Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale – A must play if you want no life for a few days

If I can only say one thing about this game it’s that it’s surprisingly addictive and doesn’t take long to get the hang of. Even if you don’t meet your goal amount each week, it doesn’t get boring. There’s a lot more thinking involved than I first expected, but it’s a completely different and interesting twist on the idea of the RPG. I mean, you get to actually run the item shop that you’d only visit in every other game! If it’s taught me anything though, it’s that running a business is no laughing matter, unless its digital like this, then it’s not such a big deal if you mess up. You can just try again 😛 It doesn’t shy away from typical RPG style completely though, as you can also take on dungeons in a bid to collect items for your store. With a bit of both worlds, it’s a good balance that you could get a good few hours out of.

– Toripopsy

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My Top 5 iPhone/iPod Games for under £1

Here are some of my favourite iPhone games to pass a little bit of time when I’m bored and don’t have long to spare…

The Impossible Quiz – £0.69 – Frustrating, repetitive, insanely addictive.

Scribblenauts Remix – £0.69 – Doesn’t take long to complete, but gets you thinking as you use nouns and adjectives to solve puzzles.

Color Fill – FREE – Basically, what it says on the tin. Seems pretty boring and simple at first, but later on can become a challenge.

Angry Birds – £0.69 – Everyone knows what this is already. It’s just good.

Doodle Find – FREE – Tap the objects that are named at the top of the screen quickly.

MapleStory Adventures, my Facebook guilty pleasure


I am one of those people who are considered a little sad in that I like playing Facebook games. My favourite at the minute is MapleStory Adventures. I’ve been playing it for a while now, and even though you have the annoyance of having to wait for your energy to refill for hours, I find myself clicking on it every day, to the point where I’m not making as quick progress anymore, even with with my second character! Still, if you’re a Facebooker and like fighting random monsters to complete quests, it’s kinda fun, at least for a little while.

MapleStory Adventures on Facebook

The Ace Attorney Saga

Ok, so the Phoenix Wright trilogy have to be one of my favourite sets of games, despite them being very hard at times (or maybe that’s just me because I’m not very good at logical thinking). The type of gameplay is unique and you actually need to pay attention and use your brain. I love how mysteries gradually unfold as new evidence comes to light and you’re always wondering who actually committed the crime, as your client is ALWAYS innocent. I’ve always had an interest in law but could never have the bother of studying it professionally (I tried that at A-Level – didn’t go down too well). Obviously the court system in the games is a little different to that in the UK, but still, I like having that power to catch someone out who has tried so hard to get off the hook.

Anyway, another part of the game I loved was the whole background story, which was developed in Justice for all and nicely rounded off at the end of the last game. I feel after Trials and Tribulations, when Apollo Justice was introduced, it just wasn’t quite the same. I mean, obviously development is key in any series of stories and it is probably a good thing that it didn’t just carry on as it was, but I’d really grown to know and love the regular characters. Still, it’s just what you’re used to I guess.

Then, one day, a new twist came along in the form of Ace Attorney Investigations, where this time, you took the side of Miles Edgeworth, the prosecutor, something that was yet to happen. Again, it didn’t quite top the Phoenix Wright games for me, but when I got into it, it actually wasn’t half bad and the new perspective was interesting as I’d only ever defended before. Admittedly, I’ve still never reached the end of this one, but I gave it a go, ok?

It has been heard that there is still a possibility of the sequel finally making it to the West, it having been out in Japan for a whole year. This has been suggested before, however, and we are still waiting for actual confirmation from CAPCOM. Still, we can hope, right? Of course, it’s not just the Investigations series that is speculated about. I am very intrigued by the crossover game Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright that is due for release on Nintendo 3DS. I’ll admit, I’ve not really played Professor Layton before, but I’m just wondering what on Earth this game is going to be like and I’d be interested to find out. Finally though, the most interesting bit of news of all has to be the fifth installment in the original Ace Attorney series, which was announced years ago but has only just come back into discussion this year. Looks like it’s not the end of the lawyers just yet…