Game reviews: Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery and Miraculous Ladybug & Cat Noir and discussion on Crazy Rich Asians

Hello bookish friends! I usually schedule these types of posts in advance, but there’s been a ton of new stuff recently and I’m stoked to share my views on them!

First up, the newly released Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery game!

  1. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery

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Everyone has heard of Harry Potter, even if they haven’t seen the movies or read the books, but now, we are given a chance to actually LIVE the Hogwarts experience through a game!

I actually signed up for the pre-release so I started playing this game early! I chose the Ravenclaw house since #ravenclawhousepride and I love everything that they stand for.

What I loved about the game: 

  1. Adventure – the storyline isn’t the same as the Harry potter books or movies although there are some similarities, you get one friend from the same house and a rival from Slytherin. The backstory talks about your brother going missing from trying to find the curse vaults and now that you’re in Hogwarts, you want to find where he is.
  2. World building – You get to experience what it was like when Harry first came to Hogwarts, you get to choose a wand (actually, it chooses you), get sorted into houses, learn spells, mix potions and have a ton of adventures in Hogwarts.
  3. Character expressions – This is my favourite part about the game! I love that the expressions of the characters are really REALLY good and accurate that it almost seems human! Here’s a screenshot from while I was playing the game:thumbnail_IMG_3523.jpg

Look at her expression on the extreme left! (She’s Rowan in the game, your friend) I love how funny their expressions are and I thought of a thousand memes in my head for this!

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(Okay, sorry, I’ll stop it now)

What I disliked about the game:

  1. Time taken – You spend a lot of time waiting for your energy to be recharged to full (around 1 to 1.5 hours) and some quests need you to wait a whole 8 hours before you can complete them! I was really annoyed by this on the first day since I really wanted to get the quests done and move on with the story!
  2. Hogwarts – Not that this is a very bad thing, but you spend the entire game ONLY at Hogwarts, you don’t get to see more of the world out there
  3. Professor Snape – Okay, I never really liked him since the movies, but he kept taking away my Ravenclaw house points! He took away so many that I felt that I was a letdown to my house and I should be expelled! But it does get better in year 2 when you knows his own Slytherins better and actually believes you when you tell him that your rival set you up.

Overall, if you love Harry Potter, definitely give this game a go and see whether it’s your cup of tea!

 

2. Miraculous Ladybug & Cat Noir – Official game

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If you don’t know, I LOVE the Miraculous Ladybug cartoon series and was very excited when I heard a game was coming out!

What I loved about the game:

  1. How much they incorporated the show into it – I love that we get to see our favourite characters and villains throughout the entire game! We get to play between Marinette and Adrien and also as Ladybug and Cat Noir! We get to see snippets of them transforming and also when Ladybug uses Lucky Charm!
  2. Simplistic Gameplay – The gameplay is really simple! Run, jump, slide and dodge any obstacles coming your way as you collect Ladybugs, Lucky Charms, Cataclysms, Cookies and Camembert.
  3. Storyline –  I liked that they incorporated the storyline from favourite episodes like Dark Cupid, Lady Wifi, Volpina and more!

What I disliked about the game:

  1. Character graphics – I really didn’t like how the characters looked in the game, they just looked more unfriendly and robotic.
  2. Not enough lives – Hey, if I’m playing as Cat Noir, I should have 9 lives, right?😂 Okay, so for every round you get 2 lives (including the one you start with), once you burn those two up, you’re dead and out.)
  3. Stagnant – Although the gameplay is really simple and great for kids, the fandom for this cartoon actually has a lot of older viewers (like me) and the game is literally just running and dodging obstacles, so it gets really stagnant at a lot of times. Maybe they could add some mini-games throughout the gameplay so that it doesn’t just feel like we just run around all the time.

 

3. Crazy Rich Asians

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So, I’ve heard that this is one of the book to movie adaptations coming out soon and I’ve never read the books but have heard about the news on the movie.

So you might be wondering why I would discuss about a movie when I usually just do movie reviews, but there’s something very interesting about this movie particularly.

  1. Book to movie adaption (Calling all book to movie adaption fans!)
  2. It’s a romance/family film (right up my alley)
  3. In 25 years, it’s a full asian cast for a Hollywood film
  4. It’s set in my home country (Singapore)

Yes, can we get a “Oh-yeah” for more POC appearing in Hollywood movies?

And also, this movie is going to be set in MY FREAKING HOME COUNTRY, Singapore! I was very surprised when I heard about it and would love to see how this movie portrays Singapore onto the big screen!

Also, the actress playing the mother is Michelle Yeoh (Hey, I have the same name, just without the h)

Okay, So I’ll definitely be checking out this movie too!

 

That’s all, my bookish friends, have a great weekend (I hope you plan to watch Infinity war because I’ll wait for the internet version because I don’t have friends and nobody wants to watch it with me, bye 😂)

 

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Game Review: Heart’s Medicine: Hospital Heat Collector’s Edition (Free Trial)

“Hospitals are the safest place in the world.”

Hey guys! Today I have the game review of Heart’s Medicine: Hospital Heat Collector’s Edition! I played the free trial for an hour at Big Fish Games and loved the game!

Heart’s Medicine: Hospital Heat Collector’s Edition

Heart’s Medicine: Hospital Heat is a time management game.

Rating: 4/5

The first thing I noticed about the game, was how nice the music sounded! There was this piano piece that was played constantly throughout the scenes, but I couldn’t find it to link it here!

I like how they told the story. They started with a scene of the hospital in flames and Aliison quickly arriving at the hospital, but she falls through a hole. Then it jumps to 5 months before and tells of how she ended up in that particular moment. Also, they establish that Allison is dating her boss, and has something against her mother (which is revealed in the form of flashbacks in snippets in between the gameplay). Ryan reminded her of her former self and is quickly revealed that he is her half brother. There was a really nice character arc in the first chapter by itself!

The graphics were really bright, very fitting of a paetriatic section of the hospital! The graphics made me feel right at home and were really nicely illustrated. The animals were really cute

The mini games included were really cute and fun. And most of the tasks were definitely manageable.

 

Let me know in the comments if you would check out this game!

 

Game Review: Dark Romance: The monster within Collector’s edition (Free Trial)

Hey guys, I decided to start on doing game reviews! I’ve been playing trial versions of games fromBig Fish Games and finally decided to do a review even though I’ve been playing their games for years!

Personally, I love playing Hidden Object games and Time management games!

Today, I have played ‘Dark Romance: The monster within’. I have always enjoyed playing the Dark Romance series, they always make me go “wait, I’ve been playing for an hour?!” and they always have the alternate Point of view where you play not one, but two different characters in the game! Both the characters will send each other items and information that will help the other character out!

Dark Romance: The Monster Within Collector’s Edition

Rating: 4/5 stars

While playing the game, I was really at a loss for words when I saw how pretty the background illustrations were for the game! I also enjoyed the puzzles that were set up, they were tricky, but definitely engaging and fun to try out (If you suck at puzzles, there is always the ‘hint’ and ‘skip’ button)

The search areas in the game are straightforward and easily spotted, this makes it easier on the players to figure out what needs to be done, and the items provided were really logical in terms of use.

For this game, The monster within, I really liked the concept of game! The story tells of man who wants revenge on his friends and enemies, so he uses magic paints to paint whatever he wants and they will happen in real life. So he turns their lives into hell by painting all of them changing into animals.

I LOVED the music choice, when the scene of the house was on fire, the music was tense, and even I literally felt that my own house was on fire and was panicking while trying to find a water source while the music really tensed up the atmosphere. The music subconsciously immersed me in the game for an hour, before I was sadly dragged out due to the time limitation. The sound effects were really realistic (e.g. the fire crackling and the glass shattering)

I also liked that the game incorporated skills such as healing/medical and blacksmithing into it’s midst.

One thing I absolutely liked was that you can do more than 1 thing at a particular scene. most games only allow you to handle one task at a time (e.g. open the door with a key) but for The monster within, you are able to open the locked door AND pull the cork out of the bottle AT THE SAME TIME!

I felt that the hour was really short and I thoroughly enjoyed the game!

 

Let me know in the comments below whether you would try out this game!