Back in the late Summer/early Fall, Nintendo released a new batch of 3DS StreetPass mini-games. I didn’t get them right when they came out because I didn’t have an opportunity to get out with a bunch of 3DS users to really take advantage of the StreetPass capabilities. But a couple of weeks ago I went to PAX South, so I finally had a reason to download these games and try them out. You can download the games separately, or in a bundle for less than ten bucks, so it wasn’t that bad. The games are pretty small, so I thought it would be fun to do a mini-review of each game per day this week. So we’ll start with Slot Car Rivals!
Shift DX is a downloadable platform puzzle game for the Nintendo 3DS. Each single screen puzzle room requires you to reach a door to exit the level, and that’s it. But in order to do so, you’ll have to shift the playfield so the floors become ceilings and vice versa.
Toby’s friends have all been imprisoned in little cages and taken away to a mine by baddies, and it’s up to Toby to save them. Toby: The Secret Mine is a 2-D platformer adventure with silhouette style graphics and gameplay similar to Limbo. In fact, if Toby didn’t have those big horns or ears sticking out of his head, I probably wouldn’t be able to tell much difference (although it’s not quite as creepy and the backgrounds aren’t as dark either). It’s available to download on Wii U, Xbox One, PC, and mobile devices, but reviewed on Wii U here.
Super Mario Run is kind of a big deal because it’s the first time in a long while that Nintendo has made a game for another platform. Sure they did Miitomo last year, but that was more of a social app and a scaled down version of Tomodatchi Life, and Pokemon GO was a joint venture. But this is an actual true game starring Nintendo’s most beloved mascot. It plays nearly like what you think it would, as a continuous runner starring Mario. He constantly runs forward in typical Mario themed worlds, and you just tap the screen to make him jump over obstacles. It’s available for iOS devices, but reviewed on iPad here, because I can’t imagine playing this game on a tiny cell phone screen.
The Little Acre is a point and click adventure with hand-drawn graphics, so it kind of has a Willy Beamish feel to it. You play as father Aiden and daughter Lilly, who live on a small farm with Aiden’s dad. His dad is an inventor and has made a portal to another dimension. One day, he goes missing and Aiden searches for him and discovers the portal machine. When Lilly wakes up and finds her dad missing, too, she goes after them as well. It’s up to you to help reunite them and bring them back home. It’s available to download on the PS4, Xbox One, and PC, but reviewed on PS4 here.
BlazBlue is a series of popular 2-D fighting games by Arc System Works, makers of other well-known fighters like Guilty Gear. Now the latest in the BlazBlue series is available to play on Sony’s current home consoles, but reviewed on PS4 here.
Feist is a physics-based 2-D platform action game with puzzle elements. You play as a little furry critter who has been captured by larger furry critters. Now you must escape from your cage and survive a harsh forest wilderness where everything is out to get you. The graphics look like everything is in shadows, similar to Limbo (though not near as scary). Feist is available to download on PS4, Xbox One, and PC, but reviewed on PS4 here.
I’m a huge fan of classic Namco arcade games, like Pac-Man, Galaga, Dig Dug, etc. So when I saw a new Galaga game on my iPad and it was free to play, I just had to check it out and review it. It’s available on iOS, Android, and Google Play, but reviewed on iPad here.
This past Fall, one of the big hit movies was Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which is based in the Harry Potter universe. I actually saw it with my brother and his girlfriend in the theater, mainly so I could review this game better. My brother and his girlfriend are big Harry Potter fans, so they really enjoyed the movie. I’m not as big of a fan of Harry Potter, so I didn’t like it as much as they did. However, I did enjoy playing out parts from the movie in LEGO form with the Fantastic Beasts Story Pack for LEGO Dimensions way more than watching the movie. It’s available for nearly all the current game consoles, but reviewed on Wii U here. This review covers both the Story Pack and Fun Pack.
As a parent looking for games to play with my kids, I am always impressed at the quality and durability of titles from HABA. With quality cardboard and wooden parts, they sometimes aren’t cheap (although these titles are relatively inexpensive) but components are first rate. While my oldest child is now able to play more strategic games with dad, he still enjoys playing these when we get together for a family gaming moment with the entire family. Here’s a few HABA games I’ve played in the past few months, starting with my favorites.