GGF#47: All these games and no time to play

[Gamer Girl Friday]

This week, the Goonfather was supposed to help me review three games because they came all at once and I didn’t have the time to play them.

What came back to me were very brief write-ups of two games (Velvet Assassin and Plants vs. Zombies), and they looked more like blurbs than reviews. I could have gotten more information from Wikipedia.

I have published one of them for your reading pleasure.

For the third game (Patapon 2), he gave the lame excuse that it can’t be reviewed because it’s the same as its predecessor, Patapon, so he has nothing to say about it.


My life is really tough.

All these games and no time to play.


Table of Contents

  1. Velvet Assassin — Skimpy Porn Star??
  2. Monopoly Deal Card Game
  3. Time Wasters by Swordplay
  4. The zombie horde cometh!
  5. Exposed!
  6. Our favourite eyeballs are back!
  7. Results of last week’s contest
  8. Win 2 sets of Monopoly Deal Shuffle Shaker!!


Velvet Assassin — Skimpy Porn Star??

I received a copy of Velvet Assassin yesterday. But because I was out all day and I had Xbox duty at night, I didn’t have time to play it. So I made the Goonfather play it and write a review for me.

Velvet Assassin

He was only too happy to oblige (the playing part) since it gave him a chance to test some new games on his new souped-up machine.

But the Goonfather is the kind of person who would, if he were a doctor and you came to him with a pain in the leg, suggest that you chop off the leg to get rid of the pain.

Velvet Assassin

In other words, he is the sort of gamer for whom brute force is the answer to every problem in life.

Obviously, you can’t get very far using brute force in a game of espionage. And you can’t write a decent review if you can’t get very far.

Velvet Assassin

Here’s the Goonfather’s review:

Velvet Assassin is a third-person shooter game which requires a lot of sneaking around to get things done. Head-on contact will most likely lead to death, unless you take a shot of morphine, which will transform you into a skimpily-dressed porn star.

While in morphine mode, you can run right up to the enemy without him noticing you and kill the ugly son of a bitch. Be careful, though. The morphine only lasts a short while.

After killing an enemy, you might want to drag the body away and hide it so that patrolling enemies won’t notice it. Otherwise, your cover will be blown and your enemies will go on alert mode.

This game is very much like Thief, except that it’s set during World War 2. If you like games like Thief and Metal Gear Solid, you might like this.

Velvet Assassin


I’ll see if I can manage to get some time to play it next week.

Velvet Assassin is a stealth action game available for Xbox 360 and PC.

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Monopoly Deal Card Game

I recently received a complimentary set of this game, which is the card game version of the classic Monopoly board game.

I don’t know if I ever said this officially, but I’m an all-round gamer. I love games of any kind (except psychological mind games, haha), so I’m thrilled to have an opportunity to review a non-video game this week.

Monopoly Deal Shuffle Shaker

In this card game, your goal is to be the first person to own three full sets of properties. While getting to that goal, you can steal your friends’ properties, make them pay rent or make them give you money just because.

In short, it’s a sabo game!

I played the game with my friends last weekend.

Monopoly Deal Card Game

Haha… the Goonfather and I both had our netbooks up with Civony. (I’m not addicted to it. Not anymore, anyway. I just can’t stand resources and gold going to waste, or being stolen. Just like how I still collect my Neopets bank interest every day now even though I quit the game six years ago.)

I really enjoyed Monopoly Deal. Each game takes about 10-15 minutes. The rules confounded us intially but we were playing like pros by our third game.

It’s addictive, too.

Monopoly Deal Card Game

Halfway through the game, the Goonfather said, “What a stupid game!”

(He has a tendency to do that when he’s losing. But he doesn’t like to win, either. In our third game, when he had a chance to win, he refused to lay down his winning card for two rounds.)

The next day, when we met up with Unker Kell for dinner, he was, like, “Dude, let’s play Monopoly Deal later.”

You can never believe his words!

The Shuffle Shaker that comes with the game is just a novelty card shuffler. You pop the cards in the box and shake it violently to shuffle the cards up.

Not really necessary.

What makes this game great is that it’s very portable. You only need one deck of cards (leave the shaker at home) and you can conveniently bring it anywhere for quick-fix entertainment.

This game has a limit of five players. If you have more players, just buy another deck of cards to add to the original deck!

Fun fun fun!

Oooh, guess what?! I have two sets of Monopoly Deal Shuffle Shaker to give away this week. Check the contest section! ;)

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Time Wasters by Swordplay

Swordplay is my pesky li’l bro who spends all his time playing time-wasting games. To make him a little bit more useful, I’m sitting on him and making him recommend one fun and simple web-based game each week.

Today’s Recommendation: Gray


Wow, today’s time waster is very deep. It’s not really even a game, but more a social commentary on humanity.

Half the people who play this will go, “Huh?”

The other half will go, “Brilliant! Let’s start a discussion.”

Which one are you?

Try the game if you have some time. It’ll take you about five minutes to get the message, if you get it at all.

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The zombie horde cometh!

Plants vs. Zombies is finally out. Remember I talked about it a couple of weeks ago?

I like the game trailer. It’s short, cute and funny!

The Goonfather got the game, so I asked him to do a review for me.

I think I’d better not ask him to do reviews ever again.

His review didn’t give a clue as to whether the game is fun or worth playing or whether he liked it the slightest.

He is the most infuriating person in the whole wide world. He will NEVER give you an opinion if you ask for it. But if you’re sitting there quietly by yourself, he will come over and browbeat you with one of his countless conspiracy theories.

Anyway, Plants vs. Zombies is a tower defence game with Magic: The Gathering elements. Sounds interesting, no? Read the interview with game designer George Fan.

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Chong sent me this link. He’s in love with these x-ray photos of game system and controller innards.

X-Ray photo

Ooh, kinky.

This x-ray technician sicked his x-ray machine on all his unsuspecting gaming equipment. How very awesome for us.

X-Ray photos

Hmm, I don’t know. What do you think?

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Our favourite eyeballs are back!

I can’t imagine anyone not liking Patapon. Even a brute force guy like the Goonfather likes it. In fact, he was playing it on Wednesday night while we were having dinner in a Japanese restaurant, and I was, at the same time, Star Blog chatting.

It’s called Geek Multitask Dating.

Patapon 2

Continuing the story of Patapon, our cute eyeball heroes have set sail for new lands, only to be attacked by a monstrous kraken and tossed into a strange land where they find an enemy tribe they have to defeat.

If you have not ever played Patapon, OMG.

Please go now to the Patapon official site to play the mini flash game.

The game is so cute I could curl up and die. I love when you press a wrong combo and the patapons go, “Huh?”

While playing Patapon 2, the Goonfather alerted me that one of his Patapons got angry, threw down his spear and threatened to go home if he didn’t buck up and play the game properly.

How cute is that?!

Patapon 2

New stuff in Patapon 2:

  • Powerful hero attacks.
  • New mobs, units and classes.
  • New drum commands.
  • Mutiplayer co-op via PSP WiFi (up to four players).
  • More indepth customisation in levelling and equipment.

Patapon 2 is a PSP exclusive title.

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Results of last week’s contest

And this poster…

X-Men Origins: Wolverine game poster

… goes to…


Patapon 2

Oh, wait. Wrong channel.

Hur hur.

And the winner is…

SpiritAngelo! =)


Please e-mail me, thank you.

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Win 2 sets of Monopoly Deal Shuffle Shaker!!

Hasbro Singapore has kindly sponsored two sets of Monopoly Deal Shuffle Shaker, each worth $21.90, for this week’s contest.

Monopoly Deal Shuffle Shaker

So, I’m looking for two winners. Just post a comment saying something, anything, about Monopoly (can be the classic board game). Winners will be picked by random.

Please note that this prize will require self-collection (in a central area) because it’s a biggish package.

Closing date is May 14, 2009, 11:59 pm.

Good luck! =)

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I think I have mentioned this before somewhere, although I can’t remember where.

My cousin and I were Monopoly freaks when we were kids and, between us, we owned four different versions. One day, we invented Quadruple Monopoly, which is playing the game on four boards put together.

We dealt ourselves four times the amount of money, and we jumped from board to board via switched Chance cards. After four hours, we haven’t even gotten close to having a clear winner. (It was just the two of us playing.)

I miss the days when we spent whole afternoons playing board games and Nintendo games together. This cousin of mine just started a blog, too. Check it out! =)

[Gamer Girl Friday]

44 thoughts on “GGF#47: All these games and no time to play

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    I would love to have a set of the monopoly set, reminds me of the times where I used to play them everyday with my sisters.

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    I’m trying to collect as many different kind of monopoly game version as I can without burning my pockets so, this is so gonna come in handy!!!

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    Yayy monopoly.

    Wouldn’t it be cool if we could use patapon as tokens in the monopoly board game instead of the shoe, hat and car tokens?

    Patapon monopoly.

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    You know what? I already got a set of Monopoly Deal! Bought it the next day from metro after my bf says he likes it after playing in camp with his mates. But since they can be combined for more players, why not give me one more set? Than we can have Monopoly mass gaming together! LOL!

    Ya… anyway, just trying my luck.

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    i want the monopoly deal too… i rmb when i was young.. i kept psycho-ing my brother to play monopoly with me.. but he always just ignores me =(

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    I had a love-hate-dead relationship with Monopoly when I was a kid. I liked the game but didn’t win very much, eventually I stopped playing.

    From your description, this new version sounds like fun. Maybe it could rekindle my lost love. :p

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    Monopoly… haha, really remind me of my primary school days where we will play monopoly in class after majors exams. haha, I want! But I never seems to have much luck with Mr Randomizer, just trying my luck.

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    Hmmm Monopoly cards… interesting… Monopoly is the first boardgame i ever played. Subsequently my uncle modified the game and draw his own monopoly board on the carroom board. He even added casino to it lol… Another version to look out for is the PC game Rich (think taiwan monoply game).

    Do take a look at Men@Sea ( too. A game I came up with but subsequently took over by my friend who brought it to its full potential. :) Now it has nothing to do with me.

    I just finish designing a new card game. Anyone interested to beta test for me can drop me a mail. :)

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    Hey cousin,

    Really glad you remember those days : ..)
    The definition of happiness was so much clearer/simpler then.

    Ma miiiiiiii… I wanna go back in time… boohoohoohooohoooo

    Haha… Happy weekends!

    Xiao Di

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    Oh.. and i was wondering why there are so many people dropping by My Little Space via… I have been linked! keke..

    Thanks cousin.. : )

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    @Sheylara: This week’s supplement of gaming goodness is par excellence! I especially like the occasional gaming-related snippets, bite-sized and informative, hehe:)

    Anyways, I’m definitely interested in this week’s contest. Speaking of monopoly, it wasn’t until I played it on the PC did i realize you’re not allowed to build anything until you own the entire property set… I still remember our “neighbourly” version of the rules, where we can build houses upon immediately purchasing any property.

    The board started looking like some haphazard street, where everyone’s houses were just next to each other. Rent changed hands pretty quickly and the game took bladdy long to finish… now we know why…:P

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    enter me for the monopoly contest! :]

    I once played a games as post exam thing in primary two with some classmates and my teacher, played for 2 days and she totally trashed all of us.

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    i want to enter the contest just so tt i hope i can win once from sheylara contest …

    i dun have monopoly at all :P *kidding*

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    Used to play it alot with my family when I was young.
    Sure brings me memories when we used to horde the money..
    Enter me for the contest! pls =)

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    Yay monopoly ^^ always had fun playing with my psch friends… reminds me of the old times ;D (i always won! heehee)
    anways enter me for the contest thanks!

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    I’m currently playing the iphone version of monopoly. been wanting to get the updated singapore board game (“sentosa cove” is now on the board!), but monopoly deal will work too! :D

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    I was playing Monopoly with my friends just some time ago and it was the electronic version! One of my friends bought it due to its novelty. Interesting game we had, and it’s quite addictive too! People are really getting more and more innovative these days! =)

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    Monopoly really comes in handy many ways, appears to be most people’s childhood favourite. I remember distinctly there was this card that in chance/community chest saying ‘Congratulations, you have just won $20 in 2nd prize for a beauty contest’. I was 9 or 10 and was playing with my brother and a guy friend and when the guy picked that particular card, we all burst out laughing immediately. I cannot imagine why we were so tickled then(prob the thought of a guy winning a beauty contest) but I missed those days when troubles were little and we can be so amused by something trivial. Can this new version bring back a little laughter into our lives thesedays?

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    monopoly reminds me of my childhood memories of playing monopoly during recess (my sch had monopoly board games, and we’d run out to grab the boards as fast as possible). i’m going overseas to study, and it’d be super lovely to have a piece of my childhood with me.


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    Monopoly is one of the best game to play with my family and friends…it never seems to go outdated…the recent version i played was the Wii fun and super addictive as well….definitely, i would want to win this too!!!

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    i suck at monopoly, but that doesn’t mean i don’t want to try out their new game! weird how i’m lousy at monopoly, but other board games i’m still ok at… i like board games in fact! =) especially those at board game shops.

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    Speaking about molopoly, i am about to get the phone version after playing on my friend’s phone
    I totally owned the opponent!lolx
    I tot maybe i can get the card version and own my friends!

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    Was it just me or did anyone else use to use Monopoly money for play money when they were younger? If only the money were real. It’s funny how the Singapore version’s currency isn’t anything like Singapore dollars.

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    Monopoly ftw hah.. Used to play them for hours when i was still in school. I remember at 1 time, there was even chiong version, i.e those board game who were similar, except they were written as millionaire or was it billionaire in mandarin. But the quality of the material is pretty on the low end.

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    HaLLoweeN: Cuz, of course I remember those days. One of my favourite times in my life. I always think back on those days, wishing I could bring them back.

    RN1209: I used to play Monopoly with our own set of rules, too. I don’t know who comes up with them! I only remember being shocked when I was older and learnt that a few of the rules we were playing by were not legit. Haha.

    But your version of building houses on solo properties is something else… never came across anyone playing that way. I can imagine the chaos. Haha.

    justina: I didn’t know iPhone has monopoly. I’m interested in getting it. Haha. Thanks for telling me about it!

    serene.s: Hey, when I played Monopoly as a kid, we also laughed when the guys got the beauty contest card, lol. I guess it’s universal kiddy humour. :P

    Dwayne: Hmm, yes. I do remember using Monopoly money for our other self-invented games… can’t remember what exactly, though!

    Sacrelicious: Haha… I’ve seen a Millionaire/Billionaire game. Made in China I think? Never played it though.

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    Monopoly? Hasn’t play the board game for a while (actually many many years already)…

    … used to play it (the board game version) a lot with my sister (her all-time favourite – “KOR, later we play mana-poly, ok?” ).

    Maybe I should buy one and play it, as it is coming to her fifteen years anniversary pretty soon, since she has gone to a better place.

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    Haha, I want the Monopoly Deal! I remember that when I was young, I’ve always love playing that board game because it makes me happy to see myself “sabo-ing” others by making them pay when they land on my property :)

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