The latest game in the Tropico series! I loved number 5 but sadly did not obsessively play it as much as Tropico 4.
There isn’t really a blurb for the game but if you really want to break it down – think of Tropico as Sim City but if it was run by a Cuban dictator. It’s a world building simulation set in a banana republic kind of island where you try and juggle the political, economical, and social issues of the island as you try and stay in power throughout the ages.
El Presidente is back!
Play on large archipelagos for the first time in the series. Manage multiple islands at the same time and adapt to various new challenges.
Send your agents on raids to foreign lands to steal world wonders and monuments, to add them to your collection.
Build bridges, construct tunnels and transport your citizens and tourists in taxis, buses and aerial cable cars. Tropico 6 offers completely new transportation and infrastructure possibilities.
Customize the looks of your palace at will and choose from various extras. Tropico 6 features a revised research system focusing on the political aspects of being the world’s greatest dictator.
Election speeches are back! Address the people and make promises that you can’t possibly keep.
Blurb: You’ve inherited your grandfather’s old farm plot in Stardew Valley. Armed with hand-me-down tools and a few coins, you set out to begin your new life. Can you learn to live off the land and turn these overgrown fields into a thriving home?
Build the farm of your dreams: Turn your overgrown fields into a lively and bountiful farm!
Express yourself: There are hundreds of character & home customization options to choose from!
Master your ranching skills: Raise animals, go fishing, tend to crops & craft useful machines for your farm!
Become a part of the local community: Pelican Town is home to 30 residents you can get to know!
Meet someone special: With 12 townsfolk to date, you may even find someone to start a family with!
Release Date: 26 February 2016. Played on: Nintendo Switch.
Genre: Simulation. Role-playing. Farming.
Mode: Single Player and Multiplayer.
My Thoughts: Stardew Valley is a farming simulator with a plot heavy edge. The basic plot of the game is you are left a farm by your grandfather who has just passed away. Your character decides to leave their unhappy corporate life and give farming a go. Already a win for me.
I will come right out and say that Stardew Valley is very similar to the Harvest Moon games. However, the two games differ through their content. Stardew Valley is more mature in the subject matter that is included in the stories (I’m looking at you Shane). Also unlike Harvest Moon I don’t feel like pulling my hair out at the slow pace of the game 😛
Stardew Valley is a pretty much a step up from the Harvest Moon series.
I have a fondness for simulation games and the fact that this one is so filled with plot is amazing! I have previously played Stardew Valley on my PlayStation, however the file corrupted so my amazing farm and newborn baby with Shane has been lost to the ages 😥
With the game being available on the Switch (which I play way more than any other console) I couldn’t help myself and I purchased the game again. No regrets.
Best Bits: So many compelling characters! I think I’ve figured out which character to romance and then I have a cut scene with another character and suddenly I’m questioning everything.
My current play through is as a male character and I am thinking about pursuing Alex. I really enjoy the characters of the game, they’re all really varied and with my second play through I am finding all sorts of things that I missed before. The game has so much content!
I love this game. It has just the right mix of farm simulation and role playing to keep my attention for hours.
Recommendations: I would really recommend this game for people looking for a fun and engaging simulation game. It is very easy to lose hours to this game as it keeps you hooked with so much content.
Honestly, I’d recommend everyone give this game a go, it’s from an indie developer and is just so fabulous. You don’t need to be a fan of the simulation genre to find enjoyment from this game.
Quick run down: Every year I try and buy a few of these limited release bubble bars. The bars smell amazing and are so easy to use. You simply crumble them under a running tap and bam – you have a bubble bath.
It appears that this year instead of being little pyramids, Lush has made them into a bit more manageable shape. I usually try and grab as many as I can in the online boxing day sales but I never turn them down as a present!
Quick reasons why I love it:
The Smell: They are amazing – a soft and sweet vanilla.
The Luxury: Bubble baths are a large part of my self care routine and these beauties make them all the more luxurious.
Quick run down: Okay so stay with me on this one, I own Cinder and Winter. However, I do not have the other books. I also love box sets so…
If you don’t know the series, I would really recommend you check out it out! The books are retellings of classic fairy tale and they are all interconnected and amazing. I tend to recommend the series to young adults at the library and I haven’t had any complaints yet.
Quick reasons why I love the series:
The larger story: The five books all interconnect to tell a larger story. I’m just going to let you in on a secret, the ‘Winter‘ book is about ‘Snow White’ and the other characters from the book all join together and there are ‘seven’ of them… Yep details like that make me so happy!
The covers: I know a lot of people give Cinder a tough time about the cover – what with the whole weird looking foot in a shoe but I love it and I love them all!.
Finally the best of the additional content has made it to the game 😀
Add weather to your Sims’ lives to tell new stories, enjoy seasonal activities, and celebrate heartfelt holidays with The Sims™ 4 Seasons. Make the most out of the weather all year round, from crisp snowfalls to sweltering heat – every world is affected by seasons in unique ways. Create a winter story with ice skating, befriend a magical scarecrow at the fall harvest, share a spring fling during a downpour, or host a summer pool party. Gather friends and family to celebrate holidays complete with traditions, gifts, and special guests. Stay warm or keep cool with all-new outfits to brave the elements. Even begin a blossoming gardening career as a botanist or by crafting floral arrangements!
• Experience Impactful Weather
• Revel in Seasonal Activities
• Celebrate the Holidays
• Grow Your Gardening Career
Curing people one terribly managed hospital at a time.
About: Theme Hospital is a hospital management, simulation game. Players are given objectives and have to cure, manage, and make enough money to pass each level.
The game lets you mange a hospital by creating rooms, hiring employees, researching disorders, making money, and most of all, curing patients. The game has a fixed view camera that sometimes is an issue to navigate around but the seemingly simple game is very fun.
Why: Origin has the game as a free download for all PC gamers.*
Best Bits: The Bullfrog Productions developed game is indicative of the EA brand, that is, it is full of weird humour. Most of this humour can be found in the descriptions of disorders, employee descriptions, and the PA announcements.
Thoughts so far: While the game has the simple graphics from 1997, the game play is what keeps me coming back. Although it may be a tad off putting with the blocky graphics, it is still nevertheless entertaining.
I am enjoying the challenge of of trying to beat my ten year old self and get past the earthquake stage.
At first glance, New Style Boutique appears to be a game predominantly for younger girls. However after exhausting my 3DS demo, I finally caved in a purchased the game. Compared to the demo, the game mechanics are very different. The main plot of the game is that after moving to a new town, your character finds a job at a boutique fashion store owned by Evie. After working a few days, you are promoted to manager while the owner goes off and eventually establishes the fashion shows that are featured in the game demo.
The main game play aspects involve creating and picking outfits for clients, stocking and buying inventory from merchandisers as well as participating in nightly fashion shows. In addition to these activities done for the shore, players are able to customise their own character with clothes purchased through the merchandisers as well as makeup and hairstyles purchased at other stores throughout the city.
The game runs on an internal clock, based on a typical day in which only a limited number of activities can be achieved. Broken up into morning, day, night and late night, certain activities can only be accessed at certain times.
There are a variety of fashions available to players with styles ranging from chic, eastern, feminine, gothic, and glam just to name a few. The variety of clothes and the outfit combinations that players can create is only limited by the imagination. The mix of game play keeps New Style Boutique interesting and easily allows gamers to play for multiple (in game) days.
The newest installment of the Animal Crossing series a ‘New Leaf‘, sees a return to the hand held with the game being released for the 3DS. Having been only recently made aware of the franchise, by the ‘coming soon’ trailers for the game, the rich history and back catalogue of the series was quickly researched. Having now played both the Animal Crossing ‘City Folk’ on the Wii and original Gamecube game, the developed and forever subtle nature of the series is one that has made quite an impression on me.
The game of every Animal Crossing but in particular ‘New Leaf,’ is in its very nature is subtle. Rather than logging numerous consecutive hours playing through a story, each Animal Crossing game is a simulation and town building game. The gameplay is one that sees players returning for a small amount of time every day, in order to build, buy and sell objects to develop both the town and the players house. Rather than being boring, the gaming mechanism keeps its appeal long after the purchase of the game.
In regards to ‘New Leaf’ a new angle has been taken to further immerse players into the action with the player being mistaken as the new mayor. This elevated position is one that sees players being able to have a say in exactly how the town operates. Public projects such as windmills, lamp posts, a cafe and even the opening of a night club are all available to a player. A further way that ‘New Leaf’ is modifiable by the player is that players can dicate how they play. That is, through ordinances paid for by the player, the town shopping area can stay open later, or can open earlier, depending on the time in which user tend to play the game.
The most endearing element of the game franchise and ‘New Leaf’ are the characters. The animal characters that populate each tiny town each offer up a new look, perspective, speech type and room design. The interactions that can be had between player and animal are the most surprising as this gamer found herself feeling very strongly for the characters. At the news that one of my animals was considering leaving the town, I was panicked and upset that they would consider leaving. After informing the animal that they were still very much wanted in the town, the decision to stay was one that relieved.
Other more ‘special’ characters such as Isabelle (your secretary of sorts), KK Slider (the musician) Brewster (the caffeine dispensing pigeon), and the Able sisters (who make and distribute clothes) just to name all add to the intrinsic pleasure that this games gives players. If you have never heard of nor played an Animal Crossing game before, then now is the time to try as ‘New Leaf’ is one that delivers on simulation, home and heart. The number of hours spent playing this game, even if it is only for a few minutes a day, are all minutes well spent.
The EA simulation game The Sims 3is one that I find both addicting and a guilty pleasure. The term guilty pleasure is used in this case if only because the game is one that I find is played whilst something else has to be done. That is, The Sims 3 is a game that feeds procrastination.
A simulation game, in that you are simulating the lives of ‘Sim’s’ that you have created, is one that provides you with an open world in which to guide your characters life. After choosing a specific town, the options of who to create, how to control and what to do are all left to the player. A person could choose to play generation after generation from their original Sim, or the aging mechanism can be turned off and a Sim could achieve immortality. The possibilities are virtually endless.
The newest expansion pack of the base game The Sims 3 is Seasons. This pack sees the addition of a weather function and the flow of changing seasons. Having skipped The Sims 2, this new pack and addition of weather is one that has proven to add to game play exponentially. If there was ever a feeling of something missing, this is the pack to quell these emotions. The inclusions of snow, rain, heat and the cold flesh out the game, with new mood lets appearing in correspondence with these events.
As well as the addition of mood lets, the change of the seasons is one that invokes a quarterly ‘festival.’ Coinciding with Spring, the town embraces a dance contest and egg hunt while the Autumn town square sees the addition of a spooky castle and apple bobbing. Coupled with these festivals are new actions that the Sims can do, for example in Autumn young Sims can trick or treat, or in Winter mistletoe can be purchased and a gift giving party can be thrown.
The addition of a downloadable patch that adds a blue print function, lets you choose from pre-made and furnished rooms, allowing players to quickly create a home or add an extension to a pre-existing house. This new function is one that is time saving and has been incorporated into my game play numerous times.
Whether you are a new player looking for a pack to upgrade your base game with, or a seasoned player with all the expansions, Seasons is to not be missed.