The movie Pixels is about classic 80’s video game characters attacking Earth, and now there is a game based on the film (available on Android and iOS, but reviewed on iPad here). You’d think that a game that has Pac-Man, Centipede, Frogger, and Q*bert in it would be monumental, but it’s just yet another tired Tower Defense clone. So it’s not very eventful at all. Kind of like the movie.
Sonic games have almost always been about running as fast as you can from left to right. So it only seems natural that Sonic would star in his own 2-D running game that you see so often on mobile devices. And now he and his pals Tails & Knuckles are in their own runner, as Sonic Runners is a free-to-play game on iOS and Android devices (reviewed on iPad here).
Adventure Time is one of Cartoon Network’s most popular shows, and Puzzle Quest is one of the most famous puzzlers in the past ten or so years. So put them both together as a free-to-play game downloadable for iOS devices, Google Play, and Amazon for Android (reviewed on iPad here), and you get a winner, right? Well, read on and find out!
The 1990’s were kind of a renaissance for educational computer games. I remember reviewing a few for The Dallas Morning News back then, as well as watching my little brothers play a bunch when they were younger as well. But one I hadn’t heard of before was Zoombinis. But that doesn’t make it any less popular, as it was still an award-winning game that taught logic and reasoning problem solving skills through sorting, classification, and a bit of trial and error. And now you can enjoy this classic educational title downloadable on Apple tablet devices.
Back in the 8-bit and 16-bit days, I was really into RPGs about the time I was in high school. Some of my favorites included Final Fantasy 6, Chrono Trigger, Lufia 2, and many others. But once I hit college and the 32-bit era rolled in, I started to lose interest. Part of it was my fault, as college and other commitments took more of my time away. But 32-bit RPGs and beyond were often times bigger, longer, and more meandering. I felt they focused on story and characters more than actual gameplay. But every now and then I do miss those days where I could just veg out for a few hours and play a classic RPG. Luckily now there is Dragon Fantasy, a new downloadable title for Wii U and 3DS, which plays and looks like the RPGs I grew up with.
Back in 2005 I remember going to E3 and seeing a colorful 3-D platformer starring a martial arts cat. The game was called Legend of Kay, and it was a PS2 game published by Capcom I believe. I didn’t get to review the game when it came out, but five years later I did review a Nintendo DS version of the title. So it’s been ten years since the original release, and now you can play the first PS2 game on most modern home consoles (Wii U version reviewed here) with the Legend of Kay Anniversary Edition.
When I went to PAX South earlier this year, a bunch of my little brothers came with me since it was so close to home. While at the PAX show, one of my brothers (Jeff) showed interest in Guild of Dungeoneering, a game that they previewed there. So now that the game is out, I decided to have Jeff take a shot at reviewing it, since he took a liking to it before. My brothers may have different tastes in games than I do, but they still have good tastes in games regardless, so I highly recommend checking out his review by clicking here!
Nintendo has been teaching art, painting, and drawing techniques with their Art Academy games for nearly five years now! But they’ve all been regulated to just their hand-held touch screen systems like the DS and 3DS. There’s even one that teaches you how to draw Pokemon! But now you can enjoy learning art from the comfort of your own home with Art Academy: Home Studio, a downloadable title for Wii U.
Get ready for a really woolly math game! In Divide by Sheep, you must help flocks of sheep hop across islands and make it to a life raft. But you must have the correct number of sheep on the raft to earn a star (up to three stars in a level). But watch out because there are obstacles every step of the way that can dwindle your number of sheep, like smaller islands, hungry wolves, and even lasers that can cut your flock in half…literally! Divide by Sheep is a downloadable title for iOS devices and Steam (reviewed on iPad here).