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?

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.

Minecraft Unicorn Build – Design

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Love Minecraft?

Love Rainbows?

What more could you ask for then, than a design for a rainbow unicorn that you can build yourself in Minecraft?!

Wait a second, you want it to be doing a ‘dab’ as well? Sure, no problem!

Today we’ve added this huge, rainbow coloured build to our Minecraft realms world, from the design attached at the bottom of this post. As you can see from the images below, we’ve managed to tweak the original design (for Hama or Perler beads I think) to make it a semi-3D build.

This took about three hours to complete in full – the design itself and following the plan wasn’t too bad, it was just the sheer size of the figure when built that meant it took A LOT of blocks. You’ll probably see in our next Minecraft creative video that it is even bigger than the Dan TDM figure we did as our first ever build in the realm.

Anyway, if you like the look of this and think you could give it a go, the design we used is attached below – happy building! 🙂

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Super Mario Minecraft Build – Designs

Hi guys! As promised, here are the three Super Mario designs we recreated in our Minecraft creative realm in today’s video – hope you enjoyed it and have fun putting a Nintendo build in your own Minecraft world.

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As an added bonus, here are some more Mario inspired designs we’ve found for you to try out, see if you can spot any in our world that we did off camera, and come back and share with us a screenshot of your world if you decide to build any of these! 🙂

Happy building!

Build your own… Easter designs and ideas for Minecraft!

If you liked our build challenge video from this morning, here are several of the design ideas we used, as well as some other simple Easter designs that you could try yourself in Minecraft. We only had fifteen minutes, so couldn’t try them all – so let us know if you build anything we didn’t get to – we’d love to see your own screen shots in the comments if you try these for yourself! 🙂

Happy Easter x

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Easter Build Challenge!! (We-Game Realms #12)

Happy Easter to those of you out there that celebrate this yummy holiday! Join us today in the We-Game creative Realms world for a quick build challenge on all things bunny-related and then for a quick egg hunt, after all that hard (?) work building.

If you want to try out any of these build ideas yourself, check out the Minecraft designs post we’ve put up alongside this video for things you can try yourself! Have fun!!

Minecraft Weapons Build! (We-Game Realms #11)

Want to decorate your world with some giant weapons? Well, who wouldn’t!

Today Melvis is in the We-Game creative Realms world for a super quick build video to show you how you can build your own GIANT weapons – you know, if you felt like doing that…

All the designs used in the ‘weapons’ build have been posted to the blog as well as some extra ones, so if you want to try yourself, there are some easy to use block designs on here – let us know how you get on if you try the build yourself!

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