A (not so) long time ago in a galaxy (not too) far, far away, LEGO Star Wars came out and pretty much launched the massively successful LEGO movie-based video game line. Now the series is returning to the franchise that started it all with LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens, based on the newest film. Join Rey, BB-8 and the rest of the gang as they play out scenes from the movie in LEGO form, which also features some new gameplay modes and sidequests that flesh out the characters and storyline of the Star Wars universe. It’s available for practically every game playing device on the market right now, but reviewed on Wii U here.
Final Fantasy is Square-Enix’s most popular RPG franchise, but they have another RPG staple that’s pretty well-known as well, called the “Mana” series. These are generally action-RPG titles, similar to Zelda. While most people in the US may be familiar with the Mana games because of Secret of Mana on the Super Nintendo, that wasn’t actually the first game in the Mana series. The first was actually on the old black and white Game Boy, and in the US it was called Final Fantasy Adventure. They probably called it that because of name recognition to help it sell (and it also had moogles and chocobos in it).
Four opposing countries have turned their island continent into a war-torn battlefield, and hired mercenaries protect the land rather than chivalrous knights. You lead a squad of these mercenaries as you take quests from a guild on this continent. Grand Kingdom is a game that mixes strategy, RPG, and action, and it’s available for the PS4 and Vita (reviewed on Vita here).
Kingdom Hearts is one of the most popular game series for developer Square-Enix, and now the latest game in the lineup is a free-to-play title on iOS and Android devices (reviewed on iPad here). The games successfully merge Disney stars and worlds with famous Final Fantasy game characters in a fun and colorful action RPG. This new game is supposed to take place in the storyline before any of the others, although I really couldn’t tell. You’ll first design and create your very own Keyblade warrior’s look and outfit, and then send them off on a touchscreen adventure!
The Skylanders video games started the whole toys-to-life games phenomenon, where you scan actual toys to play as them in the games. They’ve become extremely popular over the years and I’ve been lucky enough to review all of the main games here at GamerDad! And now Skylanders is gearing to take over collectable card games, too! Now you can buy Skylanders: Battlecast cards and booster packs in stores, and play a new card battle game for free on iOS, Google Play, and the Amazon Appstore (reviewed on iPad here).
There is a little-known series of music games by Nintendo called Rhythm Heaven, yet they have a cult following. The series first appeared on the Game Boy Advance in Japan only, but also globally on the DS and Wii. A couple of weeks ago during E3, Nintendo surprised everyone by releasing the newest game in the lineup: Rhythm Heaven Megamix, as a downloadable title on the 3DS eShop in the US!
Get ready for one of the weirdest game combos this year! Pocket Card Jockey is a cross between a fast-paced Solitaire game and…horse racing?!? Yup, and not only is it one of the weirdest games this year, it’s also one of the most addicting. So much so that after I downloaded the free demo on the 3DS eShop, I forked over the seven bucks it costs for the whole game! And I enjoyed it so much that I decided to review it, too!
A young boy named Kick wakes up from hypersleep in a futuristic world full of rampaging robots. Luckily he finds a friendly flying robot named Fennick as well as a giant ray gun that’s almost as big as the boy himself. Together they’ll explore high-tech landscapes in 2-D platforming fashion. While Kick can use his giant ray gun to shoot cracked walls and angry robots, he’ll mostly use the strong recoil of the gun to launch himself high in the air to bypass obstacles and reach far-off places. Kick & Fennick is downloadable on the Wii U, PS4, Vita, and Xbox One, but reviewed on Wii U here.
Paranautical Activity is a classic styled FPS game that also mixes elements of ‘roguelike’ dungeons, as the mazes, rooms, and enemy placements are randomly generated each time you play. You’ll shoot down all manner of spooky enemies including devils, flying shadowy sea turtle things, giant spiders, and much more. It’s available to download on most current gen game systems, but reviewed on PS Vita here.
Who says you can’t learn anything from video games? After playing this jigsaw puzzle title, I learned that Mandie Manzano is an artist whose fantasy paintings have a distinct stained-glass look to them. And now you can do virtual jigsaw puzzles of her paintings, including new ones, with this free-to-play app for iOS devices (reviewed on iPad here).