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Echo amiibo Trio

My latest batch of amiibo figures are a trio of echo fighters from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: Ken, Princess Daisy, and Young Link.  Actually I’m not sure if Young Link is considered an echo fighter, as I don’t get into the nitty gritty semantics and details of Smash Bros.  But anyway, let’s take a look at these amiibo!

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Pliq (iOS, Android)

Pliq is a Tetris-style free-to-play puzzle game downloadable on iOS and Android devices (reviewed on iPad here).  Arranged rows of blocks fall from above, and you use the touch screen to create blocks from below.  Tap the blocks again to make them disappear.  Try to make your blocks match up to what’s falling so everything disappears and you get points.

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Cook, Serve, Delicious 2!! (PS4, Switch, Xbox One, PC)

Cook in all sorts of eating establishments and run your own restaurant in Cook, Serve, Delicious 2!!.  It’s a downloadable restaurant time management sim for nearly all current game consoles and PC, but reviewed on PS4 here.  I’ve never played the first game, though, so I don’t know what’s been added or improved in the sequel.

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Cartoon Network Arcade (iOS, Android)

Now you can play simple mini-games starring your favorite Cartoon Network stars all in one place with Cartoon Network Arcade.  It’s available free to download on iOS and Android, but reviewed on iPad here.  You can select games to play in a hub, as well as earn virtual mini-figurines.  But you have to set up an account to do that last part so I didn’t mess with it.  In each game you can earn coins to buy new characters and power-ups, and view ads to continue your progress.  Let’s take a look at the games you can play.  They may add more or take away some later, but AS OF THIS WRITING, here’s what they’ve got.

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FUN! FUN! Animal Park (Switch)

Have fun with all sorts of critters in this animal themed party game for Nintendo Switch.  Your hosts are a puppet lion and rabbit, but the two-player party games feature all sorts of real animals like penguins, pandas, giraffes, dogs, pigs, meerkats and many more!

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New Rue Eur (iOS, Android)

I’m not even sure how you pronounce the title of this game.  If I say it like it’s spelled, it sounds like I’m running out of batteries or something.  Anyway, New Rue Eur is a free-to-play puzzle game where you match up license plates on a road.  It’s available to download on mobile devices but reviewed on iPad here.

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Have a Super Mario Easter!

I love the Easter holiday.  I enjoy both the religious and secular sides of it.  So I was thrilled to find some Mario related Easter treats at the store.  So let’s take a look at what I’ve found.

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American Ninja Warrior Challenge (Switch, PS4, Xbox One)

American Ninja Warrior is a long-running obstacle course TV game show, and it’s been very popular.  So much so that now there is a video game based on it!  Create and train an athlete in career mode, challenge other players, and even design your own obstacle courses.  It’s available on nearly all current game consoles, but reviewed on Switch here.

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Thomas and Friends Adventures (iOS, Android)

Thomas the train wasn’t around yet when I was a kid, but if he was, I probably would’ve been really into that, as I loved reading about trains when I was little (although their faces kind of creep me out).  In fact, two of my favorite Little Golden Books were The Little Engine that Could and The Little Red Caboose.  And now your little engineers can go on globetrotting adventures with Thomas and his train pals with Thomas and Friends Adventures.  They’ll build railroad tracks and compete in train races, all the while learning about different cultures and countries, as well as relatable lessons like being scared, telling the truth, making friends, and more along the way!  Thomas and Friends Adventures is a free to start app you can download on iOS and Android devices, but reviewed on iPad here.

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ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Groove (PS4, Switch, Xbox One, PC)

As a kid, I never had a SEGA Genesis.  I was a SNES man, myself.  Most of the time, I was fine with that, as the SNES had more games that interested me at the time.  But there were a few times when a game on the Genesis caught my eye.  ToeJam & Earl was one of those games, as it was very colorful and cartoony with unique gameplay.  Over the years they’ve had a few sequels, and now they’re back again with ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Groove.  It’s a homage to the original game on the Genesis, and it’s available to download on nearly all current game consoles and PC, but reviewed on PS4 here.

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