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App Review of Hachi Hachi

Hachi Hachi by Skytree Digital Limited

Type: Music, Rhythm

Basic Game Setup and Plot: A rhythm game that has several different songs that are either earned or bought. The only goal is to unlock things and get a high score. There is no plot.

Quality

Game Play: 3/5 Average: The game is a rhythm music game. You play songs and can unlock more from buying them with real money or game currency or by using the gacha. (Gacha in Japanese is there word for a slot machine.) These songs are played and by playing them you can unlock different things. You can play against other people (real people, not computer opponents) and earn or lose points. You also get coins to buy things. You may also use coins to buy tickets for the arena. As far as I know there is no way to actually be in contact with these people you play against.

Graphics: 3½/5 Above Average: The character’s avatar is very cartoon themed. Though it is cartoon themed they did provide a nice amount of accessories that reminded me of graphics form the video game Bomberman. (Is that series still going on even?) Song cover graphics were similar to anime and manga and some were nicely drawn.

Music: 3/5 Average: The music was mainly pop, rock, and electric and electric classical. There were also some instrumental songs.  It was mostly sung in Japanese, but a few songs were sung in English. Contemporary Japanese music is often different than contemporary American music feel and singing, but some of the songs sound really similar to American music.

Overall: 3/5 Average: I have played music games before that are better in game play, graphics, and music. It wasn’t an awful game, but it was not very interesting or creative. Because of this I don’t strongly recommend it. If you do want to play it, it is suitable for either gender and is playable for children about eight or ten and older.

Moral Content

Official Rating: E

Sexual and Inappropriate Content: 2/5 Suggestive: The woman in the tutorial and the women on the song covers are sometimes suggestively dressed. The clothing is about average video game suggestiveness found in a game found in E 10+ games such as being too revealing or tight, but it is not of a porn nature or extremely inappropriate.

Violence: 0/5 None

Swearing and Taking the Lord’s Name in Vain: 0/5 None

Emotional, Intense, and Disturbing Content: 3/5 Several Disturbing Images: Some of the song covers have potentially scary covers, such as a creepy looking clown hanging a ballerina doll on strings. Some song covers are just weird looking such as the examples that can be found here:

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Songs 21 cover

There have been a few even more disturbing ones that are now unavailable.

Religious Issues: 1/5 A Small Problem: The accessories have a devil headband. One of the face accessories and a song cover has a devilish look.

Magic: 1/5 Some References: One cover for a song has witches on it. Another has a dragon on it. There is witch hat and a jack o’ lantern head accessories. There is a vampire face accessories. No magic is done in the game.

Others: From the time of the publishing of the article no one had translated the lyrics of the songs, meaning that they could have bad lyrics. Most of the music is worldly and has drums.

Overall: 2/5 Child Appropriate: The game is technically appropriate, but it is suggestive. I do not strongly recommend it morally as there are images that make one feel uncomfortable spiritually, and as the song titles and music are not in English and have not been translated, there may be something deeper not seen that is very ungodly. Also the clothing on the woman is more revealing than you probably want your teenage son to see. If you do want to play it regardless, I believe preteens and older would be fine playing it.

Note: This article was last updated on March 22, 2016. This game is known to update and not all characters or content may be included form the last update.

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App/Game Review of Crossy Road

Crossy Road by Yodo1 Games

Type: Action, Adventure (Maybe), Puzzle

Basic Game Setup and Plot: You are a person, animal, or even an inanimate object that is trying to cross several roads, fields, and train tracks without getting run over.

Quality

Game Play: 3½/5 Above Average: You can be one of many things that are trying to cross as many roads, train tracks, fields, and rivers as you can. You must do this while trying to not be hit by cars or trains and keeping up with the pace or an eagle will carry you away. The goals of the game are to unlock characters and reach as far as you can by walking before you die.

Graphics: 3½/5The graphics are good and simple. They were like giant pixel graphics. I thought the graphics were nice, but there was nothing too extraordinary. I did like them better than graphics that are attempted to be done elaborate and end up awful.

Music: 1½/5 Almost No Music: There are a lot of times when there is no music, but when there is music it’s not bad, just nothing unique. The sound affects were nice, though.

Overall: 3½/5 Above Average: The game is one of those simple, yet so much fun games like Flappy Bird. (Though I personally hate Flappy Bird for being so hard.) I think both boys and girls of almost any age would understand and enjoy it.

Moral Content

Sexual and Inappropriate Content: 0/5 None

Violence: 1½/5 A Lot of Bloodless Cartoon Violence: The creature you are controlling can get run over by a car, hit by a train, or snatched away by an eagle. You can also drown. When you die you usually are just a flat, squished person on the ground, and sometimes something extra will happen if you play a certain character. (If you play as the celebrity, photographs fly everywhere when you die.) If you play as the character Michael Boom explosions happen everywhere. If you play as a dragon you can blow fire at things and as a wizard you can zap them. There is no blood in the game.

Swearing and Using the Lord’s Name in Vain: 0/5 None

Religious Issues: ½/5 Slightly Suggestive: Certain characters let the land look like a Halloween landscape.

Magic: 1/5 Some Reference: Some of the characters you can play are an alien called “specimen 115”, a character called “the dark lord”, a dragon, Frankenstein, a ghost, a leprechaun, a unicorn, a vampire, a witch, a wizard, and a zombie. There are also characters from other games that may or may not be associated with magic that you can play.

Others: There are also some pop culture characters like Psy, doge, and etc.

Overall: 1/5 All Ages: If you do not mind a few magic related characters and violence without blood it should be OK for children and adults to play.

 

Note: This article was last updated on January 7, 2016. This game is known to update and not all characters or content may be included form the last update.

 

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App/Game Review of Moé Girl Café

Moé Girl Café by Cat Studio HK

Type: Business Manager,  Restaurant

Basic Game Setup and Plot: You are a manager of a Japanese maid café (which are cafés in Japan that are of a cute style and the workers are girls in maid costumes). It has no plot, but it is a game where you try to unlock as many things as you can such as recipes, awards, and a bigger café.

Note: The word “moé” (pronounced with a long “o” and the “é” like the “e” in anime.) is hard to translate, but in short, the Japanese see “moé” as an adjective for cute anime girls that the Japanese otaku (nerds or geeks) have romantic or sibling-like affection for. If you want a more clear idea it would be better for you to research it on wikipedia or elsewhere, because it is very hard to explain in one paragraph.

Quality

Game Play: 3½/5 Above Average: The game was fun to play. There is a lot to do in the game such as unlocking awards, trying to get people to vote for your café, and getting a five star approval from the twice a year (game time) reviewers. The way you play is by hiring different girls to serve food, cook food, or attract customers to your café. You can upgrade them and you can also upgrade your food and can buy more attractive furniture and decorations. You do not do any of the chores yourself; you only manage the café and employees.

Graphics: 3½/5 Above Average: The graphics are cute and sweet. The characters are all very “chibi,” which is the Japanese term for anime and manga characters that are short and cute. The entire game is like this in the food, decorations, and people. There are no graphics in the game that I thought were ugly or badly drawn. They were drawn better than the lazy, unimaginative way some American games draw their restaurant graphics.

Music: 3/5 Average: The music was like most games of that sort: a little catchy, repetitive, and not to dramatic or complicated.

Overall: 3½/5 Above Average: The game is fun and cute, so I think that it would be much enjoyed. I also think it is unique in being maid themed and having so many different employees in it. I think girls in their late preteens and older would understand and like it best.

Moral Content

Official Rating: E

Sexual and Inappropriate Content: 2½/5 Quite Suggestive: In the game you may buy different clothes for your maid’s including some pretty provocative ones like bikinis, playboy bunny costumes, and school swimsuits. There are also other less sexy clothes like a teacher uniform and cat costumes. (The cat costume advertised is not really a two piece bikini but a one piece dress). Though I believe these clothes were put in the game for people who are attracted to certain kinds of clothes, they are not really made to be sexy. The characters are also very short and stout, even close up, so the only really sexy outfit is the bikini and maybe the bunny uniform (unless you are attracted to girls wearing certain clothes such as teacher outfits). There are also some girls that show up in the game that make announcements and tell you how too play. Though their clothes are a little revealing, they are also not given very much detail because they are just close up chibi characters. NOTE: You will notice there are some very feminine dresses of a theme called “Lolita.” This is not the American Lolita, and research proves it is merely a fashion trend that somehow picked up the name.

There is an award called “Shake hentai” that you get by irritating the maids. Though I cannot say if “shake” is being used as a Japanese word or an American one (either way I cannot make sense of it) I do know hentai means a porn game in Japanese. Nothing sexual is done in the game or when you rub their heads to irritate them, so I am personally a little confused by the title. Perhaps it is a way of calling the player a pervert.

Your café is referred to as a “harem” in the game.

Violence: 0/5 None

Swearing and Using the Lord’s Name in Vain: 1/5 One or Two Light Utterances: There is an award you can earn called “Go to hell~” because you have to irritate your employees to get it.

Emotional, Intense, and Disturbing Content: 0/5 None

Religious Issues: 1/5 Slight Contradiction: There are three awards mentioning false gods.

Magic: 1/5 Some References: There are table and chair sets that are themed “Vampire”, “Mushroom fantasy”, and “Season of witch.” There are two awards one called “Even aliens visit here” and another called “Be careful of dragons.” No magic is done in the game.

Other: None

Overall: 2½/5 Almost Child Appropriate: The worst things about this game were the language and the reference to hentai video games. It is not strongly recommended because of that, but if a person wishes to play it is suggested thirteen years and older.

(The second game is not recommended whatsoever, as their are uses of the ‘s’ word as well as backstories of characters that include sexual abuse.)