Happy December! The final Community Game-Along theme of 2017 is centered on a composer, rather than a video game genre or developer. Game music composers are generally pretty under-appreciated, despite the fact that they contribute heavily to the atmosphere of games. Well, one such composer is Michiru Yamane, who is known for her work on many of the Castlevania games, among other titles!
The holiday season is coming up fast, so that means it’s time for a new Chic Pixel Holiday Gift Guide! Each year I round up my favorite cute and nerdy gift suggestions for every budget. This year, I’ve decided to break my suggestions into two categories: “For the Video Game Fan” and “For the Anime Fan.” Many of the links included are affiliate links, so by clicking on them to make your holiday purchases, you’re also helping to support Chic Pixel! Thanks for spreading the holiday cheer!
Still stumped on what to play for #VNNovember? Fear not, as MangaGamer is generously offering three copies of Hadaka Shitsuji: Naked Butlers to Chic Pixel readers! Simply enter from now until November 11th at 11:59 pm PST using the form below. The more actions you complete, the more entries you get! Please note that you must be 18 years of age or older to enter, as the game contains graphic male-male sex scenes. Three random winners will receive codes that are redeemable for the game on MangaGamer’s official store.
To read more about the game and the November Community Game-Along, head over to my info post! Good luck!
I’m always a little sad when Halloween is over and November 1st rolls around, because that means cute bat and spooky pumpkins decorations are no longer in season. But to combat the post-Halloween blues, I’ve decided this month’s Community Game-Along theme will be one of my personal favorite genres: visual novels!
I first became aware of Stasia’s adorable brand Ugly Plants around the release of Pokémon Sun and Moon, when photos of her amazing Mimikyu plushies were circulating around the internet. But I soon found out that Stasia is not only extremely skilled at making plushies of Pokémon and other cute characters, but all kinds of other merchandise, too!
Did you tune in to the 15 minute Nintendo Direct dedicated entirely to the long-awaited Animal Crossing mobile game that aired yesterday? The game, titled Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, was finally unveiled, with a worldwide release slated for late November. However, it turns out that Australians get to play the game early! It’s already available to download on both the Google Play Store and iOS App Store in Australia, so I jumped on the opportunity to try out the game. (Pokémon Go was also released in Australia and Japan before other territories, so it seems like we’re a popular spot to test out apps before their worldwide release)
Check out the above video to see a little over 10 minutes of Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp in action! I share my current campsite, visiting villagers, all the different areas you can explore in the game, and more! My first impression from the Nintendo Direct was that the game seemed way more involved than I had previously assumed an Animal Crossing mobile game would be, and so far the game itself is living up to that.
As you may know, I’m a huge fan of Animal Crossing and even purchased the Japanese limited edition Animal Crossing: New Leaf 3DS XL back in 2012 so I could play the game before it came out in English! While Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is not a completely fleshed-out Animal Crossing game in that some of the customization is stripped away (you can’t make your own clothing or decor patterns at this point in time, for example), but it’s dripping with the same adorable charm.
What do you think of Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp so far? Does it look like it’s going to live up to a proper Animal Crossing release, or will it fall prey to microtransactions? Share your thoughts in the comments!