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Reader Review: My Universe: School Teacher (Switch, PS4, PC)

There are many real life super heroes out there making this world a better place.  Some include firefighters, police officers, and teachers.  Teachers educate our kids and get them ready for the future, and do so much more that we don’t even realize.  I’m proud to say my brother Jeff is a teacher, so I thought it would be neat to have him review My Universe: School Teacher, a game about that occupation.  It’s available on Switch, PS4, and PC, but reviewed on Switch here.

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Apparition (Switch)

We all have guilty pleasures.  You wanna know what one of mine is?  You know those ghost shows on the History Channel or Travel Channel where paranormal investigators try to find evidence of hauntings?  Yeah I know those shows are dopey and probably most of the stuff they find isn’t real or overly exaggerated for TV.  But you know what?  I like watching them anyway, I don’t care.  Well now there’s a game on the Switch where you get to be a paranormal investigator in a first person adventure perspective.  Is it any good?  Well you’ll just have to read on to find out…if you dare!

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Destropolis (Switch, PC)

Destropolis is a minimalist twin stick shooter where you’re a square shooting other squares.  Zap the cubes to collect power-ups and weapons to level up and select skills to reach as high of a score as you can.  It’s available on Switch and PC, but reviewed on Switch here.

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Cary is (trying) to Look Forward in 2021!

While I’m glad 2020 is over, it’s hard to look forward to 2021 since just because it’s a new year, it doesn’t mean all of our problems just instantly go away.  COVID is still around, as well as other crap from 2020.  But every year I like to write a blog about the games I’m looking forward to in the coming year, so we’ll do that now.  At least it gives us something to look forward to.  And I imagine some of these games will get delayed, and there will be new games announced that we don’t know about just yet.  Will we get Metroid Prime 4 or Breath of the Wild 2 this year?  Maybe not, but you never know what the new year will bring.  This time last year, we had no idea we’d be spending most of the year in quarantine either!  OK let’s begin!

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Barbie Fashion Closet (Mobile)

Toy icon Barbie is known to be a fashionista, but where does she put all her clothes?  Must be a pretty big closet!  Her closet is so big, in fact, that it gets its own mobile game! (reviewed on iPad here).  Pick out Barbie and friends’ clothes, accessories, hair, make up, and more!

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Lunch A Palooza (PS4, Switch, Xbox One, PC)

Pick a food character like a burger, meatball, donut, gelatin mold, and more as you try to knock each other off the table in this silly multiplayer battle game.  Lunch A Palooza is available for nearly all current game consoles, but reviewed on PS4 here.

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Fatal Fury: First Contact (Switch)

When Street Fighter 2 was super popular in arcades, one of the first fighting games to kind of steal its thunder was SNK’s Fatal Fury.  Aside from new characters, it didn’t really do much different than Street Fighter.  But fans were so starved for more brawling action that they were willing to take more of the same.  Even though they’re more famous in the King of Fighters series, characters like Terry Bogard, Joe Higashi, and Mai Shiranui got their start in Fatal Fury.  Terry Bogard is sometimes even considered the mascot of SNK and was recently added in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate!  So when SNK brought out their handheld game system, the NEO GEO Pocket Color in the late 90’s, it only makes sense that one of the first games for it would be a Fatal Fury title.  And now you can play Fatal Fury: First Contact on the Switch!

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Swimsanity! (PS4, Switch, Xbox One, PC)

Swimsanity! is an underwater themed multiplayer twin stick shooter.  Pick a diver and shoot robotic fish (and each other) in the deepest depths of the ocean.  Swimsanity! is available on nearly all current consoles and PC, but reviewed on PS4 here.

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Cary’s Best Games of 2020 Awards Show!

WORST.  YEAR.   EVER.  I think we can all agree that 2020 has been one of the worst years in our lifetime, what with the Coronavirus, quarantines, riots and looting, politics, and much more.  And it doesn’t seem to be getting any better, as I just found out my mom has breast cancer (keep us in your prayers).  Some days I wonder if we’ll EVER get through this.  2020 can just suck it!  But at least we’ve had some good video games come out to help keep our minds off of this dumpster fire of a year.  So here’s my Best Games of 2020 Awards Show! But keep in mind that this is my list and my picks only, no outside opinions and whatnot.  And if a game isn’t on my list, it either just didn’t appeal to me or I haven’t played it yet.  Can’t play ‘em all, you know!  But with that out of the way, let’s take a look at my picks.

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Family Feud (PS4, Switch, Xbox One, Stadia)

There are countless TV game shows out there, but most don’t last very long.  Sometimes you might get a remake of one, such as Press Your Luck (one of my guilty pleasures).  But there are some game shows that seem to have been on TV forever!  Or at least as long as I can remember.  Some of these include Jeopardy!, Wheel of Fortune, and The Price is Right.  Another one is Family Feud, and any time it’s on, me and whoever I’m watching it with like to try and guess the survey answers.  And now you can play a video game version of it on most current consoles, but it’s reviewed on PS4 here.

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