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Never Alone (Wii U, PS4, Xbox One, PC)

Never Alone_20141116230236In Never Alone, you play as an Alaskan Native girl as she embarks on a quest to find out why her village is being pelted by an endless blizzard.  Along the way, she teams up with a white artic fox.  Together, they’ll solve 2-D platforming puzzles and obstacles on an adventure with characters and settings based on actual stories and myths from Native Alaskan people.  Originally a downloadable title for PS4, Xbox One, and PC, you can now play it on the Wii U (Wii U version reviewed here).

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Life of Pixel (Wii U)

PIXEL_BOXOne day a green pixel decided he was tired of being part of the crowd and ventured off into the wide world on his own.  He found a video game museum and decided to have a 2-D platforming adventure through various 8- and 16-bit gaming computers and consoles.  Join Pixel on a trip down memory lane in this downloadable Wii U title.

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Inside Out: Thought Bubbles (iPad)

INSIDE_BOXSo a few weeks ago I went to go see Inside Out, Pixar’s newest movie.  It’s about a girl and her personified emotions, and it’s a very touching, thought-provoking film.  During the previews, they had a commercial for a downloadable Inside Out free-to-play game on iOS and Google Play.  In the movie, the girl’s memories are represented by colored bubbles, so I guess someone got the idea to make a puzzle game out of it similar to Puzzle Bobble/Bust-A-Move, or another game I reviewed recently called Bubble Bath Blast.  And since I liked the movie and Puzzle Bobble is one of my favorite puzzle games, I decided to review this game, too (reviewed on iPad here).

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Cary’s Top Five Favorite Video Game Squids and Octopi

SQUIDWe’ll conclude Squid Week (it’s like Shark Week, but with squids) with a look at some of my favorite tentacled creatures in video games.  This includes both squids and octopi (octopuses is actually an acceptable plural form of octopus, too, I looked it up).  So hide the calamari and let’s begin! more…

Unplugged: Hyperborea (Boardgame)

hperborea boxThe idea of a deckbuilding game has been around for quite awhile, the idea of making a game solely about building a deck of powerful cards over the course of a single game. Designers have since “riffed” on that basic idea in many ways, and Hyperborea takes as its new twist the idea of bag-building. In Hyperborea, players place and remove colored cubes from their personal bag. The colors drawn dictate a player’s options for that turn. This new(ish) mechanism is used to good effect. Combined with unique player powers and multiple paths to victory, Hyperborea is a fun game that feels something mildly akin to Risk, but Risk where each player (and country) has special powers.

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Lines (iPad)

LINES_BOXIn the puzzle game Lines, your goal is to make sure your color fills up the most lines in each stage, represented by a pattern.  You’ll do this in several different game modes.  Lines is available for iOS devices and Windows phones, but reviewed on iPad here.

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The Mini-Games of Splatoon

SQUID_BOXYou know how the Discovery Cable Channel has Shark Week?  Well this week we’re going to have Squid Week, with squid themed blogs at the beginning and end of the week.  This first blog will be about Splatoon.  It’s been a very well-received Wii U title and a lot of people have praised it.  But not a lot have talked about the retro-styled mini-games in Splatoon, so I’m going to do that right now!

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Cary’s Top Five Favorite Indie Game Characters!

SHANTAE_BOXLately I’ve been working on reviewing a lot of downloadable indie Wii U games lately.  I’ve got four on my list right now, with a good possibility of more to come later.  The Wii U has been doing a pretty good job of having a sizable list of indie games in their eShop roster lately.  They’ve been a godsend since it’s getting harder and harder to review mainstream titles recently.  And it got me to thinking about my favorite indie video game characters.  So here’s a blog about that.  Enjoy! more…

Dr. Mario: Miracle Cure (3DS)

DRMARIO_BOXDr. Mario, one of Nintendo’s most popular puzzle games, has been making house calls on nearly every Nintendo console since the NES.  But the gameplay has remained relatively unchanged.  And now Dr. Mario is on the 3DS eShop as a downloadable title, and includes not only Dr. Mario, but also Dr. Luigi and Virus Buster as well.  Better still, there is a new gameplay mechanic in the form of Miracle Cures, which are pills that can clear out even more viruses than before!  It’s a pretty neat collection of Dr. Mario fun, so let’s see what’s all in here.

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Veecaloid Pop (iPad)

POP_BOXCristina Vee is a very popular voice actress, providing dialogue for many characters in anime and video games.  And now she’s in her own game!  Help her catch falling objects in space as she switches from a cosmic idol singer to an anime magical girl in this downloadable game for iOS devices (reviewed on iPad here).

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