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.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Pakka Pets Village - iOS and Android

I'd heard some good things about Pakka Pets Village, and I wasn't disappointed. This is one of the better virtual pet apps I've tried out.

You start out with a single kind of egg that can grow into a few different kinds of pets. You can unlock different kinds of eggs later, though. There are a good number of pets you can collect and raise. They're very cute, though some of them look a little... familiar.

The graphics are nice, with smooth backgrounds and pixelated characters. They move around quite smoothly, too, and it's pleasant to watch.

You can decorate your pet's room, which is a nice touch.

There's an alchemy system where you can combine food or other items to get higher-ranked foods and items.

You've got a village outside your pet's house that you can help rebuild. There are several things you can do here. You can expand it, send one of each type of pet out to it, plant trees, flowers, or crops, or place new building. You unlock new things to do here as you upgrade your village. It's got a very 2D Animal Crossing vibe.

There's also a city you can access from your village. Here, your pets can complete quests for other characters you find around the city. It's fun seeing just how many you can finish and how much of the city you can unlock.

All-in-all, Pakka Pets Village a pretty fun game. I've played virtual pet apps before that weren't well-designed, but this wasn't one of them. It's fun to see what new pets can be unlocked and how big you can make your village. It's a lot of fun, and I'd really suggest checking it out if you have the time or desire for a good mobile-based virtual pet.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Roller Coaster Tycoon Classic - iOS and Android

I've been playing around with Roller Coaster Tycoon Classic recently, and I've been having a lot of fun with it.

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It's like a mix of Roller Coaster Tycoon and Roller Coaster Tycoon 2. It's pretty faithful to the originals, but adds in a few extra features like a fast-forward button. I was a little concerned about how it would control on a smaller screen with touch controls, but it turned out to be really well optimized for it. It's really easy to place rides and terrain right where you want them.

It includes two expansion packs plus a scenario editor you can buy separately. The two expansion packs from the original games are Wacky Worlds and Time Twister, with the same content from the original packs.

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It's packed with content, with nearly 100 scenarios to complete in the main game alone. Scenarios that had different names between the European and American versions use the European versions, so if you see a scenario you don't remember or cant find one you used to play, that's most likely what's happening.

This was a fun game to play. It was nearly identical to the originals in terms of game-play and looks, but with a few updated features to make things easier, if you want to use them. I really suggest picking this up for a little nostalgia trip if you used to play 1&2, or if you're looking for a fun management game.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017