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Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Episode 34: Cody and Jon COMPLETELY DESTROY travel naysayers

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Cody was told by several people that he would literally die by traveling, and yet he survived. Hear him and Jon completely destroy travel naysayers, then talk about what it’s like to take kids on vacation.

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Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Episode 14: Podcasting technical difficulties and rage uninstalling Clash Royale

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 Cody reveals his #1 pet peeve in the entire world, which happens to involve podcasting technical difficulties that occur both before and after this episode’s recording.  Then, Jon explains why he rage uninstalled a mobile game for the first time in his life, and some of the pros and cons of Clash Royale.

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Unqualified Gamers Podcast #102: Hyrule Warriors, Ni No Kuni, Samurai Butterfly

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Cody somehow convinced Jon to buy Hyrule Warriors, and Jon talked Cody into playing Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch. They discuss these console games before reviewing the mobile game Samurai Butterfly. Plus: learn more about Cody’s Amiibo collection, and hear which Flappy Bird ripoff may be the worst clone of all!

Click here to download this Unqualified Gamers Podcast episode

Samurai Butterfly for Android and iOS devices

Show Notes:

  • Cody has a 6-foot tall foam cutout of a video game character, who he supposes may be someone from Tekken (but is actually Mitsurugi from Soul Calibur)
  • VGL is actually slang for “very good looking,” which Jon does not believe but is nonetheless completely true
  • Jon and Cody actually set a date for “Martin-Con,” which means they’ll be in the same place at the same time… but mostly because Jon’s wife is an awesome host
  • Cody is legitimately excited about the idea of dumpster diving, and he can’t wait to try it after discussing it with security specialist Matt Malone
  • Cody performs a surprise LIVE UNBOXING of a Toon Link Amiibo
  • Jon talks about what he thought of Hyrule Warriors
  • Cody unlocks items in Hyrule Warriors using his five Amiibo LIVE on the podcast
  • There is no reason why characters in video games need to be as ridiculously hyper-sexualized as Cia from Hyrule Warriors
  • Cody started playing Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, which Jon absolutely loved
  • Both Cody and Jon played indie game Samurai Butterfly by Alien Game Play, available for both Android and iOS devices
    • They mistakenly call the game an Angry Birds clone, when really they mean Flappy Bird
  • Speaking of Flappy Bird, Cody reviews Flappy Fish Surge, which you should neither download nor play because it is atrocious
  • Cody’s going to post a new opinion video on the Unqualified Gamers YouTube channel – he promises!

iThing of the Week: Doctor Who: Legacy

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I like Bejeweled, but I’m not a fan of the game’s many clones, which is why I was hesitant to play Doctor Who: Legacy. I’m a new Who fan, so the game caught my eye, but I went in with low expectations because I assumed I was in for a simple matching game.

I was wrong.

In Doctor Who: Legacy, an enemy of the Doctor is unraveling time, and it is up to the Doctor and his companions and allies to travel back in time to repair rips in space and time before the universe comes apart. The game is organized into seasons, and each season has episodes. You have to complete each episode to unlock the next season. As you play each episode, items can drop such as time fragments, time crystals, and companions and allies. Some characters join your team as part of the story, but many have to be earned by playing levels repeatedly to get an elusive rare drop.

Each character is associated with a color — blue, yellow, green, red, or black. Pink gems restore health. The Doctor can have a team of five, so you want to make sure you don’t have a team that is only one color. Matching gems allows the character to attack, and if there isn’t a good amount of a color, then having a monochromatic team could lead to a quick death. Also, each character has a special move. Some attack, some heal, some increase damage, and others turn gems into different colors. Special moves can only be used when the conditions are met such as number of turns or number of combos.

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Yes, you need to match gems, but you get to tap on a gem and drag it to the spot you want. Because you can do this, there is strategy involved. You want to make combos for a strong attack, but a chain of combos at the end of a wave, when an enemy is weak, is wasted when another wave approaches. Doctor Who: Legacy is more than a match game; it’s more of a puzzle game with strategy. The player needs to build the right team, level characters up, and decide on the right time to use special moves.

Doctor Who: Legacy surprised me, and I’m a bit embarrassed to admit how many hours I’ve played so far (um…it’s a lot). You fight Daleks, Weeping Angels, the Snowmen, Cybermen, and other Doctor Who enemies. In addition to the regular storyline, special packs have been released such as the Advent Pack, which is a collection of Christmas episodes. And the best part is that there is no energy system, so you can play for as long as you want and you don’t have to wait for your energy to restore.

Doctor Who: Legacy, by Tiny Rebel Games LLC, can be played on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, requires iOS 6.0 or later, and is rated 9+. You can also get the game on Google play.

 


iThing of the Week: The Simpsons: Tapped Out

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The Simpsons: Tapped Out doesn’t really need additional publicity, but out of all of the games I’ve played on my various iDevices, including the ones I’ve discussed here, Tapped Out is the one I’m still playing a year after I started.

In case you haven’t heard of The Simpsons: Tapped Out, the game, which has content from the staff of the TV show, starts with Homer at work playing a town management game. After accidentally spending $500 on the game, he is upset because all you do in the game is tap on things. Springfield explodes, and you help Homer rebuild Springfield. The destruction of Springfield has also created additional Springfields, allowing you to have friends and visit each other’s towns.

The best part of the game is that the characters are true to their TV show personas and are aware that they are in a game. The breaking of the fourth wall creates plenty of opportunities to make fun of the player, but the jabs are clever, bringing the player in on the joke.

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Tapped Out is a typical town management game. You build what the characters need, and most buildings resurrect a character. Homer just wants the basics, but Lisa, as reasonable as ever, makes sure schools, the library, and other cultural buildings are brought back to Springfield. Buildings earn money at regular intervals so you can keep on building. You can also earn money by having the characters complete tasks. The in-game currency is donuts, which you can buy with your money. Donuts let you speed up actions and buy special buildings. While some of the buildings and characters are cool to have, you can easily progress through the game without buying donuts. Unlike many games, Tapped Out is saved to a server, so if you spend your money on the game and something happens to your iDevice or to the game, you can log in with you EA Origin account and retrieve your Springfield.

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I come back for the storylines and the expanding Springfield. I would hit the level cap and not much would be going on, so I would plan to stop playing. Then a new update would bring a new story. Recent storylines have dealt with gun control; it was illegal for the citizens of Springfield to not have a gun. Everyone had to have a gun, and every store had to sell them, showing how ludicrous some gun lobbies sound. Marge’s sisters, Patty and Selma, came to Springfield this summer. Upset, Homer became determined to make their lives miserable, so he lobbied to get tobacco banned. After Mayor Quimby’s secretary was no longer as thin as he liked and Marge pleaded with him, Homer lobbied to get tobacco unbanned. Also, Springfield isn’t confined to land. You can buy water and build the boardwalk, and you can take a bus to Krustyland. At Krustyland you help Krusty the Clown rebuild his amusement park with rides like Death Drop and Tooth Chipper.

By maintaining the tone of the TV show, which was renewed for a record 26th season, and introducing new plotlines to the game, EA has crafted a game that players want to come back to repeatedly, an accomplishment few games have achieved.

The Simpsons: Tapped Out is free, is made by Electronic Arts, is rated 12+, is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and requires iOS 5.0 or later.