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Galaga: Tekken 20th Anniversary Edition (iPad)

GALAGA_BOXSo apparently, it’s the hit fighting game Tekken’s 20th Anniversary.  Doesn’t really seem that long, does it?  I still remember when I first saw it in arcades, and thought it was just a fancier, prettier Virtua Fighter.  Anyway, so how do you suppose Bandai Namco Games is celebrating this momentous event?  Are they going to release a new Tekken game, or maybe a collection of old classic ones?  Nope, they’re just combining Tekken characters with…Galaga?!?  Galaga: Tekken 20th Anniversary Edition is a downloadable game for iOS, Android, and Google Play, and best of all, it’s free!  So how exactly does this game work?  Oh, you’ll definitely want to read on to find out!

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Skylanders: Trap Team Toys in McDonald’s Happy Meals

Right now at McDonald’s, you can get Happy Meals with toys based on the newest Skylanders entry: Trap Team.  Click here to check out what they look like.

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Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron Pinball (360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, Vita, Wii U, PC, iOS)

AVENGERS_BOXTony Stark has just created a super powerful robot computer named Ultron, but it goes haywire and turns evil so now it’s up to Iron Man and the rest of the Avengers to stop him!  That’s the plot of the new hit summer movie Avengers: Age of Ultron and it’s also the same as Zen Studios new pinball table for its Pinball FX2 and Zen Pinball platforms (reviewed on 360 here).

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Krinkle Krusher (PS3, PS4, Vita)

KRINKLE_BOXA medieval kingdom is having a festival with a great big cake.  But when the greedy Krinkles catch a whiff of the cake, they want it all for themselves.  So these little creatures, which look like little walking balls with sharp teeth, come invading the castle looking for goodies.  Now it’s up to a wizard and his living, talking glove to protect the kingdom in this cartoony tower defense style game.  It’s downloadable for Sony’s current consoles, but reviewed on PS3 here.

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Unplugged: Fantasy RPG Roundup

elemental evil boardgameThere seems to be an uptick in old-school computer RPGs lately, with Wasteland 2, Pillars of Eternity, and Torment: Tides of Numenera on the horizon. But it doesn’t get much more old-school than good old-fashioned paper and pencil role-playing. The classic Dungeons and Dragons had a recent “reset” with their 5th Edition rules, harkening back to older D&D versions with faster, looser play (less of a tactical boardgame feel.) The big launch last fall has simmered down and it’s time to take a look at the line to see how it’s matured. Both D&D and Pathfinder (the other big player on the market) continue to find ways to cater to less experienced players. We’ll start with new items from Pathfinder and D&D, and finish off with the newest D&D themed co-op boardgame, just released by Wizkids.

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Bubble Bath Blast (iPad)

BUBBLE_BOXHelp a little pig pop colored bubbles and free rubber duckies during his bath time with Bubble Bath Blast, a free-to-play puzzle game for iOS (reviewed on iPad here).  The game plays similarly to the classic puzzler Puzzle Bobble (or Bust-A-Move, depending on where you live in the world).

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Fun Nintendo Related DLC and Bonuses

ANIMALNintendo just released some new Mario Kart 8 tracks, and it made me think about other fun Nintendo themed DLC and bonuses in games.  So I wrote a blog about it.  Enjoy!

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Unplugged: Computer Assisted RPGs

fantasy groundsYou can play RPGs on your computer, sitting alone in front of a screen, or you can play face to face RPGs assisted by your computer and enjoy all the fun of hanging with your friends for a casual evening of fun.  Ever since computers went mainstream, gamers have tried to find ways to use their computers to make life easier for playing pencil and paper role playing games.  We’ve come a long way my friend, and now there are options aplenty.  While it seems there is not yet a global panacea for the problem, there are a few applications that can add to your next gaming session.

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Underground (Wii U)

UNDER_BOXYoung girl Sari and her robot friend Swank are trapped in an underground cavern and must find a way out!  The robot finds a machine with two mechanical arms, and uses it to help the girl and all of the other trapped robots escape from the catacombs.  Underground is an action puzzle game, downloadable on the Wii U eShop.

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Narborion Saga: Book 2 – The God of Orcs (iOS)

narborion saga 2With tablets serving up books of all sorts, it was only a matter of time before choose-your-own adventures started popping up. The field has now become quite crowded and fans can purchase titles that span the gamut of “pure” classic written fiction up to titles that are half reading and half strategic combat. Narborion Saga falls squarely in the latter camp. A rich backstory with plenty of narrative to go around, paired with a bit of role-play stats and turn-based tactical grid combat encounters.

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