Category Archives: Casual

Pokemon GO: What is Abstract Advertising?

When you think of mobile advertisements, I’m sure the first thing that came to your mind was annoying banner ads at the bottom of your screen. Or it is for me. But, in the case of Pokemon Go, Niantic Labs dropped another bomb shell this month for all the Pokemon trainers out there. Niantic Labs has now teamed up with McDonald’s to put gyms on over three thousand locations. This is where “abstract advertising” comes in. The approach that Niantic Labs is taking is considerably more intelligent and well thought out than you typical advertisement paired with mobile games. It’s a way for Niantic Labs to make money without invasive ads that are just...


Infinitrap Update and Gameplay! [Video]

Here’s a Gameplay video and an updated review for the game Infinitrap: Ohio Jack and the Cup of Eternity! Enjoy 🙂 As we get more and more free time, we will publish more video reviews (like our InfiniTrap review) here as well as on our YouTube channel, which can be found here. Developer: Shadebob Games Publisher: Shadebob Games Platform: PC Release Date: 12/22/15 MSRP: $5.99 Disclaimer: A copy of InfiniTrap: Ohio Jack and The Cup Of Eternity was provided to BentoByte by the publisher for the purpose of review. 


InfiniTrap Review [Video]

This it the first video review for BentoByte.co, this is a big day! We were sent a copy of InfiniTrap: Ohio Jack and The Cup Of Eternity, here is what we thought: As we get more and more free time, we will publish more video reviews (like our InfiniTrap review) here as well as on our YouTube channel, which can be found here. Developer: Shadebob Games Publisher: Shadebob Games Platform: PC Release Date: 12/22/15 MSRP: $5.99   Disclaimer: A copy of InfiniTrap: Ohio Jack and The Cup Of Eternity was provided to BentoByte by the publisher for the purpose of review. 


Yo-Kai Watch Dated for North America

Yo-Kai Watch is huge in Japan, and now — a full two years later — it’s finally set to make the jump over to North America. Up until today, there was a vague release date for the game, but now the release date has finally been set in stone. Today, Nintendo of America announced that Yo-Kai Watch is coming to North America on November 6. That’s not far off! Of course, if you’re aware of the phenomenon that the series has become over in Japan, it’s no surprise that Nintendo of America is teaming up with a few other companies to bring the game stateside. If you’ve never heard of Yo-Kai Watch, the press release describes...


Moonrise Early Access Review

You might not know it looking at me now — I haven’t played a game in many years — but I used to be a huge fan of Pokemon. When I was younger, I collected all of the cards, and I do mean all of them, before losing them in a robbery. I also watched the anime, and for years I continued to play the video games up until FireRed. I might have lost interest, but the series was a big part of my childhood, as it was for many people that grew up during the height of its popularity. Now I’m a big fan of Undead Labs, who you...


Swords & Soldiers II Hypes Up With Intro Trailer

Let’s face it, the Wii U isn’t doing so well. Sure, Nintendo has Splatoon coming out later this month, but they’re going to need a lot more than that to keep people interested. Thankfully the guys at Ronimo Games are publishing the sequel to their 2009 strategy game Swords & Soldiers exclusively for the Wii U. It might not be a system seller, but I’d be lying if I said I could ever have too many reasons to dust off my Wii U. If you haven’t played the first game, this introductory trailer narrated by Brokenbeard will bring you up to speed by introducing you to some of the mechanics...


Yooka-Laylee is the Banjo-Kazooie Sequel You’ve Always Wanted

If you had a Nintendo 64 back in the day, Banjo-Kazooie was a name that you knew and loved, along with several other properties from Rareware including Donkey Kong 64 and Jet Force Gemini. It was so successful that they managed to create a sequel cleverly titled called Banjo-Tooie, and for a long, long time after Rare split from Nintendo and ended up at Microsoft, it was about as neglected as the rest of their IP. But after years of teasing, they finally released a new Banjo-Kazooie game, only it probably wasn’t what you were expecting. Instead, they gave us Nuts & Bolts, a game that was quite a departure for...


Story of Seasons Review

Story of Seasons is the latest title in the Harvest Moon series. Except it’s not here in the United States. This is thanks to an issue with licensing, because Natsume who published previous games in the series owns the rights to the name Harvest Moon. However just because Story of Seasons comes without the title of Harvest Moon doesn’t mean it’s not a Harvest Moon game. I should note before I get into the review that I have very little experience with the Harvest Moon series. While the series has been around since the Super Nintendo back in 1997 (or 1996 if you go by the original Japanese release date),...


I Played the Atom Universe Demo on PS4

I’ve been covering Atom Universe for a few weeks now, and one of the things I’ve liked about it since it was originally announced is that Atom Republic had footage and a demo to show when they began their kickstarter campaign. It was something out of the ordinary, since the previous attempts for a Home replacement had gone without success on that front. That is until recently, when Atom Universe cracked their target, and added a stretch goal. So naturally, I’d be excited to check out the demo running on the PS4 after having played it on the PC originally. Sure it runs great on the PC, but how does...


Atom Universe Fully Funded, Adds Stretch Goal

It’s been a rough week for PlayStation Home users after having to say goodbye to the service that they’ve known and loved for over six years. A lot of people have been asking the question as to where they’ll go next, and for a while the future remained uncertain. But now, just a couple weeks short of the full month allotted for the kickstarter campaign, Atom Republic has reached the goal for their Atom Universe project. That’s right, Home fans, the future is looking brighter, and it’s all thanks to you. Atom Universe will become a reality, and you’ll have a new place to call home. The project was successfully...


Atom Universe PS4 Demo to be Released April 8 in Europe

Good news for everyone without a Home, the Atom Universe demo for the PS4 is finally confirmed for April 8 in Europe. The American release date has yet to be announced, but will likely follow soon enough. In case you’ve been out of the loop, Atom Universe is a virtual world helmed by Atom Republic, who you may know as a developer on the recently deceased PlayStation Home. It’s currently in the process of being funded through kickstarter and is just about 70% of the way there with 13 days left to go. We interviewed Tanguy Dewavrin, CEO of Atom Republic, last month to ask some questions about what the...


Atom Universe to Feature Private Spaces at Launch, Holding Contest for New Designs

When I asked CEO of Atom Republic, Tanguy Dewavrin, about the future of Atom Universe, one of the questions I brought up was whether or not we would see private spaces in Atom Universe. His answer was yes, but he was uncertain as to whether or not they would be included at launch. It seems that now it is official, however, and Atom Universe will include private spaces at launch. To celebrate this fact, they are holding a contest to look for new designs and potential partners for private spaces. If you’re a developer and looking to cut your teeth on a virtual world, Atom Universe is looking to sell your...


PlayStation Home is Now Offline

It’s been a long six or seven years (it depends on who you ask) for PlayStation Home, but today is the day that Sony calls it quits. The service has finally gone offline and ceased to exist. Gone are the public spaces, the decorated lofts and a destination to chat with your friends. This isn’t an April Fools joke folks, it’s the real thing and it’s really unfortunate. For most people, Home was nothing more than a time-waster but for some people it was more than that. If you check the PlayStation Home forums which have since been delisted, you’ll see cries and farewells from a number of people who are...


It’s Official, Characters in Super Smash Bros are Toys

There have been a few theories as to what the story is behind Nintendo’s popular party-brawler Super Smash Bros, but nothing has ever been confirmed. That is, until recently when TIME published an article entitled 8 More Fascinating Things CEO Satoru Iwata told TIME. As you might imagine, there are some interesting tidbits, but the most important? The fans were right all along — the characters in Super Smash Bros are Toys. YouTuber MatPat who you might know from his YouTube series Game Theory did a video earlier this year discussing this very topic (among other things), to highlight the theory and make a few more connections. It’s a theory...


htoL#NiQ – The Firefly Diary Review

Sony’s dream was for developers to create unique, beautiful, and inspired exclusive games for the Playstation Vita. Games that highlight the Vita’s unique qualities while maintaining a level of quality that would bring in a big enough audience for the system to fully take off. The horror puzzler htoL#NiQ – The Firefly Diary feels like it could have been one of those games. It makes use of both touch screens in a fairly interesting way, it has beautiful art that pops on the AMOLED screen, and it is a fairly consumable game for short handheld play sessions. But even with all that — even with all of Nippon Icchi’s efforts...