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So, I got bored and downloaded 6 demo games for my Nintendo 2DS. My pocket reviews here.

Super Smash Bros I haven't played SSB since Melee, and I'm not particularly good at it. And given the modes in the game, I suspect there's not much appeal unless you want to play with other people. And, well, I play video games when I want to avoid other people. Or when I'm in the same room as them, but handhelds and social in-person gaming don't go together.

Pokemon Greek-Gem (OmegaRuby/AlphaSapphire) So the Pokemon game seems to be its own thing. You get given a Pokemon, walk around the city (where you can do nothing, except talk to a few NPCs), go fight Team Magma and Team Aqua, catch a wild Pokemon, play with Mega Evolution, and go home. It shows off the features, but... well, this is a Pokemon game and a remake, so you know what you get. And I didn't get through Heart Gold last time, though I did enjoy Pokemon X. So I suspect that I'm better off waiting on this.

Also I resent that the demo made me play as a boy named Orlando, instead of letting me pick whether I got to be male or female.

Cooking Mama 5/Gardening Mama 2
So I decided to give this a chance. The Cooking Mama demo makes it seem like Minigames: The Game. Which I don't mind except I didn't get a sense of an overarching goal. I'm noting the difference between that and Gardening Mama, which reminds me a lot of the Facebook resource-management games that I find so addictive. I play minigames to get plant seeds, which I grow and then sell to a rabbit, which lets me get money for more seeds and decorations. And there's spots for more stuff later. And no nagging messages to share this with friends or that you need X clicks to finish the quest. I mean, it's not something I'd pay much money for but it strikes me as something I'd waste time playing.

Pokemon Mystery Dungeon
So, a cute RPG exploration game about Pokemon and something something shit is going down, but let's help our buddy build a home. I'd play more of this.

Etrian Odyssey
Okay, so the gimmick is that you have to draw your own maps of the dungeons, and there's a resource-management element in that you have both fetch-quests (bring back X to the town for exp) and you need to sell the shopkeeper certain items to unlock equipment, but I'm enjoying it*. The 3DS version is a remake of the DS version that adds fixed characters and a plot.
* I like being able to make my own maps, it turns out. And note things like 'where I can gather Hardwood' or 'weird purple door'.

I've also seen ads for Fantasy Life and I keep meaning on picking up Rune Factory. And this is what I think about when I'm trying to avoid grading.

Date: 2014-11-09 10:22 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] everbright
I find one of the 'joys' of cooking mama games is yelling at the screen "YOU DON'T HAVE TO DO THAT, YOU'RE COOKING IT WRONG" and then figuring out the specific twitch/rhythmic movement it needs anyway.

I.E. it's a game for food nerds. :P

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