Mobius Final Fantasy for Mobile Devices & Steam

Oh Square, you’ve done it again. You’ve gone and sucked me into another one of your free-to-play games.

This time it’s Mobius Final Fantasy, which is available on iOS, Android, and Steam. It’s been around for 2 years, why haven’t you played it beforehand, you must be asking. Well…because! I don’t really have a good reason! So many other games, and so little time, I guess!

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What brought me in?

Final Fantasy X. I got an email from Square that they are having a special story within Mobius Final Fantasy about Tidus! They’re advertising it as A Dream Within a Dream, and I AM SO EXCITED. It launched this August, so I’ve already dove right in to get my head around the mechanics, story and all that fun stuff. Once you completed enough of the story to get to the world map, you’re able to switch over to Tidus’s story!

What’s this thing about?

You are dropped in a land called Palamecia with no memory. You hear a strange voice telling you that you and many others have the chance to become the fabled “Warrior of Life.” Are you the one the prophecy tells of? Play on to find out.

So which do I like better, mobile or PC?

PC. There’s not any question about it.

Just after playing on PC for a few minutes I waaaaay prefer it to mobile. Screen is better (and bigger!), I can use a mouse. It’s much easier to tell what I’m reading/doing! The graphics also look WAY better as well! It looks smooth and no longer grainy. (This may differ on more high end phones of course, mine is pretty old now!)  

PLUS, this game is a big battery drainer. If you decide to go the mobile route, keep a charger with you if you’ll be out all day playing. It also has a long initial update time to get started so that’s also something to keep in mind. The nice thing is the game does allow you to switch between operating systems. So if you start on one and change your mind, you don’t have to lose any progress! I started on mobile and was able to switch to Steam easily.

So is the game fun?

Yes! But there’s a but.  

It’s definitely not something you can only play, however, which makes me understand its appeal as a mobile game. It can be a little grindy, but the game makes up for that with an auto-battle mechanism (the ai will play through for you) that’s reasonably smart. So you can play while watching TV, working on a craft, etc. I could even have it running as I write this if I wanted!

Despite its grindiness, it’s still enjoyable and the writing of the characters is fun. I’m especially amused by the interaction between Tidus and the main character of Mobius (that you get to name. I called mine Perrin!).

There is a saving grace with Mobius though compared to other mobile games I’ve played: the music. It gives me a feel of coming home. Especially with the Final Fantasy X chapters. It uses the same music with updated arrangements from the original game that fills with me an intense rush of nostalgia from when I was a kid first playing it. The music is beautiful and definitely worth keeping on.   

Any tips for newcomers?

Use your summon tickets to buy that starter pack that’s only available within the first 30 days of playing. It is woooorth it and if you’re playing it like me just to see the story, it makes it far more enjoyable as well. The games gives you plenty of tickets early on, and you need 9 total to get all the starter packs. It gives you some great cards (what you use to fight with) and jobs! This lets you get through harder battles with ease while being able to level up your character’s other jobs available! My favorite I think is the Dancer or the Dragoon. Mostly because of appearance, haha!

The games gives a pretty thorough tutorial, but here’s some links to help you get started in your journey:

Polygon’s Mobius Guide

10 Tips & Tricks

Mobius Beginners Guide

 

Overall..

If you’re a Final Fantasy fan, you’ll definitely enjoy this. It’s fun seeing the little references the game teases you with and the battle system has a lot going on without being too complicated. There’s cutscenes interspersed between the battles to keep you interested.

So if you’ve played FF before and are looking for a game that’s with low investment when you have some time to spare, give it a shot!  

For a Limited Time Only!

Has coloring with markers just become too much of a chore for you? All that hassle of moving your hand back and forth–who has the time for that? If only there were some type of robot to handle this exhausting task for you!

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Well, now there is! Introducing MARKER BOTS!

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Sure, they don’t always color inside the lines… or even always on the paper. And sometimes they vibrate themselves off the table. And drawing anything recognizable like a dog or a house or a straight line is pretty much impossible. But, if you want to make a picture of rainbow spaghetti or maybe a jellyfish, THEN THIS IS THE BOT FOR YOU!

Just remove the marker caps, place 2 AAA batteries (included) into the holder and watch that Marker Bot mark! It’s the markiest Marker Bot ever not sold in stores!

All assembly required.

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Join us on Wednesday, March 21 at 4 p.m. in the Vortex and I’ll guide you through the simple steps to make your own Marker Bot to astound your friends and fellow marker enthusiasts. No longer will you have to slave away endlessly, moving markers by hand!

Marker Bot to the rescue!

Register now!

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Tara

 

First Impressions: Hiveswap Act 1

It’s here! It’s here! After 5 years since the Kickstarter was created, the first act of Andrew Hussie’s Homestuck game, Hiveswap Act 1 is finally here! As one of the original backers, I obtained a key in my email for the game!

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Let’s see how it is! 😀

All of this will just be my initial impressions because I don’t want to spoil anything for anybody!

Just judging by the first bit of it, the art style is gorgeous! I’m really impressed—it’s not what I was expecting at all (and I’m a Homestuck fan!); Hussie really upped the art quality for this, and I’m so pleased! I can definitely see why it took them so long to create between now and when the Kickstarter finished 5 years ago!

The soundtrack for the game is also really great. It gives you a feeling for the atmosphere of each room you enter as you’re exploring to evoke whatever emotions the game developers wanted us to feel at any given time. In battles, IT’S SUPER CREEPY. NO ME GUSTA. NOOOO ME GUSTA. I don’t do well with creepy music. Well done, Hiveswap.

Speaking of exploring… click everywhere. You never know what you’ll find, be it an item that’s useful or a funny one-liner. The game helps let you know when something is explorable when your arrow changes to a hand or an eye. Pay attention! There’s a lot of puzzles to figure out as well, so picking stuff up and exploring along the way definitely helps!

All in all, I enjoyed the first half-hour (or more, depends on how fast you solve the puzzles!) of gameplay so far and can’t wait to do more!

Quick Note:

It doesn’t seem like you have to have read Homestuck to enjoy Hiveswap, but I highly recommend reading some just to get a basic understanding of the world the characters are a part of. It’s not required, but it definitely will enhance your enjoyment of Hiveswap! Plus you can’t go wrong with reading Homestuck; it’s a fun (though long read!).  

If you don’t have the funds to get Hiveswap, definitely give Homestuck a try at least!
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Ashe

 

Video Game Recommendation: Undertale

undertalePlatform: PC

Rating: Teen

Genre: Role Playing Game, Puzzle  

First Released: September 2015

Part of a Series? Nope! Play away!

Brief Synopsis:

“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.”

Commentary:

In Undertale, there’s three routes you can take depending on how you approach battles. There is Pacifist (kill zero enemies), Neutral (kill some enemies), and Genocide (kill all enemies).

I’m going through the Pacifist route as I’m playing and holy Hera is it hard. It keeps you at level 1, 20 HP the entire game because you don’t earn any experience to level up. You have to figure out each enemies’ quirks to figure out how to convince them to not want to fight you anymore so you can spare them. Sometimes I’ve had to run back many, many screens to buy more health items because bosses are too hard to get through without healing!

Overall, it’s super, super fun though! I’ve been really enjoying it despite its difficulty and the conversations characters have with each other are hilarious (Especially Papyrus’ terrible puns. I can’t get enough of those). It also has moments that you don’t expect to kick you in the feels. You’ll know them when you get to them.

(Quick note, make sure you have plenty of healing items before getting to the “final corridor!” I only have a few and I have to hope that’ll get me through the final battle. Eek!)

When you have 10$ to spare (or a really really awesome parent), I seriously recommend grabbing it on Steam!
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Ashe

Explore!

Summer is a perfect time for science! There’s so much to explore! The flora and fauna, the weather, the earth itself! Everything is so alive and vibrant and ready for discovery!

While the outdoors are a great place to discover and explore, there’s a ton of science-y fun to be had inside too! Check out the Vortex for bi-weekly Maker Challenges such as marble roller coasters, snap circuits, popsicle stick chain reactions, and constructing a paint pendulum. Witness chemical reactions with Sharpie Tie-Dye and Science Fun! Learn some computer science in the Studio with Robots. Get up close and personal with some H20 during Outside Water Games!

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Want to try some science at home? Be on the lookout for Fountaindale’s upcoming STEAM Box Kits and explore from the comfort of your own home!

 

Video Game Review: Stellaris

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Platform: PC

Rating:  Ages 10+

Genre: Strategy

First Released: May 2016

Part of a Series? Nope! Get it on Steam (hopefully during one of their sales) anytime and dive in!

Brief Synopsis:

“Explore a vast galaxy full of wonder! Paradox Development Studio, makers of the Crusader Kings and Europa Universalis series presents Stellaris, an evolution of the grand strategy genre with space exploration at its core.”

Commentary:

Are you impatient? Then this DEFINITELY isn’t the game for you. It’s super interesting, but there’s a lot of waiting in between actions while you’re waiting for your scientists to survey planets and your military to find new planets for your scientists to survey!

It’s a space strategy game where you are at the head of an alien race and desire to expand your empire across the universe. Encounter space pirates, hostile aliens and even some friendly ones.

So far in my case, I’ve only really encountered hostiles. They keep destroying my army! Rude! I’M JUST EXPLORING GUIZ. SERIOUSLY. CAN’T WE BE FRIENDS? (The answer is eventually. If you try hard enough? I’m apparently not very good at this. /sobs )

So how do you win?

Per the Stellaris wiki

There are three ways to achieve victory in Stellaris:

 

  • Domination, which requires you to own 40% of all colonizable planets. Planets owned by vassals count but those owned by allies and Federation members do not.
  • Conquest, which requires you to conquer or subjugate all other empires. Fallen empires do not need to be conquered.
  • Federation, which require the federation which you’re a part of to own 60% of all colonizable planets.

 

Any empire, even an AI empire, can end up meeting the victory conditions, though the AI ignores their existence and may thus only win as a result of other priorities. However, if an empire is a vassal or protectorate, they cannot claim victory under any circumstance.

The game can be continued even after an empire claims victory.

To me, this doesn’t matter too much because I just enjoy the journey, rather than trying to get to certain win conditions. My favorite part so far is discovering new planets and meeting new aliens! (Even if some of them kill my military D: I’ve since learned to have two fleets and split them. One in one direction, and one in the other!)

Need help getting started? It’s definitely overwhelming at first! But super fun once you get into it. Here’s some links for you to explore.

Now go out and colonize some planets!

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Ashe