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Super Chicken Jumper (PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, X/S, PC, Mobile)

Aliens have invaded Earth so the President sends out her secret weapon: a chicken!  Super Chicken Jumper is a continuous runner with 8-bit styled retro graphics.  Play as a chicken as you run, jump, defeat bosses, and collect power-ups and items to help you keep going further.  It’s available on pretty much anything you can play a game on, but reviewed on PS4 here.

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Unplugged: GamerDad Holiday Guide 2022

Happy Holidays! Boardgaming continues to make inroads to wider audiences, and there’s no better time to get (or get your friends and family) into the hobby than an extended holiday break. It is yet another “unusual” year so there may not be as much mixing in your neck of the woods but there are boardgames out there to meet up with almost any taste. If you only have access to online gaming buddies, check out BoardGameArena.com. Boardgames are timeless, just as good today as they will be years in the future, so a purchase today will still be serving you well after the lockdowns go away. As we at GamerDad have done for the past 18+ years, it’s time for an annual rundown of recent boardgames well worth your time. Feel free to delve into some past year’s guides for 2021, 2020, 2019, or older as they’re still great candidates for your consideration. You might not find all these titles at your local mega-mart but many can be found online or in a friendly local game store. Some may argue $60+ boardgames are expensive, but compare that to video gaming (and where multiple copies are required for multiplayer play) and the economics of boardgaming shows their true value. For each game I’ve provided the publisher (to help you find it), an approximate MSRP (you might find it lower), the number of players, the expected time for one game, and the manufacturer’s recommended ages. These age listings are often set for legal reasons and I would say most could easily be skewed lower for experienced younger gamers.

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Hatup (PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, X/S, PC)

Help a little purple dude collect and wear his fez hat and make it to the door in this single screen 2-D precision platformer.  It’s available on all current game consoles and PC, but reviewed on PS4 here.

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Them’s Fightin’ Herds (PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, X/S, PC)

About ten or so years ago, there was a My Little Pony cartoon based on the toy line with the subtitle “Friendship is Magic.”  The cartoon was directed by Lauren Faust, who also worked on such cartoons like The PowerPuff Girls and Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends.  So because of this, the My Little Pony cartoon was surprisingly good and developed a fan base of all ages and genders.  Some fans even made a fighting game based on the My Little Pony characters.  Hasbro shut that down, understandably, since they didn’t want their toy line associated with fighting.  But people liked that idea so much that Lauren Faust created some new characters for a fighting game, and that’s how we got Them’s Fightin’ Herds!  It’s a cartoony one-on-one fighter featuring all manner of hooved animals, and it’s available for all current consoles and PC, but reviewed on PS4 here.

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Star Wars, Marvel, Star Trek, and More: – Boardgames for the Franchise Superfan

With the explosion of media from big-name franchises like Star Wars, Marvel, and Lord of the Rings there is almost too much for one person to consume. However, some will say there is never enough of their favorite setting. For those folks, or friends of those folks who need gift ideas, I present the following list of thematic boardgames. Each captures the flavor of the settings, supported by a quality, enjoyable boardgame underneath. They’re not just a copy of Monopoly with scenes from a movie slapped on top.

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Super Woden GP (PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, X/S, PC)

Top down viewed racing games have always been a staple in arcades and consoles, with titles like Super Sprint, World Rally, Micro Machines, RC Pro-Am, and many more.  And now there’s Super Woden GP for modern consoles and PC, but reviewed on PS4 here.

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Rule No. 1 (PS4, PS5, Switch)

Rule No. 1 is a first person shooter that’s more like a obstacle course testing ground for your FPS skills than anything else.  You play as a sassy yet attractive lady who must shoot everything in a single small rectangular area.  Enemies come in waves, and you are scored on how many you can shoot before your health runs out.  The game is available on PlayStation consoles and Switch, but reviewed on PS4 here.

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Hallmark 2022 Video Game Christmas Ornaments

Hallmark always has a wide annual selection of new Christmas ornaments and series, and in the past few years they’ve even done video game related ones!  This year they had even MORE than ever (my wallet is still crying), and I got most of them, so I thought I’d share them with you here.

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reky (Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, X/S, PC, Mobile)

“reky” is a isometric maze puzzle game where you must guide a ball through a minimalistic maze to get from point A to point B.  There are colored blocks in the mazes that you can move to certain spots by pressing the A button.  When your ball is over one of those colored blocks, you can absorb that color with the X button.  You can then transfer that color to another white block, and then move that block with the A button to hopefully move forward.  But your ball can’t be on colored blocks for them to move.  There are nearly a hundred of these maze puzzles to solve in reky, and it’s available on pretty much anything you can play a game on, but reviewed on Switch here.

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Maze Blaze (Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, X/S, PC)

You are a futuristic soldier in a maze and you must find your way to the exit all the while shooting enemies and collecting helpful items.  Maze Blaze is available on all current game consoles and PC, but reviewed on Switch here.

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