All posts tagged 'Misc'

Unplugged: GoDice

Straying as close as possible to a videogame without going over, GoDice is a set of dice that can be digitally linked to one’s phone or (better still) tablet. The dice then serve as a physical component for one of many games available on the system. Together, the dice and device form a “phygital” (their word) game system where players roll physical dice that use Bluetooth to interact with digital games in their app. The app currently comes with a wide range of (extremely) simple to moderately involved games and more have been added over time. 




Publisher: Particula Ltd.
Ages: varies (probably 7+)
Players: 1-4+
Time: varies (30 min or less)
(Review copy provided by publisher)


Super Nintendo World Part 4: Bowser Jr.’s Secret Lair

Any good video game has lots of secrets and hidden areas, and Super Nintendo World was no exception.  When we got to the Mushroom Kingdom, we learned that Bowser Jr. had stolen the Golden Mushroom and Princess Peach needed ME to get it back!  But in order to do so, we needed to use our Power Up Bands to play some mini-games to collect three keys so we could open up Bowser Jr.’s Secret Lair for one final showdown!


Super Nintendo World Part 3: Bowser’s Fireball Challenge

My next Bowser confrontation was a different kind of challenge.  A food related one!  I really wanted to go to the Toadstool Café restaurant at Super Nintendo World, and luckily we got in!  I think this was one of the things I was looking forward to at the park the most!  In Japan they have a couple of Kirby cafes with Kirby related food and gifts.  I’d really like to go to those, but I don’t think I’ll be going to Japan anytime soon, if ever.  So I think this Mario themed restaurant is about as close as I’ll get!


Super Nintendo World Part 2: Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge

Almost immediately after I got to the Mushroom Kingdom, a.k.a. Super Nintendo World, Bowser challenged me to a Mario Kart race!  So of course I took him up on that challenge!  So here’s my impressions of the Mario Kart ride.  Was it good?  Did I beat Bowser?  Well you’ll just have to read on to find out.


Super Nintendo World Part 1: Cary in the Mushroom Kingdom

So you know how the Mario Bros. are plumbers and they fell into a pipe that led them to the Mushroom Kingdom?  Well, I work in the plumbing department of a major hardware store, so I guess the same thing happened to me!  So in this four-part blog series, you’ll read all about my adventures in the Mushroom Kingdom, and how I was able to defeat Bowser three times in one morning.  Take that, Mario!  So yeah, I went to Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Hollywood a few weeks ago, so here’s my detailed account and experiences of the whole thing.


Pizza Pixel Podcast Episode 15: Top Five Favorite Pokémon Games

We’ve talked about Pokémon a lot in previous podcasts.  In fact, I’ve even said we could do a whole podcast about Pokémon.  Well, this is that podcast!  All my brothers were really into Pokémon when they were kids, but none so much as Jeff, so he’s with me again for this one.  Please click on the link and give it a listen if you can.  I’d appreciate it.


Big Bad Smash amiibo

Got another batch of amiibo figures based on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate characters.  This time it’s a couple of big bad tough guys: Sephiroth from Final Fantasy 7 and Kazuya Mishima from the Tekken series.  Let’s take a look at them!


Unplugged: Wreckland Run (Boardgame)

The age of solo boardgaming is among us. With the business of everyday life, there will always be boardgamers who simply can’t get free on a regular basis to play with their friends. For years, one’s only option was to take a boardgame and play against oneself. With the rise of cooperative games, it was possible to take on a game without having to be your own enemy. Unsurprisingly, solo boardgaming received a big bump during the pandemic. While digital implementations of boardgames are available, sometimes it is nice to lay everything out on the table and play the game with easy access to the entire game state at once. Wreckland Run is a recent solo boardgame entry by Scott Almes (designer of another good solo game, Warp’s Edge.) Wreckland Run has you driving your armed-to-the-teeth, tricked-out car through a post-apocalyptic gauntlet of enemy vehicles. If you manage to drive and shoot your way successfully to the end, another six adventures await. 

Wreckland Run

Publisher: Renegade Game Studios
Designer: Scott Almes
Ages: 10+
Players: 1
Time: 30-45 mins
(Review copy provided by publisher)


Splatoon 3 amiibo

When Splatoon 3 came out, they had a line of amiibo figures to go with them.  I got them, so let’s take a look!


Pizza Pixel Podcast Episode 14: Top Five Favorite 3-D Platformers

On this episode of the Pizza Pixel Podcast, my brother Nathan and I talk about our favorite 3-D platformers.  It was a lot of fun to talk about and record, and I hope you can click on the link below and give it a listen!  I’d really appreciate it, thanks!