Childhood Games: Chicken Run

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I wanted to end on Chicken Run after my Stop Motion Series since this game is based on a stop motion film. I consider this one of my scariest childhood games because it is the only game I can remember scaring me as a child. If you’ve seen the film, it might sound odd since it’s not that scary. But, the game over screen was too scary for me when I was young!

This is also a game that I did not finish and the first game I’ve talked about here that I just did not like. When I got this game, I would have been around 6. I played this on the PC and struggled with it due to it being scared of it. Let’s take a look back at Chicken Run!

Plot and Design

The plot of this game follows the film so it’s basically about chickens trying to escape their farm before their turned into pies!

This game was primarily a stealth game which is why it was tricky for a small child. You had to sneak around enemies, lights, and try not to make any noise as you collected items. If you were caught, the items were returned and you had to go back and find them again.

You had a danger meter. The meter would change colors to indicate danger with green meaning safe and red meaning Danger, Run! There were also platforming sections and mini games to change up the gameplay.

Why I Didn’t Finish

Mainly because it scared me! When you get caught, the screen goes black, the enemy fills up the screen, and it plays intense music like you really messed up. Look up “Chicken Run game over” on YouTube and you’ll see why that was scary to me at 6! The worst was the dogs which were the most common enemy to get caught by because they would growl menacingly at you. Also the first time I played this, I remember it being dark outside which made the game overs much worse!

The other reason why was because it was tricky. I struggled to complete the levels before walkthroughs existed. Then, I hit a wall towards the end of the game where you had to complete mini games in the final game to prepare the chickens to escape such as collecting eggs from the chickens. I struggled to beat them in time due to being young and just could not beat the game.

Childhood Nightmares

I do actually remember being afraid to sleep after playing the game the first time because of the dog game over. I was so slow playing the game because I needed courage to play it! It seems funny now to be that scared of Chicken Run as a kid, but that game over still freaks me out a bit.

Would I recommend this game? I’m honestly not sure because I haven’t played it in at least 15 years. I would say fans of stealth might like it. Just don’t get caught because you do not want to see that game over screen or get your items taken away!

What games do you remembering scaring you as a kid? Let me know!

 

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Siobhan’s Thoughts on Gaming Companions

I have recently started playing Fallout 4, I’ve only played the beginning of the third Fallout and just didn’t get on with it. I don’t know why…but anyway. I have really gotten into Fallout 4, which is no surprise as I absolutely adore Bethesda’s other open world adventure, Skyrim. The one thing that has surprised […]

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I enjoyed this post on companions by Siobhan!  My favorite companion is Trico from The Last Guardian! Trico needs to be trained and does not always listen so he may seem like a strange pick. But, I enjoyed his company and I liked that the more affection I gave him, the better he responded to my commands. I also loved having a pet as a companion and we got along well because I kept petting him and finding treats for him. Let Siobhan know what your favorite companions are here!

Managing Anxiety at Concerts

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I went to a concert this year to see a band I liked. I had not been to a concert in a long time because I got sick from going to an outdoors concert a few years ago because it was so hot outside. Now that I have been diagnosed with acid reflux, I was anxious about going to another concert because I was afraid of getting sick again.

But, I had a fun time at the concert without getting sick and I wanted to share some tips on how to manage concerts when you have anxiety like I do!

Bring a Friend

This is the most important rule for me! Going with someone made the concert really fun and helped me stay calm! I asked a friend to go who I am really close with and helps me with anxiety and panic attacks. Having them there helped me feel calmer and allowed me to enjoy the night with a close friend!

It does not matter if they know the band or not. My friend did not know anything about the band I saw and we still both had a good time!

Protect Your Ears

I brought headphones that were sound proof and had foam ear muffs. The foam helped my hearing because it made the noises at the concert at a perfect level so it did not hurt my ears. Make sure to bring ear plugs or headphones to protect your ears.

I would also note that you should take time to adjust to the bass. The bass at concert can feel uncomfortable at first because it thumps against your chest. But, you get used to the feeling especially when you’re surrounded by good company!

Don’t Get Too Close

It can be tempting to want to stand in the front, but you can get squished. It can also feel like it’s hard to breathe and the crowd tends to squish together really tight so you can feel like you are trapped.

This time I stayed in the back! This allowed me space to move around and to not be crowded. There were TV screens in the back so I could clearly see what was going on in the concert and I still had a good view anyways even though I was far away.

Wear Proper Clothes and Drink Water

When planning to go to a concert, make sure you wear clothes for the right weather! When I went to the concert, it was still cooler out so I had jacket on to stay warm, but I could also take it off if I got too warm since concerts can get hot.

Water is also important to drink so that you stay hydrated and cool while you are standing and listening to a concert for hours.

Hope these tips help you and leave any other tips you have about going to concerts in the comments!

 

 

Stop Motion Show: Rilakkuma and Kaoru

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Rilakkuma and Kaoru is the last stop motion entertainment I have watched that inspired me to start the series. The show is about Kaoru living in an apartment with Rilakkuma and his friends.

Setting

The show takes place in Japan mainly at Kaoru’s apartment or his job. The show highlights the beauty of Japan especially with a scene that had beautiful cherry blossom trees. It also shows Japanese culture such as festivals and food.

Characters

Kaoru is in her 30s working at a job that under pays her and lives with Rilakkuma, Kolirakkuma, and Kiiroitori. She is kind but struggling to find what she wants to do in life.

Rilakkuma is lazy and prefers to sleep. He also loves to eat. Kolirakkuma also loves to eat and loves to play. Kiiroitori is a bird that enjoys cleaning and is the most active out of Rilakkuma’s friends.

Episode Format

I genuinely enjoy how the episodes are set up. I watched it with English subtitles. It would start off with a Japanese title that I could not read and the whole episode would focus on the theme of that title with the title reappearing with English subtitles at the end of the show.

An example would be an episode revolving around jobs. The episode showed the title in Japanese and then the episode showing Rilakkuma and his friends trying to find a job to help Kaoru. “It’s enough to do what you can in return” was the title of the show that was not revealed until the end of the episode.

Favorite Episodes

  • “Cherry Blossom” for the gorgeous cherry blossom scenes
  • “Fireworks” which highlights that it’s okay to have periods of indecisiveness.
  • “Getting a Job” which shows the animals trying to help Kaoru out
  • “Hawaii” which was a cute episode where Kaoru wants to go to Hawaii so her Rilakkuma and his friends recreate Hawaii and become famous from her filming them
  • “Moving out” where the animals must move out and it has an adorable picture book scene

A Beary Good Show

I loved this series! The show is adorable with adorable short intros like Kolirakkuma playing with a toy. The show is also perfect for adults and kids! Kids will love the cute animals where adults will appreciate Kaoru’s struggles being an adult and wanting to have a good job and find someone to be with.

The animation is beautiful! Rilakkuma, Kolirakkuma, and Kiiroitori  look like real stuffed animals. Their fur appears to be soft and built like a stuffed animal’s fake fur. Some scenes were beautifully animated like the cherry blossom scene when the leaves started to fall.

The show was also funny with scenes that made me laugh like when Kiiroitori fought against mushrooms that were growing in the apartment.
Overall, I  highly recommend this series because it can be enjoyed no matter what age you are and it puts a smile on your face whenever you watch it!

Have you watched Kolirakkuma and Kaoru? What do you think of the show/

Double Jump’s Favorite Game Boy Color Games

Happy Friday everyone! Being the 30th anniversary of the Game Boy, this week I dug into my bucket of handheld games from ages ago to find my modest collection of Game Boy Color games. Here are some of my favorites! Disney’s Tarzan When my parents — rather, =the Easter Bunny — surprised me with a […]

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Kris from Double Jump discusses her favorite Game Boy Color games! My favorite games were Robopon: Sun Version and Tom and Jerry: Mouse Hunt. Check out the article here and let her know what your favorite Game Boy Color games are!

Stop Motion Films: The Nightmare Before Christmas

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I watched this on ABC Family before it became Freeform a few years ago and I loved the film and bought the Blu Ray for it! It is my second favorite stop motion film after Corpse Bride.

Plot

Jack Skellington, The Pumpkin King, is tired of doing the same job every year. He accidentally stumbles upon Christmas Town and after that he wants to take over Christmas for a year!

Setting

The setting is a mix of horror and Christmas. Halloween Town is dark and has creepy characters like Oogie Boogie Man. Christmas Town has bright colors with adorable characters such as elves with rosy cheeks.

Favorite Character

Sally. I love how creative she is and how she refuses to be locked in a tower with Doctor Finklestein. She is in love with Jack and genuinely tries to help him stop making foolish decisions.

Music

I also love the music in this film! My favorite song is “This is Halloween” because it is a fun introduction to the film. I also love the singing and the orchestral tracks.

Favorite Parts

  •  Intro
  • Seeing Christmas Town for the first time
  • “Poor Jack”
  • “Oogie Boogie’s Song”

“I Am Jack, The Pumpkin King!”

I love this film! I love how the characters are designed and how much detail was put into the settings in the film. I love watching this film on Halloween, but I also think it is appropriate for Christmas!

What do you think of this film? Do you watch this film on Halloween or Christmas, or both days?

Upon Completion’s Backlog Attack

With April just finishing, I’ve just completed my fourth game in Khinjarsi and mine’s backlog challenge. Read on, to see how I got on!

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Thero159 wrote for Until Completion about working through their backlog. They managed to finish Her Story. This post reminded me about trying to finish my own backlog. I am currently attempting to finish all of the Xenoblade Chronicles games I have.

I do love these games, but they are long open world games which is why I get distracted. I love the stories and the world building. Xenoblade Chronicles 3D and Xenoblade Chronicles 2 both take place on living beings with Xenoblade Chronicles 3D taking place on organic robots and Xenoblade Chronicles 2 taking place on Titans. Xenoblade Chronicles X is set on an alien planet which is also a really intriguing setting.

I have not been too successful because I get distracted by other games. I recently got distracted by Tales of Berseria and Oblivion which are both on the PC. It will take some time to get through the Xenoblade Chronicles games, but I am excited to finish them! Check out Thero159’s post on Until Completion here!