Fireball Island: The Curse of Vul-Kar Review Review

During my childhood, the original Fireball Island board game made quite the impression on me. Unlike many games of its time, this one was played on a 3D board, complete with pathways, hills, rickety bridges, and an ominous fireball-shooting mountain at the top. You could steal treasure from other players by passing them on the board. Of course, there was also the fireballs. Strategically positioned on the map, you could send one crashing into your rivals, knocking them down while causing them to drop their treasure. This level of adventure and treachery was beyond cool at the time.

Though the original has been long out of print, the game returns as a modern remaster from Restoration Games. Fireball Island: The Curse of Vul-Kar certainly looks the part when you set it all up, but does it maintain the essence of the original while making the game play well for modern times?

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Let’s Play Paper Mario – Part 13

If you are looking for speed run quality Paper Mario, this isn’t it! I flounder my way through Flower Fields and still am not finished it yet! However, we all had a great time chatting with each other about an assortment of topics, from arcades, to Detective Pikachu, DnD-like board games, Canadian-specific menu options at McDonalds, and more!

Highlights

Crazy board game deal!

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Mortal Kombat 11 and the Evolution of Scorpion’s Spear

“Come here!”

One of the genre’s most iconic special moves, Scorpion launches a spearhead attached to a chain directly at his opponents. If it successfully makes contact, he yells out one of his two signature catchphrases as he reels in his now-stunned opponent. From there, his opponent is left standing in a dizzy state, primed for Scorpion to smack them any way he so chooses. In the old games, my go-to follow-up was the classic uppercut.

In most Mortal Kombat games, this is how the spear works. It’s not quite so in Mortal Kombat 11.

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How Super Mario Maker 2 Won Me Over

I liked Super Mario Maker a lot. I’m not one who enjoys making stuff in games, but I did have a great time during the brief stretch where I was into it. However, it fell out of my rotation pretty quickly when my interest in making levels waned and it felt like all of the user-created levels I encountered were awful. Because of this, Super Mario Maker 2 was not on my radar at all.

Then the Super Mario Maker 2 Direct happened. What I saw knocked my socks off! While I expected Nintendo to make improvements over the original, the sheer volume of improvements on display were staggering.

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Overwatch with Randy

Randy joins me for another Overwatch session! We talk about my time playing the Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire VR experience, Mother’s Day, musical instruments, and more!

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Tetris 99 and Nintendo DS Show and Tell

In between tight squeezes and close finishes, we have some great conversations about a whole host of stuff beyond Tetris 99! Our chat takes us to our career aspirations, the PlayStation Classic, working conditions in the gaming industry, and play around of Nintendo DS Show and Tell!

Highlights

T-Spin Double

8 K.O.’s in One Minute

The Fallacy of “What I Want to Be When I Grow Up”

The Reality of Adulthood I Didn’t Realize as a Kid

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We’re Going Across the Pond to London and Paris!

Though Steff and I have been plotting this in the background for quite some time, we’re finally at a place where we can talk about it without jinxing anything [knocks on wood]! During the middle of June, we’ll be spending a few days in London and Paris!

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Tetris 99’s 3rd Maximus Cup Gives You The Opportunity to Earn a Game Boy Skin!

Whoa!

Between now and May 19th, 11:59pm PT, you can unlock a Game Boy skin in Tetris 99! All you have to do is partake in the game’s online battle mode and earn 100 event points. It might take a bit of elbow grease, but 100 points is a pretty low bar to reach. Such a cool nod to the old days! Go get that skin before it’s too late!


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Nintendo Switch Online Subscribers Can Now Save on Purchases with Game Vouchers

Introduced at the end of the Super Mario Maker 2 Direct, Nintendo Switch Game Vouchers give Nintendo Switch Online subscribers the ability to save on select games. Sold as a pair for $99.99, you can redeem them for two $60 games and save $20. You can buy multiple sets of vouchers at a time and vouchers are good for a year after purchase. However, it looks like vouchers will only be sold until July 31st.

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Join Me for Part 13 of Our Paper Mario Let’s Play Tonight at 8:00pm EST

We didn’t quite make it out of the Flower Fields last time. Probably going to need a minute to jog my memory on what we’re supposed to do next, but I’m pretty sure we’ll finally liberate Flower Fields after tonight’s stream! Tune in at 8pm EST and let’s play more Paper Mario!

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