So I’ve played games that combine dungeon crawling with trivia games, Minesweeper, and lots of other crazy pairings. But I’ve never played one that combines dungeons with…pachinko? Pachinko is a kind of arcade machine where you drop balls that fall and bounce around pegs and you hope that they land in certain spots at the bottom. It’s very popular in Japan. Anyway, so in Dungeonballs you play as a group of anime styled characters who must venture into dungeons to battle monsters and earn money to rebuild their house that got burned down for some reason. It’s available to download on iOS and Android devices, but reviewed on iPad here.
Hey folks, I’ve got a big announcement to make! This August, I will have been writing video game reviews semi-professionally for 20 years! Yup, it all started back in 1996. I bet most game reviewers don’t even last that long! So in honor of that, I decided to write an article about it, and share with you all how I got started, what I’ve done in the past 20 years, and some of my highlights and favorite memories. Oh, and I’d like to apologize in advance if this article sounds a little too self-absorbed and ‘braggy,’ as it is all about me. I promise I won’t be like this all the time in the future. But I figured that 20 years really IS a reason to celebrate, so I hope you don’t mind this, just this once.
Back in the 80s, computers like the Sinclair ZX Spectrum were popular for playing games in Europe, and especially the UK. One type of game seen often on these computers were 3-D isometric viewed puzzle platformers. Even well-known game developers like Rare made a few of these. As a US gamer, that’s all I can tell you about that, but some of those types of games made it over to America. Like Solstice on the NES and its SNES sequel Equinox. I never played the sequel, but I did rent the first game a couple of times (mainly because the music was really good). The only other game I can remember like that was Monster Max on the Game Boy. Anyway, if you like those kinds of games, you’re in luck because a new game done in that style is out now and it’s called Lumo. It’s available for most modern consoles and PC, but reviewed on PS Vita here.
In this iOS game (reviewed on iPad here), you play as a boy who is afraid of the dark, but he must explore creepy pitch black factories and other dark locations for some reason. Armed with only a flashlight, you must help him gather keys and find the exit in this 2-D platform puzzler adventure, all the while avoiding shadowy creatures who can eat the light away from your flashlight and leave you in the dark!
Last year, Splatoon made a big splash on the Wii U, and it still must be popular because Nintendo recently released some new Splatoon amiibo figures! There’s figures of the squid sisters, Callie and Marie (get the pun in their names?), as well as alternate colors of existing Splatoon amiibo. I got them all so let’s check them out!
Yogurtland is a chain of frozen yogurt stores, and now they’ve partnered with Nintendo for some summer fun. From now until the end of August, you can go to participating Yogurtland locations to get flavors based on popular Mario characters! They decorated their stores and everything, so I took some pictures so you all can see what they did!
A new Ghostbusters movie was recently released, with a lot of mixed reactions from fans. When I first heard about it, I said, “Hey, I’m OK with it if they bring back Ecto Cooler,” not thinking that they would. Well guess, what? They DID bring back Ecto-Cooler so I guess I’m OK with the movie now! The new Ecto Cooler is sold in cans (although I’ve seen pictures of it on the Internet in juice box form as well). Only problem with it is that it’s REALLY hard to find. Luckily I found a movie theater that served it in cans, so I snagged a few and here’s my impressions of it.
A (not so) long time ago in a galaxy (not too) far, far away, LEGO Star Wars came out and pretty much launched the massively successful LEGO movie-based video game line. Now the series is returning to the franchise that started it all with LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens, based on the newest film. Join Rey, BB-8 and the rest of the gang as they play out scenes from the movie in LEGO form, which also features some new gameplay modes and sidequests that flesh out the characters and storyline of the Star Wars universe. It’s available for practically every game playing device on the market right now, but reviewed on Wii U here.
The latest LEGO video game was recently released, and it’s based on the smash hit Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie! Now you can be strong with The Force as well with this strategy guide from Prima Games. Let’s take a quick look inside!
Final Fantasy is Square-Enix’s most popular RPG franchise, but they have another RPG staple that’s pretty well-known as well, called the “Mana” series. These are generally action-RPG titles, similar to Zelda. While most people in the US may be familiar with the Mana games because of Secret of Mana on the Super Nintendo, that wasn’t actually the first game in the Mana series. The first was actually on the old black and white Game Boy, and in the US it was called Final Fantasy Adventure. They probably called it that because of name recognition to help it sell (and it also had moogles and chocobos in it).