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Dots & Co. (iOS, Google Play)

DOTS_BOXIt may look like your typical free-to-play match-three mobile puzzler, but Dots & Co. has a few gameplay elements that separate it from the rest of the bunch.  Clear out same-colored adjacent dots by connecting them to one another on the touch screen, and they’ll disappear.  There’s actually been two “Dots” games before this one, but I’ve never played them so I don’t know what’s new or added to this one.  It’s available free to download on iOS and Google Play, but reviewed on iPad here.

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Tadpole Treble (Wii U)

TADPOLE_BOXWhat is it with tadpoles and music in video games?  First it was Super Mario RPG, and now this!  OK, maybe that was too obscure of a reference for an introduction.  Anyway, in this game, you play as a young tadpole named Baton.  She swims too far away from her frog family and gets snatched up by a pelican.  She escapes, but now must swim downstream back to her pond in this downloadable music/rhythm action game for Wii U.

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Cary’s Spring and Summer 2016 Movie Roundup!

ECTO3Well, summer’s almost over, so you know what that means.  It’s time for me to talk about the movies I saw this summer (and some in the spring, too), as well as movies I wanted to see but didn’t get a chance to.  I’ll try to keep things spoiler-free, but there may be a few that slip out, so just be warned.  So let’s do this thing!

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Mutant Mudds Super Challenge (PS4, Vita, Wii U, 3DS)

MUTANT_BOXA few years ago, game developer Renegade Kid released Mutant Mudds, a run-and-gun 2-D platformer about a kid armed with a water gun who zaps monsters made of mud who are trying to get you!  It featured classic 8-bit graphics and sound, as well as a challenge level similar to games of that era (meaning it was hard).  Well, if that game wasn’t difficult enough for you, now there’s Mutant Mudds Super Challenge.  It’s the same basic game, but the new levels are super tough!  You’ll be hard-pressed to get through Stage 1-1 unless you are a pro!  Mutant Mudds Super Challenge is available for download on most current consoles, but reviewed on PS Vita here.

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Rodeo Stampede (iOS, Google Play)

RODEO_BOXThe makers of popular mobile games like Crossy Road and Pac-Man 256 have roped in a new free-to-play downloadable title for iOS and Google Play (reviewed on iPad here).  In Rodeo Stampede, you must ride wild animals without getting thrown off, and jump and lasso the next critter in the stampede.  Keep on doing this for as long as you can, and you’ll even befriend these animals and invite them to live on your floating zeppelin zoo! 

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Disney Art Academy (3DS)

DISNEY_BOXFor nearly a century, Disney has been synonymous with artistic animation and cartoons, and now they’ve teamed up with Nintendo for a new Art Academy game.  Nintendo has been teaching art lessons with their Art Academy franchise on multiple consoles, spanning the DS, 3DS, and even the Wii U.  So it only seems natural for them to feature art lessons with Disney characters on the 3DS.  I’ve wished that this series would get more recognition, and maybe now with the familiar Disney license, it might just do that.

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Buddy & Me: Dream Edition (Wii U)

BUDDY_BOXWhat if whenever you go to sleep, you could dream about playing with your best friend, who happens to be a big, furry, yellow floppy-eared smiley dragon thing named Buddy.  Well that’s the premise behind Buddy & Me, a new downloadable game for Wii U.  I’m not sure what’s so different about the “Dream Edition” in the title, but I imagine at one point this was a mobile game.  It may be yet another continuous running 2-D platformer, but it’s certainly the most charming one I’ve ever played, as it combines the appeal of Dr. Seuss-like characters with a bit of My Neighbor Totoro for good measure.

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Shephy (iOS, Android)

SHEPHY_BOXI’m not sure how you pronounce it, but Shephy plays like one of those indie card games you buy at those fancy gaming and comic book stores.  In fact, while looking up pictures for this review, turns out that Shephy IS a real card game.  You can even buy it on Amazon.  It’s a Solitaire style game where you try to build your flock of sheep up to 1,000 by strategically playing cards that add and take away from your flock.  It’s a free-to-play downloadable title on iOS and Android, but reviewed on iPad here.

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Tap My Katamari (iOS, Android)

TAP_BOXSo there’s this new genre of mobile games called “Idle Clickers” or “Endless Clickers,” and all you do is tap on the screen repeatedly to make something happen.  Like build a town or whatever.  I’ve been getting countless press releases and announcements about these kinds of games, but so far I’ve refused to review them because I think the idea is stupid.  But when they made an Endless Clicker based on Katamari Damacy, one of my favorite video game series, I just had to try it, especially since I missed out on the other mobile Katamari offerings.  So here you go, a review of a game in a genre I probably won’t write about ever again.  Hopefully.  Tap My Katamari is available for free on iOS and Android, but reviewed on iPad here.

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Frantic Shooter (iOS, Android)

FRANTIC_BOXI love it when game titles describe what the game is like.  This free-to-play downloadable for iOS and Android (reviewed on iPad here), reminds me of other intense overhead shooters like Robotron, Smash TV, Geometry Wars, or Assault Android Cactus, but with single touch controls.

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