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Hard Reset Redux Game Poster Image
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age 10+
Old-school bot shooter updated, but play still feels rusty.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2016)
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Mighty No. 9 Game Poster Image
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age 10+
Robot action game has challenging but monotonous play.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2016)
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Space Run Galaxy Game Poster Image
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age 10+
Repetitive space strategy shackled by shallow gameplay.
Platforms: Windows
(2016)
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Mekorama App Poster Image
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age 10+
Elegant puzzler offers endless challenges and level design.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2016)
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Star Fox Guard Game Poster Image
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age 10+
Fun, challenging tower defense with cartoonish violence.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii U
(2016)
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Ratchet & Clank Game Poster Image
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age 10+
Cartoonish action with mild violence for (almost) all ages.
Platforms: PlayStation 4
(2016)
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Lego Dimensions Midway Arcade Level Pack Game Poster Image
age 10+
Expansion is a retro trip in game history through Lego lens.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
(2016)
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Ironcast Game Poster Image
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age 10+
Steampunk strategy is challenging fun from start to end.
Platforms: Linux, Mac, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2016)
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Secrets of the Dragon Tomb: Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 10+
High-spirited, funny steampunk adventure on Mars.
By Patrick Samphire
(2016)
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The Bug Butcher Game Poster Image
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age 10+
Retro-style shooter versus space bugs is just too short.
Platforms: Windows
(2016)
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The Giant King Movie Poster Image
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age 10+
Comic animated robot tale has heavy action, crude humor.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2015)
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Poncho Game Poster Image
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age 10+
Retro platformer with poor controls, frustrating design.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows
(2015)
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Disney Infinity 3.0: Toy Box Takeover Game Poster Image
age 10+
Engaging while it lasts, but too much repetitive gameplay.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
(2015)
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Disney Infinity: Toy Box 3.0 App Poster Image
age 10+
New characters, endless adventure; demands space and money.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2015)
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Subaeria Game Poster Image
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age 10+
Clever platform puzzler entertains with mild robot violence.
Platforms: Windows
(2015)
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Sketch Nation Create App Poster Image
age 10+
Design and potentially share games in a jiffy.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2015)
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Cute Things Dying Violently Game Poster Image
age 10+
Angry Birds style puzzle platformer with violent tendencies.
Platforms: Windows
(2015)
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LBX: Little Battlers eXperience Game Poster Image
age 10+
Pocket-size bots pack a powerful, and personal, punch.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2015)
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Mix+Smash: Marvel Super Hero Mashers App Poster Image
age 10+
Combine parts into hero; prepare for punches, purchases.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
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The Swindle Game Poster Image
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age 10+
Tough stealth game has cartoonish violence, limitless play.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2015)
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