Stardew Valley | Game Review

Stardew Valley is a nice little farming simulator game. Clearly inspired by harvest moon, it still has its own charm. It was one of the first games I downloaded for my Nintendo Switch, and one of the titles that I play the most.

In the game you farm, fish, mine, fight some monsters in the mine, etc. You also discover romance and friendship among the games setting, Pelican Town.

There will be plenty of quests and such to do but the player is free to focus on what they want in the game. Most of the game activities are fun, although I did not care for the fishing mechanic.

If you want a nice laidback and relaxing game Stardew Valley is for you. It might not excite fans of more action packed games though (except for maybe fighting the creatures in the mines).

Making friends with the citizens of the town is also pretty fun. Although some characters are jerks when you first start talking to them. You get to marry someone as well (I chose Alex, one of several pixalated dreamboats).

All in all, Stardew Valley is a great game and a new fav of mine.



Splaton Vol. 1: Manga Review

I love playing Splatoon. I had the first game on the Wii U and now I’ve gotten quite a few hours towards Splatoon 2 on the Switch. So, naturally I was excited to read the manga…but I ended up a little disappointed. 

First of all, I wasn’t expecting a spectular plot or anything. Still, I was looking for something a bit better than what I got. 

One of my first problems is that the focus is on the male squids. The female squids are pratically background characters. This isnt a feminist complaint…it’s just that everyone knows the girl squids are cooler looking. 

Now as for the story: it follows a group of squids who arent very good at battles and have low ranks. But then they have a win streak and start beating top tier players. Basically, it’s turf war after turf war. 

The main character is a squid named Goggles and a running gag is that he’ll appear randomly naked. I’ll admit theres a few funny moments but I just wanted something more. I feel if theres going to be a manga I think it would have been better to focus on character development and such. Basically, offer something the game doesn’t. 

The first volume is essentially just illustrated battles and the characters arent good enough to make it interesting.

But maybe I’m being too harsh and the series may get better with future volumes. I’ll just have to wait and see.



Best Books of 2017

2017 certainly wasn’t the best reading year for me. Life was busy as heck but I still managed to read a few gems. Also, these are in no particular order and just because I read them in 2017 doesn’t mean they were released during the year. 😊

tomieTomie by Junji Ito

A bizarrely beautiful manga. The lead antagonist, Tomie is both hate-able and fascinating.  I can see why this is considered one of the best horror mangas. However, the ending was a bit of a let down – but everything else is great especially all the weird and haunting pictures.

princessgoblinThe Princess and the Goblin by George Macdonald

This book is a hallmark of fantasy fiction. I gotta say while I thought it was a bit goofy, it’s still really charming and fun. This is a great book for kids and adults who like children’s fantasy.

panic Panic by Lauren Oliver

I did a pretty long review of this book. I enjoyed it quite a bit even though it does have flaws. The main characters are decent and it was nice to follow them. The book does a great job of showing how small towns can be mundane yet sinister underneath. And how bored teenagers can cause a lot of trouble. Another win for Lauren Oliver.

oceanThe Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman 

A big part of me is like, “what?” when it comes to this book. But it’s still very good in what it has to say about how great the childhood imagination can be. Gaiman proves himself to be a great  and creative author once again.

So those are my choices for the best books of 2017. Hopefully I’ll read many more great books in 2018. 😊