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Star Wars Rebels Pinball (360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, Vita, Wii U, PC, iOS)

STARWARS_BOXThe kids’ cable channel Disney XD has a new computer animated Star Wars cartoon called Star Wars Rebels.  I’ve never seen the cartoon myself, as the only thing I watch on Disney XD is Gravity Falls.  But I do sure see a lot of commercials for it!  And now you can play a pinball table based on the franchise and it’s downloadable on Zen Studios’ Pinball FX2 and Zen Pinball 2’s platforms (reviewed on 360 here).

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Reader Review: Oblitus (PC)

OBLITUS_BOXOblitus is a downloadable game on Steam.  It’s a 2-D platformer game with exploration elements and you use a spear to defeat nearby and long-distance enemies.  I had my friend Robbie Allen review it, so click here and find out if he thought it was good or not!

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Mario’s Puzzling Games

DRMARIOOne of the most popular mobile games right now is Puzzle & Dragons.  In it, you match up symbols like in Bejeweled which turn into elemental attacks for fighting monsters.  So it has a bit of a Puzzle Quest vibe to it, too.  Puzzle & Dragons has many imitators, some of which I’ve even reviewed.  Anyway, the cool thing is that Nintendo is going to be releasing a version of Puzzle & Dragons soon on the 3DS called Puzzle & Dragons Z.  Best of all is it’ll also have a separate game: a version of Puzzle & Dragons starring Mario characters!  That got me to thinking about how many other puzzle games feature Mario & friends, so here’s a blog about it!

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Galactic Nemesis (iPad)

GALACTIC_BOXIf you love old-school space shooters like Galaga, Galaxian, or Space Invaders, then you may want to check out Galactic Nemesis.  It’s styled after those classics and is available for download on iOS devices (reviewed on iPad here).

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Galaga: Tekken 20th Anniversary Edition (iPad)

GALAGA_BOXSo apparently, it’s the hit fighting game Tekken’s 20th Anniversary.  Doesn’t really seem that long, does it?  I still remember when I first saw it in arcades, and thought it was just a fancier, prettier Virtua Fighter.  Anyway, so how do you suppose Bandai Namco Games is celebrating this momentous event?  Are they going to release a new Tekken game, or maybe a collection of old classic ones?  Nope, they’re just combining Tekken characters with…Galaga?!?  Galaga: Tekken 20th Anniversary Edition is a downloadable game for iOS, Android, and Google Play, and best of all, it’s free!  So how exactly does this game work?  Oh, you’ll definitely want to read on to find out!

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Skylanders: Trap Team Toys in McDonald’s Happy Meals

Right now at McDonald’s, you can get Happy Meals with toys based on the newest Skylanders entry: Trap Team.  Click here to check out what they look like.

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Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron Pinball (360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, Vita, Wii U, PC, iOS)

AVENGERS_BOXTony Stark has just created a super powerful robot computer named Ultron, but it goes haywire and turns evil so now it’s up to Iron Man and the rest of the Avengers to stop him!  That’s the plot of the new hit summer movie Avengers: Age of Ultron and it’s also the same as Zen Studios new pinball table for its Pinball FX2 and Zen Pinball platforms (reviewed on 360 here).

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Krinkle Krusher (PS3, PS4, Vita)

KRINKLE_BOXA medieval kingdom is having a festival with a great big cake.  But when the greedy Krinkles catch a whiff of the cake, they want it all for themselves.  So these little creatures, which look like little walking balls with sharp teeth, come invading the castle looking for goodies.  Now it’s up to a wizard and his living, talking glove to protect the kingdom in this cartoony tower defense style game.  It’s downloadable for Sony’s current consoles, but reviewed on PS3 here.

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Unplugged: Fantasy RPG Roundup

elemental evil boardgameThere seems to be an uptick in old-school computer RPGs lately, with Wasteland 2, Pillars of Eternity, and Torment: Tides of Numenera on the horizon. But it doesn’t get much more old-school than good old-fashioned paper and pencil role-playing. The classic Dungeons and Dragons had a recent “reset” with their 5th Edition rules, harkening back to older D&D versions with faster, looser play (less of a tactical boardgame feel.) The big launch last fall has simmered down and it’s time to take a look at the line to see how it’s matured. Both D&D and Pathfinder (the other big player on the market) continue to find ways to cater to less experienced players. We’ll start with new items from Pathfinder and D&D, and finish off with the newest D&D themed co-op boardgame, just released by Wizkids.

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Bubble Bath Blast (iPad)

BUBBLE_BOXHelp a little pig pop colored bubbles and free rubber duckies during his bath time with Bubble Bath Blast, a free-to-play puzzle game for iOS (reviewed on iPad here).  The game plays similarly to the classic puzzler Puzzle Bobble (or Bust-A-Move, depending on where you live in the world).

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