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Shift DX (3DS)

Shift DX is a downloadable platform puzzle game for the Nintendo 3DS.  Each single screen puzzle room requires you to reach a door to exit the level, and that’s it.  But in order to do so, you’ll have to shift the playfield so the floors become ceilings and vice versa.

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Toby: The Secret Mine (Wii U, Xbox One, PC, iOS, Android)

TOBY_BOXToby’s friends have all been imprisoned in little cages and taken away to a mine by baddies, and it’s up to Toby to save them.  Toby: The Secret Mine is a 2-D platformer adventure with silhouette style graphics and gameplay similar to Limbo.  In fact, if Toby didn’t have those big horns or ears sticking out of his head, I probably wouldn’t be able to tell much difference (although it’s not quite as creepy and the backgrounds aren’t as dark either).  It’s available to download on Wii U, Xbox One, PC, and mobile devices, but reviewed on Wii U here.

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The Games of Atari Flashback Classics vol. 2, Part 2

ATARILOGO2We’ll wrap up this presentation of the games in Atari Flashback Classics vols. 1 and 2 by looking at the rest of the 2600 games on vol. 2.  Like last time, I’ll only go over each game briefly, because there are so many games here.  And also because I don’t have as many good memories playing 2600 games as a kid because our first gaming systems in our house were an Apple computer and an Atari 5200.

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The Games of Atari Flashback Classics vol. 2, Part 1

ATARI2I just love classic arcade game collections, so when I got Atari Flashback Classics vols. 1 and 2 on the PS4, I wanted to go over which games were on them here.  Earlier this week we went over the games on volume 1, and now we’ll do it again with volume 2.  Just like before, I’ll split this into two parts.  Today we’ll go over the arcade games in volume 2, as well as the 2600 ports of those arcade games, so I don’t have to repeat myself.  And then tomorrow we’ll go over the rest of the 2600 games.

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The Games of Atari Flashback Classics vol. 1, Part 2

ATARILOGO1So this time we’ll go over the rest of the 2600 games in Atari Flashback Classics vol. 1.  They did a pretty decent job with the presentation for these.  You can view the box art and original instructions for each game.  And when you start, you’ll see a replica of the Atari 2600 on the bottom area of the screen so you know what buttons to push if you want to change game modes and such.  But I wish they would’ve gone the extra mile like how Activision Anthology did on the PS2.  In that one, you had all those features listed above, plus you could view TV commercials, earn virtual patches, and even listen to 80’s music while you play.  I really liked that collection because of that, and the fact that Activision’s 2600 games were better overall.

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The Games of Atari Flashback Classics vol. 1, Part 1

ATARI1I love classic game compilations, but you don’t see them as much anymore since most of the time you just pay for each game to download on your hard drive nowadays.  So when I saw that there were two physical disc volumes of Atari games for the PS4 and Xbox One, I made sure to snag them when I got my PS4.  So for fun, I thought I’d go over the games on these collections.  We’ll split this into two parts.  First I’ll go over the Atari arcade games, as well as the Atari 2600 ports of those arcade titles.  And in the next part, I’ll go over the rest of the 2600 offerings.  And we’ll repeat the process with Vol. 2 as well.

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PAX South 2017 Part 2: Modeling, Masquerades, and Miscellany

So at PAX shows I attend a lot of meetings with game companies showing off their new games, and that’s why my Part 1 article was mostly about.  But I also take a lot of pictures that aren’t related to any of that stuff, but are still cool.  So we’ll be looking at all that stuff in Part 2 of my PAX South 2017 article.

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PAX South 2017 Part 1: A Switch for the Better

The Penny Arcade Expo, or PAX for short, is one of the largest video game conventions open to the public in the US.  It started out in Seattle, then expanded to another show out East in Boston, and for the past three years, they’ve also had a show in San Antonio with PAX South.  Since that’s only a few hours’ drive from where I live, I decided to go again this year along with my dad and several of my younger brothers.  Last year’s PAX South was a little underwhelming for me, but this year was much better, thanks to more interesting indie games, a brand new lobby area just built at the convention center, and my first chance to play the new Nintendo Switch console!

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Cary is Looking Forward in 2017!

YOOKA_BOXA new year brings promise of new video games, so I thought I’d write about which ones I’m looking forward to this year.  Of course there will probably be some announcements of new games throughout the year (like at E3), as it’s a bit early.  And of course some things may be delayed, too.  But anyway, let’s take a look at what I’m looking forward to playing and reviewing this year.

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Super Mario Run (iOS)

MARIO_BOXSuper Mario Run is kind of a big deal because it’s the first time in a long while that Nintendo has made a game for another platform.  Sure they did Miitomo last year, but that was more of a social app and a scaled down version of Tomodatchi Life, and Pokemon GO was a joint venture.  But this is an actual true game starring Nintendo’s most beloved mascot.  It plays nearly like what you think it would, as a continuous runner starring Mario.  He constantly runs forward in typical Mario themed worlds, and you just tap the screen to make him jump over obstacles.  It’s available for iOS devices, but reviewed on iPad here, because I can’t imagine playing this game on a tiny cell phone screen.

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