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Amazing Katamari Damacy (iOS, Android)

Katamari Damacy is one of the weirdest game series you’ll ever play.  You roll around a sticky ball that can roll up anything, including animals, people, and buildings, and try to make it as big as you can in a time limit.  I love this series, and the first game was even my Game of the Year back in 2004.  Recently, Bandai Namco, the makers of the game, have dabbled in some mobile Katamari entries, including an endless clicker I reviewed a while back.  And now they’re tackling continuous runners as well with Amazing Katamari Damacy.  It’s a free-to-play downloadable title for iOS and Android devices, but reviewed on iPad here.

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Puzzle Fighter (iOS, Android, Google Play)

Super Puzzle Fighter 2 Turbo is one of my top three favorite puzzle games, right on up there with Bust-A-Move/Puzzle Bobble and plain ol’ Tetris.  So I was really excited when Capcom announced a new Puzzle Fighter game for mobile devices (reviewed on iPad here).  I was worried since it was going to be free-to-play, but you can read on to find out if my concerns were justified.

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PAX South 2018

The Penny Arcade Expo, or PAX for short, is one of the largest video game conventions open to the public in the US.  It started out in Seattle, then expanded to another show out East in Boston, and for the past four years, they’ve also had a show in San Antonio with PAX South.  Since that’s only a few hours’ drive from where I live, I decided to go again this year along with my dad.  It felt like a smaller show this year, but I still had a lot of fun, so let’s check out what I saw.

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Pac-Man Clock

Last year I got something cool for my birthday that I wanted to show you all.  It’s a Pac-Man clock with a bunch of LED lights that simulates an old arcade screen.  I originally saw it as a prize you can earn with tickets at Round 1 Arcade, but it cost too many tickets and buying it online was expensive, too.  So I’m glad a family member bought it for me for my birthday.  So let’s take a look at it!

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Blossom Tales: The Sleeping King (Switch, PC)

This game starts out with a grandfather telling his two grandkids a story.  So they kind of act as narrators in the game.  You play as Lily, a new knight recruit.  When the king’s evil wizard brother casts a sleeping spell on the king, it’s up to Lily to search for ingredients to a potion to reverse the sleeping spell, and then find and defeat the evil wizard.  Blossom Tales looks and plays nearly exactly like a 2-D Zelda title, and it’s available to download on Nintendo Switch and PC (Switch version reviewed here).

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Super Mario Cereal

Big news for fans of video games, cereal, and amiibo figures (that describes me pretty well).  Super Mario Cereal is out in stores and even has amiibo functionality on the box!  Thanks to my family, I was able to get a box of it, so let’s take a look at it in more detail!

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School Girl Zombie Hunter (PS4)

Zombies are invading a Japanese girls’ only high school, and it’s up to five teenage girls to fight back and survive.  School Girl Zombie Hunter is a downloadable PS4 third person action shooting game with plenty of guns, zombies, and Japanese quirkiness.

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Phantom Breaker Battle Grounds Overdrive (Switch, PS4)

Play as one of six chibi anime female archetypes (maid, priestess, schoolgirl) and battle thugs and demons in this retro styled 2-D beat ‘em up.  It’s cartoony, silly, mindless, and pretty fun as well.  The game is available to download on Switch and PS4, but reviewed on Switch here.

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Cary is Looking Forward in 2018

We’re going to do things a little differently this month.  Usually at the beginning of January I’ll post my Game of the Year blog, and then I’ll write a blog after that about the games I’m looking forward to in the coming year.  But this time we’re going to reverse that and I’m going to do my looking forward blog first.  There’s a couple of reasons why I want to do it that way.  First, there’s a couple of games that are coming out early this year that I want to put on this list before they’re actually released.  And second, I want to wait a bit on my Game of the Year blog so I have time to play a couple of games that came out last year to see if they’ll make my list.  So that blog won’t go up until later on in January.  Hope nobody minds.  Anyway, let’s take a look at some of the games that are coming out next year, at least the ones I know about anyway.

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Creeping Terror (3DS)

When I first saw this game, I thought it might’ve been based on the Mystery Science Theater 3000 movie of the same name, but I knew better than that.  But this game could’ve been a low budget horror movie anyway.  Four teens explore a haunted mansion rumored to have a monster inside.  You play as Arisa, a Japanese foreign exchange student in the group.  Shortly after arriving, an earthquake causes her to fall through the floor and into a cave under the mansion.  Now she must escape the caves and find her friends, all the while avoiding the monster who haunts the place.  Creeping Terror is one part survival horror, one part point and click adventure, and one part 2-D Metroid style game, downloadable on the 3DS.

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