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    Review: Battle Princess Madelyn

    Battle Princess Madelyn

    When I agreed to do this review, I hadn’t heard anything about this indie release from Causal Bit Games. But, as a woman who has been playing games since before those pixelated side-scroller NES days, I loved the title immediately. Back in the ’90s, working in the industry at a time when game companies could not figure out what girls wanted (good games with strong heroines, full stop), I waded through plenty of princess-y games that didn’t quite satisfy my need for action. So this game, designed for a real-life young girl who wanted to be in the world of Ghouls ‘n Ghosts, comes a touch late for me. But it’s still a fun game, and maybe more suited for my old-school style than that of my more modern gamer son’s (he spent some time grousing about the need for a tutorial).

    Battle Princess Madelyn is a side-scrolling platformer that follows a young heroine-in-training as she sets out to rescue her family from an evil wizard, with help from her ghost dog. The game is now available for PC and Xbox One; it’s being released today in North America for the Nintendo Switch and Playstation 4. It’ll be available in Europe and Australia for the Switch on January 7, 2019; A PS4 date for 2019 has yet to be announced.

    The Good

    If you like that retro NES-style vibe, you’re going to love the art of Battle Princess Madelyn. It really does feel like an old side-scrolling platformer, in terms of look and feel and evocative music. The controls are responsive and mostly easy to use.  There’s a nice variety of places to go, adventures to tackle, and creatures to encounter. The 2D art is visually arresting and the environments are diverse and imaginative. Despite the undead, monsters, and other not truly scary obstacles, it’s got a family-friendly vibe. And the familiarity of the simple and straightforward gameplay, for us old-schoolers, is comforting. Two modes, Arcade and Story, allow for plenty of replayability.

    The Meh

    On occasion I found it difficult to master talking to people. The game could use a bit more user-friendly direction-providing. I wasn’t always sure what my main quest was. I did a lot of aimless wandering (which, okay, to be honest, is not different from what I did back in the ’80s).

    The Bad

    While part of me loves the formulaic qualities of those old platformers, I mean, they had their faults, too. I remember spending a lot of time back in the day trying to figure out what I was supposed to do, and also getting frustrated by knowing WHAT to do, without actually being able to pull it off. Battle Princess Madelyn, in this respect, may aim a bit too close to its 8-bit predecessors. I spent a lot of my Battle Princess Madelyn time stuck in various places, trying to figure out where to go next. If I weren’t writing a review, I probably would have quit – which would have been the wrong thing to do. The game gets better, and less frustrating, as you go on.

    The Final Word

    I’m fully behind the backstory of this game, as a former little girl wishing to be transported into the world of video games. And as someone who played many of these platformers back in the day, I can tell you this experience feels authentically like that, including all the parts where I threw down my controller and went to clear my head before trying again. But it’s worth getting through, because there’s enough of wonder and interest that you’ll be rewarded for continuing to play in Battle Princess Madelyn’s whimsically ghastly world. Just expect to die a lot, in many different ways.

    Get more information on Battle Princess Madelyn here.




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    Chicken Pox Never Looked So Cute

    Get on your tractor and grab some eggs!

    Get ready to rage at a really simple game y’all! Chicken Pox is an adorable little mobile game available on iOS and Android that just released today. It’s developed by Nosy Jones, an indie studio based in Australia. This is their first title to release and brings together talented contributors from more than 12 countries – including Australia, France, Germany, Ukraine, Czech Republic, South Africa, England, Brazil, Sweden, New Zealand, Argentina, and  the United States.

    Main Screen

    Gameplay

    You play as a chicken named Pox and drive around obstacles to pick up eggs. The races are timed and courses make pictures you can share at the end. There’s also hidden blue eggs that turn into in game currency, rude sheep and cows who won’t get out of the way, and unsafe automatic farm gates that like to slam shut in your face (how rude). You’ll also be able to unlock airport and ocean environments later in the game.

    You play via just one finger! Just point and Pox follows your finger through whatever path you take. You literally can’t get any simpler controls wise. Only thing you need to do is make sure you give obstacles a little more room because it’s very easy to ‘fat finger’ yourself accidentally into some flowers or a cow.

    There are vehicles and character decorations like hats and glasses you can purchase in game to change things up. Yes, that means there’s micro transactions but you can also just get things by finding the blue eggs and claiming achievements to get in game currency. Plus there are daily gifts so you do not have to spend any money ever on this game if you don’t want to.

    And of course you can connect this game to Facebook and share the fun with your friends!

    Key Features

    • Drive and fly awesome vehicles – all with their own unique trails.
    • Reveal cool pictures by collecting the eggs in order!
    • Explore stunning 3D environments such as the Farm, Ocean and Airport!
    • Find all the hidden blue eggs in each level for bonus rewards.
    • Compete against your friends to be the Chicken Pox king!
    • Customize Pox and the eggs by mixing and matching hats, glasses, and masks in hundreds of cool and funny combinations!
    • Unlock fast paced mini-games that test your skill and reflexes.
    • New content added regularly!

    Game Trailer

    Do I like it or hate it?

    So I installed the game before release, late Monday night, so that I could get a good feel for it before writing this. I wanted to be able to tell you about my experience with the game versus just about it releasing. So here we go.

    This game is freakin’ adorable. Super easy to play yet tricky enough that I raged a few times last night on a harder level. When you run out of gas taking too long on a map you’re offered the chance to watch an ad or pay with eggs to get more. Your lives, designated by gas cans, are lost if you fail to complete a map and you have a healthy amount of them to begin with that regenerate on a long timer (like 1 per 5 hours). 

    I’ve played through several levels of the game and am enjoying it. I plan to keep it around and collect all the things. ALL OF THEM! So obviously I recommend you go download and give it a try now.

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    Tsioque: A Princess Led 2D Adventure

    Sometimes a girl just has to save herself
    Tsioque fends off danger

    Now, I know what you’re probably thinking… How the hell do I pronounce Tsioque? Well rather than butcher it in text, just watch the trailer and listen real carefully at the end.

    Chi yok? Whatever, name aside the game looks cute right? Tsioque is a 2-D animated adventure game available now on Steam. It seems to have started several years ago on Kickstarter (2015) and is finally available in its full version, released on Steam on Nov 7 this year. 

    You play as a young lady, Tsioque, who had to defend her cattle from the evil court wizard that took it over and threw her in the dungeon. Her mom, the queen, and her army are of fighting so it’s up to Tsioque alone. The goal, of course, is to kick his butt out and reclaim your home. The game is a point and click story adventure with good voice over work and music score.

    The puzzles throughout the game aren’t exceedingly difficult. You’ll have to do some trial and error with some things and some of the mini-games are very precise timing, which can be aggravating. The game is dark but fun, so I would say Tsioque would probably be good for preteen and up if not a little younger.  

    Overall, the game is pretty and the dialogue can be amusing. It was nice seeing a female lead character. The only real downside is the length of the game, about 3.5 hours, and an odd shift in story. But I definitely enjoyed it regardless.

    If you’re into this style of game and fantasy settings you’ll want to pick it up and give it a go. And hey, it’s on Steam – so if you’re on the fence, just throw it on your wishlist and snag it during a sale!

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    Amnesia: Collection – Xbox One Review

    Amnesia Collection Review The Mommy Gamers Xbox Mike Robles

    Any horror fan will tell you that there are very few great survival horror games out there. Indie development has over saturated the market with cheap imitations and games rely on nothing but jump scares and tired tactics.

    It’s often said, “If you want something done right, you have got to do it yourself.” I think that after seeing so many copycats and subpar products, that Frictional Games said “NO MORE!” and decided to remaster what is hailed as classic horror – Amnesia: The Dark Descent.

    Now I will come right out and admit that I never played any of the Amnesia games. Mainly because I have never really PC gamed and when I finally bought a beefy machine back in 2007, I bought a Mac for video editing. So games were sparse. I have, however, heard of Amnesia games and know that it’s favored amongst many horror fans for its gameplay. While it didn’t invent the survival horror genre, it did some things that made these games stand out and deliver some truly terrifying experiences.

    Amnesia: The Dark Descent

    Almost 10 years later Xbox One users finally can play the Amnesia: The Dark Descent, it’s DLC – Justine, and the sequel, Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs. After hearing so much about these games I was excited to finally give them a try and wooooooooo was I not ready for this.

    I’m not going to focus much on the stories of the games because they are all little strange and each game can offer multiple endings depending on the players’ actions. What I am going to focus on is the gameplay as well as how the looks and feels on the Xbox One.

    Almost looks relaxing…

    The nice thing about the Amnesia games is that they aren’t all connected. So you have the option to play whichever game you’d like. In each game, players take on the role of a protagonist with (surprise) Amnesia. From there they must solve puzzles and avoid monsters to keep their sanity while also trying to piece together parts of their own story. Unlike other survival horror games, these games are built on puzzle solving and running away. A unique aspect is that fact that player characters slowly start to lose their minds by entering dark places or looking at monsters. It is such a well-done game mechanic that at times I was left with a feeling of unease.

    The controls are decent. For being such an old game (and previously ported to the PS4) the controls hold up. There are a few times when the controls get a little clunky but not everything can be perfect. While the game does all it can to update the visuals, they still aren’t quite up to the level that you would come to expect on an Xbox One (or Xbox One X) console.

    When it comes down to it, the Amnesia: Collection is an absolute must-have for any horror fans. You’re getting some amazing games at one hell of a price. The games aren’t tremendously long and you can see where more recent games gained their inspiration from. 

    Lose your mind and dive deep into the world of Amnesia. You’ll be glad you did.

    The author was provided a code for review purposes.

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    Wait.. Hell is Green?

    Welcome to Green Hell! How long will you survive?
    Green Hell Title Screen

    Green Hell is an open world survival simulator set in the Amazonian rain-forest. It’s produced by a company called Creepy Jar, a relatively new organization comprised of industry vets that have worked on some other dark titles like Dying Light, Dead Island, and Silent Hill.

    A Glimpse Into Story Mode

    The tutorial for Green Hell walks you through the basics while introducing you to the two characters that will be present in the story mode that is coming later on. While you’re there to document the wildlife and flora, your partner is trying to infiltrate and learn about the local tribe that is extremely secretive and wary of strangers. 

    You gain a very basic understanding of the controls during this pretty quick tutorial. You’re left with a pretty chilling cliffhanger at the end as well, so prepare your heart. Story mode is not slotted to be out until late 2018/early 2019. CreepyJar has outlined a pretty generous timeline for the game as you can see here.

    All the things coming to the game over the next six months

    Welcome to the Junnnngggllleee

    We’ve got leaves and twigs? Not so exciting maybe but shelter is important! Welcome to the sandbox mode. Here you’ll be learning more of how the game mechanics really work and build more than a fire and bandage. 

    For a lot of us interested in this genre of games we’ll be reminded of The Forest. A lot of the crafting is similar enough that if you played it you’ll have a better idea of what to do in Green Hell. During the first hour of game play I still had not run into anything hostile so you get plenty of time to ease into the game if you are a beginner. Though I could have just gotten lucky!

    Green Hell Scenery: pond life
    Who knew there’d be such cute things in hell?

    The only objective in this mode is to see how long you can survive. There are poisonous plants, territorial animals, and hostile persons out to kill you. You’ll have to learn what’s safe and not by trial and error. And you will probably die a lot to start with. Don’t give up! 

    As always, the internet is full of tutorials, wikis, and helpful videos to help you if you get stuck or just want to make things easier on yourself and just enjoy the game without all the dying. 

    Am I gonna die?

    Recommend: Yes or No?

    If you like survival games then yes, definitely. Especially if you enjoyed games like The Forest or The Long Dark. Jump on board during early access and enjoy the ability to go back over the coming months to updates that keep the game feeling new. You can find it on Steam for $20.

    A Special Note

    To those like myself who get simulation sickness when playing games I have but one recommendation – do not run unless absolutely necessary in this game. I learned my lesson after getting ill twice while playing. Now I only run if I have to do it to survive through a fight. 

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