Happy 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.
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.