Tuesday, April 19, 2011

A trio of not-so-recent acquisitions

I bought the three European DS games pictured below a while ago, although I can't remember when. It may have been before Christmas, or it may have been just after the start of the year. It doesn't really matter, though, does it?

It should be obvious why I bought Last Window (see a close-up shot of this game's cover here), the sequel to 2007's Hotel Dusk: Room 215 that was released in Europe and Japan but has yet to see the light of day in the US, but why did I buy the other two?

Well, I bought the Euro version of Electroplankton simply because it was cheaper than the US version. I bought the Euro version of Professor Layton and the Unwound Future, on the other hand, because I prefer the series' Euro covers to their North American counterparts.

Also, I have a peculiar fondness for the clear plastic cases that accompany Euro DS titles. Does that make me odd? Yeah, I suppose it does.

Anyway, I've only played Electroplankton thus far. It's one of those games I've wanted to play for some time but never got around to for various reasons. I'm planning to review it--as part of "The Great Gaymathon," naturally--soon, so be on the lookout for that if you're at all interested.

After I'm done toying with Electroplankton, I'll probably move on to Last Window, as I have to finish the first Professor Layton sequel (Pandora's Box) before moving on to the second.


Viewtiful_Justin said...

"Toying" is a good word for that game. It's definitely more of a toy than a game, but it's still super fun!

Bryan Ochalla said...

Yes, it's definitely more of a toy/instrument than a game, but it's fun all the same. I wonder if Nintendo will bring it back in some form on the 3DS? Maybe as a download-only title (or titles)? I'd like that, especially if you could save your creations and share them online, with friends, etc.

Viewtiful_Justin said...

That would be pretty awesome, actually.

Bryan Ochalla said...

OK, so now it has to happen. And NIntendo has to hire me as some sort of consultant. Ha! :P

Viewtiful_Justin said...

I'd vouch for you. Oh, and Electroplankton is actually downloadable on the DSi shop channel...apparently they're selling them separately.

Bryan Ochalla said...

Yep, I think they've been on the DSi shop since late 2009. I think that's the perfect place for most of them, honestly -- as it allows people to give them a try without spending $30 or $40 on the whole package.

Richard Goodness said...

Not only do they have more interesting covers, but I always thought "Lost Future" was so much more evocative than whatever "Unwound Future" was supposed to mean. I guess what I'm saying is "Unwound Future" is a stupid title.

Bryan Ochalla said...

Hey there, Richard! Thanks for visiting -- and commenting :)

Yeah, "Lost Future" definitely is a superior subtitle. Also, I can't help but think un-"wound" (as in, cruise/cut) when I see the NA subtitle, for some strange reason.

BTW, I just visited your site for the first time. It's great! I'll definitely be checking you guys out on a regular basis from now on :)

Richard Goodness said...

A gentleman never cuts a future, Luke!

Now that I'm in the third game I think I can safely say that I have a pattern every time I play a Professor Layton game, which is I'll play the hell out of it when I first buy it, and then after a week or two I'll get bored and put it down for months. Then one day I'll pick it up and beat the game within like two days. I'm not sure if I'm quite at the point where I'm going to do that with Uncut Future (heh heh), but I'm going home for Easter over the next few days, maybe I'll bring it and puzzle around a bit.

I just discovered your site myself! Glad you like ours--I'm sure we'll see each other around.

Bryan Ochalla said...

Richard: I have that same pattern--only I seem to follow it for every game I play these days! Sigh.

Anyway, hopefully you'll break the pattern with the Uncut Future (ha!), or at least beat the game while you're home for Easter :)