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Cary’s Top Four Favorite Pixar Films (and Top Four Least Favorite Also)

NEMOFinding Dory was recently released in theaters, and it’s a sequel to Finding Nemo, which is one of my favorite Pixar films.  So it got me to thinking about my other Pixar favorites, and also Pixar movies that I didn’t like as much.  So I made a list of my top four favorite and least favorite Pixar films.  Why four?  No reason other than that it was harder to narrow it down to five. I had four distinct ones in each category but after that it wasn’t as clear.  So I stuck with four for eac

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Paranautical Activity (PS4, Vita, Wii U, Xbox One, PC)

PARA_BOXParanautical Activity is a classic styled FPS game that also mixes elements of ‘roguelike’ dungeons, as the mazes, rooms, and enemy placements are randomly generated each time you play.  You’ll shoot down all manner of spooky enemies including devils, flying shadowy sea turtle things, giant spiders, and much more.  It’s available to download on most current gen game systems, but reviewed on PS Vita here.

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Skylanders Superchargers (and PowerPuff Girls) Toys in McDonald’s Happy Meals

This month, Skylanders Superchargers (and PowerPuff Girls) toys are in McDonald’s Happy Meals.  Since Skylanders is a pretty big deal here at GamerDad, I figured I’d post a bit about it.  Click for more pictures and info!

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E3 2016 Notes

E3_LOGOWell another E3 has come and gone, and this was the first year in a long time that I wasn’t quite as interested in it as I usually am.  But there was still enough stuff that I could write a blog about, so here it is!

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Cary’s Favorite Mech Games

KIRBYROBOTA new Kirby game was released on 3DS recently, called Kirby: Planet Robobot.  In this game, Kirby can pilot a robot mech to smash enemies and solve puzzles.  So that got me to thinking about other mech games that I like, so here’s a blog about them!

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Mandie Manzano Jigsaw Puzzle Art (iOS)

MANDIE_BOXWho says you can’t learn anything from video games?  After playing this jigsaw puzzle title, I learned that Mandie Manzano is an artist whose fantasy paintings have a distinct stained-glass look to them.  And now you can do virtual jigsaw puzzles of her paintings, including new ones, with this free-to-play app for iOS devices (reviewed on iPad here).

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Letter Quest: Grimm’s Journey Remastered (PS4, Vita, Xbox One, PC, iOS, Google Play, Amazon Appstore)

LETTER_BOXLetter Quest is a word puzzler that mixes elements of board games like Boggle and Scrabble with turn-based RPG battles.  You play as a cute little character who looks like a cross between the Grim Reaper and Orko from the He-Man cartoons.  Defeat enemies like ghosts and dust bunny monsters by spelling words.  Not sure why you are doing this as the in-game instructions don’t really make that clear, but your little character likes pizza, apparently.  Letter Quest is available for many home consoles and mobile devices, but recently it is now available as a cross-buy on the PS4 and Vita (reviewed on Vita here).

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The Games of SEGA 3-D Classics Collection

SEGA_BOXI love classic video game compilations, but you hardly see them anymore. Most video game companies now just sell their classics separately for you to download.  I guess that makes them more money, but in a way, it’s also kind of sad.  Luckily, SEGA just released a collection of some of their 3-D remakes on the 3DS.  SEGA also sells these remakes separately on the eShop, but now you can play nine of them on a cartridge.  So since I like to go over games in classic compilations, here are all the ones you can play on the SEGA 3-D Classics Collection.  I’ve even reviewed a few of them a couple of years ago that were released separately, so when I come across those, I’ll make a link to my original reviews in case you want to read further!

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Dodge Club Party (Wii U)

DODGE_BOXThere’s a retro-styled indie game that has been making its way around night clubs and art galleries for people to play for years, and now you can enjoy it on your Wii U as well. It’s called Dodge Club Party, and if you’ve ever played a similar game on Dot Arcade, you’ll know what to expect here.  Except this version adds some multiplayer modes to the mix.

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The Sun & Moon (PS4, Vita)

SUN_BOXI’m not really sure why this game is called The Sun & Moon, but it’s a precision 2-D platformer downloadable on PS4 and PS Vita (Vita version reviewed here). In the game, you can phase shift by pressing a button, which will allow you to dive into the blocks you walk around on, allowing for some creative movement through the levels.

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