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    Flippin’ Houses

    Dangerous Doses of Dopamine!
    House Flipper loading screen

    So, there’s a game called House Flipper that got and continues to get a fair bit of attention. It’s one of those games most people see browsing the Steam store and think, “Who the heck wants to play that?” And you would be wrong to judge this game by its seemingly stupid premise and dated graphics.

    The Premise & Gameplay

    House Flipper is a simulation game where you clean up and remodel houses. In the beginning you receive work requests from clients. This part of the game helps you learn the games mechanics and get used to the controls. You’ll do client requests until your tool kit is complete. After that you’re ready to begin flipping houses on your own!

    House Flipper in-game client email

    Some of these client requests sure are snarky!

    During the mission phase you’ll learn to clean, paint, demolish and build. You’ll learn the cold hard truth that some people really shouldn’t be allowed to pick paint colors and be privy to some of the most nasty, dirty houses needing TLC (prepare to vacuum up roaches, ew). And there’s clearly a radiator thief at large in this game based on how many of them you’ll install.

    Earning money and upgrading skills to prepare you for your adventures in trying to make potential buyers happy by taking run down homes and turning them into cold hard profit margins, I mean.. lovely places for the buyers to live in or rent out. As the developers roll out updates you’ll have more things to play around with like new paint colors, flooring, and furniture.

    What did you think of it?

    You’re probably still wondering about that odd tagline I gave this post (did you even notice??). Well during the mission portion of the game you’ve got a handy dandy checklist of things to do in the client’s house. Checking items off a to-do list releases dopamine, that wonderful chemical that makes us feel all YAY because we accomplished something. It’s also one half of what makes this and any quest based game addictive. The other half is expressing creativity, which also boosts those happy, happy chemicals in your brain.

    House Flipper is super addictive for people like me who love sim style games and creative outlets. I played about 25 hours over a few days and went back to it after more content was added. Like many other sims, I like to play it in spurts to try out new content or come up with my own challenges, which I find particularly fun for recording or streaming. This lets me enjoy the game multiple times without ever burning out on it.

    10/10 worth every penny spent! Get a copy today on Steam.

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    Overcooked 2 Review: Xbox One

    Push your friendships to the limit in this chaotic co-op cooking game
    Overcooked 2 Review The Mommy Gamers

    Overcooked 2, a much anticipated sequel to Overcooked released this month getting players off the couch and online for some epic co-op cooking challenges. In Overcooked 2 players return to the Onion Kingdom with all new dynamic kitchen locations, new recipes, and punishingly difficult obstacles. Overcooked 2claims “to become an instant classic, bringing family and friends together” but I feel like it could also tear apart some strong friendships. To test this theory I recruited a crew of Twitch streamers for a co-op game, and then asked their thoughts.

    The Mommy Gamers Review Overcooked 2

    Here is what our co-op crew had to say after playing:
    (Clicking on their names will take you to their Twitch pages if you’d like to check out their awesome streams)

    Link Flores

    Overcooked is a franchise that I am unfamiliar with, so I was excited to get a chance to play with Marcia of The Mommy Gamers and friends.  This was jokingly referred to as a game that will “ruin friendships” and on the surface it might appear that way. The chaotic gameplay left us more than a few times on the losing side of a challenge as we struggled to serve up meals, wash dishes, and save food and the kitchen from random fires.  

    I found, however, that the longer we played together the more naturally we all fell into a rhythm and selected roles that best complemented our play style and personalities. Someone would just ease into washing dishes and setting out clean plates while another would toss fresh ingredients from one station to the next.  In the next match, however, the roles would organically shift and change, with new players assuming different roles. The grunts and groans of frustration quickly became replaced with joking banter and howls of surprise as one disaster after another befell us, only to erupt into cheers and congratulatory laughter when we finally cracked through and managed to overcome the challenges presented.

    Overcooked 2 Teamwork

    Is Overcooked 2 perfect?  Well, no game ever is. There were some minor collision detection and control issues from time to time, which would occasionally result in a missed throw or step.  The difficulty is pretty steep from the start which could be frustrating to new players to the franchise. The fun I had, however, far overshadowed these “flaws”.

    In an era of gaming where multiplayer gaming seems to have encouraged solo players to “Rambo” their way past their team to victory, Overcooked 2 has encouraged cooperative play and given each player a reason and a solid opportunity to shine and be the MVP for the team.  I would like to thank Team 17 and Ghost Town Games for this delightful creation and also Marcia and The Mommy Gamers family for inviting me to partake in the fun!

    Lucas Fox

    I was not familiar with the Overcooked franchise going into this. Marcia, put a call out on Facebook looking for people to play with her, and I answered it.

    DO NOT go into this game thinking that you are going to be a silent player. There is NO WAY to progress beyond the first 3 levels without talking to your teammates. Sure, people told me this was the friendship ending, the relationship killer, the game that will destroy whatever bonds you have with the people playing it. Clear concise communication (look at that alliteration) is an absolute must in this game. After getting past some funnier moments and digging into it, I enjoyed playing with Marcia, Link and Mike. In fact we started to gel as we found roles we were comfortable in.

    Overcooked 2 challenging levels

    Okay, being honest, when Link couldn’t connect to discord, to talk with the rest of us, I got annoyed. Because having a clear line of communication is paramount. But as was mentioned, we fell into our roles, and starting having a blast doing those roles. I was the food thrower, and I was finding out that I could throw food across a room and into the pot or pan it needed to cook in.

    I did play beyond our group, with my wife, and we had a fantastic time. I think it was Mike that stated that 3 is the sweet spot in terms of players in the game at once, and I agree with him. Having all four of us play was fun as hell, but when it was just my wife and I, we felt a little more stressed for time, and what we could accomplish in each of the levels. Dividing all of the tasks between the two of us tended to stress us out a bit more. Though we had a lot of fun playing it.

    There are some minor control issues, and hit detection bugs, but it doesn’t take away from the fun. It actually makes the game feel more frenzied and challenging. It’s almost like they are put in there as another minor obstacle to overcome, and they don’t take away from the game. Overcooked 2 is definitely worth the price of admission!

    Mike Robles

    “I will never play on Marcia’s team again.” – TheMikeRobles

    Marcia Morgan

    As someone who had played the original Overcooked I kind of knew what I was getting into. However, I didn’t have anyone to couch co-op the original with so I was wildly unprepared in the teamwork aspect. As everyone else (except Mike who just decided to make himself a quote) stated, communication is totally key in this game. Regardless of how well we team-worked we were still challenged on every level we played. But it was a fun challenge, pushing us to do better with each try in an attempt to get three stars.

    I very much look forward to playing more Overcooked 2, and we are all still friends after our first attempt. I definitely recommend this as a fun game to stream on Twitch or Mixer. It also seems like it would be a fun party game because it’s amusing to spectate as well.

    If you’re interested in checking out Overcooked 2 it is available now on Xbox, Nintendo Switch, PS4, and PC.

    *This article includes affiliate links. Using our links to buy stuff on Amazon helps The Mommy Gamers keep doing what we are doing.
    **Each reviewer was given a copy of Overcooked 2 for review purposes. But our opinions are our own. We absolutely enjoyed this game a lot!

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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.

    Death Road to Canada – Xbox One Review

    There’s a zombie apocalypse.

    You have a car with very little gas.

    Every city is different.

    Everyone you meet is different.

    All you want to do is get to Canada.

    Described as a “Permadeath Randomized Road Trip Simulator”, Death Road to Canada is that and so much more.

    Death Road to Canada Review The Mommy Gamers Mike Robles

    With retro-inspired graphics, Death Road to Canada not only succeeds on creating a great retro look, but also excels at creating a great retro sound. Upbeat and jazzy at times, the soundtrack provides a great background as you make your way from Florida to Canada. Not only does Death Road to Canada draw inspiration from retro games, it also borrows some aesthetics from old horror movies. There are filters such as “grain” and “glitch” which make the game look like an old grindhouse film. If you want to see a zombie massacre in all it’s hi-def glory those filters can be turned off.

    Death Road to Canada Police Headquarters Info Screenshot The Mommy Gamers

    Death Road to Canada sees players driving from Florida to Canada while encountering strangers, deserted towns, and zombies. Lots and lots of zombies. As you make your way to the great white north you need food, water, gas, medical supplies and more to keep you and your party healthy and happy. There is also an RPG element as you encounter other survivors sometimes you have to make a decision as to whether or not you can accommodate them.

    One of the more unique aspects in Death Road to Canada is  the character creator. You can start the game as a random character, or you can create your own unique version of yourself, or loved ones. While yes, a character creator is nothing new, what makes it unique in Death Road to Canada is how the character creator is implemented into the game. There are several modes available from the start, with more available upon first completion of the game. One of those modes will actually have everyone you’ve created show up as other party members in game. So if you ever wanted to see how well you and your friends would do in the event of a zombie apocalypse, this is your chance.

    Death Road to Canada Fight Scene

    Since the levels are randomized the replayability of Death Road to Canada is incredibly high. I’ve played it about 20 times and each time was a completely different adventure. Yes, I died each time without ever making it to Canada, but I had fun dammit! At one point each of my humans died and I was playing as a dog. The dog drove a car. Let me repeat that statement: THE DOG DROVE A CAR.

    Death Road to Canada Screenshot dog

    Death Road to Canada is difficult enough to give any player a challenge, but not so difficult that you’ll rage quit. Each time you play there’s some new tactic that you’ll want to try. You’ll always run into someone new who has some awesome new powers. You will (almost) always die. Death Road to Canada is a bloody good road trip that you won’t want to end… even if you have to pee. Because rest stop bathrooms are gross, and they have zombies… you should just hold it until you get to a mall or something.

    Death Road to Canada is available for purchase on Humble Bundle here and also on Steam. The Mommy Gamers are Humble Bundle affiliates. Using our link helps support The Mommy Gamers and Extra Life Charity.

    The reviewer was given a copy of Death Road to Canada for review purposes

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    Farming Simulator Nintendo Switch Edition Review & Giveaway

    Farming Simulator Nintendo Switch Edition allows players to take on the challenges of the modern farmer.

     Farming Simulator 17 originally released to PC back in 2016. The Nintendo Switch Edition makes the farming fun more portable, but removes the ability to mod the game as PC players seem to enjoy doing. You still get the same amazing farming experience however. Explore a huge open world including a detailed North American environment, loaded with farming activities and more than hundreds of acres of land.

    If driving is your thing you’ll be excited to hear that you can drive over 250 authentic farming vehicles and equipment from over 75 manufacturers, including brands such as Challenger, Fendt, Massey Ferguson and Valtra. Transport your goods in trucks and trailers, or load and drive trains to reach your destination. Outside of driving, farming life will keep you very busy as you harvest crops, tend to your livestock, take part in forestry work, and sell your products to expand and invest in your farm!

    My eight year old daughter Hailey took the reigns on this review:
    Farming Simulator is a fun game, but has no quest that makes it fun to play and the game gives you a tour of the game and the best part of the game is harvesting and the cute animals that produce every day you come back to the game so the game is really peaceful and the future in the game depends on what you do in the game hire workers to do jobs for you and your farm the game gives you reports too.

    You can pick up a copy of Farming Simulator Nintendo Switch Edition on Amazon here, or if you’re feeling lucky…

    Enter the Giveaway

    The Mommy Gamers Farming Simulator Nintendo Switch Edition Giveaway
    The Mommy Gamers were given copies of Farming Simulator Nintendo Switch Edition for review & giveaway purposes. Any thoughts or opinions we share on the game are our own.
    This post also includes an Amazon affiliate link. Using our link supports The Mommy Gamers. 

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