The Witness [Game Review]

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Title: The Witness
Developer: Thekla, Inc.
Publisher: Thekla, Inc.
Platform:
Xbox One (Playstation 4, PC, and Mac)
Category:
Puzzle & Trivia
Release Date:
January 26, 2016
How we got the game:
I downloaded it onto my Xbox One

 

 

 

The Witness is a game I had heard about through watching a streamer on Twitch. I was instantly drawn to the tranquility of the game and the beauty of the graphics. When I realized it was a puzzle game, I was all in and wanted to give it a try myself.

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The Witness is easy to play, but not easy to figure out. You play in first person mode moving around with the analog stick exploring an unfamiliar island. There are computer-like screens just about everywhere with puzzles on them.

Each puzzle is a line puzzle, for lack of a better way to describe them. You start at once end and make your way to the other. However, it’s not as simple as it sounds. Each puzzle has its own set of rules. For example, the tutorial puzzles are as easy as getting the line from one end of the other, but the next set of puzzles have black and white dots in the mix. To get the line from one end to the other on those puzzles, you need to take a roundabout way to group the black dots together and the white dots together, separating the colors.

That one is fairly easy to figure out the rules once you get the hang of it. There are no rules or no directions. This game has no dialogue or instruction of any kind. You need to figure out the puzzles, the “rules” of each puzzle on your own. You need to explore the island on your own and decide where to go next.

I’m pretty sure there is no linear path, but the puzzles do get more and more difficult as you progress.

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Normally I’d say the puzzles are my favorite part of the game, but I think for this one it’s the graphics. The world The Witness has taken you is a beautiful one, even if it is unfamiliar and a bit scary to explore.

The colors are so bright and each biome (the forest, the desert, etc.) are spot on with their colors and the overall atmosphere. There are some interesting spots throughout the island which are meant to help you get your memories back. The island has a mysterious aura around it and it’s done well.

There’s not much music to this game. It’s soft and soothing that adds to the calmness of the island and aids you when you get frustrated with a puzzle here and there.
storyAt the beginning of the game, your character wakes up in a dark tunnel. You make your way out into the fresh air of the island with some tutorial puzzles. However, you have no idea who you are, where you are, or how you got there in the first place.

The story is a mystery and you need to explore the island and solve the puzzles to find clues about your past and the island itself.

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This definitely has some replayability since one could never remember the solutions to the puzzles. While they don’t change, some of the answers are so complex you can’t remember them and have to re-figure them out. There are well over 600 puzzles in this game, so you may even forget some of the rules to certain puzzles.

This is a one-player game, but I can see playing with a group, passing the controller along, trying to figure the puzzles out together or simply just taking turns to give your brain a rest.

The Witness gets…
4 out of 5 lives.

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I’ve Been Doing More Buying Than Playing

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

There are too many games and not enough time. That’s pretty much what I’m going to rant about in this post.

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I remember when the Nintendo Switch came out over a year ago. Kris and I got the console late because they were all sold out. Honestly, we were bummed, but other than Breath of the Wild, we didn’t mind because there weren’t too many games out at the time.

Now there’s a ton.

In addition to the review copies we get as well as re-discovering our Steam accounts and new games coming out for the Switch and then also going through our old games to play because “we have no games,” there’s just so many games to get through and not enough hours in the day.

Ideally, I would love for my life to just be me, my pets, the couch, and all my gaming consoles. I would love to have the chance to sit and play a game in its entirety in one day.

I’m tried coming up with a “schedule” for myself and nothing’s worked since something always comes up. So, in the meantime, I just have to play when I can. Usually it’s at the end of the day so I can kick back and relax.

I’m looking forward to a lot of games coming up and also some new releases as well as oldies that I’ve just discovered.

Kris and I downloaded Minit on our Steam account, I’m playing The Witness for the first time on the Xbox, The Lion’s Song on the Switch, Octopath Traveler for the Switch is coming tomorrow, and I’m looking forward to getting Overcooked 2 both for the Switch when it comes out.

I’m sure there are plenty more I’m missing, but those are the ones that are on my brain for the moment.

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Unravel Two Is Not Coming To Nintendo Switch

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

E3 2018 is almost over. It’s been a wild ride.

Nintendo will have their conference later today though there’s one game they won’t be announcing.

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Unravel Two was announced at EA’s press conference on Saturday, June 9th. It looks like a great game – fun and inclusive co-op, a pretty design, and overall cute.

I’ll be honest, I have never even heard of Unravel before. I didn’t realize it was a thing, so now that they’ve announced the sequel, I want to get the first one and play both.

Kris and I of course have a Nintendo Switch and XBox One, but we prefer the Switch. When they announced Unravel Two for PC, Playstation, and Xbox, I figured it would come to the Nintendo Switch later. But it’s not.

According to My Nintendo News, Unravel Two will not be coming to the Nintendo Switch. It’s too big of a game to port over with such a small team to work on it. It’d be too much. They would love to, but it’s just not an option right now.

Maybe someday, but in the meantime I’ll settle for PC and Xbox. We need more games to play on our Xbox One anyway.

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Lovers In A Dangerous Spacetime [Game Review]

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Title: Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime
Developer: Asteroid Base
Publisher: Asteroid Base
Platform: 
Xbox One (also for PC, Playstation 4, and Nintendo Switch)
Category: 
Action, Platform, Shooter
Release Date: 
September 9, 2015 (Xbox One)
How we got the game: 
We borrowed it from a friend

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We were thrown into this game by a good friend when we were hanging out at his house with another friend. The opening story made us chuckle with how corny and cute it was. It’s bunnies! In space! With the power of love!

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When our friend turned on the game and said, “We’re going to play Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime,” we just looked at him blankly. But this game is too cute and fun to ignore.

gameplay

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This is a cooperative space shooter and is best played with friends. Up to four players man a spaceship, taking control of its engine, shield, and guns, as they explore parts of space in search of their friends. The controls are simple enough, with your little character sitting at one of the stations and pressing the appropriate button to control said station.

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You can move about the ship freely (depending on the kind of ship you have – you can upgrade them) to take turns controlling the ship or shield or running back and forth between the guns. As you explore space, you can collect power-ups for the guns, engine, and shield allowing your ship to be more powerful against the various enemies that come your way.

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There were three kinds of power-ups — a Beam Gem, a Metal Gem, and an aptly-named Power Gem. You can mix and match the types of gems on the ship’s stations for different attacks. For instance, equipping the shields with a Power Gem will make them bigger, and if you add a Metal Gem to the mix, the shields will have spikes to injure any enemy unfortunate enough to knock into them.

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We personally liked the metal gems the best. The guns turned into spiked ball and chains. They were hard to control, but a lot of a run and had a good reach. Each level contained 10 animals that needed to be rescued, but you only need to rescue 5 in order to continue on. However, the more you rescue, the faster you’re able to upgrade your ship and such.

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Each level consisted of four areas before we were to defeat a boss. Considering how difficult and chaotic (especially with our group of friends!) a boss battle could be, upgrading the ship was definitely useful.

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It’s a satisfying game to play through though. Each levels consists of four areas before the boss allowing a good amount of time for you to get upgrades.

graphics-music

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The graphics are ridiculously charming, with the main characters being little aliens in spacesuits and their friends being bunnies, frogs, and foxes, to name a few species. The colors are vivid, with the spaceship and enemies being bright against the backgrounds to help navigate around the worlds.

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This is the definition of an adorable cartoon. I love the various levels as the space change. There can be water bubbles as well as ice and wind which certainly makes it a challenge to defeat certain enemies or even reach your friends.

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The music was fairly subtle, having a good beat to match the exploration of the levels. Of course, there was plenty of communication between us players masking the music as we were dashing around, a couple of us trying to handle multiple gun stations or pausing a moment to check the map.

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The sound effects were enjoyable as well. I liked the sound of the shooting and also the small animals would “talk” or yell for help the closer we got to them. Their voices were very cute.
story

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The story is explained in a goofy way. There are “super smart” scientists in space far away and have built a machine to harness love. An error has occurred in the XOXO matrix and has allowed anti-love to slip through. Using our last ship, we must go out into space and save our friends as well as the universe.

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Saving our friends — all adorable animals — enabled them to use the power of love to unlock the heart-shaped portal that leads to the next level. It’s corny but it definitely works for this kind of game.

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The more animals you save, the better the world will be. At least, that’s the moral I’m getting from the story.

replay-value

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This was a great game to play with friends, with plenty of different stations that you can switch and play around with, along with different spaceships to challenge yourselves in controlling. It doesn’t seem like the best game to play solo, but I will confess I have yet to try it by myself. It is a game I’d play again with others.

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After playing this game with Kris and our two friends, I immediately knew this was a game I would love to play with our two cousins. I’m looking forward to playing it again.

Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime gets…
4-lives
4 out of 5 lives.

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Friday Favorites: Multiplayer Games

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday, everyone!

Growing up, my friends and I were always the group to crowd at one of our houses for pizza and video games. It was easy on our parents — they always knew where we were! Throughout the years, here are some of my top multiplayer games.

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Mario Kart

Mario Kart has always been a great series to play with friends, despite its reputation for ruining friendships like Monopoly. While I definitely enjoy Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, with the extra characters and the awesome battle modes, one of my favorites was always Double Dash for the GameCube. Working in tandem with someone else to destroy the opposition was always fun!

Overcooked

This is a newer game that Rachel and I discovered and, with our Xbox One gifted to us from our generous brother-in-law, we were finally able to play it. We first discovered the game through PB&Jeff, a series on the PBGGameplay YouTube channel. It’s a ridiculous little game where you need to cooperate with others to complete orders in absurd kitchens. It’s always a challenge no matter how many people you’re playing with!

Mario Party

Mario Party 1 through 6ish, of course. The latter Mario Party games, the ones with the microphone gimmicks and the cars that cart everyone around the board, seem to have forgotten what a Mario Party truly is, in my opinion. The older Mario Party games were also ripe with minigames that sometimes seemed to favor one player or team over another, bringing about another challenge (or argument) for the players.

Super Smash Bros.

Before this series, I wasn’t one for pure fighting games. Seeing how much fun it is to pummel your friends with one of your favorite Nintendo characters had changed my mind. Melee was probably my favorite installment of this series, but I’m always eager to see what future games will bring!

What are your favorite multiplayer games? Any that you would recommend to play or any that you felt were a waste of time?

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Top Tuesday: Indie Games I’m Looking Forward To

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

I’ve been playing through a lot of older games lately, but I’ve been keeping up with the news and Twitter and have noticed a few indie games that are coming out that really piqued my interest!

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1. Switch or Die Trying by Threye

This is a platformer game that looks extremely hard. The main point is that you’re going to die a lot, but you should get back up and keep trying. You play as “I” and have lost all your friends, the other 25 letters of the alphabet. Your mission begins to find them all through 75 levels. It’s available on Steam and recently just came out for Xbox One.

2. The Cold Case of Noella Bejerot by RockTheClock

This is a visual novel mystery detective game. You play as a rookie “detective” who is afraid of the sight of blood. You solve crimes trying not to faint adding a little more stakes to each investigation. Kris and I played the Demo, which is available now on Itch.io and the full version of the game will be released on April 21, 2018. I’m looking forward to it.

3. Glitched by EnHouseStudios

A choice-based RPG, Glitched is a game where the main character is aware of you, the player. They’re aware of the video game and you two work together to help figure out how his world has glitched. It seems like a fun, twisty, mystery! The demo is available on Itch.io now and the full version will be released this fall.

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Overcooked [Game Review]

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Title: Overcooked
Developer: Ghost Town Games
Publisher: 
Team17
Platform: 
Xbox One (also on the Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Microsoft Windows)
Category: 
Simulation
Release Date: 
August 2, 2016
How we got the game: 
We bought it

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We first heard of Overcooked when a couple of our favorite YouTubers played it on their channel PB and Jeff, and it looked so silly and fun that we put it on our to-play list. When we finally got the game about a year later, we weren’t disappointed.

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This game is hilarious to watch others play and just as hilarious to play yourself. Of course, it can get tense and stressful, but that’s part of the fun.

gameplay

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Overcooked features these little cartoon chefs trying to work together to cook up dishes in various kitchen settings. Most of these settings are ridiculous and puzzle-like in appearance. Cooperation and communication is key to winning enough points to get through the level.

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Together, you and your partner go through the orders listed at the top of the screen. You need to coordinate with one another – someone to chop, someone to get the plates, wash the dishes, deliver the food, and more. A lot of the areas are small and tight causing you to run into each other often and get stuck… which usually results in you screaming at your partner to move and get out of the way.

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Yes, this game can probably be on that list of “Games that Ruin Friendships” with Mario Kart and Monopoly. The controls are fairly simple, as you really only use three or four buttons. You move with the analog stick, pick up items with A, perform actions like chopping with X, and can dash (and smack into others) with B. The A button could be a little finicky at times, but it wasn’t bad.

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Yes, the controls were easy but sometimes you’d have to be in the right spot to pick something up or put it down. There were so many times my character would put chopped mushrooms on the counter beside the boiling pot rather than putting it inside the pot. Oh, and the kitchen can catch on fire. That was always fun.

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Luckily, the game provided you with a fire extinguisher. If you weren’t fast enough, though, then the whole kitchen can go up in flames!

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Overcooked is quirky. The graphics are very cartoony, with the playable characters ranging from different people, animals, and even a box. It matched the fun music, even if the countdown music successfully makes players panic enough to, perhaps, mess up on the last few dishes.

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I loved the graphics. They were bright and colorful and even though the characters were so simple, they were cute and unique in a way. I ended up playing the game as an orange cat, someone you would definitely want to be cooking your food. The music was calming despite how stressful the game is, but it worked. The countdown in the last ten seconds or so reminded me of the timer in Sonic games where he was about to drown.

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Oh my God, it did… I never realized that until you just mentioned it. The apocalypse music was a little ominous at times, making it seem silly rather than suspenseful when coupled with the cartoon graphics. It definitely worked for the game. story

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The story for this one is plain and simple. It’s a little silly but the main thing about this game is the gameplay. The Onion Kingdom is in peril as the beast, a giant meatball with spaghetti arms is starving and we need to feed it. The Onion King and his dog, Kevin, entrusts us to build up our cooking skills so we can satisfy the beast and save the world.

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That’s pretty much it. The introduction gives you a brief overview of the controls before the Onion King decides that your cooking skills are not up to the task of sating the beast. He takes you back in time where you then travel to kitchens of the world (including space and Hell) to hone your cooking skills until it is time to face the beast in the apocalypse once again.

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The story was a bit abrupt, especially at the end, but as I said earlier, the story wasn’t the main focus of the game. So it worked well.

replay-value

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Overcooked is tons of fun and it’s always a good challenge to try to beat your scores on the limited number of levels. The only major downside to this game is that it is definitely more catered to multiplayer. With that said, the more people you have playing, the more chaotic the kitchen can seem, even if chores can be evenly divided between everyone.

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We beat the game together and then grabbed our two cousins into playing with us. We started the game over and having four people in the kitchen is definitely chaotic but so much fun. I can see us playing this over and over again.

Overcooked gets…
5 out of 5 lives.

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First Impression: Rocket League

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday, everyone!

We’ve been using our Xbox One more often lately, even if we really only have a couple of games on there. One such game is Rocket League.

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Rocket League is soccer with race cars and exploding balls. Neither Rachel nor I are really into sporty games, unless Mario Kart counts, so Rocket League was never on our radar.

Then our awesome brother-in-law got us an Xbox One with the game already on it. While we haven’t played it with him yet, we did get a couple of rounds in with another friend recently. Rachel and I were… not good, haha.

It was fun enough for playing the game the first time. We each got a goal or two into the opponents’ nets, all computer-controlled rather than other humans, with our friend being on our team and carrying us to victory. The only downside was some lag during the last couple of rounds. Rachel’s and my car would blink and teleport across the field, usually right when we were about to smack into the ball. Pretty sure Rachel’s car was frozen on the ceiling at one point, too.

It’s not a game that Rachel and I are raring to boot up again, but it wasn’t too bad. We’ll probably try it again soon, at least with our brother-in-law.

 

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Friday Favorites: Future Xbox One Games

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday, everyone! Thank goodness for another weekend!

Now that Rachel and I have an Xbox One, we’ve been looking into Xbox One games and trying to figure out how to spend our video game budget money. Here is a list of Xbox One games that I’m looking forward to one day playing!

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Monster Hunter: World

Monster Hunter is a franchise that I’ve been interested in trying for a couple of years now. To see a game that will feature global play between people in such a popular franchise sounds fantastic!

What Remains of Edith Finch

Rachel and I hadn’t heard of this game until the Game Awards last month. Hearing how praised it has been for its story and presentation, it definitely caught our attention.

Okami HD

We have the original Okami for the Nintendo Wii, and the graphics were amazing. To see the game in HD would be phenomenal, and probably would entice me to actually finish the game.

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor

It’s Middle-Earth. We’re suckers for Lord of the Rings lore, and we would love to dive into a game based on that franchise. The Nemesis System, which allows the NPCs to learn and react accordingly to the protagonist’s deaths, sounds quite interesting…

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2018 Games

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Out with the old, in with the new. While there are still plenty of games from 2017 that we would like to play, we are also setting our sights on games that are coming out next year. With plenty of platforms to play the games on — Steam, Switch, Xbox, even an older Playstation — we have plenty of options.

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2018 looks like it’s going to be a great year for gaming both with big developers and indie developers. It’s hard for us to keep up with the many games that come out, but we’re looking forward to keeping up with the games in 2018 as best we can.

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The games that I’m looking forward to that come to my mind immediately are Fire Emblem and the newest Ace Attorney game for the Nintendo Switch, and Pokemon Crystal for the Nintendo eShop. Yes, Crystal isn’t a new game, but it is one of the Pokemon games that I have the fondest memories of, and I’m so excited to see it come to the eShop after my physical copy’s battery died.

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I’m certainly looking forward to Pokemon Crystal and Ace Attorney as well. You can never have enough Pokemon and I’m eager to dive into new cases with Phoenix Wright! I’m also looking forward to the new Yoshi game for the Nintendo Switch. I loved Yoshi’s Woolly World and and of course the old school Yoshi’s Island, that I would love to get into another Yoshi game.

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Everyone knows that Yoshi is the star of the Super Mario series, haha! He’s too cute not to be! I think I would also enjoy seeing Monster Hunter World. While I have yet to try any Monster Hunter games, which I aim to fix, Monster Hunter World looks like so much fun!

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Looking at the list of up and coming games for 2018, not many of them have actual release dates yet, so I hope not too much gets pushed back. We also got into a lot of indie games this year, so I’m interested to see what kinds of games will come out in that department as well.

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Yes, I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what amazing games indie developers come up with! We’ve had some fantastic, big-name indie games within the past couple of years — Cuphead, Dream Daddy, Stardew Valley, Undertale — with plenty of gems hidden in the sands, and the gaming industry can only go up with more and more indie developers trying their hand at video games.

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I’m sure it’ll be a great year for gamers!

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