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Overcooked 2 (PS4, Switch, Xbox One, PC)

Last year I reviewed Overcooked, an action game where you and a bunch of chefs try to prepare food and fill orders in kitchen mazes as fast as possible.  It was pretty popular, and definitely one of the better recent indie titles.  And now you can have a second helping of culinary fun with Overcooked 2.  It features different kitchen mazes and new ways to team up.  It’s available on most current game consoles and PC, but reviewed on PS4 here.

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Hacky Zack (Switch, PC)

As a kid, I didn’t have much exposure or experience to the game of hacky sack.  I probably saw the little balls in stores but didn’t know what they were.  The first time I saw the game played was in a video game called California Games.  But I never saw anyone actually play it until I got to college and there would always be students playing it outside the dorm lobby.  And that’s my history with hacky sack, until this new game.  Hacky Zack is a 2-D puzzle platformer where you must kick a ball into a goal to move to the next level.  It’s available to download on Switch and PC, but reviewed on Switch here.

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Robbotto (Switch, PC)

One of my favorite kinds of arcade games are single screen maze games where you either have to run from things or chase things.  Examples would include Pac-Man and Bubble Bobble.  So I was happy to find out that retro styled Robbotto plays like those titles.  In this game, you are a robot and must deactivate all the enemy robots in a room.  To do this, first you must zap them with a bolt of electricity, and while they are still electrified, you must spray them with water to stop them.  Robbotto is available to download on Switch and PC, but reviewed on Switch here.

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Summer Movie Heroes

As the summer season comes to a close, it’s time for me to talk about the movies I saw in the past few months.  There really wasn’t a whole lot of movies this summer that I wanted to see, so this blog may be a bit on the short side.  I’ll try to keep the spoilers to a minimum, but there might be a few here and there, so you’ve been warned.  OK, let’s get started!

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Little Dragons Café (PS4, Switch)

A brother and sister live with their mom, who runs a café on a magical island. One day, the mother falls into a deep sleep and won’t wake up.  But shortly after the siblings find her, a mysterious old man appears and tells the children that their mom is half dragon, half human.  Her dragon blood and human blood aren’t syncing right, which caused her to fall ill.  Luckily the old man brought a dragon egg with him, and tells the children that if they can hatch and raise the young dragon, their mom will get better.   In this game, you play as one of the siblings and must both run the café and raise a dragon at the same time in this restaurant sim/virtual pet hybrid.  It’s available on PS4 and Switch, but reviewed on PS4 here.

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Mario McDonald’s Happy Meal Toys

McDonald’s recently had more Mario themed toys in their Happy Meals.  And thanks to my family, I managed to get them all.  So I figured I’d show them to you here.  Unfortunately I don’t think that McDonald’s is still doing this promotion at the time of this writing.  I wanted to post this earlier but I just couldn’t find the time.  But sometimes McDonald’s will give out old toys if they run out of new ones so maybe you can still get them.  Anyway, let’s take a look at what they are.

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Galak-Z: Variant S (Switch, PS4, PC, Mobile)

Galak-Z is a 2-D arcade style space shoot ‘em up where you pilot either a mech or spaceship as you navigate planetary caves finding goodies and destroying enemy robots as you make your way to the exit.  It’s free to download on nearly every home console, PC, and mobile device, but reviewed on Switch here under the subtitle “Variant S.”

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Slam Land (PS4, Switch, PC)

Slam Land is a 2-D platforming competitive game for up to four players.  It’s like a hybrid of basketball and Super Smash Bros.  Choose from a handful of wacky characters and try to pick each other up and throw them in baskets for points.  It’s available to download on PS4, Switch, and PC, but reviewed on PS4 here.

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Flat Heroes (Switch, PC)

Sometimes less is more, and that’s the case with Flat Heroes.  It’s a simple arcade game where you are a square and must survive single screen rooms with obstacles represented by flat shapes.  Like any great classic arcade game, it’s easy to learn but hard to master.  The game is available to download on Switch and PC, but reviewed on Switch here.

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Hungry Shark World (PS4, Xbox One, Mobile)

Play as a ravenous shark during a feeding frenzy in Hungry Shark World.  Swim in 2-D space as you gobble up all manner of fish and even humans!  So it’s like a more violent version of Ecco the Dolphin.  It’s available to download on PS4 and Xbox One, and I think it started out as a mobile title, but it’s reviewed on PS4 here.

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