LEGO Ninjago is a popular line of toys, as well as a long-running action-adventure computer animated series on Cartoon Network portraying the escapades of a group of LEGO ninja friends. Now you can embark on their latest journey on the Nintendo 3DS and PS Vita (reviewed on 3DS here). One day, a mysterious villain named Ronin appears and steals the ninjas’ memories with a secret weapon called the Obsidian Glaive. Now it’s up to the four ninja heroes to find their own Obsidian weapons to regain their memories and elemental powers to stop Ronin’s evil plans in this all-new 3D adventure that plays similar to other LEGO titles.
I’m afraid I’m going to age myself here, but back when I was a kid in the late 70’s and early 80’s, if you wanted to play a handheld game, you usually had to settle with a primitive electronic device like Mattel’s Football and Baseball games, or Parker Brother’s Merlin. I didn’t have those, but I did have one of the mini arcade cabinets made by Coleco (mine was Pac-Man of course). All of these games just used LED lights to simulate game graphics. Recently a game designer made his own dot arcade game, and ported it to Wii U. The story behind all this is pretty interesting; just do a search on YouTube for Dot Arcade and you can watch a video about it. Anyway, Dot Arcade is now downloadable on Wii U and has three simple lighted games you can play: Mr. Snake, Dodge Club, and Rally Driver.
Most continuous running games that run rampant on smartphones and tablets are geared toward casual gamers. But now there is one that is just for retro hard-core gamers who grew up on tough-as-nails 8-bit challenges. In Jump ‘N’ Shoot Attack, the president of Earth 4 has been kidnapped by aliens, and it’s up to Louise Lightfoot to stop them! You can download this game on iOS and Android devices as well as Windows phones, but it’s reviewed on iPad here.
When I was a kid back in the 80’s, the Trivial Pursuit board game just came out and it was really popular. In fact, many people, even my parents, hosted Trivial Pursuit parties where everyone would play the game. The only problem was the actual rules of the old board game were not very well designed. If you’ve ever played it, you know how long it can take to get all six pie wedge categories. I found it more fun just to bring the question card box on car trips and read them aloud to pass the time. In fact, when I was in elementary school, one of our teachers had a Junior Edition and would quiz the class in between lessons, during down times, or as a reward. Now the popular quiz game enters the 21st century with Trivial Pursuit Live! And luckily it’s much better designed than the old board game, as it takes the form of a fast-paced trivia quiz game show! It’s downloadable for Microsoft’s and Sony’s home game consoles, but reviewed on Xbox 360 here.
The story behind this game is kind of interesting, as one of the developers worked on this game when he was going through cancer treatments. When the game was finished and ready to go, he got better! In the game, you maneuver a cell in a dark, 8-bit looking world, avoiding obstacles and guiding lost cells to where they need to be. It’s downloadable for iOS and Android devices, but reviewed on iPad here.
One day, a high school student gets lost walking home one evening and is ambushed by a horde of flying devils. They almost kill him, but some angelic beings come down and bring him back to life and take him back to their heavenly fortress called Celestia. Here, they imbue him with a powerful crystal that makes him a god, and now he must lead an army of angels against a war with devils in this anime-inspired dungeon crawling RPG. It’s actually a sequel of sorts to last year’s The Guided Fate Paradox, but you don’t really need to play the first one to know what’s going on in the sequel, as the stories seem completely unrelated from what I can tell.
Maya the Bee was originally a German children’s book from the early 1900’s. But most people probably remember it as a Japanese anime cartoon from the 1970’s, which was shown on Nick Jr. in the US in the late 80’s and early 90’s. Yeah, back in those days, Nick Jr. showed a lot of children’s anime. And now there is a new computer animated Maya the Bee cartoon and movie. Not sure if the new cartoon is being shown in the US, but I think the movie is coming to video later on. Now you can help young Maya collect honey and rare flowers for her teacher Mrs. Cassandra in Maya the Bee: Flying Challenge. It’s a 3-D continuous runner (flyer?) downloadable for iOS and Android devices (reviewed on iPad here).
Magic Cat Story is a free-to-play puzzle game downloadable for iOS and Android devices (reviewed on iPad here). In the game you help a wizard cat stop an evil magician from turning all the people into animals. But storylines in puzzle games really aren’t that important. To thwart the evil wizard, you must match colored blocks to make them disappear. While most free-to-play puzzle games are similar to Candy Crush or Bejeweled, Magic Cat Story plays more like a falling block puzzler such as Dr. Mario or Puyo Puyo.
Stardust Vanguards is a multiplayer space-themed action game downloadable on Steam for PC. One cool thing about this game is that it was made by local folks (well, local for me and my friend anyway). Speaking of which, I had my friend, Robbie Allen, review this game for me, so please check it out by clicking here!
Boy, what a long name. I bet it’s hard to say all that during a gaming discussion! Anyway, Under Night Etc. is a 2-D one-on-one fighting game made by the same folks who did the Guilty Gear and BlazBlue titles. It’s available for the PlayStation 3. But how does this one stack up against those other series? Read on to find out.