Video Game Review: Puzzles & Dragons Z + Puzzle Dragons Super Mario Edition 3DS

I picked up this combo cart recently mainly because I thought it was interesting…A Puzzle-Based Super Mario game? Well not exactly.

Puzzles & Dragons Z is a orb matching RPG with dragons, the countryside being broken up in to puzzle shape pieces. Ways to evolve your draron and not to forget hatch them as you find their eggs which you often get in battles.

Overall it’s an interesting game, with enough side elements that will keep a casual gamer interested. Really as often as this game does automatic saves. It’s a fun way to kill a little time.

Overall 8/ 10

Puzzle Dragons Super Mario Edition is kinda the opposite of the other title. More options, some more complicated than others and like the other game not everything is available at the start not even branching areas of the dungeons you battle your way through. Which is one of the reasons I can’t go into details, I am not far enough into the game and i don’t know how far as I have to be before these options open up to me. What makes Puzzle Dragons Super Mario Edition different than the other Puzzles & Dragons game it is actually harder and it really gets to a point about halfway through the very first level you have to level up your characters or you will die fast. How fast? Here I was playing through each of the dungeons when at 1 – 6 I come across one of the Koopa Kids as a boss as I died FAST. But then I was about Level 6 myself. It later came easier once I obtained level 8, but you see what I mean. The combo patterns which this game wants you to do are more a matter of random acts by the AI of this game, meaning you don’t always get them. It is also these combos that open up Treasure Chests in the game which contain extra lives, and far as I know that is the only way to get them. It is the randomness of these said combos is one of the reasons many of the early levels have to be played multiple times just so you can level up enough so you don’t die in battle.

Not that this is a bad game, more average than anything else. But if you expect to beat the first level you will have to grind, grind, grind your way through. Which is the main reason for my score.

Overall Score 6/ 10

Puzzle and Dragons Z is actually the better game of the 2.

Video Game Review: Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask 3DS

I will fully admit that this is my 5th Professor Layton game and I am planning on buying more. But of all 5 this one was the most disappointing. Even though it did deliver on both puzzles and Mini Games, a lot of it seemed forced, and that heavily reminded me of a lot of RPGs Ruins of Akbadain section was actually tedious. Even though I did use a walkthrough for most of this section. I could not do this in one day, in fact, it took me a week to complete. Not that it was overly hard, it’s just even with a walk through many of those puzzles were mentally exhausting. Even the overall mystery was disappointing to me. In fact, I was able to figure over who was the Masked Gentleman (The Villian of this game) quite early on in the game.

So what can I say Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask 3DS does deliver on puzzles, the Daily Download puzzles all 365 of them are currently available for FREE download. The end is pretty good, but overall the puzzles are better than the entire game.

Actually below average for a Professor Layton game.

Overall Score 6/ 10

Mario Kart Video Game Series

This article only covers the versions of Mario Kart that I actually played. Yes, I am aware of other versions it’s just I haven’t played them.

Mario Kart SNES

Is where the Mario Kart series started but really the only thing it has going for it is the chance to attack the other drivers and play as Nintendo characters. I know some might hate me for saying this, it’s just a fair game. Frankly, ones I played on the Genesis are far better.

Mario Kart 64 N64

To me, this is where the series we all know and love started, great tracks, some obstacles, interesting weapons in other words a REAL Mario Kart game. In fact, the only downside to this title is the number of tracks the game only has 4.

Mario Kart DS

Was my first introduction to the game, if you played any other version of Mario Kart it has the same features except for the Online play later versions had. But still, this is a great game if you have any way of playing it I highly recommend doing so.

Mario Kart 7 3DS

Without a doubt the best racer I have ever played. Tracks are amazing, weapons pure fun, controls are perfect. Really if you expect me to say anymore you need to check out YouTube and track down gameplay videos.

Professor Layton Video Game Series

Today I thought I try out something that I have been thinking about doing for some time, that is cover video games that I truly love and pass along what I think.

Today we start with Professor Layton which premiered on the DS with Professor Layton and The Curious Village back in 2007 and last appeared on the 3DS with Layton’s Mystery Journey in 2017. Although I have heard of one for the Switch is in development.

To me, this all started with a trip to GameStop. I collect 3DS and PS Vita games and except for online there really isn’t a lot of stores that sell used copies. I was delighted to find this location had them. It was when I went looking through a case I spotted Professor Layton & Diabolical Box DS. Not knowing much about the series, other than it was a puzzle game I decided give it a try and to my surprise, it really is an amazing game. Maybe not puzzle wise, more overall story arc, featuring unique characters, a really good mystery, and an ending frankly I never saw coming. I know that says a lot about a game. It also makes great use of all the features of DS/ 3DS.

Which lead me to buy Layton’s Mystery Journey 3DS, although not as good mystery and plot-wise as the previous game it makes up for it in the number of puzzles available to solve.

185 puzzles scatter through 12 cases
15 special puzzles you get when you either buy the DLC or get when you use a found Fashion Farthing and buy the main character Kat a new outfit.
2 Bonus puzzles
8 Ideal Meal Puzzles
383 Daily Puzzles, even though they stopped posting new puzzles they are still a free download.
5 Kat’s Conundrums which you only get once you complete Hound By The Pound and Ideal Meals
10 Hound by The Pound Puzzles
10 Passes By Puzzles

That means there are 618 puzzles available

Okay, I admit I get stuck on the puzzles, but they are more than enough guides out there to help you.

Anyway, the story is pleasant and it’s a good way to kill some time. I am already 14 hours + into the game and I still have 4 cases to go.

It wasn’t until seriously that I actually purchased Professor Layton and The Curious Village that I learned what the Picarats or point system was actually used for. Unlock bonus content, as it seems every game has that feature. It also seems the DS version has something really interesting cross game passwords. Which means you get a code from one game and input it in another to unlock even more bonus content. No DLC here, unless you talking physical games. Even if your thinking emulator you have to do the same thing as each code is device pacific, and you can’t get or enter a new code unless the game has been completed.

Even though I still only have 3 physical copies, I am planning on buying the remaining games including Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright which I heard is an amazing game, if the trailer is as good as the game. We will have to see.

That’s it for now, I hope to do more of these as for now, Mario Kart will be next.

Are Handhelds Still Worth It?

I want to make it clear from the start I am pro handheld

2 Gameboy Color
2 GBA
Sega Nomad
Nintendo DS Japanese model
3 PSP
3DS

Quite a list and I know you would be bored at seeing a list of the games I actually do own. But the one good thing about having so many handhelds is that you see something that isn’t horribly expensive that holds your interest you can play it. I know some are going to say downloads and emulators are the real way to go. But I have to ask them 1 question. How many of those downloaded games that you actually play? My guess is not really that many, but owning as many games as I do I got to try out more games than I ever thought I try.

I will fully admit I also ran across some truly horrible titles such as Napoleon Dynamite the game to some truly amazing ones like Toy Story 3 PSP and that the version of the same game on the DS sometimes can be downright terrible. Games I regularly play, but I also discovered that I absolutely hate both the Mario Party and Animal Crossing games. I have only recently discovered the Professor Layton games and they are damn good. Professor Layton & Diabolical Box has one of the greatest mysteries that I have ever read, and Layton’s Mystery Journey has been good, but not great.

If you have a handheld somewhere give it a try

Major / Minor Mobile Edition Review

In all my years playing games, I have never seen more reviews of a game that contradict each other more than one for Major/ Minor. I swear that there is an equal number of rave reviews as those who tare the game apart.

My view is natural I hold no prejudgment of the game. I saw a free download on Google Play and gave it a play.

So what do I think?

What I see is an interactive novel, oh sure the game has asked me about my opinion, and even my views. But I really don’t see any major effect on the game. I honestly feel that no matter which question save for 1 would have any effect on the game. Which in short is average, it isn’t horrible nor is it great.

If you want an interesting story, that is only slightly interactive then give it a try. The art for the game is great, otherwise, I gave it…

5 /10 AVERAGE