Game Recs – I Need Them

Can we talk for a minute about the deep, all-encompassing despair of reaching the end of a video game?  

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There are some games (especially console or MMOs) that you can play over and over again for years. I don’t play those. I tend to stick to puzzle games and sims on my tablet. And a lot of those have definite end points. Like, when you’ve collected all the collectibles or played all the levels, it’s just over. There’s no point in playing anymore. And that’s sad – not just sad to think about how many hours you’ve spent arranging and rearranging your tiny, pixelated farm or trying to group tiny candy pieces into rows of three or more – actual sadness that the game is over, that you won’t be able to play it anymore.

I’ve reviewed DragonVale here and Ashe has reviewed Neko Atsume. I still play both of them, but I won’t be able to for much longer. DragonVale only goes up to level 95 and I’m on level 90. I’ve lured all the kitties to my yard but I’m still trying to get three mementos. (Darn you, Conductor Whiskers, Jeeves, and Sassy Fran! Why must you be so stubborn?) So, I know the end is near for these games and, while part of me is ready to move on, part of me is wondering what on earth I’ll waste my time on once these games are over. Will I be forced to do productive, responsible, adulty things like clean my house and make phone calls? Oh noes!  

Please save me from this awful fate and recommend some good, time-wasting games and apps for me.

Please?

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Tara

Game Review – Dragonvale

Dragonvale is a simulation game app for iOS and Android devices.  Annnnd… (imho) it’s pretty rad.  You can download it for free from your App Store of choice.  (There are Special Items for sale through in-app purchase, but they’re totally not necessary to play the game and have fun!)

dragonvale intro

Here’s the premise: you have a dragon park.  People come to visit it.  They give you dragon-cash that you can use to improve and decorate your park, thus drawing more visitors and dragon-cash.  Gain levels.  Get bonuses.  Lather, rinse, repeat.

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But, the Dragons though!

You start off with a single dragon.  But you can breed this dragon with others to create literally hundreds of different kinds of dragons.  You may have heard of The Four Elements of Earth, Air, Fire, and Water.  In Dragonvale, there are dragons that correspond to these elements plus Light, Darkness, Lightning, Cold, and Galaxy, among others.  You send two dragons to the Breeding Cave.  They disappear for a period of time (rarer dragon eggs take longer to breed) and, when they are done, you have a dragon egg!  It will go into your hatchery to incubate (again, rare dragons take more time) and they you have BABY DRAGONS!  Feed your dragons to make them bigger and stronger, attract more dragon-cash, and have better odds in the breeding cave.  

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What I Like about Dragonvale

Various aspects of the game remind me of other games that I’ve enjoyed (like Flight Rising, Neko Atsume, Doodle God, and Meow Meow Star Acres) and blends them seamlessly.  I like the “gotta catch ‘em all” part of the game, but I LOVE the puzzle aspect – trying to figure out which dragons to combine to create new dragons.  You can find friends via Facebook or email invites and then share gems with them, borrow their dragons for breeding, and visit their parks!  Also, for a small-screen game, the graphics are pretty good (dragons = adorbs!) and they update with new dragons, new special events, and new decor pretty regularly!  

Check it out!  

And then friend me!