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Happy Birthdays 


When I started to play Happy Birthdays it immediately reminded me of Populous. As we raised and lowered the land it reminded me of Populous even more. Happy Birthdays is different than Populous in what we do though. We are trying to create life in Happy Birthdays. That means animal life. Happy Birthdays does teach the highly divisive, and extremely controversial religious belief of evolution.

What is our goal in Happy Birthdays? We are trying to create life, and eventually evolve them to become humans. How do we do this? We have to get the conditions just right in the game play area. That means temperature and moisture. We attain this by raising and lowering the land. The four game play areas at the time of this review are Green Plains, Scorched Earth, Stony Prairie, and Frozen World.

I am thankful Family Friendly Gaming was given a digital download code for Happy Birthdays on the Nintendo Switch. This game clocks in at 1.4 gigs. Since the Switch is so limited on memory we will have to remove Happy Birthdays once we are done with this review. Which is a shame because I would like to mess around more with this game. There is a physical copy of Happy Birthdays on the market so you can avoid the memory issues we run into here at Family Friendly Gaming from digital downloads.

Each move you make in the world will cost you so many hit points. When you are out of hit points then you need to go into a different view - Macro Mode. Once in Macros Mode then hit the 'R' button to move time forward. Then your hit points will replenish. Once your hit points reach maximum then we can hit the 'X' button again to go back into Micro Mode. Micro Mode is where we make all of the changes to the environment.

Make sure you go through the tutorial before trying to go too deep in Happy Birthdays. The controls can be figured out. There are tips and tricks the tutorial will give you that are extremely important. Happy Birthdays can be a bit finicky in the acceptance of environments. I had certain spots perfect for the life to be created. Yet the game would not spawn them there. Things like that led to frustration. Happy Birthdays is a relaxed pace game where you can figure things out at your leisure.
- Paul


Graphics: 70%
Sounds: 75%
Replay/Extras: 80%
Gameplay: 65%
Family Friendly Factor: 60%

System: Nintendo Switch
Publisher: NIS America
Developer: Arc System Works, Toybox
Rating: ‘E’ - Everyone SIX and OLDER ONLY
Company provided product
Value/Cost of the review is greater than value/cost of provided product

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