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Haven Review: Pokemon Snap

Oh snap! It’s Pokemon Snap!

Professor Oak did SCIENCE! Through being a scientist in Pokemon Snap, he made a floating self-propelled observation platform and a portal. After creating these marvelous artifacts, he hired a photographer named Tracy to utilize them, in order to take stunning wildlife pictures. Capturing nature’s unrivaled beauty through a camera lens, from dark caves to rapid rivers and space, is the name of the game.

The face of SCIENCE! Research and poetry

Pokemon is weird and there are very few inherently bad or broken games. Pokemon Snap is one of those spin-off games that was launched on Nintendo 64 and was later put on sale through the Wii Store. The game is a unique take on the idea of a “rail shooter”. Instead of pointing a gun, the player points a camera and the goal is to take pictures of every Pokemon and maximize the score. There are several tools to achieve this, such as an infinite apples, pester balls and a “pokeflute”. Apples distract monsters, while the pester ball aggravates them, causing various effects to occur. The flute wakes up those that are sleeping. The scoring system is based on various factors, such as whether the creature is in the center of the picture, or whether there are multiple Pokemon captured in the photo. There’s even a bonus if the creature is striking a pose or doing something fancy.

Our protagonist for this game, he has not aged well.

After the track is complete, Professor Oak will rate the pictures and a score will be set, perhaps resulting in new “unlocks”. Pokemon Snap starts out with one track, but more become available by interacting with the environment at specific points. I’m not entirely sure if there is music in the game; I can’t remember any other track than that damn ear worm of a menu theme. That and Professor Oak’s creepy upbeat, very exited voice. A great deal of the first generation Pokemon does show up, but not all 150 creatures. However they did include Mew as the last “boss”.

The most advanced picture platform in the world!

There is not that much to say about the game play, other than that it provides a fresh and innovative take on the world fans know and love. Pokemon Snap is very a very calm game with a very relaxed atmosphere, despite being surrounded by vicious beasts that can tear a man limb from limb, or turn him into a frozen meat Popsicle. It’s a highly recommended title for any fan who wants to see a different take on the world of Pokemon without having to grind for hours and fight every deluded trainer on the way. It can be bought on the virtual Nintendo store, but keep in mind, this game has not aged well.

Point and click!

Njål H Sand

Haven Review: Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas

Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas

I am the son of a famous and brave explorer. However, my father was taken by a creature known as Oceanhorn; a mechanical monstrosity that makes a terrible haunting sound whenever it emerges from the murky depths. It’s now my destiny to take up the sword and find out why the monster took my father. Anyone who stands in my way, be it monster or man, will fall by my hand like a leaf on the wind.

The hero is on time

Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas is a cutesy and fun game about exploring islands, getting new gear and discovering new places to explore. This game clearly carries its inspiration on its sleeve and makes me wonder why there aren’t more of these for PC. The hero starts out with a sharp pointy stick that eventually gets replaced with a sword and shield. Later he’ll get bombs and a bow. If this sounds familiar to a certain fellow in a green tunic, then read no further. (There is no Link to be found in this game). If not, then carry on reading.

Adorable graphics

Each island holds a clue to where another island is located. Each place has a lot of treasure hidden in clever places, such as behind walls that can be blown up with bombs.  The journey between islands is on a sailing ship, complete with a trusty peanut shooter to fight enemies and clear debris; the latter containing money and ammo when destroyed. When I eventually found an island, there were usually some talkative natives and foul beasts about, which quite often led to a muddy dungeon. Dungeons are full of monsters, insidious traps and terrible block puzzles which eventually lead to a boss room.

Combat is an easy and smooth affair, since it’s based around using tools, blocking attacks and running around a lot. When I died (which happens every now and then), I re-spawn at the dungeon entrance. If there is anything to complain about, then it has to be the tad wonky physics of movable objects. As the enemies keep dying and island-specific challenges get done, the hero gains experience that will give him more items and ammo capacity. These perks are lost upon death.

Big bosses to battle!

Water is bright blue, clouds are white and one island is flying!? In other words, the art direction is beautiful, simple and very vibrant, with exaggerated character designs and a cartoonish style. All this is complemented by a lovely soundtrack and fitting non-intrusive sound effects. Kudos for excluding an annoying beeping sound when the player is at death’s door. Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas is clearly a game that most people will enjoy, until they get stuck in a puzzle they can’t solve. I know this because it happened to me! The game is available on Steam, as well as for iOS.


Steam store page.
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Disclaimer:  We received this game for review purposes only. As such, all views in this article are our own. No money has been exchanged for this review.

-Njål Sand-

Otaku Review: J-LIST snack subscription: May

DSC_0030Hello everyone! We are back with another J-list snack subscription breaking it down for you the snacks from the month of May, Now I know what you are thinking and its the middle of June. We didn’t get the snack subscription for about a week and then well we just plain forgot. To hit the publish button on this article! But without any further slacking on our part.
Here is the Husband and wife take on our thoughts for this months snack subscription!










Daniel: You can smell a hint of soy sauce followed by a quick extreme burning that left me shouting. Oh God why make it stop make it stop!
Gelly: You can smell the soy sauce and it does have a very spicy kick at the start. Quite chewy, and its kinda like stir fry that has been sitting in the fridge for way to long.










Dan:It has a light chocolatey smell it doesn’t taste bad but its hard to define. Oh i got it! Its burnt popcorn! A Caramel burnt popcorn that you would get in those Christmas cans.
Gelly: Has a faint smell and tastes pretty different..











Dan: they smell nice, like green tea milk candy. Mine!! they are so amazing@ love the crunch. so good!! (Begins hording the bag from the wife.)
Gelly:Smells like green tea, looks green like green tea, tastes like green tea. I think I’ll let the dogs have a go at this. (They loved them.)










Dan: Smells like roses, tastes like rose scented soap; seriously people eat this?
Gelly: Smells like roses, incredibly sweet, tastes like roses but the taste is a bit overpowering










Dan: I like its light caramel flavor with a hint of milk smell. Its taste is chewy and kinda reminds me of Little Debbie coffee cakes you get at the grocery store.
Gelly: So doughy but smells nice. doesn’t taste much. It’s okay like eating chewy gingerbread dough.











Dan: Incredibly flavorful, I really like them its a shame though that they won’t last very long.
Gelly: smells nice, and tastes good as well! Very cotton candy like once you start chewing it.











Dan: tastes like an orange pixy stick, extremely chewy and just WOW the flavor is so intense like they compacted a hundred oranges into one piece of candy. I cannot stop drooling even if I wanted too.
Gelly: Don’t have much smell to them and the bag is incredibly small only a few
pieces came in it and its disappointing with how little is in the bag. But the taste is amazing
possibly one of the best candies I have ever had. I have a feeling this is going to lead to us fighting because we both love them.
Dan: Honestly, this was a amazing month for snack subscriptions and I really enjoyed all the candy that came in it. Minus the burnt popcorn because it was burnt popcorn. Seriously Japanese people actually enjoy this stuff?
Gelly: There was a lot of weird things in the bag and a lot different from last months but I really enjoyed the snacks that were in there.