All posts tagged 'Game Reviews'

Deer Hunter: Reloaded (PS4, Xbox One, PC, Mobile)

One of the biggest successes in gaming that you don’t hear about much anymore is Deer Hunter.  Back in the late 90’s, this game was huge and I reviewed a ton of its sequels and imitators back at The Dallas Morning News.  In fact, there were so many hunting games back then that I had to tell my editor to stop sending them to me, because I was getting tired of reviewing them!  And you know I hate turning down a game to review!  Heck, even my grandmother on my dad’s side played the Deer Hunter games back then.  And she was really good at them, too, and got the highest scores in our family!  And now Deer Hunter is back with Reloaded, available on the PS4, Xbox One, PC, and mobile devices (reviewed on PS4 here).

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The Mummy Demastered (PS4, Switch, Xbox One, PC)

The Mummy is one of Universal Studios’ most popular movie franchises.  There have been several sequels and spinoffs, a ride at their theme parks, and I think there was even a cartoon at one point.  Recently they’ve remade the movie and WayForward published a game based on it called The Mummy Demastered.  The reason for that title is because they made the game to look like a movie tie-in from the 16-bit era, and it’s available to download for nearly all the current game consoles and PC (reviewed on PS4 here). It’s a 2-D platforming run and gun exploration type of game, similar to Metroid.  With all those good things going for it, could anything go wrong?  You’ll just have to read on to find out!

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Spelunker Party! (Switch)

Spelunker was an 8-bit 2-D platformer game where you explored caves, avoided obstacles, and gathered treasures.  It came out in the US, but gained more popularity in Japan, probably because it was one of those easy to play yet hard to master games, and it came out when the Famicom (Japanese NES) was big.  You can even find Spelunker references in other Japanese media, like anime cartoons and video games like Taiko no Tatsujin (Taiko Drum Master).  There’s even been a few remakes and rereleases of the game, and I’ve reviewed a few of them.  Such as Spelunker HD, which was one of the first games I reviewed on the PS3, and Everyday Spelunker, a mobile version of the original game.  Now cave exploring is back as a downloadable title on the Switch with Spelunker Party!

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Brawlhalla (PS4, PC)

Over the past year or two, there’s been a free-to-play fighting game that’s taken the PC world by storm.  I know because I’ve seen it at recent PAX shows I’ve been to.  And now it’s available on PS4 and Steam as well!  All are still free-to-play and supposedly cross-platform online as well.  Brawhalla is a cartoony four player fighting game that resembles Super Smash Bros. quite a bit (reviewed on PS4 here).

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Semispheres (Switch, PS4, PSVita, PC)

Try to simultaneously maneuver an orange sphere and a blue sphere to their respective exits in the puzzle-like game Semispheres. Most levels are a symmetric pair of boards, color coded to the spheres. Get both spheres to their own colored exit to solve the level. The standard relaxing music and lack of any time pressure combine to make a soothing puzzler suitable for on the go gaming.

(Switch version reviewed here.)

 

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American Girl WellieWishers: Garden Fun (iOS, Android)

AmericanGirl is a popular line of dolls for girls, and now there is a spinoff series called WellieWishers.  The WellieWishers are a group of young girls who enjoy playing in their garden, taking care of animals, putting on shows and tea parties, and being kind to one another.  And now your girls can join in on the fun with a free-to-play mobile app for iOS and Android (reviewed on iPad here).

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Dungeon Dice (Boardgame)

A rollicking series of dice rolls determine your fate as you fight monsters to level up and gain loot in Dungeon Dice. Despite the dice, the players have meaningful decisions such as when to push their luck, when to commit their nonrenewable resources, and when to burn resources just to punish (and/or annoy) the other players.

 

 

 

Dungeon Dice
Publisher: Potluck Games
Ages: 8+
Players: 2-4 (5 w/expansion)
Time: 20-30 minutes
(Review copy provided by Potluck Games)

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Earth Atlantis (Switch, PC)

An apocalyptic event has left the Earth 96 percent covered in water.  Machines have evolved into sea-like creatures and it’s up to you to hop into your submarine and destroy them.  Why?  Who knows?  But that’s just what you do in Earth Atlantis, a 2-D shooter with elements of exploration and strikingly unique visuals.  It’s available to download on Nintendo Switch and PC, but reviewed on Switch here.

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Golf Story (Switch)

Golf Story is an homage to my favorite golf game of all time, Mario Golf on my Gameboy Color. It combines standard videogame golf gameplay (choose clubs and aim given wind and course conditions, then time button presses to determine power and accuracy.) Part golf game and part RPG, Golf Story favors the casual golf videogamer, but more “serious” golf gamers should find the game worth their hard earned cash.

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Beach Buggy Racing (Switch, PS4, Xbox One, Mobile, PC)

Beach Buggy Racing is a kart racer where a bunch of crazy drivers and their dune buggies compete in a tropical setting.  It’s available to download on nearly all current game consoles, mobile, and PC, but reviewed here on the Switch.

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