All posts tagged 'Game Reviews'

The Adventure Pals (PS4, Switch, Xbox One, PC)

You have to wonder if the developers of The Adventure Pals wanted to make a game based on the Adventure Time cartoon, or were at least inspired by it.  You play as a boy who lives in a weird cartoon world and uses a sword to dispatch crazy enemies.  For your birthday you get a magical yellow giraffe with a stretchy neck, but soon after that, your grandpa gets kidnapped by Mr. B., who wants to turn all the senior citizens into hot dogs…for some reason.  So you and your giraffe set out on a 2-D platforming adventure to save him.  My brother Jeff says the game looks like something you could play on Newgrounds as well, which sounds about right.  Anyway, The Adventure Pals is available to download on PS4, Switch, Xbox One, and PC, but reviewed on PS4 here.

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Lode Runner Legacy (Switch, PC)

When I was a kid back in the 80’s, my first gaming system was actually a computer, an Apple ][+ to be exact.  I played a lot of games on it, especially ones like Spare Change and Aquatron.  Another one of my favorites was Lode Runner.  When this game was brought to the Famicom (Japanese Nintendo), it was one of the first third-party games to sell a million copies!  So Lode Runner certainly has a legacy with both me and the rest of the gaming world.  And now you can download and play a new version of it on the Switch and PC (reviewed on Switch here).

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ClusterPuck 99 (Switch, Xbox One, PC)

ClusterPuck 99 is a sports game that’s like a hybrid of hockey and soccer.  Because of all the different maps and arenas, it also reminds me of Atari’s classic 2600 game Combat.  It certainly has an old school arcade feel to it, anyway.  So why the ’99?”  Well when I talked to the developers who made ClusterPuck 99 at PAX South, they said they put the 99 on the end because NHL 99 was the greatest hockey game ever.  Anyway, up to eight players can compete in this downloadable game for Switch, Xbox One, and PC (reviewed on Switch here).

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Rogue Aces (Switch, PS4, PS Vita)

When the bad guys come calling, nothing better than an aerial frontal assault! Take control of a fighter/bomber and fight off incoming ships, planes, and tanks in arcade or campaign modes. Rogue Aces is a side-scrolling airplane combat game with some roguelike attributes. Use your guns, missiles, and bombs to attack air, land, and sea targets. Satisfy the mission parameters to clear an area and progress to the next level. Rogue Aces is a fun little shoot-em up that is enhanced by its campaign options.

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Gravity Dash (iOS, Android, Windows Store)

Gravity Dash is yet another continuous runner on mobile devices (reviewed on iPad here), but this one has a twist.  You can run on the ground, and on the ceilings to avoid obstacles.  Jump by simply tapping on the screen, and hold down to jump higher.  While during a jump, if you tap on the screen again, you’ll flip over and start running on the ceiling (or ground if you’re already upside down).

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Cartoon Network Match Land (iOS, Android)

Your favorite Cartoon Network characters have gathered for a food festival, but food-based monsters have retaliated so you must team up to stop them in this match three puzzle battle game.  It plays similarly to other games like Puzzle & Dragons, and is a free-to-play download on iOS and Android devices (reviewed on iPad here).  You’ll see characters and restaurants from your favorite new Cartoon Network shows, including Steven Universe, Adventure Time, We Bare Bears, and more!

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Penny-Punching Princess (Switch, PS Vita)

Sometimes you gotta fight the bad guy, but if they’re so bad couldn’t you just pay them off? Penny-Punching Princess has you fighting and bribing your way through the bad guys to reclaim your rightful title, lost by your father’s poor financial skills. It’s an action rouge-like title with the twist that you can bribe enemies (and obstacles) such they they fight for you instead.

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Mowy Lawn (iOS)

Spring is in full force, and for many that means having to mow the lawn again!  Get ready for it by playing this free-to-play mobile game about mowing the lawn.  Yes, really!  There’s a game for everything now!  The graphics and title are probably a parody of another popular mobile game called Crossy Road, but I don’t think they’re both made by the same folks.  Speaking of Crossy Road, if you want to play a good mobile Pac-Man game by the same people who made Crossy Road, then try out Pac-Man 256.

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Spirit Island (Boardgame)

Sometimes the whole metaphorical peanut butter and chocolate combination sneaks up on you and surprises you with you didn’t even know you were missing. Spirit Island, the cooperative settler-destruction strategy game is not for the faint of heart, but it distills nearly all my favorite boardgame elements into a single game. Cooperative game? Check. Asymmetric (each player has different powers) Gameplay ? Check. Deckbuilding? Check. Player Development (increase in power during the game?) Check. Simultaneous player decisions? Check. Multiple scenarios or options for play? Double, Triple, & Quadruple Check. Quick to play, easy to learn, a great fit for any crowd?….. well, you can’t have everything. For gamers willing to put up with a bit of a learning curve (really only a game or two), Spirit Island offers a deeply strategic, cooperative game with plenty of variations to explore.

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Bombslinger (Switch, Xbox One, PC)

A Wild West bank robber has a posse after him, but when they go too far and torch his ranch home and kill his wife, he sets out for revenge by bombing everything in sight.  Run around mazes, placing bombs that explode in four directions to blow up obstacles and defeat enemies.  If this sounds like Bomberman, that’s because it’s nearly EXACTLY like Bomberman, just with a western theme.  It’s available to download on Switch, Xbox One, and PC, but reviewed on Switch here.

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