My Gaming Apps: Vol. 1

Hello, friends. For today’s blog, I thought I would share with you a few of my guilty pleasures, specifically, the current gaming apps that I’ve been playing on my phone. I’ll preface this post by saying that I currently own a hand-me-down Samsung Galaxy S3, and it is on it’s last leg of life. It has memory issues, crashes constantly, and isn’t good enough to play cool games like Pokemon Go. So, at the moment, these are the four games currently on my phone. I play a lot of other games, mostly hidden object or puzzle games, but they don’t stay installed for very long. These are the ones that have been here the longest, and that I play the most. Yes, they are all fairly casual games, and I know that they aren’t for everyone, but if you’re into those, read on!

Let’s begin.

1) Kim Kardashian Hollywood

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I know. I know, you guys. But let me explain. I am by no means a fan of the Kardashian/Jenner/West clan, but I am a sucker for a good fashion game… and this one is a GOOD fashion game. The character customization alone blows everything else out of the water with hundreds of fashionable outfits, hairstyles, makeup, and accessories, but it is so much more than that.

You can complete modeling/movie/TV/etc. gigs for money, fame, and K-stars. You can buy apartments, condos, and houses, and customize them. You can travel all around the world and complete gigs in exotic locales (Tokyo, Dubai, London, etc.). You can go on dates, fall in love, get married, have kids, and adopt pets. You can get exclusive clothing and accessories in weekend and holiday events. You can own your own stores to sell your own fashion line. You can shoot your own reality TV show. You can own your own hotel, gym, and club, and more. You can battle your evil rival (her name is Willow, and she is the worst) to get to the top of the food chain. You can befriend Kim, her entire family, and a few other famous folks, if that is your cup of tea. You can also compete in random fashion competitions with other users to win prizes.

There is so much content, and the game is constantly getting updated. The app can be played totally free, but there is the option to spend real money to buy energy, money, K-stars, and VIP status to make the game easier, but I’ve chosen not to give my money to a family of millionaires. If I had one major complaint, it would be that there are SO MANY ads. Every couple minutes, your game is interrupted as an ad pops up on your screen. It’s really annoying. Other than that, I’m addicted to this game, and it to this day has spent the longest time on my phone, reigning above all my other gaming apps.

2) Township

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Everyone knows what FarmVille is, yeah? Same thing. One of the hundreds of farming apps on the market, but so far, this one is my favorite. Pretty basic stuff for the most part: Plant crops, harvest crops, make things from crops, fill orders via the trains or plane, grow your town, etc. Well, this game has some fun extras that a lot of those other farming games don’t have, including Co-ops and chat windows, a zoo, mining and collecting gems and artifacts, and really cool holiday events.

There’s not much to say on this one, since everyone has played this type of this game on some platform, but it is really fun, and the graphics are cute, and I have been playing it for many, many months. Highly recommend.

3. Eden

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My most recent download, and honestly, I am addicted to this game. It’s another casual, gather/build/upgrade style game. You start out with a bonfire, and just a few settlers, and from there, you can forage in piles of leaves, sand, and rocks, hunt for animals in the woods, cook foods, go fishing, gather wood and water from the woods and creek, build and upgrade shelters, storage buildings, fields for planting crops, carpenter shops, and more. I’ve only been playing for a few days, but the graphics are gorgeous, and it is a fun, cute time waster.

My one and only complaint, is that it tends up lag a bit during bad weather scenarios, i.e. rain and storms, but that might just be because my phone is garbage.

4) Magikarp Jump

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This one is a weird one, and probably not everybody’s cup of tea. From the creators of Pokemon Go comes a silly, little game about… wait for it… Magikarp. Yep. You play a gender neutral, childlike character, who lives in a world where Magikarp are revered, and entered in jumping competitions, all across the land. You fish up your Magikarp, feed it different, upgradeable berries while it swims in it’s little pond, train it using various, random training exercises, level up it’s jumping ability, and battle other trainers. That’s about it.

The game is a bit slow, and I don’t particularly like that you can only use one Magikarp for so long (not long at all) before you have to retire it, fish up another one, and start all over. You do get bonuses o help level the Magikarp faster, and your level keeps going up, so you can keep higher and higher level Magikarp before having to retire them.

It’s got cute, bright graphics, and it a simple, casual game for young kids, as well as adults who want to waste their time. Sometimes, you can get a peek at some other Pokemon who come around to cheer on your Magikarp as well. No real complaints from me!

And there you have it! The four games currently installed on my horrible, dying phone. Hopefully I’ll be able to get an upgrade in the near future, and will be able to play some better games, but for now, I’m quite enjoying these, and recommend them all.

Thanks for reading, friends!

Jan

Daily Prompt 6/18/2016 | Perfection

[In response to The Daily Post’s Daily Prompt 6/18/2016 | Perfection]

No one is perfect. No one. Of course, no matter how often we tell ourselves this, it can be difficult to convince our brains that it is true when we pass by magazines in the stores and see women with flawless skin, shiny hair, zero cellulite, tight stomachs, perky butts… you get the idea. I’m guilty of tearing myself down every time I go out in public, and see pictures and videos of these perfect, beautiful women, that I could never look like. Well, the truth is, no one can look like them, not even themselves.

Photoshop, endless filter options, and apps like Facetune make it all too easy to alter pictures, whether you are just trying to erase a few pimples, or giving yourself thousands of dollars worth of digital plastic surgery, and it is just not fair. It is not fair to the men and women whose appearances have to be altered so much, just to be considered beautiful, and worthy of publication, when they were already beautiful. It is also not fair to the men and women who see these ads, and get tricked into thinking that that type of beauty is attainable, and that they need to spend their money to try and reach it.

You don’t believe me? Here are just a few examples:


It is all a lie. Models, singers, actors and actresses, reality TV stars… no one is ever thin enough, but if you are thin, you’re not curvy enough. Your skin is never clear enough. Your hair is never blonde enough. Your eyes are not blue enough. It isn’t fair, and it isn’t right. Men and women, young and old, are being told that nothing about themselves is good enough, and that they need to buy all of this STUFF to look good, but it is an impossible feat. Even these people, who were deemed worthy enough to grace the covers of magazines, and star in commercials, were not perfect enough. No one is perfect enough. No one.

I know I might be beating a dead horse here, and being a total hypocrite, but really, we need to stop focusing so much on how we look. Your eyebrows do not need to be on fleek, your winged liner does not need to survive a nuclear holocaust, and if you don’t have a thigh gap, then embrace your glorious thighs. If you’re 14, you’re told that you need to look 21, and if you’re 30, you’re told you need to look 22. It isn’t fair, and it just isn’t possible. You don’t need big boobs, you don’t need a huge ass, and you don’t need washboard abs. That’s not to say that there is anything wrong with wanting to better yourself, or lift your self-esteem a bit, but do it for you, and not because you think it is how others want you too look. You are worth more than that. Love who you are, and others will love you as well.

Remember, perfection isn’t perfect, it is fake.

Thanks for reading, friends.

Jan