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High Strangeness (Wii U)

HIGH_BOXIn the downloadable Wii U game High Strangeness, you play as a young adult man named Boyd.  One day he wakes up in the middle of the night to find that his house is overrun with shadowy figures trying to attack him.  And even stranger, his cat is talking to him!  Boyd learns that only he can save the universe by collecting crystal skulls, so he goes off on an adventure with his talking cat and other friends.  High Strangeness is a top down action adventure game similar to Super Nintendo titles like Soul Blazer, Secret of Mana and Secret of Evermore.  In fact, one of the main gimmicks in this one is that you can switch between 16-bit and 8-bit versions of the world.

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Fearless Fantasy (iPad)

FEARLESS_BOXBounty Hunter Leon receives a call to pick up a lady and take her to a specific location.  But when they arrive, Leon finds out that the person who summoned him for the job WAS the lady in the first place!  Turns out she’s a princess and is forced to marry an evil tyrant who owns a fearsome beast.  Now it’s up to Leon, his friend, and the princess to defeat the monster and save the day.  Fearless Fantasy is an RPG tailor-made for mobile devices, and is available to download on iOS (reviewed on iPad here).

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Armadillo Gold Rush (iPad)

ARMADILLO_BOXHelp a rolling armadillo collect gold coins in this western-themed maze puzzler.  Your armadillo will roll in one direction until it hits a wall or other obstacle, so you have to plan your path accordingly.  Armadillo Gold Rush is available to download on iOS devices, and reviewed on iPad here.

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Fruit Ninja Academy: Math Masters (iPad)

FRUIT_BOXSchool may be out, but your kids can still practice their math skills with a new downloadable app featuring one of the most popular mobile games ever: Fruit Ninja!  Apparently, Fruit Ninja has characters now, which I wasn’t aware of.  But at the beginning of the game, ninja kid Katsuro and his pet pig pal Truffles are exploring some ruins looking for treasure.  When they stumble on a golden piece of fruit, Truffles accidentally triggers a trap and gets locked in a cage!  The only way to free Truffles is to piece together six magical tablets.  Now the Fruit Ninja crew needs your help slicing fruit on the touch screen and solving math problems so they can free Truffles!  Fruit Ninja: Academy: Math Masters is available for download on iOS, Google Play, and Amazon, but reviewed on iPad here.

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Reader Review: GhostControl Inc. (PC)

GHOST_BOXWhen I was a kid, I loved the Ghostbusters movie.  It’s still one of my top favorite movies of all time, even today!  But have you ever wondered what it would be like to run your own ghost extermination business?  Well now you can find out with a new downloadable game on Steam called GhostControl Inc.  Check out my friend Robbie Allen’s review to find out if this would be the job for you!

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Bears vs. Art (iPad)

BEARS_BOXRory the bear lives happily and peacefully in the forest.  Until one day, people start building art museums and galleries way out there and disrupting Rory’s habitat.  Now Rory must enter these galleries and put a stop to this in Bears vs. Art, a new free-to-play downloadable action puzzler for iOS and Android devices (reviewed on iPad here).

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Reader Review: Grim Fandango Remastered (PC)

GRIM_BOXI’ve always been a big fan of point and click adventures and have played and reviewed many of them.  One of the best ones that I missed out on was Grim Fandango, a detective story with a Day of the Dead setting.  But now you can downloaded a remastered version of it on Steam!  So here’s my friend Robbie Allen’s take on this version of Grim Fandango!  Check it out!

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Star Wars Rebels Pinball (360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, Vita, Wii U, PC, iOS)

STARWARS_BOXThe kids’ cable channel Disney XD has a new computer animated Star Wars cartoon called Star Wars Rebels.  I’ve never seen the cartoon myself, as the only thing I watch on Disney XD is Gravity Falls.  But I do sure see a lot of commercials for it!  And now you can play a pinball table based on the franchise and it’s downloadable on Zen Studios’ Pinball FX2 and Zen Pinball 2’s platforms (reviewed on 360 here).

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Reader Review: Oblitus (PC)

OBLITUS_BOXOblitus is a downloadable game on Steam.  It’s a 2-D platformer game with exploration elements and you use a spear to defeat nearby and long-distance enemies.  I had my friend Robbie Allen review it, so click here and find out if he thought it was good or not!

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Mario’s Puzzling Games

DRMARIOOne of the most popular mobile games right now is Puzzle & Dragons.  In it, you match up symbols like in Bejeweled which turn into elemental attacks for fighting monsters.  So it has a bit of a Puzzle Quest vibe to it, too.  Puzzle & Dragons has many imitators, some of which I’ve even reviewed.  Anyway, the cool thing is that Nintendo is going to be releasing a version of Puzzle & Dragons soon on the 3DS called Puzzle & Dragons Z.  Best of all is it’ll also have a separate game: a version of Puzzle & Dragons starring Mario characters!  That got me to thinking about how many other puzzle games feature Mario & friends, so here’s a blog about it!

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