Totsugeki Masui Shoujo Alice [PC-98] – Needle on the path

Syringe

A lot of medical tools tend to look pretty grotesque and disturbing. The mere sight of them tend to fuel our imagination with excess ideas of an outcome that would cause us an unimaginable amount of pain, once said tool is put into use. However, in reality, the actual case usually ends up being that you feel little to nothing… I’ve recently had a really messy visit at the dentist, where it took a while for my tooth to get pulled out. For how bloody and unusually painful it was, it still didn’t reach THAT point of uncomfortable experience that my mind fantasized about earlier, before the visit. Perhaps medicine has advanced to a point where one can be always at ease regardless of how extreme the situation is… or maybe I just grew up? … [?]

“Totsugeki Masui Shoujo Alice” is one of the best “Pipe Dream” clones that I’ve ever played!

Still, RNG can screw you up majorly if the game doesn’t decide to give you the proper pieces, especially in later stages where the field is already filled with paths and there are few empty spots where you can discard.

While the game doesn’t have a direct answer to this issue, it offers others that makes things a bit more tolerable. One of them is the addition of 1- ups that you can collect. While they require a bit of additional work for you to collect them, a stage containing one usually means that you don’t have to worry about failing it, as long as you collect the extra life beforehand. Another thing is that instead of having to deal with a flow of liquid that slowly fills up the space and the path that you created, your only concern here is the main character Alice, who can move freely as long as there is a proper path set for her. Backtracking is an option and in some stages a key element for success. You can also make Alice move faster, which is pretty important for stages with tight time limit, which are usually the result of the player being forced to place path pieces on one another, as the game is forcing the lose time intentionally. These stages are the only pain in the butt, but there are things that you can do to prevent consecutive losses. Trying to discard as less pieces as possible is a no- brainer, yet again, it is still quite affected by the RNG. Don’t place pieces that would drain the timer near the goal if Alice has still a way to go! Wait for her to get closer, then after placing the piece, just fire her up to go as fast as possible. There are items that can refill your time meter, but they also require some additional path building to be obtained… usually.

( I really like how the level designer/s put items out of reach to tease the player. You don’t see that kind of design usually, but I still find it quite charming when I do, even if the joke does not have that much of a high impact.)

The game has a decent difficulty curve. It paces between throwing hard and easy levels at you, but in general, it’s quite low in difficulty overall. There is a save and stage select feature as well! If you are looking for a great adult content, this one offers only nudity, with one of the girls being on a plain, boring black background for some reason. Either there was a blackout or she was hiding in a basement, one can only wonder as to why that is as it is.

Personally, I am quite satisfied with this game. If you are wondering what do syringes have to do with this game, I guess it’s the main character’s weapon of choice, which she uses against a guy/s…? [?] You do have to collect one before finishing every 5th stage or else… you just can’t enter the house and a life is lost instead if you try to do so.

Don’t ignore a need for a syringe! Vaccinate today!

RA Invasion [Part 1] – The humble bundle beginning

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I have chosen to start exploring the Game Boy section of RA, since that system have caught my attention since a long time ago. I guess now I have the opportunity to do so without setting up a new volume and drag it out for over two years. To me, Game Boy games seem a bit on the easy side, honestly, but I should probably not jump into conclusions at this early stage. Playing these games really throw me back at when I started playing video games for the first time in my life.  Back then games were much simpler, Chinese bootleg ports and the year was 1995. Yep! It’s a pleasure living in south – eastern Europe!

Adventure Island [Game Boy]

Adventure Island DONE!

Is this game really part of the Adventure Island series? It’s way too easy and generous! Compared to the NES version on which its based on (Adventure Island II), this one is like a walk on the beach! *drum roll* It’s also way more bland and not all that exciting. I guess it is to be expected from a downgraded port. Ain’t no Adventure Island if I’m not constantly on my toes, dreading what jerk of a setup has Hudson put in certain areas of the game. I’m glad that the score rewards you with extra lives, as well as the bonus games after each level. Having those additional tries is unnecessary, but quite reassuring and it lets you be more bold with your platforming. Also, dinosaur rides, because why shouldn’t there be more ways to abuse an already low difficulty game?

What I enjoy doing for RA were the no score level and no dinosaur rides achievements. The second one took me a few tries, not because I ran out of lives, but due to me picking dinosaurs on accident. Gotta avoid those eggs alright! That run made the game feel a bit different, with you having to be a bit more careful and be thankful for the skateboard’s existence. Like in “New Adventure Island”, the skateboard here is a decent and rewarding option! Also, dying on the last level and having to do it without a weapon!…

… It still doesn’t feel all that difficult…

Lolo no Daibouken [Game Boy]

Lolo no Daibouken DONE!

I’ve only beaten the Japanese version of this game, which is shorter, easier and less time consuming than the European one. I’m not sure if it has any notable differences in terms of level design, I feel like the EU version has those exact levels, but you know… To be on the safe side, I’ve decided to include the JP version as its own separate entry.

I’ve only managed to reach the advanced stages in the EU version, after half a day of playing with some little breaks in between. I feel like I need to give this game the same treatment like I did with “Fire ‘n Ice” for the NES. Wake up early, invest a whole day into the game and if not done by then, leave it running during sleepy time until the next day. I do not like leaving my machine stay active for a long periods of time like that. I believe in the rights of machines having their night and lunch breaks for donuts as well.

I am going to do it eventually, probably not in the near future. PROBABLY! I really do like this game and the EU version gets really crazy at the advanced stages! “Adventure of Lolo” for the Game Boy is a fantastic and addictive puzzle game, similar to the other entries in the series. Egg transformation and management has never looked so good within one screen levels of absolute pleasure and mind orgasmic quality. Again, I just need to plan a very long session for this game alone. It would be worth it though…

The Addams Family: Pugsley’s Scavenger Hunt [Game Boy]

The Addams Family - Pugsley's Scavenger Hunt DONE!

This game is outright jump and bump, raw platformer. I thought I need to chart a map, which I did, but I realized that it wasn’t necessary. This game looks vast and huge, what with its split paths and loops, but it’s actually pretty easy to memorize, without the need for cartography being involved. I initially set my starting priority to be the kitchen area, where I can power up with an extra hearth container and 1-up, but then I found the secret room in the hub world on accident…

I don’t know what blew my mind more – Finding that room on my own or the contents inside it…

I still went out to map every room that I found and I am happy that I covered around 80% of the overall rooms. Going for the rest of rooms is not really worth it, as it’s just  probably optional bonus rooms with item caches, which are not needed for the overall full completion of the game. I think this game could use a better set for achievements, like having to fight the bosses without getting hit, as well as defeating the optional spider boss. Maybe even throw in a time related achievement?

It’s not a bad game, but it suffers from bad hit detection and the controls could have been better. There is also no music whatsoever during the actual game. Only during the menu and after you beat the game. This is yet another downgraded port of course, I guess the Game Boy library is a breeding grounds for those…

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That covers most of part one! I also did achievements for “Felix the Cat [Game Boy]” and a homebrew “Waifu Clicker [Game Boy]”. I’ve talked about the first game before in another volume. As for “Waifu Clicker”, I think I would like to get to the highest level and possible score, before I give my *Final* thoughts on this beautiful and FANTASTIC game!

Next time on RA invasion: I play more video games! Can you believe that? It’s outrageous and with a nasty smell of caramelized onions!

W A Y – ☃️ + 🐫

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“Way” is this game that was quite the thing a while back, with decent amount of followers. To play it, one needs to download the game itself and then connect with another person online via the client in-game. It’s a two player cooperative, puzzle- platformer and sadly, a very short in terms of length. The game itself isn’t all that hard either, no game overs, generous checkpoints… The general idea of this game was to experience it with a complete stranger, to whom you connected, wherein you can get to know each other a bit upon finishing the game, where a drawing board is presented.

Sadly, I missed on the craze back in the days, so all my playthroughs of this were with my close friends. Servers are deathly- death, so you can be sure that if you and your friend plan on playing this game, you are probably going to be the only two people in the world doing so, thus, connection between you two will be ensured.

Another thing that killed it for me was the fact that I talked with my fellows online, wherein the game expects you to just use the emotes and sounds that your character can make. Actually, I think there was this one person who played it with me and we didn’t talk, for whatever reason. There isn’t all that much of a difference, really. But I still think that lack of voice communications is the key for a better experience.

Way DONE!

The game is pretty good, but don’t expect any amazing puzzles or platforming. The main gimmick revolves mostly around moving to spots and avoiding obstacles that you can’t see, but the other person can, thus you have to wait for their navigation signal. Suffice to say, this game needed/s an update. More levels, more puzzles… I am honestly fine with graphics and music. They are all right. Just add more content and it’s a *BANG*. However, given how much time has passed since the last update, I assume that we won’t be seeing anything new anytime soon. Still, it’s a neat game with quite the unique idea behind it. You never know what the future holds. Maybe a time where the game gets out of its alpha state and the beta crashes upon us with a grand- huge content? Yeah, right… AS IF!

Thanks to “NachoBear” for helping me with the screen capture for this post!

OneShot – But not really!

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This game was requested many times by “camelpuncher”, a person who gets shot at least once a day, because that’s what living in a capital city is all about!

“I wish I could make a beautiful, unique and involving puzzle game on RPGMaker” – The spider in the corner of my room.

When I was first introduced to “OneShot”, I had weird expectations about the game. With its concept of having only one chance, one gameplay session, I thought it would try to be mean and send me over to the abyss of canned tuna, if I screw up at some point in the game. However, it turned out that the game is pretty generous about it, a bit too much for its own good perhaps. Getting the bad ending depends literally on you choosing to quit at any point, before you get to the end. Apart from that, the game also makes auto- saves and forces you to take brakes every now and then. It’s a one- shot type of deal where you can really take your time, but not really! Considering how short “OneShot” is, the player is unlikely to be in real need of a break between every ten to twenty minutes of a gameplay session. Given that we live in the era of busy machines, office parties and where everyone has some mental disorder, the job edition, there could always be a case of someone making use of those breaks – A true hardcore gamer who plays only for a bit each day, while investing the rest of their time into “actual” work. The word [actual] here can be understood in more ways than one!

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In my opinion, if one is to make a short game, a good idea would be to work on making the game leave a strong impression on the player or having a decent replay value. With the way and idea this game was made, both of these are pretty much nonexistent. The game restricts itself for the sake of appearing unique, without the need to really do so. I notice the lack of commitment and dedication from the plot and the main character. So here we are, this is Niko, a cat person, but not really! Just because someone has the features of a cat creature, that does not necessary makes them related. You get to save a world by bringing a big light bulb to a place, but not really! The world is already dying due to other reasons and your quest won’t fix that – As acknowledge by the game itself via the words of a certain NPC. Now why is that? Did this game really need to try and appeal deep and whatnot itshowuwantittobe crap?  Maybe it was all experimental – After all, there is also a remastered version of the game on Steam, which supposedly covers most of the problems presented within’ the original release. Supposedly.

OneShot 1.1 DONE!

The art in the game is pretty great. Same goes for the music. They manage to create a pretty unique atmosphere, that fits well with the few location that you get to explore in the game. The character design is decent, but you usually meet characters once and off you go then. You are, after all, on a quest to save the world, but not really, as we just discussed. The puzzles are alright, but they are not all that difficult, mainly due to the fact that “there so much you can do” syndrome is presented. Watch out though! The game will break the fourth Chinese vase and try to make YOU part of the game, while installing many copies of “Earthworm Jim: The simulator” on your computer PC machine, without your permission! Your hidden bitcoin stashes might also be in danger!

4.7 out of 10!

Palette – It all started with an imaginary, memory detective

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Long ago, long before the reign of dreaming Nikki, there was an old legend – one that gave birth to a new genre. A man called Nishida Yoshitaka stood up and yelled: “Screw turn- based battles! They are such a boring and annoying part in RPGs, compared to exploring and interacting with the overworld!” He then worked for seventy months and five hours and his hands shaped a creation – “Hello, amnesia Madotsuki!”–, also known as B.D. , the starring character in a game called “Palette”. The guy also made the game. Yes.

While it is unlikely that he actually said those words, the man showed a great example regarding how you can set a new horizons by striving away from the usual meta formulas. To a certain extend, I do also prefer overworld interactions more than the turn based battles – This dates way back to my childhood where I would play RPGs and be annoyed by the repetitive fights after a while. In addition to that – The various prolonged boss battles that tend to punish you via silly RNG elements or just because you forgot to stock on a certain item, failed to use a specific ability and so on and so on! However, there are still games where the developers managed to balance things up and put together even elements like that in a way the player would find enjoyable. That’s why I’m not completely discarding games with turn- based battles. Isn’t this the case for pretty much every genre as a whole?

Years ago, when I stumbled upon “Palette” for the first time, I remember not having any actual fun with the game. That wasn’t because there was anything wrong with the game itself, but mostly because I didn’t have the patience to let it show me its unique value. I blame the pressure from university and the succubus who taught me how to fly a kite! Anyways, I played “Palette” briefly, but even though I dropped it, I promised myself that I would one day come back to it and figure things out properly.

So here I am now with properly figured- out things! “Palette” is a game about a girl named B.D. who tries to retrieve her lost memories. As a whole, this sums up the whole game, but there are still additional details that enhance  the experience a bit further. Paying attention to the whole plot development can be a bit hard, but it’s a must if you wish to fully enjoy the game. The actual gameplay revolves around exploration and interacting with objects, which might sound like nothing new under the whale’s teeth, BUT…

…there is the additional aspect of restriction. You are limited at first when it comes to how much you can make B.D. explore and where to go. Rather than going all willy-nilly over the place, you actually need a bit of careful planning. When you run out of energy, the game resets back to your initial starting position, which as a whole, helps a lot when it comes to backtracking – a common aspect in the game! Of course, as one can expect, the more you progress in the game, the more your maximum energy level will increase. You’ll manage to travel further and uncover more places and objects and WIN THE GAME EVENTUALLY! Doesn’t that sound special and exciting?!?! I am acting like a total asshole, but that won’t change the fact that this game is pretty good and the author really managed to shape it up real nice. You have an energy level meter in the game.

Palette DONE!

I personally enjoyed the graphics and visuals in the game. RPGDenter87 is an old engine, but I am even older, thus, totally impressed by everything done with it! There is also the PS1 version, but that’s gonna be for another post, sometime in the future, where I’ll probably forget the fact that I once managed to eat a whole bottle of mustard on my own. Such is the cruel reality of the aging process.

I think “Palette” is a solid 8.8 out of 10 material. Please give me good feedback on my IGN profile so I can get money and release my “Frogger 2: Swampy’s Revenge” nude mode! Thank you!