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MouseBot: Escape from CatLab (PS4, Switch, Xbox One, PC, Mobile)

Help a robotic mouse navigate through devious trap-filled mazes designed by cat scientists in MouseBot: Escape from CatLab.  It’s kind of like a 3-D endless runner where you constantly roll forward, and must avoid and jump over obstacles while collecting as much cheese as you can.  It’s available on nearly all current game consoles, PC, and mobile devices, but reviewed on PS4 here.

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Kickerinho World (Switch, Mobile)

Do foot tricks with a soccer ball and nothing else in Kickerinho World.  It’s available on Nintendo Switch and mobile devices, but reviewed on Switch here.

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Sam & Max: This Time it’s Virtual (Oculus)

OK I’m going to tell you a couple of things about myself that you may or may not already know.  First, I’ve been blind in my left eye since birth.  It doesn’t keep me from doing much, but I can’t drive because my lack of depth perception and peripheral vision wouldn’t be safe.  I also can’t catch thrown objects to me very well, also due to the lack of depth perception, and I can’t see 3-D effects in movies and such.  This means I can’t see the full effects in VR games either.  Anyway, another thing about me is that I’m a big fan of Sam & Max.  Sam is a genial 6-foot tall talking dog wearing a suit, and Max is his maniacal rabbity razor teethed sidekick thing.  Together they dispense their wacky brand of justice as the Freelance Police, and have starred in comic books, point and click video games, and even a Saturday morning cartoon!  And now they have their own VR game with Sam & Max: This Time it’s Virtual.  Even though I can’t use VR to its fullest potential, I just had to play this game since I’m such a big fan of Sam & Max.  So thanks to the help of my brothers and their Oculus Quest, I was able to review it!

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Out of Line (Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC)

Out of Line is one of those games that tells its story without words.  Well I have no choice here so forgive me if this sounds dumb.  Anyway, you play as a dude who looks like the kid from Scribblenauts.  You’re in a hand-drawn mechanical world trying to escape these giant grabber claw hands.  You have to find these glowing blue cubes that attach themselves to trees, and you also meet older versions of yourself.  Early on in the game you get a yellow spear of light that you can throw and do other things with to creatively bypass obstacles in this 2-D puzzle platformer.  Out of Line is available on nearly all current consoles and PC, but reviewed on Switch here.

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Bishoujo Battle Mahjong Solitaire (PS4, PS5, Switch, PC)

I’ve seen the word “Bishoujo” before when referring to anime, but I had no idea what it meant until I looked it up for this review.  Turns out it means “beautiful young lady” so to speak.  Guess that would’ve made for too long of a title for this game, where you play Mahjong Solitaire to unlock outfits for a bevvy of anime ladies, who are also armed with weapons in this one for some reason.  It’s very similar to the Pretty Girls Klondike Solitaire game I reviewed recently, and it’s available on nearly all current game consoles and PC, but reviewed on PS4 here.

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Pizza Pixel Podcast Episode 2: Top Five Favorite Home Game Consoles

Just wanted to let you all know that my second episode of my podcast is up!  This time brother Jeff and I talk about our top five favorite home game consoles!  You’ll also learn how this podcast got its name, how one of Jeff’s first words was Donkey Kong, and what 16-bit game ending made him cry!  Read on for links so you can listen!

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Zelda and Loftwing amiibo

I got another amiibo figure I’d like to show off today.  This one is the Zelda and Loftwing amiibo to coincide with the recently released The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD.  So let’s take a look at it.  And is it just me, or are new amiibo figures getting harder and harder to find and get nowadays?

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Streets of Rage 4: Mr. X Nightmare DLC (PS4, Switch, Xbox One, PC)

I loved Streets of Rage 4 when it came out last year.  I enjoyed it so much that it won my “Best Arcade Classic Remake” award in my 2020 Game of the Year blog.  So I was happy to find out they had some DLC for it, and even more excited that I got to review it!  This Mr. X Nightmare DLC adds new characters, modes, and other features to this 2-D side scrolling beat ‘em up, and it’s available on most current consoles, but reviewed on PS4 here.

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My First Podcast!

Hey folks, I got some big news for you all!  I have my very own podcast now!  As you all may know, I’ve been reviewing video games for around 25 years now, starting at newspapers like The Dallas Morning News and now I write for GamerDad.com.  In that time things have changed a lot, as most reviewers now use audio and video like YouTube to post content.  But I’ve mostly just stuck with writing since that’s what I know and what I have time for.  But now my brother Jeff is getting me into the 21st century by helping me start a podcast!   Read on for links to it as well as how we got started!

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Mina & Michi (PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, PC)

Mina is a young girl who befriends a monster named Michi.  Together they’ll explore an 8-bit forest maze of the four seasons, solving puzzles and defeating baddies in top down fashion along the way.  Control each character separately, even in single player mode, in this game that’s available for nearly all current game consoles, but reviewed on PS4 here.

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