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Betrayal at Baldur’s Gate (Boardgame)

Part story, part game, Betrayal at Baldur’s Gate is never the same game twice. Players start the game exploring the city of Baldur’s Gate. About halfway through the game changes into an entirely new experience when one player becomes the traitor and begins to work at cross purposes to the rest of the players. Neither side knows the other’s winning conditions until the contest is over. Betrayal at Baldur’s Gate takes the gameplay of the popular Betrayal at House on the Hill (released in 2004) and blends it together with a strong Dungeons and Dragons theme. The result is a fun, narrative rich, slightly horror-esque delve into the Forgotten Realms.

 

Betrayal at Baldur’s Gate
Publisher: Avalon Hill / Wizards of the Coast
Ages: 12+
Players: 3-6
Time: 60 minutes
(Review copy provided by Wizards of the Coast)

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King’s Knight: Wrath of the Dark Dragon (iOS, Android)

It’s “Free-to-Play Week” at GamerDad, where we’ll look at free mobile titles all week!  In Final Fantasy XV, some of the characters enjoy talking about and playing a video game in their world called King’s Knight.  And now you can play that game for free on mobile devices (reviewed on iPad here).  But King’s Knight has a bigger history than that.  Read on to find out more!

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Culdcept Revolt (3DS)

Culdcept Revolt brings the “Monopoly meets trading card game” back for another round. Roll to move, but fight monsters instead of purchase properties, and upgrade terrain rather than place houses or hotels. The game does not end end with elimination, it ends when one player collects enough magical power. An enjoyable game if one is willing to look past the somewhat random nature of the dice.

The story of Culdcept Revolt centers around the main character (who has amnesia – surprise!) in a town strictly controlled by a nasty dictator. Your character makes a few friends who band together to try to overthrow the government or at least distract them enough to escape the city to the freedom beyond. Challenge the enemy characters in a Culdcept “duel” as you try to recover your memories and take down “the man.”

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LEGO Dimensions Beetlejuice Fun Pack

Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice!  I remember watching this movie a couple of times when I was a kid, but I haven’t seen it since then. It was pretty popular, though.  So much so that they had a Beetlejuice Saturday morning cartoon when I was a kid as well.  It wasn’t my favorite, but I do remember it being of higher quality than most of the other Saturday morning cartons at the time.  Plus I think I read it won an Emmy.  Now the Ghost with the Most is haunting LEGO Dimensions with the Beetlejuice Fun Pack.  It’s available to play on nearly all current game consoles, but reviewed on Wii U here.

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Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth (Nintendo 3DS)

Yet another foray into the giant tree. Etrian Odyssey V brings back once again the old-school party building, turn based combat, exploration RPG. Form up a party of up to five characters, and delve your way UPWARDS into the giant Yggdrasil (say that three times fast.) Abandoning even the slim storylines of past games, take your party higher and higher into the tree to find the riches within. EOV: Beyond the Myth brings more of the same found in previous games, which is a good thing.

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Drive Girls (Vita)

So there have been plenty of hack and slash games where you play as a scantily clad female, but I don’t think there has been a game where you can do that and transform into a car, too.  Well, that’s exactly what you do in Drive Girls.  Play as a group of ladies who beat up robotic bugs, and also turn into cars in this very strange, very Japanese-y downloadable game for the PS Vita.

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The LEGO Ninjago Movie Video Game (PS4, Xbox One, Switch)

Ninjago is a popular toy line from the building block giants at LEGO.  It features a group of heroic teen ninjas as they battle all sorts of bad guys to defend Ninjago City.  Ninjago has spawned a massive toy line, a TV cartoon series, and now a full-length animated feature film now in theaters!  And now you can play as the characters and relive the action of the new movie with The LEGO Ninjago Movie Video Game.  It’s available for nearly all the current home video game consoles, but reviewed on PS4 here.

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Mystik Belle (PS4, Xbox One, PC)

Belle is a first-year witch student at the Hagmore Academy.  Late one night while practicing fire magic outside her room, a mysterious stranger crashes into her and runs away, and next thing she knows, she’s in trouble for spilling a special brew.  Now she must find ingredients to make the brew again and find out who really spilled it in the first place.  Mystik Belle is a 2-D side scrolling platformer that also has elements of point and click adventures, as you must find items and combine them to bypass obstacles and progress the story along.  The game’s graphics and style look like a 16-bit title, although it also makes me think of something that could’ve been done on the GBA.  With its spooky settings and bosses that include Frankenstein-like monsters, werewolves, and giant spiders, it’s also a good pick to play around Halloween.  Mystik Belle was originally on PC, but WayForward published it to download on PS4 and Xbox One (PS4 version reviewed here).  WayForward didn’t actually make the game, but it does feel like something they would’ve done.

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Hasbro Fun Night (Party Games)

The party game has evolved from the days of Charades and Trivial Pursuit. Here are a pair of games from Hasbro that are less “game” and more “party”, but should supply plenty of laughter.  Speak Out has players trying to pronounce words while their lips are spread apart, and Pour Taste simply challenges players to drink from a cup full of a little bit of everything.

 

 

 

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Ninja Surfer (iOS, Google Play)

What could be cooler than a ninja…surfing on a missile…IN SPACE?  What sounds like an idea for a bored schoolkid’s notebook doodle is now a free-to-play game you can download on iOS and Google Play (reviewed on iPad here).  The game has a bit more of a complicated backstory, but all you need to know is that you’re a ninja riding a missile in space in this 2-D left-to-right continuous flyer.

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