Month: March 2020

Games For Girls

Even if it was a movie your daughter loved, the spin-off might be a dud. When a big budget kids movie is made, the tie-in is usually a rush job that has not been planned properly. The game sometimes attempts to follow the film story too closely, leading to a boring one-dimensional tour through some of the more popular scenes. And of course if game makers run out of ideas, the result is a collection of bad mini-games that do not logically tie together well. Not that all min-games collections are bad though. (Sesame Street’s Once Upon a Monster is a notable exception and also an excellent girl’s game to consider)

Children learn quicker if they’re playing and having fun. Math, normally a boring subject for my 8 year old daughter suddenly became very interesting when she had to calculate how much money she still had to make to buy a bird house in the game Viva Pinata. In the same game she also realized that she could turn cheap plant seeds into grown plants that could be sold for a profit. This is a concept that will hopefully serve her well in later life.

Here are some game categories that I have seen from experience that are surefire winners with younger girls:

  • Dress-up (Barbie Jet, Set & Style)
  • Dance (Dance Central series, Just Dance: Disney Party)
  • Pets (Fantastic Pets, Kinectimals)
  • Princess (Disney Princess: Enchanted Journey, Disney Princess: My Fairytale Adventure)
  • Life Simulation (Viva Pinata Series, The Sims, Farmville)
  • Brainteasers (Brain Challenge, Big Brain Academy)
  • Party (Mario Party series)
  • Cooking (Cooking Mama)


Find Places to Play Online Games

If you are looking to play online shooting games or other types, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Cost: Software for standalone PC games can run upwards of a hundred dollars. Playing online can require monthly subscriptions ranging from a few dollars to twenty or thirty dollars. However, there are hundreds of sites that let you play for free.
  • Platform Support: You’ll probably play online games from a desktop PC, laptop or mobile device such as a smartphone or tablet. Most online games support cross-platform technologies such as Java, Flash or HTML5 that will provide a consistent experience across a wide variety of devices. Some online shooting game requires a download that will depend on your device and operating system. This is true for other types as well. The best option is to look for sites that let you play online games right in your browser, regardless of platform or device.
  • Selection: Some sites are dedicated to a single game. Others may provide links to various third-party web sites. The most popular sites, however, feature dozens or even hundreds of locally hosted online shooting games you can play all from the same site. You may choose to look for sites that include the widest variety of different types, or you may opt for a site that focuses primarily on a specific category. Online shooting games and arcade style adventures are among the most popular and a good choice for beginners.
  • Game Categories: As mentioned above, many sites let you play online games in a variety of different genres. Action, adventure, role playing, sports; strategy and word puzzles are just a few common categories. Some sites offer even more specific thematic breakdowns, including options for those who prefer humor, zombies, online shooting games, cartoon style graphics, time-based challenges, racing and more.
  • Controls: Like much PC software, online shooting games are usually controlled using your keyboard and/or mouse. This is also true for other categories. However, unlike console, arcade and some PC games, most online games don’t support the use of traditional controllers, joysticks or other peripherals. Some programs designed for tablets or smartphones may utilize touch-screen controls, but this is more common with standalone apps and not often found in online games. Make sure to read the instructions prior to starting. Otherwise you will find yourself struggling to figure out how to play.


First Days of Minecraft

When you first begin, look for trees and begin punching them. A good idea is to leave the bottom stump, jump on it and then punch upward to get the most from the tree without having to use steps, and then remove the stump. After gathering a few stumps, make some wood planks and a crafting table.

Having a crafting table, you should begin creating more wooden planks and a few sticks. Use these to create wooden axes, a sword, and a few pick axes. Continue gathering wood and making wood planks, you will need these to create a makeshift house before the first nightfall.

Mine some stone (grey blocks) so you can create a furnace. This furnace can be used to create some charcoal, so you can make some torches to light the inside of your house. Ensure that your house is fully enclosed and you have a few torches inside and maybe even outside to keep enemies from spawning so close.

Create a door for your house so you can easily enter and leave your house at will. If you choose to build inside the earth, then construction of your home will be easier than an above ground house.

Having a fully enclosed house with a door, torches inside and out, with a furnace and crafting table inside will be good enough to begin your first night. Once night falls you will encounter creepers, spiders, zombies, and skeletons. Creepers are the most dangerous, because they will explode and damage any terrain in the explosion (except for highly resistant material, which you won’t have access to this early on.

On your second day, you should begin gathering meat by slaying cows, chickens, or pigs. You should also begin constructing a farm nearby too. For this you will need a wooden hoe and a nearby water source. using natural earth you can till near the water to create a small farm. start attacking grass to gather seeds you can plant on these tilled and watered farm grounds. It will take some time for wheat to grow, so be patient. After the wheat is fully grown you can create bread out of it.

If you are lucky to find brown and red mushrooms about, you can create a bowl out of wood, and make yourself some mushroom stew to stave off your hunger bar for a bit.

Finding sugar cane about is another good quick farming option to create sugar and paper for ingredients.

After you have a farm or two with seeds planted, you should create some chests to store your items inside your house. have two chests together to create a big chest, which contains greater storage space. If daylight is still in your favor, you should gather more wood and cobblestone, so you can create better tools, and perhaps expand your house further.

Once you have more wooden material, you should create more sticks so you can build a fence around your farm. Animals can trample upon your farm and destroy them, so its a good idea to create an enclosure around it, and fences is usually a good idea. Once you have an fence enclosure and a gate to enter and leave, place torches on top of the fence for good lighting.

On your third day, you should be self-sufficient for the most part, so you should now be able to explore and discover your world. If you find iron, you will need a stone or better pick axe to mine it. Once you have gathered enough iron, and usually coal is find in close proximity too, so eyes open! Place your iron in the furnace to get iron ingots, and if there is sheep around, make a shearing tool! This shearing tool will let you gather wool from sheep so you can create a bed. This bed will allow you to sleep at night and set a spawn point, in case you get killed out there.


Tools Of The Trade For Online Games

Guns

Almost every game is familiar with guns. You can find them in the simplest arcade style shooter games to graphics-rich first person adventures, and even in action and role playing games. People love shooter games, as evidenced by the fact that this is one of the oldest and most common types of all video games.

Swords

There are a few online games of the fighter variety that features swords. This pre-Industrial armament is more often found in fantasy settings and RPGs. Battles involving swords or other blade instruments are more up close and personal than those with guns, and often require additional dexterity and skill.

Fists

Fancy an old-fashioned challenge of fisticuffs? Boxing, wrestling and other online games feature hand-to-hand combat that pits you against an enemy without any weapon other than your own body. This can be a welcome change from the high-powered arsenals of many modern battlegrounds, and results in a much more intimate one-on-one fight.

Balls and Bats

These are most well known by those who prefer to play sports games. This genre aims to accurately simulate real-world activities such as football, basketball and hockey. It is not restricted to team sports, and gamers can find things like golfing, table tennis and even extreme sports.

Bombs

Dropping a bomb is a common part of many flight simulators. Bombs can also be found in space flight adventures and other types of shooter games. Some RPG and strategy games include explosive as well.

Lasers

These will most often be found in science fiction or futuristic settings, particularly in shooter games. Many fantasy adventures have a low-tech equivalent in which players shoot flames or fireballs. This sort of projectile is often more accurate and does more damage than traditional firearms.

Animals

Many role playing applications include animals that may be used as companions or even for transportation. Often these same beasts have their own attack capabilities, making them useful as a second line of defense. Some games, based on the shooter or action genres, allow the user to play the part of an animal in a combat situation.


FIFA Ultimate Team Players

Ensure the overall chemistry is not below 80 percent to maintain a high stability to the players. Remember the lower the chemistry the weaker the players might play a certain formation and game style.

One way to increase the chemistry is to have the coach’s preferred formation the same as the one you designate to your team.

Add players with the same nationality or players who are in the same real team to boast your chemistry.

Send the unwanted players you have or didn’t even know you had straight to the trade pile but know the appropriate times to sell the players. By timing I am meaning the amount of people who are likely online at certain times. (You can see the amount of people online on the main screen on the top left corner it will state the amount of players currently in online matches.)

Buy cheap players that you truly know you can sell for a higher price and will less likely cost you money.

Timing is crucial; to make the big sales with the players you do not need any more make sure the price is not too high or too low.

Many times people are looking for players that have a “buy-now price” and are willing to spend a high amount to have the player now.

When buying the best FIFA Ultimate Team players go to the last pages on the search tool because there are many players who have a buy-now price and you will have less competition because many people are targeting players on the first list on the search tool.

Remember the goal is to have the best FIFA Ultimate Team players possible, but to have to best chemistry possible as well. If you add many top rated players and a weak chemistry and the opponent might not have a better overall rating as yours but their team has a better team chemistry then yours despite your FIFA abilities they will have the upper hand.


Glu Mobile

Blood and Glory can be common, though the gameplay works nicely here, and really delivers challenging. With no special spells, along with little parrying windows as compared to its progenitor, it proves to be much more challenging. At least potions, though not really inexpensive to purchase, may be used mid-match too. The game should appear great on the iPad and also Retina Screen. A good amount of useful armor as well as weapons can be found irrespective of the concept of this game being ever-so-slightly more grounded actually, as well as one shield that could cause Ed Gein excited.

The game play can have accomplished very well to differentiate it’s product a little bit more as compared to as it currently stands. Even while it’s structurally completely different, the gameplay cuts close enough that this really is upon that line of being identical copy. Though unlike the Ninja Fishing dispute, no one is going to be weeping for Epic and ChAIR Entertainment, specifically since they’ve reportedly made around $20 million by Infinity Blade. On the other hand, principally, it’s about the same, and more variations in gameplay making it its own video game could have been enjoyed. Furthermore, this video game can be very tough to play without spending a dime for a long time, because potions are just available via the in-app credits structure. The fact is, lots of money has to be put in order look around the game’s depths, particularly with matches which cost you large amounts of jewels to take part in. Though doing several items pricey can be part for the path for other freemium Glu games and it is completely OK with me, having potions only accessible by means of credits which can be sparingly offered in-game does not sit well with me.

Sure, it’s generally Infinity Blade covered by a Glu premium cover. But Infinity Blade seemed to be very interesting, and Blood and Glory follows the same tactic to element similarly enjoyable gameplay. Although the freemium aspects providing a glorified paywall after a not much time turns out to be on the frustrating aspect, this is a good stopgap for many who have finished killing the God King, and need anything to play when they loose time waiting for Infinity Blade 3. Android users gets more pleasure out of this, as the platform lacks Infinity Blade completely.


Tesla Wars HD

Your tesla tower sits squarely in the middle of the screen and enemies pour in from either side to either attack your tower directly or your power line, simply tapping on an enemy sends a bolt of lightning out to them, resulting in a satisfying explosion of blood and guts. If your towers health reaches zero, it’s game over but you do get the opportunity to repair it between waves. You’ll also need to keep an eye on your energy bar, not a problem early on but when the enemies get a bit more constant you may find yourself waiting for some charge to build up before you can fire. Energy builds up slowly over time but constant use stops it regenerating however, like your health bar, you do get the opportunity to refill your energy between levels.

Graphicly, Tesla Wars HD is nothing special but it really doesn’t need to be, the little stick men kind of suit the game and anyhow, once they start appearing enmasse you really don’t have much time to take in the details anyway. There are some pretty cool effects from the tower though and the background changes regularly so it doesn’t look the same all the time, although I found some of the backgrounds can make it difficult to see the enemies.

As far as I can tell, there is no end to this game, you just keep going until you’re dragged down by sheer uncontrollable numbers, as you progress the enemies get a wide variety of weapons that gradually increase in strength. Between every wave you’ll have the option to upgrade your tower, increase health or energy levels, increase energy regeneration and also buy special attacks. Special attacks all use simple touch controls to activate but you’ll want to be careful in using them as they tend to use big chunks of power and if you deplete your power, you can’t fire at all until it recharges a little, this doesn’t take that long but when you’re being attacked by hordes of enemies, a few seconds is a lifetime.

This title is a great time killer, perfect for those 5 minute gaps in your day and despite being frantic I didn’t find Tesla Wars HD frustrating. You’ll find the inventive deaths of the stickmen quite satisfying and their screams of agony will delight. You’ll get cash bonuses for mini objectives as well, killing every enemy in a stage and my favourite ‘no mercy’, for killing enemies as they try to run or crawl away after surviving the first hit.


Find Cheap Console Games Online

There are many ways on how you can find a cheap console game. One is to ask your friends if they have the game you are looking for and willing to sell it. The price can be lowered to half since the game has already been played or used by your friends.

Another way on how to find console games at a cheap price is to post on certain ad networks online. You can post the name of the game you want and how much are you willing to pay for it. You can then receive offers and check if the price the owner wants coincides with you budget.

You can also buy from online stores which sells second hand game consoles. They are cheaper than the original price but have already been used or worst abused by the previous owner.

The problem with buying second hand game consoles is that the game can have a problem or has already been damaged since the owner is willing to sell it on a cheap price. The best way for you to avoid regretting the purchase is to test the game first or ask the owner any defects of the game you are buying.

There are also online stores that sell brand new games at a cheap price. Yes, they are selling cheap consoles games but with high quality. The reason for this is that they are directly getting the copies to the manufacturer which cuts down the fees of middlemen.

Just make sure you do a thorough research if the site is legit or not. There are also a dozen of sites which offer very cheap price but in the end will just ran away with your money. It is also advisable to compare prices first before making any purchase since there are some online stores that offer a lesser price than other stores. Some online stores also offer promos or discounts like when you buy 3 console games you will receive a freebie.


Far Cry 3 Game

On your journey, as main protagonist Jason Brody, your main objective is to rescue your other rich friends from a psychotic pirate named Vaas. Vaas, by the way, is one of the most engrossing antagonists I’ve come across in a game. He pretty much steals the show, just as the Joker has done in the Batman Arkham games. In time, this journey turns into much, much more; and almost spiritual path of reckoning. Upon investigating portions of the island, Jason comes across the Rakyat tribe, who offer Jason guidance. Through various trials and accomplishments, you can level up on your journey by acquiring tattoos… thereby becoming a true hunter.

In essence, the meat of Far Cry 3 is liberating enemy outposts. By defeating all enemies in these areas, they are turned into safe zones allowing you to upgrade, fill up on ammo, acquire side missions, etc. Outposts can begin fairly easy… see bad guy and shoot. Later, however, stealth can be key. It is imperative to locate an outposts alarm system and deactivate it; otherwise, the enemies will sound the alarm calling in for reinforcements and ruining your day. Or, you could shoot a tiger cage, thereby releasing the animal to attack the enemies while you go in and shut down the alarm. Just be aware that the tiger or any other animal has no problem attacking you in the process. Another key component is to locate, climb, and activate radio towers (18 in all). By doing so, more of the world’s map opens up to Jason, allowing for further clues of his missions and areas he needs to go.

Early on, many compared Far Cry 3 as a Skyrim with guns. While the game doesn’t necessarily go into the 100 hour arena; it can take upwards of 30 hours to complete most portions of the game. When you add in hunting animals, side missions, discovering various plant life to make medicinal syringes, playing poker (a fun sidetrack by the way), time goes by quickly.


Hey Ice King!

If you are a fan of old school Nintendo games, then right off the bat, you may get a feeling of retro déjà vu. The game play is very similar to Zelda II, with an overworld map, and side scrolling dungeon areas sprinkled all around the Land of Ooo.

The levels themselves are pretty standard (scary woods and ice castles), but feature a wide variety of enemies, from mind-controlling worms to sentient signposts. Most enemies are easy enough to handle on their own, but a few of them pack a wallop. So stock up on pancakes and milkshakes or things might get a bit tough for you.

One of the best parts of this game is the story. Fans of Adventure Time will be glad to know that it was written by the show’s creator, Pendleton Ward, so the story is solid. You play as Finn the Human as you (if the title didn’t give you a hint) try to uncover just why exactly the Ice King has stolen your garbage.

The game itself is a great bit of nostalgic side scrolling hack’n’slash, with beautifully rendered graphics that perfectly follow the feel of the show. The pacing is solid, and leaves you excited for what the next new area has in store.

Adventure Time also has one of the best uses of the 3D capabilities of the 3DS around as well. The worlds have an almost pop-up book quality to them, making the images feel very vivid and alive, which is not a simple feat for such a simple game.

The only real problem I had with this game was the length. From start to finish, you can beat this game in less than 5 hours. While this may be great for kids with shorter attention spans, for the older fans of the show, it can leave you wanting more. A game like this should take a while to play, so you can soak up the beautiful art, level up, explore, and have a sense of accomplishment when finished. Even though the game was a lot of fun, it really felt rushed.

Another problem is a troublesome little glitch during an end game boss fight. It took several tries, and several trips to the internet for help to figure out a strategy to beat it. Given the target market for this game (children) it wouldn’t be surprising if many gave up on finishing this game out of frustration.