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The Norwood suite is a puzzle/exploration game. It begins with you being dropped off on the side of the road by a blue haired lady in a car. She tells you to go up to the hotel to check in, and that you can find a hotel voucher on the way. On the way up there you can find a bicycle helmet that you can give to a guy on a bench, and this is a hint that you have to fulfill requests for people to progress the game. After that you enter a ‘cave’ of sorts, with a giant aquarium on the wall, and a small puzzle including a battery and having to switch it out to find a key and then open a box to find your hotel voucher. I’m not going to mention every puzzle but this is the beginning. After this you can enter the hotel, redeem the voucher (after you fix the wi-fi, of course) and then you can help the hotel guests with different things to earn items to complete the game. The game contains many interesting and absolutely weird characters, including the two in the picture below who are playing some weird version of chess.


As you progress through the game and figure out things about a man named Norwood who mysteriously vanished, you also collect pieces of a costume that is identical to what he looks like. The game is a mixture of logic and general puzzle solving so you can really get to work your brain. In addition to puzzle solving there are hidden passages to find, who each give you an achievement. I got distracted and forgot one so I’m missing just one achievement in total for the game.  The game isn’t very long, I spent about two hours completing it, and that was with stopping every now and then to write down everything I did. My memory is awful with puzzle games so I need to write things down to remember what I have to do, where and who it is for.

When I reached the ending, I was very confused, and didn’t understand much so it left me like “what the heck just happened?”. It was a fun game though, so if you like weird stuff, weird graphics but beautiful scenery, I’d recommend this. It’s probably not for you if puzzle or adventure games is not your thing at all because you have to use your brain quite a lot.


Have you played this game before? Or do you like puzzle games in general?

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The Norwood suite is a puzzle/exploration game. It begins with you being dropped off on the side of the road by a blue haired lady in a car. She tells you to go up to the hotel to check in, and that you can find a hotel voucher on the way.



6 years, and I’m still in love.

Lise —  February 13, 2018 — 4 Comments


It feels kind of weird to dedicate a title like that, and a blog post like this to a video game, but that is just how it is. For six years now, one game has been with me since day one when it was released, and i have yet to grow properly tired of it. It’s the fifth game in a series, it is a role playing game and its landscapes really reminds me of the ones we have here in Norway. Some have even called it a Norway simulator when they walk through the woods in game. It is far from a hundred percent accurate, but it is pretty close. The mountains I see in the game, I can also see across the river from where I live. Not exact duplicates, but very similar.

Got a guess about what it is? What I’m talking about is the fifth installment in the Elder Scrolls series published by Bethesda, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

The first time i played it was when my roommate at the time brought the game home from work, left it in the living room and then went to sleep. I grabbed the game, stuffed it into his Playstation 3 and 17 hours later i was still playing as eagerly as when I first picked up the controller. I kind of regret sitting in front of the TV screen for that long but boy, i just got immersed in it. I had of course played through some of its predecessors, Morrowind and Oblivion, but there was just something about it that captured my heart. It must be the role playing aspect, and the amazing scenery, both above and below ground. Alternatively in a different realm, even.


With the addition of mods and expansions a while later, there was always something new that could be added to the game and it just gives it more and more replayability. I don’t think any of my play throughs have been the same and I’m still discovering things years later.

If you haven’t tried it before and you enjoy role playing/adventure games and dragons, you should give Skyrim a try. I’m sure you wouldn’t regret it. unless you really don’t have time to get sucked into an amazing world. You can follow the storyline of the Dragonborn, or you can just live your life as a hunter.. Or you could be a ruthless assassin or the master of the thieves guild. It is pretty much your imagination that is the limit. With the remastered version, and even a Virtual Reality version to pick from, I’m sure you would find one of them to love.

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11949576.jpgAsunder is the third book set in the Dragon Age universe, following and expanding upon the lore of the video game series. The book is written by David Gaider, lead writer of the video game series. He isn’t the best at writing engaging stories, but I do appreciate being fed more lore about my favorite characters. I would recommend reading this before playing Dragon Age: Inquisition, because you learn about one of your party members in the game, Cole. Cole is also one of my absolute favorite characters because he is really interesting. He’s not a demon, not really a spirit but still he has possessed someone and is trying to help everyone to not feel pain anymore. His actions are both sweet and horrifying, because often the solution is to take their life.

The novel is set three years later than the events in Dragon Age 2, and it is set in the Orlesian Empire. It is however before Varric is questioned by the seeker Cassandra Pentaghast.


A mystical killer stalks the halls of the White Spire, the heart of templar power in the mighty Orlesian Empire. To prove his innocence, Rhys reluctantly embarks on a journey into the western wastelands that will not only reveal much more than he bargained for but change the fate of his fellow mages forever.

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The book summary doesn’t reveal much of the plot, but it’s basically a story about Cole killing people, Rhys wanting to protect him. They go on a journey to solve some mystery, Cole follows, things gets resolved and all that. I don’t think you would like the book if you haven’t played the games or read any of the other novels. It’s not the greatest work of fiction but it is an amazing addition to the lore if you’re interested in it. I might just be biased but that is my opinion, you are very welcome to disagree with me. I just feel like Gaider’s novel characters fall a bit flat sometimes, meanwhile in the games they are wonderful and have proper personality to them.

I’ll include a video of one of your possible first encounters with Cole, depending on which route you choose in the game. It gives you more of an idea of what kind of person Cole is.


Have you read the book? Or played the games? What did you think of them?

More Dragon Age book reviews:

The Stolen Throne | The Masked Empire.

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They are billions is a steampunk RTS (real-time simulation) game. In the game you build a base, build units to fight against hordes of zombies and generally just try to gather resources to do all of these things. The game is a mix between actively attacking the hordes themselves and preparing for waves of zombies to attack you and your more or less prepared base. The first time I played it I thought it was eerily similar to the Starcraft series, but I quickly discovered it is different too. The strategies I remembered from Starcraft does not work because the AI is quite different, it’s just mindless zombies instead of an AI that tries to build a better base and army than you do.

When it comes to building and trying to form strategies, it’s even more different. It’s not about building the biggest base the fastest, it’s all about taking your time by pressing space to pause the game, seeing where the hordes are forming and strategically reinforce those areas. The maps usually have good choke points where you can place walls, gates and towers to prevent the zombies from entering your colony. If they do, you’re kinda fucked. For every building they attack and destroy, the zombies will multiply. If they hit your tents/houses, you suddenly go from four zombies to like 50 trying to take over in five seconds, it’s crazy. It also keeps you on your toes constantly.

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In the beginning, I only made it to day 7-ish because I had no idea what I was doing. Then I saw a strategy saying that you should see it like how the city in attack on titan is built up. You make the inner walls, when it’s safe you can expand and build new walls further out, move your rangers and soldiers there instead, and so on and so forth. You can see in the picture below how the layout is in that.

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That’s how you should be thinking, expand one bit at a time. It helped me so much to think that way instead of trying to just expand, expand, expand without thinking of my defenses! The furthest I have gotten is to day 70-ish but I’m always eager to start over and try again, to see if I have improved at all since last time.

It is a really fun game, although it has a very steep learning curve, it’s really easy to get lost in it. Once you get the hang of it, a full game can be just a couple of hours, but every time it will be different so it has very good replay-ability in my opinion. So, have you heard of this game before? Or have you tried it? What did you think of it?

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This time we’re talking about something a little bit more positive than a horror game. If you want to read the last post, which was about the game “Layers of fear“, just click on it’s name. I’ve invited my dear blogger friend Karalee to talk about this with me since we both play this.

K: Animal Crossing Pocket Camp is a fun and addictive game where you run your own campsite. You can choose from natural, sporty, cute, cool, and rustic themes for your tent and amenities (I personally choose cute because I could not resist the cuteness!) You can mix and match themes, and you can have a higher friendship with animals that match your theme and get more items from them (shirt, furniture, and picture), but you can invite any animal to your camp once you meet their special requests for furniture. One thing I love about this game is that you can craft all different furniture to decorate your camp and camper with and make it yours. Another big part of the game is fulfilling requests for the animals to raise their friendship and get special rewards. This part can seem tedious at times, but it is necessary for when you want them to move into your campsite where you can host 8 animals at a time.

When the game first came out, there was not much to do besides crafting furniture and fulfilling requests for the animals, but now there is a garden area and events! In the garden you can plant flowers which you can trade for potted plants, tables, and shirts to name a few items. The Holiday and New Year’s events included limited-time furniture to craft and clothing as rewards. I know during the events I play a lot more because I want to craft all the furniture. There has also been smaller events like Host the Most where you got rewards for hosting new animals and Friend Frenzy where you got rewards for having a certain amount of friends. New animals and furniture as always being added to the game, and I cannot wait until clothing crafting is added because the only way to get clothes is from the market, which resets every 6 hours. This game is addictive because I want to play at least every time the market resets, and when new animals move every 3 hours. There are also daily quests and long-term quests to complete. You can buy leaf tickets with real money, but the game is not paid-to-win and you can get plenty of leaf tickets from rewards and leveling up.

L: In the screenshots above, you can see me visiting Karalee’s campsite (she’s the blondie), visiting friends and giving them Kudos or watering their plants is part of the ‘social’ function of the game. There is no in-game chat but it’s nice to be able to visit whenever you feel like it. Your friends can also appear in other camping sites in your game. You can also recruit your friends to help you get into an area called Shovelstrike Quarry, where you can receive different rewards.

As Karalee mentioned above, you fulfill requests from animals all around the campsites, and sometimes they trigger a special scene like you can see below. It is usually, but not always, one of the last requests for the day. I think the small events are super cute. They give me more of a sense of achievement when fulfilling them instead of receiving the usual reward of crafting materials and/or special holiday/event items and friendship levels.



We’ve mentioned decorating your camper, in the left screenshot below you can see a picture from my camper. I’ve crafted furniture to replace the standards that came with it. It was just cream colored bulky furniture and I didn’t enjoy it. You can upgrade your camper and add a second floor to it. I’m not quite sure just how they can fit a second floor on a camper van but it is a video game so I cannot really question the logic of it. I’ve also found out from playing most of the Animal Crossing games that I am a cat hoarder. I have three in real life, and now I have three hosted on my campsite. Usually people mix and match animals but I just love the animals. I really hope I’ll be able to meet my favorite, Olivia, in the game soon!



So yeah, that was a bit about Animal Crossing Pocket Camp. Have you played it before? Or have you played any Animal Crossing games at all? 

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