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PAX South 2020

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 few 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.  Let’s check out what I saw.

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Clumsy Rush (Switch)

Race as cartoony, fat, waddling hippos in Clumsy Rush, a comical two player racing game on Switch.  Your goal is to make it to the end of a finish line wearing a crown.  Controls couldn’t be simpler.  Press the L button to move your left foot, and the R button to move your right.  Press a button to bump into another player and knock the crown away from them.  Sounds easy, right?  But when your hippos waddle around like Jell-O, it’s harder than it seems!

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Waku Waku Sweets (Switch)

You are a young lady who wishes to be the town’s best pastry chef.  The Pastry Fairy hears you and decides to help make your wish come true (I can’t make this stuff up folks).  To do so, you must rise in the ranks of desserts and sweets making, winning cooking contests and making people happy.  Waku Waku Sweets is a cooking game for all ages exclusively on Switch.

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Cary’s Best Games of 2019 Awards Show!

It’s that time of year again!  It’s the Cary’s Best Games of 2019 Awards Show blog!  Keep in mind that no outside opinions went into the making of this list.  It’s just my own picks.  And if a game is missing from my list, it either didn’t appeal to me as much, or I just simply haven’t played it yet.  Can’t play all the games out there, you know!

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Fishing Star: World Tour (Switch)

I’ve reviewed many fishing video games in my 20 plus year stint doing this, and I’ve found that the less realistic ones that are more cartoony and simple, are also the most fun!  And that’s definitely the case with Fishing Star: World Tour.  While it’s clearly aimed at kids, anyone can enjoy this simple yet fun fishing title exclusively on Switch.

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Dead End Job (Switch, Xbox One, PC, Mobile)

Hector Plasam is a ghost hunter, but when his partner turns into a ghost herself, he must earn enough money to bring her back with his ‘Dead End Job.’  It’s a rogue-like twin stick shooter with randomly generated levels and art style and humor that imitates 90s cartoons like Ren and Stimpy.  It’s available to download on most current consoles, PC, and mobile, but reviewed on Switch here.

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Shovel Knight amiibo

The last thing we’ll look at for this Shovel Knight Week is some new amiibo figures that came out recently during the release of the last two games I reviewed.  There is an amiibo three pack with the characters from the Shovel Knight DLC that are included in Treasure Trove, and a special surprise, too!

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Shovel Knight Showdown (Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC)

The next new Shovel Knight game we’re going to look at is a multiplayer fighting side-game.  It features characters and locations from the game and Smash Bros. style gameplay.  It comes with Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove on the Switch, which we looked at last time, but it’s also a game you can download separately on all current consoles and PC, but reviewed on Switch here.

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Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove (Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC)

Yacht Club Games really made a name for themselves with Shovel Knight, one of the most successful indie games ever.  It’s an 8-bit styled 2D action platformer starring a knight with an unusual weapon: a shovel!  But it proves to be an effective way to defeat enemies, dig up treasure, and pogo bounce over obstacles.  The game takes the best of the most memorable 8-bit classics, like Mega Man, Castlevania, DuckTales, and Super Mario Bros. 3.  Shovel Knight has even appeared in other games, like an assist trophy in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate or even a playable fighter in Blade Strangers.  To celebrate Shovel Knight’s success, this week is going to be Shovel Knight Week here at GamerDad.com!  I’ve got three articles and reviews based on recent Shovel Knight releases!  First up is Shovel Knight Treasure Trove, which takes all the DLC and side games from the Shovel Knight franchise and puts them all into one game!  It’s available on all current consoles and PC, but reviewed on Switch here.

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Cary is Looking Forward in 2020

At the beginning of every year I like to write a blog about the games I’m looking forward to in that coming year, so here we are again with games I’m looking forward to in 2020!  Now keep in mind that these aren’t ALL the games I’m looking forward to.  More will be announced at E3 and such I’m sure as the year goes on.  And there are some games that I’m looking forward to that have been announced, but I’m not sure they’ll really come out in 2020, like Breath of the Wild 2 and Metroid Prime 4.  But you never know.  But here are a list of 2020 games that I’m PRETTY sure are coming this year and I’m looking forward to them.

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