Apr 16, 2015

OR Talks: Cloudberry Kingdom

Description: Jumping and timing in Cloudberry Kingdom as you glide from each platform. Cloudberry Kingdom gives you a tough challenge, but not too tough for any video game champion. Make sure to like, and subscribe if you liked the video!

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Script: Hey Nick here talking about the indie game Cloudberry Kingdom available on PS3, Steam, Xbox 360, Wii U, and PS Vita. Its always been a game I've had my eye on since it came out, but never got an actual chance to play it until now. I watched some Let's Plays on it, and I wasn't sure if it was right for me. I love platformers, but this one seems too chaotic for my taste.

I opened up the game, and I'm greeted by some playthrough of what I'm guessing is a level in the game. It's a lot to take in because look at it! There's so much going on in this small level as you run to the right to the end of the level. It looks hard, and while I wasn't expecting this game to be easy I'm just not sure what to think.

The best thing to do is to just jump in, but first! You can create a character. I gave my character a beard to try to hide all the fear in his facial expressions. I play the first couple of levels, and it's pretty simple. Jump over things, dodge enemies, and what not. After a bit the game started throwing in different character elements that I really liked. From having the ability to double jump too rolling around on this ball shaped stone. There was even some levels that had you in a space ship.

The game starts getting harder, but there's one thing I notice about Cloudberry Kingdom. It's all about timing, and sure that's common in video games, but this is different. It gets to the point where if you time things right it feels like you're gliding threw butter with a warm knife. One little mistake can throw the entire level off, but luckily you can quickly restart.

Levels keep getting harder and harder, but if you can get the timing down you're golden. The levels are set up so perfectly to just run into. Most levels can be done, and mostly have to be done in one continuous motion. The way to beat these levels is to just keep moving. I actually felt pretty good about myself because it looks like I'm really good at video games plowing through these levels. Each level looks like I had to memorize every inch of the level, and that's not the case at all. I even consider the level editing in this game to be some of the best I've seen in gaming. Even though I'm guessing the developers just drew a path the player needs to go, and then place a bunch of intimidating things around the path.

That all being said the game is still very hard. Just not as hard as it looks. You do have the ability to spend the diamonds you pick up in every level. You can purchase a video of someone beating a level too having a path labeled on the screen of what you need to do. Be careful though because these things come with a price.

The game also features other modes, and the ability to play with friends. I played some of the other modes, and they're fun. The main game is where the meat is though. Didn't get a chance to play with friends, but it looks like a good time. Overall I really recommend this game for platformer fans. Cloudberry Kingdom does a great job throwing in new player mechanics, and interesting levels.

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OR GameCast #26: Prom Quinn, Forum God, and Funniest Games

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Apr 13, 2015

Indie Mon: A Story About My Uncle

Script: Hey Nick here with this week's Indie Mon. Taking a look at the game A Story About My Uncle available for Windows on Steam for $12.99.

A thrill ride of jumping, grappling, and boosting around is on the menu today. As you search the beautiful world for your uncle. A Story About My Uncle is exactly that. You're telling a story about yourself, and your journey about the whereabouts of your uncle. As your daughter who wants a bed time story listens. The story includes how you faced your fears grappling into dangerous territories, meeting new kinds of life forms, and learning about your uncle.

I thought the story was fair, but the voice acting was distracting. Most of the character's voices didn't fit well as it sounded like they were sometimes reading from a piece of paper in front of them. There were some characters later on that were voiced well, but every time a character with poor voice acting talked it took me out of the game.

Don't get me wrong I did enjoy this game. I enjoyed the gameplay a lot more than the story. As you begin you learn how to jump higher, and grapple using this suit at the beginning it was a fun time. As the game moves along it allows you to grapple more times before touching the ground, and adds a rocket boost to your boots to go farther lengths. The terrain also changes up a bit throughout the game as well which was a nice change up to keep the game interesting.

The game is beautiful as I mentioned, and is some of the best indie graphics I've seen. I feel that's not even really fair to mention that it's indie. If I saw a trailer to A Story About My Uncle, and didn't know anything about it. I feel like I'd assume it was a new triple A title.

I really want to recommend this game except that it only took me two and a half hours to beat. You can go back, and do a time trial on each level. I didn't have motivation to do that, and felt I got the full game experience with just one playthrough. So it being at $12.99 I want to recommend waiting for a sale. I know the developers put a lot of effort into this title. It being a tad short, and with the voice acting I can't recommend it at $12.99. I got it on sale for around $4, and feel like that's the right price range.

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Apr 6, 2015

OR GameCast #25: Quarter Life Crisis, Steam Account Age Respect, and Hardest Game

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Script: Hey Nick here with episode 25 of the ORGameCast. This week Quinn and I talked about Broad City, Neighbors, Quinn still not having time, how old our Steam accounts are and how much respect you get from that, Cloudberry Kingdom, Bloodborne, and finish it talking about the hardest game we've ever played. Please click the link in the description for this week's podcast, and don't forget about that Amazon link! This week it brings you to the game Cloudberry Kingdom.

Indie Mon: Squirreltopia

Script: Hey Nick here with this week's Indie Mon. I'm playing the game Squirreltopia which is available for Windows on Steam for $3.99.

Squirreltopia is a game where you play as these squirrels. Actually about half way thru the game I realized that every time I died I played as a different squirrel. I like to think these squirrels are the same ones that you find in a Sonic game after beating a boss, and opening a capsule up. Well that's my fan theory at least.

Squirreltopia is a platformer where your goal is to reach the end of each obstacle course of a level. Each level you complete gets you a gem, and once you have enough gems you can fight the boss of the area to unlock the next group of levels.

It's a hard game, but once you get your momentum you'll figure it out. Really I'm not joking about the momentum. If your squirrel doesn't gain momentum you won't be jumping to far. It's a key to beating these levels.

It's a fun time, and I loved the mechanics of the squirrel. It was the right amount of difficulty too. Not too hard to just give up after a few times, but also far from being an easy game. Overall it took me three hours, and many squirrel deaths to beat the final boss.

I have my complaints about the game don't get me wrong. Let me tell you my story of what happened. I started playing Squirreltopia, and got an hour into the game. The game crashes, and I restart. No save file anywhere, and I have to start over. I wasn't sure if I was suppose to manually save myself, or when the game crashed the save file got lost. I boot up the game, and play some levels. I look for a save option, and can't find one. I quit the game, come back, and see it saved my place. So that's good the game does have saving. I played twenty more minutes, and the game crashes again. I start it up, and I have to start from where I last saved which was when I quit the game. So my solution to you is to quit once in awhile to save the game, or you might be replaying some levels. While the game crashing might be my computer's fault I looked into the forums, and found there isn't any type of auto save unless you quit the game.

Don't let me discourage you from playing Squirreltopia. I still found it to be loads of fun, and recommend it to any platformer fan. Especially if you love games like Super Meat Boy where the platforming is fun, fast, and difficult.

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Mar 30, 2015

OR GameCast #24: Peaking, Quinn's Personal Life Drama, and Bloodborne

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Script: Hey Nick here with episode 24 of the ORGameCast. Quinn and I had a lot of catching up to do as we talked about us peaking, my trip to northern Wisconsin, Quinn's work fiasco, Oceanhorn, Bloodborne, and wrap it up with talking about the most famous person we've seen in real life. Click the link in the description for the full podcast, and click the Amazon referral link to help out the podcast. This week's link will bring you to Bloodborne.

Indie Mon: Hexcells

Description: Kick back for a relaxing puzzle game called Hexcells today. Well relaxing in the Sudoku sense. Hexcells puts you in charge of what hexagons need to be changed, or not. I want to say a blend up of Sudoku and Minesweeper.

Script: Hey Nick here with this week's Indie Mon. Taking a look at the puzzle game Hexcells available on Steam for Windows, Mac, and Linux for $2.99.

Yesterday I had a headache, and was searching for a game that I could play to get my mind off of it. I wanted something without action, and I wanted to listen to some of my own relaxing music. I knew a puzzle game would be a perfect fit, and that's how I came across Hexcells. So I put on my music, and got right to the relaxing world of math.

Hexcells is a game where a bunch of hexagons come together, and you must figure out if the orange hexagons are blue, or a number. Sound simple sure, but how does one figure out this crazy math! Each puzzle starts off showing some numbered hexagons. This number is equal to the amount of blue hexagons that are touching it. So if it says four that means four blue hexagons are touching, and if it says zero then that means no blue ones are touching.

Let's stay with the zero example for a little bit. So if it says zero then you'll want to right click all the hexagons that are touching it. This gives you more options to play around with as it opens up more of the playing field. For another example lets move on to if the hexagon says one. Since this one already is touching a blue hexagon then you can right click on all the other hexagons touching this hexagon with the number one.

Hexcells was a great way to just kick back, and play a mindless game that actually requires some brainpower. Think of it like a Sudoku, or word search puzzle. You're using your brain, but it's not something you have to concentrate too hard on.

As Hexcells carried on it added more rules to it. One for example was having numbers at the top, or sides of the puzzle. When you see this number that's telling you how many blue hexagons are in that row. There's more to the world of Hexcells, but that's for you to find out about.

It took me a little over two hours to beat Hexcells, and I was kind of sad it was over so soon. I want more puzzles! I really enjoyed my time figuring out these puzzles, and think if you're a fan of Sudoku puzzles, or puzzles in general you'll enjoy Hexcells. Worth the price of $2.99, and worth your time.