30 December 2011
Lately I've been playing a game on my 3DS called "Pushmo". Pushmo (or "Pullblox" if you're of the European persuasion) is a puzzle-platformer with a simple premise: push and pull blocks in order to climb to the top and reach the goal. With about 200 puzzles, it's one of those games where it's easy to pick up and play but difficult to master. Priced at $6.99 in the Nintendo eShop, Pushmo contains colorful graphics, 3D that is actually HELPFUL to gameplay and best of all, endless replay value.
As you play, you'll unlock "Pushmo Studio", a level editor that lets you create your own puzzles and share them with others via QR codes. Below are five puzzles I've created that you can try out. Don't worry, they're quite easy to solve:
Nukesaku Aida (Tsuide ni Tonchinkan)
Yawning Squirtle (Sonichu)
If you have a copy of the game, feel free to tweet me your levels and I'll probably make a follow-up post with your levels.
I hope you all have a happy new year's eve--and try not to drink too much.
PS: The game itself is rated E for Everyone, but there's some online communities dedicated to making elaborate Pushmo puzzles and quite a few of them are NSFW. Browse at your own risk.
HIKU-OSU (Pushmo/Pullblox) © Nintendo. Developed by Intelligent Systems.
25 December 2011
16 December 2011
Within a short amount of time, I've blogged about Shonen Jump three times. But this time it's not about me, but about a convention and a fan community regarding Jump.
As some of you may or may not know, the North American edition of Shonen Jump is ending as a monthly print magazine in March next year and will be re-tooled as a weekly digital magazine christened "Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha". WSJ Alpha can be rented for 99 cents an issue or a year's subscription (48 issues) can run for $26. With the new weekly digital format, there's talk about more fan involvement (like the Storyboard Contest) and maybe even original manga in the future, so the future could be pretty cool.
Speaking of fan involvement, there's an unofficial group of Jump fans on Twitter called #TEAMJUMP. #TEAMJUMP is composed of international Twitter users who love Jump and its series and occasionally interact with the Shonen Jump Twitter account.
I created six drawings on the behalf of #TEAMJUMP as gifts to the authors of the serialized works that will be covered in WSJ Alpha. I hope they like them, let alone look at them. :P
For Eiichiro ODA/ONE PIECE
For Masashi KISHIMOTO/NARUTO
For Tite KUBO/BLEACH
For Hiroshi SHIIBASHI/NURA: RISE OF THE YOKAI CLAN
For Mitsutoshi SHIMABUKURO/TORIKO
For Tsugumi OHBA & Takeshi OBATA/BAKUMAN。
Why am I posting these images? This weekend has Jump Festa, an annual convention of all things Jump in Japan sponsored by Shueisha, the publisher of the various Jump magazines. A lot of the editors and creators of Jump will be there, so it's pretty much a big deal, not to mention lots of game and toy companies showing off their newest products. If you're there and reading this, then stop wasting your time reading my blog and go have fun--and take some pictures!
Whether you're at Jump Festa or not, try to have fun this weekend. :)
SHONEN JUMP is owned by Shueisha and Viz Media. All characters are owned by their respective creators.
02 December 2011
Shonen Jump issue 107 (January 2012) hits store shelves on Tuesday, December 6.
This issue of Jump contains my entry from the "SJ Storyboard Contest" which won a runner-up prize as well as illustrations on an article about the manga industry. Pick up a copy and help a brotha out. :)
SHONEN JUMP is owned by Shueisha & Viz Media.