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Two RPG Hero Smash amiibo

Got a couple more amiibo figures recently.  This time they are of two RPG characters who have appeared in Smash.  They are the main hero from the latest Dragon Quest game, and Joker from Persona.  Let’s take a look.

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Puddle Knights (Switch, PC)

Back in the olden days, one famous act of chivalry was when a lady was about to step in a mud puddle, a man would put his coat down over the mud for her to step over.  And what could be more chivalrous than knights?  In Puddle Knights, the queen has invited all the nobles and debutants to her castle, but there is a strict dress code.  Everyone must be spotless!  No mud!  Which is pretty difficult when the paths to the castle are littered with the dirty stuff!  Luckily there are knights with capes for them to step on.  Puzzle Knights is a puzzle maze game available to download on Switch and PC, but reviewed on Switch here.

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GORSD (Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC)

OK try to keep up with this.  You are an octopus creature who recently hatched from an eyeball.  You must explore a dungeon filled with rooms and creepy floating dragon heads.  In each room you must compete in an arena styled battle with robots.  These battles are mazes where you can shoot the robots with your one bullet.  In order to fire the bullet again, you must catch it before it hits you!  In some mazes you must shoot robots, in others you must paint the maze all your color.  GORSD combines aspects from classic single screen arcade games like Pac-Man, Crush Roller, Qix, Mr.Do!, and more.  It’s available on current consoles and PC, but reviewed on Switch here.

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Video Game Lottery Tickets

Got a couple of video game themed scratch off lottery tickets I thought I’d show you all.  These are from the Texas Lottery, so if they’re not in your state, they may be soon or have already appeared.

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Spiel.Digital 2020 in Essen

The largest gaming convention in the world is not GenCon or PAX. It is Spiel (literally “Game” in German) an annual gathering in Essen Germany. Typically it is housed in six huge halls in the Essen convention center. Publishers from all over the world attend, many of them using the convention to make their holiday season releases. While there is obviously a very strong German presence (boardgaming has been a popular family activity for many years,) gamers from all over Europe and the rest of the world flock to Essen to get a chance to be the first to see (and buy) these new games. Obviously, a huge in-person convention is just not going to happen this year, so the organizers have created a virtual convention Spiel.Digital that is absolutely free and runs 24 hrs a day from Thursday, October 22nd through Sunday, October 25th.

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Circuit Dude (Switch, Mobile, PC)

Meet Circuit Dude.  He’s a little robot who needs your help.  Guide him to place chips into slots so he can power up his big invention (whatever that is).  Run around 2-D top down mazes, solving puzzles along the way in this downloadable title for Switch, mobile devices, and PC (reviewed on Switch here).

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Kids: Farm Coloring (Switch)

Now the youngest of Switch gamers can color a selection of farm animals in Kids: Farm Coloring.  There are twelve different animals in all, such as a rooster, pig, sheep, and more.  Plus a blank page for free drawing.  Use various colors, patterns, and drawing tools like pencils, crayons, markers, and others.  Plus a selection of stickers for each page.

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No Straight Roads (PS4, Switch, Xbox One, PC)

Mayday and Zuke are in an indie rock band and they live in Vinyl City.  Mayday is the guitarist and Zuke is the drummer.  The city they live in is powered by music, provided by the NSR power company.  Musicians can audition to be part of NSR, but when Mayday and Zuke try out, they are rejected.  Later they find out their power output was higher than anyone else’s, and that NSR is withholding power and electricity to everyone except the very elite.  And now they’ve banned rock and roll, too!  Mayday and Zuke decide to use their rock music to rebel and take back the city for everyone in No Straight Roads.  It’s kind of like a video game version of the 80’s song, “We Built this City on Rock and Roll.”  It’s a 3-D platformer with an emphasis on multi-tiered boss fights and music timing gameplay.  The game is available on most current consoles and PC, but reviewed on PS4 here.

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Piffle (Switch, Mobile)

You’re what looks like a person in a cat costume, and you’re happily playing with your dog.  When all of a sudden, a blocky demon swoops in, takes your dog, and sends evil purple blocks all over the place.  Now it’s up to you to bounce little kitten pellet balls called piffles to destroy those blocks and save your dog.  Well it’s a good thing story doesn’t matter in this adorable action puzzle game.  Piffle kind of plays like a cross between BreakOut and Puzzle Bobble/Bust-A-Move.  It’s available to download on Switch and mobile devices, but reviewed on Switch here.

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Fight Crab (Switch, PC)

Is the first rule of Fight Crab not to talk about Fight Crab?  Well too bad because I’m talking about it anyway!  Fight Crab is what you expect it is.  You’re a crab, and you fight other crabs.  Punch and pinch your opponents, and use weapons like swords, guns, maces, and even chainsaws that your little crabs grab with their claws!  Fight underwater, on beaches, as a giant crab in a city, on a dinner table, or even at the seafood section of a supermarket!  It’s as weird as it sounds, and it’s available on Switch and PC, but reviewed on Switch here.

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