There are so many strange things that you see in Japan. But nothing stuns the uninitiated eye more than the Idol phenomenon. I guess we idolize our stars in America too, but it is not the same thing in Japan. Idols are not necessarily famous or even in the media. They can be girls dressed in costume at a show or girls dressed as maids in a coffee shop. They can even be stuffed dolls or anime characters. They are always adorned in cartoonish clothes and have bright round eyes. There is something about the sweet innocence of the look. That it pervades media and entertainment is no surprise.
So this week we’d like to offer you a game that takes an already solid mechanic and boosts it with some Idol adulation. Money Idol Exchanger is a match-and-link game that uses coins instead of the usual colored drops or buttons. It takes an unusual twist as the falling coins can be added to create larger coins. Yes, you’ve got to use your mind on this one! It gets pretty good as you have a cast of Idol characters who are shouting encouragement and egging you on, flashing you their long lashes as they do.
However, the real beauty of the game comes out in the versus mode when you and a buddy get together to see who can out-add each other. The creators at Face did an excellent job at tweaking the play so it’s a very well-balanced game and allows the competition to be exceptionally even. You’ll definitely get yer ya-ya’s out if you can hook up with someone on the couch and see who can get the ladies attention. Does that sound sukebe?
If that wasn’t enough, we hope you have another six bucks in the piggy bank because Arcade Hits: Sonic Wings Special is worth every penny. The game features 2-player same-screen simultaneous play and a choice of multiple jet fighters. Shooter fans will know the series and Arcade Hits: Sonic Wings Special is the “greatest hits” collection. All your favorite stars from previous versions make cameo appearances. The characters are drawn in anime form that give the pilots a real look-and-feel. I mean, you want to know who’s flying shotgun, don’t you? And who wouldn’t want to play Captain Blaster Keaton while battling the enemy Fat Morgana? This is a quintessential fighter from the great shooter era of gaming history. Take a spin on your P-61 Black Widow and feel the power of Arcade Hits: Sonic Wings Special.