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Keeshia Barker

    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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    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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    Flippin’ Houses

    Dangerous Doses of Dopamine!
    House Flipper loading screen

    So, there’s a game called House Flipper that got and continues to get a fair bit of attention. It’s one of those games most people see browsing the Steam store and think, “Who the heck wants to play that?” And you would be wrong to judge this game by its seemingly stupid premise and dated graphics.

    The Premise & Gameplay

    House Flipper is a simulation game where you clean up and remodel houses. In the beginning you receive work requests from clients. This part of the game helps you learn the games mechanics and get used to the controls. You’ll do client requests until your tool kit is complete. After that you’re ready to begin flipping houses on your own!

    House Flipper in-game client email

    Some of these client requests sure are snarky!

    During the mission phase you’ll learn to clean, paint, demolish and build. You’ll learn the cold hard truth that some people really shouldn’t be allowed to pick paint colors and be privy to some of the most nasty, dirty houses needing TLC (prepare to vacuum up roaches, ew). And there’s clearly a radiator thief at large in this game based on how many of them you’ll install.

    Earning money and upgrading skills to prepare you for your adventures in trying to make potential buyers happy by taking run down homes and turning them into cold hard profit margins, I mean.. lovely places for the buyers to live in or rent out. As the developers roll out updates you’ll have more things to play around with like new paint colors, flooring, and furniture.

    What did you think of it?

    You’re probably still wondering about that odd tagline I gave this post (did you even notice??). Well during the mission portion of the game you’ve got a handy dandy checklist of things to do in the client’s house. Checking items off a to-do list releases dopamine, that wonderful chemical that makes us feel all YAY because we accomplished something. It’s also one half of what makes this and any quest based game addictive. The other half is expressing creativity, which also boosts those happy, happy chemicals in your brain.

    House Flipper is super addictive for people like me who love sim style games and creative outlets. I played about 25 hours over a few days and went back to it after more content was added. Like many other sims, I like to play it in spurts to try out new content or come up with my own challenges, which I find particularly fun for recording or streaming. This lets me enjoy the game multiple times without ever burning out on it.

    10/10 worth every penny spent! Get a copy today on Steam.

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