Recommendation: Miitomo!

Miitomo is a free social app for both Android and iOS released by Nintendo last month.

You make a Mii…

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My Mii wears a bun, a blue cardigan, sneakers and jeans…and she has thick dark glasses, and a grump expression- just like me!

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You then connect to your friends through social media (follow @crazycatnerd if you want to friend me!) Miitomo will ask you questions about you…favorite things, opinions, what you’ve been up to, etc…and it will then report your answers to your friends. You get to hear all of your friends answers. The more answers you hear, the more points you get to buy new outfits.

It’s not something I want to play all the time (if I have time to play a game, I’m playing Stardew Valley or the Sims). However, it’s great to check in a few minutes before bed, or when you are waiting for something to finish on the stove, or when you are waiting for your husband to be done borrowing tools from Advanced Auto Parts. I’ve learned a lot about my friends and acquaintances who use the app. I wish more of my close friends used it as well!

Podcast Recommendation: Mike Rowe’s The Way I Heard It

I adore Mike Rowe. I don’t necessarily agree with all his politics, but his a fabulously intelligent man with a great sense of humor and an amazing ability to tell stories.

Well, he has a new podcast and I highly recommend it!

You can find them here: http://mikerowe.com/podcast/ if you’d like to listen straight from the website, but I also found it on Stitcher, and I’m sure it is on iTunes as well.

Here’s the official description:

“All good stories have a twist, and all great storytellers are just a little twisted. Join Mike Rowe for a different take on the people and events that you thought you knew, from pop culture to politics, Hollywood to history… The Way I Heard It with Mike Rowe is a series of short mysteries for the curious mind with a short attention span.”

Basically, Mike Rowe talks to you about an interesting thing for 5 minutes. You should give it a try.

Stardew Valley

Off-topic: Thank you so much for all your kind words of support regarding Harree’s passing. It means a lot, and I very much appreciate it.

(spoiler-free, if you avoid the links)

This has helped cheer me up a bit in this sad time. I had no idea this game was in even in the works!

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I love Harvest Moon games, but I dislike playing on the console. Since I prefer to take short game breaks, it is far easier to pull up a game on my laptop than it is for me to setup my console. I also prefer using a mouse and keyboard, and being close to the screen. Perhaps if we owned a very comfy living room couch, my opinion of my consoles would change, but for now, I far prefer the PC.

For years, I’ve tried to find a PC version of Harvest Moon or Animal Crossing. I very much enjoy the relaxed play style of that kind of game. I have actively searched, every few months or so, for a game like this on the PC. I was excited for the game Wild Season, but the reviews have been disappointing. I was holding out on Wild Season in the hopes they’d release some updates that improved the game.

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Earlier this week, I learned about Stardew Valley from the Gamers with Jobs podcast, and I immediately fell in love. I can’t remember the last time I felt this excited about a game. It is my dream game. SO relaxing. SO adorable. SO beautiful. SO detailed. Storyline, sprinkle of combat, mystery, farming, fishing, resource management, collecting…AHHH. And ONE guy made the whole thing. I read an interview about the creator, and I’m really impressed by him.

I’ve suspended all non-essential purchases until our finances get back on track (ie, the Toledo house sells and/or I get a job out here), so I’ve been obsessing about the game through the play videos from this guy: PaulSoaresJr on YouTube. His videos are a lot of fun to watch, and he posts one day at a time (so nice manageable chunks). Despite getting spoilers for the game, I cannot stop watching the videos! I *highly* recommend if you don’t mind game spoilers and want to learn what the game is about.

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If you love Harvest Moon or Animal Crossing, like playing PC games, and have an extra $15 to spare- GO BUY THIS GAME. Its rating on Steam is “Overwhelmingly Positive”.

If you have the game already, you are encouraged to comment below and tell me all about your adventures in the little town.

 

Mobile Game Recommendation: Neko Atsume

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Neko Atsume has been around for awhile, but only became available in English a couple months ago.

It’s free and available on Android and iOS, I found my version on Google Play.

I enjoy (and often recommend on here) mobile games that are meant to be played for only a few minutes at a time, and while you are away things happen in the game. This is one of those games.

It’s a very simple game with not much going on. You own a yard. You fill the yard with goodies cats will like. The cats show up, enjoy the goodies, and leave fish for you. You spend those fish buying more goodies. If a cat stops by often and really likes your yard, he or she may leave you a special gift.

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The cats all have names and personalities which are recorded in your Cat Album. You try to entice as many different cats as possible to come visit your yard.

So, yes, you could call this a feral cat collection game.

This is a game I play while I’m waiting for Jimmy to buy something at Autozone, feeding the cats (all the different food types means they need supervision) or when I want to delay getting out of bed for 5 minutes. You can play it for as little as a minute, but you can check in often.

Thus far, while there is an option to buy special gold fish, the game seems to drop enough gold fish so that I don’t feel held back by not spending money.

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Video Game Recommendation: The Vanishing of Ethan Carter

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is an adventure game available on Steam for $19.99 (I got it on a Steam Sale for $7).

It has a “very positive” rating on Steam, and is tagged with “detective”, “first person”, “mystery”, and “atmospheric”.

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I finished it in 10 hours, and that included getting ALL the achievements (one of which I had to Google). So, it’s pretty short and it doesn’t have much replay-ability.

It’s gorgeous and well-written. It’s clever and unique. It has some surprises. It’s pretty dark, a bit creepy, but not at all scary. There is one particular scene that requires some time/location management, but overall it can be done at a very relaxed pace.

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You are given very little information so it can be challenging to figure out exactly what you are supposed to do with the puzzles, but that is part of the game.

I would definitely recommend his game. Given its length, I’d say grab it if it goes on sale for less than $15. It was definitely worth my $7, but I would also be satisfied if I spent $14.99.

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PC Game Recommendation: The Promised Land

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The Promised Land is a casual simulation game available on Steam for only $6.99.

I think this game is definitely worth the cost given the low price. It’s short, easy and sometimes a bit slow-paced, but it’s good for several hours of entertainment.

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You are in charge of a colony of settlers who need to develop a new world. You need to help them find food and shelter, and eventually develop into a thriving island of industry. They have some very basic needs (hunger and socialization) that need to be met in order for them to work. You micro-manage the individual colonists who have preferences for what sorts of jobs they like. You gather resources, explore and develop ways to turn your resources into trade-able goods. You send your resources back to the Kingdom, and get gold, additional settlers and specialized items in exchange.

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The mechanics are simple, but the game has held my attention for quite awhile. I would recommend this game.

Vlog Recommendation: Uncle Paul’s Loot Crate Unboxing

Quick recommendation:

If you like nerdy items or subscription boxes (especially if you like both, like me!) or if you are considering getting Loot Crate, you should check out Uncle Paul’s Loot Crate Unboxing videos on Youtube!

Paul is a friend of mine. His videos are short (~12 to ~20 minutes) and take a quick look at what is inside each month’s Loot Crate box. Paul does a great job, so check it out! In this last one he wears a Pokemon knitted cap!

Go here: https://www.youtube.com/user/wootdog5678/videos