015 for the Nintendo 3DS. To this day, I’m not very far in the game. It of course has “energy” so if you use it up you need to wait a certain amount of time before you can play again. That said, I often went into puzzles, got stuck, and exited out of them to try a new puzzle. Thus, using up my energy in just a few minutes without actually accomplishing anything.

I understood the concept of the game pretty well though. The numbers on the left side and the top needed to match in the order and the numbers couldn’t touch each other. For example, if the grid is 12×12 and the numbers are 2 and 10 in that order, then you know automatically the row will have two colored squares, an X, and then then ten colored squares to fill up the rest of the row. Those rows, that equal the amount in the row, are the easiest to figure out. From there, you can figure everything else out.

Of course, it’s not easy to explain the game through a blog post. Even in person I have a hard time explaining the rules of the puzzle. It’s just something you need to play and practice in order to understand what to do.

I found a Picross app on my iPad and I’ve been playing it for a few months now. There are nearly 2,000 puzzles. There are two packs containing 64 puzzles, five packs containing 100 puzzles, and two packs containing 400 puzzles. I’ve completed them all and am about halfway done with the first 400-puzzle pack. I need to complete all those puzzles into order to unlock the second and final 400-puzzle pack.

The funny this is, while writing this post, I went onto the app to count the puzzles and noticed they updated the game. I thought I was going to beat the game fairly soon but they added a new pack that has 225 puzzles. So, I guess I’ll be playing for a while longer.

There’s a hint option for each puzzle that costs 250 coins (which you get by completing the puzzles). When I first started playing, I used the hint option a lot – to the point where I ran out of coins and I just needed to scratch my head and really think until I got more coins.

Now, though, I have a ton of coins because I haven’t needed to use the hint button in a long time. It’s amazes me how much your brain can learn and figure things out when you do the same thing over and over again. Even if I get super stuck, I sometimes exit out of the game and immediately jump back into it. Right away, my mind finds what I was missing just a minute ago.

While I have nearly 800 puzzles left to solve, I’ve completed more than half of what’s on the app. I’ve been playing for months, but it tracks how long you’re on the app for. According to it, I’ve played the app for almost four days. This means that it’s taken me a little less than four days to solve all the puzzles I’ve solved. I’m pretty impressed with myself.

Picross isn’t an easy puzzle to solve or to even understand in the beginning. I never thought Picross would be my go-to puzzle, but I’ve been enjoying it more than I thought I would. I definitely need to look up the Picross games on the Nintendo Switch and give those a try.

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Detective Pikachu Pokemon Cards

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It’s no secret that I love Pokemon cards. I have little clue how to play the trading card game, but I love collecting them and organizing them. I’m super excited for the Detective Pikachu movie and they’re coming out with Pokemon cards based on the movie!

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The Detective Pikachu Pokemon cards are set to come out on March 29, 2019. Though, I believe, that’s Japan. It think they’ll be out everywhere else by April 6, 2019. (Unless things changed and my wires got crossed somewhere.)

As of right now, the set is going to have a total of 26 cards – 18 normal and 8 secret. The secret cards are, of course, still secret. However, Serebii has shown the 18 known cards. Some Pokemon are well-known such as Bulbasaur, Charmander, Jigglypuff, and of course, Detective Pikachu. There are some other Pokemon that I’m surprised to see have cards made from the movie such as Slaking and Morelull. However, I’m assuming they’ll have a decent part in the movie.

All the cards look pretty cool! I’m excited to try to collect them all especially since there’s only 26 (as of right now). My wallet may not like it so much and neither will my binders filled with Pokemon cards because… well, I’m running out of room.

I definitely need to sit down and go through my cards again.

Something else I need to do? Make a list and try to collect every single Pokemon card known to man. I doubt that will ever happen, but I can sure try.

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