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  • svgFeb 11, 2020Feature

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    Valentines Day is almost upon us and what better way than to share the day by perfectly working together in harmony in one of these adorable co-op games!

    If you have a valentine or would just like to play some fun co-op games with your loved ones then you might want to take a look at these adorable co-op games you can play right now!

    Garden Paws

    When you play online in Garden Paws, you have the choice to create a server room and allow up to 4 players into your world. They can help you farm, fight monsters in the dungeon, and pretty much anything else you can do in single-player campaign.

    This is also a particularly useful way to share rare items. Creative Mode is basically a sandbox mode where you already have access to every single item the game has to offer with some added bonuses which include: a jetpack and magic carpet to fly around, the lawnmower from the Summer games festival, confetti canon, and more! 

    Garden Paws is available on Steam and coming to Nintendo Switch!

    More info on Garden Paws here!

    Tools Up!

    Tools Up is a local cooperative game about home renovation developed by The Knights of Unity and published by All in! Games. Wait! I promise you it’s a lot more fun than that sounds.

    With 2 or up to 4 players you can make your way up several floors of a skyscraper and play a level in every apartment. You must successfully follow the instructions of your blueprints (i.e. by painting the right walls the right colors) in a race against the clock! 

    Available on Steam and Nintendo Switch!

    More Info on this game right here.

    Knights and Bikes

    Knights and Bikes is a quirky adventure set on a fictional British island in the late 1980s. The charming Co-Op journey is now coming to Nintendo Switch! 

    You can play as two characters: Nessa & Demelza cooperatively online or even locally! They’re tough and imaginative girls exploring the island of Penfurzy in search of mysteries and on a quest to find the legendary treasure.

    Available on Steam and Nintendo Switch.

    More info on Knights and Bikes right here!

    Don’t Starve Together

    Don’t starve together is a game about survival in the cutest and fun way possible. Together you will have to collect materials to make tools, grow food, build a camp and more to survive the every day challenge.

    Available on Steam, Xbox One and PlayStation 4

    More info on Don’t Starve Together

    A Hat In Time

    A Hat in Time is a game that has maintained overwhelmingly positive feedback on Steam since its launch in late 2017. A few months after its Mac and PC release, it was also brought to PS4 and Xbox One, but there were no plans to bring it to the Nintendo Switch at the time.

    That has now changed! Very recently the news surfaced that it was not only confirmed to be coming to the Switch, but has a physical release date of October 18, 2019.

    Available on Steam, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch

    More info on A Hat in Time right here.

    Luigis Mansion 3

    Luigi is invited to a luxurious hotel with Mario, Peach, and the others. But of course, not long after Luigi arrives, things take a dark turn for the gang. The other guests turn out to be ghosts and they are rather aggressive!

    Luigi has to save everyone and face every challenge thrown at him. There are many floors to this hotel with each one having uniquely themed designs, ghosts, and puzzles. For example, the floors range from a medieval castle to a museum/production studio!

    Available on Nintendo Switch

    More info on this game!

    Mario Maker 2

    The perfect game for two people as you create together as a team! Play, build and share in Super Mario Maker 2 a Mario meets Minecraft combination. Set in the world of Mario, players will be able to create their own levels in the style of many old and new Mario games.

    The levels can be played with up to 4 player locally as well as with friends all over the world via internet – you know, the thing you use to read this article right now.

    Available on Nintendo Switch

    More info on Mario maker 2 right here!

    Stardew Valley – Co-Op

    Stardew Valley is one of the most engaging games and the only way to make it better is to play together! Invite a loved one to your farm, share a wallet and farm together, mine together, explore together and so much more!

    Available on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Steam!

    More info Stardew Valley right here!


    Temtem is a creature collection game inspired by Pokemon. Some might say heavily inspired, but there are certainly some key features that help Temtem stand out above the rest. The heavy multiplayer focus is certainly what made me wanna keep an eye on, so I have… and its a perfect game to play with your valentine as well!

    Available on Steam

    More info on Temtem right here


    Wattam is a puzzle adventure game developed by Funomena, published by Annapurna Interactive, and imagined by the beautiful and weird mind of Keita Takahashi (creator of Katamari Damacy).

    In this game you are the Mayor and you can make friends and have fun in single-player or in local co-op. I’ve been looking forward to holding hands with creatures that resemble toilets and poop, food and utensils, for a while now.

    Available on PlayStation 4 and PC via Epic Games Store

    More info on Wattam right here!

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  • svgDec 27, 2019Feature

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    I had a chance to look back at all of the games I’ve reviewed this year and started off with the Most Wholesome Farming Sims of 2019. There have been some great first-party Nintendo Switch games as well as so many great indie gems I had the chance to play thanks to all the amazing indie developers and publishers! Below is a list of games I’ve played the most that are both online and local multiplayer, which you can play with family and friends during the holidays!

    Luigi’s Mansion 3

    It’s been really great that Nintendo has been adding a cooperative feature to their latest games and Luigi’s Mansion 3 was a wonderful surprise with the addition of Gooigi. This game is so much more fun with another player and adds some unique puzzles and maximum vacuum power! Want to play with even more players? You can do so with 8 others online or locally with ScareScraper and ScreamPark modes.

    Unravel Two

    Unravel Two technically released for the first time on PC, PS4 and Xbox One back in late 2018. However, I played it upon its March 2019 release on the Nintendo Switch. It’s only a 2-player game but with features like PlayStation’s Share Play and Steam’s Remote Play Together, you can play locally or online. This game has the highest review score I have ever given for its fantastic physics-based mechanics and cooperative play when it comes to platforming and solving puzzles!

    Tools Up!

    I’ve only had this game on the Nintendo Switch for a short while but I still find myself thinking about it foundly and hoping for some DLC or extra levels. Play up to 4 players on local co-op and renovate homes according to the blueprints! Much like Overcooked, it can be chaotic but extremely rewarding when you perfect your coordination. It’s available for Steam’s Remote Play so you can play online with friends.

    ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Groove

    This remastered classic is just as silly and laid-back as ever now on PC and all major consoles. Play this locally with 2 players or online with 4 players if you want something a bit more relaxing and without puzzles. I recommend ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Groove for younger kids to play this holiday season!

    Of course, all of those games mentioned above are the games I had a chance to play in 2019. There are still so many cute wholesome games available now, and more multiplayer games to look forward to in 2020 like Trash Sailors, Pile Up!, and Grabimals. Stay tuned for more reminiscing!

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  • svgDec 18, 2019Reviews

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    Tools Up is a local cooperative game about home renovation developed by The Knights of Unity and published by All in! Games. Wait! I promise you it’s a lot more fun than that sounds. With up to 4 players you can make your way up several floors of a skyscraper and play a level in every apartment. You must successfully follow the instructions of your blueprints (i.e. by painting the right walls the right colors) in a race against the clock! The game released on December 3rd, 2019 on the Nintendo Switch, Steam, Xbox One, and the PS4. I’d like to thank the creators of Tools Up for supplying me with a Nintendo Switch code to write this review!

    Choosing Your Mode and Renovator

    The game starts with a short but hilarious opening scene displaying the utmost incompetence by a team of renovators. You have your choice of Party Mode where you can just play the levels you unlocked in Campaign Mode for fun or attempt said main game and achieve as many golden stars as possible. You can choose your avatar from a small pool of pre-set characters and then change their skin tone. These characters all look a little silly and it’s too bad I couldn’t play as someone…a little cuter. Although you can unlock more characters as you progress and I was slightly happier to be a chubby alpaca.

    Read Those Blueprints First and Always Refer to Them!

    Instead of going through a tutorial level or having instructions shown clearly before entering a level, you’re kind of on your own with figuring out what to do. With a lot of trial and error, I eventually got the hang of the controls and requirements to pass a level and it got a easier from there. One player should always go get the rolled up paper that are blueprints in order to know what work needs to be done.

    There are images showing in color either walls or floor with the name of the room in the top left-hand corner. I found it to be strange that text doesn’t also appear above the rooms when looking at the blueprints so you know which rooms are which. However, after careful examination, I noticed that while the blueprints were being viewed, they were showing the end results of your rooms, not their current state. The rooms that need to be done pop-out ever so slightly but it’s really easy to miss. Switching back and forth from looking at your blueprints helps to spot the differences.

    Rotate Your Camera the Way You Like Before Moving on

    In a couple of levels, the game decides to throw you a curve ball with the blueprints where one gives you a second one to work with which was fun, and the other had 3 from the start all saying different things which wasn’t so fun. There was no explanation as to which one we were supposed to follow so I tried all of them to see what stuck. Another thing that will keep you going back to your blueprints is the fact that it’s the only way to rotate your camera and see different angles of your rooms. For the most part I never bothered as objects are highlighted unless I missed a spot and couldn’t see where. It’s such a simple thing, rotating the camera, that I think should be accessible at all times in order to relieve a world of frustration.

    Know Thy Tools and Objects

    Surprisingly there is a lot of variation with your renovation just like in real life which keeps things fresh and entertaining. With floors you can use carpet, laminate or tiles, and walls you can use paint or wallpaper, all in various colors. You’ve got your paint cans (which could be a little more obvious as to their colors), a garbage can for recycling, your grout, glue, or whatever else those bag and boxes were, and the items mentioned above. Sometimes it could be hard differentiating between your mixing items because the labels are small, they’re all white, and I also have no idea what certain things are used for because I’m not a real-life renovator and need a little more hand-holding.

    Aside from that, and a hammer for later levels, you have no actual tools that need grabbing. For example, your character can walk up to a paint can to load up their roller and walk up to a wall to paint instantly. The difficulty lies mainly with your recycling can because there’s only one and you need to share. Meaning, you need to carefully plan what you and other players will be doing. Figure out what order you will be doing things as grout is needed to put down first before your tiles, or glue needs to be applied to the walls before you put your wallpaper.

    The Recycling Can is Your Best Friend

    The recycling can is portable and you need it to strip old flooring or walls or to pick up messes, but you also need to use it to pour mixing stuff in it. You can’t do both at the same time so the can needs to be emptied outside after use in order to switch to something else. The can also needs to be emptied when it’s full from recycling, or re-filled if empty when using it for mixing.

    Most of the time, you won’t even have all of the items needed to do your work from the start. A delivery man will show up at the entrance and ring the doorbell. You need to respond quickly before they leave (don’t worry they return later) and grab your stuff! It’s pretty easy knowing the difference between a roll of carpet, a square box of tiles, or a long box of laminate. However, sometimes the patterns printed on one side of the boxes are hard to discern if they resemble others too closely. Perhaps that’s supposed to add to the challenge because you can add the wrong wallpaper to the walls but can always strip it and redo it.

    Various Challenges, Environmental Elements and Themes

    Where the game starts to resemble Overcooked, in a good way, are the crazy apartments where people would never actually live. Moreover, there are levels where there are lava pits to avoid and ice that will send you flying. There were also slight changes in theme, such as with how the doors to rooms looked like. Not every room had a door in all directions so the apartment can be quite the maze to navigate, especially when only one player can walk through a door at a time.

    Don’t Let the Door, or Dog, Smack You on the Way Out

    Speaking of doors, I hate them. You have to make a point to open them and can’t do so while holding something else, even if it’s just trash for the recycling can that you can’t get rid of. Which means there were times I need the other player to bail me out. Other times you can swing through them but they can get stuck on objects or people that are in the way. Then there were times where I accidentally punched the doors right off their hinges which is probably for the best, even if you need to put them back before ending the level. Something that would have abated my hate for doors I think would be to have opening or closing them be its own separate button.

    The difficulty of the floors you’re on in the skyscraper isn’t so much linear as it is just random. There are a total of 30 apartments (levels) and you use an elevator to progress to another floor. Somewhere in the middle of the game was the hardest level which included an annoying little dog that would chase your around or knock stuff over. It was chaotic, but I also appreciated the fact that the levels were so varied. That, and the fact that there’s a high score system, keeps me coming back for more. You only need a certain amount of points to get 1 star out of 3 to pass that level so I love trying to perfect every one of them. Stars are also added up overall so you may need a certain amount to unlock the next area.

    Strategize and Communicate With Others

    There are strategies you can form in order to get things done as quickly as possible. Each player can work in a separate room or you can help each other out in the same room. Some rooms are smaller than others so it can get a bit crowded, especially if there are also objects in that room that you need with you. Where to place those objects is something you need to take into account as well, because putting them in front of a door isn’t the greatest idea. You may come across some furniture that you need to move out of the way to access the floors and the walls but it’s nice that you don’t have to put them back afterward.

    Clean Up, Clean Up, Everybody Do Their Share!

    When you’re done renovating, you do need to “tidy up” withing the time limit before finishing the level! I mean, it’s the respectable thing to do anyway. You can throw all things, and people, which can create a mess such as paint spills. Or just flat out run into your paint cans from rushing and knock them over. Then you can slip and fall in those paint spills and lose a lot of time that you could have used, you know, doing something productive. If that happens you need to use your portable recycling can, as mentioned above, or go outside with it. All objects that you used must also be brought outside so that nothing is left inside the apartment. I like putting say, my carpet, to the curb once I’m done with it anyway to get it out of the way and to see what’s left.

    All in all I really enjoyed playing Tools Up and it offers several hours of gameplay with your friends and family. You might not even want to strangle your loved ones with such nice classical music playing in the background in-game. The complaints that I had have even already been addressed on Steam and will coming with a new patch for the Switch soon. It’s well worth the price and it’s also the perfect time of year to play those wintry levels right now! Here’s a link to purchase the game on the Nintendo eShop. Overcooked 2 also currently has festive free DLC you can find out more about in my article here. If you’re already a fan of Overcooked, you’ll definitely love Tools Up!

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  • svgNov 29, 2019Feature

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    This list of all PC, mobile, and console games releasing in December is probably my largest one yet! All cute and wholesome games that are slated for 2019 and “Winter 2019” will start having more specific dates as we come to the end of the this year or they may be slightly delayed. However, this is a perfect opportunity to take a look below at what’s coming for perfect holiday gifts, if you haven’t started your shopping yet.

    Tools Up! – December 3rd

    Tools Up is a cooperative game about renovating homes. Paint walls, lay some tiles, move a bit of the furniture around in some pretty weird places. Developed by The Knights of Unity and published by All in! Games, Tools Up is releasing on December 3rd, 2019 for Steam, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One.

    Raccoo Venture – December 11th

    Raccoo Venture is a 3D platform adventure game with playful aesthetic and a retro style of the 90s gameplay. Take control of Raccoo and awaken Sacred Force to face enemies and solve puzzles while exploring the 5 regions of Verta, discovering magic items that will help in this journey in search of the Relic’s Parts. Raccoo Venture will be releasing on Steam Early Access on December 11th, 2019.

    Unfamiliar – December 13th

    Unfamiliar Cat

    Explore enchanting storybook worlds as a cat-witch and collect magical ingredients to craft costumes in Unfamiliar, a beautiful fantasy game coming to Steam on December 13th, 2019! 

    Wattam – December 17th

    Wattam is developed by Funomena, published by Annapurna Interactive, and created from the imagination of Keita Takahashi (creator of Katamari Damacy). Play solo or same-screen co-op to help Mayor rediscover the joys of friendship on December 17th, 2019 on Epic Games Store and PS4.

    Lost Words: Beyond the Page – December 2019

    Lost Words is a multi-award winning narrative game set inside a diary. The game is developed by Sketchbook Games and Fourth State and will be releasing December 2019 on PS4, Xbox One and Steam.

    Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin – Winter 2019

    Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin, developed by Edelweiss, and combines side-scrolling action with deep crafting and farming simulation. The game is releasing on PS4 and PC this winter along with a newly announced Nintendo Switch version.

    DLC, Expansion Packs, Other Releases

    Life is Strange 2 (Final Episode “Wolves”) – December 3rd

    After an unintended accident involving supernatural abilities, the boys flee from their home and away from the police. Together they travel from Seattle to Mexico. You have to make decisions as Sean, the older brother, which will have a direct impact on both of their lives. Now you can play all 5 episodes of Life is Strange 2 as of December 3rd, 2019 on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

    Pretty Princess Magical Coordinate (Japanese only) – December 5th

    Pretty Princess Magical Coordinate

    Pretty Princess Magical Coordinate allows you to live the life of a princess and essentially become one as well. Decorate 20 rooms in the worn down castle and restore it to its former magical glory. You can download the free demo from the Japanese Nintendo eShop starting today, from anywhere as it is region unlocked, and try it out before the full release of the game on December 5th, 2019.

    Waku Waku Sweets (Physical Edition) – December 5th

    WAKU WAKU Sweets

    WAKU WAKU Sweets is a cooking game where you will need to master the expertise of pastry making. You can roll, mix, bake and create more than 100 recipes. It released in North America on the Nintendo eShop last year and now it’s getting a physical edition for the Switch on December 5th, 2019!

    Riverbond Nintendo (Switch version) – December 10th


    Riverbond is a charming voxel hack-and-slash dungeon-crawler developed by
    Cococucumber. Play cooperatively and locally with friends and complete missions, find treasure, and defeat monsters and bosses. Riverbond released on PS4, Xbox One, and PC June 9th, 2019, and now is coming to the Nintendo Switch on December 10th, 2019!

    Dragon Quest Builders 2 (PC/Steam version) – December 10th

    Dragon Quest Builders 2

    Dragon Quest Builders 2 will be the first in the DQB series to launch for PC, and will be available on Steam starting December 10th. Dragon Quest Builders 2 is a cute open world game where you can build anything you can image with harvested materials. The game was released earlier this year for Nintendo Switch, and was very well received.

    The Sims 4 Discover University (Expansion Pack) – December 17th

    The Sims 4 Discover University

    In this expansion pack you can indulge in daily college life, make friends, and find classes to attend. As you move to the university of your choice, you will be building and decorating up your dorm room to give it that personal touch! The Sims 4 Discover University will release on PC and Mac on November 15th, console players on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will have to wait until December 17th.

    Garden Paws (Switch version) – December 2019

    This farming simulation RPG has been one of my favorite games to play on Steam. The developers at Bitten Toast Games expect to have a bit of a delay for the Switch release as they are adding a new island, more animals, and more quests to the game beforehand. However, they currently feel they can still release by the end of this year.

    Rune Factory 4 Special (Switch remake) – Winter 2019

    rune factory 4 special archival edition

    Rune Factory 4 Special is a Nintendo Switch remake of the much beloved 2014 Nintendo 3DS title. You can even purchase the ’Archival Edition’, is a beautifully crafted collection including an art book commemorating the work on the entire Rune Factory series by character designer Minako Iwasaki, as well as new illustrations for the premium box and art book cover by the artist. The game is slated for release in Winter 2019.

    If you missed last month’s list, you can check it out here: Most Wholesome Game Releases in November. I’d like to hear from you which games you are most excited to play!

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  • svgNov 1, 2019Indie Highlight

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    It looks like I’ve strangely made it my mission to find multiplayer games where the premise is “chore-like” if it were a real-life scenario. Not only do I find these types of games hilarious, but I’m also certain that they’ll make for great fun with friends. Especially if they are anything like Overcooked. May I present to you, Tools Up, a cooperative game about renovating homes. Paint walls, lay some tiles, move a bit of the furniture around in some pretty weird places. Developed by The Knights of Unity and published by All in! Games, Tools Up is coming soon in late 2019 for Steam, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One.

    About Tools Up

    Gather up to 4 players for this fun couch co-op experience for people of all skills! Renovate the apartments in the mysterious skyscraper while the tenants are away. Be sure to follow their wishes left behind on the blueprints. Tear off wallpapers, bring down walls, bust down doors, and cover the floor with vibrant carpets and panels – just be sure to do it in time and clean up after yourself!

    Key Features

    • Work hard – paint walls, lay tiles and throw everything you need to other rooms.
    • Play better together – join up to three players to move couches against the clock.
    • Expect the unexpected – environmental elements spice up things. Have you ever renovated a building surrounded by lava?
    • Lead the team – whoever holds the blueprint is in charge of the camera angle.
    • Join in the fun – simple controls and a low entry level make Tools Up! a perfect party game for everyone.

    For more information about this game, you can check out the official website here.

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