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Unplugged: Dice Masters (Boardgame)

Dice Masters Faerun boxDice Masters Battle for Faerûn
Designers: Mike Elliott, Eric M. Lang
Publisher: WizKids Games
Ages: 14+
Players: 2
Time: 60 mins (I found it to be closer to 30 min)
(Review copy provided by WizKids)

Dice Masters is a line of collectible games based on rolling dice to get monsters and then using those monsters to attack one’s opponent. Dice provide both “energy” (a form of currency) and monsters which (when paid for with energy) are sent out to battle one’s opponent. Perhaps more importantly, energy can be used to purchase additional dice (from a pool in the center of the board) to be used later in the game. The newest release (just arrived) is based around Dungeons and Dragons. Previous editions, based on Marvel superheros, sold out repeatedly so the game is quite popular. Dice rolling (and the randomness that implies) is often fun, but the game also provides options for strategic decisions preventing it from becoming too random. While random rolls of the dice can sway the game in favor of one player, there is some strategy in choosing which dice to bring to the table. The result is a nice mix of chance and challenge. It is only a two player game but is a great fit for parents with kids or even a game between “grownups.”

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Iron & Steel Pack (360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, Vita, Wii U, PC, iOS)

PINBALL_BOXThe latest tables to hit Zen Studios’ Zen Pinball 2 and Pinball FX2’s collection are a western-themed table called Wild West Rampage and a medieval-themed table based on one of Zen’s other games: CastleStorm.  You can download and play them on consoles that support Zen Studios pinball platforms, but they are reviewed on Xbox 360 here.  When you download Pinball FX 2 or Zen Pinball 2 (depending on which game console you own), you’re just downloading the hub.  It’s free, and then you purchase separate tables for play in the game.

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Reader Review: Brandish: The Dark Reverent (PSP)

BRANDISH_BOXFalcom is awesome!  They’re the ones responsible for games like Ys Seven, Gurumin, and Legacy of the Wizard on the NES (those are my favorites anyway).  It’s too bad that Falcom isn’t as well-known in the US, though.  But luckily, one of their classics is being remade for download on PSP thanks to XSEED.  Since my friend Leroy is a big fan of Falcom, too, I had him review Brandish: The Dark Revenant, so check it out!

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Pokémon Shuffle (3DS)

SHUFFLE_BOXPokemon Shuffle is a puzzle game downloadable for the Nintendo 3DS.  It plays similar to other puzzlers like Candy Crush, Bejeweled, Puzzle Quest, or Puzzle & Dragon.  The game is also free-to-play, with in-game purchases, which is unusual for a 3DS eShop title to have.  So is it worth downloading anyway?  Read on to find out!

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AG Drive (iPad)

AGDRIVE_BOXIf you enjoy futuristic high speed racers like F-Zero or WipeOut, then you’ll want to check out AG Drive.  Hundreds of years in the future, mankind has mastered anti-gravity technology, and high speed races over twisty roller coaster tracks is the sport of the future.  AG Drive is a silky-smooth, super-fast racing game that you can download on iOS devices (reviewed on iPad here).

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LuckyPop (iPad)

LUCKYPOP_BOXLuckyPop isn’t really a game, but more of a useless time-waster app for iOS (reviewed on iPad here).  It’s a virtual gift-giving app you play with friends on Facebook.  Read on to find out how it works.

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Cary’s Top PlayStation Games

klonoaiconIt’s the 20th Anniversary of the original PlayStation!  Well, technically 2014 was, since it was released in Japan in 1994.  BUT, I’m counting the US release, which was 20 year ago.  So in honor of that, here is a list of my favorite original PlayStation games!  Keep in mind that list this isn’t in any particular order, though.  All right, let’s begin!

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Adventure Time: Game Wizard (iPad)

WIZARD_BOXCartoon Network’s Adventure Time is one of their most successful series, and they’ve made tons of video games based on the property (believe me; I’ve reviewed a lot of them).  Their newest title, Game Wizard, is one of the most creative I’ve played yet!  One day, Finn and Jake are walking through the forest when they come across a magic book and pencil surrounded by all sorts of strange runes.  When they use the pencil to draw themselves in the book, their sketches come to life and they go on an adventure to stop the Doodle Wizard.  And now you can draw your own adventures, too, as the game lets you draw levels using graph paper and scan them into your tablet!  Adventure Time: Game Wizard is available for iOS, Google Play, and Amazon, but reviewed on iPad here.

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Reader Review: Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth1 (PC)

HYPER_BOXA few years ago, I reviewed Hyperdimension Neptunia on PS3.  It’s an anime-inspired RPG, and now you can play it on your PC via Steam with a few added features.  My friend Robbie reviewed this new installment for me, so check out his review here.

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Cary’s Top Five LEAST Favorite Kirby Games

KIRBYCLAYA new Kirby game is being released this week: Kirby and the Rainbow Curse.  I’m always excited when a new Kirby game comes out.  I like Kirby games better than Mario titles!  And usually when a new Kirby game comes out, I like to write a blog about Kirby.  So this time I’m going to write about my LEAST favorite Kirby games.  Why so negative?  Well, Kirby and the Rainbow Curse is actually a sequel to Kirby Canvas Curse, one of the games on this list.  But don’t worry.  None of the games on my list are BAD games.  There’s no such thing as a bad Kirby game.  I just like these games less than others.  And this list isn’t in any particular order either.  So let’s roll!

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