Over It

I have been having this feeling lately that this blog needs a direction.  I keep asking myself if I would want to read it.  On the other hand, I tell myself that this blog is really just for me and I should post whatever I want.  While I keep waffling, I will keep posting and see if I come to some resolution.

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Great Game – Bad Ending

I procured Dream Chronicles at Game Stop last week and just finished it this afternoon.  I really, really liked the game.  The overall story was very interesting and the visual styling was excellent (especially for a DS game).  The game play was interesting and unique as well.  There were puzzles and elements of what I call “findin’ shit”.

When I say that the game play was unique, I don’t mean that hidden item games are unique, because they aren’t.  What I mean is that this game pulls it off very well unlike games where you are finding totally random items in a crazy-ass picture that has nothing to do with the story or characters in the game.  Like go find a fish, a bucket, a pencil, and a fan in this picture of a garden in order to progress the plot of a detective/mystery game.  You get what I’m sayin’?

I was a bit disappointed by the ending, though.  It was really built up in the story and I was really hoping for a happy ending based on all the character has to go through, but that was not the case.  Not only was it not the happy ending I was hoping for, but it was a quick cliff hanger with no further explanation or even a teaser of more to come.  They just ended things abruptly and rolled the credits.

I guess since I enjoyed all but the last 20 seconds of the game, it was a good experience overall.

…and now for the fun games!

I wrapped up 3 games in the last 2 weeks, which admittedly makes me feel like a bit of a slouch.  I promise most of my playing time was while rocking the baby to sleep and before bed at night.

Crime Lab: Body of Evidence was really good and pretty long, actually.  If you recall, I got a good deal on it at Game Stop of all places.  I needed a few hints along the way, but overall it was about the right mix of challenging and fun for me.  This, by the way, is usually my biggest complaint about games – sometimes they are painfully hard.  I don’t know about you, but I am not having fun when I am frustrated.

After I wrapped up Crime Lab, I started James Patterson’s Women’s Murder Club – Games of Passion.  Is that a long enough name?  Despite the extended moniker, the game was casual, fairly short, and entertaining.  The story was interesting and I am all about what I call “findin’ shit” games. I have had this game for a while, but kept putting it aside in favor of other things.  Now I am sorry I did that because I liked it.  It is based on a series of novels by James Patterson, who basically writes the detective equivalent of romance novels.  Maybe that explains my hesitation…

On Thursday, I took Boo out to run some errands and we found ourselves at Game Stop again (I was hopeful for another good deal) and I found Hidden Mysteries: Buckingham Palace, which has been in my Goozex held list for a while now.  It has been holding at $15-20, so I was waiting for it to drop.  Well, when I spotted it on the shelf at Game Stop for $9.98, I snagged it.  It is also in that category of “findin’ shit”.  The story was pretty light, but the historical information was interesting and the puzzles were fun.

Elementary For Sure

Sherlock Holmes: The Mystery of the Mummy arrived via Goozex earlier in the week and it was not good.  There wasn’t much of a story and there was even less direction.  The graphics were BAD and I just didn’t have the interest to push past the first bit.  Maybe it was because I have other games waiting to be played and sold, but I bailed.

Sold back on Goozex – good luck to the next person.

Saturday A.M.

It is a relaxing Saturday morning around here.  Sean made us cinnamon rolls for breakfast and we all ate together.  Now, the crib is full of ball pit balls and the boys are playing.  I am catching up on blog reading under a warm blanket.  So nice.

ball pit

Things I Love

  • My little Boo, of course.
  • My husband who gave them all to me

Thank you Mr. Bubbas!

Playdates: The Good, The Bad, and The Monkey

We had a playdate yesterday at our house yesterday with another mom and a boy that is 6 months older than Boo.  At this point, Boo is not really playing with other kids.  They just walk around, checking out the surroundings and occasionally trying to play with the same toy.  After a while of playing, the boys needed a snack.  That is when things began to decline…

The other boy finished his snack before Boo and started carrying around Boo’s new monkey while Boo was still in his seat eating.  Boo totally freaked out and started pointing at him and screaming at the top of his lungs.  I was really surprised because he has never shown any protectiveness over his toys.  He usually doesn’t even care if you take something right out of his hands.

Well, the other boy seemed unfazed by Boo’s meltdown and continued to carry the monkey around the kitchen.  I tried to show Boo all of the other monkeys we own, but he was undeterred.  The other mom finally wrestled the monkey away from the boy and gave it back to Boo.  Boo didn’t let go of it the whole rest of the time they were here and he wouldn’t wave goodbye when they left.

Then this morning we had another playdate scheduled.  Yes, I know this kid has a busy social life – that’s why he has his own GooCal!  Our playdate this morning was at Jungle Java.  I had never been there before, but had been meaning to check it out.  The place is HUGE.  It is sized for adults too, so you can accompany your kids all the way through the play structures and down the slides – so cool!  If they had a ball pit, I might have never left.

It only cost us $3 to get in because of Boo’s age.  The other mom and boy we met there are some new friends, so it was nice to get to know them as well as play.  Boo was a bit timid at first, but he warmed up pretty quickly and even went down the slide several times (with monkey of course).

Game Stop has good deals!?

Who knew, right?  We stopped in to Game Stop yesterday while we were out running other errands and I ended up finding great deals on a few DS games.  I usually end up laughing as I exit Game Stop because their prices, especially for used games, are RIDICULOUS!  Seriously, I very rarely end up buying something there.  We pretty much just use Goozex to acquire games, though I do buy a rare title new if it is a super deal or if it involves a certain Professor Layton.

So, I got Time Hollow which was made by the same people that did Trace Memory (aka Another Code: Two Memories), which I loved.

I have been waiting for this game to match on Goozex FOR-EVA!  I think it is out-of-print, but the price is so low that no one wants to sell (either that or the game is really, really good and people are squirreling it away).  I have also never seen it for sale in a store, new or used, so I was pretty geeked to find it for…wait for it…$8.99 pre-owned.  Since it is going for $12ish on Goozex, that is a mighty good deal, my friends.

So, once I had that in my hot little hands, I kept looking and found Crime Lab: Body of Evidence for $9.99 new.  I had just looked at it at Amazon that morning and it was $19.99, so I knew I had just found another good deal.

I don’t know much about it, so we’ll see how it goes.  It might be a bust like CSI, but it also might be good like Unsolved Crimes.  Either way it has elicited teasing from Sean.  He keeps calling it Crime Scene: Scene of the Crime…

Docomodake = Fun!

I just finished Docomodake this morning.  I had a lot of fun and really enjoyed it.  Why can’t more games be fun, cute, challenging, and interesting without being frustratingly hard?  Anyway, once you rescue all the family members (and watch the credits), a bonus level is unlocked – hooray for extra content!  Now the entire Docomodake family can attend the festival together.

It is just too bad this game is kind of obscure because it really is a lot of fun.  Pretty good for a Japanese cell phone company mascot.  Take that Domo-kun!

Monkey Conspiracy

We go to the thrift store at least a few times a month.  I get most of Boo’s clothes there and also manage to scare up other things as well.  Sometimes I find a ton of stuff and sometimes we just walk out with a few things.  My favorite are the post-holiday sales where all the clothing is 50% off.  Sean teases me about how excited I am when the thrift store is half off – MY FAVES!

So now that Boo is older and can ride in the cart seat, he likes to point at things and even grab stuff sometimes.  The thrift store we currently frequent has shelves on top of the clothing racks where toys and stuffed animals sit.  I am not exaggerating when I say that Boo manages to find a monkey almost every time we go.  Not just any stuffed animal or toy, a monkey specifically.  This kid is really in to monkeys. How he manages to spot a monkey in a big heap of toys and stuffed animals is beyond me.

The good part is that since it is a thrift store, they never cost more than a few bucks.  That is extra good because I am really not interested in prying a plush monkey out of a screaming child’s hands.  We went yesterday and he found this guy, which he clutched the entire way through the store.

I should mention that since I am a bit of a clean freak, the stuff we bring home from the thrift store always gets a good scrub.  In the case of stuffed animals, however, it is more of an individual thing.  Boo tends to like Beanie Babies and since the crazy from the 90’s is pretty much over, the thrift store is chock full of them (at 50 cents a piece I might add).  Beanie Babies are SUPER easy to wash in the washing machine (no dryer).  Because they are more beans than stuffing, they dry out fast and the fur stays soft.  Some of the ones we come home with still have tags and if the tags are in good shape, then I assume they were just on display and I don’t always wash them.  My sister is gagging right now because she is UBER worried about bed bugs.  I am less so, I guess.

Here is our complete collection…

He was screaming at me while I took this picture because he wanted the monkeys.  Boo hoo.

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