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NiGHTS into Dreams Review

To Sleep: Perchance to Dream...

NiGHTS into Dreams Screenshot

HIGH The sense of "flow" the flying sections encourage.

LOW Being forced to take human form and walk around levels.

WTF Trial and error boss encounters.

The Bossness of Sonic's Bosses

Due to a slight tug of nostalgia that the recently released Sonic the Hedgehog 4 was unable to satisfy, I went back and played through all of the games that comprised Sonic's glory days. You know how it feels when you watch 10-year-old highlight reels of some sports team you care about? How you're reminded of how good they used to be? It was kind of like that. Between Sonic 1-3/Knuckles and Sonic CD I truly felt like they held up after all this time.

Ivy the Kiwi? Second Opinion

Run Kiwi Run

Ivy the Kiwi? Screenshot

HIGH When you get going in a level.

LOW Fighting through the massive difficulty spike in the last third of the game.

WTF Why isn't the lovely storybook art part of the levels?

Ivy the Kiwi? Review

Not Quite Cracking

Ivy the Kiwi? Screenshot

HIGH An extremely cute main character.

LOW The controls and central mechanic never come together.

WTF The colors make it difficult to see except under optimal conditions.

Ivy the Kiwi?

Game Description: Ivy the Kiwi? is an action/puzzle game created by Yuji Naka, creator of Sonic the Hedgehog, that stars a baby bird as she navigates through a series of 2-D side-view landscapes. Ivy runs back and forth independent of the player and can be guided by the use of vines, which are drawn and controlled using the DS stylus or Wii Remote. The player can use these vines to herd Ivy forward or lift her up stairs, carry her over walls and past spikes or other dangers. Multiple vines can be created at a time and they can be pulled and stretched like a slingshot to propel Ivy skyward to launch her as a projectile to drill through barriers and enemies as the player helps guide her home through 100 challenging stages.

 

Let's Tap! Review

Ok, but just for a Little While

Let's Tap! Screenshot

HIGH As with any mini-game collection, having a great time with my loved ones.

LOW Well that got boring quick.

WTF Does Sega really think us Americans are such trashy slobs that we have empty tissue boxes just piled up around the house?

Let's Tap!

Game Description: Let’s Tap is a completely innovative gaming experience on the Wii with easy pick-up-and-play controls that will appeal to gamers of all ages. Players simply place the Wii Remote on a box or a flat surface and tap! All methods of tapping (light, medium, hard) will render a variety of unique results within each game mode, allowing players to jump hurdles, create a dazzling fireworks display and more. There are five fun-filled game modes that can be played with up to four friends: Tap Runner, Silent Blocks, Rhythm Tap, Bubble Voyager and Visualizer.

Sonic Gems Collection

Game Description: Sonic Gems Collection gives old-school Sonic fans, collectors and newcomers a reason to rejoice! This full collection of classic Sonic games compiles all the most popular games featuring Sonic The Hedgehog. On top of that, there are other classic Sonic games hidden throughout the disc. See if you can unlock them for even more great arcade action!

Sonic Gems Collection – Review

Sonic Gems Collection basically dares its audience to ask one question: does merely being old qualify a game for 'classic' status, or did the game have to be good in the first place? Sonic Gems offers three previously unrereleased Sonic games, as well as eight other 'bonus' titles, bringing the grand total up to 11. This shotgun approach is actually the secret of the title's success, because while the three marquee titles are a bit of a letdown, a few of the lesser titles are interesting and fun enough to make the game worthy of a look.

Sonic Gems Collection – Consumer Guide

According to ESRB, this game contains: Cartoon Violence

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