PlayStation Plus has introduced me to a number of games that I might not have ever played before. One of those games is called Stick It To the Man, a puzzle-platformer/adventure game from Zoink Studios that I would have honestly passed up just because the visual style didn’t appeal to me. I thought it would be distracting to the point of not being able to focus on the game underneath it. Let’s just say I was wrong.
In the game you play as Ray, a man whose day job involves him having hammers dropped on his head to test out materials that are used to make hard hats. He rates them based on how much pain he endures during each test. On his way home after work one day an object falls from the sky and lands on his head knocking him unconscious. When he awakens he notices a large, pink, sticky hand protruding from his noggin. He realizes very quickly that he can manipulate this hand to grab objects in the environment, read peoples thoughts and even create objects based on some of those same thoughts. What proceeds after that is an adventure through the mind of a crazy man and literally the minds of everyone around him.
Did you know someone has taken it upon themselves to recut episodes one through three of Star Wars into a single film. Viewers are saying it’s a much more efficient and compelling story than it is when it’s divvied up between three movies. I mean, tell the truth, would you have watched Episodes II and III after seeing The Phantom Menace if you hadn’t already seen IV, V, and VI? Well, this is where Moon Chronicles comes in except they’re doing the reverse. Moon was a game that was originally released on Nintendo DS and Moon Chronicles is a retelling of that game that’s being released in four separate episodes. The first episode is available now and will cost you $8.99. The next three episodes will be released as paid downloadable content at future dates.
If you’re not familiar with the original Moon game, you’re only a little worse off than I was. I knew of it and toyed with idea of picking it up at various points but just never did. It was released in 2009 on DS. The release of these episodes of Moon Chronicles is meant to whet our appetite for the next game in the series, or Season 2 as Renegade Kid is calling it. Seasons… Episodes… See what they’re doing? Read more…
I don’t have a very deep history with comic books characters. I don’t really read comics, but I do have a basic knowledge of the history of many characters. My history with Spider-Man is as follows. I’ve seen all of the Tobey Macguire movies and the new Amazing Spider-Man starring Andrew Garfield. I’ve seen maybe a grand total of six episodes of any animated show starring the character. The last console Spider-Man game I played before The Amazing Spider-Man was Spider-Man and Venom: Maximum Carnage on the Super Nintendo in 1994. He’s one of the more interesting characters and has had plenty of ups and downs when it comes to the world of video games. He’s back now with a new game that is based loosely on the new movie of the same name.
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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is a game loosely based on the movie of the same name. Some of the characters are the same and some small plot points overlap, but for the most part it is a separate story from the movie. You play as Peter Parker/Spider-Man who is caught in the middle of a gang war between Russian mobs and roving street gangs. Harry Osborne and Wilson Fisk have joined together to create a private police force called the Enhance Crime Task Force in an attempt to curb the wave of crime sweeping over New York. This task force considers Spider-Man a criminal and so you must engage in activities to keep the public’s opinion on your side or face encounters with the ECTF. All the while you’re also investigating a man known as the Carnage Killer both as Peter Parker and Spider-Man. Other popular villains like Kraven, Black Cat and Electro make appearances.
Mario Sports games have always been some of my favorite games in that genre of all time. There have been some hit and miss titles in the series, but overall they’ve been solid games that were just simply a lot of fun to play. I think the GameCube era was the peak of those games in terms of quality. Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour on the GameCube is my favorite golf game of all time, Mario Strikers took soccer to a whole new level and Mario Power Tennis was crazy fun. The Mario series fell off a bit during the Wii era and the Mii versions of those sports all shined a little more. Now the 3DS has seen the sports games released. Mario Tennis Open was fun, but was hampered by some mechanics that just made the game too easy to play. Nintendo is back with another golf game, this time for the 3DS. Will Mario Golf: World Tour be the continuation of quality that the GameCube had?
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Mario Golf: World Tour is the latest in the line of sports games published by Nintendo. You play as one of many characters in the Mushroom Kingdom or as your Mii in a number of golf related game styles. You have traditional stroke play where you try to get the lowest score possible, but other modes where you try to collect star coins while still scoring par or better, ring modes where you collect rings at various points along the course or points based modes where you score set numbers of points based on how well you do. There are tournaments (both offline and online) to compete in as well as other modes to play and dozens of different challenges to complete. You also have a shop where you can unlock and buy new equipment to outfit your Mii in or improve your characters statistics to better your golf game. There are three 18-hole courses and six 9-hole courses available from the start with more that can be purchased as DLC add-ons.
There are games that come out that will occasionally dominate everything you do. You think about it all the time. You play them every spare moment you have. The biggest game like that for many people, especially fans of Nintendo, is Animal Crossing. Some people, however, don’t think there’s enough to do in Animal Crossing to keep them engaged more than a few hours. What if I told you there was a game like Animal Crossing that would let you do way more stuff all while getting to interact with some of your favorite Disney characters? Would you be interested in a game like that? Well, thanks to Disney, h.a.n.d., Namco Bandai and Nintendo you now have that chance with Disney Magical World. I’m here to tell you that no one should buy this game, because it will totally take over your life. (Totally buy this game!!!)
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In Disney Magical World you enter a place called Castleton where you become a resident of the town and you end up taking over control of a local café. While keeping that business running you also have other things you’re expected (not required to do). Other townsfolk will ask you to retrieve specific items for them. You can craft furniture for your upstairs apartment, create new clothes and travel to various themed worlds relating to various Disney properties. You’ll interact with more than 60 different Disney characters like Mickey Mouse, Aladdin, Cinderella or the infamous wizard Yen Sid. The game, much like Animal Crossing, uses a real time world clock and things in the game will change based on what time it is. There are cards to collect, “dungeons” to clear out and balls to attend. If you’ve ever wanted to live in Disney World this is about as close as you’ll ever get.
I was a huge fan of the original Yoshi’s Island on the SNES. It was something different and unique from any other Mario platformer out there. It was also really difficult. It gave you something new to do after you’d found every possible hidden secret in Super Mario World and did some really creative things (who remembers Touch Fuzzy, Get Dizzy?). Nintendo followed that up with a pseudo-sequel/remake of the first game on the DS and now they’re back with another entry in the franchise in Yoshi’s New Island.
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If you’ve never played a Yoshi’s Island game before then you might not know what to expect in Yoshi’s New Island. Baby Mario has been delivered to an island filled with Yoshi’s by mistake. Baby Luigi is locked in a tower by Kamek and the Yoshi’s decide they want to help. Different colored dinos take turns carrying the pint-sized plumber across worlds filled with Shy-guys, Nipper plants and other varieties of Bowser’s minions. As long as Mario stays on your back everything is fine. If you get hit and he falls off he starts wailing and you lose “health” if that meter reaches zero you lose a life. Grab Baby Mario out of his bubble and you can continue on your journey. Yoshi isn’t completely helpless either. He can use his tongue to grab and swallow enemies to turn into eggs that can then be thrown at other baddies or used to grab items hidden throughout the levels.
We’ve reviewed a few products over the years here at Nintendo Okie, but I don’t think I’ve been as impressed with a product as I am with the one I’m here to tell you about today. How exactly do you review a charge cable? I mean it’s not like they’re designed to do much. You pretty much plug it in and it hopefully charges your device. Other than that, what can you really say about them?
I’m here to tell you that the charge cables that the folks at Color Cables have put together put any charge cable I’ve used in the past to shame and not necessarily because it charges better than those cables. It does that job and does it well. I had a 30 pin connector plugged into a 4th generation iPod and it worked great. It took the same amount of time as any other cable, but it did it’s one function brilliantly. I also had a cable that connected through micro-USB for my Playstation 4 controller and, again, as soon as I plugged it in the light bar on the controller turned yellow and the controller charged right up. Both devices charged fully, held the charge as long as they’re supposed to and got plugged back in to be charged again.
Where these cables really stand out is in their design. There are three different types of cables available in two different lengths. You can get 30-pin connectors that plug into devices like 4th generation and earlier iPods, iPhone 4, and iPads. There is also a Lightning connector which works on 5th generation iPods, the iPhone 5 and newer iPads. For those of you out there that don’t have Apple products there is a micro-USB connector that works on devices like the Kindle Fire, PS4 and Xbox One controllers, and numerous smartphones from different companies. These come in two different lengths; either three foot or six foot varieties, and they come in seven different colors.
The cables themselves are made in a flat design, not round like a more traditional cable and that means that they won’t get tangled and they will stand up to some abuse. I have two toddlers in my house and these cables stood up to even them. They were “plugging” them into things, hooking them onto wagons and pulling the wagon around and just generally treating them like two years olds treat any toy. After they lost interest and went on to other things I plugged it in and it worked just like it should have. The end of the cables also have a thumb groove on the upper side to let you know, even in the dark, which side face the front of your device so you won’t accidentally plug it in backwards.
The unique thing about this cable, and the one Color Cables seems to be promoting the most, is the fact that they glow in the dark. Each of the cables comes with a layer of material that provides photo-luminescence. After a couple hours of sitting in a lighted room (whether it’s indoor lighting or direct sunlight) the cables will glow in the dark. This proved really helpful to me the first night I had it. I had tossed the iPod cable up on the dash of my car while I was driving around that day and when I came to bed that night I didn’t have to fumble around in the dark to find my charge cable to plug my iPod in.
The different colors available allow you to add a little personality to your device. You can also have different members of your family using different colored cables so there are no arguments over whose charge cable is whose or you can assign a specific color to a different device so you can see at a glance which cable you need if you keep them all in one place. No need to fumble through your drawer or guess at which cable you need.
There is currently a campaign on Indiegogo for these cables and they range in price from $9 to $20 depending on the connection and length of cable you want, but there are also options for multiple cables if you want to pre-order more. These cables are sturdy, well-made, can stand up to a toddler. Before now I generally just bought the cheapest cord I could find to charge my devices. From now on I will keep one of the flimsy charge cables on my desk at work for my iPod, but when I’m at home I’ll only be using this cable from Color Cables.
I’ve played a lot of pinball in my time, both virtually and in arcades. My electronic experiences range from Pinball on the Atari 2600 to the Space Cadet table included in Windows operating systems to the now ever growing library of tables from Zen Studios. Their most recent tables are probably the most unique experiences they’ve ever created. Super League Football combines the seemingly un-combinable worlds of pinball and soccer and it’s a great experience all around.
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Super League Football features eight different teams, seven popular European teams such as Real Madrid, A.C. Milan and Juventus. For those who might not like any of those teams there is a Zen Studios themed Football Club you can “support”. Each of these teams features a table that while laid out identically to the others is decked out in the colors of the corresponding team’s colors. You choose one team that you will support and play in “soccer matches” on a pinball table where the results go up on a global leaderboard. You have the traditional three chances of a pinball game while at the same time playing a sped up version of a full length soccer match. Goals can be scored and you must defend against opposing teams scoring as well.
If you haven’t yet been privileged to assume the role of Max in this dirty adventure, Renegade Kid has made it available on another platform! Is there anywhere they won’t put Mutant Mudds? Anyway, grab your warer pistols folks, the muddy invasion has made it’s way to PSN!
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I’m not going to go into much detail here. Considering there have been countless releases of this game on multiple platforms, you can read Tony’s review of the 3DS version HERE and his review of the Wii U version HERE if you’d like more information about the story or overall game’s design.
To be honest, I was originally skeptical about how Mutant Mudds would port to a high definition platform. In my past experiences, taking a game with the looks of an old SNES game and blowing them up on a 42″ screen just mucks up the original look and feel that you remember. Having only played this game in the past on my 3DS, both the PS Vita’s OLED screen and my HDTV when playing it on the PS3 bring a new life to this beautiful game! The work that has been done to make Mutant Mudds look astounding in HD shows you that Renegade Kid is capable of making a game look good on anything. Read more…