All posts tagged 'Game Reviews'

Sam & Max: This Time it’s Virtual (Oculus)

OK I’m going to tell you a couple of things about myself that you may or may not already know.  First, I’ve been blind in my left eye since birth.  It doesn’t keep me from doing much, but I can’t drive because my lack of depth perception and peripheral vision wouldn’t be safe.  I also can’t catch thrown objects to me very well, also due to the lack of depth perception, and I can’t see 3-D effects in movies and such.  This means I can’t see the full effects in VR games either.  Anyway, another thing about me is that I’m a big fan of Sam & Max.  Sam is a genial 6-foot tall talking dog wearing a suit, and Max is his maniacal rabbity razor teethed sidekick thing.  Together they dispense their wacky brand of justice as the Freelance Police, and have starred in comic books, point and click video games, and even a Saturday morning cartoon!  And now they have their own VR game with Sam & Max: This Time it’s Virtual.  Even though I can’t use VR to its fullest potential, I just had to play this game since I’m such a big fan of Sam & Max.  So thanks to the help of my brothers and their Oculus Quest, I was able to review it!

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Out of Line (Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC)

Out of Line is one of those games that tells its story without words.  Well I have no choice here so forgive me if this sounds dumb.  Anyway, you play as a dude who looks like the kid from Scribblenauts.  You’re in a hand-drawn mechanical world trying to escape these giant grabber claw hands.  You have to find these glowing blue cubes that attach themselves to trees, and you also meet older versions of yourself.  Early on in the game you get a yellow spear of light that you can throw and do other things with to creatively bypass obstacles in this 2-D puzzle platformer.  Out of Line is available on nearly all current consoles and PC, but reviewed on Switch here.

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Bishoujo Battle Mahjong Solitaire (PS4, PS5, Switch, PC)

I’ve seen the word “Bishoujo” before when referring to anime, but I had no idea what it meant until I looked it up for this review.  Turns out it means “beautiful young lady” so to speak.  Guess that would’ve made for too long of a title for this game, where you play Mahjong Solitaire to unlock outfits for a bevvy of anime ladies, who are also armed with weapons in this one for some reason.  It’s very similar to the Pretty Girls Klondike Solitaire game I reviewed recently, and it’s available on nearly all current game consoles and PC, but reviewed on PS4 here.

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Streets of Rage 4: Mr. X Nightmare DLC (PS4, Switch, Xbox One, PC)

I loved Streets of Rage 4 when it came out last year.  I enjoyed it so much that it won my “Best Arcade Classic Remake” award in my 2020 Game of the Year blog.  So I was happy to find out they had some DLC for it, and even more excited that I got to review it!  This Mr. X Nightmare DLC adds new characters, modes, and other features to this 2-D side scrolling beat ‘em up, and it’s available on most current consoles, but reviewed on PS4 here.

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Mina & Michi (PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, PC)

Mina is a young girl who befriends a monster named Michi.  Together they’ll explore an 8-bit forest maze of the four seasons, solving puzzles and defeating baddies in top down fashion along the way.  Control each character separately, even in single player mode, in this game that’s available for nearly all current game consoles, but reviewed on PS4 here.

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Dariusburst: Another Chronicle EX+ (PS4, Switch)

One of my all time favorite 2-D shooter series is Darius.  I have a lot of memories playing the games, and the first arcade title was three screens long!  It also has one of my favorite video game tunes of all time: the first stage’s Captain NEO.  There’s nothing really special about the series except the bosses are all giant robot fish.  But it just has a style about it that I like for some reason.  The latest in the series is Dariusburst, which believe it or not, actually started out as a mobile game!  Later it got ported to consoles and arcades, each time adding something to the name, which is why the title is so ridiculous now.  And now you can play the arcade version on your PS4 or Switch (reviewed on PS4 here).

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Reader Review: Metroid Zero Mission: Playing My Way to Metroid Dread

Out of the blue my younger brother Nathan send me a review of Metroid Zero Mission for GBA, telling me that he is going to try to play all the Metroid games before Metroid Dread comes out.  So here it is!  Do be sure to read it!  –Cary

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Fly TOGETHER! (Switch)

A couple of years ago I downloaded a game temporarily on sale for the Switch for mere pennies called Conduct TOGETHER!  It was basically a virtual train set where you had to dispatch trains to stations and made sure they didn’t run into each other.  But you were limited to the tracks on the ground.  But now in the sequel, the sky’s the limit with Fly TOGETHER!, where you basically do the same thing, but with airplanes!

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Pretty Girls Klondike Solitaire (PS4, PS5, Switch, PC)

Play solitaire while unlocking outfits for a host of busty anime ladies in Pretty Girls Klondike Solitaire.  It’s available for current PlayStation consoles, Switch, and PC, but reviewed on PS4 here.

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Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX (PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, PC)

We all know Sonic the Hedgehog as SEGA’s beloved mascot.  But did you know that before Sonic came along, SEGA had a roster of other mascots?  One was Opa-Opa, a winged spaceship with feet who starred in the Fantasy Zone series.  Another popular one was Alex Kidd, who starred in a bunch of games for the 8-bit SEGA Master System.  His very first game was Alex Kidd in Miracle World, which was definitely made in response to compete with the more popular NES title Super Mario Bros.  In the game, Alex Kidd uses his giant fist and martial arts skills to save the Radaxian kingdom from the evil Janken in this 2-D platformer.  And now the game has been given a new lease on life with a DX remake featuring enhanced graphics and sound.  It’s available on most current consoles and PC, but reviewed on PS4 here.  So does Alex make good on his second chance?  You’ll just have to read on to find out.

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