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Instant Violinist : Violin Magical Bow

For the history of my life, I rarely played musical game, not even the famous Dance Dance Revolution during 90’s and early 2000’s. However, lately a lot of musical game, specially for mobile are really well-developed. Since it’s designed in 2010’s and onwards, they (developers) are using more futuristic musics, usually marked with techno style. I’m not really a techno guy, so I move to something else. My friend played a piano one before, might be reviewed next time. But for today, I wanna highlight the violin one called Violin : Magical Bow by rubycell. This developers also produced the piano one I’ve stated previously.

Since this is really a simple but magnificent game, I think I don’t need a long story to extract all the greatness, so here it is. Playing Violin : Magical Bow is like being an instant virtual violinist due to its amazing concept. First, we’ll talk about its music playlist. So far, every songs that I’ve ever played in the game is a classical notes. Take names of legendary maestro and composers like Bach, Brams, and many more at your song lists. You can play that with your virtual violin (or cello and viola if you buy the in-game purchase). Those masterpieces are right in your hand to play. But, not every musics are unlocked at the same time. You need to play some songs, make progress, gain experience, and level up to unlock next songs. The higher your level, the more songs in your book.

Now, for the game mechanics. All you’re presented with is just a violin with moving colorful nodes. All you have to do is play that node. Don’t worry it’s not that hard (in the beginning). Since there are 4 strings, there are 4 different areas for corresponding string. When a node reach the black circle point, you need to place your bow at the corresponding string area and start swiping left or right to make the sound by hitting that node. You go like this until the song is finished. Each nodes give you points for scoring system at the end of each song. Sometimes the nodes are a bit longer so you need to swipe slowly like dealing with the real violin. Timing and tempo are important in Violin : Magical Bow. Also sometimes, you’ll meet machine gun-like strings of nodes, so you need to play your bow carefully to get full points.

TBH, I don’t play the cello and viola version since I don’t have the budget to do so, but the violin itself is so dam* great. I don’t know much of classical instruments or compositions, but I like hearing some classical songs. I enjoy the song and the gameplay. The viola and cello have different game mechanics, I think, and I’m eager to try them sometimes in the future.

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Tale of the Underrated Pupil : Owlboy

For today, I’ll jump to another platform to talk about another game. Couple months ago I saw this game and I decided to try it. I’m quite a fan of retro-style gaming designed with 8-bit graphic style, so without further thinking, I jumped into this game.

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That game was called Owlboy, and was developed by D-Pad Studio.  Owlboy is a side-scrolling 2D platformer game with an interesting plot and settings. You’ll gain control of a mute pupil owl, just an ordinary student which is always underrated by his classmates, called Otus. Being the fact that he’s a mute owl boy, he’s living with burden of being underestimated of his own and true capabilities. He lives in a airborne village and has a best friend who’s a local engineer/inventor named Geddy. Despite of being a non-confrontational manner, Geddy will always be ready to back Otus up whenever he’s in danger.

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Otus
(cute design, though :D)

The journey of this couple in Owlboy starts when a group of sky pirate attacks and raids the village and the two are bound to seek revenge. Moving through the plot, you’ll gain some allies to aid you in help, as well as accessing some spaces with their special abilities. If you’re trying to complete the side stories, you’ll even go deeper with the original story of that village, or the world. You’re gonna explore the history and background of what’s left today. I recommend everyone to play this game. Cool as heck!

Since Owlboy is basically a 2D side-scrolling game, the movements are limited. You’ll only be able to move forward, backward, up, and down. However, this game combines flight system with the ordinary side-scrolling concept, thus you can go airborne and reach or explore even broader area. Owlboy‘s map is actually gigantic, therefore I can consider this game to be an open world 2D platformer. This is terrific since there’re not many games with similar concepts.

The game also provides you some puzzles to solve and sometimes they’re to reach secret area and pursue deeper stories. Some puzzles need certain and specific way to solve, including using your allies’ special abilities, thus not every puzzles can be solved before reaching some points in the story and recruit new crews. I think the only drawback is the game is too short :D. D-Pad studio, please make similar game but with waaay longer playtime :D.

Owlboy is a great game, everything is so balanced. The puzzles aren’t that hard to solve, the story line is deep and interesting, graphic style is really nostalgic (it brings me to my time when I was playing Nintendo, even Owlboy‘s graphic is more complex pixelated style). It’s unconsciously making me to go deeper and deeper by completing all the side story, but sadly I can’t get the last item from the village item shop because it needs every single coins in the game to buy. I need more game like this, simple but immersive. Anyway, follow my blog for more stories, give like if you enjoy reading my post, and pour some words in the comment section if you have recommendations, ideas, or opinions. Stay tuned for the next story.

 

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Heartwarming Oden Shop Game : Oden Cart A Heartwarming Tale

Casual games are really good for any people with a little spare time or even hardcore gamers. Not long after I discovered Showa Candy Shop, another game with similar style popped up in my Google Play search results. The mechanism was just too similar and obviously it’s developed by the same creator, Gagex Co., Ltd.. It’s called Oden Cart A Heartwarming Tale. Seems like this developer really love making this kind of soothing and heartwarming game. Upon I checked the developer itself, it’s indeed a lot of similar games were displayed, but most of them were in Japanese. Too bad I don’t understand Japanese that much. 😦

Anyway, the gameplay is more or less the same, but the story isn’t. Let’s take a look at the graphic style first..

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This is just the cover home screen and there’s stated ‘The strangely moving tale..’. Well, it’s true whatsoever, hahahah. Even it’s just a simple and casual game, the storyline is pretty interesting to follow.

In Oden Cart A Heartwarming Tale, you’ll be taking role of an oden seller that will manage your oden cart to bring more customers to come. Whenever customers come, they will start to do some talk to you and you will listen to them. Each topics are represented by speech bubble.3b2oqfx

Your sale would depend on how often you listen to the customers. The speech bubbles would be indicated in some different colors, depending on how deep the topic/conversation is. Sometimes the oden seller (you) will give responses to the customers. Don’t worry, the game will do it for you. Your only job is to read them as it’s just a storyline-based game mechanism. All you need to do is just to tap that bubbles to ‘listen’.

You’ll get about 12 types of customer, which have their own oden preferences. Being that way, the first rule is don’t forget to refill your oden cart if you’re going idle. Oden Cart A Heartwarming Tale is an idle game, so you don’t need to open the app for God-knows how long. Second rule is, if you want a specific customer to come, make sure to check his/her favorite type of oden. That strategy will directly result in that customer to come. The customers have 4 states ranking from very conscious to very drunk. The more you listen to their stories, the faster the customers to get drunk and order a lot of odens. Each customers have their own ending stories as well, but some of them are connected to another customers. I won’t spoil the story here, but it’s totally worth it to play this game and follow along with the storyline. Besides, it’s free to downloa as well.

Playing this kind of game brings such good mood. Great storyline, easy to play, cute graphics, and heartwarming musics. Casual gamers who loves story-based games would really love Oden Cart A Heartwarming Tale. I hope Gagex Co. as the developer would create English-translated similar games :D. Anyway, thank you for being with me until this very line, give like if you enjoy reading my stories, pour some comments if you have ideas or opinions or recommendations, and see you next time!

 

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Heartwarming Game with Relaxing Music : Showa Candy Shop

Back on the time when I got this game, I barely know what new game should I explored. Despite being a hardcore game, I also love casual and light games only to fill up my spare time. Then I found this developer, Gagex Co.,Ltd. which has several casual games and I checked out 2 of them.

The first game I played is this candy-shop-themed game named Showa Candy Shop. There are 2 installments of this series already but I only played the 2nd installment. Since both the 1st and 2nd have similar gameplay (yes, I already installed 2 of them), I decided to keep the 2nd only and finish it thoroughly.

This game is a real gem, really. Showa Candy Shop 2 offers a simple and cool casual gaming experience with amazing game design. You’ll take a role of an old lady owning and managing a small candy shop (also sells toys) during Japan’s Showa era. You have one main mission to complete the game which is getting mails to complete the story of her families who are going out of the city. I won’t spoil anything here, just play the game by yourself and feel the great nuance.

 

As you can see, the graphic style is more into cute chibi-cartoon style with bright and soft tones of colors. I’m pretty sure this style of coloring doesn’t make your eyes tired quickly so you can play this game for quite a long time in one run. The nuance is very powerful in this game with that distant crowd noise, food sellers sound, chit chat, and many more.

The gameplay is pretty simple, yet making it not boring at all. First thing first is, you need to supply your shop with stuffs to attract children to come and buy something. They will give money to keep you with resupplying things. Some children have their own preferences in stuffs, so make sure to check the requirement in catalog in order to attract some specific children to come. Some children will leave mementos for collection and at some certain points in the game, specially after idle state (it’s an idle game, so it’s OK to leave for a while, just make sure it’s fully supplied before you leave), you’re gonna get letters which is the progress of the main storyline. Your other side mission is to collect every mementos, customers, and gachapon (capsule toys/goodies). Well, I finally got them 100%. It took some time but it’s worth it :D. The capsule toys were the ones that took quite a while to collect.

There’re 2 screen which is the front side of the shop and the inner part of the home. There’s a button on the upper left side that if you tap it, it will move you to the other screen. Customers will visit both part of the house, so make sure to check both of them frequently. Usually the letters and mementos are left on the 2nd screen (inner home).

The nuance is so calming with that cute graphics like I stated earlier, plus the soft and heartwarming music. That is so cool! You can even use the music for sleep therapy if you would, hahaha. Showa Candy Shop is a great game, suitable for casual gamers who’re not seeking any thrills, score, or hardcore challenges. If you’re in that criteria, this is your game! Besides, it’s free to download. :D. I’m still exploring new games to play so if you have any recommendations, opinions or idea, just pour it in the comment sections, give like if you enjoy reading my experiences, and see you next time with some new 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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