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By Pam Parker Erie Times-News staff blogger
Pam Parker's blog takes on everything from women's fun to momisms to lifestyles around Lake Erie and real estate. She'll take you down Memory Lane, up through sports and fun and off the grid. Get ready for laughs — it's more than just Pam. It's Pamdemonium.   Read more about this blog.
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Posts tagged ‘Sorry’
Posted: July 23rd, 2013

PearlSomeone needs to stop me.

I always played games with my kids. You name it: Sorry, Monopoly, puzzles, Rollercoaster.  I spent one summer personally conquering Nintendo tennis.

A few years ago, we had a Words with Friends frenzy. I even played with my kids’ friends, but I had to stop because I would lose by default — I couldn’t find the time to play.

Other than bouts with Sudoku on my phone and an occasional match with Freecell, I do not play many games. Until my friend — whom I had not seen in about 35 years — sucked me into Pearl’s Peril on Facebook. It’s kind of like the original Nancy Drew novels, and it’s from the same era. You have to figure out what happened to Pearl’s father.

It’s a mystery in the form of a chapter book, and you construct buildings on Pearl’s family’s island as you collect clues — via finding hidden objects in a short time. I thought it was about 7 chapters. That was in May. I am now in Chapter 13, and I don’t see any end in sight. And the island still has a lot of real estate to explore.

I am getting a little sick of finding the rat, cat, fire extinguisher, gloves and snake in every chapter. But I have also learned new words for objects I never heard of, and it’s all in the effort to save Pearl and figure out who are the good guys and bad guys.

The best thing about this is the sound effects. It has lapping waves and birds. And don’t worry that you will play too long because you run out of energy in minutes, and you have to wait to accumulate some, ask friends for it or buy it. I’m not doing the last two — except for my three friends who play with me. But you still won’t get much energy.

I tried to ditch Pearl for other hidden object games, but most of them want money or have complicated storylines with gremlins and monsters. Another one had objects so tiny you had to use the cursor as a magnifying glass and some of the rooms were dark. The objects moved with every turn, and a lot of them were hidden on the ceiling. It had cats and rats too.

I have to run — it’s time to help Pearl escape from the submarine bay so I can buy a greenhouse for the island.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three and stepmom to three.

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Posted: April 18th, 2012

Another offer you can’t refuse. We played, Sorry, Scrabble, checkers and a host of video and computer games around here.

But, the people at Endless Games have endless suggestions for fun that range from under $10 to $25. The Godfather Trivia Game, for $13, will bring all the men in this family together with 900 questions. Do you know Kay’s maiden name? Who was drinking out of a garden hose at Anthony’s communion party? Finish the line, “I know it was you Fredo …” Endless Games says The Godfather Trivia Game will have you rising through the ranks, or sleeping with the fishes. Just remember… “keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.”

Endless Games also offers Name 5! Just like the title says, a category comes up and if you can name 5, you move on. You’ll name 5 things that make a person sneeze, 5 TV dads, 5 video games.
Other fun: Flippin’ Out – Scattegories on steroids. Say rock bands is the category – come up with a band that starts with the letter “P,” think fast. If you can’t come up with an answer, you are out.  So in this game, you are either flippin’ or out!

Enjoy Reverse Charades. Instead of one player acting out something for the team to guess, the team acts out for one teammate. You can watch a demo here.

Game on!

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

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