How seven mysteries help games develop worlds

There are certain recurring themes people can expect from video games intended to build ambiance, especially in RPGs. No sooner do you enter a new area or attend a new academy, then someone lets slip there are seven unsolved mysteries to discover. Inevitably, the main story or an extended series of sidequests sends you looking after each one. However, people may not realize exactly how extensive this story element is and why it is such a valuable inclusion in games.

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What could Teddy Together teach us about Bandai Namco’s Neko Tomo?

Back in 2013, Bandai Namco released an endearing little life-sim on the Nintendo 3DS in Japan. It was called Kuma Tomo, and it was designed to give people a chance to befriend and care for an anthropomorphic teddy bear. Three years later, it came to Australia and Europe as Teddy Together. Now, Neko Tomo has been announced for the 3DS and Switch. Few details have been announced, beyond the revelation that we will be caring for kittens named Nekoko and Tomomo, but we can look to Teddy Together as an example of what to expect from this sequel.

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Where can players go after Octopath Traveler?

Octopath Traveler really blew up, didn’t it? The Nintendo Switch exclusive became a top eShop seller after launch and physical copies were so rare, Square Enix was issuing apologies and asking people to please consider a digital copy if they could not wait. It is a fun RPG to spend 40 to 60 hours playing. But, what if you already finished the game? What if you are ready to follow some new stories? Well, let’s help you find something similar to enjoy!

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Style Savvy: Styling Star makes players part of an active community

In each of the Style Savvy games, there is banter with the customers before helping them with their fashion needs. As part of their request, they may explain why they need specific kinds of clothing or outfits. While in past games, this was mainly to help with customer service, it is more than flavor text in Style Savvy: Styling Star. This entry attempts to insert players’ avatars in the world as a meaningful part of things.

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Review: Sanrio Characters Picross hopes people like mascots and puzzles

Big news for Jupiter Picross fans! A momentous day is about to arrive. Nintendo 3DS owners worldwide can soon play Sanrio Characters Picross. Most of the basics we covered not long after its Japanese debut. The short of it is, players get more nonograms! If you enjoy puzzles, you will probably enjoy it! But, there are a few details to consider when determining how much it will or won’t appeal to you.

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The long history of pretty good indieszero games you probably didn’t play: a guide

Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido released earlier this month! We say that because E3 makes June a busy time, and also because, if early reports are accurate, not a lot of players picked it up. This is not new for developer indieszero, making its decades-long mission delivering interesting, quirky games that may slip your notice! Let’s look at the team’s history and break down what you may have missed.

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Preview: Sushi Striker is fast food

Nintendo and indieszero have a new game in the pipeline! Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido, a title involving matching colored sushi plates and flinging them at opponents, will be coming to both the 3DS and Switch. Now that a demo for the console version is on the eShop, it is possible to get a glimpse of the first chapter. While it only allows us to see Musashi’s first few matches as a Sushi Striker, it gives a good idea of the game’s structure and pace.

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The ins and outs of Sanrio Characters Picross

Sanrio Characters Picross is here, giving people another opportunity to solve puzzles and see classic, cute characters as a reward. This is not the first time this has happened, but it is the first time Jupiter has been the developer behind it. Considering this is a nonogram game from a company that is known for them, Nintendo 3DS owners should have a good idea of what to expect. But just in case this is all new information, here are some things to know about Sanrio Characters Picross.

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Review: Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux is an experience you can’t re-fuse

Atlus has a great track record of revisiting its portable gems and giving them a new coat of paint. Just on the 3DS, it’s remastered both Devil Survivor games, the first two Etrian Odyssey releases, Radiant Historia and even the long-dead Soul Hackers. Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux follows this well-established formula, retaining the original Strange Journey‘s gameplay while refining the visuals just a bit and adding new veins of gameplay to explore.

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