All posts tagged 'Game Reviews'

Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time (PS4, Switch, Xbox One, PC, Apple Arcade)

Samurai Jack was one of Cartoon Network’s most unique, artful, and beloved action cartoons.  A heroic samurai from feudal Japan battles a shapeshifting demon named Aku.  But Aku sends the samurai into a time portal to the future where Aku reigns supreme.  The first person who sees the samurai in the future calls him “Jack,” so that’s the name he goes by here.  Now Samurai Jack must find a way back to the past so he can defeat Aku for good.  The cool thing about the cartoon is that it actually had an ending, although it took it long enough to get there.  Nearly two decades after the initial run, they added one last season on Adult Swim that was a bit darker and bloodier, but Jack FINALLY beat Aku!  This new video game takes place when Jack and his love interest Ashi are in the portal going to the past.  Aku has one final trick up his sleeve and grabs Jack and sends him to a place between time and space where he must fight familiar foes.  Flimsy story aside, it’s a great way for fans to relive their favorite scenes, enemies, and friends in this 3-D action game.  Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time is available on nearly anything you can play a game on, but reviewed on PS4 here.

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Manifold Garden (Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC, Mobile)

Manifold Garden is a first person perspective puzzle game that takes a lot of inspiration from M.C. Escher’s artwork.  You’ll solve basic block and switch puzzles, but the gimmick here is that you can change gravity so you can walk on walls and ceilings!  And don’t worry if you fall, the levels loop so you can land where you started, or somewhere else if need be.  The game is available to download on pretty much anything you can play a game on, but reviewed on Switch here.

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Good Pizza, Great Pizza (Switch, Mobile, PC)

Run your own pizza restaurant in Good Pizza, Great Pizza.  Take orders, cook the pizza, and make sure you earn a profit in this restaurant simulation cooking game.  It’s available to download on Nintendo Switch, mobile devices, and PC, but reviewed on Switch here.

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Unplugged: Pandemic – The Boardgame

The world-wide Covid-19 pandemic has been ever present over the past year, forcing many families to stay home together for extended periods of time, perhaps putting a strain on relationships for all those cooped up together.  While a cutthroat game of Monopoly might just make things worse, perhaps a cooperative game (where everyone wins or loses together) might be in order.  Pandemic burst onto the boardgame scene in 2008, with its success spawning an entire line of Pandemic-themed cooperative games where players must work together to protect the world from an encroaching disaster. While the theme of a Pandemic may be too close to home for some, the games respectively deal with the issues at hand and may serve as a surrogate way for gamers to put themselves into an active role in the game’s fictional pandemic.

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Skimboard Hero (Mobile)

Enjoy one last bit of summer with Skimboard Hero!  But what is Skimboarding?  Yeah I didn’t know either until I played this game.  Who says games don’t teach you anything!  Anyway, Skimboarding is kind of like surfing except you use a smaller board and you ride the small wake waves near the shore.  And that’s what you do in this game, which is like a vertically scrolling endless…surfer?  Collect sand dollars, jump over ramps, perform tricks, and avoid obstacles.  The game also has neat retro graphics.  It’s available for free on mobile devices, but reviewed on iPad here.

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Kandagawa Jet Girls (PS4, PC)

In Kandagawa Jet Girls, you race futuristic water jet bikes around rivers in Tokyo.  Your drivers are two young anime ladies, one steers and the other shoots a water gun at other racers to slow them down.  Kind of reminds me of Mario Kart: Double Dash in a way.  Apparently this game is based on an anime cartoon as well.  Huh, I didn’t know that.  Learn something new every day.  Anyway, this game is available on PS4 and PC, but reviewed on PS4 here.

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Quiplash (Switch, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, PC, Mobile)

Jackbox makes a lot of titles where you use your cellphone to play party games on consoles and mobile devices, and now one of their more popular creations is on the Switch (reviewed here).  Just connect to jackbox.tv on your phone, enter the room code on the TV screen, and you’re in!

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Fibbage XL (Switch, PC, Mobile)

If you are stuck at home right now and want to play a multiplayer game with family and friends, but you don’t have enough controllers, then Jackbox has you covered!  One of their most popular titles, Fibbage XL, has come to Nintendo Switch, and you use cell phones or other mobile devices to play it!  Just connect to jackbox.tv on any phone, enter in the room code, and you’re in!

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The Games of the Turbo Grafx-16 Mini: Part 5

One final part of my blog series on the TG-16 Mini!  Last time we looked at some of the games on the Japanese PC Engine side, and now we’ll look at the rest of them.  The games in this batch I’m more familiar with, because they were released in the US in some form or fashion either on this console, other consoles, or in the arcade.  And they’re also made by well-known companies like Namco, Capcom, SEGA, Taito, and Konami.  OK let’s finish this off!

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Drink More Glurp (Switch, PC)

What if aliens from another planet watched Earth’s sporting events and wanted to try them for themselves.  Would they get the sports right?  Maybe, but maybe not.  Drink More Glurp is a physics-based track and field style sports multiplayer game with goofy product sponsors and even sillier events.  It’s available on Switch and PC but reviewed on Switch here.

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