Maitetsu Pure Station Nintendo Switch Review

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

Maitetsu Pure Station Nintendo Switch Review was originally published on GeekySweetie.com – Geeky & Kawaii Anime, Tech, Toys, & Game Reviews & News

Why Do People Play Murder Mystery Games?

Interactive games are the perfect choice to have a lot of fun. Suddenly, you are feeling bored and you have a lot of spare time on your hands. Gather your closest friends and invite them for games and snacks. Board games are also a lot of fun because they involve a lot of people.

 Sometimes it is not so satisfying to play a game on your own. It could be interesting for a while, but then you will easily get bored. Besides, having to socialize and laugh is good for your mental health as well. 

One of the most popular games in the world is the murder mystery game. People are practically obsessed with it. You may wonder why. Well, there are a lot of reasons for that. This type of interactive game is designed for people that love the rush of adrenaline, as well as mysteries and thrillers. Gather some of your closest friends, and let the fun begin. Click on this link for more information https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_mystery_game

You can read a lot of mystery books about murders, but playing a game that involves a murder is much more fun. You can end up having a memorable night. Also, you can play it whenever you like with you friends. Here are some of the reasons why people love this game: 

It’s not just about the murder

One thing is clear, you need to find out who the murderer is, but there’s more to the game than that. Each of your friends will play a character. These characters have backgrounds that make them interesting. They also have goals and a lot of problems to deal with. A lot can happen in this game. You might not end up in jail even if you have committed the murder. In addition, you also have the option to pay off your gambling debts. It all depends on the type of character you play. Your friends will have a great time while playing. Read more here.

The more you dedicate yourself to pulling off that particular character, the more fun the game will be. Even if finding out the murderer is the main goal, you can still have a lot of fun while the culprit is fully discovered. You can also start to develop your own theories about who might be the real murderer. 

Meeting new people

You don’t necessarily have to play the game with just your closest friends. These types of interactive games are great for meeting new and interesting people. You can talk to all of them and find a lot of information that will help the case. Even if all of them are playing a particular character, you will have the opportunity to talk to new people and even make new friends. Throw a party and gather some people. Once the game is over, you can discover new things from their real lives. But, for the time being, make sure to stick to your character. 

Moreover, this game is great for people that are shy. You will pick up the courage and allow yourself to interact with new people, other than your friends. Who knows? You might meet someone and really hit it off in the long run. 

You might be the murderer

Someone from the group has to be the murderer. This can easily be you. You can have a lot of fun trying to trick people that you are not. Sometimes people will guess right away, but make sure to keep the fooled for as long as you can. You will also have background information about the character you play. Be sure to use it to your advantage and not let people discover who you really are. 

In some murder mystery games you won’t know you’re the murderer until the game is solved. If this is the way you prefer it, then you should purchase the game with that option. Either way, you will have a lot of fun playing it. Read more on this page

Another great thing about the game is that it can last for a couple of hours. This is the perfect way to kill all that spare time you have on your hands. If you don’t like games that end way too quickly, then this is the choice to go for. You will not regret it. On the plus side, your friends will also have a good time playing it. They will surely want to play it again. 

Solving clues

In the beginning, there are a lot of doubts about who might be the real murderer. But, as the game progresses, then things will become much clearer. Who doesn’t like to gather clues and analyze them? It will be like you are in a movie. Each clue will bring you closer to the truth. If you are the murderer, then this might not be the best option for you. But, if you’re not, then you can have fun analyzing and deducing who the murderer might be. 

The crime is staged. The murder mystery games are not based on just sitting at the table and discussing all the possibilities. You can improvise and reenact the murder. This means that you have the freedom to move around the room and investigate. This will help you figure out a lot of things. It might even help solve the murder. 

Different themes

There isn’t just one type of games like these, there are many. Some of them involve supernatural elements and characters involved, and some stick to the old-fashioned murder solving. Whichever one you choose, you won’t regret it. They are really detailed and discovering the real culprit might take some time. But that’s the whole point. The game won’t be good if you can immediately discover who the killer is. 

Moreover, you have a selection of murder mystery games online. This means that you can order them and have them delivered at your doorstep. Or, if you don’t want to wait for them, then go into a local store and buy one or two. Once you are bored with the first one, you can try the other one. However, you won’t get bored of them that easy. 

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The Influence of Anime Culture on the Gaming Industry

What comes to your mind when you hear the phrase “Anime Culture”? This movement dates back from the early 1917 and has influenced the evolution of many other cultures. It has inspired many famous artists, innovators and trend setters. Known for the progressive element, innovation and creativity, anime is today the leading inspiration among creators and influencers.

The anime genre fascinated and inspired a lot of industries. It’s no wonder that it’s also making an impact on the casino industry. This genre at first referred to film, TV, comics and video games. But let’s be precise-what is actually anime, and how it can be defined? 

Anime is a shortened term that stands for animation which covers all forms of animated media. This style is often characterised by colourful graphics, interesting characters and fantastical themes. This culture approaches the world from an abstract perspective and spans across various genres including sci-fi and romance. 

How it all began 

The first format of anime originally began with short commercial productions. The first animated flips were known to be somewhat crude and hard to process. The technology behind the graphics was developing at a slot but steady pace. It was not until the 60s when the first televised series was broadcasted. Since then, anime remained as a popular original medium. Works released in a direct to video format were called original video animations (OVA). 

However, the home distribution of anime releases was not popular until the 80s. That’s when VHS and LaserDisc formats showed up. The VHS format was used both in Japan and the US and took the credit for elevating the popularity of anime movies in the 1990s. Those were transcended by the DVD format which offered the unique advantages, including multiple subtitling and dubbing tracks on the same disc.

Influencing the culture of gaming 

It’s anime’s sharp and vibrant graphics that make it a perfect basis for online games, including slot games. Anime films and TV shows deliver fantasy characters which grab players’ attention and interest. Perhaps what makes anime so recognisable is the drawing style. From characters with huge eyes and exaggerated body shape, this presents a unique portraying of characters. We can see this distinct style having an impact in slot games, portraying everything from ancient temples and towns to star galaxies and superpowers.

Slot games have moved away from one dimensional fruit symbols and colour schemes to a more delicate approach to the animation. For example, check out Starburst, one of the popular online slot games around. Today they are more of an artform, created with the player preferences in mind. Immersive and intriguing, these slots will surely captivate the atmosphere through the graphics and imagery.

Many players are no longer interested in pressing the spin button and seeing where the symbols land – they want more from these games. Action-packed storylines and exciting themes that will give an extra layer to the game will provide an adventure-themed gameplay. Anime games often portray battles and fighters, taking martial arts to a whole new level. There are martial arts-themed slot games with ninjas, samurai and sensei as main characters. 

Why are they so popular?

There are reasons why this niche has managed to influence the casino industry. In fact, there are several. The most obvious one can be credited to the high fantasy detail, amazing storylines and fantastical characters with superpower abilities. In these stories there are no boundaries – anything is possible. Therefore, game developers can really experiment with ideas when working within this genre. Not only the storylines are captivating, but the animation style is visually and aesthetically appealing. Players can root for their characters and become involved in the game in a way standard slots can’t. As technology is making its progress, more possibilities open for the casino world. This way, players will demand more from their gaming experience. These years we’ve definitely seen a shift in how slots are designed, with much more focus on the fantasy element. This is where anime steps in, as developers consider to incorporate more fantasy elements of this genre into casino games. 

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Starlight Stage A Pop Idol Card Game By Japanime Games

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

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Get UR Geek On! At Philadelphia Comic Con

Get UR Geek On! at Philadelphia’s Comic Con

Who hasn’t dreamt of sprinting up the 72 steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Arts, reaching the top, and emphatically raising their hands up to the tune of Rocky’s theme song? Everybody has, that’s who! If you visit Philadelphia between April 3-5, 2020 for a geeky-cool event, you will get your chance to do this iconic jaunt, too.

Get Geeky at Comic Con

The Great Philadelphia Comic Con is a celebration of comics and pop-culture taking place from April 3-5. The event will take place at The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center. This year’s motto is “Get UR Geek On!” The organizers are keen to see what comics, movies, TV, anime, gaming, and cosplay fans bring to the event. They have opened the invitation to kids and even have events lined up just for them. 

The Comic Con will feature guests from Battlestar Galactica, Harry Potter, Dr. Who, Justice League cartoon, the Halo game, AEW wrestling, and so much more. Photo ops and autographs will be available at the event.  

If you want to go native, Philadelphia has some great fictional characters of its own like Rocky Balboa, Will Smith (sort of fictional since he did star in the sitcom The Fresh Prince), War Machine, and Lady Belle.

You’ll need a place to stay for the weekend

If you are coming from out of town, you will want to stay in a hotel near the King of Prussia. Also known as KOP, it is an area housing one of the biggest malls in America, the King of Prussia Mall.

Hyatt House Philadelphia/King of Prussia is one popular choice. The hotel has an indoor pool, business services, fitness center, free Internet, and rooms with small kitchens. It also accommodates pets to complete its family-friendly environment.

If the budget is tight, there is the Motel 6 Philadelphia, a nice hotel that doesn’t scrimp on any amenities. Their outdoor pool is seasonal, and they provide free Wi-Fi. Children and pets stay for free.

Find something to do after convention hours

A must-see would be the King of Prussia Mall. It has over 450 stores, kids play areas, eateries, and so much more. It is Philadelphia’s premier shopping experience, offering a variety of fun activities inside.  

The Philadelphia Museum of Arts offers more than a tremendous Rocky re-enactment. Inside, you will find world-class exhibits. When you visit, just don’t ask about the Rocky statue, it’s a touchy subject. 

If you have the stomach for it, there is an indoor skydiving experience waiting for you. The iFly King of Prussia can bring your Superman suit, Neo leather coat, or any character costume with flight capabilities to life.

There is also a great family escape in Lego Land Discovery Center Philadelphia. They offer 4D cinemas, Lego-themed play areas, and a Ninjago obstacle course. If you don’t have kids, you can visit it during the adult theme nights.

Food

The KOP area has had an influx of new restaurant openings over the years. This boom has made the area rich with foods from different cultures and for different occasions.

Inside the King of Prussia Mall, you can enjoy eateries like:

  • Megumi: a Japanese teriyaki specialist located on the food court. It would make the anime cosplay so much more fun, or at least filling.
  • Creed’s Seafood and Steaks: an American style steakhouse restaurant that also serves seafood and wine. 
  • Tony Luke’s: where you can get those famed Philly cheesesteaks 
  • Morton’s: Known for its grilled steaks. You can also pop in for the fully stocked bar.

Outside the King of Prussia Mall, there are some great restaurants such as:

  • J. Alexander’s: a restaurant with a diverse menu. It caters to just about any taste with sushi, tacos, baby back ribs, caesar salad, and so much more.
  • Tiffin: an Indian restaurant with solid offerings of chicken masala, samosas, curry pots, naan, and other Indian cuisine favorites.
  • The Melting Pot: a fine dining experience, particularly with its fondue. They also serve vegan-friendly and glutinous free dishes.

Live out your fantasy

With a wide variety of offerings in and around the Get UR Geek On Philadelphia Comic Con you can go all out. Become James Bond and wear the finest suits to dine at fine restaurants before your rendezvous at the Philadelphia Museum of Arts. Explore the iconic Rocky locations or just chill and relax like a Fresh Prince born and raised.

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Sweet Dance Online Anime Dressup Mobile Music Dancing Game

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.

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CocoPPa Dolls New Anime Mobile Dressup Game From The Creators of CocoPPa Play That’s A Lot Like Love Nikki Dressup Queen.

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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!

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Best Ways To Soundproof Your House

Best Ways To Soundproof Your House

When people talk about home, we often imagine a place with a quiet and serene environment where someone can relax and ease off their mind, especially after having a long day at work. 

However, this is not what most of us usually find when we get back home. When you stay in a busy neighborhood, you can expect to hear noise coming from various activities outside. 

For instance, there might be some construction work going on just next to your apartment or your neighbor might be a party freak and is always throwing parties every little chance he gets. 

Maybe you are staying next to a busy road and the sound of traffic and pedestrians is always a nuisance to you.  Well, this is what modern life comes with. 

However, if you’re looking to restore some sanity and bring some peace around, you should consider soundproofing your house. With that said, let us look at a few tips that you can use to soundproof your house. You can also check out the Soundproof Pros for more information.

  1. Extra Dry Wall

Since sound always travels as vibrations, you will need to focus on the medium through which it gets transmitted,  in this case your walls. The best way for stopping these vibrations is by using heavy and dense materials. 

Well, using bricks and stones might be a good idea but, since you cannot use them to make interior walls, you will be forced to look for another alternative. This is why you need to use a second layer of drywall. 

It will create a thick barrier that will help to protect you against noise coming from the outside.  Since you cannot go on adding layers of drywall everywhere, you can choose to put them up in noisy rooms or where you want some peace and quietness.

  1. Caulk Sandwich

Adding a layer of drywall alone might not be enough. This is because some vibration might still escape and find their way to your room through the spaces between your layers of drywall.  

For this reason, you can go ahead and use thick beads of acoustic caulk to separate your layers of drywall. The caulk helps by killing the vibrations that try to escape from one layer of the world to the other true the space in between. 

This further reduces the amount of noise that will reach you. See this link to see how you can quieten your house https://www.ourproperty.co.uk/guides/how_to_soundproof_your_house/ 

  1. Sound Leaks

You can also use other types of acoustic sealant to help from the outside noise.  Just as you would do when having a leaking roof, you also need to identify various spaces and gaps that you think might be allowing  noise through to your house and seal them with your sealant. These include door casings, windows, ceiling fixtures, and switch boxes.

  1. Mass-Loaded Vinyl

These materials are often made specifically for noise control purposes. Mass loaded vinyl is known to be one of the best soundproofing materials one can use.  

It is quite flexible and comes in rolls measuring 4 feet wide. Using it is easier as you only need to hang it on your wall or install it on the floors.  You can also put it in between layers of drywall. 

This material greatly helps in reducing sound vibrations through the walls thus minimizing the amount of noise passing through to you.

  1. Carpets and Rugs

If you didn’t know, carpets, mats and rugs always play an important role other than making our homes look presentable.  

Yes, this is also one of the cheap methods you can use to reduce the amount of noise being transmitted around the house. If you are having a naked large room that is always loud, consider adding a carpet or a rug on the floor. 

This will help to dampen the transmitted noise. You can also use large curtains for the windows.  This will help to make your house feel warm as well. 

  1. Acoustic Panels

You can also absorb sound by using various acoustic panels. They are also good materials as they have the ability to absorb sound even before they bounce off the ceilings and walls. 

You can use them when soundproofing areas such as home-theater rooms since they are also made to enhance the sound within the rooms as well. They are made using porous expanded polypropylene and can be found in various thickness and sizes. 

You can also use them as pieces of art for your walls since the fabrics used to cover them can be custom printed and are always available in different colors. 

  1. STC Ratings

Also known as sound transmission class, this is some sort of writing that will let you know just how effective the material is when it comes to noise minimization. 

It will help you to know by how many decibels the material can reduce the noise levels. Of course, a material that has high STC ratings will be much more effective. 

This is therefore, one of the important things you can consider looking at when shopping for the best soundproofing materials. Click here to see more materials you can use to soundproof your house.

Conclusion

If your son always loves to play with his saxophone in his room, do not be angry with him and tell him to stop just because you need some peace and quietness.  Instead, you can use one of the methods named above and sound your room so as not to be disturbed by the noise coming from your son’s room. This way everyone gets to be happy and everyone wins. If the noise is still persistent, you can seek help from soundproofing professionals and get all your questions answered. 

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Sugoimart Sailor Moon Keepsake Box Review

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.

Sugoimart Sailor Moon Keepsake Box Review was originally published on GeekySweetie.com – Geeky & Kawaii Anime, Tech, Toys, & Game Reviews & News

Blue Phones – Mistakes To Avoid When Purchasing One

Purchasing a new smartphone is an important decision, regardless of how frequently you get the feeling to treat yourself with an up-to-date gadget. A lot of people are caught up in the frenzy of having the latest model of smartphone on the market, getting bored of it after a while and replacing it with the next model as soon as it’s released. 

Nevertheless, many people don’t realize the mistakes they make when choosing a new phone. They’re blinded by the price and its amazing look, without considering the more important features such as the amount of storage or its size. Plenty of them, make the purchase in the wrong time period, missing the opportunity to get it for a lower price, only due to their impatience. 

In case you don’t want to join the users who already made a mistake, these tips will help you make the right choice.

Don’t go to extremes in terms of price

In order to keep up with the latest trends, many people are tempted to purchase the costliest smartphone in the store, without rationally considering its price. Moreover, as people are nowadays provided with the option of paying the cost in monthly installments, they’re even further encouraged to opt one of the most expensive models, as they won’t be charged with the full price at once. Anyhow, sooner or later, you’ll end up paying the same amount of money, or even higher when calculating the interest. 

You can’t help but wonder, why overspend on the latest model, when you can find a more affordable option, equipped with the same features? In fact, plenty of people who own high-priced cellphones aren’t using the advanced features they have, as they don’t really need them. The best alternative is finding a mid-priced variant which has exactly what you need and use the rest of your planned mobile budget, for something worth spending your money on. 

On the other hand, purchasing the lowest-cost variant on the market is not a wise decision as well. Those smartphones which offer pretty much the same features as the other models, but differ drastically in terms of price, are likely to be of less quality, which suggests being more prone to breaking down.  Visit this page to see which factors affect cellphones’ price. 

Pick the right time

As much as you’re eager to purchase the smartphone you have in mind, don’t rush with your decision until you’ve checked out the manufacturer’s plan on releasing a new model. The unwritten rule is that as soon as a brand new model hits the market, the previous one drops in price. 

Therefore, in case you intend to purchase one which has been released nearly a year ago, don’t forget to do a research on whether another is coming soon. In case it does, wait for the moment and choose one of the two possible options. You can either buy the one you chose for a lower price or purchase the latest model for pretty much the same cost. 

However, bear in mind that trying to keep up with the mobile trends by always having the latest model is almost impossible and rather costly, considering the frequency of their release on the market. It indicates buying a new cellphone at least twice a year, selling the one you already have and adding extra money to make the purchase. 

Choosing a phone with wrong size

Regardless of how much you want the smartphone you see on the mobile e-store, you need to pay attention to its dimensions, as first of all, your cellphone has to be handy. There’s a wide range of sizes to choose from, but the one you’d select will depend strictly on your preferences.

In case you plan to keep it in your pocket, you’d need a small-sized phone unlike the large-sized ones which can only fit in a bag. Therefore, before making an order, find a phone with the same size and see how it fits in your hand. If some of your friends don’t have one, you can always pay a visit to a mobile store and check out the models or click on the following link: https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-to-find-the-phone-that-fits-your-hand-1395795606, for tips on how to find the phone which fits your hand the best. 

Having no case

Although you may have planned to buy a case as soon as you get your smartphone, this idea somehow disappeared from your mind when you eventually bought it. In the minute when you finally get the long-desired cellphone, you immediately forget about the case or any other protection you intended to buy. 

However, if you don’t want your precious gadget to fall and break into pieces, which is likely to happen after a certain period of time, then you’d better get a case as well as protective glass to shield it as much as you can. 

Regardless of how nice and thin your phone looks without a case, it won’t look nice when your screen gets broken or damaged. Buy a case before your gadget ends up on the ground.

Getting a phone with deficient storage

There’s nothing worse than buying a cellphone with low amount of storage, as you’ll have to constantly delete files and applications in order to make space for new ones. If your last phone lacked storage, you hopefully learned the lesson by getting one which has more than enough. 

Usually, the ones which cost less have scarce storage in comparison with the ones higher in price. However, the least you can do is buy a variant with the option of adding an external SD card, which adds extra gigabytes to the internal memory. In fact, there are Blu phones that you can get from Amazon, which are both affordable and have enough storage. 

Wrap up

Regardless of how meaningless buying smartphones seems in the modern era, you’re still expected to make a wise decision. 

Determine your real needs and you won’t make a mistake!

Blue Phones – Mistakes To Avoid When Purchasing One was originally published on GeekySweetie.com – Geeky & Kawaii Anime, Tech, Toys, & Game Reviews & News