Kris’s Favorites Games Played in 2018

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It’s the end of the year, and what a great year it has been for video game nerds like us! Today I’m sharing my list of games that I enjoyed playing the most this year. While some of them came out in 2018, others were old favorites that I’ve played for the first time, either ever or just in a long while.

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10. Harvest Moon: Light of Hope

This is not the greatest Harvest Moon game in existence, but it went back to simpler mechanics and a quick, but cliche, story from old-school Harvest Moon games. It was a calming game with cute graphics that relaxed me after long days at my day job.

9. Sonic Forces

This wasn’t the greatest game by far, but… I did have fun with it. It was quirky for a Sonic game, I was amused at the avatar inclusion, and I enjoyed most of the levels, as well as the music.

8. Overcooked Duo

We’ve played the two Overcooked games for the first time this year and we had a blast playing them with our cousins and friends! The puzzles, teamwork, and all of our characters running around like headless chickens against the time was awesome!

7. Batman: The Telltale Series

I love Batman. He was one of my first introductions into the world of superheros and comics, and he’s been one of my favorites ever since. The Telltale Series episodes bring a great experience as an action, visual novel game staring the Dark Knight.

6. Octopath Traveler

This game is so pretty! Having a brand new RPG is always a treat to me, and I’ve enjoyed what I’ve played of Octopath Traveler so far. The graphics, the music, the characters, the battle mechanics, I like it all.

5. The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures

Along with starting Twitch streams this year, Rachel and I were able to get the necessary accessories in order to hook up and play our GameCube games again, including this Legend of Zelda title. One of the true co-op Zelda experiences, Rachel and I have had a great time reliving this adventure again.

4. Deltarune

While I also played Undertale this year for the first time and was introduced to most of the characters that were featured in Deltarune, I enjoyed Deltarune’s game mechanics much more. Of course, they’re a polished version of Undertale’s mechanics, and I enjoyed seeing how Toby Fox grew as a creator.

3. Game Dev Tycoon

One of my all-time favorite games, this business simulator was completely addicting to me when I first started playing it. I’ve gone back to it quite a few times throughout the year as well, picking it over even newer games at times.

2. Super Smash Brothers Ultimate

One of the most anticipated games of the year, Smash Ultimate did not disappoint. Rachel and I have been having a fantastic time unlocking the characters, exploring the different modes, and hearing how much fun everyone else is having with the game.

1. Let’s Go Pikachu/Let’s Go Eevee

This game is just freaking adorable and I absolutely love it. Pokemon Yellow was one of my first forays into the gaming world and, while Let’s Go is like “easy mode” when it comes to Pokemon RPGs, the sheer amount of nostalgia this game gives me makes it one of my favorites.

What were your favorite games that you played this year?

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Our Thoughts On The Epic Games Store

First Thoughts: The Epic Games Store | Video games | PC games | gaming | DoublexJump.com

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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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Friday Favorites: 2019 Game Releases

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday everyone!

The end of 2018 is only in a couple of weeks! Are you already thinking of your 2019 video game lists? What kind of games are you looking forward to for the new year?

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Untitled Pokemon Nintendo Switch Game

Okay, I know we just got the Let’s Go titles, but I am still looking forward to the next Pokemon Switch game. I’m presuming it’s another core title in the main series and will give us a new region and a new generation of Pokemon to capture. I was a bit indifferent when it came to the Alola region, so I’m crossing my fingers that the untitled Pokemon Switch game will capture my attention much more than Sun/Moon did (along with the awesome mechanics that Let’s Go has brought to the table… Or at least the mechanic of having your Pokemon follow you).

Fire Emblem: Three Houses

Fire Emblem is one of my favorite franchises. That’s honestly enough reason for me to be excited for the new Switch title. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the Echoes title back in 2017, and the Warriors title wasn’t the best when it came to a variety of classes and characters, so here’s hoping Three Houses will be better than both of them!

Anthem

Anthem was actually showcased in the Game Awards last week and I thought it looked interesting. Being able to play both in single-player or multiplayer mode, taking on the part of a exosuited-up hero to explore a contiguous open world. It’ll be a different kind of game than what I’m used to, so I’m looking forward to giving it a try.

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy

I love this series so much. Honestly, we probably don’t need the Ace Attorney trilogy on our Nintendo Switch — not when we have it on our still-working Wii and I have it on my 2DS XL — but… it’s Phoenix Wright. You have to have Phoenix Wright on your Nintendo Switch. I would love a new Ace Attorney game, but I’ll take this to tide me over until we get that.

What 2019 releases, so far, are you looking forward to?

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Cool Tech: All-in-One PC SmartDesk

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday everyone!

How many of you are PC gamers? What kind of set-up do you have for your monitors and computers for your games? Considering how dependent everyone nowadays on their computers, I’m sure everyone has a dream set-up for their tech station.

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One of my coworkers at the office has a standing desk. You know, those desks where you hit a button and it rises up or down depending on the level you’d like? It’s supposed to be much better for your health (and back) to stand while working on your computer instead of sitting at the desk for six to eight hours a day. A standing desk is something that is on Rachel’s and my wish lists.

And then I found this article about a certain All-in-One PC called the Cemtrex SmartDesk that is built into a standing desk.

And it has three monitors. Not just one, but three touchscreen monitors that also have some sort of sensor that allows you to scroll between documents and the like with a wave of your hand like Star Trek. There’s also a built-in scanner right on the desktop, which is nifty.

Aside from the hefty price — which is about $4500.00 — I do balk at the idea of the keyboard also being built into the desk. Like, it seems like it’s flush with the desk surface and I can imagine not having a raised keyboard may be a little interesting to get used to. The other major potential issue is something that the article writer had pointed out — if part of the all-in-one PC breaks, would the parts be interchangeable enough to fix individually, or would one need to send out the entire desk and three monitors back to the manufacturer to fix or get a new one?

Either way, this computer desk looks insane and I would totally want one for gaming, writing, and art. And, of course, to pretend I’m in Star Trek.

Would you be interested in an all-in-one PC like this?

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Flashback Friday: Dogz II

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday, everyone!

If there’s anything else I’m passionate about beside video games, it’s animals. One of my earliest video game memories involves a certain computer game about virtual dogs.

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Dogz II was one of the very few — if there were any others — game programs on the solitary computer in my grandparents’ house when I was a kid. When I wasn’t trying my hand at the SNES (or bothering my uncle to play said console), I was probably playing with the virtual dogs on the desktop.

Dogz II was one of the many installments of the Petz franchise developed and published by P.F. Magic back in the mid-nineties. Since then, sequels have been published, up until Dogz 5 and Catz 5. The games were virtual pets that you take care of from puppies and kittens to adults and, in the later installments of the series, you could breed and raise their offspring from newborns.

This particular installment was one of the simplest. You were able to adopt one of a handful of breeds, name them, and then care for them. Toys and food were available to let you interact with the pet, and your mouse icon turns into a hand to pet, snap to call over, and pick up your pet. Aside from the playpen mode, where your dogs are in the windowed mode of the game, you can also let them run around on your desktop.

Supposedly, you were supposed to let them loose on the desktop while you’re working, but I’d be hard-pressed to get any work done while watching my virtual dog chase my cursor, dig holes into my background, or carry around the icons. Of course, I’d never get mad at the dog — it was too cute!

Despite the Petz games being for Windows 95 or so, rather than Windows 7 or 10, I still have my CDs of Dogz II and Petz 5. For kicks, I tried to install Dogz II on my Windows 7 laptop, and guess what?

It works:

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Now I’m trying to decide if I want to dive down this rabbit hole and adopt a virtual pup or two to have running amok while I work…

Have you played any of the Petz games? What did you think of them?

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Mystery & Puzzle Games

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

Halloween is my least favorite holiday. Yet, whenever this holiday comes around, I find myself in the mood to play certain games.

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I’m a huge fan of mystery and puzzle games. I’ll admit, there hasn’t been a lot of mystery-orientated games I’ve played. I’ve mostly stuck with Ace Attorney and Professor Layton. Most recently, Kris and I played A Case of Distrust on the Nintendo Switch, which was a lot of fun. It was a visual novel mystery game similar to Ace Attorney, but less choices to make and things to do.

I typically have Twitch or YouTube on in the background while I work and lately I’ve been re-watching one of my favorite YouTubers play some of the Nancy Drew games.

They’re so bad, they’re good. The voice acting isn’t great, the graphics aren’t well done, and some of the context of the puzzles don’t make any sense. Yet, I definitely want to try playing these games myself.

I found the collection (I assume it’s all of the games – there are a ton) of the Nancy Drew games on Steam.

I certainly don’t have enough games on my backlog right now (nope, not at all) so getting a couple Nancy Drew games is no big deal, right?

I’m not sure if I’ll get them anytime soon, but I definitely think they’d be fun to stream sometime.

Have you played any of the Nancy Drew games? What are some of your favorite mystery and puzzle games? Let me know in the comments below!

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Multi-Platform Games

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday, everyone!

Being a gamer is an expensive hobby. It doesn’t help that, sometimes, awesome games are available in multiple platforms, either as updated versions or just ported to a system that may be better suited for it.

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Do you have any games on multiple platforms?

We have Stardew Valley, Death Road to Canada, and Undertale on the PC through Steam, but all three of those games are available for the Nintendo Switch as well. Fortnite is available on all consoles of the current generation (and all of them can now play together, finally). PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is also another game that crosses platforms.

Then there are ports of games — such as the Legend of Zelda: Windwaker and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe — that get updated for the next generation console.

Assuming you enjoyed the original game, are you the type to buy games for multiple platforms, if you have them? Or the updated ports when they are released?

We have gotten Death Road to Canada for the Nintendo Switch when it came out, mostly to make it easier to play with friends. However, we’ve been toying with getting Undertale and Stardew Valley for the Switch as well, especially since the Switch makes it a little easier to take those kind of games on the go. To be honest, if Undertale came to the Switch before PC, we probably would have just gotten it for the Switch. Stardew Valley is in the same boat, but the PC version does have the co-op mode…

With that said, there are so many other games that we wish to play and buy that are already stretching our wallets thin. I suppose if a game we own is ported to another platform, we’d prefer if it was substantially updated to make it worth buying again.

Any games that you’ve bought multiple times for different platforms?

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Flashback Friday: SimCity

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday, everyone!

Rachel and I tend to really enjoy simulation games, a genre we’ve been exploring more outside of the Sims. On that note, this Flashback Friday is dedicated to another installment in that franchise, SimCity!

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SimCity was originally released in 1989, and has since spawned on many different platforms, from consoles to the personal computers to portable and online versions to many spin-offs. It’s a city-building simulation, where the player starts with a piece of land and develops residential, commercial, and industrial buildings for the citizens to thrive. The player acts as the mayor and must provide services to the citizens — like hospitals, schools, and police stations — to keep them happy (low taxes also help).

While I’ve never played the original port on the SNES, I have played SimCity 4 for the PC. It’s not the best but, like many simulation games that I’ve played, strangely addicting. You’re in charge of districts that are part of one region. All the roads snap to a grid and all the zoning must be attached to the roads. Supposedly SimCity 4 has servers and you compete with others online for the highest score for your city, but the servers have never worked when I’ve played. Fortunately, the online competition isn’t too important to me, but I know for some it was a deal breaker.

Nevertheless, SimCity is a fun waste of time and just feeds into my love of simulation games, and the Cities: Skylines that just came out on the Nintendo Switch this month remind me of them. One day I’ll remember to download Cities: Skylines!

Have you played any of the SimCity games? What did you think of them?

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How We Play The Sims

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The Sims is a widely known series. With now 4 generations in the franchise, people seem to find bigger and better ways to play the game. When it comes to playing The Sims – or playing God – we tend to have our own styles of keeping track of our many families and their neighborhoods. Then, of course, you have the various challenges that people create and try out as well.

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I think Rachel and I both tend to start off with sim versions of ourselves, which is something that we both have in common. I do, however, enjoy using mods in my games, mostly ones that tend to have to do with enlarging the amount of playable sims in a household or catering more to showcasing the sims’ personalities with their traits. While I enjoy Sims 4, I do miss the amount of traits that Sims 3 had incorporated with their game engine.

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I enjoy using that cheat to add more to the family as well. Sometimes I like to have a lot of kids and it’s just unrealistic (these days) to have them move out right away. I like seeing them all together in one household and get frustrated when there’s too many of them for me to control. Lately, though, I’ve been trying to play without the cheats. I’ve been making my sims do things the hard way and learning skills as they do them instead of having them read books while I fast forward time and type “max motives” until their skills are maxed out.

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I try to play mostly without cheats as well, but I’ve been known to let my sims get ahead a little in their skills when I first start playing a new game. Starting my new sim at level 3 of cooking and logic isn’t cheating too badly, I don’t think, haha. In Sims 4, I also like to cheat to give my sims an extra trait or two to help round out their personality, especially since personality and emotions are supposed to be one of the main focal points of that game.

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Yeah, that’s totally fair. I’ve noticed I experiment more with The Sims 4 though. I used to always create myself, max out my skills, and then just write books all the time. Then I’d get jealous of my own Sim and stop playing for a while. Since you can actually go to work with your Sims with certain careers, I like to do that as well. I love the detective field since that’s what I wanted to be when I was younger. Now I write murder mysteries. So it’s fun to play as a Sim who can solve cases with you… even though it’s nothing too elaborate.

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I like to play out the careers as well, but I’d rather manage a household full of sims with different careers. The “rabbit hole” careers — where the sims just go to work and disappear for a few sim hours — are great to me since I can just throw some sims at work while focusing on the others for a while. I personally always liked the self-employment careers, like writing, painting, and gardening, so I always had a goal to work towards with my sims.

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I agree with that as well. It depends on how many people you have. If you’re just playing the one character though, it’s great to go to work with them so you’re not just sitting there. Then again, you can work on the house a bit. Either way, the possibilities to play the game are endless.

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By the sounds of it, Rachel, you play a little more by the book, so to speak, with a sim and their family. I tend to throw a bunch of friends together and see what kind of chaos happens with the mods and cheats! And this doesn’t even touch on all the sim challenges that are on the Internet!

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[Game Review] Minit

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Title: Minit
Developer: Vlambeer
Publisher: Devolver Digital
Platform:
Steam, Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4, Xbox One
Category:
Single player adventure, puzzle, arcade
Release Date:
April 3, 2018 (Steam, Playstation 4, Xbox One); August 9, 2018 (Nintendo Switch)
How we got the game:
Bought it on Steam

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Minit is quirky little game where you play it in intervals of sixty seconds, or a minute. The idea seemed intriguing, prompting us to download it for steam, then lo and behold, it was announced as being released for the Nintendo Switch.

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Even though we got it a little while ago, we finally got the chance to try it out. We weren’t disappointed.

gameplay

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Minit is simple in gameplay and concept, but challenging to pull off. You move around as a little character that we had dubbed Bill due to Rachel believing he looked like he had a duck bill. You have a key to use whatever item you’re holding, which is usually a sword, and you navigate through the world and trying to progress while only living for sixty seconds.

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The sword is used to hit enemies, trees, and bushes around you in order to progress. You can eventually throw your sword like a boomerang once you get a certain item. There are a few items throughout the world you can collect, though we didn’t get to them all.

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The gameplay is fairly open-ended like that. While there are certain items — such as coffee to give you a little strength boost and flippers to allow you to swim — that we felt were needed to progress, other items were more optional. It truly gives you different ways to explore and challenge yourself to solve the game’s plot.

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Right. There are faster shoes you can buy if you can find seven coins. We couldn’t find the coins so we never got the shoes. Sure, we could have gotten more done in our minute, but we still beat the game anyway. There are many different areas you can explore and you can add a couple of “houses” to you home. So, when you die, you’ll start at the home again which is handy to have so you don’t have to backtrack again.

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With the fact that you only have a minute to progress, the different houses as your save points certainly come in handy. Along with that, elements of the gameplay stay put as well from minute to minute, so you don’t have to rush through too many puzzles during each life.

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While the gameplay is repetitive, the developers did a great job making it so it’s not too frustrating.

graphics-music

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Minit is adorned in black and white, simple graphics with more sound effects rather than music. It worked with the arcade style of the game, and we were definitely move focused on doing as much as we could in sixty seconds rather than admiring the graphics and music.

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The graphics definitely worked well for the game though. They were simple and I feel like the black and white helped our focus. Since the time is so limited you don’t really want to spend a lot of time exploring and staring at the colorful backgrounds in awe. So it worked.

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One of the best parts about the graphics and sound effects, in my opinion, were the slight differences when the life clock was ticking down to zero. As the clock started from ten seconds, little sweat drops jumped off of Bill and the sound of a pounding heart was a subtle sound effect, ramping up the tension for the last few seconds of Bill’s current run.

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I agree with that. It really added some tension to it even though you know you’re going to come right back. I did enjoy the sound effects of the sword when you hit things. I don’t know why, but that was satisfying for me.
story

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Minit is about an unfortunate soul who picked up a cursed sword. With this cursed sword, he is doomed to live only a minute at a time. He must progress as far as he can with every minute to reach the sword factory and lift the curse from the sword.

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It’s up to your protagonist to push past the constant death screen and continue his quest from his home, finding shortcuts, items, and solving simple puzzles.

replay-value

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Minit is a fun little game that is easy to pick up and keeps you going with testing you on how far you can get with each minute. Aside from multiple items to find throughout the runs, there is also a harder mode after you beat it the first time, cutting your time from sixty seconds to forty seconds.

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We missed a lot of the items our first time around. I wouldn’t mind going back to try to get them just to see how “easier” the game would be. I also wouldn’t mind trying it on hard mode, especially now we know what to do.

Minit gets…
4 out of 5 lives.

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