Maya the Bee was originally a German children’s book from the early 1900’s. But most people probably remember it as a Japanese anime cartoon from the 1970’s, which was shown on Nick Jr. in the US in the late 80’s and early 90’s. Yeah, back in those days, Nick Jr. showed a lot of children’s anime. And now there is a new computer animated Maya the Bee cartoon and movie. Not sure if the new cartoon is being shown in the US, but I think the movie is coming to video later on. Now you can help young Maya collect honey and rare flowers for her teacher Mrs. Cassandra in Maya the Bee: Flying Challenge. It’s a 3-D continuous runner (flyer?) downloadable for iOS and Android devices (reviewed on iPad here).
Magic Cat Story is a free-to-play puzzle game downloadable for iOS and Android devices (reviewed on iPad here). In the game you help a wizard cat stop an evil magician from turning all the people into animals. But storylines in puzzle games really aren’t that important. To thwart the evil wizard, you must match colored blocks to make them disappear. While most free-to-play puzzle games are similar to Candy Crush or Bejeweled, Magic Cat Story plays more like a falling block puzzler such as Dr. Mario or Puyo Puyo.
Stardust Vanguards is a multiplayer space-themed action game downloadable on Steam for PC. One cool thing about this game is that it was made by local folks (well, local for me and my friend anyway). Speaking of which, I had my friend, Robbie Allen, review this game for me, so please check it out by clicking here!
Boy, what a long name. I bet it’s hard to say all that during a gaming discussion! Anyway, Under Night Etc. is a 2-D one-on-one fighting game made by the same folks who did the Guilty Gear and BlazBlue titles. It’s available for the PlayStation 3. But how does this one stack up against those other series? Read on to find out.
The latest tables to hit Zen Studios’ Zen Pinball 2 and Pinball FX2’s collection are a western-themed table called Wild West Rampage and a medieval-themed table based on one of Zen’s other games: CastleStorm. You can download and play them on consoles that support Zen Studios pinball platforms, but they are reviewed on Xbox 360 here. When you download Pinball FX 2 or Zen Pinball 2 (depending on which game console you own), you’re just downloading the hub. It’s free, and then you purchase separate tables for play in the game.
Falcom is awesome! They’re the ones responsible for games like Ys Seven, Gurumin, and Legacy of the Wizard on the NES (those are my favorites anyway). It’s too bad that Falcom isn’t as well-known in the US, though. But luckily, one of their classics is being remade for download on PSP thanks to XSEED. Since my friend Leroy is a big fan of Falcom, too, I had him review Brandish: The Dark Revenant, so check it out!
Pokemon Shuffle is a puzzle game downloadable for the Nintendo 3DS. It plays similar to other puzzlers like Candy Crush, Bejeweled, Puzzle Quest, or Puzzle & Dragon. The game is also free-to-play, with in-game purchases, which is unusual for a 3DS eShop title to have. So is it worth downloading anyway? Read on to find out!
If you enjoy futuristic high speed racers like F-Zero or WipeOut, then you’ll want to check out AG Drive. Hundreds of years in the future, mankind has mastered anti-gravity technology, and high speed races over twisty roller coaster tracks is the sport of the future. AG Drive is a silky-smooth, super-fast racing game that you can download on iOS devices (reviewed on iPad here).
LuckyPop isn’t really a game, but more of a useless time-waster app for iOS (reviewed on iPad here). It’s a virtual gift-giving app you play with friends on Facebook. Read on to find out how it works.
Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time is one of their most successful series, and they’ve made tons of video games based on the property (believe me; I’ve reviewed a lot of them). Their newest title, Game Wizard, is one of the most creative I’ve played yet! One day, Finn and Jake are walking through the forest when they come across a magic book and pencil surrounded by all sorts of strange runes. When they use the pencil to draw themselves in the book, their sketches come to life and they go on an adventure to stop the Doodle Wizard. And now you can draw your own adventures, too, as the game lets you draw levels using graph paper and scan them into your tablet! Adventure Time: Game Wizard is available for iOS, Google Play, and Amazon, but reviewed on iPad here.