Our Top 10 Games of 2019!

Well, we’re just at the start of a new year and thought we’d take a few minutes to look back 2019 and what games we played the most and discovered in the year. We’ve not done one of these posts since 2017 and so there’s bound to be some changes, but I’ll bet there will be some long time favourites in here too!

Do you agree with any of the games on our list or do you have your own favourites from 2019? Let us know!

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In no particular order, here are our favourites!

As always, you’d expect to see Minecraft in our list – we’re still playing it as much as ever, although not as much in the MinecraftRealms world – 2019 meant Melvis trying Hypixel for Skyblock (and bashing it a bit…) and Hopper tried his luck with his own server – still ongoing and not yet featured in a video, so watch this space… 

 

Fortnite 6No surprise that 2019 sees Fortnite becoming popular with Hopper… By the end of the year this was one of his favourite games and he’d managed to graduate from noob to mediocre 🙂

He’s collected some pretty cool skins along the way including the Demigorgon from Stranger Things, which was one of our fave binge watch box sets of 2019 and spawned a new flurry of Funko Pop purchases… (Melvis loves Scoops Ahoy Steve!)

220px-Lego_DC_Super-Villains_CoverSo, 2019 was pretty thin on the ground for Lego games – there was only the Lego Movie 2 game tie-in that came out and we didn’t get it! But, The Incredibles was still popular, and we’re close to completing the awesome Lego DC Villains which both released in 2018. Also in 2018, they released an updated Lego Harry Potter Collection, which brought together all the school years 1 – 7 in a single pack! Again, Melvis and Hopper are still progressing through this series, learning the new spells and hoping to pass their NEWTs before the end of 2020! 

KingdomsIf she gets the time, Mel still loves Kingdoms and Castles released on Steam for PC and Mac in 2017. There have been lots of extra features added since it first launched, including witches (that you can help or antagonise!) and the ability to trade goods. Obviously, the plague and general depression still tend trouble your peasants as well as the occasional dragon and Viking attack… Ah, Melvis needs to get back to her subjects and play a game of this 🙂

Clash Royale

Not a surprise for you that Clash Royale has made the Top 10 is it – yes Melvis is still obsessed, yes, she’s collecting more cards and now runs two separate profiles in the Clan – Level 11 and Level 9 – you’ll have seen some Clash videos in the last few months and probably more to come as the new Season packs added in 2019, along with extra emotes for in-game communication, designer tower skins and new game modes all make this more interesting than ever!

BeamNG Drive

One of Hopper’s favourite games – that he finally got his PC upgrade to be able to handle is BeamNG.drive We’ve done a few test run videos but not posted any yet, but expect something on this soon!

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Totally Accurate Battle Simulator / Ultimate Epic Battle Simulator have both made appearances on Hopper’s PC playlist this year – with more play options and a higher spec PC he can run bigger battles and crazier teams… Stan Lee Vs an army of Frodo Hobbits? You got it!

Prison ArchitectHopper picked up Prison Architect on Steam having seen DanTDM’s videos on it – a construction and management game (like a prison-themed Theme Park or Kingdoms and Castles) you have to keep your prisoners happy – and not rioting – shake down their cells and generally ensure that people don’t die or escape… Thankfully the cartoony-style of it all stops it being too depressing, although I’m not sure I’ve seen a world of Hopper’s yet that hasn’t ended in a riot and the prison burning down – so hopefully not a future career in the prison service, for everyone’s sake 🙂

Subnautica Below ZeroThe original Subnautica was a favourite with Hopper a couple of years ago, so when Subnautica Below Zero was released in January 2019 on Steam in a trial mode, we got straight into this new version of the game, set on a frozen world. Come to think of it, I think there were a couple of videos on this from back then, perhaps we should dig them out…?

So that was our most played of 2019 – what were yours?

New Fortnite Series (Hopper Plays)

Hi guys! Hope you’re enjoying January so far. Hopper has recently started a new Hopper Plays series on Fortnite… You can check out the full play list here and as the series grows we’ll share some of the video links as they go up.

Remember, if you want to catch all the new videos as they go live, you can subscribe to our We Game You Tube account, turn on notifications and you’ll be able to see all our normal We Game posts, as well as Hopper Plays videos where Hopper goes solo!

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2019 Special Challenges #3 – Oops!

Soooo… we thought we had an extra day to complete the challenges and the video, but after progressing through the mini card draft level and leaving just one match to win, we forgot to go back on line in time to do the last challenges and video – doh!

Well, here’s the video thumbnail to enjoy – sniff – Melvis will just need to wait for the Lumberjack challenge to come back around in 2020…

2019 Challenge 3

2019 Special Challenges #2 (Clash Royale)

We’re back! So, the next two rounds in the 2019 Special Challenges recap are the Mini Collection Challenge and 😦  the Mega Touchdown Challenge (aww, we suck at this one!)

Check out our second video on the challenge and see how we get on / how long it takes us to achieve the six wins to get to level 5!

Don’t forget, you can subscribe to our channel for regular family-friendly gaming videos, hit the thumbs-up if you like this video and if you play Clash Royale and would like to join the We-Game clan, get in touch and you could feature in a future video!

2019 Special Challenges #1 (Clash Royale)

Happy New Year Clashers!

So, it’s 2020 and as a special treat those lovely people over at Supercell have pulled together lots of our favourite Special Challenge options from 2019 into a new Challenge to end the year.

Melvis loved the Lumberjack Rush when it appeared recently – if you like some raging mayhem then it’s the Special Challenge for you! But here, for a few days only you have the chance to progress in three round challenges through several of the BEST Special Challenge options from 2019. In this episode see how Melvis and Hopper get on with the first couple of levels: Hog Race Draft and Dragon Hunt Challenge… can they make it to level three? Let’s find out!

Don’t forget, you can subscribe to our channel for regular family-friendly gaming videos, hit the thumbs-up if you like this video and if you play Clash Royale and would like to join the We-Game clan, get in touch and you could feature in a future video!

How to ‘fill’ areas in Minecraft / using block fill…

To go with my Christmas Minecraft build today, I’m sharing a quick tip on filling large areas with blocks to help you in case you want to do something similar in your own worlds. I used this command a lot when building out the platform for the HUGE Harry Potter boat house build, to give some height difference for it, against some of my other builds in the flat creative world.

Anyway, when I did the 2018 Gingerbread House Christmas build I wasn’t using this command and manually replaced all the grass blocks with snow before starting the build 😦 Today, I’m saving myself A LOT of time by creating the build space first using the /fill command – and here’s how you do it if you want to do something similar. Happy building!

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/fill is one of the most commonly used construction commands in Minecraft. This command is used to place lots of blocks in a certain area of your world – instantly. If you want to use this command, follow these steps:

Step 1

Go to a corner of the area you want to fill with blocks.

The Fill command affects blocks in a box-shaped region (i.e. a square or rectangle), up to 32,768 blocks in volume. It can be a single level ‘box’ i.e. one layer of blocks filled in, which requires 2 points of co-ordinates, however you can do larger, 3D ‘boxes’ which need up to 8 co-ordinates to give height as well as depth to the box.

To start the process, pick any of the 4 or 8 corners of the box you want to fill in and Press F3.

When you do this a bunch of information about the current game comes on screen (image below). 

At this point, jot down somewhere the coordinates of the block you have chosen, this will be shown as Block: followed by three numbers e.g. Block: 552 4 705

 

Step 2 

The Block numbers are telling you where this specific block is in your Minecraft world. If you clicked on another block either side of this one, the three numbers will change slightly to show a different position.

Specifically the three number tell you where your block is on the horizontal plane – one parallel to the ground (X and Z coordinates). The Y coordinate tells you the height of your chosen block.

You will need to include these numbers in the command, so you need to have them nearby. I use a notebook for speed, although you could screen shot or similar to collect the information.

Step 3

Move to the opposite corner of the area you want to fill and repeat the above process, recording the coordinates there.

You should now have two co-ordinate numbers for the corner o

Press the “T” key or / to open the Chat menu and then type:

 /fill [your first coordinates] [your second coordinates]

For example, you might enter /fill 552 4 705 552 4 635

Every block in the game has a technical name, such as minecraft:stone, minecraft:planks, or Minecraft:snow.

If you already know the technical name of the block, don’t type only minecraft:; go ahead and type minecraft:stone or minecraft:planks or whatever the name is, and then skip to Step 10. If you don’t know the technical name of the block, type in minecraft: and then press Tab to see a list of block names you can choose from.

Press the spacebar again, and enter a keyword indicating how to handle blocks that are already inside the fill area.

You can pick one of five different keywords:

    • replace: With this keyword, when you fill the target area, any block already in that area is replaced (Note that replace is the default keyword. At this point the command should look like /fill 552 4 705 552 4 635 minecraft:planks 1 replace)

    • destroy: All existing blocks in the target area are destroyed, just as though a player mined them.

    • keep: This command does not affect blocks already in the target area (except for air, of course).

    • hollow: With this command, only the outer layer of the target area is filled with blocks — all blocks on the inside are replaced with air (great for large buildings if you want to start that way)

    • outline: Only the outer layer of the target area is filled with blocks, but blocks on the inside remain as they were.

Flip Master (Hopper Plays #2)

Hi guys, Hopper here sharing my latest Hopper Plays video, this time on the iPhone version of Flip Master. It’s a bit more bouncing than hopping, and even though I get the hang of it, I’ll probably stick to trying the tricks on Flip Master for now, instead of in real life – not sure my neck would take the same landings!

Hope you like the video!

 

Gamplay Tips for Touchdown Draft (Clash Royale)

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So, if you saw our video yesterday, you’ll have seen our 50-50 success-failure on Touchdown Draft mode in Clash Royale. The mode first came out in 2017 and it comes back around regularly as one of the challenge options – but we’ve definitely not really got the hang of it!

The game mode works quite differently to your normal ‘attack towers / defend towers’ approach in the main game – so, what’s Touchdown Draft all about?

  1. You have to do anything you can to get a troop (any at all) to cross the touchdown line at the opposite end of the Arena. A lot of the time, it can be a sneaky little skeleton who manages to make it all the way across and survive!
  2. Your troops will run in a straight line towards the touchdown zone, unless they get lured by other troops or buildings… Just as in the main game, they behave the same way, so a Gollum will still ignore troops but be attracted to buildings and a wizard would still stop in his path to fire on other troops that come into range.
  3. Getting a troop across the line wins you a Crown and it’s either first to 3 crowns, or most crowns in 3 minute game to Win. (You’ll get sudden death too, if tied).
  4. Some of the cards that you can normally use anywhere across the Arena – like Goblin Barrels, Graveyard and Miner – cannot be sent directly to the end zone, you can only place them up to the halfway line…

 

So, what does this all mean…?

Well, firstly it means that cards that are good in the normal game may not be useful in Touchdown mode, especially stuff like Spells…

Spells are good if they can deal a lot of  damage to groups – like Rocket, Fireball, Poison, Quake and Arrows – Touchdown mode is chaotic and draws groups of Troops together, so taking out a lot of enemy Troops in one go could lead to victory! Cloning, Healing, Lightning, etc. will have limited effectiveness. However, a well timed Freeze, Lighting or Heal near your Touchline or the enemy one could be enough to push you to victory or prevent a Troop crossing your line – so if you do get one of these cards, save them for the finish lines!

Buildings can still be useful (as distraction or defence, as well as spawning randoms little Troops who might accidentally make it across the lines!) Some of the best ones would be Mortar, X-Bow, Goblin Hut, Furnace or Barbarian Hut.

Troops You really want guys with range and a good mixture of air and ground cover, to maximise damage. A Troop card running through the middle of the pitch with good range can take out Troops on either side covering most of the Arena.

Dart Goblin and Princess both have good range – so keep them protected and they will help you in Touchdown. Other good Troops are ones with ability to hit multiple Troops in one hit:Wizard, Executioner, Valkyarie…

 

The Best Cards in Touchdown Mode?

Above would be the best Legendary card picks – although I also like Magic Archer for range, so a good alternative to Princess… And for your standard cards- Hog Rider and Ram are fast and very difficult to counter if your opponent has used their Elixir. Also, hard to kill Troops like Gollum can make it across the line – just very slowly….

Main Tips for Gameplay

  1. You don’t get the chance to build and save Elixir so much in this mode, so I would always use as little as possible in your early moves on an attack and hold it for defence (depending on the cards you’ve been dealt…)
  2. Try using cards in combo, like Witch with a Giant or Gollum – one takes all the hits as a shield, the other attacks from behind and may have enough health left to make the Touchdown when the shield is taken out. (Sometimes called ‘Tanks’). This is definitely effective with a ‘splash’ Troop in the combo.
  3. Buildings are a good distraction for your end zone to keep Troops busy whilst to form some defence – placement is key for best use of these cards.
  4. Quite often it is one tiny Troop that survives the chaos in the middle to make the Touchdown, so Lava Pups and skeletons can be useful if you keep them away from the main fights.
  5. Spreading your Troops across the line is helpful, rather than grouping them together – that just makes defence easier.
  6. Splash Troops are better than single target in this mode, so try to choose those.
  7. Playing with someone from your Clan is generally better for this mode – they tend to work better with you on combos and understand how you play.
  8. Spawner buildings can be useful – and every player ends up with one, so if you get one, position it well and play it often – the card that keeps on giving! 🙂
  9. Avoid slower moving or defender Troops in your selection when you can.

Think that’s about it…Good Luck!!

2v2 Touchdown Draft (Clash Royale)

Some you win and some you lose – especially in the Touchdown Draft challenge, which has reappeared this week as part of the new Party Mode update inside the spooky Halloween version of Clash Royale currently out…

I don’t know about you, but we’ve never quite got to grips with the best way to play the Touchdown Draft – most of the time a win or loss seems pretty accidental. Anyway, don’t know what we mean? Then check out today’s video where we accidentally win and lose as we try and share our (very limited) wisdom on how to tackle this special game mode of Clash Royale…

Want to know more about it from the experts – we’ve gathered together some of the best tips around for successful gameplay and will post these tomorrow, to help you get started!