There are most likely going to be many holiday themed games out there this week, but this fun little hidden object game was a nice break from the darker mysteries we are used to seeing. This game focuses on two kids from the Heartland, Emma and Mike, and the fun they have in being part of the Easter celebrations out on the farm and in their town as they join their classmates on a fun springtime field trip.
This game is filled with just about everything that Ostara is about, the flowers, candy, farm animals, painted eggs, both from the kitchen and the Faberge’ designs. Little logic puzzles, spot the differences, and other kinds of visual mini-games. This game is perfect for everyone, and the kids will love it, especially if they are fans of the Highlights for Children magazines, because this game has many of the same features as that classic schoolroom periodical. Read more...(292 words, 31 images, estimated 1:10 mins reading time)
After playing both Coffee Rush and Coffee Rush 3, I have to admit this is the best of the three. This has the elements of both the prequel and the sequel, and Coffee Rush 2 won’t boggle your eyes out in trying to keep up with it. We still have the dame formula of ice, coffee beans, sugar, milk, and ice, and Smokestack is still trying to kick us out of town and make everyone drink his nasty coffee. I guess he just doesn’t get it after three of these match 3 games devoted to making sure the fictional town we play still has access to cream of sweet bean soup. (No azuki bean cakes here, really, but what a great idea for the fourth game!) Read more...(231 words, 31 images, estimated 55 secs reading time)
This grid of gems gets about as basic as it can. It can also be one very frustrating game, because, unless you establish a pattern, you will never seem to get past level 15. Your little “customers”, which are represented by emotional spheres with faces on them, are about the least patient things to come into a casual game, and you have to appease them with fancy coffee, candy, or free gifts. You buy these by using tokens, and you tend to end up playing the game not to match up the gems to get the various pendants, pins, rings and such that the little spheres are wanting, but to gain tokens to keep these things happy. This game does have extremely clear graphics, but the Regency-era string quartet music in the background does not really keep you going. You might find yourself addicted to Gem Shop, because there is an online ratings list, and you’ll be wanting to check your rank. Also, you might find yourself wanting to break that level 15 ceiling. The secret? Do you best to hold back all your cash and tokens from the first few levels so that you can get the high end items in your inventory. Once that is done, when one of those little spheres asks for a big bit of bling, you’ll have it ready, and will have some leftover cash and some tokens to get those gifts to keep the spheres happy. Read more...(361 words, 31 images, estimated 1:27 mins reading time)
vendage (ven’dej) a. (n.) The age, usually unknown, of over-processed food items found in common vending machines.
Most every workplace has them, and many schools, too. Those vending machines, but while the drink machines tend to get used often and their stock is replaced frequently, some other vending machines are not seen to as much. These usually contain candy, chips, baked goods with so many preservatives, they will most likely turn up on Life After People as something that will even outlive Mt. Rushmore and cockroaches. This is when you question the vendage of certain coin machine items. Some of those items might not even be sold in normal stores anymore. When was the last time anyone actually saw a Zagnut bar? Oh, Hershey still makes them, but with that awful mix of coconut and peanutbutter, it is no wonder that the vendage of that certain item that has been sitting in said vending machine since 1985 or earlier would be questionable. Then there are the baked goods, the Hostess cakes, or honey buns that come from some obscure snack cake bakery no one has ever heard of. These items are fill with so much fake sugar and transfats, you know they will be able to handle over a decade of sitting in a vending machine, but they usually don’t. If you must drop quarters into those machines today, make sure you check the dates on the items you buy. If the vendage is questionable, then ingesting the item or items will most likely be, too.