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Blood Alloy: Reborn Game Poster Image
age 11+
Action-heavy sci-fi game feels incomplete at best.
Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Windows, Xbox One
(2016)
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Crashlands App Poster Image
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age 11+
Enormous crafting RPG with goofy humor and cartoon violence.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Mac, Android, Windows app
(2016)
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Fortified Game Poster Image
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age 11+
Alien sci-fi strategy game suffers from repetitive gameplay.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2016)
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LEGO Marvel's Avengers Game Poster Image
age 11+
Earth's Mightiest Heroes assemble for fun action game.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One
(2016)
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Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power Game Poster Image
age 11+
Short, enjoyable journey of heroes grudgingly fighting evil.
Platforms: Mac, PlayStation 4, Windows
(2015)
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Ex Machina Movie Poster Image
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age 17+
Brilliant, emotional, mature sci-fi tale could be a classic.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2015)
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Chappie Movie Poster Image
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age 17+
Underwhelming robot sci-fi thriller is really violent.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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Spare Parts Movie Poster Image
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age 11+
True story about underdog teens is predictable but sweet.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2015)
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Shadowrun Chronicles: Boston Lockdown Game Poster Image
age 17+
Fun sci-fi tactical game feels streamlined, gets repetitive.
Platforms: Linux, Mac, Windows
(2015)
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Axiom Verge Game Poster Image
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age 11+
Side-scroller with mild blood revels in old-school action.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows
(2015)
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Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth Game Poster Image
age 11+
Great strategy game builds alien worlds; some safety issues.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2014)
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Freedom Planet Game Poster Image
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age 11+
Actioner feels like Sonic homage, but play falls short.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii U, Windows
(2014)
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Power Rangers Super Samurai Game Poster Image
age 11+
Kids mimic fighting on Kinect; filled with fantasy violence.
Platforms: Xbox 360
(2012)
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Primeval TV Poster Image
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age 11+
Dinosaur action show comes up short on thrills.
Network: BBC America
(2008)
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Zathura: A Space Adventure Movie Poster Image
age 11+
Sci-fi adventure has salty language, peril, violence.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2005)
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D.A.R.Y.L. Movie Poster Image
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age 11+
'80s robot-becomes-human story falls flat.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1985)
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Small Soldiers Movie Poster Image
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age 11+
Well-made but extremely violent '90s cartoon.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1998)
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Bicentennial Man Movie Poster Image
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age 11+
Film about robot who wants to be human is so-so.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1999)
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Stardust Movie Poster Image
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age 11+
Low-budget sci-fi disaster with some swearing.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1998)
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