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Our kid reviews are back! This time we have a review for Pokémon Y from Seamus!


This review is all about Pokémon Y. It is one of the Kalos region games as opposed to the more recent Sun and Moon. I am here to drop-kick back to X&Y.

Pokémon Y is the partner to Pokémon X, while being partners it’s surprising how they compare. But they are similar enough that you can get the same tech specs for X so don’t worry if you bought it and are reading this. The only real differences are the Legendary Pokémon and certain mega evolutions. Both Charizard and Mewtwo mega-evolve differently cross game. But, mega stones can be traded from game to game so you can easily get the opposite mega in your game. The legendary is the real determining factor. But again you can trade (but who on earth would trade their legendary even for another legendary? You probably picked the game because you like the legendary better). But that’s just me talking on and on. (I went with Y because my awesome uncle gave it to me as a gift. I had no choice in the matter but Y is cooler in my opinion and surprises are great so thank you so much uncle Pete!) I just love Yvetal.

I played this on a 3Ds and I feel that Nintendo didn’t take advantage of the 3D factor as much as they could have. If you only had a 2Ds you wouldn’t be missing much at all. They only put it in on battles which is only half of the game. The story makes up for that though going far from just battle gyms as you spend good amounts of time battling team flare. I won’t give much away on that but they are an evil organization you must stop. You also get to travel with four other trainers two of which are you next door neighbors. They are Shauna, Serana, Tierno, and Trevor.

This game is a wonderful play with plot twists, puzzles, action, and awesome exploration. Everything a game needs!

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Welcome to the EFG Kids’ Corner! This is a series of articles written by gamer kids all over the country! If you are a gamer kid (or know one) send me your best stuff in an email at editor@engagedfamilygaming.com! You just might see it here!

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I’ve waited a while to talk about this game because I needed to play it a bit. Dragon Quest Builders, a PS4 exclusive, is my favorite game that I have on the PS4. It’s kind of like Minecraft crossed with Clash Of Clans. I like that the main character looks like Link enough so that I think I’m playing Zelda. It’s a great entry to the Dragon Quest series by introducing you to the items and baddies, even though it is very post apocalyptic because you are in a destroyed form of the Dragon Quest world.

Now we are onto the story! The main character (you) is woken up by the Goddess in a strange chamber, the tutorial room. The Goddess tells you that you are the only person with the power of building and creating items. After exiting that chamber you see a desolate land inhabited by plants and monsters as well as the remains of a city (See! I told you post-apocalyptic). The Goddess tells you to walk towards the ruins and plant a flag. After you plant the flag a person shows up and asks you to build a house. After you build the house she asks you to find food. After you find both of you food she asks you to build a stone mason’s workshop, basically a house to craft in. After you build that building you are told to find another person. After you find him you have a non-tutorial state of game and you can finally roam and do whatever you want .

You play the game by killing monsters and building. Each city in the game is a different level. You complete a level by beating a big boss after completing all the quests in that city. You get materials by breaking blocks and beating monsters and you beat monsters by hitting them with weapons you make.

Is this a good game? Yes it is, it’s very fun, and engaging. Should you play it? Yes, you should it’s probably the best Minecraft copy and town builder that is also its own game I have ever played!

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The Nintendo Switch launches on March 3rd, 2016. It has a lean launch lineup, but the rest of the year looks much better. We showed all of the trailers for the launch window games to our stable of kid writers to collect their thoughts. This is a great way to take the pulse of some gamer kids and to see what they are excited about.

 

Launch Day

1-2 Switch

Evan – 10

I really like the idea of the game, but I have already played a lot of mini-game based video games like Mario Party, Wii Party, and Wii Sports. I still like the idea of being able to enter a saturated genre but with new hardware that lets you do more interesting stuff.

I’m disappointed that I didn’t see any Mii characters.

Jacob – 8

I think it looked cool. The coolest part of the game is that you can play it anywhere and with anyone. I can’t wait to play the sandwich eating mini-game. That looks funny.

Seamus – 11

This game is like a version of “Wii Sports” for Switch. Players hold the Joy-Cons and act out activities and games. I feel like it might be a way to introduce the uniqueness of the Switch but 59.99 definitely overpriced.

Just Dance 2017

Evan

I like that they will keep adding new songs during different holidays. But, I’m disappointed that they haven’t shown us anything special for the Nintendo Switch.

Jacob

It’s cool that they have an app where you can watch other people’s dances.

Seamus

This is your classic “Just Dance” game. There are no big changes and just a few new songs.  That’s all that changed. NOT!!! Just Dance is now on your phone and has access to 200+ new tracks!

But, overall it’s not something to be that psyched about in my opinion. I stopped after “Just Dance 2014” and I didn’t even buy that or ask for it. But I feel like I’m being too negative, because it’s not a bad game. If you liked the others buy it for sure!

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Jacob

I think it looks really cool. I think it’s cool that some of the characters talk.  The monsters look pretty awesome too. I’m not a big Legend of Zelda fan so I’m not looking forward to this one too much.

Evan

First of all, my only question is: Where is the green tunic!?!?

But, aside from that, I think that is the highlight for the Switch in the year 2017. I think this is probably going to have the deepest story of any game that Nintendo has ever made. I really like that there will be voice acting.

The fact that it is an open world game is going to be really fun, but will make it a lot harder.

Seamus

<Time Passes>

Oh! Sorry! That took a while I was at the store… BUYING THIS GAME!!! Okay, not really.  But seriously that was an awesome trailer! CLICK IT RIGHT NOW!!! You don’t get much insight other than the graphics and some gameplay. But, those alone are enough to make me want to buy it right now! It’s also the first time Link can jump, I know it’s unbelievable but it’s true! Over 15 games and no jump until now! I saw many familiar characters such as The Great Deku Tree, the Rito,  Zelda (obviously), and much more! But seriously, CLICK THE TRAILER!!!!!!!

Super Bomberman R

Evan

I think it looks cool, but I think that it might be kind of insane as an 8-player game. Players will sabotage each other by accident while they try to play. But, I like the concept.

Jacob

I think it looks cool. I think it sounds fun to play a game with a lot of players and having bombs going off all over the place.

Seamus

I didn’t get a lot of information from that but It looks pretty interesting. I know this is lame but I don’t know anything about the Super Bomberman series and after a 30 second trailer of just gameplay I simply can’t say much more.

I am Setsuna

Evan

I am looking forward to playing this game because it was a PS4 exclusive, but when it came out we didn’t have a PS4. I’m looking forward to playing it on the Switch.

Jacob

I like role playing games like Pokemon, but I’m not a big fan of Final Fantasy though. This looks a lot like that.

Seamus

This is getting embarrassing, but this one was in Japanese and I don’t speak the language (except “Hi” and 1-10) so I don’t have much for you guys. But it seems like a good game, 3rd person, adventure, combating beasts. I’ll have to check the price.

Snipperclips

Jacob

I’m looking forward to playing this because I like puzzle games. I can’t wait to play a puzzle game with my brother. I also like crafts so cutting things to solve puzzles sounds fun.

Evan

This game looks and sounds super fun. The name is interesting. Also, puzzle games are fun but a multiplayer puzzle game sounds way more fun. This game looks insane!

I also like that you snip the other player and I can’t wait to see all the ways you can troll the other player.

Seamus

Now this looks good! It’s a two player puzzle game in which you control shapes to interact with each other and objects to solve the puzzle. It’s all about teamwork. Looks pretty good!

Launch Year

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Jacob

I like Mario Kart games. I like that they added the inklings from Splatoon and new cars for them to ride. I think the Splatoon map looks awesome, too. I can’t wait to play this game. This is the game I want to play on the Switch the most right now besides Splatoon 2.

Evan

For goodness sake, this is Mario Kart. Why wouldn’t I like it? I like they added new power-ups and I like that I’ll be able to play in balloon battle which is one of my favorite modes in Mario Kart 7. But, I’m really looking forward to racing as an Inkling, riding an inkling car, and racing on the inkling map.

I like they are keeping the DLC characters from Mario Kart 8 like Isabelle and Link. I also like that they are keeping the DLC maps as well.

Seamus

This looks sweet! I’m a sucker for Mario Kart but Nintendo stepped it up this time! It looks like they added some extra non-Mario characters,  too. But I’m not telling who! Nuh-uh! No way! Just buy the game! I will! Now go splat up that course! Oh shoot! I mean uhhhh… race it up! Yeah do that! You couldn’t splat it since there are Splatoon characters! Oh I mean aren’t! Shoot! Okay don’t say anything! (you didn’t read this!)

ARMS

Jacob

I’m not looking forward to this one because I do not like boxing games.

Evan

I’m really looking forward to playing ARMS, because I like the concept of boxing in video games and I like that ARMS makes you fight as Dhalsim from Street Fighter. I really like the added range because in Wii Sports the boxing was reallyweird  because you couldn’t move around too much. The longer reach gives you different strategies and more room for movement.

Seamus

This like boxing as Mister Fantastic! Your arms stretch all the way across the ring and are completely controlled by the joy-con in your hand! I don’t even want to know how Nintendo came up with this one!

Puyo Puyo Tetris

Evan

It looks good. I like that it is the combination of two games so you can play two games at the same time. That means someone who never played Tetris could chose to play Puyo Puyo. I like that concept a lot.

Jacob

It looks cool. I like that one person can play Puyo Puyo and the other person can be playing Tetris. I’ll be playing Tetris when I play it because I’ve never even heard of Puyo Puyo.

I really like the bright colors in the game too. It’s very cheerful.

Seamus

Huh? Tetris and Puyo Puyo? At the same time? Wouldn’t that be too hard? And why not just get the apps on your phone or ipad? I think that was a bad move. Probably not going to go anywhere.

Rime

Evan

I really like the artwork in this game. I think the world looked a lot like the world in Journey and I was a big fan of that game.

I don’t think I want to play this game though, because the trailer didn’t give me enough information about how the game is played to make me excited about it.

Jacob

It looks a lot like The Last Guardian. I think this one looks like it will be pretty hard. I don’t know if I’ll be able to run away and hide from all of those big scary monsters. But, I do like that the main character looks like a kid like me!

Seamus

Well now this looks interesting! The graphics are detailed but still cartoony but that doesn’t matter at all really, I mean we all liked Windwaker right? Looks like a puzzle game but I saw some action in there so probably half and half. Looks pretty fun but I’d recommend finding out a bit more before buying.

Splatoon 2

Jacob

Splatoon is one of my favorite games of all time. This looks cool because they added new ultimate moves like the raincloud. This means they added more weapons. I’m looking forward to playing this one a lot.

I wonder if they are going to keep Kallie and Marie.

Evan

First of all, I am looking forward to playing with the new ultimates. I’m looking forward to the new maps. I like that they are adding things from the single player mode from the original game into Splatoon 2. But, I’m really looking forward to seeing how many people use the new Splat Duelies.

Seamus

SPLATOON 2 IS COMING!!! I doubt I can even put to words the awesomeness of this! But I’ll try: Uh……………………………………….

Um……………………………

Nope.

I couldn’t do it.

You know what? Just watch the trailer and you can share the AWESOMENESS of it all. (Yeah I know that’s the second time I’ve said that) (Yes I know I’m being totally lame.) (But seriously watch it!!! It’s AWESOME!!! You will love it and thank me for making you!!! I PROMISE!!!)

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Welcome to the EFG Kids’ Corner! This is a series of articles written by gamer kids all over the country! If you are a gamer kid (or know one) send me your best stuff in an email at editor@engagedfamilygaming.com! You just might see it here!

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Evan, 10 years old

Have you ever wondered about Pokémon breeding?

Well you’re about to learn because I’m going to teach you how to breed Pokémon with a few simple steps.

Step 1: Find a Pokémon daycare (in Omega Ruby, Alpha Sapphire, X, or Y) or a nursery (in Sun and Moon).

Step2: Catch a Ditto. It’s a vital Pokémon to breeding. They are also used in competitive play.

Step 3: Choose a Pokémon you want more of (like a starter).

Step 4: Put your Ditto and the Pokémon from step 3 in the daycare or nursery.

Step 5: Wait a day or two and talk to the person outside of your nursery or daycare and you will get a egg.

Step 6: Put the egg in your party.

Step7: Find a place that is a circle where you can continually walk around without having to stop.

Step 8: Walk around the circle from step 7 until the egg hatches (The Pokémon that comes out of the egg will be the Pokémon that you bred with the Ditto) and talk to the person from step 5.

Boom!!!!! You just learned how about Pokémon Breeding.

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Welcome to the EFG Kids’ Corner! This is a series of articles written by gamer kids all over the country! If you are a gamer kid (or know one) send me your best stuff in an email at editor@engagedfamilygaming.com! You just might see it here!

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Ratchet and Clank for the PlayStation 4 is great because it’s about a Lombax and a robot who go on an adventure together. A Lombax is a fox like looking creature that’s kind of striped. Clank was supposed to be a warbot but when he was made the power went out and made a defect so he is smaller than a regular warbot. I would call it an action adventure game like Legend of Zelda because you solve puzzles and fight enemies. I think you should be 6+ to play Ratchet and Clank because some of the things in the game would be hard to play without help from an adult.

My favorite part of Ratchet and Clank is when Clank is in the factory he was made in. I also like that if you die you come back and you don’t have a specific amount of lives before a game over. Another thing I like is the weapon Groovitron because it makes your enemy dance without attacking you so it’s easier to attack them.

The part I liked the least is when you get to the planet Gaspar because you need a lot of things that you don’t have yet like the jetpack and grind boots. I also don’t like that you have no way of doing things over again like if you need to defeat someone again you can’t. Another thing I don’t like is that you can’t choose whether you play Ratchet or Clank. In the factory you play Clank. Almost everywhere else you play Ratchet.

I would rate this game 4 out of 5 stars. People who like action adventure games should give it a try.If you try this game I hope you like it.

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Hi It’s time for part two of my Yu-Gi-Oh assignment. I was asked to talk about how I got into the game and maybe even a little about how the game is played. So here we go.

I originally got into the game because I watched the show.  When I found out about the card game I went for it almost right away. I saved up and bought the Elemental Hero themed Starter Deck.

Pretty soon after that I went to a sleepaway, week-long, summer camp at Camp Mystic Lake at (no surprise) Lake Mystic. I don’t know why but I brought my deck with me. We had a free hour after lunch to roam wherever we wanted, go to the archery range, swim in the lake, take a jog in the forest paths, or whatever. On the first day I went right outside the dining hall near gaga ball and carpet ball and played with the one friend I had that played Yu-Gi-Oh, too. But, after one game we went off to play some other games. So he left for gaga and I went over to play some carpet ball.

But, on the way there I was stopped by a kid from the Ottawa cabin, which is the only other boys tween cabin. He asked me what I was playing so I told him and he wanted to know how to play.  I taught him and we got about halfway through a game before free period ended. We agreed to meet there the next day. The same day, right after free period we had a time of rest to do something quiet in our cabin, so I thought I would try to teach some of my cabin mates how to play. So I did, and each free period and time of rest I taught one more person how to play. Eventually I had about ten people I’d taught to play the game.

What I’m trying to say with this is that it’s not to hard to get people to play the game with. Just get some decks and teach your friends!

Well thanks for reading and I hope you’ll check in next time for me to wrap up this Yu-Gi-Oh trilogy by talking about my experiences at my first tournament.

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By: Seamus T

I’ve been invited to write about my experiences with a card game I play called “Yu-Gi-Oh”. First I’m going to talk about the game itself and then I’ll talk about why I decided to play it instead of more popular games like Magic: The Gathering or Pokémon.

Here we go!

Yu-Gi-Oh! is based off of an anime show with the same name. You  assemble a deck from packs of random cards or a starter kit.  Personally, I recommend a starter kit since it’s a better deal and you get a pretty decent deck that works well with its other cards instead of throwing some random ones together. You can normally find these at stores like Rite Aid, Meijer, or Target. The booster packs cost around $5 for ten cards. This might seem like a lot, but most of the time one card is the determining factor of the game. The starter packs are about $20 for a pre-assembled deck that is pretty solid.

After that you just find an opponent like a friend or go to a card store during some weekly mini-tournament event. The point of the game is to fight using your creature cards to battle opponents. You use your monsters to attack your opponent’s life points. The first player to zero life points loses the game.

The format of playing with the creature cards is similar to Pokémon and Magic: The Gathering, but what I like about Yu-Gi-Oh! is that you also have spell and trap cards which assist your monsters in many different ways and add a lot more strategy. That makes the game much more fun for me. Some examples are that the cards could give 500+ attack to all Pyro cards or make it so that a certain monster can’t attack. For this reason, it has settled ahead of Pokémon for me.  That and the fact that I wasn’t into the idea of having to fuel monsters with energy (like in Pokémon), I’d rather just get them out there to fight right away.

I really got into Yu-Gi-Oh! by watching the cartoon. When I found out there was a game I went for it. The funny thing is, now I play Magic: The Gathering right along with Yu-Gi-Oh!

Well there you have it, I’ll write again soon in part two where I’ll talk about actually getting into and playing, the game.

 

 

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