It was only a matter of time before my 3 year old son Lukas wanted to get in on the action. I had to find a game he could play and stumbled across Jumping Pop. I had no idea what it was but it quickly became clear that it was the grandfather to Luigi’s Mansion. All I could think of though is why Nintendo didn’t just slap a Ghostbusters logo on this game instead of publishing the Ghostbusters games we ended up with. Fast and addictive. The kids loved it. Enjoy!
Main Event Time! The Mega Powers are the new number 1 contenders and are set to face Ted Dibiase and Andre the Giant for the tag titles I didn’t know they had in a rematch of Summerslam ’88. Andre in this game might be the first really tough boss in a video game that I remember (I never got to Mike Tyson in Punch Out!). You definitely need a load of quarters to get through these guys. Luckily I’m home and have unlimited credits. I have a good feeling about this. Enjoy!
Full disclosure, I didn’t fully remember how violent Metal Slug was when I decided to play it with a 5 year old boy. Luckily in my version of the game we shoot love lasers at bad guys to give them happy naps. Enjoy!
If you have read this blog during its first run it wouldn’t take long for you to figure out that I am a wrestling fan. More specifically, I’m an old school wrestling fan. That’s why this game was such a big deal to me. WWF Superstars was the first WWF Arcade game and by 1989’s standards they pretty much nailed it. Watch my climb to the top of the tag team division as I lead the Mega Powers to glory. The final match however was so epic (and honestly so long) that it had to be it’s own video. Come back next week for part 2!
After playing King of Fighters, Alex got a taste for fighting games and wanted more. Since he tends to be a button masher (he’s 5 so of course he is) I decided to show him on of the best button mashing fighting games. Marvel Super Heroes vs Street Fighter. You can pull off amazing moves completely by accident. He also sees his love of octopuses and the color green combine when he discovers Shuma-Gorath. If that’s not enough, we get to learn how Alex reacts when he loses. Spoiler alert, he doesn’t like losing. Enjoy!
With the kids asleep and some free time on my hands I take a shot a making a video by myself. Hopefully I can be as entertaining as my 5 year old son. Captain America and the Avengers was a game I played endlessly on Sega Genesis. Not because it was so good that I couldn’t put it down, but because there weren’t many games I could actually beat and this was one of them. Enjoy!
I give you the debut episode of Kids on Classics. My goal with Dad Playtime is to show my kids the kind of games that I grew up on while giving him something to watch on his tablet (It’s 2018, he watches videos on a tablet okay? Get over it) that I know is safe for him to watch. He got to pick whatever he wanted to he couldn’t wait to try King of Fighters. Enjoy.
Like video games? Like wrestling? Born before 1985? Then odds are you played (and likely loved) WWF WrestleFest. Well guess what, WrestleFest is back and by the look of things it is the same game we know and love. Check out the gameplay trailer:
Available for the iPhone and iPad starting tomorrow, the first thing I noticed is that the roster is a mix of the old and new generations (much like WWE All-Stars). Of course you have Cena, Orton, The Rock and Austin, but you also get Big Boss Man and Jake Roberts from the original game. From what I’ve seen they have the same art style and control scheme that they had over 20 years ago. CM Punk and Triple H lead the DLC, and although Hulk Hogan is absent (due to his TNA affiliation) we do get Randy Savage, who was not in the original.
I can’t say enough how much I loved this game. Other wrestling games existed and while some of them had the big names, they never had the moves those names used. WrestleFest was the first to make each superstar feel different. The Ultimate Warrior had all of his signature moves from the gorilla press to the flying shoulder. Earthquake (my favorite character to play with) gave the thumbs down before stomping around his opponent to perform the Earthquake Splash. They even had all the taunts! It was absolutely perfect for the time. It may not be WWE ’12, but it’ll be every bit the nostalgia trip a guy like me is looking for.
We’re getting back to our New York Comic Con coverage (there is still plenty) with Shoot Many Robots. Published by Ubisoft, this side scrolling shooter by Demiurge Studios is best described as a 4-player, run-n’-gun RPG. Think Metal Slug with online co-op. I spoke to developer Josh Glavine about what sets the game apart. Check it out:
I also got to demo the game at the booth. The version I played seemed a bit overpowered but there is a lot of mayhem and plenty to do. I was rocking a flame thrower and a pet carrier that dropped time bombs. See for yourself:
Shoot Many Robots will be made available for download on Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network, and PC in 2012. A worthwhile purchase for sure.