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Lockdown Survival Guide #8

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.

So chances are there's someone in your house who "don't do video games". We've got some recommendations for games (or series) to try with these console philistines which might just make your lockdown that little bit easier;

Puzzle Booble/Bust a Move

I've yet to find someone who's not fallen for the Puzzle Bobble charm. True story; I used to come home from work/the pub at 17-18 to find my parents in my room playing this game. It was also the only game I owned which my (all being non-gamer) girlfriends would request to try having had me introduce it and it's one of the handful of games that my wife can consistently beat me on. Truth is it's been replicated 1,000 times on mobile and the rules are ridiculously simple and a game will only take minutes (at first!). Thankfully it's also been ported to every console in existence since the SNES so finding a copy isn't hard either!

Rocket League

Rocket League is a combination of something almost everyone will have a lose knowledge of driving and football. Each team of up to 4 players race around a stadium trying to smash a large ball into the oppositions net. The great thing about Rocket League for non-gamers is that if you’re terrible and the game, and your fellow players are terrible, it’s probably more fun than if you’re good. It’s the perfect level of manic action with plenty of opportunity for mockery inducing misses and total fluke skill that levels the playing field whether you’re at home with a controller or not.  

The Sims 4

I don’t think there’s a gamer alive that hasn’t at least dabbled in The Sims, including us three. I recently bought Sims 4 Pets on PS4 and although I haven’t played it as much as I probably should have, it did provide a few hours of fun for me. The beauty of The Sims is not only can you play it however you want; you can make your friends/family, a fictional family, an alien family – the choice is yours! But you can also play it at whatever pace you want so there’s no pressure if you’re not seasoned gamer and just want to play casually. It is also a series that has been going for 20 years now therefore it spans several console generations across different platforms. So, even if you haven’t got the latest console, don’t worry! You can currently play some form of The Sims on PC, PlayStation, Xbox and even some Nintendo consoles.

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 #9!


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