In Never Alone, you play as an Alaskan Native girl as she embarks on a quest to find out why her village is being pelted by an endless blizzard. Along the way, she teams up with a white artic fox. Together, they’ll solve 2-D platforming puzzles and obstacles on an adventure with characters and settings based on actual stories and myths from Native Alaskan people. Originally a downloadable title for PS4, Xbox One, and PC, you can now play it on the Wii U (Wii U version reviewed here).
One day a green pixel decided he was tired of being part of the crowd and ventured off into the wide world on his own. He found a video game museum and decided to have a 2-D platforming adventure through various 8- and 16-bit gaming computers and consoles. Join Pixel on a trip down memory lane in this downloadable Wii U title.
So a few weeks ago I went to go see Inside Out, Pixar’s newest movie. It’s about a girl and her personified emotions, and it’s a very touching, thought-provoking film. During the previews, they had a commercial for a downloadable Inside Out free-to-play game on iOS and Google Play. In the movie, the girl’s memories are represented by colored bubbles, so I guess someone got the idea to make a puzzle game out of it similar to Puzzle Bobble/Bust-A-Move, or another game I reviewed recently called Bubble Bath Blast. And since I liked the movie and Puzzle Bobble is one of my favorite puzzle games, I decided to review this game, too (reviewed on iPad here).
The idea of a deckbuilding game has been around for quite awhile, the idea of making a game solely about building a deck of powerful cards over the course of a single game. Designers have since “riffed” on that basic idea in many ways, and Hyperborea takes as its new twist the idea of bag-building. In Hyperborea, players place and remove colored cubes from their personal bag. The colors drawn dictate a player’s options for that turn. This new(ish) mechanism is used to good effect. Combined with unique player powers and multiple paths to victory, Hyperborea is a fun game that feels something mildly akin to Risk, but Risk where each player (and country) has special powers.
In the puzzle game Lines, your goal is to make sure your color fills up the most lines in each stage, represented by a pattern. You’ll do this in several different game modes. Lines is available for iOS devices and Windows phones, but reviewed on iPad here.
You know how the Discovery Cable Channel has Shark Week? Well this week we’re going to have Squid Week, with squid themed blogs at the beginning and end of the week. This first blog will be about Splatoon. It’s been a very well-received Wii U title and a lot of people have praised it. But not a lot have talked about the retro-styled mini-games in Splatoon, so I’m going to do that right now!
Dr. Mario, one of Nintendo’s most popular puzzle games, has been making house calls on nearly every Nintendo console since the NES. But the gameplay has remained relatively unchanged. And now Dr. Mario is on the 3DS eShop as a downloadable title, and includes not only Dr. Mario, but also Dr. Luigi and Virus Buster as well. Better still, there is a new gameplay mechanic in the form of Miracle Cures, which are pills that can clear out even more viruses than before! It’s a pretty neat collection of Dr. Mario fun, so let’s see what’s all in here.
Cristina Vee is a very popular voice actress, providing dialogue for many characters in anime and video games. And now she’s in her own game! Help her catch falling objects in space as she switches from a cosmic idol singer to an anime magical girl in this downloadable game for iOS devices (reviewed on iPad here).
Apparently, Badland is a popular mobile game, so much so that now it has a Game of the Year edition playable on most consoles and Steam (reviewed on PS3 here). In the game, you control a flying bat creature as you help it flap up and down to avoid obstacles in a strange and shadowy swampy and mechanical backdrop. But is it really worthy of a ‘Game of the Year’ edition? Read on to find out!
Jurassic Park is one of the most famous dinosaur films around, and the newest entry in the series is one of this summer’s big movie hits. And now you can enjoy all four movies in LEGO form with LEGO Jurassic World. Play as all the characters from the flicks as you explore the original Jurassic Park and re-enact all the famous scenes, and visit the new Jurassic World them park as well! Drive vehicles and even play as the dinosaurs themselves in the newest in the LEGO game franchise. It’s available for all current game consoles, but reviewed on Wii U here.