Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Pokémon Halloween Version

Pokémon Halloween is a nice little game.

I haven't made it super-far in the game so far, but not a lot has been different. It mostly seems to be a pallet-swap of Pokémon Gold version, with some pleasant fall colors and jack-o-lanterns scattered around. A few NPCs do have different dialogue relating to ghosts or Halloween, and I was able to find that the creator had added himself in with an offer to give you something if you managed to take out Sudowoodo.

It's been relaxing so far, and I find these colors easier on the eyes. Check it out if you're looking for something a little different-looking without changing things up to much.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Harvest Moon 3

Harvest Moon 3 was probably my favorite of the three Harvest Moon games released on the Game Boy and Game Boy Advance. While the jump from 2 to 3 didn't really change a whole lot, this one adds some bigger differences to the game-play.

You can still choose to play as the boy or girl at the start, but this one has some large differences between the two.

This game was the first to have character customization, in a sense. You can customize the shirt and bandana colors of the two main characters at the start of the game. The problem with this is that it changes the colors of some other things, too, such as the color of some of the horses, or the clothing of the villagers.

Another difference at the start of this one is the number of pets you can choose between, though you can still only have one. There are three different styles of dogs, three colors of cats, a pig, and a bird. The dogs all behave the same way, and are arguably the most useful if you plan on keeping your animals outside. If you put them outside while your animals are out, they'll keep away the wild predators that come out at night. Without this, they can upset your larger animals or even kill your chickens.

The three cats will bring you different seeds from specific seasons, the bird will bring you seeds from any season, and the pig will bring you a little money. These are useful in the beginning, but they don't really have the long-term usefulness of the dogs.

There are four different animals you can obtain in this game: horses, cows, chickens, and sheep. Each has a separate barn and pasture, and each come in male and female varieties. You can choose whether you want a male or female animal when buying them. This was the first version where you could do this, and also the first version where you could obtain horses as regular animals and keep as many as your horse barn could hold. The cows and horses both have several different colors you can obtain.

As for the game-play, the girl and boy play pretty differently. The boy focuses on the care of the plants, and the girl focuses on raising animals. Whichever character you don't choose will live with you as a farming partner, and can be made to focus on the work that your character doesn't focus on. They won't be very good at their jobs at first, and you may find yourself having to do most of their work in the beginning. After a while they'll get better and be able to handle it entirely on their own.

Through use, the boy can level up his tools such as the watering can and the hammer, and the girl gets more tools for taking care of the animals than the boy does.

This game included a bag for you to hold some of your items in. On your first birthday on the farm, your partner will give you a bigger bag that can hold a lot more items.

There's marriage in this game, though you can only marry your partner. As you talk to them and give them gifts, you'll become friendlier and eventually activate special events that can influence whether or not you're able to get married. If you play as the boy, you'll be able to continue playing after marriage and eventually have two children. If you choose to get married as the girl, though, your game will end after marriage.

There's a mainland you can get to from a ferry in the village near your farm, but it only runs on certain days of the week. You'll eventually be able to get a boat that you can use at any time and even take out for deep-sea fishing.

There's a lot to do on the mainland. Once you have your own boat, you can participate in a special morning market. Just coming here with the ferry, though, there's still a lot to do. You can buy grass seeds, animals, feed, and tools for working with your animals from the Farmers' Union. Seeds, furniture, books, and food can be purchased from the island's bigger store. There's a movie theater where you can pay to watch short little 'movies' that change seasonally. It's pretty fun to try and see all of them. Wherever you go, you can also talk to the locals. There are a few events that will take place here, as well.

One fun side quest you can do is trying to fill up the mainland's Aquarium with fish. Different fish can be caught in different areas, and each tank holds a specific amount of that fish type.

Harvest Moon 3 was a lot of fun. I had more fun with it than I did with Harvest Moon GB or Harvest Moon 2. You're sort of locked out of being able to do the opposite partner's 'job,' but since you have them to do it for you, that feels okay. I really feel this was the high point of Harvest Moon on the Game Boy and Game Boy Color.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Harvest Moon 2

Harvest Moon 2 was pretty fun. I think it feels more in-line with more modern Harvest Moon and Story of Seasons games than Harvest Moon GB did.

This game makes a number of improvements over its predecessor. There's an actual village you can explore now, and you can make friends with the villagers by giving them items you've gathered from the mountains or on your farm.

You can collect bugs in the mountains and herbs in the greenhouse you can eventually build on your farm. You can see pictures of these special items at the town's library. There are a few items that require trading with The Legend of River King 2, a game also made for Game Boy Color. You can't do this in the 3DS Virtual Console versions of the games, so you can't fully fill out the books. It's only a small side-quest that can't be completed, though, and doesn't change anything else in-game.

Farming is very much the same as in the first one. There's still no bag in this game, so you're still limited to holding one item in your hands at a time. On the bright side, you can hold all of your tools
at once now instead of having to choose between just two at a time.

A new animal was added in this game: sheep. You automatically start with barns for chickens and cows, but you'll have to get the carpenter to build the barn for sheep. You can shear their wool, which will grow back every couple of days.

There are a few events and festivals you can compete in, which helps give the world a little more life.
This version still doesn't contain any marriage, though.

This had some real improvements over the first game, with new things to build, animals to raise, and a town to explore. It's a lot of fun, and a lot less repetitive than Harvest Moon GB was. Still, I think the peak of Harvest Moon on the Game Boy and Game Boy Color came with Harvest Moon 3.

Monday, September 25, 2017

New Twitter Account

I just started up a Twitter account for my blog, CasualGamingTTE!

I don't have much on it now, but please check it out or even follow it if you get the chance! Thanks! :)

Harvest Moon GB

An early portable Harvest Moon Game! This one was for the original Game Boy, though there was also a version released for the Game Boy Color. The addition of color was the only difference between the Game Boy and Game Boy Color versions, though. It was based off of the original Harvest Moon game for SNES. It contains a lot of the same characters, but more stripped down.
The spirit of you grandfather comes to you in the beginning, asking you to take over his farm that has fallen into ruin.

There are a few more options at the start in this version than in the original. You can choose between a boy or a girl, and a cat or dog for your pet. There aren't really any big differences between either choice, but the girl character starts with a few bags of seeds.
There's a town you can visit that's based on the town from the first game. You don't wander around the town, but can choose between which building you want to enter with a ring selection system. You scroll through the buildings, and press A to enter, if the shop is currently open. You're then sent to a menu where you can look through the available items at the shop, and choose what you want to buy. There's no real interaction with the townspeople outside of a few events.

The farming is pretty standard; till the ground with your hoe, plant your seeds, and water them so they'll grow. You can sell them once they've reached their final stage of growth. You can only hold two tools at a time, and you'll have to return to your tool shed to switch them out. There's also no bag in this version, so you can only hold one item in your hands at a time.

You can also choose to raise animals on your farm. You can get cows, chickens, and eventually a horse. Your cows and chickens will produce items that you can sell every day, as long as you remember to feed them and take care of them. Without proper care and food, they can get sick and eventually die.

You've got a limited amount of stamina to work with each day, but this level can be increased by finding secret Power Berries by doing different things around you farm.

Your goal is to build the farm back up to a successful level. At the end of the first year, your grandpa will evaluate your work on the farm. The first year, he decides to expand your farm so you can work even harder. If you manage to pass his evaluation after this, he'll give you some helpful tools instead.

It's a pretty basic Harvest Moon game, about as basic as it gets. You can't befriend people, get married, and there are only a few events and festivals to participate in. Outside of growing crops and caring for animals, there really isn't a lot to do in this version. The later portable titles expand on what you can do by a lot, and really improved on this version. If you're looking for a Harvest Moon title on the original Game Boy or Game Boy Color, I'd say check out Harvest Moon 2 or Harvest Moon 3 before looking at this one.

All three of these titles are available on the Nintendo 3DS eShop.

If you ever need help with this game or other Harvest Moon games, try checking out the Fogu guides and help forums. They're my go-to resource for my Harvest Moon needs. If you have a problem in a game and need to ask a question, you don't need to be a member to post in the help boards, either.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Wildgotchi - iOS and Android

Another virtual pet app.

It's serviceable enough... It's nothing stunning, but it works well enough.

You can feed it different foods, play games with it, clean it up, turn out its lights for it to sleep, give it medicine if it gets sick; the standard stuff. It can also grow depending on how well you take care of it.

There's just something that feels missing from it. It seems to be trying to copy the style of the original Tamagotchi, but has the same sort of problem that the Tamagotchi Game Boy version had. The charm of that kind of came from the fact that it was always on and always with you. It didn't have amazing animation or a ton of features, but it didn't have to.

This, on the other hand... I dunno. It feels like it's setting the bar a lot lower than it could actually be at. There are ways to get back to that nostalgic feeling without stripping away everything else in the process. I feel like games like Pakka Pets Village were able to combine nostalgic design and fun features a lot better. And there's also the official Tamagotchi app if you want to get back to the basics, which also managed to be cuter and more colorful than this managed to be.

Egg Baby - iOS and Android

Definitely one of my more favorite virtual pet apps.

Normally in these, you're taking care of a pet that hatches from an egg... But in this game, you're taking care of the egg itself!

There is a wide variety of eggs to choose from, and each one can grow up into one of several creatures. Once your egg has grown up and hatched, you no longer take care of it. It will go to live in your house's backyard where it will give you items or coins every couple of hours.

The eggs are really cute, and it's fun to take care of them and see what they hatch into.

Some eggs are hardier than others, but they healthier the type of egg they are, the longer they usually take to hatch.

You can feed your eggs, clean them when they get dirty, dress them up in different outfits, and even play some mini-games with them.

It's one of my more favorite virtual pet themed apps, and I really enjoy playing with it. I haven't gotten the chance to try out its sequel Egg! The Game yet, but I'm really looking forward to playing that one, too.