The Penny Arcade Expo, or PAX for short, is one of the largest public video game conventions in the US. They have one in Boston, a newly announced PAX South in San Antonio in January (which I will be going to as well), but the big main one was just in Seattle over this past Labor Day weekend. I just got back from that one, so for the rest of this week, we’ll take a look at what I did and games I played at this year’s PAX Prime! Let’s get started!
Minecraft is one of the biggest gaming phenomena in recent history, with versions of it on the PC, consoles, and tablets. It’s spawned countless products like T-shirts, toys, and keychains, and I think it was even featured on an episode of South Park (I wouldn’t know, I don’t like that show). ALL my brothers have been into Minecraft at some point, and with its free-roaming nature and retro graphics, it looks appealing even to me! Only reason why I don’t play it is because I’m afraid I’d get sucked into it too much. But if you’re looking to get into Minecraft, BradyGames has a book that can help you get started. Let’s take a look inside.
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).
There are some folks out there who are really into fighting games. I mean, REALLY into fighting games. Heck, people have big publicized fighting game competitions every year, that’s how big it is. So if you’re one of those types who are really into fighting games, or if you want to get that way, then BradyGames has you covered with their Ultra Street Fighter IV Official Bible. This guide, based on the new iteration of Capcom’s flagship fighter, is written for pros, by pros. Let’s take a quick look and see what you’ll find inside.
Recently I ordered a birthday present for a close relative online, but it wasn’t enough to get free shipping. So I ordered Tekken Tag Tournament 2 for Wii U to go along with it. I’m not a big fan of Tekken games, but I’ve been known to buy a couple of them if they have a few modes and features I like, and if the price is low enough. For instance, I got Tekken 4 when it was cheap, simply because hidden in the game was an old Namco arcade 3-D space shooter called StarBlade. The Wii U edition of Tekken Tag Tournament 2 had some Nintendo-centric modes and features I was curious about trying, but not curious enough to pay full price for. But I found it cheap enough now online, and I’ve been playing it off and on. So in honor of that, here is a blog about my top ten favorite Tekken fighters!
Three little monster critter things live happily with an elder monster critter thing. But one day, a big ugly monster critter thing kidnaps the elder, and so the three little monsters set out on an adventure to rescue him! Mighty Adventure is a colorful continuously running 2-D platformer where you switch between the three critters to use their special skills to bypass obstacles. It’s available to download on iOS devices, and reviewed on iPad here.
Summer’s winding down, so you know what that means. It’s time to write a blog about the movies I saw this past summer. There may be some slight spoiler warnings here and there, but I’ll try not to reveal anything major, just to let you know. OK, let’s begin!