#FridayReads: August 19

Happy Friday! I’m here this week with a new #FridayReads video where I share what I’ll be reading this weekend and I review the last week’s pick.

Books mentioned:
Before the Fall // Noah Hawley
Chasing Utopia // David Leach
Enchanted Islands // Allison Amend

Have you read any of the these books? Let me know what you think! Comment below or tweet me at @GameandRead. You can also follow us over in Instagram and Litsy on @GameandRead AND on YouTubeYouTube! Find us, follow us, talk to us. And until next time, happy reading!

–Erin

Kirby & The Amazing Mirror (Part 2 of 2)

I got busy this weekend and was able to finish up Kirby & the Amazing Mirror. In case you missed my first post about this game, you can check it out here. Kirby & The Amazing Mirror is a Game Boy Advance game from 2004.

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When I last covered KAM for The Canon I had explored most of the game’s map. KAM’s labyrinthine design was both a breath of fresh air in my Kirby games experience and unexpectedly difficult to traverse. Portals in the main hub either prove my mediocrity in game playing, or just leave something to be desired. With two mirror pieces left before I reached the presumptive boss, I became somewhat frantic trying to locate the remaining bosses. I managed to find one unassisted and was pleased to find it was the Master Hand of Smash Bros. fame. In this same level I was able to obtain the Smash Bros. ability that imbued Kirby with his Melee move-set. On a side note, this ability made me question why Nintendo never attempted to make a mini Smash Bros. for the GBA.

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After defeating Master Hand, I had one boss left but little idea as to where it was. I could narrow down the world it was in, but I was unable to find an untraversed route that may have led me to my bounty. In a moment of frustration and weakness I consulted an online map of the area and located a path I hadn’t noticed. I defeated the last boss and prepared myself for the final boss through the mirror.

I faced down a dark Meta Knight and was granted Meta Knight’s kick-ass giant sword to face the evil Dark Mind. Like all good bosses, Dark Mind takes about three stages to complete. Thanks to some button mashing and the aforementioned kick-ass giant sword, I was able to beat Dark Mind and trigger the ending cut scene. Spoiler alert, it was happy.

I can’t say I am a fan of KAM’s non-linear structure. I certainly appreciate the change in pace, but I often found it tedious. Wrong turns led to lengthy one way passages with no exit other than completing the section. Even dying just refreshed the screen rather than kicking Kirby back to the main hub. These wrong turns happened regularly and there were times I felt like I was stuck. The abilities available were fun and certain screens were exceedingly difficult by Kirby standards. The bosses were primarily easy, with large hit windows susceptible to select abilities that were normally available shortly before the fight. There were a couple of boss battles that required several attempts, and those tended to be bosses that were mainly susceptible to Kirby’s primary suck/blow ability. Overall, KAM is a solid Kirby game that I would recommend over many modern platformers for the 3DS.

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-Peter

Week in Review: August 13, 2016

This is the first day of the rest of your weekend! Each week we recap all our posts from the week. Here’s what happened on Game & Read in the past 7 days.

Game & Read posts this week –

The Canon – Balloon Fight: Peter revisits a cute classic, Balloon Fight. It’s like Joust but with balloons…what’s not to love??

 

Checkpoint Video: We update you on the books and games we’ve been consuming and announce a new Game & Read project!

The Game & Read Podcast: Y’ALL. We started a podcast this week! Every week we chat about what is going on in our personal book and game life as well as news and stories that caught our eye. We are super excited about this new project and we already have two episodes for you to check out. The first episode includes movie adaptations and Olympic games while the BONUS episode is all about Pokémon Sun and Moon. Check them out here on the blog or on iTunes!

#FridayReads: Erin’s back with a video to tell you what she’s reading this weekend.

 

If you want to keep up during the week, follow us on WordPress, Youtube, TwitterInstagram, & Litsy. You can also subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.

Have a happy weekend!

-Erin & Peter

#FridayReads: August 12, 2016

Happy Friday! It’s time for another Friday Reads. Each week I share my Friday read and a review of the previous week’s pick.

Books Mentioned:
Enchanted Islands // Allison Amend
Chasing Utopia // David Leach

If you have thoughts on either of these picks, or have recommendations for what I should read next, let me know! I’ll be back next week with my review of Enchanted Islands.

If you want more Game & Read, follow us everywhere! You can find us on WordPress, Youtube, TwitterInstagram, and Litsy. We also started a podcast (!!!) – you can find our first episode here or subscribe on iTunes!

Until next time, happy reading!
–Erin

The Game & Read Podcast: The Poké Posse

First week of our podcast and we already have a bonus episode. Erin and Peter are joined by several friends who are all pretty stoked for the upcoming Pokemon Sun & Moon games. Together, the panel discusses all known info up to this week and what they hope to see when Sun & Moon release on November 18.

After you listen, hit subscribe and check out our Instagram & Twitter accounts.

Additionally, we want to thank our friends Adam, Jack, and Josh for coming on. You can find Adam on Twitter and you can find Jack on Twitter and his podcast, Drunk Game Retellings.

-Peter & Erin

The Game & Read Podcast: Episode 1

Welcome to the first episode of the Game & Read Podcast! Never fear, this won’t replace any videos – it’s just another way for us to talk to you about the world of video games and books. Mostly it will just be Erin and Peter, though we will have special guests on from time to time. We had a ton of fun recording this first episode so take a listen and let us know what you think!

 

 

Thanks so much for listening! Follow us here on the blog and on Twitter, Instagram, and Litsy @GameandRead to keep up with everything we’re going and stay on top of the newest content.

Until next time, happy reading and gaming!
–Erin & Peter

Checkpoint: August 10, 2016

Congrats – you’ve made it halfway through the week! You’ve also made it to our next Checkpoint!

Today we’re book-heavy as we discuss the first of the Witcher books, Erin’s next Book of the Month Pick, and an exciting new project! Check out what we’ve got going on here at Game & Read.

Be on the lookout for the first episode of the Game & Read podcast tomorrow (Thursday)! In the meantime, follow us everywhere! You can find us here on WordPress, over on Youtube, and of course on the social medias of TwitterInstagram, and Litsy.

Until next time, happy gaming and reading!
–Peter and Erin