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Games to play when you need to stay awake

There is times in life where we must keep ourselves going and keep ourselves awake for longer periods of time then we are used to. It is days like New Year’s Eve where that statement particularly rings true as keeping yourself up and awake just to see out that old year out can be a struggle. This is also true of other days in the year where you decide to keep yourself up for whatever reason. Keeping yourself awake can be quite difficult and to do this I find that this is one of the great times to pick up a game and play to see out the time.  Well here is a list of games to play that will keep you going and awake while you wait out the time.

Call of Duty (series)


Of all the games to play Call of Duty games would most likely stand as the games to play for a quick boredom buster. It provides a simple concept which is essentially shoot or be shot, but for the more adult audience this simple concept has the ability to keep them amused for hours. For something to do Call of Duty games combine a decent local multiplayer, and an excellent online feature that will make for the perfect way to kill a couple of hours. Not to mention that Call of Duty games require so much attention and thinking that they can keep you awake.

Pokemon (series)


It is nights when you are trying to keep yourself awake that your mind can wander and try to figure out what to do, but how about a proposition for Pokemon fans there are a couple of good options. To keep yourself awake how about attempting to complete that Pokedex you have been waiting to do. If that isn’t for you training your Pokemon could be, working to raise that perfect Pokemon and become stronger. But otherwise there is another option you can battle people from around the world which is sure to keep you awake and on your toes as you try to best the masters.

Pikmin 3

Pikmin 3 monster

A good way to keep the mind active is to force it to think and have activities that require strategy, planning and more. For this idea I select Pikmin 3 as another great game to keep you awake. The core base of the game is based on strategy and planning in organising how you are going to go about your day. Outside of the story mode the challenge mode offers a deeper challenge which is bound to keep you focused and awake when necessary.



A great use of time and a key point of mental focus comes in the form of Minecraft. A simple enough game that relies completely on the imagination. This games concept can keep you busy as long as your imagination has something to consider and create. With that idea in mind Minecraft is sure to sure keep you awake as long as you focus on what you want to create and just go for it.

Wii Sports


Have you got friends or family you can gather around if you do then Wii Sports is certain to provide enough fun to keep you and your company amused. On your own Wii Sports may not be that great for keeping you awake but add friends and you can strive to see who is best and pass many hours by without even noticing.

Keeping yourself awake is never an easy thing to do. From personal experience I know this can be a challenge and without the proper amusement and focus it is easy to lose. Hopefully though my suggestions will keep you amused and awake when necessary.

Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask review

Developer – Level 5

Publisher – Nintendo

Platforms – 3DS

Score: 7

Professor Layton is in the process of evolution and can be considered a benefiting change that will forever change how we view these games starring the puzzling Professor. As the professor moves into a new generation we begin to see a new style of change and it in some ways is a change for the better.

Prof Layton Exploring

The latest game in the Professor Layton series takes as to the city of Monte D’or, a city founded in the desert as part of a belief which I can’t exactly go into without spoiling the stories. Professor Layton has been called to Monte D’or by an old friend to investigate the appearance of a mysterious figure known as the Masked Gentlemen. The figure has been terrorizing Monte D’or and the professors old friend believes that he is the only one who can stop the supposed miracles and unmask the Masked Gentlemen. While in theory the story sounds good it never quite reaches the brilliant masterpiece that is Lost Future and arguably is quite predictable with many of its mysteries being easily worked out but that still does not stop the game from being great while it lasts.


On the other side of the story we leave the major mystery behind to follow a back story that all connects into the major mystery. Similar to Lost Future we get to see more of the back story surrounding Professor Layton, the major difference however is that this sequence is fully playable and takes places between every other chapter. In this era we get to see the Professor in his school days and meet some of his friends, during this time we see out currently big haired friend in quite a different light and see what encouraged the Professor’s life decisions. Going deeper into a character we know now so well is quite exciting.

There is a few major differences held between this section and the more traditional investigation that is the main focus of the story. As well as seeing a much different looking Hershel Layton we also find a new style of gameplay that we get to go through temporarily. Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask at this point turns into more of a dungeon crawler then a mystery puzzle game, while it still remains as a puzzle game requiring you to figure out certain things it mostly acts as a monotonous chore that I wish I could skip. I appreciate the attempt to mash up the gameplay and do something different but this section never became much fun in the slightest and really slowed down the game in the middle of the mystery.


Outside of the small dungeon crawling section and the story, puzzles still remain one of the key parts of the basic game. As usual they go from easy to hard and more than half of these I solved with barely any trouble at all. Sadly many of the puzzles used in the game are basic multiple choice answers that often just involved guessing but there are still several that will make you think. There is a certain theme that goes along with a selection of puzzles in Miracle Mask that all relate to archaeology or just old things such as totems and other such things. I often liked how these puzzles differenced themselves from ones I seen the past and I found many of them to be quite clever with an answer I never would have initially predicted. Puzzles are still fun and always great to redo when they are challenging and Miracle Mask has a good selection of these. I would say there are a selection of pathetic puzzles on display here but for the good selection within the story these bad puzzles are easily looked over.

Miracle Mask is a new start for Professor Layton fans with many changes made this mostly comes down to the transition from the DS to the 3DS and the capabilities of the console. With the added power we get to see a new dimension in the series and I feel it is a change for the better. While cutsecenes still often remain as hand drawn cinematic there is a real difference presented in other forms. For starters characters are longer two dimensional, they now appear as fresh three dimensional figures which while repetitive and a bit dull in their animations it really makes for a nice difference from previous games.


The environmental display has also had a similar makeover, in past games we only had the view given directly in front of us and while they always looked nice we now get to see even more. Using some of the features of the game we get to see entire landscapes as if it was someone’s view. Also I found that I couldn’t help but often take a look at many of the environments with the 3D on, it never lasted long but it really helped to add a certain layer of beauty and a nice view to the environments. Certainly it would be easy to discuss the upgrade in the graphics of the latest Professor Layton game, but it really goes without saying more that it just looks so great.

In a lot of ways Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask fails to provide some of the great experience that captured our attention in the previous games, but by the same respect it also improves I other ways. I personally hope that future games in the series improve on this games faults, but either way Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask still does a great job in being fun and being a mostly enjoyable experience that I am sure Professor Layton fans will have a decent time with for the most part.