Episode 2: It’s All in the Cards

    Welcome back everyone! I was going through my mobile device doing some experiments during the holiday season when I realized how much fun I was having commanding a lot of minions and monsters to do my bidding. I think you all would enjoy the same feeling of power so I present to you, Professor Doctor Jones’ card game recommendations!

    Before I start the show, I want everyone to be aware that while most of these games are free, they also have microtransactions that will allow you to spend real money to buy more cards, characters, etc. These are not necessary to enjoy the game, but I just want you all to be aware that they are there. Children, please be sure to ask your parents before making purchases. Now, let’s begin!

Hearthstone (PC/Mobile)

    This game I have played the longest. If you are a fan of games developed by Blizzard, then you will instantly fall in love with this game. Hearthstone is Warcraft themed and very simple to learn. There are different characters to choose from with their own “hero abilities” and specific cards they can use. My only concern is that the player vs player is pretty tough. Being that Hearthstone has been out for a long time, there are a lot of expansions and decks to obtain if you want to play competitively. So if you’re just starting out, it might be hard to get some victories being that a lot of players will have more cards than you. You can play against AI opponents, but there aren’t many, unless you purchase the Adventure expansions. I heard of a new dungeon run mode that has been pretty fun, but I have yet to test it myself. But don’t let these small things prevent you from at least trying out the game. You won’t be disappointed!

Shadowverse (PC/Mobile)

    Shadowverse is a lot like Hearthstone, but there are some things it has that I like better. The art style and design I like very much. I love that each character plays very differently from each other so it’s fun to enjoy the very different play styles. The player vs player has the same problem as Hearthstone, and I find it annoying when players tend to use the same deck because it’s a “guaranteed win”. However, the one thing that Shadowverse has that Hearthstone doesn’t is a free story mode. The story mode is where you face off against the computer and learn more about the characters. I found it to be most enjoyable and a good way to pass the time when I didn’t feel like playing against people. There have been many updates to the game since I last played so I there may be even more new things that I don’t know about.  Either way, give this gem a try!

Plants vs Zombies Heroes (Mobile)

    The makers of Plants vs Zombies are so great. They have so many different game types and here they have a card game as well. PVZ Heroes is hilarious fun and so fun. They have very creative zombies and plants from a zombie opera singer, to a peashooter named the Podfather (my favorite card!). There is a fun story mode you can play that can have special win conditions and challenges for great fun. Or you can play online in player vs player which is not as crazy hard as the previous mentioned games. They have updated this game making it easy for new players to quickly get inbto the game by making very good pre-made decks to help you out until you want to make your own. Hilarious cartoony fun, and great deck building; PVZ Heroes is a must-have for any mobile device!

 

Adventure Time Card Wars Kingdom (Mobile)

    I will be honest and say I haven’t played much of this one, but it came highly recommended from a fellow colleague of mine. The little I did play of this game I really enjoyed it. It’s graphically awesome, and if I was a fan of the show Adventure Time, I’d be in love with this game instantly. It follows the theme of the show incredibly well with the voice acting and the creature designs as well. My colleague told me that his younger sibling plays this all the time and absolutely loves it, so I had to put it on this list and give it an honorable mention. Check it out and let me know what you think, maybe I’ll pick it up again when I’m not doing a colossal experiment.

Munchkin (Card Game)

    Finally for those who want a more role-playing adventure, I present Munchkin. This card game and is easy to learn and hilarious to play. You pick a role and a class and as you gain treasures from drawing cards or fighting monsters, you gain equipment to make yourself stronger. The object of the game is to reach level 10, but it gets harder and harder as you continue to play. In early levels your friends may help you, but as the game progresses they may try to sabotage your fights. There are various themes to the game ranging from zombies, to kung-fu, to spies, and so much more. Gather some friends and see for yourself if you have what it takes to reach level 10!

And there you have it, five games that will fuel your need to command minions of power. I hope you find them enjoyable and if you want recommendations for another type of game, please be sure to send me an email at g34charity@gmail.com.

Take care, and remember to play with purpose!

 

Links for Images

Hearthstone
https://s.blogcdn.com/wow.joystiq.com/media/2013/03/img1.jpg

Shadowverse
http://i.imgur.com/3udSFQS.jpg

PVZ Heroes
http://www.gamezebo.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/pvz-heroes-gameplay.jpg

Adventure Time Card Wars Kingdom

https://i.ytimg.com/vi/qmXrvzC-YKY/maxresdefault.jpg

Munchkin
https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0972/7690/products/doors_fdd3148c-d321-4fe2-b227-a52ed21de972_2048x2048.jpg?v=1444789583

Episode 1: Tactician on the Go

Greetings and welcome to the first episode of Professor’s Picks! This is where you, the readers, get to ask the amazing and talented Professor Doctor for recommendations on particular games. I had a fun conversation with a FedEx driver the other day and he hit me with an interesting question:

“Do you have any suggestions for strategy games for mobile or for people who don’t have a lot of time to game?”

For those who are curious, people who play strategic games also improve concrete problem-solving skills that predict academic success and higher achievement in daily life. These powers include:


-More effective information gathering
-Faster and more accurate evaluation of options
-Stronger ability to formulate and follow strategic plans
-Greater flexibility in generating alternative strategies or goals

(Check our reference page for more details on the science of games)

 

Truly fascinating don’t you think?

 

He told me of a game he plays on his phone where he had to use a glitch just to make the game fun and playable. Off hand I don’t like many of the strategy games on mobile since many of them require you to either spend money or wait for a long amount of time just to play the game.

 

My first suggestion? I highly recommend purchasing a Nintendo 2DS!

 

 

The Nintendo 2DS is a portable handheld gaming system that is perfect for the gamer on the go. It is cheaper than the Nintendo 3DS and it does not have the 3D feature so it saves on battery life. For those of you like myself who have big hands or need a larger screen, there is also the Nintendo 2DS XL. I highly recommend this handheld device for all you on-the-go gamers out there, now for the games!

 

  1. Fire Emblem Awakening (Nintendo 3DS/2DS)

    Fire Emblem is a fantastic tactics game where you control units and face off against enemies in various scenarios. You’ll command swordsmen, knights with lances, archers, mages, and a whole lot more! There may not be any base building, but there are relationships between your party members to manager, equipment to buy, and an entire kingdom to save! The game is easy to learn and tests your tactical knowledge as the levels get harder and harder!

 

  1. Plants vs Zombies 2 (Mobile)

    Plants vs Zombies 2 is one of the most fun and enjoyable strategy games I know. You build plants on a grid that defend your base (and brains) from the invading zombies. There are so many different plants for you to choose from and a multitude of zombies for you to fight. I love the various themes used in this game since it’s all about time travel. You’ll start in Ancient Egypt, but then you’ll be in the Pirate Seas, the Wild West, and a whole bunch more zany locations. The game is free, but does have micro transactions. You can buy premium plants and other goodies. However, I have played this game extensively and have not spent a dime. It is harder, but the rewards for conquering are that much sweeter. Try it out and kick those zombies off your lawn!

 

  1. Titanfall: Assault (Mobile)

    Titanfall:Assault mixes tower defense with some great deck building magic as well. You build a deck and then face off against opponents in a battlefield using the cards. Once the energy meter on the bottom reaches a certain threshold, you can summon your cards and have them play out on the field. The best part is that you can command colossal units known as Titans to really change the flow of battle. I have not played this game myself yet, but I have heard good things from a lot of players who have tried it. Like Plants and Zombies 2, the game is free but has micro transactions. Since I have not played it myself, I am not sure how hard the game is without buying anything. But from what I have heard, there shouldn’t be too much of an issue. Give it a shot!

 

That’s all from this Professor Doctor on this one. I hope these games fuel your need for strategy! Are there any other games you’d like me to give you recommendations on?

 

Let me know at g34charity@gmail.com and I will be sure to do some research. Until next time everyone, have fun and play with purpose!

 

 

Links for all images: 2DS photo https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Nintendo_2DS_XL Fire Emblem: Awakenining http://cynosuregaming.com/2017/01/fire-emblem-awakening-review-command-your-army-and-claim-victory/ PVZ2 http://learningworksforkids.com/wp-content/uploads/Plants-vs-Zombies-2-1.jpg http://learningworksforkids.com/ Titanfall:Assault https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nexonm.tfa