Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Midweek Challenges - 30/08/2006

Having moved all of my stuff into the new house, it's now all in boxes.

Complete Doom RPG. I've played it a fair bit over the past few days since it's been available. It's a really good game, and although the story's a bit lightweight it does add to the atmosphere. I think I'm probably near the end now.

Get Alis to level 5 of Phantasy Star. It's an RPG game that starts off with the painful levelling that most RPGs finish with. It should be outlawed.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Midweek Challenges - 23/08/2006

Very simply, one challenge this week:

Move house

I think that might just cover it. If I get a chance, I'll play some Tetris, and some Wipeout Pure. But it's unlikely.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Tetris DS: online

Hmm. It's hard. I lost my first game dreadfully. I then played a four-player game, which I came second on, then fourth, then third twice. Then I played someone called "Kerri" who beat me twice, before I beat them three times.

That felt good.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Wipeout Pure: downloading stuff

I've spent the last hour or so downloading all the extra tracks and racers for Wipeout Pure. It all seems a bit of a hasty addition, with nothing to tell you which ones you've already go and so on. Anyway, I've now got a huge number of competitions to try out before I need to worry about unlocking the others.

Which is probably a good thing. I've had a look at a guide and it seems that to unlock the next tournament I need to get all golds on the current tournaments. I'm sure I could do that; I'm just not sure I can be bothered to sit through the same races again only for the AI racers to overtake me on the last corner.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Midweek Challenges - 16/08/2006

Win a game of Tetris DS online.

Work out how to unlock the next lot of stuff on Wipeout Pure.

Complete three more intermediate sudoku puzzles in Brain Training.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Touch Golf: the first 'level'

I'm no longer a rookie, I'm now a professional.

The prize money hasn't gone up much, but the competition's much harder.

I don't think that's a fair trade.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Tetris DS: marathon mode completed

On my third go, no less - I've completed 200 lines and so have unlocked the "endless" mode. I must admit, the old-school Tetris theme was nice to hear as the blocks were just appearing at the bottom of the screen. That God for the everlasting rotation stuff that the Tetris Company made Nintendo put in - it gives you a chance to move.

Some of the other modes are very clever. Puzzle suits the DS very well, although it can be solved by trial and error if needed. Touch puzzle is a little more difficult, but again there has been one level which I've 'solved' by randomly moving pieces around. The touch mode is fun, if not frantic enough. And the mission mode is inspired.

The less said about the catch mode the better, though. I'm not entirely sure I understand it anyway, but it does seem largely uncontrollable and just not fun.

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Dr Kawashima's Brain Training: drawing pictures

I'm no artist, but Dr Kawashima's just shown me Tamsyn's attempts at drawing a shark and a swordfish. Mine are works of art compared to hers.

I feel allowed to mock, though, since she's got all the high scores on Calculation x100. Boo.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Animal Crossing: Wild World: my flowers

I really need to get a better camera for this.

Anyway, here's my flower display. Unfortunately there hadn't been rain for a while, so I couldn't take a picture with all flowers fresh.

But you get the idea.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Midweek Challenges - 09/08/2006

Suffice to say, I completed all of last week's challenges. I'll write more on the games when I get the time.

Win another $30,000 in Touch Golf.

Complete the 200-line marathon mode in Tetris DS.

Monday, August 07, 2006

Singstar: an 80s party

A superb game, it turns out. I never thought I was amazing at singing, but Singstar indicates that I'm not bad. I can hold a tune, at least.

Unlike many of the other people at my aunt's birthday party.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Midweek Challenges - 02/08/2006

Complete a round of Touch Golf. Easy, I know - but I've not played it at all yet.

Complete the first ten puzzle levels of Tetris DS.

Get a brain age of 20, to beat my wife's 21.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Animal Crossing: Wild World: goodbyeeeeeeee

I can't devote any more time to it. I've only caught 70% of the insects and 75% of the fish, and collected 90% of the umbrellas, but Animal Crossing is now becoming too much of a chore. But don't feel sad, since the game has provided me with almost daily enjoyment for over eight months.

Stewart's bought himself a DS Lite, so I've taken a couple of pictures of my flower displays. I've written some letters to Blaire, to Bones and to Nibbles. I've tidied up my junk room, and released the fish I had in my pink room.

I will go back to Bangaio, one day. I will venture back and with John and Kieron's help I'll clear up all the weeds, and revisit all my townspeople. But for now, the town is silent.