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Quiet Stories’ Book Club: December 2018

These are our game recommendations for the month of December 2018. Since we are now preparing for Christmas, this month we will highlight some great games you can play with your kids or family.

This is the Quiet Stories’ Book Club, a monthly series where we challenge you to beat at least one of the games on our list. We’ll have expansive and time consuming games, for gamers on a limited budget. We’ll have smaller, more digestible titles, for gamers with little spare time. We’ll showcase a variety of genres and platforms. We’ll recommend the newest, most talked about games, and some older titles that you probably heard about but didn’t give the time of day to. The point is, we’ll have something to cater to everyone’s needs. Hopefully you’ll end up trying something new or discover a hidden gem.

 

Dr. Mario

  • Platforms: Switch
  • Estimated Time to Finish: 2 Hours

How is a game from the 80’s still so damn good!?! The simple act of trying to remove viruses from your patient is both satisfying and nail biting. I highly recommend Nintendo’s online subscription, just for Dr. Mario.


 

Planet Alpha

  • Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch and PC
  • Estimated Time to Finish: 5 Hours

Planet Alpha is a clever and visually stunning 2D platformer. It’s lush environments and interesting enemy puzzles make this game stand out from the crowd.


 

Overcooked

  • Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch and PC
  • Estimated Time to Finish: 9 Hours

Overcooked is one of the greatest couch co-op games of the decade. It’s simple in premise, but its fast paced kitchen management gameplay will force you to work with another in high stress scenarios.


 

Brawlout

  • Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch and PC
  • Estimated Time to Finish: 6 Hours

Brawlout is the closest a non-Nintendo company has come to replicating Super Smash Bros. It’s gameplay and roster are diverse and tightly designed, but it’s cast, despite including a few familiar faces from Hyper Light Drifter and Guacamelee, doesn’t reach the heights of its inspiration.


 

Super Lucky’s Tale

  • Platforms: Xbox One and PC
  • Estimated Time to Finish: 8 Hours

Xbox has had trouble mimicking the success of it’s competition’s exclusives. Super Lucky’s Tale is clearly an attempt at duplicating the 3D Mario games, but without the popular icon, this 3D platformer is good but not revolutionary.


 

Severed

  • Platforms: Switch and Mobile
  • Estimated Time to Finish: 6 Hours

Severed is one of the Vita’s greatest titles and arguably the best touch screen game of all time. It’s simple story and controls are heightened immensely by how well they are implemented.


 

Lego Marvel Super Heroes

  • Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC and Mobile
  • Estimated Time to Finish: 12 Hours

The first Lego game of this generation… and still the best. Lego Marvel Super Heroes is broader in scale than those that came before it, but not weighed down by convoluted changes, like those who came after.


 

Super Mario Bros. 3

  • Platforms: Switch
  • Estimated Time to Finish: 5 Hours

Perhaps one of the most beloved games of all time, I completed Super Mario Bros. 3 for the first time in 2018, at the age of 22. It didn’t change the world for me, but I can see and respect what it did at the time, and the lineage it left behind.

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