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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Top Tuesday: Favorite Bosses In Luigi’s Mansion 3

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

It’s no secret I absolutely enjoyed my time with Luigi’s Mansion 3. It’s hard not to talk about this game all the time. I beat it within of week of having the game and I can’t wait to play through it again when I have the time. In the meantime, I’m going to talk about some of my favorite bosses in the game. Please note, this may contain spoilers if you haven’t beaten the game yet.

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Kruller

The third floor mimics a shopping mall and the boss is none other than the security guard. Except he’s scared. He sees Luigi and hides behind his desk. I think it shows the personality behind the boss and it made me feel bad to fight him. Kruller found a water gun and fights you using that which is cute. I know it’s to show off Gooigi’s weakness, but still. I enjoyed it.

King MacFrights

This boss was actually pretty annoying. It took some getting used to when it came to figuring out how to fight him. However, the atmosphere was great. This battle is in a ring and King MacFrights is on a horse with a joust. Meanwhile, ghosts are sitting in the stands cheering when you get hit and booing you when you hit him. It’s quite funny.

Morty

This floor was pretty tough. For the first time in the game, I had to look up how to solve the puzzle. It was fun though and well designed for the most part. When you complete the puzzle and trigger the boss battle, Morty, a film director, is so excited to have you. He thinks Luigi would be perfect to play the star in his movie. Thus, the boss battle is between you and a ghost dressed in a Godzilla-like costume. Again, it’s a lot of fun. Morty is the main boss and it’s optional to catch him or not. Of course, you don’t know that right away until you catch him and get an achievement… I felt so bad that I captured him.

Serpci

Serpci is a female pharaoh. You fight her in the Tomb Suites by a temple surrounded by sand. This battle was the first battle that killed me. I died multiple times, I’m sad to admit. The battle itself isn’t too hard but for some reason I kept messing it up. I enjoyed my time with it though. Serpci creates faces and hands out of sand that attack you. And yes, it is just as creepy as it sounds.

DJ Phantasmagloria

What a mouthful, right? I don’t care, this is the best floor, hands-down. This boss was so much fun and I wish it lasted longer. You fight on a dance floor while the DJ plays music and her minions, ghosts in red hoodies, dance to the beat. Yes, this is the actual beginning of the fight. No, I didn’t know that right away. Luigi stood still tapping his feet and snapping his fingers (adorable!) while watching the ghost dance. I was totally mesmerized and watched them dance way longer than I should have.

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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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Friday Favorites: Remastered for the Switch Wish List

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The Nintendo Switch’s popularity has lent itself to getting plenty of older games that were remastered for the latest console. Link’s Awakening, Spyro Reignited Trilogy, Assassin’s Creed III, Resident Evil 4 are just a few among many. With that said, there are a few older games that I wouldn’t mind buying again if it meant they were remastered for the Nintendo Switch.

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Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars

If this game were to ever get a remaster, I hope the copyright issues between Nintendo and Square Enix wouldn’t be a problem with the partnerships that the two companies have had recently. Super Mario RPG is probably my favorite game of all time, with nostalgia being a heavy reason, and I would love to see it get polished up for the Switch. True, it’s on the SNES Classic, but that doesn’t quite have the portability of the Switch.

Fire Emblem: Blazing Sword

The first Fire Emblem game to make it over to North America, I would be delighted to get the chance to play this game. Years ago, after I had been introduced to the series with Sacred Stones and the Path of Radiance, my parents somehow found a copy of Blazing Sword to gift me. Unfortunately, it was a used copy with a dying internal battery; it wouldn’t save my files. Still, I was stubborn enough to reach at least the end of Lyn’s story, keeping my GameBoy on and charging all the while. Blazing Sword was available for the Wii U virtual console, and I had downloaded it onto there as well. Yet, I still didn’t get the chance to beat it, not with life obligations and our poor Wii U’s battery not lasting as long as it used to, either. With the revival of the series thanks to Awakening, the popularity of Three Houses, and the fact that remakes of older games have been proven successful with Shadows of Valentia, I think Blazing Sword would be an excellent contender to be remastered for the Switch.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time

Technically (and apparently, since I just learned this), Turtles in Time already had a remastered version ten years ago called Re-Shelled, but it wasn’t on a Nintendo console. Since Turtles in Time was ported to the SNES so long ago, I would love to see it again on the Switch with both local and online co-op options. Even if the game is one day brought over to the Switch Online library and allows me to play with both Rachel and friends across country borders, I’ll be happy! (That will also give me more incentive to use the Switch Online service that I pay yearly for.)

Mario Party 1 through 3

Remember the Mario Party Top 100 game and how it was not what everyone expected it to be? Instead of having fun board games to go with the best mini-games throughout the franchise, it had one small board with watered down rules? I firmly believe Nintendo could have done much better if they had just remastered Mario Party 1 through 3 rather than make the Top 100 game. Considering the success Nintendo had with Super Mario Party, I think they would do well in remastering the first few games of the franchise for the Nintendo Switch.

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Animal Crossing New Horizons Cover Art

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

We’re officially in 2020 and I’m looking forward to what the world of gaming has in store for us this year.

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As of right now, the game I’m most excited about is Animal Crossing New Horizons. I’ve been a hot minute since we’ve had a new Animal Crossing game and I can’t wait to head to the island and decorate my house – inside and out.

Nintendo has added a new commercial for the game and even though it’s in Japanese and shows off a bit of what we already know of the game, I’m pleased with it. I think it’s adorable that Nook and his sons are showing off the island to the villagers which makes me wonder what Nook is up to now. I mean, what exactly is Nook, Inc.? Is he a travel agent now?

A lot of people were excited to see Isabelle among the other villagers. I see why but I don’t at the same time… were people thinking Isabelle might not be in this game? I figured she’s a staple at this point and Nintendo knows that. She is in Super Smash Brothers Ultimate after all.

What I love most about this commercial though is that the cover art has been revealed. There’s a lot to the cover. It shows off a male and female villager, Nook and his sons, along with Isabelle and a couple of villagers in the background. Not to mention some of the various things you can do in the game such as fish and chop wood.

I really think Animal Crossing New Horizons is going to be the best Animal Crossing game yet.

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Being Social with Video Games

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday, everyone!

I hope everyone is doing well with the holidays in full force this week! My holiday has been a little strange this year, with going back and forth between family and a couple of dogs.

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I originally planned on this post being one last game review for the year. Due to life and the timing of everything, that obviously didn’t happen.

The holidays have been a little strange this year. Neither Rachel nor I are home since we’re both dogsitting for different families. We’re going back and forth home, of course, for Christmas Eve and Christmas day, but it’s still strange.

I have two puppies upset that my lap isn’t big enough for both of them as I write this. They’re wonderful dogs, a couple of regular goofs, but it is quiet going from a full house to being the only English-speaking individual in a place. When I’m with the dogs, the time slows, and I’m looking forward to returning to my own family for any festivities, but the time goes by so quickly when I’m with them.

Rachel and I were a little hesitant to each get our own Switch Lite — I mean, we knew we would because it’s Nintendo, but we weren’t sure they were needed — and I’m honestly really thankful for them. Despite both of us being apart, they were able to hold onto their wifi connections enough for us to trade between our Sword and Shield games while we were texting each other.

Traditionally, Rachel and I would spend the day after Christmas in whatever new pajamas we happened to receive and play video games together. This is the first time in our lives we will not be able to do that while sitting next to each other, but Nintendo still has our backs. With the portability of our Switch Lites, and the power of other social media, we’ll still be able to play together.

It’s a stark contrast to the “moms” I hear in the office. I’m probably the only gamer in the building, to be honest, but I’ve heard the “adulter adults” who lament that the youth in their lives that only want video games and electronics for Christmas. It’s a shame that they don’t do a bit more research about the current video game industry, how it’s more social than ever before (among other benefits).

There was another article I read fairly recently about how proud a mom was that she doesn’t let her son play Fortnite, but did question whether he was missing out on social benefits from the game, considering his friends all enjoyed it. And, while Fortnite isn’t my cup of tea, I think he was missing out. Of course, it’s a double-edged sword — the woman had a video game-free house and when the friends came over, they got over their initial bafflement of no video games and enjoyed games that didn’t need to be plugged into an outlet.

Would the child have gained friends a little quicker if he had some time to play Fortnite? Perhaps. Are video games hindering social and creative skills? Absolutely not.

Because, personally, without the portability and the social aspect of the Switch Lite, I’d be a bit lonely over the holidays. I’m still connected with some of my best friends because of it.

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Top Tuesday: Favorite New Features In Pokemon Sword & Shield

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

I’ve been playing Pokemon Shield almost non-stop. I’ve almost completed the Pokedex and am prepping to begin a new journey in Pokemon Sword. I love the game if you couldn’t tell. Here are some of my favorite new features from it.

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The Wild Area

I guess this is kind of a given, but the Wild Area is such a cool place. I lost so many hours in this part of the map even before I beat the game. There’s just so much to do even if you can’t do it all right away. Seeing Pokemon wander around in and out of the grass but have different strengths depending on where they appear are cool. I also like the fact that most of the Pokemon live in harmony in the Wild Area. It almost feels like a reserve (despite us all barging in there to catch them all) and it’s awesome to see so many species in one place, yet they stick to their own biomes.

The Weather

No, the weather isn’t new, per se. And yes, this is another feather of the Wild Area. I enjoyed how vast the Wild Area is that each section has its own weather. Depending on what weather you have, different Pokemon appear. Even a gym leader uses weather as a battling tactic which was interesting. Other than having a specific type, the gym leaders never really had too many “strats.” The weather was fun to work around and counter.

Pokemon Camp

Okay, they finally did it. They upped their game when it comes to playing with your Pokemon. I enjoyed Pokemon Aime but seeing them actually walk around, engage with one another (and you), and play, the Pokemon Camp is awesome. I could spend hours in there with my team and everyone in my box. I love watching them race each other (poor Drednaw and Eldegoss are so slow compared to Cinderace and Boltund).

In addition, you get to cook for them. It’s not exactly my favorite thing to do, but I enjoy watching the Pokemon eat and it’s always great to give them a boost in experience points or heal them.

Character Development

I know this isn’t exactly a “feature” but I needed to talk about the character development. Every Pokemon game is the same. There’s a bad guy team that wants to steal Pokemon and take over the world. It’s up to you, a child, to stop it all. There wasn’t any of that (for the most part). Every character – your rivals, gym leaders – all had their own stories. By the end of the game, they all had an ending to their story or a new beginning. It was great. I wasn’t just invested in the Pokemon and the gameplay, I was invested in the characters. No, there wasn’t much of a story, but there was still more to the game than just Pokemon battles and I thought that was really cool.

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Friday Favorites: Galar Gym Missions

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Something that I love about Pokemon Sword and Shield is that that they brought back traditional gyms. The missions and hyped-up stadium battles got me excited again to be the very best. This is a list of my favorite gym missions and leaders from Pokemon Sword!

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Hulbury Mission

The mission in the water-type gym in Hulbury was fun to me as a puzzle. It wasn’t particularly difficult, no, but to see the sheer size of the puzzle and the graphics of the water was awesome. I do wish it was a bit more challenging, but I was enamored with the art style of the place.

Turffield Mission

Yes, this mission was simple, but I was delighted at the adorable Wooloo that you had to herd and the occasional Yamper that was around to disrupt said Wooloo. It was ridiculous, but having the opportunity to somewhat engage with Pokemon outside of battle was fun.

Stow-on-Side Mission

This gym’s mission had your avatar sit in a carnival ride and spin your way down a course, bouncing off the walls and spring-loaded punching gloves. If this was something I’d have to do in real life, I’d get sick — seriously, I can’t ride Disneyworld’s tea cup ride — but it was amusing to do in the game.

Hammerlocke Mission

While this mission wasn’t a puzzle, it was probably my favorite. Raihan pits you against his gym trainers in double battles, testing your ability to strategize with your own Pokemon. Double battles are my favorite battling format due to being able to do just that, so I enjoyed being given the chance to use my Pokemon in double battles.

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Indie World Direct

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It’s always nice when a Nintendo Direct coincidentally falls during my lunch break. We were able to watch most of the 20-ish minute direct live, getting hints of the upcoming Indie titles that will grace the Nintendo Switch next year.

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This direct was unexpected but one I looked forward to. I enjoy indie games and was eager to see what’s upcoming for the new year. In total, Indie World announced 16 games coming to the Nintendo Switch in 2020. While there were a few I’m interested in trying, there were four games that I’m truly looking forward to trying – Sports Story, Bake’n Switch, Supermash, and Murder by Numbers.

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Most of the games looked pretty, while there were a couple that puzzled us. I believe I’m more interested in some of the games that had unique art styles and stories to tell, such as Gleamlight, Liberated, and Dreamscaper. Murder by Numbers, though, also seems great — we’re suckers for visual novels, and the music was created by Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney’s composer Masakazu Sugimori — and Supermash is definitely interesting as well. I wouldn’t mind trying Survivalists, if only because it features local and online multiplayer. If it was a single-player experience,  I probably would pass.

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I’d be willing to give most of those games a try. Survivalists looked cool as well. I thought it was going to be a Minecraft mimic at first, but it seems to have more to it than just crafting and gaining experience points. And who wouldn’t want to have monkeys on their side?

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The monkeys made me laugh, admittedly. As stated, though, I’m more interested in joining up with friends to try to survive, similarly to how I’d like to try Stardew Valley in co-op mode. Another game that made me laugh was SkateBIRD. I’m not interested in the premise of it, but it seemed cute! I’m a bit surprised you haven’t mentioned Sail Forth, Rachel. I thought sailing around the high seas for treasure would be right up your alley.

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SkateBIRD looks cute. I’m not sure if that’s one I’ll get, but I’d love to see what it’s all about. Sail Forth is a game I’d get. It looked pretty and I do like my treasure. Plus, it’s a simulation game. However, when they showed off the game, I didn’t get what it was “about.” Maybe I wasn’t paying too much attention to it, but the game just didn’t stick out in my mind like the other four games I listed did. Boyfriend Dungeon sticks out in my mind. While the gameplay looks cool, I’m iffy with the premise. It’s definitely a unique kind of game.

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Boyfriend Dungeon just made question marks dance around my head, but that could just be me. I don’t mind dungeon crawlers or dating sims, but with the way it was combined together was a bit odd to me. Still, kudos to the developers for taking that leap. The art style is interesting, and while I’m most likely not going to get the game, I’ll keep an eye out on the reviews out of curiosity.

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The art style looks great, I agree. I do enjoy dungeon crawlers but the mechanics of the whole boyfriend thing seem odd to mean. I’m sure it’ll be one of those hidden gem games though. It looked solid and if we ever come across it, I wouldn’t mind giving it a try. Overall, all the games coming to the Nintendo Switch in 2020 looked smooth and solid. I think 2020 is going to be a great year for gaming.

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Pokemon Sword & Shield [Video Game Review]

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Title: Pokemon Sword & Pokemon Shield
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: GAME FREAK, Inc.
Platform: 
Nintendo Switch
Category:
Role-Playing, Adventure
Release Date: 
November 15, 2019
How we got the game:
We pre-ordered both games

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We were wicked excited for Sword and Shield to finally come out on the Switch! To have another core Pokemon series game, one in a new region, was fantastic. Despite some of the backlash that was seen on the Internet, we always had faith that we would enjoy the games.

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I was extra excited about this game because there weren’t too many spoilers on what the new Pokemon looked like. I was able to go into this game fresh.

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Like most Pokemon core games, Sword and Shield have the typical gameplay formula. As the avatar character, you explore the region while catching and battling with the Pokemon you encounter. The routes and towns are usually diverse with different Pokemon and people for the avatar to interact with, with opponents getting stronger the further in the game you go. Moving is intuitive with the analog stick — and you can make your character spin around and strike a pose! — and speaking with people and most general interactions are simply with the A button.

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The major point of Pokemon is to explore the world and “catch ‘em all.” Sword and Shield don’t disappoint in that regard. I honestly felt as though the Galar Region is more of an “open-world” in some cases. For example, the Wild Area is a new feature added in this game. The Wild Area stretches for most of the Galar map and it’s where just about every Pokemon imaginable lives. The Wild Area has different areas from snow to desert to grasslands and more. It’s easy to stay there for long periods of time and not progressing with the actual gameplay.

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The Wild Area is also where it’s easiest to connect with fellow players. While there may be lag depending on the servers and the strength of your Internet, it’s awesome to see so many other trainers zipping about the world. Talking to one another usually nets you free items, mostly for curry in the Pokemon Camp, which we’ll get to in a minute. You can also trade and battle one another, as well as battle with each other in what’s called Max Raid battles against special wild Pokemon.

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Pokemon have the ability to Dynamax in Sword and Shield. It’s the new Mega Evolution and Z-Move. Dynamaxing enlarges the Pokemon to about ten-times its size and gives them all-powerful moves depending on what they’ve already learned. However, you can only Dynamax in certain areas – like gym battles and max raids, for example.

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Admittedly, we weren’t sure about this game mechanic when it was first introduced. It sounded a little gimmicky, like the mentioned Mega Evolutions and Z-Moves from the sixth and seventh generations, respectively. Keeping the Dynamax technique to certain areas, though, made it a bit more special and exciting to use, especially in the gym battles. It works out pretty well and even makes you use a bit of strategy in that Pokemon can only Dynamax for three turns in gym battles.

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I really enjoy the graphics on the Switch consoles themselves, and Sword and Shield were no exception. Our avatars actually get expressions this time around, and the animations of the Pokemon and other characters were great. The open world-like Wild Area and several towns of the Galar region were just absolutely beautiful!

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I love how our characters actually have expressions. Knowing the sort of graphics that can be on the Nintendo Switch, I feel like Pokemon could improve a bit. However, I love it just the way it is because it’s how Pokemon is. The characters always moved in a certain way that screams “Pokemon”. As for the new Pokemon in this region? I absolutely love all the new designs. I think the Pokemon are really unique and outside the box. (Even though Galarian Meowth and Perrserker look like they belong in Where The Wild Things Are.)

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Anyone who’s played these games and said they did not enjoy the gym battle themes are liars. The battle themes were definitely my favorite tunes, but hearing all the background music as you traveled through the region was also wonderful. They were familiar and new at once, familiar in the sense that you knew the music was from a Pokemon game, but new for the Galar region itself.

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Any music from Pokemon – songs, sound effects, Pokemon cries – is fantastic. Sword and Shield were no exception and I agree with Kris. The gym battle themes were the best. Coupled with the cheering crowd in the background, it made it all the better. It really hyped me up.
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The typical storyline of most core Pokemon games is that your avatar journeys throughout their home region on a quest to “catch ‘em all” and “be the very best.” Sword and Shield are similar, in which there is a Gym Challenge for trainers to partake in. With their teams of Pokemon, trainers challenge all eight gyms in an attempt to participate in the Pokemon League or, in this duo of games, the Champion’s Cup.

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On the flip side, while you journey around the world, you typically have to stop an evil group of Pokemon trainers with a fancy (or not-so-fancy) name who wants to dominate the world or steal Pokemon or what have you. Surprisingly enough, this isn’t the case in Sword and Shield. There is a bad guy team called Team Yell, yes, but they’re not bad in the way you’d assume them to be.

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Sword and Shield do have a bit of lore behind them, with part of the story involving the region’s professor’s assistant (well, granddaughter) looking into the history of the Galar region itself. Involving two ancient heroes, one with a sword and one with a shield, and what was called the Darkest Day, you try to help unravel the mystery of why the lives of the heroes are not known more.

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The story of the game doesn’t come together full-force until the very end of the main gameplay. The game itself is quick because of this and then it all comes together at the end. To avoid spoilers, I won’t say too much else other than I enjoyed how they did it this time around.

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While Sword and Shield have a fairly linear plot to follow, the replayability value lies in all the Pokemon you can tame and battle with. Considering there’s hundreds of Pokemon to find in the game, and a huge community to trade with, replaying the game with a new team every time helps to keep the plot fresh.

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This is certainly a game I’ll go back to quite often, like all the other Pokemon games. I will be sure to reach level 100 with my Pokemon, catch them all, and hunt for shinies. I’m in this for the long haul.

Pokemon Sword & Pokemon Shield gets…
4 out of 5 lives.

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