#LivPlays: Little Pixel Collections
It’s been two weeks since I left my job as a WordPress developer. When people ask me why, I have to tell them “to play video games”. Everyone’s reaction is funny because I sound like a complete bum. I’m at a point my life where playing video games is my homework, and having a job in addition to serving on campus fellowship and working on my thesis leaves me with little time to do homework. I have six months to defend my thesis if I want to get my Master’s degree this year, so I’m looking forward to a long period of time at home to
play video games research, learn C#, and design my indie game! It’s taken a while to get used to this lifestyle (and catch up on sleep) after working for the last three years.
I will be starting a regular segment to share games I really enjoy or think others will enjoy. For this segment I shall assume my gamertag AgithaHime! Each post will have a common theme in terms of gameplay or design. To start things simple, for my first post I want to share some mobile games I play to pass the time on the train.
Almost everyone I know has heard of this adorable kitty collector. The only thing that can happen in the game is putting cat toys in your yard to lure cats to visit so that they will give you fish to buy even more toys! You can buy the toys you want and even different styles to customize your yard. Knowing me, I had to try out the Sugary style and place all my pink toys.
Gold fish buys more exclusive toys and expensive food than silver fish, which in turn will attract the rare themed cats. You can take photos of your cats for the Catbook, and you also receive mementos from them once they visit you a certain number of times.
I have almost nothing left to do in this game and I have so many gold fish that I hope they roll out new toys and a new style soon (since each is 280 gold fish). I’ve taken photos of all the cats and am just waiting for mementos from 4 more cats.
Raisa posted about this app a while back. It’s an interactive water drinking tracker where you can log the amount of water you drink and make plants grow. You must drink about 75% of your required water every day or your plant starts withering and will die!
But if you drink enough water, your plants will become fully grown and can be moved out into the garden. Fully grown plants produce seeds which can buy you exotic plants.
Of course I had to name my plants after Grass-type Pokemon! The only plant I named after a Fairy-type is the one I am currently growing, which is a Tulip that I named Floette.
Walkr is created by the same company as Plant Nanny, and I initially downloaded it to unlock some plants for that game. However it became so addicting that I kept it! You get to explore your own galaxy, discover unique planets that produce different resources to fund your expedition further and further from Earth. It takes a long time to explore a new planet, but by walking in real life you can generate energy to speed up your journey. This is helpful for me since for each mile I walk I can speed up the game by an hour.
There are nearly 100 planets to collect, and each of them is beautifully drawn and unique in design. They can be based off an animal, a plant, a cuisine, or an element. Each month there’s also a festival planet to be discovered.
Right now these three games are keeping my train rides entertaining because I love to collect things, even if they are just pixels. If you want to download them, they are all available for free on the App store for iPhones!