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Taito Milestones 2 (Switch)

Video game maker Taito has a lot of history behind it.  Just as much as other long-time developers such as Namco and even Nintendo!  Some of the games they’ve made you’ve surely heard of, like Space Invaders, Bubble Bobble, Bust-A-Move, and many, many more.  And now there’s a second collection of classic Taito games on the Switch, so let’s take a look at what’s on there!  Click here to check out the first Taito Milestones!

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Cat’s Cosmic Atlas (Switch, PC)

Learn all about the solar system and constellations with a star-gazing feline in Cat’s Cosmic Atlas.  Guide the astronomer cat around a study as you float in space and gaze up at the night sky to read up on planets and stars in this educational interactive encyclopedia.  It’s available on Switch and PC, but reviewed on Switch here.

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Unplugged: Number Drop

In the past few years, the boardgame world has seen a huge number of Roll and Write games where dice are rolled (or cards drawn) and then players simultaneously use the results to check off boxes or fill in a paper handout to score points. Number Drop has players filling in a sheet of paper Tetris-style with the pieces made of numbers. Place numbers adjacent to each other in sets or sequences to score points. The game ends and scores are tallied when one player “overflows” their game board.  

 

 

Number Drop

Publisher: AEG
Ages: 10+
Players: 1-6
Time: 20 minutes
(Review copy provided by publisher)

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Neko Journey (PS4, PS5, Switch, PC)

An evil wizard has ransacked a village and kidnapped a catgirl’s sister.  Guide the catgirl in this 2D platform jumping adventure.  Neko Journey is available on PlayStation consoles, Switch, and PC, but reviewed on PS4 here.

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Space Invaders World Defense (Mobile)

If you ask me, the Space Invaders have already won.  They first took all of our money back in the 70s with the original arcade game.  And now, they’re making us stand outside looking like fools with our cell phones in Space Invaders World Defense.  It’s a mobile game (reviewed on iPhone here) that uses Google mapping and AR technology to zap the iconic blocky aliens in real world surroundings!

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Dogotchi (Switch, Mobile)

Travel back to the late 90s when keychain virtual pets were the big thing with Dogotchi on Switch.  Take care of different breeds of dogs by feeding and cleaning up after them, and playing games to make them happy.  It even features black and white pixel graphics and sounds!  I’ve already reviewed a version of this game that features cats, and this is exactly the same game, but with dogs!

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

Help Milo the cat push cartons of milk into his dishes in Fluffy Milo, a block pushing puzzle game.  Well you push the whole carton into the dish without pouring it out, so not sure what good that does, but it’s just a game.  If this premise sounds really familiar, it’s probably because I reviewed a game just like it about half a year ago called Sissa’s Path.  Fluffy Milo is available on all current game consoles and PC, but reviewed on PS4 here.  There’s a name for these types of games in Japan called Sokaban, and it reminds me of titles like Boxxle, Chip’s Challenge, or Adventures of Lolo.

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Isle of Jura: Fishing Trip (Switch, PC)

You are Alex, a university student working on a school project where you need animal samples for research.  Your mom suggests visiting your grandfather on a small island for a fishing trip.  This game allows you to explore a little island where you can fish in ponds, streams, and the ocean, earning money to buy better gear so you can catch more fish.  Isle of Jura: Fishing Trip is available on Switch and PC, but reviewed on Switch here.

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Battle Kid: Fortress of Peril (Switch, Xbox One)

In the future, two young dudes, Chester and Timmy, are training at an intense battle school.  But when Chester is caught cheating (possibly wrongly) and kicked out, he turns toward the forces of evil.  He then steals an important item from the school that can grant him great power, and now Timmy must don a special battle suit and face his former friend in the Fortress of Peril.  Battle Kid is a 8-bit homebrew NES game, but now you can play it on Switch and Xbox One.  It heavily borrows elements from games like Mega Man and “Metroidvania” titles.

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Ace Angler: Fishing Spirits M (Mobile)

There’s an arcade fishing game by Namco where you view the action on a horizontal screen parallel to the ground, like you’re looking into a small fishing pond.  It’s called Ace Angler, and I know I played it once in an arcade, or at least another game that was trying to imitate it.  It’s been a while.  Anyway, the game is pretty popular in Japan and has even gotten a couple of Switch home ports. The newest one even made it to the US digitally this past year.  And now anyone can play a mobile version of the game (reviewed on iPad here) with Ace Angler: Fishing Spirits M.

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