Unplugged: Pokémon: The Trading Card Game Mythical Pokémon Collections and Steam Siege Booster Packs
When I was in college I used to write game reviews for The Dallas Morning News. This was in the late 90’s and when Pokémon first got popular, I was writing tons of articles about the franchise. I even like to say that Pokémon helped pay my way through college! I even covered Pokémon card game tournaments back then, and purposely learned how to play just so I could write about them better. I have to say that because of having to use energy cards to perform moves, I didn’t really like the card game as well because I felt that slowed the game down. Me personally, I prefer SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters Clash on the Neo Geo Pocket Color. Anyway, Pokémon has always been big since then, but with the recent release of Pokémon GO on mobile devices, I imagine the franchise will get a boost of popularity this holiday season, including the card game. So parents, here are some new things you may want to look out for this Christmas if you have a Pokémon card game fan in the family.
In the future, the last plant on Earth struggles to stay alive, but it needs sunlight. Unfortunately, the plant is at the bottom of a crystal-filled chasm, and the only way to it to obtain some sun is if the crystals reflect the light to it. In this free-to-play downloadable game, you must slice crystals on the touch screen so the angles will reflect the light so it reaches the plant. But it’s harder than it sounds! Gleam: Last Light is available for iOS and Android devices, but reviewed on iPad here.
A man who was toiling hard on a blueprint drawing has fallen asleep on his work, and now he dreams that he’s in the blueprint, running away from a giant red marker out to get him! Help him get to the end of each page by tapping on the screen to erase objects on the blueprint to clear a safe path in this physics-based puzzler. It’s available to download for free on iOS and Android devices, but reviewed on iPad here.
So in this last PAX article, I’m just going to show some pictures and things I did that I just couldn’t fit into any other category. Lots of crazy stuff and people dressed in costumes of video game characters! Let’s check it out!
In Part Two of my PAX West 2016 coverage, we’ll take a look at games I checked out from smaller developers. But just because they’re smaller, it doesn’t mean that they’re any less important! I even got to play a brand new Toe Jam & Earl game! Also, I was able to try VR gaming for the very first time, so you can read my initial impressions here, too!
The Penny Arcade Expo, or PAX for short, is one of the largest video game conventions open to the public. I’ve been going to it annually for nearly ten years now. PAX West in Seattle was last weekend, so here are my impressions of the show! The convention is so big that I had to split my articles into three parts. Before I get started, I wanted to let you all know that I couldn’t cover EVERYTHING at the show. I’m just one person and just tried to focus on games that interest me and what would fit the theme of this site. Anyway, in this first part, we’ll go over games featured by major publishers, like Nintendo, Bandai Namco, Capcom, SEGA, and Square-Enix!
Play as a slime creature as you fling sticky tentacles around and swing about a cavernous forest landscape. Make it to the end and grab a shiny thing to complete the level. It’s available to download for about three bucks on the App store (reviewed on iPad here).
Rooms of Doom is a new free-to-play mobile game from the makers of Crossy Road and Pac-Man 256 (reviewed on iPad here). In the game, a mad scientist creates mutant minion creatures and tests them to see if they are worthy of being his minions by making them run through obstacle-filled rooms. These rooms resemble 2-D challenges from other platformers and mobile games. Survive as long as you can to boost your score and collect coins so you can make new minions and build new rooms for them to ‘play’ in!
One of the cool things about the Xbox 360 was that amateur game makers could create games for it that you could download later on under their ‘indie games’ section. Many of these games were quite amateurish, but there were some standout gems. One was a Japanese game called Protect Me Knight. It was an 8-bit styled, action oriented tower-defense game. It was made by famed video game composer Yuzo Koshiro and his team at Ancient, so you know the tunes were good. Actually the whole game was fantastic, and it was one of my favorite multiplayer Xbox LIVE titles on the 360. And now, about five years later, we finally get a sequel in Gotta Protectors, a downloadable title on the Nintendo 3DS!
It may look like your typical free-to-play match-three mobile puzzler, but Dots & Co. has a few gameplay elements that separate it from the rest of the bunch. Clear out same-colored adjacent dots by connecting them to one another on the touch screen, and they’ll disappear. There’s actually been two “Dots” games before this one, but I’ve never played them so I don’t know what’s new or added to this one. It’s available free to download on iOS and Google Play, but reviewed on iPad here.