Quick Review: Katamari 


Tap my Katamari is a clicker game. And not a good one. Most clickers give you bonuses you can buy with the coins that allow the clicking to happen automatically. Slower than if you click it, but so gathering coins. This one has a similar function, but it’s so slow that after an hour of clicking I still hasn’t gotten very far.

They also have cousins for you to add to your abilities. The cousins have bonuses for your earning, fixing and other functions. You can also purchase mushroom power ups.

I love Katamari games, and some clickers,  but this was highly. Slow build up. Repetitive item collection. And a leveling system that boggles the mind. After an hour I managed to get to level 10,and to get two of the cousins up a few levels. But you aren’t just purchasing a level for the cousin, or for the prince’s strength. Your purchasing a piece of the level, and you have to buy several pieces before you get a level.

Bottom line, there are better clickers out there. Don’t get this one.

Review: Super Cat Bros

2016-11-19-05-54-16 Have you ever wanted to play Super Mario Brothers on your mobile device? Well, I can’t give you Mario (without an emulator) but I can give you Super Cat Bros (from FDG Entertainment)

 

An adorable side scroller with many functions like a Mario game (jumping, swimming, moving 2016-11-20-03-19-22platforms, avoiding monsters) plus a new mechanic to set it apart. You have to collect different kinds of cats, and each cat has it’s own ability. One can swim against strong currents. Another can jump father. Another can bash through walls. You have to switch the cats out in specific spots, which involves a little strategy as you get higher in levels.

2016-11-20-02-29-43The level design is much like the original Mario worlds. A grid over world that you slowly make your way through, finding keys and characters that open some paths.

It’s easy to pick up the mechanics of this game. I managed to make it through a couple dozen levels within the first day, and capture three of the cats. I haven’t beat it yet, but I did scroll across the game map and there are 50-100 levels across various terrains.

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Each of the levels has three coins to collect, some of which you won’t be able to collect until you get specific cats and go back to the previous level.

It’s a fantastic platformer, with new tricks and strategies as you go through the levels. While it’s reminiscent of the early Mario games it is not a copy. It has it’s own functions, mechanics,  and art style. It works well on mobile. There are a couple of tricky maneuvers, but after a couple of attempts I was able to get through them.

Over all a great little platformer available for download.

First Impression: Sim City

2016-10-03-03-54-40 I, like many of you, grew up playing the Sim City franchise. It was an amazing game in which you created cities, charged taxes, and built a dream city. The original series had different scenarios that you could also beat in order to earn achievements.

2016-10-03-03-57-36For the mobile version, Sim City Builder (from EA) you do a lot of the same things. You build roads, set city zones, raise taxes, and expand your city. The mobile version is also stripped down to a much smaller scale, but the basics are still there.

It does, however, add some mechanics that 2016-10-03-03-59-21 the original did not have. Specifically earning coins and materials to make new buildings from the buildings you previously made.

It’s a waiting game, letting the materiel and coins build up so that you can purchase 2016-10-03-04-06-31or upgrade new  buildings.

It was a very frustrating experience. Already, just an hour into the game, I already felt like I needed to purchase coins if I was going to be able to play this game in any effective way.

As much as I love Sims games, I am heading away from them. For the last couple of years Sim City, and to a lessor extent the Sims, have gotten away from the core building mechanics, and more about money. There are other games, like City Skylines and Tropico, that do a much better job of the core game play without adding in all the money grabbing additions.

What this says for an actual city builder on a mobile device I’m not sure yet. I’m going to have to try to find one that is actually worth sharing, and recommending. For now, Sim City for mobile isn’t recommended.

 

Review : Waking Mars

2016-04-25-18-29-14 I bought Waking Mars (from Tiger Style) for pc a while back and found it to be an enjoyable platformer with a nice theme. The music and voice acting were well done, and the puzzles easy enough to figure out (at least at the beginning. I haven’t finished it yet, and it was making a nice progression as I went.)

2016-04-25-19-22-05When I saw it available for android I had to check it out, as well, and see if it translated over to touch screen. I purchased my version from the Humble Bundle. There are no ads and it is drm free. And it is the same game (as far as I can tell) as you play on PC.

In Waking Mars you play as an astronaut that had been stranded on Mars, and you’re trying to make your way 2016-04-25-19-30-17through underground caverns to find out what happened to the planet, and your rover. You encounter a new life form, and discover that you can encourage this plant life to grow, changing the environment around you.

2016-04-25-23-09-30On PC the controls are all mouse based. You choose where to throw seeds, click where to move to, and dodge obstacles with a flip of the mouse. On mobile you have to do the same the with taps on the screen, and for the most part this translates well. There are a few times where I found myself wishing for the mouse so that I could see what was under my finger, but otherwise it wasn’t a problem.

On PC or phone, this is a good game. Nice story line. Great music. A relaxing puzzle platformer to get you through the day.

Review: Pokemon Go

2016-07-19-03-46-02I am way behind on the Pokemon Go review. I know everyone else has already reviewed it, and there are probably some much better reviews out there then I can do. So I’m going to be brief about this…

Pokemon Go was a fun way to get out of the house, walk around, meet some new people, and catch some Pokemon. I saw fathers out with their sons. 2016-07-09-16-31-38Groups of strangers sitting around chatting about a game they loved. People at work getting together to share their Pokemon. It was beautiful.

But it didn’t last.

You don’t see as many people out catching them all anymore. Oh, they are still there, and the forums on Reddit still have people meeting up and finding that elusive Dratini. But it isn’t as prevalent as it was before.

2016-07-08-21-47-12I still pull out my phone, turn on my GPS, and see if there are any pokemon nearby now and then. I still like to catch a few pokestops while riding in the car with my boyfriend. And I still try and evolve them now and then. But it isn’t the same.

Hopefully they will implement a way to battle or trade Pokemon directly. I think we’d see a lot more players again, and a renascence of a short lived game. But that’s up to Niantic.

 

 

Review: Pewdiepie’s Tuber Simulator

It took me a bit to find Pewdiepie’s Tuber Simulator (from Outerminds Inc.) There are several of them on the app store. All, but one, are quick mock ups by someone else, terribly done, and a pale mockery of the actual Pewdiepie version.

2016-09-30-07-08-49The actually PTS starts you out in a dilapidated room with torn wall paper and ripped up carpets. As you earn views you can trade in the views for better items, decorate, gain levels, and improve your ways to earn  more views.

2016-09-30-18-04-40 Not going to sugar coat it. This is a clicker. You start things moving and it earns you views. Thankfully you’re not sitting there clicking over and over. One of the first upgrades you get makes the videos a lot longer, which lets you walk away from the game for a while and come back, do a few things, then go away again.

2016-09-30-18-04-35 What makes this better than most clickers is your own personal, customization room. Everything is customization. The walls, the floors, the decorations. You can stack a lot of things, and items do not snap to squares so you can put several small items on one table if you want to. Or put all the posters you can on the walls.

2016-09-30-18-04-22There’s also a mini game called Puggle that will diminish the time to deliver items for a fee, and possibly net you some in game bux.

Speaking of which, there is a pay for currency. You can get it by completing quests, occasionally dropped by the “sponsor eagle” or in a game of Puggle. Or you can buy it. It starts at a penny a bux, and gets significantly cheaper if you buy larger packs. There have been a few people complaining that they did not get their bux on purchase, but that’s because the game came out just two days ago and they are still working out some bugs. I’d suggest waiting to purchase bux until the servers settle down.

2016-09-30-17-58-28You can also make friends on there, and view or vote on each others rooms. If you’re playing add me! I’m LelulaGames on there.

Leveling is easy enough. It took me about 24 hours to get to level six. That’s where I could finally buy actual carpet and get rid of the bothersome torn carpet. Also by then I had filled my room with posters, rugs, changed my hair style, and expanded the room a few times. Expanding the room and buying some upgrades like new desk, computer, and keyboard cost bux.

The game itself is pretty fun. I love decorating my little room, and upgrading all the little items. Puggle is also fun, but can eat up all your views if you aren’t watching.

There is no way to easily find your friends. You have to enter in their name in order to find them, which  means trying to figure out which of your friends play. They also limit you on how many friends you can have at any one time. I’m hoping that goes up with your levels, and that some of the other features like voting and sharing your room are opened up eventually.

Review: Knights of Pen and Paper 2

20160703124618_1I reviewed Knights of Pen and Paper a few months ago. It is still one of my favorite games for tablet, phone, or PC. So, this week when I saw the new Humble Bundle for mobile games that included Knights of Pen and Paper 2 I was interested.

20160703130404_1I’ve been playing Knights2 for the last week on PC. I did check and it does work very similarly on phone or tablet. Basically you press buttons, choose options, and roll the dice. Very simple interface so the device you use doesn’t matter.

20160704010245_1But there are several differences between Knights1 and Knights2. The second game has more DLC that you have to pay for. When I came across the first road block leading down the DLC rabbit hole I was slightly annoyed. I felt like the game was shorter then the first, and thus not as good a deal. However, I continued down a different path and found several more locations, lots more quests, and several more abilities.

20160704010624_1The main spells of all the character types have been changed as well. There are a few that are similar from first edition to second edition, but I found that I had to relearn all of the skills and abilities, find new ways of optimizing my character classes, and work on getting items in new ways. The blacksmith has been done away with in favor of an upgrade system. You just need charms and scrolls to upgrade weapons, which ends up being a lot easier (cheaper) in the long run than the blacksmith had been.

20160704011341_1The graphics got updated as well. I’m not sure which ones I prefer, but the new game does come with a slew of new monsters to kill. The story line is just as tongue in cheek as the original. This time instead of hunting down the developers you’re hunting down a party that refuses to convert to the new edition rules.

Overall a good game. I might even pick up the DLC after I’ve completed it, but even the base game has hours worth of enjoyment before you need the DLC to proceed.