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The Arenas of Kirby Battle Royale

To celebrate the recent release of Kirby Star Allies for Nintendo Switch, let’s look at another Kirby game that came out earlier this year that I just now got around to playing.  It’s Kirby Battle Royale, a 3DS game featuring four player battle style mini-games with Kirby and his different copy abilities.  There are ten different types of arenas to battle in, and they’re all pretty interesting enough to be deemed ‘blog-worthy’ by me, so let’s take a look at them!  Also be sure to stick around to the end, as I’ve got some news about HAL Laboratory (creators of Kirby), and their first new mobile game!

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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Switch, and many others…)

Why talk about a 6 ½ year old videogame? The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has now been ported to the Nintendo Switch, making this the first portable version of the title. Players can take their exploration-based fantasy RPG with them on the go. If you haven’t yet tried this award-winning RPG or if you’re a huge fan and want to be able to play anytime or anywhere that you like, the Switch version is a great place to start.

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Reader Review: Tokyo Xanadu EX+ (PS4)

Last year I reviewed a game called Tokyo Xanadu.  I didn’t really like the game all that much, but one of my brothers showed a keen interest in it.  So when the EX+ version of it came out and I got a review code for it, I decided to let him take a stab at it, so here is my brother Ben Woodman’s review of Tokyo Xanadu EX+ for PS4.

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Kung-Fu Zoo (Boardgame)

Kung-Fu Zoo has players flicking animal-themed dice into an arena to score points and/or eliminate other players by knocking them into a corner pocket.  A fast moving game of skill, with a healthy dose of luck, makes for a great game for younger kids even if it won’t have much staying power for older gamers.  

 

 

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Jurassic World Pinball (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC, Mobile)

Dinosaurs are rampaging on pinball tables in Pinball FX3 with Jurassic World Pinball.  It’s available on nearly all current game systems, PC, and mobile devices, but reviewed on PS4 here.  To play Jurassic World Pinball, first you need to download Pinball FX3 (Zen Pinball if you are on mobile).  Pinball FX3 is free and acts as your hub.  Then you can purchase and download tables separately.

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Bridge Constructor Portal (PS4, Switch, Xbox One, PC, Mobile)

I just love the Portal games.  They’re some of my most favorite puzzle platform titles and evil computer GlaDOS immediately became one of my top video game villains when I first saw her in Portal.  And now Portal has teamed up with another puzzle game: Bridge Constructor, to bring you a new bridge building game with Portal themes.  At first I wasn’t interested in Bridge Constructor, but after I heard there was going to be a Portal version, I got pretty interested in it after that.  So much so that I reviewed the original game here.  And I’m glad I did, as it helped me understand the Portal version better.  Anyway, Bridge Constructor Portal is available for nearly all current game consoles, PC, and mobile devices, but reviewed on PS4 here.

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Bouncy Smash (iOS)

Bouncy Smash is a free-to-play arcade style platform action game exclusive to iOS (reviewed on iPad here).  The game has an unnecessary story about synthetic life forms being created in the future, and then revolting.  So a new group of life forms is designed to stop them.  You play as one of those life forms, a little round blue ball with eyes named Arlo.  You kind of look like a Dragon Quest slime, or that character from the 16-bit Smartball/Jelly Boy games (and I wonder how the puppet YouTuber Arlo feels about the name).  Anyway, all you need to know is that you’re a little blue ball bouncing around trying to hop on other balls in a game that’s like a cross between Buster Bros. and Joust.

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Joe Jump: Impossible Quest (iOS, Google Play)

Meet Joe Jump.  He’s a lumberjack and that’s OK.  He runs through a forest jumping over obstacles and chucks throwing axes at any logs in his way.  Joe Jump: Impossible Quest is a super-challenging continuous runner, and it’s available to download on most mobile devices, but reviewed on iPad here.

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Gunnar Computer Eyewear

I’ve been blind in my left eye since birth, so I’m always looking for ways to take better care of my eyes and what vision I have left.  Especially as I get older.  We should all be like that, really, especially if you like playing video games and working on the computer.  So much of the information that we take in is through a digital monitor, be it a phone, computer or TV.  And looking at these devices too much can cause eye strain.  Every year when I go to a show like PAX, I always see a booth for Gunnar Computer Eyewear.  They sell mostly glasses that help protect your eyes while on the computer or gaming.  I’ve always been curious about their products, so I’m so happy that I finally am able to try out a pair of glasses they sent me for review purposes.  Click here and read on to find out more about the glasses Gunnar sells and how they work!

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Dissembler (iOS, PC)

Now THIS is a good mobile puzzle game!  It’s downloadable on iOS and PC, but reviewed on iPad here.  The object in the main game is to swap colored tiles so you clear all the colors at the same time with no leftovers.  The game does a good job explaining the rules as you go, and it’s very easy to pick up, but tough to master the trickier puzzles.  There are about 70 puzzles in all, and around six or so are added daily, so it’s pretty endless.

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