One of the most popular video game icons, Pac-Man, is still going strong after all these years. There is even a computer animated cartoon on the Disney XD cable channel, and it even has a second season! I’m surprised at that, because the cartoon itself isn’t that good. Last year, Bandai Namco Games made a video game based on Pac-Man’s new cartoon adventures, and despite being based on a lackluster cartoon license, the game itself was actually pretty good. So now it’s a year later and we have a sequel to Pac-Man’s cartoon 3-D platforming romp, and while it’s more of the same, it’s still a fun little game. They just added some characters from the end of the first season and into the second.
PegGoo Pop is an iOS and Google Play downloadable title that’s free-to-play and very similar to other games like Peggle (reviewed on iPad here). Styled after Pachinko machines, your job is to aim a turret at the top of the playfield using the touch screen, and then release your finger to fire the ball and it’ll bounce around. Try to make it hit as many targets as you can. You can tilt your tablet to try and steer the ball as it bounces, but it doesn’t help much.
One of the most beloved video game/toy lines for kids is back for its fourth entry! In this one, what’s good is bad and what’s bad is good because now you can capture bad guys and turn them good and play as them alongside the Skylanders! The story in this one is that a group of evil villains wreaked havoc on the Skylands eons ago, until they were captured by a group of Skylanders known as the Trap Team, who used crystal-like weapons made of “Traptanium” and sealed the baddies up in an impenetrable prison. But now, the main Skylander villain Kaos has broken the bad guys out of prison, and sent the Trap Team and pieces of Traptanium to Earth, where they turned into small statues. Now it’s up to YOU, the Portal Master, to send the heroes back to the Skylands to save the day, and use special Traptanium pieces to capture villains and turn them into good guys, too! Skylanders Trap Team is available for all major current game consoles, but reviewed on Wii U here.
Arcana Heart is a series of one-on-one; 2-D fighting games featuring an all-girl anime-styled cast. Each femme fatale is trying to get their hands on a collection of magical stones for various reasons, and each character has a powerful Arcana creature to help them. The “LOVE MAX!!!!!” version of this game adds a few new modes and features from Arcana Heart 3, released a couple of years ago. If you enjoy fast and accessible cartoony 2-D fighters like Marvel vs. Capcom 3, you may want to check this one out. It’s available for PS3 and Vita, but reviewed on PS3 here.
In Adventure Xpress, a new iOS game from Adult Swim (reviewed on iPad here), choose from a selection of male and female couriers and deliver mail in a medieval world. But don’t think this job is easy, as you’ll have to battle trolls, skeletons, bandits, yetis, and other baddies as you make your deliveries. Fight the bad guys in a match three puzzle game similar to Puzzle & Dragons, Monster Match, and many other games of this ilk.
Tenkai Knights is a toy line and anime series on Cartoon Network. The story goes that in a parallel universe exists a cube-shaped planet, and its inhabitants can shapeshift from blocks into robotic warriors. The denizens of this planet have endured a centuries-long war over their Tenkai energy source. When it seemed like evil was about to take over the planet, a group of four brave robotic warriors called Tenkai Knights appeared and drove away the bad guys. Now the evil is back and stronger than before, and a new generation of Tenkai Knights is needed. For some reason, four teenage boys from Earth are transported to the war-torn planet to become the next batch of robotic fighter Tenkai Knights. And now you can relive the action of the cartoon with Tenkai Knights: Brave Battle for Nintendo 3DS.
One of SEGA’s greatest games on the Nintendo GameCube was Super Monkey Ball and its sequel. You rolled around as a monkey in a hamster ball, trying not to fall off the edges of challenging mazes, not to mention playing fun mini-games like bowling and target practice. Now the monkeys are rolling, no, bouncing onto iOS and Android devices (reviewed on iPad here), in a game that’s not quite what you would think. Super Monkey Ball Bounce is more akin to a pachinko machine. If you enjoy playing games like Peggle, you may want to check this one out, especially since it’s free-to-play.
Supposedly, the love between two squares is the purest love of all. Or maybe not. Anyway, in this puzzle action game, you play as a walking square who has just fallen in love with the girl square of his dreams. But unfortunately, this geometrical gal will only date guys who wear the right clothes. Guide our hero and navigate mazes by twisting and turning your tablet device to help him fall through mazes and get the outfits she desires her man to wear. Fallin Love is available to download on iOS and Android devices, but reviewed on iPad here.
Everyone’s favorite maternal video game character is back and needs your help in the kitchen again with Cooking Mama 5: Bon Appetit! for Nintendo 3DS. Just like the others, play touch screen mini-games to cook 60 different recipes, then help Mama around the house, yard, and shop with brand new mini-games, and test your skills at the Cooking Dojo!