Game Reviews

age 8+
 
Fascinating adventure only held back by some hard puzzles.
Platforms: Mac
(2014)
csm_game
age 8+
 
A girl, a balloon, creepy graphics, tricky controls.
Platforms: PlayStation Vita
(2014)
age 8+
 
LEARNING
Average augmented-reality gumshoe story with mild violence.
Platforms: PlayStation 3
(2013)
csm_game
age 8+
 
LEARNING
Amazing, creative adventure melds real and virtual worlds.
Platforms: PlayStation Vita
(2013)
csm_game
age 8+
 
LEARNING
Slow-paced adventure introduces players to history.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2013)
age 8+
 
LEARNING
Historical game lets kids play with famous leaders.
Platforms: Nintendo DS
(2012)
age 8+
 
Theme park sequel emphasizes friendship, has mild combat.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii
(2012)
age 8+
 
TV-based romp has positive role models and teen drama.
Platforms: Nintendo DS
(2011)
csm_game
age 8+
 
LEARNING
Sandbox-style game with open online play fosters creativity.
Platforms: Linux, Mac, Windows, Xbox 360
(2011)
age 8+
 
Intriguing story has slew of online features.
Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
(2011)
age 8+
 
Original and beautiful platformer is one of the year's best.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii
(2010)
csm_game
age 8+
 
Fun retro platformer with beautiful storybook graphics.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
(2010)
csm_game
age 8+
 
Sweet, intriguing story for kids who enjoy a slower pace.
Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
(2010)
csm_game
age 8+
 
Game based on book is a bit like an animal sim with dragons.
Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
(2009)
csm_game
age 8+
 
Mega teen band's likeability gets lost in lackluster game.
Platforms: Nintendo DS
(2009)
age 8+
 
The sweetest, gentlest action heroes around.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii
(2009)
age 8+
 
Best MySims yet, with secret agent vibe, cool spy gadgets.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii
(2009)
csm_game
age 8+
 
Fun, fresh platformer with mild violence and potty humor.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii
(2009)
age 8+
 
New Wii controls make this GameCube classic even better.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii
(2009)
age 8+
 
Same charm as the film, but play is hit and miss.
Platforms: Windows
(2008)