The Simpsons Tapped Out ⚡Review

The Simpsons Tapped Out

Platform Played On: iOS, Android
Developer: Electronic Arts
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Genre: City Building, Freemium
Release Date: March 1, 2012

Wannabe Writer’s Note: This is the re-posting of my The Simpsons Tapped Out review I wrote on my old website. This article was originally posted on October 3rd, 2015. Enjoy past me’s mostly unedited ramblings! I’ll also add a few notes from present me since I played it a bit while remastering this review. Yes, my older reviews are messy, but I still love(d) writing them.

Normally, I despise the whole “freemium” game genre and try stay at least 50 meters away from these types of games at all times. Tap and wait (or pay) just doesn’t sit right with me as a gameplay mechanic. However, I am a huge fan of that sarcastically hilarious yellow American family, The Simpsons. When I heard EA was making a game where you could build your very own Springfield I just couldn’t pass it up.

I had been playing this game on and off since its release. It was actually a stressful time in my life when I started playing it. I had just recently got laid off from my job and was waiting in my car for a job interview appointment with another company. The quirky humor of the game definitely helped me through my nervous state. And yes, I got that job and still have it today (Present Me’s Note: Still have that job actual today, too).

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2018 Community GOTY Challenge Accepted

The always amazing Luna over at GamersUnitedGG extended a seasonally appropriate challenge to the blogging community (found here). Basically, you write a post about your personal Game of the Year (that thankfully does NOT need to be released this year, just one you played this year). Then there will be a poll with voting and stuff, which sounds really cool! I’ve decided to partake in this event and this post is my entry.

I’ve already declared my GOTY that came out this year in my last post. That would be Mega Man 11 since it’s the only game from 2018 I actually beat in 2018… BUT since this challenge is open to ANY game I played this year (regardless of launch date), well, that’s hella hard because it’s been quite a gaming year for me, let me tell you.

I honestly have no idea what I’m going to pick out of the 15 great games (and shameful DLC purchases) I finished this year. So… I’m going to stop babbling about it and do a ranked list of games I beat this year. That should help me narrow down my winner. Let’s do this!

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Solbot Energy Rush ⚡Review

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Platform Played On: Android
Developer: Freakout Games
Publisher: Freakout Games
Genre: Casual Arcade
Release Date: July 22, 2018

Well, then. Consider me super flattered! An indie developer took the time to reach out to me on Twitter and requested that I write something about their game. Wow. That’s cool! Anyway, I think Freakout Games has an excellent marketing strategy here. By reaching out to a bunch of the lesser known websites on the wild web, it’s win-win self-promotion scenario, eh. Most importantly, it shows me that they care about their game. And that, my friends, was more than enough of a reason to check out this game and give a fair babbling about on my website!

The Android version of the game can be found here. The iOS version of the game can be found here.

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Pokemon Shuffle Mobile ⚡Review

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Platform Played On: Android
Developer: Genius Sonority
Publisher: The Pokemon Company
Genre: Puzzle
Release Date: August 31, 2015

Wannabe Writer’s Note: This review article was originally posted on my old website on July 9, 2016. Enjoy my past self’s unedited ramblings! I also suspect the game has changed a bit since then…

I was intrigued when I first heard that Nintendo was dabbling in the mobile game scene. One of their initial titles is a freemium Pokemon puzzle game remake, so I decided to give it a try. I’m willing to play any game for free, and I have fond childhood memories of those little pocket monster creatures. I was skeptical as I watched it download from the Google PlayStore. The whole freemium model in general sends chills down this cranky old gamer’s spine; How many crafty paywalls did they slip into this title?

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