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I have tried all the cooking mama games and have found them all enjoable. This game was not a disappointment. In this game you can choose to make items and toys. There is a large variety of crafting items and as in the previous versions you can unlock more as you earn medals. However a new twist in this game is the fact that you can play new types of mini games which unlock as you build your items. For instance you can play with the paper airoplanes by blowing into the mic and getting them to stay up longer or shooting at targets with your water gun. I found these activities a fun diversion but not an essencial part of the game. The controls in this game are the same as in all other mama games, you basically use the stylus and sometimes the mic to follow on screen instructions. I never had any trouble with it and my eight year old cousin also mastered the controls with little difficulty. Finally for alot of the items you can choose which colour or pattern you want to make it . Personally I found this game the most enjoable from the mama series.
This game is part of the Harvest Moon series, however Being Rune Factory it has slightly different approach. You start the game a boy and get a house and a farm to run. You can perform various actions like planting and gathering crops, fishing, mining and wood chopping. You can also explore the village and make friends with other villagers. In the village there is a message board from which you can accept quests from other characters which is different from the first game in the series. Besides farming you can also explore the areas outside the village where you can fight monsters and plant seasonal crops. The game has 4 seasons, with different crops to plant during each one. The monsters can also be tames and used to help around on the farm. Another aspect of this game which makes it different from its predecessor is that you cannot fully experience the game as an adult, you first have to marry and have a child of your own. You can then choose to be a boy or a girl and explore the rest of the game. There are many interesting crafting skills to master and this game can be enjoyed for a very long time (My current save file has more than 50 hours of game play and it is not yet finished).
This is a great game to play with children as it can help then learn about adding and subtracting. The goal of the game is to pick a card with an item you are going to buy then walk to the correct shop by rolling the dice. You get additional money evey time you pass the bank. When at the shop the child needs to count out the correct amount of money and put the item into their shopping basket. The player who buys all six items first is the winner. The game does not take too long to play, aproximately 30 minutes for 4 players. The money peaces are made of plastic and look like real coins. The box suggests age rating of five and over but I found that both my five and six year old had alot of trouble giving the right amount of coins and needed a lot of support. However they both had great fun playing the game.
In this game use can choose to play as a male or female character. Your goal: to save the Earth from an incoming asteroid. You can do this by earning money through minigame jobs and then buying special items. There are 50 minigame jobs to play in all. Every job has 3 difficulty levels followed by a final exam. Passing this exam makes your future earning higher from this job. Good points: -The story is unusual and really funny -The graphics are cartoonish and very nice -There are lots of mini games to play and you have a choice of 9 every day, exept sunday -When you finish the game and choose to start over your progress is saved, so you can do the jobs you maxed out already -You have a museum where you can buy and display trophies from the jobs you do Bad points: -The music gets annoying really fast -Although each game has control explanations, I found many of them so hard I could not earn any money with them -You can either shop or do a job in one day, not both. However not all special items are available in a shop on one day. Meaning you may have to waste several days looking for the one you want
I got this game as a present for my birthday and being a fun of previous Harry Potter games I was very excited. I have never played other Harry Potter games on the Wii so I cant compare but I found this game to be of poor quality. Good Points: -Harry levels up when killing enemies and his spells get stronger -You can use the Wii controller to aim and cast spells -You have a special spell which can show you the direction of your goal Bad Points: -This is basically an interactive movie. Unlike the previous games, this one has very little original content -I found the controlls extremely difficult and irratating. Instead of having a fixed camera view you have to turn the camera yourself by pointing the Wii remote at the screen and moving it to the side. This is slow, so when you have to take a sharp turn, you have to stop walking in order to see where you are going. You also have to do this during combat. As I meantioned previously you use the Wii remote to aim and shoot as well as turn. This is irratating if you have enemies behind you. -Some enemies such as pixies move about the screen quite fast making aiming difficult, I had to redo some parts over and over again
I have heard about this game years before release and was eagerly awaiting its release. However I was greatly disapointed. Good points: -The ability to castomise everything from your creatures to buildings -The ability to download and share your content with other users online -Numerous achievements -Excellent replayability -It is fairly easy to make a good looking creature/avatar -The graphics are nice, however in the space stage the planets are not very decorated Bad points: -Each stage up to space is very short -The space stage is more or less a sandbox which for a while is very fun and exiting, it does however get boring quite fast -The quests are numerous but repetative -Not all creatures animate nicely -The are not very many plants to decorate the planet with and you cannot build your own -The game needs a connection to the internet in order to view your achievements -The game makes a link yo your chosen account and there are only 3 activations so the whole family must play on it (ie share achievements)
Dragon Age Origins: Awakening is an expansion pack to the great game. Having said that it is a game of itself. You have a choice of either importing your own character and story from the original game or making a new character and choosing a generic story. The story ocassional refers to the Dragon Age Origins but mostly it follows its own stand alone story. The prestige abilities for every class are interesting but not as varied as one might like. This expansion is quite short, it can be played in under 12 hours. Unlike the original game, it does not have replayability value. Another negative aspect for me was you cannot talk to your companions in the camp or have a romatic relationship with them. The are specific points in the game where you may interact with your companions if you have them in the party (making gaining influence with them harder).
We have been using the stroller in a lovely pink colour, for several months now and we found it to be very convinient. It is adjustable so you can have your child facing towards you or away from you. I personally prefer to have the baby facing me but when the child gets older you can easily turn it around to have your child looking outwards. It is also compatible with other maxi-cosy products such as the car seat and carry cot. The seat can also be easily adjusted to set up staright, recline and lie flat. The stroller is easy to maneuver and it rolls quite easily on rough terrains such as grass. One of the downside of this stroller is that although it can be folded, this is not easily done and the stroller remains very bulky, making it difficult to put into the boot of a small car.
We have purchased this breadmaker 4 years ago. At first we have used it frequently and have tried every recipe from the manual that it comes with. The bread maker allows you to choose from a smaller and a larger loaf and has two settings on how brown you want the crust to be. It is very easy to use as you only have to put in the ingridients and choose your setting. However if you do not take your bread out when it is finished it may become more brown than you like. We also found that the bottom of the bread becomes quite hard, make extraction difficult after several months of use. We ended up having to use a knife to get the bread out. After about a year of use the breadmaker developed a fault, making the bucket turn very slowly, therefore turning itself off, meaning we now have to supervise it and cant leave it on overnight.
Good points -Excellent graphics, I found the details on the characters faces particularly beautiful, in many games all faces look very much alike. The characters also animate nicely. -Involving story line. I found the main story very interesting plus you can make choices which will make a difference at the end of the game. -Romance in the game was the best I have experienced. I have played this game to the end at least four times and have experienced the romance with all characters. The character lines are well written and have given me hours of laughter. -Achievements add an extra incentive to play the game again. I am the kind of person who likes to see how many I can unlock so I greatly enjoyed this aspect of the game. -You can choose the order in which you do missions Bad points -The environment does not react to you ie when you walk through a bush it does not move or make any noise. -The missions are divided into chapters which means you may miss out of quests