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Nun Attack Origins: Yuki’s Silent Quest

By Jorge Figueiredo - June 16th, 2014

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If you haven’t played Frima’s Nun Attack: Run & Gun, then you’re missing out on a great tongue and cheek side-scrolling shooter. With a simple concept and much love poured into production, Run & Gun is a helluva lot of fun and is a title that you can return to and always enjoy. Similarly, Nun Attack: Yuki’s Silent Quest (a prequel to Run & Gun) is also a keeper, and tells the story of Yuki, master of stealth, who was a badass before the sisterhood was formed.

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Battletank: L.O.B.A.

By Jorge Figueiredo - April 14th, 2014

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I met Quentin Preik at the 2013 Fan Expo in Toronto, where he was manning a booth for his game called Steel Archers. Since that time, I have run into him at various events, and chatted him up. In talking with Quentin, it’s easy to see how much he loves making games, and his love of simplicity in game-play coupled with good ol’ fashioned fun makes him a neat person to chat with. These qualities permeate the games that he makes – one of which is a little-known local multi-player PC gem that he sent our way. The game is called Battletank: L.O.B.A. (Local Offline Battle Arena), and it’s a party game with a simple hook: blow the crap out of your friends.

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Worth iTrying
Man At Arms

By Dave McLean - February 18th, 2014

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Inert Soap’s Man At Arms owes an obvious debt to Kingdom Rush. It’s stylistically very similar, although the graphic design isn’t quite as “cartoon-pretty” (which is not a failing, but a deliberate design choice). Both games also share the same medieval/fantasy slant on the tower defence genre. But then, Kingdom Rush owes a debt to the Gemcraft series, and Gemcraft is probably indebted to a half dozen other games I’m not even aware of – and sure, every tower defense game is ultimately the spawn of an old Atari game called Rampart. We live in a world that’s well-stocked with tower defence games, so it would take a pretty amazing game to revolutionize the genre. Unfortunately, Man At Arms is not that game – but it does offer up enough novel twists to make for an interesting entry into the genre.

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Infinite Possibilites
It Started With a Mouse…

By Jorge Figueiredo - February 9th, 2014

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When Smallest Thumbs and I first started playing Disney Infinity, we enjoyed the introduction, which was presented by none other than Mickey Mouse, the cornerstone of the Disney empire. Wandering around the Hall of Heroes within the game, we saw that there was a podium for Mickey, which meant that he was going to be released as a figure for the game. Well, the time has finally come for Mickey to step up to take his place in the Toy Box! Sorcerer’s Apprentice Mickey has come to Disney Infinity!

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The Kongregation
Volume 4

By Rituro - January 15th, 2014

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Admit it: sometimes, after weeks of investing your life into some of the best AAA-calibre games that money can buy, you just want to fire up your browser and play something mindless for an hour or two. Guess what? So do we! Here are some of the games we’ve been trying out at Flash game playground: Kongregate. Agree? Disagree? Friend our Kongregate account, “TorontoThumbs” and leave your own review.

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Infinite Possibilites
Princess Power

By Jorge Figueiredo - January 12th, 2014

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The last few figures that have been released for Disney Infinity have been a hit with Smallest Thumbs – but not necessarily for the reasons that you might think. Sure, most of them are female characters: Elsa, Anna, Rapunzel and Vanellope (not pictured here); and this might possibly make it easier for her to relate to them (you might think). However, there have been a few female characters already made available to comsumers (Mrs. Incredible, Violet, Jessie and Holly), so it can’t just be the fact that they are girls. So, rather than guess, I just asked Smallest Thumbs why she liked them. The answer was simple: because their powers are awesome.

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Gift Ideas
“Board” Games
Electronic Catch Phrase

By Jorge Figueiredo - December 5th, 2013

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If you’re looking for an interesting gift idea, look no further! I attended a Hasbro board game night a few weeks ago and was shown some pretty cool games. A lot of them were new twists to old favourites, which is a great way to get new people involved and keep it interesting for the game veterans. Electronic Catch Phrase is one such game, and I just jived with it right away. Let me break it down for you.

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