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Hidden object games in the educational genre seem to be a challenge nowadays. I Spy, based on the book series by Jean Marzollo and Walter Wick, is one of the first in the educational hidden object game genre, and its self-titled entry is one of the first in a series of ten games from the book series developed by Black Hammer Productions for Scholastic in 1998.

In the I Spy series of computer games, the narration is supplied mostly by children, and photographed backgrounds are used in which the player looks closely at it and finds the objects that are based on what the riddle (the written portion) asks for, and the games also feature riddles in the style of a rhyme.

On the other hand, I Spy is a great game for big-thinking kids in the age group of 5 to 10, and it's a must have for those who loved the book series too!

Jul 08, 2018, submitted by Katie Cadet (9583)


Attack Of The Saucerman!

Attack of the Saucerman! is just one of those sci-fi games that needs to be seen and not heard. A platformer/shooter with heavy comedic elements and B-movie influence, you take control of Ed the Alien, who must save the Earth from a evil corporation who plans to turn living beings into a food resource.

Most of the game, you will be shooting, jumping and completing objectives. Nothing special, but despite the cartoon graphics and wacky sci-fi humor, this game is also surprisingly violent and coarse for an E-rated platformer game. There's blood splatter effects when characters are injured, enemies making violent screams when they die and even a few instances of swearing (but nothing excessive). So much for this being for the kiddies, eh?

Attack of the Saucerman! isn't a fairly easy game to find either, so if you find this at a thrift store or on eBay cheap - consider yourself lucky.

Jun 23, 2018, submitted by Tony Denis (477)


The word "Imagine" means to form a concept from the mind's eye. That word was introduced as the title to Ubisoft's series of video games targeted to girls for the Nintendo Wii and the Nintendo DS.

Imagine: Master Chef is one of the first in the series, and other entries followed with different careers such as taking care of babies, being movie stars or party planners etc. Overall, it's easy to learn how to do things (at least the console/handheld game versions of them!) with these games - and it's quite fun!

Jun 16, 2018, submitted by Katie Cadet (9583)


Blasto

Before the likes of Ratchet and Clank with their blend of platforming and shooting (or hell, way before Spyro even came out), there was Blasto.

Despite being a platformer/shooter game, the main selling point, I feel, was the character of Blasto. One of the few pseudo-mascots that sprung up during the golden age of the PlayStation, Blasto was a one-liner spewing, babe seducing alien killer with big guns and little brains. What made him distinct from other macho superhero characters at the time was having the voice of the late and great Phil Hartman, and much of the character was written as a parody of sorts.

That said, Blasto as a game is vastly underrated and deserves a look at for most PlayStation owners. Despite the crushing difficulty it serves as one of Hartman's final projects, making the game worth collecting.

Jun 10, 2018, submitted by Tony Denis (477)

Hatsune Miku makes her first introduction to the iOS world with Miku Flick. Unlike the Project Diva entries for the Playstation, instead of just pressing buttons on a gamepad, you are required to tap through the lyrics on a touchscreen and you would have to be precise in timing just to get it right.

The pre-rendered graphics are nowhere near the Project Diva entries, because of the use of full-motion video on iPads and iPhones. Other than that, it was Hatsune Miku's first introduction to North Americans and in the iOS world, and the game spawned a sequel called Miku Flick/02 which ran until 2016.

Jun 02, 2018, submitted by Katie Cadet (9583)


Fireblade

The Strike series of games have a large cult following, and for good reason. Tight, frantic helicopter action, nonstop destruction and surprisingly gripping stories done with full motion video cutscenes.

The Strike games really pioneered the idea of having a attack chopper blasting everything to pieces, and this has led to other games trying to capitalize on that idea. Enter Fireblade.

Fireblade is a helicopter shooter/stealth game where you, predictably - ride a combat chopper capable of high powered weaponry and a cloaking system for stealthy missions. While there are stealth missions, most of the time you're flying and blowing everything up. It's no Desert Strike or Nuclear Strike for that matter, but it's the closest thing to such games on the PS2, Xbox or GameCube.

May 27, 2018, submitted by Tony Denis (477)


Robocop

RoboCop is one of my favorite movies. Flowing with not only blood and gore, but sharp satire, a compelling story and some very well written characters for an action movie. RoboCop became a hit when it released, and produced a fairly large media franchise consisting of comic books, TV shows, sequels (and a remake), and dozens of video games. A RoboCop first person shooter game sounds awesome! So what the hell happened here?

Taking cues from the second film, the titular RoboCop is after a drug simply known as "Brain Drain". Much of the game plays like an FPS, but RoboCop is no Doomguy, BJ Blazkovicz or Duke Nukem. He moves slow, yet he has pin point accuracy and titanium armor to withstand a Cyberdemon. All you do is shoot criminals and complete objectives - which is fairly generic for the time.

Much of the game controls clunkily, the sound effects and general audio are weak and buggy, the graphics are butt ugly for a 2003 game and many of the features that made the original RoboCop movies unique (graphic violence, dark humor) are all gone. Despite being Titus' swan song; it sure was a swan that sung on a really weird hill to die on.

May 19, 2018, submitted by Tony Denis (477)


Expect No Mercy

When it comes to fighting game history, the Mortal Kombat craze was widespread. A simple, yet hyperviolent arcade fighting game took the world by storm, engulfed in controversy and popularity. Many other fighting games laden with graphic violence and gory fatality manuvers tried to one up Mortal Kombat's legacy. Neither did, however.

There is one particular case for PCs back in the mid-90s. Expect No Mercy is a Mortal Kombat clone based after a obscure, yet violent sci-fi/action B-movie of the same name, starring Billy Blanks. Much of the game is esentially Mortal Kombat verbatim - the gruesome (albeit cartoony) fatality manuvers, digitized actors and backgrounds. But at the same time, it looks and plays worse, typical of a MK clone (other games that had that trait were Kasumi Ninja and Way of the Warrior). Not to mention, Mortal Kombat was already out on PCs when this game came out.

The only positive I can say is that the cover art is surprisingly graphic! You'll need to see it for yourself, but there is a lot of fake blood that wouldn't really pass through by today's standards. Perhaps that was the game's selling point? I dunno.

May 13, 2018, submitted by Tony Denis (477)

Sometimes you start a game, not knowing what it'll be and it turns out amazing. Such was my experience with RiME. My brother gave this to me for my birthday and I hadn't even heard about it.

But what an amazing game it is. You start as a little boy stranded on a beautiful island. Not knowing what's going on, you start to explore. The story drags you in, wondering why he was washed up ashore.

Snippets of the reason why are discovered throughout the game with a full explanation at the ending. The ending moved me, in ways most games don't. It was mostly heartbreaking, but also super awesome at the same time.

RiME is a fun, beautiful and easy (as in you don't have to be a pro to enjoy the gameplay) game with an excellent, moving, story. If you haven't experienced the game yet, I really suggest you give it a go.

May 05, 2018, submitted by Kennyannydenny (69344)


Kids who like to train their brains and do their math would find AstroMat: Mental Math with Pipo a good choice.

With the recent introduction of children at school using iPads and ChromeBooks, there are many educational games that feature math, but without mental training. AstroMat: Mental Math with Pipo combines math skills for children with mental training to keep their minds working.

Developed by Cibal Multimedia in Spain, it can also be played in English and Spanish - both languages are used in the United States most frequently. On the other hand, AstroMat: Mental Math with Pipo could keep children entertained while training their minds with, you guessed it, math!

Apr 29, 2018, submitted by Katie Cadet (9583)


Remember when you bought a family-friendly DVD film and you noticed that there were some games that you could play on your set-top DVD player? This Special Edition of the 1996 film Matilda, based on the book by Roald Dahl, is one example.

Some family-friendly DVD movies can contain trivia or matching games as special features, which the original 1997 DVD release of Matilda did not have. But it needed a reissue in 2004, and thus, they made it a "Special Edition" by including some games that can be played with a remote control.

All in all, family-friendly DVD movies of the mid-2000s have games that can entertain younger children if they liked the film, and it's still a great piece of history of the movie industry bundling games on a disc the size of a CD!

Apr 22, 2018, submitted by Katie Cadet (9583)


Hopkins FBI

I'm personally not sure what to think of Hopkins FBI. The premise is simple - some deadly terrorist and criminal named Bernie Berckson has escaped prison and it's up to Special Agent Hopkins, everyone's favorite FBI officer and 3rd place winner in the Duke Nukem Lookalike Contest.

At its core, Hopkins FBI is a point and click adventure game. Solve puzzles and stuff, basic enough, right? What sells this game apart from the others was the large amount of excess graphic violence and nudity. Seriously, this game oozes gore and guts, and at the time this was incredibly excessive and over the top. It would've been almost a comedic device if most of the violence wasn't targeted towards women.

Hopkins FBI is barely heard of here in the States and Canada. I know some people will label it as disgusting and misogynist, and while I don't blame them, Hopkins FBI is such a bizarre little game that suffers from a inconsistent satirical tone and poor writing. It tries to be like a Quentin Tarantino movie; instead it's a mishmash of weirdness.

Apr 14, 2018, submitted by Tony Denis (477)