'Mega Mall Story': A Satisfying Game About Shopping Sprees

'Mega Mall Story' Is A Simple And Satisfying Game About People On Shopping Sprees

A basic, cute and simple game about people going on shopping sprees. Once you've seen a shopping center, you've seen a mall.

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"Mega Mall Story" was initially released on August 9th, 2011 for iOS, developed by Kairosoft games. Coming from someone who has played the phone version, I can say I was happy to see the game was also being made for the Nintendo Switch. The Kairosoft games usually follow a pattern with all their games. You own either your own village, town or business, and your main goal is to earn money and expand your place to be one of the best. By the end of every month, you will be judged against other places to see who the best is. "Mega Mall Story" is no exception to this rule. How does it stand compared to Kariosoft's other games though?

I could already see "Mega Mall Story's" improvements on the Nintendo Switch. On the iOS version of the game, I would find myself going through lag way more often than I should be, especially when playing on an Android device. Sorry, Google. On the Switch, everything just seems so much smoother. Even the customers who are just cute little pixelated people look so clean. Seeing this game up on a TV instead of a small phone or tablet is one of its biggest qualities. The controls are simple and easy to use. If you want to play the traditional way "Mega Mall Story" was played the game also allows touchscreen support.

"Mega Mall Story's" only goal is what it seems: have one of the best malls around and try to reach a five-star rating. There are various techniques and methods to reach this long-term goal. One concept I loved in this game was having regulars. To earn a regular in your mall, you need to satisfy your customers' needs such as building their favorite store and keeping it under high maintenance. Regulars are a great way to earn money because they will come to your mall and spend a greater sum of money, more often than all of the other customers. Regulars also play a key role in gaining hearts. Hearts are used for upgrading stores and researching new ones to place into your store.

Another element in the game is popularity. Once your popularity meter reaches 100, you activate fever mode, which sends a huge wave of customers buying anything they can get their hands on. It's an excellent way to receive money and hearts. Combos which can be purchased with hearts are strategic plans that help you build perfect sections in your mall. For example, a kids combo would look something like a candy store built next to a toy dispenser and a toy store. In order for the game to have a more realistic feel to it, a weather and economy feature was included.

On dark and rainy days, customers are more reluctant to come into your store, and if the economy isn't doing so great you will barely make any money at all that day. Both of these play a huge factor, especially when you have to pay the maintenance cost of the whole mall. If you don't have enough money to pay that you get put into debt, which leads to shutting the mall down permanently, resulting in a game over.

"Mega Mall Story" is just what it seems like. A sweet cute simulator game that can serve as a stress reliever. It's satisfying seeing all the money your mall is earning. Once you become a five-star mall and unlock every store, replayability drops significantly and there's really no reason to keep coming back to the game, but until then it was a lot of fun while it lasted. For $12 on the Nintendo eShop, this game is worth it. This game left me with anticipation for all the other games Kairosoft can potentially transfer over. I'll be keeping my fingers crossed for "Dungeon Village" and "Dream House Days."

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My Definitive Ranking Of Animal Crossing Games

I know what you're thinking, and no, they're all not the same game.
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The Animal Crossing franchise has been around since 2002 and has four main games in its collection: Animal Crossing (Gamecube), Animal Crossing: Wild Word (Nintendo DS), Animal Crossing: City Folk (Wii) and Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Nintendo 3DS). Each game expands and improves upon the last one, while keeping the same simple game plot in mind -- you move into a new town and must take care of it and its villagers.

That being said, not every game is perfect. Here is my definitive ranking of Animal Crossing games, from best to worst.


1. Animal Crossing: Wild World (Nintendo DS)

In my personal opinion, this is the best Animal Crossing game of the bunch. They added lots of little features, while keeping the point of the game simple. In this game you could create your own constellations, open a coffee shop in your museum and even plant money trees -- all perks the Gamecube game did not have. Also, this game was the first in the franchise to allow for online play. You could now visit other people's towns, to explore and play together. I also think the unique design of the Nintendo DS helped make this game great. You could write letters or create patterns with the stylus on the touch screen, you see both screens simultaneously while playing, which allowed for easier game play then the Gamecube version. This game, to me, really defined Animal Crossing.

2. Animal Crossing (Gamecube)

It's hard to beat the original. This is Animal Crossing, in its most basic, true form. You have a mortgage to pay, a town to take care of and villagers to attend to. There are certain features in this game that I loved and wished they wouldn't have dropped when moving forward in the franchise. One of my personal favorites is the statue Tom Nook would construct if you paid off your mortgage in full - it was gold, shiny, right in front of the train station and absolutely ridiculous. Another feature, while not exactly honest gameplay, was another great one - the cheat codes you could find online. If you told Tom Nook a certain combination of letters and numbers, he would give you all sorts of goodies -- 30,000 bells, rare items, furniture. It was a nice little perk to have.

3. Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Nintendo 3DS)

This game is arguably the one with the most changes and new features. This game took the usual Animal Crossing plot line and flipped it on its head: Tortimer, the mayor of your town, has decided to retire and named you his replacement. As mayor, you have so much you can do to your town: create new town projects, set new town ordinances, kick villagers out. Plus, a new island is introduced. You take a boat to it and have a direct line to rare fish, bugs and fruit. On top of all that, Nintendo just introduced a new update recently utilizing their amiibos in gameplay. All in all, this game is a lot of fun because it gives you so much to do. It can get overwhelming at times since there is so much you want to accomplish as mayor, but it's most always an enjoyable experience.

4. Animal Crossing: City Folk (Wii)

This game, to me, is the one I enjoyed the least. The game is pretty straight forward, like all other Animal Crossing games, but this particular one hyped up a city where you can shop from special stores or see shows. To be quite honest, the city never really impressed me. It was cool, but nothing that deserved all the hype it got. I also thought the controls for this game were a bit awkward -- you used both a Wii remote and a nunchuck, holding one in each hand. The nunchuck would control your movements and you would interact with tools, buildings or villagers with the Wii remote. It was something I could never get used to. This game wasn't bad, it just didn't live up to the other games in this family for me personally.

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8 Tips To Stay Alive Longer In 'PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds'

It takes some skill, but there are definitely some tricks that you can use to get through to the end.

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"PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds" (PUBG) is a key shooter that gives players a chance to go face-to-face for survival under conflict royale rules. Since it arrived on PC's in 2017, PUBG has gained a massive following and has expanded its versatility to other consoles. Governing as the last man or lady standing and getting that "Winner Winner Chicken Dinner" is what everyone wants, but so few get.

Would you like to enjoy the sweet taste of that chicken supper presented with a side of crazy murders and boasting rights? Following below tips from the total masters will fill in the alcoves and corners in your now flawed run.

1. Always use headphone to track the footsteps of other players.

Your playing will improve tremendously if you use headphones. They help to track the footsteps of enemies that show on the minimap and also let you know where the enemy is easier than if you just play with speakers on your TV or computer.

2. Customize your game settings, especially in mobile.

With PUBG mobile players can change their control plot in pretty much any manner they like. You can move the controls to anywhere you want so your dexterity is at its best when you're playing. Also, try out the gyro or clutch method to improve your kill rating. Thank me later.

3. Choose your landing area wisely.

Contacting the ground on the correct spot is significant as everything necessary is a projectile attempting to thump you down. Picking the correct area could be one of your most important decisions as the high plunder places are likewise the high-hazard zones. There are a few hot zones on each PUBG map, so make sure you're familiar with the one you're playing.

4. Use grenades and cocktails when you can.

There are a few settings in PUBG that incorporate Frag Grenades, Molotov Cocktails, Smoke Grenades, and Stun Grenades. These prove extremely valuable in order to occupy, cover or murder foes amid the imperial interactivity. Hence, it's probably best to keep a couple with you at all times, just in case.

5. Use vehicles for long runs.

Not in The Zone? Rather than gasping your way there, using vehicles will make your life so much easier. You can without much of a stretch detect a vehicle or bicycle on the roadside. However, before you approach the vehicle, examine the close-by territory to seek out an adversary who may be camping in the region.

6. Choose the right pair of guns and scopes for your needs.

Not every scope is made for every gun. For example, holographic sight on a rifle is definitely not something you probably need to survive. When you get scopes, they are connected to particular firearms. Physically swap them around to make sure you have the best combination.

7. Always engage with your teammates if you are playing duo or squad.

This enables you to strategize and work with your partner amid teams and squad modes. The amusement accompanies local voice talk which gives you a chance to speak with your colleague and chase as a group. The amusement will utilize your mobile speaker and receiver. For best execution, headphones with a microphone are definitely best (if you aren't using them already).

8. Start shooting when you mean to.

It's very regular for players to get energized at whatever point they see somebody. In any case, it's important to practice restriction and not simply begin shooting without knowing what you're shooting at. In the event that you see another player and they don't see you, try to improve your position if you can and guarantee that they're inside the scope of your weapon. That way, you'll have the option to complete the slaughter instead of getting in a superfluous shootout where you risk your life as well.

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