Pinata Hunter 3 Review

Hi guys, you might recall a while back I reviewed an indie game called Galaxy Seige 2. Today I’m reviewing another game made by the same guy: it’s called Pinata Hunter 3.

Pinata Hunter 3

Console: Browser but you can also play on Android
What kind of game is this? A casual game that involves hitting a Pinata for candy and seeing the most effective way of getting more candy
Would you recommend? Yeah if you need something to do on the bus or something it’s a pretty fun distraction

So, you have a Pinata, a bat to hit it with and a bag to collect the candy around in. You can control the location of the bag and the swing of the bat but the candy goes in random directions.

You can upgrade you bag so that it’s wider and you have a bigger catchment area.

Pinata Hunter 3 Shop

The shop screen

Each bag holds a different amount of candy and once your bag is full – go spend at the shop! Get a bigger bag, increase the worth of the candy, get a different weapon to more effectively hit the pinata.

You may notice there is a “pain meter”. I was a little worried at the start that the goal would be to cause pain to the pinata, but the pain meter is your own pain from swinging the bat. If you reach max pain your hand spasms and you can’t hit it for a while. Gloves prevent pain and mean you can swing for longer.

Also, something I liked a lot was that you can break the pinata (obviously) but you get a new one – mine changed to a panda eventually :)

Pinata Hunter 3 Trophies

And you get trophies for things like breaking the pinata, getting a lot of candy, making a lot of hits in a row. It’s cool.

If you have the time – give it a try, and check out Saar’s other games too.

My experiences with Game Transfer Phenomena

Hi guys, instead of a game review this week, I’m going to talk about one of my favourite PhD studies: Game Transfer Phenomena because I experience it and I think it’s really interesting.

Game Transfer Phenomena is a concept coined by Dr. Angelica B. Ortiz de Gortari. It relates to how gaming can effect your actions in the real world. She blogs about it and it includes some comics of situations where Game Transfer Phenomena may occur. You can read all the comics here and they’re pretty good at helping explain in a simple way what Game Transfer Phenomena is.

Game Transfer Phenomena

The comic above shows a “phenomena” that I have experienced several times in the past. It only happens when I play Advance Wars which is a grid based game. After playing for a long time, my brain is tricked into thinking that real life has “turns” and I wait for other people to take their “turn” before I take mine.

Before you ask – it doesn’t last very long, only a temporary lapse of judgement. It’s not like the media love to protray this kind of thing: “gamers can’t tell the difference between a game and real life!!!” It is nothing like that. If you read into the research about it, it’s summarised as:

  • Acting out a game motion in real life (like trying to press X to open a door)
  • Thinking about applying game logic as real world logic (like wanting to pick up bottle caps because they’re currency)
  • Hallucinating game symbols (Like seeing a crosshair in your field of vision)
  • And yes, these might seem like weird nonsense actions, but the other things reported are:

  • They last for a short period of time (usually a few seconds)
  • After occurrence it’s usually followed by “why would I think/do that?!”
  • No confusion as to what is real and what is related to a game, just temporary lapse of judgement
  • In fact, I bet that you have probably experienced some Game Transfer Phenomena yourself. Here is a very simple (and very common) one: getting a song stuck in your head. Even if you haven’t played Tetris in 20 years, no doubt you can remember this song and it will persist to remain “in your head” for a while.

    Some other Game Transfer Phenomena that I’ve experienced:

  • Thinking in “turns” (Advance Wars)
  • Seeing blocks when I close my eyes (Super Mario)
  • Feeling jumpy when I hear crackling like a radio (Silent Hill)
  • An urge to move my hand in a certain way when I hear “battle with the Four Fiends” (Theatrhythm Final Fantasy)
  • Looking at the sky to see if the moon was full because I needed a pictograph of it (Wind Waker)
  • And I’ve seen people on twitter say thing like this!

    (Credit to Steve at SEONo – no you’re not going mental)

    So, there you go, games make us do weird things sometimes and there is a study to show why. Have you ever experienced Game Transfer Phenomena? Care to tell me about it?

    Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call Review

    Right, so a little while back I said Theatrhythm Final Fantasy is a game you MUST play if you have a 3DS. I stand by my stance for Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call as it is an equally great game.

    Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call Cover

    Console: 3DS
    Is it worth buying if you have the first one? Did you enjoy the first one? Then yes.
    Is it worth buying if you have not played the first one? Do you have a 3DS? Do you like rhythm games? Yes, it is, you need no knowledge of the original game or even the Final Fantasy series to like this game.

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    Final Fantasy: The Legend of the Crystals Review

    OK so here we have another film review. A few weeks ago I watched Final Fantasy: Legend of the Crystals because I might as well. It seemed like a cheesy 90s cartoon and I could waste 1.5Hours doing this.

    Final Fantasy Legend of the Crystals

    Dear Lord. It was really…not what I expected.

    Let me tell you about why…

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    I just remembered that Silent Hill has a movie

    OK so I just remembered that Silent Hill has a movie and I have in fact seen it.

    Silent Hill movie poster

    I guess this post is me trying to remember it.

    Read more

    5 Cool mums in video games

    What the heck, it’s Mother’s Day so let’s talk about cool mums in video games. They do exist! Feel free to comment and add your own suggestions!


    Final Fantasy Job Class Wallpaper Fanarts

    Hi dudes, just made a few drawings recently of some of my (and Jo’s) characters dressed in Final Fantasy job class outfits.

    I’ve drawn The Warriors of Light before but this time they’ll look a little different.

    Red Mage and White Mage

    Distant Worlds

    Based on various Red Mage Designs and the most ‘traditional’ White Mage design we have Aaeoside (bird man) and Nathaniel (white mage who can’t cure). They don’t really get on.

    Black Mage and Warrior

    Distant Worlds2

    Based on the most traditional Black Mage design (asides from the glowing eyes) and Warrior of Light’s Theatrhythm design we have Farthingdale and Albina. They’re acquainted.

    Thief and Monk

    Distant Worlds3

    Based on general “thief” designs – particularly the remake of FFI and FFIII‘s Monk design we have Augustine (with that swag bag that always appears in Japanese culture) and Denzel (getting drunk). They don’t actually know each other.

    Some Gaming Memorabilia I have bought

    This is a bit of a random one. I’ve previously talked about Artbooks that you need in your life so thought today I’d just talk about some game collectibles I own/have boguht for someone else because that kind of thing needs reviewing.

    A shout out to Fangamer as they are the ones who stock a lot of cool things. Their customer service is ace and they send you cool treats in with your swag (last time someone sent me a cool picture of Strago from FFVI!! I was well chuffed!)

    Read on if you actually care what I own.


    Battle on the Big Bridge’s Score looks like a Big Bridge

    Quickie since I missed Saturday’s update.

    I found this:

    Battle on the Big Bridge Score

    I think it’s the score to Final Fantasy V’s Battle on the Big Bridge:

    All I can tell is it says “Final Fantasy V” and… it kind of looks like a big bridge. I don’t have a source I’m afraid :(

    Bay Bridge a.m.

    That’s all. Here’s a picture of Gilgamesh:

    Gilgamesh FFV Excalipoor this is far from the strongest of Swords

    And another because why not:

    Gilgamesh morphin time

    photo by:

    Video Game Valentines 2015

    I drew my girlfriend some pictures for Valentine’s Day that were Video Game related so thought I’d put them here.


    I posted this one over at My Shadow Hearts Blog. The joke is, they are Valentine Family. L-R: Hilda, Joachim & Keith.


    This is Lance from Pokémon Yellow.


    This is Lucian from Pokémon Diamond/Pearl/Platinum. He has a Bronzong who uses Calm Mind.


    Edgeworth from Ace Attorney


    Happy Valentine’s Day!