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PickLock (Switch, PC)

Ditch the honest life and become a thief in PickLock.  Featuring stylized blocky graphics, rob neighbors and businesses blind and use your ill-gotten loot to furnish your house, purchase new getaway cars, and even buy new houses in other countries!  This stealth action game is available on Switch and PC, but reviewed on Switch here.

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Pretty Princess Party (Switch)

You are a young girl just minding your own business in your backyard when suddenly a talking rabbit bumps into you and runs past.  When you catch up to it, you see a portal to another world.  When you step in, you are magically transformed into a princess in another realm with enchanted castles and more bunnies who can speak.  The talking rabbit tasks you to use your princess magic to redecorate the castle and bring back its former glory.  And you can play some mini-games, too.  This is the only way to re-open the portal back to your world.  And so begins your adventure in Pretty Princess Party for Switch!

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Tanuki Justice (Switch)

Tanuki are actual real life animals that look like raccoons but they are more closely related to the dog family.  Sometimes they’re even called ‘raccoon dogs.’  They live in forests in Japan and other Asian countries, and these animals play a big part in Japanese myths and folklore.  They’ve even seeped their way into video games, too!  In some Mario games, there is a power-up called the ”Tanooki Suit.”  And you know Tom Nook from Animal Crossing?  Yep, also a tanuki.  And now you can play as a tanuki ninja in Tanuki Justice, a Switch side scrolling platform action game that imitates classic arcade and console games from the mid-80s.  It really reminds me of Kid Niki: Radical Ninja if any of you are old enough to remember that one.

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Splashy Cube (Switch, Mobile)

Splashy Cube is a minimalistic action game where you maneuver a cube through an ever collapsing obstacle course filled maze as you try to make it to the goal.  I’m not sure what’s so splashy about it, but the game is available on Switch and mobile devices, but reviewed on Switch here.

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Reader Review: My Universe: School Teacher (Switch, PS4, PC)

There are many real life super heroes out there making this world a better place.  Some include firefighters, police officers, and teachers.  Teachers educate our kids and get them ready for the future, and do so much more that we don’t even realize.  I’m proud to say my brother Jeff is a teacher, so I thought it would be neat to have him review My Universe: School Teacher, a game about that occupation.  It’s available on Switch, PS4, and PC, but reviewed on Switch here.

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Apparition (Switch)

We all have guilty pleasures.  You wanna know what one of mine is?  You know those ghost shows on the History Channel or Travel Channel where paranormal investigators try to find evidence of hauntings?  Yeah I know those shows are dopey and probably most of the stuff they find isn’t real or overly exaggerated for TV.  But you know what?  I like watching them anyway, I don’t care.  Well now there’s a game on the Switch where you get to be a paranormal investigator in a first person adventure perspective.  Is it any good?  Well you’ll just have to read on to find out…if you dare!

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Destropolis (Switch, PC)

Destropolis is a minimalist twin stick shooter where you’re a square shooting other squares.  Zap the cubes to collect power-ups and weapons to level up and select skills to reach as high of a score as you can.  It’s available on Switch and PC, but reviewed on Switch here.

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Cary is (trying) to Look Forward in 2021!

While I’m glad 2020 is over, it’s hard to look forward to 2021 since just because it’s a new year, it doesn’t mean all of our problems just instantly go away.  COVID is still around, as well as other crap from 2020.  But every year I like to write a blog about the games I’m looking forward to in the coming year, so we’ll do that now.  At least it gives us something to look forward to.  And I imagine some of these games will get delayed, and there will be new games announced that we don’t know about just yet.  Will we get Metroid Prime 4 or Breath of the Wild 2 this year?  Maybe not, but you never know what the new year will bring.  This time last year, we had no idea we’d be spending most of the year in quarantine either!  OK let’s begin!

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Barbie Fashion Closet (Mobile)

Toy icon Barbie is known to be a fashionista, but where does she put all her clothes?  Must be a pretty big closet!  Her closet is so big, in fact, that it gets its own mobile game! (reviewed on iPad here).  Pick out Barbie and friends’ clothes, accessories, hair, make up, and more!

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Lunch A Palooza (PS4, Switch, Xbox One, PC)

Pick a food character like a burger, meatball, donut, gelatin mold, and more as you try to knock each other off the table in this silly multiplayer battle game.  Lunch A Palooza is available for nearly all current game consoles, but reviewed on PS4 here.

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