Don't you sometimes feel like just banging your head on things given everything that's going on in the world right now? Well, the (head?) runner Pukk, which releases November 23rd, might be the perfect way to do so while avoiding concussions and other possible injuries. Pukk, which we wrote about a few weeks back, is about a Nordic treasure hunter, a head that glides around the polar ice smashing ice blocks and all kinds of other containers in an effort to grab as much treasure as possible. As one would expect, all that treasure can be used to get even cooler helmets for that poor head of yours before heading out to bang that head even more.
And just to keep you motivated and honest, a cute polar bear chases you the whole time, hoping to give that head a nice (deadly) bear hug. Since you lack and legs to run, you better hope you slide the right way and fast if you want to stay a-head (sorry, I just love puns). Pukk has really cute visuals and should be fun to play. Head over to our forum thread for more information on the game.
Duck ramen. Is this the latest trend in Japan? I'm seeing more and more shops popping up that either focus on a duck-based soup, or offer a once-a-week limited "duck day" to customers.
Fukumaru opened in June of 2017, and boast a duck soup using famous Iwate Prefecture fowl.
Other ingredients to consider are Tokyo craft soy sauce and a homemade duck oil.
The upper-left on the ticket machine is for the shoyu ramen. I love the use of duck oil. Many bowls of ramen in Japan use chicken oil, giving a golden sheen to the top of the soup, and adding a lot of chickeny umami. Duck oil is like chicken oil on steroids. It can be heavy if not done right. Fukumaru does it right.
Though the shoyu was great, the paitan was the one that blew me away. The same stock is cooked over a stronger heat, drawing more collagen out of the duck bones. The end product is a creamy duck broth that was unlike anything I had had before. Again, I'll use the analogy; duck soup is like chicken soup on steroids.
And, yes, is has a bit of that amazing duck oil.
From left to right; Soy sauce, creamy, tsukemen, spicy tsukemen.
Cute baby seats!
This is one of my rookie of the year picks for sure!
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LambdaMu, the developer of Pixel People and Dice Soccer, are back with an interesting blend of a game that feels like a Kairosoft game combined with soccer. Dice Soccer City, which we got to see at GDC 2017, brings together town building and deck building mechanics into one charming game. As the developers talk about in our forum thread, you'll have to oversee your city's morale and expansion, and by winning games and making your town better, you'll attract more residents. That's an interesting gameplay loop that (if done well) can nicely link the building part with the soccer playing part of the game. You'll then have to recruit those residents and head to a match of Dice Soccer, which is all about teamwork and combos.
The soccer playing side of the game looks fun, with different players having different skills, which makes building the right "deck" of players essential if you want to win. And the game's visuals are pretty sweet. If you want to become a beta tester for Dice Soccer City, head over to our Upcoming Games forum thread.
The original Reigns [$2.99] is one of those games that you can recommend to the most hardcore gamer on the planet and someone who has never played a video game before and they'll both enjoy it. It's difficult to come up with many other titles that fit that description. If you've never played it, imagine the swiping left/right mechanic made famous by Tinder but applied to a lightweight RPG where you're managing your kingdom with binary decisions. We got a look at the sequel at PAX West, and it's basically exactly what we wanted: More Reigns.
The game's publisher, Devolver Digital, had been pretty coy when it came to committing to any kind of release date for the game, but this morning came out revealing that Reigns: Her Majesty will be hitting the App Store on December 7th. Just like the original, it'll be $2.99, and from our hands-on time with it, it largely plys the same. Check out our hands-on from PAX:
The big World of Tanks Blitz [Free] tournament called Blitz Twister Cup is coming to an end tomorrow when four teams representing four different regions-Europe, Russia, Asia, North America-will clash in Minsk to see who will prevail by blowing up tanks. The finals are giving away some pretty good prizes, with 1st place finishers getting $15,000, but the road to Minsk wasn't easy. Players had to go through two group stages and beat many other teams to make it to the finals. The matches are played with teams of 7 players in a best of three format, with the final being a best of 7. Maps will be chosen randomly, and it will be interesting to see which maps end up hosting the final matches.
If you're interested in watching the tournament, tune into the YouTube Live Stream starting at 1:30 PM GMT+3. World of Tanks Blitz tournaments tend to be frantic and entertaining, so if you do like esports, tune into the Blitz Twister Cup finals and watch things blow up in spectacular fashion.