Zoo Keeper

Quest mode is too hard. FACT. I’ve had a few attempts at it, and I’ve managed a whopping 555 points – which, considering 10th place on the hiscore table is 1000, is pants.

I do well in several of the challenges, and then get one where I completely mess up, and I lose almost all my points. Boo.

If you don’t have a DS, but want to play this ace game, you could always try this link.

Zoo Keeper

The DS version of this arrived today, and it’s one of those games that glues itself to your hand. I had a quick go, which was an hour long! Played “normal” mode for a bit, then had a go at “Tokoton” mode, and lasted more than 30 minutes. I thought I’d done great, but only came 7th on the hiscore table. Played Time Attack mode then, and managed to come 6th.

It’s even better than I thought it was going to be, and is ideal for the DS’s stylus. Oh, and it has cute squarical animals in it, which is always a bonus.

Paper Mario 2

Flew through another chapter today. Completed everything to be done on the train (and the train station en route), and fought the Smoog boss at the end. Bobbery’s blow-up-everything move was more than handy.

Finally got to Poshley Heights, where getting the Crystal Star was incredibly easy. Picked up a badge that made me dress as Luigi too. So, with the chapter finished, I did the Peach and Bowser sections, and set off under Rogueport to find a hammer. Got a few shines along the way too, and picked a couple of items up from the tree where the Punies live as well. No Ultra-hammer yet though.

Paper Mario 2

Whew! A bit of a marathon session on this today. I really want to complete it soon; not because it isn’t any good, far from it, but because I have stacks of other games to play and I’m trying not to have too many “on the go” at once.

I got the “turn into a boat” ability, as suspected, and then went off and defeated Cortez at the end of the Pirate’s cave. He was actually pretty hard, with his four swords and stuff, and the fact he can heal himself by eating the audience! That done, I had another boss battle before finally completing the chapter properly, and did the usual Peach and Bowser bits. I’m slightly alarmed at the amount of time Peach spends undressed in this game too.

Back at Rogueport, I had a few subquests to go on (one of which allowed me to put my partners up another level), and had to return to the island to fetch some Piantas. I’m now into Chapter 6, which is some kind of Murder on the Orient Express skit. Bizarre.

Mario 64DS

Just a quick play on this today. Got another star (by getting red coins from all the Boos in the courtyard), and caught three more rabbits to unlock some more mini-games. Played them for a while too. The shell-smacking one is ace.

Paper Mario 2

Went back to this for a couple more hours. I’ve done a few errands on the island, and gone up about three levels now. I’m mostly putting badge points up when I level-up, as these seem to be the most important things at the moment, not least that there are a few ice-based attacked they give you – useful against the fire-based baddies on the island! I also have another member in my party too, who has a couple of nifty moves.

Solved a puzzle to get in a cave, although it was blatently obvious what you had to do. Also blatently obvious is who one of the ship crew actually is, especially since he practically tells you twice. Anyway, went through what seems to be most of the cave, and killed a load of things and solved another small puzzle. Looks like I’ll be getting the “turn into a boat” ability soon too, since I keep seeing the panels you have to stand on to do it, and also there are a few things in the water I can’t reach yet, but need…

Paper Mario 2

Finally completed the whole of Chapter 4 today. Had to kill the baddie-with-no-name again, after finding out what his name was. It was bizarre, as since everyone thinks he’s you, your partners are on his team, so you have to deal with them too. And you have a baddie on your team, just to make things even more upside-down.

After that, I wandered round Rogueport for a bit, “upgraded” two of my partners, and found out where I had to go next – an island somewhere. I then had to find the owner of the ship at the harbour, and find (and convince) a navigator to come with us. Caught up with Luigi and his “hilarious” tales too, before setting sail. En route, a

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happens. As you’d expect, really. Anyway, killed a few things on the island and explored a bit before turning it off.

Atari Anthology

Played this for the first time today. It’s a collection of some 65 or so Atari 2600 games, and 15 or so Atari arcade games. The bizarre side-effect of this, is that there are two versions of many games (such as Pong, Battlezone and Asteroids). Anyway, I played Adventure (and completed it on Level 2) mainly to see if I could remember the routes through the mazes. I could, but I seemed to be far crapper at the game than I recall.

I had a go on the arcade version of Lunar Lander then, which is hard as your ship is minute on the screen and you can’t tell which way you’re pointing. At least, not until you get nearer the ground and the screen “zooms in”, to show you hurtling towards a crag nose-first.

After trying a few others (including the garishly coloured, painful on the eyes arcade version of Missile Command, and the impossible to control with a stick Breakout), and watching some of the chopped up Nolan Bushnell interviews, I’m mildly impressed. It doesn’t have as many great games as Activision Anthology (which had Frostbite, Pitfall and Keystone Kapers), but it’s a decent collection nonetheless.

Paper Mario 2

Despite trying 21534562 times yesterday, it seems the Star Statue inside the Creepy Steeple does actually move if you push it. Ho hum. Wandered through the “level”, and reached the boss, who was unnervingly easy to kill. I mean, REALLY easy. Then [a thing that is a spoiler happened] and I took control of

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, who turned out to actually be
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. Bizarre. Went back to Twilight Town, where I met [er, spoiler], but couldn’t kill him. Luckily, he couldn’t kill me either, and his hint of “You’d best not try and run away!” was Paper Mario 2-speak for “Actually, do run away!”, so I did. Now I’m looking for a Super Bobbombbomb or something. I think. And trying to find out what
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‘s name is. No, it isn’t
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.

I’ve just stumbled across a flaw in writing a Gaming Diary. Can you guess what it might be?

Anarchy Online

Logged in as my new character at first, to see if any ugv* bods were about. And they weren’t, the skivers. Inflicted Random Acts of Kindness (+20 Max HP) on some low level players. Only got one “thanks”. Some ungrateful sod even said “I don’t want that, I want credits!”. Sadly, I couldn’t shoot him.

After a bit, I logged in again as Chutney, and soloed the Subway for a bit. I can kill not one, but TWO Shadows now, without problems. Excellent. Nathan “cowmang” Cow-Feeler appeared in the game later, and is wandering around n00b island as I type. I bet he’s crap.

City of Heroes

I’m in the beta programme for this MMORPG, although I don’t know why – Anarchy Online is about as much as I can realistically handle at the moment. Spent a while setting up my character (whose name I have forgotten already), and then ran about a bit and did some training things. Looks nicer than Anarchy Online, but the controls and interface confuse me.

Paper Mario 2

I appear to be stuck. Although I went down the well, there didn’t seem to be anything I could do down there, except push a door forwards and backwards. Goombella says I should “leave it for now”, so I wondered if I’d missed anything inside the Creepy Steeple main building. I can’t see anything to so, and tried hitting and blowing everything, but nothing happened. I can’t see any obvious markings anywhere either. I must have missed something somewhere, I suspect.

Mario 64DS

Had a quick go at catching rabbits to unlock more minigames. I realised that you actually have to catch each rabbit four times, as catching one with Yoshi only unlocks a Yoshi minigame. This could be tedious.

The seven minigames I unlocked are pretty good, but nothing special. There’s a pelmanism game, using sounds not pictures, two of those grid-of-squares and touching one inverts it and the surrounding ones type games, which I hate, although most of these are pretty easy. Played each for a bit.

Anarchy Online

Took my new character out for a spin, and spent an hour and some minutes teaming with Los Reverandes from the ugv* groups. We left Newbie Island as it seemed to exist in multiple dimensions, meaning we had to talk Across the Void, but then met up properly in Old Athen. Got a house, and killed lots of Leets and Eleets and stuff. The Rev died a few times, because he isn’t as grate as me. Obviously. Then we went shopping together. I didn’t hold his hand, although he did ask. And I gave him all my money.

Anarchy Online

For a change, and to see if I could catch up with any of the ugv* n00bs, I created a new character and started again. Decided to be a Soldier this time, and it’s a hell of a lot easier! You get a weapon that kills most of the Beach Leets and Island Reets in one hit for a start. And you get a nanoprogram that bumps your Max HP up by 20 for half an hour or so. Got up to Level 3 really quickly. Didn’t see any ugv* people though.