Super Exploding Zoo

Super Exploding Zoo, at first glance is a simple puzzle game with cute graphics. It looks like something you might find on Kongregate: fast, easy to explain and teeming with short enough levels to play four or five while waiting for something else to happen. The first few levels do nothing to dispel that notion. You’ll guide an animal through a simple level, collect some companion animals, blow some stuff up along the way, kill the monsters and win. READ MORE

Massive Chalice

Massive Chalice isn’t perfect. I could spend 30 minutes complaining about poor enemy placements, stupid house mottos and enemies that just aren’t fun to fight. But after finishing a campaign and failing to save the kingdom, what I’m left with is an appreciation for the terrifying enemies, the intricacies of arranging marriages and the strategy that goes into deciding whether I should force one of my fighters into the Sagewright Guild to aid in research instead of leaving him on the roster in case I need his battle expertise in a few years. READ MORE

Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy

Dungeon-crawlers have had a resurgence in popularity in recent years, led by the PC indie game scene and the Etrian Odyssey series. As a result, more and more niche titles have been getting a chance here, particularly on systems like the Vita. Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy is the newest entry in the genre from Experience Inc. (the studio behind Demon Gaze), but it’s not necessarily a step forward for the company. READ MORE

Graham, Andrew and Henry gather to talk about the best and worst of E3 2015! Topics include The Last Guardian, Uncharted 4, Xbox 360 backward compatibility, Rare Replay, Star Fox Zero, HoloLens and more!

You can check out the Snack Time archive for some great shows you may have missed.

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The very first Unplugged column I ever wrote for Snackbar Games featured the 2002 spaghetti-western shootout card game Bang!. In the eight years(!) since that column, Bang! has received numerous expansions as well as several spin-offs. Perhaps most relevant to the general Snackbar audience is Bang! Halo Edition, but I wanted to revisit Dodge City to talk about 2013’s streamlined Bang! The Dice Game. READ MORE

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Who was the best at predicting Microsoft’s, Sony’s and Nintendo’s presences at E3 2015? Read on for the results of our staff lightning round competition!
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I’m an excitable fellow. It’s both a fault and an self-diagnosed admirable quality: my personality is a friendly magnet at parties, but in a more somber setting, it’s a reminder that loud isn’t allowed. I just can’t help it, nor do I want to. It’s not like I actively raise my blood pressure, take a sharp breath in and resist the urge to blink when I watch a trailer for Jurassic World. I don’t do it to annoy others, but if I manage to rile them up (and I often do), I can’t be held accountable for my actions. READ MORE

E3 is full of sights and sounds. Maybe too many, really! We thought we’d share a few shots from the show floor, to give you a taste of this year’s festivities. Stay tuned for coverage from the event!

1418317508-jc3-screenshot-freefallbase1-11-1418315493-12-2014While Square Enix is known for its classic JRPG franchises, it has expanded its portfolio in recent years with a nice variety of Western titles as well, with its conference focused on a mix of big franchises and localization announcements.

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For the third year running, Nintendo skipped a traditional press conference in favor of its Nintendo Direct presentation, giving us the return of some legendary franchises and a few new details on already announced titles.

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