List of Friend ID codes for Sumikko Gurashi: Our Puzzling Ways

This may come as news to some of you, but I have a soft spot for cute Japanese cartoon characters. Combine that hook with the appeal of an advanced colour-matching puzzle game, and you have Sumikko Gurashi: Our Puzzling Ways. The game is available for Android and Apple mobile devices, and despite a few fuzzy translations from Japanese, it’s utterly adorable and dangerously addictive.

Some user reviews of the game on the Google Play store have commented that the game’s difficulty ramping is too steep. While I agree in so much that the game does get tough, this causes the player to carefully consider which character to play as, and to experiment often, enriching the experience. Each has its own special skill, and its potency can be upgraded with various accessories that add “happiness” and increase your scoring potential. Coins won within the game can be fed into a lucky dip machine, which randomly spits out upgrades for your existing characters, and unlocks new ones.

Players are limited by how many times they can play the game in quick succession by the number of rice balls they are allocated. These replenish with the passing of time, but there is another way to receive more rice balls, and therefore play the game more frequently. To do this, you can either invite friends to join the game within the app, via Facebook or email, or you can add friend codes for existing players manually.

A number of the game’s reviewers on the Google Play store have listed their player IDs and encouraged other players to connect with them. As of 25 July 2017, I have scraped the complete set of these,  and they are now listed in the table below. If you’d like your Friend ID to be added to this list, please leave a Facebook comment below, or send me an email.

Sumikko Gurashi – Our Puzzling Ways
Friend IDs
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As you increase the number of friends you are connected with in Sumikko Gurashi – Our Puzzling Ways, not only are you able to progress through the game more quickly, but you can also see where other players are up to on the map, and recognize them by their avatars and handles. Your friends’ high scores for each level are also displayed at the foot of the screen when you select a level to play. There are also several ‘holes’ in the map, which can be filled and passed by using flowers. A flower is awarded to you each time you interact with a friend, by either sending or receiving rice balls. Using flowers to pass holes will save you precious coins, which you can use to buy items to help with various levels, or feed into the lucky dip machine for character upgrades.

So while Sumikko Gurashi is a satisfying single player game, its enjoyment can be boosted substantially by connecting with others. Special thanks are due to all the players who have listed their friend IDs on the Play store.

If you haven’t already, I encourage you to check out Sumikko Gurashi – Our Puzzling Ways… it could quite possibly be the cutest colour- matching game you’ll ever play.


Movies: List of independent cinemas in regional South Australia

As a producer and director of independent films, I know full-well that finding an audience for your work is just as important as making a film in the first place. Whilst working on the feature length documentary film Cuttlefish Country, I began to compile a list of independent cinemas around regional South Australia for the purposes of touring the film to relevant local audiences. I was pleasantly surprised to find the full gamut of cinemas peppered around my state, ranging from grand old art-deco cinemas built in the 1930’s (like the Victa Cinemas) to the outback drive-in at Coober Pedy and pop-up cinemas like Cinemallunga (with special event screenings only) and the Moonta Cinema (which operates during school-holidays). This is not yet an exhaustive list of cinemas in regional SA, though we hope to make it so with your help. If you can provide us with additional venue information, please leave a comment below, or send me an email. These cinemas all play mainstream movie releases and can host special events and screenings by arrangement.

Blyth Cinema, Clare Valley
Blyth Cinema, Clare Valley

Independent Cinemas in regional South Australia

Clare Valley Blyth Cinema 112 seats (08) 8844 5175
Coober Pedy Coober Pedy Drive-In walk-up seating also 1800 637 076
Gawler Gawler Cinema ? (08) 8523 1633
Moonta Statewide Cinema 88 seats 0458 106 646
Mount Gambier Oatmill Cinema ? (08) 8724 9150
Murray Bridge Cameo Cinema 252 seats (08) 8531 0222
Port Augusta Cinema Augusta ? (08) 8648 9999
Port Lincoln Youthoria Cinema ? (08) 8683 1199
Robe South Coast Cinemas 94 & 49 seats (08) 8735 8455
Roxby Downs Outback Cinema 60 seats (08) 8671 0500
Victor Harbor Victa Cinemas 286 seats & 297 seats (08) 8552 1325
Whyalla Whyalla Cinema 2 cinemas (08) 8644 7300
Willunga Cinemallunga 120 seats ?

Smartphones: Where to buy high capacity, heavy duty replacement batteries for Android handsets

One of the most disappointing aspects of the Android smartphone device explosion is the lingering impotency of battery performance. Sure, users of Android devices can all extend battery life by running power management applications like JuiceDefender and by cultivating conservative usage habits, but what we really need here is a rapid improvement in the performance of batteries. Battery R&D was clearly left behind while the manufacturers were all trying to out-do each other over screen, processor and camera performance.

Fortunately, while the pleas from the early adopters to the device manufacturers to address this debilitating problem appear to have fallen on deaf ears, other smaller manufacturers have taken notice. In fact, a surprising number of 3rd party battery manufacturers have now stepped up to bat, offering replacement batteries offering everything from slight to massive performance improvements. For current owners of Android smartphones the challenge now lies in answering the questions “What are my options for replacement batteries and where can I buy them?”

Having dedicated some time to this matter myself and successfully upgraded batteries on three different Android smartphones (a Samsung Galaxy S, an HTC Desire HD and a Motorola Milestone XT720) I decided to compile a list of popular devices, sorted alphabetically, with links to sellers of the highest capacity replacement batteries available. Many of these are super heavy-duty upgrades, leading to up to three times the runtime between charges (when compared to original stock batteries). These batteries tend to be over-sized, and ship with replacement back-plates for the phone. You can see what I mean with the Samsung Galaxy S example in the video below.


As for the table, while it is not a comprehensive list, I would love some encouragement and assistance to help it grow. If you have any requests for information on alternative batteries for specific devices or you’d like to share your experiences or add information to this chart, please leave a detailed comment at the end of this article.

Brand Model Stock Battery Capacity Maximum Battery Capacity Purchase from
Google Google Nexus One 1500mAh 3000mAh (with cover)
HTC HTC Bravo 1400mAh 3000mAh (with cover)
  HTC Desire A8181 1400mAh 3000mAh (with cover)
  HTC Desire 1400mAh 3000mAh (with cover)
  HTC Desire HD 1230mAh 1800mAh
  HTC Droid Eris 1300mAh 1500mAh
  HTC Hero 1350mAh 3200mAh (with cover) Mugen Power
  HTC Incredible 1450mAh 1500mAh
  HTC Legend 1300mAh 1800mAh Mugen Power
  HTC Thunderbolt 1400mAh 1500mAh
  HTC Wildfire 1300mAh 1800mAh Mugen Power
LG LG Optimus 2X 1500mAh 4500mAh (with cover) Mugen Power
Motorola Motorola Milestone 1400mAh 2000mAh
  Motorola Milestone XT720 1400mAh 2000mAh
Samsung Samsung Fascinate 1500mAh 3500mAh (with cover)
  Samsung Galaxy S 1500mAh 3500mAh (with cover)
  Samsung Vibrant 1500mAh 3500mAh (with cover)
Sony Ericsson Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 1500mAh 2600mAh (white cover)
  Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 1500mAh 2600mAh (black cover)

Dan Monceaux