All posts tagged 'Movies with Children'

The Classics of the Cowabunga Collection

Konami recently came out with a collection of their licensed Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles games they released back in the late 80s and early 90s, during the first round of the Turtles’ heyday.  Since a lot of people grew up with and enjoyed these titles, this collection is a pretty big deal.  Especially since for a long time, it would’ve been hard to get the rights to all these games again!  But I guess since Nickelodeon has all the rights to TMNT stuff now, maybe that part was easier to do?  Anyway, of course I got this collection so grab a slice of pizza and let’s take a look at the games on here as well as my personal history with each title.

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Smurfs Kart (Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, X/S)

In the distant past, long before streaming services and 24-hour cartoon channels, there was a thing called Saturday Morning Cartoons.  Kids back then, me included, looked forward to this time because it was one of the only times TV was made just for kids.  And as a child of the 80s, one of the most popular of these cartoons I remember was The Smurfs.  Originally a European comic strip, The Smurfs gained popularity in the US from the Hanna-Barbera cartoon.  I was never a super big fan of it, but I watched it anyway because, one, kids will watch pretty much anything.  And two, it came on right before the Pac-Man cartoon.  In recent years, The Smurfs have had a bit of a resurgence with a handful of computer animated movies and specials, and a new series on Nickelodeon.  Last year we even got a Smurfs 3-D platformer which I reviewed.  And this year we get a kart racer.  I actually remember playing a Smurfs kart racer on the original PlayStation and it was one of the worst games I ever played.  Let’s hope this one is better.  Smurfs Kart is available for all current consoles but reviewed on Switch here.

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Garfield Lasagna Party (PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, X/S, PC)

Many of you regular readers may know I was a child of the 80s and enjoyed many things as a kid from that time.  You probably know I was really into Pac-Man (still am), as well as other franchises like Star Wars, Transformers, Ghostbusters, etc.  One other thing I was really into back then was Garfield.  Back then, most people read newspapers and the comics strips therein were very popular with kids and adults.  I think those comic strips are one of the things I miss most about print newspapers (that and me getting paid to write for them).  I read the comics, bought all the books, watched the Garfield TV specials and Saturday morning cartoons, and even ate the fruit snacks and Garfield ravioli.  Yes, Garfield was very popular back then.  So I was really excited to review Garfield Lasagna Party, a board game title with mini-games similar to Mario Party.  It’s available on all current systems and PC, but reviewed on PS4 here.

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Them’s Fightin’ Herds (PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, X/S, PC)

About ten or so years ago, there was a My Little Pony cartoon based on the toy line with the subtitle “Friendship is Magic.”  The cartoon was directed by Lauren Faust, who also worked on such cartoons like The PowerPuff Girls and Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends.  So because of this, the My Little Pony cartoon was surprisingly good and developed a fan base of all ages and genders.  Some fans even made a fighting game based on the My Little Pony characters.  Hasbro shut that down, understandably, since they didn’t want their toy line associated with fighting.  But people liked that idea so much that Lauren Faust created some new characters for a fighting game, and that’s how we got Them’s Fightin’ Herds!  It’s a cartoony one-on-one fighter featuring all manner of hooved animals, and it’s available for all current consoles and PC, but reviewed on PS4 here.

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Nickelodeon Kart Racers 3: Slime Speedway (PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, X/S, PC)

For several generations, youngsters have enjoyed watching shows on the Nickelodeon cable channel for kids.  Heck, even when I was a little kid back in the 80’s, I enjoyed watching Nick shows such as You Can’t Do that on Television, Danger Mouse, and Double Dare.  Even more recently I’ve been known to watch shows on that channel like Invader ZIM and The Penguins of Madagascar.  My younger brothers would watch shows on Nickelodeon, too, such as Rugrats and SpongeBob Squarepants.  And now kart racing and Nickelodeon fans can have fun together with Nickelodeon Kart Racers 3: Slime Speedway.  It’s available on all current consoles and PC, but reviewed on Switch here.  They’ve added a few characters and tracks, but most of it is the same as before.  But there is one new improvement the other Nick kart games lacked: ACTUAL VOICES!  Really gives the series the much-needed personality this type of licensed game requires.

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LEGO Brawls (PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, X/S, PC, Mobile)

Customize your LEGO Minifigures with hundreds of options and pit them against others in fights with LEGO Brawls.  It’s a Smash Bros. style fighting game available for all current consoles, PC, and mobile, but reviewed on PS4 here.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge (PS4, Switch, Xbox One, PC)

When the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles came out in the late 80s, I was a little too old by then to get into it fully.  I didn’t get any of the toys, and I only watched the cartoon casually, and in secret, or else I wouldn’t look cool in front of the other guys.  Of course I still probably wasn’t cool so it wouldn’t have mattered.  Glad those days are over.  But there was one aspect of TMNT that I could really get into and not have to hide it.  And that was the video games, especially the four player arcade ones.  EVERYONE was playing them, and aside from Pac-Man, I probably put more quarters into the TMNT arcade game than anything else.  Years later when my little brothers were born, they got into the TMNT games, too.  In fact, my brother Ben owns one of those TMNT Arcade1up cabinets.  And my brother Jeff and I still joke about how when he was little and would whine to our mom every time I accidentally got the pizza in Turtles in Time.  That story is also how we named our podcast.  So with all those great memories of the TMNT games with me, I was super excited to have the opportunity to review TMNT: Shredder’s Revenge.  Over the years, many have tried to emulate the feel of the classic arcade games and failed.  But does Shredder’s Revenge do it right?  SPOILER ALERT: HECK YEAH IT DOES!!!  It’s available on most current consoles and PC, but reviewed on PS4 here.

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Rifftrax: The Game (PS4, Switch, Xbox One, PC)

My all time favorite TV show is Mystery Science Theater 3000.  Man I love that show!  In it, a guy and two robot puppets are sent out in a space station by two mad scientists, and are forced to watch bad movies and make fun of them.  You might’ve seen this show and not even realized it, because most of it is just the old movie with a silhouette of theater seats and the characters at the bottom talking all throughout the movie.  Some of the show’s creators and stars have gone on to do similar works, like Rifftrax, which are great, too.  But MST3K is still my favorite.  I always thought it would’ve been cool if there was a MST3K video game.  Last year I reviewed What the Dub?!, which is probably about as close to a MST3K video game as we’ll get.  Until now, because the makers of What the Dub?! have teamed up with Rifftrax to make a similar game!  It’s available on most consoles and PC, but reviewed on PS4 here.

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Sonic the Hedgehog Toys in McDonald’s Happy Meals

There’s a new Sonic the Hedgehog live action animated hybrid movie out now, and McDonald’s just did a promotion with Happy Meal toys featuring characters from the games and movies.  I got a few of them, so let’s take a look at them!

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Indiana Jones: The Pinball Adventure (PS4, Switch, Xbox One, PC, Mobile)

Back in the early 90s, game maker Williams made a pinball table based on the iconic Indiana Jones movie franchise.  And now you can play it on Zen Studios’ pinball platforms!  It’s available on most current consoles that have a Pinball FX3 or Zen Pinball outlet.  You first download that and then you can buy and download separate tables (reviewed on PS4 here).

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