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PAX West 2019 and Birthday Reviews!

On 09/12/2019 at 10:45 PM by Cary Woodham

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At the end of August/beginning of September, I went to PAX West 2019 in Seattle.  And I finished my articles last week so here are links to them in this blog.  Please read them when you get a chance.  Lots of cool pictures and new games!  Also, my birthday is coming up (Sept. 15), but the presents are for you!  I’ve got more game reviews I’ve written recently as well!  Please read as many as you can and maybe post a ‘like’ or comment or two.  I’d appreciate it.  OK let’s get this party started!

PAX West 2019 Part 1: The Weird and Wacky World of Indie Games

When I go to PAX or E3, I don’t know how my articles will turn out.  Will they have themes?  Will there be two parts or three?  I won’t know until I’m done with the show.  This year I noticed I played two main different kinds of games: weird indie games and games based on classic properties.  So that’s how I split up my articles this time.  So my first one is mostly about the weird indie games I checked out at the show.

PAX West 2019 Part 2: Classics from Blocks to Burgers

And my second article is about all the games based on classic properties I played at the show.  Again, I hope you get to read all the articles.

Cary’s Pretend Birthday Party!

So before we get started with the rest of the reviews, I wanted to play the silly game I always do here when it’s my birthday.  We’ll have a pretend birthday party and you can give me pretend presents in the comments section.  It can be anything you want, and it won’t cost you a thing!  It’s the thought that counts, literally!  It’s just fun for me to see what you all come up with!

Teppen (iPad)

Here’s a mobile card battle game featuring Capcom characters from games like Street Fighter, Mega Man X, Resident Evil, DarkStalkers, Monster Hunter, and more!  It’s all right for a mobile game.  If they add more characters, I vote for Cammy, Phoenix Wright, or Tron Bonne.  I wrote about Teppen in my first PAX article as well.  If you check it out, you can see some pictures I took of cosplayers dressed as Capcom characters at the Teppen booth!  My favorite was the lady dressed as Jill Valentine.  She was pretty.

Unplugged: Tanto Cuore

PAX is also a haven for board and card games, and nearly every year I go, I see this game.  It’s a card game where you amass an army of anime maids for your mansion, so it’s a little weird and I’m not the biggest fan of the subject matter, but it’s still presented in a campy way.  Because I have seen it every year when I go to PAX, and the people there are so nice, I decided to take up their offer to review the card game for its tenth anniversary.

Galaga Revenge (iPad)

It’s a free to play game that kind of mixes Galaga with a bullet hell shooter.  It’s been out for a while, but I didn’t know about it until recently.  So I decided to write a review of it since I’m such a Namco fan.  They tried to give the game a story with generic anime characters, but at least some of them are kind of cool.  Hey Galaga instruction lady, what are you doing after the next battle?

Sticky Bodies (iPad)

Oh what a horrible name for a game!  This free to start mobile game was made by Q-Games and PixelJunk, if that means anything to you.  British people fall from the sky and you must steer them to they link to each other and try to get as many as you can before reaching the bottom of the level.  Everything has a cutout animation look that’s similar to Monty Python.  After a few levels, the game prompts you to pay for the rest.  I wish I would’ve been told that in the press release. It’s a cute and weird game, but I’m not plunking down five bucks for it.

Hot Wheels: Infinite Loop (iPad)

I think everyone has played with Hot Wheels cars when they were kids.  Even me, as I had a fold out garage I played with a lot when I was little.  And just the other day, I saw Mario Kart Hot Wheels cars and tracks.  I was real tempted to get them, but I didn’t.  Anyway, in this mobile game, you race giant Hot Wheels cars in real life city locations, so it has a street racing game feel to it.  But every so often, hologram orange tracks appear that look like those bendy Hot Wheels tracks, so you also do loops and corkscrews and stuff.  The game would’ve been real fun as a console game, without all the free-to-play stuff bogging it down.  I dunno, maybe it was a console game at one point, I’ve never played a Hot Wheels video game before this one.

Where the Bees Make Honey (PS4)

And last and definitely least is this game that tells the story of an office worker longing for the days of her childhood memories in the form of a mish mash of various other games.  Each feels like a different student game project all thrown together, and most of them control poorly, are extremely buggy, and saving is inconsistent.  Definitely one of the worst games I’ve played this year. 

OK that’s all for now!  Thanks for reading my PAX articles and reviews and posting ‘likes’ and comments!  I appreciate it.  And don’t forget about my pretend birthday presents!  Later!  --Cary



Matt Snee Staff Writer

09/13/2019 at 01:28 PM

Happy birthday, Cary! I hope you get a Pac-Man cake! For your present I’m giving you a Burger Time arcade machine that you can fold up and put in your pocket!

Cary Woodham

09/13/2019 at 09:41 PM

Thanks!  You know those little My Arcade mini cabinets?  I have one of BurgerTime.  :)


09/13/2019 at 03:28 PM

Happy birthday buddy. The Nintendo and Square Enix stuff looked really neat. One of these days I'm going to make it to PAX. 

For your birthday I give you a gift card for Whataburger, in honor of BurgerTime. Hopefully you're not a vegetarian though, that gift wouldn't do you much good.

Cary Woodham

09/13/2019 at 09:45 PM

I thought of you not only when I was playing River City Girls, but also when I was walking around the Square-Enix booth FF7 area.  Like the Cloud-cycle you can sit on and the replica of the Mako reactor.  As I was walking around that part, I almost expected Aeris to walk around the corner and try to sell me a flower.

I'm not a vegetarian, but I do like vegetables.  Meat just tastes too good for me to be a vegetarian.  In Seattle we actually ate at the same burger place twice.  The first day of PAX, after playing BurgerTime Party and sitting on burger chairs, we were hungry for burgers so we ate at this great burger place called 206 Burger Company, or something like that.  Then the last day of the show, we ate there again for lunch.  The first time we ate there, I just had a regular bacon cheeseburger.  The second time I got a salmon burger.


09/13/2019 at 07:18 PM

Happy birthday! I'm getting you this:


a ticket to Tokyo Disney Resort. I want to read your review of it. I know, it's selfish of me, but you'll love it, right?

Jill Valentine is ok. I still like Morrigan. 

Cary Woodham

09/13/2019 at 09:52 PM

So to reply to your comments on the GamerDad site, you would like the Teppen game if you have a mobile device to play it on.  Morrigan's in the game, too. :)

I don't know for sure if the cars in the Hot Wheels game are based on real toys, but they did offer me a giveaway of some real Hot Wheels cars based on the game, so I think there might be.

Is that a Halloween float?  Back in 2014, I did go to Disney World in the fall and did all the Halloween stuff.  it was pretty neat.  I wrote reviews of it at when I got back.

I like JIll Valentine, but I don't know why.  I'm used to calling her Jill Sandwich because of a silly quote from the game she's in.


09/14/2019 at 06:56 PM

One of these days I'll get a tablet. 

The cars in the screenshot looked pretty good even if they aren't actual Matchbox cars. 

I'm thinking Disney isn't a bad place to go for Halloween. One of these Halloweens I'll have to make that trip. 

I've heard that quote before even though I haven't played much of the Resident Evil series. 

Cary Woodham

09/14/2019 at 09:47 PM

You know what's really awesome is Disney World at Christmas.  It can get really crowded, though.

Yeah I know about that "You almost became a Jill Sandwich" quote even though I've never played a Resident Evil game either.  In the first Dead Rising game, one of the restaurants at the food court in the mall is called "Jill's Sandwiches!"


09/14/2019 at 09:53 PM

Disney Christmas would be fun. 

Oh, that's cool. I never noticed that in Dead Rising. 

Cary Woodham

09/14/2019 at 10:30 PM

One neat thing about Christmas at Disney World is that they have stands everywhere where you can get a Christmas cookie and munch on it as you walk around the park.

I loved watching my brother play Dead Rising.  I would make him play through the whole game with a Servebot mask on his head (those were the big yellow LEGO man looking things).


09/16/2019 at 01:44 PM

I always love getting silly clothing to wear in Dead Rising. 

Cary Woodham

09/17/2019 at 10:13 AM

I just really liked that they put references to Servebots in there.  Love those guys.


09/17/2019 at 12:45 PM

Every time I see a game that looks a little quirky and that I might be interested in, I immediately go to GamerDad and check and see if you've reviewed it. So far, you've saved me a lot of money on games that I thought I wanted, but after reading your review realized it wouldn't quite be what I wanted.

For your pretend birthday, I'm sending you a pretend pet moose from the wilds of Maine. They like aquatic plants, and the bark from maples and hemlocks, so fairly easy to feed.

Cary Woodham

09/17/2019 at 09:45 PM

So out of curiosity, do you remember any games that I've reviewed that saved you from buying them?

Of course I would name my pet moose Bullwinkle.  What else would you name a moose?  I'm not sure a moose would like the Texas heat, though.

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