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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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    The Swan Princess: Princess Tomorrow, Pirate Today DVD Giveaway

    The Mommy Gamers Swan Princess Giveaway

    [box type=”info”]Sony Home Video provided us with some of the materials used in this Blog Post/Giveaway. The opinions I share are my own.[/box]

    The Swan Princess: Princess Tomorrow, Pirate Today is out on DVD September 6 from Sony Home Entertainment and The Mommy Gamers has a chance for one lucky winner to get a copy of this DVD! Scroll down to the bottom for your chance to enter this giveaway, and make sure to check out the fun “Princess or Pirate” quiz! After a few years of my six year old daughter dressing up like a princess for Halloween, this year she wants to be a ninja. I’m curious to see if she changes her costume choice to pirate after watching this new movie. Personally, I would choose pirate…because rum 🙂

     

    In the brand new original animated film, Princess Alise is training to be the perfect royal but in her heart all she wants to do is sail the seven seas as a swashbuckling pirate! After setting sail, Princess Alise is shipwrecked and washes ashore on an island where she meets Lucas, a young boy who has been living there by herself. They have to work together to survive and get back to civilization!

    Take the “Are you a Princess or Pirate” quiz and unlock an exclusive GIF!

     

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    The Swan Princess: Princess Tomorrow, Pirate Today DVD Review and Giveaway from The Mommy Gamers

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    A winner will be selected at random by 11:59am EST September 9th, 2016. Be sure to leave your email so we can contact you when you win. Winners addresses must be received by 9/15/16.

    Each household is only eligible to win The Swan Princess: Princess Tomorrow, Pirate Today! DVD 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.

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    Episode 133: Fingers Crossed

    The Mommy Gamers Podcast Episode 133

    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.

    Interested in supporting The Mommy Gamers? Earn exclusive rewards by becoming a patron on Patreon. Remember, you can subscribe to The Mommy Gamers podcast for FREE on Google Play MusiciTunes and Stitcher or you can access The Mommy Gamers app through Podcast Box on iTunes or in the Amazon app store for Android. Don’t forget to follow them on Twitter, and Facebook too!

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    Family Board Game Night – Extra Life Version

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    When was the last time you sat down with the kids to play a board game? I personally haven’t tried since my four-year-old convinced me to buy My Little Pony Monopoly, and promptly ran off with all the playing pieces. My dreams of playing as Pinkie Pie have been crushed forever.

    What if I told you that you could commit to having family board game night with your kids, and also support your local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital at the same time?

    Since 2009, I have participated annually in Extra Life, a 24-hour gaming marathon where I get to play games and heal kids. Over the years I have heard a wealth of reasons people cannot participate. Many people don’t understand that when I say “gaming marathon” that I’m not just talking about console games. All sorts of games will work! Tabletop games, computer games, hopscotch and of course…board games.

    TMGHMWWith three children of my own, I understand that as a parent, you probably can’t sit down and play games for 24 hours. No matter how much you’d love a day off from life to relax and game. But what if you could honor that 24 hour gaming commitment, spend more quality time with your children, and as an added bonus…use it as an opportunity to teach your children that they can also make a difference in their community and help kids, simply by having fun with their family?

    My suggestion to you, is to register to participate in Extra Life, and make a pledge to spend 24 hours throughout the rest of the year gaming with your kids. It can be a board game night once a week, or just sitting down to let your son beat you at Mario Kart. Even if you’re not great at gaming, your kids would probably enjoy you sitting down and asking them to teach you how to play their favorite game.

    If you are unfamiliar with the work that Children’s Miracle Network does I would encourage you to take a moment and visit their website. These hospitals treat the babies who are born early, kids who are battling cancer and kids who suffer a traumatic injury, just to name a few. They treat children regardless of their families’ ability to pay, and the more money we raise, the more children we can all help in our own communities.

    I hope you join us in being heroes in your community and showing your children that it’s important to give back when you can, and that it can be fun to do so.

    To register for free, or just learn more about Extra Life visit www.extra-life.org

     

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    5 Ways Kids Are Like Boss Battles

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    Photo Credit: gtrwndr87 via photopin cc

    Becoming a parent means many different things to different people. To me, it’s invigorating, frustrating, challenging and fulfilling all at the same time. Recently in a rare moment of quiet when my daughter was taking her afternoon nap, all of my professional writing and editing duties were finished and the dogs had settled down and decided to stop bothering me, I realized the act of raising a child holds a lot of parallels with fighting a boss battle in a game. Here are just a few of those similarities.

    Their arrival is met with both anticipation and trepidation

    Being pregnant is like living in a constant state of anticipation. Besides your own feelings, everyone around you is also eagerly awaiting the arrival of your child – friends, family, strangers who suddenly feel the need to talk to you and touch your belly. In many games, I’m often eagerly awaiting the next boss battle. After defeating the hydra in God of War, I was on the edge of my seat to see which fantastical mythological creature I would be battling next.

    But then at some point, the anticipation turns to trepidation. Games achieve this by giving you glimpses of the creature you’ll be fighting before you actually fight them. To stick with the God of War example, throughout the game, you can see the hulking figure of Ares causing death and destruction in the background, knowing all too well that you’re going to need to be the one to bring him down. There are certain times during pregnancy that can do the same thing. Perhaps you see the blank, exhausted look in the eyes of a mom who is pushing her screaming child in a cart in the grocery store. For me the trepidation started when we set up my daughter’s room. For some reason, the relative permanence of the furniture was a sign that this was really happening. It was that “Uh oh. Here we go” moment.

    They drain your health and energy

    Bosses in games are always powerful, and a direct hit from one can often take you down to half health or less. But besides your in-game health, fighting a well-designed boss can be mentally fatiguing as well. Your alertness and reflexes need to be hyperfocused, and in some games (I’m looking at you Ocarina of Time) the sounds associated with running around with low health are enough to drive you insane. Kids are no different. Even after you successfully navigate the sleep-deprived newborn stage, your kids will have an uncanny ability to catch all sorts of nasty illnesses that will then be passed on to you. Not to mention the mental and physical energy it takes to deal with a willful toddler who insists on doing the exact opposite of what you say and then finds it hilarious when you get angry.

    They require you to make use of all of your skills and abilities

    Often, fighting a boss battle will require you to come out of your gaming comfort zone and put to use some things you may be able to get by the rest of the game without doing. Personally, I’m not very good at using ranged weapons in games, so whenever I would come up against a boss that had some element that required me to use a ranged weapon, I would always groan. Similarly, my daughter has forced me to be extremely patient, more empathetic and markedly less sarcastic than I’ve ever been in my life before.

    Just when you think you’ve got them figured out, they change things up

    Kids are notorious for this. A child that has loved to eat a certain kind of food will suddenly refuse to touch it, or a baby that has been peacefully sleeping all night long will start waking you up at 2 a.m. again. I’ve personally found if I feel like I’m cruising along comfortably when it comes to my daughter, then I better watch out because some new challenge is just around the corner. Bosses are the same way. Most traditional bosses have at least three different stages, each of which requires its own strategy to defeat or survive.

    Finishing the battle is both exhausting and fulfilling

    Defeating a particularly challenging boss can leave your in-game character low on health and your hands feeling like those of an arthritic old man, but it’s satisfying all the same. In parenthood, the battle is daily. At the end of each day I often feel like I’ve been running in circles while accomplishing little, but then my daughter will give me a hug and tell me that she loves me, and I know I wouldn’t trade this feeling for anything.

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