This is a 2-D platformer featuring Mexican art, music, and themes. Play as the title character as he runs, jumps, slides, slashes cactus monsters, and farts his way to the end of each level to save the day! Viva Sancho Villa is downloadable on iOS devices and Google Play, but reviewed on iPad here.
Kung-Fu Sheep is a free-to-play 2-D arcade action game that plays like a continuous runner, but reminded me more of arcade classics like Son Son or Psycho Soldier (sorry if I got a little too hardcore there). Run and jump to collect gold and defeat enemies to get a high score. It’s available to download on mobile devices, but reviewed on iPad here.
As a guy with six brothers and no sisters, I never had much exposure to Barbie toys. I remember as a kid seeing toy commercials for Barbie’s sister Skipper, but it turns out she has two other sisters as well. See, video games do teach you stuff. So anyway, it seems as though Barbie and her three sisters have started a puppy rescue business (they must have rich parents), and now you can help them find lost puppies, give them checkups, clean them, and find them new homes! Barbie and Her Sisters Puppy Rescue is available for Wii U, 3DS, Wii, 360, and PS3, but reviewed on Wii U here.
Ninja Strike: Dangerous Dash is a continuous runner just like what you’d find on a mobile device. In fact I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s where this game started. But thanks to Natsume, now you can download it on your Wii U. Play as a ninja and run as far as you can while defeating and avoiding enemies, as well as nabbing treasure, coins, and power-ups.
When I was a kid in the 80’s, Care Bears were pretty popular for a little while. They even had a couple of animated movies! (And the first one was surprisingly dark if I remember correctly.) Well, apparently the Care Bears are still around, because now you can play a free Match-3 puzzler featuring the Bears who don’t wear their emotions on their sleeves, but on their bellies instead! One day, Grumpy Bear was in such a bad mood that he accidentally caused a storm to split up Care-A-Lot! Now you must help Grumpy piece the land back together somehow by matching the different symbols on the Care Bears’ bellies, similar to other games like Bejeweled or Candy Crush. Care Bears: Belly Match is available to download on iOS and Android devices, but reviewed on iPad here.
Combining much of the best of past years with some new improvements, the newest Disney Infinity game is a worthy successor. In its third year, and creatively titled Disney Infinity 3.0, it is the newest incarnation of one of the two powerhouses of the hybrid toy figurine-videogame hybrids. Whereas the Skylander line has focused on unique characters and an engaging storyline, Disney Infinity relies on its huge back catalogue of well-known characters to bring into its game. Just in time for the upcoming movie release, Infinity version 3.0 has the pleasure of presenting the Star Wars universe.
Race the Sun is one of those 3-D endless runners/flyers that’s all the rage now on mobile devices and such. You pilot a solar powered flying machine and must glide as far as you can without crashing into anything or staying in the shade too long, causing you to stop completely. But be careful as the sun is setting, and the shadows get longer and bigger. How long can you last against the sun? Race the Sun has been available on PC for a while, but now you can download it on Wii U as well, which is the console I’m reviewing it on.
There hasn’t really been a very good Sonic the Hedgehog game in the past 10 years or so. Sonic Generations and Sonic 4 almost got it, but they weren’t quite there. So if you miss the classic 2-D Sonic games of old, you’re in luck. There’s a new game in town that plays like those classics, and it’s not even made by Sonic Team or SEGA! The game is Freedom Planet, and it’s a fast-action 2-D platformer with lots of loops and thrills and awesome bosses! It was a hit last year on Steam, and now you can download it on the Wii U as well. It’s a perfect fit on the Wii U system, and that’s the console I played it on for this review.
When I was a kid, I was big into Transformers. I played with the toys and watched the old cartoon from the 80’s. It took nearly 30 years for us to get a GOOD Transformers video game, and even then, they weren’t based on the toys and cartoon I loved. But now, finally, there is a game based on the cartoon I watched as a kid, and it even has many of the same voice actors, too! Transformers: Devastation is a 3-D action game from famed game makers Platinum, and it’s reviewed on 360 here. It could almost be called, “Cary’s Childhood: The Game.”
Right in the middle of Toon Week, and we’re going to look at a game based on one of the most popular Japanese anime cartoons of all time: Dragon Ball Z! The newest game based on the popular animated series: Extreme Butoden, is now available on the 3DS from Namco Bandai! It’s a 2-D, one-on-one fighter from Arc System Works, makers of other great 2-D fighters like BlazBlue and Guilty Gear!