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  • svgDec 12, 2019News

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    A free update (1.1.0) is coming to Planet Zoo December 17th, 2019 which includes a large amount of bug fixes, improvements, and many new features such as more heat maps, menus, information panels, and alerts. Alongside this update, you can purchase The Arctic Pack on Steam or the Frontier Store for $9.99 US which includes two new Scenarios, four new Arctic animals, and new building items. See below for the detailed information via the official Developer Journal.

    Free Update 1.1.0

    • Slow Animal Aging: Slow Animal Aging is a setting that can be found in the Gameplay section of the Options menu, and you can use it to alter the rate at which your animals age: up to five times slower than normal. This mean fewer births and deaths in your zoo.
    • Immediate Family on Animal Information Panels: Through this, you will be able to learn of an animal’s parentage, siblings and direct descendants.
    • Animal Pack Behaviour: Alphas are stable within a pack structure, and members won’t normally fight unless they are overcrowded. 
    • New Heat Maps: These Heat Maps involve crime, staff happiness, animal breeding, habitat cleanliness and updates to negative impacts, such as litter and thrown food. This should really help with your zoo’s prestige!
    • Improved Social Behaviours: The Ring-Tailed Lemur and Red Ruffed Lemur now have more social interactions when happy and healthy.
    • News Feed: This will let you know about important announcements such as maintenance information and news updates.
    • Management Updates: This is an alert system that will let you know what’s happening in your zoo. A new High Alert option will let you know when something needs your immediate attention such as animal escapes or if all Keeper Huts are closed.
    • Aurora Borealis: Now you can see beautiful in-game Aurora Borealis (the Northern Lights) whenever you look up at the night’s sky in the Tundra biome.
    • Ice Cream Costume: An Ice Cream Costume is available to all players to dress up their avatars!
    • More Creativity: For those of you that love creating amazing habitats, now you’ll have a complete ice and snow rock set, enrichment items like a snow ball and a Christmas present, new winter foliage, and ice pathing to work with.

    Planet Zoo: Arctic Pack

    • Two New Scenearios: The mountainous Norway set in the Tundra biome, and the arid Mexico, based in the Desert biome. Complete with their own stories and challenges!
    • Four new Arctic animals: the Polar Bear, Reindeer, Arctic Wolf, and Dall Sheep.
    • Building Items: there are over 200 new building, scenery, and foliage pieces such as snow and ice sculptures.

    I’ve played a little of Planet Zoo on Steam and gave my first impressions here. You can also check out my blooper video of all my building mishaps! I’m looking forward to diving back in the game and creating my own winter wonderland!

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  • svgNov 12, 2019Feature

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    So far I’m enjoying the improvements of Planet Zoo that Frontier Developments have made since Zoo Tycoon on Steam. However, I wanted to show people playing or currently watching videos not to get too discouraged by the vast amount of building choices and pre-made parks that are all so intimidating. Don’t worry, you’re not alone! I too could not believe how beautiful the parks were and was eager to build some of my own and thought, “this won’t be that hard because I’ve played tycoon games before.” Until I was told to make a fence while playing Career Mode for the first time. I’m still getting the hang of the controls for Planet Zoo, because it’s beautiful and worth it. Although, for now, I’ve added a video below which is a compilation of all of my first attempts and failures for your viewing pleasure.

    It’s Hard at First!

    At first, Nancy started me off with some pre-builds for my facilities and such. Looking at the amount of choices and possible shapes to utilize to make one building, made me nervous. I was hoping Nancy wouldn’t leave my side any time soon. However, when it comes to fences, you can’t just plop a cage down, you have panels you need to connect. The height also needs to be adjusted according to the specific animals you will be placing inside that habitat. Zoopedia has all of the information, always read Zoopedia. I did eventually learn how to paint the fences different colors but that didn’t really help me at that moment, although it’s a very nice new addition to the game that I’m going to enjoy later.

    When I struggled to do the simplest of tasks, everything else seemed so daunting. If I can’t get these controls down, how would I be able to create an entire zoo? Poor Nancy was trying hard to explain things to me and I just wasn’t getting it. This could either mean two things: I’m horribly uncoordinated and terrible at this game, or there’s a very steep learning curve and the controls could have been simplified a lot more. I haven’t ruled either of them out yet since I haven’t gotten very far. It’s probably just me.

    Jokes aside, there were some amazing moments of looking at my animals via Camera mode. They’re so majestic and they deserve everything I can afford to buy them. There are a lot of options for items, research, and more, which I’m looking forward to familiarizing myself with!

    You can buy the basic Planet Zoo game and/or the Deluxe Edition on Steam right here.

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  • svgNov 10, 2019Reviews

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    What I’ve seen from the developers of Planet Zoo, Frontier Developments, leading up to the Best Simulation Game‘s release, has been very impressive! From the very specific needs and behaviors of all animals to the challenging new modes, you can tell they really put a lot of love into this game! There’s so much more emphasis on animal care and education, including conservation efforts, that has me so excited to be a zoo keeper. I’d like to thank the developers for supplying me with a Steam Key so that I could put my tycoon skills to the test and show you all what you can expect before playing.

    Zoo Tycoon Vs Planet Zoo

    I’ve been a huge fan of creating habitats and taking care of my animals, all while making sure the guests are happy, for quite some time. I’ve put several hours into Zoo Tycoon back in 2001, which was developed by Blue Fang Games and published by Microsoft. They also went on to make a sequel and several amazing expansion packs. There was just the perfect balance of making the zoo your own and having some guidance with several tools at your disposal.

    In 2013, Microsoft, along with Frontier Developments, released a Zoo Tycoon game for the Xbox 360 and Xbox One. I found that game to be hugely disappointing with the lack of animal variety, and almost no layout and design choices for habitats or facilities. For example, you had to place food and water bowls in pre-selected zones. It scaled way too far back on the creative freedom that it became real boring, real fast. However, I could already tell by the Developer Journals that Planet Zoo was going to be a huge improvement and was excited to try my hand at another zoo management game.

    When I started to play Planet Zoo, I was already excited at the fact that I could customize my own avatar. Then, I decided to go for Career Mode first as I know I should get some tips before I go off on my own and start from scratch in Sandbox Mode. I could not believe how beautiful the parks were and was eager to build some of my own. It was a little intimidating in fact because there was so much to work with, more than I have ever seen.

    Now, not only can you place whatever you want, wherever you want in your habitats, but you can also make everything from scratch. This might make the game harder to get used to at first, if you’ve watched my Planet Zoo Gameplay Bloopers you’ll know what I’m talking about, but it becomes very addictive if you stick with it. Sure the paths and fences are harder to use then they have to be but little changes, such as adding digital boards and speakers for your guests to learn about your animals, makes it worth it.

    It is worth mentioning that I lightly touched on the fact that you have to have available power for all of your facilities during my first couple of levels of gameplay, which is also a new feature. Meaning, there’s a bit more to do this time around, similar to Sim City. I’ll be continuing to play Planet Zoo and will write updated articles when I find out how it all goes together! If this already sounds like fun to you, you can buy the basic Planet Zoo game and/or the Deluxe Edition on Steam right here.

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  • svgNov 6, 2019Quick Bits

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    Planet Zoo is finally available, and it was released with an official launch trailer.

    Attention all Tycoon fans, a new super cute simulation game is officially released and ready to play. Planet Zoo is simulation game wherein you build and run your very own zoo, full of adorable animals and kooky customers. The game is now available on Steam, and you can view the launch trailer below.

    There has been much hype around Planet Zoo, especially after winning awards at this years Gamescom. Planet Zoo is poised to be a new fully immersive simulation game, with every little detail coming into play. Even the directions and length of your paths will have an effect on just how successful your zoo will be.

    Planet Zoo Launch Trailer

    For more information on the tiltle, as well as the chance to purchase it, you can visit the Steam link above, or check out the official website.

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  • svgOct 29, 2019Feature

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    I’m back again with a list of some big titles for the month of November 2019. All are wholesome, adorable, and exciting new games coming to PC and/or consoles! This is usually the month where Nintendo releases a large title before the holiday season and this year is no exception with Pokemon Sword and Shield. But I want to hear from you! Which games will you be getting upon release?

    Planet Zoo – November 5th

    This most anticipated management/tycoon simulation game has a Career Mode and a new Franchise Mode with very realistic graphics and game mechanics! You can pre-order the Deluxe Edition on Steam right now and receive a copy for November 5th, 2019 which will include the soundtrack, wallpapers and three unique animals!

    Just Dance 2020 – November 5th

    Just Dance 2020

    In celebration of its 10th Anniversary Ubisoft announced at this years E3, that Just Dance 2020 will be coming to Nintendo Switch, Wii ( yes Wii! ), as well as the PS4 and Xbox One. Just Dance 2020 will feature 40 new songs from a variety of new musicians that you can read more about here.

    Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 – November 5th

    Mario & Sonic At The Olympic

    The game offers a wide variety of mini sport games in 3D as well as classic 2D games. There will be more than 30 different Olympic sports you can participate in using your favorite Nintendo characters. Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 will be releasing on the Nintendo Switch on November 5th, 2019!

    Harvest Moon: Mad Dash – November 5th

    Originally supposed to release October 29th, 2019, Harvest Moon: Mad Dash, a puzzle-game spin-off title, will instead by releasing on November 5th, 2019 for the Nintendo Switch and the PS4.

    Pokemon Sword and Shield – November 15th

    The newest iteration in the classic Pokemon series is an open-world multiplayer RPG with new Pokemon to catch in the Galar Region. Many more surprises include Max Raids, Autosaves, Pokemon Camp, Cooking, and more! Mark your calendars for November 5th; when Pokemon Sword and Shield is releasing on the Nintendo Switch. Pre-order the Double Pack edition for $119.99 right here.

    Bug Fables – November 21st

    During the Tokyo Game Show 2019 with Bitsummit’s 2019 live-stream on Twitch, we got to see a new trailer and some gameplay of Bug Fables. Bug Fables: The Everlasting Sapling is an action/adventure RPG developed by Moonsprout Games and published by DANGEN Entertainment and they have confirmed that it will be releasing on Steam on November 21st, 2019, with console versions to be announced at a later date.

    Lost Ember – November 22nd

    This beautiful adventure game created by Mooneye Studios lets you play as a wolf and possess dozens of other animals! It will be releasing on November 22nd, 2019 (due to a delay) for Steam, GOG, Xbox One, PS4, and the Nintendo Switch!

    DLC, Expansion Packs, Other Releases

    The Mims: Beginning Switch Version – Novemver 1st

    The Mims: Beginning

    This God-like strategy game, The Mims: Beginning, offers much to do such as farming, crafting, skill learning, livestock raising and trading, etc! It was originally released on PC back in 2016, and now it’s coming to Nintendo Switch on November 1st, 2019.

    Garfield Kart Furious Racing Remake – November 5th, 2019

    Garfield Kart Furious Racing

    The original Garfield Kart was released in November of 2013. This new racing title will boast some definite improvements from the 3DS version including different characters from the Garfield universe. Garfield Kart Furious Racing will be coming out on November 5th, 2019 in the US and November 7th, 2019 in EU on PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and Steam!

    Super Lucky’s Tale Switch Version – November 8th

    Super Lucky's Tale

    This adorable platformer, about setting on a journey to help your sister protect the Book of Ages, is currently only available to be played on Xbox One and PC. Now, you can also play Super Lucky’s Tale on the Nintendo Switch on November 8th, 2019!

    A Hat in Time Physical Release – November 8th

    The digital version of A Hat In Time released on the Nintendo Switch eShop on October 18th, 2019, however the physical version has been pushed back to November 8th, 2019. You can pre-order this adventure game right here via Amazon.

    The Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy – Deluxe Edition (Switch Port) – November 8th

    Layton’s Mystery Journey Deluxe Edition

    The game was first released on the Nintendo 3DS and quickly gained a lot of popularity. Fans of the series are excited to be able to enjoy the game on the Nintendo Switch with enhanced graphics and a whooping 40 new puzzles. If you want to reserve one, to add it to your collection you can do so now for $39.99 on Amazon now. Amazon lists the Deluxe Edition for pre-order to be released on November 8th, 2019!

    Astroneer Physical Release – November 15th


    Astroneer first released, digitally-only, on Steam and Xbox One in February of this year. Now, you can buy a physical copy of this space exploration sandbox game for Xbox One or PS4 on November 15th, 2019.

    If you missed last month’s list, you can check it out here: Most Wholesome Game Releases in October.

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  • svgSep 14, 2019Feature

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    We are pleased to introduce a new feature we’ve created for your reading (and gaming!) pleasure. A monthly release-date round-up! We have gathered the release dates of all the cute, family-friendly games (that we love to focus on at myPotatoGames) that are coming out in September 2019.

    Spyro Reignited Trilogy: September 3

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    Sypro Reignited Trilogy became available on PS4 and Xbox in 2018. But on the 3rd it will finally be available for Switch and Steam players, as well! Enjoy this beautifully reimagined, classic adventure platformer in only a few days!

    Fin and the Ancient Mystery: September 3

    On the very same day as Spyro, we’ve got another adventure platformer game for you! Fin and the Ancient Mystery started out as a mobile game, but will be making the jump to Nintendo Switch. Help this cute fennec fox save his world on September 3rd!

    Gnomes Garden: Lost King: September 5

    Gnomes Garden: Lost King title screen

    Like its predecessor, Gnomes Garden: Lost King started out as a mobile game. It is now set to release on Nintendo Switch on September 5th. To find the lost king, you must direct workers, gather resources, destroy obstacles and build pathways to complete each level before the time is up!

    Wuppo: Definitive Edition – September 5

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    Wuppo was first released on PC 3 years ago, and moved onto PS4 a little over half a year later. Now, finally, this cute action-adventure puzzle-platformer will be on Nintendo Switch! Follow a little Wum named Wuppo as they search the world for a new place to call home, piece together the world’s history and even solving ancient conflicts on the journey. Wuppo may fight a few boss battles, but more than anything, they must use wits and charm to succeed!

    Pocket Clothier – September 5

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    Early September sure is stacked with cute game releases. Pocket Clothier will be on Switch very soon. Run your own clothing store! Stock your shop, arrange the mannequins and run promotions. Even install a crepe stand in your store. Depending on how you advise your customers to dress, they may be inspired to start a new career!

    Reel Fishing: Road Trip Adventure – September 17

    Reel Fishing Road Trip Adventure Title Screen

    In Reel Fishing: Road Trip Adventure, you head across country in your RV to fish, craft, and cook with four anime-styled teenagers. This game boasts a “full RPG storyline”, and over 20 fish from more than 10 locations. Available for pre-order in physical form for Switch and PS4 from many online retailers such as GameStop or Amazon.

    Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch – September 20

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    A gorgeous game in the style if Studio Ghibli, Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch first released in the west on PS3 in 2013. Now, almost 7 years later, we can play it on Switch! PS4 and PC will also be receiving new, enhanced versions of the game on the same day. (Note: the Switch version is not enhanced.)

    The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening – September 20

    This September is rife with remakes and sequels. Link’s Awakening, the 4th game in the Legend of Zelda series, was first released in 1993. This adorable remake has been completely redesigned, graphics-wise. And it looks as cute as all get out! Find this Nintendo exclusive on the eShop now.

    Untitled Goose Game – September 20

    Untitled Goose Game

    Yes, we have a third game for September 20th! In Untitled Goose Game, you are a horrible goose. Most games are all about playing the hero…the good guy. But sometimes it just feels so good to play the bad goose! Make messes, steal small items, and just generally ruin everyone’s day when this game releases on Switch and the Epic Game Store.

    Cat Quest II – September 24

    Cat Quest II

    In the cuter quarters of the internet, Cat Quest was a bit hit! As such, we’ve been keeping a close eye on the upcoming sequel, Cat Quest II. Return to Felingard to conquer dungeons and bring peace to the kingdoms on Switch, PS4, Xbox One and PC on September 24th!

    Mario Kart Tour – September 25

    Mario Kart Tour

    Mario Kart Tour will be available on iOS and Android on September 25th and will be free to play. You can already pre-register for the game via Nintendo’s official Mario Kart Tour website. The game includes plenty of unique tracks with fun turns and twists that we all came to love and expect from the franchise. Familiar characters, boosts and items are also all part of the mobile version.

    Songbird Symphony – September 2019

    Songbird Symphony

    Songbird Symphony released digitally on PC and consoles on July 25th, 2019. Now the physical versions are coming out for Nintendo Switch and PS4 on September 20th, 2019 in Europe and November 5th, 2019 in North America! Don’t miss your chance to chirp and sing your way through this heart-warming journey of discovery, as orphaned chick ‘Birb’ sets off to find his true origins. 

    Fishing Star World Tour – September 2019

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    Fishing Star World Tour is actually already on the Switch e-shop as of January 2019. But is also being released by Aksys games in physical form in September. (See more on that situation HERE.) With 180 fish available to catch across 40 different locations, this cute, colourful game will keep us occupied for a while! No specific date has yet been given.

    Expansions and DLC

    Sims 4 – Realm of Magic Game Pack

    The Realm of Magic game pack for The Sims 4 will be available September 10th for PC (via Origin). And on October 15th for PS4 and Xbox! This enchanting pack will allow you to learn magic, brew potions, and have duels with other magic users. You can also dress yourself and decorate your home like a proper witch or wizard. You can also summon a magical creature (like a dragon or a fairy) to be your familiar! And who wouldn’t want a dragon for a familiar?!

    Overcooked – Carnival of Choas DLC

    The 3rd and final DLC of the Overcooked 2 Season Pass has been revealed. The Season Pass is priced at £14.99/€16.99/$19.99 and includes Night of the Hangry Horde and Campfire Cook Off, and now Carnival of Chaos which will be coming to Nintendo Switch, PC, PS4 and Xbox One on September 12th, 2019

    Planet Zoo – Beta Access as Pre-order Bonus

    The amazingly detailed and beautiful Planet Zoo will have a beta phase on Steam that runs from September 24 to October 8. The beta phase will only be open to those who have pre-ordered the Deluxe Edition. The full version of Planet Zoo is expected to launch on November 5.

    Stay tuned with us next month to find out which wholesome games are coming out in October 2019! This will be a regular feature each month, with thanks to our reader Molly for suggesting it!

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  • svgAug 22, 2019News

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    If you have been eagerly awaiting award-winning Planet Zoo’s release on November 5th, this is important news. Planet Zoo is offering not only the soundtrack, wallpapers and three unique animals (listed below) but is now going to give eager players access to a beta period of this Steam game that will run for two weeks, from September 24 to October 8. You can order on Steam right now. (Please note that this offer applies specifically to the Deluxe Edition.)

    Planet Zoo Pre-Order bonus

    Planet Zoo seems like a no-brainer for animal lovers. It has a huge variety of animals, and in building habitats for them, you can pamper and care for all of them. For more information on keeping your animals happy, you can read our article on managing animal behaviours. But despite how it may seem, Planet Zoo is about much more than just the animals.

    Planet Zoo ostriches eating in enclosure
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    Great for builders and managers, too!

    Even if animals aren’t your thing, perhaps you like to plan, strategize or build. Or make money! You’re going to need to do a lot of those things to create habitats, make happy animals, and lay out a beautiful zoo that brings in the visitors. Because you need to make money, or your zoo will go under.

    There are many objectives to fill. Planet Zoo also has a Career Mode, which is like following a story stuffed with unique characters. And your animals aren’t the only ones you have to keep happy. Nor are the customers! You also need to look after your employees. You’ll need to build staff-only pathways for your employees to traverse the zoo. And they won’t be very happy if you don’t build enough staff bathrooms, either!

    So even if you’re not particularly interested in animals, don’t write Planet Zoo off just yet. It has a lot to offer to any simulation-game lover. Read our articles (linked throughout this article), visit the game on Steam, or peruse the official website to get an in-depth impression of what this game is all about.

    If you’re at Gamescom this week, you can try out Career Mode and the new online Franchise Mode, about which Frontier had the following to say: “You’ll also get to try the brand-new Franchise Mode, where you can build, research, develop and manage your own zoos alongside a global community of players. And even use the online Animal Exchange where you can trade animals to increase the genetic diversity and well-being of your animals and zoo.” See for yourself if you think it deserved to be chosen as Gamecom 2019’s Best Simulation Game!

    Gamescom 2019 Trailer

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  • svgAug 20, 2019News

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    The winning games chosen by the Gamescom jury were announced during Opening Night Live last night and we here at myPotatoGameGames are so happy for everyone mentioned below! Especially some of our favorite indie games that we have been rooting for such as Planet Zoo and Concrete Genie! Gamescom Awards honor the best games and products premiering at the event that are submitted by game developers, and are reviewed by an independent international jury of experts. The winners chosen by the public have yet to be announced during a live-stream on Saturday, August 24th, 2019 (Gamescom’s last day). You can still vote for your favorites on the show-floor such as “Best Booth” or the Gamescom “Most Wanted“ if you find yourself in Colognes, Germany!

    Best Action Adventure Game

    • Winner: Blacksad: Under the Skin (Astragon)
    • Concrete Genie (Sony Interactive Entertainment)
    • The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (Nintendo)

    Best Action Game

    • Winner: Doom Eternal (ZeniMax Germany)
    • Borderlands 3 (2K)
    • Marvel’s Avengers (Square Enix)

    Best Family Game

    • Winner: Concrete Genie (Sony Interactive Entertainment)
    • Dreams (Sony Interactive Entertainment)
    • Luigi’s Mansion 3 (Nintendo)

    Best Racing Game

    • Winner: Grid (Koch Media)
    • Hot Wheels Infinite Loop (Mattel)
    • Need for Speed Heat (Electronic Arts)

    Best Role Playing Game

    • Winner: Wasteland 3 (Koch Media)
    • Final Fantasy VII Remake (Square Enix)
    • Pokemon Sword and Shield (Nintendo)

    Best Simulation Game

    • Winner: Planet Zoo (Frontier)
    • Barotrauma (Daedalic Entertainment)
    • NBA 2K20 (2K)

    Best Sports Game

    • Winner: Roller Champions (Ubisoft)
    • FIFA 20 (Electronic Arts)
    • eFootball PES 2020 (Konami)

    Best Strategy Game

    • Winner: Desperados III (THQ Nordic)
    • Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition (Microsoft)
    • Foundation (Polymorph Games)

    Most Original Game

    • Winner: Dreams (Sony Interactive Entertainment)
    • Concrete Genie (Sony Interactive Entertainment)
    • Felix The Reaper (Daedalic Entertainment)

    Best Xbox One Game

    • Winner: Gears 5 (Microsoft)
    • Bleeding Edge (Microsoft)
    • Borderlands 3 (2K)

    Best Nintendo Switch Game

    Best PlayStation 4 Game

    • Winner: Dreams (Sony Interactive Entertainment)
    • Concrete Genie (Sony Interactive Entertainment)
    • Final Fantasy VII Remake (Square Enix)

    Best Mobile Game

    • Winner: Battle Chasers: Nightwar (HandyGames)
    • Hot Wheels Infinite Loop (Mattel)
    • Lock’s Quest (HandyGames)

    Best PC Game

    • Winner: Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint (Ubisoft)
    • Borderlands 3 (2K)
    • Doom Eternal (ZeniMax Germany)

    Again, huge congratulations to all of the winners! If you missed some of the announcements during Gamescom 2019 Opening Night Live and Nintendo’s Indie World Showcase, you might want to check out some of the most wholesome games revealed here: Design, Build and Gather All Across the Universe in Kerbal 2, PHOGS! Is Double Doggo Action, and Care For Doggies And Find Love In Best Friend Forever.

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