Category Archives: Video Game Thursday

Pokken Tournament

We’ve picked up a few new games since we posted last. Tonight, picking back up Video Game Thursday, we played Pokken Tournament. This game is half Pokemon, half Tekken and all awesome. It’s a fighting game where you get to battle as a Pokemon. Yes, it’s as fun as it sounds.

Pikachu Libre Battle

One of the best parts of this game is Pikachu Libre. It’s Mexican Wrestler Pikachu. It’s silly and absurd and just all-around fun. For our first battle, we both chose Pikachu Libre, because we had to. Spoilers: we are really bad at this game. Amanda, however, is way better at button mashing than me, so she won the first round.

Pikachu Libre

They have a selection of around 20 different Pokemon to choose from, so each round we bounced around and chose different contestants. We slowly got better, but it was always a bit of a learning curve to figure out the new move set of each of the new Pokemon. We probably should have stuck with one or two each. Each Pokemon also has a big power-up finishing move which works differently for each Pokemon. Pikachu Libre, our favorite finisher, sticks his opponent into a wrestling ring, climbs to the top rope, and does a lightning-powered flip onto the other player for massive damage. Have I mentioned how ridiculous and fun this game is?

Score of 5 to 5.

At the end of 10 rounds, we finished evenly matched. Overall, the game was really fun playing local multiplayer. The only complaint I have is that the second player doesn’t get an account for local battles, so it’s treated as a random guest battle. It’d be great to save stats over time, or even earn experience by battling against friends locally.

The game also contains a good single player mode that I played a bit when we first got the game. You choose a single Pokemon and battle with it in different classes of opponents to work your way up the ladders and make it to harder opponents, then harder categories. This brings in more of the Pokemon feel because as you battle, you gain experience to be able to customize the stats of your faithful companion. There is also an online mode that we didn’t try out from being really, really inexperienced.

We’ll definitely play more of this game, especially for more Pikachu Libre.

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Catching up

We’ve both had a busy week with life and work, which has left us little time to blog. Still, each night we put away some time to have date night. Things have calmed down again, so we are back in blogging business, but you, our faithful readers, have been left out in the date night cold. Here is a short (Amanda’s note: short? lol.) recap for the past week of what we got up to.

Saturday was my company’s Christmas party. Yeah, yeah, Christmas in February. The party is usually scheduled for mid to late January to avoid scheduling conflicts with all of the other festivities going on in December. This year, it happened to be scheduled for that weekend that we got two feet of snow, so it was rescheduled to now. We carpooled with a few friends who also work for the company. The party started at 6 with some casual conversation and greetings from everyone. We caught up with a few other people who work for the company that we don’t see very often. Dinner was served around 7:30. We enjoyed chicken marsala, crab cakes, broiled veggies, salad, and hot rolls, all served buffet style. Dessert was an assortment of cakes, pies, and fruits. The CEO gave a short speech, some funny awards were given out, and a short game of Left Center Right rounded out the night with the overall winner taking home a Fitbit Charge HR. Sadly, we did not win, but it was a quick, fun dice game. The party gave us an excuse to dress up and go out on the town, which we really enjoyed. It was also a lot of fun to take another (albeit short) road trip with friends.

On Sunday, we visited my parents. We’ve mostly been trapped indoors all Winter, as evidenced by our long, long string of indoor date nights. We hadn’t been over to visit my parents since around Christmas, which is way too long. The weather was gorgeous for the drive over to their house, making us super ready for Spring. We arrived early in the afternoon and stayed until about dark chatting and catching up on life. We had a really nice visit, and now that the weather is finally getting better, we’ll be spending more time visiting family. Hi, Mom!

Monday Movie Madness for this week is Idiocracy. A few days ago, Amanda saw this movie mentioned in an article about the presidential primaries, but she had not seen the movie, so she didn’t get the reference. I couldn’t let that stand, so I went over to the DVD shelf to grab it, then realized I didn’t own it. I really couldn’t let that stand, so we bought it on Amazon. The movie describes an average Joe, played by Luke Wilson, who is frozen in an experiment and wakes up hundreds of years in the future. After all of that time, everyone had become increasingly dumb through stupid people having dozens of kids and smart people having very few. When Joe wakes up, he finds his average present-day knowledge makes him the smartest man in the world. After a series of misadventures, he meets President Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho, played by Terry Crews, who puts him in charge of making food grow. Everyone is about to starve to death because all of the crops are dead and no one can figure out why they won’t grow. This all leads to more comedic misadventures in dealing with the incredibly stupid people of the future. The movie is one of my all-time favorites, so I’d highly recommend watching it if you haven’t. Buy Idiocracy on Amazon. This is a link to the digital copy. For some reason, the DVDs are wildly expensive, so either rent or buy the digital version.

Tabletop Tuesday this week is a classic: Go Fish. We didn’t bother to look up the rules because everyone knows how to play Go Fish, right? We played one round and ended up with a tie. I made a corny fishing pun, which, this many days removed, I can no longer remember. You’ll have to believe me that it was very clever. However, after the round, we sat down and thought about the game we just played and realized nearly every game would end in a tie. It turns out we didn’t remember how to play this game as well as we thought. A quick internet search later, and we had the actual rules. For our first game, we were only matching up pairs of cards. The rules we found online said that you had to have all four of the same card to count it for points. We redealt the cards and started guessing, then started fishing. Knowing the actual rules made the game turn out much differently. Instead of a tie, Amanda ended up thoroughly stomping me, 10 sets to my 3.

On Wednesday, we made 550 paracord survival bracelets using a tutorial we found on Youtube. Amanda bought the supplies for this back in August or September of last year. We had intended to make them before we went on the cruise last year, but, as with most of our projects, we got distracted and didn’t do it. We came across the supplies the other day in our crafting storage area and decided that we should finally make them. This was a really easy and fun project. It took us about an hour total to make both. I made a standard bracelet and Amanda made an anklet, both of us using the standard cobra weave. Amanda showed off her teenage-girl friendship bracelet skills by telling me to tape down one side to prevent it from moving around while I was weaving the cords. The tutorial said to really tighten each loop, so I took that to heart and used as much force as I could to tighten each loop. My finished bracelet is extremely stiff and will hold whatever shape I put it in. Amanda didn’t use nearly as much force on the loops, so her anklet came out much more flexible. We really enjoyed this simple crafting project. I looked around YouTube for some more patterns after we finished. There are a huge number of different weaves and patterns that you can do, so I’ll be making a few more of these in the future just to try out different styles. For the cobra weave, we used about a foot of cord for each inch on our wrists. Being a D&D and Pathfinder geek, I’d love to find a weave that is more dense so I could have 50 feet of rope. None of the weaves I found would give me anything close to that, other than one tutorial I saw for a belt. Oh well. Guess I’ll have to look more into that later.

Video Game Thursday this week is Stardew Valley. This game is taking the internet by storm, and for good reason: it’s a lot of fun. It’s an RPG farming and adventure simulator in the style of Harvest Moon. However, tonight was only part 1 for this date. I use a Linux laptop for most of my day to day computing, and with Steam and video game developers always increasing their Linux support, I’ve even been able to play a few games. Unfortunately, Stardew Valley is not currently supported on Linux. Fortunately though, Steam has the in-house streaming option and I have a Windows machine. Why not just use that machine and skip the laptop? Because it should do what I tell it to, that’s why. So, Amanda played Stardew Valley and I played Make Linux play Stardew Valley. One of us had way more fun than the other. You can guess which one. In between Googling for answers, rebooting, recompiling, and generally cursing my misfortune, I was watching Amanda play. The big advantage of me being behind Amanda is that she learned all of the lessons the hard way and has been able to pass them along to me. She is the Ghost of Stardew Valley Future. Your crops die when the seasons change (except for a few types that we didn’t have) so Amanda lost a few thousand gold worth of crops really early on. She also found a lot of the cool features before me, but I’m not going to mention those because spoilers. It took me until pretty late in the evening to figure out that I had a problem with my wifi driver which was causing the streaming to crash, so I fixed that and went to bed. It seems we have been having more and more frequent issues with setting up games the day of the dates. We’re going to start loading everything and getting it ready before the day we play in the future.

Friday was Stardew Valley: Part 2. Now that my laptop is set up, playing is a breeze. As a pleasant side effect, the fix also got rid of an annoying crash that my wireless card would suffer after being online for a random number of hours, and usually right in the middle of me uploading pictures for a post. I’m mid way into Summer after the date tonight, so here are a couple pointers we’ve learned along the way:

  • Start clear-cutting your trees early. With 50 wood, you can make a chest in your house that gives you 36 slots of storage. Crafting a couple of those will greatly help you at the beginning since your inventory space is so limited.
  • Items will stack to a maximum of 999.
  • Go explore the community center as soon as it is available.
  • Save at least one of everything you get for the first year, especially gold star items, but even trash. Just keep making chests if you run out of space.
  • Start working your way down through the mines as soon as you can. Valuable copper, iron, and gold can be found in the mines, all of which will make your tools better and your farm easier to manage.

There are so many more things to do and see in the game, but we don’t want to spoil too much. You can pick up Stardew Valley for $14.99 on Steam or Good Old Games. Warning: it’s extremely addicting. You’ll wonder where time has gone when you look up and realize it’s 3 AM. But there’s time for just one more day before bed. Crops are coming up, your fishing skill is really close to the next level, you’re almost at another level in the mines, and oh, the festival is coming up. Just one more day…

Well, folks, that mostly catches us up. We’ve had a busy, but great, week. I’m still a tiny bit behind on posts, but expect those, along with your regularly scheduled updates, starting again tomorrow.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf

Video Game Thursday this week has us back on our Nintendo 3DS’s to play Animal Crossing: New Leaf. Amanda has been a fan of the series for a while and introduced me to it back on the Wii with Animal Crossing: City Folk. She got New Leaf first, then she got me playing it, so I got a copy as well. Tonight, we played co-op.

New Leaf with our 3DS
Also, check our sweet styluses. Amanda uses the Master Sword and I use a glowing green lightsaber.

Our 3DS’s have been neglected for a while. We’ve been busy dating (so you may have noticed), and haven’t had time to play, so our towns were full of weeds and debris that we spent some time cleaning up. We checked the shops, as we usually do, and found out that in Amanda’s town that she named Hyrule, they were paying extra for the perfect cherries that my town, Norrath, produces. We spent a good bit of time bouncing back and forth between towns shaking trees and gathering cherries. When it was all done, we made nearly 5 million Bells, the currency that Animal Crossing uses.

New Leaf Travel
Where do we submit our application for geekiest couple?

New Leaf Avatars

After we deposited our giant haul, we decided to run down to Tortimer’s Island to play some mini games together. We found some cool Hawaiian print “Aloha” clothes for sale on the island, so we ran enough of the mini games to get the shirt and the shorts. To get all of the points we needed, we played the Elite Fossil Hunter game a few times. It is the only time our dinosaur knowledge has ever really come in handy. We ran around the island digging up fossils to make displays in their museums, but we had to identify which kinds of dinosaurs they were from their skeletons. It was pretty challenging, enough that we lost one round of the four we played. We got enough points from the three rounds we did win to get these sweet new threads.

New Leaf Aloha clothes

We lost track of time while hanging out. About 3 AM, we looked up at a clock and realized how late we were up. I had been distracted by the game, but once I realized the time, I was exhausted. We did really enjoy staying up together and losing track of time, but tomorrow Adam had to go to work and was upset that past Adam didn’t go to sleep. Dating is a dangerous, dangerous game.

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How To Train Your Dragon 2: The Video Game

Video Game Thursday on a Friday? This week just got crazy. Our original plan was to go to the Valentine’s Dance tonight (after practicing our sweet, sweet dance moves). However, Winter had other plans. Is Winter over yet? Driving home from work, the roads were already slushy because we had just the right amount of sun today to slightly warm the pavement. After the first little bit of snow had turned to water, it kept falling and made the roads a mess. We didn’t feel the roads were safe as they were, let alone after a couple more hours of snowfall and dropping temperatures. So, instead of twirling on the dance floor, we twirled through the air on dragons in How To Train Your Dragon 2: The Video Game for Wii U.

The game has a giant open world to explore, with a bunch of mini games to play in different places. There are achievements for finding specific points on the map, for activating your dragon fire on certain points, and for collecting tokens across the map. The mini games are all about flying in interesting ways. One mini game had you flying through rings of fire across the map. One game had you collecting sheep to put back into pens. One was a target practice range where you had to hit the male viking cutouts but avoid the female viking cutouts.

The mini games were fun, but exploring the world was more fun. There are large areas of the islands that are really beautifully made. We both, almost at the same time and without telling each other, decided to climb up to the top of the tallest mountain. We got to the top and saw each other on the screen, then high-fived when we realized we had both come up with the idea at the same time.

Unfortunately, the controls were a little weird. Depending on the game, you had to angle the Wii controller either horizontal or vertical, and if you didn’t have it aligned just right, it made you crash. It was hard to get a handle on exactly how to fly the dragons, and the weird spins that resulted from frequently losing control made Amanda really motion sick, so we cut the date short. It was a lot of fun while it lasted, even though it wasn’t the spinning we had originally intended to do tonight.

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Hyrule Warriors – Round 2

Because we were unable to play multiplayer Hyrule Warriors for our last date, we decided to try again tonight.

We have each played single player for a few maps since we tried it for date night last time. After the initial foray defending the castle, you venture out trying to find the cause of the monsters. The story quickly picks up and the maps get more diverse, with different styles of missions and a broader range of characters from across different Zelda games. We have discovered that there is a decent amount of farming involved to gather the materials required to power up the characters, which means we’ve spent a bunch of time replaying the same few maps trying to unlock everything. Running the maps with a single player usually takes us 30-40 minutes, so progress is somewhat slow, but we’ve leveled up a couple of the characters pretty nicely.

Throughout the story, the main characters change, which means that character has to be played on that map. Unfortunately, we had only been playing a couple of the characters while we were farming, so we had a few that were strong and the rest were severely underleveled. That was seriously impeding our forward progress through the story, but we made an extremely fortuitous discovery: the second player is allowed to play as any unlocked character. So now, instead of losing with weak characters who are trying to put out fires all across the map as things go wrong, we can split up the objectives and let one player do damage control while the other makes progress on objectives.

We had a lot of trouble when we first started with the second character. Since we had both played single player, we had both used the Wii U Gamepad, so we were used to the control scheme from that. The second player has to use the Wii U Pro controller, the Wii controller with the nunchuck, or a second Wii U Gamepad. Of those, we only had the Wii controller with nunchuck. It took us a while of playing with the controls (plus a quick internet search) to figure out that main attack with the controller is performed by actually swinging the controller. That was comical at first because I was flailing around, but it got old pretty quickly. With this style of game, you are trying to perform a series of combo attacks to wipe out wave after wave of enemies. Swinging the controller a specific number of times to initiate the combos was tricky at first, then tiring for my wrist. With two players using one strong and one weak character, it took us about 25 minutes to clear each map. We did three maps and my arm was pretty tired at the end. We had a few minutes in between maps while we were spending some of the new materials for upgrades, and some downtime in the maps themselves for cut scenes, but it was still a lot of controller waving.

Single player was a lot of fun, but multiplayer Hyrule Warriors was so much better. Now that we’ve gotten to play together, we definitely recommend it as a good date night. The maps don’t take as long with two players, so the minimum time required is about a half hour, but with so many maps and replaying the maps with different characters to farm upgrades, you can play pretty much as long as you like, or at least until your arm gets tired.

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Hyrule Warriors

Tonight’s Video Game Thursday was Hyrule Warriors. It began with a long series of unfortunate events and ended with awesome. So far, we’ve been pretty lucky with our dates. We’ve planned them loosely and everything has just worked out. However, tonight, we didn’t have a lot of time for our date, so when we put the game in, of course it had to download every update. All the updates. Approximately an hour later, we finally got into the game. What we didn’t know is that at the beginning of the game, there is an unskippable single-player intro mission. So, due to our limited time, for date night, I watched Amanda play the first mission.

Even just watching, this game is a lot of fun. The story starts in Hyrule Castle with Zelda wandering around commenting that they haven’t seen a true hero emerge in a while. Right about then, as she oversees the training yard and spots Link, a giant horde of monsters charges toward the castle. Because of course. Zelda should know better than to tempt fate by saying things like that. So, as Link, you have to wade out into this giant sea of monsters that are coming right for you and lay down the law. Monsters are attacking that keep? Nope, not any more. You’re Link. Now they have reinforcements over there? No problem. Meander over and be a giant boss.

Everyone around you is pretty much incompetent. While you’re clearing like half of the battle field, not even stopping to take names, everyone else is standing around looking dumb. No wonder Zelda was commenting about there not being any heroes. But that’s ok. You’re here now. The main characters walk around the battle field and tell you to do stuff, like “come clear this rock out of the way” or “Go defend that keep” or “We have to stop that monstrosity!” And of course, by “we”, they mean you. Chop, chop. Time’s a wasting.

There was a lot going on during the game play, so Amanda occasionally asked me to read some of the text on the bottom of the screen while she was knocking minions down. The graphics for the game are fantastic. The colors are as vibrant as a non-apocalyptic Zelda game should be. Amanda had a lot of fun being the hero and I had a lot of fun watching her. Even though we had a hassle getting it set up because of the time constraint, it turned out to be awesome and fun. There is a lot more to this game that we haven’t gotten to explore. Amanda got slightly addicted and ended up playing most of the night after I had to go to bed. We’ll be coming back to this game for an actual two-player experience soon.

Link (get it?):
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Injustice: Gods Among Us

Surprise, surprise. Tonight’s Video Game Thursday is a Wii U game we recently bought. After our Arcade Date, we were in the mood for more two-player fighting games. Injustice: Gods Among Us was on sale during Nintendo’s ‘Winter Warm Up’ sale and Amanda had enough credits on her Wii account to get it, so that’s what we played tonight.


I bought this game for Xbox 360 when it was much newer, but since my 360 got the red ring of death, we have been unable to play it. It’s a pretty standard fighting game using characters from the DC Universe. It has a really fantastic single-player story mode where you play as different characters through a progression of fights following a story line set in an alternate universe where Superman goes a little crazy and basically becomes the iron-fisted ruler of Earth. Even if you don’t play the game, it’s worth watching the cut scenes on YouTube for the story. On top of the story mode, there are also single-player challenge fights for each character that are fairly difficult, but a lot of fun.

Character select, Superman vs Ares

Tonight, though, we played the multiplayer mode, which is a more arcade-like fighting game. Both players select a character from the list of all of the heroes and villains. Each character has a set of abilities that match their powers from the comics. Superman has laser eyes, Green Lantern has green energy weapons, Wonder Woman has a lasso, and so on. You then get to choose from a variety of environments to fight in based on maps from the story mode, including Wayne Manor, Arkham Asylum, and the Fortress of Solitude. Each map has special features that you can interact with and use to fight your opponent.

Superman vs Hawkgirl

I played as a variety of different characters throughout our 10 rounds. Amanda tried a couple different characters, then found Ares. She really loves summoning an axe and kicking me onto it. Admittedly, that is really metal, but ow.

Green Lantern vs Wonder Woman

At the end of the night, we had each won 5 matches. We’ll definitely have to come back to this game to feed our budding fighting game addiction.

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Mario Kart 8

Our Video Game Thursday game du jour is Mario Kart 8. We really enjoy this game and have spent hours playing together, even though we got it completely by accident.

On Black Friday, we saw that Target had a Wii U bundle that included the console, Super Smash Brothers, and Splatoon. We didn’t have a Wii U, but had been wanting to play those games for a while. The two games being included with the system made the whole package enough of a bargain that we finally decided to get one. While looking around online, Amanda found that Target had a reservation system for certain items, including the bundle, during their Black Friday sale. To avoid some of the chaos of Black Friday, we ordered it online so we could just walk in and pick it up.

When Amanda went to the store to get it, the employees looked all over, but couldn’t find our Wii U. Eventually, they figured out that someone had accidentally put the units set aside from the reservations out in the store. Oops. To our good fortune, they did still have Wii U consoles, but they only came bundled with Mario Kart 8 instead of the other two games. The manager swapped out our preorder bundle for the Mario Kart 8 bundle and gave us a copy of Splatoon. We later bought Super Smash Brothers with a gift card given to Amanda for her trouble. Long story short, we ended up with a Wii U, both games we originally wanted, and Mario Kart 8 with both DLC packs as a bonus. Thanks, Target!

Mario Kart 8 loading screen

Since we’ve gotten it, we’ve unlocked all the characters. So for our date tonight, Amanda played Isabelle and the Villager from Animal Crossing and I played Link from Legend of Zelda. This game is great for multiplayer because it has a variety of game modes to play. We started with a 100 cc Grand Prix, a race between us and computer players to win four races. We each won a cup, and since Amanda won all four of the first cup’s races, we got a 3 star trophy.


After a few rounds of that, we raced just against each other in a VS race. You’re able to set the number of computers in this race mode, so we chose just us and smack talk was thrown down. Our cat, Gizmo, hung out with us while we raced.


Then we tried the Battle mode. Each player is given three balloons at the start. The goal is to pop your rival’s balloons within a certain time limit. Running off the course costs you balloons, as does getting hit by shells and other power ups. These mini-races devolved into laughing fits (as every great date night should) as we stated trying to track each other down across the course once we acquired the triple shell power up that we wanted, which resulted in so much more smack talk.

Mario Kart 8 is a great date night and offers so many choices for different ways to play. On another date night, we will have to try the team race mode, which we didn’t get to tonight.

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Amiibo Festival

Tonight’s date is the next in our line-up of repeating dates: Video Game Thursday (clever name TBD). We got a Wii U on Black Friday along with a few games that we’ve been wanting to play more, so we decided on Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival to kick off video game night.

Both of us have played and enjoyed various Animal Crossing games in the past, so we decided to check out Amiibo Festival and it didn’t disappoint. The main part of the game is a virtual board game somewhat in the style of Mario Party (a future Video Game Thursday date), but without the frequent mini games. However, after you beat the board game for the first time, you unlock a mini-game area, which we will get to later.

Isabelle and KK Amiibos

Amanda played as Isabelle, the helpful town secretary/assistant, and I played as K.K. Slider, the traveling guitar player. The players take turns rolling a die to move around the board, collecting happy points and Bells. You roll the die by placing your Amiibo on the Wii U game pad, then pulling it back off. There are frequent special events based on the day of the week that change the board. On Sundays, Sow Joan comes to town (as she’s been doing for 60 years. What would Sunday be without ol’ Sow Joan?) to sell you turnips. Where you land on the board the rest of the week affects how much you are able to sell your turnips for. Some weeks the turnip market is up, some weeks it is down, and some weeks it fluctuates wildly. This adds a fun extra incentive to try to land on certain spaces. On the 11th and 22nd of each month is Double Dice Day, where you get to roll two dice instead of one to move around the board faster.

Amiibo Festival board

As you play the board game and various mini-games, you earn points toward tickets. The tickets unlock more mini-games and different placeable decorations for the main board game. We have played a few rounds of Amiibo Festival and unlocked all of the mini-games so we can play them whenever we like. Last time we played, we bought an outdoor theater with our tickets and placed it near the beach. Today, we landed on a space near it and got a fun random event based on the theater.

Amiibo Oudoor Theater

(Side note: you can see our new polar bear decoration in the curio above the TV. If you’ve been following along, you’ll remember that from our home decor date yesterday.)

The board game involves a lot of luck and some planning with various ways to manipulate how you move around the board. In the end, you want to have the most happy points, with your each 1000 of your final amount of Bells being converted to 1 happy point. Who said money doesn’t buy happiness?

Final Score, Amanda wins.

After a fun 31 turns, and some frustratingly bad luck on my part, Amanda won.

After the board game, we played a couple rounds of the mini-games. Balloon Drop is our favorite. You use the Amiibo cards to select different characters to drop over a set of balloons, trying to land them on a moving, tiered platform while popping as many balloons as possible on the way. The closer to the center of the platform you get, the higher your score multiplier. Each different character has a different way that they bounce through the balloons, so it requires some character strategy and a lot of good timing. After a few rounds of that (which we didn’t keep score during), we played Fruit Path, another mini-game we hadn’t played yet. You pick Amiibo characters to walk along a path and help you collect fruit while trying to avoid pitfalls. We didn’t quite understand how it worked the first couple rounds, so we kept falling in pitfalls and losing our fruit.

Overall, it was a great date night for hanging out on the couch together and enjoying some friendly competition.

What’s your favorite video game to play together? Let us know in the comments below. We’re also always taking suggestions for new games to play!