Level 100 at Castle Cats

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A few days ago I was thrilled to achieve level 100 on Castle Cats. It came with a few nice perks, as you can see, and I had also only recently scored the cool Samurai outfit for my avatar cat from a guild leader item box. And before I could find the time to blog brag about it, this happened:

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Yep, Level 101 and the black wings came from one of the Reputation rewards. This screen gives you a nice snapshot, with how many heroes I have, quests completed and so on. It’s a tribute to my addiction. I could probably give you 101 reasons I love this simple idle heroes type game. But that would be much too long for a blog post.

I believe what truly makes this game for me is the graphics. I love the cats. They are very well animated both when just walking around looking adorable, and in battle. In general, I am not impressed with animals that have been anthromorphized extensively, but somehow Castle Cats’ artists have struck the sweet spot between cats that look like cats, but who have distinct qualities of various heroic characters blended in with a good dose of sugary cuteness.

Castle Cats makes me chuckle quite frequently. The tongue in cheek text in stories and character descriptions, as well as the occasional speech balloon from a cat and the special graphics for the attacks by various cats. In fact, I have an evil plan to create an entire blog post devoted to all those amusing attacks.

Speaking of sweet spots, Castle Cats has also found the sweet spot between fun and obligation. They do have daily tasks, which can largely be accomplished in a matter of minutes if you are in a hurry that day to do more important things (what could be more important? Well, you know, RL) and even if I’m only doing a “drive by” I still generally get a little smile from something in this game. When I have more time, it is a real pleasure to just play around. I can spend ridiculous amounts of time “playing dolls” with the guild avatar cat’s variety of eyes, coat color, tails, mascots, costumes, and weaponry. You can let battles idle, or join in and tap your fingers bloody while chuckling at the unique attack effects. If you are like my hubby and I and play and do several things at once, it’s a fun game to leave running and open while you concentrate on something on another device. You never know what you’ll catch your kitties up to when you glance up.

Thus ends my first, but certainly not my last, little love letter to Castle Cats.

Gaming Posts/Game Day

I’m actually going to make some attempt at organization as this blog reblooms. One thing I plan to blog about is games. The plan is to have an overarching game tag, as well as tags for particular games which will likely get more in depth posts. You know, the games I am clearly and completely addicted to. Those games include, but certainly are not limited to; Neko Atsume, CreatureQuest, Horse Haven, Castle Cats, Zen Koi 1 and 2, and last but hardly least Hungry Shark Evolution and World. These are all games I play on a daily basis. Hey, I’m retired. I may even get all fancy and figure out how to record my game play like those YouTubers do.

As this is a sort of introduction post, let me just summarize where I am and what I’m doing on each of my daily games in the order that I generally get around to them.

Neko Atsume is a very simple little collector game. It saves on the specific device, so if you switch devices you have to start over. For once, I don’t much mind this. I had practically everything you could get on my old phone, so I got to start over when I got my new phone. If you follow me over on Facebook, now and then you get a photo of a new cat or better yet a new memento. There aren’t really rules or goals or penalties if you miss a day. I just feel bad because I forgot to feed the cats. For me, it harkens back to great memories when I actually had upwards of 10 cats living with me at all times with rescues and homing and raising baby kittens going on all the time. I don’t have the facilities or income to do that any more, but I have my Neko Atsume kitties.

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CreatureQuest is a strategy role playing game. It’s my next stop because once you run out of energy and money you have to wait around to build it back up. I’ve been playing it on the phone and Nox for about three months. I’m Level 92 and my best creature at the moment is a Frost Giant Besieger who is a 5 star L73. I can reach Level 33 in the Battle Tower, and I’m Prince or Lord level on most quests. But my favorite creature is:

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Horse Haven is an addiction. I have a very long standing love/hate relationship with this sim game that has spanned Facebook and a number of devices, lost games, and frustration. And yet I always come back. With my current game – which I have hopes will now go with me if I change devices – I’m Level 55 and I have or have had all but seven of the current breeds in the game. They recently had a good update and the new graphics of the horses look great. I’m trying to think of which horse really looks best for a screencap and photo for this post and I can’t decide. How about a view of the Montana Grand Stable.

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Castle Cats is an idle hero game that grabbed me from the very beginning. When I switched from an Amazon Kindle Fire to an Android tablet, saving my then level 91 game with purchased heros was a major nightmare, but I finally have it working again – and my old game – and saving – on Nox. Excuse me while I go do a happy dance. There are so many things that delight me about this game that I see many many posts under this tag in the future, from the graphics to the stories to the game play and events. And then there’s this, too:

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These last 3 games I’ve been playing for many years. If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you’ve seen many, many pictures of lovely dragons of Zen Koi 1 and the minute it came out, Zen Koi 2. Zen Koi is a lovely, peaceful relaxing collecting game that has kindly followed me from device to device for years. There aren’t levels, exactly, but in Zen Koi 1 I have 541 Dragon Points, and in Zen Koi 2 I have 318 Dragon Points.

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Hungry Shark Evolution was probably one of the very first games I put on my Amazon Kindle and I’ve never stopped playing it. I hate to think how many years that might be. I don’t play daily anymore, but it is still a much beloved go-to game. It makes me laugh. And laugh. And laugh. Especially on the days when I feel like there are people who really do need to be eaten by a giant shark. And then they gave me a Godzilla inspired shark. I do play Hungry Shark World, but not as much. I’ve never quite liked it and it doesn’t play very well on my phone. I have to admit I haven’t got a single screenshot to share. Some times the electronics defeat me completely.

This doesn’t include VNs or games I play casually or only when I have time, or games that actually have a finish line. For some reason, I never seem to get hooked on a game I can finish. Well, not usually. I might have one to talk about next time I feel like talking about games… and for those I’ll just set up a tag of…what, other games, Miscellaneous games, casual games. Hmmm… all other games. Oh, and I did give Visual Novels a tag, too.

Stay home. Stay safe. Play lots of games 😀