Tower Talks || Hades

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If a game has anything to do with classical antiquity, I’m in.

And when it has a beautiful art style, genius mechanics, and a brilliant approach to the sometimes vague nature of Greek mythology? Then I’m triple in, which is why I finally bought Hades by Supergiant Games.

75+ hours of play later, I’ve finally stepped away long enough to talk about it with you all! You’d better believe, though, that I’m going right back to it when we’re done here.

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Tower Talks || Bug Fables: The Everlasting Sapling

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Normally, I wouldn’t call bugs cute.

I’m not afraid of them, but they’re not exactly giving me the warm fuzzies when I see them. Thank goodness, though, that Bug Fables: The Everlasting Sapling defies all buggy expectations! Making bugs cute is a feat all on its own, but this game also combines a wealth of side quests with a lovely core plot, all capped off with an art style that brings out the very best nostalgia of all.

It’s tough to condense such a fun, clever little game into one post, but today we’re trying it anyhow! It’s what Team Snakemouth deserves, after all their hard work saving Bugaria. 🐛✨

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Tower Talks || Ikenfell

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I know we’ve had it up to here with magical schools lately.

JKR being a TERF has put a pretty solid wrench in any nostalgia we have left. But, there’s good news! Ikenfell exists, and packed into all its pixel charm is a host of diverse characters, a story about handling your feelings even when they hurt, and a series of mechanics that make this game playable even for the newest of gamers!

Are you ready to meet some witches and save their school?

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Tower Talks || Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity

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100 years before Breath of the Wild, the Age of Calamity struck.

And now, 100 years after finishing Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, I’m wrangling my emotions over it! Exploring yet another timeline in the Zelda universe, it reveals the catastrophic events that led to Hyrule’s downfall all those years ago.

This time, though, there’s a chance to change everything.

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Tower Talks || 80 Days

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Can you travel around the world in 80 days?

Created by inkle studios, 80 Days spins the classic Jules Verne tale into a fresh, interactive story with thousands of outcomes at your fingertips. As the assistant to Phileas Fogg, the man who has taken a wager to circumnavigate the globe within 80 days, you must make decisions that will take you across the finish line in time, all while balancing your bank account, your relationship to Phileas Fogg, and the obstacles standing in your way!

It’s 1872, and your journey starts now.

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Tower Talks || How Habitica Helps Me Do All the Things!

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I have always sworn by the power of a good to-do list.

The problem is, they can be so, so overwhelming, especially when you add things to the pile, or have to move deadlines around! But lately, I’ve been using Habitica, a virtual habit tracker that blends healthy habits with the charm of a simple pixelated RPG, and let me tell you something.

Something big.

Something surprising.

This thing works. And more importantly than that, it makes me feel like I’m really accomplishing things! Let me show you how I’m making it work to my advantage, and when I’m done, maybe you’ll pick up your pixel sword and start slaying your to-do list too! ⚔️

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Tower Talks || Little Dragons Café

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Sometimes, you love a game too much before you actually play it.

This was the case for Little Dragons Café, a game I purchased for the Switch a while back. I’d bought it on sale since I wasn’t sure I wanted to pay $60 for it, and had my hopes pinned on the adorable dragon that follows your protagonist around!

Folks, I made a mistake, and here’s all the reasons why.

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Tower Talks || She-Ra and the Princesses of Power S5

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It’s been about four months since the final season of She-Ra aired.

And somehow, in that four months, I still can’t find allllll the words I want to describe how much it meant to me? I had a sense from the start that She-Ra would fill a void in my heart where I hadn’t had a good cartoon in a while, but it truly went above and beyond all expectations. Even now, I’m sappy and sentimental about the direction it ultimately took because who knew they could pull it off?

Naturally, given the amount of time since S5 released, this post will NOT be spoiler free!

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Tower Talks || Paper Mario: The Origami King

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The newest Paper Mario installment is here, and yes, I already beat it.

Is it any surprise I’ve already finished Paper Mario: The Origami King? Paper Mario is one of my all time favorite franchises, largely because of the classic charm of Paper Mario and the Thousand Year Door. Talk about a game I’ve replayed half to death!

But if we talked Thousand Year Door, we’d be here for the titular thousand years. Instead, we’re talking Origami King and its unique charms, which won’t take nearly so many decades all crammed together. Isn’t that a relief?

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Tower Talks || Leverage

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“We provide…leverage.”

If you’ve been paying attention to my Twitter recently, you might have noticed a very brief blip where I mentioned a new show: Leverage. And by new, I do mean new to me, since Leverage first aired in 2008, and came to a close in 2012.

(And if you’re a couple of my friends who’ve already seen Leverage, bless your hearts for letting me yell in your DMs before I wrote this post.)

Whether or not you noticed my new interest, though, doesn’t matter. After all, that’s what today’s post is for. This morning, I’m here to introduce you to the anti-capitalist heist wonders of Leverage, not to mention gush about some of the sharpest character development I’ve witnessed in years. And to cry about the state of that finale, which is, again, one of the best things I’ve watched in recent memory.

And did you know a revival is coming?

Buckle up, folks. There’s a lot of ground to cover today!

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