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Instant Pianist : Piano+

A few posts ago, I’ve talked about a musical game called Violinist : Magical Bow which was developed by rubycell. Today I’m gonna talk about similar game, also from rubycell, but with different musical instrument called Piano+. Piano plus, of course, is a game of piano simulator but there’s a special feature inside that I really love.

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I don’t know a lot about piano, aside from Do to Do, but I’m impressed how rubycell developed this game. The concept is actually similar to the violin one but the game mechanics is a little bit different. First of all, you’ll be presented with piano UI, obviously. This piano range is a little bit high to match the real piano, so you can hit the lowest note to the highest note. Now, this is a great idea, however our phone/tab screen might not be able to handle all that notes at once. You can, but the keys would be as small as strings thus hard to hit.

The game itself is similar to any hit-the-beat musical games. You’ll be presented the piano keys and have coming notes you need to hit with corresponding keys to produce sounds. It’s fun to play even though you can’t play piano at all. Sometimes you’re gonna mishit the notes and produce wrong sounds and make your supposed-to-be streak ends ridiculously. Sometimes in Piano+, you’ll need to press 2 or 3 keys simultaneously to fit the coming notes.

Moving to the song choices, you can browse online songs and might find what you really want. I’ve been playing some of my favorite songs including game and anime soundtracks. I think, the mechanism behind that online song search is some people out there making MIDI music sheets that can be played via this app. I don’t really know how they submit their works, but somehow, you can access that sheets by searching it from in-game search engine. Every songs you’ve searched would be stored on a list, so if in any case you want to replay it, don’t worry because everything’s stored.

On the other hand, I found some drawbacks from Piano+. This might relate to some people or it’s just my personal problem actually. Sometimes when I’m still in the middle of a song, the nodes just become invisible, I slide left and right to find them but no results. Then I press random key and suddenly all the nodes become visible again but in smaller size, breaking all the tempo. Sometimes the length of a node doesn’t suit the song at all. So when you’re holding a key of a node, then press another key that’s supposed to be your next node, you’ll move right away to that node, breaking the tempo as well. I think that’s an error and a homework for the developer for future enhancement. Other than that, I find this game amusing and pretty amazing, remembering how the music sheets are well-made and detailed.

OK, I guess, that’s for now, don’t forget to leave a like if you enjoy reading my story, pour me some words if you have any opinions or restaurant/game recommendations, and stay tuned for my upcoming stories.

 

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Unique and Nostalgic : Barcode Knight

Discovering unique game in the market is quite difficult, especially looking for one with great quality. Some games come with pretty basic game mechanics which isn’t that amusing or interesting. Some comes with short in-game story so the players couldn’t enjoy the game for a long time even though it has great potential to be people’s choice. So, it’s not often for me to find games that fit my preference (and probably others’ as well) at all specifications.

At one point, I found this game called Barcode Knight developed by Magic Cube. FYI, at this point, I’m not really able to distinguish between indie or giant developers, but I’ll just go with it. So, at the beginning of this games review I said that I’m gonna review some indie developers’ products, but I might do giant devs as well without me knowing it :D. Back to the game, Barcode Knight is a nostalgic game from me that reminds me of some old video games I’ve ever played before.

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This game is basically RPG, a quite complex mechanics. You can forge weapons or armors by combining items. Actually what you can do is upgrading it by waiting certain amount of time to finish. However, you can only combine item of the same type, so it’s kinda need quite amount of grinding or so. By upgrading you’ll gain more strength or movement speed, which I’ll tell you later about movement speed for battle.

Another great thing is the avatar system. By changing your equip, your character will also change attire, or simply changing avatar. This makes Barcode Knight to be more interesting game especially for players who love more personified customization (e.g. : having different avatar/able to change hair color/changing name/etc). I’m that kind of player. People say that most male gamers don’t really think about customization seriously but I, on the other hand, love customization. For me, that feature makes that game more immersive (as I learned in game design lesson). So it doesn’t matter whether you’re male/female, I think personal customization is quite an essential element for a game.

Next is the battle. Barcode Knight has a unique concept for the players. In order to find enemies, players need to scan bar codes. Any bar codes work, whether you take it from a bottle of shampoo, or books, or anything, it leads to a in-game battle. Each bar code will result in different combination of enemies (the types, or levels, or statistics). But, if you’re too lazy to scan some, you can use the auto find feature. The scanning system is useful when you need specific enemies to take on, usually for completing daily missions. Daily missions will tell you to hunt certain enemies and will reward you with some stuffs.

Moving to the battle mechanics, this reminds me of some old games from Gameboy Advance and PS1, names like Tales of Phantasia or Tales of Destiny. Barcode Knight‘s battle system is 2D side scrolling auto battle. It’s turn-based and each attack is timed with certain amount of time. The higher your movement speed, the shorter the delay per attack, so that’s the important of upgrading your movement speed. There’s a special move that can be unleashed but you have to wait for it to fully filled. All attacks are automatically executed but the special moves. You can also get some battle aid by recruiting an extra member at the pub.

Barcode Knight is offered in 2 versions in Google Play, free and paid one. I tried the free one and this one contains ads. The ads aren’t spamming like a machine gun barrage, though, so if you want a sneak peek, you can get this version. But if you want the one without ads, you can buy the paid version as well as support the developer. Paid version also let you accelerate battles by tapping the 2x or 3x buttons during battle. I think this would be better the developer adds some online features like online PVP or something 😀

Anyway, that’s it for now I think, fill me up at the comment section if you have any opinions or recommendations, leave like if you enjoy reading my stories, and stay tuned for my next reviews.

 

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Using Your Brain to the Max Level : That Level Again (1-3)

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Playing games sometimes are not about great graphics and immersive gameplay. Another aspect you might consider to think about is how you can use your brain to solve the game. This game that I want to talk about this time is called That Level Again (3 installments at once since all of them are basically the same). The game was developed by IamTagir. Actually it could be considered a quick-to-finish game if you properly understand how to solve the puzzles (yes this is a puzzle platformer game).

Let’s start by looking at the graphic style first

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The first one is the cover screen that has the style of scribble-like graphics. Gotta love the simple and minimalist style. Then the next one is the gameplay. Seriously, the gameplay mostly looks like that with only differences in puzzles and how to solve them. In the 3rd installment, the graphics is a little different. The first installment have one kind of map, and so is the 2nd one, but no the third. The third is like story-based puzzle map, so it would chance continuously.

That Level Again 2
(still with that scribble-ish style but different level map, with that additional room through that wooden door)

That Level Again 3

*P.S. : this is the 3rd installment, still with that cute style, though.

Here That Level Agian 3, you’ll be presented with the main story and ending. Everything you did starting from the first up to the third game will be answered here. These series are all free to download and play. At the third game you’ll have 2 different endings, the happy and sad one, you may choose. The happy is the default one you can get and to access the sad ending you have to donate to the developers. The number isn’t that massive but I think it’s worth the ending. It’s all about plot twist and unexpected story. When I watched the sad ending, I was like ‘What the actual hell?’ in my mind.

The game’s how to play is actually pretty simple and sometimes a little bit tricky. You have 2 button at the bottom left corner to move forward or backward and at the other end is a button to jump. The tricky part is sometimes the button will be reversed, switched, not functioning, even moved around the screen (this one was pretty annoying, though, hahahaha). The ways you solve the puzzle will be as tricky as it can be. Sometimes you have some simple puzzles, simply take the key and open the door. Another points, you even have to slide some objects that don’t seem to be movable or even going all the way to home screen to do some stuffs there to get access for the key. Bruh, at some points the puzzle are getting irritating by letting the players to think out of the boundaries but that’s the point of interest. You may need to use motion detection at some points in the game. So, yeah, prepare for anything 😀

Despite on how irritating it can be, I still love the series. That Level Again brings originality in a puzzle game, specially the problem solving. They also have high rates in Google Play and I think the developers deserve it. Many developers try to copy their style, but IMO, I still prefer to play That Level Again.

Anyway, I think that’s for now, give like if you enjoy reading my stories, pour some words in the comment section if you have ideas or opinions, and see you on the next stories (it might be about foodie again next, so stay tuned to see what I have up on my sleeves :D).

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I also do some artworks (in self-practice as well, actually), if you’d like to visit, you are very welcomed to my Artstation and Patreon profile.

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Cyborg Parkour : Vector 2

Since I got my new phone around September 2016, I started to explore some new games that my old phone can’t handle. I stumbled across this parkour game called Vector. This game was developed by NEKKI. I only played Vector 2, the 2nd installment of the series. It’s a free-to-download game with some in-game purchase, including ads removal 😀

This game takes place in a futuristic world with a main theme of parkour or free running. You’ll gain control of a silhouette of cyborg man that is addressed as ‘test subject’. You’re gonna run free from that laboratory / factory that has strapped you in as a experiment subject. To do so, you have to run like there’s no tomorrow. Sets of obstacle will slow you down, or even worse, kill you on spot.

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The great point is, you’re not just evading lasers, land mines, booby traps like ordinary person. You’re gonna do it gracefully and with style as doing moonsault, backflip, frontflip, vault, is like your daily activity. To do the jump, simply swipe upward anywhere in the screen. If your timing is perfect, you can do some insane tricks and perfectly evade the obstacles. Meanwhile, if your timing isn’t great, you’ll most likely hit obstacles, fail to vault gracefully since you’re going to stumble anything along your way. In fact, this game is mostly about timing. A blue/yellow trick card is used to do a trick which is corresponding to the shown card, so some cards will do different styles.

As you progress throughout this Vector 2 game, you will find yourself getting more equipment and armor including helmet, gloves, shoes, and body armor. Each armor has different energy and will be reduced when you collide with specific obstacles. For example, shoes’ energy will be reduced after you step on land mines, body armor’s will be reduced after you hit red lasers, and etc etc. So make sure to calculate every armor’s energy and if you have to hit something (in case there’s no safe way to travel unharmed) make sure to hit obstacle that will reduce one of your armor with the highest energy left.

At some points in your journey to freedom, you’ll find yourself in an intersection, with each ways have its obstacles/trick cards/locked doors which can only be opened with special key cards you obtain beforehand during your free run. A drawback in this game is you don’t always find key cards to open locked doors which lead you to forced deaths since some intersections have obstacles you can’t evade. But if your character dies there and start fresh, you can apply some additional skill upgrades for your armors (including increasing chance of finding key cards!), like this..

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It’s not an endless running game even in a glance it looks like so. It has a final destination even at the time I was playing this game (about floor 25th or 26th) is still under development and I haven’t tried again since. Being a parkour game, you will be pleased with outstanding and magnificent real free running tricks while evading obstacles. I gotta give 2 thumbs up for that mesmerizing view, watching the gloriousness of free running in smooth side-scrolling graphic.

I just love this game that after I knew the next stage is still under development, my reaction was ‘WHAT!? NO WAY!”. It’s a cool game with great engine and gameplay and make sure to stay focus with the timing to beat Vector 2 to the very end. Anyway, leave comments if you have any opinions or ideas on what game should I play or review next, give like if you enjoy reading my experience and stories, and see you on the next story.

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I also do some artworks (in self-practice as well, actually), if you’d like to visit, you are very welcomed to my Artstation and Patreon profile.

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and also selling some original merchandise at Redbubble
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