All posts tagged 'Game Reviews'

Clumsy Rush (Switch)

Race as cartoony, fat, waddling hippos in Clumsy Rush, a comical two player racing game on Switch.  Your goal is to make it to the end of a finish line wearing a crown.  Controls couldn’t be simpler.  Press the L button to move your left foot, and the R button to move your right.  Press a button to bump into another player and knock the crown away from them.  Sounds easy, right?  But when your hippos waddle around like Jell-O, it’s harder than it seems!

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Waku Waku Sweets (Switch)

You are a young lady who wishes to be the town’s best pastry chef.  The Pastry Fairy hears you and decides to help make your wish come true (I can’t make this stuff up folks).  To do so, you must rise in the ranks of desserts and sweets making, winning cooking contests and making people happy.  Waku Waku Sweets is a cooking game for all ages exclusively on Switch.

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Fishing Star: World Tour (Switch)

I’ve reviewed many fishing video games in my 20 plus year stint doing this, and I’ve found that the less realistic ones that are more cartoony and simple, are also the most fun!  And that’s definitely the case with Fishing Star: World Tour.  While it’s clearly aimed at kids, anyone can enjoy this simple yet fun fishing title exclusively on Switch.

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Dead End Job (Switch, Xbox One, PC, Mobile)

Hector Plasam is a ghost hunter, but when his partner turns into a ghost herself, he must earn enough money to bring her back with his ‘Dead End Job.’  It’s a rogue-like twin stick shooter with randomly generated levels and art style and humor that imitates 90s cartoons like Ren and Stimpy.  It’s available to download on most current consoles, PC, and mobile, but reviewed on Switch here.

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Shovel Knight Showdown (Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC)

The next new Shovel Knight game we’re going to look at is a multiplayer fighting side-game.  It features characters and locations from the game and Smash Bros. style gameplay.  It comes with Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove on the Switch, which we looked at last time, but it’s also a game you can download separately on all current consoles and PC, but reviewed on Switch here.

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Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove (Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC)

Yacht Club Games really made a name for themselves with Shovel Knight, one of the most successful indie games ever.  It’s an 8-bit styled 2D action platformer starring a knight with an unusual weapon: a shovel!  But it proves to be an effective way to defeat enemies, dig up treasure, and pogo bounce over obstacles.  The game takes the best of the most memorable 8-bit classics, like Mega Man, Castlevania, DuckTales, and Super Mario Bros. 3.  Shovel Knight has even appeared in other games, like an assist trophy in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate or even a playable fighter in Blade Strangers.  To celebrate Shovel Knight’s success, this week is going to be Shovel Knight Week here at GamerDad.com!  I’ve got three articles and reviews based on recent Shovel Knight releases!  First up is Shovel Knight Treasure Trove, which takes all the DLC and side games from the Shovel Knight franchise and puts them all into one game!  It’s available on all current consoles and PC, but reviewed on Switch here.

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Tools Up! (PS4, Switch, Xbox One, PC)

Tools Up! is a co-op couch multiplayer game where you must use teamwork to perform home renovations.  Paint walls, carpet floors, and clean up before the strict time limit expires.  It’s kind of like Overcooked, except with construction instead of cooking.  It’s available to download on all current consoles and PC, but reviewed on PS4 here.  Speaking of the review, I’ve got a treat for you today.  The folks who played this game for this review all have experience with home renovation.  First, there’s me.  While I write game reviews on the side, my full time job is working as a sales associate at a major hardware store chain.  I don’t do any D.I.Y. projects myself, but I certainly know my way around a hardware store.  But my Player Two for this review was my stepfather Jamie, who used to do home renovation projects before he started driving a truck again.  So with our combined experience, we should be able to ace this game, right?  Well, you’ll just have to find out by reading this review!

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Pinball FX3: Williams Pinball Volume 5 (PS4, Switch, Xbox One, PC)

For many years, Zen Studios has been making original video pinball tables for their Pinball FX and Zen Pinball outlets.  Now they’re tackling real life classic pinball machines in video form from the Williams and Bally lineups.  Volume 5 of this set includes three more tables, including my all time favorite pinball machine ever!  YES!  To play them, first you need to download the Pinball FX3 hub (available for most current consoles and PC, but reviewed on PS4 here).  And then you can buy and download table sets.

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Zumba: Burn it Up (Switch)

Now that Christmas is over, many people are starting to think about their New Year resolutions.  If yours is to stay active and get in shape, you may want check out Zumba: Burn it Up.  It’s the latest in a long running dance game series based on the Zumba fitness craze.  Move your body to dozens of Latin songs in this Switch exclusive.

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Tap Pop Balloon (Mobile)

I love it when a game’s title explains to you perfectly what you’ll be doing in the game.  In Tap Pop Balloon, you’ll tap the screen to pop floating balloons for points.  Don’t let any float away to the top of the screen or you’ll lose a heart!  Lose all three of your hearts and it’s Game Over.  Also watch out for balloon with pictures of skulls on them.  If you tap one of those, you’ll immediately lose the game, no matter how many hearts you have!  It’s available as a free-to-play download on mobile devices, but reviewed on iPad here.

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