Maya the Bee was originally a German children’s book from the early 1900’s. But most people probably remember it as a Japanese anime cartoon from the 1970’s, which was shown on Nick Jr. in the US in the late 80’s and early 90’s. Yeah, back in those days, Nick Jr. showed a lot of children’s anime. And now there is a new computer animated Maya the Bee cartoon and movie. Not sure if the new cartoon is being shown in the US, but I think the movie is coming to video later on. Now you can help young Maya collect honey and rare flowers for her teacher Mrs. Cassandra in Maya the Bee: Flying Challenge. It’s a 3-D continuous runner (flyer?) downloadable for iOS and Android devices (reviewed on iPad here).
Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time is one of their most successful series, and they’ve made tons of video games based on the property (believe me; I’ve reviewed a lot of them). Their newest title, Game Wizard, is one of the most creative I’ve played yet! One day, Finn and Jake are walking through the forest when they come across a magic book and pencil surrounded by all sorts of strange runes. When they use the pencil to draw themselves in the book, their sketches come to life and they go on an adventure to stop the Doodle Wizard. And now you can draw your own adventures, too, as the game lets you draw levels using graph paper and scan them into your tablet! Adventure Time: Game Wizard is available for iOS, Google Play, and Amazon, but reviewed on iPad here.
A new SpongeBob SquarePants movie was recently released in theaters, and features the cast of the Nickelodeon hit cartoon in the real world. Fully computer animated in 3-D, SpongeBob and friends fight evil by turning into silly superhero versions of themselves. Now you can continue their super adventures with SpongeBob HeroPants for 3DS, 360, and Vita (reviewed on 3DS here).
It’s kind of a tradition for me every year to write a blog roundup of my favorite Super Bowl commercials. I think it’s interesting how us folks here in the US treat the Super Bowl like a national holiday or something. Nothing wrong with that, I just think it’s interesting. I have to say, though, that while most years the commercials are disappointing, this year they were especially disappointing. A lot of the commercials were all serious and depressing. Where’s the funny? Normally as I watch the game, I take notes on the commercials that stood out to me. This year I didn’t even fill up one page! But I’m still going to write a blog about it anyway.
Adventure Time is one of Cartoon Network’s most popular shows, and I’ve reviewed many games based on the franchise, both on tablets and consoles. Their newest console adventure was recently released, and in the game, Princess Bubblegum has sent Finn and his stretchy magical dog pal Jake to the Nameless Kingdom to investigate some trouble. The three princesses of the Nameless Kingdom have gone missing, presumably trapped in maze-like dungeons, and so it’s up to Finn and Jake to set out and rescue them. Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom is a top-down viewed action adventure game very similar to classic Zelda titles, and it is available on PS3, Xbox 360, and 3DS (reviewed on PS3 here).
I love the penguins in the Madagascar movies. In fact, they’re the only reasons why I watched all three films. Apparently, I’m not the only one who likes those penguins, because a few years ago they were in a cartoon series on Nickelodeon, and now they have their own feature length movie in theaters. And now you can join in the adventures of Skipper, Kowalski, Rico, and Private as they embark on a mission for their favorite Cheesy Dibbles snacks, and rescue other penguins in the process. The Penguins of Madagascar video game is based on the new movie, and is available for all current Nintendo consoles, but reviewed on 3DS here.
Last month I wrote a blog about my favorite Saturday morning cartoons. Then I followed it up with a blog about my favorite weekday afternoon cartoons. So now I’m going to conclude this little ‘series’ by talking about my favorite prime time TV cartoons!
One day, Sonic the Hedgehog’s friend Amy was exploring some ruins. That’s when she came across Lyric, an evil cybernetic snake who is searching for shards of a powerful crystal so he can take over the world. Amy fought him with all her might, but he ended up hypnotizing her and kidnapped her so she could help him find the crystals. Now it’s up to Sonic and his friends to save Amy and stop Lyric’s sinister plan. Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal for the 3DS is a 2-D platforming adventure. And it’s totally different than the Wii U version. The Sonic Boom games are also based on the new computer animated series airing now on Cartoon Network.
One day, Sonic the Hedgehog and his friends were being chased by the villainous Dr. Eggman and Metal Sonic. To escape, they hid in some ancient ruins, and unwittingly freed an evil cybernetic snake named Lyric from his 1,000 year slumber. Now Sonic, Tails, Amy, and Knuckles must work together to stop Lyric from taking over the world! Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric is based on the new computer animated Sonic cartoon airing on Cartoon Network.
The best-selling Skylanders video game and toy line has made over 2 billion in sales and is about to make another milestone as well. There will be a Skylanders balloon featured at this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! The Skylander that’ll be in balloon form is Eruptor, a fire-based warrior who came from the depths of a volcano. Skylanders is a pretty big deal here at GamerDad, so I wanted to make sure fans will know so you can tune in Thanksgiving morning. I’m only disappointed that Spyro the Dragon wasn’t picked to be the Skylanders balloon instead. Oh yes, and there will be a new Pikachu balloon as well. Click here to see a bigger picture of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade ad. Happy Thanksgiving!