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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My 2019 Game Release Predictions

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

If you know me, then you know there are three games I’m super excited for in 2019. They all come from Nintendo and they’re all games I’ve been wishing for since… well, forever. But at least since the Switch came out.

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There was a rumor going around that there would be a Nintendo Direct on January 10, 2019. Usually those rumors ending up being true, but this time it wasn’t. Nintendo revealed a couple of release dates earlier in the month without a Direct. Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn will be released on the Nintendo 3DS March 8, 2019 and Yoshi’s Crafted World will be released on the Nintendo Switch on March 29, 2019.

I’m looking forward to both of these titles, but there’s three games I absolutely can’t wait for.

Animal Crossing

Animal Crossing for the Nintendo Switch has finally been announced! We don’t know anything about the game yet other than it’ll be coming in 2019. Looking back at the other Animal Crossing games, they’ve been released in April, December, November, and June respectively. For some reason, I always thought the Animal Crossing games came out in April or summer time, but apparently that’s only been the original for the Gamecube and the latest main game, New Leaf for the 3DS.

With that said, I was originally thinking this game will come out in April. Now that two other titles are being released in March, I’ve decided to change it to sometime in the summer – either June or July.

We don’t know anything about the game and usually we know some things that will come long before the release date. However, I get the feeling Nintendo has been working on this for quite a while and just kept their mouth shut. The more we complained about there being “no Animal Crossing for the Switch,” I feel like Nintendo said, “Eh, make them wait a little longer before we tell them we’ve been working on it all along.”

I think we’ll have a couple Nintendo Directs between now and the summer and they’ll give a summer release date.

Luigi’s Mansion 3

Luigi’s Mansion for the Gamecube came out in September. Dark Moon came out in March. The original was ported to the 3DS this past October. So, that’s two releases in the fall and one in the spring.

Again, Nintendo has two games coming out in March and they haven’t revealed anything for Luigi’s Mansion 3, so I doubt it’ll make a surprise release in the spring. Nintendo did, however, seem to enjoy hyping up Luigi’s Mansion for the 3DS around Halloween.

Nintendo releases a lot in the fall anyway, most likely in time for the holidays, so I’m thinking Luigi’s Mansion 3 will follow suit with the original post and have a release date in October in time for Halloween and for the very beginning of the holiday shopping season.

Pokemon

The main games almost always have a November release date. We’ve known about this game being in development for a while. We don’t know anything about the game yet, but I’m guessing their original aim was for November 2019.

Let’s just hope, right or wrong, none of these games get pushed back and delayed until 2020. I’m not sure I can wait that long.

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Luigi’s Mansion 3DS [Game Review]

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Title: Luigi’s Mansion
Developer: Nintendo | Grezzo
Publisher: Nintendo 
Platform:
Nintendo 3DS
Category:
Action, Adventure
Release Date:
October 12, 2018
How we got the game:
I pre-ordered it

 

 

 

What can I say about Luigi’s Mansion? It’s one of my favorites and I was super excited to get an updated version.

gameplay

This is a fairly simple game to play. Luigi moves around with the analog stick. In this version it gives you the choice of whether you want Luigi to move around freely or side-step. I have him move around freely because the side-stepping looks weird. However, when you’re sucking up ghosts or if you press the B button while walking, he sort of side-steps anyway. The X button is used as the A button would typically be used in any other game. The X button opens doors and will call for Mario if there’s nothing else around.

Capturing the ghosts is easy. Shine your flashlight on them and once they’re stunned, you can press the R button to use the Poltergust 3000 to suck up the ghosts as you move the analog stick in the opposite direction of where the ghost is trying to escape. It’s easy enough though some ghosts are harder than others.

The point of the game is to go through the entire mansion to find Mario as you rid it of all the ghosts at the same time. There are regular ghosts throughout the mansion along with mini-bosses and regular bosses.

This is a quick game to get through – especially if you’ve played it before. I know this game like the back of hand at this point. However, it’s a little easier on the 3DS because of the touch screen. The Gamecube obviously didn’t have that. If you had a key, the Gameboy Horror (in game) showed you where it was on the map. The touch screen for the 3DS is the map and shows where the key goes right away. There’s absolutely no getting lost in this version.

I thought the concept of Gooigi – the very green version of Luigi for the co-op mode – was weird at first. I liked how they added a co-op mode, though I haven’t had a chance to try that part out just yet. The way they added Gooigi into the game was impressive though and my respect for the slimed-version of Luigi went up.

graphics-music

The graphics, as always, were great. I really enjoyed them on the Gamecube and the updated graphics for the 3DS stayed true to the original graphics. The colors were just brighter and the details were a little more crisp. I thought they did a wonderful job and the game looks great.

I found myself humming along with the music again. I get Professor E. Gadd’s lab music stuck in my head from time to time. The first time Luigi went there, I sat on that screen for a while and just hummed along with the music. I don’t know why, but that’s always been a favorite tune of mine.

They did a great job with the sound effect. For the most part, everything sounds the same from the original Gamecube version. However, they updated a few things. For example, when Luigi calls for Mario, his voice echos. When you enter a dark room and haven’t defeated the ghosts yet, you can hear them cackling somewhere in the room. They’re small details, but I really liked them. I felt as though they added a lot to the game.
storyLuigi won a contest he didn’t enter. He won his own mansion. (Wouldn’t that be nice?) I mean, it’s haunted, but hey – take what you can get, right?

The only problem is, Luigi has no idea how these people got his information and Mario was dumb enough to fall for the scheme. Luigi heads to the mansion to see what it’s all about as well as find his brother, who ends up getting himself kidnapped.

Obviously this is the same story as the original game. The only thing that changed was Gooigi. I really liked how they introduced Gooigi. I’m not sure if some people would consider this a spoiler or not, so I won’t too much. They connected Dark Moon to this game though and I thought it was really clever how they did it. It put a smile on my face, at least.

replay-value

It’s Luigi’s Mansion. I’ll be playing it again. No questions asked.

Luigi’s Mansion gets…
5 out of 5 lives.

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Luigi’s Mansion For The Nintendo 3DS Is Out Tomorrow!

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

October is starting off really well! Super Mario Party was a great game – I’m so happy Nintendo finally listened to us! Now another great game comes out tomorrow, the original Luigi’s Mansion.

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Luigi’s Mansion has always been a favorite of mine. I loved the first game and the second game was great as well. I remember when Nintendo announced back in March 2018 a port of the original Luigi’s Mansion game from the Gamecube coming over to the Nintendo 3DS. I was excited, even though I remember saying to Kris, “I’ll take it but I was really hoping for Luigi’s Mansion 3.”

I’ve talked about how I played and replayed Luigi’s Mansion on the Gamecube. I’ve also talked about how my cousin got Luigi’s Mansion Dark Moon on her 3DS and we were racing to beat the game while away on vacation. There’s about 10 years between us, her being younger of course. She enjoyed Dark Moon and I’ve always wanted her to play the original Luigi’s Mansion.

While our Gamecube games still work (I assume) and we could technically play on the Wii, all of our Gamecube controllers broke. It’s never been a priority either.

Now my cousin will finally be able to play the original and see what she missed out when she was younger! Of course, my other cousins used to bring their Gamecube up on vacation when the Gamecube was still hot and we used to watch them play Luigi’s Mansion out on the porch. So she knew of it even before Dark Moon came out.

Not only do I get to watch her experience how Luigi’s Mansion began, I also get to play with her in the co-op mode! I still think it’s weird that they have a full-green Luigi instead of Toad being brave enough to join him, but I’ll take what I can get.

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Nintendo September 2018 Direct

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Another Nintendo direct has come and gone, and… We thought this one was pretty good!

The direct opened with Luigi hunting down ghosts again and we at first chalked it up to, “Oh, look, footage from the 3DS remake of Luigi’s Mansion.” The more we saw of it, though, the more we grew confused.

That room wasn’t in the first game. That’s a new item in the hallways. The little ghost dog was in the second Luigi’s mansion, not the first one.

With the reveal that the game was Luigi’s Mansion 3 for the Nintendo Switch, Rachel leaped up from the couch and teared up with joy! That was something that’s been on her wish list for a long while now, so to see the direct brilliantly open with it (and to assure us that, no, Luigi did not die in the previous Super Smash Bros Ultimate direct) was a treat!

Most of the other announcements and reveals were decent as well. I’m looking forward to the Final Fantasy games, a series that she’s barely had the chance to try considering most of them were on the Playstation family of consoles. Cities Skylines didn’t seem too bad either, with how much we love simulation games. I have played Sim City before, and the game looks pretty damn similar, so we’ll see how Skylines runs on the Switch. Game Freak’s Town seems like it looks pretty good, and Yoshi’s Crafted World looks adorable as well.

It was interesting, but not too surprising, to hear that New Super Mario Bros. U is being remastered into a deluxe version for the Switch. Those games are decent, in my opinion, and wasn’t something I was too hyped about, but we’ll probably get it to have a good time with our cousins and friends.

(Although, what the hell is Peachette? Why is Toadette able to transform into her? Why can’t Peach just be able to do the double jump and floaty thing, and Toadette have her own abilities that make her stand out as her own character? Why do we need to make her combine with Peach?)

We thought the ending of the direct was amazing. Isabelle is adorable and it’s fantastic to see such a fan favorite heading to Smash as her own character rather than as an echo fighter! To top it off, Tom Nook then appeared and we got a pretty little place card announcement stating that Animal Crossing was coming in 2019 for the Switch! I don’t play Animal Crossing, but it was the second time in the direct that Rachel cried tears of joy.

All in all, we figured it was a pretty successful direct.

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The Legend Of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds [Game Review]

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Title: The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
Developer: Nintendo Entertainment Analysis & Development, Monolith Soft
Publisher: Nintendo
Platform:
Nintendo 3DS
Category:
Action, Adventure
Release Date:
November 22, 2013
How we got the game:
I bought it

 

 

 

I’ve seen just about every Legend of Zelda game played by Kris. I always watch her and I love the games, though I’ve never played one myself before. I’ve had this game for a while and I thought it’d be cool to finally play it. I was especially pleased to be halfway through the game and then this version was Zelda was announced for Super Smash Brothers Ultimate.

gameplay

The game play is pretty straight forward. Link can run, swing his sword, use his shield, use various items, and transform into the walls with the appropriate buttons.

For the first part of the game you go through three different dungeons in Hyrule to collect the Triforce pendants. They’re marked on the map respectively and you need to go back to your house to “rent” items such as the hammer, bow and arrows, bombs, and so on from Ravio. You can rent the items for a flat fee but if you game over, Ravio takes his items back and you need to pay him again the next time you play.

For the second part of the game, you need to save the Seven Sages in Lorule. The dungeons and enemies are harder in Lorule, but it’s still easy enough.

graphics-music

This is a 3DS game and I enjoy the graphics very much. The characters are almost chibi-like as they’re small on the screen yet 3D. I feel like Link bounces around the screen with his hat flapping in the air. Despite the plot of the game, the graphics have an overall good-feel to it. The colors are bright in Hyrule and dark in Lorule, but still pretty vivid. The whole thing is easy on the eyes and aesthetically pleasing.

The music, of course, is my favorite part. My favorite video game soundtracks to listen to are from The Legend of Zelda. The exploration music is epic, the battle music is tense, and the in-between music is soothing. They’re all tunes I often get stuck in my head.
storyLike every other Zelda game, you play as Link who has to save Hyrule from some sort of evil being. In this one, Link is a blacksmith’s apprentice who delivers a sword to a guard at Hyrule castle only to run into Yuga, the antagonist, who transforms a descendant of the Seven Sages into a painting. His goal is to capture Zelda and all the descendants of the Seven Sages to resurrect Ganon. It’s up to Link, as always, to save the day.

After Link’s first battle with Yuga, he transforms Link into a painting in the wall. Of course, a special pendant given to you by Zelda earlier allows you to transform in and out of the walls willingly. Due to that power, Link is able to shift between Hyrule and Lorule – a different dimension parallel to Hyrule – to rescue the Seven Sages descendants.

replay-value

This is a semi-linear, straight forward game. The outcome is always going to be the same no matter how many times you play it, but it’s a classic that’s always fun to go back to. I’m sure, someday, I’ll be trying to decide what to play and come across this game and pick it back up again.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds gets…
5 out of 5 lives.

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Friday Favorites: Harvest Moon NPCs

Double Jump Kris MiiTime for another weekend!

Per Rachel’s and my last debate — Harvest Moon vs Animal Crossing — this Friday is dedicated to my favorite NPC characters of the franchise, minus the characters that are eligible to marry.

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Felicia from Island of Happiness/Sunshine Islands

Felicia is one of the “moms” of the setting in these games. She has a sweet disposition, helps with the shipping so you can turn a profit and, in the case of Island of Happiness, treats you like family almost immediately due to being shipwrecked together. Being one of the first available NPCs, and with such a kind nature, helps ease you into the game.

Hana from A New Beginning

Hana is the little old lady who runs the General Store in A New Beginning. She’s adorable and is quick to become friends with you. If you find and talk with her on rainy or stormy days, her dialogue is cute as she mildly scolds you for being out in the rain just to check on her.

Bo from Animal Parade

Bo is the quieter of the two carpenter apprentices, and his chill personality is one reason why I like the NPC. The other reason is that I find it funny how exasperated he can become — going so far as to even apologize for — the antics of Luke, the other carpenter apprentice!

Gotz from Friends of Mineral Town/More Friends of Mineral Town

The carpenter from the Mineral Games, Gotz is a bit gruff, but softens up once you befriend him. Like many of the other Mineral Town characters, he has a deeper backstory, one that I enjoy learning about whenever I play these games, as sad as it is.

 

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