#LivPlays: Little Pixel Collections

June 23, 2016 • Let's Gamify!

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.

Neko Atsume

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.

My sugary yard

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.

The Catbook

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.

Plant Nanny

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!

Floette the Tulip

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.

The garden

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.

Great Whale planet & Tropical Fish satellite

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.

The Walkrdex

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!

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12 Comments to "#LivPlays: Little Pixel Collections"

Pauline wrote on 24th June 2016 at 5:03 PM

It’s always been a dream of mine to say that I left my job to play video games! :p Best of luck with the thesis though! It sounds a mix of fun and hard work but I’m sure you’ll get there πŸ˜€

I’ve heard only of Neko Atsume from another blogger a few months ago, it looks super cute! It reminds me of another similar style cat game I used to play on my old iPod! xD They all look really fun!


Georgie wrote on 25th June 2016 at 5:56 PM

I have heard of Neko Atsume, simply from people posting the screenshots on Instagram. I never bothered to look into it. I am not really into cats and I rarely play games. πŸ™ I like the idea of the Plant Nanny one, though I hope tea counts… I drink way more tea than water. πŸ˜‰

It is a shame you had to quit your job to focus on other things, but I’m sure you will have no trouble when it comes to looking for one in the future.


Kenny wrote on 25th June 2016 at 6:21 PM

I totally understand and respect your decision to quitting your job. And yay for games.


Cat wrote on 27th June 2016 at 1:20 AM

I know so many people who love Neko Atsume! It hasn’t really interested me, so I haven’t gotten it, but it does look super cute. I can see why people like it πŸ™‚ I’ve also noticed several people picking up Plant Nanny after Raisa posted about it. That’s one I should probably get because I don’t drink enough water.

I didn’t know about Walkr though! That one looks really interesting to me. I’ve tried other things in the past to motivate me to walk more (like Fitbit), but I’d eventually get tired of them. This looks way more fun and cute πŸ™‚

As for me… I’m still addicted to Miitomo, haha XD


Tara wrote on 27th June 2016 at 3:57 AM

That sounds awesome πŸ˜€ Playing video game for your degree? That’s pretty epic, honestly. Good luck with your thesis, though! I know you’ll rock it and get that master’s degree.

I do Plant Nanny, too, thanks to Raisa. Otherwise, I haven’t tried any of the other ones you mentioned. Right now, the only game I’m looking forward to is Zero Time Dilemma! I cannot wait! Been waiting forever the last part!


Becca wrote on 28th June 2016 at 12:51 PM

First off, best of luck with your thesis, girl! That takes so much hard work and dedication, so I hope you can really put the work that it needs into it now that you have some more free time!

Neko Atsume is so cute. πŸ˜€ I’ve not actually played it but that’s because I know I will like it too much, lol. I didn’t want to get sucked into it and spend too much time on it.

Haha! I love your plant names. I will also have to check that app out because it sounds like it would help motivate me to drink more water!


Michelle wrote on 30th June 2016 at 11:04 PM

Cute games =) I’ve heard of them, but I only play Miitomo.


Sue wrote on 6th July 2016 at 12:26 PM

Those games are so cute! I’m proud of you Olivia. It’s not easy to make the choice to quit work. I know you had wanted to for months. Look forward to seeing your game! I do wish Windows Phones also had these cute games, especially Neko Atsume. But it may be a good thing I can’t get it, since that’s one less thing to distract me.

Noticed a bug in your theme. the value for the gravatar url parameter “&d=” doesn’t have a default image url value. It is just “image&20URL”.


Sue Reply:

I meant “image%20URL” for the default fallback when someone doesn’t’ have a gravatar.


Alice B wrote on 8th July 2016 at 6:42 AM

I get funny looks from people too every time I use “to play video games” as my reason, like “why do you stay at home even though it’s holiday?” and I tell them “to level up my character” or stuff like that and people look at me like I’m insane. 80% of my life is devoted to playing video games, I guess. the only reason why I want to work and get my own pay is so I can buy video games lol

I don’t play neko atsume even though I love, love cats. The plant nanny game is cute though, I like the concept of it and you naming your plants after grass-type pokemon is so smart!
The UI design in Walkr is nice πŸ™‚ I’m so sensitive towards apps or video games with bad UI design…I feel like I should be highly critical of this since UI design is what I do.

These mobile games are so funny :’D I’m not a mobile game kind of person since I’ve always loved hm, the non-mini games kind of video games. I consider mobile games as “mini games” but of course I’m not degrading mobile games in any way! People who love and play them are cool too πŸ™‚


Liz wrote on 24th July 2016 at 8:54 PM

The former two are games I’d love to play, but can’t because my phone doesn’t allow it. πŸ™ There is a Plant Nanny-like desktop plant version on Steam, but I can’t remember what it’s called. Agh.

Quitting your job to focus on other things you need, though—I respect that. I quit my cashier job in 2012 to focus more on myself, because I needed to, and…even though things didn’t go according to plan due to other family members, I think it was for the best.

Good luck on your indie game! Are you developing for a particular platform?


Liv Reply:

I’m using Unity so I can export it to any platform I want! It will most likely be for Mac/PC πŸ™‚


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