Review: Slash, spend, get a head in Lapis X Labyrinth

The latest release from the team behind the Disgaea series, Lapis X Labyrinth is a different sort of game for the studio, but one coated with similar trappings and aesthetics. It’s an action game in which you’ll make timed runs through areas to get loot and defeat enemies, but you’re still managing equipment with effects and maneuvering around a hub world taking the place of a more efficient (but perhaps less evocative) menu system. It’s got meters for special moves, reward-multiplying “fever time” and direction-based attack inputs, but you’re ultimately still equipping a small team of customized units and bringing them to a place to slash at gems and take out specifically-marked bosses.

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How to prepare for Atelier Lulua

A new Atelier installment is on the way! This time, the series is returning to a past era. See, with recent Atelier releases, there tend to be trilogies that all take place in the same world. Once they are over, Gust moves onto a new area and storyline. With Atelier Lulua, people are heading back to Arland. But, this might worry some people. Are there things they should know?

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Why are there so many Ys IVs?

Most series are rather straightforward. Once with numbered installments tend to have some semblance of order to them. However, when it comes to Nihon Falcom’s Ys, things get a little odd. There are four Ys IV games. People outside of Japan might not realize this, since only one of them was released worldwide. However, with Ys: Memories of Celceta about to make its PlayStation 4 debut, it seems like a good time to go over what happened and why there are so many Ys IVs.

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Picross S3’s Color Picross makes it easier to see pictures take shape

We are big fans of nonograms here at Michibiku, both ones created by Jupiter and those from other studios. We take their history very seriously. So, when Picross S3 became the first Jupiter installment to include color, we took notice. While this publisher is always known for some of the highest quality puzzles, Color Picross takes things to a whole new level. Thanks to its unique mechanics, it pushes people to think harder, gives them a better sense of progress and might even offer a greater reward.

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Should you get Puyo Puyo Champions or Puyo Puyo Tetris?

It is such a good time to be a Puyo Puyo fan. Puyo Puyo Tetris is available for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and PC. Puyo Puyo eSports has been released worldwide as Puyo Puyo Champions for the Switch, PS4, Xbox One and PC. Even Sonic Mania paid tribute to the series with a boss fight that was Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine-themed. Sega Ages Puyo Puyo and Puyo Puyo 2 are both a thing.

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What do you need to know about Giga Wrecker?

Game Freak fans are going to get a chance to see another game from the developer that isn’t related to Pokemon soon. Giga Wrecker Alt is coming to consoles. It seems like something of a director’s cut of the original PC game. But, those who missed out on it originally may have some questions. What’s going on? Why did Game Freak make this game? Which version do I need? Let’s see if we can help.

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Understanding the Game Boy’s Animal Breeder series

A phenomenon sometimes seen among Pokemon fans is fusion. People combine two species into one for a sort of hybrid character that possesses traits of both. While such a thing isn’t possible in the actual series, Japan did give us a whole line of games based upon that exact premise. It is called Animal Breeder, and somehow it went through four installments without a single one ever making it outside of Japan.

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