December’s Question of The Month!

Power up Players! Thank you for reading my extremely delayed response to the Question of the Month hosted by our friends over at Later Levels! Each month other game bloggers and myself answer the question posed by Later Levels or the community. It’s a great way to get involved and I’m very thankful to Kim for letting me participate! I was working on the NaNoWriMo challenge in November, so along with less blog posts, i was unable to submit my answers for the poll. I still enjoyed the question so I will post my opinion and answer here and then you all can visit the Later Levels blog to read and vote for your favorite answer!

This month’s question was submitted by : Nathan!

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Which video game character would make the best Santa?

The first character that popped into my head instinctively wa Sonic the hedgehog. After a careful analysis of my Sonic gaming history, I’ve realized that he would make a fantastic Saint Nick! sonic santa

 

Comparison : Sonic Versus Santa

In most Sonic games, especially the early generation games, your goal was to speed through maps or “Zones” to stop the plans of the evil Dr. Robotnik or Eggman! In order for Sonic to accomplish this task, he had to find and collect the Chaos Emeralds so that he could use the powers of the united Emeralds to defeat his enemy and save whatever animals or characters that were under siege. Sonic also collected rings that allowed him to gain strength. Bam, that’s Sonic! As the games progressed, Sonic was joined by friends who would help him defeat his enemies as well.   From this analysis, I can already see great qualities that would make Sonice an excellent Santa!

 

  • Sonic is a master in searching for Chaos Emeralds! This savvy makes Sonic an excellent gift giver! He is able to search all of the best deals whether he’s at the mall or shopping online to find the gifts that everyone wants. You want an exclusive toy, if you were nice all year, Sonic will find it!
  • Sonic is super fast and as far as I have seen a tank of endurance and stamina. Sonic can definitely take on the monumental task of delivering the presents all over the world in one night. He doesn’t need magic, all he needs are a few chilli dogs and plenty of water. SonicSantaClaus
  • Sonic’s entourage of friends would definitely assist in building the slay with Tails, wrapping the presents with Amy, Stuffing the Stockings with Cream and even picking the coolest toys with Knuckles. Sonic’s friends are definitely the “Elves” and “Toyshop workers” that help Santa fulfill the wishes of all nice children!

Those are my reasons for picking Sonic the Hedgehog as the best video game character that would work well as Santa! What are your thoughts? Do you agree with my answer? Which video game character would you choose and why? Make sure to check out the poll and vote for your favorite entry by clicking Here! Let’s talk!

-Luna 🙂

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The Rise of Online Gaming

Video Games have always served as a means of entertainment. The rapid growth of the video game industry has changed the way that we view the recreational hobby. Now video games can be used to teach lessons, talk about moral values and relieve stress or tension from the everyday world. One of the fastest avenues in video games is the rise of online gaming!

Video game developers are changing with the needs of the consumer. We, as players drive the trends that are hitting the market and the online gaming community is one of the largest in the world today. Posting on forums, reddit and also submitting feedback to the developers directly has helped to improve the gaming experience for all. Take for instance Betas.  for honor  Developers are more frequently releasing Betas of their games and it is predominantly for online multiplayer games. This way gamers can try the game and tell the developers what is missing? What should be changed? And most importantly, what they love about the game.

Mobile and Social games are on the rise as well. One of my friends recently told me that she didn’t think that mobile gaming was a true form of gaming. Yet, she had to apologize for her bias as now she sees the appeal and is hooked on a mobile game now. The great thing about mobile games is that they encourage you to make friends and play with others (mostly from your Facebook page). Mobile gaming allows you to share your scores and receive perks if you have friends that also play the game. The increase of this social aspect in mobile gaming can shows nontraditional gamers why online gaming is popular.  Recently, I myself have been impressed with the mobile games. You can have just as much fun gaming on your phone as on a console or PC.

Remember hearing that you cannot make a career out of gaming? Or hearing that you need to get up and find a job because video games will not pay the bills? Right now, video games are a multi-billion dollar industry with gamers really making a living off of doing what they love best; playing video games. You can go to school for game development, make your money via mobile apps or play in online tournaments to win prize money. Popular games like Dota, League of Legends and Call of Duty host multi-million-dollar tournaments throughout the year. imageedit_5_2082544926 Sponsors are getting in on the action by making products that appeal to gamers like equipment, gaming gear and snacks that you will need to keep playing. This is another source of advertising and revenue which benefits both the players and the companies. Sites like Gamebattles.com and UMG.com allow players to buy into tournament ladders and play for a prize pool. You don’t always have to travel to make money in gaming.

The great thing is that Youtubers, Streamers and Professional Gamers are treating video games as a career. They are setting schedules, putting in the time and practice and staying true to their fans. Professional gamers are making real life decisions and choices to better their brand. Responsibility, working hard and sticking to a schedule is being taught to gamers who want to build an empire. Not everyone makes it, but it’s a skill set that is easily transferable to the real world.

Online gaming is now one of the aspects that developers focus on primarily. This is both a great thing and a not so great thing. Video games should come in all varieties and appeal to different sets of gamers. While I am one that looks for the online multiplayer part of a game, not all gamers are interested in running and gunning in Call of Duty. some really enjoy the story and campaign modes. So, while online gaming continues to skyrocket and explode the video game markets, let’s not forget about the single player, mobile and puzzle games that will keep you busy when you are not able to get online.

What do you think about the rise of online gaming? Are you a console, PC or mobile gamer? How do you feel about the professional gaming scene? Let’s talk!

-Luna 🙂

Wooden Block Puzzle Game Mobile App

Hey Everyone!

I have recently come across a new game, Wooden Block Puzzle Game, thanks to my lovely boyfriend, that I cannot stop playing! If you like Tetris or puzzle games that challenge you to constantly be better, then this is the game for you!

Back Story: As I mentioned, my boyfriend started playing t58b67ce0044b8d8951561af7dd441b0619390a8bc7145855310d60204f682f22his game about a week ago.  Ever since then, we have been constantly trying to upstage each other with our scores any chance we get. And when I mean playing the game, I mean constantly staring at our phones, sucking our teeth with frustration, yelling “C’mon” at the screen every few minutes. Unfortunately, my boyfriends top score is 1779 and I am at 1436…I am not a happy camper. We are a bit competitive with each other so it can get a bit ugly.

  • Cost: FREE
  • Rating: 4.8/5
  • Difficulty: Easy/Simple
  • Platform: iOS App Store
  • Publisher: Pawitra Apsari

Object of the Game: If you like Tetris, you will be perfect at this game! Basically, you are playing on a 10X10 board, given three puzzle pieces at a time, and have to create and clear a perfect Horizontal/Vertical Line to earn points. All three pieces have to be added to the board in order to get the next three pieces and so on. You also earn points for the pieces you have placed on the board and for the lines you clear.

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Gameplay: Wooden Block Puzzle Game is easy, simple, relaxing but challenging at the same time. With unlimited game play you have the chance to beat your current high score.


To Play or Not to Play?

I vote Play! Here’s why!

  • It’s fun, easy, & simple. Just the right amount of effort.
  • Hours of endless gameplay for when your bored.
  • Great to play when you have time to kill like when have to poop.
  • You can try to beat your score over and over and over and over and over and over….

Now I did want to mention that the game will play two ads after each time that you lose. It can get a bit annoying but after a few seconds you can skip it to get to the game faster!

I hope you enjoyed this review and download the game! Let me know what your high score is in the comments down below! Happy Playing! 🙂

-Nagems

 

Sky Islands Anime Avatar Resort Mobile Game Update!

Power-up Players for today’s progress post on the mobile game Sky Islands! If you didn’t read my initial game review of Sky Islands you can do so by clicking here! Since I have more space on my phone, I was able to redownload the Sky Island Game and pick up where I left off. This time the game has become a bit addicting and here’s why!

Garden – Gardening is one of the best ways to make money in Sky Islands. In your garden you are able to plant fruit and breed animals to help out with your villas. The fruit collected can be used in a few ways:

  • Make and Serve dishes to your villa customers for extra cash
  • Upgrade the furniture in your villa
  • Convert fruit into dyes that can be used in clothing or traded in on Clan Orders

 

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I’m planting Snow Pearls and Greenos so that I can make a curry & rice dish!

 

Clans – My friend Xsanie (also the person who made me download the game in the first place) created a clan called Fairy Tail (yes, after the anime). Xsanie was upset that she couldn’t find active members so she persuaded me to redownload the game and join her clan. In a clan you can help out by donating to the clan, participating in boss hunts (only available at hunting skill level 3 or higher),  Clan Serves and Clan Orders. Every activity you perform with the clan contributes to the clan’s reputation and rewards.

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Clan Orders for this week!

 

Boss Hunt – the Boss Hunt is where you go “Hunting” against other clans to defeat a giant creature with a binky in their mouth lol. You have to be Hunting Skill Level 3 or higher to participate in the boss hunts. Your goal is to deal more damage than the other clans. If your clan is top 10, you receive a bonus reward, if you are top 100 individually for the amount of damage dealt,  you receive a bonus reward.

 

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Boss Hunt! We came in 4th place!

 

Fishing – Fishing was an aspect of the review that I did not touch on too much. This is because I didn’t understand how to fish, now I do! You have a magnet on your screen with a small radius. When the beast appears, you tap the screen to move the magnet over the the beast. Any time the beast is outside of the magnet your progress will decrease. If the progress bar gets too low, you will lose the beast. Your goal is to build that progress bar up until it is green and you have captured your prey.

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Events – We have just finished the Halloween Event where performing your daily tasks, quests or any activity on Sky Island would provide you with Halloween Themed Items. You would stock up on these items and visit the Community Park to turn them in for special chests. These chests provided special Halloween Decor, costumes and accessories. I anticipate there will be more Holiday events around the corner.

 

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Halloween Decor At A Villa!

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Things to Try:

  1. The mobile game has also integrated Pets into the game. I have yet to purchase a pet and raise it, but I will try it out soon.
  2. There are contests like the Fashionista Contest where the best dressed avatar with the most votes will receive a statue in the community park for a week, I believe.

Final Thoughts: This second go round of Sky Island has been really fun and I can see myself playing the game for at least a few more months. I check on my fruits and set rent on my villas to 3 hours at a time when I’m working. This way by my break time I can quickly collect my items and set another timer. The inclusion of a Clan mode is really awesome because now I’m working towards something. We want our clan to be one of the best and most renowned so I work extra hard at clan tasks. The social element of Sky Islands is really cool. Xsanie and I are members of the Sky Island Facebook Group and we have regular players that we talk.

Have you played Sky Islands? What games are you currently playing that have you addicted? Let’s talk mobile games and updates!

-Luna 🙂

 

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Creating a Compelling RPG Villain

“Don’t talk like you’re one of them! You’re not… even if you’d like to be. To them you’re just a freak, like me. They need you right now, but when they don’t, they’ll cast you out. Like a leper. See, their morals, their “code”… it’s a bad joke, dropped at the first sign of trouble. They’re only as good as the world allows them to be. I’ll show you. When the chips are down, these “civilized people?” They’ll eat each other. See, I’m not a monster. I’m just ahead of the curve.”

– Joker, “The Dark Knight”

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Godblood2It’s said that no one ever sees themselves as the villain, merely the hero of their own story. In the world of tabletop gaming, however, the heroes and villains tend to be rather distinguishable. Heroes wearing shining armor and stand for honor and virtue, while villains wear black and are covered in blood as they spout threats in a quest to destroy all life. Sympathy for the villain can be rare or so minor it becomes a nonfactor, and sometimes this is alright. However, when you create a story that may take months or even years to unravel, this black-and-white portrayal can seem a little bland and the adventure eventually redundant.

Every creative venue has methods for creating engaging protagonists and antagonists. There are countless books and videos detailing what makes a “great” novel or movie villain, but tabletop gaming is a different animal. Players aren’t just readers or spectators; they are active participants in the story. Every good campaign should have a strong force of opposition, whether it’s a large force or – more likely – a primary individual that must be stopped. The road to get to that end need not be a straight line, and below are a few suggestions on how to fashion a compelling and interesting villain against whom your heroes will do battle.

1. SECRET MOTIVES

In movies especially and novels to a lesser extent it is generally considered a good idea to present the motives, agenda, or at least affiliation of the antagonist fairly early on. This sets the stakes for the protagonists, plots their own goals, and helps compare and contrast the two forces. In the long-term pacing of tabletop gaming, however – in which players must piece together clues as they go – a good villain remains a mystery until the very end. If the evil Dragon King is set on destroying Goodville, you can bet the heroes will head for and make camp in Goodville for most of the campaign. They’d have no real reason to do otherwise.

Keeping players on their toes accomplishes two things simultaneously: it keeps the campaign from getting boring and it puts space between the heroes and the villain. A village on fire is certainly cause for concern and action on the part of the heroes, but was it intentional? Was it part of the villain’s plot? Is the fire merely a distraction as she maneuvers elsewhere? What secrets did she want to destroy with this fire? These are questions that make players think, and can turn even a simple plan of conquest into a far-reaching campaign of intrigue. In addition, having heroes investigate a burning town for clues and rumors allows the villain to continue on to her next task is relative safety, the fog of mystery becoming a smokescreen for her and her minions.

2. HINT OF HUMANITY

Building onthe “no one sees themselves as a villain” motif, a purely evil and destructive force – while certainly deadly – can become two-dimensional. Bringing even the slightest glimmer of humanity into the darkest heart can not only strengthen the character of the antagonist but throw your players into their own alignment quandaries. Maybe the villain saw his entire village burn down, and the authorities refused to help him. Maybe he had a loved one who left or died, fostering a deep sadness that soon became rage. Maybe he is cursed, and has no control of his actions. Maybe he is actually the unwitting servant of a greater evil. He could feel his actions are inevitable, and that redemption is impossible. Whether or not humanity wins out in the end, merely breaking the black-and-white mold may make some heroes second-guess their zealous quest to destroy them.

3. HONORABLE EVIL

Few things are as bewildering and alignment-challenging in an RPG as a villain who shows honor. This is a fantastic aspect in cultural campaigns such as Rokugan or Feudal Japan in which honor and dishonor replace typical notions of good and evil. An scorpion2honorable villain, though a bloodthirsty murder, could reach out to the heroes in a civil manner.

She could be honest in her plans and truthful in conversations, even if it’s at odds with the heroes. She could spare the lives of heroes who break into her abode, simply because she knows they were under orders to do so. She could congratulate the heroes on victories or even aid them against rivals. She could refuse to strike first and always greet the heroes unarmed until threatened.

Maybe the villain is actually in the right? What if the dark lord is the rightful ruler of the kingdom, even if he’s evil? What if the “good” King wrongfully accused and condemned the villain’s late sibling, prompting him to take up arms in retaliation? What if the Orcs were promised land, and when they weren’t granted the Chieftan waged war against the human squatters in his forest?

For heroes that are truly law-abiding and honor-focused, this can be a seriously difficult thing to deal with and makes for some very interesting encounters.

4. VILLAINS WIN, UNTIL THEY LOSE

A truly compelling and engaging antagonist always seems to be a step ahead. This can be difficult to balance, because too many losses can be frustrating or downright infuriating to the heroes. Tabletop gaming is an improvised art form, which allows for a unique opportunity to build up a villain as more crafty and ingenious than they actually are. The method for doing so is simple: you cheat.

Any situation, whether a victory or failure by the heroes, can be spun to be “part of the villain’s plan.” That village they liberated? They are secretly loyal to the antagonist, and once they leave the villain now has a stronger base than before. The random Orc patrol the heroes thought was a waste of time? They carried a powerful magical item that could’ve turned the tide of the war. The scrap of paper no one can translate? It’s now the password into the villain’s lair. While such spin-doctoring should be used sparingly, it can help build the dynamic that they are always playing into the villain’s hands – until the end, when the tables are turned.

A solid example is what I call the “Moriarty Effect.” It’s a classic dupe often perpetrated after the players fail to investigate something properly. For instance, a woman pleads for the heroes to find her children that ran into a dark cave. If no one bothers to roll for insight or check for illusions, suddenly that innocuous stranger could become the villain or her henchman in disguise – and a rather deadly secret is awaiting the heroes in that cave.

5. KILLING AN IDEAL

Drawing on real-world influences, one of the most seemingly impossible tasks facing the heroes is to combat an ideal. Villains can be killed. Beliefs are immortal. The villain could simply be the face of a culture, religion, social caste, or cult that is far-reaching and growing. Perhaps the villain champions a revolt against a king due to high taxes and an overreaching military. Suddenly the heroes must now contend with entire cities of like-minded civilians who see the heroes as villains themselves. Perhaps the Dark Priest is simply one leader out of countless throughout the world. Now the heroes must not only drop the Priest from destroying the land, but weed out the rest of the church as well. It is like a hydra, cutting off one head while two more take its place. Such conundrums prevent a relatively small or straightforward task (killing the villain) as the tip of the iceberg. The heroes must dig out the roots, or the felled tree will continue to regrow over and over.

OVERALL

Villains are vital to any campaign, and the stronger the antagonist the richer the campaign will be. While the story is important, without a compelling force to oppose the heroes their quest may well seem hollow.

First Impressions: Fortnite!

Hiya Players! Thank you for reading today’s First Impressions post of the game Fortnite. Fortnite is a Battle Royale, survival-esque game in which you can survive against a horde or go straight into PVP versus 100 other tributes! Sounds familiar? Well that’s because Fortnite can be compared to H1Z1 and Player Unknown Battlegrounds or PUBG. But this survival game is a bit different then it’s predecessors and I’m here to tell you why!

First off the game is free to play on PC and PS4 at the moment. Don’t be afraid to get into the high octane action yourself after reading my first impressions. However, you can only play the Battle Royale without purchasing the full game.

Battle Royale- In Battle Royale you can play in a squad or solo against 100 other tributes (I said that already lol). You begin by jumping out of a Bus (the Magic Schoolbus lol) and skydiving to a section of the island where your battle will take place. You start off with only a simple pickaxe and you must scavenge nearby buildings (or player’s bodies) to upgrade your weapons. Pretty simple, right? What makes this game a bit different is the ability to build during your battle. That’s right, you have blueprints pre-installed in your character for different structures that you can build with materials.

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Use your pickaxe to get wood or find it and other materials such as stone or metal on the way. The ability to build adds a new element to the otherwise scavenge and shoot game. I’ve seen players build shelters while they quickly scavenge for an escape route from a pursuing enemy. You’re only objective is to be the Lone Survivor

 

So why not just camp in a building? Well the game takes care of our friendly “Campers” by making sure that they have to move every few minutes. This is regulated by a shrinking storm border. If you get caught in the storm you will take damage until  1 of 2 things happen; You die or you make it into the safe zone that’s marked on your map. This mechanic also ensures that the games are not super long.

Weapon Diversity- So far I’ve seen your standard weapons like pistols, shotguns, semi auto shotguns, sniper rifles, assault rifles, grenades and more. What’s pretty cool and exclusive to Fortnite as well is the integration of Weapon Traps. You can place a trap on the ceiling (the only one I’ve found so far) and injure your enemy.

There’s another cool component of the scavenging process. You can find these treasure chests that are stocked with great gear. If you’re near the chests you can hear the music change.

Luna’s Pro Tips: There are a few pro tips that I’ve picked up in the games that I’ve played and I’ll share them with you!

  1. On the initial descent, try to pick an area away from the other players. This way you can have a bit more time to prepare for the uphill battle.
  2. Listen to your surroundings.- This is probably the most crucial tip. You can hear people running, picking up items, opening doors, etc. If you listen you will know the direction of the danger.
  3. Crouch walk This goes hand in hand with tip number 2. Crouch walking minimizes the noise that YOU make. It’s a great way to sneak up on other tributes.

Final Thoughts: The Early Access for Fortnite was pretty cool and allowed me to gain a feel for the game. I do see myself eventually picking up the game when the price lowers a bit, although I don’t know whether it will be on PS4 or PC. I really loved the integration of building materials to make Fortnite a different experience. I imagine that you can select your characters when you actually purchase the game as the random character selection didn’t appeal to me as much. I do hope that there’s more than 1 multiplayer battle island becuase I found myself going to the same areas after a few rounds. These areas were guaranteed to have something good.

This is the section of my reviews where I list my top reasons you would want to Play or Skip the game!

Play:

  • A fun way to play a battle royale
  • It’s free access, I mean at least download it for later lol
  • Horde (Survival Mode) looks really fun!

Skip:

  • Not into survival games
  • Missed the free access trial

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I give the game 4 out of 5 Power-Ups! It was pretty fun and the multiplayer option is a bit different each time.

Those are my thoughts on the Fortnite Battle Royale Game! Have you played it yet? What games are you currently playing? Let’s Talk Video Games!

-Luna 🙂

 

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Asteroid Challenge: Mobile Game Review!

Happy Thursday Players! Last week I reached out to a mobile game company as they were looking for bloggers to review their game. Today I bring you that honest review! So grab your phones and get ready to read my thoughts and review on Asteroid Challenge!

Developer: Pavo Studios Games

Game Type: Mobile Game

Platform: Android and IOS

Genre: Real Time Strategy (RTS) / Arcade Shooter

Rating: E for Everyone

Description From Developer:

Asteroid Challenge is an attractive arcade space shooter, where you must defend your damaged spaceship from waves of asteroids. Your end goal is to escape the collapsing galaxy. In order to do that, you need to repair your spaceship. Energy packs keep coming. But asteroids keep coming too! And they are bigger than any time before! One asteroid impact and you are dead. For how long can you survive? Will you ever be able to escape?

Premise: Asteroid Challenge is a strategy shooter game in which you must repair your base and protect it from the impending doom of asteroids flying around. As you are protecting your ship by shooting the asteroids there will be energy and repair resources gained.

Playing The Game: So I dove straight in and played the tutorial. The graphics are a nice, clean look and I was able to navigate the screen smoothly. I didn’t notice any major issues with using the items or shooting the asteroids which is fantastic!

Game Guide: Playing the game was much more fun then I was initially expecting. I did not experience any lag or glaring while I was playing (even from playing outdoors). You tackle 2 different types of asteroids, the solid brown ones that explode on impact and the dusty, grey ones that will split into smaller fragments on impact. There are varying speeds and sizes of asteroids that make the game different each time your play.

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Collect energy while destroying ateroids!

To repair the fires (or use any items) you must collect energy resources while defending your spaceship. There are a few ways to collect resources. First you automatically start collecting resources every few seconds, second you let the small capsule shaped resources hit the base for a few more, Last you can let the large box icons hit the base for a mega bonus of resources.

3 Key Icons  are located at the bottom of the screen. They are Turret upgrades, Shields and Repair. The icons that you are able to use will light up when you have enough energy resources.

  • Turret Upgrades- clicking the turret upgrade icon will allow your turret to shoot quicker and rotate faster.
  • Shields – Clicking on the Shield icon will place up a shield for  about 4 seconds. The shields will instantly destroy any ateroids in the immediate area.
  • Repair – The repair icon fixes the fires on your ship. You have 5 fires that you must repair.

 

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A clutch shield to save the day!

 

Controls: The game was very simple with the controls and I instantly knew what to do after a short tutorial. The controls consisted of tapping to the left and right of the screen to rotate the turret and selecting an upgrade from the bottom middle of the screen.

Sounds: The music fit perfectly with the stranded in space vibe. The sounds of the turret and the explosions of the asteroids were spot on and believable.

Learning Curve- There’s a bit of a learning curve when you first delve into the game. There’s not a spoiler ahead but if you prefer to figure it out on your own, please skip past the Pro Tip section.  Luna’s Pro Tip: Use both hands to play the game! At first I was using 1 finger to move the turret. The tip is to use both pointer fingers one for the right side and one for the left. This mechanic tremendously helped my progression in the game!

Luna’s Pro Tip #2: You can shoot the energy resources and blow up asteroids in the immediate area. This is a double-edged sword as when you blow up the resource, you cannot collect it for your energy.

Difficulty – I did find the game difficult at first as the asteroids evolve and approach at different speeds. You are forced to make choices on the spot and a minor oversight could end your game. The amount of energy resources needed increases by 10 with every fire repair. Luna’s Pro Tip #3: You can only collect as much energy as it takes for the next repair. This mechanic stops players from stockpiling energy and makes the game even more difficult. Great job Pavo! 

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Level of Fun- I was excited that the game peaked my interest. I couldn’t wait to go on break and play another round of the game, searching for my first win! Personally, I love strategy games and trying to maneuver the obstacles to get through the level. Now I’m playing for the Leaderboards!

Replayability- This game has medium replayability to me because each game will be different. The asteroids are random so there’s a bit of difference each time, however, I would love to have more than 1 level to optimize the enjoyment.

Play:

  • Really enjoyed the difficulty of the game
  • It’s a fast and fun way to spend a few extra minutes of free time

Skip:

  • Not a fan or arcade shooters
  • Get frazzled easily
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I beat the game! I was close before but I didn’t realize that there was another part after fixing the fires 😉

Final Thoughts: To the developer I would like to say thank you for providing an enjoyable mobile game that’s perfect to play on breaks at work. I would enjoy more levels where the game gets harder or you have to not only repair the fires and escape, but possibly add on additional tasks. I really enjoyed the game and even after completing it, I still find myself opening the game on my phone to play a few quick rounds. I definitely enjoyed the game and I can see potential to update the game and continue adding to it!

My rating:

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4 Power-ups out of 5!

Thank you for reading our review of Asteroid Challenge! Check out additional details below to learn more about Pavo Studios and to download the game!

Features:

  • – Simply looking, but difficult to play 3D arcade space shooter.
  • – Built in Unreal Engine.
  • – Released on iOS and Android.
  • – Translated to +30 languages.
  • – Free to play with ads.

Store links:

Google Play Link: http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=es.molabs.TotalAsteroidDefense&pcampaignid=MKT-Other-global-all-co-prtnr-py-PartBadge-Mar2515-1

Apple Store Link: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/asteroid-challenge/id1254985414?mt=8

Have a great day and happy gaming!

-Luna 🙂

 

 

 

What is Esports?

Happy Wednesday Players! This post will be a special guest post from a writer on Twitter @EthanThomasJnr regarding his thoughts on Esports! Make sure to give him a follow if you enjoy the post and would like to read more from him!

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Since the dawn of time, man has competed against each other for gold and glory. Today is no different with the latest and greatest test of skill, speed, strength, strategy, and tactics being professional competitive video gaming, enter Esports. Yip. You heard videogaming correctly, no longer the pastime of basement dwellers or angsty teenagers gaming is now seen as a reliable test of manhood, skill, and technique and is even regarded as a valid career choice for a skilled few.

This form of competition facilitated by an electronic system and mediated by a human-computer interface is seeing teenagers earn millions of dollars, seeing the signing of lucrative sponsorship deals, dating supermodels and racing fast cars – it is also something that they inherently enjoy doing.  Job Goals? I am still not sure? This form of organized multiplayer video game competition involves real-time strategy fighting first-person shooter (FPS ) and multiplayer online battle arena’s ( MOBA). What used to be a recreational pastime now sits on the edge of becoming recognized as a real spot with analytical data services dubbing Esports as the biggest thing to hit the tech industry since the launch of the iPhone in 2007, with the buzz around Esports only ever moving forward. Esports is not necessarily the hallmark of a conventional sport, as the competition is augmented by technology. However, the consensus is that when physical exertion and sheer power are eliminated, reflexes and mental agility come to the fore. With Esports becoming what every traditional sports league is desperate to become; young, global, digital and increasingly diverse, it’s no surprise that in our instant digital world sports can now be virtual. Tournaments such as The International, The League of Legends World Championship, and the Intel Extreme Masters all provide live broadcasts of the competition, as well as lucrative prize money to the winning competitors, bring in a crowd of about 71.5 million viewers of Esports worldwide, 85% being male and 15% being female. Majority of the viewers are between the ages of 28 and 34 and the global esports market generating US$ 493 million in revenue in 2016. You heard right. 493 million.

Top-level players are now able to compete in video games the way other athletes compete in football or tennis. So how does one become a part of this prosperous industry? Is it more than just spending hours in a darkened room illuminated only by the ambient glow of a tv screen. The answer is yes. These professional gamers spend most of their time doing exactly what conventional sports athletes do: train. A Lot. Now the training might not involve several laps or stretches, but it does require countless hours practicing, various tactics, strategies, and techniques. Taking a lot of dedication and hard work, it’s important to pick your game, practice and stay motivated. Esports, specifically CSGO, has experienced an explosion in popularity throughout the world, not only with its increase in viewership via game streaming services like Youtube and Twitch but as well as through its reality show on TBS network and a documentary on VICE called “The Celebrity Millionaires of Competitive Gaming.” With that, a new narrative was born: the Esports athlete lifestyle of the rich and nerdy. Esports players are now able to form teams, attract sponsors and compete in online tournaments all around the world. Esports has the power to make you more than a gamer, more than an athlete but a brand. There is so much that the new digital age brings us, but aside from our ability to order pizza from just about anywhere at any time of the day and our narcissistic Instagram feeds and excessive filters technology is now offering a new way to look at how we define not only sport but athletes too.

They say the meek will inherit the earth and with Esports taking over the sports industry have the athletes of yesterday lost their place in the limelight? Does our society no longer think that the physical aspects of the sport are the truest testament of skill and strength? Or is there something more? Does the 21st century hold mental agility and strategies to be of a higher value than that of the physical attributes? No longer a game for amateurs, your nerdy lab partner or your annoying younger brother. Esports players are taking over our world, not just virtually but physically to. Celebrity endorsements from the likes of Shaquille O’Neal, Steve Aoki, and Ashton Kutcher have skyrocketed the popularity of the game even further even having Esports under consideration for a medal event in the 2024 Olympics.

It is clear that for Esports this is just the beginning of pushing the boundaries and altering perceptions. The world is literally the Esports oyster, and the possibilities are endless.

Luna’s Rankings: RPG Games!

Happy Tuesday Players! It’s time for another one of my rankings for the week! Today we are ranking my top RPG (Role Playing Games) from my least favorite to my favorite! Let’s see who makes the list today! Role Playing games are a staple in the video game world! They allow us to create characters, take on missions and even choose between some morally awkward situations. Each game offers something unique and different, that’s why I am ranking my top games from the RPG games that I have played!

Fable III – Fable III hits the bottom of the list for one reason; I could never finish it!   Fable IIIWhy? Well because this game was horrible, not in design or play through because all of that was great! It was horrible because of the choices that you had to make. You played as a Monarch and you had to overthrow your evil sibling from the throne. This of course now makes you the leader of the realm and you start to see why your brother was making choices that to the outside world seemed cruel. The choices that you make have consequences either way. Let’s just say that sparing a villager who committed a petty crime, could in turn cause hundreds to die. That game sucked just because of the choices lol.

Elder Scrolls Online – ESO is a really great game.  eso  This game takes the magic and wonder of Oblivion and Skyrim and adds in the multiplayer element that I completely love. Elder Scrolls takes on the same premise as all their games in Bethseda’s history, however, now we have factions and we can play with friends. During the midnight release all of my friends selected Aldemeri Dominion to start and we had… well we had difficulty getting into the server that night. I believe we were finally able to log in about 4 hours after the fact. This first impression is probably why ESO fell down in the rankings for me. But once we were in, we were able to have fun until the passion for the game burned out. Although I’m not currently interested in ESO, it is a game that I will always come back to!

Fable – The original Fable started my RPG gaming adventure!  fable  If you read my Evolution of A Gamer post, you will remember that I was gifted with my brother’s Xbox when the Xbox 360 released. Along with the system he gave me a few games and among them was the first Fable game (side not my brother Kenny never played it lol). This was the first game that I completed the story mode by myself! I didn’t ask for my brother’s help and I just grinded it out! The ability to make your own choices in the game and have free range (mostly) to steal or marry was a new development at the time of Fable’s release.

Fable II comes in at the number 3 slot.   fable II  It almost made it to number 1 but I have such fond memories of the game that occupies that ranking on my list. Fable II was an awesome game! I remember getting the game when it released and playing through the story. I loved that you were able to combine spells in this game and the option to select a female character was a bonus. The story was amazing and I had fun just playing side missions or making money as a Pie Maker! Don’t forget about all of the fun of kicking chickens!This game was a bit of a hack though,. When you went to the ton square in Bowerstone you could meet up with your friends (floating as orbs) and give each other money. My one friend gave us all 1 million dollars lol.

Phantasy Star Universe –  psu  PSU was an online MMORPG game that I played with friends back in the Xbox 360 days! This was one of my first experiences with upgrading weapons and grinding missions to receive gear.  I played as a mage class and I would always look for the best spells and staffs in the game. I vaguely remember having this one spell that would cast meteors from my staff. After upgrading it I could morph the move into casting meteors from the sky. I loved PSU because it taught me that the magic you used would be dependent on the type of creature you were facing. Similar to Pokemon, you went farther if you used magical spells that were super effective against the enemy. PSU also gave the added element of customization for not only your character (4th floor of the mall am I right?) but also for your room. I had trophies from defeating  bosses like De-Ragan or my personal favorite the Rappy Statues (they look like chocobos lol).

PSU had it all and I loved the interaction with other players. You could present moves, dances and even phrases.  PSU was an awesome game and I was sad when the servers closed for it.

Oblivion takes the number 1 spot for me because it is the first RPG game that I really delve into.  oblivion  This game set the standard for the Elder Scrolls Game for me and I am so grateful to have discovered it. My fondest memory was being a part of the Fighter’s Guild, Mages Guild, Thieves Guild and the Dark Brotherhood at the same time. I was running all over the place with the different side missions and contracts that I was to fulfill. Each play-thorugh I would make a Khajit (cat character) and level up my stats for stealth and agility. Needless to say, I’m always a thief or assassin! !  I spent HOURS on Oblivion and I still don’t believe that I completed everything that there was to do. The replay value of this game was amazing, because you could make alternate characters give them different skills.

Those are my rankings for my top RPG Games! What did I miss? What are your favorite RPG’s? Let’s talk Video Games!

-Luna 🙂

 

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First Impressions: Destiny 2!

Hiya Novas and Players! Thank you for reading today’s First Impressions post of the new release, Destiny 2! Sooo this review has been completed for about 2 weeks, but my clips wouldn’t upload lol. The First Impression Posts are a brief overview of the game and what I like or dislike about it so far. The full game review will come at a later date when I am able to complete all of the main components of the game.

Backstory: So I thought that it would be appropriate to provide a little bit of a backstory on me and Destiny! Sooo… I never played the first one. My online friends have been telling me since the release date to play the game, because Bungie made it. I would shareplay with my friend Decaying Senpai all of the time, yet I never really built up an interest to go and get the game or even try it. Lately I have been having more of an open mind when it comes to playing games that do not interest me. Anyway fast forward to the review!

First Impressions: I COMPLETELY LOVE THE GAME!!!!! Well so far that is. Destiny has sooo much going on that if you get bored with one type of gameplay, you can transition to another. Destiny in a nutshell is a First Person Shooter (FPS) mixed with an RPG (Role Playing Game). I have completed the story which is fantastic at the moment. I find myself particularly drawn to Cayde-6 who is a robot Hunter.  destiny1  It’s cinematic excellence and the story makes sense.

I have also played other things like the multiplayer Crucible and public events.

Story: The story follows the new Guardian (which is the character that you create) as their world is threatened by  a leader known as Dominus! Side note: If you remember from my Halo Wars 2 Review, Bungie (who also made Halo Wars 2) inserted a similar character known as Decimus! I found that the antagonist in this story had similar motives and personality traits. Anyway, Dominus is taking the “light” which is the source of power for all guardians.   destiny2  Your job is to try and get that light back and save your home! I do like the missions, they are a bit too long in some cases then what I am used to, but it’s a great way to binge play the day away.

Side Quests: During the story, you unlock different planets like EDZ (Earth Dead Zone), Titan and Nessus. Each planet has a mob for you to face and side quests. These quests are known as “Adventures” and can help you level up or receive rewards. Side quests so far, do not seem as long as the main story missions.

Public Events: Public events happen continuosuly throughout the day. These are short battles with the enemy alongside other Guardians and Friends! The shortest things that you can do in the game, the public event has you facing off against loads of mobs and a few giant bosses to collect your loot!

The Crucible: The Crucible is the online multiplayer, competitive aspect of Destiny 2! You are able to play games such as Team Deathmatch, Kill Confirmed and even Search and Destroy (gamemodes from COD but I don’t remember their names in Destiny). I haven’t played many Crucible games as of yet because I want to complete the story and reach level 20 first (currently lvl 18).

There’s plenty more to enjoy in Destiny like Raids and other events. I haven’t been able to play them as of yet, but I have seen them via share play.

I really enjoy the game so far and I can see myself getting lost in playing hours of Destiny 2. There’s far more to experience and do, but since this is not a full review post, I will just give you some of my thoughts via the Play and Skip sections!

Play:

  • Endless activities to keep you occupied
  • A fantastic story with awesome graphics and music
  • Customization and Social fluidness (you can download the app and find Guardians to play with)

Skip:

  • Missions are too long for you to play
  • Not a fan of FPS

Those are my first impressions of Destiny 2! What are your thoughts on the game? Are you currently playing Destiny 2? Also, feel free to provide your username if you would like to play sometime, mines is Luna26x! Let’s talk Destiny 2!

-Luna 🙂