Monopoly: CHEATERS Edition [Board Game Review]

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Monopoly is a big hit in our family. It’s one of the staple games we bring with us on vacations so we can all yell, get mad, and laugh until our stomachs hurt at each other. Somehow, we all still love each other after all the constant games, even with the penchant for cheating some members of the family have… So, when Rachel found the Cheaters Edition of the game, our older sister and brother-in-law gave it to her for Christmas.

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I don’t even remember how I came across it. I was looking on Amazon and it popped up like it knew. I’m notorious for cheating in any games as is our cousin. So when I saw this, I knew I had to have it to give it a shot.

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I was a little skeptical at first because, as noted, cheating happens in regular Monopoly with our family, so I wasn’t sure what the difference would be. The Cheaters Edition, however, has rules on how to cheat (and supposedly you can’t cheat otherwise), giving you challenges that may reward you should you succeed and punish you — generally by sending you to jail with the handcuff — if someone catches you.

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Of course, even though there’s no cheating other than the rules, I cheated anyway when Kris and I played together. There’s a small stack of cheat cards. Five of them go in the middle and at any time during the game, you need to secretly plan to do one. As Kris said, if you get caught, there’s a consequence, but if you don’t get caught there’s a reward. Once the next player rolls the dice for their turn, you’re supposed to announce you cheated and claim the reward.

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We both did a bit of cheating — not paying the full price for a property, stealing unowned properties and money from the bank — especially since I knew Rachel is a sneak. If you believe someone is cheating on their turn, you’re supposed to call them out on it before the next player’s turn, but if the accused can prove their innocence, then the person calling them out owes them a fine. There were other little differences too, such as the board not having as many spaces, the railroads not being for sale, and no houses, only hotels, for properties.

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The board is definitely made to make people fight. One of the green properties was free, one of the yellow properties was cheaper, one of the pink properties was only $20, and one of the light blue properties came with a free hotel already on it, despite the fact you need the whole color set in order to add hotels on. The railroads – which I kept landing on – were teleporting spaces. Once you landed on one you needed to advance to the next railroad. I kept skipping a whole side of the board because of that, which was where Kris had most of her properties.

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Rachel utilizing the railroads didn’t help my ultimate demise, no. The community chest and chance cards were mostly different, as well. In regular Monopoly, we read our cards aloud specifically to minimize cheating. However, with the Cheaters Edition, we came to realize that some of those cards we had to keep to ourselves, as their instructions tended to be much sneakier than in regular Monopoly, so that was a difference we needed to get used to as well.

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For example, one community chest card I got, I held onto. So, the next time I owed Kris rent, I could “pose as a celebrity” and have her pay me the rent instead. The overall ending of the game was different as well. When we play we always wait until there’s only one person left with money. In the Cheater’s Edition, once all the properties are bought, all players much return to Go and stop. Once all players are on that space, the game ends. Whoever has the most money, wins.

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In a way, it’s a simpler version of Monopoly, with less spaces and a more definite end rather than one person buying everyone else out, but the incentives to cheat and beat the challenges the game gives you can make it chaotic. Rachel and I only played with each other and we each still did a bit of cheating, but nothing too elaborate considering we were watching each other like hawks. This game would be best with a larger party to make things a bit more chaotic.

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I agree. We definitely need a crowd to play the game. I can’t wait to play this with our cousins!

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Hello, 2019!

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It’s hard to believe that it’s 2019 already. It seems 2018 was too short — and, at times, way too long. We had a pretty great year, gaming-wise, and we have high hopes for both video games and our blogs for 2019!

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2018 seemed to come and go in a blink of an eye. However, we had a good year. I’m hoping 2019 is just as great filled with awesome games, fun blog posts, and lots of collaboration with friends.

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More collaboration and expanding our network of fellow bloggers and gamers is one of our main goals for this year. We’ve connected with some fantastic friends this past year and we’re hoping to connect with even more in 2019, not just from this platform but from other social media platforms as well. Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, and Twitch, to be more precise. If you’re willing to share links to your own accounts on those in the comments, feel free to!

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We definitely want more friends on our Switch accounts and Discord. We’d love to chat more about gaming and actually game more with friends. We’ll be doing some slightly different things on the blog this year. One of those things will be collaboration. Our aim to have a guest on the blog at least once a month. We’ve already contacted some of you to write a blog post with. We have a list of people we want to reach out to, so we’re definitely excited for that.

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Don’t be afraid to reach out to us, either! We’ve updated the contact form and would love to hear from more of you as well! Speaking of expanding our network, we’re also going to be working more consistently on our Twitch streams, see what we can do to make them better and more inviting to others. As long as, you know, our Internet agrees.

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Yeah, our Internet is fickle at times… speaking of updating though, we’ve updated just about all our pages on the site and even the sidebar. Our Game Reviews page now has sub-pages and is broken into the years. It’s funny to see how many reviews we do each year and how they’ve evolved overtime.

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I’d like to think we’ve improved since starting this blog back in 2016. There’s no stop for improvement, though, and we’re going to continue to climb up. Here’s hoping you’ll all still be with us as we continue this journey.

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Agreed! We’ll be working on a big project in 2019 and we can’t wait to share that all with you!

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Goodbye, 2018!

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I feel like 2018 was both really long and really short. There’s been a few changes and shiny new features that we’ve done this year for the blog. One of the most exciting developments for Double Jump is that we’ve started streaming on Twitch! It’s been fantastic connecting with others, both from the blog and from the streaming community, just chatting about video games and life while we attempt to be good at games.

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2018 was weird for sure. It definitely felt long and short at the same time. I can’t believe we’re already prepping for 2019 though. But yeah, we started streaming on Twitch in August and it’s been a fun couple of months playing new and old games and connecting with friends through there. We’ve done a lot this year and we played through a lot of games, especially on the Nintendo Switch.

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The Nintendo Switch has definitely become one of my favorite consoles, both with its hardware and its games. While its online mode is a bit… lacking, we’ve used Discord to make up for Nintendo’s Online chat, connecting with even more people this year such as Justin at TWOTALL4UFOOL and Jett at InThirdPerson.

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2018 was filled with collabs with others between blogging and streaming. Jett hosted a 24-hour live stream for charity which we were apart of. That was definitely a fun and great experience. We hope to be able to do that again in 2019! We’ve also contributed quite a bit to Miketendo64 and Pure Nintendo with game reviews.

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Our reviews also branched out a bit with adding some card and board game reviews to go along with video games and movies. After all, we created this blog in order to connect with others with our love of games and, while our main focus is video games, why not go a little further and find other types of games to enjoy?

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Yeah, I’ve enjoyed reviewing board and card games, both old and new. I want to expand our board games collection. We have a lot more planned for 2019 and we’re excited to share our ideas! We’ll updating some old stuff and adding some new stuff.

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We believe we beat our score of game reviews from last year, too! Last year we did a little over 50 game reviews, whereas this year we’ve done about 50 on our blog, not to mention several others on Miketendo and, in Rachel’s case, Pure Nintendo. Here’s hoping 2019 is a great year for games!

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One thing we need to do is get into a better routine when it comes to playing! I want to allow myself more time to sit back and play the games. But I’m hoping to review even more games in the next year. I think 2019 is going to be great!

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Minecraft Story Mode: Episode One [TV Show Review]

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While we knew the Story Mode Minecraft games existed, it was fairly recent that we heard about the interactive series of episodes that were available on Netflix. We had no idea what we were going to be in for when we started this up for the hell of it.

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It was certainly something different and neither of us were expecting it to be “good.” It truly was interactive though… which it says it is, but for some reason I wasn’t expecting to use the Xbox controller to make choices for the main character. That was certainly a cool addition.

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You start with the main character entering a building contest with a couple of her friends and, for a while, the only motivation these characters have is to “be cool.” It was a bit cringy, to be honest. The actual plot revealed itself eventually, with a character who had a grudge against some heroes of the world unleashed a Wither monster. It’s up to the main character and friends to find the rest of the heroes to stop the Wither. While there were enough choices throughout the episode to keep the story interactive, there were only a few where the episode actively told you, “Your story is changing,” due to your choice.

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The plot itself isn’t that bad once it’s revealed and it shows some history on the world as well. But yeah, some of the choices were kind of pointless and if you don’t make a choice by the time the timer runs, it makes the choice for you based on whatever your controller is currently on. While I don’t think I’ll watch this again, I’m curious to see what happens if we made different choices that actually changed the course of the story. Some of the choices was also crafting as well, which was a cool touch.

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The crafting choices — like, would you craft a bow or a fishing rod for your current situation — were interesting, yes. Some of the characters weren’t too bad, although we were kind of yelling at some of them often enough. Honestly, some of the situations could have been avoided if a character just, ya know, moved from where they were standing. One of the side characters was called Axel, and he was basically the muscle of the group and was fantastic at being Captain Obvious. He was one of our favorites, haha!

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Axel was good, yeah. While there were some good lines that made us laugh throughout this hour and half long episode, I didn’t care for any of the characters or their voice acting. The tones never seemed to match what was going on in the scene and it didn’t seem like there was much emotion or effort behind it. That definitely got annoying to listen to after a while. The sound effects, however, we great. The Ghasts in the Nether were spot on. Granted, they’re probably ripped from the game but it was nice to hear anyway since the voice acting was lacking.

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Considering it was done in conjunction with the developers of the game, I imagine the sound effects were right from Minecraft. We don’t have any emotional attachment to these characters — although, I’m sure younger kids would — but we were interested enough in the plot to be curious about what happens next or, as Rachel mentioned, what would happen should we chose different responses to the crucial choices of the first episode. We’re not rushing off to watch the next episode, but if we get bored enough later down the road, maybe we’ll stick on another one.

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I would like to at least finish the rest of the season. It was interesting, to say the least. And, honestly, I think we had a pretty good time watching it together. Though, I have to take it in small doses.

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Christmas Haul 2018

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Merry Christmas and happy holidays, everyone! Here’s hoping everyone had a wonderful holiday filled with good times, good family and friends, and presents. This was a pretty low-key Christmas for us, our immediate family opting to just exchange a few gifts together.

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We always look forward to Christmas, but we all know the best day of the year is December 26th. It’s great to see everyone, but it’s nice to have that calm when it’s all said and done. Plus, we can play with our new toys. My mom loved how I’m 25-years-old and she was still wrapping up “toys” for me from “Santa.”

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The main video game I had received was the Spyro: Reignited Trilogy for the Xbox One. The Spyro trilogy was one of the few games I had for our old original Playstation years ago, so it’ll be fun to go back to that world and see how well it’s been remastered. I haven’t heard anything bad yet about the new game. I was also surprised with the complete soundtrack of Octopath Traveler, imported from Japan. Thankfully the little booklet inside the cover has the English names of the songs, as they’re all listed in Japanese on the back cover!

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I’m excited to get back to Spyro as well. Plus, listening to the soundtrack, there are four CDs to it! The main video game I got was the Lego Harry Potter Collection for the Nintendo Switch. This game came out in October and I’ve never played any of the Lego Harry Potter games before. Having all seven in one game will be a treat and I can’t wait to finally go to Hogwarts. I also got two packs of Pokemon cards – one had a jumbo Tsareena card, which I was excited about. Tsareena was on my main team in Pokemon Sun & Moon. The other pack had a Pokeball card holder to go along with Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee. I also got the game guide to those games as well.

 

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I also got Rachel a Mimikyu doll that the dog thought belongs to her, haha! Aside from those games, we’ve also each gotten an eShop gift card which I’m planning on using to download Gris on the Nintendo Switch. I’ve had my eye on the game for a while, so it seems like the perfect game for the end of the year. Our grandparents gave us some cash, and I already spent mine on the new expansion pack — Get Famous — and a couple of stuff packs for the Sims 4. We have plenty of games to keep us occupied for a little while… At least until the new year!

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I also got a new Monopoly game, the Cheater’s Edition. The point is to cheat and not get caught… but I kind of do that in regular Monopoly anyway. So I’m hoping the game will be a blast. However, I know people are expecting me to cheat, so it’ll be more of a challenge. We do have plenty of games to keep us busy for the new year and I know so many new games are going to come out in 2019. I can’t wait to dive into our new games!

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Our Thoughts On The Epic Games Store

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Epic Games, the company behind Fortnite, a game we have not gotten into at all, has their own PC game store. Considering the PC gaming scene is dominated by Steam, seeing another store pop up is going to make things a bit interesting.

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I enjoy Steam though I know there are a lot of people out there happy that Steam is getting some competition. I’ll be honest – I don’t pay too much attention. Steam works for me so I like it. So, I don’t know why people complain. However, I do think it’s cool there will be more than one store. This means more games for us.

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I haven’t really heard many complaints about Steam itself — rather, I don’t pay much attention — but a little healthy competition would keep both Steam and the Epic Games Store accountable when it comes to their customers. Both companies will want to continue to work to be the best they can be due to the competition. Epic Games is still a small store, though, so it will be interesting to see how it grows.

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I’m looking forward to seeing how the Epic Games store grows. I don’t care about Fortnite at all, but I have nothing against the company itself. Even though it’s small for now, they seem to have a decent selection of games so far. I downloaded Subnautica, which is free until December 27. That’s a game I’ve seen others play and have wanted to try myself. Also, Hades is in early access, which was announced at The Game Awards.

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Hades was actually the game that made us interested enough to go and check out the Epic Games store. While I wasn’t thrilled with seeing the store in my browser — I ended up having a horizontal scroll bar because the resolution wouldn’t fit my laptop’s screen — as it just looked like a block of multiple game’s screenshots, it looked cleaner in the Epic Games Launcher.

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The Epic Games Launcher looks similar to Steam in a way with the Library of games, Friends, and more. However, it’s a lot more bare than Steam, obviously. Also, seeing the screenshots of the games seems a bit overwhelming and “messy,” but it’s definitely more eye-catching than how Steam is set up. Since there are so little games on the Epic Games store, I think it works for now. Once more games are added and there’s a lot though, I can’t imagine it’ll look as pretty.

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Right, I understand that the Epic Games Launcher is still new and they’re trying to showcase what few games they have so far, but I’m looking forward to hopefully seeing more organization on their part. A search bar, categories for genre and price, that sort of thing.

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I’m sure they’ll get to that soon enough. I’m interested to see how they grow and I’m certainly curious to see what kinds of games they’ll be showcasing.

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Top 20 Winter Nintendo Songs – Henriko Magnifico

Merry Christmas and happy holidays, everyone! Similar to last December, this month’s music video is celebrating songs from winter and ice levels from a plethora of Nintendo games.

This compilation was done by Henriko Magnifico, who’s channel is dedicated to all sorts of video game music. Aside from his YouTube channel, he also has a Twitch channel for his gaming and music. We first discovered this guy when we were searching for some background music to work to and realized he has a 24/7 radio dedicated to Nintendo and other video game music.

We hope you enjoy this compilation just as we did!

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