One of the most popular mobile games right now is Puzzle & Dragons. In it, you match up symbols like in Bejeweled which turn into elemental attacks for fighting monsters. So it has a bit of a Puzzle Quest vibe to it, too. Puzzle & Dragons has many imitators, some of which I’ve even reviewed. Anyway, the cool thing is that Nintendo is going to be releasing a version of Puzzle & Dragons soon on the 3DS called Puzzle & Dragons Z. Best of all is it’ll also have a separate game: a version of Puzzle & Dragons starring Mario characters! That got me to thinking about how many other puzzle games feature Mario & friends, so here’s a blog about it!
Right now at McDonald’s, you can get Happy Meals with toys based on the newest Skylanders entry: Trap Team. Click here to check out what they look like.
There seems to be an uptick in old-school computer RPGs lately, with Wasteland 2, Pillars of Eternity, and Torment: Tides of Numenera on the horizon. But it doesn’t get much more old-school than good old-fashioned paper and pencil role-playing. The classic Dungeons and Dragons had a recent “reset” with their 5th Edition rules, harkening back to older D&D versions with faster, looser play (less of a tactical boardgame feel.) The big launch last fall has simmered down and it’s time to take a look at the line to see how it’s matured. Both D&D and Pathfinder (the other big player on the market) continue to find ways to cater to less experienced players. We’ll start with new items from Pathfinder and D&D, and finish off with the newest D&D themed co-op boardgame, just released by Wizkids.
You can play RPGs on your computer, sitting alone in front of a screen, or you can play face to face RPGs assisted by your computer and enjoy all the fun of hanging with your friends for a casual evening of fun. Ever since computers went mainstream, gamers have tried to find ways to use their computers to make life easier for playing pencil and paper role playing games. We’ve come a long way my friend, and now there are options aplenty. While it seems there is not yet a global panacea for the problem, there are a few applications that can add to your next gaming session.
In Evolution, players shepherd their species through a progressively more competitive environment. Get your species to live long and prosper, measured by one’s food intake over the course of the game, and you win the game. Limited food, players creating carnivorous species, and subsequent adaptation to avoid them, creates a fun, fast playing game suitable for “serious” boardgamers as well as a family game night.
Designers: Dominic Crapuchettes, Dmitry Knorre, Sergey Machin
Publisher: North Star Games
Time: 60 mins
(Review copy provided by North Star Games)
When was the last time you saw an actual prize in a cereal box? I don’t think they really do that much anymore. I’ve seen some that give you codes to unlock things in online games and such, but no physical prizes. When I was a kid, cereal box prizes were everywhere. We’d get things like stickers, cars, those baking soda submarines, baseball cards, rings, flipbooks, candy that we could pack in our school lunch that day, and much more. One time in boxes of Chex, you could even get a computer game called Chex Quest (which I reviewed at The Dallas Morning News back then). Sometimes, as a kid, the prizes were more interesting than the cereal itself. So if I see a prize in a cereal box nowadays, I might notice it a bit more, especially if it’s Skylanders related. And since Skylanders is a big deal here at GamerDad.com, here’s a write-up about the new Skylanders Skystones prizes in certain boxes of General Mills cereals!
When I went to the PAX South gaming convention back in January, I attended a Gamer Parenting panel and it was really fun. One of the major topics that everyone talked about nearly half the time on that panel was Skylanders, the hit game series that combines video games with toy collecting. It’s made over a billion dollars for Activision and there are countless products and tie-ins. So since Skylanders was such a big deal at the panel and here at GamerDad also, I’ve decided to write about everything I can that comes along that’s Skylanders related. Even if it’s something small, like new Skylanders Fruit Snacks!
Recently I reviewed a one-on-one 2-D fighting game called Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late. That’s a really long name! When I first started playing it, I thought the characters weren’t that interesting, because they all looked like typical anime stereotypes. But as I kept playing, some of the characters ended up being a little more interesting than I thought. And since I sometimes like to write about fighting game characters in blogs, I’ll do just that with this game right now. Plus I don’t have any other blog ideas anyway.