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Tetsumo Party (Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC)

A few years ago there was a game show that I believe originated in Japan where contestants would try and fit through holes in ever approaching walls.  I think it was called “Hole in the Wall” in the US, but on the Internet I remember people calling it “Human Tetris.”  Well now you can play a version of that featuring Sumo wrestlers with Tetsumo Party.  It’s available to download on most current game consoles and PC, but reviewed on Switch here.

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Gabbuchi (PS4, Switch, PC)

Gabbuchi is a 2-D puzzle platformer, and the main character, a box with teeth, reminds me of a cross between Domo and BoxBoy.  The game itself kind of reminds me of BoxBoy as well.  It utilizes minimalist graphics as you eat as many boxes as you can, but not TOO many as you must still have a path to the goal.  So it’s kind of a reverse BoxBoy.  Gabbuchi is available to download on PS4, Switch, and PC, but reviewed on PS4 here.

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Solo: Islands of the Heart (PS4, Switch, Xbox One, PC)

In Solo: Islands of the Heart, you play as a sailor man or woman who sets out to sea to find true love.  Along the way you’ll visit colorful islands, interact with critters, learn about how you view relationships, and mostly solve block manipulating puzzles.  It’s available on all current consoles and PC, but reviewed on PS4 here.

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Psyvariar Delta (Switch, PS4, PC)

Psyvariar was an arcade 2-D vertically scrolling shooter from around the early 2000’s.  It falls under the category called ‘bullet hell’ shooters as you must avoid large amounts of projectiles as the main challenge.  And now you can enjoy the ultimate version on Switch, PS4, and PC (reviewed on Switch here).

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Switchy Road (Switch, Mobile)

One bad thing about mobile games is that you don’t see very many super simple games on consoles anymore.  Well now there is one with Switchy Road.  It’s available on mobile, but now it’s also on the Switch (reviewed on Switch here).  A geometric shape travels on an ever crumbling road, and you must press a button to change the shape so it fits into holes that appear up ahead.  It reminds me of the ‘put the square peg in hole’ wooden game, or that “Human Tetris” TV game show where people try to fit into holes in walls coming at them.

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Pokémon Rumble Rush (iOS, Android)

One of the most revisited Pokémon spin-offs has been Pokémon Rumble.  In the game you play with toy Pokémon as you bash into other toy Pokémon in real time.  The Rumble game on the Wii U even let you buy real toys you could scan, which would become the prototypes for amiibo figures!  Now that Pokémon has found new popularity on mobile devices thanks to Pokémon GO, now the Rumble series is on mobile as well with Pokémon Rumble Rush (reviewed on iPad here).  It’s basically an endless clicker in disguise, but it’s certainly one of the better ones I’ve come across.

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Super Mutant Alien Assault (Switch, PS4, Vita, Xbox One, PC)

In the future, Earth has been destroyed by alien invaders.  A few handfuls of humans escape on spaceships, but now the alien invaders have caught up to eradicate them.  Now it’s up to a battle droid to defend the spaceships from being overrun by aliens.  Super Mutant Alien Assault is an arcade style randomly generated single screen platform jumping shooter, similar to another game I reviewed a while back called Duck Game.  It’s available for all current game consoles and PC, but reviewed on Switch here.

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Pawarumi (Switch, Xbox One, PC)

Pawarumi is a 2-D vertically scrolling shooter that uses themes from Mayan and South American culture, although if I didn’t read that in the press release, I probably wouldn’t have known.  Use three different kinds of weapons to fire at colored enemies to boost your shields, power up your special weapon, and take out enemies quickly in this downloadable game for Switch, Xbox One, and PC (reviewed on Switch here).

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Penguin Wars (Switch)

Back in the mid 80’s, there was an arcade game called Penguin Wars.  But it was only released in Japan.  However, it proved to be fairly popular there because it was ported to several home consoles, including the Famicom (Japanese NES) and MSX.  I think the only version that made it overseas was the Game Boy one.  In the old game, you play as a bunch of different animals (including a penguin) as you rolled balls across a table to your opponent and tried to avoid and toss back balls your opponent sent to you.  It was like a cross between dodgeball, air hockey, and table tennis.  Actually it most reminds me of a dodgeball variant game I played in elementary school P.E. called “Sock it to Me.”  Anyway, now Penguin Wars is back and better than ever with a modern downloadable take on the Switch.

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Moad Racing (iOS, Android)

How would you like to play a racing game where you can drive the A-Team van, Back to the Future DeLorean, Flintstones car, Jetsons ship, Simpsons car, Batmobile, and more?  If it sounds too good to be true, well it kind of is, but you can sort of do that in Moad Racing.  It’s a new free to play game for mobile devices (reviewed on iPad here).

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