Game Reviews

Fantasy Life

I thought I’d do a quick Google search of the word Fantasy so that I could see what people interested in Fantasy liked. This is the first step in my plan to attract fantasy readers.

I quickly realized unless I want to start writing and participating in Fantasy Football I needed to narrow down the search. Before I could do that, though, my husband let me know he’d gotten a small bonus at work, a bonus just the right amount to buy us, each, copies of Fantasy Life on 3DS.

Needless to say the freak out I had was a little bit overboard.

I started playing as soon as we put our daughter to sleep, five hours later I had to stop because I was so sleepy I couldn’t manage the controls properly. It’s ok, though, my husband, once again, was amazing and took our daughter out for a daddy daughter day. Another five hours later and I’ve barely blinked.

This game has almost everything I could possibly want. You have several career paths, or lives as their called in-game, that you can choose from and progress through. What makes this game so wonderful is that you can switch back and forth between the careers, for no money (dosh), but still keep the abilities.

Fantasy Life Careers

For example if you start off as a miner and then switch to being a blacksmith you can still mine for ore while blacksmithing. The only thing you can’t do is level up your ranking (ex: go from fledgling to apprentice, etc…), to do that just change your life again and you’re set.

The story is amusing and keeps you interested and entertained. Really liking the butterfly character. It has already telegraphed, pretty well, what’s going to happen and who is who, but that’s ok.

The only thing I would want them to add, and I don’t consider it a negative because the game is complete without it, but I would love to be able to get married and have kids. I like that aspect of Rune Factory and Harvest Moon and I hope that if they make a sequel they add in that option.

Fantasy Life is like a combination of Rune Factory, Harvest Moon, Animal Crossing, and World of Warcraft. It’s an amazing game and easily my favorite of the year.

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Addictive Personality

 

I have an addictive personality, self diagnosed so I’m sure it’s right. Only it doesn’t work with the normal things (drugs, cigarettes, alcohol). I did smoke for a time but I never got that “I must have nicotine now” feeling and I had no problems quitting cold turkey. I get addicted to games and to authors. It doesn’t really matter what type of game; though I’m not sure if I’ve ever been addicted to a board game, probably because you need more than one person. I’ll get addicted to a game sometimes just for a couple of days and other times for years.

I bring this up because my current addiction is a game called ChefVille on Facebook. I was hesitant to post this, I’m going to lose street cred as a hardcore gamer, but this blog has become a place where I feel like I have to be completely honest; even when it comes to exposing my guilty pleasures.

ChefVille is like most other Facebook games, you have energy that runs out and builds back up over time, there are tasks you have to accomplish, and items you have to unlock. Each recipe has mastery stars and you have to prepare it multiple times before you reach each level of mastery. I am a sucker for filling bars so that aspect of the game is very appealing. Once you’ve reached a certain level they also email you the real recipe. So far the recipes I’ve received required seventy thousand ingredients and days to complete, at least it seems that way.

Like other Facebook games if you don’t have friends playing the game you end up being screwed. You either don’t get to unlock certain things or you have to pay for them, with real money. Well you can sign up for credit cards and Netflix and all kinds of other things but I already have Netflix and I don’t need any more credit cards and I’m not looking for a new home loan. So unless I feel like going to their message board and friending a lot of people I don’t know or creating Facebook accounts for my cats I’m losing out on certain things.

The problem I end up having with Facebook games, this is not my first rodeo, is that it ends up becoming a second job.

“I would love to go out this Friday but you see my tomato soup will finally finish and if I leave it too long it will spoil. You know how it is?”

I’ve never said that but, and I’m ashamed to admit this, I did schedule my cooking around my flight to Japan so none of my food would spoil. Yes I know! I have a problem! I’m trying I really am…well not really. I ended up getting really angry this week because I thought I was going to miss out on maxing out a Halloween themed event and not getting the scary tree decoration, don’t worry I got the tree.

I just reread that sentence and I think I might have reached the point were I would be receptive to assistance. Is there a support group for Facebook game addiction?

Bookstore Dream Published By Circle Entertainment LTD

Game Overview:

Ever had a dream of owning you own bookstore? Now you can!

Bookstore Dream is a simulation game that allows you to manage your lovely bookstore.

Get connected with publishers and put the best books on your shelf! Be sure to keep stocks at a good level when demands go up! If you do everything right you will become a well know brand in the community!

Bookstore Dream is only offered in the Nintendo eShop for the DSi and the 3DS for 200 points or $1.99.

 

Review:

I have happened to have dreamt about owning my own bookstore!

Recently I purchased a 3DS XL and my husband sent me a link to this game. I love simulation games and since it was only $1.99 I went ahead and bought it.

There was no tutorial, only a help text that really only gave you the most basic of information. You only have 99 days to complete the 4 objectives and it took me longer than it should have to understand everything just because I kept finding things I hadn’t realized were there. So by day 34 I understood most of it, though I still don’t get how the auto stocking option works.

For such a little game I was surprised at the options you have, though once they gave me those options I wanted MORE. You level up and unlock larger shelves and nicer chairs, though there was no prompt that I saw telling you this you just have to keep checking back. It might have had to do with money earned or items sold, not sure.

There are around 16 publishers that offer books, cds, postcards, newspapers, and a few other things. Each item has its own shelf and you have limited shelf space so you have to keep that in mind when you place your orders. It can also take days for your order to arrive; it lets you know if that was going to happen. I liked that there were limits you have to work around and have to keep in mind when planning.

You can have author signings once a week and each author has their own stats. Even when I had every shelf full I would often run out of books on those days, at the end of each author visit a pop up would come up and say that not a lot of fans came out but at least you got some promotion. Not sure if I was doing something wrong and needed to advertise more or what.

That was my main complaint, just the lack of information on what I was doing. The help text was barely more than basic information and there isn’t really anything online, at least in English, to help out. Still even with that when I beat the game I would have rated it a 9 out of 10. Now that I’ve had some time to think about it I’m going to lower my score to 7.5. I would definitely recommend this game to people.