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Super Mario Easter Egg Decorating Kits

Now you can add some Mario fun to your Easter egg decorating!  I found a couple of Mario themed egg decorating kits at Wal-Mart and thought it would be fun to take a look at them!  So let’s-a-go!

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Summer Catchers (Switch, PC, Mobile)

If you are ready for Spring and Summer to get here, you may want to pick up Summer Catchers.  Play as a little girl who has lived way up north all her life and has never seen Summer before.  One day, while out in the snowy forest, she meets a talking wolf who is also a craftsman.  He offers to build her a wooden car so she can drive down South to the beach so she can finally see what Summer is like.  Summer Catchers is an endless runner adventure available for Switch, PC, and mobile devices, but reviewed on Switch here.

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Special Delivery From Nook Inc.!

A few weeks ago, I saw an ad on Facebook for an Animal Crossing Loot Box from CultureFly.  It was a little more than what I wanted to spend on it, but it had a lot of good things so I caved in and ordered it.  I do really like Animal Crossing!  So let’s take a look at what’s inside, plus a bonus item!

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Raanaa: The Shaman Girl (Mobile)

In a mythical land, a priestess is captured by an evil wizard.  The priestess calls out to a sleeping young girl, and in her dream the girl transforms into a shaman.  Now, in her dream, the girl must collect colored orbs to awaken her powers and rescue the priestess from the wizard.  Raanaa: The Shaman Girl is a free-to-start 3-D platformer for mobile devices, but reviewed on iPad here.

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Blastful (PS4, Switch)

Blastful is a single screen arcade style space shooter that combines elements from classics like Asteroids and Missile Command.  It’s available on PS4 and Switch, but reviewed on PS4 here.

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Pac-Man Geo (Mobile)

Remember a few years ago when Google Maps let you play Pac-Man using the road maps as mazes?  Well now they’ve made a whole game out of that with Pac-Man Geo!  It’s available for free on mobile devices, but reviewed on iPhone here.

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Bonkies (PS4, Switch, Xbox One, PC)

While it may sound like a breakfast cereal, Bonkies is actually a game where you help space monkeys build structures on distant planets.  Guide your monkey in a space suit as you fly around with a jetpack, picking up blocks with a special claw and putting them in the designated spots before time runs out.  Bonkies is available on most current game consoles and PC, but reviewed on PS4 here.

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Super Cops: Justice Keepers (Mobile)

You are a no-nonsense police officer named Steven Justice.  One day your arch nemesis, the evil gangster Mr. Thorne kidnaps your daughter and you must get her back!  But you also must defend your island police HQ from zombies among other things.  Super Cops: Justice Keepers is an action game for mobile devices (reviewed on iPad here).

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Angry Birds at TopGolf

TopGolf is a chain of high tech golf driving ranges.  You reserve a spot and can use these clubs (or bring your own), and you can scan your club to eject golf balls from a machine.  Then you swing and hit the ball and try to get it to go into big holes on the playfield for points.  I’m not totally sure how it works, but there are trackers in the ball so you can see the ball’s trajectory on a TV screen after you hit it.  A dumb way to describe it is that it’s kind of like bowling, but it’s golf.  Anyway, TopGolf has teamed up with Angry Birds for a new mode of play you can try.  There’s actually a TopGolf in the same city where I live, so I went there a few months ago to test it out, and I finally got a chance to write about how it works.

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Unplugged: Terrain Tinker & 3D Printed Terrain

As a fan of cool technology and a gamer, I was quick to embrace 3D printing to trick out my gaming habits.  In the past, I’ve dumped a fair bit of money on cool 3D terrain to add splash to my role playing games.  Not long after that, 3D printing really came into its own and it was feasible to print your own 3D terrain tiles. One of the newest 3D terrain-related kickstarters (ending soon) is Terrain Tinker. It’s basically an interface for designing one’s 3D adventure setup on a computer, which can then output all the model STL files one would need to print them out in 3D.  It interfaces with the folks over at Printable Scenery who sell STL files for all sorts of cool terrain and features.  The Kickstarter is ending soon, so I thought I’d send a shout-out about the project before it closes on March 6th.

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