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Coconuts Have Water in Them!

On 06/01/2023 at 10:16 PM by Cary Woodham

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I couldn’t think of a creative title for this review dump blog, so I’m quoting Bluey.  Bluey is an awesome kids show that is so good that I sometimes forget it’s a kids show.  You should watch it if you get a chance.  It’s on Disney+.  Anyway, here’s a bunch of reviews I’ve recently written over at  Please click on the links and read as many as you can, and maybe even post a ‘like’ or comment or two.  I’d appreciate it.  OK let’s begin!

Puzzle Bobble Everybubble (Switch)

I freaking love Puzzle Bobble.  It’s one of my top three favorite puzzle games, right on up there with Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo and plain ol’ Tetris.  It’s actually a spin-off of the arcade classic Bubble Bobble, but this is one case where the spin-off ended up being more popular than the original game it was based on!  The series was originally called Bust-A-Move in the US, but I’m so glad they changed it back recently because I hated that name.  Puzzle Bobble just makes more sense.  Also, this is one type of game that gets heavily imitated on cell phone devices.  I bet Taito wished they would’ve gotten some kind of stricter patent or something (not sure how that works), but their game isn’t entirely original itself either.  Anyway, the newest game in the series: Puzzle Bobble Everybubble is now available on Switch!

Gematombe (PS4)

On a related note: Back in the 90s, there was a popular sub-genre of puzzle games which were usually competitive and had colorful, sometimes anime-like characters.  Some of these types of games included Tetris Attack, Super Puzzle Fighter 2 Turbo, Puzzle Bobble, Magical Drop, Puchi Carat, and others.  Gematombe seeks to replicate those kind of games and ends up being most like Puchi Carat.  The characters featured here are based on the Greek myth about Pandora’s Box, and gameplay is a mix of Breakout and Puzzle Bobble.

Zool Redimensioned (PS4)

Back in the 90s, 2-D mascot platformers were all the rage, thanks to Sonic.  There were so many that I got downright tired of them and skipped out on quite a few.  Also this was about the time I was really big into 16-bit RPGs like Final Fantasy and Chrono Trigger, so yeah.  Anyway, one of these mascot platformers I missed out on was Zool.  He was a ninja gremlin guy who tromped around 2-D levels based on themes like candy, tools, toys, music, and more.  Zool was on pretty much all the consoles at the time, but hasn’t been heard from since.  There’s a rumor that the infamously bad Wii game Ninjabread Man was originally going to be a 3-D Zool title, but I’m not 100 percent sure on that.  Anyway, now Zool is back on some modern consoles and PC (reviewed on PS4 here) with all sorts of new modes and features.   Honestly I didn’t think this one was THAT bad.  It kind of reminded me of Jazz Jackrabbit, a 2-D mascot game I did like back then.

Cannon Dancer: Osman (PS4)

Cannon Dancer was an arcade game from 1996 and it was called Osman in the US, although I have never heard of it until now.  If the game looks a LOT like Strider, there’s a reason for that.  Both were directed by the same person and some have said that Cannon Dancer is like an ‘unofficial sequel’ of sorts.  In the game you play as a martial arts dude who can climb walls and punch and kick bad guys as you stop a corrupt government in the future.  And now you can play it on all current consoles.

Dogfight: A Sausage Bomber Story (PS4)

Sausage Bomber originally started out as a 2-D horizontally scrolling mobile game shooter.  And now a sequel of sorts is available for all current consoles and PC, but reviewed on PS4 here.  It’s a cartoony shooter with all sorts of hot dog puns and up to four can play at the same time!  And it’s really fun, too!

Ayre and the Crystal Comet (PS4)

You are Ayre, a dragon rider and the last of your kind.  One day you find a glowing gem that communicates to you.  The gem says they are part of a massive crystal comet that fell and crumbled into hundreds of pieces.  It’s up to you to explore the land riding your flying dragon to find all the crystal pieces and uncover the mystery.  Along the way you might discover other secrets in this no-combat, stress-free low polygonal 3D flying exploration adventure.

Sport & Fun Swimming (Switch)

This is a motion controlled fitness game where you try and ‘swim’ a set distance each day by moving your arms while holding Switch JoyCons to mimic swimming strokes.  It kind of reminds me of another simple fitness game released on the Switch a couple of years ago called Jump Rope Challenge.

Hyper-5 (PS4)

Hyper-5 is a 2-D side scrolling shooter with 3D graphics that look like they came from the late 90s/early 2000s.  You can choose to play an arcade mode where you pick up power-ups, or a story mode where you can upgrade your weapons and ship at the end of each level.

nPaint (Switch)

With the Switch’s portability and touch screen features, I’m surprised they haven’t made an Art Academy game for it yet.  But until that happens, here’s another basic paint program you can doodle with.

And that’s all for now!  Thanks for reading my reviews and posting ‘likes’ and comments and such!  I do appreciate it.  Later!  --Cary




06/02/2023 at 09:19 AM

Hyper-5 intrigues me.

Cary Woodham

06/03/2023 at 07:42 AM

Eh, it's just a standard shooter and not that great either.


06/02/2023 at 10:22 AM

Taito did a variation of Puzzle Bobble called Puzzle de Pon! I used to see that in Neo-Geo machines at truck stops a lot, which is kind of funny.

One game that I'd like to see come to Arcade Archives (there are a lot, but this one is somewhat germane to this discussion) was called Senkyu, or Battle Balls. It had the same sort of animated anime background characters as Magical Drop.

Cary Woodham

06/03/2023 at 07:44 AM

I've only seen Puzzle de Pon on a couple of NEO GEO arcade cabinets, but I've seen Bust-A-Move everywhere!  Even on its own dedicated cabinets.

One Arcade Archive I'm really glad they did was Libble Rabble, since it was done by the same guy who created Pac-Man.


06/08/2023 at 12:02 PM

Recently I discovered, through YouTube, an platforming arcade game called Mouser, by UPL. It's basically the reverse of Mappy: You play as a cat trying to rescure your cat girlfriend from some evil mice. That has become my most wanted Arcade Archives game. 

Cary Woodham

06/11/2023 at 08:27 AM

I'd like to see Neo Mr. Do! on Arcade Archives.  Or I know!  How about a Mr. Do! collection?

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