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Super Mario Run (iOS)

MARIO_BOXSuper Mario Run is kind of a big deal because it’s the first time in a long while that Nintendo has made a game for another platform.  Sure they did Miitomo last year, but that was more of a social app and a scaled down version of Tomodatchi Life, and Pokemon GO was a joint venture.  But this is an actual true game starring Nintendo’s most beloved mascot.  It plays nearly like what you think it would, as a continuous runner starring Mario.  He constantly runs forward in typical Mario themed worlds, and you just tap the screen to make him jump over obstacles.  It’s available for iOS devices, but reviewed on iPad here, because I can’t imagine playing this game on a tiny cell phone screen.

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Unplugged: D&D Minis – Monster Menagerie II (RPG)

Traditional RPGs are games of the mind, but it doesn’t hurt to have spiffy little plastic figures on hand to help set the tone and sort through the complexities of battle. Figures can be bought unpainted or, for a bit more cash, they come prepainted. As a busy parent, I easily fall into the latter category. While any figurines aren’t cheap, they can add a bit of fun as players can see the unruly monsters gather around their poor characters, eager for a kill.

 

 

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Dragon Quest Builders and Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt Team Up for a Promotion!

DQ_BOXMenchie’s Frozen Yogurt is teaming up with Square-Enix to give you a chance to get goodies for their new PS4 game Dragon Quest Builders, and you can enter a sweepstakes, too!  The promotion ends at the end of January, so sorry that I posted this a little late in the game.  But feel free to click here for more details and to see how my local Menchie’s decorated for the event.

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The Little Acre (PS4, Xbox One, PC)

LITTLE_BOXThe Little Acre is a point and click adventure with hand-drawn graphics, so it kind of has a Willy Beamish feel to it.  You play as father Aiden and daughter Lilly, who live on a small farm with Aiden’s dad.  His dad is an inventor and has made a portal to another dimension.  One day, he goes missing and Aiden searches for him and discovers the portal machine.  When Lilly wakes up and finds her dad missing, too, she goes after them as well.  It’s up to you to help reunite them and bring them back home.  It’s available to download on the PS4, Xbox One, and PC, but reviewed on PS4 here.

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BlazBlue Central Fiction (PS4, PS3)

BLAZBLUE_BOXBlazBlue is a series of popular 2-D fighting games by Arc System Works, makers of other well-known fighters like Guilty Gear.  Now the latest in the BlazBlue series is available to play on Sony’s current home consoles, but reviewed on PS4 here.

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Cary’s Best Games of 2016 Awards Show!

TERRA_BOXIt’s that time of year again!  It’s the Cary’s Best Games of 2016 Awards Show blog!  Keep in mind that no outside opinions went into the making of this list.  It’s just my own picks.  And if a game is missing from my list, it either didn’t appeal to me as much, or I just simply haven’t played it yet.  Can’t play all the games out there, you know!  Plus I do apologize if this list leans toward the Nintendo side.  I don’t have an Xbox One, and I just got a PS4 at the end of November, so you’ll just have to deal with it.

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Feist (PS4, Xbox One, PC)

FEIST_BOXFeist is a physics-based 2-D platform action game with puzzle elements.  You play as a little furry critter who has been captured by larger furry critters.  Now you must escape from your cage and survive a harsh forest wilderness where everything is out to get you.  The graphics look like everything is in shadows, similar to Limbo (though not near as scary).  Feist is available to download on PS4, Xbox One, and PC, but reviewed on PS4 here.

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Galaga Wars (iOS, Android, Google Play)

GALAGA_BOXI’m a huge fan of classic Namco arcade games, like Pac-Man, Galaga, Dig Dug, etc.  So when I saw a new Galaga game on my iPad and it was free to play, I just had to check it out and review it.  It’s available on iOS, Android, and Google Play, but reviewed on iPad here.

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LEGO Dimensions Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Story Pack & Fun Pack

LEGOBEASTS1This past Fall, one of the big hit movies was Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which is based in the Harry Potter universe.  I actually saw it with my brother and his girlfriend in the theater, mainly so I could review this game better.  My brother and his girlfriend are big Harry Potter fans, so they really enjoyed the movie.  I’m not as big of a fan of Harry Potter, so I didn’t like it as much as they did.  However, I did enjoy playing out parts from the movie in LEGO form with the Fantastic Beasts Story Pack for LEGO Dimensions way more than watching the movie.  It’s available for nearly all the current game consoles, but reviewed on Wii U here.  This review covers both the Story Pack and Fun Pack.

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Unplugged: HABA Games 2016

cliff cardAs a parent looking for games to play with my kids, I am always impressed at the quality and durability of titles from HABA.  With quality cardboard and wooden parts, they sometimes aren’t cheap (although these titles are relatively inexpensive) but components are first rate.  While my oldest child is now able to play more strategic games with dad, he still enjoys playing these when we get together for a family gaming moment with the entire family.  Here’s a few HABA games I’ve played in the past few months, starting with my favorites.

 

 

 

 

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