Dash Quest is a continuous runner with a 16-bit RPG theme to it. It’s available free-to-play to download on iOS and Android devices, but reviewed on iPad here. In the game, you view your hero from a top-down perspective as he runs straight forward, battling enemies and using magic spells along the way.
Pac-Man 256 is another new free-to-play Pac-Man game, but this one’s actually really good. It’s available for download on iOS, Amazon, and Google Play, but reviewed on iPad here. I believe it was also made by the same folks who did the popular Crossy Road mobile title. So what is the significance of the number 256 and Pac-Man? Well, in the original arcade game, there was a glitch where if you got to maze 256, half of the screen would mess up and make the game unplayable. I guess the makers of Pac-Man didn’t think anyone would get that far! But what if you could try and outrun the glitch before it engulfed the whole maze! Well that’s what Pac-Man 256 is all about!
Boardgames like Runebound pack the positive feedback loop gaining power in MMORPGs into a few short hours of a boardgame. This new (3rd) edition of Runebound provides a new-player friendly boardgame where everyone can choose their own character’s path to power. Players can gain in power by questing to explore locations, interact with the denizens of the land, or simply fight monsters. The first player to become powerful enough to defeat the final villain wins the game. With its open-ended options, playing a game of Runebound gives the enjoyment of adventuring in a MMORPG packed into a single evening of face-to-face game play.
Runebound, 3rd Edtion
Publisher: Fantasy Flight Games
Time: 2-3 hrs
(Review copy provided by Fantasy Flight Games)
Pac-Man Bounce is a free-to-play puzzler for iOS and Android (reviewed on iPad here), and it stars the most famous video game character of all time: Pac-Man! In each single screen level, you must get Pac-Man to eat a key, but you don’t control Pac-Man directly. You must manipulate arrows and walls so that Pac-Man will follow and bounce off of them. When you are ready, just tap on Pac-Man and he’ll start moving and hopefully make it to the key so you can progress.
One day, all the Minions took a relaxing tropical vacation on a cruise ship. Even accident-prone Phil. Poor Phil. When he mistakenly turns the ship’s helm and steers them right into a rock, all seems lost as the ship sinks. Luckily, Phil finds a deserted tropical island nearby, and all the other Minions survived. But for ruining their fun, they’re not very happy with Phil as they swim to the island. Help Phil get the island ready with lots of fun things to do and make, so the other Minions can still have their tropical vacation! Minions Paradise is available free-to-play to download on iOS and Android devices, but reviewed on iPad here.
Minecraft Story Mode: Episode 3: The Last Place You Look (PS3, PS4, 360, Xbox One, PC, iOS, Android)
Minecraft is an incredibly popular open-world building adventure game with stylishly blocky graphics. It’s become a bit of a phenomenon since its release a few years back, especially with kids. And now, point and click experts TellTale Games has crafted an adventure based on the Minecraft universe called Minecraft: Story Mode. It is split up into five episodes, like most other TellTale titles, and this is a review of the third episode. It’s available for nearly all current home consoles, PCs, and tablets, but reviewed on PS3 here.
Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival is a Wii U game that came out late last year. It’s a video board game featuring Animal Crossing characters, and you use Animal Crossing Amiibo figures to play it. You must scan them on the Wii U gamepad to roll dice, save your individual progress, heck; you can’t even start the game without first scanning an Amiibo. But there is a little more to it than that. Along with the board game, there is a selection of eight mini-games you can unlock that use the Animal Crossing Amiibo cards that are primarily used in Happy Home Designer. I haven’t read too many reviews online that go over these games in detail, so I’ll do that now since I like covering mini-games.
Wow, that’s a mouthful of a title! Anyway, Von Sottendorff is a rich aristocrat baron who has gone a little cuckoo in his mansion. Help him reclaim his sanity by solving puzzles and exploring his mysterious abode in this downloadable action-puzzler game for Nintendo 3DS.
A jazz band’s singer has been kidnapped and taken to a tower, and now you can help them save her by…solving puzzles? Bebop Puzzle Beat is an arcade action puzzle game with a jazzy theme, and it’s free-to-play for iOS devices (reviewed on iPad here).
In this downloadable music game for 3DS, a group of underground DJs fight evil with their giant mallets and hip beats. In the main story mode, you’ll pick a DJ and must fight through 15 stages of their own story, and then you’ll unlock another DJ to play as with more stages and harder songs.