So, based on your advice, we bought three Nintendo DS games a couple nights ago.

  • Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box
  • Animal Crossing (Wild World)
  • Valyrie Profile (Covenant of the Plume)

Yes, this is Cassie’s toy… but the last game was for me, mostly. 

Add in the first game we bought, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles (Ring of Fates), and we’ve pretty much got gaming styles we love covered.

We almost bought Puzzle Quest, but we got a buy “2 get 1 free” deal at one store, which brought the overall cost of the three games to under $20 a piece on the average, which ain’t bad for Animal Crossing or Professor Layton. I’m sure we’ll get Puzzle Quest at some point, though.

Amusingly enough, when we go out to look for games for mommy, Alex tends to make out like a bandit. We have yet to go in a game store without him finding something.

I think we’ve obtained a temporary respite from his new game cravings with our latest tactic.

We dug through our pile o’ jurassic era games© and found the perfect one to inflict upon a boy still learning to read; Simpson’s Road Rage for the PS2.

Simpsons Road Rage, for those that missed it at the time, was Crazy Taxi, but with Simpsons characters, vehicles and locations.

You put it on Sunday Driver mode, and it removes the Game Over time limit for finding and transporting passengers.

It leaves you with a car, a city, and things to run over at top speed. And you can still pick passengers up and run around town with them.

I didn’t know he could howl with laughter that loud. The game is definitely a smash hit.

Hur hur.

The mayhem… the destruction… the leaps off cliffs.

Yeah, he’s not getting a license until he moves out of the state.

Back on topic, Cassie has been playing a lot of Animal Crossing. I am immediately reminded of our obsession with the Gamecube Animal Crossing when she was pregnant with Alex, because she’s already got a fishing checklist printed out (and like 10 fish crossed off that she donated to the museum), she’s already moping because she missed the winter “roll snowballs to make a snowman” season since the game thinks yesterday was the first day of spring (clearly NOT in tune with the Weather Channel, ‘mmkay?) and she’s also made comments such as the following;

“I’m so angry. I donated a fish to the musum, and now I see according to the list I could have sold it for 2,500!”

This from the same person that, when I say I made a lot of gold in game, retorts, “You made a lot of money… that’s in a not real place. You made imaginary money. How about you make some real money?”

Ahem.

So, she’s happy with Animal Crossing.

Crystal Chronicles she’s played a bit and likes, but she found a guide on eBay that’s on it’s way media mail, so she’s kinda on hold playing it until the guide comes, and explains things like… how do I find those carrots in my inventory that I picked up?

Valkyrie Profile is more my kind of thing, but I doubt I’ll be playing until we go on a long trip and I’m not the one driving. Still, I’ve played enough to know I like the Final Fantasy Tactics style RPG elements, and I know I’ll like the combined offensive teamwork aspect of grouping up on an opponent.

That leaves us with… Professor Layton.

Cassie played it a bit, did the first 6 or 7 puzzles. She was surprised at the challenge of the puzzles, and was very impressed with the game design, awesome animation/story, very cool. The story sucks you right in.

From hearing her talking about the difficulty of the challenges, I just had to try it out, and thus create drama if I did better than she did. I refuse to answer that question on the grounds that she would hurt me.

She’s dead on about the difficulty. I expected puzzles that had a speed or accuracy component, like the Wii Wario game that we bought that has tons of minigames and senses motion… often frantic motion.

Instead, the puzzles are thought pieces, many of them based on classic puzzles of mathematics, observation, or logic. There are, at least so far, no timed puzzles. You can take as long as you want thinking about the rules, examining the graphics, and working your way through the puzzle until you decide upon your solution.

For a game that is supposed to have 150 puzzles, I was very impressed. Excellent game.

So far, operation DS Lite has been a success. Playing GBA games on it isn’t as fun, since you do get used to great graphics fast, but at least if Alex’s GBA goes down, he’s got a backup for Rescue Heroes. :)

Thank you all very much for your excellent suggestions!

12 Responses to “It’s all your fault!”
  1. Tesh says:

    Mmm… VP:CotP is a sweet game. You really do need to use teamwork to take down enemies. The strongest attacks are only available via teamwork (the Soul Crush attacks), and if you *need* to take out baddies fast before they wear you down via attrition. They have numbers, you have teamwork and combos. It’s a nice balance that’s very rewarding for those who manipulate the bad guys to where you can blast them with your whole team. (It’s always nice to have a spearman or archer and a mage to make ganging up easier… if you’re all melee, you have to completely surround bad guys to get the whole team in on the action. That’s not always easy.)

    And yes, I adore the Professor Layton puzzles. It’s really nice to have gaming based on thought and careful deliberation as a change of pace from the action games. I like both, but it’s nice to exercise the ol’ noggin.

    Good to see you’re having fun!

    Oh, and I’ve always loved Burnout for driving fun. That endless driving mode of the Simpsons game is a great idea, though.
    .-= Tesh´s last blog ..EMMO =-.

  2. Andy C. says:

    Scribblenauts. Look it up, read the reviews, check out some of the videos of it. You can have Dracula fight Cthullu if you so choose. And then there’s the actual playing the game to solve the puzzles bit.

  3. Nightravyn says:

    Congrats on the purchases! And sneaky trick for the seasons? Reset the date/time on the DS to whatever you want. Sure it’s actually mid-June out there, but the GAME thinks it’s December 25th!

    Not that I have direct knowledge of that or anything. >.> ::cough::

  4. Elleseven says:

    My only saviour while playing Professor Layton was this blog http://professorlayton2walkthrough.blogspot.com/ which has the solution for each puzzle in the game. I just couldn’t find enough hint coins to keep me going on some of the math related questions. Logic is a piece of cake but math ….*shudders*

  5. Carrie says:

    Careful with that, though. If you decide to change it back, you’ll have a LOT of weeds to contend with!

  6. Ale says:

    Before WoW sucked up all my game time, I loved to play Animal Crossing on the Game Cube and the DS. I was really into for a few months. I have been wondering what Animal Crossing City Folk would be like. I won’t be playing my ds AC since my daughter wiped out my entire town, /sigh, and I just don’t feel like starting over. I also recently played the first Professor Layton but have yet to check out the Diabolical Box.

    I have been playing a bit of Mass Effect 2 but haven’t gotten very far yet (WoW and all) and have actually been playing Bayonetta. Definately not for kids eyes, but it gives me a giggle in a this story and dialog is so absurd kind of way. It is a combo fighting game where I get to kick butt with guns on my boots, yes, while breakdancing.

  7. Pathis says:

    I definitely second Andy C. on the Scribblenauts suggestion. It is one of those games you will show your non-gamer family members and say “can you believe a game can do this!” It is really an amazing thing to experience if nothing else.

    Also, don’t miss the boat on Puzzle Quest! It is a fantastic game.
    .-= Pathis´s last blog ..Bear Form and Hit Rating =-.

  8. Deandre - Dalaran says:

    Picked up FF Tactics Advanced 2 about a year and some ago…I still play it from time to time, so I’d say the cost of the game translating into something like 200+ hours of playtime is a good deal.

  9. Tesh says:

    *checks his Disgaea DS clock*

    …278 hours…

    Wow. I probably got as much out of FFTA, FFTA2, OT:KoL and VP:CotP, though. Yummy, yummy tactics games. Pure fudge, those, and on a handheld? Perfect.
    .-= Tesh´s last blog ..EMMO =-.

  10. Korey says:

    One can’t forget the Phoenix Wright or Trauma Center games (although Trauma Center really requires quick coordinated action, which not all people, including myself, can master)!

  11. Vulpina says:

    Oh god, Puzzle Quest = 30 minute long bathroom breaks at work. D:

  12. Phaedra says:

    I had the same issue with Animal Crossing with the Gamecube, so I started selling the rare stuff. Then, I realized that I would never be able to finish my T-rex, since I had already sold the head.

    Sure, in the short run, you get bells if you sell your rare fish/insects/fossils right away, but you also get achievements for donating that stuff to the mueseum. And it’s kinda neat to walk around and look at all the displays that are complete because of you.

    Also, be careful of the scorpian – it can sting you and knock you out. The first time it happened to me, I was stunned (and my husband was laughing hysterically at my reaction).

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