Game Reviews

1979 Revolution: Black Friday Game Poster Image
age 15+
LEARNING
Tense, captivating, violent, personal recreation of history.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2016)
Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash Game Poster Image
age 7+
LEARNING
Fun, safe tennis game good for social play but lacks depth.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii U
(2015)
Yo-Kai Watch Game Poster Image
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age 10+
LEARNING
Fun happy-"ghost"-lucky game helps kids deal with emotions.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2015)
Pathologic Classic HD Game Poster Image
age 14+
LEARNING
Morally ambiguous dialogue adventure tough yet engrossing.
Platforms: Windows
(2015)
Rock Band 4 Game Poster Image
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age 12+
LEARNING
Rhythm game with some iffy lyrics fosters interest in music.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One
(2015)
Ride Game Poster Image
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age 10+
LEARNING
Authentic racing sim conveys speed but is visually bland.
Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One
(2015)
LeapFrog PAW Patrol Imagicard Learning Game Game Poster Image
age 3+
LEARNING
Popular pups teach math along with community responsibility.
Platforms: LeapFrog games
(2015)
N++ Game Poster Image
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age 10+
LEARNING
Challenging, minimalist platformer with stylized violence.
Platforms: PlayStation 4
(2015)
Rory McIlroy PGA Tour Game Poster Image
age 8+
LEARNING
Long-running golf series reboot sorely lacking content.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One
(2015)
World of Warships Game Poster Image
age 12+
LEARNING
Strategic naval war game promotes teamwork, competition.
Platforms: Windows
(2015)
Lego Jurassic World Game Poster Image
age 10+
LEARNING
Fun, commercialized movie game takes kids on dino adventure.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One
(2015)
Ark: Survival Evolved Game Poster Image
age 14+
LEARNING
Violent survival MMO tests skills against humans, dinos.
Platforms: Mac, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2015)
Pool Nation FX Game Poster Image
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age 8+
LEARNING
Accessible, uninspired pool is a scratch in the side pocket.
Platforms: Xbox One
(2015)
Gurumin: A Monstrous Adventure Game Poster Image
age 10+
LEARNING
Well-tuned adventure has charming characters and fun combat.
Platforms: Windows
(2015)
Mario Party 10 Game Poster Image
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age 7+
LEARNING
Fun party game with mild violence promotes socialization.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii U
(2015)
Fruit Ninja Kinect 2 Game Poster Image
age 7+
LEARNING
Family-friendly party game promotes socializing, exercise.
Platforms: Xbox One
(2015)
Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars Game Poster Image
age 8+
LEARNING
Safe but mediocre puzzler maintains the series' status quo.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii U
(2015)
The Talos Principle Game Poster Image
age 10+
LEARNING
Tech-focused sci-fi puzzler challenges, makes players think.
Platforms: Linux, Mac, Windows
(2014)
Elegy for a Dead World Game Poster Image
age 9+
LEARNING
Super creative storytelling game; some online safety issues.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2014)
Pokemon Alpha Sapphire/Pokemon Omega Ruby Game Poster Image
age 8+
LEARNING
Remake of fun all-ages RPG has some online safety concerns.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2014)

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