Posted in What I Play

{GAMES} Enigmatis: The Mist of Ravenwood

A year has passed since the events of Maple Creek. But for the past few months, our detective has been hot on the trail of the demonic preacher she fought one year ago. Yet he has managed to always stay one step ahead. She hoped to bring an end to the chase in the redwood forests of Northern California. But like so many times before, the trail went cold…

Then she encountered an abandoned camper in the middle of the highway. Enormous claw marks scored the roof and the lost family’s personal belongings were scattered everywhere. All signs pointed to the scene being fresh.

And all clues led into nearby Ravenwood Park…

AM_wallpaper_Gate_1024x768

In Enigmatis: The Ghost Of Maple Creek, our detective was introduced to evil Preacher. All she know was he killed many woman to sucks their life force. The real motive is unknown until she meet frightened little girl named Becky in Enigmatis: The Mist of Ravenwood.

The story is direct sequel of what happened in Maple Creek. This time, we’re not only meet other enemy but also learn the nature of demonic power that caused lots of people lost their life. We meet a mysterious figure who imprisoned and he offer a deal to us: if we able collect missing pieces of his cell, then he will give us some information. His information is additional to our Evidence Board.

The game visual is wonderful with realistic 3D style. The animation in each cutscenes is great and smooth. The gameplay is also amazing. It mostly dominated with HOS, which can be annoying if you’re playing too much HO games. But the major flaw in this game isn’t the gameplay or visual. It’s the map that I dislike most.

While the map in Ghost of Maple Creek is completely useless, in The Mist of Ravenwood is getting better, but it doesn’t direct us to specific area. Still, it could be useful for instant travel from one area to another.

Although The Mist of Ravenwood is act as sequel, but most of the time, it feels like standalone. You probably forgot several thing why you ended up in Ravenwood since you’re chasing the different person. But from middle to ending, you will notice the connection between Maple Creek and Ravenwood. The information from Evidence Board giving us the depth of knowledge about the origins of evil events that happen recently. This game is really require the patience because you have to wait until the last piece before you finally learns the truth.

Some questions from the first game are answered in The Mist of Ravenwood, but others are still unanswered. I think I need to play the third game as soon as possible in order to reach the final answer.

Enigmatis: The Mist of Ravenwood are so far better than the first one. The storyline are able to keep me playing non-stop, make me wanting more and more. I can’t wait to see the conclusion of this series. Will our detective able to catch the Preacher? Or will they fall into the same fate as the previous victim?

 

Developer       : Artifex Mundi

Release Date  : September 2013

Advertisements
Posted in What I Play

{GAMES} Diner Town Tycoon

The evil Grub Burger fast food chain has bribed their way into DinerTown and is threatening to drive out the local diners with their cheap prices, sneaky tactics and the mysterious Ingredient X! It is up to you to take charge and help Flo and the people of DinerTown before it’s too late.

Diner Town Tycoon

If we usually play Dash games by taking and delivering orders, in DinerTown Tycoon, we play on how to plan a sale. DinerTown divided into several places like Bistro Bay, Squid Row etc. In each place, we get a different challenge.

The main challenge is feed a certain number of customer with different type before the green meter represent Grub Burger complete. Each customer have different likes of ingredients and if we put that ingredient in our menu, they will buy it.

At the beginning of day, you have to set the menu for restaurant in the are, checking ingredients stock, spending money on advertising and upgrades restaurant. As you earn more cash, you’ll able to purchase another restaurant and menu.

Just like every tycoon game ever, after you set your menu and other set, the only thing you need to do next is watching the crowds of people choosing your restaurant or Grub Burger.

If this is first time you play tycoon game, well you probably feel overwhelmed, exhausted. It’s not easy to keep track on menu and calculating how many ingredients we need restock.

This kind of game need long-term strategy. If you already getting used to usual Time Management gameplay, you might feel want to drop it. But for anyone who loves earning visual money, it should be the next game to try.

Developer       : PlayFirst

Released Date: 2009

Posted in What I Play

{GAMES} Epic Adventure: La Jangada

Help Minha save her father from the gallows in this 19th century epic based on Jules Verne’s novel La Jangada. Find evidence spread around the Jangada, search for clues to unravel the mystery of Joam Dacosta’s past and solve intriuging puzzles as you travel through the great Amazon.

epic-adventure-la-jangada

Based on Jules Verne’s novel, Epic Adventure: La Jangada bring us a classic story of saving family and justice. And since this is based on novel, I will not speak about the originality. Instead, it made me want to search the book version.

The idea of adapting classic novel into Hidden Object Game is not really new. I’ve been play eight games that based on novel such as Agatha Christie: Death On The Nile, Agatha Christie: Peril At End House, Agatha Christie: Dead Man Folly, Agatha Christie: 4.50 From Paddington, Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Nora Roberts’s Vision In White and James Patterson’s Women Murder Club series. Wait, most of games I play was adapted from classic tale of Grimm Brothers and Hans Christian Andersen. So yeah, the idea is not fresh from the oven.

But, turning the book plot into visual game is full of risk. The developer carry heavy responsibility because they have to stick with the original plot. If they skip the important aspect, the fans will chase them and spamming their website or social media with angry comment.

So far, I enjoy how they turn the classic story into fun HOG. You might feel boring after few scenes, but the clever puzzle will you a nice break. If you listening all narration, this game will take longer than usual classic HOG. I don’t mind it at all. Narration is my favorite part in HOG.

The graphic style of Epic Adventure: La Jangada is not my cup of tea. It’s too stiff, statue-alike and static. But I can forgive it since I like the story. There is a time I want a fantasy, action-packed, but the relaxing classic one is never fail impress me.

Do I like it? Yes.

Will I recommend it? Yes.

To who? To anyone who love classic story.

 

Developer        : G5 Entertainment

Release Date   : 2012

Posted in Amelie's Style, Self Camera

September Outfit Choice: The Graduation

Today’s post will be shorter than the previous outfit choice for the month of September because I just start new job. At first, I wanted to capture the pics of the outfit that I wore on the first days of work, but I couldn’t because I have to go for work early.

So sorry if I only post two outfit today.

september-outfit-choice

img_20160903_072359

img_20160903_125004

When              : September 03, 2016

Top                 : Bought by my mother. I forgot where she bought it.

Outwear         : Borobudur Dept. Store

Bottom           : Details black skirt and unbranded black legging

Shoes              : Ardilles blue navy sneakers

 

img_20160906_105202

september-outfit-choice-2

When              : September 06, 2016

Dress              : My sister’s. Fun fact, this is my sister’s graduation dress.

 

Shoes              : Tomkins black sneaker wedges (yes, I wore sneaker, not heels LOL)

Posted in What I Watch

{MOVIE} Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children

When his beloved grandfather leaves Jake clues to a mystery that spans different worlds and times, he finds a magical place known as Miss Peregrine’s School for Peculiar Children. But the mystery and danger deepen as he gets to know the residents and learns about their special powers – and their terrifying enemies. Ultimately, Jake discovers that only his own special peculiarity can save his new friends

miss-peregrines-home-movie

Let’s not set high expectation for Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children.

This spell I cast to myself so I don’t feel any disappointment or regret. Although I’m not read the book version, I’m fully aware there’ll be huge chance in plot or character. But surprisingly, this movie adaptation is far from what I expected.

The story start with narration from Jacob who gets teased a lot by his classmates. It’s cliche’ beginning, but as soon as we enter Jacob’s house to meet his grandpa, you know this isn’t going to be your ordinary angst YA story.

Throughout the movie, I found several cliche’ that has been common in YA world. I’m not surprise since YA is targeted for young teenager who still looking for who or what they want to become. These cliche’, surprisingly (again), didn’t bother me at all. Not at all. Somehow, it feels logical with the main plot: the peculiar children.

These children are so excited when they meet Jacob since they rarely meet anyone else after Jacob’s grandpa left. Their desire to see outside world are the saddest part. Who wants to live the same day over and over for more than 70 years? They must be feel bored because they have to do the same routine everyday. The positive thing is they’re stay young and immortal, as long as they live in time loop created by Miss Peregrine.

Aside from story, I love how Tim Burton turn this creepy-gothic story into fantasy story, but still with gothic touch. The transition from Jacob’s world to peculiar children’s world is fantastic. From the cold-dull island to the bright lively garden. These transition remind me with Hunger Games. The cinematography of this movie is also spectacular. Even K admit the animation is smooth and sharp. This is the first time I hear he praise something I recommend.

The ending might slightly different from book, but if this movie gain success, I believe Tim will make the sequel. I’m happy knowing this novel adapted by someone like Tim Burton. His Charlie and The Chocolate Factory and Alice In Wonderland is my favourite.

If there’ll be a sequel, will Tim still follow the original plot? Or he will change little bit just like he do with the first one?

Who knows.

Just wait and see.

 

Released Date   : September 30, 2016

Director               : Tim Burton
Story by               : Ransom Riggs
Adapted from   : Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Posted in My Journal

{FAVORITES} September Favorite 2016: All About AMV (and Drink)

Last month I discussed a little bit about the AMV. Some AMV I put in the list of August monthly favorite. Then, in September, I found more AMV from different anime that I never watch (Steins Gate and Mirai Nikki) or rarely watch (Fate Zero) that I liked a lot AMV. Usually I’m interested with a song that used for AMV and suitability of the song with the clips.

Here are some of the AMV that I like during September.

1) Final Spark (Fate Zero)

 

2) Butterfly Effect (Steins Gate AMV)

 

3) Magic Eye (Steins Gate AMV)

 

4) Nightmare (Mirai Nikki AMV)

 

5) My Demon (Mirai Nikki AMV)

 

 

6) Keep Your Hands Off! (Skip Beat AMV)

 

7) Beauty and Glitch (Fate Stay/Night Unlimited Blade Works)

 

8) Verity (Zetsuen No Tempest AMV)

 

9) Don’t Stop (Fate Zero AMV)

 

10) Salvation of Kiritsugu (Fate Zero AMV)

 

Watching AMV is become part of my routine. Every morning, before I edit or write a draft, I will spent 30 minutes watching these AMV. Sometimes I watch 2-3 AMV in 30 minutes, but mostly 1 AMV (I abuse the play button too often :p)

Not only AMV, there is another thing that I like during September as well.

1) KFC Mango Float

img_20160919_185458

 

2) ChaTime Mango Smoothie

img_20160919_182850

 

So, what is your September favorite?