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Nine Parchments (Switch, PS4, Xbox One, Steam)

Nine Parchments is an excellent local co-op game of wizards, monsters, and friendly fire. Up to four players (local or online) take the role of an apprentice wizard out to make a name for themselves by collecting the lost Nine Parchments. Players fight through progressively harder levels to collect all nine parchments and finish the game. Multiple difficulty levels, skill trees, and unlockables (new characters, powerful staffs, and cosmetic hats) provide replay value for what would otherwise be a linear quest line. A great addition to the local multiplayer catalogue on the Switch (the version reviewed here), Nine Parchments is a must-buy for local co-op fans.

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Bleed 2 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)

Not even six months ago I reviewed the original Bleed game, and now there’s already a sequel you can download on the PS4, Xbox One, and PC (reviewed on PS4 here).  It plays and looks nearly identical to the original, but they’ve added a few improvements and tweaks here and there.  Once again you play as the heroine from the first game who must defeat evil.  It’s a fairly unique run and gun shooter with retro graphics and sensibilities.

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SEGA Slots (iOS, Android)

SEGA may be nearly synonymous with video games now, but when they first started out as SErvice GAmes in the 40’s and 50’s, they made mostly slot machines.  Now SEGA is going back to their roots with SEGA Slots, a free-to-play downloadable slot machine game for iOS and Android (reviewed on iPad here).  Many of the slots here feature SEGA’s most popular video game characters and games, like Sonic the Hedgehog, Super Monkey Ball, Shinobi, Samba de Amigo, and Golden Axe!

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The Inner World: The Last Wind Monk (PS4, Xbox One, PC, Mobile)

The Inner World: The Last Wind Monk is a sequel to a cartoony point and click adventure I reviewed last year (played here on PS4).  In a subterranean world surrounded by dirt, the people of this land live on the inside of a sphere.  Around the sphere are wind holes that provide its citizens with air to breathe, and those holes are guarded by wind monks.  In the game you play as (mostly) Robert, a young man who was adopted by one of the wind monks.  This sequel takes place a couple of years after the first game.  After Robert defeated the villain and discovered his true identity, he finds a new adversary who wants to destroy all of Robert’s new family.  It’s up to Robert and his friends Laura and Peck the pidgeon to find the last Wind Monk and save the day again!

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Reader Review: Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (Switch)

My brother Ben really enjoyed Xenoblade Chronicles 2.  So much so that he asked to review it here.  Sounds like a good idea to me!  Click here to check it out!

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O.K. K.O.: Let’s Play Heroes (PS4, Xbox One, PC)

O.K. K.O.: Let’s Be Heroes is a new show on Cartoon Network.  It’s about a boy named K.O. who lives in a world full of super powered heroes.  He aspires to be a hero himself, so he gets a job at a convenience store in a strip mall.  But this isn’t just any convenience store, this store has all sorts of supplies for super heroes.  In the show, K.O. gets help from his friends, family, and co-workers and learns what it means to be a true hero.  And now you can help K.O., too, in the video game based on the cartoon show called O.K. K.O.: Let’s Play Heroes.  It’s available to download on PS4, Xbox One, and PC, but reviewed on PS4 here.

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Nintendo PEZ Dispensers

Recently I got some Nintendo themed PEZ dispensers so I thought I’d share with you all what they look like.  Click here to see a bigger picture.

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Tortuga Racing (iOS, Android)

Kids can now practice their math skills while racing turtles in Tortuga Racing, available to download on iOS and Android devices (reviewed on iPad here).  Choose from six different isometrically viewed tracks (more to come later), and race three other turtles to reach first place.  Your shelled speedsters go slow at first, but you’ll be prompted to answer basic math questions to make them go faster!

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My Animal Crossing Resume

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is Nintendo’s newest mobile title, and I have been into it ever since it came out!  The Animal Crossing game series is very special to me, so to celebrate just how much fun I’ve been having with Pocket Camp, I thought I’d go over all the games and spinoffs in the series, and rate each one and share my special memories of each.  So let’s get started!

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Bust-A-Move Journey (iOS, Android)

There are TONS of bubble popping puzzle games on mobile (in fact I just reviewed one), but how did they all get started?  Well, the very first one was Taito’s Puzzle Bobble/Bust-A-Move series.  It started way back in the 16-bit days on consoles like the SNES and NEO GEO, and featured characters from their popular Bubble Bobble arcade game.  And it’s been on practically every console since (although not lately), and it’s one of my top three favorite puzzle games.  You’d think Taito would’ve been more strict on their copyrights for this game, since there are tons of bubble popping puzzles on mobile now, but maybe they don’t mind, as even back in the day, Taito licensed out that idea to another company who made a similar NEO GEO game called Puzzle de Pon around the same time (not to be confused with Nintendo’s Panel de Pon).  Anyway, now the Puzzle Bobble/Bust-A-Move series has gone full circle and is now a premium mobile game again (meaning not free-to-play).  I didn’t get to review it when it came out, but recently Taito had a sale on mobile games so I picked it up for two bucks (I think it’s normally five).  So I decided I’d do a quick review of it now on iPad.

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