Style Savvy is a fashion designer video game published by Nintendo. The newest entry in the series, Fashion Forward, was recently released on 3DS. Ali Capasso, a good friend of mine and also an accomplished elementary school teacher, reviewed this game for me. She’s also the wife of Leroy Capasso, another very good friend of mine who has written reviews here for me before. Anyway, Ali is a huge fan of the Style Savvy games, so you’ll definitely want to click here to read her review!
I’m a big fan of stop motion and clay animation. In fact, I even took a class on it once and now I have lots more respect for the folks who do that kind of stuff for movies and whatnot. Which is why I keep my eye out on what Laika does. Laika is a studio which has made stop motion movies such as Caroline, ParaNorman, and Boxtrolls. Their newest feature, Kubo and the Two Strings, takes elements form Japanese folklore and while the plot is a bit predictable, it’s still fun and visually stunning. Sadly, the mobile game tie-in, Kubo: A Samurai Quest, is yet another match-three puzzler, but I had to take a look at it anyway out of curiosity. It’s available free-to-play on iOS and Google Play, but reviewed on iPad here.
If you enjoy feeding and dressing up virtual pet cats by playing a match-three puzzle game, then Fancy Cats is for you! It’s a free-to-play mobile title (reviewed on iPad here). There are two parts to this game. You keep your cats in a garden where you can dress and feed them with various items you’ve earned by playing match-three puzzle missions in the square.
In the future, the last plant on Earth struggles to stay alive, but it needs sunlight. Unfortunately, the plant is at the bottom of a crystal-filled chasm, and the only way to it to obtain some sun is if the crystals reflect the light to it. In this free-to-play downloadable game, you must slice crystals on the touch screen so the angles will reflect the light so it reaches the plant. But it’s harder than it sounds! Gleam: Last Light is available for iOS and Android devices, but reviewed on iPad here.
A man who was toiling hard on a blueprint drawing has fallen asleep on his work, and now he dreams that he’s in the blueprint, running away from a giant red marker out to get him! Help him get to the end of each page by tapping on the screen to erase objects on the blueprint to clear a safe path in this physics-based puzzler. It’s available to download for free on iOS and Android devices, but reviewed on iPad here.
Play as a slime creature as you fling sticky tentacles around and swing about a cavernous forest landscape. Make it to the end and grab a shiny thing to complete the level. It’s available to download for about three bucks on the App store (reviewed on iPad here).
Rooms of Doom is a new free-to-play mobile game from the makers of Crossy Road and Pac-Man 256 (reviewed on iPad here). In the game, a mad scientist creates mutant minion creatures and tests them to see if they are worthy of being his minions by making them run through obstacle-filled rooms. These rooms resemble 2-D challenges from other platformers and mobile games. Survive as long as you can to boost your score and collect coins so you can make new minions and build new rooms for them to ‘play’ in!
One of the cool things about the Xbox 360 was that amateur game makers could create games for it that you could download later on under their ‘indie games’ section. Many of these games were quite amateurish, but there were some standout gems. One was a Japanese game called Protect Me Knight. It was an 8-bit styled, action oriented tower-defense game. It was made by famed video game composer Yuzo Koshiro and his team at Ancient, so you know the tunes were good. Actually the whole game was fantastic, and it was one of my favorite multiplayer Xbox LIVE titles on the 360. And now, about five years later, we finally get a sequel in Gotta Protectors, a downloadable title on the Nintendo 3DS!
It may look like your typical free-to-play match-three mobile puzzler, but Dots & Co. has a few gameplay elements that separate it from the rest of the bunch. Clear out same-colored adjacent dots by connecting them to one another on the touch screen, and they’ll disappear. There’s actually been two “Dots” games before this one, but I’ve never played them so I don’t know what’s new or added to this one. It’s available free to download on iOS and Google Play, but reviewed on iPad here.
What is it with tadpoles and music in video games? First it was Super Mario RPG, and now this! OK, maybe that was too obscure of a reference for an introduction. Anyway, in this game, you play as a young tadpole named Baton. She swims too far away from her frog family and gets snatched up by a pelican. She escapes, but now must swim downstream back to her pond in this downloadable music/rhythm action game for Wii U.