All posts tagged 'Game Reviews'

Super Cops: Justice Keepers (Mobile)

You are a no-nonsense police officer named Steven Justice.  One day your arch nemesis, the evil gangster Mr. Thorne kidnaps your daughter and you must get her back!  But you also must defend your island police HQ from zombies among other things.  Super Cops: Justice Keepers is an action game for mobile devices (reviewed on iPad here).

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Unplugged: Terrain Tinker & 3D Printed Terrain

As a fan of cool technology and a gamer, I was quick to embrace 3D printing to trick out my gaming habits.  In the past, I’ve dumped a fair bit of money on cool 3D terrain to add splash to my role playing games.  Not long after that, 3D printing really came into its own and it was feasible to print your own 3D terrain tiles. One of the newest 3D terrain-related kickstarters (ending soon) is Terrain Tinker. It’s basically an interface for designing one’s 3D adventure setup on a computer, which can then output all the model STL files one would need to print them out in 3D.  It interfaces with the folks over at Printable Scenery who sell STL files for all sorts of cool terrain and features.  The Kickstarter is ending soon, so I thought I’d send a shout-out about the project before it closes on March 6th.

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Castle Kong (Switch, PC)

An evil Baron has kidnapped a princess and taken her to the top of a castle.  It’s up to you as a lowly pauper to climb up and down the castle to save her, jumping and avoiding obstacles all the way.  If this sounds lot like Donkey Kong, well, it pretty much is!  Castle Kong is available on Switch and PC, but reviewed on Switch here.

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Unplugged: Homeworlds (Boardgame)

Homeworlds Cover ArtworkLoony Labs has two solid game lines going for it. One is the chaotic but entertaining line of Fluxx games, and the other is its line of games based around a set of of colored plastic pyramids. Sold in many different ways, the pyramid line is now available in several small box releases. Homeworlds, reviewed here, is probably the deepest and most strategic of the games released. In a sort of space-chess way, the pyramids in the game represent ships and planets, with each color of pyramid granting a player different powers when used. The goal of the game is to mess with the enemy player’s homeworld and trigger a win.

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Unplugged: Ice Duo (Boardgame)

Ice Duo, Looney Labs, 2020 — front cover (image provided by the publisher)Loony Labs has two solid game lines going for it.  One is the chaotic but entertaining line of Fluxx games, and the other is its line of games based around a set of of colored plastic pyramids.  Sold in many different ways, the pyramid line is now available in several small box releases.  Ice Duo, reviewed here, is actually two games in one.  Ice Dice is a push your luck style game of rolling dice to collect pyramids while Twin Win has players moving pyramids around the board in order to arrange them in a specific (secret) configuration for the win.

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SNK vs. Capcom: The Match of the Millennium (Switch)

Game makers SNK and Capcom are famous for their 2-D one on one fighters, and they had a pretty big rivalry between each other for a while.  So that’s why it was a big deal back in the early 2000s when they both collaborated in making a few fighting games featuring both companies’ characters pitted against each other.  Crossover games like this weren’t as commonplace back then.  One of the first of these SNK vs. Capcom games was The Match of the Millennium for SNK’s handheld NEO GEO Pocket Color.  It was one of the best games for that system and now you can play it on Switch!

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Unplugged: Deckscape (The Curse of the Sphinx)

Image result for deckscape curse of the sphinxWhile it may be hard to get out of the house, fans of escape rooms have alternatives that can be played at home. Deckscape, one of several lines of at-home escape room games, is a complete escape room experience in a (large) pocket-sized box of cards. Obviously, it can’t take the place of an in-person, physical escape room, its nonlinear progression through many puzzles may be the next best thing.

 

 

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Golden Force (Switch)

In Golden Force, play as one of four pirate characters as you collect treasure and beat up baddies in this side scrolling 2-D hack and slash.  It imitates 16-bit classics, right down to the difficulty, and is available to download on Switch.

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The King of Fighters 2002: Unlimited Match (PS4)

Game maker SNK is famous for its fighters, and one of their most popular ones is The King of Fighters.  It features characters from other classic SNK titles like Fatal Fury, Art of Fighting, and even Ikari Warriors, and it’s a series still around today.  While they used to do yearly games, a new KOF game will still come out every now and then.  There’s even a new one coming soon (I hope I get to review it, too).  But in the meantime, you can download an updated version of one of the more popular games in the series on the PS4.  Well, actually I’m just assuming it’s one of the more popular ones, as I see sprite art and screenshots from it most often on the internet anyway.

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RPG Miniatures – Boneyard

Rather than focus on a particular storyline, the newest entry in the WizKids line of role playing game miniatures focuses on hordes of undead.  The common figures span the gamut of typical undead hordes, while some of the rare large creatures are just downright disturbing.  (Let the reader decide if that’s good or bad.)  Releasing in March, D&D Icons of the Realms: Boneyard is a mix of standard and more unique pieces with which to build your undead army.

 

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