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Reviews By Kids, For Kids: Undertale

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Undertale – The Fallen Human

Undertale was released on September 15th, and since has spawned a massive fan base obsessed with the ingenuity of creator Toby Fox’s character design, musical talents, and copious amounts of detail. Using 8-bit style graphics, Undertale tells the story of a child who falls into an underground world of monsters, and they must make their way through their kingdom in order to return to the surface.

The game is absolutely outstanding, on some popular websites being named one of the best games of all time. It is made in the RPG style, having a simple end goal and turn-based combat system. However, Fox creates a new aspect to the combat, giving players the opportunity to spare their opponents instead of killing them. The entire journey can be completed without killing a single monster, and through these choices, the story bends in certain ways. Every friend in one playthrough could be an enemy in another, subtly making the player anxious about every choice they make.

The amount of detail in every single area of the game is incredible, with every object having interesting, sometimes comical descriptions. Hidden bits of text and dialogue are still being discovered, two months after the release, due to the characters having countless ways to be interacted with.

The design of the characters is one of the highest points of the game, with their physical designs and personalities feeling almost real, especially combined with the amount of optional dialogue. Ranging from skeleton brothers to amphibian scientists to a spear-wielding fish, the characters are memorable, and the player is forced to fight every single one.

The other area that Undertale shines in is the music construction. Costing nearly $10 for the soundtrack alone shows that some definite work was put into it, as well as listening to it during the game. The intricate, upbeat melodies create fantastic battles, enhancing the gameplay tremendously. The calm, simple music inside of towns and environments can change the mood entirely. The songs are a major contributor to the popularity of the game, in addition to the detail.

Undertale is incredibly enjoyable for almost all audiences, and the bonds created with characters and places influence the player critically. However, the story and characters are the best parts of the game, with the gameplay mechanics being somewhat tedious at certain points. But the best parts are outstanding, and the playtime is not too long. It is expertly designed, formatted, and created, easily making it one of the greatest games of our time.

~Review by Berreh.

Highly recommended. 10/10. Good for ages 10+. Some language, some blood. Much humor, a good amount of reading. Requires extreme determination, dexterity, reflexes, and eye-hand coordination.

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Want more?

Undertale website

Undertale wiki

Undertale on STEAM – UNDERTALE! The RPG game where you don’t have to destroy anyone.  $10

Undertale STEAM community – Welcome to UNDERTALE. In this RPG, you control a human who falls underground into the world of monsters. Now you must find your way out… or stay trapped forever.

Undertale fan art – DeviantArt (there’s a lot!)

Have you played Undertale? What’s your favorite ending? Character? Song? Is Frisk a boy or a girl? Is Sans a human? Is Undertale the ‘best game ever’? Tell us what you think! (Please post spoiler warnings if needed!)

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E3 2015: Nintendo Direct: Reaction – A family of gamers

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E3 2015: Nintendo Direct

The kids and I were eagerly anticipating Nintendo’s E3 show. We all raced into the living room at 1 minute of, kicked on AppleTV, went to E3.nintendo.com on my iPhone, and grabbed a seat on a sofa for the about-to-start livestream.

So many games! What a jam packed hour! Muppets. StarFox, Mario, amiibo, Zelda, Metroid, Fire Emblem, and more!

Here’s a recap, and our reactions.

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What’s Hot: The Life of Severus Snape (fan made video)

It’s been almost 18 years since the first book in JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series came out. Many – if not most – kids have grown up reading the books and watching the movies, eagerly anticipating the release of the next one in the series.

The story of a young wizard, as he grows up, learns about his past, has adventures, and faces his destiny of battling the evil Lord Voldemort. We root for Harry the whole way.

But.

Woven alongside is another story.

A story of love. And anguish. And bravery.

The story of Severus Snape.

You don’t choose who you fall in love with.

Going viral right now is a YouTube video, made by Harry Potter fan kcawesome13, of “Severus Snape’s most important scenes and arcs in the Harry Potter film series in chronological order”.

 Grab your box of Kleenex.

And be prepared to be pulled back into the world of Harry Potter for 15 minutes of feels.

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Apps for Kids: 2048

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My 6th grader came home from school last week, and asked to use my iPhone – “for homework”, she said. I rolled my eyes, smiling, as I handed her the phone – “Oh, really?”, wondering which game she would start up.

She then went to the App Store and downloaded 2048. “My homework is to get as high of a score as possible, Mom!” After 30 minutes or so, she quit at 128.

As a parent, it’s important to keep an eye on what my kids are doing, so, of course, I had to check it out. I asked her to explain how it worked. 30 minutes later, after many Game Over’s, my high score – 256.

Dang. This is like Flappy Bird – for math!

What is 2048?

2048 is a free single player online sliding block puzzle game, where you slide numbered tiles on a grid to combine them. The goal is to join the numbers so they eventually add up to the 2048 tile.

How to play:

On your smartphone, swipe to move the tiles. On your PC, use your arrow keys to move the tiles.

When two tiles with the same number touch, they merge into one.  Get to the 2048 tile, and you reach a high score.

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Simple and fun, 2048 is free to play, and not monetized in any way.

According to Wikipedia:

The game has been described by the Wall Street Journal as “almost like Candy Crush for math geeks”.

I know people who have gotten as high as 8192, and some people play this game for days – weeks even – to try to attain the highest score possible. Crazy. But geek-cool. Highest score so far? One Reddit user got a score of 3,866,384.

And if you like 2048, which is a game of 2’s, you might want to try out Threes.

Links:

PC download – http://gabrielecirulli.github.io/2048/

iOS download – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/2048/id840919914?mt=8

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What’s Hot: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic “Double Rainboom” fan-made episode

Double Rainboom is finally out! A totally fan-made full length MLP:FiM episode, starring all your favorite ponies.  Made as a class project by FlamingoRich with assistance from a whole crew of MLP fans/bronies, and full permission of Hasbro, Double Rainboom is a clever, colorful treat!

Twilight has worked for a long time to create a magical potion. Except, she’s not really sure what it does. So, of course, Rainbow Dash drinks it. Suddenly, Rainbow Dash is super powerful. She does a double rainboom, and ends up transporting herself to a new dimension.  The PowerPuff Girls’ dimension…

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What’s Hot: Nerdy Nummies

Yesterday we had reason to celebrate. Son #1 got a big envelope from the college of his choice. He was accepted, and received a sizeable scholarship.

Me: “What should we do to celebrate?!?!”

Kids: “Go out to dinner!!”

Me: “No! We’re poor – we have to save for tuition!!”

My 10 year old daughter: “Let’s make a cake – just like Nerdy Nummies!”

Me: “Huh?”

My 10 year old daughter: “YouTube, Mom, come on…” *commence rolling of the eyes*

Unbeknownst to me, my girl has been watching hours of Nerdy Nummies on YouTube. And, she put it to good use – she made a chocolate cake, frosted it, put frosting in a plastic baggie and decorated it all fancy – all by herself.

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What’s Hot: Minecraft Style (parody of PSY’s Gangnam Style)

Love PSY’s “Gangnam Style“? Love Minecraft? Captain Sparklez puts it all together for you, with some epic animation…

My kids told me about this video when I asked what they would like for their morning wake-up song. I said, “But, it only has 2 million views!”. They said, “Yeah, Mom, it’s new – like, it’s been up for like, 2 days.”

Oooooohhhh, sexy piggies…

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