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ArdillaVerde93's Game Reviews: #1: My Little Pony

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This is my first game review on this site, but it's actually taken from my blog on Canterlot.com, though not entirely. Here are the specifics.
 
Game: My Little Pony.
Platform: Android.
Price: Free.
 
  *SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!!!!! THIS IS NOT A TEST!! AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE WILL FOLLOW!! XD*
 
  First, the game takes up WAY more space than it says on the app store! When you first start up the game, you'll be notified that over 90 MB of extra data must be downloaded! That wasn't a big problem for me, but, if you have a lot of stuff on your tablet, you may have to delete some stuff, or transfer stuff to an SD card(the Kindle Fire doesn't have that capability, but the game is available for other tablets, too.).
 
  With the download out of the way, the game hopefully takes you to a loading screen(the first time I downloaded it, it kept crashing, so I had to delete it, then redownload it.). After loading, you will get to see the "once upon a time" intro(I forgot what episode they used that for.). After another loading screen, Twilight Sparkle descends into Ponyville via a hot air balloon. You'll be seeing this balloon quite a bit. After a tutorial, which requires you to build a windmill, hire Twilight Sparkle to work there, collect Bits from the windmill, and "welcome(the game's way of saying "purchase.")" Bon Bon and Mrs. Cakes, you will be left to explore Ponyville at your leisure. However, there are many quests to be done.
 
  The game is reminiscent of FarmVille, but it has a storyline. Nightmare Moon is attempting to shroud Ponyville in eternal night, and you are tasked with gathering The Elements Of Harmony in order to stop her. This is accomplished by activating various "Element Stones," which are scattered around Ponyville. This requires Element Shards, which can be obtained in various ways, the easiest of which is by collecting from shops. Once you reach Level 15, however, you gain access to a separate storyline, which revolves around the Royal Wedding. This also allows you to go to Canterlot, where there are more shops to build, and more ponies to "welcome(there's that word again! Be patient; I'm going somewhere with this.)." In addition to that, the game now allows you to play a mini-game based on the movie Equestria Girls. The objective is simply to make your character of choice dance.
 
  I have yet to complete the game. In fact, due to the nature of the game, I doubt that is possible. However, these are some of the good things I've noticed about the game.
 
  There's a myriad of ponies that can be "welcomed." The list includes The Mane 6, The Cutie Mark Crusaders, Vinyl Scratch(referred to as "DJ Pon3" in-game.), The Great And Powerful Trixie("Trixie The Magnificent."), Photo Finish, almost the entire Apple family, Octavia Melody, and even Doctor Hooves! Derpy is in the game, but she can't be "welcomed." She hides in a cardboard box. If you find her, she reveals herself and gives you Bits, and, occasionally, even a Gem(more on this in a minute.)! Also, the music in the game, while quite loud, is pretty good! Plus, some important characters(The Mane 6, Mrs. Cakes, and others.) talk when you tap them. However, with good, there's also quite a bit of bad. You're about to see why I've been treating the word "welcome" like a swear word.
 
  There are 3 different types of currency in-game. Bits, Gems, and Hearts. Bits are the standard currency, and the easiest to obtain. You can earn them by collecting from shops, playing the Magic Wings mini-game(required to level up one of your ponies.), playing the Balloon Pop game(once a day, or anytime for 10 Gems, or 30 Hearts.), or as a gift from Princess Celestia when you level up. Gems are the premium currency, and are harder to obtain. As I said before, Derpy sometimes gives you one. You also get them sometimes as rewards for quests, alongside Bits and Experience Points(speaking of quests, they tend not to reward you NEARLY enough for what they require you to do!). At higher levels, you may also get one upon leveling up. Hearts are fairly easy to obtain, but you can only get them one way: sharing your progress on Facebook or GameLoft Live. Now, Bits and Gems can also be purchased, but the price isn't cheap. I actually did purchase Gems during a sale, at a price of $2 for 55 Gems. This normally would cost $5. Now, I'm fine with having to pay extra for things such as DLC, but not if it's REQUIRED TO BEAT THE GAME!! Rarity and Rainbow Dash both cost Gems to buy. Also, there's the matter of the Balloon Pop game I mentioned earlier.
 
  There are certain characters who can only be unlocked via that game, and only by paying Gems to do so. You are presented with a screen full of balloons, which you must pop. Once you've obtained something from 3 balloons(some of them are empty; these don't count towards your total.), the mini-game ends. Ponies only unlockable via Balloon Pop include Dr. Hooves, The Great And Powerful Trixie, Daring Do, and Photo Finish. Not to mention, you may not win the character you want, and you may not even win any character at all! Risky, but rewarding, especially since you can get Princess Celestia this way for only the 10 Gems it costs to play, whereas she would normally only be available at a cost ot OVER 900 GEMS!!!!
 
  In conclusion, if you like games like Oregon Trail: American Settler and FarmVille, this game will likely be worth your time! You don't necessarily even have to be a brony or a pegasister to enjoy it. However, getting the most out of it requires patience, time, luck, and some spare cash. I would rate this game a generous 7.7 out of 10. I enjoy games with variety, but not when they try to screw you out of your hard-earned money. 
 

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I might check this game out then. Thanks for the review!

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      Even with just the Anti-Virus scanner enabled; the system was unable to maintain good read/write speeds, constantly breaching 100% CPU usage, and holding up the upload/download, until it went down again, and even then the web interface freezes up repeatedly whilst 1 person is transfering files to and from the NAS… I’m sorry but to ask it to do more than one of these things in addition to being a NAS is simply not going to be as responsive and the more you install the worse it will get. 
      But maybe it’s not a problem if you’re going to say - use the NAS as a mini-web server instead, with Apache, PHP, PHPMyAdmin and MariaDB. But there are several problems here too, the complexity of the web application you want to use will pretty much be your limiting factor. Installing and running something like IPS (The Forum Software we use) might not be feasible, or quick and responsive at all, and may even require modifications that you cannot make such as installing additional PHP Extensions like GD2 extension or the mbstring extension. 
      That tiny 1.2GHz Processor doesn’t even have a heat sink, it’s passively cooled so I don’t know what kind of power people expect to really get out of it. As I said I couldn’t browse the web interface with ease when someone was using the NAS and that was just one person transferring files to the NAS. So I have no idea how it’s going to handle transcoding video to one device let alone several, or how you can really enable any of these features if multiple users, use the device. 
      Maybe with a more powerful NAS you can run these features side by side, I don’t know. But with the DS212j… I really wouldn’t recommend that if you want advanced features. 
      As for transfer speeds with barebones - no extra features:-
      Download from the NAS:

      Upload to the NAS:

      It’s certainly better than 1.5MB/s download and around 750KB/s upload. So I am happy about that. I have been able to download on some occasions at around 50-100MB/s which is amazing. But these are far and few between. I spent £35.50 on it second hand, and it works. Do I really have a right to complain at all? ... Probably not.
      I might include one final topic, either this year or next year as a bonus. It’s not something I bought on eBay but it might be fun to look at. 
    • ArdillaVerde93
      By ArdillaVerde93
      Is it wrong that I wanna pinch this thing's cheeks? ❤️ Anyway, little Kylie. She was the result of a pairing of Dr. Kai Russet and a Cinccino. She was once shown to have the power of mind control, and weak reality alteration.
      Don't think too much into the pose. She's rubbing her belly. And the picture was classified as "Safe," anyway.
    • ArdillaVerde93
      By ArdillaVerde93
      Once a month, a local comic book store holds Yu-Gi-Oh championship tournaments, with prizes and fierce competition. Back when Toys R Us was still big, I was in the Duelist League. Of course, that was long ago. But I wanted to get back into the game. Of course, I had some studying to do, since my prior knowledge stopped after Synchro Summoning. But I learned quickly, and all I needed to do was put together a deck. After some debating, I decided on using the Kuriboh archetype. What follows is the Kuriboh deck I took to tournaments.
       
      Monsters:
      X2 Winged Kuriboh X1 Winged Kuriboh LV10 X3 Kuriboh X1 Sphere Kuriboh X1 Kuribon X1 Kuribandit X1 Scapeghost X2 Sangan X1 Witch Of The Black Forest X1 Terrifying Toddler Of Torment X1 Chaos Necromancer X1 Dark Necrofear X1 Darkness Neosphere X1 Archlord Kristya X1 Slate Warrior X1 Relinquished Spells:
      X2 Transcendent Wings X2 Multiply X1 Detonate X1 The Flute Of Summoning Kuriboh X2 Scapegoat X1 The Fang Of Critias X1 Black Illusion Ritual X1 Pot Of Duality X1 Monster Reborn X2 United We Stand Traps:
      X1 Crush Card Virus X1 Jar Of Avarice X1 Mirror Force X1 Needle Ceiling X1 Storming Mirror Force X2 Waking The Dragon Extra Deck:
      X1 Link Spider X1 Proxy Dragon X1 Decode Talker X1 Knightmare Cerberus X1 Downerd Magician X1 Baby Tiragon X1 Number 13: Embodiment Of Crime X1 Number 31: Embodiment Of Punishment X1 Doom Virus Dragon Side Deck:
      X1 Black Luster Soldier X1 Black Luster Ritual X1 Mystical Space Typhoon X1 United We Stand X1 Where Arf Thou? X1 Waking The Dragon Of course, Kuriboh and Winged Kuriboh are the main focus. The entire archetype plays defensively, save for Kuribandit. Their effects tend to negate damage, or stop attacks.
      Kuriboh: Discard from your hand to negate damage from a single attack.
      Winged Kuriboh: When destroyed, you take no damage from battles for 1 turn.
      Sphere Kuriboh: Discard from your hand to switch an attacker into Defence Position. While in the Graveyard, can be used as material in a Ritual Summon.
      Kuribon: When attacked, negate damage from the attack. The opponent gains Life Points equal to the Attack Points of the attacker, and Kuribon returns to your hand.
      As for Kuribandit, he tributes himself at the end of the turn I summoned him. In exchange, I take 5 cards from the top of my deck. From those cards, I can keep 1 Spell Card OR Trap Card, but the other 4 cards go to the Graveyard. The cost seems steep, especially since I can't use the card I get right away, since Kuribandit's ability doesn't activate at the end of the turn. But a few of my big plays depend on Spells or Traps to work. And that's a great way to search them. As for the others, that's where Archlord Kristya, Dark Necrofear, Jar Of Avarice, and Chaos Necromancer come in. Kristya can be Special Summoned without any tributes - 2 are normally required - if I have exactly 4 Fairy monsters in my Graveyard. Then I can return one of those monsters to my hand. Winged Kuriboh, Winged Kuriboh Lv. 10, Kuribon, and Kristya are Fairy monsters. Dark Necrofear can only be summoned by banishing 3 Fiend monsters in my Graveyard. Jar Of Avarice shuffles 5 cards from my Graveyard back into my deck, then allows me to draw a card. Great as a panic button if I send away something I need. Chaos Necromancer starts with 0 in both stats, but gains 300 Attack Points for every monster in my Graveyard. That adds up fast, and I destroyed a Blue-Eyes White Dragon with it.
        Kuriboh have the defensive abilities they have to make up for their hideous stats. These fluffballs need protection of their own if you want them staying around. Enter the Mirror Force cards. Mirror Force destroys all opposing Attack Position monsters if one attacks, while Storming Mirror Force sends them back to the hand. Storming can be even better than destruction in some cases. Anything summoned from the Extra Deck returns there if an effect tries to send them to the hand. This means the opponent can't revive them with Monster Reborn, etc, and must fulfill their summoning conditions all over again.
        Scapegoat summons 4 statless Tokens to the field. This works as a last-second ass saver, since being a Quick-Play Spell means I can use it on my opponent's turn. Plus, United We Stand adores it! UWS is an Equip Spell that gives a monster 800 Attack Points AND Defence Points for every monster you control. The sheer damage that card can do is a nightmare! Even with just 1 monster, a boost of 800 ATK is no small matter. Scapeghost is a monster version of Scapegoat. Multiply, which turns a Kuriboh into a field full of Kuriboh Tokens, is also a lovely compliment to UWS. Strength in numbers is a lesson your opponent will learn the hard way. But, if I had a gun to my head and was ordered to name my trump cards, I'd say that they're Winged Kuriboh Lv. 10, and the "Embodiment Of..." cards. Darkness Neosphere, able to be summoned during my opponent's turn as a 4,000 ATK "fuck you," is a close second.
        Winged Kuriboh Lv. 10 can only be brought out with Transcendent Wings, at the cost of a Winged Kuriboh on the field and 2 cards from the hand. But damn if it isn't worth it. During the opponent's Battle Phase, Lv. 10 can take itself out, going out with a bang that not only sends all opposing Attack Position monsters to the Graveyard, but takes their combined ATK out of the opponent's Life Points! It requires some setup, sure. But, when it goes off, it fucks the opponent's day up big time. But what's more satisfying than wiping out your opponent's monsters AND LP at once? Forcing them to finish themself off! Embodiment Of Crime and Embodiment Of Punishment do exactly that. When they're both on the field at once, it's game over. At the cost of 1 Xyz Material, the following things happen.
      EOC and EOP become immune to destruction for 1 turn.  All opposing monsters, for 1 turn, are forced into Attack Position. Those monsters MUST attack whichever Embodiment you discarded Material from. The opponent takes all damage from these attacks, instead of you. Most likely, you win.   This is a play that's difficult to pull off. But, as you can see, it RUINS the opponent. Since they're both Xyz Monsters, you need a Link Monster, like Decode Talker, to have them both out at once. Decode Talker only requires 3 Effect Monsters for its summon, so it isn't too hard to bring out.
        Aside from Archlord Kristya, every single monster in this deck is searchable with Witch Of The Black Forest and/or Sangan. WOTBF searches a monster from the deck with 1,500 or less Defence Points on death, and adds it to the hand. Sangan is the same, but searches for 1,500 ATK instead of DEF. Monsters should be at your disposal when you need them, and those 2 cards help with that. Relinquished especially likes this, since it's otherwise difficult to have Relinquished and Black Illusion Ritual in your hand at once.
        The rest of this deck is mostly full of either Fiend support(Slate Warrior, Flute Of Summoning Kuriboh), low level monster support(Baby Tiragon, Terrifying Toddler Of Torment, Link Spider), destruction(Needle Ceiling, Doom Virus Dragon), or easier summons(Proxy Dragon, Knightmare Cerberus, Waking The Dragon). And, of course, the deck staples of Monster Reborn and Pot Of Duality. But Detonate is worthy of an explanation. Multiply, like I said, turns Kuriboh into a bunch of Tokens. Detonate destroys Kuriboh and Kuriboh Tokens, and lets you destroy as many of your opponent's cards as Kuriboh/Tokens you lost. Phenomenal field clearing power.
        Black Luster Soldier goes in my Side Deck because an ex-boyfriend gave me Black Luster Ritual years ago. We since lost touch, but I kept the card. ❤️ Mystical Space Typhoon isn't commonly used, now that Twin Twisters is a thing, but you never know. And Where Arf Thou is more low level support. Waking The Dragon is there because... Well, again, you never know. XD
        I'm planning more decks for upcoming tournaments, but I'll never forget the shock caused when a deck full of cute chocolate puffs ruined a mighty dragon. ^_^
    • Mysthero
      By Mysthero
      You did it! The man, woman, anthro, neko, futa, shota, loli of your dreams has just confessed their deepest sexual desire is YOU!
      They will fulfill your every fantasy! No kink is off the table or too taboo for them. Their ultimate goal is to satisfy you to where any sex you have in the future will be spent fantasizing about the time you spend with them!
      There is one catch, you have to bang their 'friend' first!
      Their friend is the person above you. (IE, me to start, first person to reply ect.)
      For your chance at the best sex ever, how would you have sex with their friend first? As much or as little detail as you want! Go!
      (Just a naughty game for the lols)
       
      For Context, I will throw out an example, as I don't have anyone above me, I will use @Temaelrin since these are his forums. 😜
      I always figured Tem to be a dominant personality so when he super hot friend told me I had to have sex with him first, I had to prepare myself! Mentally, physically... emotionally. After some liquid courage, I would put a chomp in my mouth and bend over for him to take me however he pleased, hoping and praying that I could still stand when he was done. But deep down, I know I am about to get destroyed.
    • Kalvoras Vertal
      By Kalvoras Vertal
      Participant(s):

      @ShuyaHideaki (Sora)

      @Çhërry (Shiro)
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