Monthly Archives: February 2012

JAZZ: Trump’s Journey

JAZZ: Trump’s Journey | iPhone/iPod, Reviews, Platformer

JAZZ: Trump’s Journey is a new platformer provided to me by BulkyPix and Egg Ball. When you think platformer, you think saving the princess, collecting coins, grabbing rings, and getting emeralds, right? In the future you’ll be thinking playing jazz trumpet. Trump’s Journey tells the story of Trump as he struggles to make it as a musician in 1920’s New Orleans. The game was inspired by the life of Louis Armstrong and is definitely a lot of fun.

First Time Geocaching

Today I went with geocaching for the first time! For those of you that don’t know, geocaching is like GPS treasure hunting. You take coordinates for a known geocache that someone else has placed and set off to find it. Usually, there’s a small description or hint. Once you reach the GPS coordinates, the goal is to find the geocache, some sort of small container, and sign the log located inside. In some, there might be small goodies that you’re encouraged to exchange. There also might be a special bonus for the person who’s the FTF – the first to find.
gem surprised me with our first hunt near my house. Unfortunately, we didn’t succeed. We’re fairly confident it was missing. We reached the coordinates but only found old duct tape. Our guess is that the geocache had been removed, but maybe we just missed it and the duct tape was unrelated. While we were at the location, we looked at some very cool houses and found a sidewalk near our house that we didn’t know existed. It goes through a tunnel under the street. It was pretty cool.
Laster, at Jessica’s house, we tried again. Again, we failed. Like our first attempt, we found what we think are remnants – velcro attached to a lamppost, but nothing velcro’d to it. From the geocache description, we learned that it was created by a couple for their grandchildren. Cute!
We didn’t want to keep failing, so we tried for another. It wasn’t too far from our last attempt, but this one turned out a lot better. We managed to find the small canister with a log, a dime, and a penny with the shape of an angel cut out of it. We forgot a pen, so we went inside a nearby store to sign the log. Finally, a success!
Excited from our victory, we tried for another. Sadly, we had another failure. We got to the location only to find heavy shrubbery and palm trees. Unlike the other failures, we found no remnants. Was it missing? Were the coordinates a little off? Were we just dumb? I have no idea. Sadly, this one actually seemed the most interesting. It was part of a geocache series called “Around the World in 80 Days,” I think. Inside the geocache were supposedly hints toward another geocache. Maybe we’ll go back sometime to try again.
For our first day, one out of four wasn’t bad I suppose! It’s definitely a fun activity, and I could see taking it up as a hobby. Maybe we’ll try geohashing sometime!

ASH II: Shadows

ASH II: Shadows | iPhone/iPod, Reviews, RPG

After putting some time into SRRN Games’ RPG, ASH II: Shadows, provided to me by Konami, I can definitely say I’m impressed. ASH II has the classic RPG style and feel combined with rich graphics and 2D sprites. The game features some of the normal goals – find dungeons on the overworld, explore, talk to NPCs, and battle enemies. Its writing is it’s strongest part, but I’ll go into more detail on that later. I should note that ASH II: Shadows is the sequel to ASH, which I did not play. The game starts in medias res with players following what I assumed to be an antagonist. I might have known more about what was happening had I played the original, but the story was immediately engaging regardless. I didn’t have any problems. In fact, it makes me want to go back and play the original too!

Fun RPG, humorous dialogue, great dialogue system that allows you to go backwards if you missed a line… fun game!

Steampunk Exhibit at Muzeo

Steampunk Exhibit at Muzeo, originally uploaded by theuser.

Today we set out to see the steampunk exhibit at Muzeo in Anaheim. What we ran into first was a Black History Month parade. We saw bits of it while we walked to the museum, and then we got to see gears galore. Pieces ranged from walking sticks to weapons for hunting supernatural creatures courtesy of the League of S.T.E.A.M., who we had seen at Anime Expo 2010. There was also a section on fiction, including Jules Vernes, H. G. Wells, Sir Arthus Conan Doyle, and Mary Shelley. It made me want to go read some of these books!
There was also an exhibit on the bible. I looked at this too, but it was far, far less interesting than steampunk.
Then we checked out the street fair for Black History Month. It didn’t have any ethnic food. I wanted something out of the ordinary. Sadly, there wasn’t anything, so we went ahead with our original plan of having Indian food. And that was quite tasty!