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Pac-Man Museum (360, PS3, PC)

PAC_BOXNow you can go on a dot-munching, ghost chasing tour with Pac-Man Museum, featuring ten of Pac-Man’s most famous arcade and console outings. Go from the game that started it all in the original Pac-Man, released in 1980, all the way up to Pac-Man Battle Royale, which was just released in arcades a few years ago! Pac-Man Museum is available for download on 360, PS3, and PC, but reviewed on 360 here.

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Wolf Fang (PS3)

WOLF_BOXIn the first part of this year, MonkeyPaw Games has been releasing a handful of import PSOne titles to download on PS3. Wolf Fang is one of those games, and it’s a classic arcade shooter from the now defunct Data East. Pilot your mech and shoot anything that moves in this 2-D action game for one or two players.

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Gabrielle’s Sweet Defense (iPad)

SWEET_BOXOne day, Gabrielle accidentally sneezed her soul out of her body, and she was able to temporarily visit the monster world and make friends with a lot of silly spooky characters. Gabrielle and her paranormal pals have starred in lots of video games from Natsume, including a music dance game on the 3DS, and a few iOS titles as well. In her newest game: Gabrielle’s Sweet Defense, Gabrielle has returned to the monster world, and to celebrate, her friends are making a bunch of yummy desserts. But the smell of these sweet treats have attracted some unwanted visitors: Humans! Help defend the desserts in this free-to-play iOS game that’s like a reverse Plants vs. Zombies game (iPad version reviewed here).

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Reader Review: Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc (Vita)

TRIGGER_BOXMy friend Leroy is back to guest review another game. This time it’s a murder mystery anime-styled visual novel game for the Vita. I think he really liked it. Read on to find out why:

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Happy Seussapalooza on iOS!

seuss bookshelfYep, once again it is Dr. Seuss’ birthday!  If your kids are anything like mine, they’ve been celebrating his birthday all week long.  March 2nd is officially his birthday, and so the folks who create all Seuss iOS books are putting them all on sale from now until March 6th!  While they are all at least a buck less, a few are on extra discount.  And if you caught last years sale and review of all the Seuss titles, read on to check out some other great kid books available for iOS…

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Adventure Time: Card Wars (iPad)

CARD_BOXThere is an episode of Adventure Time, a popular Cartoon Network show, where boy Finn and his magical dog Jake play a game called Card Wars. The episode spoofs real life collectible card games like Yu-Gi-Oh, Pokemon, and Magic: The Gathering. And now, you can play Card Wars on iOS devices (reviewed on iPad here). Play as and challenge characters like Finn, Jake, BMO, Marceline, Princess Bubblegum, and more! Yes, you can even “Floop the Pig” just like in the cartoon!

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Word Science (iPad)

WORD_BOXWord Science is a word puzzle action game for iOS and other devices (reviewed on iPad here). Four rows of letter tiles scroll left and right and right to left on the bottom of the screen. You must quickly tap the letters to make words and then hit the arrow button at the bottom to submit them to earn points. You’ll get bonus points if you can spell bigger words and create them quickly. If you tap the wrong letter, simply drag it back down into the rows of scrolling tiles. After a short time limit, the game is over and your final score is tallied.

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LocoCycle (Xbox One, 360)

LOCO_BOXSomewhere in Nicaragua, a corrupt weapons dealer company named Big Arms is showing off their latest creation to potential buyers: a pair of advanced artificial intelligence-infused motorcycles named I.R.I.S. and S.P.I.K.E. When a thunderstorm forces the presentation inside, a bolt of lightning zaps I.R.I.S. and before you can say “Johnny Five is Alive,” she becomes self-aware. So Big Arms agents wheel her into the garage and order Pablo, a Spanish-speaking mechanic, to fix her. Just as Pablo begins the repairs, a commercial about a Freedom Rally motorcycle convention blares on the TV, and I.R.I.S. decides she wants to go to it. Unfortunately for poor Pablo, his pants leg gets stuck in one of her back tires, and he gets dragged along, literally, for the ride. You’d think he’d be a mangled piece of meat after the first mile, but hey, this is just a silly video game so whatever. Join Pablo and I.R.I.S. as they escape the clutches of Big Arms and rival cycle S.P.I.K.E. in this action driving shooter game from Austin, TX based Twisted Pixel. Originally an Xbox One LIVE launch title, now you can download it on 360, too (which is the version this review is based on).

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Cary’s Top Five Favorite Donkey Kong Games

MARIOVSDK2In honor of the release of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze for Wii U at the end of this week, I thought I’d write a blog about my top five favorite Donkey Kong games. How high can you get? It’s on like Don…er, a stubborn monkey!

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Line Knight (iPad)

KNIGHT_BOXDo you remember Taito’s arcade game Qix? Well if you do, then you’re really old! Ha ha! Just joking! I remember it, too. Made by the same folks who brought us Space Invaders, Qix was a very abstract game where you made squares on a playfield while avoiding enemies. Your job was to fill up a certain percentage of the playfield with the squares you made. When you did, you’d move on to the next, more challenging level. Taito made some sequels and updates to Qix that not many people know about. But if you enjoyed that game and miss it, luckily another company has crafted a loving tribute to games like Qix. This one is called Line Knight, has a medieval theme, and is available for iOS devices (iPad version reviewed here).

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