Saturday, November 30, 2013

Dyscourse - An Island Survival Game Where Choices MATTER!

Dyscourse looks to be an awesome combination of survival, adventure, humor, action and story. You're Rita, one of numerous survivors of a plane crash who suddenly ends up having to make lots of tough decisions and survive with the jerks who were kicking your seat and squishing you in the plane. As the developer states, it's up to you whether you want to work with the other survivors to try to make it together or leave them to their own devices and try to make it on your own. Unlike other games, however, this isn't an either/or choice where you'll basically only play one of two different games either with or without computer AI.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Budget $ This - A Board Game to Teach Budgeting!

These days, far too many people's knowledge of a budget is simply knowing how much money is left until they max out their credit card(s). Heck, there's even a version of Monopoly that uses a card for "electronic banking"! Sure, it could be similar to a debit card, and debit cards are far from evil, but the point is that even board games are moving further and further away from secretly teaching while having fun. Budget $ This looks to fix that!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Apexicon - Scrabble-meets-RPG!

The best way to describe Apexicon is a clash between Scrabble and RPG, or for gamers who are familiar with the titles, Bookworm Adventures meets Puzzle Quest. The concept is simple: you're given letter tiles, and the bigger the word you can spell with them the more damage you'll do to your enemy. Spelling words beginning with a green tile will end up healing you instead of hurting your enemy, and other skills can change tiles to where they do more damage or (theoretically) all kinds of things!

Monday, November 25, 2013

WackoBirds - An Action/Arcade Title by a Painter!

Don't let the name trick you - there are plenty of games with the word "Birds" in it that are clones of Angry Birds (not that all of them are bad, per se) - WackoBirds is an entirely different game! Yes, the protagonist is a bird, and yes you're fighting back against tyrannical foes trying to reclaim your lands, but you'll be doing so by creating barriers for your WackoBird to bounce off of on the fly instead of simply aiming and hoping for the best.

Draw lines with your fingers to direct your WackoBird!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Vexation Vacation Review AND GIVEAWAY - Bad Vacation, Good Adventure Game!

Yep, that's definitely one of the first signs of a horrible vacation - when your eyes need to be bleached.
I'm one of the fortunate few who has been on vacations but never had a truly bad one like they show in movies or on TV. I have no doubt that we asked "are we there yet?" a few dozen times in our lengthy car rides, but that was about the extent of the badness...

That is, of course, until Vexation Vacation. The game has everything going on that will remind you of any horrid vacations you may have had as a child: the long car ride where your primary entertainment is asking if you're there yet, people who REALLY shouldn't be in skimpy beach clothes and birds that love to poop all over you from high above. Oh, and a younger sibling who energetically follows you, babbles on and takes your things from time to time.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Charity Game Jam II Turbo Coming November 23-30!

The awesomest promo image for a game jam ever, btw.

One Game a Month and Games for Change, two really awesome things on their own, are coming together this time around for Charity Game Jam II Turbo! The concept is really simple but really great - game developers can make a game specifically for the CGJ or edit one they've already made, but either way the game needs a "Donate to Charity" button that's been specifically made within the game. This link can go to any charity that the developer chooses! With any luck, this will not only get a bunch of fun indie games made and shared, it'll help raise money for charities as well!

But don't just take it from me, check out the keynote video below!

I plan on making a game for this myself, although I still have no idea what I'll make... If you're a fellow game developer, I really hope you'll try to come up with something too! Regardless, however, expect some fun, creative games to be listed on the site soon! :D

Bean Bag Giveaway - Game with Style!

Who remembers bean bags chairs from when you were a kid? We had a whole corner of our living room full of small ones that we'd sit on to read or watch movies. Well, King Beany has some awesome chairs in a variety of sizes, colors and covers.

Have a cuddle corner, reading corner or a place to nap.

The Bean Bag Chair Outlet has it all. You can see Mom Are We There Yet's review for more details.

Back in the days when I was a lil gamer, we had two beanbags that we sat on to play our NES from. A good bean bag chair is a throne for an old school gamer!

Right now one lucky winner will get an adult sized bean bag chair, in the 'Large Royal Sack' size. Winner gets choice of cover and color. Retail Value ranges from 134.99 to 184.99 depending on the cover.
bean bag
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*Photos from Bean Bag Chair Outlet website.
Winner must be of the age 18-years-old or older and live in the continental U.S.

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Mom Are We There Yet and participating blogs are not responsible for items not shipped and/or items lost in the mail.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Kickstarter Retrospective - How Are They Doing Now?

It's been a lazy Sunday filled with movies, Once Upon a Time and Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, so I figured it'd be a perfect day to recap how all of the Kickstarter projects I've mentioned are going now (or, if they've finished, how they did!). Two failed (DOH!), six succeeded (WOOHOO!) and four are still funding.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Name Your Own Price for Tower of Guns on IndieGameStand!

Tower of Guns is one of the games I've received a review copy of and haven't had time to try out and review yet, despite how awesome it looks. The concept is summed up best by the developer himself:
"Tower of Guns is a fast paced first-person-shooter for the twitch gamer... with a few roguelike-ish-y elements to keep it fresh with each playthrough. Think of it like FTL or Binding of Isaac mixed with Doom 2." - Taken from the IndieGameStand page

Doom & Destiny Review AND GIVEAWAY - Farce +4

Let me start off by simply saying that Doom & Destiny absolutely surprised me. All that I knew going into it was that it was an RPG and it was all about mocking other RPGs. What I didn't know was just how awesome it would be! The game rarely lets a moment go by without being funny, and despite the fact that it could have simply been another RPG Maker game that used boring game play along with the humor, the game itself is really fun and incorporates a lot of unique, genius ideas that work amazingly well. I actually found myself running around and power-leveling quite often and actually enjoying it!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Retroworld on Kickstarter - An Awesome Childhood Relived!

Retroworld has one heck of a concept going for it - you're a game-lovin' kid who goes through four different generations of games, collecting, selling and trading them while solving their mysteries, maintaining high scores, chatting with NPCs and all kinds of other things! The in-game games really appear to reflect their age's style and game play, and the developer promises dozens of them when it's all completed!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

One Finger Death Punch Review AND GIVEAWAY - FINALLY, True Kung-Fu!

There are two things you should know before you go any further with reading this review. One - I'm NOT going to do this game justice. It's simply not possible. Even after letting the game stew with me for a week or two, this game has become one of my favorite games of all time. Two - There's not much point in reading it, you should just go buy the game now, and then vote it up on Steam. It's as simple as that. It will be the best dollar you've ever spent on your 360 (or $2 on PC). And don't you DARE say "well, they're stick figures, so..." because the animations, destruction and absolute anarchy are perfect; in fact, because of the complexity of the enemies, there's no way this game would have worked with anything but stick figures!

Don't even look at these screenshots, they can't possibly do the game justice either!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Diggy on Kongregate Review - There's Treasure in That Thar Ground!

Diggy was recently featured in an email from Kongregate, and as a fan of digging, upgrading and treasure I couldn't resist giving it a shot. All in all, the game is definitely fun, and satisfies my digging cravings rather well. The story follows Diggy who has decided to dig down to the center of the earth for some crazy reason, and each day he goes out digging up treasure, unearthing goodies and earning money to upgrade his drill, radar and energy pack so he can do even better the next day.

There are numerous special finds beneath the earth to collect and check off in your Hall of Fame!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Full Bore: The First Dig Review AND GIVEAWAY - Puzzles are Challenging Again!

For those of you who have been gamers for a long time, you'll remember the "good ol' days" of gaming. I know I sure do! What always surprises me when I play them again, though, is that "good ol' games" are usually REALLY hard! I can't count the action games I wanted to smash my controller over (Contra, Ghosts N Goblins), the random battles in RPGs to take on a new area or buy equipment (Dragon Warrior, Final Fantasy) and the puzzle games that were basically impossible to complete (Myst!). Heck, even Zelda was way harder back then, especially Zelda II: The Adventures of Link!!! Full bore truly is old-school for more than the fun, retro-styled graphics and animation, it's a really hard game!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

NES-Cartridge Styled Flasks on Kickstarter!

Okay, this is officially one of the coolest things EVER! Eric Bailey of reported on these "Ink Whiskey Concealable Entertainment Flasks", which are basically really awesome NES cartridges that you can drink or pour liquor out of! As if that isn't enough, there are some really fun covers for the cartridges as well, which just makes these absolutely irresistible for drinkers and game lovers!

Class. Distinction. NES style.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Race the Sun Review AND GIVEAWAY - An Infinite Speed Experience

Race the Sun is the absolutely perfect title for this game for two reasons - the incredible sense of speed the game gives you as you fly between obstacles and the sun that brilliantly not only powers your ship but also casts growing shadows as the sun sets lower and lower. If you stay in darkness too long, whether it's from a tunnel, the long shadows or once the sun sets, you'll run out of power. The sun is literally one of your greatest foes in this game, and if you want to succeed, you need to do everything you can to race against it!

Movement is only right and left, but you can JUMP at Level 4.

Saturday, November 2, 2013