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September 2021

A Hat in Time

A Hat in Time is a loving homage to some of the greatest 3D platformers of all time such as Super Mario 64Donkey Kong 64 and Banjo-Kazooie. That being said, A Hat in Time make its own mark by being wonderfully unique and charmingly silly. Join the adventure as Hat Kid as she tries to recover her missing Time Pieces to continue her journey home. You’ll discover worlds that have you fighting the mafia, taking sides in a movie award ceremony and even making contracts with a ghost who may not have the best intentions at heart… Equip different hats and badges to give Hat Kid all sorts of new powers like mixing potions, super sprints and turning herself into ice! A Hat in Time’s goofy characters, inspiring worlds and creative platforming challenges turn Hat Kid into the star of the show!

A Hat in Time is available at the Orland Park Public Library on the Nintendo Switch console. A Hat in Time is rated “T for Teen.”

Recommended by: Alexander Pappas, Youth Services Reference Librarian I

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Neo : The World Ends with You

Can you survive Tokyo? Rindo and his friend Fret wake up in the Reaper’s Game in this sequel to the Nintendo DS classic. In the Reaper’s Game, teams are tasked with completing various missions to score points for a whole week. Win the game and have your wish granted, fail and face erasure! The fast-paced battle system encourages you to get in sync with your teammates by equipping pins that activate awesome psychic abilities. Groove together with your teammates to create devastating combination attacks to erase the Noise, which are negative emotions being experienced outside the Reaper’s Game. Neo: The World Ends With You stands out amongst its Role-Playing Game contemporaries by being fully immersed in modern-day Shibuya, Japan and all its culture. It’s a guarantee you’ll be vibing along with the rock/electronic/hip-hop jams of the phenomenal soundtrack, wonder at the art direction deeply inspired by graffiti artists and look for the best equipment that is both fashionable and can give you any edge to survive the Reaper’s Game.

Neo: The World Ends With You is available at the Orland Park Public Library on both the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 consoles. Neo: The World Ends with You is rated “T for Teen.”

Recommended by: Alexander Pappas, Youth Services Reference Librarian I

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August 2021

Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne HD Remaster

How would you remake the world? That is the question at the heart of this remaster of an iconic mid-2000s role-playing game. In the aftermath of a cataclysm, you awaken as the Demi-fiend: a half-human, half-demon entity capable of summoning demons to your aid. Explore the remains of Tokyo as you recruit demons to your side. Utilize the various strengths of your recruited demons to win intense turn-based battles that encourage strategy by buffing your team’s strengths and exploiting the enemy’s weaknesses. Old friends and new acquaintances alike covet the power of the Demi-fiend and you can choose to ally yourself with their reasons. These branching paths have multiple endings that encourage repeat playthroughs. Freedom, structure, power, equality… which reason will you choose to build your new world around? Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne HD Remaster is available at the Orland Park Public Library on both the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 consoles. Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne HD Remaster is rated “M for Mature.”

Recommended by: Alexander Pappas, Youth Services Reference I Librarian

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Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

Let’s adventure! Captain Toad’s ready to quest in this puzzle/platformer accessible for all ages. As an adventurer, Captain Toad’s quests take him to all different sorts of locations: volcanoes, Boo houses, oceans and more! Use your puzzle solving skills to traverse each miniature land and find coins, Super Gems, Power Stars and more! The game’s modest pace allows adventurers to take their time to solve the unique puzzles and the many mysteries offer immense replay value as you try to grab all the treasure you can! Each world is a self-contained little mini-map chock full of secrets! Boss fights ramp up the action and demand adventurers to utilize all the tricks in their arsenal!
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is available at the Orland Park Public Library on both the Nintendo Wii U and Nintendo Switch consoles. The Nintendo Switch version offers some updates not available on the Wii U version. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is rated “E for Everyone.”
Recommended by: Alexander Pappas, Youth Services Reference Librarian I

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June 2021

Super Mario Maker 2

Ever breeze through a Mario level and thought that was too easy? Super Mario Maker 2 challenges Mario enthusiasts to make their own levels. Creating your own levels is a snap with a user-friendly course maker. You can save these levels for your friends and family to play or submit them over the internet. Not much of a creator and want to get in on the classic Mario platforming action? Super Mario Maker 2 has a story mode with pre-made levels for you to enjoy right away, and if you feel you need to up the ante, try going online and taking on some of the courses made by other Mario fans like yourself! Super Mario Maker 2 is available at the Orland Park Public Library on the Nintendo Switch console and is rated “E for Everyone.” A Nintendo Switch Online account is needed to submit and play user-created courses.

Recommended by: Alexander Pappas, Youth Services Reference Librarian I

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April 2021

Overcooked! 2

One of the wackiest party games out there, Overcooked! 2 puts you and up to three other players in the role of managing a chaotic kitchen and making orders for customers. Teamwork is essential as you make various recipes and travel to various kitchens. You’ll be delivering fries across a frozen tundra, making salads in space and baking pizzas through portals! With easy-to-learn controls for new players and immense replay value for veteran chefs, Overcooked! 2 will keep the whole party wanting seconds! The library owns Overcooked! and Overcooked! 2 for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The original Overcooked! and Overcooked! 2 are combined with new features in Overcooked!: All You Can Eat! For PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. All Overcooked! games are rated “E for Everyone” and are perfect for the entire family.

Recommended by: Alexander Pappas, Youth Services Reference Librarian I

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October 2019

Fire Emblem: Three Houses

On the continent of Fódlan, three mighty nations coexist in an uneasy peace. The best and brightest students of each land are sent to the Officers Academy at Garreg Mach Monastery, an elite school of swords, sorcery, and statecraft. As a new professor, you are tasked with leading one of the three Houses and preparing your students to excel while also uncovering a sinister plot taking root at the Academy. With an easy to learn but intricate battle system, a huge cast of colorful and complex characters, and multiple story lines to choose from, this game will satisfy veterans of the series and newcomers alike.

Recommended by: DeAnna DeHoff, InterLibrary Loan Assistant   

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August 2019

Pokémon Let’s Go Eevee/Pikachu!

Gamers have been swept up in the “Gotta Catch ‘Em All!” craze for over 20 years now. The “Let’s Go” games strike a wonderful balance of what started the Pokémon revolution back in the mid-1990s and the evolutions it has taken specifically with the global phenomenon of Pokémon Go for mobile devices. Let’s Go takes us back to the roots of waking up in Pallet Town to get your first Pokémon and traveling the world getting all original 151 Pokémon. With a simplified battle and level up system alongside Pokémon Go-inspired catching mechanics, Pokémon Let’s Go is a fun way to get newcomers into the world of Pokémon or bring back fans who miss the rush of becoming the Pokémon League Champion. There is connectivity between both of the Eevee and Pikachu versions as well as Pokémon Go for mobile devices.

Recommended by: Alex Pappas, Reference Librarian

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Octopath Traveler

A modern take on old-school role-playing games, Octopath Traveler is an updated spin on a traditional gaming staple. Players have the freedom to explore and gather the 8 heroes how they choose as they explore the world, do side quests, and play each character’s specific individual story as they wish. The combat system is also a blend of old and new: turn-based combat reminiscent of 1980s and 1990s Final Fantasy games is given a deeper spin as one can spend from a limited number of points to power up their moves for each character, giving each battle a deeper strategic element. The innovative game play and 8 unique stories are accompanied by the gorgeous 2-dimensional visuals as well as a wondrous soundtrack setting the stage for larger-than-life bosses as well as a beautiful wintry backdrop. Octopath Traveler would find a home with any role-playing game fan, be it 1989 or 2019.

Recommended by: Alex Pappas, Reference Librarian

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