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Its been almost a year since I’ve done one of these posts, but I’ve been killing a lot of time on my tablet lately.

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SHOW BY ROCK!!

Android ⇒ Google Play
iOS ⇒ App Store

A music game with a card system by Sanrio. It’s notable for it being the first time Sanrio has aimed at an older, male audience. Known for its cute characters like Hello Kitty and My Melody, the characters in SHOW BY ROCK!! does not lack those cute charms even when aimed at a different audience. An interesting thing about the designs is that they have humanoid forms, too, that still retain some animal features to make it some furry-human hybrid.

The gameplay reminds me a bit of Guitar Hero. The screen layout is vertical so it’s a bit cramped to play with two hands, but there’s only three buttons so it does make things a bit easier – still, it’s quite uncomfortable and I’m not sure why they went with the vertical layout instead of horizontal. Its taken me an on/off period of a month to finally get the hang of it and pass a difficulty other than easy.

The music itself has a good mixture – some of the bands in the game even has a real tie-in band, each having a different sound; there’s some more along the generic Jrock sound (ShinganCrimsonZ), some more on the pop side (Plasmagica), some good indie bands (personal favourite being Gaugastrikes) featured, and there’s a good mixture of female and male vocals. While you can enjoy Show by Rock!! purely as a music game, the characters and band have their own personalities and stories too. Keeping up with the cute image of Sanrio, the characters toss out the occasional emoticon in conversation (・ω<*) There’s 20 bands so there’s plenty of characters to discover.

There’s an anime currently airing this season which is quite fun, but I wouldn’t really recommend it if you’re looking for something beyond that. The stories for game canon and anime canon also differ slightly.

Yume Oukoku to Nemureru 100-nin no Ouji-sama

Android ⇒ Google Play
iOS ⇒ App Store

Yume Oukoku to Nemureru 100-nin no Ouji-sama, or Yume100 for short, is my latest obsession. It’s a game where you aim to collect 100 pretty princes and (minor detail) save the world along the way.

For something that sounds absolutely cheesy, it does fairly well in making solid stories for the individual princes – and there are a lot of princes (100!). You can’t collect all hundred princes yet, though, some are still yet to be implemented for future events. Some of the designs are quite questionable but I’ll let them slide – there’s 100 princes and each of those princes have two additional forms so there’s a lot of work put into making each character design unique. There’s also a good range of ages, from shota to ossan.

The main battle gameplay is connecting orbs of the same colour with matches of three or more to defeat enemies, and each enemy/prince has their own element that they’re strong/weak against. Princes can be levelled up, evolved, and have a special skill, so there’s a bit of strategy involved for tougher enemies.

Yume100 is a great combination of otome and casual gaming that’s well worth checking out if you’re into otome.

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You have 7 days with an angel, devil and reaper.
The story starts with a scene where you found yourself in bed at the hospital when you opened your eyes-you had been involved in a car accident. All of a sudden, three strange men appeared in front of you-the angel with shining wings; the demon with deep black wings who was smirking; the reaper with a scythe in his hand whose eyes were cold. They asked for your soul because you had only a few days left to live.

Shall we date?: Angel or Devil is an otome game by NTT Solmare where you can romance an angel, devil, or reaper! Read More

A bunch of apps I tried out in the month of May. Might make this a monthly segment.

I find it hard to find mobile games that keep my attention. Graphics and ease to new players are the two very important things I look for first in a mobile game. Mobile game development is a hard business -it’s hard enough getting your app to a wide audience, but also if they can’t figure it out within the minute there’s a high chance they’ll uninstall. As terrible as that sounds, it’s something I have to confess to doing regularly. Fortunately, these apps managed to get my attention for more than a minute:

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Monument Valley by ustwo

Hype around this game + the gorgeous graphics meant a must-play for me. There’s always a lot of hesitation for paid games without demos, but as soon as Monument Valley landed on Android I bought it right away. Monument Valley is definitely one for puzzle lovers. I remember watching Indie Game the Movie and the game mechanics definitely remind me of Fez (which I need to play one day).

While gorgeous in every way, the game is a bit too short to be fully satisfying. Still, given the quality and price it’s definitely worth it. The game looks absolutely gorgeous on my tablet. From what I’ve heard, the developers are currently working on more levels so the game isn’t over yet!

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Deemo by Rayark

What caught my eye of Deemo was the lovely painted art style. To my disappointment, however, the actual gameplay is simply a black screen with beams of light flying at you, lacking the charm of the art style present upon opening. Still, Deemo is quite an interesting game visually through cutscenes and interface outside of the actual game. I’m still unlocking things so I’m not sure how far the story goes (and it seems the developers are going to expand it on the next update) but it is quite charming so far. A girl falls out of the sky, lost and confused she encounters Deemo. The tree growing on his piano seems to grow as he (you) plays more songs. As the story progress and the tree grows, the image that appears upon opening changes. There’s a bunch of little hidden treats here and there such as character thoughts and locked chests. Read More