Monthly Archives: April 2017

More Information About New Monopoly Gamer

Monopoly is no stranger to themed boardgames, and Hasbro’s latest iteration, Monopoly Gamer, is just that but with a sheen of everyone’s favorite crimson plumber, Mario.

The concept is still the same—you’ll duke it out with your pals, running around and around the board to buy property and get those coins, but here’s the twist: special powers and boss battles. The player at the end of the game with the most coins and points wins.

During your trek as Mario, Donkey Kong, Princess Peach or Yoshi, each character will have a special power to call their own. For example, Princess Peach has the “Super Star” power, which allows her to collect rent from the bank when she lands on the corresponding space. And did we mention power-ups? There’s a whole new die for that. Fire flowers, anyone?

If the original cast isn’t enough for you, you’ll be able to add to your repertoire of characters with power packs featuring Luigi, Boo, Rosalina, Wario, Diddy Kong and more. These will be sold separately for $2.99.

The standard version of the game will be available everywhere starting in August, but starting today, you can catch the collector’s edition with an exclusive Bowser character token at GameStopfor $39.99.

 

Some Ways to Survive the Wave At Splatoon 2 Salmon Run

Now that Splatoon 2 has landed on the Switch, people from far and wide have begun to embrace their primal need to spread their inky residue to every imaginable corner, leaving no crevice uncoated. Naturally, this extends to Salmon Run—Splatoon 2’s own take on the popular wave defense mode. But with so much inky essence flying across the place, it can be difficult to score big as you fight against the salmon hordes, which is why we’ve come up with several tips to help you become the bane of salmon everywhere.

1. Keep the map splatted

Just like the rest of the game modes in Splatoon 2, making sure that your surroundings are sufficiently coated in your own juicy substances is the key to success. Every salmonid has its own way of spreading enemy ink trails, and if you allow this to build up over the course of a round, you and your team will start having trouble getting to and from the egg basket as your range of movement becomes severely restricted. To makes matters worse, these ink trails will also remain on the level for the remainder of the match

To combat this, you and your team should make it a habit to splat as much of your surroundings as possible as you navigate your way across the map, just as you would in Turf War. There is also a short period of time at the start of each round where no salmonids have spawned yet. Try making the most of this time by building up a healthy layer of squid sauce across key areas on the level, the most important being around the egg collection basket and any major ramps and pathways in the surrounding areas..

2. Communication is key

This might sound a little strange considering how poorly implemented the Switch’s online communication tools are, but bear with me. When playing a round of Salmon Run, each player has two contextually sensitive automated chat commands they can send out, alerting the other players that something important is happening and that they should stop gunking up a wall for a few seconds and pay attention to their allies.

In lieu of an actual voice chat, these commands are vital to making sure you and your team knows exactly what’s happening across other areas of the level. Ignoring the important, if inessential, “Booyah” taunt for a second, the two main commands are “ This Way” and “Help.” The first can be used when you are upright, and can be helpful when trying to signal to your team that a boss salmonid is at your location, or that there are golden eggs waiting to be collected nearby. The second command can only be used when you have been downed, either by enemy ink or by taking a regrettable dip in the nearby waters, and serves as a beacon to let your allies know you need them to come and shower you in their inky ichor.

3. Prioritize boss salmonids

Left to their own devices, any one of the boss salmonids can pose a serious threat to the success of your team. Not only do they coat the surrounding area with enemy ink at an alarming rate, but their special attacks can also target unsuspecting squid kids from across the map. Since they drop the coveted golden eggs required to complete each round, taking down these salmonid bosses should be at the top of every player’s priority list.

Luckily there are a couple of ways to look out for these nasty blighters as they appear. For starters, a notification will pop up at the top left side of the screen whenever a boss salmonid spawns, although this can be easily missed when you’re in the thick of the action. It’s also worth knowing that a loud foghorn will play whenever a new boss shows up, which makes tracking them much easier during combat. Just like regular salmonids, the boss variety will always spawn at the coastline, regardless of whether they are able to fly or not, so make sure to cast an eye over the shoreline whenever you suspect a new boss has surfaced.

4. Stay close to the egg tank

One of the most common mistakes in Salmon Run is that players gets overzealous in their salmon splatting and end up venturing too far away from their allies. Alone and outnumbered, it’s very easy for the salmon hordes to overrun unsuspecting squids, cutting off your escape route with their inky droppings as they batter you from all angles.

 

To solve this, players should try and stick to the immediate area around the egg collection tank. This isn’t always possible when boss salmonids with high range appear, but for most occasions the enemies will come to you. Not only does this give you and your team a central point to gather around, but it also makes depositing golden eggs a lot easier if you kill them within spitting distance of the egg basket.

5. Remember to use your special abilities

When you’re out there slathering salmons in your silky syrup, it’s easy to forget that you have more than just your firearm at your disposal. Along with the weapon that you are randomly assigned at the start of each round, you’re also given two charges in a special ability, and remembering to use these super powered payloads can easily mean the difference between success or failure.

While you might think holding onto your special for a particularly nasty boss spawn is a good idea, it’s almost always better to activate it whenever things look like they are going south. Specials can be great for clearing away large buildups of enemy ink, reviving multiple teammates at once, and even just creating some breathing room so you can regroup and gain control of the situation.

6. Don’t forget about your squid form

When playing Salmon Run, it’s very easy to get carried away with your trigger finger. There’s a lot of salmon to spray with your sticky serum, after all. And whilst it’s not necessarily a bad move to make sure you thin the horde’s numbers, you should try to remember that you’re not just a kid, you’re also a squid. Not only does slipping into squid-form grant you a much faster way to navigate around the map, it also opens up access ways and shortcuts that you can exploit to make ferrying golden eggs much more efficient.

To make the most of your cephalopodic agility, try inking up some of the nearby walls connecting lower and upper areas. These often don’t get inked over by enemy salmonids, and offer you quick access routes that may otherwise be blocked off by the enemy. You should also aim to use squid form exclusively when ferrying golden eggs. Not only can you avoid enemies much easier, but being in squid form also gives you the ability to jump across larger horizontal distances, which can help clear obstacles and avoid incoming fire.

 

7. Cash in your golden eggs immediately

Speaking of golden eggs, one of the worst habits players pick up in Salmon Run is the idea that they need to collect every golden egg that drops. Of course, it’s important to meet the quota set in each round, but target number is almost always easily achieved, and you and your team should never need to sacrifice a member for the sake of extra eggs.

By waiting around and guarding dropped eggs, you are also risking the egg that you yourself could be cashing in on. The important thing to remember here is that there is no shortage of boss salmonids throughout each round. If the rest of your team can’t make it over to the drop site in time, you shouldn’t try and hang around to protect them.

 

Know Best Boardgames Based on Videogames

Among the harshest of childhood life lessons is that franchised board games are rubbish. They look so enticing, favorite films and videogames made flesh in your quivering kiddy hands. Then, when you get it home, set it up and play it’s all cheap plastic and a thin skin over what’s basically Ludo or, at a push, Risk.

Well we’re here to help you unlearn that lesson, because toy manufacturers have been lying to you. It’s perfectly possible to make fantastic physical versions of digital games. The secret is simple: you need to get a talented designer who loves the source material instead of trying to make a fast cash-in.

Here’s a seven-step process to finding videogame nirvana in the real world.

This War Of Mine: The Board Game

If you haven’t had quite enough of watching innocent people die in the ruins of a bombed-out city on screen, now you can do it on a board. This is a cooperative affair that mimics the mechanics of the original quite closely. By day you’re working on your shelter. By night you’re venturing out into the ravaged buildings to scavenge for supplies.

What makes the whole thing come together is the included book of stories. It’s a little like a choose your own adventure affair that garnishes play with a rich level of narrative. The result is a unique experience, but not always a happy one.

XCOM: The Board Game

Just as the original heralded a rebirth of popular strategy on screen, so this launched a whole new genre of board games driven by mobile apps. While the players work together training soldiers and managing resources, an AI in the app dictates alien plans and movement.

What turns the game into a thrilling pressure cooker, though, is that the app also puts a timer on all your activities. So instead of carefully measured planning, everyone ends up screaming at each other to make decisions before the clock runs down. In a neat twist the player controlling the app can waste precious seconds to “scan” for alien activity and get clues as to what’s coming next.

Gears of War: The Board Game

At this point, we’d forgive you for thinking there was a theme going on in the way publishers title these games. And there’s another, too: videogame licenses are expensive and board game publishers are poor. So when the license expires, the game is no longer in print and prices skyrocket. Such is the case for this Gears of War game, which now fetches three figure sums.

You might think that’s surprising, given that the slow pace of board gaming is anathema to an action game like Gears. Yet this is a startling and brilliant re-creation which focuses on the tactical use of equipment and cover. In yet another common theme, it’s a co-operative game with players controlling individual Gears against the Locust horde.

StarCraft: The Board Game

Real-time strategy is a much closer fit to the board game strategy and this 2007 adaptation didn’t disappoint. In addition to innovative combat and resource management, it framed everything in a high-level campaign. Players competed with their factions for control of a modular map of interconnected planets.

Unfortunately it’s been out of print for some years and now sells for eye-watering sums. Fortunately you can still experience much of its brilliance with a different theme. The publisher re-used a lot of its ideas in the Forbidden Stars game, set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe. That is now also out of license and out of print so if you like the sound of it, grab it now before prices go interstellar.

Mechs vs Minions

Strangely, this League of Legends board game didn’t come from an independent publisher but direct from Riot Games. And it’s a labor of love, arriving in a colossal box full of gleefully overproduced components. There are metal coins, plastic gems, painted Yardles and exactly one hundred minion miniatures.

It’s another co-op affair, but with a twist. Players don’t move their pieces directly but instead assign them a program of orders before a timer runs out. Then it’s general hilarity as the unexpected consequences of mistakes play out like a line of dominoes toppling over. Print runs are limited, so invest now if you fancy it.

DOOM: The Board Game

As if the rules to tabletop games weren’t confusing enough, publishers like to confuse you with editions, too. There’s a 2004 board game version of this, which is okay. There’s also a 2016 reboot to go with the reboot of the digital version, which is a whole lot better.

One player controls the demons while all the others work together as marines against the hellish horde. Combat is fast, fun and tactical all at once. And a variety of objectives for all the different players ensures replay value with no two games playing out the same.

Dark Souls: The Board Game

The source game presents designers with a problem: how to re-create the learning experience that characterizes the series? Well, this game went with the grind. It’s a tough challenge. But players can gain an edge by practicing against repeated waves of underlings before trying it on against the boss.

When they do, they’re in for a treat. Although the characters and enemies are all drawn from the original game, boss fights literally take it up a notch. Half way through the fight, they get a “heat up” card giving them a whole new slew of abilities. It’s down to players to handle the sudden change as best they can, otherwise it’s the dreaded “YOU DIED” text all over again.

 

Know Fastest Ways To Level Up in ARK

There are lots of activities to get involved with in Studio Wildcard’s ARK: Survival Evolved. You can build bases, explore a vast open world and pet dinosaurs, among other things. The world is your prehistoric oyster. It’s hard to know where to begin.

Arguably, the first thing you should do is to start leveling up your character. Leveling is incredibly useful in the game. It allows you to increase how much weight you carry, the amount of damage you take and how much you give out. It also gives you engram points that you spend on unlocking brand new recipes to craft. This means that you can build more impressive stuff the higher level you become.

There are multiple ways to acquire experience in ARK: Survival Evolved, but some methods are better than others. Below I’ve listed some of my best tips for speeding up the process.

6. Collect Explorer Notes

A great way of leveling up early on in ARK: Survival Evolved is collecting Explorer Notes.

Explorer Notes are found throughout the map near stone ruins inside chests. They inform you about different creatures you’ll encounter in the wild, and tell you more about the survivors that came before you.

They also give you tons of experience and double the amount of XP you earn for a brief period of time. This makes them worth seeking out fairly early on in your play-through, to take advantage of this temporary boost.

Each explorer note can only be found once, but don’t worry. There are many to find out in the world and they’re relatively easy to spot. They stand out from player structures and the rest of the environment, so always keep an eye out for them.

5. Punch Dodos

Another useful technique for obtaining XP quickly is killing dinosaurs and other creatures.

At the start of the game, try to pick on smaller prey like Dodos and Lystrosauruses and mash away on the left mouse or the right trigger to beat them to death. They won’t fight back, but they’ll attempt to run away. If they do this, hunt them down and finish them off.

When you get access to better equipment, like spears or bow and arrows, then you can move on to targeting the bigger creatures like Dilophosauruses, Oviraptors and Iguanodons. These dinosaurs will retaliate, but they shouldn’t give you that much of a challenge. Just strafe behind them and attack.

Keep moving up the food chain like this, and you’ll soon make some hefty progress. Just be careful not to target any of the larger predators too early, as they’ll make mincemeat of you.

4. Tame a Dinosaur

Taming dinosaurs won’t give you that much experience, but it will enable you to take on some of the stronger dinosaurs that you won’t be able to tackle on foot, helping you to grind.

Aim to tame something like a Raptor. Then use it to kill a bunch of Stegosauruses. Stegosauruses usually spawn near water sources and on the south of the Island map, so head there as there’s bound to plenty you can farm. Keep repeating the process and you’ll be surprised by how far you’ll progress in a short space of time.

3. Join a Tribe

One of the easiest ways to progress in ARK: Survival Evolved

More importantly, they’ll grant you bonus experience, if you’re within 100 metres of another member while they’re earning XP. This means you can ascend levels fairly quickly, if you coordinate with a bunch of other tribe members. Reach out on chat and see whether anyone’s recruiting. Trust me, it’s worth the effort.

2. Farm Resources

Collecting resources is another activity you can do for leveling up. You just need to build a bunch of chests and keep filling them up with wood, stone, flint and fiber and any other materials that are easily farmed from your surroundings.

There are a couple of benefits to this approach. Not only will it give you adequate resources for crafting in the future, but it will also boost your XP quicker. It may not be the most exciting way to level up, but it pays off in the long run.

 

1. Always Be Crafting

You can also exploit crafting to earn experience. Certain equipment you build will earn you more XP than others, so it’s a good idea to take advantage of this.

Craft items like sparkpowder or torches in bulk early on. These are both relatively low cost items and give you large amounts of XP over time.

Alternatively, another method is to build tons of thatch or wooden foundations. This is a good system, as you can then demolish these once they’re placed to get a fraction of the parts back and then make them again anew.

Repeat either tactic and pretty soon you’ll earn more points to spend on new engrams and attribute boosts.