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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.

    What’s Coming in World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth

    World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth What's new

    Big things are coming in Azeroth, so whether you’re Horde or Alliance, it’s time to get your crap together. Gear up, alter your talents, because this war is going to be of epic stories for future generations. Pre-patch for World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth went live July 17, and people went nuts. While this was more of the changes for characters such as talents, War Mode, and the PvP toggle, we have to wait till July 24th for the storyline for the Horde and Alliance to begin. Along with the new expansion, the level cap has increased to level 120.

    New Content
    This upcoming storyline will venture us to Teldrassil as the Horde and Alliance fight against one another, which is three weeks before the Battle for Azeroth release on August 14. The escalation in the battle between the Horde and the Alliance will begin in Teldrassil and follow through in Lordaeron. This new conflict will be at the heart of Azeroth.

    Some changes are already here, and one of them is the Orcs and their upright posture from the Burning Legion. There will be a customization option as well for players as they create Orcs as a new toon. Blood Elves now have golden eyes and a few new facial options as well!

    No Races/Classes (Kind of)

    No new classes with this expansion, but there are new races, sort of in the new expansion. These include the Highmountain Tauren and the Lightforged Draenei, amongst many others, a couple will also unlock with the content within Azeroth, like the Dark Iron Dwarves and Mag’nar Orcs. This is also a bummer for many players, but Dark Iron Dwarves do look fun!

    PvP / War Mode
    In PvP, things have changed drastically. Traditionally, servers had Normal, PvP, RP and RPPvP. Now, all servers are PvE, and to take part in world PvP, players must toggle War Mode either in Orgrimmar or Stormwind. Once players are outside the walls of their main city, players roam into the same environment as other players with PvP/War Mode toggled on. This way, those that want to quest without being ganked by the opposing side can move and enjoy the experience.

    War Mode enables various bonuses: PvP talents chosen will be available anywhere PvP can occur, an additional bonus to experience while leveling and bonus gold and Resources from World Quests.Now that doesn’t seem fair for someone who wants to raid and run dungeons, now does it?

    But for those that want to run instances and find gear for transmogrification, there is a little something for them. Running instances with 11 levels or more above the maximum for the content will automatically queue for Legacy Loot. A standing example would be a level 110 running Pandaria raids should get the Legacy gear. Under the rules in place, drops will include a chance for items for a full party or raid at the instance level.

    Pre-Patch Updates

    World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth Pre-patch notes are available here, so players can see what changes have been made in World of Warcraft.

    Also, as this article was written, it was brought to my attention that players will no longer need to purchase the Battle Chest, which has Vanilla through Legion to play. Players only need to pay the subscription of $14.99 per month to play up to level 100, or 110 once Battle for Azeroth officially launches.
    After some research, it looks that Blizzard has renamed the Battle Chest to WoW: Complete Collection. The bundle allows players to venture anywhere and everywhere in Azeroth, 30 days of game times, a level 110 character boost and a pre-purchase for Battle for Azeroth.

     

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    Danger Zone 2 – Xbox One Review

    Get it out of your system… go ahead. I’ll wait. Feel better? Good because I want to talk about DANGER ZONE!

    … seriously? You couldn’t give me one full line before jumping in and ruining a perfectly good DANGER ZONE!

    OH COME ON!

    Three Fields Entertainment is an independent game studio that put out some amazing games I never played. Which, after playing a TON of Danger Zone 2, makes me incredibly sad that I missed out on a ton of awesome. From what I can gather, it looks like Danger Zone 2 addresses a lot of the concerns the original Danger Zone had. Since I never played it, this game seems pretty flawless to me.

    Danger Zone 2 takes everything that was great about the old Burnout games, wait. Maybe not EVERYTHING. It takes what we all loved about the old Burnout games… crashing. We remember all sitting around and just crashing over and over again trying to get the high score.

    Danger Zone 2 Review

    Thanks to Danger Zone 2 you can now relive those glory days in gorgeous clarity. If you have an Xbox One X or PlayStation 4 Pro the game runs at 4K but only 30fps. But to be honest I couldn’t tell much of a difference playing on my first generation Xbox One and my Xbox One X. The game ran incredibly smooth on both machines.

    There’s no real story to Danger Zone 2. You drive (real fast). You crash. You score points. That’s it. If I’m being 100% honest, I’m fine with that. I don’t have to spend a ton of time reading some long story or watching cutscenes explaining some long drawn-out story as to why you have to drive and crash into things causing so much damage and destruction. Maybe you’re the ghost of someone that was killed by this mayor of this city and as your revenge you take over the souls of these cars and cause as much financial ruin to the city as possible. Maybe all of this is happening in the mind of a small child and you’re just playing out the wild, imaginative desires of a destructive kid. Or maybe… just maybe… you’re crashing a car because it’s fun.

    Danger Zone 2 Review Screen Shot

    The game offers 29 tracks (training tracks included) and a variety of cars to drive. You can use a massive big rig that can send cars flying into cars. There’s an F1 racers that zips down the track at INSANE speeds.

    What makes Danger Zone 2 so unique is how the game puts you in high-speed situations, only to slow everything down during the crashes. It is such a welcome 180 turn in speed and the game allows you to watch all the wreckage in glorious slow motion.

    Leaderboards are automatically updated as you complete each track so you can see how you stack up against the rest of the world, or just your friends. The downside to this is that it shows how many attempts you made. So you might have finally beaten your friends score, but the game will them just how long you spent trying to do so.

    Danger Zone 2 Racing Review Game

    Danger Zone 2 is a great time waster. Turn on. Tune Out. Crash Cars. Repeat. At only $20 you will get more than your value worth as you replay level after level gunning for that high score. I know that every free moment I had this past weekend, it was spent trying to crash my heart out.

    Danger Zone 2 is out now on PlayStation 4, PC, and Xbox One and for only $20, TOTALLY worth it. If you get it on Xbox One add me and see if you can beat my high scores.

    The author was given a retail copy for review purposDANGER ZONE!!

    Ark Hunters Unite Once Again for Defiance 2050

    Defiance 2050 Review The Mommy Gamers

    On Friday, July 6, Defiance 2050 dropped for Founders and Tuesday, July 10, it launched for all players on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. For those wondering, Defiance 2050 is the same concept, but with major work done to it and gloriously upgraded to meet all needs with the consoles and PC. Defiance 2050 is a free-to-play third-person shooter in an open world setting.

    Trion Worlds first launched Defiance back in 2013 and SyFy had a show based off the same name that aired for three seasons. The show and game were meant to work along one another, switching storylines over and making it much more immersive. Sadly, SyFy canceled the show in 2015, leaving the shooter in the dust by itself.

    The story starts us off 20 years after the Arkfall event that left millions of Votans dead, and Earth in an odd tera-formation. This tera-formation has left Earth completely unrecognizable to many. In Defiance 2050 players are dropped in what we call San Francisco.

    In this open world setting where solo and with friends are totally acceptable, we move to Arkfall locations to take down bosses, run PvP matches, and find the Ark Core. The Ark Core is a vital piece that we protect from various groups. If it gets into the wrong hands, there is no knowing what could come from Earth. Much of the main story is finding the Ark and protecting those in San Francisco.

    Players choose between several classes after the customization of their Ark Hunter. The options provided are Assassin, Guardian, Combat Medic and Assault. Players can also purchase Demolitionist in one of the packs. Along with the classes, there are weapon customizations and enhancements to give your weapon an extra punch. Some of these upgrades can decrease the amount of recoil, and increase fire rate.

    Character customization Defiance 2050

    When we start off, the main storyline is carried through with squares that have exclamation marks in them; these show you where to go throughout the story. There are also smaller side missions that you can mark. The red Arkfall on the map is open world bosses that allow you a serious chance at upgraded loot such as weapons, grenades, and shields. Along with the mini-bosses, there are custom PvP matches that one can queue for.

    Graphically, this is more of an HD update. And it brings me joy to see Trion Worlds trying to bring new life into a game that so many enjoyed. I enjoy moving around and remembering not only the story within the game but the show as well. While there is no longer a show, it’s not hard to get lost in the Arkfall chasing, Hellbug killing missions and making the Bay Area a safer place.

    I will say that while all this has been amazing to binge play Defiance 2050, Trion Worlds has been working diligently to fix the bugs and get servers back online as soon as possible. While there still are Raiders that stick on one spot and hang out till they are dead or fall back 30 feet after a clip has been pushed into their body, I admire the hard work and dedication to get Defiance 2050 up and running smoothly.

    Brie’s overall score? 7/10

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    Pode – Nintendo Switch Review

    Pode Game Nintendo Switch Review The Mommy Gamers

    In the long line of Nintendo Indie games (adorably named “Nindies”) there are a few really standout games that have been coming out. One such game, Pode, is that about a Star who has fallen out of the sky, and just wants to go back home.

    Our little hero, Glo, has crashed landed and met up with a rock named Bulder. Together the two make quite the pair as they solve puzzles, and embark on a (sometimes emotional) journey.

    Pode Nintendo Switch Game Review Mike Robles

    Pode is, at it’s core, a co-op game. While the game can be played in a single player mode, Pode really benefits from having a partner to play with. Glo and Bulder each have their own characteristics that make Pode unique. Since Glo is a star, they can glide across water no problem where as Bulder, the rock, will sink to the bottom. This is part of what makes Pode so unique as players will enjoy figuring out the right character to use in the right situation.

    Pode Game Screenshot The Mommy Gamers

    What makes Pode stand out is it’s unique presentation. It’s hard to describe without sounding contradictory. Dark, yet colorful. Dim, yet bright. Glo can use their light to shine areas and make the plant life grow. There are some wonderfully animated cutscenes that show the relationship between Glo and Bulder and it’s just.. it’s just the most precious.

    Pode Game Review Nintendo Switch co-op puzzle game

    Pode is a real treat for anyone with a Switch and a friend. I mean… having a friend is a treat anyway. But having a friend you can play Pode with, is the best treat.

    The author was given a retail code for Pode for review purposes

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    Wizard of Legend – Nintendo Switch Review

    Wizard of Legend Switch Review Mike Robles

    One of my best purchases of 2018 has been my Nintendo Switch, I use it primarily as my handheld gaming device for my morning and afternoon public transportation commutes and I get in A LOT of gaming time. It also has lead me down a rabbit hole of amazing indie titles from devs and publishers. One of the first games I was given for review was Wizard of Legend developed by Contingent99  and published by Humble Publishing.

    Wizard of Legend Review Mike Robles

    Wizard of Legend applies a retro aesthetic to a fast pace rouge-like dungeon crawler. Players run through dungeons that are procedurally generated with some precrafted rooms. Like any good Wizarding game there are a TON of spells and elements that players can use to craft their ultimate wizard.

    Players venture into a grand hall to see shrines to the wizards before them who have become legend. Your goal, is to become a legend yourself.

    Wizard of Legend Screen Shot 1

    The game plays amazing on Switch and feels right at home in your hands. Controls are easy and customizable so that you can be wizard you want to be. After getting used to the game and controls players will find themselves trying to get that perfect run. The game keeps track of how many times you have tried so I can sense many gamers will be trying to get that number lower and lower.

    Wizard of Legend Screenshot 2

    If you’re looking for an amazing, not-too-challenging-but-challenging-enough rouge-like dungeon crawler, Wizard of Legend is a MUST buy for your Nintendo Switch. After you’ve gone through and completed it, come back here and tell us how many tries it too you. See if you can beat my record of 37.

    The author was given a copy of the game for review purposes.

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    Come at Me Summer Steam Sale!

    Steam Summer Sale 2018

    Okay, I will confess, I have always been a gamer and mainly on Xbox consoles over the years. I’ve also picked up a Wii and a Nintendo 3DS within that time. When the PlayStation 4 launched, I picked it up on a dare and love it. But behold! I was introduced to PC by several friends and have been told over the years, that PC is the way to go. Boy, did I doubt them? I never had the most amazing rig, but it ran a few games, World of Warcraft being numero uno in Casa de Haddock. I picked up Guild Wars and played that for some time, moved over to another MMO that I can’t think of since it was a 10-minute hit.

    But if we fast forward and save you all from the tragic story of a beloved school and work laptop crashing, I needed a PC. I set myself up with an HP Omen 870-244 rig and purchased the dual monitors via Amazon. Okay, sorry, but I still spared you a long story and the other logistics.

    House Flipper The DivisionNow to the focus of this piece. The Summer Steam Sale.  PC gaming has been in my life a mere 6-months if that! Low and behold, the Summer Steam Sale is here, and I have already made some impressive scores.

    The Witcher: Enhanced Edition Director’s Cut and Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition for a combined total of $4.87. That’s less than five dollars!

    Before the sale, I picked up Borderlands and Borderlands 2 elsewhere for a little easier on the wallet but picked up all the DLC content that I missed for a measly couple dollars. Tomb Raider was a favorite upon the launch of the PlayStation 4 and would love to have a chance to play this on PC with graphics as high as this thing will allow. Oh yeah, I paid $3.25 for that.

    Summer Steam Sale 2018 Under Ten Dollars
    Life is Strange is in there since I would like to try another episodic series. I also grabbed the Bioshock trilogy for a few bucks. Granted I tossed the email with the receipt; it had to of been no more than ten dollars.

    Now that I’ve addressed the goodies I have already grabbed in the sale, how about what I hope to grab in the coming weeks, because of video games.

    Witcher 3 and the DLC content with it is half price, bringing it to $20. Then there is Dragon Age: Origins for its gorgeous deal of $4.99. Shall I mention all the LEGO games that made a list? Shall I also mention that Elder Scrolls, upon the writing of this article, has also gone on sale for 30-50% off? Since Tomb Raider was on my must play list, it is also on the sale list for 70-89% off their original prices.

    I will also mention that the Steam Link, which connects Steam to television is cost effective at this moment and is $2.50 last I heard.

    There are so many other great games out there that I am sure we need to pick up and add to our Steam collection. So tell us, what are you eyeballing, or what have you picked up from the Summer Steam Sale? Remember, this sale only goes through until July 5, 2018!

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