Evoland by Shiro Games! Also, Quick and Easy Japanese Cookbook

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Images copyright Shiro Games

I’d originally intended to start this post talking about the great supper we made last night (mmmm… salsa chicken wraps), but the pictures I took of it are at home, so I guess I’ll skip that. Instead, I’m wanted to mention a newly released game, available on Steam, Good Old Games, and directly from the developer: Evoland

This game started off as a creation for a Ludum Dare competition, winning first place (out of 1400 games). The theme for the competition was set as ‘evolution’. The game’s developer, Nicolas Cannasse, decided to take this forward by making a game involving the evolution of… gaming! The game was hugely popular, and after winning first place it quickly amassed over 300,000 plays. It was innovative, interesting, nostalgic, and a great starting point for something bigger.

Fast forward 7 months (or so), and a new version of the game has been released. The game grows from an old style monochrome, 8-bit game (in which you can only move right) through the ages of gaming to 3D gaming. The game is a mix of Zelda’esque action/adventure and Final Fantasy / Dragon Quest console RPG elements.

I haven’t gotten to play the game nearly as much as I’d like, but so far it’s great. I’ve really been looking forward to this game getting released, and it hasn’t disappointed. I could keep talking about it, but you should really just go try it out yourself. You can still play the ‘Evoland classic’ game that won the Ludum Dare competition here:
Evoland Classic

The new game is normally £6.99, but is currently on sale for 10% off at £6.29 until 11th April, 2013. Check it out! It’s definitely worth a try and buy!

Quick and Easy Japanese CookbookAnother quick note, a cookbook we bought on Amazon arrived yesterday! Woo! It’s “The Quick and Easy Japanese Cookbook” by Katsuyo Kobayashi. The author is a TV chef in Japan, focusing on home cooking. She was a competitor and winner on the original Iron Chef (episode 232 – complain about spoilers if you want… it’s nearly 19 years old…). The book is in English, and while a lot of the ingredients are Japanese, I’m pretty sure we’ll be able to find them in London :). We’re really looking forward to trying some of the recipes out. I’ll let you know how they turn out.



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