Disney Tagged Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Disney RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Ranking the Kingdom Hearts Games From Worst to Best https://www.gameskinny.com/jh0wl/ranking-the-kingdom-hearts-games-from-worst-to-best https://www.gameskinny.com/jh0wl/ranking-the-kingdom-hearts-games-from-worst-to-best Fri, 25 Jan 2019 00:03:46 -0500 Joseph Ocasio


1. Kingdom Hearts


The game that started it all has to be the game to make it to the top of the list. Sure, the combat isn't as refined as its sequels, and the platforming wasn't that responsive, but it's remarkable that this 2002 title still holds up in 2019.


The combat is simple, but it's still a blast to fight against the hoard of Heartless. Meanwhile, the worlds of Alice in Wonderland, Tarzan, Aladdin, and the rest are beautifully recreated in 3D that still looks good.


The writing manages to perfectly capture each of the various films' spirits, and the simple yet effective story of Sora's search for his friends still manages to hit home. It's the closest that the series gets to feeling like an interactive Disney film.


It is easy to see why Kingdom Hearts captured the heats of millions, and it just goes to show that great game design and storytelling never gets old. Here's hoping there's more of the Kingdom Hearts universe after its third home console installment.


2. Kingdom Hearts II


After 4 years of waiting, fans finally got a proper follow up to Kingdom Hearts in Kingdom Hearts II. Sora, Donald, and Goofy's adventure to find Riku and King Mickey expands upon the original, introducing new combat abilities, like drive forms and limit attacks, as well as improved level design and Gummi Ship sections.


There are more Disney worlds to explore, including Mulan, The Lion King, Tron, and Pirates of the Caribbean, with none feeling out of place.


Kingdom Hearts II has a few stumbles, like having one of the worst tutorials of all time and a lack of difficulty, but it's still a sequel that's almost as good as the original. 


3. Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep


First teased in the secret ending to Kingdom Hearts II, this prequel moved away from the story of Sora, Riku, and Kairi (somewhat), and instead focused on a new trio of angsty teens: Ventus, Terra and Aqua.


Taking place 10 years before the events of the original, Birth by Sleep sees the three on their own adventures that sadly ends in tragedy, as they become manipulated by Master Xehanort's plan to obtain Kingdom Hearts. 


Playing as three characters, each with a unique personality, helps mix things up, as it allows us to get to know each of the characters before their unfortunate fates.


While the game has shown a bit of its age, with each world feeling much more confined than past entries and the characters playing extremely similarly to one another, being able to craft new abilities does help alleviate some of the issues that plagued past handheld titles.


Furthermore, the handful of Disney worlds that were chosen to be in Birth by Sleep, including Lilo and Stitch, Sleeping Beauty, and Snow White, still manage to retain some of the charm of the films that inspired them. 


Also, how can you say no to a game that features two of the biggest sci-fi actor's of all-time in Mark Hamill, as Master Eraqus, and Leonard Nimoy, as the villainous Master Xehanort? You just can't.


4. Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance


Dream Drop Distance may have been another handheld game, but it does enough in setting up the events of Kingdom Hearts III to justify its existence.


The worlds are decent at making you feel like you're in your favorite Disney films, and they contain much larger environments than some of the games in the series. Meanwhile, the combat is expanded with the new Flowmotion system, allowing you to pull off various attacks by using your surroundings.


It's not perfect, as the Pokemon-like Dream Eaters feels needless, and the plot does start to become convoluted near the end, but it's worth checking out on either the 3DS or PS4.


5. Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories


While it was the first sequel to Kingdom Hearts, many saw Chain of Memories as just a watered downed repeat of the original put out on the Game Boy Advance. It didn't help that it featured a card-based battle system rather than the typical one that many were used too.


While it is an impressive title for the GBA, featuring a card system that requires some strategy and solid looking 2D sprites, its port from handheld to console robbed it of some of its charm.


That is, the 3D worlds of the GBA release feel much smaller and more confined when put side by side with Kingdom Hearts. This was acceptable on a handheld console like the GBA, but not so much with the PS2 version, as expectations are much higher for a home console.


Furthermore, the reused and cramped worlds mean that combat can become a chore to play through, especially since there is nearly 30 hours of gameplay in Chain of Memories. Other games in the series at least try to mix things up with different gameplay types.


Featuring nothing but combat, this game quickly becomes monotonous, and it makes it hard to see the plot through to its conclusion, despite the story holding up adequately.


Also, that Vexen Boss fight can go straight to the darkest realm of the Darkness.


6. Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days


After Kingdom Hearts II, fans were aching for the next installment of the beloved series. What they got was... something.


Taking place between Kingdom Hearts I and II, 358/2 Days is sort of the origin story of Roxas, focusing on his days with Organization XIII. Throughout, we see Roxas learning about his true nature and hanging out with his friend Axel and newcomer Xion. What follows is an adventure that... exists.


The best way to describe 358/2 Days is that it is a game of its era. It is impressive to see a game like it on the DS, but it just doesn't really hold up that well.


Its mission structure limits how much you can explore in each of the worlds, compared to previous games, and the writing for these worlds is lacking the spark that the films that they are based on had. Moreover, the main plot moves at a snail's pace.


Top all of this off with a lackluster combat system, repetitive levels, and a story that's only for diehard fans, and you'll see why this and Re:Coded were relegated to animated films in the various HD collections.


7. Kingdom Hearts: Re:Coded


Kingdom Hearts: Re:Coded originally started its life as an episodic cellphone game in Japan, beginning in 2008 and ending in 2010, before being released on the Nintendo DS. This version came late in the DS's lifespan, and many would agree that it's easily the worst game in the series.


Re-Coded is more of a filler game than anything else, with only small details that progress the over-arching story of Kingdom Hearts. It's such a pointless installment that many were relieved to hear that it was just remade into a movie when it was released in Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD Remix.


The game reuses every world from the original Kingdom Hearts and attempts to shake things up by adding different bits of gameplay to each of the various worlds. However, it suffers from being a jack off all trades, master of none.


No element feels interesting or fun, as the various mechanics are not fleshed out, and none of the joy or wonder from past games is present, with the re-used environments feeling like pale imitations of their PS2 counterparts.


I can't speak for everyone, but I'm pretty sure that no fan will say this game is their favorite. 


It has been over 12 years since the release of Kingdom Hearts II, and fans have been patiently waiting for Kingdom Hearts III ever since. Now, this new entry is finally coming out in less than a week, and I think it's easy to say that, with new worlds and tons of amazing gameplay footage already revealed, many are excited to get their hands on the game.


With that said, there have been a plethora of games in the series released after Kingdom Hearts II, and it's about time to see where they rank from worst to best. To make it on this list, the only requirement is that it has to have been released on an actual game console, so don't expect to see the likes of Union X here.

Mobile Developer Jam City Signs Multi-Year Deal To Make Disney/Pixar Games https://www.gameskinny.com/qhtd3/mobile-developer-jam-city-signs-multi-year-deal-to-make-disneypixar-games https://www.gameskinny.com/qhtd3/mobile-developer-jam-city-signs-multi-year-deal-to-make-disneypixar-games Wed, 14 Nov 2018 14:30:53 -0500 QuintLyn

A whole new roster of games based on Disney and Pixar movies are on the way thanks to a deal signed between the media giant and mobile game developer Jam City. The new, multi-year partnership not only grants Jam City the rights to make new games based on popular movie franchises but also tasks them with taking over development on the popular mobile title Disney Emoji Blitz in conjunction with Disney's Glendale Games Studio.

Among the many new projects based on Disney/Pixar franchises will be a new game inspired by Disney's Frozen sequel.

According to Kyle Laughlin, Senior Vice President of Games and Interactive Experiences at Disney, this partnership "represents a significant long-term opportunity for [Disney's] games business and for the future slate of Disney and Pixar games.

"We can’t wait to see how Jam City and the incredibly talented team behind Disney Emoji Blitz will grow the already successful game and franchise, and how Jam City will bring their global reach and expertise in developing successful, enduring mobile games to the upcoming titles."

For their part, Jam City co-founder and CEO Chris DeWolfe states the company is "proud to be teaming with Disney," adding that "Jam City's leadership in mobile entertainment based on iconic entertainment IP, make [the] company an ideal partner to develop a lineup of new mobile games with Disney's most popular franchises."

Disney Emoji Blitz is available on both the Apple App Store and Google Play.

Kingdom Hearts 3: Riku's "Other Him?" https://www.gameskinny.com/uaw1b/kingdom-hearts-3-rikus-other-him https://www.gameskinny.com/uaw1b/kingdom-hearts-3-rikus-other-him Thu, 15 Feb 2018 15:58:50 -0500 Joe Garcia

The Kingdom Hearts 3 community was recently blown away by the two epic trailers that dropped during the D23 2018 Expo in Japan. The trailer that I will be talking about today is the second trailer, which debuted the new theme song for the game by Hikaru Utada. More specifically, I'll be examining a scene at the end of the trailer with Riku and King Mickey (wearing the awesome outfits given to them by Master Yen Sid).

Here we see the duo in the realm of darkness on the dark shore. Riku's Way to Dawn Keyblade is broken (and we obviously don't know why or how yet). Riku walks up and plants the broken blade into the ground while saying he doesn't need it anymore, so the other "him" can use it.

In Kingdom Hearts 3, Riku's new outfit matches quite well with Mickey's

This brings up a load of questions that the fandom is trying to figure out. I may have done just that, sort of ....

There are three possibilities as to who Riku is talking about. The first and most obvious choice is the Riku Replica from Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories. The last time we heard from him was back in Castle Oblivion, when Sora had managed to save Namine from Organization XIII. The Riku Replica was freed from being controlled by Vexen (Organization XIII Member) and was allowed to live his own life in the castle. This could be who he is talking about, as this clone used the powers of darkness, and he could have ended up in the realm of darkness.

The next possibility is that somehow Riku has his own Nobody, just like how Sora and Kairi have their own as Roxas and Namine respectively. This is possible because during the events of Kingdom Hearts 1, Riku let the darkness take control of his heart and  lost his body to Ansem. This could be an unorthodox way of making a Nobody, so maybe Riku can sense his Nobody and is leaving his Keyblade to him so they can join them and see the light. 

A puzzled Riku in Kingdom Hearts 3

The next and last option is the personification of Riku's dark half that was revealed in Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance. This version of Riku is all of the darkness that he had built up and abused during the first game when he was working with Maleficent. With such a strong tie to the realm of darkness, it's very likely that this "version" of Riku could be the one he is mentioning to Mickey.

As with any Kingdom Hearts trailer or news, we are always left with way more questions than answers, so we will just have to wait and see what he means when the game comes out later this year. 

What are your thoughts on this? Who do you think Riku is talking about? Comment below and let's talk it out!

For everything Kingdom Hearts, stay tuned to GameSkinny.

Are the Bricks Stacked for New LEGO Games? https://www.gameskinny.com/ok8hm/are-the-bricks-stacked-for-new-lego-games https://www.gameskinny.com/ok8hm/are-the-bricks-stacked-for-new-lego-games Wed, 17 Jan 2018 12:09:02 -0500 Steven Oz

In a report from Comicbook.com's Liam Robertson, he states that two new LEGO games are in development. LEGO DC Villains and LEGO Incredibles 2 could be coming your way soon.

Rumoured to be titled ‘LEGO Incredibles 2’, the game is said to tie directly into the upcoming, long awaited sequel movie.

Giving credence to the LEGO Incredibles 2 rumor was a LEGO toy set leak back in August 2017 showing three sets -- but as LEGO Juniors sets for smaller children. These were swiftly removed due to a DMCA claim. Disney/Pixar's Incredibles 2 movie is set for a June 15th release.

Robertson goes on to add the following:

On the other hand, Warner Bros. is also said to be prepping a new LEGO game based around DC Comics characters. Whereas past games of this nature have focused on LEGO Batman and his fellow Justice League heroes, this rumoured title is said to be all about the villains of the DC universe. Again, few details about this apparent game are available thus far, but our sources are referring to the project as ‘LEGO DC Villains’ or ‘LEGO DC Supervillains.

As for the LEGO DC Villains game, details are sparse and relate to the villains of the DC Universe.

Both games are said to be created by TT Games. They are the primary creative guardians of the main LEGO games since LEGO Star Wars in 2004.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more information as it develops.

5 Things You Didn't Know About The Disney Afternoon Collection https://www.gameskinny.com/15l09/5-things-you-didnt-know-about-the-disney-afternoon-collection https://www.gameskinny.com/15l09/5-things-you-didnt-know-about-the-disney-afternoon-collection Tue, 29 Aug 2017 14:07:13 -0400 daisy_blonde


And that's it! We hope these interesting facts about some of Capcom’s Disney games has got you hyped to play the old NES classics again on your modern system. The most well-known games in the collection seem to be those which are connected to the cartoons we remember the most, like DuckTales. 


It’s interesting which games inspired Capcom’s other franchises and which games took inspiration from said franchises. Check out our review of The Disney Afternoon Collection here


TaleSpin Plays Very Differently Depending on the Console


Like the cartoon, TaleSpin is the least well-known and probably least popular title on this list. The game released on a number of platforms, including the Sega Genesis and Game Gear. Despite being developed by Capcom, the game plays very differently on each console. 


The Game Gear version, which I owned growing up, is a traditional side-scrolling platformer with flying sections between certain stages. However, players almost always fly in the NES version. Consequently, the controls are a bit tricky, making each version frustratingly difficult instead of challenging.


Chip and Dale 2 took inspiration from Mega Man


Chip and Dale and its sequel were also produced by Tokuro Fujiwara. However, unlike the aforementioned titles, this game is quite easy, as it’s appropriately aimed at a younger market. It even got a port to the Nintendo arcade system, the PlayChoice 10.





An image of the PlayChoice 10 from the
International Arcade Museum website.


Later zones in Chip and Dale 2 will be familiar to those who have played Mega Man. Capcom, of course, developed both franchises, and the mechanical zone pictured above is extremely similar to Mega Man 3 (with the exception of the gopher sprites!). Chip and Dale 2 also takes inspiration from Mega Man in its gameplay. Unlike the rinse and repeat ball-throwing strategem of Chip and Dale, the sequel switches up boss patterns, making things a bit more like Mega Man


Darkwing Duck was Produced by the Same Person Who Created Ghosts n' Goblins


Aesthetically, you don’t need to look far to see that this game (and the original cartoon) is a Disney interpretation of Batman. With his grappling hook moves, sharp wit, and brooding tone, Darkwing could comfortably hold the title of Caped Crusader. And no one would be able to deny that he couldn't hold his own in today’s superhero brawlers like Marvel vs Capcom.


As a platformer, this game was notoriously hard. You only have two hit points, the controls can be a little fiddly, and your jumping and grappling have to be pixel perfect. The difficulty curve is most likely because of its producer, Tokuro Fujiwara, who also created Capcom classics like Ghosts and Goblins.



Fujiwara went on to create his own studio, Whoopee Camp, which made the Tomba platformers for PlayStation. These were very well received, and helped to cement Fujiwara’s reputation as a developer of very hard games!


Capcom’s DuckTales Staff Went on to Create Mega Man


Many key Capcom staff members who worked on Mega Man also worked on DuckTales. Indeed, a key artist in the DuckTales game, Keiji Inafune, produced Mega Man Zero. This installment of the game featured a Triple Rod weapon which let the player attack in up to eight different directions, while also allowing them to bounce on top of enemies. Like Shovel Knight, it seems almost directly inspired by Scrooge McDuck’s pogo jump.


Scrooge McDuck’s Pogo Move Inspired Shovel Knight


The first DuckTales game, released in 1989, is remembered as a classic partly due to Scrooge McDuck’s pogo-jump move. Not many platformers around at the time gave their main character a unique move like this – for example, Mario’s special abilities in Super Mario Bros 3 came through temporary power ups while Scrooge's came naturally. 


Shovel Knight, which is openly inspired by NES classics platformers like Ghosts n' Goblins, Darkwing Duck, and Duck Tales, was developed by Yacht Club Games. Interestingly, Yacht Club Games was set up by Sean Velasco, who used to direct WayForward Technologies. In turn, WayForward was behind 2013's remaster of the first NES DuckTales. Their involvement seems to reveal how Sean Valseco cut his teeth learning the intricacies of these old titles -- and how Shovel Knight came to be. 


During the 90's, showing cartoons at the same time kids were getting home from school was a trend. Disney was at the forefront, and releasing a selection of shows with new takes on classic characters was a large part of their strategy. There was Baloo, of The Jungle Book fame, starring as an ace pilot in TaleSpin, or the chipmunks, Chip and Dale, from the old 1940s and 1950s shorts taking up badges as crime solving detectives in Chip and Dale: Rescue Rangers. This block of cartoons was known as the Disney Afternoon, which is why this compilation is called the Disney Afternoon Collection, a collection that attempts to recreate that afternoon magic on the video game consoles of today. 


Capcom had the rights to make games with Disney characters in the 1990s, and they tried to encapsulate the fun of the cartoons into a series of games for various platforms of that era, ranging from the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) to the Sega Game Gear. Some were fantastic experiences, while others were much less so. 


However, The Disney Afternoon Collection, which includes the NES compilations of DuckTales 1 & 2Chip & Dale: Rescue Rangers 1 & 2, Darkwing Duck, and TaleSpin was not one of the latter. Because of that, this collection was recently released as the Disney Afternoon Collection on PS4 and Xbox One.


Despite being games based on cartoons, they have a rich history that the average gamer doesn’t know. So without further ado, here are five things that you probably didn’t know about this little collection.

Toy Story World and Release Window for Kingdom Hearts 3 Announced at D23 https://www.gameskinny.com/ftiuj/toy-story-world-and-release-window-for-kingdom-hearts-3-announced-at-d23 https://www.gameskinny.com/ftiuj/toy-story-world-and-release-window-for-kingdom-hearts-3-announced-at-d23 Mon, 17 Jul 2017 09:33:30 -0400 daisy_blonde

During Disney's D23 Expo Video Games Showcase this weekend, the company revealed that Toy Story would be the newest world to come to Kingdom Hearts 3

To introduce this new world, Tetsuya Nomura took the stage and began talking about fans' positive reactions at the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra world tour. This was followed by a trailer which opened with Sora jumping off some clouds and what looked to be the Olympus Coliseum and Twilight Town. A quote was transposed on the screen in blue text, which read:

"Don't assume your dreams are just fantasy. If you can imagine a world, believe in it...and dive in."

This lead into a reveal of the new world -- where Sora, Donald, and Goofy appeared as miniature toys underneath Andy's bed. They are faced with miniature toy enemies, and then bump into Woody, Buzz, Rex, Hamm, the Pizza Planet Aliens, and the toy green soldiers.

These toys explain that Andy and his family had disappeared not long after the Heartless showed up -- and they were with a guy in a black hood. Sora suspects that this may be Organization XIII at work. And with the toys' help, he sets out to Galaxy Toys to investigate further. 

The trailer showcased gameplay outside Andy's house, where Sora uses a Drill attack and a Draw Punch attack using a powerup. Then we see gameplay inside the Galaxy Toys store, where Sora cimbed into a robot and used laser cannons to deal with the enemies surrounding him -- reminiscent of the Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast ride at Disney parks.

The release year was then revealed as 2018 -- but there is no definitive date yet.

After the trailer, Nomura was joined on stage by Jason Katz and Tasha Sounart from Pixar. Jason has worked at Pixar for the past 23 years and was the Story Supervisor for Toy Story 3. He confirmed that the Kingdom Hearts story relating to the Toy Story franchise is brand new. Tasha Sounart, who is an Associate Creative Director at Pixar and animated for Toy Story 2, confirmed that she had helped to design the toy versions of Sora, Donald and Goofy, and the Keyblade for the Toy Story world.

Nomura added that players of iPhone and Android game Kingdom Hearts: Union Cross will be able to get a special Toy Story medal in-game.

You can watch the trailer above if you haven't seen it for yourself. And if you want to watch the whole D23 conference to see the interviews with Nomura and Pixar, check out the official D23 YouTube channel.

Stay tuned for more Kingdom Hearts 3 news as we get closer to release!

Why Where's My Water Was Better Than Angry Birds https://www.gameskinny.com/s9p5j/why-wheres-my-water-was-better-than-angry-birds https://www.gameskinny.com/s9p5j/why-wheres-my-water-was-better-than-angry-birds Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:52:15 -0400 daisy_blonde

In 2011, Disney Mobile published a small puzzle game that turned out to be quite a hit -- Where's My Water?. Some people accused Disney of ripping off Rovio's popular title, Angry Birds, but arguably, Disney Mobile was innovating by using water based physics in an innovative way and creating a new IP just for the computer gaming market.

We take a quick look at the game's development and discuss why it's better than Angry Birds.

Development and Spin-Offs

Disney was no stranger to giving other well-known developers the rights to make games, such as Capcom and Virgin Interactive in the 1990s, the latter of which developed the excellent movie tie-in game for The Lion King.

However, development for Where's My Water? was done by Creature Feep, a relatively unknown development team that was actually part of Disney Mobile. Interestingly, 'creature feep' is a well-known internet Spoonerism of 'feature creep'. This refers to a piece of software doing way more than originally intended with future updates (such as all the needless features now in iTunes, like Apple Music).

Indeed, perhaps this name was a nod to the spin-offs the game would eventually have. Its success spawned a cartoon show, a Hasbro board game, a web series, and sequels with other well-known Disney characters, such as Where's My Mickey?

The team was headed by Timothy FitzRandolph, who developed the Xbox indie hit JellyCar, which would be later ported to iOS. Disney later acquired the rights to this game and its sequel, JellyCar 2.

According to FitzRandolph in an interview with USA Today, the focus during early development was on water physics and letting the player use the tactile nature of a touchscreen to guide the water. This makes the game distinct from the slingshot physics of Angry Birds, and is genuinely something other games weren't attempting at the time. It shows that Disney is trying to diversify and not copy other trends du jour.

Swampy was the first new Disney character to debut within a game as opposed to a film or TV. He was voiced by Justin T. Bowler (who mainly speaks in Muppet like grunts), and it showed a change in strategy for the company, which was perhaps an influence on their later game-focused developments, such as using Amiibo like existing Disney assets for Disney Infinity.

Plot and Gameplay

The main (and very basic) plot of the game is that Swampy, an alligator living in the sewers, feels constantly dirty and wants to wash all the sewer gunk off in the bathtub. Thwarting him is fellow alligator Cranky, who uses crafty means to stop Swampy getting his water supply. You, as the player, must make sure Swampy gets his water by using your finger to guide the water from a running tap or other water source, such as a pool of water. 

As you progress through the game, various obstacles get in your way, such as green ooze, which melts dirt, and purple poison, which must not come into contact with the water you are trying to get to Swampy.

This is by far one of the best uses of tactile puzzle solving that a smart device has to offer now, let alone back in 2011. I find it less gimmicky than other apps such as 

Angry Birds, as using your digits is essential rather than tacked on like some platformers or RPGs ported to smart devices. Given that it's a Disney app aimed at kids, the difficulty level isn't too hard, either.

Where it ramps up is at completionist level, as an additional objective is to collect all three rubber ducks by splashing them with water until they disappear (similar to the stars in Angry Birds). However, unlike Angry Birds, water rather than air (and slingshots) controls the physics of the game, and there are lots of new challenges to keep you on your toes.

Where's My Water? also lets you play as other characters, such as Cranky and Allie. In Cranky's levels, the objective is to collect the purple ducks by filling them with poison. In Allie's levels, your objective is to get water to all the musical notes in a specific order. I found it very addictive and I enjoyed the animated vignettes between each group of levels, which were like a digital comic book. Indeed, Angry Birds' later incarnations borrowed this comic book style to tell their stories -- this is a clever way to avoiding huge spending on re-recording voice acting for localization.


The music and sound effects fit the tone of the app. However, in my version, the music and sound effects can cut out. Perhaps this can be fixed in future updates.

Where's My Water in 2017 How Its Legacy Compares to Angry Birds

Swampy and friends still hold up in comparison to the games of 2017. It may not have the sheer frustration and retro styling of other indie games like Super Meat Boy or VVVVV, but it is a unique concept.

Its positive reception contributed to many ports -- with Windows Phone, Blackberry, and Android all receiving their own versions of the game. 

Interestingly, following the lackluster reception of Disney Infinity 2, Disney announced in December 2016 that it would be shutting down its video game business entirely. Perhaps this is not surprising, given their acquisitions of Lucasfilm and Marvel since 2012, but it is a blow to developers who want to make that mark through funding from larger organizations.

By contrast, the Angry Birds movie, which came out in 2016, missed the hype train surrounding the original mobile title -- and received a lowly 46% aggregate score on Metacritic. That said, as the Angry Birds Wiki page explains, the game has spawned a successful and tactile arcade experience in which you "become the slingshot" by moving a light on the screen to where you want your angry bird to be aimed. Where's My Water? lacks this sort of experience, but its success has been emulated by similar games such as Splash Canyons

Perhaps Rovio, unlike Disney, was trying to tap into the 2011 zeitgeist in order to emulate America's entertainment behemoth. Indeed, the team revealed to Business Insider that the company was trying to be like Disney. They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery -- and although Where's my Water? came out after Angry Birds, the gameplay mechanics and original design make it a great innovator rather than a great imitator. 

Disney is Missing Out By Not Giving These 5 Classic Characters Their Own Games https://www.gameskinny.com/6u4em/disney-is-missing-out-by-not-giving-these-5-classic-characters-their-own-games https://www.gameskinny.com/6u4em/disney-is-missing-out-by-not-giving-these-5-classic-characters-their-own-games Tue, 27 Jun 2017 13:31:05 -0400 daisy_blonde


The Disney universe is an expansive one -- and it's gotta be a tough job for Disney animators to keep up with the lore in old comic books, animated shorts and TV series. This sometimes means that our favorite characters get left out of consideration for new ventures and IPs.


The five classic Disney characters we've examined here really deserve a game in their own right. They've either had a bad run of difficult or underwhelming games where they weren't the star, or they've just sat in Mickey's shadow for way too long. With all the advancements in technology and the proliferation of multiple IPs and development studios, now is a better time than ever to revisit some of these beloved characters.


Hopefully, someone at Disney is looking for inspiration  and giving this a look. (If that's you, please give me a share of the profits, thanks!)


What Disney characters would you like to see make a return as the star of their own video game? Let me know down in the comments!


Phil (Hercules)


We know all about Phil’s success when Hercules saves Meg and becomes a hero -- but what we don’t from the 1997 Disney hit is how Phil trained heroes and champions long before Hercules came on the scene. 


Phil may be smaller than most, but he is quite nimble. So it would be cool for him to battle in a badass style similar to Yoda in Star Wars. Phil’s game would be a co-op cartoony brawler or shooter similar to Smash Bros or Overwatch, in which you would be helping other Ancient Greek heroes (such as Achilles) fight various mythical beasts like minotaurs, the Hydra, or a sabre tooth tiger. 


Disney could even get Danny DeVito to reprise his role with witty one liners whilst ridding the world of foes. 


Figaro (Pinocchio)


Figaro first appeared in the 1941 classic Pinocchio, where he (like Pluto) acts as a normal animal rather than sharing Goofy’s anthropomorphic qualities.  After finding movie fame, he appeared in many animated shorts as a foil to Pluto (most notably in Pluto’s Sweater, when Figaro ended up in a sweater Minnie had knitted for Pluto after Pluto had deliberately shrunk it in the rain). 


Disney has been very successful with domestic cats in The Aristocats and big cats in The Lion King. And I'd love to see a game called Figaro’s Big Adventure, where Figaro stows away on a steam ship from America to Italy, where he goes on a search for Gepetto. Such a game could perhaps have a VR expansion to allow the player to experience life as a cartoon cat and try their hand at outsmarting Pluto.


Minnie Mouse (Mickey Mouse Cast)


Much like Pluto, Minnie tends to be second fiddle to Mickey if she is included in a game, and does not yet have a standalone game of her own.  In the much-maligned NES classic game Mickey’s Mousecepade, you often have to rescue Minnie as she gets kidnapped. Given the recent resurgence in strong Disney women, as evident in Moana, the time is right to give Minnie her own game. 


Minnie Mouse’s game should be an open world driving game in the vein of Grand Theft Auto or the more child-friendly Lego Undercover series. Perhaps we could see something dubbed Minnie’s Road Trip, with Minnie driving across America to meet other people and discover what makes her unique outside of her more famous beau.  The trip may also involve adventuring for treasure in a vein similar to Lara Croft – perhaps she might run into Nicholas Cage and have a National Treasure crossover!


Pluto (Mickey Mouse Cast)


Unlike Goofy, who retains human characteristics, Pluto is portrayed as a regular dog and Mickey’s loyal pet.  This has confused many Disney fans over the years -- and is perhaps why Pluto appears in the Kingdom Hearts series, where he acts as a messenger for a letter from King Mickey.  


Having Pluto as the main star of a game akin to a 1990s character platformer will allow us to fulfill our childhood daydreams of being a dog. And Disney could include cameos of their other doggy characters, like Dug from Up and Pongo from 101 Dalmatians.  Heck, you could even release some VR DLC where we actually get to be Pluto and chase cats, fetch papers, and bury bones!


Baloo the Bear (The Jungle Book)


Baloo the Bear does have some games -- including one based on his pilot persona from Disney's 1990s cartoon TaleSpin.  But the TaleSpin video game, developed by Capcom, was pretty hard no matter which platform you played it on. (Personally, I found the NES incarnation to be the hardest, and far less forgiving than Darkwing Duck.)


1994's The Jungle Book, published by Virgin Interactiveis an excellent game based on the original 1967 film of the same name. But Baloo is merely a supporting character there, as the player takes the role of Mowgli.


Baloo would benefit from a new game where he's the star, and I'd personally love to see one where we find out exactly how this bear went about getting his pilot's license. It could even be a direct prequel to TaleSpin, if Disney ever decided to remake that game. They seem to be into direct sequels when it comes to their IPs, so a prequel might be a fresh direction to head without feeling too unfamiliar!


Heck, you could even call it something like The Road from Jungle to TaleSpin. Perhaps it could be created as an action RPG game, where Baloo receives a letter summoning him from the jungle to Cape Suzette in order to help out a long-lost relative who's being harassed by Shere Khan and Don Karnage. Perhaps Baloo would lose Bagheera in a moment akin to Aeris' death in FF7? 


Considering that Disney is already working with Square Enix on Kingdom Hearts, it would be a short leap to involve them in a new IP like this!


Disney characters have appeared in a number of different games with varying levels of quality -- from the excellent DuckTales on NES, to the totally radical Disney Sports Skateboarding, to the fiddly controls of Epic Mickey in 2009.


But most of the titles that boast Disney characters cast the iconic Mickey Mouse as the star. We all know him and most of us love him, but variety is the spice of life. And Disney is really missing out by not letting some of its other characters take center stage in their own games. 


Providing some of its forgotten characters with their own game-based narratives would present a unique opportunity for Disney to answer some of its fans' burning questions about them -- like when did Baloo get his pilot's license and move to Cape Suzette? Why is Pluto a proper dog but Goofy is an anthropomorphic canine? And why the heck is Minnie Mouse always second fiddle to Mickey?


Here are a few characters from Disney's archives that definitely deserve to be brought (back) to life in their own video games. 

How to Fire Cannons in Disney Crossy Road https://www.gameskinny.com/7t8xx/how-to-fire-cannons-in-disney-crossy-road https://www.gameskinny.com/7t8xx/how-to-fire-cannons-in-disney-crossy-road Thu, 04 May 2017 04:51:42 -0400 Jaleesa Mitchell

With the release of Disney Crossy Road, I guess we'll have to lay off the "why did the chicken cross the road" joke. After all, who knew that crossing a road could be so difficult? No one, that's who!

And when you throw cannons into the mix, well, the fun just never ends.

I Spy With My Little Eye...

So, in what adventure do we find cannons?

They are located in the Pirates of the Caribbean (POTC) portion of Disney Crossy Roads.

This particular playing field in the game contains twenty-four "characters" (some of them are objects or animals) from the movies. Each character is in a specific group such as Classic, Rare, Epic, Legendary, Enchanted or Diamond.

Fancy that, it's right in our midst.

You see the blue box on the left of our friend here? That is a cannon. If you bump into it, it will fire. If it fires, then the cannon can hit you. And if it doesn't hit you, then it will hit an area next to you. Meaning, you fall in and die.

But, you can avoid this fate.

It's simple, really: avoid boxes like this as though they are the plague.

But which characters are in which group:

  • Will Turner
  • Elizabeth Swann
  • Joshamee Gibbs
  • Tia Dalma
  • James Norrington
  • Marty
  • Cotton
  • Auctioneer
  • Bootstrap Bill Turner
  • Treasure Chest
  • Blackbeard
  • Jack Sparrow
  • Hector Barbossa
  • Angelica
Secret (Classic, Rare, and Epic Characters Obtained through Special Requirements and Daily Missions)
  • Pintel
  • Ragetti
  • Tiny
  • Prison Dog
  • Helsmen
  • Stray Cat
Diamond (Available through Weekend Challenges for a limited time)
  • Davy Jones
  • Maccus
  • Phillip Swift
  • Syrena

All characters in Disney's Crossy Road POTC are vulnerable to the cannons. Now, we all know that you want to avoid those pesky things, after all they can cause us to fail at our mission. But, just remember what the cannons look like.

Helpful Tips

It might not be the solution you were looking for, but avoiding the cannons is the best one. One of the challenges wants you to fire cannons with Will, so then, and only then, should you fire the cannons. Otherwise, avoid the boxes.

Happy Playing!

Was this little tip helpful? Let me know in the comments.

Should Star Wars The Last Jedi Get a Video Game Adaptation? https://www.gameskinny.com/iz8d4/should-star-wars-the-last-jedi-get-a-video-game-adaptation https://www.gameskinny.com/iz8d4/should-star-wars-the-last-jedi-get-a-video-game-adaptation Mon, 01 May 2017 10:00:01 -0400 tofuslayer

Over the years, we've seen a plethora of Star Wars video games that have had varying degrees of success. While the franchise doesn't necessarily have the same level of acclaim in the gaming world as the Tomb Raider or Resident Evil series, it does have an incredibly vivid universe and a wide base of die-hard fans. 

Star Wars is one of those franchises that is simply "too big to fail." Theoretically, devs could make -- and have made -- as many mediocre video games in the series as they wanted without suffering the same consequences as smaller enterprises. Still, they don't make games about all of their films.

The real question here is this: Is The Last Jedi deserving of its own video game, and would it be successful?

We've all seen the trailers and teasers, and they look incredible. The Force Awakens was a huge success that did a solid job of setting up for the installment in the Skywalker Saga. And between Battlefront II and the release of The Last Jedi -- both slated to debut later this year -- there is high demand for content from a galaxy far, far away. 

But outside all the hype, are we excited enough to want a video game adaptation of the film? Could it be similar to Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens? Or should it be more in the vein of The Force Unleashed

Does The Last Jedi have what it takes?

While we don't have too many details on the storyline yet, we do know the film picks up where The Force Awakens left off. I'm basing a lot of what we can assume about the new film off of its prequel, and after a thorough investigation, it seems that many of these themes will carry through to the new film.

The Last Jedi will likely be focused on the new characters and story, but also bring subtle undertones of the films we've grown to know and love. I think the mix of old and new would be a solid foundation for a game adaptation.

Additionally, from what we know about the upcoming movie, there are some great protagonists that developers would have to work with, such as Rey, Finn, and Poe. As for villains, while Kylo Ren is no Darth Vader, he is a brooding dark-side user that displays plenty of potential and a storied, easily explorable backstory. On top of that, Captain Phasma would make an incredible video game antagonist. Based on the information we have so far and the story that The Force Awakens has set up for us, I would say that The Last Jedi is ripe for a video game adaptation -- and that's not counting all the new characters that will be joining the Saga. 

What has failed, and what would work?

We've seen a lot of Star Wars games in the past. Why have some of them been total failures? 

From Obi-Wan to Masters of Teräs Käsi, the number one complaint of these games was simply that the games were poorly made. Poor balancing, bad graphics, and awful level design plagued these titles, and ultimately led to their lack of success. Other titles such as Kinect Star Wars (pictured below) came off as half-baked attempts at increasing profits and pandering to a fan base.

I'm a firm believer that all Star Wars games are born good, but sometimes a series of unfortunate decisions can eventually sour a well-intentioned concept. Still, we've definitely seen over the years that video games from the beloved franchise do not always hit the mark.

Now that we know what hasn't worked in the past, let's take a look at what has worked in the past that might work for The Last Jedi. While I'm a huge Knights of the Old Republic fan, I'm not sure if any Star Wars film could be the RPG that is KOTOR

The Last Jedi would be most successful if adapted into an FPS-type game like the Battlefront series or a third-person action title like The Force Unleashed. It seems like the new film will pick up exactly where The Force Awakens left off, so there isn't much room to squeeze in a storyline big enough to fill a game in the space in between. And while it may be possible to make a game that enriches the existing storyline of The Last Jedi, there's a risk that it would seem forced or lack a smooth narrative arc. I'm going to have to say the safest bet is going the FPS route, perhaps centering around Finn or Poe.

The timing is right for a new Star Wars movie tie-in

In the wake of Star Wars Celebration Orlando and the excitement over Battlefront II's much-anticipated release, now would be a good time to start considering an adaptation of The Last Jedi. If Battlefront II is a success, fans will be hyped for a new video game in the series that explores the films in a different way.

If it fails, the franchise has a chance to redeem itself. I think it's a safe bet to say that unless Disney slips up (which is unlikely, in my opinion), it will put a lot of effort into anything Star Wars related. After a long slump where the cherished franchise was not looking very hopeful, The Force Awakens ushered in a new era of Star Wars glory. I'm hoping that this means that we'll see a series of new games that carry on the legacy of some of our favorite titles from the past. I think The Last Jedi is a good candidate to continue that legacy.

Cosplayers at Star Wars Celebration Orlando 2017, Orlando Sentinel

My vote is "yes" for The Last Jedi video game

While in recent years we've seen a rather dark time for Star Wars video games, I'm a big fan of the new series of films and I have high hopes for Battlefront II. In the past, we've seen that Star Wars games generally fail due to poor execution, and Disney has recently proven that they plan to uphold the integrity of the Star Wars franchise. From the little we already know about the film, I already see a lot of potential for an innovative and exciting video game adaptation. So here's to hoping!

Do you think The Last Jedi deserves a video game adaptation? Let us know your opinion in the comments below!

8 Recent Games for 80's and 90's Nostalgia Buffs https://www.gameskinny.com/ly8by/8-recent-games-for-80s-and-90s-nostalgia-buffs https://www.gameskinny.com/ly8by/8-recent-games-for-80s-and-90s-nostalgia-buffs Mon, 01 May 2017 08:00:01 -0400 Erroll Maas


The Past Fondly Remembered


Although all of the games on this list released just this year, their inspirations and/or source material shows how much players and creators appreciate the nostalgia the past has provided.


With more remasters, new games based off of older properties, and spiritual successors to games of the past still to be announced and released, the nostalgic past won't be forgotten any time soon.


PaRappa The Rapper Remastered 

Platforms: PlayStation 4

One of the first modern rhythm games is back, and features updated HD graphics and sound.


PaRappa The Rapper is an iconic game which is commonly credited for starting the modern rhythm game genre. In the game, you play as amateur rapping dog, Parappa, as he tries to impress the girl he likes and learns to believe in himself.


PaRappa The Rapper Remastered is a great musical experience with a catchy soundtrack--although arguably not as good as the soundtrack of the sequel-- and can provide fun for any fan of late 90's PlayStation Games.


PaRappa The Rapper Remastered is available for download on PlayStation 4. The sequel to the original game, PaRappa The Rapper 2, is available for download in the PS2 for PS4 section.


Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap 

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch

Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap is a remake of the 1989 Sega Master System game, Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap.


In the game you play a Hu-Man, a character who has been cursed into being a half-human and half-lizard monster by the Meka-Dragon, on his journey to find the Salamander Cross so he can remove his curse.

 You can also play as Hu-Girl, Hu-Man's new co-star, Lizard-Man, Mouse-Man, Piranha-Man, Lion-Man, and Hawk-Man, who each have their own unique special abilities.


With amazing hand-drawn graphics, a re-orchestrated soundtrack, and the ability to switch from modern graphics and sound to 8-bit graphics/audio whenever you want, Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap provides an enjoyable experience for both players who grew up in the 1980's and newer players today.


Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap is available for download on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. The game is also planned for release on PC in June 2017.


Snake Pass 

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch

Snake Pass, is a recently released platformer developed by Sumo Digital.


Like Yooka-Laylee, was also inspired by Nintendo 64 era platformers, although whereas Yooka-Laylee sticks to the formula created by its predecessors, Snake Pass has a unique twist which helps make it somewhat more interesting.


You can read more about the comparisons between Yooka-Laylee and Snake Pass here.


Snake Pass is available for download on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.



Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch

This spiritual successor to the beloved Nintendo 64 game, Banjo-Kazooie, may not have the best reviews, but is a great purchase for fans who would like to feel like they've gone back to a simpler time.


Yooka-Laylee may not do anything new or interesting to improve the gameplay of its predecessors, but it provides a great amount of nostalgia for gamers who prefer older games.


Yooka-Laylee was also part of a short lived yet interesting controversy with a popular YouTube personality, which you can read more about here.


Yooka-Laylee is available for download on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and will be Nintendo Switch in the near future. Yooka-Laylee also has physical copies available for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.


Cosmic Star Heroine 

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita

Cosmic Star Heroine is an indie RPG by Zeboyd games and is heavily inspired by beloved RPGs of the past, such as Chrono Trigger and Phantasy Star.


In Cosmic Star Heroine, you play as Alyssa L'Salle, an agent of the Agency of Peace & Intelligence on the Planet Araenu, who goes rogue after uncovering a horrible conspiracy. 2D visual style straight from the height of gaming's 16-bit era! Animated cutscenes reminiscent of the Sega CD & Turbo Duo era!


Cosmic Star Heroine features the ability for players to save anywhere, no separate battle or overworld screens, a turn-based combat system that focuses on flow & strategy and multi-character combo techniques.


Cosmic Star Heroine is surely an enjoyable experience for any fan of RPGs from the 16 bit era.


The game is available to download on PC, PlayStation 4,  or PlayStation Vita.


Transformers: Forged to Fight

Platforms: Android & iOS

Transformers: Forged to Fight is a free-to-play mobile fighting game by Kablam featuring both the original G1 Transformers and Transformers from the live action movies, as well as other Transformers from the entire Transformers universe.


Transformers: Forged to Fight also has some light RPG mechanics. In this giant robot fighting mobile game you can: Fight against other players using special attacks and ranged blasting, while demolishing destructible terrain in large three-dimensional arenas; play with your friends and battle in global events; set a group of Transformers to defend your base from other players; and deploy teams to obtain loot.


Transformers: Forged to Fight is a surprisingly great fighting game for any fan of the Transformers Franchise. The game is available on Google Play and the App Store.


Saban's Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: Mega Battle 

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One

This nostalgic game released a few months before the new movie, which is rather odd timing. But nonetheless, Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers Mega Battle is a beat 'em up based on the original series, and similar in playstyle to the original Power Rangers games, which were on the Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis.


In Mega Battle, you can play as the original six rangers, and you have the option to download three replacement rangers as DLC. The game is a pretty standard beat 'em up, but it doesn't do anything new or interesting. The graphics also make the game look like it would be something you'd play on your web browser, rather than a game you would play on a modern console.


Despite its low-res graphical style and subpar gameplay, Saban's Mighty Morphin's Power Rangers Mega Battle is still a game where you can have a lot of fun playing co-op with your friends.


The game is available for download on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.


The Disney Afternoon Collection 

Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One

This highly anticipated collection contains five games from the NES era based on different cartoons that aired on the Disney Afternoon programming block on the Disney channel in the late 80's and early 90's.


The games in the collection are: Chip N' Dale Rescue Rangers, Chip N' Dale Rescue Rangers 2, DarkWing Duck, DuckTales, DuckTales 2, and TaleSpin. Out of these five games, Chip N' Dale Rescue Rangers 2 and DuckTales 2 are the most difficult to find the original NES cartridges of. 


The collection also features a rewind mode so players can undo past mistakes, time-attack and boss rush modes, as well as concept art to look and music to listen to from each game.


The Disney Afternoon Collection is available for download on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.


Video games have come a long way since their genesis in the late 70's and early 80's. In the year 2017 we have three different versions of the fourth PlayStation, the third Xbox, which confusingly sounds like it's the first one, several different virtual reality headsets, and a Nintendo handheld that can also easily connect to your TV screen.


For those overwhelmed by all this new technology and different choices, there are still new games that will help make them feel as if they never left the simpler times they remember.


Here are 8 recently released games for any fan of 80's and 90's nostalgia.

How to Find the Lazy River in Club Penguin Island https://www.gameskinny.com/ca44t/how-to-find-the-lazy-river-in-club-penguin-island https://www.gameskinny.com/ca44t/how-to-find-the-lazy-river-in-club-penguin-island Sun, 16 Apr 2017 13:54:50 -0400 Paige McGovern

After Club Penguin’s shutdown on March 29, all penguins set sail for Club Penguin Island -- Disney’s mobile-only adaption that launched worldwide the same day. On April 7, the official Twitter thanked the over one million fans who signed up on the Android and iOS app.

But one of the important new features of Club Penguin Island are its Daily Challenges, which consist of assigned player activities that must be completed daily. Some of these challenges are for a single penguin, but others require the whole community to pitch in.

The lazy river is a part of four daily challenges:

  • Whoa Cocoa (Single player) -- Penguins must drink hot cocoa while tubing down the lazy river.
  • Cocoa-rific! (Community) -- 1,000 penguins must drink hot cocoa while tubing down the lazy river.
  • Want a Pizza Me? (Single player) -- Penguins must eat a slice of pizza while tubing down the lazy river.
  • Anchovy Overload (Community) -- 1,000 penguins must eat slices of pizza while tubing down the lazy river.

But where can a penguin find this lazy river to complete challenges?

It’s easy! It’s right in Coconut Cove. But floating down it in one’s tube is the real challenge.

First, make sure you have the Club Penguin Island mobile app installed. If you don’t, you can download it for your iOS or Android device. Next, make sure you have registered for an account and created your penguin.

Once you've got that all set up, starting from Beacon Boardwalk, waddle right until you reach Coconut Cove. On the far-left side of the cove, you should see a trail of shells on the sand, leading up to a wooden dock. Follow this trail. Once on the dock, move forward to the edge and jump up and across the rocks to reach the top of the waterfall. These are tricky jumps, so it may take a few tries.

Once you have successfully climbed to the top, open your inventory, find your tube, and press the action button to wear it. The default tube in Club Penguin Island is the Island Tube, but there's been several other designs implemented with the 1.2.0 update:

  • Funky Feather (unlocked at level 2)
  • Cake Cruiser (level 5)
  • Firebreather (level 7)
  • Gravitube (level 9)
  • UGGA TUBE (level 13)
  • Lifesaver (level 15)
  • Xpedition (only obtained from the "Icy Infiltration" adventure)

(Above screenshot from Club Penguin Island Island Help.) 

Once your tube of choice is equipped, jump off the waterfall to be carried down the lazy river’s gentle stream. The light blue arrows in the water indicate which way the river is flowing. Remember to have hot cocoa or pizza ready if you want to complete one of the solo challenges. When your relaxing journey has ended, simply press the action button again to stow your tube.

Unfortunately, the Daily Challenges and tubes are only available for paying members. If you don’t have a Club Penguin Island membership, you can get one now for $4.99 a month. The first seven days are free. If you’re not willing to pay -- or your membership trial has expired -- you can still locate the lazy river and follow it, but you won’t be pushed along in a tube.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for the latest Club Penguin Island tips and tricks.

Club Penguin Island's Not Doing a Good Job Replacing the Original https://www.gameskinny.com/se8bp/club-penguin-islands-not-doing-a-good-job-replacing-the-original https://www.gameskinny.com/se8bp/club-penguin-islands-not-doing-a-good-job-replacing-the-original Fri, 07 Apr 2017 12:00:01 -0400 Jaleesa Mitchell

There was a game there for you on a bad day. It was there for you on a good day. It was a great way to procrastinate. It was one of the BEST games you could play when you were a kid. This game is Club Penguin.

It was an MMO that had a ton of games and activities that you could play when you got home from school. The appeal lay in the idea that you could share your igloo (home) with other members which created large maps, you were allowed free clothing items whether you were a paid member or not, and there were Club Penguin parties just about every month.

Club PenguinNostalgia is powerful in all things, but especially with games.

Enter: Club Penguin Island

When it comes to revamping old game content, in this case Club Penguin, a lot of factors must be considered -- the most important is fan reciprocation. What I mean by this, is how well will the fandom receive the new version of the content that you are pushing?

Club Penguin Island

The general consensus for Club Penguin Island seems to be that fan reciprocation is low. Very low. In fact, Google Play gives it a 2.3 rating. That spells bad news for the game's continuity.

It All Went Downhill On March 30, 2017

Club Penguin Island was released for mobile devices on March 30, 2017.

During the first set of downloads, the servers crashed. And that would have been fine (for the first day), but then it became worse.

It seems to be impossible to play the game for five minutes before a membership ad pops up. Many of the features that were available on the original Club Penguin game are either no longer available, or are only available to paying members.

But the worst thing is that the masses are calling for Disney to bring back the original Club Penguin.

It's Not All Bad News

There are a few people who are asking players to give the developers some slack as the game has only been around for a short while. Some even have high hopes that the PC version (if they choose to create one) will be just as amazing and creative as the original.

Club Penguin Island

What are your thoughts? Are these defenders of Club Penguin Island correct? Or will they fall prey to their whims of better days to come?

Kingdom Hearts Union X[Cross] Now Available for Mobile Devices https://www.gameskinny.com/6bdpc/kingdom-hearts-union-xcross-now-available-for-mobile-devices https://www.gameskinny.com/6bdpc/kingdom-hearts-union-xcross-now-available-for-mobile-devices Fri, 07 Apr 2017 05:19:13 -0400 tofuslayer

Today, Square Enix announced the relaunch of the mobile RPG Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross] for the one year anniversary of Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ. In a press release, Square Enix said the relaunch “introduces a major update that adds multiplayer mode and additional gameplay enhancements to deliver a complete Kingdom Hearts experience for gamers.”

In the new Union Cross multiplayer mode, mobile players join forces in teams of six while facing Heartless enemies and bosses. Players can communicate through text bubbles and emoticons as they take on new quests and missions. The text bubble feature can also be used to coordinate multiplayer sessions. Additionally, players can access cutscenes from the game in the new Theater Mode option.

The new content for Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross] is now available for iOS and Android devices on the App Store and Google Play. For those who already have Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ, players just need to update the game to experience the new content. All players who participate in the game’s anniversary will receive free items and in-game currency.

Got Wanderlust? These 5 Exploration Games Will Scratch Your Traveling Itch https://www.gameskinny.com/yh16q/got-wanderlust-these-5-exploration-games-will-scratch-your-traveling-itch https://www.gameskinny.com/yh16q/got-wanderlust-these-5-exploration-games-will-scratch-your-traveling-itch Sun, 02 Apr 2017 13:00:38 -0400 Erroll Maas


There are plenty of other games to help you feel the joy of traveling from inside your own living room, but the few seen on this list are all relatively recent releases and easily accessible.


Are there any other games that should be on this list that we missed? Let us know in the comments below! 


Satisfy Your Disneyland Craving with Kingdom Hearts 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX


Want to travel to a variety of new worlds and meet plenty of Disney characters along the way? Sure, you could go to one of the Disney parks in real life, but why use up all that money when you can explore the worlds of your favorite Disney movies without leaving your own home? You might as well just stay in and play the recently released Kingdom Hearts collection on PlayStation 4.


Instead of waiting hours in line for each ride, you can travel to different worlds as soon as you've unlocked them. And although the time this takes varies, it's still a much shorter alternative. You can tree surf with Tarzan, sing with Ariel, celebrate Halloween and Christmas with Jack Skellington, and even ride light cycles with Tron -- not even the best Disney parks have attractions where you can do that.


Kingdom Hearts 1.5+2.5 ReMIX offers a Disney experience that no amusement park can even come close to, not matter how magical they look.


Kingdom Hearts 1.5+2.5 ReMIX is only available on PlayStation 4. Kingdom Hearts 1.5 ReMIX and Kingdom Hearts 2.5 ReMIX are available separately on PlayStation 3.


Go on an Aquatic Adventure in Abzu


Looking for a relaxing tropical vacation? Wish you could go scuba diving but have things preventing you from observing aquatic life? Try Abzu, a game made by Giant Squid Studios, which was founded by the art director of Journey.


Abzu is a delight to your senses, having gorgeous visuals mixed with a beautifully composed soundtrack, as well as simple yet unique gameplay. Abzu is absurdly short, but it provides enough content to warrant more than one playthrough. You can even meditate on special shark statues found throughout this part of the ocean, which also allow you to observe aquatic life from afar and learn the names of various creatures. Sometimes it's also nice to go back to this game just to listen to the relaxing soundtrack.


 Abzu is available on PlayStation 4, PC, and Xbox One.


Travel Back in Time to 1980's Japan in Yakuza 0


Have you always wanted to go to Japan, but can't afford to or don't speak a word of Japanese? Try playing the most recent Yakuza game, Yakuza 0. Why travel to modern Japan when you can travel to Japan two decades ago without the hassle of making travel plans? Yakuza 0 takes place in 1980's Tokyo, as well as Osaka, a prosperous time when the country's economy was booming and the unemployment rate was low.


The most noteworthy part of Yakuza 0 is all of the various side activities you can do, which range from realistic to outrageous. You can go to the arcade and play other Sega games, sing your heart out at karaoke, go out dancing, win a chicken from bowling and have it manage your real estate team (no, really), and hang out with a fictional version of Michael Jackson.


If you've been looking to go to Japan only to realize how expensive it is to travel there, then look to Yakuza 0 to let you explore the land of the rising sun.


Yakuza 0 is only available on PlayStation 4


Drive to Different Corners of the World in Final Fantasy XV


Maybe you'd like to go to several different places, instead of just one. What if I told you that you could go to places like Venice, Cuba, and the American Southwest -- all while riding giant birds and fighting demons? Sounds crazy right? Well, you can do all of these things and more with Final Fantasy XV.


A semi-open world action JRPG and the latest game in the Final Fantasy franchise, Final Fantasy XV lets take road trips, make pit stops at gas stations and diners, visit and take photographs of popular tourist spots, ride Chocobos, go camping, and eat Cup Noodles.


Final Fantasy XV provides plenty of areas to explore, and with expansions starting to be released, the game will have even more areas for you to explore. Of course, these aren't real world locations, but they do mimic many regions around the world, so you can pretend while you're in a pretend world. How meta! 


Final Fantasy XV is available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.


Explore a Near Accurate Version of the San Francisco Bay Area in Watch Dogs 2


Our first pick takes place in a fictional, yet heavily-based-on-reality version of the Bay Area in northern California, a popular tourist spot known for its diversity and scenic nature sites.


In Watch Dogs 2, you play as hacker Marcus Holloway, a member of a hacking group whose aim is to completely take down the city's near futuristic surveillance system. Marcus can drive vehicles around the city, parkour off of buildings and other structures, and use a variety of different methods to complete missions.


If you want to explore the San Francisco Bay Area without paying for flight tickets, then Watch Dogs 2 is the game for you, which is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC


Not everyone enjoys traveling. And even for those that do, the money and time needed to travel is not always available. So when those things are scarce, it can really make you wish you could somehow travel to new places without ever having to walk out your front door.


So, to scratch that travelling itch, here are five games that will take you to new places and make you feel like you've traveled around the world -- and even to brand new ones -- without ever stepping foot outside of your front door!

Here's Everything That's Included in Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix https://www.gameskinny.com/cx4vc/heres-everything-thats-included-in-kingdom-hearts-hd-15-25-remix https://www.gameskinny.com/cx4vc/heres-everything-thats-included-in-kingdom-hearts-hd-15-25-remix Wed, 29 Mar 2017 08:00:01 -0400 Jerline Justo

Imagine a game that combines both Disney and Final Fantasy -- yup, that is Kingdom Hearts for you!

With Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix, following with Kingdom Hearts 2.8, fans will be understand the whole plot before the release of Kingdom Hearts 3. This collection does contain previous games, but it also comes with special bonus that is not included in the original released.

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Kingdom Hearts Final Mix

When Square Enix released Kingdom Hearts on the PS2, the game introduced Sora, a keyblade wielder, and his companions, Donald and Goofy. On their Gummi ship, they travel to various world and meet different Disney and Final Fantasy characters while fighting the heartless. The gameplay involves the player controlling Sora and a command system to attack or use magic against the Heartless. In the Final Mix, it features new cutscenes that explore Riku’s story, new weapons for Sora, Donald, and Goofy, and new bosses, including Organization XIII leader, Xemmas, and Sephiroth.

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Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories

Chain of Memories falls right after the events of Kingdom Hearts where Sora, Donald, and Goofy explore Castle Oblivion and Organization XIII while alongside Mickey’s help, Riku attempts to escape the lower floors of the castle. Fans first played Chain of Memories on the Game Boy Advance in 2004, and the game was later remade on the PS2 in 2007. The gameplay remains the same deck card combat that correlate different actions during battle mode; the difference is the transition from 2D to 3D graphics.

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Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (HD Remastered Cinematics)

358/2 Days happens after Kingdom Hearts and during Chain of Memories where fans see how Roxas’s story under Organization XIII and his friendship with Axel and Xion develops. Square Enix released Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days on the Nintendo DS in 2009, and the game features a similar gameplay, but the player’s magic is limited. The HD Remastered Cinematics is the movie version where it shows the original cutscenes as well as unseen scenes not featured from the game.

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Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix

Following right after Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, Sora wakes up a year later with Donald and Goofy, and the trio faces a new enemy, the Nobodies and Organization XIII. The game was launched in 2005 on the PS2, and the gameplay introduces Reaction Commands during battle. In Final Mix, the game includes more elements to challenge fans, like new bosses, specifically all the Organization XIII members and Birth By Sleep's Terra, a new drive form that features previous moves from the first game, a new difficulty level called critical mode, and other side quests.

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Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix

Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep happens before Sora’s journey 10 years ago, exploring a different trio of friends, Terra, Aqua, and Ventus. The game was first released in 2010 on the PSP, and fans can experience playing each character to see how the events falls into Kingdom Hearts storyline. The gameplay presents a different type of command system such that players can create a deck of special abilities and magic based on their fighting preferences. In the Final Mix, it includes new missions in the Mirage Arena, new command style for each character, and a secret episode where Aqua explores the realm of darkness.

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Kingdom Hearts Re:coded (HD Remastered Cinematics)

Re:coded falls right after Kingdom Hearts II where Sora's friends, Mickey, Donald, Goofy, and Jiminy, explores the mysteries of two hidden messages inside Jiminy’s journal. Square Enix first made this game for mobile phones but later remade it for the Nintendo DS in 2011. The game includes a multiplayer system for other players to play with each other. Like 358/2 Days, this remaster is a movie version of the game itself with new cutscenes not from the original DS versions.

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On top of the new side quests and cutscenes within this collection, it also includes better graphics and gameplay improvements, which fans noted from the PS3 complications. Square Enix also mentions that the game will be running 60 frames per second than the usual 30 frames per second, giving fans the best gameplay experience, as seen in the video below.

For 15 years, Square Enix continues the Kingdom Hearts series, and since 2002, the series adapted into different platforms, from PS2, PSP, and Nintendo 3DS. With this release, fans, or new players, can either revisit or jump into the entire series on one console. 

Time to get on that Gummi ship and go against the darkness!

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Fix That Heartache! Club Penguin Island Pre-Registrations Are Open https://www.gameskinny.com/nnzi3/fix-that-heartache-club-penguin-island-pre-registrations-are-open https://www.gameskinny.com/nnzi3/fix-that-heartache-club-penguin-island-pre-registrations-are-open Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:32:49 -0500 Tobbpitt

The impending closure of Club Penguin got you down? Same for the thousands of others that have gone in and out of Disney's child-friendly community game over the past 11 years. It may be on the way out, but it's being succeeded by a new iteration: Club Penguin Island.

Both the browser and mobile versions of Club Penguin will be shutting down for good come March 29. Outcry over the game's closure has been immense across social media as the game was many young people's first foray into online gaming during Club Penguin's heyday. 

It doesn't seem like the world is going to be totally Club Penguin-free long, though as pre-registrations for successor Club Penguin Island are currently up on Android and for both iTunes and Android on the official website.

The iTunes release already has some preview reviews and they are not looking too hot, with the reviews stating the game has heavy limitations on free players not present in the original game as well as a lack of activities and areas. I guess you can't expect snowball fights on an island.

Don't take the iTunes preview reviews to be the final word on Club Penguin Island, though. With the game coming out in March and only a very small number of people being able to play, who knows what's to be found in this new and graphically updated Club Penguin adventure. But when the very first preview image pretty much only shows emotes and with a disclaimer stating "Features shown require paid membership and qualifying gameplay," you know you're in for a wallet-wrenching time.

See that text at the bottom? That's what it says. Hoo boy.

It may be safe to say even now that Island is going to be more greedy than its predecessor, but who knows -- in any case this is good news for the current game's community so they aren't left in the wind by Disney, like those who grew up with ToonTown and saw its closure.

Whether or not Club Penguin Island is going to be able to live up to the cult-like status of the original is yet to be seen, but if you are or have been a fan you absolutely should pre-register and have your voice heard during the game's infancy to help structure it in a way that's fun for all players.

PewDiePie Responds to Anti-Semitic Video Controversy https://www.gameskinny.com/soimn/pewdiepie-responds-to-anti-semitic-video-controversy https://www.gameskinny.com/soimn/pewdiepie-responds-to-anti-semitic-video-controversy Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:58:11 -0500 Auverin Morrow

Three days after being cut out of business deals with Disney and YouTube for posting "anti-Semitic" content, PewDiePie (aka Felix Kjellberg) has responded to the recent backlash on his videos. 

The Pewds admits that the joke he was making was in poor taste and went on too long, saying:

"I'm sorry for the words that I used, as I know they offended people...And I admit that the joke itself went too far."

But his apology wasn't the crux of the 11-minute response video he posted to his channel yesterday. Instead, he tried to debunk the validity of the original investigation done by Wall Street Journal -- claiming that the writer who published the expose was "obviously cornering" Disney and YouTube, framing the whole situation in a way that essentially forced them to end their partnerships with him whether they wanted to or not. 

He even referred to the article in question as an "attack", saying: 

"It was an attack by the media to try to discredit me, to try to decrease my influence and my economic worth."

Toward the end of the video, PewDiePie sent out a heartfelt "thank you" to all the fans who have supported him up to this point, and who have continued to support him throughout this scandal. And in true Pewds fashion, he wrapped it all up with a joke at the Journal's expense. 

Check out the full video below: 

Disney Drops PewDiePie Following Anti-Semitic Posts https://www.gameskinny.com/op608/disney-drops-pewdiepie-following-anti-semitic-posts https://www.gameskinny.com/op608/disney-drops-pewdiepie-following-anti-semitic-posts Tue, 14 Feb 2017 14:02:45 -0500 Auverin Morrow

YouTube sensation PewDiePie (aka Felix Kjellberg) has pulled yet another prank on his wildly popular channel. But this time around, it's gotten him in trouble with Disney, YouTube, and other sponsors. 

Kjellberg paid two men to wear loincloths and dance around with a sign that read "Death to all Jews" -- then featured them in a short video that hit 6 million views before it was taken down. He claims that the joke was made in good fun, and that he was in no way trying to express actual anti-Semitic views.

But his sponsors don't seem to be laughing, as both Disney and YouTube have cut their business ties with Kjellberg in response to the post. YouTube has cancelled its release of the second season of "Scare PewDiePie" on its premium subscription platform, YouTube Red, and even went so far as to remove PewDiePie's channel altogether from Google Preferred. 

In a similar backlash, Disney has dropped Kjellberg from its Makers Studios, where he was given free rein over his own YouTube network called Revelmode. Although Kjellberg was the most-watched personality in the studio, he'll no longer be a part of the project in any capacity. 

These decisions were based not only on the content of the singular video, but also on 8 additional videos that were uncovered in a Wall Street Journal investigation -- all of which included anti-Jewish jokes, anti-Semitic remarks, or Nazi imagery. 

Although PewDiePie is known for being irreverent in this way, his sponsors agree that he's taken it too far with this type of content. And while he's losing out on a number of partnerships, he will not lose his whole YouTube channel -- and will still be able to monetize the videos he makes there. 

Only time will tell if PewDiePie will be able to recover from this misstep and keep creating content, or if the King of Let's Plays will finally step down and do something else. 

Kingdom Hearts 3: Sword in the Stone World Confirmed? https://www.gameskinny.com/w3mn9/kingdom-hearts-3-sword-in-the-stone-world-confirmed https://www.gameskinny.com/w3mn9/kingdom-hearts-3-sword-in-the-stone-world-confirmed Fri, 20 Jan 2017 06:08:07 -0500 Unclepulky

There are many Disney worlds that people would like to see make an appearance in Kingdom Hearts 3. Some of the most popular requests are a Toy Story world, a Frozen world, and worlds based off of the Marvel and Star Wars universes.

As of now, the Disney worlds which are 100% confirmed to be in the game include a Tangled world, a Big Hero 6 world, and the return of Hercules' world as well. Thanks to end of Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth By Sleep - A Fragmentary Passage, we know that Sora, Donald, and Goofy's first destination on their new adventure will indeed be Olympus Coliseum.

However, it's possible that KH 0.2 also revealed an entirely new world that we haven't seen yet -- the world of Sword in the Stone.

When Kairi is speaking with Master Yensid, he tells her that she'll be training in the way of the keyblade alongside Lea...under the tutelage of the wizard, Merlin.

Merlin was one of the main characters in Disney's The Sword in the Stone. So should we get the privilege to play as Kairi or Lea, then odds are we'll get to explore a world based on this movie.

While this is currently all we have to go on, there is a live-action Sword in the Stone film currently in pre-production. If that's a project that Disney cares about, the big mouse may want to promote it by putting a Sword in the Stone world in Kingdom Hearts 3.

Do you think we'll see an Arthurian world in Kingdom Hearts 3? What other worlds would you like to see? Let me know in the comments!