I had been looking for short indie games to play to keep me relaxed when so many stressful things are going on. I found Happy Birthday on Steam Workshop while I was at it. Unfortunately, I couldn't understand how to download this gem from Steam (it says "Subscribe to Download" but it did not download when I subscribed) so I ended up going to its RPGMaker.net page and downloaded it from there. It's FREE and is only about an hour long.
"Happy Birthday" first struck me as a point-and-click murder mystery game but since you're actually controlling a 2D sprite and not pointing and clicking with your mouse, it's considered a visual novel. The premise of the story is that you are an investigator who's out to unravel the events behind the brutal murder of a young girl on the night of her birthday party.
I had a really good internal medicine doctor. The last time I visited him was 2 years ago. He was very effective but the list of medicines I had to take probably made Mercury Drug rich. I was also feeling very worried about my liver.
I hadn't experienced digestive problems (ulcer, among many things) after I resigned from my post as a video game producer and graduated from PhD, two of the things that had been causing me so much stress. After my healing, I started eating right and I have been known to regularly walk all over Makati.
My activities in the last month had been causing me stress again, and most of it is related to me building an office. I couldn't figure out why I had already been eating healthy and yet I've been having acid problems. This time around, I decided to try the "natural" way. Acupuncture, basically mine involved having super thin needles work on my body's acupoints.
It's ironic that I use RPGMaker (RM) as one of my tools in making games but Tides of Fate is probably the only RM RPG I was able to finish. I've played a lot of RM demos because I truly wanted to support RM users, but many titles (except for brilliant non-RPGs like To The Moon, Ninja Clause and Touhou - Wondering Souls) leave much to be desired. Tides of Fate, despite looking very indie, has a story and soundtrack that enable it to rise above so many generic looking RM games. Let's enumerate why I like this game, shall we?
Another long overdue review. Hehe. But I don't really feel so bad since Ubisoft's Child of Light has become so popular for being breathtakingly beautiful. And I mean it in every sense of the word: Child of Light is beauty beyond compare. It's not even just about aesthetics anymore. The story, simple though it may be, and gameplay are just as lovely.
Anyway, just to give you an idea of what this game looks like:
This blog post is WAAAAAAY OVERDUE. In fact, the game Streetfood Tycoon, which was developed by Filipino company Kuyi Mobile, had already won in 2012's Philippine Game Development Festival. It had also become pretty popular in...well, other countries.
Of course Philippine game developers know of it but it wasn't until the boyfriend and I started playing it that we realized how addictive it was.
Dr. B.M.V. Lapa is crazy cat lady, a behavioral scientist, an indie game producer and has been a web author since 1997. Her vocation is teaching, so she is an associate professorial lecturer at De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde and a Higher Education Professional at Asia Pacific College.
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