Maya The Bee: The Nutty Race in Review: Not Quite So Nutty

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Normally I wouldn’t review a game like this. “What do you mean by that?” you’re probably asking at this point. I have nothing against the genre or anything, but the game was designed for a young audience. Since my “youngest” is a freshman in high school, I don’t really feel that I have a good perspective on games targeted at a younger audience any more. On the other hand, I remember that there were some games designed for the kids that I even enjoyed, so when given the opportunity I check them out once in a while anyway. Besides, I figured with the release of Mario Kart for mobile phones I’d see what a competitor for kids had to offer.
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Android Games Roundup [11/5/19]

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Welcome to the Halloween edition of my Android roundup!  Okay, I know what you’re thinking.  “Doesn’t the author realize it is November?”  Then you’re going to scroll down and take a look at the selection of games and think “hey, these aren’t even scary!”  You got me on both counts.  Sadly I barely have time these days to round up my roundup, let alone do a special one for the holidays.  I was really hoping to at least get this one posted by Halloween, though, so I could have had a roundup in October.  Unfortunately, the site was down for a few days so that didn’t happen.  But, the site’s back up now, the roundup is here, and you finally get to read about Gems Of War, a game that came out a long time ago but that I just finally got introduced to, and that continues to suck up most of my available game time each night.  Oh, and there are a few other things in this roundup as well.
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Android Games Roundup [9/8/19]

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It’s once again time for me to impart some biased thoughts on several Android game releases.  Biased because they are mine, not because anyone influenced me to share as I did.  The most pleasant surprise this roundup was Total Party Kill a puzzle game with RPG style characters that in theory requires you to kill at least one party member to solve each level.  One of the achievements says otherwise, but I have as yet to win that one.  The biggest disappointment was Pokemon Rumble Rush, which really felt like nothing more than another attempt at capitalizing on a popular franchise to sell a sub-par game.  I’m keeping my fingers crossed that Pokemon Masters ends up being a much more entertaining game.
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Something A Bit Different: Phantom Gear for SEGA Genesis!

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Having grown up with the first several generations of consoles – everything from an Atari 2600 to SEGA Genesis – I love it when developers try to go “retro”.  Some truly succeed, others produce admirable attempts, and like with everything else there are the ones that just don’t get it.  On the other hand, you have those that go to the extreme and rather than produce modern products that just look and feel retro, they actually make games for older systems.  Such is the case with Phantom Gear, a game headed for the SEGA Genesis.
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Android Games Roundup [7/31/19]

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I was hoping to get this roundup out in July, and it looks like I’ll be sneaking it in right under the wire. This time around I actually dug up a unique spin on the idea of trying to keep a balloon from popping, and I also found a cool one tap platformer that might just remind you of a certain fedora wearing history teacher. I covered a game that I originally reviewed on the iOS side as well, because I ran across it again and it turns out that it is still worth talking about. There’s a fun puzzle game, a surprisingly entertaining game featuring fancy purses, and then of course there were a couple of games that weren’t quite so worthwhile. Through it all, hopefully you’ll read about something that seems worth your time.
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Android Games Roundup [6/29/19]

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I’m back with another round of Android gaming goodness (and not so good-ness), and I made it just under the wire for a June release.  I apologize for the heavy leaning towards matching style games, but just consider it a match 3 debate (because those of us in the U.S. won’t have enough of those over the next year+).  I did get the chance to play a cool little platformer from a few years back that I didn’t know existed, and I also found another infinite runner that managed to keep me entertained for more than a few minutes.  On the flips side, half the matching games I checked out didn’t match my requirements for fun, and a couple of the other games couldn’t bring themselves to rise about the mire that increasingly clogs the app warehouse we call the Google Play Store.  Hopefully you’ll find a couple titles to enjoy, a few to stay away from, and most importantly if you’re in the summer months right now, something to do to keep you away from the heat. Continue reading…

Android Games Roundup [4/1/19]

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Welcome back to the latest edition of “games you probably played a year ago!”  Actually, if my sources are correct at least a couple of these games came out fairly recently, relatively speaking, which brings us to the newest feature of my Android roundup.  Like I used to do with my iOS roundups, I am now including the date each game was released on Google Play.  For some strange reason Google doesn’t make this information easy to spot, but after some annoying Google searching and a couple of failed attempts to use “free” Google Play app detail sites that wanted me to explain my needs or actually pay for basic info, I finally found the details I needed in the on-device version of the Play store.  Oh, and I actually have some thoughts on the games themselves as well!  Read on, and as always may you find something to increase your game collection in a positive way.
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The Majesty of Colors Remastered in Review: Not Quite So Majestic

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There are so many games out there that I like to be able to bring to you some of the more unusual ones that might not get a lot of coverage in other places. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that Majesty of Colors qualifies as “unusual”. It’s really more of an interactive narrative than a game, and it won’t take you long to complete, unless you decide to hunt for all of the endings. It’s certainly not going to be everyone’s cup of tea, but if you’re tired of every game feeling like it came from a “tutorial to mobile gaming” mold, it might be worth the dollar to give it a try. Hopefully I’ll make that decision easier for you.
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