Gaming Cup of Coffee week 24

Well, it’s been a busy week here on! I must say it wasn’t the most exiting E3 for Nintendo fans, but still, there was enough news to tell. If you want to read up on the things that stood out to me, you’ll find the blogs here:

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E3 day 1 personal highlights

Sony and Xbox, my thoughts

Handheld games at E3

Ever Oasis, a mix of Animal Crossing and Fantasy Life

More games at E3 2016

Still, there’s more gaming news to share on this Friday, so take your cup of Coffee, sit down and let’s enjoy our weekly gaming chat!

Human Resource Machine mobile game

I noticed a new Mobile game on iOS that looks mightily interesting, and gets high reviews. Human Resource Machine is a smart and engaging puzzler that is part math game, part programming game, part contraption builder and overall can be quite a challenge. It seems to be a unique game that doesn’t test how quick you are or how dexterous. It’s a unique game that tests your grey matter.

This is from the review on Gamezebo:

The game casts you as a lowly worker making your way up the corporate tower. Quite literally in fact, as each level is a floor you access through a dirty elevator. As the lowest of the low it’s your job to sort things from the inbox to the outbox. They roll in on conveyor belts, and you have to move them over to a conveyor belt on the other side of the room.

To do this you need to program a series of actions to take. To begin with they’re as simple as adding the inbox action and then the outbox action. You drag them from a list and add them in the order you want to perform them in a list on a clipboard. But after a while you’re adding in jumps to circle to different points of the code. Then the game starts putting different obstacles in your path. You need to add and subtract numbers, put things into the outbox in certain orders, and discard some boxes altogether.

I just wish there was a lite version for the game to give it a try. There isn’t, it’s EUR 4,95 for the full game. Not much, but what if I don’t like it? What do you think?
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Stardew Valley will be released on PS4, Xbox and WiiU

Developer ConcernedApe announced that they’re bringing their indie farming simulator game Stardew Valley to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Wii U in Q4 2016! Now that’s good news, as this indie game on the PC has quite a large loyal following.

With help of Chucklefish Games and Sickhead Games, Stardew Valley will be available in time for the Christmas holidays. They also mentioned that the current, rudimentary controller support in the PC version is “far from ideal,” and it’ll need to be adjusted prior to the launch. The Wii U version will feature a second screen using the Wii U GamePad.

I’m curious: those of you who have enjoyed the PC version, will you start a new farm on the other consoles?

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Gurumin a Monstrous adventure

A port of a game that was previously available on the PSP has been announced for release in Europe and America as a download only title in the eShop. I must say the game is new to me, but if you want cute and colourful, this might be a good one. The game has multiple endings and some 35+ hours of gaming fun. This is what the story is about:

Gurumin follows the adventures of Parin, a young human girl. Sent to live with her grandfather while her parents are away, Parin discovers a whole new world when she stumbles on Monster Village! Making friends with the friendly monsters who live there, Parin is also able to unearth a legendary drill – just in time to start helping her new friends defend themselves against a group of baddies known as phantoms.

Here’s the trailer:

Grand Kingdom, lite version for free on the Vita

Yesterday, on my regular check of the PS Store, I was surprised to see that Grand Kingdom is downloadable for free on the Vita. Free is good, even if it’s only a lite version for this tactical RPG. I must be honest, that game hadn’t been on my radar. I haven’t checked it out yet either, so I don’t know if I’ll like it. But I will surely give it a try.

This is the description: “You’ll be traversing the continent of Resonail as the leader of a mercenary group. Along the way, you’ll discover the complex history behind the fall of the Uldein Empire, hire new members to build up your mercenary crew, and spend time fighting under contract for each of four unique countries using an interesting team-building and tactical combat system.”

Well, I guess there’s enough gaming ahead to help us through next week, right?

Thanks for the chat, and I hope to see you again next week!


  1. I bought Grand Kingdom the other day, but haven’t had time to play it yet. Human Resource Machine looks cool, I spotted it many moons ago on Steam. If you want to try a neat iOS game I recommend Card Crawl. I think there is a free lite version you can try.

  2. I’m interested in picking up Stardew Valley on Wii U since I’m a fan of Harvest Moon. I’ve played Human Resource Machine on the Wii U, and it’s pretty fun. However, it gets pretty hard midway through. It’s pretty difficult if you don’t have programming experience (I have some, and this game was conceptually hard for me to figure out). Actual programmers have said that this game is too simple, while non-programmers struggle with the difficulty curve. I’m on the lower end of the scale, and I’d say that it was fun while it was simple but just too frustrating and nearly unplayable. I’d say to watch some videos of some of the middle gameplay (even if it will spoil a little), just to make sure it’s something you want to experience.

    1. Not smart if the developers are keen to put the game on mobile. Not that I’m saying mobile games should be simple, but if you want to reach a large audience, you’ll have to make sure they don’t get frustrated by the game, right? I’ve held off on it for now, so many games to play and so little time!

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