A young boy named Kick wakes up from hypersleep in a futuristic world full of rampaging robots. Luckily he finds a friendly flying robot named Fennick as well as a giant ray gun that’s almost as big as the boy himself. Together they’ll explore high-tech landscapes in 2-D platforming fashion. While Kick can use his giant ray gun to shoot cracked walls and angry robots, he’ll mostly use the strong recoil of the gun to launch himself high in the air to bypass obstacles and reach far-off places. Kick & Fennick is downloadable on the Wii U, PS4, Vita, and Xbox One, but reviewed on Wii U here.
Paranautical Activity is a classic styled FPS game that also mixes elements of ‘roguelike’ dungeons, as the mazes, rooms, and enemy placements are randomly generated each time you play. You’ll shoot down all manner of spooky enemies including devils, flying shadowy sea turtle things, giant spiders, and much more. It’s available to download on most current gen game systems, but reviewed on PS Vita here.
Who says you can’t learn anything from video games? After playing this jigsaw puzzle title, I learned that Mandie Manzano is an artist whose fantasy paintings have a distinct stained-glass look to them. And now you can do virtual jigsaw puzzles of her paintings, including new ones, with this free-to-play app for iOS devices (reviewed on iPad here).
Letter Quest: Grimm’s Journey Remastered (PS4, Vita, Xbox One, PC, iOS, Google Play, Amazon Appstore)
Letter Quest is a word puzzler that mixes elements of board games like Boggle and Scrabble with turn-based RPG battles. You play as a cute little character who looks like a cross between the Grim Reaper and Orko from the He-Man cartoons. Defeat enemies like ghosts and dust bunny monsters by spelling words. Not sure why you are doing this as the in-game instructions don’t really make that clear, but your little character likes pizza, apparently. Letter Quest is available for many home consoles and mobile devices, but recently it is now available as a cross-buy on the PS4 and Vita (reviewed on Vita here).
I love classic video game compilations, but you hardly see them anymore. Most video game companies now just sell their classics separately for you to download. I guess that makes them more money, but in a way, it’s also kind of sad. Luckily, SEGA just released a collection of some of their 3-D remakes on the 3DS. SEGA also sells these remakes separately on the eShop, but now you can play nine of them on a cartridge. So since I like to go over games in classic compilations, here are all the ones you can play on the SEGA 3-D Classics Collection. I’ve even reviewed a few of them a couple of years ago that were released separately, so when I come across those, I’ll make a link to my original reviews in case you want to read further!
There’s a retro-styled indie game that has been making its way around night clubs and art galleries for people to play for years, and now you can enjoy it on your Wii U as well. It’s called Dodge Club Party, and if you’ve ever played a similar game on Dot Arcade, you’ll know what to expect here. Except this version adds some multiplayer modes to the mix.
I’m not really sure why this game is called The Sun & Moon, but it’s a precision 2-D platformer downloadable on PS4 and PS Vita (Vita version reviewed here). In the game, you can phase shift by pressing a button, which will allow you to dive into the blocks you walk around on, allowing for some creative movement through the levels.
There’s a new free-to-play puzzler in town that’s downloadable on the Wii U and 3DS (reviewed on Wii U here). It stars everyone’s favorite wind-up toys from the Mario vs. Donkey Kong series. Help Mini Mario and pals make it to the goal in each level, and you unlock new characters by scanning amiibo figures. I guess that’s why the game is free-to-play.
In a steampunk industrial-filled world, three apes who can speak and wear clothes decide to retaliate. They hijack a zeppelin and start bombing pollution-causing human structures to take back nature and reclaim their home. Apestorm: Full Bananas is a 2-D shooting and bombing sidescrolling game downloadable on iOS and Google Play (reviewed on iPad here).
In space, no one can hear you tilt. Zen Studios has a new pack of pinball tables for their Zen Pinball 2 and Pinball FX 2 games, and they’re based on the Aliens movie and video game franchises. You can download and play the new Aliens vs. Pinball pack on consoles that support Zen Studios pinball platforms (PS3 version reviewed 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. Here are the three tables in the Aliens vs. Pinball pack.