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).
When I was a kid, I was big into Transformers. I played with the toys and watched the old cartoon from the 80’s. It took nearly 30 years for us to get a GOOD Transformers video game, and even then, they weren’t based on the toys and cartoon I loved. But now, finally, there is a game based on the cartoon I watched as a kid, and it even has many of the same voice actors, too! Transformers: Devastation is a 3-D action game from famed game makers Platinum, and it’s reviewed on 360 here. It could almost be called, “Cary’s Childhood: The Game.”
It’s Toon Week here on GamerDad.com, where we’ll look at games based on cartoons for kids and adults. Today it’s The Smurfs! Whether it’s a classic cartoon from the 80’s, an even earlier European comic strip, or a couple of recent computer animated movies, The Smurfs have been delighting children for decades. Heck, even I watched the cartoon when I was a kid (but only because it came on right before the Pac-Man cartoon). I wasn’t a big fan of the show, but I did like Jokey Smurf and his exploding presents. I’m also glad I got to meet the voice of Papa Smurf a long time ago before he passed away. Anyway, now you can play a new Smurfs game on the 3DS, and it’s not what you’d probably expect!
Gamers beware! You’re in for a scare! Or something. R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps book series has been delighting and spooking kids and young readers for decades with its scary stories. Now there is a new movie in theaters based on the books, and you can play a Goosebumps game on your 3DS, too!
I never really read any of the Paddington Bear books when I was a kid, which is where that character got his start. But when I was little, I do remember seeing lots of Paddington Bear stop-motion animated shorts on TV and on filmstrips at school (I’m really aging myself here). In fact, Paddington had a perchance for eating marmalade sandwiches, and when I was a kid I had never heard of marmalade. So when I saw it at the grocery store when I was little, I convinced my mom to buy some so I could try Paddington’s favorite treat. I learned something that day, marmalade is DISGUSTING! Why couldn’t he have liked pizza instead? Fast forward to earlier this year. A new Paddington Bear movie hit theaters, and I recently saw it on video. It really wasn’t that bad of a movie at all, a very charming family flick that stays true to the source material. And now you can play a game on the 3DS based on Paddington’s adventures.
The movie Pixels is about classic 80’s video game characters attacking Earth, and now there is a game based on the film (available on Android and iOS, but reviewed on iPad here). You’d think that a game that has Pac-Man, Centipede, Frogger, and Q*bert in it would be monumental, but it’s just yet another tired Tower Defense clone. So it’s not very eventful at all. Kind of like the movie.
Well another summer is almost over, and I watched a lot of summer movies in theaters this year. So I thought I’d write a blog with brief impressions on them! Keep in mind that there MIGHT be some slight spoilers here and there, but I’ll try to keep them to a minimum. So grab your popcorn and see what I watched this summer!
Hot off the heels of Marvel’s newest film comes Ant-Man Pinball from Zen Studios. Help Scott Lang shrink down with his special ant suit to battle bad guys and save the day…on a pinball table! Ant-Man Pinball is available for consoles and devices that support Zen Pinball 2 and Pinball FX2 platforms. (Reviewed on 360 here)
So a few weeks ago I went to go see Inside Out, Pixar’s newest movie. It’s about a girl and her personified emotions, and it’s a very touching, thought-provoking film. During the previews, they had a commercial for a downloadable Inside Out free-to-play game on iOS and Google Play. In the movie, the girl’s memories are represented by colored bubbles, so I guess someone got the idea to make a puzzle game out of it similar to Puzzle Bobble/Bust-A-Move, or another game I reviewed recently called Bubble Bath Blast. And since I liked the movie and Puzzle Bobble is one of my favorite puzzle games, I decided to review this game, too (reviewed on iPad here).