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Keeshia Barker

    The Outer Worlds

    A gorgeous, replayable adventure that won’t take you a year to explore
    The Outer Worlds Cover Art

    I know I’m not the first one to say it, but it really is nice to play a stunning game that doesn’t overtake my life. The Outer Worlds is everything I hoped it’d be. It’s beautiful, it has a great story, and you can play through it in a weekend. And then play it again a different way the next time.

    This game was brought to us by the people responsible for games like Fallout: New Vegas (Obsidian) and L.A. Noire (Virtuos). It’s no surprise then that it has both looks and brains. New Vegas was always my favorite Fallout game. I’m not sure why but it was the first one that really sucked me in and actually made me pay attention to the story. As such, I was eager to get my hands on The Outer Worlds once I found out about it (Which honestly was right before it’s launch. Why didn’t anyone show me earlier huh?).

    The Premise

    In The Outer Worlds, you awake from hibernation on a colonist ship that was lost in transit to Halcyon, the furthest colony from Earth located at the edge of the galaxy, only to find yourself in the midst of a deep conspiracy threatening to destroy it. As you explore the furthest reaches of space and encounter various factions, all vying for power, the character you decide to become will determine how this player-driven story unfolds. In the corporate equation for the colony, you are the unplanned variable.

    Obsidian Entertainment

    Due to the nature of the story being played out based on your choices, you get the opportunity to play the game again. And each time you can build a different style of character and make different choices to make the game fresh enough to not get boring. If you’re anything like me, you’ll put it down for a while between play-throughs which makes it better the next time around.

    The game is filled with plenty of colorful characters, with a full range of love and hate to go ’round. You will have to choose whose needs to put above others along whatever moral compass you choose to follow. I had a difficult time remaining neutral and I’ve noticed it’s pretty much impossible for everyone I watched play the game as well.

    So should I buy it?

    Yes, duh. Seriously, if you don’t want to for budget reasons, wait for a sale. But definitely pick this up at some point and play it. It is everything you want in this style of game: it’s gorgeous, it runs well, the story is great, and you have an actual impact on the result. It’s no wonder the lowest score it’s gotten is an 82/100 (pretty darn good in this overly critical world of ours).

    You can purchase this game for PC, PS4, Xbox, and Nintendo Switch. And if you pick it up in the Epic Store don’t forget to use Jaxboxchick for your creator code 😉

    *This article contains an affiliate link. Using the Creator Code Jaxboxchick or Links to the Epic Games Store, The Mommy Gamers earn tiny bits of money to help keep the site going. Thanks!

    **We received this game free for review purposes.

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    Nordlicht: A pretty little adventure

    Beautiful art with a sweet story
    Nordlicht loading screen

    I don’t usually play point and click adventures but when I saw the artwork for Nordlicht I had to give it a go. It sounds like a lot of games I’ve fallen in love with over the years. Guess I just appreciate good art? Anyway, this little game has a good story to accompany the art and the mechanics are easy enough to make this game child-friendly.

    I point, I click, Repeat

    As mentioned, Nordlicht is a point and click game where you figure out how to do things by exploring and dragging items either onto each other to craft or onto the scene to use. The gameplay is easy, though you might get a little stumped if you don’t think outside the box or try to do something in the wrong order/spot.

    There are three parts to the story with what I’d call a little mini-game between where you have to sail the ship and keep it from getting destroyed by lightning, waves, or icebergs. Each of the three acts builds on the story of a Father and Daughter (and guinea pig) journey to visit mom. Several times in the story are little easter egg phrases that you may or may not notice. Plus there are lots of little nordic tidbits thrown in.

    Did I enjoy my playthrough?

    You’re darn tootin! I’m glad I picked Nordlicht up to review, despite it not being my favorite genre. I enjoyed seeing all the little cinematics and the art during the actual gameplay was beautiful. I would definitely play another one in this same style! Pick it up on Steam for a steal at only $5!

    Spoiler: Subject/Parent Warning

    If you want to play through this with your child – and I totally condone doing so – you should be aware that where you’re going is mom’s grave. I didn’t want to put any spoilers in here but this is one of those things you want to be prepared to discuss if need be with your kiddos. There’s a very pretty surprise when you visit!

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    Terrorarium

    A game of adorable gore and murder gardens
    Terrorarium Gardener and Moogu

    You know, I didn’t think Terrorarium was going to suck me in as fast as it did. I was never a real fan of Pikmin. But ya got me! With your adorable little moogu and your hobbling gardener granny, ya got me.

    Murder Gardens?

    Terrorarium is a puzzle game at heart, where you have to figure out a way through what they affectionately dubbed “murder gardens.” You play as The Gardener, a little old granny character who controls different types of “moogu.” The moogu follow you around and can be used in different ways to help you get through obstacles. There are quite a few levels to play through and they can get quite tricky, so you may find time just zooming by if you get reeled in.

    In Maker Mode, you can try your hand at creating your own murder garden. Make it as easy or punishingly frustrating as you like and then release it into the world to make other players either cry or go “wtf?” Personally, this mode isn’t my cup of tea but I imagine it’s a lot of fun for people who like things like Mario Maker.

    As I mentioned above, different moogu have different abilities. They do things like set stuff on fire, block objects, or weigh them down. The moogu follow granny around all the time unless she tells them to sleep, which can get really annoying in some situations. They also breed when anything dead is around… which is kinda weird but okay. And that brings me to my favorite quote from the stream…

    Sometimes you gotta kill a few to breed a bunch!

    Divine to Jax
    terrorarium title text

    Divine Verdict

    This game gets tricky and it definitely makes you think. I like that it has the maker mode so you can exercise some creativity. Playing through the puzzles is what I really enjoyed and keep going back to.

    If you want to tease your brain or flex your puzzle building muscles, pick up this game for $10 on Steam today!

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    Fading Embers

    Explore a new story of This War of Mine
    Fading Embers story of This War of Mine

    A few months ago we talked about a new story in This War of Mine mobile. Well, now there’s a brand new story out on PC called Fading Embers. I fell in love with This War of Mine a long time ago (it released in 2014) and ever since they’ve given me new reasons to keep revisiting the game.

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    Time to Squid Up in Super Animal Royale!

    Murder is better with buddies
    Super Animal Royale Squid Up: Squads announcement banner

    Until now you could only squad up in Super Animal Royale on weekends, which wasn’t super useful to us here at TheMommyGamers since we play on Mondays! But with today’s update, we get to play squads all the time – though to be honest I might miss hunting down my friends in duos…

    Cosmetics: Make me look pretty!

    In addition to squad mode becoming permanent, there are TWENTY-TWO new super animal breeds to unlock. In case you’re new, super animal breeds are the skin variations you unlock by collecting DNA and serum while playing games. You also have milestones to hit, like kills or eating coconuts, to get special cosmetics plus special events like the current Super Summer Royale where you eat baskets of fruit during matches to earn new summer-themed items like a rubber ducky floatie or fruit kabob to murder your enemies with.

    Enter at Your Own Risk

    Mountains and caves are still a relatively new addition to the game but they’ve added more to find and even put together a nifty dev video about it.

    I’m So Exciiiiited!

    We’ve been playing Super Animal Royale pretty faithfully since the year started (see my first article on the game?). We even added it to the Twitch schedule – every Monday from 9 – 2 EST! It’s been great to see the game grow and get excited every time something new is added. We hope to see your names pop up in the game!

    If you want to check out the full patch notes you can find them on steam. Super Animal Royale is FREE to play! When you fall in love with SAR and want more please use our Humble Bundle link to pick up the full version and get all the extra goodies here.

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    This War of Mobile

    A little slice of depression on my phone
    This war of mine stories: a father's promise

    This War of Mine has been a long time favorite of mine and I’ve played it on both PS4 (thanks PS Plus subscription!) and PC. Recently I got the opportunity to play it on my phone with a storyline I hadn’t played before (though it’s been on the other versions, I simply never purchased the DLC). A Father’s Promise adds yet another layer to this already depressing game and gives the game a sense of urgency whereas the regular stories are really about lasting the longest period of time you can. Spoilers ahead, duh.

    Rummaging through the debris of a broken building in This War of Mine

    The Story

    Imagine being stuck in a city that’s getting bombed and has become an active firing range where you just have to find somewhere to hole up, fly under the radar, and survive until it’s finally safe to GTFO. Well, that’s the scenario in This War of Mine. Supplies are scarce and as you spend your days trying to secure your living space and building everything you need for comfort, survival, and sanity. At night you send someone out to get supplies and hopefully, someone stays back to hold down the fort without getting stabbed.

    In A Father’s Promise, you start out with just two characters. A father and a daughter. Without spoiling the story-line too much – your daughter is taken away and you’re now not just trying to survive but find her. You trace her whereabouts through clues left at different scavenging sites. And you’re having to do all this solo – whereas you would usually have your scavenger sleep during the day and someone else build, you now have to balance it all with one person.

    On the upside you only have one mouth to feed, but time is a killer. It adds a new level of difficulty and as I said, urgency to the game where previously there was none except the impending doom of winter. It gave a nice twist to things that freshened up my experience with the game.

    Playing on Mobile

    Because of the games easy mechanics of mostly point and click, this game translates very well to a mobile device. Sometimes the smaller screen can get annoying if you fat finger something but otherwise it functions exactly as it does on all other platforms. Huge props to 11 Bit Studios for creating a game that performs so well.

    Divine Verdict

    I have always loved this game. It takes a horrible topic and instead of masking it with the perceived valor of being a soldier, puts you into the fray as a civilian. It doesn’t shy away from the darkness at all, confronting things like depression and even suicide. The addition of having to find a child in this story-line adds even more to the game. 10/10 if you get the chance to play this game (without being triggered too hard) DO IT.

    Find it on PS4, Xbox, Steam, and in the App Store! And check out the website.

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