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Lockdown Survival Guide #10

Updated: Jun 8, 2020

In order to do our part during this most trying of times, We at NOWO have come together to help in the only way we know how - Gaming. We're putting together a daily list of games that we personally recommend you try whilst you remain indoors in the various types of isolation and social distancing we're all experiencing.

A lot of people in isolation are taking the opportunity to try and makes something, be it putting up a shelf, portrait painting or model trains...There's plenty of gaming options to satate those creative urges too, plus they won't wind up getting paint all over your favourite clothes...Here's what we think;


Rimworld sets you up as a survivor of a spaceship crash on a remote world. Using parts of the wreckage and the local materials, this top down colony management/building sim allows you to create your perfect community amongst the sometimes harsh surroundings of the Rimworld. With surprisingly deep mental and physical needs mechanics you will need to research and build a comfortable, productive and safe home for your settlers as they build a new ship to get back to the stars. Rimworld is available on PC and is a steal for the amount of hours you will find yourself playing.

Zoo Tycoon

This entry applies to any business simulation games really but I’ve chosen to focus on zoo ones specifically as it’s the ones I’ve played most frequently. Taking on the responsibility of creating a brand-new wildlife park has its perks. You can choose exactly what animals to put where as well as exactly where you want that hotdog stand to go. Sure, it can sometimes get stressful with animals breaking out of enclosures because you didn’t supply the correct fencing or enough zookeepers for the job but here is where the creativity comes in. Not only have you got to make an entertaining zoo, that’s safe and cost effective, you also need to use your creative flare to give it edge over other parks. These kinds of games span across many platforms in many different franchises from the Zoo Tycoon series to recently released Planet Zoo. If you can’t visit real zoos during the pandemic, why not create your own!

Super Mario Maker 2

So I have to start by saying that were it not for the latest and final update which just dropped, I would not be recommending this one. Truth be told I've been quietly disappointed with the game despite my enthuiasm to play it upon getting a Switch this Christmas. You see once you've played your 3rd or 4th perfectly made or timed stage which actually relies on you doing very little other than watching some amazing physics machine run it's course...it gets pretty dull. The game lacked substance for me as it was all bang and no buck...That changes recently however when the world creator and additional bosses were released as free DLC. Now I can work on progressive level design and thematic worlds in tandem and create the games I always dreamed I could...and you should try it now too.

What do you think of these recommendations and more importantly do you have your own? We'd love to hear about them so please let us know (@NerdOut_WordOut). Otherwise please make sure you STAY HOME & STAY SAFE!

Make sure you check back tomorrow for #11!


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