There are certain games I enjoy and they all usually have something in common. One genre I really enjoy is the RPG genre.
I mean, how many times can I talk about this game? I love it though. Even though the story can be a bit bland or repetitive at times, this is a top-notch RPG game with cool, fun gameplay mechanics and awesome characters. This is the kind of game that you can take your time with and is a decent length regardless of whether you speed through it or not. It’s an all-around great game.
If you’ve never played an RPG before or you enjoy light-hearted games, then Miitopia is the one for you. This is a silly game with lots of funny dialogue, simple yet fun gameplay, and plenty of things to do. While I’ve beaten the main storyline, I enjoy going back to this one once in a while for the extras and to spend some more time with my characters.
Dungeons & Dragons
While this isn’t technically a video game, Dungeons & Dragons is a great RPG. Not only are you involved in an engaging story, but you’re the character and you can be whoever you want and change the story as you go along. In addition, you play with real-life friends which is a plus and great for a lot of laughs.
It’s Mario. It’s a RPG. They are a lot of fun, cool characters. It’s the same Mario-esque storyline, but with a great twist. I enjoy the Paper Mario games and will replay them again and again.
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Super Mario RPG is a favorite game of ours. I always enjoy watching Kris play, humming along to the music, and commentating on the wacky-looking enemies in the game.
Bowyer is the first boss you encounter in the game. He has an interesting character design as he looks like a bow. His main attack is, of course, shooting arrows. He has a funny accent and certainly sticks out in the forest with a bright red, yellow, and green design. His body has stripes and his hair is wild and spiked and he’s got a nice pair of red, crazy eyes going on. I’ve always enjoyed his design because he’s an enemy who looks like a weapon. Which is odd and cool at the same time.
What can I say about Valentina? She’s a pain in the butt, mean, and materialistic. Her head looks like Arnold from Hey, Arnold! and has big boobs. She’s also got a bird on top of her head – whether it’s still alive or not, I have no idea. I believe she’s a “human” trying to look like a bird because “Mallow” is apparently Dodo who is, well, a dodo bird.
Who doesn’t love Booster? He kidnapped Princess Toadstool and wants to marry her but he honestly has no clue what he’s doing. He has dolls of Mario and Toadstool and himself, which is… totally bizarre. He cries when he can’t find his Mario doll. He’s a funny guy though and I’ve always enjoyed his part of the game. His castle is a great level to get through and the music alone makes it all worthwhile. Plus, he reminds me of Wario a bit in looks.
Bundt is a cake. Yes, a cake that’s alive. In fact, he was created to be Booster and Toadstool’s wedding cake. As soon as Mario and gang crash the wedding, you battle the two chefs but it turns out Bundt is the true boss. Having a wedding cake as the main boss is a cool concept and, while he’s personified a bit, he still looks like a regular cake which makes it all the cooler.
I don’t even know what Belome is. A cat? A dog? A frog? He’s encountered in the sewers and looks poisonous. He’s bright yellow with red squiggly designs all over him. He’s got four horns on the top of his head and four eyes which is pretty daunting. Not to mention he’s got a long tongue that he easily scoops up and eats your party members. Yeah… Belome is probably one of the weirder bosses in this game. But, like all the other bosses and enemies, he’s pretty cool. The design choices in Super Mario RPG are top notch.
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Octopath Traveler is one of those games that I will think about here and there and get a sudden urge to play again. I have the soundtrack in my car and when the CDs cycled through and one of the battle themes began to play, I itched to play this game again. Most things in the game – the various stories and skills – are similar. However, the talents are unique for each character giving the game eight different talents to pick and choose when forming your party.
This is Cyrus’s talent. He’s the scholar of the group and what a wonderful man he is. When you enter a battle with enemies they have small square boxes underneath them that reveal what they’re weak to in order to break their shield get their defense down. The only way to reveal their weaknesses is by trial and error and just throwing whatever you have at them and see if the shield breaks. Cyrus, however, when entering battle automatically uses “study foe” which allows him to reveal one weakness from every enemy. It’s a lot more helpful than you’d think and when he’s not in yourp party, you miss that talent.
Eye For Money
If you know me then you know I love collecting money and treasure in games. Tressa, the merchant of the group, has the eye for money talent which allows her to find money lying around. That’s pretty much it. When you enter a new area, the text will appear at the top right corner of the screen saying how much money Tressa “spotted” from “an unfortunate soul.” Naturally, we get the money and keep it. It’s a great way to make extra cash, especially since you need to buy healing grapes and weapons.
Therion is the thief of the group and also the character we chose to start our journey with. Being a thief, he has the pick lock talent which allows him to get into certain treasure chests that no one else can. Honestly, since we started off with him and had him in our party the entire game, I didn’t realize this was his talent (Kris was playing). There are purple chests scattered about that only Therion can open but I thought they were just extra special because they were purple and shiny. Not having Therion in my party would be awful if I came across a purple chest. It would bother me so much if I couldn’t get the treasure inside.
H’aanit is the hunter of the crew and she has her special companion, Linde the snow leopard. Linda also knows two moves that H’aanit can ask her to use in battle. In addition. H’aanit can capture enemies throughout their travel. She can only capture one at a time and have so many trained at once, but she can hold onto them for a while and use them in battle as needed. This is great because it gives H’aanit a wider range of weapons and attacks that she wouldn’t normally have herself.
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While there aren’t enough hours in the day and there’s always something that needs to get done – work, cleaning, socializing, what have you – there are definitely some games I would love to sit and play all day long.
Paper Mario for the Nintendo 64, my all-time favorite game. This is a game I could sit down and play for hours on end. The love the overall aesthetics, especially the music. I could hum along with that music any time in any situation. It just makes me happy. Paper Mario, unfortunately, does have an end to it though. I’ve played it so many times that I practically know the game by heart. The last time I played it took me about 24 hours to get through the main story. If I could do that in one sitting, I totally would.
I feel like I don’t really need to explain this one. The main story doesn’t typically take too long, but the collecting? Oh, yeah. I need to catch ’em all and it’s so easy for me to get sucked into the Pokemon world and play for hours at a time. I remember, when X and Y came out, I beat the main story in two days. I got the game for Christmas and spent Christmas evening and the following day playing all day long.
Time in The Sims goes by super fast. I feel like one hour in The Sims is about a minute – maybe two – in real time. It’s so easy to spend a lifetime in The Sims and know you’re not wasting too much time in real life… until you look at a real clock and realize the sun had set already. If I could spend a day or two just living as my sim, I totally would.
Animal Crossing is a tricky game to play all day long. With its real-time mechanics, the shops have an open and closing time and the villagers do sleep. So, there’s only so much I can do in a day, but if I could, I would play that all day long as well.
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Kris and I beat the main story in Octopath Traveler a little while ago. There’s still a lot to do in the game though and I think about it all the time. So, here are my favorite character stories from the game, in no particular order.
Therion, the thief, was the character we chose to play as our main throughout the game. Even when we completed his fourth chapter and were able to take him out of the party, we left him in. We’d grown so attached to him. What I loved about his story was that even though he was just trying to get that bracelet off his arm – which showed that he, as a thief, got caught – there was more to it. There was an underlying theme of betrayal which turned into way more than Therion trying to prove something to others but to prove something to himself.
I enjoyed his character development along the way of the long, tedious journey and the way he interacted with his companions. He’s a thief, but definitely has morals.
Revenge doesn’t flatter anyone, but Primrose wears it so well. She’s the dancer of the group and the purpose of her journey is to seek the three men marked with the crow and kill them since they killed her father when she was a little girl. I liked how someone as “dainty,” if you will, as Primrose was so snarky, cynical, and out for blood. Yet, she grew as well. She learned a lot about her family and about her self. She had a purpose, whether some would agree with it or not.
Ophilia is a cleric and she has such a kind and naive personality. One reason I love her story is because she takes the place of her sister on a long journey for their church so that her sister can stay home with their dying father. Ophilia would do anything for her family and the church and taking on this daunting task was just the thing she needed to do. Despite loving their father, she allowed her sister to stay behind and be with him until his time came.
Tressa, the merchant of the group, seems to be the purest of all – well, aside from Ophilia, technically. Her main purpose is to become a great merchant though I think there’s more to it. She’s young and never really been away from home. She wants to see the world, meet new people, and discover new items and places. She’s always willing to lend a hand regardless of if she’s traveling with the person or not. Tressa grows throughout the story and has a huge purpose for her character development through her journey. There are no true stakes in her story, but I love it all the same.
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Kris and I completed our Pokemon Trio-Type Challenge not too long ago. I ended up playing Pokemon White 2 and it’s been a while since I’ve played the Unova region that I decided to talk about my favorite Unova Pokemon.
Emboar is the final evolution form of Tepig, the fire starter for the Unova region. I always go for the fire starters and Emboar is a bulky guy. I love his design and his moves.
I don’t normally have normal type Pokemon on my team, but Audino is pretty sturdy. While its attack isn’t all that great, it has a great defense. I think Audino is a pretty Pokemon too and I like how it’s associated with the Pokemon Center.
I raised a Stoutland for the first time recently for our challenge and I loved every moment of it. Stoutland is a great companion and has awesome defense and attack. Plus, who doesn’t want a pupper on their team?
Zebstrika was the first electric type Pokemon I chose when White and Black first came out. He was on my team and he has a wonderful move set. I think he’s one of my favorite electric types of all time.
Unfezant is the final evolution of Pidove and is the “Pidgey” of the Unova region. I absolutely love this Pokemon though. The bird Pokemon, especially found in the beginning of the games, are always great. I enjoy Unfezant’s design and the move set overall is awesome.
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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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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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