This past Fall, one of the big hit movies was Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which is based in the Harry Potter universe. I actually saw it with my brother and his girlfriend in the theater, mainly so I could review this game better. My brother and his girlfriend are big Harry Potter fans, so they really enjoyed the movie. I’m not as big of a fan of Harry Potter, so I didn’t like it as much as they did. However, I did enjoy playing out parts from the movie in LEGO form with the Fantastic Beasts Story Pack for LEGO Dimensions way more than watching the movie. It’s available for nearly all the current game consoles, but reviewed on Wii U here. This review covers both the Story Pack and Fun Pack.
When I was a kid, I loved the Gremlins movie. Way more than other popular movies at the time like E.T. I don’t know if that made me a messed-up kid or not, but I do find it strange since Gremlins really isn’t THAT great of a movie (but I still like it). But as a kid I was pretty into it for a while. I had a couple of Gremlins action figures, a coloring book, t-shirt, and a Gizmo plush. So I was thrilled when LEGO Dimensions added Gremlins characters to their lineup, and even more excited to have the opportunity to review them! LEGO Dimensions is available for nearly all current game consoles, but reviewed on Wii U here.
When I was young, E.T. was a super popular movie. Every kid in my first-grade class HAD to wear E.T. sweatshirts to school, and “Turn on your Heartlight” blared on the radio nonstop. But you know what’s strange is that I really didn’t like the movie that much. I preferred flicks like Gremlins and Ghostbusters, so I don’t know if that makes me a messed up kid or not. I just felt the E.T. movie was too long and slow-paced, and E.T. himself was so ugly. He looked like a Rotisserie chicken. And the movie played up Reese’s Pieces way too much. Once I FINALLY got to try them, I was severely disappointed. But even I can’t deny that E.T. is an iconic and influential movie and the E.T. ride at Universal Studios is pretty fun. So it’s no surprise that E.T. would show up in LEGO Dimensions. The game is available for nearly all current game consoles, but reviewed on Wii U here. I have to say that the makers of the game were pretty brave to put E.T. in here, as the last time E.T. was in a game was on the Atari 2600, and that particular title helped start the video game crash in the early 80’s! But I don’t think that’ll happen here!
The first Mission Impossible movie came out way back in 1996. I remember watching it, and it was a decent action flick, but it didn’t compel me to watch any of the sequels. Plus, even though the TV show it was based on was a little before my time, I seem to remember it focusing more on teamwork between the agents, while the movie was just “Tom Cruise Does Everything.” But the movie was certainly popular enough to spawn sequels. And now, your mission, if you choose to build it, is to check out the Mission Impossible Level Pack for LEGO Dimensions. The game is available for nearly all current game consoles, but reviewed on Wii U here.
When I was a little kid, The A-Team was a very popular TV show. But I wasn’t really into it as I was more interested in shows like The Dukes of Hazzard and Knight Rider. One show had a cool orange car that jumped over ramps, and the other had a TALKING car! The A-Team just had a van with a red stripe. (yeah you know where my priorities were as a little boy) Plus, I feel ashamed to admit it, but as a little kid, I was kind of scared of Mr. T, who was the star of the show. But there’s no denying that The A-Team was super popular. Heck, even Mr. Bean slept on A-Team sheets in one of his comedy skits, and a few years ago they made a movie remake of The A-Team (I rented it once and feel asleep about an hour in, unfortunately). Mr. T was also popular in his own right, even getting his own Saturday morning cartoon and breakfast cereal back then (yes, really). And now you can relive the action of the TV show in LEGO form with The A-Team Fun Pack for LEGO Dimensions. The game is available for nearly all current home game consoles, but reviewed on Wii U here.
This past summer, we were treated with a brand new Ghostbusters movie featuring a different story and an all-female team. While I don’t think it was nowhere near as good as the first movie, I still laughed a lot and it was considered a comedy, so I guess it did its job. Plus, the new movie helped bring back my favorite childhood drink: Ecto-Cooler, so it’s all good. And now you can play the movie in LEGO form with the LEGO Dimensions Ghostbusters Story Pack. Not to be confused with the LEGO Dimensions Ghostbusters Level Pack, which I reviewed earlier this year. LEGO Dimensions and all the sets that go with it are playable on nearly all the current home game consoles, but reviewed on Wii U here.
Girl Power is taking over pinball! A bevvy of Marvel’s superheroines have teamed up to bring you two new action packed pinball tables for play on Zen Studios’ pinball platforms: Pinball FX2 and Zen Pinball 2. They’re available on nearly all current game consoles and computers, but reviewed on PS3 here.
I’m a big fan of Jay Ward Studios, and I even used to know someone who worked there. So what is Jay Ward Studios? Well they made a pretty well-known cartoon called Rocky and Bullwinkle. They also did a lot of animated advertising, and created a pretty popular cereal character. You may not remember Quisp and Quake, but you might recall a certain seafaring gentleman known as Cap’n Crunch. Another cartoon they did back in the day was George of the Jungle. Despite having two dopey live action movies and a lousy animated remake, George still has one of the catchiest theme songs on TV. So when I read about a George of the Jungle free-to-play downloadable game on iOS and Android (reviewed on iPad here), I was mildly curious.
I’m a big fan of stop motion and clay animation. In fact, I even took a class on it once and now I have lots more respect for the folks who do that kind of stuff for movies and whatnot. Which is why I keep my eye out on what Laika does. Laika is a studio which has made stop motion movies such as Caroline, ParaNorman, and Boxtrolls. Their newest feature, Kubo and the Two Strings, takes elements form Japanese folklore and while the plot is a bit predictable, it’s still fun and visually stunning. Sadly, the mobile game tie-in, Kubo: A Samurai Quest, is yet another match-three puzzler, but I had to take a look at it anyway out of curiosity. It’s available free-to-play on iOS and Google Play, but reviewed on iPad here.
Well, summer’s almost over, so you know what that means. It’s time for me to talk about the movies I saw this summer (and some in the spring, too), as well as movies I wanted to see but didn’t get a chance to. I’ll try to keep things spoiler-free, but there may be a few that slip out, so just be warned. So let’s do this thing!