Turmoil (PC)

Turmoil Start Screen
Turmoil Start Screen

In my days playing tycoon/management type games, I must admit that I’ve never been a rags-to-riches oil tycoon.  I’ve been a lemonade stand tycoon, a roller coaster tycoon, a zoo building tycoon, a drug tycoon and many more than I care to list.  Turmoil is definitely the first time I’ve been an oil tycoon.  This game was purchased as part of a Humble Bundle (More details about the current Humble Bundle can be found here.), Best of 2017 which is available until February 20th, 2018.

Turmoil Information

Mommy and Ninja RatingB
Available PlatformsWindows, macOS, Linux, iPad
Available FormatsDigital
Platform Reviewed onWindows (Steam)
GenreSimulation
DeveloperGamious
PublisherGamious
Release Date(s)June 2, 2016

Parent’s Information

Steam doesn’t require ESRB ratings to sell games, so this section won’t show you the ESRB or the PEGI ratings for the game.  So, I’ll have to rate it myself.

There’s nothing at all inappropriate here.  Unless the fact that there is a saloon in the game (at which no actual drinking occurs) is offensive to you, this is one of the least offensive games I’ve played in a long time.  Would I let the ninja play it?  Sure.  Can he play it?  He’s 6, so management games aren’t really his bag.  You don’t technically have to be able to read, but it would be helpful if playing campaign just so you know what people are saying to you.

There is no sexual content or nudity, no foul language, no drug/alcohol references (other than the presence of the saloon).  It’s pretty non-offensive.

Is it good?

That’s what everybody wants to know, isn’t it?  Well, it’s not bad.  Turmoil isn’t going to win and Game Of The Year awards (or rather didn’t), but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth playing.  There is something to be said for a game in the management/simulation genre that gives you a new experience…even if it is only in the subject matter.  Overall, the game offers the same basic fare as any other genre game.  A couple of buildings, a slew of upgrades…nothing too extraordinary here.  The simplicity is the beauty of this game.  It’s intended as a casual game and what you see is what you get.

Gameplay

It’s a management game.  It’s easy to understand and easy to play.  The buildings are self explanatory (oil rig, oil silo…easy) and the upgrades are easy to figure out just reading the title.  The game has two modes:  Campaign and Sandbox.  Campaign guides you through a competition between you and your 3 AI-controlled rivals.  Competition is a bit of a stretch of the word, but you do bid on land against them.  Mostly, the AI is dense when it comes to bidding.  They will have a bidding war with 16 pieces of land still left unused and drive their prices up for no reason.  It’s an interesting aspect.  During the campaign, you spend your money on upgrades between the levels and then bid on another piece of land.  The levels are not challenging and overall, the campaign is not particularly challenging either.

Turmoil is beautiful in it’s simplicity, but that’s a downfall as well.  The gameplay is too simplistic.  One campaign will be just like the others.  There will be no real risk of losing.

Shady deal offer at the saloon
Shady deal offer at the saloon

Graphics and Music

As mentioned, this is a management game.  Those of us who regularly play these games aren’t in it for top-notch graphics and you won’t get that here.  Nonetheless, Turmoil is visually appealing especially in this genre.  I love the art style here.  That said, the graphics won’t be pushing the limits of your graphics card (unless you’re running something akin to an old Commodore 64).  The user interface is clear, concise and, more importantly, easy to see and read.  It is not cluttered with nonsense.

The music is catchy.  I caught myself more than once dancing with the music as I played.

Replay Value

In a management game, this is important.  Am I going to come back and play it again or am I going to blow my money on a few hours of fun and delete it?  This is one of those games that is too casual.  I won’t delete it, but it won’t be at the top of my list to play again.  Turmoil would be a good game to play while you’re doing something else, like waiting on hold with tech support on the phone or listening to an audio file.  This is a game that I would play while I was “watching” one of the Ninjas shows on Netflix with him.  You know, I watch the show with my back eyes and play with my normal eyes…  Replay value here is medium at best.

Overall Mommy and Ninja RatingB
Overall Gameplay4/5
Story/Plot3/5
Sound, Dialogue/Voice Acting4/5
Graphics4/5
Controls5/5
Pros-Unique
-Procedurally generated Sandbox levels
-Simple
-Easy to understand/play
Cons-Not particularly interesting
-Too Simple
Bottom LineNot a bad game. Pick it up on sale.

Final Thoughts

At it’s regular price (currently $9.99 on Steam), I would not say this is a good purchase except for the biggest fans of the genre.  As part of a Humble Bundle or at a 50% or better discount, this is worth picking up for someone who casually enjoys casual sims.  I’m not disappointed, but I would have been upset if I’d paid full price.  It’s a decent time-waster.

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Review: Humble Monthly Subscription

Today, we’re going to take a look at something that the ninja and I just found out about a couple of months ago.  The Humble Monthly Subscription.  We’ve already been taking advantage of our Humble Monthly offerings.  Humble Monthly comes from the company that gives us the Humble Bundle.

What is Humble Monthly?

Have you ever heard of Loot Crate?  Nerd Block?  [Insert the name of ANY subscription box here]?  That’s what Humble Monthly is.  Sort of.  It’s essentially like all of the subscription boxes available, but for PC games.  Each month you are subscribed, you will receive about 8-10 games for a set price.  I say about 8-10 because it does vary from month-to-month.  All of the bundles that have been released so far have an MSRP of over $100.

That number sounds a little better than it truly is, but it’s still an awesome deal.  The numbers they use are the regular price of the game.  Anyone familiar with Steam (or Humble Bundle) will know that they can get some kick-butt deals on a large variety of games.  Still a rocking deal, though.  Plus, some of the proceeds from Humble Monthly goes to charity.  You’re getting a great deal and helping a charity.  Does it get any better?

Humble Monthly February 2018
Humble Monthly February 2018

How much does it cost?

Over $100 dollars in games each month?!?  It must be expensive, right?  Honestly, that’s what I thought when I saw a list of the games from one of the bundles a few months ago.  Upon investigation, the price is actually quite reasonable.  Only $12 per month.  So, for a measly $12 you get 8-10 games?  Yes.  There were 8 games month, so each game cost only $1.50 which is a steal.

There are currently 4 subscription options:  Monthly ($12/mo); 3-Months ($11.67/mo); 6-Months ($11.17/mo) and 12-Months ($11/mo).  With the 12-Month Subscription, you basically get 1 month free.  All subscriptions are recurring, but can be canceled at any time during the subscription period to avoid the recurring charge.  There is also an option to gift a monthly subscription to a friend.  You can choose to pay with a credit card or PayPal.

What do parents need to know?

Parents, are you kids asking you for the Humble Monthly subscription?  Or maybe your kids are gamers and this is something you think they would like.  If they’re PC gamers, they probably would like this.  Do note that not all games are child-appropriate.  There are M-Rated games included in some of the monthly bundles and there is no way to tell what’s in it beforehand.  If this is a problem, you should check out the Humble Bundles offered instead, which are usually really great limited-time deals.

What types of games are included?

All of them.  If it’s a type of game, it’s included.  Seriously.  They’ve had AAA titles; they’ve had indies.  There have been action, simulation, survival, puzzle, sports and strategy games.  Any kind of game you can imagine.  The Long Dark (our PS4 review here) was in January 2018’s monthly bundle; I was upset that I missed that one.  March’s early unlock game is Dark Souls III and the Ashes of Ariandel™ DLC.  Past games have included NBA 2k17, Tomb Raider, Life Is Strange, Civilization VI, Resident Evil 5, Elder Scrolls Online and Quake Champions and that’s just going back 6 or 7 months.

What platforms are available?

The only guarantee is that all games will be available on Steam.  Beyond that, they make no promises.  Some games are also available on macOS and Linux.

What else do I get?

Dang!  8 games for $12 isn’t enough for you?  Well, Humble Bundle has you covered.  Not only do you get the games each month, but you also receive 10% off games in the Humble Store.  Still not enough?  You also get access to The Humble Trove.  The Trove contains Humble Originals and more.  You can download as many of The Trove games as you would like.  They are all DRM-Free games available to download for anyone with an active subscription.  As of 8 February 2018 there are 46 games in The Trove.  Some of the games were in previous bundles, but if you weren’t a subscriber at that point…that’s 40+ more games you just got access to.

What’s the catch?

You have to subscribe before the bundle details are announced.  They tell you what the early unlock game is, but not the remaining games in the bundle.  That’s it.  There’s no other catch.  And what’s better is that when you cancel your subscription, you keep the games.  All of them.  Forever.  Unlike a PlayStation+ or XboxLive Gold subscription, where you lose access to any free games, you keep these even without an active subscription.

Is it worth it?

Your mileage will vary, but $12 is a steal for these bundles.  Dark Souls III, for example is still $59.99 and the aforementioned DLC is $14.99 as of today on Steam.  If you were thinking of getting Dark Souls III, now is the time to buy Humble Monthly!  You can’t beat that deal.  If you weren’t, but might like it…still worth the subscription price.  If Dark Souls III doesn’t interest you in the least, maybe wait until next month…or take the gamble and do it anyways!

Where do I sign up?

Well, there is a limited-time offer that could earn you (and me) an $8 credit to use in the Humble Store if you click this referral link and subscribe.  Simple as that.  If that wasn’t enough to get you to sign up, there is a discount for first-time subscribers, making the cost $10.80 for your first month.  Clicking that link will make your first month essentially cost you $2.80.

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