All posts tagged 'Game Reviews'

Bonito Days (Switch)

In the Super Monkey Ball games, there are usually a large selection of multiplayer mini-games that are just as fun as the main game themselves.  One favorite is Monkey Target.  Who doesn’t like Monkey Target?  In that one, you roll your monkey in a ball down a ramp, launch it in the air, and make it glide to a target below for points.  Bonito Days takes that premise and expands upon it with a bit of Katamari Damacy weirdness thrown in.

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SkateBIRD (Switch, Xbox One, PC)

Back in the late 90’s, extreme sports games like Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater were huge.  But I never understood the draw of them.  That is until I reviewed Disney Skate Adventure, which was made by the same folks who did the Tony Hawk games.  Disney Skate Adventure was actually one of the first games I reviewed at GamerDad, and I finally understood the draw of these types of games after playing it.  You got to skate with familiar characters like Buzz Lightyear and cub Simba, and skate around locations like Pizza Planet and the Elephant Graveyard.  It was a lot of fun, so I’m more open to try unusual skateboard games now!  Which brings us to SkateBIRD, where you can play as small birds who have traded flying for skating, and you can shred around skate parks like a giant bedroom!  It’s about as weird as Fight Crab, and really put the ‘hawk’ in Tony Hawk!  It’s available on some consoles and PC, but reviewed on Switch here.

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Centipede: Recharged (Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox X/S, Atari VCS, PC)

Even though Centipede isn’t one of my top favorite classic arcade games, I have a lot of good memories associated with it because it’s a game my dad would play a lot when we’d go to arcades as a family back in the day.  I also have a lot of respect for the game because it was co-designed by a lady programmer and was one of the first games to have a larger female fan base.  And now you can play an updated version of this classic with Centipede: Recharged.  It’s available on pretty much all current game consoles and PC, but reviewed on Switch here.

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Crisis Wing (PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, PC)

Crisis Wing is a 2-D vertically scrolling shooter with pixel graphics that imitate what you might’ve seen in arcades back in the late 80s and early 90s.  Although I think it’s still a brand new game, not an arcade classic.  But then, those kinds of games were a dime a dozen back then, so I can’t remember them all.  Anyway, one or two players can shoot everything that moves, while avoiding spacecraft and projectiles.  It’s available to play on most current consoles and PC, but reviewed on PS4 here.

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Poker Pretty Girls Battle: Texas Hold’em (PS4, PS5, Switch)

Play Texas Hold’em poker against a group of cute anime ladies in Poker Pretty Girls Battle.  It’s available on modern PlayStation systems and Switch, but reviewed on PS4 here.  There are two main modes of play. In Pretty Mode, you’ll challenge one of the girls and two random characters and if you win, you’ll earn a piece of a picture puzzle.  There is also a Free-Play Mode where you can just play against who you want.

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Puzzle Bobble 3D: Vacation Odyssey (PS4, PS5, PSVR, Oculus)

I freaking love Bubble Bobble.  And its spinoff puzzle games, Puzzle Bobble, is one of my top three favorite puzzle game series of all time alongside Super Puzzle Fighter 2 Turbo and just plain ol’ Tetris.  Puzzle Bobble is also sometimes called Bust-A-Move, by the way.  Anyway, I was really curious when I found out there was a 3-D version of Puzzle Bobble coming out, and even more excited that I got to review it!  Puzzle Bobble 3D: Vacation Odyssey has a VR component, too, so you can play it on PSVR or Oculus.  But you don’t HAVE to have VR to enjoy it either, so it’s also playable on regular current PlayStation consoles (reviewed on PS4 here).

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Love Colors (Switch, PC, Mobile)

Love Colors is a pixel art paint by numbers game.  Choose from several categories of pictures, including food and animals, and paint them square by square.  There are tons of pictures to paint, and even more you can buy through DLC.  It’s available on Switch, PC, and mobile devices, but reviewed on Switch here.

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Boulder Dash Deluxe (Switch, Xbox, Atari VCS, PC, Mobile)

I’m such a staunch console gamer now that you might be surprised to learn that when I was a kid, I started out playing home games on computer.  Our first PC was an Apple ][+, and outside of arcades, that’s where I played most of my games until I got an Atari 5200.  One of the games I remember playing on that old computer was Boulder Dash.  It was an action puzzle game that was kind of like Dig Dug in that you dug through the earth, collecting gems while trying not to get squished by falling boulders.  And now you can revisit that classic with Boulder Dash Deluxe.  It’s really just more of the same from Boulder Dash 30th Anniversary that I reviewed last year.  It almost seems like an expansion pack in a way. But you get new levels, settings, and even stages taken directly from the classic game!  It’s available for many of today’s current consoles, PC, and mobile devices, but reviewed on Switch here.

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Knockout Home Fitness (Switch)

With candy and food holidays coming up like Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, it may be a good time to beef up your fitness routine.  Maybe with a video game?  This exercise game takes many cues from Nintendo’s own Fitness Boxing series and adds martial arts moves, kicks, and stances into the mix.  Choose a virtual trainer and do daily routines once per day, or try exercises that are around 3 minutes in length anytime you want.  You can also track your progress on the calendar.

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Gloomhaven (PC, MacOS, Boardgame)

Several years ago, Glooomhaven burst onto the boardgame scene to wide acclaim.  Quickly selling out and then reprinted, this boardgame currently sits at number 1 on the Boardgame Geek list of all-time best boardgames.  It is a beast of a game, weighing in at about 20 pounds of cardboard, cards, and plastic miniatures.  While the heart of the game comes in tactical battle scenarios, playable in an hour or two, the overarching story includes role-playing aspects like character growth and branching storylines to provide gamers with upwards of 150 hours of game time. As a “legacy game” the game includes envelopes and boxes that are sealed at first and are opened up as the game is played.  While it has won the hearts of many gamers, a common complaint is simply how much time it takes to set up a new scenario.  Cue… a digital version.  Gloomhaven is now available in digital form on Steam and GoG. 

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