Game Freak’s Magical Taruruuto-kun: Magic Adventure takes players on quite a trip

When Game Freak comes to mind, it is easy to immediately think of the company’s most popular series. After all, Pokemon is one of the most recognizable IPs out there. But the company is responsible for a lot more than that. In fact, in 1992 it released two incredibly odd games based upon the Magical Taruruuto-kun series. Each one has the distinction of being weird, yet easy to understand and enjoy.

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Review: Dragon’s Crown Pro brings the original’s gameplay to new resolutions

When I reviewed the initial release of Vanillaware’s Dragon’s Crown in 2013, I called it a bundle of contradictions: brilliantly elegant when it’s not mind-numbingly frustrating and gorgeous and lush when it’s not making you intensely uncomfortable. Five years later, we have Dragon’s Crown Pro, and it’s even more mercurial in this new incarnation. It’s the same game in the ways you want, but it also skips an opportunity to make small changes that could really improve the overall experience.

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What do you need to know about Dillon’s series?

A Nintendo franchise is making a comeback after a brief hiatus. The Dillon series is continuing with Dillon’s Dead-Heat Breakers. But here is the thing: Dillon is not really a household name. Even though he has two games under his belt and made a cameo in Super Smash Bros. on the 3DS and Wii U, people might not know who he is or what to expect.

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Which Otomate otome games can people enjoy in English?

There is a name people caught up in the otome game craze should know: Otomate. This is the branch of Idea Factory that devotes itself to making games for women. These tend to be visual novels with dating sim elements, though Library Cross is a mobile RPG and I Will Protect You was an Otomate Forte Metroidvania. Lots of Otomate games have been released in English for people to enjoy! Depending on the system you own, you could have at least one title to try.

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Jupiter packs a lot of detail into Picross S

Picross S is the first opportunity for Nintendo Switch owners to see something people who have been playing Jupiter’s nonogram games for years already know. The company has become quite adept at creating puzzles that are not only interesting to solve, but appealing to look at too. No matter what the size or difficulty, there is a level of attention paid to the final pictures that makes each puzzle feel like it was worth your time.

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Quest: Brian’s Journey shows how important an additional adaptation can be

The eighth generation of video games is known for many things. One of the most notable is the proliferation of ports, remakes and remasters. Companies bring games back, even if they are only a few years old, so a new audience can enjoy an improved and upgraded experience. But this is not such a rarity. Years ago, the Nintendo 64 and Game Boy Color had a similar situation with a specific game: Quest: Brian’s Journey. Except in this case, it was a demake that offered people a chance to take a better version of the adventure on the go.

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