Video games have many kinds of heroes. Elven swordmasters, Italian plumbers, wizards, mercenaries, and all sorts of others. But there’s not too many video games based on REAL life heroes, like teachers, parents, or even fire fighters! Luckily, MonkeyPaw Games has you covered, at least in the fire fighter category. They’ve just released a new downloadable PSN title, and it’s a Japanese import game originally on the PSOne. The Firemen 2: Pete and Danny is a top-down action game for one or two players, and you take on the role of two fire fighters as they hose down flames and rescue people!
You know when you were in Elementary School and you had to give out those little perforated card Valentines with cartoon characters on them to everyone in your class? Well, they still do those. Every time I pass by the Valentine aisle, it’s always interesting what kid properties are deemed popular enough to make into Valentines. But I’m also surprised that we don’t see that many video game characters made into Valentines like that. Maybe the licensing fees for video game characters like Mario and Sonic are too expensive? Or maybe kids just don’t like video games as much as I think they do? Nah, it’s gotta be the licensing fees. But recently I saw these at the store so I had to write about them: Skylanders Valentines.
One of the most popular exclusive titles on Playstation consoles, the Gran Turismo franchise has long ruled the racing simulation genre on Playstation systems. It could be argued that GranTurismo is the best racing simulation title on any system. To prove the PS3 is not yet out of the picture as it stands in the shadow of the PS4, Sony has released Gran Turismo 6. It is yet another (admittedly small) step forward in technology and gameplay for the series and is a worthy (presumably) final Gran Turismo for the PS3 system. Fans of realistic racing, and even those who favor a bit less realism, will find something to like about this title.
A mad scientist has created four lab animals with super powers, and now you must help the little critters use teamwork and their abilities to escape the doctor’s wrath! Originally a downloadable launch title for the PS4, now you can play Tiny Brains on the PS3 as well (which is the platform this review is based on). Tiny Brains is a co-op puzzle game for up to four players.
Step right up, folks, to the latest sideshow circus sensation. Be amazed as a boy is shot out of a cannon, and keep him away from obstacles in this endless flying game, downloadable for Android and iOS devices (iPad version reviewed here).
This unique game combines gameplay elements from favorites like Ikaruga with aesthetics found in titles like Geometry Wars. It’s available for download on Android and iOS devices, but reviewed on iPad here.
MonkeyPaw Games is releasing some import PSOne titles you can download on your PS3, and this past week’s was Lucifer Ring. Since it’s all in Japanese, I couldn’t tell you what the story is about, but you play as sword-wielding Nash as he fights his way through goblins, dragons, and other evil beasties (one looks like Skeletor). This 3-D hack and slash reminds me of another PSOne classic called Dragon Valor, but since I imagine no one has heard of that one, I’ll just say it’s similar to Golden Axe with a little bit of Ghosts N Goblins themes thrown in.
Darklings is a unique touch screen action game available on the Apple App store (reviewed on iPad here). Play as a glowing Lum creature who can’t move, but can possess approaching creatures called Darklings. If these Darklings touch the Lum, you lose the game, so you must possess the creatures that come from the left and right sides to survive. Each Darkling has a symbol above its head. Draw that symbol on the touch screen to possess that creature. Keep doing that to survive wave after wave of Darklings.
Personally, I LOVE VeggieTales. It’s a fun computer animated series that combines great humor with Bible based lessons and values. And now Larry the Cucumber, Bob the Tomato, and the rest of the gang are entering into the 21st century with an interactive episode of VeggieTales for your iPad or iPhone (reviewed on iPad here).
This is the story of a little boy and his favorite toy: a ball. But every night when the boy sleeps, a monster lad who lives in his closet sneaks into the little kid’s room and takes his ball. So the next night, the little boy must enter the monster’s room and take his ball back. And the cycle repeats. Help the boy and the monster take back the ball in this puzzle game downloadable for iOS devices (reviewed on iPad here).