Top Tuesday: Favorite Games To Play On Long Car Rides

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

It’s summer. Which means vacation. Which means going on long car trips. I’m not the type of person to get motion sickness or dizzy while reading or playing games in a moving car. Normally, whenever I go on vacation with my family, I sit in the back with my 3DS or 2DS and log a few hours into one of my games.

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Miitopia

Miitopia is a fun one to play for a long stretch of time and nowhere to go if you’re stuck in the car. The gameplay can be minimal if you want it to be, the storyline is simple, so there’s not a whole lot you need to really focus on. I went away a few weekends ago and played this in the car for the two and a half hours we were on the road. I accomplished a lot in the game and it made the ride go so much faster.

Pokemon

Any Pokemon game is great to play on a long car ride, but I especially love to play the main series games. Going through the main storyline is great and all, but I like bringing Pokemon games with me that I’ve already beaten. Shiny hunting and egg hatching can take quite a bit of time. It requires a long stretch of time as well as patience and dedication. Sitting in the car for a long period of time and giving yourself that chance to shiny hunt is great.

Mario Kart 7

Mario Kart is a fun go-to game. It’s just simple gameplay and there’s no true story involved so you can start and stop whenever you want. Sure, it’s no fun to shut the game off in the middle of a race, but you’re not really too much if you do. Plus, it’s fun to get some practice in for a couple of hours or so.

Animal Crossing

I enjoy playing Animal Crossing on long car rides because, whenever my family goes away, we like to leave early in the morning so that we miss most of the traffic later. Depending on which Animal Crossing game you play (and how early it is in real life), your villagers and the shops may be up and out and about. You can get the majority of your chores done for the day in the car – watering the flowers, shaking the trees and collecting the fruits, finding all the fossils… then, later if you have time to play again, you can focus on mingling with your villagers or selling ideas. Plus, it’s mindless gameplay and simple enough so that if you need to stop abruptly, you can quickly save and turn it off.

Any Downloaded Game On My 3DS/2DS

I don’t have much on my 2DS because I haven’t had that one as long as I’ve had my 3DS. However, my 3DS has a ton of games downloaded… half (if not more than half) are Pokemon games, but there’s still a lot there. I also have a few of the Phoenix Wright games. If you’re good, you can get through one case during the car ride depending on if the case is the first or second one in the game. Overall, there are plenty of games – quick and in-depth – that keep me busy in the car.

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Amazon’s Lord of the Rings MMORPG

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday everyone!

Lord of the Rings is a bit staple in fantasy, with the books inspiring many other media, as well as giving way to a few “rules” that most fantasy creators tend to adhere by. While I’ve yet to finish two out of the three books of the trilogy (don’t judge), I do enjoy most things Tolkien.

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One of the games downloaded onto our Steam is The Lord of the Ring Online. I played it once. Got a character set up, did the little opening segment and a couple of the first-level tutorial missions. As far as I remember, it wasn’t too bad, but I do wish I had more time to devote to online games such as those.

With that said, everyone remember that Amazon is doing a Lord of the Rings spin-off series focusing on the Second Age? I still don’t know too much about it, but I’ve heard that Amazon Game Studios will also be partnering with PC gaming company Leyou for is a Lord of the Rings MMORPG. Like the Amazon series, this game will also take place in the Second Age, before the events from the Lord of the Rings trilogy. It makes sense — the Second Age has a lot more wiggle room considering it’s not as fleshed out as the events in the books.

Being able to explore Middle Earth as one of Tolkien’s races sounds awesome, though. I’m curious as to what kind of quests and stories will be written for the game, and see how much of an impact one player can make on said stories.

I’m excited to hear more about this free to play MMORPG, and I’m hoping that perhaps it’ll be something that I can get enough time to stick with. I miss the old City of Heroes MMORPG and I would love to find another to spend some time with, perhaps actually get to know more players through the game and everything.

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The Cuphead Show

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It was recently announced that Cuphead is going to get its chance as an animated TV show. It’s called The Cuphead Show (Also Starring Mugman) and Netflix animators have picked it up. There’s no set release date as of yet. I have to say, I’m not surprised this is becoming a thing.

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It’s nice to see how much attention and praise the Cuphead game has gotten since its release. Now the game will be up there with Super Mario Bros. and the Legend of Zelda has having cartoons under its belt! Considering the art style of Cuphead, it lends itself so easily to a cartoon.

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It’s based off 1930s cartoons anyway, so I believe it’ll fit right in. I assume Netflix will do it justice. At the same time, I wonder how the actual dialogue and storytelling will go. When it comes to shows based on games, they always come off a little silly.

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Yes, the art style reminded me of the old Mickey Mouse cartoons from Disney, so it’s exciting to see. Quite a few video games recently have been announced to get adaptations as well — The Witcher and Halo, for example — and, after seeing the success of Detective Pikachu, I believe more people are interested in seeing their favorite video games as other media.

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They should just remake all the Pokemon anime and movies into live-action movies and tv shows. I know that would be a lot, but… that’d just be awesome. It’s funny how we sort of grew up watching Saturday morning cartoons and now they’re all going to come back in the form of our favorite video games.

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Even better, the shows are going to be on Netflix so we can binge them instead of having to wake up early on Saturdays! I wonder how the Cuphead show will portray the plot of the game. Having boss rush gameplay, I imagine the show will be more action-orientated with, perhaps, a boss fight at the end of each episode. With that said, there’s not much room for many story elements in the game except for the basic plot. Will the show expand on the plot at all or stick mainly to action?

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That’s a good point. I imagine it’ll have the same plot as the game with a lot of action and such. Depending on how popular it turns out to be, I’m sure they’ll expand on it. Then again, most of those older cartoons like The Legend of Zelda and Super Mario Bros. were only a season or two long. I wonder if Cuphead will follow suit or if it’ll blow everything else out of the water.

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I would love an expanded Legend of Zelda cartoon series, just saying, as charming and amusing as the old series was. The thing with expanding a plot like Cuphead, which doesn’t have a very deep one to begin with, is that the show could be stretched too thin. I imagine that the first season of the show would be Cuphead and Mugman, presumably, beating the Devil at his own deal, but they’d be grasping for straws if they went beyond it. We’ll just have to keep an eye out for more news of the show and see what happens.

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Friday Favorites: 3DS Games

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday everyone!

There’s been plenty of buzz about the Switch Lite, and Rachel and I will share more of our thoughts on that later next week. In the meantime, considering the Lite is purely a handheld console, I dove back into my bucket of 3DS games to reminisce on some of my favorites.

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Fire Emblem: Awakening

Awakening is one of the games at the top of my favorite “Fire Emblem Games” list. I enjoyed the characters and the more involved role the avatar took in the game. The child unit angle was interesting as well and, in my opinion, done much better than the Fates trio of games did. Ever since I’ve played Sacred Stones, Fire Emblem has been an enjoyable franchise, and Awakening has gotten quite a few play-throughs from me.

Miitopia

Kind of just rediscovered this game, but if you never played it, it’s a great little casual RPG starring your Mii and whatever other Miis you want. It’s a little silly, story-wise, but the creativity, music, and the art style of the backgrounds are brilliant.

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice

The Ace Attorney games are all great, but I really enjoyed coming back to the familiar characters when Spirit of Justice came out a few years ago. It gave some satisfying conclusions to some of the characters, despite Rachel and me being worried about it being one of the “final” Ace Attorney games with Phoenix and company. It probably is, if I’m being honest, but I’m hopeful for more.

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Dr. Mario World [Mobile Game Review]

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

Dr. Mario World surprised us all when it came out a day early than it was supposed to! I’m glad it did too because it gave me a nice chunk of time to give it the attention it deserves.

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I have to admit, Dr. Mario World isn’t at all what I expected it to be. I played Dr. Mario for the first time just a few months ago and it resembled Tetris. Dr. Mario World is the opposite where the concept is still the same but you’re working your way up instead of having the capsules dropdown – not to mention you have full control over the capsules. There are also so many different power-ups that can be on the board plus different doctors and assistants to help you out. But we’ll get to all that in a minute.

The first things I noticed about the game was the graphics and music. The graphics are so vivid and crisp. My iPad is four-years-old and the game is so bright. It looks clean and fresh which is the way a brand new game should look. On the other hand, I’m amazed mobile graphics look this good. The music was another fun part. The hub world is catchy and the levels are a throwback to the original music. There are bonus levels where the music is different, but I think that’s my favorite music, in all honesty. Overall, the aesthetics of the game are super fun.

After a quick “story” of the virus taking over the Mushroom Kingdom, you play as Dr. Mario in various levels to rid of all the viruses. The levels are set up in a hub world similar to Candy Crush so that you just keep on moving when you bet a level or you can go back and replay levels. There are also different areas. For example, when you complete the first twenty levels, you head to a new area where levels 21 through 40 are. Plus, some bonuses on the way.

But, I’m getting off topic for now.

You start as Dr. Mario and, in the first few levels, Toad gives you a quick rundown on how to play. The viruses are scattered about the board and a purple liquid fills up allowing you to place the capsules on the board. The capsules are on the bottom of the screen. They show you two at a time, though you can’t swap them out (at least, I haven’t figured out how to if you can). It just shows you which capsule to expect next so you can strategize. You can tap the capsules to go either vertical or horizontal depending on how you need them to fit on the board. Connect three of the same color together – whether it’s two blue capsules and one blue virus or two red viruses and one red capsule – and the virus will disappear.

The cool thing about this is that, in addition to turning the capsules around, you can place them anywhere on the board. As long as you drag it with your finger, you have full control over the capsules. Even if a capsule pops and half is still left, you can grab the half and move it where ever you think it would be best. However, it is in the purple ooze so you can’t move a capsule downward if you’ve already brought it up. Also, if you try to move it on top of a virus, it’ll float up until it hits the ceiling or a block or something else blocking its way. So, you need to think about where you want them to go carefully. I’ve forgotten that a few times in my panic to complete the level.

Of course, I say I panic and I don’t know why because these levels aren’t timed – which is great! The level tells you how many viruses you need to get rid of and gives you a certain amount of capsules. This makes it so you can take your time but I sometimes forget that. Of course, there are bonus levels that are extra challenges. Those are timed and difficult for me to bet because I panic too much and am terrible at video games.

You don’t get into the levels without help though. You can play as Dr. Mario, Dr. Princess Peach, or Dr. Bowser. There are other doctors to be unlocked as well. Each doctor has their own special skill as well. For example, I love Dr. Bowser – he wears a lab coat and has a spikey stethoscope! (Take that, tie at E3!) He has the skill when his meter is filled, to get rid of two rows. He just sets it on fire and there you go.

The doctors can equip assistants as well to help you out. You can have one or two assistants with you throughout the levels and change them as you want.

So many different things can happen in the levels as well – there are different goals to reach. For example, you can either get rid of all the viruses or collect all the coins that are hidden within the blocks.

In addition, there are a lot of obstacles in the game. For example, sometimes the viruses will be frozen and you’ll have to get three in a row just to thaw them and then get three in a row to actually pop them. There are different colored shells so that when you activate them by getting three of the same color in a row (shell, virus, or capsule – as long as it’s touching the shell) then the shell will move back and forth and get rid of the row it sits on. There are bombs that will blow up everything around it when activated and more.

This game plays like most mobile games though. There are microtransactions. So, if you want a pass or try a level again without re-doing the whole thing, you need diamonds which costs real life money. Also, you have to wait. No, you don’t need to wait real time for your farm to grow, but you only have a certain amount of hearts. Five hearts, to be exact. It costs one heart to play a level and in order to get that heart back, you need to wait about 30 minutes. Sometimes, a heart will be given to you for completing a level which is nice. Or you can receive hearts from friends.

That’s another great feature of this game. You can have friends. Not only can you see where they are on the map and send one heart a day to them, but you can actually play with them. You can versus your friends in a duel of sorts which is a lot of fun. If you don’t have any friends currently online, you can versus other players who are currently on and looking for a challenge.

I’m sure there’s so much more to the game that I haven’t gotten to yet. I’m looking forward to playing more, for sure! Nintendo did a great job with this one.

Dr. Mario World gets a rating of…

PLAY IT | Download It | Delete It

Overall, Dr. Mario World is an aesthetically pleasing game with fun characters options and a twist on the original gameplay. It’s free to play, other than the optional microtransactions, so it’s definitely worth a try.

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Yahtzee [Board Game Review]

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Yahtzee is a simple enough game of chance with the main components of the game being five dice. It’s a game that we used to play all the time eons ago while vacationing with family, but we haven’t played it in a long time until recently.

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I house-sat recently and we were going through the games they had. Admittedly, they didn’t have much and while we planned on playing something new, we saw they had Yahtzee and just had to play it again.

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You have a scorecard that details what kind of rolls you should be aiming to get with your three shakes of the dice. The top part of the scorecard has you counting the numbers that you roll, such as twos and threes, while the bottom part is a little more complicated with three of a kind and full house. Of course, there is the Yahtzee part of the scorecard, where you can get fifty points for having all the dice land face up as the same number.

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With each roll, you can take out certain dice that you want to keep if you’re trying to aim for a certain score. For example, if you have three threes, you want to take them out so you can aim for a full house by getting two fours, for example, or even a Yahtzee by getting two more threes. Of course, when we played, my luck was not with me.

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I ended up winning all three games, haha! Honestly, Rachel tends to have higher luck in games of chance than me, so I was surprised. It’s a game that you can probably play just about anywhere as long as you have the dice and a pen and paper to keep score.

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I kept rolling high which is more than I can say when we play DnD, but I couldn’t get the numbers that I needed. Once you get a score for something, you can’t score it again – even if it happens to be better. There’s also some strategy to the game too though which makes it so much harder. There’s a “chance” score where you can just count up the total of the dice and put that down as your score. However, there’s always the possibility of you scoring higher later. If you need to get some scores for having certain numbers, which one do you go for? It’s all chance.

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It is just all chance. The game ends when everyone has something filled in on all spots of their scorecard, even if you’ve taken zero points as certain scores. You cannot pass your turn — rather, we’ve never played it that way — as I’m sure otherwise the game would be a lot longer than it really is. It’s a good game to pass the time and it’s fun to see just how the dice will roll for everyone.

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It’s definitely one of those “classic” games to play. It’s great to play with friends but it’s also not a bad game to play with yourself either. Yahtzee is just a win overall.

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First Thoughts On Some New Pokemon For Pokemon Sword & Shield

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

I was a little late to the party, but I noticed some new Pokemon for Sword and Shield were flittering around the Internet the other day. All pictures of the Pokemon were taken from Serebii.net, which has more information on the Pokemon.

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Yamper

Yamper | First Thoughts on New Pokemon in Pokemon Sword and Shield | Video Games | Nintendo | Pokemon | Nintendo Switch | DoublexJump.comI’m pleased to see there’s another puppy Pokemon through into the ever-growing Pokedex. The puppy Pokemon have always been adorable and they’ve done a nice job making sure the puppy Pokemon are various types. We’ve got fire, dark, normal, and now electric. (Though I guess you can say we technically already had that, but whatever.)

Yamper is an electrically charged pup who doesn’t know what to do with all its electricity, so he runs around rampant and is constantly energized. I find that utterly adorable and I can’t want to see this Pokemon in action both in the game and in the anime.

I always try to get an electric type Pokemon on my team the first time I play and Yamper will definitely be one I catch. I’m looking forward to seeing what its evolutions will be – assuming he has them, but I think he’ll have one or two.

Alcremie

Alcremie | First Thoughts on New Pokemon in Pokemon Sword and Shield | Video Games | Nintendo | Pokemon | Nintendo Switch | DoublexJump.comThe cream Pokemon, Alcremie. Before I knew anything about it, not even its name, I immediately thought of strawberry shortcake. I assume that’s where the designer was going with this design. I think this Pokemon is absolutely adorable and, it being a fairy type, I know it’s going to be obnoxiously strong. I was iffy on fairy types when they were first introduced but the type has grown on me and I’m eager to see what Alcremie will be able to do.

I remember past “food” Pokemon were crapped on because no one liked Pokemon being made from inanimate objects – even though some of those Pokemon were absolutely the best. Everyone seems to adore Alcremie though, so… I guess we won’t hear complaints about that, huh? At least, not about this particular Pokemon.

Rolycoly

Rolycoly | First Thoughts on New Pokemon in Pokemon Sword and Shield | Video Games | Nintendo | Pokemon | Nintendo Switch | DoublexJump.comOur new rock type is known as the coal Pokemon, Rolycoly. It reminds me of Roggenrola and I’m pleased to see one of its abilities is not sturdy. (Because, really, sturdy is only a good ability if the Pokemon is on your side.) He looks like a puff cloud though only… not fluffy. I feel like he would be able to float and hover around, though the Pokedex says it rolls around with ease.

Coal drops from Rolycoly’s body and people in the Galar region use it to heat up their homes. I always enjoy it when a Pokemon has an every-day function like that in addition to their battling. I wonder if he’ll get the chance to learn any fire moves?

Duraludon

Duraludon | First Thoughts on New Pokemon in Pokemon Sword and Shield | Video Games | Nintendo | Pokemon | Nintendo Switch | DoublexJump.comThe alloy Pokemon, a steel and dragon type – Duraludon. This guy, even though he only weighs about 88-lbs, is going to be a beast. Although, according to his Pokedex entry, he seems as though he’s a gentle soul (despite battling with Tyranitar a lot). I love the look of him though. He’s so shiny and his arms, which is used to crush rock, are a cool design. I’m eager to see this guy in battle… on my side, of course.

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