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    You're Not Special Game Review The Mommy Gamers

    We are living in a golden age of indie games. Whether it is Stardew Valley, Her Story, Papers, Please or Firewatch, these are games from small production companies that have something to say. They show that it isn’t unlimited resources that make a good game but an interesting premise and good execution. That is not to say that every indie game to hit the market is a masterpiece, or even worth your time. But we now live in a world where we can buy fun, inspiring or interesting games for a reasonable price. And the list just keeps on growing.

    You’re not special by Reky Studios fits itself nicely into that mold. You play a character who is not the center of the story. You are just some guy who happens to be in wrong place at the wrong time, or the right place at the right time, and finds himself unable to do much about it. I can’t see Ubisoft making a game like that.

    Its what you do with it that counts

    The game itself is reasonably short and can be “completed” from anywhere between 5 minutes and 3 hours, with multiple endings to entice players into replying the game several times. It is primarily a puzzle game but also has action scenes that your character plays a minor role in. But it is not the puzzles that will keep you coming back for more, as good as they are. Once you’ve solved them, its just a matter of replication. It is the story that Reky has developed that keeps you intrigued enough to want find out how each ending evolves.

    And how do they do that? With writing that is informative enough to give you a glimpse of what might be to come and keep you wanting to know more. The use of hearing old wives tales in front of a fireplace and the general feeling that you are jumping into someone else’s story half way through is an intriguing device and one they have developed nicely.

    The other NPCs of the story have their own background, which can lead to side quests, and can often be very funny, with even some 4th wall breaking humor thrown into the mix. But they are used fleetingly, and are generally there to assist you in making or spending your money and progressing the story.

    Throughout all of this there are constant reminders that this is not your adventure. You have no significant power. It takes you longer than the hero to make your way through the various mazes. You do not fight the bad guy, at least not directly. And there are items at the village market that you will never buy. Sure, you can scrounge enough silver together to buy a cloak, but it would take you a very long time to buy armor or a sword. And there is no need; you are not the hero. You are not special.

    But my mom says I’m special

    But the game is. Its fun, its interesting, and its challenging. Sometimes infuriatingly so. And sometimes I feel there should be something to point you in the right direction. Playing through, I missed that there was an extra passageway for me to use to meet the next boss and spent 30 minutes wondering why I couldn’t go any further. It took a question to the developer on their discord to know what to do. That won’t be available forever and not everyone will choose to ask.

    There are also secret exits to the map, for example, that are needed to progress some of the story. That would have infuriated me if I had not been lucky enough to find it by chance. But there are also secrets I did not solve and storylines I did not complete that do make me curious to come back for more.

    Ultimately, it is the fact that this game meets each of my tenants for a good indie game that makes me recommend it for your wishlist. It is fun, the fact that it was even made (and by a single game developer I might add) is inspiring and the entire concept is interesting. All this and at reasonable price. This is why indie games can be great. Welcome to the golden age.

    You’re not special was developed by Reky Studios and is currently available for download for Windows on Steam.

    *The Mommy Gamers received a copy of the game for review purposes.

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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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