Posted in 1UP, Blog Posts, Star Wars

LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens, based off of Star Wars Episode 7, created by George Lucas: a Video Game Review

What are we playing:

Explore the planets you’ve heard of in Star Wars but now in LEGO form! Relive Episode 7 and explore extended worlds from planet to planet as you play through the film all the while destroying everything in sight!

This set of LEGO game walks through the worlds and planets of Star Wars Episode 7, in playable levels which you can go back after completing in Story Mode and play again to collect everything.

General Information:

-Genre: Collectathon

-Creator: Traveller’s Tales in partnership with LEGO and Lucasfilm

-Number of Levels:

-Collectables:

-Rating: E10+ (mild cartoon nudity, moderate violence but cartoony and in LEGO, several scenes in bars, smuggling)

-How to Play: local game stores (explore your area and support local!), used game stores, online or in box stores, or look for it at your local library (many libraries now have video games and even tabletop games for checkout)

-Page of Reference in RP1: 62-64

Review (contains spoilers):

Just like all other LEGO games these are your fairly standard collectathon style game and it is achievable to get a 100% completion, you just have to return after Story Mode to get everything.

I love a good LEGO game! And this one did not disappoint. It took a page out of the Lord of the Rings LEGO games and went with a more open world concept vs. the more enclosed worlds/levels in the previous games. I also love that the included some of the offshoot stories as side quests for you to discover as you explore all of the planets in Episode 7. It’s wonderful.

Like always LEGO games are some of my favorite games to play. Since the majority of the game is just beating everything in sight to actually figure out what has stuff in it and what doesn’t it makes for awesome stress relief and I absolutely love that you can’t really die. You just burst into bits…aka LEGO currency.

These are super fun and are great to play with kids but challenging enough for adult players to really enjoy.

Rating:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
Posted in 1UP, Blog Posts, Star Wars

LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy, based off of Star Wars Episodes 4-6, created by George Lucas: a Video Game Review

What are we playing:

The original trilogy is BACK but now in LEGO form!  Relive Episodes 4-6 as you play through the films all the while destroying everything in sight!  Become a part of the film.

This set of LEGO games walks through the world of Star Wars Episodes 4-6, in playable levels which you can go back after completing in Story Mode and play again to collect everything. 

General Information:

-Genre: Collectathon

-Creator: Traveller’s Tales in partnership with LEGO and Lucasfilm

-Number of Levels:

-Collectables: 68 characters, 2 customizable characters,

-Rating: E10+ (mild cartoon nudity, moderate violence but cartoony and in LEGO, several scenes in a bar)

-How to Play: local game stores (explore your area and support local!), used game stores, online or in box stores, or look for it at your local library (many libraries now have video games and even tabletop games for checkout)

-Page of Reference in RP1: 62-64

Review (contains spoilers):

Just like all other LEGO games these are your fairly standard collectathon style game and it is achievable to get a 100% completion, you just have to return after Story Mode to get everything.

LEGO games are some of my favorite games to play.  Since the majority of the game is just beating everything in sight to actually figure out what has stuff in it and what doesn’t it makes for awesome stress relief and I absolutely love that you can’t really die.  You just burst into bits…aka LEGO currency.

This version is a really fun way to play through the next three movies.  The story lines are comprehensive and follow the original trilogy in a way that is still true to the feel of the films.  You just get to explore some more.  This series allowed for the designers to do some interesting things and not just focus on the same play style in each and every level.  You get a really nice combination of platforming, vehicle based levels, exploration and scripted play through.  Plus coming back and replaying levels makes for some really entertaining challenges.

These are super fun and are great to play with kids but challenging enough for adult players to really enjoy.

Rating:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
Posted in 1UP, Blog Posts, Star Wars

LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game, based off Star Wars Episodes 1-3, created by George Lucas: a Video Game Review

What are we playing:

The prequel trilogy is BACK but now in LEGO form! Relive Episodes 1-3 as you play through the films all the while destroying everything in sight! Become a part of the film.

This set of LEGO games walks through the world of Star Wars Episodes 1-3, in playable levels which you can go back after completing in Story Mode and play again to collect everything.

General Information:

-Genre: Collectathon

-Creator: Traveller’s Tales in partnership with LEGO and Lucasfilm

-Number of Levels: 17

-Collectables: 56-59 characters (depending on the console), 13 hints to the game (these are both free and cost studs), 10 extras (that do both silly things and assist you), 170 canisters/minikits, 17 Jedi Level Stud Counts

-Rating: E10+ (Mild cartoony nudity and sexual innuendo, Mild violence but cartoony and LEGO, some “alcohol” use and scenes in bars, some intense scenes…but it’s a cartoon game so…)

-How to Play: local game stores (explore your area and support local!), used game stores, online or in box stores, or look for it at your local library (many libraries now have video games and even tabletop games for checkout)

-Page of Reference in RP1: 62-64

Review (contains spoilers):

These are considered Collectathon games and it is achievable to complete these to a 100% rating.  You do need to replay levels, sometimes several times with various characters you collect later in the game to achieve a full 100% of the games achievements.

I absolutely love playing the LEGO games.  They are wonderful stress relief since the whole point is to just beat up everything in sight.  You can die an infinite number of times so there is no real stress to dying like in many other “life based” games. And they take a fun approach to how the levels are set up.

You aren’t just playing the same standard levels over and over.  There are differences in the levels and level set ups, there is a free play version of nearly all the levels and there is the world in the diner to explore (though it is small and really just a portal to the levels).

Excellent game.  Very fun.  Playable with kids of all ages.  Love the collectathon aspect of the whole thing.

Rating:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
Posted in 1UP, Blog Posts

PAC-Man is 40!

At least in North America…

This year has been one of ups and downs between the coronavirus, the world burning to the ground (quite literally), and general destruction there are very few high moments.  The further we get into the year the more I am starting to feel like we are in the world that truly leads to many of my favorite dystopian novels including the topic of this blog….the incomparable Ready Player One.

We truly are living out part of Ready Player One with schools online, staying home and getting lots more time for hobbies and even going so far as to ordering groceries online. Because of this we need to take stock of the happy things in our lives and one of those things is that everyone for the most part is at home which means more time for video games!

Which we are in luck for.  This year and next year as I work on this project there will be a lot of anniversaries.  Including the 40th anniversary of the beloved yellow PAC-MAN!

I missed the official 40th birthday of the Japanese release of the game (that happened in May of 2020) but the silly yellow character with his distinctive “wakka-wakka-wakka” noise and mischievous little ghosts didn’t make it State side until October of 1980.

So this month we will celebrate PAC-MAN.  I’ll be playing the original game on the Twitch Channel working on my (frankly awful) skills and maybe trying to play a perfect game.  We will see how that goes.

This iconic and well-known game is extremely important in Ready Player One.  If Wade hadn’t taken the time to play the perfect game then he never would have gotten the One-Up Coin that eventually was what saved the OASIS.  Without this then IOI would have won.  The OASIS would be riddled with advertisements and everything good about the game would have been lost.

From free public education, the ability to be whoever you want to be, to work and play…everything would have been lost without PAC-MAN.

So lets thank the little yellow guy… and his silly maze game.  Because without him everything would be lost.

Posted in 1UP, Anorak's Almanac

1-UP

Here is the list of all of the playable references that would have appeared in Anorak’s Almanac. They are listed below by Category, from RPGs to tabletop games, video games and everything in between. Even toys. As articles and reviews get written about the reference (since playing with a Rubix Cube isn’t as interesting as why it got created…or the background about the D&D campaign that we are playing…) then the title will turn into a link for you to follow to that review or article! The links below will jump you to each category since the number of references… though this category isn’t as long as others which I found weird….and may be added to in the future.

RPGs:

  • Tomb of Horrors

Tabletop:

Video Games:

  • Adventure
  • Asteroids
  • Astrosmash
  • Battlezone
  • Black Tiger/Black Dragon
  • Burger Time
  • Centipede
  • Colossal Cave Adventure
  • Combat
  • Contra
  • Crime Fighters
  • Dig Dug
  • Donkey Kong
  • ET The Extra-Terrestrial
  • Galaga
  • Golden Axe
  • Gorf
  • Heavy Barrel
  • Ikari Warriors
  • Joust
  • Kboom!
  • LEGO Batman: The Video Game
  • LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
  • LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
  • LEGO DC Super Villains
  • LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures
  • LEGO Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues
  • LEGO The Hobbit
  • LEGO Jurassic World
  • LEGO The Lord of the Rings
  • LEGO Marvel’s Avengers
  • LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
  • LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game
  • LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy
  • LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars
  • LEGO Star Wars IV: The Force Awakens
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
  • Ms. Pac-Man
  • Pac-Man
  • Pitfall
  • Q*Bert
  • Robotron 2084
  • Smash TV
  • Space Invaders
  • Star Raiders
  • Star Wars (1978)
  • Starmaster
  • Swordquest: Airworld
  • Swordquest: Earthworld
  • Swordquest: Fireworld
  • Swordquest: Waterworld
  • Tempest
  • The Empire Strikes Back
  • Tron Deadly Discs
  • Vigilante
  • Yars’ Revenge
  • Zaxxon

PC Games:

  • Akalabeth: World of Doom
  • Bedlam
  • Dungeons of Daggorath
  • Everquest
  • Madness and the Minotaur
  • Pyramid 2000
  • Quake
  • Raaka-tu
  • Space War!
  • Tennis for Two
  • Wayward Manor
  • World of Warcraft
  • Zork

Phone Games/Apps:

  • LEGO Batman Movie Game
  • LEGO Marvel Super Heroes: Universe in Peril
  • LEGO Star Wars: Microfighters

Toys:

  • Rubik’s Cube
Posted in 1UP, Siren Edition

1-UP – The Siren Edition

Here is the list of all of the playable references that are referenced in Ready Player Two. They are listed below by Category, from RPGs to tabletop games, video games and everything in between. Even toys. As articles and reviews get written about the reference (since we may not be able to get ahold of some of the games) then the title will turn into a link for you to follow to that review or article! The links below will jump you to each category since the number of references. As I am currently making out this list it WILL be added to as I go through the book. Be prepared for frequent updates on this page.

RPGs:

Tabletop:

Video Games:

  • Ninja Princess

PC Games:

Phone Games/Apps:

Toys: