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Loot Rascals (PS4, PC)

Loot Rascals is a space-themed, strategy board game that’s got a style of its own.  Your job as a spaceman is to save the robot head of your pal Big Barry from an interdimensional tentacled beast.  But first you must escape from an artificial moon that the beast created.  The game has a look that reminds me of Katamari Damacy with a bit of British humor thrown in.  In fact I think I read they had an Adventure Time animator do some of the art for this game.  Anyway you can download this game on PS4 and PC, but it’s reviewed on PS4 here.

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Discover the World of Super Mario in McDonald’s Happy Meals

Looks like McDonald’s is doing Mario toys in their Happy Meals again.  I don’t know when they started or how long this promotion lasts, so I wanted to post this as quickly as possible so it would at least be topical for a little while.  Click on the link to see pictures and read more details.

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The Mini-Games of 1-2-Switch

One of the launch titles for the Nintendo Switch was 1-2-Switch.  It’s a party mini-game collection showing off the capabilities of the new console.  At first I wasn’t sure if I would get it, but after playing it at PAX South, I decided I would get it after all.  And since I like to write about mini-game collections, here is a blog about all the ones found in 1-2-Switch.

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Legends of Andor (Boardgame)

Legends of Andor is a cooperative fantasy adventure boardgame, where the players combine efforts to achieve an overarching goal while simultaneously protecting the kingdom from attack. Players range the countryside combatting evil and growing in power. Fully cooperative, the players race against the game clock governed by a deck of cards that slowly ramps up the difficulty of the game until the players ultimately win or lose.

 

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Chaos Code: New Sign of Catastrophe (PS4)

Chaos Code: New Sign of Catastrophe is a downloadable one-on-one 2-D fighter for the PS4, featuring anime styled characters.  It kind of reminds me of a fighter you’d see from the mid-2000’s, as this one isn’t quite as flashy as newer Guilty Gear or BlazBlue or Street Fighter titles.  The default screen size isn’t even widescreen!  But just like some of SNK’s older fighters, just because this one doesn’t look as new, it still seems fairly playable, at least as far as I can tell

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After the End (iOS, Google Play)

After the End is an action puzzle game downloadable on iOS devices and Google Play (reviewed on iPad here).  You play as a boy and his father from an alien tribe as they travel across the desert in what I think is two different time periods.  I’m not really sure, though, because this is one of those games where they tell the story with no words, and they don’t do it as well as other games.  But anyway, gameplay is very similar to Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, another puzzle game on the Wii U.  The minimalist desert graphics also make me think of the game Journey.

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Me and You Love the Wii U

When a brand-new game console comes out, I like to write a blog about the console that came before it, and talk about my favorite games on it.  So now that the Nintendo Switch has been released, I’d like to honor the Wii U and go over my favorite games for that system (not in any particular order).

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I am Setsuna (Switch, PS4, PC)

During the 16-bit days when I was in high school, I was big into RPGs like Final Fantasy 6 and Chrono Trigger.  But nowadays, not so much.  Today’s RPGs are missing what I liked about the older ones, but luckily Square-Enix can still sometimes pump something out today that I enjoy.  Such is the case with I am Setsuna.  It may have modern visuals and sound, but it plays like an old school RPG.  In the game you play as Endir, a masked assassin whose mission is to kill Setsuna, a sacrificial offering to keep down monster attacks for another year.  But once you meet your target, you soon end up in a series of events that takes you on a quest with Setsuna and a host of comrades as you discover the history behind this practice and maybe even how to stop it for good.  I am Setsuna was a downloadable launch game for the new Nintendo Switch (that version is what’s reviewed here), but you can also get it for PS4 and PC.

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PSVR Bonus Level: Moto Racer 4

In addition to several racing modes on dirt and asphalt tracks, Moto Racer 4 also includes a small bonus, the ability to race (solo) using the PSVR system in either a Time Attack or Hot Lap mode. As with other bonus VR features, the PSVR experience isn’t going to be the main selling point of a game. However, they are a nice way for PSVR owners to experience a small part of their game in a virtual reality mode. Unfortunately, I found the PSVR racing mode of Moto Racer 4 was not a good fit for my gaming style.

 

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Barbie Sparkle Blast (iOS, Google Play)

So now the world’s most popular doll toy line is getting in on the free-to-play match-three puzzle game bandwagon.  But surprisingly, this one’s actually pretty decent.  Barbie Sparkle Blast is available to download on iOS and Google Play, but reviewed on iPad here.

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