LEGO Batman is back in his biggest adventure yet in LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham. In Traveller’s Tales’ most ambitious to date, Batman (and the Justice League along with the Lantern Corps) have to take on Brainiac, attempting to foil his attack on the planet Earth. Familiar controls and characters combine with some new mechanics, suits and schtick to create a great experience. If you don’t care for the LEGO game formula, you probably won’t care for this one, either. However, fans of the series won’t be, and should enjoy this game, even if the focus isn’t entirely on Batman.
Skylanders has been a fan favourite for a number of years. This latest iteration, co-developed by Beenox (Québec City) and California-based Toys For Bob (PS4, Xbox One and Wii U versions; Beenox developed the 3DS version on their own), is a bit of a departure as it seems to be far more interactive than previous versions that I have had the chance to observe. This differentiation is present in more than just the software (the NFC-enabled “Traptanium Portal” is part of the fun as well), and creates an interesting dynamic with the audience – especially the younger crowd. Overall, the game is actually fun and features many hours of entertainment. Of course, to harvest the full potential of this title you may need to reach for your wallet.
Aladdin has been out for Disney Infinity 2.0 for a while now, and we have enjoyed his antics for quite some time. He is an agile character, whose long stint as a “street rat” has given him experience with acrobatic moves and skill with a scimitar. Of course, when all else fails, there is always the Genie’s lamp, which holds considerable magical power. Recently, he has finally been joined by his gal, Jasmine, who is the perfect partner-in-crime for the apple of her eye1.
I remember watching commercials for Dreamworks’ Madagascar films. In fact, I actually saw the third movie first, and then watched the first two, having really enjoyed that second sequel out of order. By far, my favourite part of all of those films Are those four crazy penguins (Skipper, Kowalski, Ringo, and Private) – in fact, they are among my favourite animated characters of all time. Given how highly I regard these characters, it should come as no surprise that I would have very lofty expectations for any game based on or around them. And so, Little Orbit’s Penguins of Madagascar was ultimately disappointing – which is a shame, as it has so much more potential to be a great game with a few changes and additions.
Just when you thought that was it for great puzzle games in 2014, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker made it into the mix just in time for the holidays. With great level design, cute characters, and lots of hidden goodies all wrapped up in a good-looking package, this charming title is some of the most fun you can have without jumping – either on your own or with the family!
When Skylanders arrived on the scene a few years ago the NFC-enabled toy craze well and truly began. Shortly after, Disney Infinity hit the market, bringing some competition to this emerging genre. Now, Nintendo has thrown its hat into the ring with amiibo. Each of these three lines are slightly different from one another, but they all compete for your hard-earned money in the form of collectible figures. What does amiibo bring to the table?
In what I would like to call a “Texan gambit”, Nintendo has taken the Super Smash Bros. franchise to the next level by making it even bigger (and better) than any other Smash Bros. that has come before. Four-player multi-player fights with some of your favourite Nintendo characters in weird venues? Pffft. Say hello to local 8-player multi-player battles with access to an even larger selection of wacky Nintendo legends in even more wild and vibrant locales! And while Nintendo has chosen to add a new aspect to the title (and their games in general) with amiibo figures (which will be covered in another article), the core experience of the game has not changed, making it one of the best games for the Wii U to date. If you are one of the three people that don’t own Super Smash Bros. for Wii U yet, you should just take my word for it and grab it right now; but if you’d rather read a glowing review…