All posts tagged 'Game Reviews'

Turret Rampage (PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, X/S, PC)

Defend yourself against ever encroaching subterranean monsters in Turret Rampage.  Move your turret up and down levels as you fire different shots to take down various foes in this 2-D single screen shooter that mixes tower defense elements into the gameplay.  It’s available on all current consoles and PC, but reviewed on PS4 here.

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nGolf (Switch)

nGolf is a basic top down viewed mini-golf game for Nintendo Switch.  Travel to eight different themed worlds: Egyptian, Ice, Amusement Park, Italian Town, Beach, Farm, Japanese Garden, and Magical Forest.  Each world has eight holes for you to tackle.

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The Legend of Steel Empire (Switch, PS4)

Steel Empire was a 2-D shooter on the SEGA Genesis.  The unique thing about it was the premise, as all the flying vehicles were blimps and steam powered machines.  Kind of a Jules Verne steampunk vibe.  It got remade on the Game Boy Advance and then again on the 3DS.  And now it gets another remake on the Switch (reviewed here) and coming soon to the PS4.

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8 Colors Star Guardians + (Switch, PC)

Giant alien bosses are invading Earth and it’s up to five young heroines to transform into Power Ranger-like characters (complete with their own color) to fight the baddies.  8 Color Star Guardians + lets you choose from 8 bosses in any order, like Mega Man, and then you fight them in turn based RPG fashion.  The game is also presented in only 8 colors, so it reminds me of those old computer monitors.  It’s available on Switch and PC, but reviewed on Switch here.

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Saga of the Moon Priestess (PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, X/S, PC)

My number one favorite Zelda game is Link’s Awakening, so when I got the opportunity to review a game that mimics that Game Boy classic, I was pretty excited.  In Saga of the Moon Priestess, a prince has been kidnapped and you play as a girl who can talk to the moon goddess and must rescue him.  You’ll travel through an overworld and tromp through five different dungeon mazes in top down 2D fashion to get him back.  It’s available on all current consoles and PC, but reviewed on PS4 here.

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The Smurfs: Colorful Stories (Switch)

In the distant past, long before streaming services and 24-hour cartoon channels, there was a thing called Saturday Morning Cartoons.  Kids back then, me included, looked forward to this time because it was one of the only times TV was made just for kids.  And as a child of the 80s, one of the most popular of these cartoons I remember was The Smurfs.  Originally a European comic strip, The Smurfs gained popularity in the US from the Hanna-Barbera cartoon.  I was never a super big fan of it, but I watched it anyway because, one, kids will watch pretty much anything.  And two, it came on right before the Pac-Man cartoon.  In recent years, The Smurfs have had a bit of a resurgence with a handful of computer animated movies and specials, and a new series on Nickelodeon.  And there’s been a few Smurfs video games I’ve reviewed in the past couple of years, like a kart racer and two 3D platformers.  And now the youngest players get their turn on the Switch with The Smurfs: Colorful Stories, a virtual coloring book on the Switch.

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Nephenthesys (PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, X/S, PC)

This is a pretty standard vertically scrolling 2D shooter.  There’s a story here, but it’s not very important.  Just pilot your spaceship as you zap everything that moves and avoid getting hit.  It’s available on all current consoles and PC, but reviewed on PS4 here.

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Suika Game (Switch, Mobile, PC)

Late last year, there was a game that came out on Nintendo Switch that caused a buzz on the Internet, or so they say.  Especially in Japan (Suika means watermelon in Japanese), and people were saying it was “Japan’s hardest game” and such.  I tried to get a review code for it when it initially came out, but never got a response.  But a little while later, Nintendo was offering this game as a free limited time download for subscribers, so I decided to check it out then and write a quick review.  I think you can also play this game on some mobile devices and Internet browsers, but it’s reviewed on Switch here.

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The Smurfs Learn and Play (Switch)

In the distant past, long before streaming services and 24-hour cartoon channels, there was a thing called Saturday Morning Cartoons.  Kids back then, me included, looked forward to this time because it was one of the only times TV was made just for kids.  And as a child of the 80s, one of the most popular of these cartoons I remember was The Smurfs.  Originally a European comic strip, The Smurfs gained popularity in the US from the Hanna-Barbera cartoon.  I was never a super big fan of it, but I watched it anyway because, one, kids will watch pretty much anything.  And two, it came on right before the Pac-Man cartoon.  In recent years, The Smurfs have had a bit of a resurgence with a handful of computer animated movies and specials, and a new series on Nickelodeon.  And there’s been a few Smurfs video games I’ve reviewed in the past couple of years, like a kart racer and two 3D platformers.  And now the youngest players get their turn on the Switch with The Smurfs Learn and Play!  There are four games on here, so let’s take a look at them!

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Reader Review: Dragon Quest Monsters: The Dark Prince (Switch)

Back when I was writing game reviews for The Dallas Morning News, for a long while I was designated the “Pokémon expert.”  One of the perks of this was not only was I able to review all the Pokémon games, but most of the other knock-offs that would come out in the wake of the initial Pokémon craze, I’d get to review those, too.  This included everything from Digimon to Monster Rancher to Dragon Warrior Monsters.  The first Dragon Warrior Monsters title was on the Game Boy Color, and let you train and battle monsters from the popular Dragon Quest RPG franchise.  It was called Dragon Warrior back then in the US because of copyright issues.  Anyway, one of my brothers, Jeff, he was pretty young at the time, yet he LOVED that Dragon Warrior Monsters game I reviewed.  He liked it so much that after I reviewed it, he confiscated the game from me and I never got to play it again!  And he’s never done that before!  Since then he’s enjoyed all the other Dragon Quest Monsters games as well as other spin offs like Dragon Quest Builders and Rocket Slime.  So when Dragon Quest Monsters: The Dark Prince recently came out on Switch, I thought it might be fun to have Jeff review it, for old times sake.  So here’s his review!  –Cary Woodham

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