Fire Emblem Heroes — Review

Tactical RPGs are my jam.  There’s just something about playing chess with swords, fireballs, and monsters that really clicks for me.  One of the better recent spins on the genre is The Banner Saga.  If you want a more established franchise, look no further than Fire Emblem.  I’ve only played a few entries in the series, namely the two excellent Game Boy Advance titles and Awakening on 3DS, but the grand stories and permadeath are always intriguing.  Fire Emblem Heroes, a mobile title released a few weeks ago, does away with a few series staples and has an endgame problem, but it’s still a fun game well worth the $0 price of admission.

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Tiny battles between tiny heroes on tiny screens.  Fire Emblem Heroes is flawed but cute.

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Plants vs Zombies: Heroes (Android) — Review

You’ve undoubtedly heard of the Plants vs Zombies franchise.  It’s been around for quite a while and is fairly popular, yet I’ve never played a game in the series.  Not until the recent release of Plants vs Zombies: Heroes, a mobile title combining parts of Hearthstone and Clash Royale with the series’s lane-based gameplay.  After playing for a few days, I can definitively say that it’s fun and easy to play.  If you like competitive games that you can play in five to ten minutes, PvZ: Heroes is going to be worth your time.

Look at the little pea pod and his cape. He's adorable!

Look at the little pea pod and his cape. He’s adorable!

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Hitman Go (Android) — Review

I normally write about new releases.  Hitman Go isn’t exactly new as it released back in 2014, but a recent sale from $5 down to $1 was enough to entice me.  It’s the first of Square Enix’s series of Go games, which now includes Lara Croft Go and Deus Ex Go.  Based on how much fun Hitman Go is, I’ll probably be playing those games fairly soon.

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The titular Hitman is seen here relaxing by the pool prior to eliminating his targets

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Pokemon Go (Android) — Review

I’ve been a Pokemon fan ever since Nintendo sent a copy of the pilot episode to my house because I had an NES, SNES, and GameBoy.  I’ve played every generation from red/blue through X/Y and Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire as well as collected the cards, but there’s never been something that tried to actually make you a Pokemon trainer.  There hasn’t been a way to put an actual Pokedex in your hand and send you out into the world, catching and training Pokemon and battling gyms for glory.  I mean, how could something like that even exist?

Enter Pokemon Go, the latest Pokemon game that is absolutely sweeping the globe.  Since it’s release last week, it’s been nearly impossible to avoid news of it and people playing it.  The immediate smash-hit popularity of Pokemon Go has rarely been seen before.  After playing it for the better portion of a week, it’s clear why almost anyone you talk to is trying to catch ’em all.

It's not quite this HD, but it's so much fun!

It’s not quite this HD, but it’s so much fun!

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Clash Royale (Android) — Review

Now that I’m in a Hearthstone downswing, I’ve been looking for a game to play on my phone.  Downwell held my interest for a bit, but Clash Royale, the newest game from the developers of Clash of Clans has me hooked.  I haven’t even spent any money on it (yet)!

Two parts RTS, one part Clash of Clans. Bake and plate. Serves thousands.

Two parts RTS, one part Clash of Clans. Bake and plate. Serves thousands.

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Downwell (Android) — Review

I don’t write about many Android games.  In fact, I’ve only ever written about two.  I also don’t play very many, but I caught wind of the recent port of Downwell to Android and gave it a shot.  $3 is well worth the price for some excellent and chaotic scrolling shooter action.

Vertical scrolling shooters are cool. Gunboots are coolers.

Vertical scrolling shooters are cool.  Gunboots are cooler.

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