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Link Twin (iOS, Google Play, Galaxy Apps)

Twins Tom and Lilly need your help getting home in this downloadable puzzle game available on iOS, Google Play, and Galaxy Apps, but reviewed on iPad here.  When you swipe up, down, left, or right, the twins will move in that direction at the same time.  Your goal is to get them to stand on two targets at once.  Use blocks, rocks, switches, and warp pads to help you along the way.  But if just one of them falls off the playfield, you’ll have to start the level over again.

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Star Wars Pinball: Rogue One (PS4, PS3, Vita, Xbox One, 360, PC, iOS)

Star Wars: Rogue One was one of last year’s hit movies, and the first side story film set in the famed universe.  It’s all about the events that happened right before A New Hope, where a team of rebels tries to steal the Death Star plans to discover its weakness.  And now you can relive the action in pinball form with Star Wars Pinball: Rogue One for play on Zen Studios’ pinball platforms: Pinball FX2 and Zen Pinball 2.  They’re available on nearly all current game consoles and computers, but reviewed on PS4 here. Also maybe a slight spoiler warning or two for those who haven’t seen the movie yet.

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G.P. the GamerPuppet Unboxes the Odin Sphere Leifthrasir Storybook Edition

Hey there! G.P. the GamerPuppet here!  How long has it been?  Like…TWO YEARS?!?  Anyway, for Christmas, Cary got the Odin Sphere Left…luft…Leifthrasir (my gosh why is that so hard to spell, much less pronounce) Storybook Edition.  It’s the special edition of the re-release of Odin Sphere on the PS4, and it comes with lots of neat goodies.  So Cary had me unbox it to show you all what’s in it!

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Hunter’s Legacy (PS4, Xbox One)

In a magical realm, the Horn of Alignment has been stolen and evil covers the land.  It’s up to Ikki to save the day.  Ikki is a member of a race of cat people and she’s also one of the best hunters around.  Guide her through 2-D platform jumping areas as she defeats enemies and overcomes obstacles in this game that has exploration elements similar to Metroid style titles.  Hunter’s Legacy is available to download on PS4 and Xbox One, but reviewed on PS4 here.

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Akihabara: Feel the Rhythm (iOS, Google Play, PC)

Akihabara is a district in Tokyo known for having lots of electronic shops.  Akihabara: Feel the Rhythm is a puzzle game with music elements.  It’s available for download on iOS, Google Play, and PC, but reviewed on iPad here.

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New 3DS StreetPass Games: Mii Trek

The final new StreetPass game we’ll look at is Mii Trek.  You are a brave explorer looking for treasures, and you’re guided by a talking toucan with a British accent.  Almost expected him to say, “Follow your nose, it always knows!”  Will kids today get that?  Anyway, each StreetPass tagged friend acts as a travel companion, and the game reads how many steps they’ve taken with their 3DS.  The more steps you have, the farther you can go on the map.

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New 3DS StreetPass Games: Ninja Launcher

In this new StreetPass game, you are the heir to a ninja clan, but there are enemies atop a cliff waiting to attack.  So you must use your ninja clan’s honored tradition of firing yourself from a cannon to do battle. But wait, it gets weirder.  When you enter the cannon, you find out you’re not wearing any clothes!  They explain your clothes would burn off if you wore them while being fired from the cannon.  This is where your StreetPass tagged friends come in.  Each one will stand on the ground and fly a kite, and on the kite will be an article of clothing, weapon, or armor.  It’s your job to adjust them so that when you are fired from the cannon, the kites will line up with your trajectory so that you’ll be able to nab as many items as you can so you can fight the enemies on the cliff.  For some reason, this game reminds me a bit of Angry Birds.

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New 3DS StreetPass Games: Feed Mii

This new StreetPass mini-game is all about cooking, but it has kind of a creative premise.  You are a chef in a restaurant in an RPG, and heroes come in and eat your food to get energy to go off on their quests.  It kind of reminded me of another 3DS game I reviewed a few years ago called Weapon Shop de Omasse, where you were a blacksmith in an RPG weapon shop and made weapons for heroes.

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New 3DS StreetPass Games: Market Crashers

So in this new StreetPass game, you’re a Day Trader on Wall Street and your StreetPass tags are advisors.  The more advisors you have, the more accurate their predictions for the day will be.  When you’re ready, you’ll go to a graph screen where you can press a button to buy stocks, and one to sell stocks.  When the graph line dips low, you’ll want to buy, and when it rises high, you’ll want to sell.  You’ll want to end your day with more money than you started with.  Yeah it’s about as fun as it sounds.

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New 3DS StreetPass Games: Slot Car Rivals

Back in the late Summer/early Fall, Nintendo released a new batch of 3DS StreetPass mini-games.  I didn’t get them right when they came out because I didn’t have an opportunity to get out with a bunch of 3DS users to really take advantage of the StreetPass capabilities.  But a couple of weeks ago I went to PAX South, so I finally had a reason to download these games and try them out.  You can download the games separately, or in a bundle for less than ten bucks, so it wasn’t that bad.  The games are pretty small, so I thought it would be fun to do a mini-review of each game per day this week.  So we’ll start with Slot Car Rivals!

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