Friday, 28 November 2014

Mall Madness

I have been doing the Ultimate Board Games and Current Video Games Lists for a while now.  Through this process I am finding games I totally forgot about from when I was a kid.  So I have decided to go through the list and write posts about games I loved, or have played and do a "review" type post.  Or tell a story or whatever.

So when I was a "tween" I had a friend who had the game Mall Madness, since I loved playing board games, we use to play all the time!

In case you don't know, Mall Madness is a shopping themed board game, that was designed for players aged 9 and up. The targeted consumer was teenage girls, usually 11 to 16 years old - which I was totally in that demographic, and totally loved the game!

This game was the coveted game when I was a kid, and my friend pretty much got every thing that was the in thing.  We actually had 2 different family friends that were like that, which worked out really well for us.  My parents couldn't afford a lot of that stuff, so if they knew our friends were for sure going to get it, they didn't always have to. They could get us something else we wanted, and we would get to play all the time with the other item, as the kids were our best friends anyways.

I remember sitting around for hours playing Mall Madness, and having all kinds of girly giggling fun. 

Did you ever play Mall Madness?

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Gamer Girl Giveaways - Week of Nov 27


There will be an ongoing linky, but will be published each Thursday. Stop in weekly and link up any gaming related giveaways. Or come on by and browse for gaming giveaways to enter!

Wondering how to participate? It's easy!

Under Your name: put the name of your giveaway prize and the end date. For example something like this "My Cool Blog - Excellent Prize (Can/US 3/12)" or  this "Awesome Prize, 4/16".

Under Your URL: copy and paste a direct link to your giveaway, not to the main page of your blog.




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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Castles of Mad King Ludwig {not so Wordless Wednesday}



This brilliant little game from the designer of Suburbia allows you to build crazy complex multi-level castles one room tile at a time. I wrote a review of it back when I first tried it out at Origins Game Fair.



It stuck out in my mind as the best game we tried over the entire convention. It's now available for sale (Amazon.ca | Amazon.com). We picked up a copy the very moment I heard it was finally released. And it doesn't disappoint.




Love this game. I doubt I will get sick of playing it anytime soon, and it is also surprisingly easy to teach. That combo means it now tops my "must bring" list for public play events.



I highly recommend this game. 5 stars. You've got to try it.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Ultimate Video Games: Ls



At And She Games we love all kinds of gaming, and all types of games! So we have been curating some Ultimate Game Lists to show off to you!  We have been working our way through the The Ultimate Board Games List for a while now, and would love if you would check that out as well!

We wanted to work on Video Games next.   But first, let me say that there are a lot of video games out there.  Every type and variety, and I am sure we will miss some a long the way.  Also since some games and systems are obsolete and "current" can be a relative term, we went with 2005 and newer, and as many as we can find.


We would love your input on any we may miss along the way!  We would also love to hear your thoughts of some of these games.  If you would like to write a review of the game on our blog (we can link back to your game or business), please email us.


Check out the other letters: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K





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LA Noire

L.A. Noire is a neo-noir detective video game. L.A. Noire is set in Los Angeles in 1947 and challenges the player, controlling a Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officer, to solve a range of cases across five departments.

Players must investigate crime scenes for clues, follow up leads, and interrogate suspects, and the players' success at these activities will impact how much of each cases' story is revealed.

The game draws heavily from both the plot and aesthetic elements of film noir, stylistic films made popular in the 1940s and 1950s that share similar visual styles and themes, including crime and moral ambiguity. The game uses a distinctive colour palette, but in homage to film noir it includes the option to play the game in black and white. Various plot elements reference the major themes of gum-shoe detective and mobster stories such as Key Largo, Chinatown, The Untouchables, The Black Dahlia, and L.A. Confidential.

Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows

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League of Legends





League of Legends is a multiplayer online battle arena video. It is a free-to-play game, supported by micro-transactions.

In League of Legends, players assume the role of a character, called a "champion", with unique abilities, battling with a team against other player or computer-controlled champions. In the most popular game modes, each team's goal is to destroy the opposing team's nexus, a building which lies at the heart of a base protected by defensive structures. Each League of Legends game is discrete, with all champions starting off each game fairly weak and progressing by accumulating gold and experience over the course of the game.

Platforms: Microsoft Windows, OS X



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Legends Of Pegasus

Legends of Pegasus is a turn-based strategy, real-time strategy 4X game.


In 2281, discovered a new spaceship engine so they could explore the universe. Humanity built spaceships, colonized faraway worlds and started terraforming others in order to settle on planets like Earth. While exploring the universe, Humanity came together to unite. But soon enough, Man's warlike nature got the better of Humanity, again. Independence ripped apart Humanities unity, it led the colonies to rebel against the government ruling Earth. Humanity was on the brink of war.

As the situation became out of control, an unknown race appeared. The aliens shared their technological knowledge with Humanity and brought the civil war to an end. Mankind finally accepted this alliance, and allowed the aliens to roam freely in their space. Mankind thought they must be looking for something.

Inevitably, this strange new race stopped sharing their knowledge and started regrouping their spaceships. And these aliens had started attacking Mankind, Humanity were taken completely by surprise. Humanity's entire fleet was called back to Earth, to try and defend their homeworld and put an end to the attack, but the enemy was too strong. In the middle of the fight between Humanity and the aliens, a worm hole suddenly opened and swallowed several Human ships. The ships ended up stranded in an unknown and unexplored galaxy.


Platforms: Microsoft Windows

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LEGO Harry Potter

Lego Harry Potter is a video game in the Lego video game franchise. R

Lego Harry Potter follows the story of the last three books and four films, covering a wide range of new characters, locations and items.

Platform(s): iOS, OS X, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation Vita, Wii, Xbox 360





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Lego Indiana Jones

Lego Indiana Jones is a Lego theme based on the Indiana Jones film franchise.

Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures - This was the first videogame released in the series, produced by Traveller's Tales and published by LucasArts in 2008. It features scenes from the first three of the original Indiana Jones films, which can be played in any order.

Lego Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues - This game was produced as a sequel to The Original Adventures, and includes scenes from the fourth film in the franchise (Kingdom of the Crystal Skull), as well as all-new scenes from the three original films. The game also added a new level editor.




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Lego: Marvel Super Heroes


Lego Marvel Super Heroes is a 2013 action-adventure video game.

The player can visit several locations in the game, such as the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier.

Following the gameplay style of past Lego titles, players are able to control approximately 150 characters from the Marvel Universe, each with their own unique abilities.For example, Spider-Man can swing on his webs and use his spider sense while the Hulk, who is larger than the standard minifigures, can throw large objects, as well as shrink down into Bruce Banner to access computers. Galactus was chosen as the main antagonist in the game.

Players can also explore the Marvel version of New York City, though they can only use a specific character and access buildings after the campaign is complete. Side missions are narrated by Deadpool[11] and take place in buildings with their own storylines. There are a total of 15 missions in the main single-player campaign, followed by 12 side missions.

Platforms: iOS, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo DS Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One, OS X

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LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean

Lego Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game is a video game in the Lego video game franchise.

The game uses the same two player drop in drop out co-op mechanics used in all the Lego games. The hub in this game is called The Port. From here, players advance through the game, unlock characters and extras, and as players get further through the game, The Port will evolve and get bigger, revealing new areas to unlock and discover new things. Like past titles, different characters have different abilities. For example, everyone (except characters like Davy Jones who can walk under water) can swim under water, and members of Davy Jones's crew can breathe whilst doing so, Captain Jack Sparrow has the ability to use his compass, which points him to hidden items throughout the level, Will Turner has the ability to throw axes at targets to complete objectives, while female characters such as Elizabeth Swann have the ability to jump higher than other characters in order to access areas unreachable to other characters.


Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Nintendo DS, Nintendo 3DS, Wii, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Xbox 360, Mac OS X, Cloud (OnLive)

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Lego Star Wars

Lego Star Wars: The Video Game is a video game based on the Star Wars themed toy line. It is a video game adaptation of the Star Wars prequel trilogy, The Phantom Menace (1999), Attack of the Clones (2002) and Revenge of the Sith (2005), with a bonus segment from A New Hope (1977).

Platforms: Game Boy Advance, Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube, Mac OS X






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LIMBO

Limbo is a puzzle-platform video game.

Limbo is a 2D sidescroller. The player guides an unnamed boy through dangerous environments and traps as he searches for his sister. The developer built the game's puzzles expecting the player to fail before finding the correct solution.


Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux, SteamOS, PlayStation Vita, iOS, OnLive

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Lionel Trains: On Track

Lionel Trains: On Track is a video game. The gameplay is very similar to Sid Meier's Railroad Tycoon series of computer games. In the game, you are the head of an unspecified railroad, and your objective is to connect different cities together through rail, using the funds you start off with, and later earn. There are several separate modes of gameplay, with varying objectives.

Platform: Nintendo DS


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Little Inferno

Little Inferno is a 2012 puzzle video game.

Little Inferno is set in front of a brick fireplace, which the player uses to set various objects, such as toys, dolls, and electronics, on fire. The game encourages the player to burn any combination of objects to see how they react when lit ablaze, as most of the objects have unique properties. Little Inferno is classified as a sandbox game as it offers few traditional objectives to complete and has no states of failure. The game was designed as a satire of similarly themed video games in which the player dedicates long amounts of time to performing tasks considered to be unrewarding.


Platforms: Wii U, Microsoft Windows, iOS, OS X, Linux, Android

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LittleBigPlanet

LittleBigPlanet is a puzzle platform video game series. The series follows the adventures of Sackboy and has a large emphasis on gameplay rather than being story-driven. All of the games in the series put a strong emphasis on user-generated content and are based on the series' tagline "Play, Create, Share". The tagline represents the three core elements of the series; Playing alone or with others online or on the same console, creating new content using the in-game creation tools and sharing creations and discoveries online with other players.


Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 4

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Friday, 21 November 2014

Video Game Review Worksheet

Here at And She Games we are all about gaming, and incorporating your love of gaming into life.  I am a firm believer of getting my boys to do school type work without them realizing it. 

With 3 current blogs, a independent sales business, and 3 boys, sometimes I have way more work then I have time.  So I have been paying my boys to do reviews for me, either of toys, or games that we play.  However, sometimes the information given is subpar.  Also I want to get them thinking and expanding their story telling.  That's why I love this post from our friend Lisa over at The Canadian Homeschooler:


If your kids are anything like mine (aka video game junkies), you might wonder how in the world to use their passion for something good instead of just mindlessness. After much mulling it over, I thought that encouraging their love of gaming to help them learn the art of reviewing and critiquing would be a great idea.




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Thursday, 20 November 2014

Gamer Girl Giveaways Week Nov 20


There will be an ongoing linky, but will be published each Thursday. Stop in weekly and link up any gaming related giveaways. Or come on by and browse for gaming giveaways to enter!

Wondering how to participate? It's easy!

Under Your name: put the name of your giveaway prize and the end date. For example something like this "My Cool Blog - Excellent Prize (Can/US 3/12)" or  this "Awesome Prize, 4/16".

Under Your URL: copy and paste a direct link to your giveaway, not to the main page of your blog.




If you're looking for more places to list your giveaways   
check out our lists: Giant Linky List, and Giveaway Listings.

And finally... if you link up, please help spread the word about the Gamer Girl Giveaway Link-Up. Grab our button or send out a quick tweet. The more folks that know, the more exposure your giveaway will receive!

Gamer Girls Giveaways Link-Up


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