All posts tagged 'Game Reviews'

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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NMBR 9 (Boardgame)

With the blocky-ness of Minecraft and Roblox, why not a boardgame with blocky numbers from 0 to 9? NMBR 9 has players stacking up number tiles on top of each other to reach a high score. Tiles are worth more the higher they are in the stack, but numbers can only be stacked if they are completely supported by tiles underneath. NMBR 9 is a great little relaxing game with simple rules and since players are always building on their own number stack there is no antagonistic play.

 

 

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Octahedron (PS4, Xbox One, PC)

Late one night, a man ventures from his log cabin into the woods.  In the middle of the forest he finds a giant glowing floating Octahedron.  An Octahedron is a 3-D 8-sided shape.  I didn’t know that until I played this game.  And who says video games aren’t educational?  Anyway, instead of running away from it like a sane person would do, this man does something stupid and actually touches it.  Then he starts glowing and his head turns into an Octahedron, and he falls through an abyss in the ground.  Honestly I don’t think this kind of game needs a background story, but there you go.  In the game, you are a glowing stick man and must jump through 2-D vertically scrolling platform levels.  But you have a unique skill that can help you out.  You can create platforms under your feet so you can jump higher and bypass obstacles.  Octahedron is available to download on PS4, Xbox One, and PC, but reviewed on PS4 here.

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My Arcade BurgerTime Micro Player

 

 

The nostalgia factor is strong over here at GamerDad. It is hard to get more nostalgic than an upright coin-operated arcade machine. While the dream of owning your own arcade may be hard to achieve, you can create a little mini-arcade on your desk using the line of arcade Micro Players by Data East. While the current crop of available titles is pretty slim (BurgerTime reviewed here) they make an excellent desk toy that is attractive, working arcade cabinet.

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Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse (Switch, Wii U, PS4, Xbox One, 3DS, PC)

Ever since the very first game on Game Boy Color (which I still have), I’ve always been a fan of the Shantae game series.  And now my second favorite game in the series is now on Nintendo Switch!  (my first favorite is still the original game).  So here’s a quick review of Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse.  In the game, you play as Shantae, a half-human, half-genie who uses her powers to protect her home of Scuttle Town.  But in the previous game, she was stripped of her genie powers by her arch rival, female pirate Risky Boots.  But now Risky has come back with a proposition for Shantae: help her dispel the pirate’s curse that has taken Risky’s crew, and Shantae may get her powers back.  So now Shantae and Risky must work together in this 2-D platform game adventure.

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Codenames: Marvel and Disney Family Edition (Boardgame)

The party deduction game, Codenames, continues to be wildly popular: spinning off a Pictures version, a two-player Duet version, and now USAopoly has licensed to to create a Marvel and a Disney Family edition. Rather than giving clues and guessing words, the new editions come with cards containing full color art of the two different themes. While Marvel serves as a fun version for fans of the comics and movies, the Disney Family Edition makes the game even more accessible to the younger set and is worth a look for families of even younger grade school children.

 

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Mercenary Kings Reloaded (Switch, XBox 1, PS Vita, PS4, PC)

Mercenary Kings Reloaded is a challenging (but fun) retro side scrolling shooter where players shoot first, ask questions later, oh and pick up any loot that was dropped. Four player local multiplayer is supported via splitscreen, making this a great fast-playing multiplayer game (particularly on Switch, reviewed here.) Players team up to accomplish timed missions (rescue, elimination, collection) which reward characters with cash money and materials to collect. Players can use materials (and cash) at the home base to improve their weapons, armor, and even personal upgrades. The game doesn’t roam far from its roots of dodge bullets and shoot everything that moves, but that’s a good thing.

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Scribblenauts Showdown (PS4, Switch, Xbox One)

Scribblenauts is a very creative game series where you can type in any word to make it appear on screen, and then you use what you create to solve puzzles and overcome obstacles in a 2-D platform world.  Later games in the series even let you join forces with DC superheroes!  And now you can play against each other in this multiplayer party entry Scribblenauts Showdown!  It’s available for PS4, Switch, and Xbox One, but reviewed on PS4 here.  The whole thing kind of reminds me of a mix of Mario Party and Scattegories!

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American Girl World (iOS, Android)

American Girl is a popular line of toy dolls, and now you can read about their adventures with the new free-to-play American Girl World app.  It’s available on iOS and Android devices, but reviewed on iPad here.  The app takes the form of an interactive story book, with each book on the app featuring one of four characters.  The first character you can read about, Z. Yang, is an aspiring filmmaker.  But when she wins a film contest audition, can she juggle that, her school projects, and dealing with her friends?  After that you can read about the next friend with a bunch of in-game coins, and the last two stories cost real money.

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Hero Realms (Boardgame)

In the Hero Realms card game players alternate between playing cards to fight each other and collecting more cards to be more powerful in the future. This deckbuilder follows in the footsteps of the hugely popular Star Realms but is more than just the same game with a different theme. There are very strong similarities, but in Hero Realms players can begin with a themed starting deck (based around typical RPG character classes) and have the option of playing in a campaign game and/or fighting a specially designed communal boss monster. While Hero Realms feels very similar to Star Realms, the opportunity to play against specific boss monster decks or try out the co-op campaign game makes Hero Realms a unique experience.

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