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Game Review Feast!

On 11/20/2023 at 01:26 AM by Cary Woodham

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I’ve cooked you all up a feast of game reviews I’ve recently written over at!  Please click on the links and read as many as you can, and maybe post a ‘like’ or comment or two while you’re there!  I’d appreciate it.  OK after this feast you all should have nice fat and full bellies! Bon appetit!

Sea of Stars (PS4)

When I was a teenager in the early to mid 90s, I loved 16-bit RPGs.  Couldn’t get enough of them.  I poured over Final Fantasy 4 and 6, Chrono Trigger, Secret of Mana, Lufia 2, and many more.  But once I started college and the 32-bit era came about, I started to fall out of the RPG loop for whatever reason.  And now I don’t play near as many RPGs as I used to as a teen.  Many times since then, a game maker has tried to capture the magic of those 16-bit RPGs with a new title, but they almost always miss the mark.  Until now.  Sea of Stars is a new RPG by the same folks who did The Messenger.  The Messenger was a 2-D platformer starring a ninja, and I reviewed it way back when.  Sea of Stars is actually meant to be a prequel to that game, but luckily you don’t have to have played it to understand what’s going on here.  Which is good since I don’t remember a whole lot about what went on in The Messenger!  Anyway, in Sea of Stars, you’ll play as one of two Solstice Warriors as they are charged with defeating evil Dwellers.  Along the way they’ll meet friends, encounter twists and turns, betrayals, and much more.  Sea of Stars plays most like Chrono Trigger and is available on all current consoles and PC, but reviewed on PS4 here.

F-Zero 99 (Switch)

Nintendo’s futuristic high speed racing series: F-Zero, hasn’t had a new game in nearly two decades!  Until now.  F-Zero 99 is a 99 player battle royale racing game modelled after the original SNES launch title.  I’m not sure that’s exactly what F-Zero fans wanted, but for a Nintendo Switch Online freebie, it’s not too bad.

The Jackbox Party Pack 10 (PS4)

If you have a bunch of people over to play games during the holidays, but not enough controllers to play with everyone, then Jackbox has you covered!  Their latest batch of party games is out, and all you need are cell phones or tablets to play them!  Just connect to on any mobile device and enter in the room code and you’re in!  It’s pretty simple and works well, and in some games, even people who don’t have cell phones can be part of the audience and participate, too.  The Jackbox Party Pack 10 is available on all current consoles and PC, but reviewed on PS4 here.  Let’s take a quick look at the five games on this collection.

Pizza Possum (Switch)

A possum thief lives on the bottom of a sprawling Mediterranean town filled with all sorts of animal villagers.  At the top of the town is the Dog King and a giant pizza.  The possum wants to steal this pizza, so you’ll have to help him sneak past guards, grab food, unlock doors, and cause mischief and mayhem in general in this top down viewed arcade action game for one or two players.

RedRaptor (PS4)

RedRaptor is a 2D vertically scrolling shooter.  It features an upgrade system, but otherwise pretty standard stuff. 

Ball laB II (PS4)

Ball laB II is a minimalistic precision single screen platformer.  Guide a white ball through beige and orange obstacles like spikes, pits, and air gusts as you make it to the exit of the level.  I’ve never played the first game so I don’t know if this one has any additions or improvements. 

Betomis (PS4)

Help a knight escape a dungeon in Betomis, a 2D single screen precision platformer.  Collect keys to open doors, weapons to defeat enemies, and avoid obstacles along the way.

Diorama Dungeoncrawl: Master of the Living Castle (PS4)

Guide a knight through blocky retro styled areas and use a trusty axe to defeat goblins, skeletons, and other baddies in dark forest and creepy crypts in Diorama DungeonCrawl: Master of the Living Castle.  It’s a bit like a side scrolling beat ‘em up with some platforming thrown in, and it’s probably one of the worst games I’ve played this year.

And that’s all for now!  Thanks for reading and posting ‘likes’ and comments on my reviews!  I do appreciate it!  Hope you got a nice fat belly from that game review feast!  Later!  --Cary




12/01/2023 at 12:37 PM

Too bad about Diorama Dungeoncrawl. I was most interested in that one. 

Cary Woodham

12/05/2023 at 07:52 AM

Stay away from it.  It's one of the worst games I've played this year.  I love the fact that the first 'boss' you encounter, you can just walk past it and go through the door on the other side to go to the next level!


12/08/2023 at 09:10 AM

Passable bosses, heh? I kind of like that idea. But, I'll take your advice and steer clear of it. 

Cary Woodham

12/11/2023 at 07:49 AM

It really just makes the game feel untested and incomplete.

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