My Journey Through Life..

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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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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 and Threadless
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Skill You Must Own in Life (2) : Be Alone

OK, I have the unknown urge to do this intermezzo by talking about a fragment of life thing, but, yeah, here I come..

Another thing that I’ve experienced a lot in life is being alone. Not single and not having love-relationship-alone but more like alone literally. Only be with myself and no people surrounding. I’m sure still living with my dad and mom but somehow in a day, the ratio of me meeting them and not meeting them goes more to the latter. My mom’s working, sometimes from 8 AM to 9 PM and my dad takes her to work and picks her up. Sometimes when my parents at home, I’m not.
I think I can broaden the boundary a little bit larger by including ‘surrounded by strangers/people we don’t know at all’ in this category. I don’t really experience being literally alone that much but the 2nd condition do exists quite often.

That’s a little bit of background story..

In addition of what I’ve stated, you don’t necessarily leave with no one since this condition happens quite naturally. Sometimes your friends/family is busy and you’re left alone. Sometimes you do your ‘me time’ and take a stroll with no proper plans, just going and doing something impulsively. Stuffs like that. Being alone is pretty hard for some people since some people tend to need others to talk with and that’s why this skill is important. At some points in your life, you’ll certainly meet find yourself in this situation and you can’t and may not get stressed out just by being alone.

For me, since I’m kinda used to it (and prefer to be alone at most points, being around 4 to 5 people is still acceptable, though), I usually do my hobby during that time. I do blogging, drawing, sometimes playing music (even though I’m suc* at it), singing with my terrible voice, and so on. Listening to some musics would be a great help. Basically, during that time, you’re only be with yourself so you can only rely to yourself. You should be able to help yourself in any kind of tasks.

Another solution is taking a stroll around the city. With no plans at all, somehow I can spend hours strolling around with my motorbike. You don’t need to spend your time on the road. You can treat yourself some snacks or meals, going to some point of interests in your city, stopping for a while to enjoy some beautiful views, visiting book store or library to enhance your knowledge or simply read fun magazines or books, etc etc. Having a cup of tea or coffee is sufficient to enjoy your solitude, I believe. Possibilities are tons. Somehow by being alone, I can spend a lot of money only for snacks/meals. 😀

Fresh air might help you if you’re hitting hard times in your life. Enjoying nature or going somewhere further than you usually go/visit might help clear and refresh your mind a little (if you’re living in a packed city). Seeing mountain, sea, beach, hills, or any other mother nature products might be the best way to spend your ‘me time’. Just seeing or contemplating, or even better, doing nothing, just pure gazing.

Being alone shouldn’t make you more intense or stressed, just enjoy the time while being alone. At some points you won’t be with anyone or won’t need anyone. At that time, you’ll only need yourself to handle and be handled. Last but not least, thank you for reading this life lesson (or total nonsense but this is what I’m thinking about), give me words if you have opinions, leave like if you enjoy reading my stories and thought, follow my Instagram account for some foodie trips @bitethefood, and stay tuned for my next stories.

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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 and Threadless
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Need Massive Brain Exercise? : Puzzlerama

One of my favorite game genre of all time is puzzle. While puzzle has a lot of types, some of my preferred types are like hidden objectescape room, and some small scale puzzle. Lately, I found this game called Puzzlerama developed by Leo De Sol Games which turned out to be a mesmerizing puzzle game package and I’m still playing it up to this day during spare time.

While Puzzlerama could be downloaded for free and in full version (puzzle lovers would really love this), Leo De Sol Games offers 8 different puzzles with around 300 levels per each puzzle starting from the very simple one in the first Easy level to the most difficult one in the last of Expert level. Let’s take a look about this game’s appearance first before diving through the real features and contents..

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Here, you’ll have

  • Flow, connecting dots throughout the entire board, shouldn’t leave any blank spot of board unfillled
  • Blocks, arranging scrambled puzzle-piece blocks to fit in the board
  • Pipes, rotating pieces of pipes to create continuous line of pipes, higher level will have several colors to match the water resource and the destination, some need color-combining as well (pretty neat, huh?)
  • Bridges, one of my fave of all items, connecting each dots with a number on each dots and have to connect it with exact amount of ‘bridge(s)’ corresponding to the stated number per dots.
  • Shikaku, making shape per colors and each color has to be exactly in the amount of corresponding number, this one is a tricky puzzle
  • Unroll, swiping puzzle, need to arrange a certain path for the ball to travel from the green block to red block uninterrupted.
  • Unblock, just free the blue block by clearing a path for it to break free, doing this by swiping several brown blocks around it so it can clear the path
  • Tangram, another favorite of mine, arranging cut-to-pieces puzzle parts to fit in the entire block, the cuts are provided with weird angles sometimes

I don’t think I have any objections for this game. The fact that it provides me with different kind of puzzles in ton of stages are very satisfying. Another reason why I love this game is that Puzzlerama doesn’t come with scoring system and time rush, making it more enjoyable. You don’t need to think about getting low score or running out of time. Just take your time and solve the puzzle. It’s a magnificent work of puzzle game design. Plus, it’s like a workout regime for your brain to keep it sharp.

Actually I don’t mind reviewing higher-end games like for PC or handheld console, but I just don’t have the resources, hahahahaha. So I’ll stay at mobile game for a while instead, at least until I upgrade my resources. Anyway, if you have requests, opinions, or idea, leave your trail in the comment section, give like if you enjoy reading my story and experiences, and see you next time!

 

CHEERS AND HAVE A GREAT DAY!!



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
*Sorry, get to promote everything, but, yeah, my effort on living my dream may be starting from the very bottom*

Thank you. :D*


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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.

CHEERS!!



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
*Sorry, get to promote everything, but, yeah, my effort on living my dream may be starting from the very bottom*

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Retro Endless Quest : Punch Quest

OK, before I start to talk about this game, I try to take another topic for my blog while I’m gathering another material supplies for foodie trip. One night my friend said to me ‘Why don’t you make some reviews for games?’. Well, I think that’s a brilliant idea and I didn’t think about that before. While my supplies on foodie trip might be limited for now, but my arsenal on video games could be slightly less than a ton :D.

The fact is I’m an avid gamer since I was young. Back at that time I started with Nintendo console, about in 1996 or something. Then I move on to some consoles like PS, PS2, then PC, last is mobile. Since I have no more new consoles to play, I play more from my mobile phone.

In this series, I won’t talk about well known games like Final Fantasy, Resident Evil, Gears of Wars, or anything like those. Those games are famous on its own already. Meanwhile, I’ll give touch to indie games from some not-so-giant game developers. They didn’t request/ask me to review their games, this series will only depend on my own opinion and experiences.

So, I begin…… 😀

The first game for this series is called Punch Quest by Noodlecake Studios Inc.. It’s free to download from Google Play but have in-game purchase in case you want/need to do so. Images I provide would be straightly taken from Google Play and from other sources if Google Play doesn’t provide pictures.

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Its main story is about a hero/heroine that storms into a catacomb full of demons, monsters, and other evil beings and defeat them continuously using his/her fists. You start as a beginner character only capable of straight-jabbing and uppercutting. While you progress through the game, you can buy some higher skills on offense and defense. It’s an endless running game, so if you’re a quickly-get- bored person like me, you won’t find it too long to play this game (apply to any endless running games no matter how cool they are). The graphic style reminds me of some retro games I played when I grew up, especially with that 8-bit pixelated style.

The control is pretty simple. Tap on right screen for jab, to kill the enemies on the ground (some enemies need multiple punches to defeat), and tap on left screen to jump. You can do double jumps by tapping the left screen twice to reach higher altitude. Jumping is needed to defeat airborne enemies. By tapping left and right quickly, you can do uppercut punch that will get higher as soon as you get the upgrades. You’re gonna face some bosses at some points in the journey, so be prepared. To get to a far distance and reach high score, you need only to focus with your eye-finger coordination.

Health is displayed on the upper left corner of the screen and when you’re out of it, you know, dead and restarting the game again but you gain some money to buy upgrades. You’re going to start fresh and stronger for the next game. Losing health by colliding with enemies and each collision cost half a heart, so be careful. One downside is, some airborne enemies are carrying fire with their feet and if you uppercut them, losing health it is. In some cases you have to evade a ground enemies only to find yourself collide with that fire, so half a heart lost by ‘forced’. Another is, it’s pretty hard to collect money to buy upgrades, IMO. You’ll need about +- 6 to 7 runs to buy a basic upgrade and it’s getting more expensive for each upgrade. But, having such simple game with simple control and ability to make the players immersed are a great thing. It’s really fun to play during spare time. It has room for improvements but overall it’s really cool and nostalgic.

It’s fun to explore and try new games in mobile since many developers are now giving a lot of game choices. So, if you have ideas for what game I should try or opinions leave comments bellow, give like if you enjoy reading my post, and see you next time. 😀

 

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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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Passion vs Survival : Which One?

Hello, everyone!

Today’s topic is my thought about a great battle between something called Passion and Survival. This might not a big case for many people, but it sure is for my life. Regarding on my previous post (read here), which is about me aiming to be a professional on design / drawing field, I’ve found the core problem to this.

Right now, I am dealing with my (let’s call it) passion since I like love it and I want to make money from this. The bigger problem is, right now I can’t. I can’t make money from this and right now I only practice and draw almost everyday (except when I’m busy with other important things). I think, well, it might not be my time yet to be productive in this area, but sometimes I also think ‘Is this not my way?’. The later one is quite a shock for me if I think about it more. If it isn’t my way, then why the heck am I still doing this?

NO!

I know there is a possibility for that option, but I choose to fight more, practice more, draw more and planning to get better and excel in this. I have to think positively and hope that there will be a time that this is really my thing. However, facing that problem, there’s another question, ‘how am I gonna survive, at least for now?’. I can apply for a another kind of job in some companies (outside my passion, become a salaryman, for instance) and even though I’m hired, I might do well there (with jobs, colleagues, bosses, environment, etc). I’m pretty sure I can make decent money from that, though. What concern me most that is not what I really want to do.

Right now, I’m planning on getting a job in a company (it’s OK if it’s not what I really want), at least I can survive right now. Meanwhile, I’ll keep practicing to draw or make design as a side activities. I think it’s the best plan for now since I can’t make decent money by design or drawing, but I surely hope in the future, that dream can come true.

This is a sample of what I usually do but I made this about a year ago :

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Simple Design of Traditional Hand-Axe

More in my Artstation and Patreo😀

So, what do you think is the best I should do right now? Comment down below if you have any constructive ideas.

Cheers!!

*well, another short post, isn’t it? hahahaha*