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Keeshia Barker

    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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    SAR: Year of the Super Pig

    New goodies + A Squads test this weekend!
    Super Animal Royale: Year of the Super Pig

    It’s the Year of the Pig! That’s Super Pig over at Super Animal Royale. Remember that game I got addicted to that cut into all my Fortnite time? Well it’s celebrating the lunar new year with an awesome new patch and a squads test weekend!

    Artwork by community member Unicorn Dominion

    Festivities start today and run through February 25th with a brand new bamboo biome and luxurious Super Animal World Bamboo Resort to explore. And of course there’s new limited edition cosmetic items to unlock including two new Super Pig breeds. (Time to grind for all those new goodies!)

    Squads Mode Test Weekend

    From Jan 31 through Feb 3 @ 11pm PST duos mode will be disabled and squads will open up for testing. Grab up to 3 of your friends and go head to head with other squads in the land of SAW.

    Oooh New! Shiny!

    The Super Fine Details

    New Super Animals & Breeds:

    • Super Pig (+ the 2 special event limited edition breeds shown above)
    • Super Boar (+ 2 alternative breeds)
    • Super Jindo Dog

    New Challenge Reward Items:

    • Coconut Tee, Palm Shirt and Coconut Dress (for eating coconuts: 25, 75, and 350 respectively)
    • 3 Marshmallow Sticks (for using campfires: 1, 25 and 150 respectively)
    • Sickle, Large Sickle, and Scythe (for cutting grass tufts: 300, 3000 and 20,000 respectively)
    • Grenade Tee (for achieving 5 grenade kills)
    • Swag Glasses (for getting 10 vehicle kills)
    • Shovel (for opening 15 mole crates)
    • Crowbar (for destroying 2500 destructibles)

    Additional New Melee Weapon Skins:

    • Backscratcher
    • Stick
    • Rebellion Sword
    • Wooden Plank
    • Wrench
    • Claymore

    Patch Notes

    • The Year of the Super Pig event has begun! Play matches to earn the Bamboo Stick, Tai Chi Sword, Lunar Black Hat, Lunar Red Hat, Lunar Shirt, Lunar Dress, Lunar Vest, and the Lunar Traditional Outfit.
    • Brand new bamboo biome featuring the S.A.W. Bamboo Resort.
    • Lots of new cosmetic items and challenge rewards (listed above).
    • New Super Animals and breeds (listed above).
    • New languages (listed above).
    • Banana slips rewards now only count on enemies. The Banana Tee is achieved after 15 slips, and Banana Fancy Shirt after 50.
    • (Note: some of these stats are newly tracked, and so will be starting from 0)
    • Stats screen has some design changes.
    • Hitboxes now tied to animation rather than a fixed size/position.
    • Added breakable doors to some buildings.
    • Many performance & efficiency improvements behind the scenes to reduce stutters and especially the on-death stutter.
    • Muzzle-glow now restricted to player view distance. Previously it was visible outside the normal vision range on certain resolutions.
    • New sounds for some of the melee weapons.
    • Snow bush has new animations.

    Patch notes on steam

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    Rooftops: An Interactive Children’s Book

    A book about balancing real life and technology
    The launch screen of Rooftops interactive book app

    In our digital world there is a big, ongoing discussion about the balance of technology and in person interaction in our lives. This applies to all ages but like a lot of things the debate heats up when it concerns our children. A lot argue that too much screen time is detrimental to children’s growth both educationally and socially. But with the right balance you can use technology to your kid’s advantage. Join us as we enter the wonderful world of Rooftops.

    The Story

    Inside kevin's room, he is focused on his tablet
    Inside Kevin’s Room

    This book starts by showing the main character, Kevin, glued to his iPad. However, he forgets to do his homework and loses the privilege of using it. In the absence of his tablet he starts looking out the window of his room and seeing all the rooftops in the city. He starts seeing interesting things that eventually make him want to go explore outside.

    His parents take him out for a walk and head to the neighborhood park. There Kevin gets to interact with other kids who also see fun things from their windows. At the end Kevin learns that there are fun things to do that don’t include his tablet and is excited about exploring the world around him.

    Rooftops Trailer

    Features

    • Listen to the animated story, with narration, music, and sounds
    • Fun, interactive animations throughout the story
    • READ TO ME & READ BY MYSELF functions
    • Play a simple, create-your-own window game
    • Suitable for ages 4-8
    • Absolutely no in-app purchases, hidden costs, or in-game adverts. Perfect for Kids!
    • Created especially for the iPad
    Kevin at the playground

    The Developer

    Rustbot Studios is a brand new studio founded by two brothers, Juan and Carlos. They are primarily focused on developing applications that tell stories and Rooftops is their first children’s book.

    We at Rustbot Studios believe in the positive impact of technology when used responsibly and in accordance with more traditional, healthy habits. We don’t believe in demonizing mobile tech, which is a ubiquitous, complex, and relatively new interactive experience that cannot be shunned with blanket statements without considering all its nuances and implications for the future of the human experience, especially at an early age.

    Juan Santiago, co-founder of Rustbot Studios
    A sneezing chimney

    What’s Divine Say?

    As a parent who’s glued to my own technology, this is definitely a topic that I’m doing my best to instill good habits in my kids with. Balancing outside, learning time, and screen time can be difficult – especially when your child latches onto a piece of tech.

    My eldest, now four, has had a kid’s Kindle since he was 1 and he played baby apps on my old first gen iPad prior to that. (You know, those baby apps you just smack to interact with? lol) He now has to do sight words and have outside or non-screen play time every day in order to earn his video game or Kindle time. (He just got the new 10″ Kindle for his birthday he’s super hyped about!). Luckily he’s not so attached to it that it’s an issue when we cut down screen time.

    I think that this book is a great way to illustrate to kids the idea of balance and try to excite them about the world outside a screen. Hopefully that the developer makes many more to tackle even more hard to explain concepts early on. The art for this was great and the options for narration and reading along are great. I would definitely read these kinds of books with my kids in the future.

    Get the App

    Grab the app on the App Store and read it with your kiddos today!

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    Apps, Books, Featured
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    The Textorcist: I’m a Cranky ol’ Priest!

    Can you TYPE your way out of bullet hell?
    The Textorcist logo over a pentagram with screenshots of the game in each piece

    If you’re not prepared to hear my sailor trash mouth, definitely don’t watch me play The Textorcist. The amount of rage clips from other streamers is hilarious and I definitely feel their pain having played through the demo. YET! I’m really looking forward to playing more of the game as it releases for Valentine’s Day! Warning: This game is NOT for children. 18+ only thanks.

    Story

    The Textorcist has a lot of dark and adult humor. Follow Ray Bibbia, a private exorcist, as he faces a demonic outbreak in a city filled with crime and seedy establishments. You’ll have lots of fun reading the dialog and laughing at the ridiculousness of names and situations.

    I had a hoot over the nightclub/strip club in the game called… THE TITUS TWISTER. Yup. You read that right. There’s some other great bits in the demo of dialog exchanges that make actually reading the text a reward. Cause let’s face it, most of us just blast through in game dialog without fully reading it. (Don’t even try to deny that, I see you).

    Ray says "Ugh, life is short but shitty days never end. I should get that." as the phone rings in his office.

    Gameplay

    Ever wondered what would happen if you slammed a bullet hell game with a typing game? No? Well be prepared for something unexpectedly awesome!

    Activate both sides of your brain as you try to simultaneously try to type and move away from danger during fights. I cannot tell you how infuriating it was to get my sleepy morning brain to try and type with one hand and move around using the arrow keys with my other! But it made for a great show (I think?). You type out incantations in order to attack bosses (of which there will be 10). You also type to perform actions outside of fights, like using items or interacting with characters.

    Getting hit by bosses not only does damage to you but knocks your book out of your hand (can we just glue the darn thing to his hands?). Chasing that thing around the nightclub dance floor was a lot of cardio. I’m surprised I didn’t give poor Ray a heart attack. And in a different fight, you get vomit on your book that blocks out the text you’re supposed to be typing. You either have to remember what it was or wait for it to clear.

    Vomit covers Ray's book in this boss fight

    Music

    The soundtrack for this game is wonderful! Composed by GosT, the music for this game is an awesome addition to the gameplay and would be great to listen to all on it’s own. Take a listen in the announcement trailer, it definitely gets you hyped at key moments in the game!

    The Divine Verdict!

    Not gonna lie, I was a lil mad to see the demo was so short. However! I’m super hyped to see the full release coming up in a few weeks. (Conveniently after I get back from vacation!) I played the big boss on stream the other day and everyone seemed to really enjoy watching me ride the struggle bus. It’s definitely not for weaker audiences though so if you don’t like adult humor or swearing or are a prude, don’t play this game.

    You can check out a clip of my play on YouTube and the highlight of the boss fight on Twitch. Be warned this content is NSFW!

    Check out The Textorcist on Steam and head over to the publisher page for more games by HeadUp.

    Super Animal Royale

    The cutest game of animal of animal violence you’ll ever see

    Another battle royale game? You bet your britches! Only this time we get to play as absolutely adorable creatures and collect weapon skins, clothes and accessories, and DNA to unlock more animals. Super Animal Royale takes place in a safari park gone all wrong and has a unique top down and cartoony gameplay that makes it unique in what’s becoming a saturated genre.

    Super animal royale characters fighting in the forest

    Gameplay

    Gameplay for SAR is easy, but may take some getting used to for most players. The top down view gives you a good look at the playing field, but leaves enough room to hide. You aim by simply hovering over the enemy character with your cursor and clicking the mouse to shoot. Movement is standard WASD and weapon selection is 1-4. Remapping keys is easy, if you prefer to use mouse buttons like I do!
     

    You drop from the cargo carrying eagle and parachute onto the map. Traveling distance from drop to land isn’t a long time so going far from the path isn’t possible. Once you land you’ll need to find gear. You start with a melee weapon, a sword by standard until you earn other skinned items. There are slots for 2 guns and either bananas or grenades. You can wear level 1, 2, or 3 armor vests and collect up to 200 health juice at a time.

    In this game it’ll be you vs 63 other people, not the usual 100. Currently you can play solos or duos but squad mode is coming. There is a free demo version to play on Steam with the standard edition being $13 and the founder’s edition is $26, with lots of extra goodies.

    Super animal royale founders edition bonuses

    The Divine Verdict

    I saw this game one day on Twitter and had to have it. For those that don’t know, I’ve been a Fortnite Battle Royale player since it released and I love the genre plus the cartoonish art (vs PUBG’s realistic look). Super Animal Royale is simplistic and it’s relaxing to play for me because it’s no pressure just fun. It’s definitely going to be staying on my rotation for a while. Thank you to the devs for sending me a code to play the standard version, I loved it enough to upgrade to be a Founder. I look forward to all the updates of added skins and collectibles!

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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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    Apps, Featured, Games
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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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