Nintendo and Namco have worked together a lot in the past. Namco’s good at making arcade baseball games, so Nintendo had them do some Mario baseball titles. Namco’s Taiko drum music games were a hit in Japan, so Nintendo had them do Donkey Konga. And Namco also is known for racing and fighting games, so they helped Nintendo with the arcade Mario Karts and recent Smash Bros. games. So when Nintendo wanted to make a Pokémon fighting game, Namco was up to the task again, since they are known for fighters like Tekken. In fact, that’s why the Pokémon fighter is called Pokken, as a combination of Pokémon and Tekken. So I thought in this blog we’d take a quick look at the game and check out which Pokémon you can play as!
While there is already a LEGO Marvel Super Heroes video game, LEGO Marvel’s Avengers is based more on the movies. Rather than follow an original story that encompasses all of Marvel’s heroes, you’ll follow the plot of the two Avengers films (and even some flashbacks from the first Captain America flick). The game recreates a lot of the scenes in LEGO form, and plenty of voice samples from the movies are used. And of course they try and add as much LEGO humor as they can. LEGO Marvel’s Avengers is available for all the current game consoles, but reviewed on PS3 here.
Ghostbusters is one of my all-time favorite movies. I watched the film and cartoon a lot as a kid, and drank copious amounts of Hi-C Ecto Cooler with Slimer on the juice box back then. So I was excited when LEGO Dimensions was going to feature characters and settings from Ghostbusters! LEGO Dimensions is essentially like Skylanders except the figures you get are made out of LEGOs that you must build. I even wrote a big article about LEGO Dimensions a while back that you can read if you want more information. This review is going to be about the Ghostbusters Level Pack that just came out for LEGO Dimensions.
The newest movie in the Star Wars franchise came out recently, and it has been a big hit! And now you can play two themed pinball tables based on The Force Awakens. This new pinball pack is available for consoles that support Zen Studios’ pinball platforms (reviewed on PS3 here). Oh, and since people on the Internet are pretty sensitive about movie spoilers, especially when Star Wars is concerned, I’m just warning your right now that there may be some spoilers in this review. Sorry, but if it’s in the game, I have to talk about it!
One day, all the Minions took a relaxing tropical vacation on a cruise ship. Even accident-prone Phil. Poor Phil. When he mistakenly turns the ship’s helm and steers them right into a rock, all seems lost as the ship sinks. Luckily, Phil finds a deserted tropical island nearby, and all the other Minions survived. But for ruining their fun, they’re not very happy with Phil as they swim to the island. Help Phil get the island ready with lots of fun things to do and make, so the other Minions can still have their tropical vacation! Minions Paradise is available free-to-play to download on iOS and Android devices, but reviewed on iPad here.
Usually at the end of summer, I’ll write a blog about the movies I saw during the past few months, as I see a lot of movies during that time. It’s pretty rare for me to see a bunch of movies any other time of the year, but this Fall and Winter I did. So I decided to write a little blog about what I saw, just for fun. I’ll try to keep the spoilers to a minimum, but just in case something slips out, you’ve been warned!
Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang have been delighting readers of the comics section in the newspapers for more than half a century, and have also scored big with award-winning animated TV specials among other things. And now there’s a full-length computer animated Peanuts movie now in theaters (and it’s actually pretty good, I enjoyed it anyway). So in honor of that, Activision released a game based on the characters and style of the new film. In the game, Charlie Brown and his friends are playing hide-and-seek, and Snoopy and Woodstock must find them! But Snoopy has a pretty vivid imagination, so a bush can become a jungle, a brick fence wall can be ancient ruins, a cardboard box can be a rocket to the moon, his doghouse can be a flying WWI biplane, and much more! Guide Snoopy through stages inside his imagination and find all the kids in this 2-D platformer available for nearly all the current gaming consoles, but reviewed on Wii U here.
Recently I played and beat the new holiday title, LEGO Dimensions. I was impressed with some of the worlds you explore and licenses used, so I decided I’d write a blog about it. In short, LEGO Dimensions is essentially Skylanders with LEGOs. You buy and build LEGO figures and vehicles, and then put them on a special pedestal so you can play as them in the game. Unlike Disney Infinity, any character and vehicle can go into any world at any time. That’s one thing that Skylanders and LEGO Dimensions does right. Half the fun was seeing all the worlds you could go into, and what surprises you’d find. In fact, brother Jeff (who I always play LEGO games with), described the game as ‘LEGO Kingdom Hearts’ and I like how he put that. So let’s dive into the portal and see what we can see!
When I was a kid in the 80’s, Care Bears were pretty popular for a little while. They even had a couple of animated movies! (And the first one was surprisingly dark if I remember correctly.) Well, apparently the Care Bears are still around, because now you can play a free Match-3 puzzler featuring the Bears who don’t wear their emotions on their sleeves, but on their bellies instead! One day, Grumpy Bear was in such a bad mood that he accidentally caused a storm to split up Care-A-Lot! Now you must help Grumpy piece the land back together somehow by matching the different symbols on the Care Bears’ bellies, similar to other games like Bejeweled or Candy Crush. Care Bears: Belly Match is available to download on iOS and Android devices, but reviewed on iPad here.
Recently I reviewed Transformers Devastation, and it got me to thinking about the franchise. When I was a kid in the 80’s, I was pretty big into Transformers for a couple of years. Ever since I was a kid I always wanted a GOOD Transformers game that was truly based on the cartoon. And now we finally got one with Transformers: Devastation (although I still like Fall of Cybertron better). So in honor of the release of this long-awaited game, here’s a blog about my top five favorite Autobots (good guys) and Decepticons (bad guys).