NewsLetter 13-2021

Hello there, my dear Patron! Nice to see you here in our latest Newsletter looking back at all that happened on the site since then, starting April 5th until April 11th of 2021.

So if you haven’t had time to read in the past weeks, here’s all that was published, all wrapped in a nice package. So get yourself a cup of coffee (or tea of course), kick back and enjoy!

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Reviews

Potion Party Review (Nintendo Switch) – We Like It a Lot

Puzzle Arcade Party game (US $9.99 | UK £8.99 | EU € 9,99)

Paula: I’ve had an entertaining time reviewing Potion Party, the game was interesting enough for my non-gaming partner to be drawn into it to want to try and play it. Though it is a relatively short game, with a group of friends you would have a great time playing it. The controls system is accessible to any age group, making Potion Party available for the younger members of the family to be able to join in.

Potion Party LadiesGamers

Root Film Review (Nintendo Switch) – We Like It a Lot

Visual Novel Adventure (US $39.99 | UK £34.99 | EU € 39,99)

AshRoot Film lives up to the idea of mystery and suspense. As a visual novel alone it is worth the purchase, but to add icing to the cake this game has fantastic visuals and an amazing soundtrack to go with it. There are several chapters, and the different character’s stories and perspectives keep the game fresh.

If you like a good murder mystery story full of suspense, then this is the visual novel for you!

Root Film LadiesGamers

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV Review (Nintendo Switch) – We Like It a Lot

RPG Adventure (US $59.99 | UK £53.99 | EU € 59,99)

JamesLet’s be honest, if you haven’t been sold on the Cold Steel series by this point it’s unlikely the forth game is going to change your mind. If you’re new and the Switch is your only option I would suggest picking up the third entry first (or waiting and pray that the first two games get localized for Switch in the West). 

While more of the same, The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV really stands out as one of the best jRPGs I’ve played in a long time, even if the story got a little much at times.

Falcon have done a stella job as always and hopefully the fans will enjoy the experience as much as I did. Now I think I need to go lie down.

LadiesGamers Cold Steel IV

My Universe – Cooking Star Restaurant Review (Switch) – We Like It

Lifestyle Simulation (US $29.99 | UK £35.99 | EU € 39,99)

Paula: My Universe – Cooking Star Restaurant is a decent simulation game for the age range the game is aimed at. I enjoyed my time with the game even if the mini-games ended up being rather repetitive. I think young children would have a lot of fun and get quite a bit of enjoyment with My Universe – Cooking Star Restaurant.

It would be a great game to introduce a young child to the simulation genre as there isn’t anything difficult or challenging about the game!

My Universe - Cooking Star Restaurant LadiesGamers

Ty the Tasmanian Tiger HD Review (Nintendo Switch) – We Like It

Adventure Platformer (US $29.99 | UK £23.99 | EU € 29,99)

James: Ty the Tasmanian Tiger HD  may not be the most original boomerang in the 3D platform genre, but this is a very good HD remaster. The performance of the game is solid in handheld and TV modes and I actually found myself quite enjoying what this game had to offer. It’s not without issues and feels very much like the first entry in a game series but if you’re curious and enjoy your collector type 3D platformers Ty the Tasmanian Tiger HD is well worth sinking some time into. Insert shrimp on BBQ joke here.  

LadiesGamers Ty the Tasmanian Tiger HD

Mega Mall Story 2 Review (Nintendo Switch) – We Like It

Simulation Strategy (US $14.00 | UK £11.69 | EU €13,99)

Elena: I like MMS2 just enough to want to try other Kairosoft games, to see if they’ve done better with the simulation formula elsewhere. I like it just enough to think, “I bet I could do a better job on a second playthrough!” But no, I don’t like it enough to sit through it again, even if Fast mode eliminated the eternity of screens and waiting and dragging shops around (though the touchscreen function performs wonderfully for this final task). Maybe the thing about Kairosoft games is that you’re expected to play one and move on to the next?

In the end, bearing in mind MMS2’s roots as a mobile game for casual gamers, I guess it’s okay. Just okay.

LadiesGamers Mega Mall Story 2

Overcooked! All You Can Eat Review (Nintendo Switch) – We Like It

Action Strategy Party game (US $39.99 | UK £29.99 | EU € 39,99)

JamesOvercooked! All You Can Eat is the definitive Overcooked experience. The new campaign, graphical tweaks, online cross-play and accessibility features are most welcome. But they may not be enough to justify a double-dip if you’ve already heavily invested in the previous two games. One suggestion is you could get this and give away your other Overcooked games to a friend or someone that needs cheering up. But it’s up to you.

Being that person I was a bit disappointed by this title due to the games performance issues on Switch and the graphical and sound glitches I encountered here and there. This just doesn’t seem to be the celebration of the series it should be.

If you have somehow never played the Overcooked series before and have some friends or family to play with this feels like an essential purchase. Let’s hope this is not the last we see of the series.

LadiesGamers Overcooked

Train Station Simulator Review (Nintendo Switch) – We Like It

Strategy Simulation ( US $21.99 | UK £19.99 | EU € 19,99)

Paula: I found that Train Station Simulator is too limiting on what you can do in the game. If you are looking for a game that allows creative freedom, this is not it. All you are doing is placing prebuilt objects into a station. Having to set the timetable every night regardless of whatever else you are doing in the game wears thin quickly.

I did enjoy my playtime with Train Station Simulator (in between squinting). It does need a far better tutorial than the one in the game at the moment. I have been told that the developer is planning to keep updating the game so we can hope the tutorial is one aspect that will be improved.

If I was to buy the game I would buy it on Steam, for two reasons. It is less expensive on Steam and you might be able to read the text on a bigger screen without having to squint!

Train Station Simulator LadiesGamers

Editorials and News

Atelier Sophie Guide to Synthesis

With every new Atelier trilogy developer Gust mixes things up and introduces a new synthesis system. Atelier games are, of course, famous for their synthesis. A very important part of the game, so one you will have to master. For the Mysterious trilogy, they went a whole new route. And though the game tries to explain it all, but I feel it doesn’t do a very good job at it.

So, I decided to make a Guide to Synthesis, detailing all you need to know. Let’s start with Atelier Sophie: the Alchemist of the Mysterious Book. Later on, the guides for the other Atelier games will be added too.

Paula’s Game Ramblings: The Monsters In My Home 2

Early access for all Patrons

Check out what other monsters lurk in my home, in part two of Paula’s Game Ramblings: The Monsters in my Home!

paula's gaming ramblings LadiesGamers

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