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YIIK: A Postmodern RPG (Switch, PS4, Vita, PC)

The late 90’s was a pretty memorable time for me.  I had just graduated college and was at the peak of my game writing for The Dallas Morning News.  So playing YIIK: A Postmodern RPG really hit home for me.  It’s an RPG set in the late 90’s, and the main character even just finished graduating college, too!  Heck, even the title feels like the 90’s, as ‘postmodernism’ was a big buzz word when I was in college.  This game always caught my eye at trade shows I’ve been to in the past, mainly because of its bright and color N64/PSOne era graphics, and the return to classic style RPG battles.  So I’m glad I got to review it on the Switch!

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The Aquatic Adventure of the Last Human (Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC)

In the WAY distant future, a spaceship leaves Earth and enters a wormhole, only to return centuries upon centuries later.  Your spaceship crashes on Earth, which is now an ice and water covered planet.  There are no humans around anymore, just water everywhere.  Luckily your spaceship can double as a submarine, so it’s up to you to explore this watery landscape, figure out what happened to all the humans, and just try to survive amongst the hostile sea creatures.  This game with the ridiculously long title is a 2-D action adventure game with exploration elements similar to Metroid.  It’s available to download on most current game consoles and PC, but reviewed on Switch here.

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Mario Valentines

Remember when you were in elementary school (or maybe you have kids in elementary school now), and on Valentine’s Day you’d buy those cheap paper valentines with popular cartoon characters on them and give them out to your classmates?  Well they still make those, and now they have Mario ones!  It’s about time, right?  So let’s take a look at them. more…

Pang Adventures (Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC, Mobile)

So you may be thinking to yourself, “What the heck is Pang?”  Well if you lived in the US in the 80’s, you may know the Pang series better as Buster Bros.  It was originally an arcade game where you play as two boys who use harpoons to pop bubbles bouncing around.  It wasn’t quite as popular as others, but I still remember it as a kid at the local Mr. Gatti’s Pizza, and I also have fond memories playing it with my brothers when Capcom published the Buster Bros. Collection on PSOne.  So I was excited to find out about a new game in the series.  It’s available to download on most current game consoles, PC, and mobile devices, but reviewed on Switch here.

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Melbits World (PS4)

Help cute little critters traverse safely across colorful lands in Melbits World for PS4.  The Melbits kind of remind me of Teletubbies, except much cuter and less annoying.  Gameplay is a mix of Lemmings and Captain Toad.  The Melbits will follow a path blindly, and you must manipulate objects in a 3-D isometric area to make sure they arrive from point A to point B without harm.  But the most unique thing about the game is how you control it.  You don’t use a PS4 controller, but your cell phone instead!

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Chicken Pox (iOS, Android)

In Chicken Pox, you control an adorable little chicken as he drives his riding lawn mower around collecting eggs scattered about the farm (and other locations later).  You control the game by drawing a line connecting eggs, and your chicken will drive there.  But you have to collect the red egg last to move onto the next set of eggs.  Do this under a set time limit and when you reach the finish line, the game will reveal a picture.  So it’s basically a fast-paced version of connect the dots.  It’s available as a free-to-play download on mobile devices, but reviewed on iPad here.

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Clock Simulator (Switch, PC)

So in Clock Simulator, you are the clock.  You must press a button to count down seconds, but make sure they’re right on the dot.  And that’s it.  I wouldn’t even call it a music/rhythm game, because there is no music.  It’s just a rhythm game.  This minimalist title is available to download on Switch and PC, but reviewed on Switch here.  The saving grace of this game is the variety of modes it has (over a dozen), which we’ll go over below. more…

Lifty! (iOS, Android)

Aside from Taito’s Elevator Action series, there’s not a whole lot of video games involving elevators as a main play point.  But now there is with Lifty!  Operate an elevator up and down as you pick up and drop off passengers to different floors.  But it’s trickier than you think!  Lifty! is available as a free-to-play download on iOS and Android mobile devices, but reviewed on iPad here. more…

Battle Princess Madelyn (PS4, Switch, Xbox One, PC)

Capcom’s Ghosts N Goblins series of 2-D platformers have gained quite a reputation for being super difficult and brutal, but they also have quite a following, too.  Which is strange considering they haven’t made a new game in the series in ages.  But if you’ve got an urge to play a Ghosts N Goblins style game, Battle Princess Madelyn may scratch that itch.  It really almost looks like something Capcom would’ve made for the Super Nintendo back in the 16-bit days.  Which is both an honor and a blessing, but also a curse as well.  It’s available to download for nearly all current game consoles and PC, but reviewed on PS4 here.

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Cary’s Best Games of 2018 Awards Show!

It’s that time of year again!  It’s the Cary’s Best Games of 2018 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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