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FUN! FUN! Animal Park (Switch)

Have fun with all sorts of critters in this animal themed party game for Nintendo Switch.  Your hosts are a puppet lion and rabbit, but the two-player party games feature all sorts of real animals like penguins, pandas, giraffes, dogs, pigs, meerkats and many more!

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New Rue Eur (iOS, Android)

I’m not even sure how you pronounce the title of this game.  If I say it like it’s spelled, it sounds like I’m running out of batteries or something.  Anyway, New Rue Eur is a free-to-play puzzle game where you match up license plates on a road.  It’s available to download on mobile devices but reviewed on iPad here.

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Have a Super Mario Easter!

I love the Easter holiday.  I enjoy both the religious and secular sides of it.  So I was thrilled to find some Mario related Easter treats at the store.  So let’s take a look at what I’ve found.

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American Ninja Warrior Challenge (Switch, PS4, Xbox One)

American Ninja Warrior is a long-running obstacle course TV game show, and it’s been very popular.  So much so that now there is a video game based on it!  Create and train an athlete in career mode, challenge other players, and even design your own obstacle courses.  It’s available on nearly all current game consoles, but reviewed on Switch here.

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Thomas and Friends Adventures (iOS, Android)

Thomas the train wasn’t around yet when I was a kid, but if he was, I probably would’ve been really into that, as I loved reading about trains when I was little (although their faces kind of creep me out).  In fact, two of my favorite Little Golden Books were The Little Engine that Could and The Little Red Caboose.  And now your little engineers can go on globetrotting adventures with Thomas and his train pals with Thomas and Friends Adventures.  They’ll build railroad tracks and compete in train races, all the while learning about different cultures and countries, as well as relatable lessons like being scared, telling the truth, making friends, and more along the way!  Thomas and Friends Adventures is a free to start app you can download on iOS and Android devices, but reviewed on iPad here.

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ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Groove (PS4, Switch, Xbox One, PC)

As a kid, I never had a SEGA Genesis.  I was a SNES man, myself.  Most of the time, I was fine with that, as the SNES had more games that interested me at the time.  But there were a few times when a game on the Genesis caught my eye.  ToeJam & Earl was one of those games, as it was very colorful and cartoony with unique gameplay.  Over the years they’ve had a few sequels, and now they’re back again with ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Groove.  It’s a homage to the original game on the Genesis, and it’s available to download on nearly all current game consoles and PC, but reviewed on PS4 here.

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RemiLore (Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC)

Remi is a high school student who is cleaning her library with a broom one day.  But when she dusts off an old book, it starts talking and she panics.  The book, named Lore, is a magical spellbook that transports her to a magical realm infested with robots.  Now it’s up to Remi and the magical book to fight off the horde of mechanical monsters to find the portal so Remi can go back home.  RemiLore is a randomly generated hack and slash dungeon crawler action game, and it’s available to download for nearly all current game consoles, but reviewed on Switch here.

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Namco Museum Vinyl Record

When I was a kid, I remember record players and vinyl still being around.  But they were quickly replaced by cassette tapes and CDs later.  But now records are making a comeback over the past few years.  I don’t know if it’s the technology of record players getting better or hipsters longing for that classic record sound.  But now you can also get video game soundtracks on vinyl as well.  So here’s a review of a Namco Museum record I got this past Christmas!

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Unplugged: Street Fighter Exceed Card Game

Street Fighter is one of the most popular video games ever made and helped jump start arcades and the one-on-one fighting game genre.  And now you can play a card game with characters and themes from the famous franchise.  Exceed is an existing card game with fighter style mechanics, and their latest series includes characters from Capcom’s classic series.  You can read more about it here, but before you do, please make sure to read my review below.

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Claybook (Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC)

I’ve always had a passing interest in stop motion and clay animation.  In fact, one time in college I took a day-long just-for-fun clay animation class.  It took us a whole day to make a few seconds of very choppy clay animation, so I have new respect for the folks who do that for a living!  So I won’t pass up a chance to review a game that looks like it’s made entirely out of clay.  Claybook is a 3-D puzzle platformer where everything looks like it’s made of Play-Doh.  It’s available on nearly all current game consoles, but reviewed on Switch here.

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