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Ryan’s Not Buying Any Games in 2016!

Eugene, Mikey and I discussed our resolution to not buy any new games in 2016 on episode 38 of The Magic Hour Show. This, on our way to become the ultimate versions of ourselves – the Mega Evolution of gamer parents: well-rounded, balanced and financially responsible. I plan to update progress here – what I didn’t buy (that I totally would have in 2015), and summaries of the games played during this trial.

Since I’ve not purchased any more games since 2015 ended, quite a few have already been completed.

South Park: The Stick of Truth

Stick of Truth is a Paper Mario inspired 2-D RPG title to play when kids are asleep, or are already allowed to watch the series. Stick of Truth made me feel that I was playing through an episode of the series. There were moments that made me a little uncomfortable, and I prefer the cursing in the cartoon beeped out, but I had a blast playing it. After 18 hours of playtime, there are still some achievements I would replay for, as I’d also like to experience some of the other character classes.


I finally completed a little game called Bastion, and I enjoyed this isometric adventure. The manner in which the story is told is simply charming, with extremely well-voiced narration unfolding the events of the world, as the world itself unfolds before you. A wide range of weapons, skills and upgrades allowed for lots of experimentation to find the best build suited to my playstyle. I resisted the urge to go too far in New Game +, but plan to in order to complete some challenges and see an alternative ending.


I finished an iOS game. That’s a first. Lifeline is a text-message style choose-your-own adventure sci-fi experience. I looked forward to communiques from my space friend each morning.

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Bioshock 2

Bioshock was a cool game. So is Bioshock2. I didn’t know who my character would be heading back into Rapture. To say I was pleasantly surprised would be an understatement. I don’t remember the original game having as much combat as its sequel, but I may be misremembering – it’s been a long time. Chaining together plasmids and physical attacks was so much fun, though, I didn’t care. Rapture remains an interesting place to visit, and I was glad to see more of it. I managed to finish the game a good dad, playing only during nap times, late at night and early mornings. Time played: 16 hours.


So, Undertale is like a real popular game. I played it. I liked it. If you like quirky RPGs, you’ll probably like it, too. But, I’m guessing you’ve already played it. Undertale was totally safe for play around the kids, and made for some interesting read-alouds of in game text, in place of story time. I enjoyed Undertale enough that, after investing 12 hours in two endings, I’ll definitely play through a third.


Portal was the first Steam game I acquired. It’s hard to believe that wasn’t until 2014. After four hours spread out over 2 years, I finished the story puzzles and saw those awesome credits. My daughter was very interested in the idea of a three-dimensional puzzle, and how something you don’t put together on the floor is considered a puzzle. I’m excited for Portal 2, as I’ve heard on good authority that it’s a near flawless game.

Posted on February 13, 2016 and filed under Countdown.

The 7 Best Family-Friendly Games from E3 2015

While it may not have seemed like it from the press conferences, there were lots family-friendly games announced and introduced at E3. Here are some that you might want to keep an eye on.

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1. Disney Infinity 3.0: Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition now welcomes Star Wars™ to the ever-growing collection of Marvel, Disney and Disney•Pixar characters, stories and worlds. Together new heroes can join forces with characters from previous editions and embark on adventures as big as your imagination in the Toy Box! Available Fall 2015 on PlayStation®4, PlayStation®3, Wii U™, Xbox One, Xbox 360. [family gamer tv video Hands on with Boba Fett]

2. Unravel: A delightful adventure game from small Swedish developer Coldwood with the support of EA, Unravel features the adventure of Yarny, a small character made of a single thread of yarn. Along your journey, you unlock memories of a long lost family. It's a game with heart, and looks absolutely adorable.

3. World of Final Fantasy: Embark on an adventure unlike any before to an all new WORLD OF FINAL FANTASY. With charming, stylized visuals for both the young and the young at heart, players will collect, raise, and battle iconic monsters by stacking them to form adorable yet strategic monster towers. The memorable legends of FINAL FANTASY come to life in this imaginative, colorful world as an epic story fit for the smallest of heroes unfolds. Available first on PS4 and PSVita in 2016.


4. Animal Crossing Happy Home Designer: In this next Animal Crossing game for the 3DS, play as the town's city planner, helping residents layout and design their homes. Your favourite villagers can be added to your town via new amiibo cards. Available September 25 2015 for Nintendo 3DS.

5. Skylanders Superchargers: It's Skylanders... with vehicles! Also notable for Nintendo platforms are the new Skylander/amiibo hybrids: Turbo Charge Donkey Kong and Hammer Slam Bowser. Join the team of Superchargers to pilot a variety of vehicles of land, sea and sky to defeat Kaos and save Skylands. Available September 20 2015. [family gamer tv video]

6. Lego Dimensions: Lego gets into the Toys to Life game category in a big way with an extreme crossover of characters in one game. Play with characters from Back to the Future, Portal, Ghostbusters, The Lego Movie, The Lord of the Rings, DC Comics, Doctor Who, the Simpsons and many more! Available September 27 2015.

7. Super Mario Maker: Nintendo is giving everyone the ability to make their own Mario levels in the newly renamed Super Mario Maker. Play with an unlimited number of levels designed by players worldwide, and share your creations with everyone. Using the Wii U Gamepad to design levels in one of four Mario styles, you can challenge yourself and your friends with amazing new creative levels. Available September 11 2015 for Wii U.

Bonus Pick 8. Yoshi's Woolly World: Embark on a new Yoshi adventure in a world made from yarn, cloth and textiles. Explore the world by using yarn to weave wool platforms and warp pipes to reach new areas, and gleefully unravel its secrets and puzzles by pulling yarn walls apart. Add a little color to Yoshi's life with a spectrum of yarn balls. Then team up with a friend to have a ball together in this wild and woolly world. Available October 16 2015 for Wii U.


Posted on June 17, 2015 and filed under Countdown.

The Magic Hour Show Splatoon Giveaway!

What's better than a splatfest? How about a FREE splatfest?

That's right, we're giving one lucky person a copy of Splatoon! This is a North American Region game, so please make sure you can run the game before entering!

To enter, follow the instructions below, and good luck! You can enter in multiple ways, and you can enter each day, so check back for more entries. Contest closes on June 12th at midnight Pacific Time.

Posted on June 5, 2015 and filed under Countdown.

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (3DS) releases early for some lucky hunters

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is set to release on Friday, February 13th but some people have been lucky enough to receive their copies of the game a little bit early! It seems that retailers in the UK have no qualms about breaking the street date, those cheeky monkeys!

Enjoy the hunt, my friends!

Posted on February 12, 2015 and filed under News, Countdown.