Akihabara is a district in Tokyo known for having lots of electronic shops. Akihabara: Feel the Rhythm is a puzzle game with music elements. It’s available for download on iOS, Google Play, and PC, but reviewed on iPad here.
The final new StreetPass game we’ll look at is Mii Trek. You are a brave explorer looking for treasures, and you’re guided by a talking toucan with a British accent. Almost expected him to say, “Follow your nose, it always knows!” Will kids today get that? Anyway, each StreetPass tagged friend acts as a travel companion, and the game reads how many steps they’ve taken with their 3DS. The more steps you have, the farther you can go on the map.
In this new StreetPass game, you are the heir to a ninja clan, but there are enemies atop a cliff waiting to attack. So you must use your ninja clan’s honored tradition of firing yourself from a cannon to do battle. But wait, it gets weirder. When you enter the cannon, you find out you’re not wearing any clothes! They explain your clothes would burn off if you wore them while being fired from the cannon. This is where your StreetPass tagged friends come in. Each one will stand on the ground and fly a kite, and on the kite will be an article of clothing, weapon, or armor. It’s your job to adjust them so that when you are fired from the cannon, the kites will line up with your trajectory so that you’ll be able to nab as many items as you can so you can fight the enemies on the cliff. For some reason, this game reminds me a bit of Angry Birds.
This new StreetPass mini-game is all about cooking, but it has kind of a creative premise. You are a chef in a restaurant in an RPG, and heroes come in and eat your food to get energy to go off on their quests. It kind of reminded me of another 3DS game I reviewed a few years ago called Weapon Shop de Omasse, where you were a blacksmith in an RPG weapon shop and made weapons for heroes.
So in this new StreetPass game, you’re a Day Trader on Wall Street and your StreetPass tags are advisors. The more advisors you have, the more accurate their predictions for the day will be. When you’re ready, you’ll go to a graph screen where you can press a button to buy stocks, and one to sell stocks. When the graph line dips low, you’ll want to buy, and when it rises high, you’ll want to sell. You’ll want to end your day with more money than you started with. Yeah it’s about as fun as it sounds.
Back in the late Summer/early Fall, Nintendo released a new batch of 3DS StreetPass mini-games. I didn’t get them right when they came out because I didn’t have an opportunity to get out with a bunch of 3DS users to really take advantage of the StreetPass capabilities. But a couple of weeks ago I went to PAX South, so I finally had a reason to download these games and try them out. You can download the games separately, or in a bundle for less than ten bucks, so it wasn’t that bad. The games are pretty small, so I thought it would be fun to do a mini-review of each game per day this week. So we’ll start with Slot Car Rivals!
Yoshi’s Woolly World was one of the best games on the Wii U in 2015. And now it’s on the 3DS, too. They added a few new features to the 3DS version, but not enough to make me want to buy it again. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVED the game on the Wii U, but I just didn’t see the need to buy it again. At first I thought I’d have to, since the 3DS version also comes packed with a Yarn Poochy amiibo. But luckily, I found out that I could just buy the Poochy amiibo separately, so I just did that. So here are some pictures if you’re interested.
Shift DX is a downloadable platform puzzle game for the Nintendo 3DS. Each single screen puzzle room requires you to reach a door to exit the level, and that’s it. But in order to do so, you’ll have to shift the playfield so the floors become ceilings and vice versa.
Toby’s friends have all been imprisoned in little cages and taken away to a mine by baddies, and it’s up to Toby to save them. Toby: The Secret Mine is a 2-D platformer adventure with silhouette style graphics and gameplay similar to Limbo. In fact, if Toby didn’t have those big horns or ears sticking out of his head, I probably wouldn’t be able to tell much difference (although it’s not quite as creepy and the backgrounds aren’t as dark either). It’s available to download on Wii U, Xbox One, PC, and mobile devices, but reviewed on Wii U here.
We’ll wrap up this presentation of the games in Atari Flashback Classics vols. 1 and 2 by looking at the rest of the 2600 games on vol. 2. Like last time, I’ll only go over each game briefly, because there are so many games here. And also because I don’t have as many good memories playing 2600 games as a kid because our first gaming systems in our house were an Apple computer and an Atari 5200.