Games of December 2019

Epic Pinball (PC)

I first played this DOS game on Boxer (a DOSBox fork for Mac), but only the demo. Still, the demo contained a full board, Super Android. Like a lot of pinball games, scoring to the high, exciting stuff is only for the insane, and thus it loses its luster. While it has 13 boards, they're not built equal, and some are pretty lame. (Final Rating 3/5)

Rhythm Heaven (Nintendo DS)

This purchase from a year ago has seen little progress. It's fun—yet also maddening as one mistake will throw off your score (in some cases not being able to progress). It was released back in 2009, around the time when the WarioWare series was in decline but still had the special uniqueness and quirkiness that made the first few WarioWare games a joy to play. (Final Rating 3/5).

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask (Nintendo 64)

I wanted to like this game and I can like it when I get into it, and I can see why so many people like it...but at the same time, there's a lot of unnecessary issues that drag it way down, like re-beating bosses if you want to do anything else in that corner of the world, having to deposit and withdraw items (that you can, at least) when going back in time. It's a shame because it was one of the games I was most fascinated with during visits to my uncle's house in Baton Rouge with great musics, a great strategy guide, and some of the most impressive features any Nintendo 64 game had to offer. (No rating given).