Game Reviews

Editors' pick
AGE
13
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
A thought-provoking, moving, and educational experience about the horrors of war and the power of friendship and courage during World War I.
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Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One
(2014)
Editors' pick
AGE
4
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Sony's pet simulator mixes responsible dog ownership with memorable pet personalities and an adventure that breathes new life into the simulation genre.
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Platforms: PlayStation Vita
(2014)
Editors' pick
AGE
10
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Smart, independent female characters take the lead in this beautiful RPG that's fun for girls, boys, and grown-ups.
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Platforms: Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One
(2014)
Editors' pick
AGE
13
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
This indie game is a product of a successful Kickstarter campaign, and it shines for its clever story, interesting characters, and beautiful scenes. 
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Platforms: Linux, Mac, Windows
(2014)
Editors' pick
AGE
7
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Dr. Luigi lets players of different abilities play against each other on an even playing field. This is a great game for a parent and child or siblings to play together.
csm_game
Platforms: Nintendo Wii U
(2013)
Editors' pick
AGE
8
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
This 3-D adventure is original, charming, and highly entertaining. It lets kids play in a virtual paper world and then reconstruct parts of it in the real world.
csm_game
Platforms: PlayStation Vita
(2013)
Editors' pick
AGE
10
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Fantastic animal and business simulation, fun for all ages.
csm_game
Platforms: Xbox 360, Xbox One
(2013)
Editors' pick
AGE
8
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
This fun interactive game uses augmented reality to make dinosaurs come alive and appear to be roaming your living room.
csm_game
Platforms: PlayStation 3
(2013)
Editors' pick
AGE
11
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
This terrific city-simulation game teaches kids about pollution and the environment and empowers them to come up with smart solutions. 
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Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2013)
Editors' pick
AGE
6
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Turn your living room into party central with this engaging social game.
csm_game
Platforms: Nintendo Wii U
(2013)
Editors' pick
AGE
10
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
This Nancy Drew mystery is a high point in a series that's already full of fantastic titles. It's got it all: a great story, challenging puzzles, and a terrific setting.
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Platforms: Windows, Mac
(2013)
Editors' pick
AGE
8
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
With the new ability to swap parts of the toys to affect characters' abilities, this sequel adds an exciting element to the popular franchise.
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Platforms: Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
(2013)
Editors' pick
AGE
10
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Kids get to enjoy Mario and Luigi in an amazingly inventive game about jumping between the real world and a dream one.
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Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2013)
Editors' pick
AGE
11
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
This expansion packs a powerful punch to the already outstanding Civilization V by making it even more educational.
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Platforms: Windows
(2013)
Editors' pick
AGE
13
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
This addition to the plants-as-warriors franchise is just as charming as the original game -- and brainier.
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Platforms: Facebook
(2013)
Editors' pick
AGE
9
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
This clever game teaches kids about cancer and its treatments by putting the information inside six engaging games.
csm_game
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2013)
Editors' pick
AGE
10
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
With minimal physical character detail, this game is able to weave a deep and meaningful tale about friendship.
csm_game
Platforms: Mac, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Windows
(2013)
Editors' pick
AGE
13
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Empowering sim explores women's issues and activism.
csm_game
Platforms: Facebook
(2013)
Editors' pick
AGE
8
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
For the 3DS, a nifty set of puzzles plus a puzzle-creation area.
csm_game
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2012)
Editors' pick
AGE
12
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
A fantastic mystery mixed with more than 100 brainteasers makes for an armchair sleuth's dream.
csm_game
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2012)

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