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Tap My Katamari (iOS, Android)

TAP_BOXSo there’s this new genre of mobile games called “Idle Clickers” or “Endless Clickers,” and all you do is tap on the screen repeatedly to make something happen.  Like build a town or whatever.  I’ve been getting countless press releases and announcements about these kinds of games, but so far I’ve refused to review them because I think the idea is stupid.  But when they made an Endless Clicker based on Katamari Damacy, one of my favorite video game series, I just had to try it, especially since I missed out on the other mobile Katamari offerings.  So here you go, a review of a game in a genre I probably won’t write about ever again.  Hopefully.  Tap My Katamari is available for free on iOS and Android, but reviewed on iPad here.

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Frantic Shooter (iOS, Android)

FRANTIC_BOXI love it when game titles describe what the game is like.  This free-to-play downloadable for iOS and Android (reviewed on iPad here), reminds me of other intense overhead shooters like Robotron, Smash TV, Geometry Wars, or Assault Android Cactus, but with single touch controls.

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DungeonBalls (iOS, Android)

DUNGEON_BOXSo I’ve played games that combine dungeon crawling with trivia games, Minesweeper, and lots of other crazy pairings.  But I’ve never played one that combines dungeons with…pachinko?  Pachinko is a kind of arcade machine where you drop balls that fall and bounce around pegs and you hope that they land in certain spots at the bottom.  It’s very popular in Japan.  Anyway, so in Dungeonballs you play as a group of anime styled characters who must venture into dungeons to battle monsters and earn money to rebuild their house that got burned down for some reason.  It’s available to download on iOS and Android devices, but reviewed on iPad here.

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Cary’s 20-Year Anniversary Reviewing Video Games!

PACICONHey folks, I’ve got a big announcement to make!  This August, I will have been writing video game reviews semi-professionally for 20 years!  Yup, it all started back in 1996.  I bet most game reviewers don’t even last that long!  So in honor of that, I decided to write an article about it, and share with you all how I got started, what I’ve done in the past 20 years, and some of my highlights and favorite memories.  Oh, and I’d like to apologize in advance if this article sounds a little too self-absorbed and ‘braggy,’ as it is all about me.  I promise I won’t be like this all the time in the future.  But I figured that 20 years really IS a reason to celebrate, so I hope you don’t mind this, just this once.

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Lumo (PS4, Vita, Xbox One, PC)

LUMO_BOXBack in the 80s, computers like the Sinclair ZX Spectrum were popular for playing games in Europe, and especially the UK.  One type of game seen often on these computers were 3-D isometric viewed puzzle platformers.  Even well-known game developers like Rare made a few of these.  As a US gamer, that’s all I can tell you about that, but some of those types of games made it over to America.  Like Solstice on the NES and its SNES sequel Equinox.  I never played the sequel, but I did rent the first game a couple of times (mainly because the music was really good).  The only other game I can remember like that was Monster Max on the Game Boy.  Anyway, if you like those kinds of games, you’re in luck because a new game done in that style is out now and it’s called Lumo.  It’s available for most modern consoles and PC, but reviewed on PS Vita here.

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LightEaters (iOS)

LIGHT_BOXIn this iOS game (reviewed on iPad here), you play as a boy who is afraid of the dark, but he must explore creepy pitch black factories and other dark locations for some reason.  Armed with only a flashlight, you must help him gather keys and find the exit in this 2-D platform puzzler adventure, all the while avoiding shadowy creatures who can eat the light away from your flashlight and leave you in the dark!

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New Splatoon Amiibo!

AMIIBO_LOGOLast year, Splatoon made a big splash on the Wii U, and it still must be popular because Nintendo recently released some new Splatoon amiibo figures!  There’s figures of the squid sisters, Callie and Marie (get the pun in their names?), as well as alternate colors of existing Splatoon amiibo.  I got them all so let’s check them out!

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Summer Fun With Nintendo and Yogurtland!

YOGURT_BOXYogurtland is a chain of frozen yogurt stores, and now they’ve partnered with Nintendo for some summer fun.  From now until the end of August, you can go to participating Yogurtland locations to get flavors based on popular Mario characters!  They decorated their stores and everything, so I took some pictures so you all can see what they did!

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Hi-C Ecto-Cooler Returns! (My Childhood in a Can)

ECTO3A new Ghostbusters movie was recently released, with a lot of mixed reactions from fans.  When I first heard about it, I said, “Hey, I’m OK with it if they bring back Ecto Cooler,” not thinking that they would.  Well guess, what?  They DID bring back Ecto-Cooler so I guess I’m OK with the movie now!  The new Ecto Cooler is sold in cans (although I’ve seen pictures of it on the Internet in juice box form as well).  Only problem with it is that it’s REALLY hard to find.  Luckily I found a movie theater that served it in cans, so I snagged a few and here’s my impressions of it.

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LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Wii U, PS4, PS3, Vita, 3DS, Xbox One, 360, PC, iOS, Google Play)

LEGO_BOXA (not so) long time ago in a galaxy (not too) far, far away, LEGO Star Wars came out and pretty much launched the massively successful LEGO movie-based video game line.  Now the series is returning to the franchise that started it all with LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens, based on the newest film.  Join Rey, BB-8 and the rest of the gang as they play out scenes from the movie in LEGO form, which also features some new gameplay modes and sidequests that flesh out the characters and storyline of the Star Wars universe.  It’s available for practically every game playing device on the market right now, but reviewed on Wii U here.

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