Planes: Fire & Rescue is based on the Disney film of the same name. Help Dusty Crophopper and his airplane and helicopter friends as they use teamwork and bravery to put our fires and rescue others at Piston Park. The game is available for 3DS, Wii U, and Wii, but reviewed on 3DS here.
Over the years, Pokemon has had many imitators. One of the best and most prolific is Digimon. Like Pokemon, Digimon has had several games and even a pretty good cartoon. Now Digimon is back on the Xbox 360 and PS3 with an arena style battle fighting action game (reviewed on 360 here). The Digital World has been at peace for a long time, and the Digimon monsters are getting bored. So to keep them in top fighting shape, they hold a battle tournament to see who is the best Digimon of them all!
LEGO videogames are known for their freeform exploration gameplay, their tongue in cheek humor, and their vast assortment of playable characters. Batman 3: Beyond Gotham supplies all those things with a bit more to boot. Join Batman and the Justice League as they battle Brainiac’s evil plans to use the various colors of Lanterns (green, yellow, red, etc…) to obtain ultimate power (is there any other power worth getting?) Beyond Gotham manages to use the best bits of previous LEGO games rather than trying to “improve” upon what has gone before. Thus, fans of the series should be happy with its implementation, and new LEGO gamers are treated to some of the most entertaining videogame series around.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have been famous with kids since, well, I was young. And now there is a popular new TMNT computer animated TV series on Nickelodeon. This game is based on that series. When Donatello picks up traces of a new super mutagen, it’s up to the four heroes in a half shell to find it before Shredder and the Kraang aliens do! Danger of the Ooze is a single player 2-D platformer/beat em up that plays quite a bit like an old school Metroid game! It’s available on Xbox 360, PS3, and 3DS, but reviewed on 360 here.
A medieval kingdom is being invaded by monsters, and it’s up to a brave wizard to save the day with…math? Is he a mathamagician? Har har! Anyway, help the wizard zap the monsters with number spells in this game that’s similar to Plants vs Zombies, but with math! Originally available on Steam, now you can play it on iPad and iPhone, too (reviewed here on iPad).
Help a cute red-headed female scientist maneuver a tiny robot through mazes in this downloadable puzzler for Wii U. Guide the little Psychobot by tapping on the Wii U gamepad to move him around the maze-like levels (you can also use the Wii U Pro Controller or Wii remote). Psychobot can suck up a limited supply of blocks by tapping on them, and carry them around to use later to solve puzzles and bypass obstacles.
Videogaming has its rockstar designers like Sid Meier, John Romero, and Shigeru Miyamoto. Boardgaming has its own list of elite designers and Uwe Rosenberg is among them. Best known for two games, the popular family game, Bohnanza, and his deeper strategy game, Agricola. Agricola is ranked the fourth most popular boardgame at BoardGameGeek.com even though it released seven years ago. Rosenberg has produced a few titles since Agricola, but his newest, Caverna, returns to many of the mechanics and themes of Agricola. While it doesn’t quite reach the heights of gaming seen in Agricola, Caverna is a solid title and may be a better choice for those looking for a title where a player can make mistakes and still be able to bounce back.
Big Hero 6 is Disney’s newest computer animated feature film, and it’s like watching a rollicking two-hour long Saturday morning cartoon. Now you can continue the adventures of Hiro, Baymax, and the rest of the gang on the 3DS. This game isn’t based directly on the film, but rather a continuation of it. Battle bots are wreaking havoc on San Fransokyo, and it’s up to Hiro, Baymax, and their college friends to suit up and save the day once again in this 2-D action brawler platformer.
There are educational activities that are presented as games, and games that are designed to be educational. Far too often, the former makes its way to the marketplace rather than the latter. This results in a negative attitude toward any game marked as “educational.” Thankfully, the series of games entitled “Timeline” contain an entertaining game while also stealthily teaching history.
Power Rangers have been delighting kids and fans of campy action on television and movies ever since the 90’s! And the basis for the show has been around much longer, as it originated in Japan in the 70’s! I can’t believe Power Rangers is still on TV, but apparently it is. And now you can join the adventures with Power Rangers: Super Megaforce, a simple arcade action brawler for Nintendo 3DS.