I’m posting the review I submitted to iTunes here since I have a feeling it’ll be buried until a bunch of pointless comments that have 5 stars attached to them. Bonus!!!: I’ve included screenshots in this WordPress version. XD
I’ve been meaning to post about it but never got around to it since the thought of needing to get screenshots of the games seemed like such a chore. I did manage to locate some of them by going through my Instagram and Twitter accounts though. ^^
Anyway, it seems like “clicker” and incremental type games are all the rage these days. The idea is that you rapidly tap on the screen of your device to increase the amount of currency or points or whatever you’re supposed to be getting to unlock a myriad of things that’ll up the rate of growth of the currency or points which continually accumulates automatically. Eventually, it’ll get to a point where the game will play itself and manual intervention is only required to purchase more unlockables.
Why are they so popular if the gameplay is so simplistic? Honestly, I think that’s part of the appeal. The other part of it probably has to do with the fact that the players want to get and max out everything in the game. As for me, I mostly like to watch the numbers grow really big. ^^
I’m going to highlight a few that I enjoyed or still enjoy. :D All of them are 100% free (with ads) and in Japanese! They’re very easy to play though!
One of my pet peeves is how people can pull “awareness days” out of their asses. There’s even a goddamn website with a list of these things.
My issue is that a lot of them are either asinine or just things that should be celebrated EVERY SINGLE DAY OF THE YEAR. But I suppose, in the case of Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, those can be seen as “extra special kindness days” rather than “Gee, we should be nice to Mom or Dad that day.”
One of the greatest offenders to me is Earth Hour which is annually observed on the last Saturday of March. Why only choose the one freakin’ day to “create awareness for climate change”? Shouldn’t we be doing something (like conserving energy) everyday?? I’m sure as hell aware of climate change and wholly believe in it. I don’t need 60 minutes of darkness to remind me that it exists.
At any rate, I decided to try my hand at thinking up some awareness days and decided to make every single bloody day in April a part of the madness. Some of these may already exist; I didn’t comb through that site or Google for this crap. If there are duplicates then it just goes to show how easy it is to designate a day for something mundane. :P
An expletive is included with each day for emphasis.
- April 1st – Look Both Ways Before Crossing The Fucking Street Day
- April 2nd – Read a Fucking Book Day
- April 3rd – Talk to Fucking People Day
- April 4th – Fucking Mobility Day (i.e. walk, run, cycle, drive, roll, etc.)
- April 5th – Fucking Immobility Day (i.e. staying stationary like lying in bed, sitting on a chair, etc.)
- April 6th – Fucking Messy Rooms Appreciation Day
- April 7th – The Grass is Usually Fucking Green Appreciation Day
- April 8th – Fucking Respect All Races and Genders Day
- April 9th – Fucking Invisible Sicknesses Awareness Day (because not every kind of illness is physically obvious)
- April 10th – Fucking Antarctica Appreciation Day (or sub that for any country people don’t really talk about)
- April 11th – Fucking Oxygen Awareness Day
- April 12th – Fucking Oxygen Appreciation Day
- April 13th – Synchronize All Your Fucking Clocks Day (if you haven’t done so already)
- April 14th – Fucking Furniture Appreciation Day
- April 15th – Fucking Anticipation Awareness Day
- April 16th – Keep Dogs on a Fucking Leash When in Public Day (designated areas where they don’t need to be using one are exempted, of course)
- April 17th – Fucking Washroom Break Appreciation Day
- April 18th – Stop Fucking Tailgating the Car In Front of You Day
- April 19th – Stop Leaving Shopping Carts in the Middle of the Fucking Aisle Day
- April 20th – Stop Fucking Westernizing Shit in Foreign Moves & Shows Awareness Day
- April 21st – Original Fucking Pronunciation Appreciation Day (e.g. karaoke is read somewhat like kah-rah-oh-ké)
- April 22nd – Pay Attention to Fucking Fine Print Day
- April 23rd – The Customer is NOT Always Fucking Right Awareness Day
- April 24th – Fucking Ground Floor Appreciation Day
- April 25th – Merry Fucking Christmas Day
- April 26th – Fucking Obsolete Businesses Appreciation Day
- April 27th – Fucking Sun Awareness Day
- April 28th – Fucking Moon Awareness Day
- April 29th – Fucking Awareness Day Awareness Day
- April 30th – Enjoy Your Fucking Life Day
This is written for the benefit of folks like me who are illiterate to Chinese but can understand conversational Cantonese and watches Chinese movies and TV dramas now and then.
A super brief background of Triumph in the Skies: the Hong Kong TV series that the movie is based off of was about airline pilots, mechanics, and stewardesses and their hardships and interactions with each other. It also gave viewers some insight on pilot training and other technical but interesting aspects of being apart of an airline crew.
You’d think that, because the movie carries the same title as the serials, as well as featuring some actors from it, it’d have a similar sort of flair.
It is 100 minutes of pure, utter shit.
The English synopsis found at the Wikipedia gives you the plot straight-up; it’s a flick that focuses on 3 separate storylines revolving around the relationships of 3 different couples.
This is literally what you get AT FACE VALUE. The 3 tales are NOT a part of an over-arching story. You will sit there, for 100 minutes, watching a disjointed pot-pourri of random shit happening with 6 individuals that get NO character development whatsoever.
The only redeeming value is the gorgeous cinematography featuring various locales in and around England.
Triumph in the Skies would seriously be better off as a slideshow.
ポケットナイツ (Pocket Knights), available on iOS and Android*, is a freemium title I play on a daily basis. It’s mind-numblingly simple. In fact, if you’ve played Knights of Excalibur before then you know EXACTLY how Pocket Knights plays … except PK has a superior user interface, cuter graphics, and better music. (Both games are developed by Bank of Innovation, by the way.)
Check out the track below. :D
This totally reminded me of Falcom Sound Team j.d.k.’s current style. ^^ I loved this tune the moment I heard it!
I’ve recorded 3 more tracks as well. You can find them all here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLePhWHY9DxHs4t8M_FPYhOXi6GHFMLVTw
I don’t plan on posting the entire soundtrack up since the point of my music selection is highlighting pieces I like. :3
*The Android version is region locked to Japanese IP addresses meaning that unless you use a VPN from Japan, you won’t be able to get it.
There’s a bit of anger and frustration going on with the Tiny Farm community lately thanks to Com2uS’ brilliant strategy of releasing two HEARTS-EATING events within days of each other. The first is the Valetine’s Day event which runs from Feb 11th 6 PM until Feb. 25th 11 PM PST. Shortly after the debut of that event, the Lunar New Year event made its appearance. This started Feb 15th 6 PM PST and will end on March 4th 6 PM PST.
Simultaneous events are nothing new in Tiny Farm, but the problem is this: Hearts, which can be viewed as a form of virtual currency in Tiny Farm, replenish at a rate of 1 per 10 minutes. You may be able to imagine how terrible it is to try and meet a requirement that reads “Give 50 Hearts to a rabbit” for someone that has a pool that maxes out at, say, 21 Hearts. :P Incidentally, that 50 Hearts crap is something the game asks for in the Lunar New Year event and it appears MULTIPLE times.
Now imagine having to deal with that ALONG with needing hearts to buy gifts for neighbours so that you can obtain cookies which are then used in a lottery draw that MAY grant you a Valentine’s Day animal! Unsurprisingly, the chance of getting an animal is dismal and it costs 10 – 20 Hearts for one gift. These gifts can either give you 1 cookie, 2 cookies, or 8 cookies, depending on the type of gift you buy. It also shouldn’t be a surprise that a single draw = 4 cookies. :P
The South Park episode, Freemium Isn’t Free, totally explains how freemium games get consumers hooked. It may be satire but the writers completely understand how the evil scheme works; you take a mediocre concept, slap on repetitive gameplay and tons of wait times to impede a player’s progress, offer a PAID ALTERNATIVE to remove the waiting and then suddenly, the game is FUN and worthwhile because you’re playing at a regular, decent rate AND you’ve invested money into it. :P Continue reading