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Them’s Fightin’ Herds (PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, X/S, PC)

About ten or so years ago, there was a My Little Pony cartoon based on the toy line with the subtitle “Friendship is Magic.”  The cartoon was directed by Lauren Faust, who also worked on such cartoons like The PowerPuff Girls and Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends.  So because of this, the My Little Pony cartoon was surprisingly good and developed a fan base of all ages and genders.  Some fans even made a fighting game based on the My Little Pony characters.  Hasbro shut that down, understandably, since they didn’t want their toy line associated with fighting.  But people liked that idea so much that Lauren Faust created some new characters for a fighting game, and that’s how we got Them’s Fightin’ Herds!  It’s a cartoony one-on-one fighter featuring all manner of hooved animals, and it’s available for all current consoles and PC, but reviewed on PS4 here.

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Star Wars, Marvel, Star Trek, and More: – Boardgames for the Franchise Superfan

With the explosion of media from big-name franchises like Star Wars, Marvel, and Lord of the Rings there is almost too much for one person to consume. However, some will say there is never enough of their favorite setting. For those folks, or friends of those folks who need gift ideas, I present the following list of thematic boardgames. Each captures the flavor of the settings, supported by a quality, enjoyable boardgame underneath. They’re not just a copy of Monopoly with scenes from a movie slapped on top.

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Super Woden GP (PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, X/S, PC)

Top down viewed racing games have always been a staple in arcades and consoles, with titles like Super Sprint, World Rally, Micro Machines, RC Pro-Am, and many more.  And now there’s Super Woden GP for modern consoles and PC, but reviewed on PS4 here.

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Rule No. 1 (PS4, PS5, Switch)

Rule No. 1 is a first person shooter that’s more like a obstacle course testing ground for your FPS skills than anything else.  You play as a sassy yet attractive lady who must shoot everything in a single small rectangular area.  Enemies come in waves, and you are scored on how many you can shoot before your health runs out.  The game is available on PlayStation consoles and Switch, but reviewed on PS4 here.

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Hallmark 2022 Video Game Christmas Ornaments

Hallmark always has a wide annual selection of new Christmas ornaments and series, and in the past few years they’ve even done video game related ones!  This year they had even MORE than ever (my wallet is still crying), and I got most of them, so I thought I’d share them with you here.

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reky (Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, X/S, PC, Mobile)

“reky” is a isometric maze puzzle game where you must guide a ball through a minimalistic maze to get from point A to point B.  There are colored blocks in the mazes that you can move to certain spots by pressing the A button.  When your ball is over one of those colored blocks, you can absorb that color with the X button.  You can then transfer that color to another white block, and then move that block with the A button to hopefully move forward.  But your ball can’t be on colored blocks for them to move.  There are nearly a hundred of these maze puzzles to solve in reky, and it’s available on pretty much anything you can play a game on, but reviewed on Switch here.

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Maze Blaze (Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, X/S, PC)

You are a futuristic soldier in a maze and you must find your way to the exit all the while shooting enemies and collecting helpful items.  Maze Blaze is available on all current game consoles and PC, but reviewed on Switch here.

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Nickelodeon Kart Racers 3: Slime Speedway (PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, X/S, PC)

For several generations, youngsters have enjoyed watching shows on the Nickelodeon cable channel for kids.  Heck, even when I was a little kid back in the 80’s, I enjoyed watching Nick shows such as You Can’t Do that on Television, Danger Mouse, and Double Dare.  Even more recently I’ve been known to watch shows on that channel like Invader ZIM and The Penguins of Madagascar.  My younger brothers would watch shows on Nickelodeon, too, such as Rugrats and SpongeBob Squarepants.  And now kart racing and Nickelodeon fans can have fun together with Nickelodeon Kart Racers 3: Slime Speedway.  It’s available on all current consoles and PC, but reviewed on Switch here.  They’ve added a few characters and tracks, but most of it is the same as before.  But there is one new improvement the other Nick kart games lacked: ACTUAL VOICES!  Really gives the series the much-needed personality this type of licensed game requires.

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C.A.R.L. (PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, X/S, PC)

Back in the early to mid 90s, many PC owners got their games via shareware.  With shareware games, you usually could pick up a free disk at a computer store or in a magazine.  The disk would have demos of games you could try, and if you liked them, there would usually be info on how you can order the full game, or even get a shareware catalog!  Keep in mind this was before the internet was big.  Many popular games back then started out as shareware: Commander Keen, Jazz Jackrabbit, heck even Wolfenstein!  If you want to play a new 2-D platformer that has that old ‘shareware’ DOS PC feel, then C.A.R.L. is for you!  C.A.R.L. stands for Computer Automated Resource Locator (acronyms are a running gag in this game).  You are a robot equipped with a blaster and you must infiltrate a robot factory owned by a engineer who wants to take over the world.  The game is available on all current consoles and PC, but reviewed on PS4 here.

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Pretty Girls Escape (PS4, PS5, Switch, PC)

Play a fun color matching block puzzle game while being accompanied by cute anime ladies in Pretty Girls Escape.  It’s available on PlayStation consoles, Switch, and PC, but reviewed on PS4 here.

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