Tales of Lunis Aquaria 📕Review

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Author: Tessa Hastjarjanto
Series: N/A
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher: Narratess
Published: April 18th, 2019

The coming of beasts, The sacred maiden, Moonflower, Thomas and the wolf, The witch from Monterra Mountain, Shepherd’s stick, Archipelago of wonder, Decapod’s ire, and Lovers across time. These are the book’s nine short stories that individually stand on their own, yet come together wonderfully to create the intriguing fantasy world of Lunis Aquaria. It’s no easy task to draw a reader into a massively magical world in a mere 119 pages, but the author certainly nailed it!

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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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Life Is Strange ⚡Review

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Platform Played On: PS4
Developer: Dontnod Entertainment
Publisher: Square Enix
Genre: Graphic Adventure
Release Date: October 20th, 2015

I’ve read numerous opinions praising this game’s narrative style over the years, but you know how the eternal backlog struggle goes: so many great games, so little time to play them. I was away on a work trip to a province of Canada with much lower sales tax than my own, and that’s where I picked up a copy of this game for cheap on my way back home. And, dude… am I ever glad I did! Mind = blown (when I finally got around to actually playing it, of course).

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Paradigm ⚡Review

Paradigm Title Screen

Platform Played On: PC
Developer: Jacob Janerka
Publisher: Jacob Janerka
Genre: Point-and-Click, Adventure
Release Date: April 5, 2017

In post-Soviet parody town of Krusz, pointer clicks you. Sorry. I don’t know what that was. And, huh… I can’t say that I’ve played many point-and-click adventure games in my gaming career. Counting this one, I remember one other one I’ve yet to review… yeah. Two is not a lot. It’s not like I hate the genre or anything, it just falls under my gamer radar (along with FPS and RTS games). I’m all about the action RPGs lately, but it’s nice to break out of your preferred video game genre every once in a while. This game was just the sarcastic shot of dark humour I needed!

Paradigm and Cat
Apparently, one of my cats likes chasing the pointers in point-and-click games… too cute to be mad at!

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Journey ⚡Review

Journey Review Boxart

Platform Played On: PlayStation 3
Developer: Thatgamecompany
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Genre: Adventure
Release Date: March 13, 2012

Just a small town girl… livin’ in a lonely world… she took the midnight train goin’ any-where! Ahem. I am sorry for that. My mind wanders quite easily lately. No, I’m not reviewing a song by the band named Journey, rather the artistic masterpiece video game titled Journey. I know. It’s not at all easy to get those things confused. Although, I could totally make a parody of the song Don’t Stop Believin’ that fits this game’s world… nah! At least… not right now in THIS post. Who knows what I’ll be babbling about in the future?

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Summer Bird Blue 📕Review

Summer Bird Blue

Author: Akemi Dawn Bowman
Series: N/A
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Young Adult
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Published: September 11th, 2018

Yeah, yeah…. I know. “Never judge a book by its cover” is common advice that’s important to follow and all that. But damn, I just have to say I fell in love with the art style on the cover of this one! Blue is my favourite colour (so bias) and it screams relaxing ocean vibes. Unfortunately for the main character, Rumi Seto, this tale is the opposite of a tranquil stroll along a beach.

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Kid Icarus Uprising ⚡Review

Kid Icarus Uprising Game and Amiibo

Platform Played On: 3DS
Developer: Project Sora, Sora Ltd.
Publisher: Nintendo
Genre: Third-Person Shooter
Release Date: March 23, 2012

Wannabe Writer’s Note: This is the re-posting of the Kid Icarus Uprising review I wrote on my old website. This article was originally posted on September 19, 2015. Enjoy past me’s mostly unedited ramblings! My Amiibo addiction has apparently been a problem for many years now…

Prior to this game I had no experience with the Kid Icarus series. Mostly due to my crippling Amiibo addiction, I wanted to see what game the Pit, Palutena, and Dark Pit Amiibo came from. This led me to check stock at my local EB Games. The search revealed that they had a mint condition used copy that I snapped up in March. I really enjoyed the banter between the characters and humor in the game. This unique charm helped me get passed some glaring faults I found.

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