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Looking for something to do on this ridiculously cold Saturday*?

Band Stars

Band Stars

iOS Only (sorry Androids)
Genre: Band Management Sim
Price: Free

I have no idea why I hadn’t heard about this game before it dropped – well, two days after it dropped; I’ve been busy – but it’s a great little title from the people that brought you Jetpack Joyride, Fruit Ninja, Age of Zombies, and Monster Dash (all of which are must-have games for iOS). It reminds me of my beloved Kairosoft games in that you train attributes, hire band members, record music, and mix random genres to see what happens .. but it feels all new and is super fun times. Also, free. I’ve got a up-and-coming band called Epic Rita, and we specialize in Bluegrass Electronica with a punk lead singer. If you’re looking for something to do this weekend that involves nothing more than sitting on your couch under a warm blanket, grab this game and play it while you’re waiting for your superheroes in Marvel Puzzle Quest to heal themselves.

*: How cold is it? It’s so cold that I’m dressed appropriately for the weather, for the first time in at least 5 years. Common sense: I hate using it.

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You know a game is good when you get genuinely excited to see that it’s gone on sale, because then you get to encourage people to give it a try:


Devil’s Attorney

Genre: turn-based lawyer RPG
Price: Free/$0.99

I’ve recommended this game before – it made it on my “Best of 2012” list. Here’s what I said back in January: Devil’s Attorney was a complete surprise, and I loved it. You play Max, a sleazy lawyer who uses sneaky tactics of questionable legality to defend your clearly-guilty clients. Work your way to the top by taking out witnesses, evidence, and prosecuting attorneys by any means necessary. Add in great voice work, a wholly original idea, and the sleek dazzling veneer of the 1980s and you have a fantastic sleeper hit that deserves all the praise it’s been getting. Also: pimp hat. Can’t lose!

All of that is still true; more so now that the game is on sale. I highly recommend getting it for the device of your choice: you can play it while you wait for your Death Star inventory to restock.

I’m off to Victoria for the weekend, to visit my mother. While there, I’m going to attempt to convince her that she should buy a 330 sqft condo – this will go over about as well as you can imagine. Still, her basement suite is fucking awful, and I will keep trying to convince her to move already until she’s out of there.

I have hopes that the weather won’t be completely terrible while we’re there, so expect a lot of pictures of trees. I’m not taking a computer, but I still plan to post some updates .. I’ll give the apps a rest until Monday. Between the tiny Death Star, the sleazy lawyer, and the finger banging tutorial, your hands will be full (pun totally intended) over this long weekend as it is.

Does anyone know what I did with the key to my mother’s place?

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Two in a row! I’m breaking records like Suresh Joachim!

App the 2nd


Genre: Old-School Dungeon Crawler
Sale Price: Free

Dungelot is a casual dungeon crawler that you can play on the bus or while pooping (eww). It’s fun, easy, entertaining, and currently free – frankly, there are far worse things you could be doing with your spare time (like pooping) (eww).

Trivia the 2nd

Everyone knows Peter Cullen is the voice of Optimus Prime (because I keep bringing it up over and over again). However, even if you weren’t obsessed with Transformers in the 80s like some people and watched cartoons at some point, you’ve likely heard his voice. Cullen had/has a prolific career as a voice actor, and showed up in almost every cartoon shown on Saturday mornings at one point or another, such as Dungeons and Dragons (alongside the other Voice of the 80s, Frank Welker) and Dragon’s Lair.

Confession the 2nd

I’ve never actually played Dungeons and Dragons. I realize I’ll lose nerd cred for this confession, but let’s face it – I’ve got so much damn nerd cred that I can spare a little. Still, I have shame. I should fix this.


The fact that a new year has just started is pretty much coincidental – I didn’t start out with any sort of grand resolution to seek out new things in 2013, it just so happens to be January.

Music: My latest obsession is to turn the TV to the satellite radio channels and leave it there for hours. It’s great background music that doesn’t distract from my other obsession (more on that below), and there are no commercials. My constant is the “Rock Alternative” channel, and only once in the past few weeks have I heard something that made me yell at the TV (an absolutely horrible cover of RHCP’s “Breaking the Girl”). Every once in a while I’ll hear something that grabs me by the girl balls, so I use technology to find the song and download it with iTunes credits I got for Christmas. I’m hearing a lot of new music, am newly obsessed with this song, and given the amount of Florence and the Machine I’ve heard lately, I feel like a true hipster. Success all around!

Games: Listening to music on the TV leaves my hands free for what I do with the rest of my time: play Paper Mario Sticker Star on the 3DS. I received it (along with Scribblenauts Unlimited) from Ed, and I’ve been spending most of my waking moments (and some of my sleeping ones) playing it. It’s a surprisingly huge game (or I’m just really used to iOS titles): I’ve sunk almost 24 hours into it so far, and I figure I’m about 3/4 of the way through. I’m enjoying it much more than I did the last half of the last Paper Mario game I played and it’s been almost refreshing to get Nintendo Thumb after all these many years of iPhone Wrist. Fun stuff.

Also, when I DO get Nintendo Thumb, I just grab my iPhone and play my other obsession: The Grading Game for iOS. It’s literally a game in which you have to find spelling errors and grammatical mistakes in a series of student essays, and I am infatuated with it. It’s not perfect – I’ve actually found a mistake in the game that cost me points – but it’s very fun and totally aimed at word nerds like me. The game can be surprisingly difficult (I’m a speed reader and even I have trouble getting through some of the essays in the allotted time AND because I read so quickly I often glance over a word to absorb it without reading the entire thing and therefore skip a spelling mistake I should have caught), but it’s great. And educational. I now know an awful lot about Political Action Committees, for some reason.

Lighting: Ed’s parents gave us some money for the house for Christmas, so we’ve ordered the ottoman that will replace my favourite chair and also picked up a Hue light kit. We spent most of last night playing with coloured lighting, and will be picking up more bulbs (slowly, as they’re friggin’ expensive) to mood light Sparta to our heart’s content. It’s a neat (if pricey) little system, and I can’t wait to do more with it (rave at my house in March!). I kind of want to replace all our light bulbs with fancy ass wireless LED ones, but a) I am not a millionaire and b) we have way too many lamps that require tiny-based Ikea bulbs. The rest, though – soon there will be colours EVERYWHERE. The Lady Cave is next!

Internet: I’ve reactivated my Tumblrs. I post little things there, like pictures or two-line updates, or things that catch my fancy. Feel free to follow me there (especially if you too have a Tumblrs; it’s the one place I will guarantee a follow back), because everyone totally needs yet another place to see my brain juices.

The Rest: This is our one weekend this month without plans, so we’re enjoying it accordingly. Soon I will have a shower and go buy a flash for my camera, and at some point we will need to get groceries. The transition back into work on Wednesday was smooth and fun thanks to the addition of Sam at the office, so the rest of my life is wrist-deep in the status quo at the moment: I’m pleasantly occupied by my many electronic devices, the annoying and extremely inappropriate crush I seem to be developing on someone, and preparing my wardrobe for the eventual return of the sun.

How’s by you?