Let’s Talk About OneShot

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Assassin’s Creed Odyssey was released recently and of course I was excited to get it, unfortunately my internet speed isn’t the fastest so I had to wait couple of days for it to finish downloading so I could actually play it. During that time, I bought a game I found on sale by that time called OneShot.

I decided to go ahead and try it while waiting for Assassin’s Creed since it wasn’t a large game and it finished downloading fast, and let me tell you I’m so glad I played this game because I honestly think this game is an underrated gem.

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OneShot is a surreal top down Puzzle/Adventure game with unique gameplay capabilities. You are to guide a child through a mysterious world on a mission to restore its long-dead sun. The world knows you exist.

The game starts by introducing the main character, a cat-like child named Niko. The game is created by RPG maker and pixel graphics are my weakness.

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The end goal of this game is to restore the sun to a decaying world that is mostly inhabited by robots, but here’s what caught me off guard … The game acknowledge your existence as the player and address you by the name (I think it uses your computer login name) and that’s when the game starts to bleed into reality, making you check files in your computer in order to proceed at some locations which I thought is pretty smart and creative.

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I think that what made me start forming an emotional connection with the game characters as if it was personally speaking to me at some parts of the game.

The game contain few puzzles but they aren’t too hard to solve, the music and the whole game atmosphere reminded me of Undertale for some reason. It gave me that feeling I had while playing Undertale, the emotional connection to the characters and tested my personal choices in the game but unlike Undertale, it doesn’t have any combat moments just story-rich content.

I personally enjoyed the game and I think it’s quite underrated seemingly because it’s indie and made in RPG maker. I highly recommend playing it, it’s also quite short because I finished it in 5 hours.

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Games I Played While Waiting For Labor

Waiting for labor can be nerve wrecking, you’ve reached the end of the line and you have to be patient for few more days while you already feel you’re just done with this whole pregnancy and miserable. I’ve been praying for every contraction I feel to be more stronger and painful so I could be done with this, I’ve read numerous articles on ways how to induce labor and obviously failing in every one of them. Nothing really worked for me and I was just fed up, I’ve given up and said “you know what, my daughter is going to be a stubborn if she’s that comfortable inside and doesn’t want to leave yet

To ease my mind off labor and just wait for it to naturally happen, I decided to game more whenever I feel a contraction is happening whether it’s false or real. So here’s the list of games I played religiously while waiting for labor.

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There’s something about those simulator games that triggers your brain into addiction, I’m sure of it … based on my science. House Flipper is a simulation game which lets you buy wrecked houses where you can repair and remodel then sell them for profit, and so on. The concept is pretty simple but I found myself addicted to this game, I enjoyed remodeling the houses, painting the walls, installing floor tiles and getting creative with the colors and decor of the rooms. It’s a great game to spend time on, I highly recommend it.

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Every article you’re going to read about this game is going to compare it to Stardew Valley and rightfully so, just add a graveyard to take care of and a massive checklist to do which makes the gameplay very long. I won’t say I love this game, I just like it. I have this weakness against pixel art games, and Graveyard Keeper is just gorgeous I won’t deny it. The music is what attracted me the most, it’s very soothing and calm that I had to complement the creativity infused in the tracks and ironically the composer thanked me and followed me on twitter. I know this game isn’t exactly everyone’s cup of tea and it has mixed reviews on Steam, but I would honestly recommend it maybe less than Moonlighter but it’s a good game.

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If you played World of Goo and Little Inferno, you might be familiar with this game. I’m all for games that challenges you with puzzles but sometimes they make me feel stupid even thought the answer is pretty obvious, that’s how Human Resource Machine made me feel. I studied Software Technologies so I’m accustomed to programming flow, and that’s what this game made me feel basically writing pseudo codes for a program that include numbers. It gets frustrating at times but it helped keeping my mind off of labor while I played it.

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YumeTwins – September 2018

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At least I’m getting kawaii stuff while waiting for labor, am I right ?

YumeTwins is a monthly kawaii box which includes 6-8 kawaii items ranging from plushies, squishies, practical goods, kawaii stationery & more. For September theme, it focuses on “Staycation” and for my condition obviously I couldn’t travel anywhere this year which made me a bit cranky and moody since I’m seeing all my friends snapping around the world (get $5 off your first YumeTwins box).

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Onsen Bird Plushie

This plushie is absolutely adorable, the face looks more angry to me than as a normal closed eyes relaxing at the Onsen and that made me love it more. It has a cute pink cherry blossom on top of the head and holding a small towel under the wing, it’s also incredibly soft.

Marumofubiyori Sticky Notes

Marumofubiyori is my favorite Sanrio character. These sticky notes goes well hand in hand with last month notebook, but I think I would give them to my siblings since school started and these would be more useful to them than me.

Sanrio Eco Bag

I am so glad that I got Little Twin Stars design for this bag because it looks better in my opinion than My Melody. Honestly I thought it’s only this small bag that somehow opens up to be bigger but I was wrong it’s actually this small bag as in the picture and a bigger bag folded inside it so you get two bags, one small and one big. The material is very durable and I think I’m definitely going to use it when I’m going back to work.

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Character Toothbrush Kit

I take oral hygiene very seriously, I like using a certain toothbrush brand so I wouldn’t really use this kit for myself. I was kind of hoping to get the Totoro kit instead of Hello Kitty so I would let my son use it because he loves the movie. I’ll obviously give it to one of my siblings since I won’t be using it.

Disney Tsum Tsum Tumbler

So this came in a perfect time, I’m trying to increase my water intake and this tumbler would be very useful for me. I wouldn’t say it’s large enough to hold one liter of fluid so I’ll need to refill it throughout my day but I’m very glad I got this.

Cute Zipper Bags

These snack bags are very useful for me, I instantly thought of using them when I go to the hospital as I might stay over after giving birth so I would have few snacks to munch on. I got My Melody design and they came in a set of four bags which is great to have, the more the better. I’m also subscribed to TokyoTreat so I thought of using these bags in carrying some of my favorite snacks sent in that box.

Overall, another great box from YumeTwins. I love the plushies they send out that’s for sure and the items in this box are definitely very useful for me for my current condition and I would use them again in other occasions.

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Let’s Talk About Sally Face

It’s been awhile since I posted a video game related content else than my usual monthly series Games to Revisit. For some reason, games posts don’t do well on my blog like my usual content and it’s disheartening sometimes because I enjoy talking about games.

I came across Sally Face when the first episode was released and because I didn’t like episodic games, I overlooked it. I bought it eventually when episode two and three were released and I feel I should talk about it.

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Delve into a dark adventure following a boy with a prosthetic face and a mysterious past. In the first episode, Strange Neighbors, Sally Face and his father move into an apartment filled with odd tenants and an unfortunate crime scene. Little did they know what misfortune still awaits…

Sally Face is a horror point-and-click adventure game that follows a blue haired boy called Sal. Now I’ll admit I first thought Sal was a girl because of the hair style and also thinking Sally was his actual name not a given nickname as the game later on reveals. I had to google and research his condition while playing the game so I would understand the whole story of his condition, my interests grew about this game when it started infusing metal illness along with supernatural events because I believe there’s a fine line between those two and how your mind bleed such thoughts into your reality.

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Moving on with gameplay, it’s not exactly complicated since it’s a point-and-click type of game but it has some puzzles that made me feel stupid at times. The game wants you to understand the story by throwing you back and forth between the past when the events actually happened and the future where you ask yourself how did this happen. Like I said before I don’t like episodic games because I don’t like waiting for the next episode when it’s not scheduled and it takes a long time, it takes away the suspense you experienced in the previous episode but I can’t blame the developer for this.

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The game is definitely creepy and disturbing which I personally admire of how it’s portrayed through the drawing basically. I would compare it to Fran Bow when it comes to dealing with the main character mentality and the disturbing visions, so if you enjoyed that game you’ll love this one for sure.

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YumeTwins – August 2018

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I was in a debate between getting Doki Doki crate from Japan Crate since I already tried Kira Kira Crate from them and I absolutely love it, or getting this box because they both looked pretty similar with the Kawaii aesthetic. I decided to go for YumeTwins (get $5 off your first YumeTwins box) because it the items looked pretty appealing to me more than Doki Doki and I just went for it, along with TokyoTreat. I’m not sure if I’ll post a food related subscription boxes unless you’re interested in that then let me know.

YumeTwins is a monthly kawaii box which includes 6-8 kawaii items ranging from plushies, squishies, practical goods, kawaii stationery & more. For August theme, it focuses on “Dream Land” and it came at a perfect time since I’m 8 month pregnant now and I can’t get comfortable to sleep well.

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Kawaii Sanrio Notebook

I love Sanrio designs so I was so excited to see this cute notebook, the front design is just too adorable as well as the papers inside. I’m more forgetful these days because of my pregnancy so this comes handy in writing my everyday to-do list instead of depending on my phone most of the time.

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Sleepy Pokémon Cable Protector

I was praying to get Vulpix in this box when I saw the spoilers of August box but I got Pikachu, still cute so I won’t complain. It’s such a distraction to sleep while charging your phone and seeing a cute Pokémon sleeping like this on the cable, it’s written “For iPhone” I didn’t honestly try it with my cable since I got an Android phone but I assume it can hold both Android and iPhone cables since they are in the same size.

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Relaxing Puffy Plushie

The moment I opened the box and my son saw this plushie, he got so excited and said “bun bun”. This plushie is incredibly soft and adorable, when you push the tummy it let’s out a cute sound.

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Kawaii Animal Bookmark

I love collecting bookmarks, I think I mentioned that in every OwlCrate post. This adorable Monkey bookmark include sticky notes to put on certain pages if you want to go back to them later on.

Sumikko Gurashi Wash Towel

I’ve been wanting to get a wash towel this size for my face to use when I’m done with my night skincare routine. The design is also adorable almost to the point I don’t want to use it and just stare at it.

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Mini Cooling Pillow Cover

You call this mini ? It’s perfect for me. The fabric is amazing and very soft, it instantly give you a cold sensation when you run your hands on it. It’s very comfy and helpful for my current condition, my lack of sleep needs such kawaii-ness to ease my growing pains.

Overall, wow I’m in love with this subscription box already. The items are all adorable and fits the Dream Land theme, I will definitely continue my subscription with this box.

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Games to Revisit: Kingdom Hearts II

Like any other RPG fan, I got very excited when Kingdom Hearts III was announced and later on upset for the delay. By the time this game would be released, I’ll be a mom of two and hopefully will have time to play. For now till the day of the release comes, I decided to go back to Kingdom Hearts II since I consider it my favorite.

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Kingdom Hearts II begins one year after the events of Kingdom Hearts and Chain of Memories. The game’s setting is a collection of various levels (referred to in-game as “worlds”) that the player progresses through. As in the first game, the player can travel to various Disney-based locales, along with original worlds specifically created for the series. While Disney-based worlds were primarily derived from the Disney animated features canon in the first game, Kingdom Hearts II introduces worlds that are based on Disney live-action films as well. Each world varies in appearance and setting, depending on the Disney film on which it is based. The graphics of the world and characters are meant to resemble the artwork style of the environments and characters from their respective Disney films. Each world is disconnected from the others and exists separately; with few exceptions, players travel from one world to another via a Gummi Ship.

Ever since I was young, I’ve been a Disney fan so the whole mash-up between Square Enix with them made this game one of my favorites. The environment setting as random as it may sound, was perfectly connected.

Now the characters of this game are definitely my favorite along side who we already know from Final Fantasy series and also the Disney characters, Sora, Kairi and Riku has their own unique personality which I mostly loved. The game as much as light-hearted and cheerful it intended to be, has a dark sad side and all that stems from the characters personalities and that made me appreciate the game more. To be more specific, the Organization XIII aspect of nobodies was amazing to me, as emo as they sound it made perfect sense to me while I was playing it obviously as an angst teenager. This is why I have so much connection with this game, short scenes like this …

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If you haven’t tried this game yet, I highly recommend starting this game from the first part to have more of a grasp about who’s Sora, the heartless and nobodies. I’m honestly too excited about the third part and I hope the hype of this game doesn’t kill it because it’s such an amazing game with a great story.

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Kira Kira Crate – July 2018

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I posted in May my first Kira Kira Crate and I’ve been in love with it, June rolls around and I changed my address to Oman because I thought maybe it’ll be easier and cheaper instead of using that cursed shipping company. Well, I was wrong and I never really got June box and I was just sad that I have to go back to that shipping company again just to get my packages.

Jumping to July, I got my package of course after paying extra fee but I guess I deserved it. I cancelled my subscription after this box because I wanted to try something new and I might return back to this box anyway because I really enjoyed it. What I loved about this box is that all the items are connected to each other and makes a whole process of skincare routine.

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Bub Bub Sponge

This adorable sponge is just too cute for me to use, it has silicon ends and it helps with exfoliating and bubbles up the foam of the cleanser you apply on the lower part.  Like I said earlier the products are connected so the next one is the cleanser you can use with this sponge.

Aloe Face Wash

I love aloe based skincare products and this one isn’t any different, I love how it smells and it felt so refreshing.

This duo was a fun experience for me to try compared to the usual skincare routine I always do, I would love to try a different face wash with this sponge.

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Collagen and Vitamin C Lotion

I’m not sure why it’s called lotion because it’s definitely a toner to me. I love using vitamin C serums, I always make it part of my skincare routine and like the previous products it’s paired up with a rather interesting mask.

Compressed Sheet Masks

So this thing just blew my mind, they are small heart shaped tablets which absorbs toners or any liquid and they grow all the sudden to be a sheet mask.

Just like this video, I used the toner and dropped one of the tablets to create a vitamin C sheet mask and I liked how my face felt after using it. The toner can be used alone as well with cotton pads, as well as the sheet masks they can be customized with different toners and face products that can absorbed by those small tablets.

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Cheek Roller

As a final step from all those skincare products, this cheek roller is a perfect ending. It helps improve blood circulation and enhancing collagen, and it gives you the perfect massage for your cheeks before going to bed.

Overall, I’m kinda sad that I cancelled this subscription box. I really love everything they sent out so far, mostly because they are such interesting products to try out and also I think Asian skincare products are the best. I will definitely consider resubscribing soon, I highly recommend this subscription box.

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