All posts tagged 'Game Reviews'

Avenging Spirit (Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, X/S)

Avenging Spirit was a 1991 arcade title by the now defunct Jaleco.  Jaleco made mostly average games.  I think their biggest claim to fame was the Bases Loaded series on the NES.  Anyway, I had never heard of Avenging Spirit until the Game Boy version was brought to the Nintendo 3DS eShop around ten years ago!  In the game, you are a ghost and can possess people, and then you can control them and have use to their various attacks and moves as you tromp through half a dozen 2-D side scrolling platform levels.  This port of the arcade version is available on all current game consoles, but reviewed on Switch here.

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Rayland (PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, X/S, PC)

Use angled mirrors to reflect a laser so that it hits a crystal in Rayland.  You’ve seen puzzles like this before in other games like Zelda dungeons and such.  It’s available on all current consoles and PC, but reviewed on PS4 here.

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Quintus and the Absent Truth (PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, X/S, PC)

You are a down and out musician and your daughter has been kidnapped.  Find items and solve puzzles in first person 3-D environments as you unravel the mystery.  Your only companion is your pet mouse named Quintus, who can help you by crawling into tight spaces to reach things you can’t.  Surprisingly, this game has some horror elements as well.  It’s available on all current consoles and PC, but reviewed on PS4 here.

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The Jackbox Party Starter (PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, X/S, PC)

If you have a bunch of people over to play games, but not enough controllers to play with everyone, then Jackbox has you covered!  Their latest batch of party games is out, and it’s a smaller collection of some of their best titles. All you need are cell phones to play them!  Just connect to Jackbox.tv on any phone and enter in the room code and you’re in!  It’s pretty simple and works well, and in some games, even people who don’t have cell phones can be part of the audience and participate.  The Jackbox Party Starter is available on all current consoles and PC, but reviewed on PS4 here.  Let’s take a look at all the games!

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Capcom Fighting Collection (PS4, Switch, Xbox One, PC)

Video game maker Capcom is recognized for a lot of their titles.  But one thing they are known best for is their one-on-one fighting games.  Sure there’s Street Fighter, but there’s a lot more they’ve made, too.  So here’s a collection of some of Capcom’s other one-on-one fighters they’ve created over the years.  And yeah, there’s some Street Fighter stuff in here, too.  Capcom Fighting Collection is available on most current consoles and PC, but reviewed on PS4 here.  So let’s take a look at what’s on here!

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Parasite Pack (PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, X/S)

Parasite Pack is actually two retro styled games in one!  In Flea, you move around a constantly bouncing flea past obstacles and try to collect as many bottles of blood as you can.  And Tapeworm Disco Puzzle focuses more on puzzles than action, as you must move a tapeworm around mazes collecting items and such.  The pack is available to download on all current game consoles, but reviewed on PS4 here.  Let’s take a look at the games!

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Horgihugh and Friends (Switch, PC)

This is a retro styled 2-D side scrolling shooter that takes inspiration from cutesy Namco titles like SkyKid and Ordyne.  Take control of a cat or dog piloting biplanes as you shoot down enemies in this game for Nintendo Switch and PC (Switch version reviewed here).

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Redout 2 (PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, X/S, PC)

If you like high speed futuristic racers like F-Zero or Wipeout, then you may want to check out Redout 2.  Essentially more of the same from the first game, it’s available on all current consoles and PC, but reviewed on PS4 here.

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Crazy Chicken Xtreme (Switch, PS4, PS5)

The Chicken Shoot, or “Moorhuhn” games as they’re called in their country of origin, has a surprising amount of history behind them.  They were first created to advertise a brand of whiskey, but since this was the late 90s and early 2000s when causal PC games really hit their stride (thanks to titles like Deer Hunter), this chicken shooting game was widely distributed and gained popularity.  Since then it’s become its own thing and has spawned more than 50 games on consoles, PC, and mobile devices.  Plus an animated series, comic books, merchandise, and even a song.  And now you can shoot those silly chickens on the Switch and PlayStation consoles with Crazy Chicken Extreme (Switch version reviewed here).

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Color Surge (Mobile)

In this falling block match three puzzle game for iOS and Android (reviewed on iPad here), you must guide colored circles in columns and switch their colors so they match three when they hit the bottom.  If you can match colors, they’ll disappear.  If this sounds exactly like Columns, you’re right!  I’m surprised SEGA hasn’t released that one on mobile.  Or maybe they have and I don’t know it.  It’s hard to keep up with all those mobile releases.  Anyway, Color Surge is free to play, but you can buy more modes once you download it.

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