One of the things I like about reviewing games is the opportunities it gives me to learn new things. Case in point: I am MT. At first glance I thought it was just something a car would say when it needs gas. But actually, I am MT is a popular cartoon in Asia that spoofs the hugely successful World of Warcraft franchise. And it’s gaining notoriety in the US, too! Now you can play a card battle game based on the cartoon with I am MT: Card Battle for iOS devices (iPad version reviewed here).
Back in the 80’s when I was a kid, my parents and many other adults hosted Trivial Pursuit parties. The board game was super popular back then for some reason. While the trivia questions were fun (we often took just the box of trivia cards on road trips), I never liked the board game rules because it could take forever to get all the pie slices to win the game. Now you can play a similar trivia board game called Mind Pursuit on iOS/Android devices (iPad version reviewed here), and luckily the rules are better laid out so games don’t last forever!
Now your little directors can make their own movies with some help from their DreamWorks Shrek pals in Toontastic Jr.: Shrek for iOS devices (iPad version reviewed here). Using characters and scenes from the first computer animated Shrek film, kids will make a beginning, middle, and end, move around characters, record voices and then save it to view at any time.
Just in time for the release of the new Star Trek movie comes a brand new Star Trek video game featuring the new cast playing the original characters! Vulcans are using a secret space station to harness the power of their sun to provide energy to a new planet. But a new race of lizard-like warmongering aliens called the Gorn are trying to steal it so they can create rifts in the universe. Now it’s up to Captain Kirk and Spock to work together to stop the aliens from taking over Federation space! (PS3 version reviewed here)
Tecmo’s first in their classic survivor horror series: Fatal Frame, is now available to download from the PSN store for play on PS3. Originally on PS2, the first Fatal Frame game lets you play as Miku as she explores a haunted Japanese mansion in search of her missing brother. Miku is armed with a special camera that lets her fend off ghosts when she takes a picture of them. Help her search the spooky mansion as she solves the mystery of her missing brother and an underlying horrific ancient ritual. It’s supposedly based on a true story, as the title screen suggests.
A few years ago, I reviewed a cute little 3-D platforming adventure called Mini Ninjas. Now the pint-sized ninjas are back in a continuously running 2-D platforming challenge available to download on iOS devices (iPad version reviewed here).
TellTale Games is best known for their popular point and click adventures like The Walking Dead and Sam & Max. But did you know that one of their first titles was a poker game? They used it to experiment with making conversations between characters, an important skill they would use for their later endeavors. A couple of years ago, they got some of their most well-known characters, and a few other video game stars in a new poker game. And now they’ve returned to The Inventory with some fresh faces with Poker Night 2 for PC, 360, and PS3.
Help a little chameleon eat lots of candy in this simple, free-to-play iOS game (iPad version reviewed here). Tilt the iPad to make your lizard move left and right on the bottom of the screen, and tap anywhere to make him extend his tongue high in the air. Do this to nab and munch as many pieces of candy as you can to boost your score.
Evil forces have kidnapped all of Kung Fu Rabbit’s bunny disciples, and now it’s up to Kung Fu Rabbit himself to save them! Run, jump, and climb over and around obstacles in this 2-D platform jumping action game, originally released for iOS devices but is now a downloadable Nintendo eShop title for Wii U.