Galaxy Rose Review From Dose Of Roses.

I recently ordered a galaxy rose from https://www.dose-roses.com/collections/best-sellers . This is not a sponsored post or sponsored review. I simply purchased the item because I thought it was beautiful. I only bought one single rose.

I took a video unboxing review of the rose which you can see here:

I took another second video outside on my balcony in the sunlight – It is truly beautiful! Just like the website. Amazing.

A few things I like about the rose:

It’s beautiful, it reflects the light

It comes with a stand to stand it up right

A few things I dislike about the rose:

It’s very light weight – I highly highly highly highly doubt it’s plated in gold

I even doubt if it’s a real rose, the petals kinda feels like paper to be honest

It said fast shipping from California – I waited about a month and it came from China, had that strong China factory smell, had some cheap Chinese packaging – had a “test result” card trying to claim it was real gold – it’s mostly in Chinese so I can’t read this results card and it says 999% gold LOL wtf… maybe 0.999% gold…. MAYBE… I think it’s plastic… Paper and Plastic…

Final Thoughts:

I’m hoping it’s maybe a real frozen rose – because at least THAT part would still be cool! I don’t care if it’s dipped in gold lol. The thought of each one being unique and a real rose is pretty awesome, but I just dunno. I can’t really say with certainty that it is a real rose…

I had/have an emerald dipped gold rose from a jewelry store many many many years ago and it’s very heavy and feels very different than this… In comparison, this feels cheap/fake/light….

But ultimately… Don’t care? I think it’s still really pretty! I’m still happy with my Galaxy Rose… fake or legit – who cares? I think when I purchased it, it was on sale like $14.99. I think it’s gone up a few dollars now, but I would say it’s still worth it if you find it pretty. I do find it pretty even if it’s just made of foil paper lol.

Overall, Aesthetically I give it 5 stars, but quality like 2 stars maybe, and that’s being generous LOL.

The Galaxy Rose from Dose of Roses is extremely beautiful – but extremely low quality feeling – so if we split it down the middle, it’s probably like 3 or 3 and a half stars – It has merit as a pretty piece of home decor – but not sure if their claims of being real frozen roses and/or dipped in gold are believable.

Would I buy from Dose of Roses again? Maybe – I think for the quality the price should only be maybe $10-12. I wouldn’t pay over that because I’m pretty sure it’s fake and mass produced in China lol.

The website Dose of Roses does have other pretty colors/kinds of roses.

There are in fact real frozen roses and real gold plated roses – but I suspect that the ones sold at Dose of Roses are made of really pretty foil paper and plastic… I’m not a jeweler or appraiser – I’m not an expert, I am just saying they feel cheap and fake and the Chinese “test results” aren’t very convincing lol.

They are still amazingly beautiful and I love the way the color changes in the light, sometimes it looks white, yellow, or even pink or blue, depending on its environment and how it catches the light.

Dose of Roses also offers discounts if you buy multiple roses at one time (for example to create a bouquet.

I think a wedding bouquet from Dose of Roses would be AMAZING! I might do that if I ever get to marry my boyfriend – not only are they BLINGY and BEAUTIFUL – but they last FOREVER – and from a distance they do in fact look like real roses – but more importantly, you could display your bouqet in your home keeping it as a treasured keepsake of your wedding day and it’s cheaper and more affordable than a real rose bouquet that’s going to wilt and die and be thrown away like garbage.

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Rival Stars Racing Mobile Game Review

I just finished my review of another game, Horse Haven, which you can read here.

Rival Stars Racing is another similar, yet different, horse breeding, raising, and racing game. I just also learned that it is soon coming to Mac and PC so if you’re the type who doesn’t enjoy mobile games, you might be interested in the PC version with enhanced graphics and additional features.

What makes Rival Stars Racing so great? The first thing that really stands out is the genetic system, allowing for stats and colors/markings to be passed down from parents to foals.

Another thing that makes Rival Stars Racing unique is the random name generator. You can also rename your horses, but if you use the random name generator you can hear your horse’s name being called by the race announcer, adding an element of realism and surprise.

The names are quite funny too in some cases. I always just let the random generator do its thing. I just started playing the game yesterday so I’m still pretty new to the whole thing but loving it so far.

I mentioned in my Horse Haven review, that I used to play games like Pony Island, which was like neopets but with real genetics. Another example is Wajas. These breeding games, and Tamagotchi – especially the new Tamagotchi, have all these “genetic” systems, which lets you create a pet that’s pretty unique, from thousands, or even millions of possible combinations.

That is a huge plus to me, and big draw into this game. When compared to Horse Haven, where breeding X with Y will always result in one of 3 or 4 exactly same looking horses, with maybe 1-2 alternate colorations, but in Rival Stars Racing the possibilities are almost endless!

I’m very into this game right now! The gameplay is a bit more challenging than Horse Haven. The racing mechanisms are more dependent on skill and not just on luck or your horses stats (although stats definitely help too.)

While racing your horse, you can choose to take the inside or outside track, and choose to run in front, mid, or back of the pack, and your horse will have preferences for his preferred position, and the type of surface, firm, or soft, etc that he will perform better upon. When racing in his preferred position his Sprint gauge will power up. Then in the final stretch, you can hold the sprint button to charge ahead of the pack.

You can also customize your horse at higher levels with new saddles, blankets, etc. You even get to customize your jockey from many different styles and colors.

Overall: 65/80 81% B- “Very Good Game For Girls”

Geeky: 5/5 – The more challenging gameplay, ultra-realistic graphics, voice acting and full genetics system make this a game with a lot of meat for a free mobile game.

Sweetie: 4/5 – No fantasy breeds, and no cartoon graphics here – but the horse breeding element rocks. It also has a deeper story than Horse Haven.

Gameplay: 10/10 – I mentioned above the benefits of this game’s gameplay, but the biggest highlights are the genetics system and the more complex racing mechanics.

Story: 5/10 – mm, well there’s more story here than Horse Haven for sure, you’re following in your deceased father’s footsteps who was also a famous jockey… The NPCs constantly reference about your father’s legacy, and there is a prologue in the beginning about this… but overall of course, games like this are still pretty light overall with story. Much better though than Horse Haven here.

Characters: 6/10 – I like the diversity here, black, asian, females, males, etc. And like I said it feels like they are part of the story, and the ultra realism, makes them seem more real… But overall the characters and story are still pretty weak.

Graphics: 10/10 – Really nice graphics – ultra realistic – it’s not my preferred style – but I gotta say it looks nice. And the genetics system lets you create millions of ultra unique one of a kind looking horses.

Music: 5/10 – Average – sometimes at times, annoying – but there are some good tracks, especially back on the farm, some nice peaceful tranquil relaxing songs

Voice Acting: 10/10 – ok the voice acting isn’t amazing or great – but it is so much fun to hear the announcer pronouncing all the goofy randomly generated horse names and it’s exciting especially when you hear your own horse’s name being called especially that you’ve taken the lead 🙂

Replay Value: 10/10 – the genetics system makes it so that you’ll never breed the same horse twice. There’s also live events and special events to keep you coming back each day.

Overall: 65/80 81% B- “Very Good Game For Girls”

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Dragon Raja – Free Anime MMORPG Mobile Game

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”

Dragon Raja – Free Anime MMORPG Mobile Game was originally published on GeekySweetie.com – Geeky & Kawaii Anime, Tech, Toys, & Game Reviews & News

Love Live All Stars Anime Rhythm Game

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.

Love Live! School Idol Festival All Stars | KLab Inc.

Intermingle with school idols, encourage them, and listen to their worries so you become their number one supporter. Newly acquired members that can only be seen here will be added frequently! Not only can you train newly joined members to add energy to the live performances, outfits and voices that can be used in live performances will be added frequently along with new episodes!

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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

Love Live All Stars Anime Rhythm Game was originally published on GeekySweetie.com – Geeky & Kawaii Anime, Tech, Toys, & Game Reviews & News

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

Starlight Stage A Pop Idol Card Game By Japanime Games was originally published on GeekySweetie.com – Geeky & Kawaii Anime, Tech, Toys, & Game Reviews & News

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

Doki Doki Crate May 2019 Subscription Box Review

A Doki Doki Representative reached out to me and offered me a choice of Doki Doki, Japan Crate, or Gacha Gacha Crate to review for my audience at Geeky Sweetie. I had subscribed to Doki Doki a few years ago and I was curious if it had improved any since then. So I selected to receive Doki Doki Crate. It just arrived the other day and I have mixed feelings about this crate.

If you like what you see here, you can sign up to receive this May Sweet Dreams Crate on Doki Doki’s website at https://japancrate.com/dokidoki

As always, it was packed super well. The entire crate was stuffed full of kawaii cute items. The crate itself is bright pink and always includes a full color booklet showing the items inside the crate, and showing the lucky crate that one subscriber receives each month. Also if you share photos of your crate on social media you might be featured in the book next month and receive a special item as a thank you.

I’m sure most of you have seen the official Doki Doki promo movie for this Month’s Crate. It has a Slumber Party theme and is packed full of cute items that you might need for your next slumber party.

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The Kirby lamp and Kirby eye mask were my favorite parts of May’s Doki Doki Crate. They were super cute. I wish I would have gotten the pink Kirby lamp but the blue/white one is cute too! I feel like the lamp alone is well worth the costs of the subscription box itself. It’s fairly large and gives off a lot of light.

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The Kirby Eye Mask is soft and comfortable, and a fun photo prop too. I did notice that the back of the eye mask packaging says it is made in China, and I have my suspicions that it may be counterfeit goods. My views of counterfeit goods are kinda changing though. In the last year or so I’ve started purchasing a lot of items from China myself and I find the quality difference between the original to be negligible in most cases. So I dunno if I would rule out subscribing to Doki Doki because of that.

But it is important to note that the Doki Doki website claims all of the products are from Japan – not China – and officially licensed – Here is the quote from their website: “Each Doki Doki Crate features genuine, licensed Japanese products of the highest quality. Each monthly subscription box features a new collection of fun toys, cute plushies and other items that will help you live your kawaii lifestyle.” – Personally I think this is false advertising since it says right on some of the items “Made in China”. Unless Japan is outsourcing production to China (which may be possible). Either way, in the case of the Kirby Eye Mask, the item is very high quality and has no lose threads, super soft fabric, and seems well constructed.

The box also had a My Melody bag. I’m assuming it’s like a makeup bag, or pencil case bag. I was a little disappointed in this item. It is very low quality. It’s extremely thin, cheap feeling, and flimsy. It’s mostly white mesh, with a small strip of “fabric” ??? “plastic”??? With a pastel tiny printed my melody design at the bottom of the bag. I’ve gotten cuter/nicer bags from Japan and China before, and this just isn’t up to the quality I would have expected of a $35 subscription crate.

I had a hard time photographing it. My flash wasn’t on, but the lights in the room were reflecting off the plastic-like material. I do love the pink zipper though, it is cute and gives the bag a delicate kawaii touch.

The next item was a hand towel. I love this item. I wish it was a body towel so I could take it to the beach or to the pool. But I loved the design I received on mine. Sumiko Gurashi characters are so cute. It’s pink too which matches the pink theme so far. It’s soft and thick and very well made.

The final item was a cute rainbow plush shark who is adorable and extremely comfortable to cuddle with. The baby shark can be your best friend for all of your slumber parties.

So in the end it was a mix of some nice very high quality items, and some rather disappointing lower quality items. I do still feel it would be worth the $35 subscription cost. The kirby lamp alone probably cost around $25 or more. There’s a similar lamp on ebay for about $32. https://www.ebay.com/i/173868369074?chn=ps

The crate is very cute and always packaged so attractively. My only complaint or concern would be that some of the items may be counterfeit – but the items are still high quality, so for me personally, I don’t mind if the items are counterfeit or not.

But I know some people are completely against counterfeit items. I know in the past Doki Doki had a lot of reports and reviews about counterfeit items, and personally from what I can see with “Made in China”, I am guessing that they have not resolved these issues. So if you absolutely hate counterfeit items, I would say Doki Doki is not the crate for you.

But if you just want to have some cute items with a cute theme and your favorite characters, I would encourage you to take a look at Doki Doki Crate. You still have 10 days left to sign up to get the May Crate at Doki Doki’s Website. https://japancrate.com/dokidoki

Doki Doki Crate May 2019 Subscription Box Review was originally published on GeekySweetie.com – Geeky & Kawaii Anime, Tech, Toys, & Game Reviews & News

Sonic Mania PC Game Review

Title: Sonic Mania

Genre: Platform Game

Publisher: Sega

Platform: PC, Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One

Where to Get: I got Sonic Mania and a buncha other Sonic games in a humble bundle, but if that bundle is over you can find the games on amazon or steam.

Release Date: 2017

Overview: Sonic Mania is one of the newest Sonic Games, however, it pays homage to 90s oldschool Sonic and is very well received by 30+ year old Sonic fans, as well as a whole new generation of gamers.

Gameplay: 10/10 – Sonic is back in a new game, with levels re-designed from the original Sonic games as well as all new levels created for Sonic Mania. You can play as Sonic, Tails, or several “new” characters first appearing in Knuckles Chaotix or Arcade exclusive sonic games. To play the game as other characters you will have to select the characters at the starting screen – you cannot switch characters within the game.

The levels are fun and fast and action packed. You run, jump, spin, and dash through the levels. There are many different paths in each level and many hidden objects, including entrances to bonus stages to capture chaos diamonds. Overall the gameplay is fun and full of nostalgia

Story: 1/10 Sonic isn’t a story-centric game, and it doesn’t really need a story. Timeline wise, it is said to take place after the events in Sonic and Knuckles. Lack of story does not hurt this game, but if you’re looking for a game with a great story, this is not it.

Characters: 5/10 – I enjoyed seeing Sonic and his friends return in an all new game, and it definitely brought back nostalgia and my childhood, but without a story, there’s no real personality or character development here. Once again though, games like this do not really need character development to be central to the player’s enjoyment of the game.

Graphics: 7/10 – The graphics are done in a bright colorful oldschool pixel style. This is not for everyone. Clearly this game is wanting to appeal to old school gamers who grew up with the original Sonic. Me? I liked it. But your opinion may be different. I did see some anti-aliasing and rough edges as to be expected in pixel style games, mostly especially when playing in fullscreen mode. There are different filters and options you can enable in settings to try to minimize this jagged-edginess.

Music: 10/10 – The music is definitely old school too and a great homage to the Sega Genesis Sonic games, which always had some pretty fun music.

Replay Value: 10/10 – The replay value is high because there are different characters that you can play as, each with their own unique abilities that make taking different paths through the same levels very unique experiences. No two characters play exactly alike. There are also different gameplay modes such as time attack and multiplayer competitions.

Nostalgia: 10/10 – This game set out to be a tribute game to the 90’s Sonic games, and it succeeds at this in an unprecedented way, welcoming back into the fold Sega fans who felt disappointed with the past several Sonic games.

Geeky: 5/5 – Nostalgia and pixel graphics and great soundtrack that 90s kids will love, make Sonic Mania chock full of nostalgia.

Sweetie: 2/5 – Lack of story and lack of character dialogue make this a game that is definitely outside the norm of what I normally enjoy or normally review here. However I think the nostalgia and cute/colorful graphics and anthropomorphic animal characters will appeal to most of my readers, who are already probably familiar with the Sonic franchise.

Overall Score: 60/80 75 C “Good Game for Girls”

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Roku Express vs NVIDIA Shield TV Gaming Edition. Which Streaming Media Player Is Best? The Answer Might Surprise You.

I picked up the NVIDIA Shield TV Gaming Edition on sale for $159 at Best Buy on Black Friday, regularly $199. I also had a $100 gift card to bestbuy from previous sponsored posts I’ve done for them. This is not a sponsored post. This is me providing my initial feedback of the device as I’ve now had it for five days. My end cost was $59.99

Earlier this year I purchased a Roku Express for I believe it was $29.99. It is the most basic cheapest Roku device, in hindsight I wish I’d purchased one with voice controls which I believe start around $49.99. I’ve had my Roku for about six months.

I thought I’d be “replacing” my Roku with the NVIDIA Shield TV Gaming Edition… but that’s not the case… Roku is superior in almost every single way. NVIDIA Shield is only for very technical people, with very fast internet connections, and the only real reason I will keep and not return the product is because of GeForce Now their cloud gaming Streaming service that lets you play games you already own such as from Steam or Battlenet on your tv and on lightweight non gaming PCs without linking to another PC a direct contrast to solutions such as how steamlink works letting you mirror your screen from your gaming pc, in the case of GeForce Now you do not need an expensive gaming pc or any pc at all.

But the service is not without flaws. Everywhere I’ve read the hype, how there’s no lag, and everything is smooth, yeah sure maybe if you have a good internet connection. I do have cable internet but I live in extremely rural areas where I have no choice who my provider is. I don’t think my internet is terrible. It gets around 15mbps, but let me tell you… GeForce Now is almost unplayable for me… don’t believe the hype! It’s not any different for me than PlayStation Now, another Streaming service I use, in fact, PlayStation Now has far less lag for me than GeForce Now. I had to disable my steam authentication token because it was physically impossible to use the controller and onscreen keyboard to type the code before it refreshed and changed. Games stutter, lag, jerk, and freeze… and I wasn’t even playing super new AAA graphically intense games. The first game I tried was Battle Chef Brigade, a 2d simple indie game.

Ok lag aside, there’s some other flaws:

I thought I could play games from the google play store… I can… sort of… but very very few of my favorites are available for “android tv”. Here’s where being a tech wizard comes in, you can sideload apps from a usb stick. Not included of course. They didn’t even include an HDMI cable. I’m using the HDMI cable from my Roku, cost $250 less and provides me everything I need out of the box.

I’m not tech illiterate but the NVIDIA Shield is ridiculously needlessly overly complicated… every other Streaming Media player on the market just works out of the box in minutes… it took me three hours to set up and troubleshoot my Shield. Mostly due to generic unknown errors and series of reboots and updates…

Games aren’t the only thing missing, several of my favorite tv channel apps are not compatible with android tv, such as TLCGo. Roku has far more apps and a much more intuitive user interface and setup takes only seconds even when needing updating not hours…

Hell google themselves don’t even seem to want to support their crappy Android TV as Google Chrome isn’t even compatible with it!

If you want to spend $200 for hours of updates, then have to find or buy your own hdmi cables and usb sticks, then fart around side loading apps from your pc to the stick to your Shield, and have a laggy choppy gaming streaming experience well that’s up to you…. keep in mind NVIDIA will begin charging for this service soon too and has not released any pricing details. From what I’ve seen, I won’t subscribe.

I would take my Roku any any any day of the week. GeForce Now is an exciting and interesting concept. I became excited and interested reading reviews of how it had no lag and performed perfectly as if you were playing it right on a pc gaming rig, but my experience left much to be desired.

I haven’t tried side loading anything yet. My instincts and speculations tell me that Apple TV has far more compatible apps and a better interface than Android TV.

I tried watching kissanime and TLC on my Shield using Puffin.TV, TLC had audio but no picture, kissanime would play about ten minutes then tell me filetype is unsupportable. I’m now watching the same anime on my Roku using a mirror from my iPad and iWeb TV (to be fair this probably exists on Shield too I didn’t check) and having zero issues, TLCGo and other apps are all at my fingertips the interface looks more pleasing intuitive less cluttered and just works. For a tenth of the cost…

For me, the answer is clear, love my Roku, and shockingly disappointed in my NVIDIA Shield TV.

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Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition for IOS

I tried Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition. I had previously reviewed the original game for PlayStation 4. I enjoyed the game for its gameplay but felt the story and characters fell apart in the second half of the game. You can read my full review of Final Fantasy XV on PS4 here.

My favorite part of FFXV was Prompto’s photography skills. While other skills are in pocket edition, like Ignis’ cooking, Prompto doesn’t get to take photos. Actually thinking about Prompto’s photo skills is making me want to replay the PS4 version right now lol. There is also a lot of new DLC and events I’ve missed since I haven’t touched the game in over a year now.

How does Pocket Edition compare to FFXV on PS4? Obviously the biggest difference is a different art style, using chibi characters instead of photo realistic designs. The original game has some of the best graphics I’ve ever seen in an RPG. That said, the IOS version is no slouch. It too has some of the best graphics of any IOS RPG. Ignis’s food still looks delicious. And the chibi characters are kinda cute!

Music and voice acting and story are still the same, at least in chapter one which is as far as I’ve gotten. I do not think I will purchase the full game which costs just a meager $14.99. I rather play the original on my PS4 to have Prompto’s photo skills and the gorgeous graphics and more comfortable controls.

My recommendation is that if Pocket Edition is the only way you can experience Final Fantasy XV, it’s definitely worth $14.99 but if you have access to the console version (or PC if it’s available on PC) then shell out the extra cash and play the original.

Pocket edition is good but not without flaws. My iPad is a 2017 version with the latest updated IOS, and with graphics turned high in the settings it crashes… often… in chapter one it crashed 3 times already freezing completely and forcing me to reset and lose progress between saves.

But let’s look at some of the highlights of the game. In pocket edition you still get the full story identical to the original version at about a fifth of the price. You still get some really handy features to cut down on the monotonous parts of traditional RPGs. Final Fantasy XV offers many handy ways to travel such as by car or chocobo or by visiting previous locations on your map. There’s still the skill tree to customize your characters’s combat abilities. Healing, switching weapons, using items, etc is all done in real time. Combat is fast and fun and at times even challenging. Gameplay wise, the original Final Fantasy XV is one of the most fun RPGs I’ve played in the 2000s.

And pocket edition in many ways comes close to this gameplay. Like I said, if you have no other way to enjoy Final Fantasy 15, then you should give Pocket Edition a try. Even if you typically don’t play RPG games, you may enjoy this one because it’s much more fluid and less tedious than most other JRPGs.

Here is how I’d rank Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition

Title: Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition

Release Date: February 2018

Price: chapter 1 is free, after that it is $14.99 to unlock all chapters.

Platform: Mobile, IOS, Android, Switch, Xbox360, PS4

Developer: Square-Enix

Genre: JRPG

Where to get: https://itunes.apple.com/sg/app/finalfantasy-xv-pocket-edition/id1152350815?mt=8

Geeky: 3/5 Not as graphically intense as it’s original counterpart, and has some performance issues at times, also offers fewer skills, where’s Prompto’s Photography? However, it does a good job of mimicking the combat and fluid travel and gameplay features of the original.

Sweetie: 2/5 The story has highs and lows… and not just the emotional ups and downs, but in some cases a lack of emotion in parts and tendency to abandon side characters and create plot holes or weaknesses in character development. The lack of Prompto’s photography is also huge to me.

Gameplay: 6/10 without the photography skills I have to rate this much lower as that was the best part of FFXV. That said, it still offers many side quests, great combat, and quick and fluid gameplay. The skill tree has a lot to offer to help grow your characters’ combat skills and it is overall still a fun RPG

Story: 6/10 Story is pretty identical to the PS4 version, The story is about 4 male best friends, one of which who is a prince. The prince is not like your typical prince, he’s very kinda rough around the edges, smart mouthed, sarcastic, and at times apathetic. But as the story unfolds, he begins to mature into someone fitting of the throne, The best part of the story is the friendship of the four male main characters. But there are weaknesses in any of the other characters, Some are killed too soon to get any emotion from the audience when they die, others are even killed or left out if the second half of the game never to be shown again, especially all of the female characters and as a female gamer who reviews games for other girls, that’s a big ouch there for me and my readers.

Characters: 6/10 The four “bros” deserve a 10/10. They are really great and their character development superb. Their interactions with each other and message of the importance of “bromance” are really the highlight of the game, but all of the side characters are severely under developed.

Music: 10/10. It’s the same as the console version

Voice acting: 10/10 once again also the same as the console version

Graphics: 7/10 Given that it’s a mobile game… these graphics are pretty good but of course can’t compare at all to the original.

Overall: 50/70 71% C- “Good Game for Girls”

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