This is a reblog of my site http://geekysweetie.com – Other stuff may appear here such as reblogs from other wordpress.com sites. I blog and reblog about anime, video games, kdrama, toys, technology, and kawaii fashion and decor.
I recently started playing Dragon Raja, a full featured MMORPG on smart mobile devices.
Overall Score: 75/90 83% B “Very Good Game For Girls”
Overview: 10/10 Dragon Raja is a beautiful game with amazing character customization and open world environment. Play as one of four starting classes and three “races” (male human, female human, or a kawaii lolita race (all of my characters are loli because they’re sooo cute!!) The character customization is the highlight of this game to me. Story, Gameplay, and Music are all pretty great though really.
Geeky: 5/5 The character customization, combat, graphics, and gameplay earn high marks.
Sweetie: 5/5 The cute anime style graphics and Lolita race and visual novel style choice system as well as very advanced character customization highlight this game’s sweetness factor.
Gameplay: 8/10 The game plays like any MMORPG. Take on quests, level up your character, fight monsters, get loot and equipment for your character and explore the world as you progress through the story.
Dragon Raja has great gameplay but it can suffer from lag depending on your device or connection. This game really pushes the limits of mobile games in both gameplay and graphics so you need a powerful device and high speed connection. If you’re home on WiFi it’s not a problem but in some more rural areas, like where I live where 5G isn’t available, he’ll sometimes 4G isn’t even available, it can be difficult to play on 3G and laggy AF.
There’s also the ability to click the quest to auto path to the next step in the quest. Gameplay especially combat though is quite fun and action packed. Each class plays a little differently and makes the game fun to replay as different classes.
Character Customization:10/10 Not only can you really get unique with your physical appearance, but in almost visual novel style you’ll be prompted at times to answer NPC story dialogue by selecting from multiple responses which changes your character’s personality type and may impact the story. (I say may because I’m not far enough in yet to know for sure)
Story: 7/10 The story is pretty good so far, and like mentioned above you will be prompted at times to respond to the NPCs which makes it more than just reading but the auto path feature makes it all too easy to skip the story almost entirely. I’ve also seen a fair number of typos or grammar errors.
Community: 5/10 An MMORPG is only as great as the players who play. The players here seem more isolated and community takes a large back seat until perhaps later in the game. They also seem immature from what chats I’ve seen so far.
Graphics: 10/10 Love how cute this game is and really enjoy making my characters who you can see throughout this blog post.
Music: 5/10 Just kinda average. Most the time I play mobile games muted anyways.
Replay value: 10/10. With multiple classes and visual novel branching plot elements, this game will keep players coming back.
Overall Score: 75/90 83% B “Very Good Game For Girls”
The sequel to KLab’s smash hit Love Live School Idol Festival, Love Live All Stars takes it to the next level with fully animated Live2D characters that dance around on the screen.
Like its predecessor, Love Live School Idol Festival, Love Live All Stars is a card collecting rhythm game with cute anime girls to collect.
The new installment in Love Live has a few key differences from the original, most notably is the animation. There’s also costumes you can unlock for your girls to wear and a new voltage gameplay system that allows you to score more points.
The key elements are the same with perhaps more focus on story this time around. You play through the story to unlock new songs. You train your girls and level them up and unlock new skills with a branching skill path for each character.
The girls are back and cuter than ever with the addition of the full body animated dance routines and new cards to collect.
As always the game is fully voiced and the focus is on singing. I could be wrong but I think each voice actress records each song because it sounds like the vocals changed when I had different girls in the center, especially on solo songs. That’s a lot of dedication if that’s correct and it adds some new variation on some of our favorite love live songs. Again could be wrong but sounded that way to me unless it’s my imagination.
The enhanced visuals and enhanced voice acting and addition of costumes and a skill tree for your characters really adds a lot to the new game.
Who’s your favorite waifu? Mine is still Kotori but my best card right now is Mari.
Overall Score: 82/90 91% A- Excellent Game For Girls
Geeky: 5/5 – geeks will love the enhanced visuals and more challenging game play with additions like skill unlocking and branching skill trees
Sweetie: 5/5 – Girls will love the adorable characters and colorful graphics and enhanced focus on story
Overview: 10/10 – All stars retains much of what made LLSIF such a success and enhances it with all new animation and gameplay elements.
Story: 4/10 – Although there is more focus on the story, it’s still not really very interesting – I read the first 2 chapters and now just skip through all of the stories.
Characters: 10/10 – all of your favorite idols from U’s and Aquours return joined by an all new group of girls from Nijigasaki High School. And now they’re cuter than ever
Gameplay: 8/10 – Gameplay is enhanced by letting you train your idols in new ways, with special ability slots that force you to pick and choose which skills to allow your girls to lean, and a branching skill tree that allows you to control how your girls grow. There’s also new dressup elements and a few new gameplay elements within the live shows, like the new voltage gauge. Gameplay however at times does still become very repetitive. I go through phases of wanting to play every day and then not touching it for weeks.
Music: 10/10 – many of your favorite songs return plus a few new songs have been added as well.
Voice acting 10/10 – all of the girls voices are so cute, and I think that perhaps the vocals of the songs change depending who you have equipped in your center stage. Or it seemed that way to me. If true, that’s a lot of time spent recording different versions of each song, plus all of the story dialogue.
Kawaii 10/10: Love Live is one of the cutest games/anime out there and my personal favorite game characters to cosplay as because they’re just so cute
Replay Value: 10/10 – There are many events with limited release cards and really no end to this game which gives it great replay value.
Overall Score: 82/90 91% A- Excellent Game For Girls
I received this copy of Maitetsu Pure Station in exchange for a review. Opinions expressed in this review are my own.
Title: Maitetsu Pure Station
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Release Date: January 2020
Genre: Visual Novel
Overall Score: 87/100 87% Very Good Game For Girls
Geeky: 5/5 This game is educational and full of both history and sci-fi elements.
Sweetie: 5/5 This game also has adorable cute anime characters and stunning graphics. The story is good with a lot of emotional and cute scenes. The production values are high and the music and voice acting are all well above average.
Overview: 8/10 Maitetsu Pure Station is a somewhat older Eroge game from 2016. However, for its North American release all hentai content has been removed.
Even with heavy censorship, this game still bothers some people I guess because the only other review I found online points out that it is creepy because of the perceived age of the romanceable characters.
I do not share that person’s opinion. Maybe because I collect Dollfie Dream and Pure Neemo and similar dolls… when playing Maitetsu I’m not creeped out, instead I’m reminded of Danny Choo’s SmartDoll prototype and the possible future of dolls, robotics, and artificial intelligence.
I have long been fascinated by artificial intelligence and robotics and now it is just packaged in cute anime doll form. That’s because some of the characters in Maitetsu Pure Station are robotic dolls and not human but capable of very human like expression.
So let’s talk about the game itself. If you don’t know what a visual novel is, it’s like an interactive book with graphics, music, and voice overs to help draw you into the story. Anyone remember the old choose your own adventure Goosebumps books from the 90s? This is kinda similar to that.
But now for some “bad news”… Choices are few and far between… in fact each route only offers one choice… and each route takes over ten hours to complete…
If you don’t like reading this game isn’t for you. Even if you do like reading, this game isn’t perfect. It’s riddled with far to many typos and grammar mistakes.
I’ve included a few in the screenshots I took spread throughout this post. And there were dozens and dozens Maybe even hundreds more that I didn’t photograph.
But yet on the other hand, there were choices made with this translation that I like very, very much, such as leaving in all of the honorifics and nick names.
And if you want to read even MORE, you can look at TIPS when a yellow word appears on the screen. – There’s a lot of detail – a lot of text – and so some typos are expected, but I just think there’s still too many, even for the amount of text. They needed to proofread and get playtesters playing this ahead of release instead of after. And it seems there’s no plans to fix any typos because it’s been out for 3 months and no patch yet.
Due to lack of choices and many typos I deducted two points from overall score.
Gameplay: 2/10 The story is interesting but long and without (m)any choices all you do is keep pressing A over and over. This might work better in the game’s native language because then instead of reading you can just watch and listen since it is almost fully voiced.
But the reading and lack of interaction frankly makes me sleepy. I’ve put in over 8 hours and have yet to get to a choice. There are ten endings including one final ending that ties everything up together but I can’t make it through even one of them right now and actually just archived it to make room for Animal Crossing in two weeks. (And I’m well versed in visual novels with fifty or more of them under my belt). This one’s (almost complete) lack of interaction is the reason for my limited interest in completing the game at this time.
Story: 8/10 Taking off a few points for way too many typos and the slow pacing of the story. That aside, the game is charming and relaxing. It is full of heart, mystery, charm, and undeniable cuteness.
Spoiler free recap of the story thus far. You play as Setsuo Migata, adopted son to a family of sake brewers living in a rural and remote area of Japan.
You were taken in after a terrible train wreck caused you to become an orphan. The man you were taken in by had two young granddaughters who you view as family now.
You are grown and have left home to join what basically amounts to a futuristic Air Force of semi-self aware aircraft. You return to your rural home town to oppose the opening of a new manufacturing facility of such aircraft because you worry about it disrupting the peaceful country life and clean air and clean water of your quaint little town.
Yet despite this you also seem highly fascinated by the technology within your own aircraft. You feel as though the artificial intelligence is capable of much more human like thought than it admits.
When returning home the only space for you to stay is your Grandfather’s old room. While tidying up, you find a strange but beautiful doll in a glass case.
The doll is later revealed to be a Raillord a computerized system that was able to communicate over a network with other Raillords for the safety and efficiency of operating the national railroad system.
Now long since a thing of the past, only a few railways remain in use across Japan, and the locomotive attached to this raillord is in disrepair.
You push aside your fear of railroads (remember the crash that killed your family?) and choose to help this doll like being whose artificial intelligence is greater than that of even your aircraft by restoring her engine and trying to bring back Japan’s love of railway travel.
As you draw closer to everyone in the story you get closer to unraveling the mystery of what really happened on the night of the crash.
Characters: 10/10 I have no complaints about the characters. They’re all so cute and remind me so much of my Dollfie Dream dolls and make me wish my dolls had artificial intelligence too! And they are well voiced and well written. I feel a strong emotional connection and deep interest in the characters.
Graphics: 10/10 This game is beautiful, cute, and highly detailed. The characters use live2D and are fully animated from breathing to blinking to soft strands of hair or fabric swaying. They are given numerous expressions and animations of both face and body.
I do have a complaint about the graphics – more specifically the text – although I did not deduct a point for it. My complaint is that depending on the size of your TV and distance from your chair, the text can be hard to read. There is no way to change the font size, although you can select different type-faces. I think being able to increase font size would help reduce eye-strain and help combat that sleepiness I feel after playing the game more than 3-4 hours in one sitting.
Music: 10/10 The music is calming, maybe a little sad, and tinged with suspense.
Voice Acting: 10/10 I really like that the game is fully voiced, even the protagonist and all of the voices seem to fit the characters.
Replay Value: 9/10 – with 10 different endings and one grand route at the end this game has incredible replay value for a total completion time of more than 60 hours. But I dunno who will play it to completion because of the lack of (almost any) interaction required by the player.
As an adult with little time, lots of games, a full time job, and other hobbies and interests too, I won’t be completing this game for a long time. I am grateful I can archive the software which is over 6gb and not lose the save data on my Nintendo Switch.
Kawaii: 10/10 To balance out some of the negative areas I added this area because the game is so cute!
Overall Score: 87/100 87% Very Good Game For Girls
I recently received Starlight Stage A Pop Idol Card Game from RightStuf. RightStuf is one of the oldest and largest distributors of Otaku merchandise in the US. Check out their website at www.RightStuf.com for everything from anime, manga, action figures, Japanese candy, games, and more.
I decided to purchase Starlight Stage because I’m a fan of mobile idol games and idol anime such as Love Live, Utapri, Bang Dream, Ensemble Stars, and yes, Idol M@ster.
I do not know for sure if this board game is based on Idol M@ster but I suspect it is, since one of the early and most popular Idol M@ster mobile games is titled Idol M@ster Starlight Stage. For whatever reason though, if it is in fact at all related, they stripped it of the Idol M@ster title and just dubbed it Starlight Stage. Either way, related or not, if you love the mobile games or anime idol games, you’ll love Starlight Stage Card Game by Japanime Games.
The game is a little difficult to learn at first, and we had a lot of confusion trying to figure it out in the beginning, but once you get into the rhythm of the turn cycle it’s actually really simple. And it comes with these handy rule cards for each player to reference.
Starlight Stage is for 3-4 players with an average play time of 30-60 minutes. It is a great family game rated for ages 10+.
Designed by Hironatsu Yamada, Starlight Stage is a fast paced card drafting game with adorable idols. It’s your job to recruit idols with different talents and help them grow to become the top talent agency.
At the start of the game you get some low cost starter idols, but you’re going to want to save up some tokens for better idols as you play. The cost is always in the top left of the card.
One of the things that frustrated my friends is understanding the costs and talents of the cards. I found it pretty straight forward but there was a lot of discussion and confusion on how to pay the costs. Also we forgot to shuffle the first time – or just assumed we didn’t need to since it was brand new sealed in box – but yes you have to shuffle lol. We kept drawing the same cards DOH! lol.
The correct way to pay the cost (top left) is to count the talent points (in the kinda grayish box at the bottom of the idol card) and if that’s still not enough you can use tokens but if you use talent tokens you must discard the tokens and move the card whose talent you used to the anteroom (discard pile). You also can’t use tokens just by themselves without using the talents of an idol also, even if you have enough tokens to do so. You also cannot use multiple idols to pay for a card except for use in acquiring event cards.
The object of the game is to have the most popularity points. (Top right) Some cards give additional conditional popularity points at the conclusion of the game so make sure to include this in the final count.
You earn popularity points by earning fame cards and enhancing your existing idols or recruiting new ones.
My only real complaint with the game is that the artwork is really disjointed. Some of the artwork is lovely and others very amateurish because so many different artists worked on this game.
Here I have five cards pulled completely at random out of my game box and five different artists. A total of 13 artists were used to create the art for the cards and they each have different styles and skill levels.
I still love the game so much that I plan to purchase the expansions also available on RightStuf. I love anime idol “culture” and this game is very cute and fun to play. I highly recommend it to anyone who like me, also plays similar mobile rhythm games like Love Live School Idol Festival or the newly released Love Live School Idol Festival All Stars, or Idol M@ster, or Utapri, or Ensemble Stars, or Bang Dream.
I can’t get enough idol games and I’m not alone. I frequently cosplay as love live characters. My favorite is Kotori. And Smartdoll and Dollfie Dream both regularly release limited edition dolls from Love Live or Idol M@ster, not to mention the anime, nendoroid, plushies, and other merchandise, many of which I bet you can also find on RightStuf.com
I just started playing Sweet Dance, a pretty cute mobile game with a variety of music hits from around the world. Songs include English hits from the US and Europe as well as Chinese, Korean, and Japanese tracks.
The game has several different dance modes. In the first dance mode, bubble mode, you must simply tap the bubbles on the screen. In Trail mode you must tap left, right, or both sides of your screen depending on the colors of the bubbles. Pink is Right. Blue is left. Yellow is both. The beginning mandatory tutorial only makes you play Bubble mode so I was confused when I played Trail mode but eventually figured it out. There’s also a beat mode which is like DDR for your fingers. In beat mode you must quickly punch in a sequence of arrow movements and then lock in your sequence at the right time with the beat button (The right time is when the red dot is near the white line).
You can dance alone or with friends or random people. There’s also a couples dance mode where your score is combined with a partner.
It’s a very social game too with features like a guild and global chat rooms and private messaging. There’s even a marriage system in the game.
Most of the players seem quite young. Ive seen the majority seem to be 12-16. I’m 38 and I haven’t seen many other 30 year olds lol. It makes me feel a little awkward lol. If you’re 30 plus send me a message let’s be dance friends lol .
So I saved the best part for last, it’s also a kawaii Dressup game. Some items are temporary lasting only days, but others are permanent and it’s not that hard to get permanent items. I played only one day and never spent real money and already have permanent shoes, hair, and my sweet dress with wings. All permanent. And totally free to play.
There’s lots of events and ways to get free items by completing quests or exchange tickets for egg plumes or weekly free wishes in the fountains that grant rare items too.
I’ve been playing a new mobile Dressup game called CocoPPa Dolls. As its name suggests it is by the creator of CocoPPa Play although this new title plays a lot more like Love Nikki or Romantic Diary than CocoPPa Play.
The gameplay is simple. You play Gacha to get new items for your avatar to wear. Some Gacha are time limited and some have rare items and others are always available with less rare items.
Ok so I know what you’re thinking. That sounds just like CocoPPa Play but that’s about when the similarities end.
From here you have a few different unique features… Let’s look at them briefly. Pictures may not be related to the text here I’m just sharing cute screenshots I took while playing.
The game progresses through a story mode. The basics of the story are that you are a model known as a CocoPPa Doll and your performances help bring Tokimeki back into the world which was lost when a meteor shower struck the earth killing a large population of people including special princesses whose Tokimeki kept the world balance and people happy. You are a pure hearted novice girl who has a recurring dream about someone calling her to become such a princess. Only the best models can become Princesses. And so your training begins. You travel to various planets and each planet is ruled by its own princess.
Each chapter of the story has you perform a fashion check where you are asked to wear items focusing on 2 attributes. Items have attributes like cute, pure, sexy, gorgeous, just to name a few. There are many item types such as face, hair, earrings, necklace, shirts, bottoms (pants or skirts), dresses, shoes, hats, backgrounds, frames, etc. just to name a few.
As you clear each chapter you unlock new items. Some are given as rewards, while others are just added to the store or atelier. In the store you can purchase new items and at the Atelier you can combine items and recipes to craft new items.
Some chapters are locked and require a specific amount of Tokimeki to continue. You earn Tokimeki by performing on stage. Fans come to the stage as you progress through the story. You can repeat previously cleared chapters to find more items and attract more fans.
You also have the ability to create or join a unit, which is like a guild and take place in special unit missions and events.
Each day you will be placed in a random team for the Stage, the stage theme is reset every three hours and you can select your outfit with an option to automatically choose the best scoring items. The higher your score the more Tokimeki you have and you can help your team mates cheer for fans; if you do well you earn ranking coins that can be used for special item redemption. I’m not clear yet if these items are always available or sometimes cycled out with different rewards.
Of course there are special cash only items too. I’ve bought two of them but they’re completely optional. You don’t need to spend money on this game. I just wanted them because they were cute.
The game is absolutely adorable and I’m hooked. It doesn’t take much time, 15 minutes a day maybe. The characters are fully animated and there are so many endless possibilities for dressing up. If you love games like Helix Waltz, Love Nikki, or Romantic Diary, you will love CocoPPa Dolls too!
Thanks to the folks at Sugoimart.com for allowing me to review the Sailor Moon Jewelry Box. Check out their store at www.SugoiMart.com
First of all let’s talk about shipping. The product arrived fast in about 3 days and was well packed with lots of bubble wrap.
Note: Shipping times may vary given that items are being sent to you directly from Japan.
Let’s talk about the site itself. SugoiMart.com is a great place to find Japanese toys, Japanese candy, Japanese housewares and more.
The word Sugoi means “cool” so it’s a cool store to find hard to get Japanese items. Their KitKat selection is huge.
The store is new, but the company behind the scenes is well known to many otaku such as myself. They are the same people behind many wonderful subscription boxes such as Japan Crate, DokiDoki, KiraKira, and Gacha Gacha. Meaning you can feel secure shopping online knowing the goods are coming from a reputable company.
The website is a little tricky to navigate because they have so much stuff! But they do break it down into different categories to make browsing a little easier but you could easily spend hours on their site just because there’s so many cool things to look at!
Moving on let’s talk about the actual product that I ordered. I chose the Sailor Moon box because I’m a big Moonie (fan of Sailor Moon) and I thought it might serve a purpose in helping me organize some of my doll items like spare hands or eyes. I also just thought it was cute. I’m a big fan of anything pink.
I was using a box from the dollar store before and it got the job done but isn’t as cute as the Sailor Moon box.
My boyfriend and I also write a lot of notes to each other and it can be great for keeping our love letters.
Or as the box was originally intended it can serve as a jewelry box. I wouldn’t recommend putting necklaces in the box as the chains may get tangled, but it’d work fine for rings, earrings, bracelets, etc.
You could also use it to store makeup or well just about any little thing that you want to keep nice and tidy.
The only downfall of this box is there’s nothing inside like a divider or a cushion or anything so things inside can get a little messy or disorganized.
Otherwise I’ve no complaints. The box has a nice weight, very cute design and a great clasp that is both secure but also not difficult to open or close.
It’s pink with a faceted design like a crystal and the front has the name Sailor Moon, some stars, and silhouette of the anime heroine. The top has a large round sticker that’s mostly pink with Sailor Moons different wands, pendants, and more moons and stars. In the center of all of this is a blue crescent moon with Sailor Moon looking happy in her sailor scout uniform.
Overall I’m happy with the quality and design of the Sailor Moon keepsake box. I would definitely order from SugoiMart again in the future and would recommend them to my readers and friends.
Have you purchased anything yet from SugoiMart? Leave us a comment and let us know what you picked out.
I had previously played the Japanese version briefly of A3! Act, Actor, Addict, an otome simulation game that puts you in the role of a young woman looking for her father who went missing 8 years ago.
Cybrid has now released an English version of the game, which is good, because this one has almost no gameplay, and tons of reading (as most Otome and Visual novels). Which is why I only played the JP version very briefly, because I can’t read Japanese, and with little gameplay, and no story (since I couldn’t understand it) it became boring quickly. But now that it is in English, I’m enjoying it quite a bit.
The gameplay is almost similar to Love Live, except, you don’t actually do anything? lol. You collect the rare characters, and build your teams, and read their stories, but when it comes to rehearsals, you don’t interact at all. The outcome of the rehearsals is based purely on the stats of your cards, and the main focus of the game is on collecting rare cards and enjoying the story while unraveling the mystery of her missing father.
One day she receives a mysterious letter from the theater where her father used to work. They tell her they also have not heard from her father in 8 years, and that the theater is in dire straits and without her help the theater will surely close down.
The artwork is very nice, but it is static and a bit outdated when many similar games have Live-2D with fully animated graphics. The characters are cute and their personalities are interesting.
Depending on who you have in your team you will enjoy different scenarios and interactions while rehearsing and performing. Sometimes having certain characters will unlock special stories to learn more about the characters.
The game is old now, being out for a number of years, at least 3 or 4 that I know of, in Japan. Which explains why it is maybe lagging behind in some areas compared to similar games. But i’m still super excited, appreciative, grateful, etc that it finally got an English release. 🙂
It’s a free game and they give plenty of free gems, I have at least 6 SSR cards which you can see on my instagram feed. Muku is my favorite character and the Kitty Paradise card is my favorite. He is so kawaii :).
Anywas, I feel that the game is a bit dull and boring, unless you really enjoy Otome games – which I do – but for the average gamer, there is just nothing to do really in this game. It’s like Love Live, but with removing all gameplay elements. All you do is collect cards, “Bloom” cards (combine two of the same into one to upgrade them), train your actors, read the story, and perform different plays.
It would have been more fun if there was some type of interaction while performing, but it’s still a cute otome game if you like games of cute anime boys doing cute things, this game is for you. There are limited time events that give you the ability to collect special limited cards.
I recommend you check it out yourself, especially if you enjoy otome games.
I just recently purchased the Fairy Pink Tamagotchi On from Barnes and Noble. Here’s my thoughts after the first 24 hours. I did a lot of research prior to purchasing Tamagotchi On. Tamagotchi On is also known as Tamagotchi Meets in Japan and Tamagotchi Some in Korea. The Tamagotchi Meets has a lot of bugs which were all fixed for the English Tamagotchi On. The bugs included things such as draining the batteries in just a day or Tamagotchis getting glitched when they evolved.
I also read that a lot of people received used looking Tamagotchi On from amazon who had badly scratched screens despite being brand new. Luckily mine was in perfect condition. I don’t know if the scratched screens were just from Amazon, or maybe a bad batch, afterall it’s been out for about 2 months now so my tama is from a different manufacturing batch.
I chose to purchase from Barnes and Noble because you can get 30% off your first toy order when you join the free kid’s club. Tamagotchi On are pretty pricey around $50-60 so saving 30% is a big deal.
I also prepared for my Tamagotchi’s arrival by buying a “case” which as far as I can tell is just a decorative touch. It might offer some protection but not much. When it comes to Tamagotchi “cases” there’s 3 basic types. Silicone which is what I bought – I picked out a pink Pusheen case which still isn’t here. Crochet cases from places like Etsy – many of which have cat or rabbit ears. And Bath and Body Works Hand Sanitizer holders which people are using mostly as wrist straps. Unlike the original Tamagotchis of the 90s, the new ones are not keychains. They do have a place you could attach a chain, wrist strap, or lanyard though. Or just pop your tamagotchi into the Bath and Bodyworks hand sanitizer.
The other ways I prepared for my Tama’s arrival include buying a tiny screwdriver and some rechargeable batteries. The battery door is secured with a tiny screw. I bought an eyeglass repair kit. If you live in the united states you can buy these at the dollar tree store. It comes with 2 screw drivers that fit the tiny screw and a cleaning cloth that you can use on the screen. And it only costs a dollar.
I dunno about you, but I am a 90s kid. I grew up with the original Tamagotchi. The new Tamagotchi On is very similar to its 90s counterpart. The basic concept of the game remains the same, you navigate the menus with 3 buttons. The first button toggles through the menus, the 2nd button confirms your selection, and the third button cancels and goes to the previous screen.
The gameplay also has not changed much on the surface. You feed, play with, and clean up after your virtual pet. The big differences between Tamagotchi On and the 90s version are that the Tamagotchi On is in full color and has a backlit screen. The Tamagotchi On also features some new gameplay elements, the biggest of which is the ability to connect to the Tamagotchi On app and play minigames to earn coins, or meet other players from around the world. Once your Tamagotchi is an adult, you can even marry another player’s Tamagotchi and have babies, including twins. The genetics of the parents pass down and there are over 1 million different combinations and ways that your Tamagotchi can look. You can use the coins from the minigames to dressup your tama, decorate your room, buy toys or food for your tama, or put your Tama in a daycare so you can take time away, perfect if you have to leave your tama when you go to work or school.
If you have 2 Tamagotchi they can have playdates or communicate when you connect via infrared. You may want 2 Tama anyways because there are 2 versions *and more in Japan* with exclusive places you can unlock and a few Tamagotchi exclusive to each version. And in some cases (in Japan) there are rare genes in the special versions. The two places you can visit right now are Magic Land in the Purple or Green Magic Tamagotchi On US versions, or Fairy Land in Pink or Blue Fairy versions. The fairy version has more cute type Tamagotchi while the Magic version has more cool type tamagotchi. So which version you get may be influenced by what type of Tamagotchi you like best. If you like cute things like unicorns, or cool things like bats, vampires, witches, etc. But in the end it really doesn’t matter since you can marry and have babies and get the genes from all of the versions, even the Japanese exclusive versions, so you should just go for the shell color you like best. The white Magic one was limited in Japan but it’s now going to be an amazon exclusive in the US and Canada.
There are also many special events that happen. Like right now it is fall time and sometimes a tamagotchi will visit mine and they will go harvest fall food from the trees. Sometimes my tamagotchi will play hide n seek, or play with bubbles, or try to talk to me to get my attention.
It is a simple cute game with the object being to reach adulthood and breed and aim either for genes you like, or for rare genes that you want to collect.
Is it worth the high price? It faces a tough market, saturated with apps on the phone, some including other virtual pets, or even more complex games, all for free. each day new apps release, and kids have cell phones these days. But maybe Bandai never intended to target kids in the first place; perhaps they’re banking on people like me who collected the first tamagotchi to be willing to pay for the new Tamagotchi On.
What I like about Tamagotchi On is the feeling of nostalgia, the cuteness, both of the graphics, and the outer shell, and the ability to breed and see genes pass down to the babies. I also like that I only need to spend a few minutes a couple times a day checking in on the Tamagotchi. It doesn’t require much time, effort, or thought. It’s just a simple cute game. I like the feel of the egg in my hand, and the buttons are comfortably placed. This Tamagotchi is larger than the 90s version and seems a perfect fit for my hands. The color backlit screen is also a big improvement over the 90s version.
What I don’t like about Tamagotchi On is no built in keychain/wrist strap/lanyard mechanism, and sadly, I think I’ll enjoy the game for a few weeks and then bore/tire of it quickly because it’s just too simplistic. But on the plus side I do think I will revisit the Tamagotchi from time to time, whenever I feel like playing a cute and carefree game.
I joined Godaddy back in 1999. Aside from some other free very early websites back in the early 90s, like Geocities, Godaddy was the only web host provider I ever had. And I was perfectly happy with them. Any time I had an issue, which honestly, in and of itself was pretty rare, the support team was quick to fix it. I didn’t like the overly sexualized sensationalized advertising, but as a marketing professional myself, I understand that sometimes sex sells. I didn’t care – and honestly didn’t know – about the questionable ethics of both the company and of its founder. All I knew is my websites worked and it was cheap and that was good enough.
So why after being a happy customer for over 20 years would I choose to leave? Because of a few recent interactions over what should have been a very simple issue. It opened my eyes to how poor the support team really is, and how money hungry the company is, and most importantly, how they treated their most loyal of customers who have been with them since almost the founding of the company. How little they did to try to save my business and how little I mattered to them. I will not be treated like that. And money talks, so I put my money where my mouth was and I chose a new web host who is almost triple in price what I paid to Godaddy, but I don’t mind. Honestly, since moving my site about a month ago now, I notice it’s so much faster and performs so much better. And the few interactions I’ve had with the support team, were all handled professionally and quickly.
So what was my issue? A recent update of wordpress required an update to PHP versions. This should be simple enough. I am a technical person. I went to the settings in Godaddy… and… I was already on the most “current” version… php 5.6 – a version that was over 5 years old and for which support had stopped almost a year ago…. With no way to access a higher version, I contacted Godaddy.
They informed me that my “Deluxe Linux Hosting Package” could not be updated to a higher version of PHP…. Not so “Deluxe” is it? But they told me I could switch packages to one that was cheaper, had the same unlimited bandwidth and unlimited storage, and actually costs less. Great! Let’s do it, I told them.
But the catch, I would have to back up and move all of my websites myself – I had about 12 of them, or they could do professional migration for $99 per site. And to put a cherry on top of it all, despite having just one CPanel, and one hosting package. Godaddy insisted that I had to pay per domain $99 name. I am just a hobby blogger – where on earth am I going to get over $1000 to migrate all of my sites?!! I make maybe one check from google ads a year, an affiliate commission here or there, and a few sponsored posts a year.
I know backing the sites up and moving them is not a hard job, anyone can get on FTP backup the files and reupload… But I live in a very rural area where there are amish people and more cows than cars, and internet connections are slow, and unstable. And I did try to FTP my sites myself but it kept timing out – 20 years worth of files, even just for 1 site takes hours if not days, on my connection, and the time outs had me worried about corrupt files or losing my data. I asked Godaddy if they could please waive the migration fees and was told that “We can’t work for free” by a manager. – I asked several reps and eventually spoke to a manager and the answer was the same. Nothing they could do unless I paid.
Well guess what? There are hundreds of webhosts who WILL migrate me for free!! So you have just lost a customer. A happy customer who has been with you for 20 years and probably would have been with you another 70 years – or the rest of my life… But you didn’t care… you didn’t care I paid money monthly for the hosting, or annually for the domains, you couldn’t see that you would have EASILY recouped that 99 dollar fee in less than a year.
If you’re curious what host I chose. I chose Siteground. I considered a lot of other options, but I feel good about my decision. I almost chose Fastcomet. Their prices are hard to beat, but I read they have some issues with site uptime. Most reviews don’t tell you about this, but I found 2 or 3 more honest reviews out there.
When shopping for a new webhost, you have to be careful, because a lot of reviews are sponsored or affiliate reviews and will be more glowing and you get pulled in and then “stuck”. Luckily, a lot of web hosts want your business and will migrate you away from whoever your “bad” host is. So you’re never really stuck.
Don’t settle for a web host provider who doesn’t value you as a customer. Let your money speak, just like I let mine speak to tell Godaddy I had enough. I know I’m just one small customer in part of a multimillion dollar company, but I work hard for my money, and if they don’t want my business, there’s plenty of other hosts who do.
It is unacceptable that 1.) I was on an old plan and never had any notice about PHP being depreciated. They stopped support completely last year meaning I didn’t even receive security updates or etc. And my version was so old probably a lot of plugins/themes/and in fact the newest version of wordpress itself isn’t compatible – It shouldn’t be my problem or expectation on the customer to fix this issue. I know how to update PHP but if there’s no option to update it – that should fall on Godaddy to move me to a plan that has at least a current supported version. 2.) And equally unacceptable that no one did anything to help lower the costs, etc. I can go migrate to hundreds of other hosts for free, but Godaddy can’t move me to a different plan or server with the correct PHP for “free”? It’s not “free” because I’m a paying customer. No one is asking you to do anything for “free” I’m just asking for my websites to work, which were broken by their lack of proper PHP.
I will never recommend Godaddy to anyone again. Previously I always recommended them, we even use them at my work because of me and have probably about 80 domains and multiple sites. I won’t tell my work to leave Godaddy either — but I will warn you blog readers – Godaddy doesn’t deserve my business, and they don’t deserve yours either.
Siteground is running a promotion right now, if you pay for a year of Go Geek hosting up front, you get it for slightly more than what it’d normally cost for 3 months. It works out to under $12 a month. Siteground has a free wordpress migration plugin that lets you flee your bad hosting company for free. They’ll also move one site for free for you with their professional migration… Or if you need them to move your site, it’s only $30, not $99 like Godaddy…. I actually had to have them move one of my sites for me because it was having an error when I tried… but fine, I spent an extra $30, instead of $99 (or 1,000+ for all the sites that Godaddy ridiculously wanted).
Siteground has an affiliate program too, remember what I told you about affiliate programs, you have to be wary of what you read, do your research and make your own decisions. I applied but as of time of this post am not yet in their affiliate program.