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review 2017-05-22 06:23
Visual novel review - Hitogotchi

 

In this visual novel (downloadable for free here), you play as a monster who’s just gotten a new caretaker, a human named Nadine. You can ask Nadine to talk to you, play with you, feed you, or help you get to sleep - similar to the things required to take care of a Tamagotchi, which, according to the description, was part of the basis of this game. However, unlike a Tamagotchi pet, you have a real-world physical form, and there are serious consequences if Nadine doesn’t take good care of you.

Warning: everything on the screen moves a bit, even the choice buttons. I eventually decided that I liked the way this contributed to the game’s overall unsteady mood/atmosphere, but I wish there had been an option to turn this movement off. I was a little worried that focusing on constantly moving text might activate my motion sickness.

This was another one of my freebie visual novel downloads. It’s very, very short. The download page doesn’t say how many endings there are, but it looks like there are probably three, and I managed to play the game through enough times to reach them all in less than half an hour. Gameplay is simple. Each day you can do 1-2 activities with Nadine, and you get to choose which ones: eat, sleep, play, or talk. During each activity, you must choose between 2 responses, although sometimes there’s a bit of internal struggle or an extra conversation with Nadine that requires you to choose between 4 options (sort of). There are no “save” or “back” buttons.

I didn’t realize this going in, but this is more of a horror game than a romance, even if you do your best to choose the nicest sounding responses in every instance. (Note: Sometimes seemingly “bad” responses have better results than you'd expect, I suppose because Nadine didn't know exactly what was going on in her monster's head.)

You can opt to have the monster behave rudely and/or frighteningly towards Nadine, or you can try to make friends with her. All the while, you’ll

struggle against carnivorous urges - so definitely make sure Nadine keeps you well fed, ha.

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At any rate, two of the three endings are bad ones. The third ending is technically good and even includes a cute final image, but when you take into account the urges the monster was struggling with throughout the entire game, it’s still kind of disturbing.

All in all, this was so-so. Nadine’s reactions to some of the monster’s responses were a little weird, and the game was too short for the “good” ending to truly feel natural. Still, the premise was interesting and I enjoyed most of the artwork. Nadine, in particular, looked cute.

 

(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)

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text 2017-02-12 12:13
A List of Top Ten Samurai Jack Episodes from our Re-Watch of Seasons 1 & 2
Samurai Jack #7 - Jim Zub,Brittney Williams,Andy Suriano

 

 

I haven’t stopped squeeing ever since they announced that we will be getting ten more brand new episodes of SJ! I completely lost it when they posted the trailer because the show looks edgier and beautifully darker.

Recently, io9 listed the 10 SJ must-watch episodes that everybody should be enjoying during the free online streaming of ALL SJ episodes.

Since The Bear & I have recently started an SJ re-watch and have covered the first two seasons, I decided I’d list ten favorite episodes of ours. Shall we?

 


In no particular order but in all awesomeness, here are the episodes that you need to see:

 

Jack and the Three Blind Archers (Season 1)

 

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Do you see the bodies littering the snow-covered landscape? That is who Jack’s competing against. I love the parts where Jack trains himself in an uber-quick course of using his hearing as the primary sense, in order to defeat them!

 

Jack and the Scotsman Parts I (Season 1) and II (Season 2)

 

The Scotsman is a lot of trouble and fun. When they first meet, the SM and SJ do not hit it off right away. Instead, they spent more than half of the episode fighting.

 

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The second time goes better and they work together to rescue SM’s wife. However, my favorite episode happens to be from the SJ comics where the duo are turned into girls by thieving Leprechauns. Don’t believe me? Take a look at that:

 

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Samurai Jacqueline & the Curse of the Scotswoman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anyway, I think it is okay to say that SJ +SM = One Entertaining Episode!

 

 

Jack in Space (Season 1)

 

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This episode is the first time we see Jack in black and he is in space battling giant insectoid robots. Need I say more? Watch it here!
 

Jack’s Sandals (Season 2)

 

We find out how big of an impact Jack’s sandals — and culture — have on who he is and there is a new career in foot modelling waiting for him, if he ever gets tired of trying to “get back”!

 

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Jack and the Spartans (Season 2)

 

Here’s what you need to know about this episode:

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Jack Learns to Jump Good (Season 2)

 

Samurai Jack: Aku!
Aku: Samurai fool! Your efforts are in vain again. This gateway to the past is once more beyond your…
[Jack jumps]
Aku: …reach? You can fly?
Samurai Jack: No, jump good!

If you want to watch what helped SJ get so good at jumping, click here!

 

Jack and the Hunters (Season 2)

 

Aku contacts the Hunters and tries to hire them to kill SJ. They refuse the money and say they’d do it for the fun of the hunt. The leader of the Hunters, Lionor, had one of the sexiest voices and it all made sense when I found out that the same actor had also lent his voice for:
 
 
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Panthro (Thundercats)!

 

Jack Is Naked (Season 2)

 

SJ is dropped into a Lewis Caroll-esque world in this episode but more importantly, this happens:

 

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Jack Under the Sea (Season 2)

 

Jack visits an underwater race and has a run in with Aku when they betray him. The beautiful art and the comedy regarding SJ’s love for shrimp made this episode a huge favorite.

 

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Well, these are our favorite episodes. Chime in and let us know if our list agrees with yours!

 

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A chance to watch the first few minutes of new SJ content here!

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review 2016-11-11 18:29
Oh, the Places You'll Go! - Dr. Seuss

This is a creative story that captures both the ups and downs of life. This would be a great story to use in the classroom as a self esteem tool. This book could be used to encourage students to set their goals and work toward them, while reminding them that although attaining those goals may not be as easy as it seems, they would still be achievable.

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