One of the most popular video game icons, Pac-Man, is still going strong after all these years. There is even a computer animated cartoon on the Disney XD cable channel, and it even has a second season! I’m surprised at that, because the cartoon itself isn’t that good. Last year, Bandai Namco Games made a video game based on Pac-Man’s new cartoon adventures, and despite being based on a lackluster cartoon license, the game itself was actually pretty good. So now it’s a year later and we have a sequel to Pac-Man’s cartoon 3-D platforming romp, and while it’s more of the same, it’s still a fun little game. They just added some characters from the end of the first season and into the second.
Tenkai Knights is a toy line and anime series on Cartoon Network. The story goes that in a parallel universe exists a cube-shaped planet, and its inhabitants can shapeshift from blocks into robotic warriors. The denizens of this planet have endured a centuries-long war over their Tenkai energy source. When it seemed like evil was about to take over the planet, a group of four brave robotic warriors called Tenkai Knights appeared and drove away the bad guys. Now the evil is back and stronger than before, and a new generation of Tenkai Knights is needed. For some reason, four teenage boys from Earth are transported to the war-torn planet to become the next batch of robotic fighter Tenkai Knights. And now you can relive the action of the cartoon with Tenkai Knights: Brave Battle for Nintendo 3DS.
Zombies are kind of a big deal right now in the entertainment world, and one of the most popular franchises is The Walking Dead. Originally an underground comic book, now it’s one of the most-watched shows on cable TV, and a multi-million selling point and click adventure series from TellTale Games. And now it’s also a pinball game from Zen Studios for various platforms on Pinball FX2 and Zen Pinball 2 (reviewed on 360 here). The Walking Dead Pinball is based on TellTale’s point and click adventure game, so you’ll get the most enjoyment out of it if you’re familiar with that entry.
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have delighted kids since, well, when I was a kid! I was a little too old to get into them back then, but boy I sure did love the original arcade game! Now the four heroes are just as popular as ever, with a computer animated series on Nickelodeon and a new summer movie. Fans can relive the action of the recent film with a game based on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, exclusively on Nintendo 3DS.
DreamWorks’ popular computer animated film, How to Train Your Dragon, has spawned a recent summer movie sequel as well as an animated series on television. Now your kids can enjoy a digital storybook based on the characters and settings from the franchise. It’s available for download on iOS devices, but reviewed on iPad here.
Another one of Cartoon Network’s most popular shows, Adventure Time, is about a boy named Finn and his talking magical dog friend Jake as they go on crazy adventures in the land of Ooo. In their newest game: Time Tangle, Finn mistakenly breaks the Time Totem and must dash through portals to repair time. This third-person, continuously running action game is available for download on iOS devices, Google Play, and Amazon (review on iPad here).
One of Cartoon Network’s most popular animated series is Regular Show, and it’s all about a rag-tag group of characters who work at a city park where crazy stuff happens on a regular basis. In one of the episodes, a rival park starts a prank war, and the whole episode parodies war movies like Rambo and Terminator. This game is based on that episode. Gene, the rival park manager, steals a time machine so he can go to the past and win the prank war for good. Now you must help Mordecai, Rigby, Skips, Muscle Man, and the rest of the gang take their park back in this very creative tower defense style game. The Great Prank War is available to download on iOS devices, Google Play, and the Amazon Appstore (reviewed on iPad here).
Based on the popular toy line and cartoon TV series, LEGO Ninjago Nindroids lets you play as your favorite ninja heroes as they fight and battle robots who threaten to take over New Ninjago City. This portable LEGO adventure plays just like all the other LEGO titles out there, and is available for Nintendo 3DS and PS Vita (3DS version review here).
A (not so) long, long time ago in arcades (not so) far, far away, there was pinball. While pinball isn’t as big as it once was, Zen Studios helps keep it alive with their video pinball titles for many of today’s major game consoles. Some of these tables feature popular characters from licenses like Marvel Comics. Another one of their more well-known licenses is Star Wars, and now you can download for new tables in Star Wars Pinball: Heroes Within (reviewed on Pinball FX2 for 360 here).
Adventure Time is one of Cartoon Network’s most popular shows, and now there is yet another game featuring the adventures of Finn and Jake. Their computer friend BMO has been kidnapped (oh no, not BMO, he’s my favorite character), and now the boy and magical dog duo have to go rescue him in this beat ‘em up adventure on Steam. One of my younger brothers, Nathan Woodham, is a big Adventure Time fan so I had him review this game, so check it out!