Suburban Timewaster

I play video games and review them.

Game of Thrones Episode 1: Iron From Ice (Steam Store)

It’s a time of darkness for the House of Forrester.  House Stark has fallen and Ramsay Snow, the illegitimate son of Roose Bolton, sided with the rival house of Whitehill.  Can the House of Forrester survive Ramsay Snow and restore themselves to former glory?

This is HBO’s second attempt to enter the gaming world, the first one being The Sopranos video game, which was a failure.  Now Telltale attempts to bring Game of Thrones into the gaming world, HBO’s new cash cow.  The game starts out at the Red Wedding, which is where, as many Game of Thrones fans know, Rob Stark dies.  Since the lord of the Forresters and the main heir perish as well, a child inherits the responsibilities.

Sadly, that’s usually how things went down during the time period the game models itself after.  Apparently, boys who haven’t gone through puberty made better rulers than fully-grown women.  Though I do like how the game shows that things are changing and how hard it is for Ethan, the new lord, to follow in his father’s footsteps at such a young age when all he wants to do is keep playing with his siblings.  Even if his fate is unavoidable which, I admit, almost made me cry.  As for what that is, keep in mind that you’re dealing with Ramsay Snow.

For those of you unfamiliar with Game of Thrones, Ramsay Snow is someone who skins people alive in his spare time.

Definitely not someone you want to get on the bad side of.

As I mentioned, Ramsay Snow makes a few appearances throughout the game.  Let me tell you, he’s not the only Game of Thrones character who does so.  One of the Forresters works as Lady Margaery’s handmaiden, so you can bet that you’ll be seeing much of the Lannisters.

I’ll admit, I knew that characters from Game of Thrones make an appearance but I thought that it would be as cameos.  I had no idea that they would be a huge part of the storyline.  However, I will say one thing. As scary as Cersei and Ramsay are on the show, having to deal with these people makes them far more intimidating.

The game play is standard Telltale Games.  You make choices for each character you play with some of them supposedly having a huge impact on the game.

I’m not sure how big yet, since I’ve only played the first chapter.  I’ve already told you that one of the characters has an unavoidable fate, no matter what you do.  At some points, you can explore certain places and read the codex for background information.  Unlike other Telltales games where you only take control of one character, this one let’s you control different members of the House of Forrester at different times.  So far, their situation and personalities seems very similar to the Starks but I’m hoping the game will expand on the Forresters so that they’re more than just Stark copycats.  You can even compare your choices with those of the other players though, let me tell you, I’ve found myself restarting the game many times over fear that I’ve made the wrong choices.

This game is intriguing but emotionally overwhelming.  I give it 7 out of 10, a promising start for Telltale’s Game of Thrones adaption.

Delicious: Emily’s Home Sweet Home (

After having Paige, Emily and Patrick move to a house that they like to call a fixer-upper.  When they get on the bad side of one of their neighbors, she vows to have the house condemned.  Can Emily and Patrick get the house up to code before they lose it forever?

The game has a dilemma and Emily and Patrick do have to struggle to end it.  I do mention that they get on the bad side of one of their neighbors due to a stage mom’s child injuring herself in their house.  Let me tell you that said stage mom is a woman who has power in their neighborhood to the point where she can ruin a man’s life for not voting for her daughter in a pageant.  However, I have to admit that she does have a point about condemning Emily and Patrick’s house.  Sharon’s daughter (the stage mom in question) didn’t simply bang her head on a table; she fell down a hole in the floor caused by a fallen chandelier.  Their house is a deathtrap and I really can’t blame Sharon for wanting to have it condemned.  Yet, we’re supposed to see Sharon as unreasonable for trying to shut down a death trap.

Another problem is, I can’t feel too much sympathy for Emily and Patrick when the former’s parents let them stay in their house while all this drama’s going on and will let them stay permanently in the event that their house turns out to be condemned.  In one level, Emily complains about how her house is condemned, many people are taking the side of their enemy.  Emily even mentions how she and Patrick will be living with her parents until they turn sixty.  Many people can find themselves in a situation like this and don’t have their parents to turn to.  In a promo for Two and a Half Men, I saw one of the character’s beg his mother to take him in because he’ll be out on the street.  The mother blew him off and told him to pick a street in Beverly Hills so she can visit him.  To someone like that person, Emily would sound like a whiner.  In this game, Emily’s isn’t the only one with problems.  One section has to deal with a guy coming to terms with the fact that his daughter is not the great adventuring scout he wants her to be and that technical knowledge is every bit as important as the hands on activities.  Another has a guy who runs an amusement park dealing with children who don’t want to work there and would rather spend all summer playing.  The third section deals with an overprotective parent dealing with being a single mom to her only son.  One who is also trying to have a life outside of her son.  The fourth section is about a stage dad who dreams of his daughter being a great Olympic skier, one she doesn’t share.  Every section is about a parent’s relationship with their child and, all the while, a stage mom is trying to ruin Emily and Patrick.

The game play is like the previous ones in the Delicious series with you delivering food to your customers, trying to get the highest score possible in each level, and purchasing upgrades in-between.

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There are differences, such as being able to change the menu for your restaurant by serving enough of a product.

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Each level also comes with an extra task for you to complete.  Do so to get a diamond for each level and use them to purchase items for your house.  In the case of Paige’s room, you have to fulfill certain conditions to get a trophy.

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While this was a fun addition to the game, some of the rooms in the house seemed a little too traditional for my taste.  For instance, why does Patrick get his own man cave and Emily doesn’t get a woman cave?  I did some research on the concept and, apparently, the idea is for the man to stick all of his stuff in one room while the woman decorates the rest of the house.  The problem is this idea enforces gender stereotypes.  As a woman, I do have a love for flowers, candles, stuffed animals and dolls (provided that they’re Monster High, Ever After High, or DC Superhero Girls products) but I also like action figures, video games, Game of Thrones and super hero posters.  Therefore, I find the idea that I wouldn’t allow such items in my house insulting.  Another problem is the idea that the man needs to get away from the stress of it all but women have the same desire.  Some of the things said about the objects in Patrick’s man cave enforce gender stereotypes, such as Emily making a remark about how most wives hate it when their husband plays video games.  If I did get married (big if), the only thing I’d hate about it is if my husband hogged the game cartridge and wouldn’t let me play.

Like many games in the Delicious series, you can pay extra for the platinum version.  One of the extras it comes with is more levels about Emily throwing a housewarming party and finding a nanny for Paige.  Since Francois has his own plot about finding his calling in life, you can imagine that he’s the obvious choice.  However, I do have one question.  What happened to Francois’s interior decorating business?  For those of you who don’t remember, Delicious 2 introduced him with this pitch.  Sharon is also part of the plot, but this time as an ally to Emily and Patrick.  However, she doesn’t lose the traits that made her a threat to them, as so often happens when the bad guy joins the side of good.

This game is fun if not a bit traditional.  I give it 7 out of 10, a fantastic addition to the Delicious series.

Delicious: Emily’s New Beginning (

Emily just gave birth to a beautiful baby girl and she and Patrick couldn’t be happier.  That is, until Emily goes back to work.  Now she has to learn how to balance running a restaurant with taking care of a child.

You read that right, the plot is about career vs. family.  Emily’s trying to run a restaurant while keeping her baby under control.  Surprisingly, some customers don’t like having a baby bothering them while they’re eating.  This starts to become a plot point in the cafe portion of the game where many of Emily’s regulars don’t like Paige (her baby).  I can’t say I blame them.  When I go out to eat, I don’t really want some stranger’s baby bothering me.  Though it really becomes a plot point when Emily has to work for her competitor, Wu, after her family restaurant burns down due to her father and her uncle competing to be Paige’s favorite relative (I’ll explain later).  Wu doesn’t allow babies in his restaurant, so that means Emily has to sneak Paige in there behind Wu’s back.  Wu also won’t let Emily have any say over the menu, though I do see Wu’s point about having a baby in the restaurant and I’m not sure if pies fit his atmosphere.  However, that doesn’t give Wu the right to treat Emily like his slave.  Therefore, I can’t hold her rebellion against her.  This doesn’t end even when they get a restaurant together, with Emily having no say about how her restaurant’s run, though she does stand up to him and makes it clear that she’s the one in charge of the menu.

Again, Emily’s family is a huge part of the plot and you can always count on them to make the plot fun.  For starters, I mentioned Edward and Antonio competing to be Paige’s favorite relative.  This escalates into them buying similar presents with one of them being better than the other and even buying similar toy cars, then racing them around the restaurant to prove that their toy car is better.  Of course, this results in them accidentally burning down Emily’s restaurant.  This forces her to work for Wu.  Though Edward and Antonio learn their lesson, they still have to one up each other at Christmas by dressing up as Santa.  Truthfully, my favorite family moment includes Jimmy when Emily yells at him for buying Paige (who’s three years old in the Christmas levels) a lighter.

The game play is similar to the previous Delicious games with Emily serving customers who sit down or order from the counter.  After the customers at the table finish eating, you clean up after them.

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In between levels, you can purchase equipment to help run your restaurant including an entertainer that you can send to your seated customers to cheer them up.

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The only problem is that the entertainer takes a little too long doing their job.  The game also has a new feature where you can decide your menu based on what customers will be going to your shop on that very day.

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Choose right and you can get generous tips to help you achieve a three star goal.  Some levels will require you to complete an activity relating to the story.  Another thing that separates this game from previous ones in the series is Paige, who will crawl around exploring the restaurant and bother some of your customers.  Therefore, you have to take her back to her playpen.  This feature still exists in the Christmas levels, when she’s three years old, which makes no sense whatsoever.

This game is simplistic yet fun.  I give it 8 out of 10, a fitting installment for the Delicious series.  Though I do have one question.  If Emily’s so busy with work, then why can’t Patrick take care of the baby?

Cake Shop (

When Emily lands a job at the Cake Shop, she couldn’t be happier.  That is, until she starts to miss home.  Can Emily bring the shop up to perfection while keeping her mood up?

There’s not much to say about the plot.  Instead of comic strips or cinematic scenes, you get Emily talking to her boss about her goals for the shop and her mood.  All this does is advance the game play, which is the selling point.  You create different cakes and use machines to serve sodas, ice cream and any other side treat.

Make sure to serve it to the customers before they get angry and walk out.  You can also buy upgrades when your shop gets enough thumbs up icons.  Get a certain amount to gain a star for the shop.  As for Emily’s mood, make sure to stop by construction to build her the house of her dreams.

This game is simplistic yet addictive.  I give it 7 out of 10.

Christmas Stories-Gift of the Magi Beta Test


When an evil spirit captures Oliver’s sister, it’s up to him to fill a magical amulet up with three good deeds to save her.  Can Oliver succeed, or will the spirit capture him as well.

The plot is your basic rescue the damsel in distress with the short story, Gift of the Magi, thrown in.  You guessed it; the first good deed is helping the couple.  Fortunately, the couple already sold their most valuable possessions to get each other gifts for Christmas.  Instead, the couple finds themselves in deep debt and you have to get them the money to fix it.

The game play is hidden object, with you going around collecting items for your inventory.  Sometimes, you have to play hidden object games in order to get one item.  If you’re stuck, use a hint.  The map is also there to guide you and believe me when I say that you’ll have to do plenty of backtracking.  This game also comes with a little helper elf who will assist you throughout the game.

This game is entertaining and still keeps the meaning of Gift of the Magi while still allowing you to help the poor couple.  I might buy the game when it comes out.

Marin Umino (Cafe 0: The Drowned Mermaid) *Major Spoilers*

A while back, I reviewed Cafe 0 which is still one of my favorite visual novels due to its Twilight Zone feel.  I also recreated all three versions of the main character, Marin Umino, as best as I could using the Azaleas Dolls game (Snow Queen Scene Maker), which you can check out for yourself on  Despite the premise of Marin being a ghost who relives the past seven days of her life, the game is more tragic than it is scary.  For those of you who haven’t played it yet, be sure to check out the game on and be warned that there are major spoilers in what I’m about to say.

To me, what makes the game tragic is Marin and the characters that surround her.  To an outsider, it seems she has the perfect life.  Marin’s the most popular girl in school, she has a nice apartment, she’s the swimming team’s ace, dating the most popular boy in school, boys want her and girls want to be her.  However, just because she’s admired doesn’t mean anyone loves her.  Marin’s best friend, Ami, is only hanging out with her because they’re both popular.  Ami has no issue with stabbing Marin in the back if she benefits.  Marin’s boyfriend, Tooru, is only dating her to further his own ends and blackmailed Shou, her doctor who is also Marin’s secret boyfriend, into making Marin date him.  As for Shou, he’s an adult and Marin is a teenage girl.  So the fact that he’s involved with her in private means he’s basically committing statutory rape and also prostituting his girlfriend to protect his own career because Tooru made it clear that he will expose Marin and Shou together if Shou doesn’t make Marin date Tooru.  Keep in mind that Marin doesn’t even want to date him and is only doing whatever Tooru wants to make Shou happy.  Really think about that for a minute.  To anyone asking, “where’s her parents in all this?”  They’re off in who knows where and leave their kid to fend for herself without even a pet for company.  Even Marin wonders if she’s an unwanted child.  So this girl had no genuine love in her life.  Just people who took advantage of her and used her for their own ends.  Marin dies unloved and no one mourns her death.  I’ll admit, I’ve been used myself and I have trouble telling who my real friends are, but the worst that I ever happened to me was that I got called out on the internet, or I had a pool installed and people I’ve never even talked to suddenly wanted to be my friend.  Even if I was used to such an extent I know that, through it all, I’ll always have my mother and I also have pets that love me unconditionally.  I can’t imagine what it’s like to be in Marin’s shoes.  I’ll admit, usually, I hate the popular kid is sad trope, like how Smallville portrays Lana Lang, but here it works.  Marin is Lana if the writers of Smallville actually took the time to write her better.

I’m Back!

That’s right, back from the dead and I’ve got big plans for this blog.  As many of you already know, I review video games from Final Fantasy to Diner Dash. This time, I plan on reviewing dollmakers as well because, whether you think they’re art or not, they are video games in the loosest sense of the word. I’m also expanding my repertoire to board games and, like before, you can even request reviews.

This time, it won’t be just a review site. I’ll post anything related to video games or board games in even the loosest definition of the term. Who knows? I might post pictures of my time playing video games and board games with my friends. Maybe I’ll write fanfiction based off of them, such as narrating the Mice and Mystics game from the point of view of Prince Colin, the character I usually play as. I’ll even post what I create from dollmakers because, as I said before, they are video games.

The best part is, not only can you request video games and board games for me to review. You can also submit your own stuff to me to post on my blog. It can be anything from art, to fanfics and even your Let’s Plays of video games. Just don’t submit any reviews, because that’s my job.

Alice in Wonderland (

When a young woman named Rachael buys a house, she discovers many secrets hidden within its walls. One of them being that it holds a secret world called Wonderland where a little girl named Alice rules, holding ten little girls hostage. Can Rachael save those girls, or will it be off with her head?

That’s right, I’m back and I’m not dead. I also read both Alice in Wonderland books and truly have a feel for the story. Let me just say that I love the new take on Alice in Wonderland. I love the creepy aspects of the storyline and I love how a magical world used as a child’s fantasy to get away from their life is now used as a prison that enslaves children with no hope of escape. It’s very similar to Once Upon A Time’s version of Neverland.

The gameplay is your typical hidden object. You go around, collecting items to add to your inventory. Some items require you to participate in hidden object scenes. You can also participate in mini-games, such as spot the difference and connecting pieces of a puzzle. If you’re stuck, use a hint or skip the mini-game.
This game is entertaining and slightly creepy. I give it 6 out of 10, a nice little distraction.

R.I.P. Leonard Nimoy (Star Trek Online Memorial)


Well, today was the day of the online memorial for Leonard Nimoy’s death.  I went there as my character, T’Mara.

screenshot_2015-03-05-13-35-23It took me a while to get here, because I couldn’t log into Star Trek Online and had to exit out of twitch tv in order for the game to stop crashing.  After that, I managed to get back on twitch TV.  There were memorials on New Romulus and Qo’nos as well,but I attended the one on Vulcan as my Vulcan character because I thought that was most appropriate.  It started out as a simple service with everyone saying, “Live Long and Prosper,” including me, and giving the Vulcan salute, as shown in the screen shot above.  Then a few trolls came in and started having their fun.  One threw smoke grenades whenever he or she could.

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Some people got mad, but I think they were just trying to keep the memorial from being too tearful.  After the fun was over, I went to Earth Spacedock and read the plaque for the people who worked on Star Trek that are no longer with us.


Though, I have to admit.  It took me a while to find it.

Now that the recap’s out of the way, I would like to say a few words.  My first introduction to Star Trek was The Next Generation and I didn’t watch the Original Series until I was in middle school.  I looked the series up because I was curious to see the show that inspired the Star Trek universe and watched reruns of it on the sci-fi channel.  While it was clear to me that Kirk was the looker of the group, I found myself literally falling in love with Spock’s intelligent and logical mind along with his struggle to be purely Vulcan while denying his human half.  It was the first time I ever heard of logic and found myself embracing the Vulcan way of life, which I did poorly.  I started forming an imaginary relationship with him in my head and, for a long time, I hated McCoy and anyone who dared to insult Spock.  I don’t hate McCoy anymore, so don’t post on here telling me to stop hating him.  After a while, Deep Space Nine became my favorite of the Star Trek series and I felt that Garak was the most developed character that Star Trek had to offer.  However, Spock will always hold a special place in my heart and I will always love him.  When I heard of Leonard Nimoy’s death, four thoughts popped into my head.  If Kingdom Hearts wants to keep using old Xehanort, they’ll have to find a new voice actor.  I’ll never hear another Leonard Nimoy voiceover on Star Trek Online again.  Spock Prime will never have another cameo.  Most importantly, I’ll never have the chance to meet Leonard Nimoy at Comic-Con and tell him what a huge impact Spock had on my life.  It was because of Leonard Nimoy’s ideas that Spock became the character he is today.  His death is the first time I ever cried for a celebrity, a man I didn’t even know, and now I never will.

Alice’s Tea Cup Madness (

When Alice chases the white rabbit, she finds herself in a magical place the citizens call Wonderland. In order to get home, she needs to get to the field of flowers. Unfortunately, trips like that cost money and, in order to get it, Alice has to sell tea and pastries with the white rabbit as her helper. Can she make enough money for the trip home?

The plot’s very simple yet entertaining. I recently read both Alice in Wonderland books and I love all the appearances of the characters. A comic page explains what’s going on in between venues.

I have to say, the way the comic’s designed makes it hard for the reader to tell who’s talking first. Still, the plot is just an excuse for the game.

The game play is your typical time management. You seat the customers and serve them tea and pastries. The latter, you have to make in advance. Hit the target score in order to advance to the next level but try for expert, if you feel lucky. Every once in a while, you get a break from the time management style by participating in a hidden object game or having to catch the falling treats.

This game is simplistic yet addictive. I give it 7 out of 10, a fun take on a classic children’s book.

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