Rhythm Thief and the Emperor’s Treasure (3DS): COMPLETED!

Yay! Really plowing through these partially-started, not-quite finished games at the moment!

Rhythm Thief was excellent. One part Layton, one part Sega Rhythm Game Compilation. Bonkers plot, twists, lots of nice pictures of Paris, clever rhythm games (some of which were somewhat hard!) and some OCD screen-tappage. What more could you want? Apart from the clearly planned sequel, of course.

If you have a 3DS, you MUST buy this. If for no reason other than to tell Sega that this is what we want them making more of rather than shonky Sonic games. You owe it to everyone.

Games I’ve been playing recently

Mutant Mudds (3DS)

It’s really hard now. I’ve done all 16 main levels, some of the secret levels, and collected all of the diamonds so far. I’ve done the first three Moon levels, but the last one? Nightmare. It’s so difficult!

It doesn’t help that you can only have one power up at a time, and you really need all three to make it through. I’ve swapped around which ones I’ve been using, but it’s too hard with any of them.

Rhythm Thief and the Emperor’s Treasure (3DS)

So awesome. I’ve just obtained the second (third?) treasure, from the Opera. The “waiter exam” rhythm game was pure excellent stupidity, but the fake-Mexican I ran into? Amazing.

Why amazing? Because he made me play Samba de Amigo. YES!

Castlevania: The Adventure (3DS)

With so many fantastic games I could have bought from the eShop, such as Kirby’s Dreamland 2, obviously I would buy this pile of old pants. Which I already have for the Game Boy, and which I already completed and declared rubbish. Tch.

It’s rubbish.

I’m on the third level and am really concerned for my sanity. Why did I buy this?

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 (iPhone)

Not played the iPhone version of this in ages, but sadly now can’t. Recent iOS updates seem to have left it a jerky, juddery mess, with the action pausing for seconds at a time. Controlling it is now impossible. Boo!

Rhythm Thief and the Emperor’s Treasure (3DS)

This is AWESOME.

It’s like Professor Layton only with the puzzles mainly replaced with rhythm action games! Like, I don’t know, Ouendan Adventure or something. They’re fun rhythm action games too, with some catchy music. And a lovely graphical style.

I’ve managed to find the crown, break into the police station, and get out again, so far. I’ve had a couple of run-ins with Napoleon (which is bound to turn out not to be him, surely?), and rescued a girl and returned her to the orphanage. I’m now wondering if it’s going to turn out that I’m actually her brother.

 

Stuff wot I are bin playing recently

Another round-up post, I’m afraid!

Batman: Arkham City (PC)

Despite the hassle it is to set up (all those cables and adapters and begging Windows to let audio go out the HDMI port please), and the fact it’s a PC game, I’m still enjoying it. It feels like driving a car when you know one of the wheels is going to fall off at some point. You enjoy the ride, but are on edge that at some point you could well end up in a ditch on your roof.

I’m also finding that, even though the world is clearly much more open than in Arkham Asylum, and obviously massively bigger, the game feels much more linear and is apparently just a set of fetch quests. There’s no real Metroidvania-ness like in the original either. That said, it is still utterly compelling to play, and I’m really enjoying it. I just feel that if it was on the 360 I’d be enjoying it even more!

In terms of progress, I’ve just completed the terrible, terrible trials bit given to me by Ra’s al Ghul (the only bad bit of the game so far, really).

The Sims 3 (3DS)

Look. It was £8 in Sainsburys. We shall say no more.

Except that it’s still fun setting fire to your house, calling the fireman, waiting for him to enter the house, then getting rid of all the doors.

Super Pokémon Rumble (3DS)

Still shallow. Still fun. Getting a little bit hard now, too. Especially since I was defeated by a boss, and thought – no way can I beat him. Only to find that you’re not supposed to yet and it’s all part of the story.

Motorstorm RC (PS3)

Pretty much the only thing I play on my PS3. It’s awesome. Not done all the tracks yet, but every now and then I sit down and clear a few. It’s getting pretty difficult now though, with a good half an hour on one of the tracks spent not even clearing bronze, let alone anything better!

Zen Pinball (3DS)

I haven’t played this in a while, but have got back into it this week. I’ve purposefully avoided the Shamen table (which was my favourite) to try and improve my scores elsewhere, and have focussed mainly on Excalibur. I think I may have passed a point where I know how to actually play the table now, so I expect great things. Or not.

The Legend of Zelda (3DS)

DAH DAH DAH DAAAAAAH!!

I have no idea why I picked this up last night, but I did. And got as far as the first piece of triforce. It’s lovely.

Rhythm Thief (Demo) (3DS)

I think I may actually use up the number-of-plays limit on this demo. It’s utterly fantastic. It’s like a mix of Space Channel 5, Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan! and Rhythm Heaven, with a sort of Moonwalker/Smooth Criminal vibe. Really, really want the full game. And it’s by Sega?! Hell has frozen over.