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Bubble Bath Blast (iPad)

BUBBLE_BOXHelp a little pig pop colored bubbles and free rubber duckies during his bath time with Bubble Bath Blast, a free-to-play puzzle game for iOS (reviewed on iPad here).  The game plays similarly to the classic puzzler Puzzle Bobble (or Bust-A-Move, depending on where you live in the world).

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Fun Nintendo Related DLC and Bonuses

ANIMALNintendo just released some new Mario Kart 8 tracks, and it made me think about other fun Nintendo themed DLC and bonuses in games.  So I wrote a blog about it.  Enjoy!

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Unplugged: Computer Assisted RPGs

fantasy groundsYou can play RPGs on your computer, sitting alone in front of a screen, or you can play face to face RPGs assisted by your computer and enjoy all the fun of hanging with your friends for a casual evening of fun.  Ever since computers went mainstream, gamers have tried to find ways to use their computers to make life easier for playing pencil and paper role playing games.  We’ve come a long way my friend, and now there are options aplenty.  While it seems there is not yet a global panacea for the problem, there are a few applications that can add to your next gaming session.

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Underground (Wii U)

UNDER_BOXYoung girl Sari and her robot friend Swank are trapped in an underground cavern and must find a way out!  The robot finds a machine with two mechanical arms, and uses it to help the girl and all of the other trapped robots escape from the catacombs.  Underground is an action puzzle game, downloadable on the Wii U eShop.

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Narborion Saga: Book 2 – The God of Orcs (iOS)

narborion saga 2With tablets serving up books of all sorts, it was only a matter of time before choose-your-own adventures started popping up. The field has now become quite crowded and fans can purchase titles that span the gamut of “pure” classic written fiction up to titles that are half reading and half strategic combat. Narborion Saga falls squarely in the latter camp. A rich backstory with plenty of narrative to go around, paired with a bit of role-play stats and turn-based tactical grid combat encounters.

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Choo Parr (iPad)

CHOO_BOXChoo Parr is a free-to-play mobile game for iOS and Android devices (reviewed on iPad here).  In the game you play as a flying dragon, hovering above the skies of random locations like a castle, Wild West town, arctic iceberg, beach, and more.  Your job is to collect equally random objects falling from the sky for points.  But watch out for dangerous items cascading to the ground like bombs, grenades, and swords.  Get hit twice by one of those and it’s Game Over!

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Unplugged: Evolution (Boardgame)

Evolution_BoxIn Evolution, players shepherd their species through a progressively more competitive environment. Get your species to live long and prosper, measured by one’s food intake over the course of the game, and you win the game. Limited food, players creating carnivorous species, and subsequent adaptation to avoid them, creates a fun, fast playing game suitable for “serious” boardgamers as well as a family game night.

 

 

Evolution
Designers: Dominic Crapuchettes, Dmitry Knorre, Sergey Machin
Publisher: North Star Games
Ages: 10+
Players: 2-6
Time: 60 mins
(Review copy provided by North Star Games)

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Steven Universe: Attack the Light (iPad)

STEVEN_BOXSteven Universe is a popular new animated series on Cartoon Network.  And now you can go on an RPG adventure with Steven and the three Gem Warriors in Attack the Light, a new game you can download on the App Store, Google Play, and Amazon (reviewed on iPad here).  The Gem Warriors Garnet, Amethyst, and Pearl find a mysterious Prism, but when Steven touches it, a Light Monster escapes.  When Garnet punches it, the monster splits into the different colors of the rainbow and scatters all over the place.  Now it’s up to Steven and the others to battle light creatures and capture the monsters to save the day.  They’ll need your help, too, but don’t forget your Cheeseburger Backpack!

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Box Boy! (3DS)

BOXBOY_BOXWhen gamers think of HAL Laboratory, titles like Kirby and the Smash Bros. series come to mind.  But they’re also no stranger to puzzlers, too.  In fact, back before Kirby was even around, HAL made a series of block pushing puzzle games on the NES called Adventures of Lolo (I used to play the heck out of those when I was a kid).  In fact, Lolo and Lala can be seen in some Kirby games, too!  Anyway, HAL is going back to their puzzling roots with Box Boy!  It’s a downloadable eShop game for the Nintendo 3DS, and it’ll make you think outside the box!

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MLB 15 The Show (PS3, PS4, PS Vita)

MLB15TheShow coverEvery sport has its annual videogame installment, typically by several different companies.  In baseball, Sony has MLB The Show 15 – the newest incarnation of the series that started back in 2006.  Once a franchise has been established for a few years, it is difficult for it to delve into new territory, at the risk of alienating their fan base.  MLB The Show 15 is just such a title, with some incremental improvements to an already solid line of games.  Gamers into baseball already know they need to get the newest season, but those who haven’t dipped into MLB The Show in the past few years may find it may be time to check it out again.

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