The State of the Gamer: 2/26/19

<–The State of the Gamer: 2/12/19           The State of the Gamer: 3/12/19–>

A weekly post updated every other Tuesday detailing my current gaming projects.  I have an account at Grouvee, which is a site you can use to keep track of your backlog, so please feel free to friend me there!

What I Finished

Title: Piczle Colors
Series Title: Piczle
System: Nintendo Switch

Piczle ColorsDate Started: January 31, 2019
Date Finished: February 20, 2019 (?)

I honestly don’t remember thereabouts when I finished this game, since I’m still playing it, but I did complete all 300 puzzles.  I’m hoping they release more in a DLC.  Until then I do random ones of the 300, and you can also do random colors, which can be hella hard.  I’ll probably do a review of this after I finish Oxenfree’s since this will be a breeze compared to that.

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The State of the Gamer: 2/12/19

<–The State of the Gamer: 1/22/19            The State of the Gamer: 2/26/19–>

A weekly post updated every other Tuesday detailing my current gaming projects.  I have an account at Grouvee, which is a site you can use to keep track of your backlog, so please feel free to friend me there!

What I Bought

  • Piczle Colors – $12.00 @ Nintendo eShop: Will discuss below.

What I’m Playing

Title: Piczle Colors
Series Title: Piczle
System: Nintendo Switch

Piczle ColorsDate Started: January 31, 2019

I am obsessed with this game.  The only reason I’m not playing it right now is because I’m doing this, and my Switch is dead with the charger in the other room.  I do agree with some of the critiques presented by Mr. Panda in his video review.  Some of the colors are way too close in hue, and while I understand they did it to add depth to the harder finished pictures, it can cause some unnecessary errors and confusion.  Other than that, the game is ridiculously addictive.  I’ll tell myself, “One more puzzle,” complete it, and start the next one.  I’m going to be sad when I finish, but apparently there’s a randomizer you can use to still get some enjoyment out of the game once you’ve finished all of them.  I also may be the first person to review it on Grouvee since there’s not even a rating there yet o.O

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Creative Christmas – Replacement Rudolph

Tis the Christmas season (or Advent to be theologically accurate), and in the spirit of the season, the lovely blogger over at Later Levels has decided to celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas a few days earlier with 12 gaming related questions for all of us good, little gaming elves out there.  These are my responses.


🦌   24 December 2017:   You’re woken from your drunken haze by another frantic call from Santa, who’s worried he’s not going to make all his deliveries in time. Which video game item or vehicle would you recommend for him?

So many options!  There’s Mario’s warp whistle…though that might only be able to take you to predetermined locations, which is the same problem with any of Link’s warp items, though his Ocarina might not be a terrible option.

Being able to turn time backwards could help old St. Nick complete his deliveries, but since it sent you back three days in Majora’s Mask, there doesn’t seem to be a way to control the time reversals, so I don’t think it would that useful.

No, I think for this task we’d need some kind of vessel, a ship if you will, one that can travel incredibly fast, and I can think of no better craft than the Normandy from Mass Effect.

Just so long as Santa returns it to Shepherd in one piece, I don’t think the Commander would mind.


What item or vehicle would you lend to jolly old St. Nicholas to either augment or replace  his reindeer drawn sleigh?  Let’s discuss in the comments!

30 Day Video Game Challenge: Day 7

Day 1

<–Day 6                                                                                                                    Day 8–>

Day 7: Favorite game couple.


I really love Ceil and Rosa from Final Fantasy IV. 

They’re probably my favorite canon couple though I don’t hate Dagger/Garnet and Zidane in the least; I just like the paladin and the white mage a little better.  Cecil starts out as a Dark Knight who believes he doesn’t deserve Rosa due to some of his heinous deeds (sounds like a paradigm I’m quite familiar with, doesn’t it?), but he learns to forgive himself as he continues along his life journey, and Rosa isn’t about to give up on him.

It wouldn’t be right if I didn’t mention Anju and Kafei from Majora’s Mask, because holy shit heartbreaking.  That picture of their faces as they wait for the world to end is so bittersweet.  If Link completes that quest at least they get to be together.

What’s the couple you love to love?  Let’s discuss in the comments!

<–Day 6                                                                                                                    Day 8–>

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Final Fantasy Friday: An Un-Final Fantasy Question??

A Final Fantasy (et al) post to welcome you to the glory of Friday (if you don’t have weekends off then may this hopefully brighten the midst of your work week) with more located here!

I made my monthly trek to the bookstore today and picked up a manga based on a recommendation from Mr. Panda and the Well-Red Mage.  It’s for a non-Final Fantasy video game (trust me…I looked to see if they had any Final Fantasy manga, alas, they do not), and when I got home, I did my reading for the day, which included a book about the same non-Final Fantasy video game.  This started the gears in my head turning, because I realized but for Final Fantasy, this would probably be my favorite RPG (like) game.  So this week’s question is thus…


What is your favorite non-Final Fantasy RPG?

If it wasn’t for Final Fantasy, I’d be in more love with The Legend of Zelda, not that I don’t love that series for all its magnificence and music (speaking of which “Hero of Light” aka the end credits from Link to the Past just came on my iPhone).  This is the manga I bought today.

Barnes and Noble has a wonderfully sprawling manga section, but I had no idea Zelda manga even existed.  It was between this one and Majora’s Mask, which I’ll probably purchase next.

I’ve always pegged MM as my favorite Zelda, but I’m not sure anymore.  Twilight Princess is pretty high up there.  I plan to rewatch let’s plays for them all in chronological order when I finish reading Hyrule Historia, but I’ll talk more about this in my State of the Gamer post,

Now, you could argue that Zelda is not an RPG, and it is a debatable point.  I’ve always thought of it as an action-adventure/puzzle game with RPG elements.  Link doesn’t really have a personality outside of being “the Hero,” and he literally serves as a “link” between the player and the game.  You’re not going along for the ride as you do in Final Fantasy and other JRPGs, but rather steering the boat.  Where RPGs like FF are more like the books of the video game world, Legend of Zelda could be considered more of a Choose Your Own Adventure, which…is technically still a book, huh.

Anyway, I think you understand what I mean, but Zelda has enough RPG elements to qualify in my opinion, but Chrono Trigger would be another contender for my favorite non-Final Fantasy RPG, but I wanted to pick a non-Squeenix one as well.  CT has the time loop element like Zelda and FF (it does…look at the first and eighth game, though there’s much more to this assessment than just surface analysis), epic music (or should I say Epoch music), and numerous endings depending on what you do (choose your own ending).  Quite a few of my friends claim this as their favorite RPG, and I can hardly blame them.  I rank it among the greats based on “Time Circuits” alone.

Okay…so this is a little creepy.  I always thought this song was called “Time Circuits,” but when I looked it up, it appears to also have the moniker “Enhasa,” which refers to the Kingdom of Zeal also called the City of Dreams.  One of the books I’m reading just referred to a City of Dreams, as well.  Always wheels within wheels with me or I read so many books and play so many games that coincidences are just bound to occur…like how in the book store I saw a novel called Calamity and immediately thought “Is it from the sky?”  IT WAS!  I literally lolled in the middle of Barnes and Noble.

So what’s your favorite non-Final Fantasy RPG or your favorite RPG is a Final Fantasy is not your favorite.  Let’s discuss in the comments!

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