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Pac-Man Friends (iPad)

PACFRIENDS_BOXIt was bound to happen someday.  Pac-Man, being a round yellow ball, was destined to star in a game that emulates those old marble maze games where you tilt the maze to roll around a marble.  Similar to Kirby Tilt N Tumble, you must tilt your tablet device to roll Pac-Man around a maze, eating all the dots and avoiding all the ghosts in order to make it to the exit of each level.  But luckily, Pac-Man has friends to help him this time.  Pac-Man Friends is available to download on iOS and Android devices, but reviewed on iPad here.

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My Birthday Cake 2014

KIRBYBIRTHDAYHey folks. Today at work for my birthday, a co-worker made me a really cool birthday cake, so I wanted to share a picture of it with you all since it is video game related.  Care to take a guess what it is?  Click here to find out!

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2nd Opinion: Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake (iPad)

BIRTHDAY_BOXAbout a month or two ago, my good friend Leroy reviewed Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake for PC, and it looked like a game that was right up my alley.  So Cartoon Network Games was gracious enough to give me a review code for the iPad version.  So in honor of MY real birthday, which is today, September 15, here is my own take on this cute little puzzle game.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (3DS)

TMNT_BOXThe Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have delighted kids since, well, when I was a kid!  I was a little too old to get into them back then, but boy I sure did love the original arcade game!  Now the four heroes are just as popular as ever, with a computer animated series on Nickelodeon and a new summer movie.  Fans can relive the action of the recent film with a game based on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, exclusively on Nintendo 3DS.

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Panda Pandamonium (iPad)

PANDA_BOXTwo adorable little pandas need your help!  They’re trapped between stacks of tiles, and need you to clear them away!  Panda Pandamonium is best described as a fast-action arcade Mah-Jongg style game, and it’s available to download on iOS devices (reviewed on iPad here).

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The Brave Furries (iPad)

BRAVE_BOXA tribe of little furballs lives happily in the forest, when all of a sudden an evil wizard kidnaps their princess!  Now the little furries must enter the wizard’s stronghold and save the day in The Brave Furries, a downloadable puzzle game for iOS devices and Google Play (reviewed on iPad here).  I’m not sure how making colored fuzzballs hop into similar colored glowing spheres arranged in a spider web grid will save a princess, but oh well.  This puzzler is like a modern take on those ‘jump-a-peg’ games, you know, like the ones you can play at Cracker Barrel while you wait for your food.

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PAX Prime 2014: Day 3: Cupcakes & Costumes

CUPCAKESo for the last day of the show, we’ll wrap up the meetings I attended and take a look at my favorite costumed show goers at PAX Prime 2014!

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PAX Prime 2014: Day 2: “Tooning” In

CARTOONPAX is very indie game friendly, so while I wrote mostly about the big companies in my Day 1 article, today we’ll look at some indie game fare.  Plus some great PC and tablet offerings from Big Fish Games and Cartoon Network!

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PAX Prime 2014: Day 1: Seattle Warriors

SMASHThe Penny Arcade Expo, or PAX for short, is one of the largest public video game conventions in the US.  They have one in Boston, a newly announced PAX South in San Antonio in January (which I will be going to as well), but the big main one was just in Seattle over this past Labor Day weekend.  I just got back from that one, so for the rest of this week, we’ll take a look at what I did and games I played at this year’s PAX Prime!  Let’s get started!

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Mastering Minecraft (Book)

MINECRAFT_BOXMinecraft is one of the biggest gaming phenomena in recent history, with versions of it on the PC, consoles, and tablets.  It’s spawned countless products like T-shirts, toys, and keychains, and I think it was even featured on an episode of South Park (I wouldn’t know, I don’t like that show).  ALL my brothers have been into Minecraft at some point, and with its free-roaming nature and retro graphics, it looks appealing even to me!  Only reason why I don’t play it is because I’m afraid I’d get sucked into it too much.  But if you’re looking to get into Minecraft, BradyGames has a book that can help you get started.  Let’s take a look inside.

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