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Bridge Constructor (PS4, Xbox One, PC, Mobile)

Natural disasters have plagued a group of islands and now all the bridges are wrecked!  It’s up to you to build and test new bridges for cars and trucks to go across.  Bridge Constructor is a physics-based puzzle building game available for PS4, Xbox One, PC, and mobile devices, but reviewed on PS4 here.

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Zendo (Boardgame)

Zendo reminds me of a twist on the great game of Mastermind, where a player would guess a solution by getting minimal feedback on successive guesses. Zendo uses plastic pieces arranged according to a secret rule, and then multiple players build structures in an attempt to figure out that overarching rule. The result is a great little deduction game that I even use to teach my students inductive reasoning in class.

 

 

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Masquerada: Songs and Shadows (PS4, Xbox One, PC)

Masquerada is set in a Renaissance world full of political and social strife, sort of like Game of Thrones.  Except here, the cause for all the conflict comes from special masks that give the wearer magic powers.  These masks kind of look like those Phantom of the Opera masks, or the snooty rich people party masks, or the one Robin wears.  Well, you get the idea.  But when the wearer of one of these masks dies, the mask disappears forever.  Now the number of these masks is dwindling, and a civil war has broken out for control of the remaining masks.  You play as a detective set out in a missing person case amidst this backdrop, but soon you’ll be caught up in the mystery of the masks in this downloadable RPG for PS4, Xbox One, and PC (reviewed on PS4 here).

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Nine Parchments (Switch, PS4, Xbox One, Steam)

Nine Parchments is an excellent local co-op game of wizards, monsters, and friendly fire. Up to four players (local or online) take the role of an apprentice wizard out to make a name for themselves by collecting the lost Nine Parchments. Players fight through progressively harder levels to collect all nine parchments and finish the game. Multiple difficulty levels, skill trees, and unlockables (new characters, powerful staffs, and cosmetic hats) provide replay value for what would otherwise be a linear quest line. A great addition to the local multiplayer catalogue on the Switch (the version reviewed here), Nine Parchments is a must-buy for local co-op fans.

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Bleed 2 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)

Not even six months ago I reviewed the original Bleed game, and now there’s already a sequel you can download on the PS4, Xbox One, and PC (reviewed on PS4 here).  It plays and looks nearly identical to the original, but they’ve added a few improvements and tweaks here and there.  Once again you play as the heroine from the first game who must defeat evil.  It’s a fairly unique run and gun shooter with retro graphics and sensibilities.

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SEGA Slots (iOS, Android)

SEGA may be nearly synonymous with video games now, but when they first started out as SErvice GAmes in the 40’s and 50’s, they made mostly slot machines.  Now SEGA is going back to their roots with SEGA Slots, a free-to-play downloadable slot machine game for iOS and Android (reviewed on iPad here).  Many of the slots here feature SEGA’s most popular video game characters and games, like Sonic the Hedgehog, Super Monkey Ball, Shinobi, Samba de Amigo, and Golden Axe!

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The Inner World: The Last Wind Monk (PS4, Xbox One, PC, Mobile)

The Inner World: The Last Wind Monk is a sequel to a cartoony point and click adventure I reviewed last year (played here on PS4).  In a subterranean world surrounded by dirt, the people of this land live on the inside of a sphere.  Around the sphere are wind holes that provide its citizens with air to breathe, and those holes are guarded by wind monks.  In the game you play as (mostly) Robert, a young man who was adopted by one of the wind monks.  This sequel takes place a couple of years after the first game.  After Robert defeated the villain and discovered his true identity, he finds a new adversary who wants to destroy all of Robert’s new family.  It’s up to Robert and his friends Laura and Peck the pidgeon to find the last Wind Monk and save the day again!

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Reader Review: Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (Switch)

My brother Ben really enjoyed Xenoblade Chronicles 2.  So much so that he asked to review it here.  Sounds like a good idea to me!  Click here to check it out!

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O.K. K.O.: Let’s Play Heroes (PS4, Xbox One, PC)

O.K. K.O.: Let’s Be Heroes is a new show on Cartoon Network.  It’s about a boy named K.O. who lives in a world full of super powered heroes.  He aspires to be a hero himself, so he gets a job at a convenience store in a strip mall.  But this isn’t just any convenience store, this store has all sorts of supplies for super heroes.  In the show, K.O. gets help from his friends, family, and co-workers and learns what it means to be a true hero.  And now you can help K.O., too, in the video game based on the cartoon show called O.K. K.O.: Let’s Play Heroes.  It’s available to download on PS4, Xbox One, and PC, but reviewed on PS4 here.

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Nintendo PEZ Dispensers

Recently I got some Nintendo themed PEZ dispensers so I thought I’d share with you all what they look like.  Click here to see a bigger picture.

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