GameWave System

July 11, 2016 // 0 Comments

by Wayne Parker So many gaming systems seem to pull gamers away from other rather than into social interaction. The GameWave and the associated ZapIt games go the other direction–with six people able to play every game, family interaction increases and relationships are built rather than strained. A System Dads Can Love I have to admit–I am not a gamer. Maybe I just don’t take the time to sit down and master the controller or the games with our family’s GameCube, or maybe I am just not wired like my children seem to be. Don’t get me wrong—I have always loved games, I just can’t seem to get the electronic versions. And I have always been wary of some of the electronic games that seem to me to teach or at least support values that are not consistent with those of our family. So for dads like me that love the games I grew up with but wish I had some basic video gaming skill, the GameWave is the penultimate gaming system. And add to the GameWave the ZapIt game [...]

Code Name: S.T.E.A.M.

April 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

The idea of pulling together a crew of specially gifted champions and having them face off against seemingly insurmountable odds is no new concept. Nowadays Hollywood has an action flick of that sort at the Cineplex pretty much every weekend. But moviemakers will have to really stoke the creative boiler if they hope to build up the same kind of nutty steam power asgamemaker Intelligent System’s latest take on the idea.Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. creates an alternate steampunk reality that plays out as if on the pages of a kid’s comic book. With bright colors, “bam-whoosh” sound effects that you hear and see printed out, and graphic novel style galore, the game introduces us to a post-Civil War world populated by characters plucked from the pages of literary classics. It’s a heroic cast that includes such recognizable names as Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer; the steel-driving John Henry; and even Dorothy, Lion, Tin Man and Scarecrow from The Wizard of Oz. You may [...]

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse

April 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

By NPR The pink ‘n’ bouncy hero known as Kirby is back. But this time he’s facing new challenges … and he’ll need the help of a new partner. In his last game, Kirby: Triple Deluxe (for the 3DS), the cute little ball hero from Dream Land lived up to his name and used plenty of sucking power to swallow up baddies and gain their special abilities. For this contest, though, he’s left his vacuuming skills in the broom closet. Instead, he’s out to make the most of the Wii U’s touchscreen and stylus to solve his platforming puzzles. Color Me Colorless So what’s happening in Dream Land now? Well, it seems a mysterious hole has opened up in the sky above Kirby’s colorful, Claymation-like world, and it soon starts draining the tints and hues from everything. Then Elline, a paintbrush fairy from the land of Seventopia, comes popping through the hole too. We learn from her that the magician-like Claycia is using evil magic to drain the [...]

Resident Evil: Revelations 2

April 4, 2015 // 0 Comments

Saturday, April 4, 2015 MPAA RATING esrbm GENRE Horror/Suspense, Action/Adventure, Combat, Shooter PLATFORM Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PC PUBLISHER Capcom RELEASED March 18, 2015 REVIEWER Bob Hoose with Kevin Simpson Resident Evil: Revelations 2 Dark, decaying passageways. Limited resources and defenses. Terrorizing monsters hidden just out of view. These are the typical building blocks of a survival horror game. And it’s the kind of jump/scare stuff that’s been a part of the Resident Evil series of games for almost 20 years now. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 follows on the heels of the first Resident Evil: Revelations and takes place somewhere between the action of Resident Evil 5 and Resident Evil 6. But it doesn’t really matter if you’re current on this undead canon or not. All you need to know is that in this digital world there’s a sinister force that desires to create slavering zombie-like Bio Organic Weapons out of living, [...]

Far Cry 4

March 31, 2015 // 0 Comments

Far Cry 4 takes place in a fictional Himalayan country called Kyrat—a land of mythical spirituality, maslach pushers and Molotov cocktails. As a young American named Ajay Ghale, you arrive in this exotic-looking mountainous and thickly wooded land with an urn of ashes in hand. Ajay’s mother’s dying wish was that her son would return to their homeland to scatter her ashes at a special shrine. Of course, things aren’t going to be as simple as all that. No sooner does Ajay arrive in the country than his bus is riddled with gunfire and he’s snatched up by scene-chewing potentate Pagan Min, a guy with a taste for dire dramatics and a habit of butchering anyone who doesn’t please him. But before the flouncing madman can make his desires or his relationship to Ajay fully known, a freedom-fighter group called the Golden Path creates a diversion and sets Ajay free once more—drawing him into its fold and labeling him the “son of the great Mohan.” [...]

Super Smash Bros.

March 16, 2015 // 0 Comments

By Bob Hoose OK, so you want a rock-’em, sock-’em combat game but would rather avoid ripping out digital spleens and splashing the scenery with a crimson tide? Well, the gamemakers at Nintendo have dreamed up an option. And, hey, it even comes packing Pac-Man! Super Smash Bros. is one of those quirky Nintendo variants where tons of distinctly dissimilar characters from, oh, some 30-plus years of games are all dumped into a single roster. In fact, if you’ve ever played and loved any Nintendo game in your life, you’ll likely find something about it referenced here. There are 49 different male and female characters ready to jump and bop around, in fact. There are the expected ones, you know, like Mario, Bowser and Princess Peach. But also more obscure avatars like Pikmin’s Olimar, Captain Falcon, the Duck Hunt dog, and even a workout gear-clad Wii Fit trainer. Each character has his or her or its own set of strikes, kicks, flips and blocks, and even some [...]

Elsa Gets Inked

March 16, 2015 // 0 Comments

Wonderful news for you! One of your favorite Disney princesses, the beautiful Frozen Queen, Elsa, has decided to get herself a stunning tattoo. She has a few ideas in her mind, but she would need some professional advice on where to get it and with the artwork itself as well.<!–Tattoo [...]

St. Patricks Parade

March 16, 2015 // 0 Comments

Enjoy St. Patrick’s Day with Baby Hazel and her friends!! Help the kids in decorating their room using green shamrock festoons and special St. Patrick’s Day decorative items. Enjoy making leprechaun traps and finding all the five hidden leprechauns to win a pot of gold coins. Finally, assist Hazel and her friends to get ready for St. Patrick’s Day parade by dressing them in green shamrock costumes and accessories.<!–Holiday [...]