By Yasuhisa Hara
By Yasuhisa Hara
+ Has a solid gameplay loop and a steady difficulty ramp
+ Simple enough that players can easily learn the mechanics
+ “Blood moons” every 5 in-game days keeps the tension high
+ Amazing soundtrack that WILL make you nostalgic
+ Beautiful pixel graphics
- Deer are annoying and unpredictable
- Dumb villager AI was something players initially had to work around
- Late game becomes monotonous
+ Introduces new and exciting mounts for the monarch
+ The boat and the dock make the game world feel more developed
+ Added the banker, allowing players to store their coins and earn interest
+ Added hermits that can be unlocked to construct special buildings
- Takes ages for workers to move the boat all the way to the dock
- All islands look remarkably similar in terms of aesthetics
- Each island eventually faces an endless, boring winter
- The bigger islands involve long stretches of running left and right
- New features aren’t very intuitive and can lead to confusion
+ Added 2 player co-op
+ Winter ends eventually and the current season carries over to each island
+ Players can now set sail soon after finishing the boat
+ The introduction of boars and berry bushes makes winter less boring
+ Crown stealers are introduced in late game, spicing up the gameplay
+ The cave portal serves as a final boss challenge for each island
+ Going inside the cave portal to blow it up from within is awesome
+ Includes a whole new soundtrack
+ Multiple campaigns and challenge islands for even more variety
- Accidentally picking up gems when you don’t have room is annoying
- There is no way to see how many gems you have in storage
- No option to switch the music to that of New Lands/Classic
- Some features still require further explanation or reference to a guide
IMO Two Crowns is the best since it polished up the features of New Lands, and to me it felt much more like a fully fledged game instead of something experimental. But I would still pick Classic over New Lands tbh because I’d much rather secure one island than run away without a win condition in sight.
I love me some Jonathan Tucker! 💜
He hinted her with her blood repelling, stained over her angelic dress, stabbed in the heart and drown in her peace..
He couldn’t move, sat on the ground with his body stilled and his sword left abandoned, gazed around while his tears suffered to bear witness. His mournful stifled voice began to appear…He saw it coming, he saw why everything happened, but most importantly he saw how it did..
The sun was watching from away, he finally woke up to his mind, so he held her hand, kissed her goodbye, whispering “It won’t be over, my love.” while shutting her eyes. And gripped his sword.
the monsters are back
Wrapping up my rewatch of Kingdom on Netflix and the finale is just as bad as I remembered.
This mans Alvey is really deluding himself into believing Nate knew his father loved him. Did he? Because I’m pretty sure y'all’s fucked up relationship was the reason why Nate had issues with YOU and himself. Alvey killed Nate. Point blank period.
And I’m realizing during this second watch that…..there really aren’t any likable characters on this show. That’s not necessarily a criticism though.
On the sixth day at sea the ship came in sight of a group of islands. The air had grown very cold here, and the sky was overcast. Great cliffs rose out over the ocean as it tried to break away at them, and groves of trees filled the islands and made them dark.
Ardri could see strange figures there, peering out at them as the ship slowly sailed past. Bird like with great wings of scale and skin protruding from their bodies, they stared out from the shadows with four pairs of jacinthe eyes as their long tails twitched behind them. In their claws were clutched long rods of what might have been carved jade, like staffs or scepters.
The Stone Crow was perched upon the ship’s rail nearby, so Ardri turned to him and questioned after the strange folk of the Island.
“Cawrk,” said the Crow. “They are the Occalim, a people who once lived where now the Empire of the Seven Blossoms lies. Once the whole of the Sea with Black Waves belonged to them and much of the land around it, but they were forced from their homes by conquerors and cruel bargains. At first it was only small portions of their great kingdom that was bargained away, and though uneasy they willingly parted with such territory. But with time that little bit of forest and sea became larger. Theft and manipulation, and sometimes outright violence pushed at them while their enemies claimed ignorance. Soon they held only half of what was once their sacred lands, then it was less than that.”
Ardri stared at the islands as they fell away into the distant mist covered horizon above the waves. “Why didn’t they fight back?”
“They did. Many times. Yet they were never warriors. The Occalim were a folk of scholars, healers, and artists. Though they had warriors among them, they were not a people of war. Bit by bit they found themselves closed into smaller boundaries, what little they had being stripped away. Finally they could bear it no more and fled far from the Sea of Black Waves, but not before the final curse.”
“What curse?” asked Ardri, intrigued by the story and heart heavy for the fate of the Occalim.
The Stone Crow looked at him with its carved eyes. “They transformed the Emperor into a terrible monster who fell into the black waters of the sea. He was ravenous and dangerous and all fled whenever his form came near to the shore. Since their leader was gone and those who had changed him had fled, the Empire was forced to find a new ruler, and this one they were determined to protect, even at the expense of his freedom.”
At last the islands faded out of sight and only the wind tossed waters of the Flowered Ocean could be seen.
How you are like a mischievous mermaid
Yet beautiful like one beneath the sea,
Don’t you dare go away, my dear, and fade
Before we can make our own melody.
You may be from such a faraway dream,
Hidden so well in Neptune’s grand kingdom,
But may the fair huntress’ guiding moonbeam
Unite us once more in the time to come.
You may hold our memories in bubbles,
But I can’t after all those damn troubles.
It’s kind of difficult to have a blog for Kingdom and Hongdae dance busking when no one ever talks about Kingdom or Hongdae dance busking
a kingdom for your love