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Splendor (Boardgame, PC, iOS, Android)


sp_Icon-Splendor_152Splendor is a gem-themed game of economic growth.  Players use consumable gem chips to purchase point cards, which serve as permanent gems.  As players accumulate cards, they are able to purchase more expensive cards worth more points.  In this way, the game steamrolls into a finale of large point card purchases.  While it sounds rather dry, the game has an attraction as a simple “snowball” game where one’s resources accumulate and become more powerful over time.



Reader Review: Undertale (PC)

UNDERTALE_BOXI used to love RPGs as a kid in the 16-bit days, but I have a hard time getting into them anymore since they mostly have long and meandering 80-hour plots and overly complicated gameplay. It’s nice to know that others feel that way, too, like my friend Robbie Allen. He reviewed this RPG that sounds really fun, and not like today’s typical RPGs. So check out his review of Undertale, a downloadable game on Steam!


Minecraft: Story Mode (PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, iOS, Android)

minecraft story mode iconMinecraft: Story mode is a point-and-click videogame set in a phenomenally popular brand.  If you haven’t had contact with a child under the age of 15, you may not know about the cultural phenomenon that is Minecraft.  Minecraft is a very popular open-ended exploration and building game based around block-like graphics that give it a bit of a LEGO vibe.  Minecraft: Story Mode is the first game that uses the Minecraft Universe as a setting.  A cross between a point-and-click adventure and a quick-choice response system (think Dragon’s Lair in the arcade if you’re old enough), Minecraft Story Mode manages to deliver a fun, if simple, game that hits the spot for its target audience.

Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader? (3DS)

SMART_BOXHosted by comedian Jeff Foxworthy, Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader is a TV game show where adult contestants try and answer school questions that 5th graders are required to know and learn in class. If the grown-ups forget or if that subject is a little fuzzy, they can call upon actual elementary school kids to help them out for a limited time. And now you can test and see if you’re smarter with the 3DS game based on the television series.


From Villager to Mayor to Happy Home Designer

DIGBYHey folks, just wanted to write a blog and tell you about my new job! I’m designing happy homes, and my clients are real animals! But luckily it’s pretty easy work, and somewhat entertaining, too. So let’s take a look at how I got to where I am today.


Reader Review: Final Dusk (PC)

DUSK_BOXOctober is the perfect month for silly spooky Halloween games, so here’s a review by my friend Robbie Allen. It’s a downloadable PC title called Final Dusk, and in it you play as a vampire girl as she sets out to save her family from a witch who turned them all into stone! Check it out!


Snail Bob 2 (iOS, PC)

SNAIL_BOXHelp Bob the snail stay safe in this sequel to the hit 2-D puzzler. Similar to Lemmings, Snail Bob will creep along in dozens of single screen puzzle rooms, but he won’t stop, even if danger is ahead. You’ll have to tap switches and manipulate the environment so Snail Bob has a safe path to the exit. Snail Bob 2 is a downloadable title for iOS devices and PC, but reviewed on iPad here.


Skylanders Superchargers Super Special!

SKYLANDERS_LOGOThe Skylanders are revving up for another game in the popular ‘toys-to-life’ series, and this time, they’re bringing vehicles into the mix. Now you can not only bring your toy Skylanders into the game for the tried and true 3-D action you know and love, but also land, sea, and air crafts for them to drive and race around in certain areas, too! This time, the evil Kaos has created a Doomstation of Total Doomstruction, and it’s eating up all the Skylands! What’s worse, it’s powered by a mysterious force that even Kaos doesn’t understand called ‘The Darkness.’ Now it’s up to the Skylanders and their new supercharged vehicles to save the day once again! Skylanders Superchargers is available for nearly all the current gaming consoles, but reviewed on Wii U here.


Unplugged: Fish Fish Squish! (Boardgame)

fish fish boxA good kid’s game will involve a bit of actual thinking (looking at you Candyland) and a bit of physical interaction (to help those squirrelly ones.) Fish Fish Squish! has a bit of both, matching cards and smashing play-doh fish as a reward for success. This makes it fun for kids and agreeable to parents playing along.




Fish Fish Squish!
Publisher: Winning Moves
Ages: 5+
Players: 2-4
Time: 20 mins
(Review copy provided by Winning Moves)



Extreme Exorcism (Wii U)

EXTREME_BOXWith Halloween coming up, now’s a good time to practice your ghost busting skills with Extreme Exorcism. It’s an arcade action game for up to four players where you try and shoot ghosts who follow the same path you took on the last round! Extreme Exorcism is a downloadable title for Wii U, PS4, PS3, and Xbox One, but reviewed on Wii U here.