Saturday, December 26, 2020

Google Chromecast With Google TV

John B. Marine | 12/26/2020 11:10:00 AM | | | | Be the first to comment!
There was a reason why I didn't believe in the Google Chromecast. It was because it was a streamer- not like your average Android TV box. You had to rely on mobile devices to use it. Now comes the Google Chromecast With Google TV. I did my research through YouTube videos and wanted to see if this is any good. To state my thoughts after using it for one day (give or take), I have prepared this blog post. Welcome, one and all, to "John's Blog Space!"






Google Chromecast With Google TV


Meet the Google Chromecast With Google TV...

Google Chromecast With Google TV
^ from: (B&H) - This device is more than just a Google Chromecast; this one is a Chromecast With Google TV and Google Assistant.

Before I go any further, let me suggest there is a big difference between this Chromecast With Google TV and the base Google Chromecast. The Google Chromecast simply streams media from your mobile devices to your TV. The Google Chromecast With Google TV does the same thing, but differently and with more versatility. It most importantly can be operated without any mobile devices. Now let me share some basic specifications.


Google Chromecast With Google TV: At a Glance.

The Google Chromecast With Google TV is a device that features the round pebble that hooks into an HDMI port, and it comes with a remote you can use. What was the Android TV interface is now simply Google TV. It is the Android interface tailored exclusively for television units and through various Android TV boxes. Unlike having to rely on mobile devices for operation and only be able to use it to stream or cast, you have a physical remote to use with this device. This means you no longer have to rely on having your mobile device connected to WiFi and having to have the proper app to operate. You also have the comfort and convenience of using Google Assistant to help you utilize voice commands and even search for media and more through your voice. The Google Chromecast With Google TV can support HDTV, 4KTV, and HDR type television units. Its primary opposition include the Amazon Fire Stick 4K, and the Roku Streaming Stick Plus.

Setup is fairly simple. Where I hit snags in setting up the Chromecast With Google TV was in trying to have the Google Home app available. The problem I suffered was that I got notifications saying that I don't have enough space on my devices for the Google Home app. Thankfully, I had other methods to try to complete my installation of my Google Chromecast With Google TV. I later began to actually enjoy it along with finding some extra apps to enhance the experience.

It is possible you can play Android games on the Google Chromecast With Google TV. However, you are perhaps better left to using mostly light 2D-style games rather than any intense 3D Android games. I don't plan on using my Google Chromecast With Google TV for gaming.

The Google Chromecast With Google TV comes with 8GB of memory with about half of it being available for other material. So if you want to further utilize this device, you are best served to find a proper USB Type-C USB hub to hook in more devices and have more memory to install more material.

Now let me tell you how I came across this device.


Google Chromecast With Google TV: My Story.

So how did I get to explore the Google Chromecast With Google TV, and why did I care so much to be intrigued by it? Well recently, I began to feel disappointed of late with my Xiaomi Mi Box S after it has skipped out on my Internet connection. It also has randomly restarted on me. I initially bought the Xiaomi Mi Box S to be a more versatile Android TV box than my previous Google Nexus Player (or Google's "hockey puck" to some people). The Mi Box S has served me well as a media platform and as a separate Android device. Realistically, though, I felt it was time to move on. So around October or November of 2020, I began to research on the Google Chromecast With Google TV. I later wanted to get this fine device as a Christmas gift. And... I did! Because I'm a good boy! Honest! :D

It was to my surprise that I got a surprise Christmas gift for 2020- a brand-new 32-inch HDTV! When I started to consider rearranging things in my room to take advantage of the new TV, I began to think about installing my Google Chromecast With Google TV into my new TV. I could do it on my HDTV's three HDMI outputs (compared my my single HDMI port on my former HDTV). Once I put the package together, I could see and enjoy the Google Chromecast With Google TV to use the various programs and applications for it. I have basically used the Google Chromecast With Google TV for one day and decided to post a blog entry on it after one full day.


I will present to you my Final Thoughts on the Google Chromecast With Google TV in the next section.




Google Chromecast With Google TV: Final Thoughts


The Google Chromecast With Google TV is a worthy step up from the base Chromecast. It combines the Chromecast's wonderful streaming ability with the added incentive of the Google TV interface. You will be able to stream up to 4K with this device if you have the proper hardware. As a pure home media device, this device will serve you well. It is recommended to maybe invest in a USB hub compatible with the Google Chromecast With Google TV if you want more storage or want to perform more operations with this device. Other than that, the Google Chromecast With Google TV is a solid investment to any home media system.

This device can be found at a number of retail stores, selling for about $50 USD ($52 USD to $55 USD with taxes). It comes in three different colors: Snow (white color), Sky (light blue), and Sunrise (light pink).


For More Information...

To learn more about the Google Chromecast With Google TV, here is a look at the device from the Google Store: Chromecast With Google TV - Google Store.


Hopefully my blog post here gives you a little insight on the Google Chromecast With Google TV, and perhaps even I have helped you decide on whether or not to get this device.





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Sunday, December 13, 2020

hamster collection

John B. Marine | 12/13/2020 06:54:00 PM | | | Be the first to comment!
In times such as a pandemic, we need any sort of thing to keep happiness and hope intact. I finally got around to play a game called "Hamster Collection." This is another game sort of like "Neko Atsume" or "Spoon Pets Collector." However, is it as good as these two aforementioned games? I will share my thoughts in this blog post.

A Note About This Post...

This blog post is a mobile game review. The game reviewed is as recent as the original date of this blog post, and it may change with different updates. My device used is my Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0a.





https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=jp.co.ciagram.collecthamster

Hamster Collection


Let's play with some hamsters!

hamster collection ciagram co ltd
^ from: (Google Play) - Raise some cute hamsters in your hamster cage with "hamster collection!"

"Hamster Collection" allows you to raise and take care of. It was developed by a Japanese developer named Ciagram, CO., LTD. Ciagram is known more for their romantic novel style games. You place treats and toys in your hamster cage for the hamsters to interact with. You can expand your cage to allow more hamsters to visit the cage. A total of 17 hamsters can be raised. The items you can buy cost either regular Seeds or Golden Seeds. Premium material can be purchased with Golden Seeds. If you lack the finances to get a lot of Seeds, you may use in-app purchases to gain more currency good towards buying more material in the game.

What makes "Hamster Collection" different is that you can actually interact with your hamsters. More importantly, you can pet your hamsters to improve their Affection levels. You can earn parts good towards more exclusive toys that can't be bought from the Shop once you reach full Affection with your hamsters. To gain Affection, you will need to pet them by swiping back and forth on your touchscreen when petting them. You can improve Affection up to about 5% each time. After petting them, you will not be able to pet them again until usually after two hours.

A good thing to note is that the hamsters do not have to be physically in your cage to learn of their involvement. Usually with games like "Neko Atsume" or "Spoon Pets Collector," you have to check that you capture certain animals in your play space in order to gauge their qualities. "Hamster Collection" will let you know of any activities your hamsters do even when you don't see them interact with your food or toys. The game even documents certain behaviors captured.

One other interesting aspect of this game is that hamsters are nocturnal creatures. So therefore, they are more active at night than they are in the daytime. You might want to spend more time playing this game at night so you can see and play with all the cute hamsters!


So let me offer some final thoughts on this game based on my play experience.




Hamster Collection: Final Thoughts


"Hamster Collection" features a handful of adorable hamsters to play with. Fun visuals and an adorable setting makes this game pretty fun to play. My complaints are few. For one thing, I have found it tough for the game to use the Back button on my tablet PC to back out of some menus. That also includes not being able to close the game without having to suspend the game and close it. It can also be tough to generate funds outside of buying credits. Even tougher to get Golden Seeds. Other than that, this is a great game to relax with and enjoy some adorable hamsters.


For More Information...

If you want to get "Hamster Collection," this game is free on Android and iOS. Here is where you can get the game on Android:

"hamster collection" on Google Play


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Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Killer Instinct

John B. Marine | 11/17/2020 09:07:00 PM | | | Be the first to comment!
"Available for your home in 1995 only on Nintendo Ultra 64- KILLER INSTINCT!" Killer Instinct comes across as a challenger in the fighting game realm at its time against the likes of Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat. You know you have to bring something special to the table to challenge the likes of games like these. Having said that, did "Killer Instinct" come prepared? You bet! I'll be blogging about Killer Instinct here.

This blog post only pertains to the classic Killer Instinct. This is not a post about Killer Instinct in general.

FIGHT ON!






Killer Instinct


In the 1990s, most of the fighting game realm was dominated by the likes of the Street Fighter series, the Mortal Kombat series, and even the likes of Fatal Fury and Samurai Shodon. So in the case of Killer Instinct, this game needed to provide its own appeal to try to make themselves a viable player in the fighting game genre. Did it ever! "Killer Instinct" debuted in arcades in 1994. It later found its way onto the Super Nintendo and even on Game Boy. I spent a lot of time playing "Killer Instinct" on SNES. Its arcade variant, however, was ahead of its time with amazing 3D graphics in a 2D realm.

So what gives Killer Instinct its character? For one thing, this game is predicated on intense combinations rather than methodically beating your opponent. You start getting notices for your combination attacks if you land at least three hits in a row. Go for the Killer Combo if you can. And if you are REALLY good- go for the... "ULTRA! COMBO!" As much as you can deal combos, be wary of the "C-C-C-C-Combo Breaker!" It won't take much for your opponent to break up your string of successive attacks. There was blood in "Killer Instinct," but nowhere near the gory madness of Mortal Kombat. You can also use Mortal Kombat-style finishing moves to finish off your opponents. In some stages, you can knock opponents out of the stage to certain defeat. For example, on B. Orchid's stage, you can finish your opponent by knocking them off of the tower to the streets below.

What really set apart "Killer Instinct" from its rivals is its fast-paced gameplay and very unrealistic combos. This was no slow game with methodical fighting techniques. It was basically beat your opponent senseless. Changes in momentum made matches exciting in this game. To me, Killer Instinct is more in tune with "Mortal Kombat" games in fighting style than "Street Fighter" games. Fights can be pretty exciting and interesting when someone is defeated. However much health you have left will go into the next "round." So if you are near dying and you just defeat your opponent, you will have little life left once your opponent has full health again. First fighter whose health is depleted twice loses.


The Fighters.

Here are the 11 fighters you will encounter in "Killer Instinct"...

• Jago - a fighting warrior monk armed with a sword.
• T.J. Combo - a disgraced American boxer.
• Black Orchid - a powerful woman.
• Chief Thunder - a powerful Native American Indian fighter.
• Fulgore - a beastly cyborg fighter boasting two claws.
• Sabrewulf - a fierce fighting wolf.
• Riptor - a menacing dinosaur.
• Spinal - a strong skeleton fighter armed with a sword and a shield.
• Glacius - a powerful icy fighter.
• Cinder - this fiery fighter will burn you with his offense.
• Eyedol - the final boss of the game.

If you want to make the most of your experience using each fighter, try to learn putting together various combos. Try even to finish off your opponent with an Ultra Combo. You can even use Finish-style moves to defeat your opponent if you are adept enough.


Now for some final thoughts. Read on...




Killer Instinct: Final Thoughts


"Killer Instinct" is just another example of the wonderful magic Nintendo and RARE made together. This game has withstood the test of time and really established itself even in the wake of the Street Fighter series and Mortal Kombat series. Many people still regard the original "Killer Instinct" as the best in the series and for good reason. I personally have not played the Nintendo 64 or XBOX One "Killer Instinct" titles, but I'm impartial to the original. It all began, though, with this classic of a fighting game. So go enjoy this game if you do get a chance to play it.


Video Preview.

This is just the attract sequence, but it does feature a bit of game play to show you what "Killer Instinct" is all about...


^ Killer Instinct Arcade Intro


I have either brought back memories or (hopefully) impressed you here. Either way, you're welcome, world.





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Thursday, November 5, 2020

The Spring Break Family

John B. Marine | 11/05/2020 11:30:00 PM | | | Be the first to comment!
Anyone can come up with a travel blog. How many, though, also take into consideration children? One woman decided to take her travel insights and offer travel and lifestyle advice for children. Enter "The Spring Break Family," a blog that offers up travel insight as well as non-travel insight. "The Spring Break Family" is a blog I will discuss in my blog.






The Spring Break Family


"The Spring Break Family" is a blog by a Houston mom named Montoya (also known as "Monty"), whom is a personal friend of mine. "The Spring Break Family" blog has been around since January 2018. Through her blog, she offers travel advice. What is more important here is the travel advice also includes activities for children. Also included in her blog posts are topics regarding general lifestyle advice for moms. So what you are getting is a blog showcasing some of the travels of Montoya and her family. A number of major name companies have represented with Montoya including Trivago, Houston Moms Blog, and Montoya was even featured in a New York Times article.

As of October 20, 2020; Montoya and her family have been around North America and Europe. What she shares in blogging can also have some vlogging done on The Spring Break Family's YouTube channel. The video aspect of "The Spring Break Family" offers up additional perspective on featured locations. If you want to see videos of this blog on YouTube, a link to the blog's YouTube channel will be featured later in this post.

Obviously, COVID-19/Coronavirus has derailed the willingness of most people to travel. However, this is still a fine blog if you want some tips and such in regards to travel. I often wonder if Montoya and her family will consider a number of other locales worldwide. Who knows? It may also be possible she could lay claim to visiting all seven continents. As long as fun can be had for kids AND parents, I'm sure it's fair game on "The Spring Break Family."


Final Thoughts.

Montoya and "The Spring Break Family" is an excellent blog infused with a lot of her fine personality and charm. The fact this includes some travel insight for both parents and children expands the appeal all the further. Even just to have general mom insight is also a plus to give this blog further appeal. I don't know where else Montoya and her family may go in this world even in today's dark times, but I am sure like Lakeside (before Coolio made his version), it will be a fantastic voyage.



IN CASE YOU'RE INTERESTED: Here is the New York Times article featuring Montoya: Pandemic Travel, With Another Family or Maybe Three - The New York Times.


Video Sample.

Here is a sample of video work for "The Spring Break Family." This is provided for educational purposes. Check it...


^ MonSuites Catedral in Valencia Spain Room Tour


For More Information...

If you would like to check out the blog and the YouTube channel of "The Spring Break Family," please visit www.thespringbreakfamily.com for the blog, and The Spring Break Family's YouTube channel.






OFF-TOPIC: A Bonus Note


I knew someone did "Fantastic Voyage" long before Coolio. A random search on YouTube led me to learn it was Lakeside that did the original "Fantastic Voyage" song. So I shouldn't lose too many cool points for not knowing the original song maker. Don't reduce my cool points! I try to be a cool kid and sometimes come up short. It happens.





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Friday, September 25, 2020

Molang

John B. Marine | 9/25/2020 09:38:00 AM | | | | Be the first to comment!
A South Korean artist made Molang, an adorable cartoon series that is fun for both children and adults. Molang is a bunny, and Piu Piu is a chick. Both engage in fun and unforgettable adventures. This blog post is a look at Molang. Should you care about Molang and what these cartoons have to offer? Find out in this blog post on "John's Blog Space!"






Molang


Molang is an adorable chubby bunny who engages in many different adventures. Molang's best friend is Piu Piu, a chick. Both Molang and Piu Piu take part in activities together and have fun. Everything from meeting new creatures to engaging in certain activities are all done cutely and with a great bit of humor. The popularity of this series has been seen across media outlets in France, the United Kingdom, and its native South Korea. In the United States, Molang is shown on Disney Junior. Molang was all created by its South Korean main creator, Hye-Je Yoon. She has been working on Molang for the better part of ten years. The main developer of Molang is the French firm Millimages. There have been a lot of Molang cartoons over the years ranging from separate videos to the TV series. Molang goods have also been popular among many fans. These range from toys to apparel.

I discovered Molang from YouTube recommendations. I saw one of Molang's videos and became instantly hooked. It was the cuteness of Molang and Piu Piu that have made me appreciate and admire their wonderful character. Since Molang videos on YouTube are listed under YouTube Kids, you are unable to add these videos to any playlists or able to view them in a mini player. Even still, Molang videos are very entertaining.

What makes Molang so fun is that their cuteness helps provide a fun and joy-bringing atmosphere. Almost as if these cartoons provide an escape from the world's issues. Even the marketing of Molang suggests it deliver happiness and joy to all. Needless to say, Molang delivers solidly in these departments.

Some have debated whether Molang and Piu Piu are male or female. For the most part, both main characters are genderless. However, the Molang Wiki suggested Molang is a gay male bunny. The Wikipedia entry on Molang uses "they/them" as pronouns for Molang and Piu Piu.


Video Preview.

Let me provide you a sample of Molang. I tried to find a decent enough video that lets you gauge the personality and charm of Molang. I also wanted to find a brief video of Molang. There are some better videos I could have chosen, but I chose this one below. So here is a video for you to enjoy in regards to Molang:


^ Molang and Piu Piu - What at trip !| More


Now that I've told you as much as I could about Molang, let me offer my own final thoughts on Molang.




Molang: Final Thoughts


Even for a very friendly cartoon for kids, Molang is also very fun for... big kids, so to speak. Molang has a level of appeal and cuteness that will no doubt bring a smile to your face. The world's woes seem to go away as you are delved into a world of happiness and charm that is just too adorable to pass up on. In fact, I am almost starting to believe Molang may be more adorable and fun than even when I first became fond of Pusheen the Cat. As if the video preview I provided in the previous section wasn't enough, I think you will enjoy Molang once you start watching the different cartoons and features. Molang truly is happiness and joy for all ages- let alone just for children.


For More Information...

You can see more Molang videos on their YouTube channel here: Molang on YouTube. You can link to their social media, including Molang on Facebook and Molang on Instagram among other social media outlets.





I hope you found this blog post entertaining in regards to Molang. I enjoyed watching these Molang cartoons since semi-randomly discovering it in YouTube recommendations. I am still glad I found it. Now I'm a fan. Speaking of fans, are you a fan of my blogging work? Be sure to Subscribe/Follow if you enjoyed this post and want more of my work when available. Use the table below to connect to all of my online work and profiles. Thank you for reading! Take care and be well.

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Thursday, September 3, 2020

3,000,000 Views!

John B. Marine | 9/03/2020 07:30:00 PM | | | Be the first to comment!
John's Blog Space has over three million views now! What began as my first post in January 2009 followed by making separate blogs has now resulted in my main blog getting 3M hits. I couldn't believe this site got all the traffic it did get. Considering times have been slow blogging-wise, I am glad people have continued to visit my main blog and intereact with it. I want to thank everyone worldwide who helped contribute to my blogging work over the years. I didn't give up on this blog because I feel there is still a lot to process and share to the world that it is worth keeping this blog intact.

Actually, it has been only recently I noted my all-time view count. Like, September 2, 2020 recent. So I probably have surpassed the 3M view mark much sooner than me reporting it right now. I am still glad that my blog is still visited for whatever reason for whatever post(s) that interest the world. I wanted to lend my voice to the world with my own content, and I am glad people were able to enjoy whatever I post in "John's Blog Space." The name "John's Blog Space" may not be a hot name, neither was the fact I chose to use my name to identify this blog with its URL; but even still, it is the content that matters most. People thankfully have seen my vision and responded accordingly. Whether you have been here for years or are visiting for the first-ever time, THANK YOU very much!

Even though times have been tough for me and my blog(s), and even though COVID-19/Coronavirus has ravaged most of 2020, there is still a feel good story in that my blog has lasted this long. The Internet has all kinds of shady and annoying stuff. Some even think blogging is a lost art and not much of a thing anymore. I'm still going! All of my blogs are still going! I want you (yes- YOU) to stay on this ride for as long as you can!





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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Spoon Pet Collector

John B. Marine | 7/14/2020 09:50:00 AM | | Be the first to comment!
From the makers of "Neko Atsume," "Spoon Pet Collector" lets you collect adorable animals. Collect and capture various pets. Even scoop them up with a spoon! This game has it all! I review "Spoon Pets Collector" for you all in this blog post. I will let you know what I think about it as I go along.


A Note About Mobile Games...

This is a review of a game as it is as of July 14, 2020. This game may have changed over time based on this initial blog post. This game was reviewed on my Samsung Galaxy Tab A.






Spoon Pet Collector


"Spoon Pet Collector" was made by the same Japanese developer behind the highly popular "Neko Atsume"- Hit-Point. This game is a collaborative effort of Hit-Point and SEGA TOYS. It was released in 2016, two years after the 2014 game "Neko Atsume." The goal of "Spoon Pet Collector" is to collect and capture various pets to your yard. Just like in "Neko Atsume," doing so means you attract animals to your house by setting up both food and goodies. Unlike "Neko Atsume," however, the animals in this game are not exclusively cats. This game features over 75 adorable pets to collect and capture. Can you capture all of the adorable pets in this game?

"Spoon Pet Collector" is a free game for Android and iOS. In-app purchases can be made within the game.


Game Play.

"Spoon Pet Collector" plays a lot like Neko Atsume, so I will be making a lot of references to Neko Atsume in explaining this game.

The basic food to use is sunflower seeds. You can use other food items from the Shop to attract more pets. A certain combination of food and goodies will yield to getting more of these creatures coming to your house. You can play mini games and take part in other activities to get more content. You can also expand your play field to allow for more goodies and more pets to enter your space. If you establish a good enough relationship between yourself and certain pets, some pets will offer you Mementos- just like in Neko Atsume. Try to get the Mementos for all of the pets if you are about completion. Use the in-game time to set up your yard with food and goodies. Then, close or suspend the app to allow for the animals to interact with your place.

Unlike Neko Atsume, however, you actually have some control over pets and goodies. Unique to this game is a spoon you can use to scoop up pets and place them anywhere where they can be placed. You can not scoop up rare pets, however. You can see how pets interact with certain goodies by scooping them up and placing them around certain goodies. Also unique to "Spoon Pets Collector" is the ability to dress up your pets. These dress-up opportunities come later in the game.

"Spoon Pet Collector" has a currency of Spoons. Certain more prominent items require Gold Spoons. You have various methods of earning each. The safe way (as in not trying to farm or grind or perform some cheat) to earn any kind of Spoons is to let your pets play around and let them offer you Spoons from their visit. You can play mini games to earn some extra spoons. Sometimes, you will see golden advertisements scattered about that can earn you some Spoons (or even Golden Spoons) if you watch the included ads.


Now that you know some of the basics, let me offer my final thoughts on this game from what I have played so far.




Spoon Pets Collector: Final Thoughts


In my research of "Spoon Pets Collector," I saw that one reviewer said that "Spoon Pet Collector" is a great game but lacks the charm of "Neko Atsume." In a way, that is how I feel about "Spoon Pet Collector." Spoon Pet Collector is an adorable game on many levels. I do tend to agree it doesn't have the same level of cuteness and appeal over the older "Neko Atsume." With that said, this is still a very cute and relaxing game to play. It still brings a smile to your face seeing all of the adorableness this game has to offer. Even scooping up these pets and placing them around your playing space is a treat in its own right. You almost wish the pets were real and that you took care of them- just like in Neko Atsume! So go download "Spoon Pet Collector" and have fun collecting these adorable animals!


Video Preview.

Here is a video showing you some of the basic game playing of "Spoon Pet Collector." Take a look:


^ Spoon Pet Collection ( Playing with Snow White! )


For More Information...

Learn more about "Spoon Pet Collector" by visiting Hit-Point's official website at: www.hit-point.co.jp/ (WARNING: Japanese language only!). More information about "Spoon Pet Collector" itself can be found at www.hit-point.co.jp/games/spoonpets/ (WARNING: Japanese language only!). You may need to use translation features in your browser if you do not understand Japanese.


Bonus Video!

As a bonus for reading my blog post on "Spoon Pet Collector," here is a bonus video featuring the super-cute Spoon Pets toys. Enjoy!


^ Spoon Pets Cute

ONLY in Japan, folks! :)





I hope you like my review, and I also hope I've brightened your day with this cuteness. Thank you for reading! Take care and be well.

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Sunday, July 5, 2020

Cat Game - The Cats Collector!

John B. Marine | 7/05/2020 04:59:00 PM | | Be the first to comment!
"Cat Game - The Cats Collector!" by Mino Games puts you in charge of the most elaborate tower housing many cats. Its name is not the most original or catchy, but it aims to provide cat cuteness in a casual game. Collect and enhance your tower with all sorts of cats along with many unique floors. If this is something you are interested in, then feel free to stick around for this blog post, as I review game simply known as... "Cat Game."


A Note About Mobile Games...

This is a review of a game as it is as of July 5, 2020. This game may have changed over time based on this initial blog post. This game was reviewed on my Samsung Galaxy Tab A.






Cat Game - The Cats Collector!


"Cat Game - The Cats Collector!" was made by a Canadian developer called Mino Games. It is a game where you collect and build up a city tower full of many unique floors and cats. Each of the cats you collect and bring to your tower have their own personalities. Some of the cats you start off with are fairly basic. The floors of the tower even have a certain theme that makes each one unique. For example, my favorite room I have unlocked so far is the Farm floor, featuring cats that think and act like farm animals! They have cute and fun animations that do no fail to bring a smile to your face. Once you get to taking on more cats and floors, though, you get more interesting cats to fill each space. How many cats can you collect? How many floors can you unlock? What awaits you in Cat Game? Get ready for a truly entertaining experience!

"Cat Game" is a free game available for Android and iOS. In-app purchases can be made playing this game.


My Credentials.

I was on Level 10 playing this game in creating this review. I have 51 cats in my play.


Game Play.

Each playing of "Cat Game" begins with cat-related puns. When you begin "Cat Game" for the first time, you begin with a tutorial featuring how the game is played along with your choice of three cats. The tower is not a tower at all early, and the tower is not as elaborate; however, that will change dramatically as you start getting more decorations and cats. These additions will earn you Stars. You will level up to create new floors for your tower when you earn enough Stars. When you level up, you will earn a handful of bonuses.

The currency in "Cat Game" is Coins, and you collect Coins through any number of means. You can earn Coins randomly by seeing gift boxes on each floor. Certain gifts you earn can yield you Coins. Later in the game, you can earn Coins by completing certain tasks using the game's bank. You can even play mini games to earn Coins. Just be sure to have enough Coins to purchase a number of resources. Besides Coins, you also have Gems. Gems are the more premium currency. They usually can be spent in expediting the delivery of baskets or materials. Speaking of...

You can craft materials as well as buy food. Food is good for feeding cats, and materials are good for crafting items to furnish floors of your tower with. Food can be bought either in one of each or ten of each. Only three food items are available at a time. Once a certain amount of time passes, the food will be restocked with new items.

What you want to do is get more cats to your tower. You do so by feeding cats food. You will know which cat is hungry based on a speech bubble above the cat with a picture of a certain kind of food. If you do not have the proper food the cat is craving, you can still feed the cat anything in your collection. Once a cat has been fed, a Basket will be delivered. Each Basket can be delivered granted you have the needed resources. You want to try to pick up a cat. In fact, the basket will give you the percentage of you winning a cat before you decide to deliver the basket. You can either wait for the basket to deliver, or you can expedite the basket's delivery by paying a fee in Gems. You can choose to go for an Extra Spin if you want another chance at picking up a cat if you failed to get one. The Extra Spin requires you to watch an ad. Taking the Extra Spin will give you another chance to get a cat or earn more supplies. There is a limit on how many Extra Spins you can take in a short amount of time, so don't think you can abuse this limit to grind.

A floor is complete when all cats for that floor are unlocked and all decorations have been created. When a floor is complete, you can still deliver baskets on completed floors, but mostly these are there to earn more supplies. You may also earn a Premium Key which will give you unique cats and items. You can also craft Premium Keys if you have the given resources and Coins. If you're the completionist type, there are about 63 floors to unlock for your regular tower, and about 30 floors for your Premium Tower. As far as cats are concerned, the top players have found over 1100 cats.

This game allows for various in-app purchases to gain a boost in resources and game progress. Use your own real money to gain more Coins, Gems, and floors. You can even buy a VIP package that gives you an influx of resources and cats for a monthly fee. Of course, you can play through as much of this game without needing to spend any real money to make a lot of progress. This is not one of those "pay-to-win" games.


Now that you have an idea for the game playing elements, I will offer you my review of this game based on my progress.




"Cat Game" - Final Thoughts


"Cat Game" will not win awards for an original name, but it will be a game that brings a smile to your face with its unique character. The game has a very nice song that plays and loops in the background. It will not frustrate you in any sort of way trying to unlock everything. You will not really feel the need to grind for money. You will enjoy the cats in the tower accompanied by the many different floors unique to their personalities. I can not really find any real faults with "Cat Game" from my play, except that the game kind of stops playing the background song when it loops back to the start sometimes. The game has crashed on me only a few times after viewing an ad video. Other than that, this game will keep you busy and is quite fun.

I couldn't find a decent video to showcase this game, so I invite you to visit the developer's official website for more details. Speaking of which...


For More Information...

To learn more about "Cat Game" or Mino Games, please visit minogames.com.





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Saturday, June 27, 2020

FeeDog - Raising Puppies

John B. Marine | 6/27/2020 10:06:00 PM | | Be the first to comment!
I am not a dog person. I have been scared of dogs my whole life. At one point after playing so many mobile cat games, something made me look into dog games. So I looked up "FeeDog" by Korean developer Q-SSUM Studio. I will tell you whether or not you should give this game a try with this blog post. I hope you get to enjoy this blog post and my review of "FeeDog."


A Note About Mobile Games...

This is a review of a game as it is as of June 27, 2020. This game may have changed over time based on this initial blog post. This game was reviewed on my Samsung Galaxy Tab A.






FeeDog


Let's talk about this game.

"FeeDog - Raising Puppies" is a game by Korean developer Q-SSUM Studio. In this game, dogs were enjoying a peaceful and happy time. That is... until a horde of ghosts threatened the peace of dogs everywhere. the goal of this game to defeat the evil ghosts while being properly fed. Also, you will be able to raise some puppies to help you in your battle of suppressing the ghosts.


Game Play.

"FeeDog - Raising Puppies" plays somewhat like an endless runner, only this is not an endless runner. This is in the sense that you keep going until you fail. A bunch of items will come at you while some ghosts also appear. What you must do is either eat the items directed to you or swat them away. What you want your dog to do is to eat the good food and punch away the bad food. If you swat away good food at the enemies, the game continues, but you will need to start a new combo string. If your dog consumes any bad food or gets hit by an enemy, the game is over. Try to generate as good of a combo string as you can to climb through the levels.

There are two main dogs in this game- Lucky and Lack. You start with Lucky. Lucky is a beautiful white dog somewhat styled like something you'd see out of Pusheen. Lack is a dark dog that you can unlock either at Level 90 or for a lot of Gems. Each dog can be upgraded to be more powerful, generate more Coins, and prevent more combos from breaking. An extra boost of ability can be gained by buying and raising puppies. Each puppy you raise can provide a certain perk to you once a certain level has been reached. When a puppy's level is raised to Level 10 or greater, you can perform a Fusion that gives your dog an extra perk to have upgraded abilities. Unfortunately, you can have only one Fusion to a dog at a time. You can select which puppy to fuse with when not playing the main game. You also can name each puppy to whatever you like. For example, in the time of my play of this game, I named my two puppies "Mocha" and "Muffin."

Part of "FeeDog" is on the feeding. When in the main game, items will come from one side of the screen to the other. Your task is to eat the good items and punch away the bad items. For example, items like dog food and bones are GOOD food for your dog. Items like bombs and candy are BAD for your dog. If your dog consumes a bad item, the game will end. How close you are to consuming or punching an item determines how much damage you will do to the enemies. The closer each item is to you before punching them away, the more damage you can deal. You may encounter a boss battle through your play. You must really try to take down each boss as best as you can. Even the bosses themselves have to be punched away to avoid the game coming to an end. Once you eventually face defeat in a game session, you can either restart your run or return home. You can earn extra Gems by either sharing your game moments across social media or by watching ads.

While Coins are the primary currency in FeeDog, you really want to save on Gems. You earn 50 Gems for each day you play the game, and you can earn extra Gems by watching ads. You can buy more Gems by using your real money. The real money can come from either your actual money or from any credits you may have from a gift card. If you can focus your finances one something, invest in Milk to feed your puppies. Try to buy more puppies once you generate enough Gems.

INTERESTING FACT: All food items that are good or bad for dogs in this game are also good or bad for your dog in real life! This game even has little factoids about what makes certain Bad Food items bad for dogs. So you get a little learning experience in this game about dogs!


I will now come up with a review of this game. Please read the next section.




FeeDog: Final Thoughts


It does seem unusual that a cat lover like myself would try a dog game. However, Q-SSUM Studio has done a great job offering a fun and enjoyable game with "FeeDog - Raising Puppies." It has a casual feel to it while also being fairly fun to play. The dogs and the puppies are adorable! I don't have too much to vent about this game except that some of the English translation is not very good. Hardcore English types would complain over grammatical errors in the Korean to English translation. But really, this game is excellent on a number of levels. Surely give this game a try, even if you are not a dog lover!


Video Preview.

Here is a trailer for the game I just reviewed. Take a look:


^ FeeDog - Season 2


For More Information...

Q-SSUM Studio does not have its own website, but you can visit their Facebook fan page at www.facebook.com/qssumstudio/. "FeeDog - Raising Puppies" is a free game that allows in-app purchases. It is available for Android and iOS.





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CrossWord Jam

John B. Marine | 6/27/2020 09:36:00 PM | | Be the first to comment!
Reaady to find some words? "CrossWord Jam" by PlaySimple combines word finding with a bit of world travel. So chill out and try to find some words! Playing a lot like "WordScapes," this game challenges you to swipe across some letters to find as many words as possible. This blog post is a review of "CrossWord Jam."


A Note About Mobile Games...

This is a review of a game as it is as of June 27, 2020. This game may have changed over time based on this initial blog post. This game was reviewed on my Samsung Galaxy Tab A.






CrossWord Jam


From India's PlaySimple Games comes "CrossWord Jam." Similar to "WordScapes" that I reviewed previously, your goal is to find as many words as possible using a given set of letters. Find the words while also getting combos going. There are lot of puzzles and a lot of places to visit. Can you handle the pressure?

"CrossWord Jam" is free to play, but you can purchase material with in-app purchases. Play "CrossWord Jam" each day to earn daily bonuses. These daily bonuses can include more Coins and even some free hints. The prizes get better the more successive days you continue to play this game. It is recommended for you to pay to remove the in-game ads so your performance isn't hindered.


A Game Note...

I was currently on Level 91 playing this game in typing up this blog post.


Playing the Game.

You find words by swiping across a set of letters to find various words. Find as many words as possible to clear each puzzle. You earn bonuses for finding words that are not in the official puzzle. If you really want to succeed in this game, try to find each word while finding many other words in succession. Finding multiple words in succession nets you bonuses. You know you are on a word streak when you see the outsides of your touchscreen glow with stars coming out. Try to keep that streak going! You can also find words not part of the official puzzle for extra Coins. Once you find a word that is either not a word or not in a puzzle, your bonus streak is snapped. So if you can, try to consistently find words to keep your string going. If you need hints, spend Coins to get hints. Later facilities give you a much-needed boost if you get stuck. Do everything you can to clear each puzzle. Some puzzles may have a Challenge Word for you to find outside of the main puzzle. Find that Challenge Word to earn a Coin bonus! The level ends once all official puzzle words have been found.

The daily puzzles have you trying to find words at specific point. When you see a daily puzzle, you will see an owl located somewhere on the puzzle. That owl, named Mr. Hoot, rests on one of the words you must find. You earn a Star for each word you find with Mr. Hoot on it. You can still solve the puzzle by finding words that Mr. Hoot isn't resting on. Only thing is, you will not earn as many Stars for words you find that does not have the owl resting on a certain word. Collecting more Stars helps you fill out your Scrapbook. Find all of the words to clear the Daily Puzzle!

I mentioned going on streaks earlier. When there are Bloom Rush tournaments, you earn Golden Blooms for getting on these streaks of finding words. Be sure to enjoy these Tournaments when you get a chance to compete in them!


A Word of Warning.

If you do not remove ads, then after you clear each puzzle, you will advance to the next stage immediately following an advertisement. Give yourself 3-5 seconds to play after the next stage loads so that any ads don't obstruct your time playing the next level. Sometimes, the game even gives you notifications in the game that hinder your progress when you start a new level or after you fail multiple times to register a correct word. So give yourself some time before taking on the next puzzle.


Let me share my Final Thoughts on this game now.




CrossWord Jam: Final Thoughts


With its beautiful graphics and relaxing atmosphere, CrossWord Jam is a joy to play. It offers the appeal of word hunting while providing a welcoming atmosphere. I mostly have two gripes with this game from my play experience. First off, the game runs a little slow on my tablet PC. Sometimes, the game tends to lag as I try to swipe letters. I might easily try to spell a word but end up not having it count because of the game lag. Second, the game has advertisements and notices that come up at inopportune times, mostly in starting a new level or if I gather enough Bonus words. The game does not seem overly challenging. While not an easy game, it will surely test your word power. It also can be addicting in the sense of chaining together multiple words in a row. This is a lovely game in many aspects. Its efficiency, however, holds it back from being great.


For More Information...

Learn more about "CrossWord Jam" and PlaySimple by visiting playsimple.in/. Remember this is a free game for Android and iOS, and there are in-app purchases that can be made in it.





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