Currently Playing: Dream Daddy

Double Jump Kris MiiRachel’s and my Steam account has been getting more of a workout lately, which is awesome. One of the games that’s getting the most love at the moment is a visual novel called Dream Daddy.

…Yeah, I know, the name threw me off a bit too when I first heard about it.

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Dream Daddy is a visual novel dating sim game that was released on Steam this past July. It was developed and published by Game Grumps, a popular gaming YouTube channel that Rachel and I occasionally watch.

The premise of the game was that you play a single dad who searches for and romances other dads. It sounded a little silly to us when we first heard about it, but it was always highly rated both on Steam and from social media. The graphics looked fun, with the character designs and the interface of the game, and Rachel and I don’t mind visual novels, so we thought we’d download it.

Holy crap, it’s so much fun!

The writing is phenomenal, especially the relationship between your main Dad character and his daughter! There’s obviously a lot of love put into the script, and the reactions and dialogue can be so genuine and natural that Rachel and I have found ourselves spewing out lines before they show up in the text box.

Aside from the little “dates” that your character does with the other dads, there’s obviously an underlying story for each character, from your own character and his daughter to the “brooding dad” to the “goth dad” to the “youth minister dad” and beyond. While the characters start off as stereotypes, they develop and grow throughout the game enough so Rachel and I have a hard time picking favorites.

But my absolute favorite aspect of this game is the diversity. Right off the bat when you’re creating your “Dadsona,” you get the option of creating a transgender character. I’ve never seen a video game character that’s transgender, and to see the representation just gave me a warm and fuzzy feeling. The other dads in the game represent all sorts of different family dynamics, with the single dad, the divorced dad, the transgender dad, the gay dad, the bi dad, and it was fantastic.

Rachel and I are definitely looking forward to completing this game and uncovering all the stories of the characters!

 

Have you played Dream Daddy? Are there other visual novels you enjoy?

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ZD T Wired Gaming Controllers

Double Jump Kris MiiWhile Rachel and I grew up playing mostly Nintendo games, we have grown to try out games from all sorts of developers and on different platforms. In particular, I am exploring more PC games whenever I want to take a break from the Nintendo Switch or 3DS. While a keyboard and mouse work just fine for PC games, I definitely wanted to get a nice PC controller.

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Rachel and I are trying out more PC games, but we’ve grown up with consoles and controllers in our hands. After hunting around for a bit, we found the ZD T gaming controllers for PC, Android, and the PlayStation 3. We were only interested in the PC aspect of the controller so we could have a more comfortable time playing our Steam games.

We recently tried out the controllers for the first time while playing Death Road to Canada. The handles fit comfortably in our hands with us able to reach the buttons we needed with ease. There were plenty of buttons to fully customize the controls for the game, with the controller having the familiar template with the A, B, Y, and X buttons.

I was really pleased with the way the controller handled and it was a blast playing Death Road to Canada with Rachel with them! We were a little hesitant with using wired controllers, as wireless seems to be the way to go nowadays, but the wires were nice and long, allowing us to play easily on the couch after hooking up the laptop to our television. The controllers were able to be used as soon as we plugged them into the laptop — after the drivers were found and installed by the laptop, the controllers worked wonderfully!

I’m looking forward to using the controller on plenty of other Steam and PC games!

Do you have a PC or other gaming controller that you like using? What’s the brand?

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Friday Favorites: Games on Steam

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Steam is an awesome digital gaming platform, and Rachel and I have been trying to get more use out of it lately. We have a handful of games on the platform that we’re trying to give more love during our down times. Below are a few of the games that are on our “to-be played more” Steam list.

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Player Unknown Battlegrounds

I do not play shooter games. Like, at all. It just wasn’t a genre that I grew up with. Nintendo, with most of its kid- and family-friendly games, didn’t have too many games in that genre available as I started gaming. However, Rachel and I found out about Player Unknown Battlegrounds through a few of our favorite YouTubers, and the fast-paced, tense, kill-or-be-killed situation looks like so much fun!

Dream Daddy

Dream Daddy is a dating sim game that is unique in so many ways. We were a bit perplexed at first when we heard that the main premise is a single dad dating other single dads, but only because it’s not a typical dating sim scenario. Developed by Game Grumps, another YouTube channel that we occasionally watch, we are in love with the writing, the graphics, the music, and the characters themselves. It also just gives me warm and fuzzy feelings to see the inclusiveness and canon gay and transgender characters in the game — those representations are so important!

Sonic Mania

The Sonic the Hedgehog franchise is one that I’ve kind of fallen out of lately. However, with Sonic Mania, it seems to be reviving and I’m definitely interested in trying out the game. The trailers themselves seem so nostalgic for the old-school Sonic games that I’m eager to see what Sonic Mania will bring to the franchise.

Lumo

A game Rachel discovered fairly recently, Lumo is a puzzle, isometric adventure game. Featuring a little wizard-looking character, you make your way out of rooms full of puzzles. The music and graphics look utterly charming, and it seems casual enough to do a couple of rooms at a time.

What are your favorite games on Steam?

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A New Game On The Wishlist: Slime Rancher

Happy Thursday!

I’ve been going through a lot of my games lately whether they’re for the Switch, Wii U, PC, Xbox, etc. There are simply too many games to play and not nearly enough hours in the day.

So, naturally, there’s a new game I want to add to my list…

Slime Rancher is an Indie exploration game created by Monomi Park. It recently came out on August 1, 2017 and can be found on Steam and Xbox for about $20.

This game has been getting quite a bit of hype lately. It came out about a month ago, but I’m just learning about it now.

In an odd way, it seems similar to Harvest Moon, just not as casual. Slime Rancher is more action/adventure and has… well, slimes.

The game is in first-person mode as your character moves off into the galaxy to be just what the title suggests: a slime rancher. Using nothing but your vacpack, you harvest crops and wrangle slimes all the while exploring the land and discovering new slimes.

The slimes are cute, the graphics look great, the music is fun, and the overall idea of the game sounds entertaining. It’s on the cheaper side and the game has raving reviews.

This is definitely a game I want to get soon and try out for myself.

Have you tried this game yet? Do you want to? Let me know in the comments below and we’ll chat!

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Firewatch

A fellow blogger/writer and friend of Rachel’s, Reed R. Buck, recommended a game called Firewatch.

This is a first-person mystery/adventure game developed by Campo Santo that came out in February 2016 for Steam, Xbox One, and Playstation 4.

The conversation started off talking about various video game music and he recommended Firewatch.

We looked up the trailer and, music aside, it looks like a really great game. The graphics are top-notch, the voice acting seems like a movie, and the overall plot is very intriguing.

It’s definitely a game we’re going to put on our wishlist. It’s available now for only $20 is the trailer below gets you curious. Or you can check out the website for more information.

Have you heard of this game? Have you played it? What did you think? Let us know in the comments below!

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First Thoughts: The Girl And The Robot

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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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Wii U Haul

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Remember our New Discoveries post? Where we talked about realizing that we didn’t have as many Wii U games as we thought, and then listed a few new games that we would like to get and play? Well… Our wallets are lighter.

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We decided to splurge a little and treat ourselves. We got four games (one came with an Amiibo) for about $100. And we don’t need to tell you that that’s a steal. Nintendo games are in the $40-$60 range. So, four games and an Amiibo for $100? Yes, please.

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I believe we had gotten ones that we had mentioned on our New Discoveries post. One of the games I had chosen was Rodea the Sky Soldier…. mostly because it had a pretty cover. It seems to be set in cities and islands in the sky, and it boasts aerial combat, so it seems like we’ll be fighting in gorgeous locations while flying. I was sold.

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Plus, it’s something different that we wouldn’t normally play. I’m excited to try it out. One game I picked out was Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. We have Donkey Kong Country Returns for the Wii, but never got its sequel. I loved the classic Donkey Kong Country games that I was excited when they brought the games back in a new light. We haven’t beaten the first one, but I’m excited to try the next one.

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The Donkey Kong Country games starred in some of my earliest video game memories. We’ve heard good things about the newer games, as well. The second game I had picked out with Minecraft Storymode: The Complete Adventure. Rachel and I have recently started playing Minecraft ourselves on our computers, and this particular Wii U game was created with Telltale Series, the same folks who did Batman: The Telltale Series. I mainly got it out of curiosity with its familiar setting and game locations. It should be interesting.

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I think we’ll have a lot of fun with the Minecraft game. It’s new and fresh for us. My other pick was Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker. This was a game I wanted when it first came out and just never got around to getting. It came with a Toad Amiibo, which was cool. In fact, I already beat the main story mode. It was short and sweet, but there are two other stories that I have yet to play through, so there’s more to the game than meets the eye.

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As cute as that game is, I think I would be a little miffed if the entirety of the game only took you about two hours to play, haha! We’ll be a bit busy with these new games for a while, not to mention our new Steam purchases…

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I was, that’s why I was glad it came with an Amiibo as well for the price. But I think the other parts of the game will keep me busy for a bit. Oh, yes. Then we splurged on Steam… Too bad we can’t just play games all day, huh?

What new games have you splurged on lately? Let us know in the comments below!

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