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    Three Indie Games that Will be a Hit on New Game Tuesday

    Engaged Family Gaming E3 Indie Game Finds The Mommy Gamers

    Tuesdays are all about new games on The Mommy Gamers Twitch stream. I scoured E3 this year to find some games that I knew Marcia would love to bring to her channel on New Game Tuesday. Below are three indie games that are all but surefire hits. Take a look and let us know in the comments if they sound like games you would play too!

    Ooblets

    Ooblets is an adorable indie game that is being developed by a two-person, patreon-funded team. Rebecca Cordingley and Ben Wasser have been working on it since 2016 and it is scheduled for release on Xbox One and PC sometime in 2018. Ooblets is a farming, town-life, and creature collection game that draws heavy inspiration from games like Stardew Valley and Pokemon. Players run a farm, manage a shop, and explore all while trying to uncover the secrets of “Oob” (whatever that is).

    All of the different mechanics in the game are centered around collecting the titular Ooblets. You grow them in your garden, you explore the wilderness looking for new seeds, and you even battle them with your own team. Anyone who has felt to the urge to Catch ‘Em All should feel right at home here.

    I could talk about interesting mechanics all day, but that would betray the true strength of this game: Its charm. Every line of code and frame of animation is just oozing (oobing?) with it. Characters walk with a fun bob in their step. The Ooblets sway to the music and battle each other using dance moves. Heck. Even the plants in your garden are practically dancing as they grow.

    This is definitely a game to keep an eye on. I don’t know if it will dethrone Fortnite as Marcia’s game of choice for streaming, but I think it’s got a shot.

    Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin

    Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin puts players in the shoes of a lonely Harvest Goddess who has been banished, along with a small group of mortal humans, to a dangerous island. She needs to fight dangerous monsters to clear the land for settlement, and then help grow rice to help keep the humans alive.

    Sakuna is two different games joined at the hip. Gamers from the SNES era might compare it favorably to Actraiser. Both games include a side scrolling action mode where the player controls a hero as they battle their way through stages to gather resources and to clear away monsters. The difference is that Actraiser paired that action with a Civilization style kingdom building game. Sakuna replaces that with a peaceful rice farming simulator.

    I’ve played Sakuna at each of the last two E3’s. I came away from my demo impressed both times. The art is gorgeous, the animations are smooth, and I was intrigued by how the two different game modes played off of each other.  Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin will be launching on PS4 and PC in 2019! I can’t wait to play it again.

    Mineko’s Night Market

    Mineko’s Night Market, by Meowza Games, is a game about “crafting crafts, eating eats, and catting cats.” All quirky humor aside, Night Market is a game that is intended to celebrate Japanese culture while also delivering a wide variety of interesting activities to perform and quests to complete. Players take on the role of Mineko as she moves to a new home on a superstitious Japanese island. The island is overrun by cats, which is fitting considering everyone on the island worships Abe, the Sun Cat.

    Gameplay is diverse, but the main loop of the game involves gathering materials through quests, exploration, farming, and trading. You then use those materials to craft items to sell at a market that takes place every week. Selling better items not only earns you money, but it improved the market as a whole which gives you access to even more resources.

    The cat theme runs deep here as well. Mineko is accompanied through the game by an, as of yet unnamed, giant cat as well as a cadre of “normal” cats. Its anyone’s guess at this point what those cats do, but  you acquire them in a number of interesting ways including growing them out of plants! I can’t wait to play Mineko’s Night Market when it comes to PC, Mac, and Nintendo Switch later this year.

    If Marcia’s love for farming games is any indication, then she should love streaming these games. What about you? Do any of these three games interest you? Sound off in the comments!

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    Create Your Own Levels with MagiCats Builder!

    The Mommy Gamers Magicats Builder Review

    MagiCats Builder is now available on Steam, Android and iOS, from Dreamz Studio. The newly released game allows players to use their imagination to create levels, characters, objects, and environments. MagiCats Builder is free to play with available microtransactions. If players want to invest in the MagiCats Builder Infinite Pack, it’s a one time fee of $14.99. This pack has all the tools, code and access you need in order to create endless levels. Basically, the levels you can create are just that…infinite!

    MagiCats Builder has several key features that would make most platformer fans excited. The creation of custom levels using a coding tool to help with the movement of items within the build. But don’t worry, the tutorial will help you with how to do all the coding. It’s a matter of playing with it and testing those customizations that is the fun part. Once your level is complete, publish it and put it up for the world to play. In lieu of this concept, players can play other creations from around the world. Another option if you want more fun, bring in friends, up to four (including you) for the multiplayer mode.

    MagiCats Builder Review Screen Shot Trailer

    Platformers typically catch my attention, and so did the art style. The sandbox mode is something that I don’t play too much of, but I took the time and played with the game. At first, it was a struggle to get moving. The tutorial was brief, but once I was able to click buttons and explore, the concept made more sense. I do wish that the tutorial was more in depth with coding and not so vague.

    The creation process allows for platforms to be added and then with the creation tool, one may make it go forward, or backward. You can add elements, like hedgehogs, to jump over or kill. Instead of having day time, players can change it to a rainy day, or night time. If the jump feels too wide, use the tool and make a platform in the middle that sits stationary.

    The Mommy Gamers MagiCats Builders Review Screen Shot

    MagiCats Builder is now available on Steam for free! MagiCats Builder was entertaining and was fun. I give MagiCats Builder a 7 out of 10.

    Overall, I think this game was a little tough at first and I was losing patience because the coding tutorials weren’t in depth. Granted the testing phase is what is fun, I didn’t find the fiddling with numbers or layout to be the most entertaining. I do love platformers, but didn’t like the sandbox piece of it to much. I do think someone who likes customization and creation will love this. Enjoy Minecraft or Disney Infinity Sandbox mode? I think you’ll love this! I personally didn’t love it. I give MagiCats Builder 6 out of 10.

    Rainbow Skies Dives into the RPG Gameplay

    Rainbow Skies will be launching on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Vita on June 26, 2018, in North America and will be launching June 27, 2018, in Europe and Asia. This single player game will retail for $29.99 or €26.99. Shall I mention that this game is also coming from the maker of Rainbow Moon!?

    In the game, you play as Damion and it is his final examination as a monster tamer. Along with Damion, you have two other characters that will walk alongside him. Oh yeah! This is an important profession in his hometown, Arka, which is consistently attacked by these said monsters. To pass monster taming school, he must have the skill set. But the twist here is that he fails miserably and goes through a series of unfortunate events that destroys an entire compound filled with monsters. His examiner, Layne, is less than pleased as things take a turn for the worst.

    Rainbow Skies is a little different when it comes to set up, but brings something different to the table when it comes to a classic RPG style game. Skills are upgraded with magic books and these books are opened in chests or purchased in stores. These skills are not the same nor does every character learn every skill, so being aware of what you have and when you need to use it is important. Rainbow Skies gameplay takes 30-40 hours; but if you add side quests, gameplay could take up to 100 hours or more.

    As you do battles, you learn new skills and gain more hit points or HP. Best yet, there is no traditional game over in this game. The game is set in a vibrant world and has turn-based battles, skills and combo attacks to boot. There is not only the main story, but several side quests to help level and explore the game as well as mini games. Finally, this game has cross-save support on all three PlayStation consoles; play at home, save and take on the road.

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    STRANGE BRIGADE launching on August 28th!

    I am under the firm belief that everyone in the world falls in love with a time period they weren’t alive for. For me, I love the 20s and 30s. There’s something about mobsters, jazz, bootlegging, and old adventure serials that just resonate with who I am. Although I am pretty sure that if I lived back then I would be shot for mouthing off to the wrong mobster. Kids would tell the story of Mike “The Fish” Robles, named so because he mouthed off at a seafood restaurant and was killed and fed to a shark… I’m getting off track.

    STRANGE BRIGADE is a 1930’s style co-op adventure. Think; Left 4 Dead meets Indian Jones. This is taken from the press release:

    As today’s brand new story trailer reveals, our four heroes find themselves in exotic, unplumbed corners of Egypt, where ancient terror lingers. Risen from the dead, the Witch Queen Seteki commands an army of mummified monstrosities hell-bent on terror, and only one band of brave adventurers has the gusto to sock ancient evil back into its sarcophagus! Together, the STRANGE BRIGADE® must take on treacherous traps, overcome puzzling predicaments and blast their way through hordes of malevolent monsters in a thrilling campaign for 1-4 players.

    Want more awesomeness? Check out the story trailer here

    Now I don’t know about you, but I am ALL ABOUT THIS. It looks like it’s going to be an epic adventure for anyone who plays it. STRANGE BRIGADE is available to pre-order with Standard, Collector, and Deluxe Editions. ALL pre-orders come with a Secret Service Weapons pack FREE. Those that order the Deluxe Edition get the game, the weapons pack, and a season pass for all future DLC.

    Now for you collectors out there, check out this Collector’s Edition.

    Strange Brigade Collector's Edition Details The Mommy Gamers

    There are so many amazing things here with this edition including

    • STRANGE BRIGADE boxed edition (PlayStation 4 and Xbox One only)

    • Steelbook case

    • Secret Service Weapons Pack DLC

    • Airship model

    • 64-page art book

    • Exclusive suitcase design and sleeve

    As mentioned before, STRANGE BRIGADE is available for pre-order now. I know I’ll be playing on Xbox One when it releases. Who’s coming with me?

    ONWARD TO ADVENTURE!

    New Fortnite Update Introduces Battle Royal PvP Mode

    Fortnite Battle Royale PvP Mode The Mommy Gamers

    Today, Epic Games announced Fortnite Battle Royale, an all-new PvP mode coming to the action-building game Fortnite on Sept. 26, available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Mac. Fortnite released in July as a paid early access game for Xbox One, PS4, PC and Mac. PlayerUnkown’s Battlegrounds players will find this new mode familiar as Fortnite Battle Royale similarly drops 100 players onto one giant map. Combat and building skills will be put to the test and the last commander standing wins. Check out the Battle Royal Announce Trailer here:


    Fortnite will also be available on discount this week at 25% off the Standard and Deluxe Founder’s Packs. The price discount runs through Sept. 18. Anyone who owns Fortnite can immediately play Battle Royale in the special Public Test for Fortnite Players that runs now until the launch on Sept. 26. Though it is worth reminding everyone that Fortnite is still an early access game, so players will likely experience crashes and bugs. From my personal experience with the game thus far, the crashes are few and far between.

    The Mommy Gamers community has been enjoying Fortnite on our Twitch streams found here. We also frequently team up through our Discord server, so if you are looking for friends to battle and adventure with check out our Discord community here.  I know I haven’t been bringing you guys a lot of gaming news, but I am really having a great experience with Fortnite and PUBG and I had to dump my excitement out somewhere. You’re welcome?

    For more information on Fortnite and to pick up the game visit the Epic Games site here.

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