After your plane crashes, you find yourself in a lost world full of magic and monsters. People from the outside world like you are called “Strangers” and are generally stronger than the regular inhabitants of Sword City. So it’s up to you to form a party to defeat monsters and gather crystals to gain power and save the day…somehow. Stranger of Sword City is a PS Vita RPG dungeon crawler that’s very similar to classics like Wizardry.
In the distant future after the apocalypse, a new energy source emerges and cities are constructed around these spots so people can mine there and eke out a living. But these new energy sources also have attracted giant creatures who attack the cities (think Pacific Rim). In the game Aegis of Earth: Protonovus Assault, you are a commander of a city and must build it up so it can withstand the onslaught of monster attacks. Kind of like a cross between SimCity and a tower defense game. It’s available for Sony’s current game consoles, but reviewed on PS3 here.
Picross is a picture logic puzzle game where you use number clues on rows and columns of a grid to fill in squares to make a picture. And now you can play this brain teaser favorite as a downloadable game on your Wii U with PixlCross.
I’m not too big on first person shooter games. There’s nothing wrong with them, but I’m not very good at them. Plus, most FPS games are about war and darker themes that I’m not too terribly interested in. I have dabbled in a few early FPS games that were a bit more whimsical, like Chex Quest or Faceball 2000, but those are few and far between. So when Lovely Planet, a downloadable game for Wii U, Xbox One, and PC came along (Wii U version reviewed here), I was intrigued. Here was a FPS game with visuals that looked like Katamari Damacy meets Doom. Or “Katamari Doom-acy,” as I called it (I’m so clever). So will Lovely Planet get me into FPS games? Read on to find out!
Super Arc Light is a simple, downloadable arcade style shooter for iOS devices and Google Play (reviewed on iPad here). It’s similar to classic 80’s shooters like Gyruss or Tempest, where you zap enemies in a circular fashion. But what makes Super Arc Light unique is that you only need to tap the screen to control all functions of your ship!
Ever since I got the original Shantae title on Game Boy Color (still have my boxed copy), I’ve been a huge fan of the Shantae series. In the game, you play as Shantae, a half-genie half-human girl who can attack with her hair and dance to transform into animals to help her get around, like a wall-climbing monkey or an elephant that can bash rocks. You explore various 2-D platforming locations, similar to classics like Castlevania or Metroid. Years later, the folks at WayForward made a downloadable sequel on DSiWare. And now you can play an improved version on the Wii U, PS4, and PC (Wii U version reviewed here).
Yo-Kai Watch is a super-popular 3DS video game and cartoon about a boy who meets and befriends spirits and mythical monsters called “Yokai,” and calls upon them with a special Yo-Kai Watch on his wrist when he needs their help to solve problems. The franchise has been a huge hit in Japan where it originated, and last fall the first 3DS video game was released in the US and the cartoon started airing on Disney XD. And now there is a brand new Yo-Kai Watch game you can play, too! This one’s called Yo-Kai Watch: Wibble Wobble, and it’s available to download for free on iOS and Android devices (reviewed on iPad here). It’s an action-puzzle game with RPG gameplay elements and characters straight from the original 3DS entry and cartoon!
Nintendo and Namco have worked together a lot in the past. Namco’s good at making arcade baseball games, so Nintendo had them do some Mario baseball titles. Namco’s Taiko drum music games were a hit in Japan, so Nintendo had them do Donkey Konga. And Namco also is known for racing and fighting games, so they helped Nintendo with the arcade Mario Karts and recent Smash Bros. games. So when Nintendo wanted to make a Pokémon fighting game, Namco was up to the task again, since they are known for fighters like Tekken. In fact, that’s why the Pokémon fighter is called Pokken, as a combination of Pokémon and Tekken. So I thought in this blog we’d take a quick look at the game and check out which Pokémon you can play as!
Star Ghost hearkens back to the good ol’ days of arcade 2-D side-scrolling shooters. Pilot your ship through 12 different star systems with various levels in each, blasting spacecraft and gathering power-ups. But what makes this downloadable Wii U game unique is how you control your ship.
I got a PS Vita for Christmas this past year. There are enough games on it that interest me now, but I guess it’s a little late since nobody is making new games for the Vita hardly anymore. But one of the games I wanted for the Vita was Super Monkey Ball: Banana Splitz. Luckily since it’s been out for so long, I was able to get it from Amazon for only 12 bucks! Which is good considering it’s not much different from past Monkey Ball titles, and they’ve been declining in quality anyway. But the first two Monkey Ball titles on the GameCube were great, so I always like to give the series a chance anyway, if the price is right. While the main game has you rolling around a monkey in a ball through mazes and obstacles, many of the Monkey Ball titles have fun mini-games, too. Banana Splitz included. So since I like to write about mini-games, here are all the mini-games you can find in Super Monkey Ball: Banana Splitz for Vita.