What Happened To The Girl & The Robot?

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

A while ago (and by that I mean about a year ago), Kris and I did a game review for Miketendo64 for a Wii U game called The Girl and the Robot. It was an interesting game, not the best, but interesting. After we played though, we never heard about it ever again.

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The Girl and The Robot is a third-person action/adventure game. You switch between two nameless characters – the girl and the robot. The robot is able to battle while the girl can heal any wounds he has. In order for them to walk together, the robot must be carrying her. However, both are needed to solve puzzles and sometimes one needs to stand on a button while the other needs to stand on another.

It’s a clever game with wonky controls. There’s not much plot to it or character development. The girl was trapped in a castle, she escaped and rescued the robot from his cage and now, I assume, they’re trying to escape the area together. Yet, there’s an evil witch after the girl and she has an army of evil robots. That’s about it.

Even though it’s been about a year since I’ve played the game, I was thinking about it the other day. I’m not sure why it popped in my head, but it did and I was reminded of the ending.

The game ended at an awful cliff-hanger. And when I say that, I mean the game felt incomplete.

It ended with a sign saying, “End of Act 1.” Which, of course, leads me to believe there is an Act 2 coming.

Needless to say, when I thought of the game again the other day I immediately looked it up searching for an Act 2. I couldn’t find anything. All the information I saw was from Act 1. There was no mention of a possible sequel anywhere.

Except one place. I ended up on the Steam page for the game. Someone in the discussion forum asked about Act 2 and the developer replied, back in October 2017, they’ll be working on it after they finish another game so it won’t be the “immediate future.”

Like I said, this wasn’t the best game, but I’m curious as to how it ends and I was disappointed by this response. Working on other games is great, but The Girl and the Robot can take as little as 4 hours to beat. It’s not nearly enough time to be considered a full game, in my opinion. I feel like both acts should have been meshed into one game or they should have already had the second act mostly finished to be released within a year of the first game.

So, I guess I’m a little disappointed they haven’t worked on Act 2 more recently. The game had pretty good potential.

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Top Tuesday: Favorite Nintendo Wii U Games I Own

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

Since I talked about my favorite Wii games, I thought I’d give a shoutout to my favorite Wii U games.

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4. Yoshi’s Woolly World

This game is just so darn cute. It was great to have another platformer starring Yoshi. It’s difficult to play with other people at times (you know, sabotage), but it’s a lot of fun. It’s a game I haven’t played since it first came out and I want to revisit it again.

3. Paper Mario: Color Splash

This was actually a good game, one I want to revisit again. It’s not exactly like the first two Paper Mario games but it’s improved from the three after that… I still shudder thinking about Sticker Star. This one wasn’t bad though and I had a lot of fun with it. It was decently long too, but not too long.

2. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

This is another cute game. It’s short and I certainly wished there were more to it, but it’s a fun, casual puzzle game that you can pick up and play at any time.

1. Mario Kart 8

It’s Mario Kart. A new and improved Mario Kart. That is all.

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Nintendo Wii U Versus The Switch

Nintendo Wii U VS the Switch

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The Nintendo Switch had a lot of pressure put on it, considering how poorly in sales the Wii U did. The Switch itself is going strong, partly due to all of the games — both first-party and third-party — that are scheduled to appear on the console, something that the Wii U did not have. Yet, a handful of the Switch’s best selling games are Wii U ports.

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I think the Switch is mainly what the Wii U didn’t–and couldn’t–do. For example, they put so much hype into the gamepad so you could play the game “on the go.” Yet, it only lasts about three feet. Now we have the Switch, where you can literally take it anywhere. And not only that but play it anywhere with friends or yourself as a handheld.

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The Switch definitely has the portability that the Wii U failed with. With the ported Wii U games, Nintendo does seem to be hyping up the Switch to be the better Wii U. Along with the updated version of Mario Kart 8 on the Switch and Pokken Tournament coming to the console in a couple of months, the Switch has games promised throughout the rest of the year and beyond, a far cry from the scheduled list of games that the Wii U had gotten.

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When the Switch was announced, we wanted to play through a few of our Wii U games because we knew we would be focusing on the Switch. When we went through our games, we realized that we really didn’t have a lot of Wii U games. Yet, we use our Wii U all the time. However, at this point, we mostly use it for Netflix and YouTube.

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Yes, YouTube seems to be the Wii U’s greatest workout, haha! Honestly, we’ve even used the original Wii’s Virtual Console more than the Wii U. We still have a few Wii U games that we haven’t tried just yet, due to us being focused on the Switch. Still, the Wii U had some great games, and I’m curious as to what else Nintendo may port over to the Switch. I’d be surprised if there were no plans to bring over the Super Smash Bros. franchise onto the new console.

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Yes, we still have quite a few Wii U games to play through. But the bottom line is, Kris, which console is your favorite?

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I’m quite enjoying the Switch, but it could also be because it’s still new and shiny for us. I’m loving Breath of the Wild and the extra content of Mario Kart 8, and the Joy-Con are fun, easy to use controllers for the games. The major downside of the console, however, is the price. Not just for the main console itself, which wasn’t too bad, but for all the accessories. What about you?

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As of right now, I’d have to say the Switch. Mainly for the same reasons you just said. But, while the Wii U got a lot of backlash and I know a lot of people aren’t a fan of it, I absolutely love the Wii U. Not just because of Netflix and YouTube, but I found the overall console to be great and they had a lot of good games for it as well. It reminded me of the 3DS, which I love. Even with the Switch, I’m sure we’ll be playing our Wii U for a long time to come.

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Review: The Girl and the Robot

Today, we’re over at Miketendo talking about The Girl and The Robot! Check out our review there.

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The Girl And The Robot Video Game Review

Title: The Girl and the Robot
Company: Flying Carpets Games
Console:
Nintendo Wii U (Originally on Steam)
Release Date:
August 2016
How we got the game:
We got a free digital download code from Miketendo64

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The Girl and the Robot was the first game produced by Flying Carpets Games, funded by generous Kickstarters. It boasted an interesting gameplay dynamic between the two titular characters as well as a cute rapport between the girl and her robot friend.

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When I saw the trailer for this game, I was certainly intrigued. I was thinking about it getting it before Miketendo reached out to us. We were more than happy to give the game a go.

gameplay

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The mechanics of the game comprised of switching between the girl and the robot, mostly in order to solve puzzles in the landscape to allow the heroes to move forward in their journey. While you played…

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First Thoughts: The Girl And The Robot

The Girl and the Robot

The Girl and The Robot originally came out for Steam in 2009. It was recently released for the Nintendo Wii U on May 25, 2017. We got a free digital review code from Miketendo64. Thanks, guys!

With all that being said, we’re about halfway through the game. Yet, we’re still not quite sure how we feel about it.

The game is certainly adorable, but there’s hasn’t been a storyline thus far. We’ve been getting bits and pieces here and there about what might be going on, but it’s all just guessing. But, in a way, that makes the game more intriguing. We don’t know what going on, but we’re speculating and want to play more in order to find out.

Actually, it’s kind of similar to Elliot Quest in that sense.

The main downside of the game are the controls. They’re very “clunky” and stiff. It’s hard to control the characters and the camera alike. Kris mentioned that the controls feel like a robot. Which, if that was the case, is a clever way of doing things, but it makes the gameplay frustrating, especially when you’re in a battle.

We wonder if the controls would have been easier on Steam rather than the Wii U gamepad. Still, we’re making progress and overall, we’re enjoying the game.

We can’t wait to share our review on Miketendo with everyone.

Have you played this game? What did you think of it?

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Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker Game Review

Title: Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
Company: Nintendo 
Console: 
Wii U
Release Date: 
November 13, 2014
How we got the game: 
I bought itgameplayCaptain Toad is an easy game to maneuver around. You go from one puzzle to the other through the pages of a book being able to go through one puzzle at a some. Sometimes, two or three puzzles would pop up, but you’d still have to beat all the puzzles in front of you in order to unlock the next one.

Some puzzles were locked through the diamonds that you collect throughout the puzzles. Each stage has three diamonds that you should collect. If you don’t, you’ll have to go back when you don’t have enough to unlock the puzzle in front of you.

Every once in a while, a gold card would appear that allows you to play a coin mini-game giving you a chance to collect an abundance of extra lives with each 100 coins you collect. Sometimes a blue card would appear and you’d be thrown into a maze with a mummy Toad chasing you. You just have to survive as long as you can collecting coins and extra lives along the way. I never got that far because I would start panicking.

The game was simple to control, as this is but a simple game. Toad and Toadette can’t jump, so you must rely on the camera angles to show you where to go next and to figure out how to get from one ledge to the next. If you want to kill an enemy, you have to either pick up a turnip from the ground and chuck it at them or drop down from a ledge above and squish them.

Each level has an abundance of coins, three diamonds, and a certain task to complete that you don’t know about until after you’ve gone through the level once. Sometimes it’s to find the hidden gold mushroom, other times it’s to kill all the enemies (or not kill any enemies at all), not take any damage, etc. If you collect all these things, you’ll “100%” the level.

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Being on the Wii U, the graphics for this game are pretty top-notch. Most stages are vivid and shiny while some others are dark being a ghost house or just set in the night. Everything looks real from collecting coins or showing the rain drops hit the screen looking like a window. The depth-perception of this game is crazy. Sometimes it was on my side, sometimes it was not.

As for the music, it was enjoyable and catchy. I often found myself humming along. However, I didn’t feel as though there was a wide range of music. There are a lot of levels and they’re pretty short, so the music doesn’t last too long. There were some stages that I think they recycled the same song. Which is fine, but I’ll admit I wanted more.

story

The puzzles are broken up into three sections, three books. I like to think the books are Toad’s and Toadette’s journals of their adventures, though I don’t particularly know if that’s canon or not.

Each puzzle is a new page of the book, the first book you play as Toad trying to find Toadette as she and a star are snatched up by the main antagonist of the game, Wingo. In the second book, you play as Toadette trying to find Toad as he was taken by Wingo. It’s the same story, but from a different point of view with different puzzles. In the third book, you alternate every few puzzles playing as both Toad and Toadette as they try to find each other. In the end, you play as Toad in order to defeat Wingo for the third and final time.

The ending was my favorite. After the credits roll, a special ending sequence appears tying the game to Super Mario Bros. 3D World. Bonus puzzles appear and I haven’t played them yet, but I assume they’re more puzzles based off of the Super Mario Bros. 3D World game.

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This game is short and sweet. I beat the first book of puzzles within two hours and I’ll admit I was disappointed when the credits started rolling. I thought that was it. When the second book appeared, and then the third, plus the bonus, I felt a little better. But I still want more.

Even if you 100% the level, finding all the diamonds and secrets of each puzzle, there’s not much else to do. However, I would still come back and play every once in a while. It’s a simple, relaxing, game.

Plus, it’s utterly adorable and just makes you feel good.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker gets…
4 out of 5 lives.

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