Team17, a global games label, creative partner and developer of independent, premium video games in partnership independent developer Playtonic Games is thrilled to reveal their next game, Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair.
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 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 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, 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!
This week Marcia and Carrie are once again joined by the lovely and talented Robert “The DCD” Workman. Carrie and Robert attended E3, Marcia is super jealous, and they chat about every thing E3. The ladies are thrilled that Lucifer was picked up by Netflix. The gang chats about tons of new video games, E3 stuff, and much more.
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Let me start by saying: AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!! OH MY GOD IT’S HERE!
Ok. Phew. It finally happened. After talking about it for MONTHS on the podcast, on Twitter, on stream, SOULCALIBUR VI has a release date:
October 19th 2018 for PS4, Xbox One and PC (via Steam).
In addition to the release date, players at E3 can get a look at the game’s story mode. I am so sad I’m not at E3. Even more details emerged as SOULCALIBUR VI is premiering not one, but TWO different collector’s editions.
The SOULCALIBUR VI Collector’s Edition will feature a 12” Sophitia Figure, 120-page Art Book, Metal Case with Built-in Soundbox, Soundtrack CD, Collector’s Edition Box, and the full SOULCALIBUR VI game. A SOULCALIBUR VI Deluxe Edition will feature the Metal Case with Built-in Soundbox, Soundtrack CD, SOULCALIBUR VI Season Pass, and the full SOULCALIBUR VI game. For more information on these special editions, please visit: https://www.bandainamcoent.com/games/soulcalibur-vi#editions
That sounds like a lot of awesome. If you’re excited as I am about SOULCALIBUR VI keep checking back in here as more details about the game are announced as well as (hopefully) a full review once the game is released.
E3 is here and that means there is going to be a TON of news. Gamers everywhere are excited for news, reveals, and anything else they can get their hands on. As I sat watching the Xbox conference I was enjoying the insane amount of games they were showing off. At one point a trailer started and with it, a van that had a neon sign that read “Devil May Cry.” I sat up and loudly screamed “OH SHIT!”.
Devil May Cry is back and I couldn’t be happier. It’s one of of those games that are incredibly stylish with over the top action. Here’s what the press release has to say about it:
Now, 10 years since the last iteration, Devil May Cry® 4, Director Hideaki Itsuno and the core team have reunited to conclude the long awaited Sons of Sparda saga.
Several years have passed in Devil May Cry 5 and the threat of demonic power, long since forgotten, has returned to menace the world once again. The demonic invasion begins with the seeds of a “demon tree” taking root in Red Grave City. This hellish incursion attracts the attention of the young demon hunter, Nero, an ally of Dante who now finds himself without his demonic arm, the source of much of his power. As Nero heads to Red Grave City in his motorhome named “Devil May Cry” with his partner Nico, he ruminates on how everything started. The loss of his demonic arm, the demonic invasion, and Dante’s unknown whereabouts. Things must be settled once and for all.
I. Am. STOKED for this. I cannot wait to get back into the world of Devil May Cry when it launches in 2019. How about you? Are you excited? Will you be picking it up? If I get it you can expect a full review right here on TheMommy Gamers.
Keep an eye out on this site for more reviews, and maybe even some more surprises from E3… (I’m still waiting for SoulCalibur VI news after all).
Marcia and Carrie have a quick show for you this week as preparations for E3 and the five year anniversary of The Mommy Gamers Podcast are underway. The ladies chat about their previous E3 experiences, and play around with some silly audio sounds. Watch The Mommy Gamers on Twitch, Facebook, and Twitter next week for lots of live E3 coverage including live coverage from the Xbox Briefing.
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In Episode 133 of The Mommy Gamers Podcast Marciais back from E3 and has actual smart things to say about games. Carrie is just glad E3 is over, and Desirai talks about the fire at her house. Enjoy an extra hefty dash of gaming chat as the ladies discuss Ghost Recon Wildlands, Resident Evil 7, Outlast 2, and some trending Overwatch drama. For the health and fitness section Desirai discusses her frustrations over tring to eat healthy in a hotel room, Marcia is just plain lazy, and Carrie is sipping on hot sauce. Game Developer Barbie is a thing. So is Spoiled.io: an app for any of you who find joy in ruining Game of Thrones for your friends…or enemies. Looking for a fun family vacation? You can have the time of your life at the Dirty Dancing resort in Virginia…AND you can enjoy listening to Marcia and Carrie sing about it. Listen to the whole episode for all of that and more, and make sure to stick around for the bonus content at the end because transformer sex.
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