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.

 

 

What’s on my Phone 

I’m going to start doing a short “what’s on my phone” review every couple of months. I change out the games on my phone regularly, download new ones, or throw out ones I haven’t played in a while. Here I’ll tell you why I have it, what I like about it, and if I’d recommend it. I’ll also link to the full review if I’ve done one.

Pewdiepie: Tuber Simulator – I just reviewed this the other day, and I’ve had it for a week now. I’ve decorated my room, and unlocked a lot of the items. Once I’ve unlocked all of the room decorations I probably won’t play this much, but until then I am enjoying decorating my space. My favorite clicker. (review)

Alto’s Adventure – a perfect game for short breaks. Each run takes only a minute or two. Waiting in line, in between calls, stuck on the phone: play a game of Alto. (review)

Sailor Moon Drops – Somehow I still love match three games. I know this is just meant to try and get my money, but it’s actually set up in such a way that I never feel the need to pay. I can get more hearts from friends, and make friends constantly. There are extra events with new puzzles so if I get stuck on one I can go try that one. It’s a lot like Candy Crush, only less anger inducing. (review)

Splendor – When I want something a little tougher I love playing Splendor. Strategy, thought, and a challenging AI. Also, they just updated it with even more scenarios to try out. (review)

The Beggar’s Ride – Such a pleasant platformer. Beautiful design and music. I really want to finish this one. Recommended! (review)

The Silent Age – This is a point and click time travel puzzle game. I also have it on my PC and thought I’d try it on my phone, and do a review. Have yet to open it on my phone.

Els Evolution – quick, fun side scrolling fighter game. You level up your characters and learn new skills, then go on to the next level. Or grind a little to get more experience. I haven’t played it much in the last couple months, but I keep it…just in case.

Fallen London – I use to play this online. Saw it in the app store and decided to pick it up. Will do a review later.

Mahjong Butterfly – The only reason I haven’t deleted this game yet is because I don’t want to loose my progress. It isn’t like Steam where the game gets removed but the progress usually remains on your pc. Once you delete it you have to start all over, which is annoying. But at the same time, this isn’t the best phone game I’ve ever played. Maybe I should delete it.

Waking Mars– Such a good game. I have it on PC and phone, and I’d like to finish it. Not sure which would be better/easier/more time friendly to play.

Neko Atsume – Kitties. Okay, I’m a sucker for kitties. I have updated this, and still occasionally feed them, but not as often as I use to. (review)

Adventure Bar Story – An interesting game mechanic. Cooking and adventuring. I got tired of being stuck in the same zone for so long, grinding away to try and learn some recipes, so I quite playing for a while. But I’d like to go back to it eventually.

Knights of Pen and Paper 1 – Love this game. Actually have KoPaP 2 on pc and have played through quite a lot of it. Another one that I come back to now and then, and again I refuse to delete it because I don’t want to loose my progress. With all the zany humor I really recommend this one.  (review)

PAD (Puzzles and Dragons) – I deleted this before and ended up re-downloading it. So sad that I didn’t get to keep my monsters (I had a cat woman and batman monster). Started playing again, but I will probably end up deleting it again after a while. It’s just a big energy hog.

Pokemon Go – Also an energy hog. The reason I bought a battery pack, and the reason I got out and walked a lot for a while. Sadly, I don’t get to go out as much anymore. But I don’t want to give up the pokemon I did catch just yet.  I don’t recommend it. I’ll have to review it and tell you why soon.

Out There – Such a fantastic strategy game. And so hard. A little too many random elements to make it perfect. I find myself dying far too often. But I am determined to beat it some day. Recommended. (review)

 

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: Pokemon Uranium

uranium I usually review mobile games, but I got my hands on Pokemon Uranium and couldn’t help myself.

First off, disclaimer. I’ve never played more then a few minutes of a real Pokemon game. I played Pokemon Snap and T ornament, but I’m not counting them as “real” Pokemon games poke2because they don’t have the stories, travel, and questing that an actual Pokemon game has.

Pokemon Uranium? Has everything, including a lot of original Pokemon, and a completely new type of radioactive Pokemon!

poke1I haven’t gotten very far into the game yet, but I can give you some first impressions.

The game is easy to navigate, vibrant, and has great sound. The music reminds me of other pokemon titles I’ve watched. The new “fakemon” (seriously, I didn’t know that was a thing till this week) fit right into the Pokemon world and have fantastic evolution. Some of them are better designed then others, but all of the ones I’ve seen so far have been pretty good.

Doing a little research has given me a gimps into the HUGE rabbit hole that is Pokemon Uranium. I’m guessing it’s going to take me a while to catch them all, but I’m definitely going to enjoy doing so.

poke3There are a few differences. No Nurse Joy. You don’t choose your starter, you take a “test”. A few of the Pokemon now have “mega evolutions.” There is a PokePod that lets you connect with other trainers for information. And there is supposedly a way to battle with other trainers, but I haven’t tried that yet.

I’m happy this was my intro to Pokemon. I don’t have a 3DS, and I didn’t get a Gameboy until a few years ago. The Pokemon cartridge I have has a dead battery. So… Uranium it is!

Come on, Nintendo! Put Pokemon on PC, I’ll buy it! No, really, do it!

Review: Nonstop Knight

2016-08-28 19.11.06NonStop Knight (by Flare Games) is exactly what it sounds like…a knight that doesn’t stop running and fighting his way through the dungeons.

2016-08-27 20.53.43This is a new type of clicker game. Your little knight simply fights, and keeps fighting his way through the dungeons. You can activate special abilities, swings and spells, or upgrade his equipment, but you have no control over which direction he moves, though you can do is call the boss for the major battle.

2016-08-28 20.51.42This, like most clicker games, has a fast build up then a slow tapering off as you hit a certain level. Once there you must “ascend” and start the whole process over, but with the new skills you learned in previous incarnations. You do lose armor, money, and experience. Each play through you get a little farther.

2016-08-28 20.53.45While you’re away your little knight keeps fighting for you, and you get a nice little sum of gold when you return. But he won’t fight the bosses unless you tell him to.

Fast paced, with a nice aesthetic art, and smooth animation, NonStop Knight may be a clicker, but it is more entertaining than most, and has enough interactivity with spells and skills to keep it interesting.

There are no intrusive ads, either. The few ads I saw were offered to me with promise of coins or loot for watching a thirty second ad. And the ads I saw had a mute button so you could mute them while they played in the background.

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.