Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy [Video Game Review]

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Title: Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy
Publisher: Level-5
Developer: Level-5
Platform: 
iOS, Android, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Switch
Category:
Puzzle, Adventure
Release Date: 
July 20, 2017 (iOS, Android), October 6, 2017 (Nintendo 3DS), November 8, 2019 (Nintendo Switch)
How we got the game:
Received it for Christmas 2019 on the Nintendo Switch

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Layton’s Mystery Journey — or Lady Layton, as we’ve been calling it — has been a game that’s been on our radar since it was announced for the 3DS. We’ve enjoyed the few Professor Layton games we’ve played, and we were looking forward to seeing what Lady Layton was all about.

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Lady Layton, of course, is not Professor Layton himself. However, we enjoy the puzzles and characters so we were interested in seeing how Lady Layton presented herself after playing so much Professor Layton.

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Lady Layton has similar gameplay mechanics as the Professor Layton series. Navigating through different scenes, you point and click on the environment to interact with objects and people, finding clues to the current mystery as well as short puzzles that bolster the gameplay. While you don’t directly control the main character’s movements, you are able to go between scenes via the handy map.

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All you need is the ability to point-and-click with your Joy-Con and have enough brain power to solve some puzzles. Lady Layton is part visual novel where the characters interact. We took turns reading dialogue from certain characters though some parts were voice-acted with a short anime cut scene here and there.

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That’s pretty much all there is to the gameplay mechanics. Some puzzles include literally rotating pieces to solve them, others include more mathematics, and still some are more logic puzzles. Aside from the puzzles and main storylines, there are also a plethora of minigames that tie in to the few cases — puzzles that have to do with shopping or food or Sherl the canine sidekick — as well as a wardrobe change function for Katrielle. We didn’t really explore these options too much, to be honest, as we weren’t too interested in them.

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I play the Layton games mostly for the puzzles. In this particular game, however, the puzzles were too easy. Normally there are puzzles we get stuck on and need to use our hint coins a lot or rope our parents in to help us. The majority of the puzzles in this game we breezed right there. There were only a handful of puzzles we got stuck on.

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We did feel a bit more bored by the majority of the puzzles than we have in other Professor Layton games, yes. This game felt like there was a lot more fluff rather than substance when it came to the actual gameplay.

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Yes, it was pretty light-hearted for the most part. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I enjoyed the banter between the characters. Overall, though, the main gameplay could have issued a little more of a challenge for me.

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The graphics of the game are cute, the same style that has been used for previous Professor Layton games to keep them connected. While some of the more exaggerated designs for characters I could do without, the art style is engaging and keeps me interested in continuing the story.

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I enjoy the art style. I think it’s charming overall. There are certainly some interesting looking people but it’s fun nonetheless.

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The music for this game is cozy. Relaxing and soft, the tunes do well being paired with the characters — the main cast being comprised of a gentlewoman and her eager, polite assistant — and the locations of the game. I enjoyed the music, but it was low-key for a game about solving crimes.

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I agree that it was low-key for a crime-solving game. Then again, none of the “crimes” were dire so it seemed as though the music fit. Lady Layton is a fairly light-hearted game. The music was catchy regardless though.
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The title of this game is Katrielle and The Millionaires’ Conspiracy, which gives one the impression that there is a larger, overarching story amid the multiple cases that this game provides. Within the dozen cases that the game provides, the “millionaires” are introduced but there is no larger case that you are always trying to discover. Each case is individual before it brings all the characters together during the last case of the game.

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I don’t mind having multiple cases throughout the game. Having 12 cases to solve seems fun. However, other than the characters, none of the cases had anything to do with… anything, really. The cases introduced the characters but never hinted at a bigger conspiracy until the final case. Even then, the solution seemed out of the blue.

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The solution both seemed like it came out of the blue, but it wasn’t particularly surprising either. We had guessed who the true culprit was before the answer came about and, even now, there are parts of the last case that don’t make sense to me for the culprit to be who they were. The story could have been a lot stronger when it came to the characters. The characters themselves were interesting enough, but there wasn’t enough of a plot to really show their strengths.

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Not to mention that Sherl, a talking dog, approached Kat the beginning of the game wondering who he was and how he got turned into a dog. Supposedly, he was human at one time and has no memory. That mystery was never answered. After the credits, it hinted at a sequel, but I would have liked more mention of that. Once he initially asked for her help figuring out who he is, his “case” was never mentioned again throughout the entire game.

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The cases themselves are fairly linear, with the one outcome each. Likewise, the puzzles usually only have a couple of ways to reach the answers as well, if they have more than one way to the outcome in the first place. The only replayability this game may have is if the player missed some puzzles and wanted to go and find them again. There are some minigames to play as well but nothing that we found particularly striking.

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I’m not sure if this is a game I’d pick up again. The puzzles were fun but pretty easy compared to the Professor Layton games. The mini-games weren’t great and overall, each case didn’t allow you to solve it alongside Kat. It made some parts boring. The game was okay overall and the characters were certainly enjoyable.

Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy gets…
Video game review: 3 Lives
3 out of 5 lives.

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Book Review: IRL

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In Real Life, or IRL, is a graphic novel by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang that showcases a high schooler’s life as she joins a popular MMORPG. Anda, the main character, has a love of gaming, both online and offline as the comic shows with her classes in computer and gaming programming as well an afterschool D&D campaign. When a well-known gamer visits her class to talk about Coarsegold, an MMORPG, and the importance of female gamers being comfortable playing as females in their games, Anda joins the guild.

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Upon entering the game, Anda meets another female online who convinces her that there are players who cheat the system by gold farming. It’s her job to get rid of them and she gets paid real money for doing so. Anda joins her in this quest believing she’s doing the right thing for the game and also making a little extra money along the way.

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This isn’t well received by Anda’s mother, who was apprehensive about Anda joining an online game in the first place. Like most parents, her mother was concerned about Anda talking to strangers, particularly men. She was appeased by Anda joining an all-female guild, but when Anda starts getting paid to get rid of gold farmers, it’s her mother’s bank account that is connected to the game. Her mother, believing that Anda is talking to strangers and accepting money, cuts Anda off from her video games right when Anda begins to realize that the gold farmers are real people rather than bots.

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Before Anda gets cut off, she actually has a conversation with one of the gold farmers, a young kid from China trying to make extra money as he works in awful conditions. Anda realizes there are people out there who don’t have it as easy as she does and she’s determined to help him out. There’s a lot of morals that go into this graphic novel and it’s not just about playing video games online and making a hobby out of it.

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Reaching out and trying to help others, bullying, and the morals of meeting people both on- and offline are all lessons that are touched upon in this graphic novel. I actually thought it was interesting how the mother was in this story, with her being concerned about online predators that we really don’t see much nowadays. Rachel and I grew up with the internet, having special classes occasionally in school regarding internet safety since it was still fairly new. Now, kids are much more tech-savvy than their parents when it comes to online and people’s lives are plastered on the internet more so than ever.

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It’s true. Most kids are on their own when it comes to the Internet. They learn from their friends or they figure it out for themselves. However, from a babysitter’s perspective, there are still plenty of parents out there who worry though mostly because they don’t understand. Their kids don’t understand either (even though they think they do) which makes them worry more. So, reading the conversations between Anda and her mother were pretty real to me.

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Which is great, it’s good that the graphic novel echoes the conversations that parents you know have had. I feel as if parents’ involvement with the way their kids interact with the internet has fallen to the wayside in recent years. When it comes to the images of the graphic novel, I enjoyed the art style and how fluid it was. Being set mainly in an MMORPG, there were plenty of action shots and pages, and the characters’ expressions were always clearly captured, in my opinion.

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This graphic novel, overall, is well done. The illustrations are fun, the characters are easy to get into it, and the story is a good one.

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Nintendo Switch Online Wish List

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I’ll admit that we do not use the Nintendo Switch online services as often as we probably should considering we’re paying for it. I forget that it exists, to be honest. The idea of the catalog is wonderful, especially since we have good friends that we can’t play local co-op with, but there haven’t been too many games that we’re interested in playing just yet.

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The idea of the Nintendo Switch Online is a good idea in theory. However, a lot of the games we already own and can still play on our past consoles. Not to mention Nintendo released the SNES and NES Classic consoles so… it’s all sort of redundant.

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I would like to see more SNES and NES games that are not on the Classic consoles offered with revamped online multiplayer if such a mode is applicable. Online Turtles in Time, anyone? I’m also hoping that some Nintendo 64 games will make their way onto the online service. I really think there should have been an online multiplayer mode for games like Super Mario Party. Imagine playing the original Mario Party games online!

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The NES and SNES were great consoles, but I really think the Nintendo 64 was the peak of it all. I’m surprised there hasn’t been a Nintendo 64 Classic or even games from that console added to the Switch online. It would be awesome to play through the old Mario Party games, especially since some of those games were never added to the virtual console on the Wii or Wii U.

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I hope they’re thinking of adding Nintendo 64 games onto the Online service in the long run, as I believe Nintendo is adamant that there is not going to be an N64 Classic anytime soon. And, of course, the online service isn’t all bad. We would never be able to play Pokemon Sword and Shield or Smash Ultimate with each other and friends if not for the online service. Still, I wish there was more incentive than that to pay for using the Internet while gaming.

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Well, the games that were added are games that we never played as kids. We don’t have much interest in trying some of them too. We should broaden our horizons, but we don’t. On the flip side, the games that we did play as kids, such as Turtles in Time, aren’t there.

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We should explore the options a bit more, admittedly. I wonder how the Switch Online service is for those who do remember playing the currently available games? Perhaps because we don’t have as much nostalgia for the games is why we don’t care for the Online service, with the exception of the occasional Pokemon battle or Smash match with online friends.

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That’s true. We were pretty young in the era of the NES and SNES. This is all the more reason as to why I would love to have some Nintendo 64 games on there. I’d be playing those all the time. Still, we definitely need to explore the games that are already on there a bit more.

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January 2020 Pokemon Direct Reaction

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This past Thursday, we got a Pokemon Direct from Nintendo and holy crap. Let’s just say that we were pleased by this direct, despite the complaints that we’ve seen bopping around the Internet. The first two minutes of the direct showcased the remake of the Red and Blue Rescue Team Pokemon Mystery Dungeon games and, while the mystery dungeon games weren’t my cup of tea, I think Rachel enjoyed seeing the tease.

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Like many others, I’ve been waiting for a new Mystery Dungeon game for quite some time. The latest Pokemon Mystery Dungeon game came out in 2015. It’s been some time and while this isn’t a brand new Mystery Dungeon game, I’m pleased the two original titles of the series (originally for the Gameboy Advance and Nintendo DS) are getting a chance in the spotlight once again. It seems as though they smooshed the two games together into one and not only remastered it but updating it with new elements such as mega evolution. I’m excited!

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I’m glad you, and so many others, are excited for Mystery Dungeon! Personally, I was much more excited for the rest of the direct. I’ve always enjoyed the third-tier Pokemon games that gave more lore and story elements to the regions, and have been disappointed by the “sequels” that didn’t give much new content. They were too similar in story to the original pair of games for the region to warrant the full price of a new game. I think having DLC for Sword and Shield is a great happy medium. To give us more content past the champion route without having to play the story again, along with some more Pokemon included, is perfect.

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I have to admit I was wrong about what they were going to do next with Sword and Shield. So many people speculated DLC and I said a hard “no.” Pokemon has never had DLC before. I didn’t think they’d start now. While I’m not pleased with the idea that they might go down the “DLC rabbit hole” I’m excited for the expansion pass for the games. I can’t wait to have more story, more max raid battles, more places to explore, and new Pokemon to meet!

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Generally, I’m not a fan of DLC either, but I feel like Nintendo does DLC well. They release full games and DLC is an expansion on what we already have. Just take a look at Breath of the Wild, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and Fire Emblem: Three Houses for a few examples. The DLC is usually not the price for a full game, either. While I prefer free DLC, as I’m sure everyone does, I don’t mind paying a bit to support the developers for giving us a fuller experience in games. In Sword and Shield, I enjoyed having something to do after becoming champion, and I’m excited to see what comes next with the Isle of Armor and the Crown Tundra!

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While this is true, Nintendo also usually comes out with “deluxe” versions later on that end up having the full game plus all the DLC included. We were lucky not to buy any DLC for Mario Kart 8 so when we got Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, there were some new things for us. Overall though, I am looking forward to the expansion pass. It’s $30, which is cheaper than I expected it to be. I’m certainly not complaining about that. I only wonder if we’ll have to buy it twice? Sword and Shield don’t have cloud save data. I’m playing through Sword twice on the same profile, but one is on our home Switch and the other is on my Switch Lite. If we buy the DLC on our home Switch, will it appear on my Sword file on my Switch Lite? We have a physical copy of the game, but without the cloud save data it doesn’t matter if I play the game on the same profile on different consoles. I hope I’ll be able to use the DLC on both consoles so I can have it for all of my save files of the games, especially since I one-hundred-percented Shield on my Switch Lite.

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I’m hoping we can download the expansion pass per Nintendo account and profile. That way, even if you switch between your Sword games on the home Switch and your Lite, your profile will still recognize that you have the expansion pass. I suppose we’ll have to wait and see, though. That’s a concern, unlike some of the harsher reactions we’ve seen on the Internet regarding the expansion pass. It’s a shame people were complaining about “Game Freak turning into EA” when it comes to paid DLC, but that doesn’t even make sense. In previous Pokemon generations, you would have to buy another whole game, one that only enhanced the original story, for full price. I suppose the expansion pass for both Sword and Shield is still the price of a full game put together, but I feel like it’s better than having each version’s expansion pass be a whole $60 or so. Hearing folks complain about the old Pokemon just arriving now is a bit silly as well. True, it would have been nice to see as many Pokemon as possible already in the Galar region, but I would like to believe that Game Freak is adding more Pokemon due to the backlash of no National Dex. Besides, it’ll make the new areas seem fresher with new species to the Galar region.

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I think it’s ridiculous how people are overreacting to this. Honestly, everyone is going to buy it and enjoy it anyway. I think part of the reason Game Freak chose to do this was due to the backlash, yes. But I also believe it was done as a business move because they had already announced Pokemon Home. It’s easy to suck people into the “catch ’em all” mentality. So, adding more Pokemon – new and old – are going to make people buy this regardless of the new areas. For some people, anyway. I’m looking forward to it overall and I do hope I’ll be able to truly catch them all in a single game, though I know that’s a bit unrealistic. So, for now, I’m super excited and my only “complaint” about all this (which isn’t really a complaint at all) is the fact that my Pokemon Sword and Shield guide and Pokedex are already outdated and I just got them. So, I hope they come out with an updated guide and an updated Galar pokedex for my collection at home.

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I’m curious as to how Pokemon Home is going to work between Let’s Go and Sword and Shield. It’s supposed to be similar to Pokemon Bank, but the only compatible games at the moment for it are those on the Switch and, even then, only a percentage of the Let’s Go Pokemon will be able to transfer to Pokemon Sword and Shield. I’m cautiously optimistic that more Pokemon games will be coming to the Switch, like a couple of remastered Sinnoh versions or a duo of Let’s Go titles for Johto.

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(Yes, like Psyduck.) I hope they remaster some of the older games and slowly bring more and more Pokemon from those games to Home to Sword and Shield… I’d also be happy with an updated version of Pokemon Ranch. But I guess that’s another topic of conversation for another day.

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Ace Attorney: Season Two [Anime Review]

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If you know us at all, you know that the Ace Attorney franchise is one of our favorites. We were beyond excited when we heard that there was an anime made for the first game of the series, and thrilled when the anime was renewed for a season two to complete the original trilogy of the games. Despite the fact that we have completed the games multiple times, we were still looking forward to watching how the anime showcased the series.

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We watched the entirety of season one in practically one or two nights and reviewed a couple of episodes from it. We were talking about the second season one day out of the blue. Out of curiosity, we looked up the DVDs and release date and it turned out volume one of season two was already out and volume two was released just a week or two after we had this original conversation. Like season one, I had splurged on the DVDs and Kris took it upon herself to splurge on season two.

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It wasn’t even a question of whether or not we would get it. I just added it to the cart and bought it immediately, haha! To celebrate getting season two, we did rewatch season one and found it as delightful as the first time we watched it. This time we realized there were also bloopers, the voice actors goofing off while saying their lines, and it was hilarious! Season two, however, did not have bloopers which were terribly unfortunate, but it was still fantastic to watch.

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Yes, we decided to rewatch the first season while waiting for the second volume of season two to come out. Even though it says there are bloopers on the back of the DVD, there were actually no bloopers on either disc of season two, which was disappointing.

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Yet, we weren’t disappointed with the quality of season two. It did a fantastic job of animating the second and third games, especially with Trials and Tribulations. Despite the fact that we knew how the story ended, we were always on the edge of our seats. The voice acting was wonderful for all the characters. Not only that, but there was a handful of episodes for a case that is not present in the games. I would love more original Ace Attorney anime!

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Season two was great, I agree. The final case in the third game is the longest and it was 13 episodes long. Nothing was dragged out, either. It was just really good and we were addicted to it. But yes, I would love more original episodes. In season one, there was an episode of when Phoenix, Miles, and Larry were in elementary school. In season two, there’s an episode when they’re teenagers. There was also another episode that seemed to take place in the “present.” Maya, Phoenix, Gumshoe, and the Judge are all on a train and have to solve a murder. That was especially fun because we didn’t actually know the ending.

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Even though we know all the answers and endings at this point, the Ace Attorney anime is something that I would watch multiple times. The characters are strong, the voice acting is wonderful, and the animation itself is well done. I also really enjoyed the theme songs, wishing that they were available on Spotify. Here’s hoping that there will be a season three, one that either continues with Apollo Justice or even giving us more original cases with the current cast.

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Out of all the anime we’ve watched, Ace Attorney is probably one of my favorite shows. I do hope there’s a season three. I’d love to see more of the games through the characters in the show. Plus, more original cases. That would be a lot of fun.

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Life with Pets [Board Game Review]

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The board game Life was a staple in our childhoods. While I don’t remember playing it as often as Monopoly or Clue, it was a fun game with the spinning wheel and the random “life” events as you traversed the board. We recently found a slightly updated version of the game that includes pets.

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Yes, we came across this interesting edition of Life when we went to the store with our friend during a weekend getaway. We splurged on the game because… well, who doesn’t want to add pets to their family? By pets, I mean strictly cats and dogs. Don’t think Life has allowed you to add fish or turtles. (Maybe someday.)

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It really wasn’t anything special, though. At the beginning of the game, you choose a car and the little peg that represented you to “drive” said car around the board. With the Pets edition, you also just added a cat or dog peg to join you for the ride from the beginning. After that, you decide if you want to enter the workforce immediately after high school or if you want to take the college road to begin the game.

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Then you go along the board doing what the cards tell you to do. School, job, house, marriage, kids… other than our initial dog or cat at the beginning of the game, none of us got any other pets. There were spots on the board that allowed us to get another pet or two, but our rolls skipped right over them. Which is fine in a way because the cars weren’t any bigger than they are in the original edition of the game.

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The object of the game is to reach retirement with the most equity with your house (or houses, if you happened to have the money to buy more than one), your job’s salary, how many kids you had, etc. It was fairly straightforward with each of us taking turns spinning the wheel and moving the number of spaces, obtaining money, cards, and kids. I’m pretty sure we lamented a couple of times about how simple it was to get money in the game, wishing that real life worked that way, too.

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Oh, wouldn’t it be nice if real life worked that way? The game is exactly how I remember it being. Except it was less fun. I don’t know if it’s because I know what real life is actually like and it was more fun when I was younger and to imagine my life actually going the way it did in the game. However, I felt as though the game overall was kind of boring.

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I actually didn’t mind the game, but that could also be contributed to the good company I had when playing it (and, also, I believe I won). I liked the idea of the random careers and houses to choose from, as well as the different life events that the board had. In a sense, it felt like the game had more potential and I enjoyed what it could have been if it was executed better. As a simple board game where you spin the wheel and move your car around, it was okay.

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I still like the game, of course. I just meant that I feel like it was more fun when we were younger. I think real life ruined me. Of course, we all know in real life our cars would be filled with more pets than anything else.

Life with Pets gets a rating of…
Skip It | Try It | Buy It

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Gaming Goals for 2020

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Considering the past couple of months have kind of been a blur with holidays (and, admittedly, being low-key obsessed with Pokemon Sword and Shield), I’m looking forward to setting some gaming goals for 2020. There are some games we’ve missed from the past couple of years that I want to try as well as expand the kind of games I play.

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2019 was a great year for gamers, but not necessarily for me. It wasn’t kind to my mental health and I went into a long gaming slump. That spark was brought back when Luigi’s Mansion 3 and Pokemon Sword & Shield were released. There are so many games I’m looking forward to in 2020 and games I missed that I still want to give a try.

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We definitely did fall off the wayside when it came to gaming for a while. To be honest, though, despite all the games that came out this year, there’s not too many that I was really eager to try, aside from Pokemon and Fire Emblem: Three Houses. I’m not sure if my memories are muddled because of how quickly 2019 went by, particularly this summer and the holidays, or if there really wasn’t anything that tickled my fancy. What games did you miss out on that you still want to try?

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I still want to play Cadence of Hyrule, which is the main game that sticks out in my mind. Also, Celeste. I know that’s not a 2019 release, but that game has been in the back of my mind for quite a while. A lot of games that I was truly interested in didn’t come out until the end of the year. Ring Fit Adventure, for example. I just got that for Christmas so I’m a little late with it, but I have it at least.

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I completely forgot about Cadence of Hyrule. Looking up a list of 2019 game releases, I’m remembering how I wanted to try Anthem and Planet Zoo, to name a couple of games. Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 was up there as well, but at least I received that for Christmas, so like you with Ring Fit Adventure, at least we have it. I’m a bit disappointed that I have yet to beat the other routes for Three Houses, as well. For 2020, there are plenty of games on my radar and I’m hoping to be able to play more than what I had in 2019.

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Oh, yeah. I forgot about Planet Zoo as well. That seemed like it would have been interesting. 2020 seems like it’s going to be a pretty interesting year for gaming. I feel like I already have a backlog of games for the year. Kris, do you have any special goals or anything you’d like to accomplish when it comes to gaming?

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As contradictory as this may sound, I really want to relax and enjoy the games I play this year. While we try to do game reviews a couple of times each month, I don’t want to feel rushed when playing video games. Taking more time to really enjoy the games is going to be a priority so I can improve my writing when it comes to creating blog posts. Basically, take my time with games as much as I can and improve the quality of my writing. What about you, Rachel?

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I agree with that. I more or less just want to get back into the routine of playing games again. On the flip side, I’d like to find a balance between old games and the new ones coming out. I don’t want to rush the games either, but I’d like to play through a lot of older games and maybe even go back to some I’ve played and loved but haven’t been able to play again.

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Playing more in general is a good goal, haha! I agree with finding a balance between old favorites and new games. It’s easy to get burned out by playing only new games since each has a learning curve and challenges. While those challenges are hopefully fun, taking breaks with familiar games is a good way to take care of yourself as well.

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Exactly. I’m looking forward to Animal Crossing New Horizons in the coming months and would love to play the old games again. Also, Paper Mario. I haven’t played Paper Mario for a long time. Regardless, I think 2020 will be a great year for gaming.

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Hello, 2020!

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A new year and a whole new decade! Welcome to 2020, where we’ll be spending the next couple of months incorrectly writing the year. With that said, I am looking forward to the new year. Even though you can start over with a clean slate whenever you’d like, there’s something about a new year that just lends itself to either starting over or beginning new projects.

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January 1st is just another day on the calendar, but I agree. There’s something about a “new year” that motivates you to work harder, do more, and improve yourself and other aspects of your life. While resolutions don’t typically stick around too long, we’ve got some plans for Double Jump that will presumably last a long time.

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We’re really excited to implement these plans within the next couple of months, and we hope you’re excited with us! We’re also committed more to our Twitch channel, hoping that our schedule (and equipment) will remain intact for the majority of the year. Double Jump’s blog anniversary is also coming up soon — next month, this blog will be a whole four years old!

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We have a few exciting things planned for Double Jump in 2020. One of those things being our Twitch channel. We’re going to continue our usual streaming schedule of three times a week. You can find the schedule on our Twitch channel. Not only will we be playing games per usual on Twitch but we also have some new updates for the channel as well.

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Some new emotes, a few new overlays, and a few other surprises are planned and in the works, things we’ve been wanting to do for our Twitch streams for quite some time. We’re hoping that you’ll join us on the channel whenever possible! As for the blog itself, we have a slew of posts and features ready to be implemented, and we’re aiming to bolster our brand, if you will, with some other additions in the coming months.

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We’ve had a lot of these plans for a little while and we’re excited to finally start implementing. These have been in the works for a while. I think 2020 is going to be a great year for Double Jump.

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Goodbye, 2019!

Goodbye 2019 | Gaming | Video Games | Recap | DoublexJump.com

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2019 was… a year. I’ll be honest, I don’t remember too much of the first half of the year, except that we were probably excited and gung-ho about improving our blog, Double Jump as a whole, and really figuring out what our ambitions are for life.

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I’m with you. I barely remember the beginning of 2019 as well. 2019 wasn’t kind to my mental health. I got into a gaming slump for a few months and even a blogging slump as well. However, I feel like things weren’t too bad on the gaming and blogging front for Double Jump.

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Yes, we did hit that slump in the middle of the year, particularly in the summer months. We were busy with other life obligations, but it’s true that Double Jump didn’t do too badly, in my opinion. Despite not being able to keep up with daily posts and being a little sporadic with our streaming schedule, we’ve made strides with our goals. At the very least, our goals have become more concrete and it’s been a year that has taught us how important our mental health is amid the Internet.

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It’s true. Through the rough patches this year we were able to take an in-depth look at where we are and where we want to be when it comes to gaming and Double Jump as a whole. These past few months, we’ve been working hard on some new features and ideas for Double Jump beginning in 2020.

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We’ve been a couple of busy bees these last few months, both with Double Jump ideas and features as well as life obligations. Despite our mid-slump, it was great to take that time to prioritize what we wanted and where we wanted to go. Of course, we’ve had plenty of supporters and friends when it comes to our work and lives, and we’re grateful for all of them.

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Yeah, amid everything, we had a great gaming community to support us throughout the year with gaming, blogging, and beyond. We’re grateful for all of you (you know who you are) and we’re eager to see what you all bring to the table in 2020 as well. Despite everything, Kris, what was your favorite part of 2019? Do you have a favorite blog post we (or you or I) did or a favorite game you played?

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I think one of my favorites posts we did together was our post saying goodbye and thank you to Reggie Fils-Amié. While it probably wasn’t our most eloquent post, the meaning of it is what makes it a favorite post of mine. Growing up with video games, particularly Nintendo games, has made such an impact on our lives and being part of the scene enough to witness such a prolific person in the industry reach the height of his career and retire happily is a fantastic memory. Aside from that, the game Arcade Spirits sticks out to me, not only because of how well crafted it is with the programming, art, and voice acting but also because of it being one of the first games that I’ve played offering nonbinary and friendship options. Considering I’ve posted on this blog how I’m asexual for the first time this year, that was huge to me. What about you?

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Seeing Reggie go was bittersweet. It’s hard to believe it’s almost been a year for that. He left in April, I believe. There are too many posts for me to mention, but I think we had a couple of fun debates throughout the year. For games, Luigi’s Mansion 3 definitely was my favorite this year, but that’s pretty recent. Looking back, Cattails sticks out in my mind. That game is bizarrely good and I enjoyed my time with it. I’m still looking forward to getting back into it.

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That was an odd game, one that was amusing to watch you play. We did have some good debates, particularly the ones about the Legend of Zelda Dungeons and Divine Beasts, as well as Special versus Physical attacks. This year also saw us playing Dungeons & Dragons for the first time, and I love that we’ve gotten a good party with our friends from our writer’s group. Being able to find others to play with after wanting to try D&D for so long has been great!

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Oh, that’s right. I feel like we’ve been playing Dungeons & Dragons for so long now. I forgot we only started in… February, I believe. In addition, we did stream a good amount on Twitch. Our schedule flopped from time to time but it’s always great to see the same people join us whenever we do go live again after so long.

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It is, yes. Circling back to our comment of being thankful for our supporters and friends goes hand-in-hand with seeing familiar chatters on our Twitch live streams. Despite the slump and learning to prioritize our mental and physical health, 2019 wasn’t too bad at all. We’re aiming to make 2020 even better, but 2019 was a great stepping stone for our goals and dreams.

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We have a couple of new things planned for 2020 and we can’t wait to share them with you! Thanks for a great 2019 and we’ll see you all in 2020!

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Pokemon & Chill – GameChops

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With the holidays and cold season upon us (well, in our neck of the woods, anyway), we wanted to find some chill music — pun intended — to combat the stress that no doubts comes with Christmas, despite how wonderful the holiday can be.

We found the YouTube channel GameChops, a record label that offers video game music and remixes, mostly in the chill out and hiphop genres. It has tons of videos dedicated to high quality music from video games, and they’re definitely worth checking out.

We hope you enjoy this video of relaxing Pokemon music remixes!

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