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Birthday Reviews!

On 09/14/2023 at 09:31 PM by Cary Woodham

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September 15 is my birthday, but the presents are for you!  More recent game reviews I’ve written over at for you to read and post ‘likes’ and comments on.  And thanks for doing that.  And since it’s my birthday, in the comments section here, please give me a pretend birthday present!  It’s the thought that counts, literally!  And it’s fun.  OK let’s begin!

Space Invaders World Defense (Mobile)

If you ask me, the Space Invaders have already won.  They first took all of our money back in the 70s with the original arcade game.  And now, they’re making us stand outside looking like fools with our cell phones in Space Invaders World Defense.  It’s a mobile game (reviewed on iPhone here) that uses Google mapping and AR technology to zap the iconic blocky aliens in real world surroundings!

Pyra and Mythra amiibo

I got the latest batch of Smash amiibo recently.  This time it’s of Pyra and Mythra from the Xenoblade series.  Let’s take a look at them!

Ace Angler: Fishing Spirits M (Mobile)

Got a couple of fishing games in this batch.  There’s an arcade fishing game by Namco where you view the action on a horizontal screen parallel to the ground, like you’re looking into a small fishing pond.  It’s called Ace Angler, and I know I played it once in an arcade, or at least another game that was trying to imitate it.  It’s been a while.  Anyway, the game is pretty popular in Japan and has even gotten a couple of Switch home ports. The newest one even made it to the US digitally this past year.  And now anyone can play a mobile version of the game (reviewed on iPad here) with Ace Angler: Fishing Spirits M.  I do have the new Switch game as well, and I plan on posting a blog on it a week or so after this one if I don’t get too busy.

Isle of Jura: Fishing Trip (Switch)

You are Alex, a university student working on a school project where you need animal samples for research.  Your mom suggests visiting your grandfather on a small island for a fishing trip.  This game allows you to explore a little island where you can fish in ponds, streams, and the ocean, earning money to buy better gear so you can catch more fish.

Fluffy Milo (PS4)

Help Milo the cat push cartons of milk into his dishes in Fluffy Milo, a block pushing puzzle game.  Well you push the whole carton into the dish without pouring it out, so not sure what good that does, but it’s just a game.  If this premise sounds really familiar, it’s probably because I reviewed a game just like it about half a year ago called Sissa’s Path.  Fluffy Milo is available on all current game consoles and PC, but reviewed on PS4 here.  There’s a name for these types of games in Japan called Sokaban, and it reminds me of titles like Boxxle, Chip’s Challenge, or Adventures of Lolo.

Dogotchi (Switch)

Travel back to the late 90s when keychain virtual pets were the big thing with Doggotchi on Switch.  Take care of different breeds of dogs by feeding and cleaning up after them, and playing games to make them happy.  It even features black and white pixel graphics and sounds!  I’ve already reviewed a version of this game that features cats, and this is exactly the same game, but with dogs!

Battle Kid: Fortress of Peril (Switch)

In the future, two young dudes, Chester and Timmy, are training at an intense battle school.  But when Chester is caught cheating (possibly wrongly) and kicked out, he turns toward the forces of evil.  He then steals an important item from the school that can grant him great power, and now Timmy must don a special battle suit and face his former friend in the Fortress of Peril.  Battle Kid is a 8-bit homebrew NES game, but now you can play it on Switch and Xbox One.  It heavily borrows elements from games like Mega Man and “Metroidvania” titles.

And that’s all for now!  Thanks for reading and posting ‘likes’ and comments on my reviews!  I do appreciate it.  And don’t forget to give me a pretend birthday present in the comments section here!  Later!  --Cary




09/15/2023 at 10:01 AM

My gift is this Bluey plushy I saw at a flea market recently. Happy birthday!


Cary Woodham

09/16/2023 at 08:15 AM

Thanks.  Have you ever watched Bluey?  If you have Disney+, you should give it a try.  Even though it's a kids' show, they deal with a lot of adult issues like miscarrages and such.  I sometimes forget it's a kids' show because it really feels more like an adult parenting show that kids can still enjoy.

One of my favorite episodes is "Sleepover."  In it, Bluey's bratty younger cousin Muffin comes over to spend the night, but she's so sleep deprived that she goes bat shit crazy.  That's the episode that has my favorite line: "Coconuts have water in them!"  Muffin is one of my favorite characters.

Another episode I like is "Fairytale."  Lots of great 80s references in that one.  

TV shows and movies usually don't make me want to cry, especially cartoons, but one episode of Bluey almost did.  It's called "Baby Race."  I'm convinced that episode was made for the parents, not the kids. If you don't have Disney+, you might be able to check these out on YouTube as well.

Other good episodes include Unicourse, BBQ, Hammerbarn, Barky Boats, and more.  My favorite characters are Unicourse, Muffin, and Bluey's little sister Bingo.  They have the best lines.  Can you tell what I'm trying to make my next podcast subject to be?


09/16/2023 at 09:11 AM

No, but I saw a Bluey PS1 game I was curious about. It looked aimed at very young kids, but now you mention the show has something for adults too, I may go get it. 

Sounds interesting. I'll borrow the season 1 dvd from my library. 

Cary Woodham

09/17/2023 at 12:31 PM

Hm, I don't think that was a Bluey PS1 game you saw.  Bluey came out in 2017 and I don't think there's been a Bluey video game yet, although there's rumors they're making one.

I didn't think Bluey was on DVD yet, but after a quick search, looks like it is!

For your convienence, here's some Bluey episodes you should watch on YouTube:


Baby Race

And here's a clip from Fairytale with one of the cool 80s references:


09/18/2023 at 03:15 PM

I keep mixing up Bluey and Blues Clues. I saw a Blues Clues PS1 game. 

Thanks for the links. I think I got a good sense of what the show is now. 

Cary Woodham

09/19/2023 at 11:41 AM

I was curious about the Blue's Clues PlayStation game.  It wasn't made by the same people, but Humongous Entertainment did the PC Blue's Clues games.  Humongous also did the Backyard Sports games as well as kiddie point and click adventures like Putt-Putt, Pajama Sam, Freddie Fish, Spy Fox, etc.  Those were really charming games and I loved talking with Humongous every year at E3.  When they did the Blue's Clues PC games, they were in talks with Nick Jr. to make cartoons out of their characters.  I would've loved to have seen that happen!  Too bad it didin't.


09/22/2023 at 09:12 AM

Humongous seems like a really good developer. I'd like to play their MoonBase Commander but it's a PC game from 2002. 

Cary Woodham

09/23/2023 at 10:01 AM

I didn't know Humongous made that.  They're mostly known for their kids' games.

Speaking of a Bluey video game:


09/23/2023 at 10:45 AM

Yeah, it was like their only nonkids game on the list I saw. If they put the Bluey game on Game Pass, I'll try it, if for nothing else than easy achievements. 

Cary Woodham

09/23/2023 at 11:40 AM

I hope I get to review the Bluey game!

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