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On 01/23/2014 at 07:25 PM by Cary Woodham

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Hey folks.  I’ve got another batch of game reviews for you all to read.  These reviews are chock full of vegetables and nutrients and vitamins and they’ll build up your muscles and make you big and strong like me.  Well, not really.  But if you could read as many as you can and maybe even post a comment or two, I’d appreciate it.  Thanks, and on to the reviews!

VeggieTales Appisode: 3 Builders (iPad)

I LOVE VeggieTales.  If I had little kids around the house, we’d have all the VeggieTales DVDs for them to watch.  They’re really funny and have good Bible-based lessons and morals.  You don’t even have to be a Christian to appreciate them (but it sure helps).  This “Appisode” plays just like a regular VeggieTales cartoon, but every so often it gives kids a chance to play an interactive preschool-level mini-game.  The story is just a retelling of Three Little Pigs, but the lesson is that no matter what your house is made of, it’ll never last without a good foundation.  Not sure if this lesson is quite as applicable to preschoolers who can’t read yet, but it’s still a good lesson anyway.  Spoiler Alert: the brick house doesn’t win. It also has a lot of funny jokes, many even made me laugh out loud.  One of the characters is named Bob the Tomato, and at one point someone says, “Bob…the Builder?  That’ll never stick!”  And Larry the Cucumber, who builds the hay houses, he said that he just installed a hay fireplace in his house.  The others were like, “Uh, that’s not such a good idea!”  So if you have kids and iPads around the house, and you love VeggieTales, you may want to download this.

Double Dragon (PS3)

Double Dragon has had a big impact on the video games and entertainment industries.  It has several arcade sequels and ports on the home consoles, crossover games, a cartoon and live action movie.  And a couple of years ago there was even a remake with silly 80’s references called Double Dragon Neon (I even reviewed it).  But this Double Dragon game is an import title you can download to your PS3, and it’s actually a PSOne one-on-one fighter.  I didn’t even know there was a Double Dragon fighting game!  What’s even more surprising is that this is very loosely based on the live action movie!  It has grainy footage of the film at the intro and credits, and some of the backgrounds and characters are based on the flick, too.  But it’s still very anime-inspired.  Surprisingly, the game really isn’t that bad.  It’s a decent 2-D fighter with quick and easy controls.  My favorite characters to play as are Rebecca, Marian, and Abobo.  I hear it was also one of Technos’ last games, which is kind of sad. And about that live action Double Dragon movie?  Yes, it is pretty awful, but I didn’t think it was THAT bad.  I sat through all of it and I couldn’t sit through the live action Super Mario Bros. movie, if that tells you anything.  Plus, I was watching the DD film with B-movie “MST3K” eyes, so that may explain things.  There’s another good thing about the Double Dragon movie, but I’m not going to say what it is.

Reader Review: Long Live the Queen (PC)

Thanks goodness my friend reviewed this one, as it’s one of those princess sims that are more popular and prevalent in Japan.  In the game, you train a princess so she can become a good queen.  One cool thing is that the princess has pink hair.  If I were playing the game, I’d train the princess to be a tough and strong fighter, and who could defeat bad guys with one punch!  That would be cool.

AntiSquad (iPad)

A gun-toting, militant vigilante group must infiltrate and destroy a Mexican drug cartel.  With a premise like that, you’d think this was a first person shooter action game.  But it’s not!  It’s actually a strategy game!  I wasn’t too good at it, but then, I don’t like strategy games or games that have a more serious premise.  I do like the lady character on the team, though.  She was cool.

Alph and Betty’s Topsy Turvy World (iPad)

This is an interactive alphabet storybook.  But it also has some platforming elements and mini-games, too.  The controls aren’t very good and it’s a bit complicated for an alphabet book.  But it does have a “Wallace and Gromit” British charm to it, as you are reading a story about two doddering inventors who live in a crazy house.

Give My Ball Back (iPad)

This is a really unique puzzle game where you play as a boy who is trying to get his ball back from a monster who steals it from him at night.  You alternate levels playing as the boy and the monster trying to sneak into the other kid’s room to take the ball.  If you tap on the ball, you’ll usually wake the other kid up, but by tapping other objects in the room in sequence; you can sneak past without making any noise.  For instance, in a room with a dog, lamp, and cactus; tap the cactus first to move it in front of the lamp, then turn the lamp on so it casts a scary shadow with the cactus.  Then the dog will hide under the bed and you can get the ball. It’s a great puzzle game for kids and kids at heart.  I just wish at the end of the game, the boy and monster could learn to SHARE that ball!

Jetbee (iPad)

This is a free-to-play racing game where you play as a bee and race to the top of a vertically scrolling level while avoiding obstacles.  Normally the quibbles you find in free-to-play games don’t bother me too much, but here they’re annoying.  Ads are more bombarding than usual, and the game gets hard fast.  It’s a shame, too, because I really like the cute and cartoony graphics and themes.

Jewel Galaxy (iPad)

Another free-to-play game that is trying to ride the coattails of titles like Bejeweled and Candy Crush.  It gets way too hard, too fast, though.  Plus I already have a Bejeweled clone that has Pac-Man in it, called Pac-Chomp, and it’s actually pretty good and all I need for a puzzle fix on my iPad.

Candy Crush Fruit Snacks

I saw these at the store and decided to write about them just for fun since these kinds of things crack me up.  Just another example on how popular this game is.  I think the fruit snacks are made by the same folks who did the Angry Birds ones, because they taste the same.  Is it just me, or do fruit snacks not taste as good as they did when I was a kid?  What kind of video game fruit snacks would you like to see?  I’m surprised they never made Pac-Man fruit snacks.  That would fit perfectly, don’t you think?


And that’s all for now!  Thanks for reading and commenting on my reviews!  I’ve noticed recently that it’s hard for me to talk about games with people, even ‘normal’ gamers, because the conversion usually goes like this:  “Well I just got finished playing a game where you’re a lawyer, and in the last case I had an orca whale as a defendant.  And now I’m playing a game where you’re a tiny robot who takes pictures of toilet paper (Chibi Robo! Photo Finder).”  You know, I once took a personality test and the results said I was too weird for my own good.  Oh well.  Anyway, I can’t think of anything that you folks can post in the comments section, so just post something that you think I would like.  Later!  --Cary




01/23/2014 at 07:40 PM

Weird conversations:

Well I recently played a short demo where I was a Savior who is sent from Valhalla to rescue the souls of all the people of a world that will end in 13 days. I got to wear a lot of fabulous outfits, including cat tails and it ends with a dragon.

Else I am playing a game where I am a space miner with a surgical weapon as a handgun who mutilates everything that moves in the dark.

Else I was trying to overthrow a corrupt gov while avoiding cannibal rats, zombies and soldiers who can teleport like me. Sometimes I can slow down time or see through walls.

Else I'm a luchador who can transform into a rooster and travel between the living and dead world while also assisting villagers with their tasks like reuniting missing mariachi band members.

Cary Woodham

01/23/2014 at 10:11 PM

Wow!  I don't even think I know what games you're talking about!


01/24/2014 at 12:17 PM

Were you Jesus? :D


01/23/2014 at 08:27 PM

Nah, I don't think you're any weirder than most people. You're just more open about it. One of the things I like about you.

Cary Woodham

01/23/2014 at 10:12 PM

Well thank you!  That's a really nice thing of you to say.  I appreciate it.  I don't need many compliments, but the ones I do get, I really appreciate.

I don't know if it's me being open or just that i don't know any other way to be!  I can tone things down at work or in public, but I'm thankful for this blog site so I can let some of the sillies out every now and then!


01/23/2014 at 09:08 PM

I didn't know there was a PS1 version of Double Dragon. I'm tempted to check that out, but I can't download anything else on psn because my account is all screwed up. Ah well. If it's based off that piece of garbage movie I'm not missing much. There was another Double Dragon fighting game on SNES. DD V: The Shadow Falls. It wasn't that great, but my brother and me rented it a lot.

Cary Woodham

01/23/2014 at 10:13 PM

I was hoping you'd read this blog since you're the Double Dragon expert.  The PSOne DD fighter on PS3 really isn't that bad at all, despite being very loosely based on the movie.  It's actually a very playable game and I liked it.

Super Step Contributing Writer

01/23/2014 at 09:53 PM

I have an interest in playing Phoenix Wright (I didn't know orca whales were in that, though; so maybe you weren't referring to Phoenix Wright, or I want to play this even more now) and Chibi Robo, so don't feel too bad about "weirdness." I'm somewhere in between your more cartoony tastes and the really-getting-old "darker is better" tastes a lot of other people seem to have when it comes to media. I'd like to see a bright future in a game or movie again, instead of just the same gray, crumbling buildings. 

I'll come back here to comment on these Gamerdad links in a bit. 

Cary Woodham

01/23/2014 at 10:15 PM

Yes, the bonus DLC case for the 3DS Phoenix Wright game has you defending an orca whate in court!  It's one of my favorite cases I've played in the series yet!

Looking forward to your comments!

Super Step Contributing Writer

01/24/2014 at 01:16 AM

By the way, any link to the quiz you took? You can message me or comment here, I'm curious where I stand in regards to weirdness. lol

Cary Woodham

01/24/2014 at 07:49 AM

Oh gee, that was way back in college and I don't remember much about it.  I don't even think it was online.

Matt Snee Staff Writer

01/24/2014 at 08:54 AM

weirder than you should be?  nonsense!  You're one of the nicest people I know on the internet. 

I'm going to read that Double Dragon review now.  Sounds insane. 

Cary Woodham

01/24/2014 at 07:18 PM

I guess you can be both weird and nice.  Thanks for reading my reviews!


01/24/2014 at 10:37 AM

Personally, I don't find anything wrong with mild weirdness, but I took a few personality tests that concluded I was a touch too weird as well.

Cary Woodham

01/24/2014 at 07:22 PM

I try to stay away from personality tests nowadays.


01/24/2014 at 12:20 PM

"My favorite characters to play as are Rebecca, Marian, and Abobo"

You can play as Aaron in Double Dragon? Awesome!

Cary Woodham

01/24/2014 at 07:23 PM

I'm assuming that you meant to type in Abobo, not Aaron, but yes, you can play as Abobo.  His win pose is hilarous.


01/25/2014 at 10:14 AM

Aaron = Abobo. :D

Cary Woodham

01/25/2014 at 06:46 PM

Oh, OK I see.  If Aaron really is like Abobo, we'd all better be REAL nice to him, or he'll clobber us! :)


01/25/2014 at 07:17 PM

I know, right?


01/24/2014 at 01:15 PM

The Double Dragon game reminds me a bit of Double Dragon V: The Shadow Falls, a 1:1 fighter which itself was based on DiC's Double Dragon Cartoon. I guess this game was originally a Neo-Geo game, and come to think of it, I think I saw it in a couple of Neo-Geo arcade machines back in the 1990s.

The folks who made Long Live the Queen made another Princess Maker-styled game called Cute Knight several years ago. I played that a little bit, but at that same time, I also found a download of the never-released English translation of Princess Maker 2, which was done by some Working Designs alumni, and I preferred PM2. Too bad more of the official Princess Maker games didn't make it over, because PM4 (PS2 era) looked really good.

Cary Woodham

01/24/2014 at 07:24 PM

I don't know if I'd like a princess sim or not.  What do you think?


01/24/2014 at 01:18 PM

Long Live the Queen- I have that game but have yet to try it out yet; figuring its going to be awesome tho :) thx for the reviews, as usual Cary!

Cary Woodham

01/24/2014 at 07:24 PM

Yeah I'm not surprised you have that game, too, Little Miss RPG Lady!  It is cool that the princess in that game has pink hair!


01/25/2014 at 10:11 PM

There are 2 Double Dragon fighting games on the NeoGeo (1st game called Drouble Dragon and 2nd game called Rage of the Dragons).  The PS Double Dragon game looks like the NG game.  The PS game is probably a port.  I wish there was a port of Rage of the Dragons.  That game is great. 

Cary Woodham

01/26/2014 at 10:41 AM

Thanks for the info.  I looked up Rage of the Dragons and aside from Billy and Jimmy  being in it, it doesn't look like it has much to do with Double Dragon.  The game I reviewed has a more 'Technos' feel to it, while Rage of the Dragons looks more SNK-ish.  But Cassandra and Sonia look like cool characters. :)


01/26/2014 at 04:49 PM

Well, I do think you are weird, but that's the best thing about you Cary and the fact that you are always positive.

I have Long Live the Queen game on my Steam wishlist since i'm very much interested in the game. Since i'm wary of the faults, I could get the game on a sale.

Speaking of weird premises with descriptions, here are mines:

A humanoid robot needs explore a cave to save a population of rabbit people that are being kidnapped by a mad doctor and being turned into monsters thanks to Red Flowers.

A white moving thing gains a fez that makes him change dimensions. He needs to save reality with it.

A schoolgirl with a parasite, a wrestler with a hat of big moving hands, a living 30s cartoon, a militar princess, a catgirl bounty hunter with detachable limbs, a psychotic nurse, a disfigured metal girl and something that can be described as an abomination fight each other.

Cary Woodham

01/26/2014 at 07:40 PM

Yay!  I know which games you are talking about!

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