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    Kickstarter: Oniri Islands – Children of the River

    Oniri Islands children of the river The Mommy Gamers Kickstarter Review Hands On

    Oniri Islands:Children of the River is a co-op adventure from Tourmaline Studio coming to tablets in winter of 2017.  With only one day left the Oniri Islands Kickstarter project has surpassed their goal, meaning this beautiful adventure and exploration game will become a reality. You still have time to get in and help them reach their stretch goals, and collect fun rewards like having your name added to the game credits, stickers, digital art goodies and more!

    The Mommy Gamers Oniri Islands Children of the River Kickstarter Review Preview Hands On

    My daughter Hailey and I recieved acess to a demo of Oniri Islands as well as prototypes of the Mina and Tim figurines. Mina and Tim are “smart toys” that we moved around our tablet to explore the world of Oniri Islands. The cooperative play aspect of this game is such a fun feature. Hailey and I each took control of one of the figurines and worked together to travel through maze like sections, dodging quicksand, and working together to solve puzzles. In addition to using the toys to move around, they also were used to unearth items, and collect and carry quest items. We did not recieve the masks for the characters, but based on the demo they have secret powers tied to them that help players interact with the environment in fun and unique ways.

    Hailey just turned seven years old last week and she seems to be the perfect age for this app. She did get a little frustrated with a couple of the puzzles, as the demo version we played lacked a lot of guidance. However, I got the feeling that Oniri Islands is meant for exploration and creative thinking, and together we were able to put our heads together and figure out each challenge. While the demo we played was fairly short, I was very impressed with the way the story flowed. Between the lovely music, awesome visuals inspired by other games I love like Animal Crossing and Zelda Wind Waker, I look forward to adventuring through more of the Oniriverse.

    To learn more about Oniri Islands visit their Kickstarter page here, and if you decide to back this wonderful game make sure to tell them The Mommy Gamers sent you!

    *The Mommy Gamers recieved a demo of Oniri Islands and prototypes of the figurines for review purposes.

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    Pine Video Game Demo Gameplay

    Pine Game Kickstarter Steam Greenlight The Mommy Gamers Demo Playthrough Gameplay

    Pine is an action adventure game from developer Twirlbound. The game has been in production for a couple of years and recently hit the Steam Greenlight community. They also have a Kickstarter going currently that looks like it will absolutely hit the goal set. One of the cool things about this game, aside from the fact that it looks amazing, is how the game recognies the way you play and fight and how the creatures and the world will adapt to YOU. I personally am pretty excited to watch how this game evolves leading up to release. Check out my gameplay of their short but sweet pre-alpha demo here:

     


    If you’d like to support the Pine Kickstarter just copy pasta this link: www.kickstarter.com/projects/twirlbound/pine-an-action-adventure-game-that-adapts-to-you

    Check it out on the Steam Greenlight Community here: https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=808846636

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    Echoes of The First Dreamer by Highwire Games

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    In The Mommy Gamers podcast episode 124, Marcia and I got the chance to chat with special guest, composer/audio director and founder of Highwire Games, Marty O’Donnell. He spoke to us about Golem, the Playstation VR game the studio is currently working on, in addition to the Echoes of The First Dreamer project currently on kickstarter.

    Echoes of The First Dreamer is a stand alone listening experience and a musical prequel to Golem. “It is a musical prequel; composed, arranged and recorded as an independent work. It will be released before the game and introduce you to the world and themes of Golem. (TheFirstDreamer.com)

    Some of the rewards available include a digital download, signed CDs, a t-shirt, personalized messages, and THE FULL MARTY which is described as “a once in a lifetime chance to ATTEND THE LIVE RECORDING SESSION of the album in Seattle!
    (includes Signed Vinyl Album, Backer-Edition Shirt, and Your Name in the liner notes, but not travel or accommodations)”

    The project will only be funded if at least $45,000 is pledged by Tue, Apr 12 2016 11:00 PM EDT, so if you haven’t already, hop on over to kickstarter to back the album while you still can. I enlisted myself as part of The Marty Army which includes Echoes of The First Dreamer on CD and an exclusive backer t-shirt. Now if you’ll excuse me I’m going to go listen to the Halo soundtrack for the millionth time.

    Help the Monsters, Help My Dream

    Wallace Phelps Monsters Anonymous

    “You’re the guy who is with Jeremy London, aren’t you? The zombie guy?” The security guy for the celebrity room seemed star struck when he noticed my writing partner Jason Robbins and myself’s presence. Jason confirmed our identity and the tattooed mountain of manhood pulled back the curtain to escort us so that we didn’t have to wade through the throngs of fans waiting to meet Jeremy and the other cast members of Kevin Smith’s “Mallrats” at Pensacon in Pensacola, Florida.

    When Jeremy saw us, he hugged us all and made certain to introduce us to Joey Lauren Adams who is best known as Alyssa from “Chasing Amy.” We got settled in his area and people smiled and asked each other where they knew us from. We had to be someone if we were in the “Mallrats” area. An older man walked by and looked at Jeremy’s headshots and posters, pausing long enough for me to nod to him, trying not to freak out when I said, “Mr. Cummings…”

    His familiar soothing voice responded, “Hello there!” Jim Cummings, the voice of Darkwing Duck just said hello to me. What is my life?

    Every bit of this is thanks to a new short film I helped write called, “Monsters Anonymous.” In the film we sit in on a group therapy session where the classic movie monsters of the 1930’s try to cope with modern audiences not finding them scary. Frustrated and irritated with the continuing popularity of zombies, they learn a powerful lesson at the end regarding relevancy from the very zombies they vilified.

    Just a few months prior, I almost gave up. In my journey to make a better life for my little girl, it seemed like I was making negative progress and it wasn’t fair to her due to many personal setbacks and tragedies.

    Then randomly my writing partner sent me the idea and partial script for “Monsters Anonymous,” asking for help fleshing it out, it didn’t surprise me none. He had done this kind of thing before and I love the challenge. He explained he would be given a little money to produce a short 12769508_10153932498499004_501892817_nwith the members of an acting class he was in.

    I liked the idea so I agreed to rewrite it for him. I added jokes, restructured the scenes, and inserted new characters to make it more lighthearted and when Jason received my draft work, he said it was one of the funniest things I had ever written. I explained that it was just my first pass on it, but Jason gets excited and can’t help himself sometimes. The next day he told me that he sent it to everyone including his acting teacher, “Mallrats” and “Party of Five” actor Jeremy London.

    It wasn’t until we were in Jeremy’s home working out the ending that he had come up with that it hit me that this was real. After the story meeting, he and his wife lead us out telling me that “Monsters Anonymous” was one of the funniest scripts he had ever read and this is the guy who read “Mallrats” before filming, which is one of my favorite comedies.

     

    The last few months have been incredibly surreal. Just a few months ago, I wrote a letter to myself entitled, “I Hope,” where I basically asked myself if this was all going to work. I asked if my little girl would ever get to see the type of life I want to provide for her. Now, I have co-written a movie in the living room of the lead actor in the movie that got me wanting to write movies, Jeremy London.

    The star of Kevin Smith’s first movie, “Clerks,” Brian O’Halloran has agreed to star in it and there is so much more I want to be able to tell you, but at this stage, I cannot.

    I understand that this short film alone will not bring me to my dream of providing my princess with a better life while doing something I’m passionate about, but I’m a whole lot closer than when she was born and it feels amazing.

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    If you have ever felt like a dream of yours is out of reach, please believe me when I say that you can do it. Right now we are running a Kickstarter campaign to get funding for “Monsters Anonymous” and at certain levels you will have the opportunity to spend the day with us as we shoot the film. You will be able to get professional zombie make up and be an actual member of our cast, but the real value will be in the experience. There is nothing more inspiring than to be with a group of passionate people who want nothing more than to create.

    No matter who you are or what you want to do with your life, take a deep breath. If you can complete that breath, you still have time to achieve your dreams.

    Immersed Games Looks to Kickstart MMOs in the Classroom

    Screenshot of the city of Espeth, from the top of a building in the city.

    Screenshot of the city of Espeth, from the top of a building.

    Let’s face it, there’s no end to the range of projects looking to get funded on Kickstarter. After all, one man’s quest to make Potato Salad has already raked in over $60,000 in backing with more than a week still left to go. That being said, Kickstarter is still home to some more altruistic projects such as Tyto Online, a new educational MMO game in development from Immersed Games

    “We are not your average educational gaming team. We are not trying to make learning fun. Learning is already fun,” says Lindsey Tropf, Founder & CEO of Immersed Games. “Our vision was born from the realization that all games, even games like World of Warcraft, are amazing learning tools. You learn and care about rich, detailed information, without even trying. We wanted to harness that experience to learn something that mattered outside of the game world.”

    Concept art of the biodomes in Zyto Online.

    Concept art of the biodomes in Tyto Online.

    In Tyto Online, Earth has been rendered uninhabitable, forcing an evacuation of the planet’s surviving population. As one of these refugees, players are brought out of cryosleep as students of Tyto Academy, a futuristic school tasked with helping to learning from Earth’s past to help recreate its future. Players will team up for various missions, which will include solving puzzles, decrypting historic records, exploring alien landscapes, and leveling skills, all while learning real-life information during and after each quest. One example sends players on a mission to discover why the ant population in one particular biodome seems to be acting very strange and then inexplicably dying. Over the course of the mission, players will discover the ants had fallen victim to a fungus, essentially turning them into zombies. The mission data then goes on to describe similar cases of a “zombie fungus” existing on Earth.

    With a little more than two weeks left to go, Immersed Games has received just over $21,000 in backing of its $50,000 Kickstarter goal for Tyto Online. Stretch goals being offered include additional character customization options, a “Water Balloon” PVP arena, and additional biodomes, with scalable educational content for multiple grade levels, including potential continuing education beyond grade school and high school.

    Sure, it’s no potato salad, but teaching kids real science through video games is also less a lot less likely to leave a bad taste in your mouth.

    To support Tyto Online click here.

    Indiegogo: The G-pad

    Indiegogo The G-pad

    I’ve never been much of a small-electronics gamer in the past, but now that I’m a smartphone enthusiast I definitely like to play games on the go. On-screen controls, however, can be pretty difficult to use. Enter the G-pad – a silicone slip-over for your iPod Touch, or other select iPhone models, that will give you physical Game Boy Advance-like controls.

    I love this idea, and I love small-denomination crowd funding. So if you’re an iThing user, and you love to play GBA games, you might want to give the G-pad a few dollars.

    Learn more about the G-pad here at indiegogo.com.

    Are Your Kids Cooler Than You? Educate Yourself And Even The Score.

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    Kids and Social Networks

    I have a Kik account for one reason and one reason only; To chat with my son. He’ll be thirteen this year and right now I’ve only allowed him to have an instagram account. He’s not allowed on facebook or twitter, but he uses Kik on his ipod to chat with friends. I wouldn’t have heard of Kik if it hadn’t been for him and that scared me. It’s hard to keep up with teens these days. They’re using apps like Snap Chat to socialize. They want to be where parents aren’t. Social networks keep popping up and it’s getting more and more difficult to be in the know. Enter iParent.tv.

    Introducing iParent.tv

    iParent.tv was developed to keep parents ahead of the tech curve. They believe they have the opportunity to help parents understand, get involved and safeguard their children in the ever-evolving tech World. iParent.TV educates parents with all the latest trends via Websites – Social Media – Apps – Devices.

    The idea started with a group of dads who felt like their 9-year-olds knew more about tech than they did. They were right. But their idea will help change that forever for all parents. Once launched, iParent.TV will have 100s of videos and product reviews that are very current, cutting edge and trending, keeping parents who subscribe ahead of the tech curve.

    So, how will it work? The iParent.TV website will be a subscription-based site costing $49 per year for parents to access all the videos, reviews, how-tos, and live chat support. It will be the largest site on the net helping parents understand what’s safe and what’s not in the world of tech. – However, they are offering it for only $29 if you help fund their project on Indiegogo.

    Here’s what you get: Articles, videos, reviews, tips, tools and expert advice on EVERYTHING like…
    – Popular Apps
    – Social Network Sites
    – Major Websites
    – Top Devices

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    Visit http://igg.me/at/iparent, watch the video and let us know your favorite part about the iParent.tv platform in the comments below for your chance to win a 1 year subscription to iParent.tv.

    Official Rules

    Each household is only eligible to win One (1) Subscription to iparent.tv via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

    A winner will be selected at random by 1pm EST Sunday March 9th, 2014.

    [box type=”info”] While The Mommy Gamers did receive an additional 1 year subscription to iParent.tv, as parents we can appreciate their service, so we agreed to write about it. You can read more about our official disclosure here. Information and prize provided by iParent.tv. [/box]

    Why Extra Life?

    extralifeextralifeextra-life_thumbAlthough Extra Life (the 24 hour gaming marathon fund raiser for the Children’s Miracle Network) doesn’t take place until October 25th, eager participants are already signing up and raising funds. Why are thousands of gamers joining already? What is the pull for gamers to do do extraordinary feats to help out with this charity? Well I can’t speak for them, but I can tell you why I Extra Life.

    This past week three of our four man team had the opportunity to tour the Kentucky Children’s Hospital, the hospital we support through our Extra-Life gaming fundraising. To put it succinctly, it was amazing, inspiring and humbling all rolled into one.

    Members of Team Pike gaming for Extra Life

    Members of Team Pike gaming for Extra Life

    The first thing the guys noticed was the art… from pieces from local artists to children’s paintings. it made the colder looking white and teal walls (which they all said they are working on changing and renovating) brighter and welcoming to children of all ages. The second thing I noticed was how comfortable the atmosphere was. Not once did I see anyone looking stressed or hurried. Everyone was all smiles and looked like they loved their jobs.

    Now I could go on all day spouting facts off on everything I learned about KCH. The point I’m trying to make is this… I have now seen what a difference these dedicated doctors and nurses, as well as every other staff member, make in every child’s life that they take care of. I have heard countless stories before my tour, and I’m sure I’ll continue meeting people with their own stories, of how well patients are treated at the hospital. These outstanding people deserve our help.

    Team Pike group

    I want these people to never have to worry about a piece of equipment that they need, the only thing I want them to worry about is taking care of our local kids… that is the way it should be. I have a healthy and active five-year-old son that I love with all my heart. I know I’m one of the lucky ones. I know there are plenty of moms and dads that do not have that piece of mind. That is why I do my part in Extra Life.

    Extra Life has given me more than I have ever put into it, I have met friends that I thought I would never see face to face, got to make new ones, and I have met some gaming industry movers and shakers. But most importantly raising money for Extra Life given me a greater sense of what really counts in this world…. the giving of ones self for another human being.

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