It’s October and we are in the final stretch of 2018. Brie is serving up her list of best games…so far. With a side of sweet potatoes and deviled eggs?
I love trivia. I have so much useless knowledge rummaging around in my brain that I am pretty sure that it’s the reason I can’t remember things like anniversaries or my parents birthdays. So when I heard that former Buzz! devs Snap Finger Click created It’s Quiz Time and that it was a new party trivia game, I was all in.
It’s Quiz Time is out now for PC (Steam), PS4 and Xbox One. It’s a trivia party game that features over 25,000 questions and a wide range of topics. Covering the spectrum from historical political figures to Futurama and everything in-between. Up to 8 players can play locally by using their phones and downloading the It’s Quiz Time: Companion App. One of the best things about the companion app is that it keeps track of your stats. Your wins, losses, accuracy and more. It’s a neat way to brag to your friends about how much random crap you know. Or don’t know.
It’s Quiz Time is presented in a way that never gets boring. Flashy, shiny, futuristic backgrounds are smooth and amazingly animated. Salli, the oddly built AI host, refers to everyone by name and helps welcome new players by asking preferred pronouns, and how to properly say their name. A typical game of It’s Quiz Time lasts 6 rounds. The Starter Round, four randomly chosen game-types, and The Big Finish. Whoever has the most points at the end wins.
Snap Finger Click has included some amazing features other than just a trivia game and companion app. They are fully integrated with Twitch, Mixer and YouTube to give players a shot at being a host with live interactive streaming. Here you can set-up a webcam, Kinect, or Playstation camera and play with up to 10,000 players online.
It’s the variety in game types that really make It’s Quiz Time Shine. Without spoiling too many of them I’ll talk about my favorites:
Describe It: One player has 60 seconds to talk out loud and a describe a subject. These subjects can be books, movies, TV shows and more. The other players in the game all have words on their devices that they are waiting for the describer to say. Once the round ends the players can see how many words the describer said. If at any point there are words missing, or a word might have been checked off that wasn’t said, any player can call shenanigans for everyone to sort it out. I love this one because no matter how much anyone thinks they know about a subject, I have yet to see anyone get every clue. It can get really obscure.
Guesstimation: Players are given a category (let’s go with TV Shows) and are asked a question like “How many episodes of Buffy: The Vampire Slayer were there?” The players will have a slider on a line between two numbers and the goal is to get as close to the actual number as possible. I like this one a lot because it helped me learn a lot of things I didn’t know. Like that there were 144 episodes of Buffy.
Another unique aspect of the game is that it will ask you for your age. Then the game will tailor questions specifically to how old you are and will also include you in some questions about timelines. It’s pretty amazing but also comes with a massive downfall… Salli.
Salli, while being an enthusiastic host, can get quite mean. Occasionally she will poke fun at who is in last place but sometimes she will make fun of someone for being older or younger than the other people that are playing. Every once in a while is ok, but it got to the point where one of my guest was made to feel uncomfortable because Salli outed their age. Another player got constantly berated for being the youngest, despite being in first. More often than not, instead of talking about how fun the trivia is, my guests and I were talking about how mean Salli is.
Don’t get me wrong there’s so much fun stuff in It’s Quiz Time that I’ve already changed my New Year’s Eve party plans to now include some games of it. You just have to get past Salli being a total wad.
It’s Quiz Time is out now for PS4, Xbox One and PC (Steam) and for $20, you’re going to get one hell of a good trivia game.
The reviewer was given a copy of It’s Quiz Time on Xbox One for review purposes
In Episode 171 of The Mommy Gamers Podcast Marcia and Carrie are joined by Jon Hydeman, aka The1Jon. Jon is a freelance game/software tester, a daddy, a huge Destiny fan, and an all around great guy. They chat a LOT about Destiny 2, and also Uncharted Lost Legacy, Conan Exile, and Last Day of June. Also…surprisingly enough, this week we do NOT talk about butts. You’re welcome.
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Hoagie is a strategy card game for ages five and up that tasks players with building the perfect sandwich. In Hoagie, the goal is to be the first person to create a complete hoagie while spoiling the other players’ ingredients using Oogie cards. Oogies are mischevious creatures who will spoil your delicious sandwich ingredients in a hilarious variety of ways, such as a couple of Oogies who grow a mold farm on your fresh slice of bread. Spoiled ingredients are easily fixed by placing a new fresh ingredient on top, but with only six cards in your hand at a time it’s not always an easy task. Other cards may reverse game play, skip a turn, or allow you to play two cards at one adding some extra fun ways to foil your opponents plans.
You can tell by my daughter Hailey’s face that we had an absolutely amazing time trying out this new game. Her PaPa joined us for a few rounds and we all agree that this is a great game for any age range. Hailey, who turns seven next month, was easily able to grasp the rules of gameplay and found the pictures included in the instructions to be a helpful guide. As a parent, I personally found the quick game play perfect. The game lists a play time of about twenty minutes, but we were able to breeze through most games much faster than that. The short game time coupled with the small size of the game, makes this perfect for tossing in your bag for a few rounds before dinner out or anywhere you may end up with a few minutes to fill in your day.
When I asked Hailey what she thought about Hoagie, she said it reminded her of Burgertime, a classic arcade game from the 1980’s where players create hamburgers…except the bad ingredients weren’t really trying to hurt you. This is clearly a sign of two things: Hailey has great taste in games, and she and her mommy spend a little too much time in the local classic coin arcade. But honestly, this girl knows her games, and considering she has asked to play it every evening over the last week…I’d say this game has the Hailey seal of approval. That means the game also gets The Mommy Gamers seal of approval, because any game that makes our kids happy makes us happy.
You can purchase a copy of Hoagie for $17.50 on their website: www.quirkyengine.com/store/hoagie-game-limited-edition
*Please note: The Mommy Gamers were given a copy of Hoagie for review purposes, but our opinions are all our own.
In Episode 152 of The Mommy Gamers Podcast Marcia, Desirai and Carrie talk about hiccups in utero, the new Overwatch Year Of The Rooster update, the For Honor closed beta, RWBY:Grimm Eclipse from Roosterteeth Games, the Betsey Johnson rhinestone telephone crossbody bag and more.
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Marcia aka JaxBoxChick here and I have been streaming Dead Rising 4 on our Twitch stream. Here’s the first part of the game, you can catch the rest at www.Twitch.TV/TheMommyGamers and catch the live streams on weekdays at 9 am ET until I get bored with the game and play something else. — Watch live at https://www.twitch.tv/themommygamers
On May 24th Blizzard released Overwatch, a multiplayer first person shooter. If you’ve known me for more than a minute you’ll know that first person shooter games aren’t my thing. I’ve never logged much time with them, and when I have tried I’ve gotten so frustrated that I flat out gave up. So far I’ve logged more than fourty hours of Overwatch and have no plan to stop playing anytime soon. With 21 different characters, there is one for pretty much every type of player…even self-proclaimed FPS haters such as myself. Check out the video footage of my first Twitch stream with this game that I cannot seem to stop playing:
So the big question many of my friends have had is what exactly is it about Overwatch that got me to check out the game. For those who don’t know, I am a HUGE fan of Blizzard games. I’ve logged more hours than I will ever admit on World of Warcraft, played through Diablo III once or twice, dabbled a bit with Heroes of the Storm, and attempted to get through the tutorial of Hearthstone. Basically if it’s something Blizzard put out, I’m going to try it because they consistently put out games that I enjoy. The release date also happened to align with summer break, and my fourteen year old son is a major FPS lover. At the very least, I hoped Overwatch would be a game we could play together and have some fun with over the summer.
What has kept me playing every single day is a little more difficult to explain. I’m not GREAT at the game, but every time I play I feel like I’m getting a better grasp on the maps, my favorite characters abilites, and in all honesty…it’s just a fun game to play with friends. I’ve logged the bulk of my playtime with Mei, a hero who uses ice walls, blizzards and frosty blasts to defeat the opposing team. You can read her full story on the Blizzard site here. While I’m sure that I could probably get better with some other characters after playing them for nearly forty hours, I like being able to hop in a game and feel confident and comfortable with one character for now. Each of the characters have their own special abilites and stories and it’s fun even just listening to their interactions that hint at what seems to be a fairly vague and ever expanding story line.
I’d love to talk more about Overwatch, but right now I’d really like to get back to playing. The obsession is strong. Have you played Overwatch? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below. If you’d like to hop in and play sometime on XboxOne make sure to follow TheMommyGamers Twitch channel at www.Twitch.Tv/TheMommyGamers for when the stream goes live.
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For The Mommy Gamers podcast episode 130 the ladies get into a passionate debate about post-interview thank you notes. Do you send them after a job interview? We’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below. Marcia, Desira and Carrie also discuss hamsters, the new game from Niantic Labs: Pokemon Go, Blizzard’s new first person shooter Overwatch, Captain America, Chewbacca mom, and lots more.
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