video games – Great Mum Adventure http://greatmumadventure.com/ Sat, 26 Mar 2022 19:50:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://greatmumadventure.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/great.png video games – Great Mum Adventure http://greatmumadventure.com/ 32 32 Tunic review: A beautiful love letter to classic adventure games https://greatmumadventure.com/tunic-review-a-beautiful-love-letter-to-classic-adventure-games/ Wed, 16 Mar 2022 17:00:10 +0000 https://greatmumadventure.com/tunic-review-a-beautiful-love-letter-to-classic-adventure-games/ At some point video games stopped including instruction manuals and we were worse off. Not only could they fill in the story gaps that consoles like the Snes megaplayer and Sega weren’t able to provide, but they also contained unique artwork and tips on how to defeat enemies. If you’re too young to remember, then […]]]>

At some point video games stopped including instruction manuals and we were worse off.

Not only could they fill in the story gaps that consoles like the Snes megaplayer and Sega weren’t able to provide, but they also contained unique artwork and tips on how to defeat enemies. If you’re too young to remember, then Nintendo has a excellent library of what they looked like, to give you a better idea.

It is a somewhat extinct art now. As function moved beyond form, they became more of an added bonus as games became more than capable of providing this information on screen rather than on paper, before being phased out altogether.

But having a physical companion to help you on your adventure is something modern games lack. Being able to scribble the margins and stitch together notes about areas to come back to is part of what makes games like Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and Super Metroid feel like great mysteries, despite their technical limitations, adding an extra layer of complexity outside the confines of a single cartridge.

If you are inclined to agree with this sentiment, then Tunic is the game for you.

How we tested

We played the PC version of Tunic for about 12 hours, which gave us time to complete the main storyline and explore some of the game’s many secrets.

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Rating: 9/10

  • Consoles: PC, Xbox Series X/S
  • Editor: Finji
  • Release date: March 16, 2022
  • Age class : 7+

Story

A young fox wakes up on a beach in a mysterious land. Disarmed and at the mercy of the hostile creatures that inhabit it, our hero must venture into this world, uncover its secrets and uncover its various treasures, some of which are locked away in hidden temples.

The various road signs that can be found in the immediate vicinity are in encrypted language, revealing very little. Occasionally one of these signs may show additional base text – such as “Hero’s Grave” – ​​but otherwise this world is a mystery and will remain so until the right pieces are put together.

It’s a simple premise that executes clearly, without revealing the full extent of its complexity, like a good magic trick. Once the secrets are revealed, it’s hard to imagine how they could have escaped your notice.

After waking up on a beach, it’s up to the player to decide where to go next

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Tunic gives nothing else as the player leaves their starting range. In true retro-RPG style, an in-game instruction booklet gives various clues and points of interest. The twist is that at the start of the game only a handful of these pages are available and more must be collected as the journey unfolds.

As each page is added to the book, what begins as indecipherable language slowly becomes comprehensible. The illustrations lovingly recreate the fictional world, with hand-drawn annotations hinting at other secrets such as the location of a hidden treasure chest or a quick note about a surprisingly powerful enemy ahead.

An in-game instruction booklet reveals more of the world through artwork as you collect its pages

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It’s not just a part of Tunic unique charm but also an integral part of how the game gradually reveals itself to the player. A page found early, describing a later dungeon in great detail, may not be of immediate interest, but will soon offer new information.

Something whose usefulness isn’t immediately obvious quickly becomes essential as its correct implementation is put into context with a simple half-page tutorial. Receiving these bits of information out of order also ensures there is room for discovery when re-entering older areas. It’s not until a page of content is discovered – halfway through the game – that what’s left to discover becomes apparent.

Gameplay

Even in Tunic exploration and combat, the mechanics are revealed little by little. The game starts out as a simple dungeon crawler to slowly grow into something much more elaborate.

The combat is deep and punishing despite its adorable presentation

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The fight starts out simple at first, with a stick used to fend off smaller enemies, before eventually finding a sword which, of course, is better than a stick, and so on. Enemies – even weak ones – can still provide a formidable challenge early on without the right gear, but they’re still possible to brutally force your way, even to a point where critical items could easily be missed.

A stamina meter also ensures enemies can be quickly dodged, but stamina depletion can make players more vulnerable, as can protective blocks. If the hero is defeated, a spirit marker is left behind. When hit, it can momentarily stun nearby enemies, allowing the player to dash and avoid damage.

While it might sound oddly familiar to other games following the action-RPG formula, Tunic still brings a lot of new ideas to the table. Enemy designs are varied enough that each area is a new challenge, but not so frequent that they feel like repeatedly hitting a brick wall.

Isometric level design hides the game’s many secrets

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Boss battles take the same approach, with a small but memorable gallery of rogues making each contest rewarding, with multiple solutions for each. Unlike the classic Zelda, the most recently acquired item isn’t necessarily the key to defeating every boss, and spending time finding the right combination of items before each fight makes everyone a test of ingenuity as well as reaction and skill.

The verdict: ‘Tunic’

Tunic is something really special. Above all else, it’s a clear love letter to old-school action-adventure games of the 80s and 90s. Beyond that, it’s an ingenious, brief, and at times difficult masterclass. about modern game design that feels so much greater than the sum of its parts.

Tunic can be completed in just 12 hours, but there are plenty of hidden secrets to uncover beyond that time. This is the type of Internet gaming forums that will flock to extract all the details. To say more would be to draw the curtain too far. You really have to experience it to appreciate it.

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5 Games Based On Successful TV Shows https://greatmumadventure.com/5-games-based-on-successful-tv-shows/ Sat, 19 Feb 2022 20:35:00 +0000 https://greatmumadventure.com/5-games-based-on-successful-tv-shows/ There are a plethora of really great and terribly terrible video game adaptations of TV shows. From Australian soap operas to crime dramas starring ducks, some video game adaptations simply don’t make a difference in terms of quality, or even portrayal of the show they’re based on. However, while not all video games based on […]]]>

There are a plethora of really great and terribly terrible video game adaptations of TV shows. From Australian soap operas to crime dramas starring ducks, some video game adaptations simply don’t make a difference in terms of quality, or even portrayal of the show they’re based on. However, while not all video games based on a TV show are great (and let’s be honest, the two mediums don’t really work together most of the time), sometimes games barely manage to nail certain elements perfectly.

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Whether it’s characters, world-building, style, or even just the general atmosphere, sometimes it’s enough to replicate the mood and tone of a show. Although the plots, gameplay, and graphics might seem a bit poor, some video games based on TV shows actually manage to get the best elements. From feeling like the captain of the Starship Enterprise to comically crashing into everything you see in Springfield, these TV show-based video games might not be perfect, but they absolutely nail the atmosphere.

5 Lost: Via Domus


A wide-angle third-person perspective screenshot from the game Lost: Via Domus featuring protagonist Elliot running on a beach with a backpack on it

It’s no secret that Lost is a great TV show. While some elements of it might be a little contrived (and the last few seasons were, well, a little iffy), for the most part, Lost is seen as the poster child for the high-end TV drama of the early 2000s. So it made perfect sense for Ubisoft to develop a video game based on the beloved TV show. Law? Well, aside from butchering the gameplay a bit, Lost: Via Domus is a great example of a video game based on a TV show that does the show justice.

Featuring familiar elements from the show such as a “previously on” segment before the start of each chapter or episode, incredibly iconic musical cues, and now legendary settings, Lost: Via Domus manages to set the atmosphere of the episode. While it’s not always fun to play, the fact that you can explore the campsite from the first two seasons, visiting faithfully recreated locations, and exploring the mysterious jungle while dodging the infamous Black Smoke Monster is a real treat.

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4 The Walking Dead: The Game


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You could pretty much any Telltale game in this list, and it would count. Yes, even the Borderlands one despite that doesn’t make sense in context. Telltale has found the formula to take an established franchise and expand it in its own unique and creative way. With Game of Thrones, Batman, and of course The Walking Dead getting the Telltale treatment, fans of these iconic franchises were in for a treat.

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The Walking Dead: The Game, however, is a beautiful video game that not only delivers an engaging and emotional experience in its own right, but perfects the many phenomenal elements of the series and comics. With familiar characters, settings and narrative, The Walking Dead: The Game manages to capture the atmosphere and brutally dark tone of the series while delivering an equally dark yet engrossing narrative for the player to experience.

3 South Park: The Fractured But Whole


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Once again, Ubisoft has thrown its hat into the circle of TV-based video games and created South Park: The Fractured But Whole. This superhero extravaganza uses characters and humor from the popular animated series to create an all-new narrative. It also includes a plethora of references for die-hard fans to spot. When it comes to nailing the feeling and tone of a show, South Park: The Fractured But Whole is pretty much the guide.

His art is, of course, directly inspired by the visual style of the original show. The characters and their often crude sense of humor feel familiar and oddly comforting while the game’s over-the-top narrative and settings could fit perfectly between any of the show’s episodes. There’s a lot to love here, even if you’re not a South Park fan, but when it comes to portraying the show you’re based on, South Park: The Fractured But Whole really does a great job. . You don’t need to look much further than the title of the game to figure out why.

2 Star Trek: The Deck Crew


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Have you ever wanted to travel in space, fight aliens and bravely save those in need? Do you have what it takes to command a crew of people who can mess up about 50% of the time? If you answered yes to both of these questions, then you’ll be perfect for the VR epic, Star Trek: Bridge Crew. Once again published by Ubisoft, Star Trek: Bridge Crew is the critically acclaimed VR title that sees you and your friends piloting the bridge of a starship.

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Of course, getting directly into the video game will greatly help with immersion. However, what makes Star Trek: Bridge Crew such an incredibly faithful representation of the shows best elements is the level of interaction you have with your crew members and the ship itself. The visual style, ship sounds, and the adventure you’ll embark on all feel like they’ve been pulled straight from an episode of the series, making for a rewarding experience even if you don’t enjoy the gameplay. minute by minute. However, it’s fair to say that if you’re a Star Trek fan, you’ll probably feel right at home in Star Trek: Bridge Crew.


1 The Simpsons: Hit & Run


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The Simpsons: Hit & Run needs no introduction. Played on virtually every PS2 ever owned, The Simpsons: Hit & Run offered an expansive and colorful recreation of the beloved town of Springfield while throwing you reference after reference.

It features a plethora of amazing cars, memorable characters, in-jokes, and of course locations from the series. However, the art style and over-the-top sense of humor make it such a faithful adaptation. While many video games based on animated TV shows used a similar art style to The Simpsons: Hit & Run, he absolutely perfected it and used it to great effect. It took the iconic animated look of The Simpsons and recreated it in 3D, making it a timeless classic that is still loved today.

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5 video game TV shows you should sink your teeth into https://greatmumadventure.com/5-video-game-tv-shows-you-should-sink-your-teeth-into/ Tue, 15 Feb 2022 05:00:00 +0000 https://greatmumadventure.com/5-video-game-tv-shows-you-should-sink-your-teeth-into/ TV shows about video games seem to be growing in popularity right now, with the witcher get another season, the Halo tv show around the corner and talk about a It takes two The TV show begins to heat up. While a sudden burst of video game TV shows might surprise you with “Video game […]]]>

TV shows about video games seem to be growing in popularity right now, with the witcher get another season, the Halo tv show around the corner and talk about a It takes two The TV show begins to heat up.

While a sudden burst of video game TV shows might surprise you with “Video game movies are bad, why the hell should I watch a video game TV show”, I can assure you that have been popular for quite some time. And I love them all.

Here are some TV shows based on video games that you should check out, as well as some TV shows about upcoming video games.

You’ll find that most of the shows below are from Netflix… It’s not because I’m picking up a comic-sized bag of cash from Netflix or anything, it’s just because most of the shows from video game television come from the streaming giant. Let’s go.

Esoteric

OK, seriously, I can’t stop talking about this show. I don’t say that lightly when I say it’s not only the best video game TV show, but it’s also the best Netflix Original available to stream right now. Again, I’m not even a fan of the game it’s based on, but it’s true.

Esoteric is a Netflix adaptation of League of Legends (Riot Games), the popular MOBA video game where two teams of five players battle to dominate a map, each playing as one of over a hundred unique characters.

The show, however, laser-focuses on two heroes: Jinx and Vi. These sisters are caught in the politics between Pilltover and Zaun in an emotional, action-packed story that I love more than anything right now. It’s also stunningly beautiful, with an unforgettable art style. It has been renewed for a second season.

the witcher

The second show is the witcher, another Netflix original. OK, put the fork down, I know what you’re gonna say – the witcher is based on the books, not the game. I know. However, I’m putting it here because a lot of the show’s art direction is very much like The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (CD Project: RED). Also, you know, it’s hard to tell if The witcher’s cultural popularity would be anywhere near where it is right now without the game, so here it is. Sue me.

the witcher is a medieval series based on Polish folklore, following the adventures of Geralt of Rivia, a Witcher, a monster hunter devoid of most emotions. It’s an action-packed show presented by many like Netflix’s game of thrones. It absolutely slams.

Dota: Dragon’s Blood

Resuming a second season in January, Dota: Dragon’s Blood is a Netflix adaptation of another popular MOBA: DOTA 2 (Valve). It’s actually kind of funny that Netflix has the distribution rights for the League of Legends the anime and the DOTA 2 anime, two games considered competitors.

Dota: Dragon’s Bloodhowever, is very different from Esoteric. dragon’s blood adheres a bit more to anime standards, with a traditional 2D art style and a more gory approach, following a Dragon Knight and the Politics of the dota world. Like Esotericthere are a lot of callbacks to the games, but that’s a whole different show.

Carmen Sandiego

I won’t hear for a minute that this show should be excluded from the list because it’s a cartoon aimed at a young audience. by Netflix Carmen Sandiego is a fun action show for all ages, based on the popular edutainment game series of the same name (made by Broderbund).

It follows a young Carmen Sandiego, focusing on a story delving into her shady past and the mysterious organizations operating around her. Like the games, it’s focused on edutainment, keeping it classy and adding a nice animation style. It’s performed well and I found it to be quite enjoyable overall. There is also an interactive episode available on Netflix, reminiscent of the games.

Castlevania

by Netflix Castlevania is the last game we will add to our list, a gory medieval anime adaptation of the popular Konami series. Castlevania follows Trevor Belmont, a talented monster slayer from House Belmont, in an extremely gory series focusing on killing Dracula and ridding himself of his evil.

The show is well balanced across four seasons, easy to cut with short episode lengths. Some parts seem a bit secondary, but overall it’s very nice. It has a very satisfying ending too.

Upcoming Video Game Shows

While Esoteric, the witcher and Dota: Dragon’s Blood are on the way, there are plenty of upcoming video game TV shows that are still in the works. Here’s an overview of what to look for:

  • Assassin’s Creed : Yeah, there is one Assassin’s Creed series in preparation at Netflix. We don’t know much about it beyond a teaser, but we know that Die Hard’s the writer is at the helm.
  • Cyberpunk: Edge Runners: In the perspective of Cyberpunk 2077 release in 2020, developers announced anime series, with Netflix publishing it and Studio Trigger hosting it. Slated for release in 2022, we don’t know much about this anime.
  • Fall: A Fall the adaptation is underway for Amazon Prime Video. Hell yeah, the post-apocalyptic RPG is getting a TV show. We don’t know when this show is down.
  • Halo: Master Chief is coming to Paramount+. Based on the highly acclaimed Xbox exclusive Halo series, this live-action story arrives on March 24.
  • It takes two: The developer of It takes two Hazelight Studios is currently in talks to adapt the game for film or television.
  • Resident Evil: Netflix is ​​working on a Resident Evil Television show slated for release in 2022. We don’t know much about it, but Netflix has released a four-part animation resident Evil series called Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness in 2021. It will feature an original story split between two timelines.
  • The Cuphead Show! : Release scheduled for February 18 The Cuphead Show! is a Netflix adaptation of the beloved and challenging side-scrolling cartoon game.
  • The division: Netflix adapts The division for a streaming world. Set in a post-apocalyptic world centered around special agents, the show will be produced by the director of Deadpool 2. A publish window was not specified. Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain will star.
  • The last of us: Being adapted by HBO, Naughty Dog is receiving critical acclaim The last of us will receive a television series in 2022.
  • The Witcher: Blood Origin: A Netflix prequel the witcher about 1200 years old, Origin of blood will delve into the ancient elven civilization before its fall. Michelle Yeoh will star with a slated release in 2022. A trailer has been released.

Be sure to check out our article on all the major sci-fi, fantasy, thriller, horror, and adventure TV shows and movies hitting streaming services this month.

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Wccftech’s Most Anticipated Adventure Games of 2022 https://greatmumadventure.com/wccftechs-most-anticipated-adventure-games-of-2022/ Sat, 15 Jan 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://greatmumadventure.com/wccftechs-most-anticipated-adventure-games-of-2022/ It’s hard to describe what makes an upcoming adventure game so exciting. The boundaries between genres are often vague, and the explosive, interactive action typical of video games often plays second fiddle. But each of the adventure games on this list has something about it, a spark of something engaging that’s worth keeping an eye […]]]>

It’s hard to describe what makes an upcoming adventure game so exciting. The boundaries between genres are often vague, and the explosive, interactive action typical of video games often plays second fiddle. But each of the adventure games on this list has something about it, a spark of something engaging that’s worth keeping an eye on this year. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite in the poll below!

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Martha is dead (February 24)

Martha is Dead is a dark, uncomfortable and intriguing story. Set against the backdrop of World War II, this game puts you in the role of a young woman posing as her dead twin. There are so many things that make this game exciting, and in our preview a few months ago, we saw that one of those things is the photography element that lets you play with a simplified darkroom and less smelly.

But the story itself is what captivates us, navigating the moral and emotional tightrope of pretending to be your dead sister, watching your family mourn your death, while World War II rages in the background should be enough to intrigue you, but the game also offers elements of psychological and supernatural horror. Martha is Dead will be available on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series S|X.

Wander

Cyberpunk is a setting that games have explored before, with some extremely public success and failure. Stray attempts to recreate a futuristic neon-soaked city from a new and fascinating angle. Rather than playing some level of Matrix cosplayer in leather and latex, you’re instead covered in fur because you’re a kitty cat.

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Stray promises to explore the detailed city and its seedy underbelly filled with decaying technology. Exactly how you get to navigate this world has yet to be fully explained, but even the concept alone is enough to add it to the list. Stray will be released on PC, PS4 and PS5.

Oxenfree 2

Oxenfree was an amazing game that had you exploring a ghost story that touched on everything from heartbreak to time loops and number stations. It looked fantastic, with superb acting to really engage the player in the world.

It was only natural to add its sequel to our list of most anticipated adventure games for 2022. Oxenfree 2 introduces new characters but seems to keep the same vibe, with meta stories, radio ghosts, and warped classic ghost locations. by archaic technology. On the surface, it looks a lot scarier than the first, but hopefully the characters and dialogue will feel just as solid and heartwarming even when the weird and weird start to happen. Oxenfree 2 will be available on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch.

Open roads

Developer Fulbright has more than earned its place among the top independent developers with Gone Home and Tacoma. They return in 2022 with Open Roads, a game that consists of a road trip featuring sixteen-year-old protagonist Tess Devine and her mother, Opal, voiced by none other than Keri Russell (The Americans, Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker).

According to the developers, however, we can expect a decent amount of mystery and thriller vibes. At the same time, a “unique and engaging interactive dialogue system pushes the narrative forward, exposing character flaws, secrets, and buried truths.” The game will be available on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series S|X.

Somerville

It would have been impossible to write this list of most anticipated adventure games without mentioning Somerville, the highly anticipated debut title from Jumpship Studio. After all, the producer is Dino Patti, the man behind Inside and Limbo. Somerville is much like those games in that it will tell its narrative without any dialogue, relying entirely on environmental storytelling instead.

The setting is quite different, however. Here, a family of three with their pet dog navigate a post-apocalyptic Earth in an effort to find more human survivors while avoiding being killed by alien artifacts. The developers also stated that unlike Inside and Limbo, Somerville will not feature puzzle or platforming elements, nor is it limited to 2D movement.

The game will be released on PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series S|X.

Honorable mentions

Vote for your most anticipated adventure game of 2022!

Most anticipated adventure game of 2022

  • Wander 58%, 91 vote

    91 vote
    58%

    91 votes – 58% of all votes

  • Somerville 14%, 22 voice

    22 voice
    14%

    22 votes – 14% of all votes

  • Oxenfree II: Lost Signals 13%, 20 voice

    20 voice
    13%

    20 votes – 13% of all votes

  • Martha is dead 11%, 17 voice

    17 voice
    11%

    17 votes – 11% of all votes

  • Open roads 5%, 8 voice

    8 voice
    5%

    8 votes – 5% of all votes

Total votes: 158

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10 great obscure adventure games https://greatmumadventure.com/10-great-obscure-adventure-games/ Sat, 15 Jan 2022 04:00:00 +0000 https://greatmumadventure.com/10-great-obscure-adventure-games/ Adventure is one of the oldest and largest genres in video games, which includes any game that primarily focuses on telling a story by asking the player to explore and solve puzzles. Since these games are story-driven, the gameplay is often simply a tool to help the player immerse themselves in the story and progress […]]]>

Adventure is one of the oldest and largest genres in video games, which includes any game that primarily focuses on telling a story by asking the player to explore and solve puzzles. Since these games are story-driven, the gameplay is often simply a tool to help the player immerse themselves in the story and progress through the plot.

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With the breadth of this genre, there are plenty of adventure games that have been overlooked and lost in the sea of ​​new releases, but many of these obscure games have interesting aspects worth checking out.

1,000 heads among the trees


Show a photo to one of the townspeople in the obscure adventure game 1000 Heads Among The Trees

While there are plenty of great indie horror games on Itch.io, none of them are as mysterious and challenging as 2015’s experimental game, 1,000 heads among the trees. Based on the developer’s experience living in Cachiche, Peru, the player controls a photographer who explores a virtual recreation of this real-life desert town at night.

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In order to find the answers the player is looking for, the player will need to take pictures and show those pictures to the townspeople, who will all react differently. It quickly becomes clear that mysterious things are happening in the town. Although the main character is a tourist, this game teaches the player that there is no such thing as a passive observer.

off peak


A screenshot from the adventure game Off-peak.

One of the many cool free experiences available on Itch.io and Steam is off peak, which is a surreal exploration game that seems inspired by 90s 3D adventure games. In the future, the player gets stuck in a big train station and needs to find a ticket to be able to travel out of town.


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In this station, the player can encounter various strange characters, hidden rooms and intriguing secrets. Instead of being driven, the player can choose where they want to go and how they react to the world around them.

The shadow of memories


A screenshot from the game Shadow of Memories

Known as shadow of fate in North America, The shadow of memories is a mystery game originally released for the PS2 in 2001, but it was also later ported to Xbox, PC, and PSP. Set in the fictional German town of Lebensbaun, the player controls a 22-year-old man named Eike Kusch, who gains the ability to time travel.


After Eike is stabbed in the present by an unknown murder, a supernatural being known as Homunculus resurrects Eike and gives him a time travel device. Using this device, Eike travels back in time in an attempt to prevent his own murder. As he explores the different time periods, he encounters different characters and solves various puzzles that change the course of history. But, he eventually discovers that there is more to his journey than he originally thought.

Rain


A screenshot of the PS3 game Rain

Similar to previous eras, the seventh generation of video game consoles had their own aesthetic. In an attempt to look more futuristic and mature, colors were dull, textures looked oddly damp, and screens were filled with tons of different video effects to mask the fact that programming still needed more time to create 3D environments. realistic. Even though visuals from this era tend to be looked down upon, some games were able to use this style to their advantage, notably the PS3 game Rain.


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Original title lost in the rain, the game follows a young boy who tries to find a young girl in a big city inspired by Paris. The catch, however, is that the young boy, young girl, and weird enemies in the game are all invisible unless they’re standing in the rain.

The longest journey


Zoë Castillo with the wind blowing across her face

Developed by Norwegian studio Funcom, The longest journey is a series of adventure games that focus on two parallel universes and the protagonists who can travel between them. Our universe is called “Stark” and is dominated by science and technology, but there is also a parallel universe called “Arcadia”, which is dominated by magic and has a medieval setting.


The main protagonists must travel between the two worlds to help maintain the balance, while various antagonists attempt to upset it. While the first game follows a young woman named April Ryan and is a point-and-click game, the sequels focus more on Zoë Castillo and are third-person exploration games.

tex murphy


A screenshot from the 1998 game Tex Murphy: Overseer

From the 1989 game wicked streets, the tex murphy franchise is a series of detective games that had a total of six entries with the latest installment, Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventurereleased in 2014. Similar to other mystery games where the player can solve cases, the player controls the titular character, Tex Murphy, as he solves mysteries as a private investigator in a post-apocalyptic San Francisco .

The series combines the film noir aesthetic of well-known stories like The Maltese Falcon and The big sleep with cyberpunk decor. Besides the intriguing plot, the games are notable for being generally ahead of their time in terms of graphics, sound design, and gameplay elements.

Still life


A screenshot from the 2005 game Still Life

From the 2002 murder mystery game Post mortem, the Still life The trilogy follows several different characters as they attempt to solve gruesome murders. In Post mortem, the player controls former New York detective Gus McPherson as he accidentally stumbles upon another mystery in Paris.

The following, Still life, swings the player between Gus in 1920s Prague and his granddaughter Victoria, who is an FBI agent, in 2004 Chicago. They both attempt to track down a serial killer, and the two cases seem connected even though they occur several years apart. Then, Still life 2 continues this aspect of the gameplay by having the player switch between Victoria and a reporter named Paloma Hernandez as they uncover the truth about the previous game’s killer.

Flower, sun and rain


A screenshot of the DS version of the game Flower, Sun, and Rain

Freely connected to the 1999 PS1 game The silver case, the 2001 game Flower, sun and rain is one of the more obscure titles from famed video game creator Goichi Suda. While the original PS2 version remains one of many Japanese games that were never officially translated, the Nintendo DS port was released internationally. In this game, the player controls Sumio Mondo, who is a “seeker” or a person who makes a living by finding things that people have lost.

At the start of the game, Mondo has been hired by the manager of a hotel called “Flower, Sun, and Rain” on the Micronesian island of Lospass to defuse a bomb. But Mondo fails in this mission and finds himself in a groundhog day situation where he continues to relive that same day. While in this time loop, Mondo must use his skills to help local residents and eventually stop the bomb.

Calming


A screenshot from the game Anodyne 2: Return to Dust

Strongly inspired by The Legend of Zelda influential horror series and game Yume Nikki, the Calming the duology makes the player explore Zelda-like dungeons in a surreal world. Released in 2013, the original Calming is an action-adventure inspired by the 16-bit era where the player controls the protagonist named Young as he explores Young’s dream world, solving puzzles, defeating enemies and collecting cards.

In 2019, the sequel Anodyne 2: back to dust was released, which allows the player to explore PS1-style 3D environments as well as 16-bit dungeon sections. For this episode, the player controls a young woman named Nova, tasked with saving the island of New Theland from a substance known as Dust.


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The character selection screen in 428: Shibuya Scramble

Originally released exclusively in Japan in 2008 for the Wii, but later released internationally in 2018 for the PS4 and PC, 428: Shibuya Scramble is a visual novel adventure game that combines text, live stills, and video footage. Set in Shibuya, Tokyo, the game follows five main characters who must each work together to solve a mystery in 10 hours. But the problem is that these characters each act separately without knowing each other.

While the main characters each follow their own side stories, their actions directly affect the other characters. This means the player will have to switch between characters and figure out how each choice will affect the others. Since each character has their own plot and choices, there are hundreds of different paths and 87 possible endings.

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I stopped watching movies and TV shows that I don’t like. Why you should too https://greatmumadventure.com/i-stopped-watching-movies-and-tv-shows-that-i-dont-like-why-you-should-too/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 19:58:00 +0000 https://greatmumadventure.com/i-stopped-watching-movies-and-tv-shows-that-i-dont-like-why-you-should-too/ I stopped watching Cowboy Bebop almost immediately. Good choice. netflix I watched the original Dexter series. All. Every episode. I watched it beyond the point of enjoyment, including the final season, even after it was clear to me that it sucked. I had already invested a lot of time in it, so I stuck with […]]]>

I stopped watching Cowboy Bebop almost immediately. Good choice.

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I watched the original Dexter series. All. Every episode. I watched it beyond the point of enjoyment, including the final season, even after it was clear to me that it sucked. I had already invested a lot of time in it, so I stuck with it. I should not have.

I don’t really make New Year’s resolutions, but I have one for 2022, and I’m determined to keep it: I won’t be afraid of the stop button anymore.

I had already floated the idea of ​​turning off movies, shows, or series that don’t do it for me when I came across a thread on Reddit’s LifeProTips subreddit that articulated my thoughts: “LPT: Stop to watch movies/series that you don’t feel obligated to watch them all to the end. There are too many bad movies/series out there, just start a new one or do something else thing.

LifeProTips is a place for people to give each other advice, and it looks like this thread has touched a nerve, racking up nearly 42,000 upvotes and over 3,600 comments. I’m not the only one who has a sunk relationship with the media. “Argh. It’s like when shows that were good at first start becoming crap. You’ve invested so much time watching this show, you just want to see it end. Thank goodness Walking Dead is finally ending” , wrote a Reddit user.

The sunk cost fallacy is the idea that you’ve already paid a cost (like money or time) for something, so you feel like you have to keep going, even if it’s a bad idea. When it comes to TV and movies, it’s both time and money for me. Sometimes I try to get the most out of the streaming services I pay for and sometimes, like with Dexter, I’ve put in a lot of time and feel compelled to see it through, forging flat writing, flatter characters and endings that leave me shaking my fist at the screen. Really, Dexter? You’re a lumberjack and you’re okay?! No no no!

Perhaps part of it stems from childhood, when I would start a book and then drag the pages whether I liked it or not, just so I could close the cover at the other end. I blame the fourth grade reading contest I entered when I racked up over 60 pounds in a single summer and won a bike. I liked the feeling of completion, even though I didn’t like the journey. I was like that in my MFA program, too. I can’t skim through a 50 page academic essay. I have to read The. Together. Thing.

I’m trying to change, because media time should be precious. As devastating news about the pandemic and climate change accumulates, I become more keenly aware of the scarcity of time. “Life is too short for [insert thing here]” is a cliché, but it is significant.

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I liked this movie, man. I watched everything.

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I have already started practicing my new approach. I loved the Cowboy Bebop anime, but 10 minutes after the netflix series live, I stopped it. I immediately felt uncomfortable with the editing and visuals, which work hard to mimic the anime rather than being their own thing. I thought, oh maybe I’ll try again. But I did not do it. Like a freight train, I continued, instead moving on to the final season of Cobra Kai, which I love for its heart and, of course, martial arts action.

Earlier this week I released Bill & Ted Face the Music, the 2020 sequel to the Bill & Ted film series. I said out loud to my partner, “If it sucks, we’ll turn it off.” This verbal commitment helped me set my expectations and prepare me to take a break if needed. I enjoyed the awkwardness, the cheesy special effects, the nostalgia and the upbeat message of unity through the music…and I never pressed stop.

What this requires of me is a conscious commitment to checking in with myself. Am I enjoying this? If not, would I rather watch something else or go write or read a book or make bagels? So here’s my big resolution for 2022: Less TV and movies I don’t like, more bagels.

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Point and click adventure games from the 90s that still hold up today https://greatmumadventure.com/point-and-click-adventure-games-from-the-90s-that-still-hold-up-today/ Thu, 13 Jan 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://greatmumadventure.com/point-and-click-adventure-games-from-the-90s-that-still-hold-up-today/ Point-and-click games have come a long way since the days of lunar logic and confusing puzzles that only the most dedicated gamers could solve. However, while some of the older titles certainly deserve the reviews they receive, there are still many amazing point-and-click games from the past decades. RELATED: Fantastic Point & Click Horror Games […]]]>

Point-and-click games have come a long way since the days of lunar logic and confusing puzzles that only the most dedicated gamers could solve. However, while some of the older titles certainly deserve the reviews they receive, there are still many amazing point-and-click games from the past decades.

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However, perhaps one of the best decades for point-and-click games was the 90s. Classics such as Full Throttle and Grim Fandango came out during those golden years and paved the way for future games in the genre. However, while there were certainly a plethora of amazing point-and-click games in the 90s, there are a few that stood out and still hold up today.

9 Full Throttle (1995)


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Full Throttle is a legendary point-and-click game from Tim Schafer that is still considered one of the best. Featuring an all-star cast including Mark Hamill and Roy Conrad, this LucasArts extravaganza featured a gripping narrative, innovative and polished gameplay, and an incredibly memorable protagonist.

While many point-and-click games at the time tended to have convoluted puzzles that detracted from the narrative, Full Throttle still manages to be a mostly accessible game. Luckily, with dedicated support from fans and guides, anyone who gets stuck just has to search for it online. However, even without guides, Full Throttle is still an amazing point-and-click game that’s still worth playing today.

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8 Under a Steel Sky (1994)


Point and click 90s wide shot of Robert Foster's Beneath A Steel Sky in a bar talking to a woman who has text above her head

Beneath A Steel Sky is a legendary cyberpunk adventure considered one of the best point-and-click games by fans of the genre. Its story and characters are memorable and endearing and its setting is so rich in detail that it immerses you from the start.

Beneath A Steel Sky also features art direction from truly iconic comic book artist Dave Gibbons, who is best known for his work on the Watchmen graphic novel. Its place in the history of the genre won’t go unnoticed, and given that it’s free on Steam, there’s really no reason why you shouldn’t play it now.

seven Tex Murphy: Under a Killing Moon (1994)


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The Tex Murphy games are a renowned noir detective point-and-click series that blends the best stories told through FMVs with engaging and innovative gameplay. Under A Killing Moon is the third entry in the series and brought a number of changes including the ability to move freely in certain 3D environments.

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However, while the puzzles in Tex Murphy: Under A Killing Moon are consistent and fun, it’s his sci-fi crime story that steals the show. This is absolutely a game worth checking out, if only to immerse yourself in a really fun and intriguing mystery story.

6 Blade Runner (1997)


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The original Blade Runner film from 1982 is widely considered one of the best cyberpunk media. It has been referenced and used as an influence for future cyberpunk-themed media for decades since its release and despite its modest success upon release, it has become a cult classic. However, what’s perhaps equally engrossing and immersive, but significantly less well-known, is 1997’s point-and-click pseudo-sequel Blade Runner.

This point-and-click adventure is absolutely breathtaking, and its visuals no doubt hold up even today. Impressive lighting and beautiful 3D locations really bring the world imagined by Phillip K. Dick and later Ridley Scott to life. Its story is as captivating as the original film and its gameplay mechanics were innovative and fresh for the time. Its memorable cyberpunk world, narrative and characters have paved the way for dozens of incredible point-and-click titles such as the heartfelt Encodya.

5 The Longest Journey (1999)


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The Longest Journey was launched at the dawn of the 21st century and yet it still looks as revolutionary today as it did then. Its beautiful blend of fantasy and sci-fi has led to the creation of one of the most unique worlds in gaming. Its captivating story and fascinating characters combined with its large number of locations have made it a long experience worth watching. worth playing.

While there’s certainly some level of lunar logic involved in a number of its puzzles, for the majority of your experience, The Longest Journey makes sense. However, despite this, it’s still a game worth playing for the worlds and story alone, although you must have a guide ready and waiting.

4 Pajama Sam: No Need to Hide When It’s Dark (1996)


Point and click 90s mid-shot of Pajama Sam: no need to hide when it's dark outside Pajama Sam stood with his back to the squirming player as a torch shone him from at the top

Pajama Sam and other Humungous Entertainment properties served as kid-friendly and educational point-and-click games of the 90s and early 2000s. perhaps one of Humungous Entertainment’s best games was Pajama Sam: No Need To Hide When Its Dark. This point and click adventure game for kids was an incredibly fun and memorable experience and it still manages to hold its own today.

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Although not as long as other point-and-click games, and its puzzles and themes are geared more towards children, its stunning art, wonderful soundtrack, bubbly characters and overall charm make it a title worth revisiting.

3 Grim Fandango (1998)


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There’s not much to say about the quality of the classic 1998 point-and-click adventure game Grim Fandango. Its fantastical setting, colorful cast of quirky and memorable characters, and incredible protagonist have made it one of the greatest – if not the greatest – point-and-click game ever made.

It’s easily one of the most replayable point-and-click games of the 90s, thanks in part to the remasters, but also to its phenomenal gameplay. Suffice it to say, there’s a reason it’s widely regarded as one of the best point-and-click games ever made.

2 The Day of the Tentacle (1993)


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Day of the Tentacle is one of the best point-and-click games from LucasArts. Made as a sequel to 1983’s beloved Maniac Mansion, Day of the Tentacle is as breathtaking as it sounds. Its central cast of characters and delightfully brilliant villain are what ultimately bring this magnificent point-and-click game to life.

As with most point and click games from LucasArts, the majority of the puzzles still hold up today. While there are definitely some weird bits of logic you’ll need to get here and there, for the most part this is absolutely a game that holds its own today. Thanks to the remasters, the game looks better than ever, so there’s really no excuse not to give it a try.

1 Sam and Max Hit the Road (1993)


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Sam & Max Hit the Road is an incredibly enjoyable point-and-click game full of humor and fun mini-games that’s widely considered one of the best of its kind. Its story, much like the rest of the Sam & Max games, is as brilliantly quirky as it is fun to watch, and its gameplay was certainly innovative for its time. It introduced many new features that would later be used in later point-and-click games.

Sam & Max Hit the Road is still a lot of fun to play today due to its endearing characters and well-paced story. Its gameplay is never too convoluted and its impact on the point and click genre, and video games in general, is undeniable.. There’s a reason this series remains so beloved to this day.

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How Indians Got Out in 2021 – The Bumble App Extracts the Data https://greatmumadventure.com/how-indians-got-out-in-2021-the-bumble-app-extracts-the-data/ Sat, 25 Dec 2021 01:00:59 +0000 https://greatmumadventure.com/how-indians-got-out-in-2021-the-bumble-app-extracts-the-data/ Indians are “aware” of when and how they are dating; movies, food and sports are the main interests; and Leo, Scorpio and Libra are the most sought after sun signs Thanks in part to the pandemic, around 75% of Indians on the Bumble Platform are prioritizing finding a more emotionally available partner. (Representative image) Indian […]]]>


Indians are “aware” of when and how they are dating; movies, food and sports are the main interests; and Leo, Scorpio and Libra are the most sought after sun signs

Thanks in part to the pandemic, around 75% of Indians on the Bumble Platform are prioritizing finding a more emotionally available partner. (Representative image)

Indian matchmaking was among the best shows on Netflix, and desi parents continue to swear by horoscopes. But the dating scene in the country is just as busy, according to information shared by Bumble, a US-based dating app that has users around the world.

COVID, and how it changed the way people think and experience may be sanity, but 54% of Indians are now more aware of how and when to go out, Bumble said, according to data collected from January to November 2021 They are more selective about who they want to spend time with and opt for those with similar dating intentions when applying filters.

Globally, Bumble competes with several social media dating apps, including market leaders Tinder and Badoo, but it’s pioneering as a ‘women first’ platform. In a heterosexual match, the woman must take the first step; man can only respond or decline an interest. The app has a rigorous policing mechanism to prevent harassment.

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Sharing the trends revealed by his data, Bumble said about 62% of Indians now realize that it’s actually okay to be alone, at least for a while. This is an interesting trend, as Indian society has traditionally viewed marriage as a “must”.

In March, Bumble introduced “interest badges,” which subscribers can use to find partners with similar interests. Film and television won the most badge holders, followed by food and drink and sports. Under Film & TV, action and adventure and comedy were the preferred genres for all ages. While millennials preferred Bollywood, Gen Z loved Anime. Under Food, Coffee, Beer, Gourmet, and Biryani were the most popular searches.

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Thanks in part to the pandemic, about 75% of Indians on his platform are prioritizing finding a more emotionally available mate, Bumble said. About 52% said they drastically changed what they look for in a partner. With the pandemic and the lockdowns, Indians have reset their date, and around 71% are also said to be ready to hit the reset button next year, if necessary.

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Photography, dogs, pubs, and cooking were the most widely deployed filters on the dating app. Cooking, video games, and gardening were among the most popular living activities, while pubs and nightclubs, coffee shops, and standing comedies were frequent outing activities.

As fear of the pandemic recedes and social distancing takes a back seat, the PDA (public display of affection is back with a bang. About 73% of Bumble Indians said they were open to PDA , even if it was not until after the pandemic.

Zodiac signs were a preferred filter, and Leos had the most matches of all astrological signs. They were followed by Scorpios and Libras in India.


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6 differences between action games and adventure games https://greatmumadventure.com/6-differences-between-action-games-and-adventure-games/ Sat, 11 Dec 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://greatmumadventure.com/6-differences-between-action-games-and-adventure-games/ It is often difficult to distinguish between action games and adventure games. Their main qualities are different but still mix well, which complicates things even more. If you want to better understand the two genres, here’s a quick guide to what makes each work. This will help you categorize your titles more clearly and learn […]]]>

It is often difficult to distinguish between action games and adventure games. Their main qualities are different but still mix well, which complicates things even more.

If you want to better understand the two genres, here’s a quick guide to what makes each work. This will help you categorize your titles more clearly and learn to explain for yourself how action games and adventure games are different.

What are action games?

Here’s how you can tell what an action game looks like what an action game looks like.

1. Action Games Challenge You Physically

As the name suggests, action games are more active. Your involvement in each story is dynamic, focusing particularly on combat, whether you use guns, swords, or tactics.

While you may encounter quieter puzzles and side quests from time to time, the ultimate goal of this genre is to challenge your hand-eye coordination, reaction time, and ability to overcome obstacles under pressure.

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2. Action Games Have More Moving Parts

God of War and Call of Duty are good examples of how exciting and complex action games can be. Compared to Adventure, a lot more detail goes into the graphics, gameplay, and controls.

Some developers try to make their plots equally solid, but seamless movement from level to level is the priority. Think MMOs and Battle Royales. If they weren’t action games, they wouldn’t be as fun for gamers as they were for designers.

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3. Your character can die in action games

Playing action games is not just about completing quests and breaking time limits. You also help your character survive the whole ordeal. This added pressure is a key feature that sets action games apart from adventure games.

The challenge of staying alive also adds to the thrill. The difficulty of video games increases as you progress, and some titles require your full attention to overcome certain fights and enemies.

It puts your skills to the test and gives you a sense of accomplishment when you win. However, you may end up feeling drained, especially when playing something very challenging.

What are adventure games?

1. Adventure games challenge you mentally

There’s action in adventure games, but it’s not as immersive. This is because this genre focuses on interactive story, not combat.

So an adventure game will draw you in with its plot and only progress as you solve its challenges. These can be real puzzles or a combination of actions and items that you need to use to fix something and move on.

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2. Adventure games tell a better story

Adventure game developers want you to enjoy the world they’ve built, including its characters, narrative depth, and graphic design. Classic examples are the Myst and Syberia franchises.

Even if you don’t always see the protagonist, you become involved in his journey and his environment. With no combat and no constant threat of death, you just enjoy it all calmly and progress at your own pace.

3. Adventure game controls are easier


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In action games, you’re typically pounding away at your keyboard or controller, struggling through each combat sequence. Since adventure games are all about stories, you rarely need more than a few buttons to move around, look around, and pick things up.

In fact, text adventure games to play on your browser are very popular. The beauty of the genre is that your brain and your imagination see more action than your fingers.

It’s a quiet but enjoyable experience that makes adventure games quite different from action games. On the other hand, no extra thrill can get boring. That’s why the two genres joined forces: to fill the gaps in gamer entertainment.


How are action and adventure combined in video games?

Once you understand the basic features of action games and adventure games, you can spot titles where they overlap. Action-adventure is the genre that brings together the best of both sides.

The result is a combination of immersive gameplay, combat, character development, storytelling, and puzzle solving. Some games add role-playing elements to offset the focus on a specific, predefined character.

The huge range of titles and combinations around blurs the lines, but there are still fan-favorite titles like Tomb Raider and Fable that represent well what the fusion of action and adventure video game design can produce. .

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Discover what makes good video games

Knowing the differences between action games and adventure games can make your life clearer, but they don’t tell you if a video game is good or not. It takes a lot more to fix this, from the gameplay to the difficulty system.

If the topic interests you as a gamer or developer, keep looking at the pros and cons of different game styles and features, or even entire titles.


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“Fantasian”, “Marvel Future” among Apple App Store winners https://greatmumadventure.com/fantasian-marvel-future-among-apple-app-store-winners/ Thu, 02 Dec 2021 21:35:54 +0000 https://greatmumadventure.com/fantasian-marvel-future-among-apple-app-store-winners/ Apple shed light on the best developers on its platforms with the App Store price 2021, and the game was a huge part of it with people like “Toca’s world of life” taking the honor of iPhone app of the year and “Among us!” winner of the Trend of the Year award. Video games are […]]]>


Apple shed light on the best developers on its platforms with the App Store price 2021, and the game was a huge part of it with people like “Toca’s world of life” taking the honor of iPhone app of the year and “Among us!” winner of the Trend of the Year award. Video games are so important that the medium has its own category of awards.

“In 2021, apps have played a more vital role in our lives than ever before,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a streaming announcement. “They have helped us keep moving forward in a year that has continued to challenge us in many ways, as a global community and in our own lives. The apps have helped us build deeper connections with each other, express our creativity, and engage with new people, experiences and cultures.

When it comes to games, these titles have won the biggest accolades:

IPhone Game of the Year: “League of Legends: Savage Rift” by Riot Games
IPad Game of the Year: “Marvel Future Revolution” by Netmarble Corporation
Mac Game of the Year:“Myst” cyan
Apple TV Game of the Year: “Space Marshals 3” by Pixelbite
Apple Arcade Game of the Year: “Fantastic” by Mistwalker

“Fantasian” took home Apple Arcade Game of the Year honors. It’s a Japanese RPG from the creator of “Final Fantasy”. (Apple)

“Fantasian” is the most notable project on the list for two reasons. The first is that it is directed by Hironobu Sakaguchi, the creator of the very influential “Final Fantasy” series. His work has shaped the genre as consoles have grown more powerful through generations, and its impact has been unmatched. This is why fans should pay attention to this game because it could be the last one.

“I approached this project as my last potential project and it is worth it,” he said.

The second reason why “Fantasian” stands out is that Sakaguchi took a different approach to its creation. The developer first worked with sprites and made the transition to polygons with “Final Fantasy VII”. For this Apple Arcade game, he went old school and used dioramas as part of the design to create the environments that would house computer-generated characters. It is a combination of analog and digital.

Sakaguchi said the dioramas reminded him to work with sprites. He said that in the days of CRT televisions, display technology made the job smoother as the game information was shown on the screen and the pictures mixed together. This contrasted with working with polygons, which looked more angular and sharper, he said. The process of using dioramas and making sets and props was more akin to working with sprites.

Looking at the game, “Fantasian” is indeed distinct and players can enjoy the work of over 150 different artists across 200 environments. The detail is so demanding that players can see the keys of a piano that has been made in miniature.

Recently, Sakaguchi’s studio, Mistwalker, released the second part of “Fantasian”. That essentially ends the game. He said there is another update coming in December, but the project is now what he envisioned, albeit with retuned bosses.

“I wanted the player to have the satisfaction of finally defeating the last boss,” he said. Even though players feel like “Fantasian” is more difficult towards the end, Sakaguchi said players should stick with it. “I encourage the players not to give up.

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“Marvel Future Revolution” won the iPad Game of the Year award for Apple’s 2021 App Store Awards. (Apple)

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Another winner of an App Store Award was “Marvel Future Revolution,” a game that combines the appeal of the superhero genre with massive multiplayer online role-playing. Think about it, this is the comic book version of last year’s App Store winner “Genshin impact. “

In the game, players control one of eight heroes and take the protagonist through a campaign on Primary Earth. It is a planet that has crossed the Convergence where different universes merge in a central point. This is how players will encounter a diverse world with sections ruled by Hydra and a world where Tony Stark controls a city. Other areas are part of the universe where the Asgardians take refuge on Earth and, likewise, the Xandar survivors settle on the planet. It’s a diverse world to explore.

The appeal of “Marvel Future Revolution” is in its visuals which, of course, appear on the iPad, but its appeal is also in the idea that players can create their own superhero using the gear they get. during their adventures. Joe Lee, head of production at Netmarble, said players have 400 million customization options.

This number will increase as Netmarble adds Magik to the list of heroes. Like “Genshin Impact”, “Marvel Future Hero” is a game that is expected to grow and expand over time.

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“Space Marshals 3” is a top-down action-adventure game from Pixelbite. It won the Apple TV Game of the Year award. (Apple)

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While it might not be as well-known as the other award winners, “Space Marshals 3” is a title that deserves praise. Pixelbite’s Apple TV Game of the Year winner is the third entry in the top-down double-stick action series.

What makes this franchise different from its peers is the emphasis on stealth instead of non-stop shooting. Players control the protagonist, Burton, through several story-driven missions, in which he is often outnumbered, and players will have to sneak close to enemies or discreetly eliminate them by distracting them or hiding in the bushes.

It’s a more tactical approach, and one that looks great on the big screen. Co-founder Mattias Olsson said he was thrilled with the honor. “We are really excited,” he said. “We were completely surprised to be recognized for this. It’s really super.”


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