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Captain Cat (Switch, Mobile)

Help a seafaring cat get the catch of the day in this simple fishing game downloadable for Switch and mobile devices (reviewed on Switch here).  Steer the cat’s boat left and right at the top of the screen and press the button when you’re ready to drop anchor.  When your anchor hits the water, it’ll swing back and forth.  Hold down the button to make the anchor stop and move in the direction it was last pointing.  Do this to nab treasure and avoid walls and harmful critters.  Avoid hitting walls or having your line cut or else you’ll have to start the level over. Nab the fish at the bottom of the screen to reel it up and beat the level.

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Nintendo Labo VR Kit: Wind Pedal

Of all the things you can build in the Labo VR Kit, the Wind Pedal is the largest in size.  It’s also the most gimmicky.  It’s a modified version of the gas pedal from the Labo Vehicle Kit, and fans wind in your face when you press down on the pedal with your foot.  So, yeah.

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pliq: Epic Clash (iOS, Google Play)

A couple of months ago, I reviewed a mobile puzzle game called pliq.  And barely a month later, the creators have already made a ‘new’ game based on the first one!  Only in the mobile gaming world, I guess.  Anyway, read on to find out what’s new in Epic Clash.  It’s available to download for free on mobile devices, but reviewed on iPad here.

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Verlet Swing (PS4, Switch, Xbox One, PC)

Verlet Swing is a first person 3-D obstacle course game where you use an imaginary hookshot to swing from objects to reach a goal.  You mustn’t touch the ground or hit a wall, though!  It’s available to download on all current game consoles and PC, but reviewed on PS4 here.

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Spring Movie Mystery Case Files

So with spring nearly over and summer almost here, I thought I’d go over the movies I saw in theaters this past spring.  I’ll try to keep the spoilers to a minimum, but one or two may seep out here and there, so you’ve been warned!

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Crystal Crisis (Switch)

About a year ago, I wrote about a fighting game called Blade Strangers, which featured characters from various indie games like Cave Story, Code of Princess, The Binding of Isaac, and more.  And now many of these characters, plus some new ones, are starring in a new puzzle game for Nintendo Switch.  Two cool things about this game:  One, it plays just like Super Puzzle Fighter 2 Turbo, which is one of my top favorite puzzle games ever.  And two, one of the new characters you can play as is FREAKING ASTRO BOY!!!

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Gato Roboto (Switch, PC)

In the future, a spaceman is on patrol when he receives a distress call from the planet below.  Unfortunately, his pet cat Kiki jumps on the keyboard and causes the ship to crash.  The spaceman is trapped in the wreckage, but the cat escapes.  Now it’s up to Kiki the cat to explore the planet and find robot suits to defend herself and rescue her master in this retro styled 2-D action platformer.  The planet is a maze full of power-ups that will allow you to reach new areas, similar to games like Metroid.  So yeah, this is a “Metroidvania” title, or better yet, a “Meowtroidvania.”  It’s available on Switch and PC, but reviewed on Switch here.

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Am I Just Too Weird for E3?

So another E3 has come and gone, and it’s another year where I was denied a press pass.  Ever since 1996, I was going to E3 pretty regularly, but for some reason a few years ago, they stopped letting me in.  And yet somehow I was able to get a press pass last year.  But not this time!  They may say it’s because the numbers of the site I write for are too low, but I’m beginning to wonder if it’s really because I’m just too weird for E3.  And if that statement has you intrigued, then please read on for my unique reactions and commentary on things I read and watched about this year’s show.

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Nintendo Labo VR Kit: Bird

It’s a bird, it’s a plane…nah, it’s just a bird.  The next thing you can build in the Nintendo Labo VR Kit is a bird.  Make a cardboard bird’s wings flap to play bird style mini-games!  Hey, at least the thing you build this time lets you play games related to that animal, not like that VR Elephant!

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Redout (Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC)

Redout is a high speed futuristic racing game very similar to titles like F-Zero.  Pick a hovercar and zoom around planetary tracks with loops, cylinders, and more.  It’s available on nearly all current game consoles and PC, but reviewed on Switch here.

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