Game Reviews

Sid Meier’s Civilization VI Game Poster Image
age 11+
Amazing world simulation can teach players about history.
Platforms: Windows
(2016)
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Fantasy Life Game Poster Image
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age 10+
Fun life simulator lets kids experiment with careers.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2014)
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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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The Sims 4 Game Poster Image
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age 12+
Complex, realistic life simulator includes sexuality, death.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2014)
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Tropico 5 Game Poster Image
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age 15+
Dictator simulation imposes violence; lots of strategy.
Platforms: Linux, Mac, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox 360, iPhone
(2014)
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Mission US: A Cheyenne Odyssey Game Poster Image
age 10+
History adventure challenges kids to make difficult choices.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2013)
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Papers, Please Game Poster Image
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age 15+
Mature immigration game forces tough ethical choices.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2013)
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Disney Planes Game Poster Image
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age 8+
Not a nosedive, but this game still stalls over mediocrity.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U
(2013)
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Sid Meier's Civilization V: Brave New World Game Poster Image
age 11+
Brilliant expansion makes Civ V more edifying than ever.
Platforms: Windows
(2013)
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SimCity Game Poster Image
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age 10+
Exciting but technically flawed city-building simulation.
Platforms: Windows
(2013)
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Half the Sky Movement: The Game Game Poster Image
age 13+
Empowering sim explores women's issues and activism.
Platforms: Facebook
(2013)
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The Sims 3: 70s, 80s, & 90s Stuff Game Poster Image
age 15+
Let your Sims relive earlier eras with this decent add-on.
Platforms: Windows
(2013)
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Megapolis Game Poster Image
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age 13+
Cross-platform building sim shines with real-world graphics.
Platforms: Facebook, iPhone
(2012)
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Harvest Moon 3D: A New Beginning Game Poster Image
age 9+
Cute, open-ended farming series adds more customization.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2012)
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The Wizard of Oz Facebook Game Game Poster Image
age 13+
Film-based 3D building sim encourages Facebook friending.
Platforms: Facebook
(2012)
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Rollercoaster Tycoon Game Poster Image
age 9+
Revived version of classic amusement park sim is still fun.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2012)
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Gazillionaire! Game Poster Image
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age 12+
Econ becomes interesting when running interstellar company.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2012)
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Disney Animal Kingdom Explorers Game Poster Image
age 13+
Social game has positive habitat conservation message.
Platforms: Facebook
(2012)
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Order Up!! Game Poster Image
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age 9+
Fun, accessible cooking sim teaches international dishes.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3
(2012)
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Tropico 4 Game Poster Image
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age 15+
City building game offers tyrannical options.
Platforms: Xbox 360
(2011)
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