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Pokémon Go: Week 8 + Abyssrium & Viridi [20160915|09:14]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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  • I didn’t get to poke as many mons as I would have liked in the USA due to lack of mobile data. After the first hotel, our next two temporary abodes were, frustratingly, nested between Pokéstops but not quite close enough to reach them with the provided WiFi connections.
  • Although I saw the shadow of a Tauros several times, I didn’t manage to catch one.
  • I did, however, acquire the following new Pokémon, in addition to the Ekans, Growlithe and Pikachu mentioned previously:
    • Nidorino
    • Diglett (looks like a tiny happy...tombstone?!)
    • Persian (mrow)
    • Grimer (horrible purple drippy thing, joint least favourite with the Weepinbell)
    • Cubone (why so difficult to catch?)
    • Second Pikachu (wooo)

  • My 10k egg from the USA hatched into a Pinsir. It’s a very powerful Pinsir, but I’m still a bit disappointed.
  • I maxed out the Bug Catcher and Psychic medals. It will now be a long time before I max out any more as I just don’t see certain types of Pokémon very often.
  • I unlocked the “Pikachu Fan” medal, which has now displaced the Rocker as my Most Pathetic Medal Tally. Yay!
  • Have finally managed to bump up to Level 23. Will be popping a Lucky Egg & using my Spreadsheet of Evolve very soon.
  • Thanks to the trip to the USA, I can now evolve several Pokémon I couldn’t have before, including the Abra, Ekans, Machop, Mankey, Meowth (although I’ve already caught a Persian) and Paras. I AM EXCITE.

After meeting up with [personal profile] emelbe in Monterey, she kindly helped to enable me to achieve “relax and switch off” mode by introducing me to two new games: Viridi and Abyssrium. Viridi is aesthetically pleasing and very soothing. It’s even more low-key than Neko Atsume, which I didn’t know was possible. You plant a pot full of succulent cacti, water them, and wait. The plants grow at real-time speed, so you only need to check on them once a day. When you start up the game, a short movie showing the growth progress of your plants is shown. A snail slowly and continuously orbits the perimeter of the pot. My pot is called “Subsumed”.

Abyssrium requires more interaction. You grow a coral reef and populate it with fish. It’s a “clicker” game, but a very beautiful one. I’ve now reached the stage where I have nearly all the animals apart from the dugong, which is effectively “beating” the game. I found this walkthrough by Sir TapTap very useful for strategising and acquiring hidden fish. Now that I don’t have to graft to earn new fish, I have a plan to create a garden full of nothing but jellyfish, sun fish, seahorses and turtles, which are the slowest-moving creatures available, and watching it whenever I feel tense.

My reef a couple of weeks ago, just a few bits of coral and fish:

My reef now, teeming with life:

Asfur angel & French angel.

Manta ray & jellyfish in front of a full moon, with fireworks.

Tiger shark above the reef, with fireworks.

Sun fish in front of the full moon.

My reef from above, with the hammerhead shark putting in an appearance.

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[User Picture]From: mysterysquid
2016-09-15 08:40 (UTC)
Wow, that is a pretty game!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2016-09-15 08:45 (UTC)
It's lovely, isn't it? I've thoroughly enjoyed it.
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[User Picture]From: owlfish
2016-09-15 10:07 (UTC)
What lovely-sounding games!

I caught my first Diglett and Grimer at the Iowa State Fair.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2016-09-15 10:25 (UTC)
They've been a source of delight and a wonderful way to relax.

I'm glad your trip to the USA also opened up a rich seam of new Pokémon!
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[User Picture]From: owlfish
2016-09-16 09:24 (UTC)
Abyssrium turns out to be a very stressful game (at least initially, based on yesterday) if one tries playing it with one's four-year-old.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2016-09-16 09:35 (UTC)
I can see that. There's a lot of strategising to earn points, and in the early stages you can't make fish or grow the coral very frequently, which are probably the best/most visually pretty bits of the game.
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[User Picture]From: pax_athena
2016-09-17 20:57 (UTC)
Abyssrium is so nicely immersing <3 Thank you for the rec!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2016-09-18 21:20 (UTC)
YAY! I'm so glad you're enjoying it.

PS Have unlocked the dugong now. :)
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[User Picture]From: pax_athena
2016-09-19 18:13 (UTC)
Ooooh! Can one get one without buying the extra packages? Or did you?

I got my first turtle (one of the hidden one, I'm not yet there in the "normal" fish list). It makes me veeeery happy to see it.
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