Hello, friends! We are now on Day 5 of the 30 Day Video Game Challenge, and still going strong. I’ve gotten some good, fun feedback from folks about my previous posts, and I’ve really been enjoying reading the responses from the other participants. If you want to participate, feel free to click the link above! There can never be too much geeky talk!
Now, for today’s question.
Day 5: What is your guilty pleasure game?
I’m definitely not one to feel any sort of guilt or shame over doing something that brings me joy, especially when it comes to video games. I play them all totally shamelessly. As I mentioned in my last post, I often find myself replaying games from my childhood, but a lot of the time, they are well-known, popular games that everybody still plays (e.g. Zelda, Banjo-Kazooie, Mario, etc.). However, I do also really enjoy reliving games that I played as a very young child. Like… a kindergarten aged child.
For example, Putt Putt Saves the Zoo is a favorite game of mine that I occasionally like to load up and play with, even though I’m definitely 25 years too old for it. However, if anyone of you have little ones, the Putt Putt games are seriously fun, and educational, and you can get them for pretty cheap on Steam these days. Highly recommend.
But, like I said, I don’t consider those games guilty pleasures. However, there is a game that I have been playing for over a year now, a mobile game actually, that seems to surprise some people whenever I bring it up. You just would never think that I’d be the type to enjoy this type of game, you know? I also reviewed this app some time ago, when I first started playing it.
The game is called Love Nikki-Dress Up Queen.
Love Nikki is is a mobile RPG dress-up game, and is the English language version of the Chinese app Miracle Nikki, which launched in 2015. While this game does have a lot of story elements, that’s not really why I play. You can read a more indepth review of the game by checking out the post I made on it a while back, but basically, a young girl named Nikki, and her talking cat, Momo, find themselves in the mysterious world of Miraland. In Miraland, conflicts are solved with fashion battles. It sounds weird, I know, but like I said previously, I don’t play the game for the story, which is a bit… odd.
Playing as Nikki, you make new friends, and rivals, and build up an impressive wardrobe as you progress through the levels, and travel to new locations, each with their own, unique styling themes, and special outfits to unlock. The art in this game is absolutely gorgeous. I’ve played a lot of dress-up games in my free time, and never has one of them held my interest for this long. There are always new updates being released, with themed challenges to participate in, and awesome, collectible outfits to acquire. The attention to detail, as well as the accuracy in a lot of the traditional style outfits, is impressive.
There are thousands and thousands of pieces to collect, from dresses, to makeup options, to hair, to accessories, to backgrounds and pets to spice up your outfits even further for competitions. There’s just… so much to collect. And so much to do.
You can participate in limited time challenges and storylines, which are released pretty frequently, to obtain exclusive, awesome outfits.
You can do ranked, player vs. player themed battles, and earn tokens to buy new, exclusive clothing items, and complete achievements.
You can submit a look to the weekly, themed styling contest, with the top winners win a whole mess of prizes, which can be used to buy exclusive goodies.
You can customize your own, little house with furniture and fixtures, and visit other homes, which you can “like” and comment on. This is a fairly new feature to the game.
You can create your own, unique looks, and submit them to be viewed, ranked, and commented on in the Starry Corridor.
There. Is. So. Much. To. Do.
Even when you’re waiting for the next chapters to be added to the game (like I am currently doing), there is always something to do to build your clothing collection, complete achievements, improve your ranks, etc. While this game is energy based, your energy comes back pretty quickly, and even when you run out, and are unable to complete story stages, all of the other features listed above do not require energy to play around with.
All in all, the game is stunning, and more importantly, it is fun. And while I may not fit perfectly into their target demographic, I definitely love the game, and have no shame in admitting that this geeky, fashionably challenged lady has a soft spot for pretty dress-up games.
But that does it for Day 5, folks! Do you have any guilty pleasure games? I’d love to hear about them! If you want to check out the challenge for yourself, you can click here. Thanks for reading!
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