Minecraft Series #6 – STARBUCKS & SUBWAY!

Minecraft Series #6 – STARBUCKS & SUBWAY!

I’ve been itching to do another Minecraft post for a while. We are having some small financial worries at the moment so haven’t renewed this months sub just yet, so I’ve once again become totally addicted to Minecraft.

Before I had the baby, I was building a comeplete world from scratch… and I’ve blogged a tiny bit about it, but I thought I’d start this up again as I’m adding to it daily. I’m by no means a professional and my little world leaves a lot to be desired, but I thought you might enjoy seeing it.

So here are the previous posts for the Entertainment Complex:

Minecraft Series #1 – Ice cream (I love this one!)

Minecraft Series #2 – Cinema

Minecraft Series #4 – McDonalds

I’m currently focusing on my entertainment complex, which has the ice cream parlour, cinema, McDonalds and football stadium in. The road infrastructure doesn’t work very well, so I’ve also been spending lots of time on that. I hate building roads.

Here is Starbucks:

And Subway:

And an overall view of the complex. Not yet finished, but looking much more complete with better pedestrian footpaths and road systems/car parks.

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I still want to add a pub next to the railway station, the Railway Arms maybe?

Suggestions needed! I also want to finish the Stadium which Mr B started, as he did the shell and failed to finish the interior. It’s huge though!!!

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Minecraft Series #5 – CAR SHOWROOM!

I have been playing a lot of Minecraft lately, for two main reasons: firstly, it’s free which means I don’t feel obligated to get my money’s worth each month and secondly, I can pop on and off if I have ten minutes when the baby naps.

What I’m going to show you today is a Car Showroom. This is the last thing Mr B and I built together before we decided we couldn’t be friends and work on a project together haha! I love building cars in Minecraft, no idea why. This was a quick and fun build.

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Front view

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Inside ground floor

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Upstairs staff canteen and offices

Anyway, just a quickie post. I’m working on Ikea at the moment and I have about a million blocks to fill in on the roof >.<

Airport – not just for anoraks!

I love this game! It’s a tablet / phone game and so addictive! If you’d like to download it, search for “Airport Terminal” – it’s by a company called Meriden. Not to be confused with many other games of a similar name.

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Image from toucharcade.com

The basics

You’re a people manager. Your job is to get everyone through the various parts of the airport without passengers getting angry. You have lots of different types of passenger (old people = angry, celebrities = need to be served quickly, students = chilled etc) who have specific requirements (check in 1st class > caf’é > restroom > gift shop etc).

There are two parts to each level: firstly, check in. Once everyone is through, you go to security. Each different part of the airport has a problem to solve, a mini game. You must complete the mini game in order for the passenger to progress through the airport. They’re not hard, but managing it becomes your headache. Of course, you need to get everyone through before take-off!

Each level grants you cash which you can use to speed up the process, complete the mini game automatically or increase happiness rates.

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Pros

  • Free off the app store
  • No need for social network links to progress
  • Challenging to a degree (you need to be good at organising) but not difficult
  • Cute little graphics
  • Various levels of progression and challenge – beating times, mini games, bonus levels etc
  • Easy to understand
  • No gating of any kind – you can keep trying the levels til you progress. YAY.

Cons

  • Addictive
  • Uses a lot of battery

It’s a really good little game and I’d recommend to anyone who enjoys the fulfilling orders type of game. Let us know what you think if you download it!

Another (small) Addiction

2048.

Who would have thought one little number would cause so much frustration???

It’s been a while since we did a tablet game review so, here it is!

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We were chatting about this on twitter a couple of weeks ago so I thought I’d write up a short post about the game. Here are the pros and cons:

Pros

  • Free from the app store
  • No facebook or real money needed for progression
  • Improves skills – it’s a strategy game
  • Super simple to use, even older kids could play it

Cons

  • Extremely addictive!!

This little game is all about matching pairs of numbers by swiping up or down, which eventually add up to 2048. For example: match two 2’s, which makes 4. Match two 4’s which make 8. Match two 8’s which make 16 etc. The catch is, every time you move a number, a new one is created so you need to keep matching. If all the squares in the grind fill up, you loose.

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My highest score is about 7000 points, which equates to making the number 1,024. I haven’t yet completed the game.

Minecraft Series #4 – MCDONALD’S!

Here is the next building to show off our Entertainment Complex, Maccy D’s!

I shamelessly copied the design from one of my favourite Minecrafters, Keralis. Here are some of our pics, and the video is below.

2014-06-28_18.09.26The inside:

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The serving/prep area:

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The little drive-thru area:

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It’s a great little build, but be warned, he does whizz through the talk through – get the pause buttons ready!

I changed the inside slightly, and made lots of changes to the car park so it fit in with our world, but I think it’s a lot of fun.

Wildstar Follow-Up

Apologies for the silence, we’ve been busy this week!

As promised, a write up for our Wildstar experience. We honestly don’t have a huge amount extra to say – if you’d like to read our other post, click here.

wildstar1After our initial play through, Mr B wasn’t interested at all in exploring the game further. Unfortunately… “more of the same, it’s boring” was about the description uttered.

I stuck with it however, and did another level but I can’t say my initial thoughts changed much.

Questing: The questing is like normal questing – grindy, silly (collecting leeks, really?) and running about everywhere. What I did like, however, was picking up random bonus quests – I assume this has something to do with the specialisation you pick at the start – and I had a nice little exploration quest up a tree. A good idea, very much like the random bonus events in Diablo.

Levelling: Certainly more challenging and time consuming than the other MMO’s that I’ve played! The use of the mini-map, as I said before, is clever, but some quests don’t feel too linear which is confusing.

Looks: Very pretty, graphics are brilliant. Scenery is very nice and the default UI is fine. Unfortunately, neither of our computers (mine is only a year old!) can run it, so even with graphics low – which looks terrible by the way – there’s too much lag to play effectively. I like that you don’t have loads of abilities at once (I’m looking at YOU Warcraft!) but I hate using F to interact.

Variety: There’s lots of interesting characters to choose from and they’re all quite unique. I didn’t get chance to play them, but I did flick through. You get to have a lot of input into your character too, which is nice.

The Future: As I said last time, this game feels too much like a laggy, unpolished WoW to me so there’s no way I would subscribe. However, if it ever lost this sub-based model, I would be the first to buy the game. I could see myself pottering around it in a few spare moments, but not enough to make a sub financially viable.

All this being said, I didn’t get far in levels and I know many people that love the game. The guest pass is a fab way of finding out whether its for you!