I’m Back!

That’s right, back from the dead and I’ve got big plans for this blog.  As many of you already know, I review video games from Final Fantasy to Diner Dash. This time, I plan on reviewing dollmakers as well because, whether you think they’re art or not, they are video games in the loosest sense of the word. I’m also expanding my repertoire to board games and, like before, you can even request reviews.

This time, it won’t be just a review site. I’ll post anything related to video games or board games in even the loosest definition of the term. Who knows? I might post pictures of my time playing video games and board games with my friends. Maybe I’ll write fanfiction based off of them, such as narrating the Mice and Mystics game from the point of view of Prince Colin, the character I usually play as. I’ll even post what I create from dollmakers because, as I said before, they are video games.

The best part is, not only can you request video games and board games for me to review. You can also submit your own stuff to me to post on my blog. It can be anything from art, to fanfics and even your Let’s Plays of video games. Just don’t submit any reviews, because that’s my job.

Avenue Flo: Special Delivery (Bigfishgames.com)

Quinn’s expanding her wedding planner business to include baby showers and her first one is for Victoria Big, Mr. Big’s daughter.  Unfortunately, a pack of dogs destroy Quinn’s food and decorations and she has to call Flo for help.  Can Flo save Quinn’s business a second time?

The plot in this game is very similar to the one in the last.  Flo has to come to Quinn’s rescue while helping everyone else in DinerTown.  Some of the problems, like the squirrel, could’ve easily been solved without Flo if the owner wasn’t too stupid to realize that acorns would distract him.  Still, it is quite amusing to see what troubles the citizens of DinerTown get themselves into.  The only one who doesn’t seem to need Flo’s help is Karma, who just gives her the hat without asking for anything despite the traffic jam which is the only problem Flo can’t solve.

The game play is just like the last one.  You travel through town and solve Quinn’s problem one step at a time while also solving everyone else’s little problems.  Some tasks require you to play a mini-game.  Fear not, this time the makers added a skip option in case you get stuck.  Now they just need to add a hint option for when you can’t find anything.

This game is addictive and amusing.  I give it 7 out of 10; not a bad waste of your time.

Avenue Flo (Bigfishgames.com)

Flo’s just having an average day at the diner when Quinn calls her for help.  Apparently, Quinn’s planning the biggest wedding of her career and everything’s a complete mess.  Now Flo has to explore DinerTown and fix everything before Quinn’s clients call off the wedding.

The plot is just that, simple and funny.  Flo has to go all over DinerTown to help sew dresses, make cakes and other various wedding tasks.

Sometimes she needs other people to help her but they only do so if she helps them first.  Many familiar characters, such as Jo from Fitness Dash and Bobbi from Dress Shop Hop, make cameo appearances.

In the game, you travel through three neighborhoods and help different people sort out their problems in exchange for an item.  Then you go to the person you need to and complete the given task, such as helping Bobbi make the dress.  You also collect butterflies in every neighborhood and bottles in order to earn bus tokens.  Sometimes, you have to complete an activity in order to advance through the game.

You can’t skip them but you can ask for a hint in order to proceed.  After you’re through with story mode, try your hand in activity mode to take on all the mini-games individually.

This game is addictive and amusing with good voice work.  I give it 9 out of 10; I snickered a few times.

Wedding Dash 2: Rings Around the World (Gamehouse.com)

Mr. Bigger is having a contest, plan weddings around the world to the best of your ability.  The winner will have the honor of planning his daughter’s wedding.  Does Quinn have what it takes?

The plot is actually pretty cliché, Quinn’s meeting obstacles at every turn and Mr. Bigger’s daughter doesn’t love the man she’s marrying.  You can tell how the game’s going to end, but it’s still fun to watch.

The game play is the same as the last one with the added bonus of sending your photographer, Joe Wright, to snap a picture of various guests.

You can also take their music requests, use champagne bottles to cheer up the guests in line, balloons to cheer up the seated guests and have the bride and groom kiss to cheer everyone up.  Again, you can’t get to the next level until you achieve the required goal.  You can try for expert if you feel lucky.

Like the last game, this one is fun and addictive.  I give it 6 out of 10; a great way to kill time.

Miss Management (Bigfishgames.com)

Denise expected her new job as office manager to be tough, she just didn’t know how tough.  Not only does she have to make sure she completes tasks on time, she has to help her eccentric co-workers complete their goals.

This is like playing through an office comedy.  Each character has their own quirks with the exception of Denise who’s the only sane woman there.

The characters have individual interests, Tara’s love of manga and drawing being an example.  There are quite a few laugh out loud moments and you’ll wonder how you’re going to make these people get any work done but that’s just part of the charm.

The game plays out very much like a business Diner Dash.  You have to get tasks to people on time while helping them accomplish their own goals.

Lowering the stress of one character might raise the stress of another.  For example, Mahavir wants to chat up every female co-worker.  The only problem is not a single one of them can stand him.  You can also purchase snacks, drinks and office manuals to help reach your goals.  Try to get all three stars in each level.

This game is amusing and fun.  I give it 9 out of 10; it’s like playing through a sitcom.