Category: Played Things

The Funniest Rabbits

Hello Mochimochi Land. Anna’s husband John here, contributing a guest post to Bunny Week. As the most loyal Mochimochi fans may know, my job is to write about video games. Anna asked me if there are any bunny-related games that I like. In fact, there is one:


My favorite bunny-related game is Rabbids Go Home. It’s a Wii game that came out last year. The main characters are a bunch of bunnies who live at the dump. One day, they get the impression that the moon is their homeland, so they decide to build a garbage pile tall enough to reach the moon.

I reviewed Rabbids Go Home for The A.V. Club last year. It’s a funny game. If you have a Wii, check it out!

PixelJunk Shooter

I love a good two-player game, and the husband and I recently had a lot of fun with Pixeljunk Shooter for the PS3.


You’re on a rescue mission to save scientists who are trapped in a winding cave full of burning-hot lava and icy ice. You have to strategically cool the lava and melt the ice to blast through without accidentally killing too many of the people you’re trying to save!

The art is simple and beautiful, the controls are simple and very fluid, and before we knew it, it was 2 am and even though I could barely keep my eyes open, I wanted to complete just one more level. It’s possible to play by yourself, but I imagine it’s way more fun as a team.

2009 “Best of”s

How about some “best-of” lists for 2009? I don’t keep up with all the latest in any media, but here’s what I enjoyed this year anyway.

Best new movies
In the Loop
Up in the Air

Best new-to-me movies
Paris, Texas (1984)
Notes on a Scandal (2006)

Best new album
Animal Collective’s Merriweather Post Pavilion

Best new-to-me albums
The Fiery Furnaces’ Blueberry Boat (2004)
Parenthetical Girls’ Entanglements (2008)
John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme (1964)

Best new TV
Mad Men
Friday Night Lights
Parks and Recreation
Curb Your Enthusiasm

Best new-to-me TV
Friday Night Lights (The first 3 seasons)

Best new book
Turns out I didn’t read any 2009 books this year! But I read a lot of new short fiction, particularly from Tin House.
Oh, I forgot The Believers by Zoe Heller!

Best new-to-me book
Beloved by Toni Morrison (1998)

Best new game
Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure

Best new-to-me games
LEGO Batman (2008)
Rock Band 2 (2008)

Best new cats
Soupy and Nipsey!



A recent gaming obsession was PiCTOBiTS, the retro-style puzzle game for the DSi. It is addictive! Then frustrating! Then over. (I was sad when it was over.)


PiCTOBiTS is only available for the DSi, but you can read reviews of other cheap and free games for many systems (including your web browser) in the new biweekly Sawbuck Gamer feature that John put together on The A.V. Club website.

Plants vs Zombies

Here is a new game from PopCap in which you plant cute plants that kill funny zombies, some of which wear pylons on their heads. I got to play it for about ten minutes last night, then John physically removed me from his computer.


It’s available as a download for Mac or PC for $20.

Henry Hatsworth in the Addictive DS Game


My husband tossed me a new DS game a week ago that he thought I would like. Turns out I more than like it—there are huge blocks of time over the past two weekends that I kind of can’t account for now, as if I had blacked out. These were, of course, hours that I spent zombie-eyed and clutching my DS close to my face.

Henry Hatsworth In The Puzzling Adventure is deceptively simple, comprised of a combination of platform and puzzle games, but it’s challenging and, as I found, totally addictive. Instead of writing more about it, I have to get back to playing now.

Check out John’s review of Henry Hatsworth on the A.V. Club. (And if you’re really into gaming, check out his coverage of last week’s Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.)