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{GAMES REVIEW} Dr. Cares: Amy’s Pet Clinic

Amy has taken over her grandfather’s veterinary practice. But she has big shoes to fill! Running a clinic is harder than she thought – especially with the spread of a mystery epidemic!

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Story:

Once again, I got triggered by game because they put meet-the-bully-from-the-past theme in storyline. I had to stop few days to calm myself ( I even wrote a post about it), and I finally able to completed 60 main story levels and 30 challenge level.

The story itself is continuation after what happened in the first game. We meet Crystal, Arthur, Lisa, Newton, and of course, Jack. We also meet ex-best friend/bully, Samantha, who tried to take everything Amy care about (she even being love rival *cough*)

It may not the original story, as we already see this kind of story in Fabulous: Angela’s High School Reunion, but the additional feature make it interesting. In Dr. Cares: Amy’s Pet Clinic, we’ll get two options in the middle of story scene.

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This is new feature that only available in Dr. Cares. You wouldn’t find it in other GameHouse Original Stories game (^_~)

Gameplay:

There’s not much difference with previous game in Dr. Cares series. We just take request and serve the customer. But there’s lots of pop-up mini game throughout the game, and some levels require two playable character (e.g: when Amy and Samantha works together in school and camp).

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Also, there’s new feature called Shelter, where you can adopt three animals and taking care of them. It’s very nice addition, along with daily challenge (Did all GameHouse’s games starting to have this kind of challenge?)

Visual:

Honestly, I dislike some new character design such as Lisa. But I love Jack, because his hair is short and he doesn’t have those cold-hearted guy vibes anymore. I don’t know why they change the design. The previous one is better, IMO.

Conclusion:

I do feel little bit bored and annoyed with new design, but the mini-games and Shelter feature is really wins my heart.

 

Release Date    : May 9, 2018
Developer         : GameHouse & Nitreal Games

 

 

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{GAME REVIEW} Edge of Reality: Fatal Luck

As a baby, you were left on the steps of an orphanage with only one clue to your identity. Years later, that clue brings you to the door of the Azara Gambling House, where you agree to enter a secret tournament for only the luckiest of players. But instead of answers, you find yourself thrown into a dangerous and impossible game of skill! Will your luck hold out long enough to uncover the secrets of your past?

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Story:

Searching the MC’s past isn’t something new, but what makes Edge Reality: Fatal Luck stands out is how they proceeds the story. It feels like survival game, rather than investigation. I love their metode on learning backstory. We’re not only read from random journal, but we also got special card. Each time a character vanished, a card shows up on the same location where character vanish and when we touch it, we’ll see character’s backstory, from who they are to the how they got invited. Another additional features that really helps is special chip. With this chip, we’re able to see a flashback from certain location.

Visual:

4 Friends Games have best visual among HOPA developers. I can easily see which one Edge Reality, which one Living Legends. 4 Friends Games made each series has different signature with brightly stunning visual presentation. The animations is briliantly done, along with perfect music score that suits the mood. I will never get bored playing all 4 Friends Games’s games.

Gameplay:

Since the theme of game is casino, we’re served by various board game-related puzzle. Every puzzle are made to progress storyline. I personally dislike card game because I’m sucks with it, but these puzzle doesn’t made me feel bored. It’s really nice having great puzzle that related with game’s theme.

Hidden object scene in this games isn’t as much as I expected, probably because they’re puzzle-oriented and focus on casino theme.

Conclusion:

Edge Reality: Fatal Luck has top the previous sequel with fresh puzzles and storyline, made 4 Friends Games as one of the best HOPA developers.

 

Developer        : 4 Friends Games

Release Date   : April 20, 2018

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{GAMES REVIEW} Lost Grimoires: Shard of Mystery

When Prince Fern goes missing just days before his coronation, only one person in the king’s court can find him. Step into the shoes of the teacher, spy and advisor of House Griff and embark on a dangerous adventure to find the heir and save him from the clutches of dark magic.

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The Story:

I already guessed something would happened between Prince and mysterious girl. There’s hint in prologue, when the mirror shard was taken by little girl. I knew something like Prince fallin’ love with stranger then blindly approved her strange request. Talk about blinded by love.

Although the storyline is kinda predictable, but the fun part of story is playing as alchemist, because you’ll carry those alchemy kit everywhere!

 

The Gameplay: 

The Alchemy Kit is my favorite part. In order to create one potion, you have to complete mini-games by clicking three or more same-colored stone. It’s very great addition since I easily bored with their game system that made me bouncing back and forth between areas, just to gain one inventory.

Most of HOS and puzzle is focused on finding herbs. Is it because we’re alchemist? Hmm…maybe or maybe not. But it’s interesting seeing how creative HOPA developer nowadays in creating HOS. Stuck in one HOS style can be boring sometimes.

 

The Visual:

Artifex Mundi never disappoint me. They have such high standard when it comes to graphic quality, and I’m impressed by how consistent they are. I also love the cut scene. Honestly, I can’t stop admiring their visual until to the point where I forgot what should I do in certain area.

 

Conclusion:

Lost Grimoires: Shard of Mystery may pick similar old cliche’ storyline, but it has tons of interesting puzzles and HOS that will keep you entertain for more than three hours.

 

Developer     : Artifex Mundi

Release Date: March 2017

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{GAMES REVIEW} Dawn of Hope: Frozen Soul

The elite Society has mistreated your people for as long as anyone can remember. When your stone-cold adversaries mount a surprise attack, it’s up to you to save your home! Your only hope is the Elven Queen. With danger around every turn, freeing her won’t be an easy task. Nothing is as it seems in your quickly freezing world. Do you have what it takes to save the world before it’s too late?

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The Story:

After two games, I thought Dawn of Hope‘s story will be not related to each other. The story under Dawn of Hope series will just has similarity in theme: dystopian. But I was wrong. It doesn’t take too long until I realized it still connected with two previous games, Skyline Adventure and Daughter of Thunder. In Daughter of Thunder, we saw slight connection with Skyline Adventure when we learn Lynn’s past. And in Frozen Soul, the connection is getting visible.

It seems the story in Frozen Soul is act as closure from all incident that happen in Dawn of Hope. Although I’m not sure since we didn’t saw Lynn’s husband in here (in Daughter of Thunder, it shows he keep the cursed helmet somewhere in his house). Maybe if Mad Head Games decided to develop another Dawn of Hope, they’ll include him in the story.

The Visual Production:

Should I comment?

Mad Head Games always keep their standard. Bold colors, gorgeous graphic and those details, I don’t think I need to comment since there’s no flaws in their visual presentation. I love their graphic, and it’s so far, Mad Head Games’s graphics is one of my favorite.

Their voice overs is getting better. Having good voice over is one of my factor to liking a games. No more silent game.

I can always trust Mad Head Games to serve the best visual, no matter what genre they develop.

The Gameplay:

The HOS kinda disappoint me little bit, but other than that, the puzzle is still great. Especially with the new tool that we got here. It’s relic that can heat or freeze the items. When you put the item in, then choose which one you want to do (heat or freeze), the next thing you have to do is solve matching puzzle

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The adventure portion is great and very entertaining. I personally think Mad Head Games become focus on the adventure, rather than HOS or puzzle. It’s fine but I prefer if they can balance the three elements in one game.

Conclusion:

Dawn of Hope: Frozen Soul may look like a closure, an ending, but we never know if Mad Head Games will turn this into another Nevertales or not. If you already play Skyline Adventure and Daughter of Thunder, you really have to play this one to see the fate of Queen Elves

 

Release Date     : June 3, 2018

Developer          : Mad Head Games

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, The Fall or The Rise of Dinosaur?

Three years after the destruction of the Jurassic World theme park, Owen Grady and Claire Dearing return to the island of Isla Nublar to save the remaining dinosaurs from a volcano that’s about to erupt. They soon encounter terrifying new breeds of gigantic dinosaurs, while uncovering a conspiracy that threatens the entire planet.

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Remember when people said Jurassic World is less sadistic than the original Jurassic Park? Seems like the director heard those comments and decide to bring some bloody, intense scene in the first 5 minutes. The horror that they put as they open the movie feels like, ” Hey, Jurassic World can be more sadist, you know!”

Yeah, I personally think Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is more sadistic than the first Jurassic World, but less than Jurassic Park.

I saw some cliche in here and some twist that I already predicted. The moment Claire step into Lockwood manor, I know there’ll something shady happen in there. I watch too much movies that goes with similar twist so I didn’t surprise with it. But there’s one that suprise me. Of course, I won’t spoil any fun.

Lots of people think the ending is sucks, but I disagree. To me, this one serves right as sequel and also, a stand alone. You can watch Fallen Kingdom without watching the first film, and you’ll missed any details. And the whole adventure didn’t stuck on island. It’s like a mixed island adventure and haunted manor. The finale is happen in manor, and I love it. I have thing with manor, so sorry if the opinion is little bit biased in here. But really, this movie is great. I honestly sad when I know some fans didn’t want to watch Fallen Kingdom after what happened in Avengers: Infinity War. Guys, it’s different movie, okay? Chris Pratt played two different role, and what happened in Infinity War, stay in Infinity War.

Talk about Chris Pratt, I love his acting here. Maybe because I didn’t watch Guardians of Galaxy, I kinda lost with his acting as Starlord. I prefer him as Owen because his acting is more natural in here.

I can’t wait for another Jurassic World movie, because the ending suggest the world is infiltrated by dinosaur and humans should be alert with new threat.

 

Production companies : Universal Pictures, Amblin Entertainment, The

                                              Kennedy/Marshall Company, Legendary Pictures
Distributor                      : Universal Pictures
Release date                    : June 6, 2018 (Indonesia)

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Trip To Yogya: Reflection and Relaxation

Previously, I said I was going to write blogs back at the end of June, but there were so many things I wanted to tell here, so I decided to write again after a week on vacation in my parents’ home town, Yogyakarta.

This year is actually quite different from previous years. In 2016 and 2017, my father and I didn’t go to Yogya because we were both busy. This year we finally can go with one of my uncle who live in the same city. Since we didn’t use our usual car, we spent more time at grandpa’s house. I thought I was going to get bored, but there was something else that I got.

1. Morning walk with father

Initially, there was no plan we were going to do this routine, but the first night we slept at grandpa’s house, I was short of breath. Apparently my asthma relapsed due to sleep in room with damp wall. My father also advised to walk around the rice fields near the house every morning after dawn.

Honestly, I am too lazy to go out in the morning, except for work, but my father thinks, I rarely relapse because I breathe the fresh morning air. In the past, when I was still working in South Jakarta, I wake up early so I wouldn’t be late for work. Now, since I decided to work as a designer, I confined myself in my room. I’m a skeptic at first, but then I decided to follow my father’s advice.

And you know what? I love it.

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Every morning, we passed the paddy field behind the grandpa’s house. As we passed it, it appeared that some of the plots had started to turn yellow. There are some farmers busy deploying tarpaulin to dry grain, some are busy spraying herbicides to kill the weeds around the paddy fields. Every time we passed the farmers, they stare us with a strange look, but after we greeted, they greeted back. Then one of our relatives told us that locals prefers use motorcycle, so they are surprised to see anyone walking. Plus my appearance is slightly different (my eyes is small and my skin is brighter than most Javanese).

I like this new routine. The air is still very fresh. The sun is shining bright enough, but the weather does not feel hot, it’s cooler. The streets on weekdays seem calm, and only crowded on Sundays, where teenagers riding their bikes to the south lane.

And this new activity also makes my relationship with my father more closer 🙂

2. Play with niece

This year, my family got new members. One of my cousins ​​had a daughter last year. Her daughter is cute, and since she is the first great-grandchild, everyone is very enthusiastic when meeting her. I also enjoyed playing with her. She is seven months old, and usually at that age, the baby is able to learn how to grip. So when she was near me, I will put a finger on her palm to stimulate her grip movements. The problem is, when she grasps, she will put what she holds to her mouth. I have to be careful every time she starts pulling my finger toward her mouth. ^^)

3. Iftar with the big family

FYI, the family we visited was the family of my mother side. She has four siblings: one younger sister and three younger brothers. One of her brothers was passed a few years before my mother, so there were only three of my mother’s siblings left.

Every time I go to Yogya, the moment I am most looking forward to is iftar. Ever since my mother’s youngest brother got married, grandpa’s house is filled with various dishes. My uncle one is lucky to have a wife who is good at cooking. They even open a food stall for additional income. Well, when we come, they’re here to prepare the iftar.

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One of our favorite foods for iftar is tempe mendoan. It tastes delicious!

While we were eating, we watched TV show. Because there is my 4 year old cousin, we watch Upin and Ipin while enjoying tempe mendoan and hot tea.

Now, I miss those moments :’)

This year’s trip is not like the previous years, but I feel more peaceful and calm. I needed calm environment than walking in the crowd. This trip made me think more clearly.

This trip also opened my eyes, broaden my perception. I see how my family grows. They my not the richest or materially successful, but when I see them, I can see how simple their happiness is. There was no talk of why I was not married or why my big sister and one of my cousins ​​have no child yet. No, they didn’t talk about it. They enjoy the moment when all family member are eating together and talk some light topics. Honestly, it was the happiest time for me.

There is someone who states, depression can be cured by traveling. Maybe they shouldn’t state something like that. Yes, a person can recover from his depression (I won’t say healed completely because I also still suffer from depression when something trigger my trauma), if they able to change their environment. There’s people who need the their friend so they can talk their problem, and there’s people who need for me time. Whatever it is, I think one of the best therapies for depression is changing the atmosphere. For me personally, I apparently need a change from city to village. I need an atmosphere where I can think clearly.

Now, I can get back to completing my plan with a clear and peaceful mind. 🙂

How about you? Do you get something from your trip?

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Hiatus Announcement: See You On July

Quick note.

After last blog post, I think I need to distance myself from anything online. I know ranting on blog will be useless. My problem isn’t bigger than anyone else.

I know nobody care if I put this, but I think it’s part of my responsibility to let my reader know.

Also, I’ll be going to my parent’s hometown for celebrate Eid Al Fitr, so I probably won’t be able to write anything here.

It’s actually family tradition to visit other family in Eid Al Fitr, but in the last 2 years, my father and I wasn’t able to went there. Because it been 2 years since I met my big family, I think I should take more time to break from writing activity and even Youtube as well.

Another reason is I want to finish my Wattpad story (Rosemary) until the ending. My brain has been split between blogging, Wattpad, online shop and other work, and it cause me unable to concetrate on write next chapter.

I’m not sure when I’ll back writing here. I just notice sometime I take too much break whenever I’m stress (I’m scared if depression got me once again), but since I already made a goal to myself to be more productive on writing this year, I probably will make it around second week of July.

 

And let’s hope I’ll be able living as cyborg for the rest of my life.

 

Thank you for anyone who read my blog until today.

See you soon