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Luminux (iPad)

LUMINUX_BOXLuminux is a simple puzzle game for iOS devices and Google Play (reviewed on iPad here).  In the game, you must slide squares around to line up three of the same color horizontally or vertically to make them disappear and earn points.  You can slide squares around anywhere you like, just as long as you have room to move them.  New squares will constantly appear, so you must be quick.  If the screen fills with squares and you can’t move anymore, it’s Game Over.

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Jungle Rumble (iPad)

JUNGLE_BOXA rival monkey tribe is snatching all of your tribes’ bananas and invading your space.  It’s up to you to take control of your monkey tribe through music and fend off the invaders.  But later you may have to team up to fight an even greater evil.  Jungle Rumble is a downloadable game for iOS (reviewed on iPad here), and it’s a clever mix of strategy and music rhythm gameplay.

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Cary’s Favorite E3 2014 Games (And a Rant)

E3LOGOAnother E3 has come and gone, so I thought I’d write a blog about my favorite games and news stories from the show.  But before we get to that, I have to rant a little bit.  I do apologize in advance, but for the second year in a row I was denied a press pass to E3.  So I have to gripe about that a second.

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SQUIDS Odyssey (Wii U)

SQUID_BOXA group of squids out raiding treasures in undersea ruins come across a terror that plagued the ocean many years ago.  Mysterious black ooze is covering the aquatic creatures and turning them evil.  It’s up to the squids to escape and recruit an army to fight this menace.  SQUIDS Odyssey is a downloadable WII U title with a unique mix of turn based strategy combined with…the classic game of marbles?!?

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4444 (iPad)

4444_BOXThis is a uniquely named puzzler (not sure if it’s pronounced “Four four four four,” or “four-thousand, four-hundred forty-four.”  In the game you must make squares of the same color to make a bigger square, and the only rule is that you have to place a certain color square on a different color space.  With this simple rule they’ve created nearly half a dozen gameplay modes in this downloadable game for iOS and Android devices (reviewed on iPad here).

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Scram Kitty and his Buddy on Rails (Wii U)

KITTY_BOXFelines are being cat-napped from their pet owners, and are being held prisoner in a giant space station overrun with super-intelligent lab rats out for revenge.  It’s up to you to hop into your wall-traversing spinboard and save the kitties in this downloadable platform shooter for Wii U.

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Unplugged: Knock Down Those Rainy Day Blues

domino fallSummertime is upon us, and that means lots of chances for the younger ones to drive their parent’s crazy with so-called “boredom” and other funny business. “Go play outside” is the best play in a parent’s playbook, but what happens when it’s raining outside? This summer, GamerDad Unplugged will try to help fill in those gaps with a few handy ideas. First up – Dominoes!

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Child of Light (360, Xbox One, Wii U, PC, PS3, PS4)

CHILD_BOXYoung Princess Aurora happily lives with her father, the king.  But one day she falls into a deep sleep and wakes in a strange, new magical land.  She soon meets a talking firefly and is given the power of flight, and is tasked with the job of saving this world.  She must return the moon and the stars to their rightful places, and thwart the evil plans of the dark queen Umbra.  Along the way she’ll meet a colorful cast of characters who will fight alongside her, including a jester, a merchant mouse, and many more.  Child of Light is a downloadable gem for nearly all current consoles that is one part 2-D platforming and one part tried-and-true turned based RPG gameplay, and it’s also one of the best games this year so far (Xbox 360 version reviewed here).

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Blowfish Meets Meteor (iPad)

BLOWFISH_BOXUnder the ocean lives a bunch of mermaids and deep sea diver guys, and they’re all happy together.  Until one day a meteor crashes nearby and somehow traps all the mermaid girls inside groups of blocks.  Now you, as one of the diver guys, must leave the comforts of your underwater dome home and your loving mermaid wife, and bounce around a tiny meteor with a giant shell to break blocks and free all your mermaid daughters.  Blowfish Meets Meteor is a unique take on the brick breaking, ball bouncing, BreakOut and Arkanoid style of gameplay, and you can download it for iOS devices (reviewed on iPad here).

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Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return (3DS)

OZ_BOXLegends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return is a new computer animated movie where Dorothy comes back to Oz to save her friends from an evil Jester.  And now you can play a 3DS game based on the film’s adventures.  So what kind of game is this?  It’s a match-three puzzle game.  Yup, really.  But for what it is, it’s actually not that bad, even if the license it’s based on is.

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