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Graceful Explosion Machine (PS4, Switch, PC)

Graceful Explosion Machine hearkens back to the days of classic arcade shooters like Defender.  Pilot your spacecraft around continuously looping screens as you shoot everything that moves.  When there’s nothing left to shoot, you win and move onto the next level.  The game is available to download on PS4, Switch, and PC, but reviewed on PS4 here.

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Slime-san (Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC)

A giant worm has swallowed poor Slime-san, and now you must help him escape before being digested in this super challenging 2-D platformer.  Very similar to other titles like Super Meat Boy, Slime-san is available to download on Nintendo Switch and PC (later on PS4 and Xbox One), but reviewed on Switch here.

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Namco Museum Switch Virtual Tour

Recently I reviewed Namco Museum on Nintendo Switch.  So now I thought I’d go over each of the games in this arcade classics collection in more detail.  So welcome to the Namco Museum!  My name is Cary and I’ll be your tour guide today on this virtual tour!  There is no smoking and please stay with the group!

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Namco Museum (Switch)

One of the best and most well-known arcade game makers of the 80’s and 90’s is Namco.  They’re responsible for classics like Pac-Man, Galaga, Dig Dug, and many more, and that’s one of the reasons why they’re my favorite video game company. I’m always excited when they come out with a new Namco Museum collection of old arcade games, and now there’s one on the Nintendo Switch you can download!

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Adventure Time Run: The Ooo Expedition (iOS, Android)

Adventure Time is one of Cartoon Network’s most popular animated programs (is it even still on?), and out of all the cartoon licensed games out there, I think I’ve reviewed more Adventure Time ones than any other in the 20 plus years I’ve been doing this!  Many of these titles imitate other genres of games, like point and click adventures, card games, 2-D platformers, top-down Zelda-like quests, and more!  And some, especially on tablets, are just spinoffs of existing games, like Adventure Time Ski Safari.  And now the show is getting the Temple Run treatment.  Adventure Time Run is available to download free-to-play on iOS and Android devices (reviewed on iPad here).

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The Fighters of ARMS

ARMS is Nintendo’s newest fighting game on Switch.  Originally I wasn’t going to get this game for a while, but I found a sale where it was ten dollars off.  Doesn’t sound like much, but considering Nintendo’s first party games hardly ever go on sale, I decided to take the plunge.  ARMS has a lot of interesting fighters, so I’ll do what I usually like to do with these kinds of games.  Here’s a blog about each of the ARMS fighters!  Nintendo has said that more will show up as DLC, so I also posted my own ideas for original fighters and existing characters, too!

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Collar X Malice (Vita)

Outside of the Phoenix Wright games (which I consider to be more of a point and click adventure), I have never tried a game in the ‘visual novel’ genre.  So when Aksys sent me a code for Collar X Malice on the Vita for review, I decided I’d finally give this type of game a try.  In the game, a terrorist organization has already killed several police officers in a Japanese city, and now the government has quarantined the area and given all citizens over a certain age a gun so they can defend themselves.  This has put the whole city in disarray.  You read the story from the point of view of a female Japanese police officer.  Shortly into the story, she gets kidnapped by the organization and is forced to wear a special collar so they can monitor her actions.  If she speaks of the incident to the police, the bad guys could remotely inject a lethal poison from the collar into her.  She also finds a secret detective group who wants to help her, but with her life on the line, who can she really trust?  That’s what you’ll have to find out!

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Infinite Minigolf (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC)

Zen Studios is best known for their Zen Pinball/Pinball FX series of video pinball tables, and now they’re taking a swing at another game where you hit a tiny ball down a hold.  Introducing Infinite Minigolf, where you can play 9 hole single player tournaments, compete against local and online players, and even design and share your own courses!  It’s available to download for nearly all the current game consoles, but reviewed on PS4 here.

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Final Smash amiibo

So the last three DLC Super Smash Bros. amiibo figures have finally been released.  Nintendo did a little something different with these because they made two of each, with a character having two different outfits.  Luckily I managed to get them all, so let’s see what they look like!

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WWE Tap Mania (iOS, Android)

I have some friends who are into professional wrestling, but I’ve never been able to get into it myself.  I don’t have anything against professional wrestling, and I think the physical prowess of those athletes is amazing, but it’s just not my cup of tea.  But every now and then I’ll try watching or playing something related to wrestling to see what it is my friends like about the whole thing.  Recently SEGA released a downloadable endless clicker called WWE Tap Mania, so I decided to try that.  Of course, that might’ve been a mistake as I’m not a big fan of endless clickers either, but let’s see how it goes.  The game is available on iOS and Android devices, but reviewed on iPad here.

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