Corn Log, Stardate 2.1.16. Another episode of the Portable Power Podcast appears. Marc starts with a review of I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream. Does he find the gameplay as torturous as the subject matter? Emrys discovers sometimes the treatment is worse than the affliction in Amateur Surgeon 3 for Android. Finally, Marc travels through time via worm hole (or corn hole?) to review Metroid Zero Mission, a port for the Wii U of the Gameboy Advance game that was itself an updated port of the NES classic Metroid. Is all of the updating and porting enough to rend a hole in the fabric of space and time? The answer (and a lot of gross burping noises) await you.
After recollections of Christmas gaming past, the reviews get underway. Marc tricks out his (3DS) home (menu) with (digital) bling in Nintendo Badge Arcade. Emrys hopes to avoid paying alimony to his 10 Billion Wives on Android. Kevin tries to force his way solo through levels in Triforce Heroes on 3DS. We finish the episode with Marc adopting the lifestyle of a kittenapper in Neko Atsume: Kitten Collector for iOS.
This episode poses a question for the ages: one of your hosts is pantsless… but which one? Perhaps the answer lies within a close examination of our reviews. Kevin is reincarnated and covered in fur (but in anything else?) in The Deer God on iOS. Emrys weaves fine silk in Spider: Rite of the Shroud, but does he then use it to gird his loins? Marc reviews Star Wars: Uprising for iOS. As a non-Force user, is his lightsaber use at all inhibited? Or is it free to swing as he pleases? The answer to these questions is as definitive as the conclusion of Serial.
Following one of our grosser questions of the week, Kevin cuts kobolds and decks of cards in Loot & Legends on iPad. Emrys fights for survival against the encroaching radroaches in Fallout Shelter on Android. The episode wraps up when Marc cashes in some frequent time traveler miles and reviews Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies for Our Portable Past.
Just like every good birthday party for a two year-old, your hosts break out the high octane beers and make sure candles aren’t the only things getting lit. It’s a Free-to-Play game review extravaganza! Toasts are made alongside the grim patrons in Blizzard’s latest adventure, Hearthstone: Blackrock Mountain. Kevin leads a discussion of fine gaming reminiscences inspired by Final Fantasy Record Keeper for iOS. Emrys gets wound up while playing Pokemon Rumble World. High BAC blood flies everywhere as Marc reviews Mortal Kombat X for iOS. Our Portable Past finishes out the episode, and it’s a big one: the antagonist Wario’s first appearance from the 1992 Game Boy classic, Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins.
Marc throws down with Cow Dude in a Bar Brawl in Card Crawl on iOS. Emrys soars like a bird and fights like a dog in SteamBirds for Android. A spontaneous break in reviews takes place to talk about Nintendo’s decision to release games for mobile platforms. As always, Our Portable Past finishes out the episode with Kevin looking back to salad days and Green Greens in Kirby: Canvas Curse for Nintendo 3DS.
After a challenging question of the week, Marc leads the charge with a conversation about the new 3DS. Pokemon Shuffle on the 3DS eShop is up for a brief critique after that. Did Nintendo set a new standard for the free-to-play puzzle genre or will it be lost in the shuffle? An in-depth discussion of the remastered N64 cult classic, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, follows. Are your heroes over the moon about the re-release? Emrys is seduced by the marketing campaign for Game of War featuring Kate Upton. But is its success due to a well-rounded game experience or an ample budget for advertising? Once the horrifying moon of Termina is but a memory, Marc travels back in Our Portable Past to talk about the GBA game Golden Sun.