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Family Friendly Video Game Releases from April 7 – April 13, 2019

Here are all the video game releases rated E-T by the ESRB that are being released between April 7th and April 13th.

Monday, April 8th


Jungle Z- Switch

Tuesday, April 9th


Dangerous Driving- PS4, Xbox One
Neo Atlas 1469- Switch
Out There: Omega The Alliance- Switch
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch

Wednesday, April 10th


Cook, Serve, Delicious! 2- Switch
Switch ‘N’ Shoot- Switch
The Mystery of Woolley Mountain- Switch

Thursday, April 11th


Back to Bed- Switch
Bot Vice- Switch
Box Align- Switch
Doggie Ninja: The Golden Mission- Switch
Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain- PS4
Reigns: Game of Thrones- Switch
Shadowgate- Switch
Silence- Switch
Super Star Path- Switch
The Demon Crystal- Switch
Vaporum- Switch
Way of the Passive Fist- Switch

Friday April 12th


Rolling Sky- Switch
Street Basketball- Switch

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Video Games VIDEO GAME DEFINITION OF THE WEEK: “Invincibility Frames”


Every week the EFG staff will be defining a gaming term that is either confusing or ill-defined. Please leave a comment with any terms you are confused by and we will try to include them in future editions!


This week the EFG staff is going to define the term “Invincibility Frames!”

Invincibility Frames are a short period of time, lasting one frame of animation, often after the player has suffered an error or negative consequence, where players can briefly not suffer the same or similar consequence.

For the every day gamer, invincibility frames allow for players to have a moment to collect themselves after an unlucky sequence of play. Getting hit by a red shell in Mario Kart or coming back to the stage after losing a life in Smash Brothers Ultimate will both result in a moment where the you can get back into the game without other players effecting you.

This is a video that teaches how to create Invincibility Frames in GameMaker, but it also serves to explain how it all works.

Invincibility frames are often indicated visually, with the character briefly flashing a different color or becoming transparent. Occasionally, there might also be a sound effect such as when Mario shrinking down from his mushroom power.

In more advanced play, players may injure themselves intentional to use their invincibility frames to their advantage during play. This is often referred to as “Damage Boosting.”

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Family Friendly Video Game Releases from March 24 – March 30, 2019

Here are all the video game releases rated E-T that are releasing between March 24th and March 30th.

Monday, March 25th

Inventioneers- Switch
President F.net- Switch

Tuesday, March 26th

Air Conflicts Collection- Switch
Air Conflicts: Pacific Carriers- Switch
Air Conflicts: Secret Wars- Switch
Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland- PS4, Switch
Dragon: Marked for Death- Switch
Final Fantasy VII- Switch
GALAK-Z: The Void: Deluxe Edition- Switch
Gems of War- Switch
Generation Zero- PS4, Xbox One, PC
MLB The Show 19- PS4
Nelke and the Legendary Alchemists: Ateliers of the New World- PS4, Switch
OMG Zombies!- Switch
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel: Decisive Edition- PS4
The Princess Guide- PS4, Switch
Xenon Racers- PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch

Wednesday, March 27th

Neon Caves- Switch
Windscape- Switch

Thursday, March 28th

Croixleur Sigma- Switch
Fun! Fun! Animal Park- Switch
Gods Remastered- Switch
Goken- Switch
Inferno Climber: Reborn- Switch
Istanbul: Digital Edition- Switch
Lyrica- Switch
She Remembered Caterpillars- Switch
Snow Battle Princess Sayuki- Switch
The World Next Door- Switch
Ultrawings- Switch
Undead’s Building- Switch
UNI- Switch
V.O.I.D.- Switch
Warparty- Switch

Friday, March 29th

Yoshi’s Crafted World- Switch

For the Grown Ups

Danganropa Trilogy- PS4 (Tuesday, March 26th)
Outward- PS4, Xbox One (Tuesday, March 26th)
The Walking Dead: The Final Season: Episode 4- PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch (Tuesday, March 26th)


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Family Friendly Video Game Releases from March 17 – March 23, 2019

Here are all of the video game releases rated E-T that are releasing between March 17th and March 23rd.

Monday, March 18th


Turok- Switch

Tuesday, March 19th


American Ninja Warrior: Champion- Switch
Fate/Extella Link- PS4, Switch
SNK 40th Anniversery Collection- PS4, Switch
Symmetry- Switch

Wednesday, March 20th


Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon Every Buddy- PS4, Switch
Super Kickers League- Switch

Thursday, March 21st


Azura Saga: Pathfinder Deluxe Edition- Switch
Block-a-Pix Deluxe- Switch
Grand Prix Story- Switch
Reptilian Rebellion- Switch
Rogue Bit- Switch
StarDrone- Switch
Super Phantom Cat- Switch
Witch & Hero- Switch

Friday, March 22nd


Peasant Knight- Switch
Sushi Time!- Switch
Unravel 2- Switch

For the Grownups


Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice- PS4, Xbox One, PC (Friday, March 22nd)


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Family Friendly Video Game Releases from  February 17 – February 23, 2019

Here are all the video game releases rated E-T by the ESRB that being released between February 17th and February 23rd.

Monday, February 18th


Trine 2: Complete Story- Switch

Tuesday, February 19th


BlazeRush- Switch

Wednesday, February 20th


I Wanna Fly- Switch

Thursday, February 21st


Almost There: The Platformer- Switch
Devil Engine- Switch
Gigantic Army- Switch
Hell Warders- Switch
Q.U.B.E 2- Switch
Raining Coins- Switch
Rotating Brave- Switch
The Journey Down Trilogy- Switch
Warplanes: WW2 Dogfight- Switch
X-Morph Defense- Switch
Yumenikki: Dream Diary- Switch

Friday, February 22nd


Anthem- PS4, Xbone, PC
Dirt Rally 2.0: Deluxe Edition- PS4, Xbone, PC
Quest for the Golden Duck- Switch
Tyr: Chains of Valhalla- Switch
UnExplored: Unlocked Edition- Xbone

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Episode 163: Apex Legends Comes Out of Nowhere!

This week Stephen and Amanda have a cozy fireside chat as they talk about some of the biggest news to hit the video games this past week. They talk about their impressions of Anthem, and the surprise release of Apex Legends.

This is a cooperative venture with SuperParent.com!

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This week Stephen was joined by the team over at Respawn Aim Fire!

They’re a couple of young bucks who run their own gaming podcast. They met at work a handful of years ago and are a great example of content creators who deserve a look.

Check out this episode!

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Family Friendly Video Game Releases from January 6 – 12, 2018

Here are all the video game releases rated E-T that are releasing between January 6th and January 12th.

Tuesday, January 8th

Megalith- PS VR

Thursday, January 10th

A Ch’ti Bundle- Switch
At Sundown- PC
Aftercharge- Xbone, PC
BQM: BlockQuest Maker- Switch
Bury Me, My Love- Switch
Caveblazers- Switch
Clock Simulator- Switch
Combat Core- Switch
Double Cross- Switch
Everything- Switch
Grab Lab- Switch
Hopiko- Switch
Inside My Radio- Switch
Knock ‘Em Down Bowling- Switch
Lightseekers- Switch
Mecho Wars: Desert Ashes- Switch
Overdriven Reloaded: Special Edition- Switch
Sega Ages: Out Run- Switch
Snowboarding: The Next Phase- Switch

Friday, January 11th

Hive Jump- Switch
Mario and Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr’s Journey- 3DS
New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe- Switch
Stellar Interface- Switch
Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition- PS4, Xbone, PC, Switch

 

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The Engaged Family Gaming Games of the Year 2018

I went into 2018 with relatively low expectations. We all know that I am a bottomless pit of hype, but everything is a let down after The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. This year ended up being a very pleasant surprise as a result. It felt like I had an exciting game to play every time a turned around, and I finished the year with a large back catalog of games from this year that I am still picking away at as we tread into the new year. Take a look for below for some of my favorites. Let me know how you feel in the comments section below!

The Family Games of the Year

Marvel’s Spider-Man

My game of the year, without question, is Marvel’s Spider-Man. I’m a big web-head to begin with, so I was predisposed to like this game. But, nothing prepared me for how much it would captivate me.

In order for a Spider-Man game to work the developers need to nail the traversal. Spider-Man is a hero built around agility and mobility. Insomniac executed perfectly here. I could have spent literal days swinging around their recreation of New York if I didn’t have to work and feed myself. It was a remarkable achievement that made me sad when it was finished.

The web-swinging was so good that I would have tolerated a hack job of a story and still loved the game. That wasn’t a problem though as Insomniac delivered a very interesting story about a slightly older and more experienced Peter Parker. To be honest, its one of the best Spider-Man stories I’ve experienced in a long time. I especially loved how they handled his relationship with Mary Jane.

Marvel’s Spider-Man is a game I’ll remember for a long time and has me ravenous for its inevitable sequel. It is, as far as I am concerned, required reading for anyone who owns a PlayStation 4.

Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu/Let’s Go Eevee

I’ve always struggled to get into Pokemon games. I love the idea of playing them. I have bought several of them and been enamored with them for a while. But, somewhere around hour 20-25 I fall off. The grind catches up with me and I find something else to play.

Pokemon Let’s Go Eevee was the first Pokemon game to overcome that. It managed to give me all of the charm of the Pokemon franchise without the grind. Game Freak did that by removing random encounters and replacing the long-standing pokemon capture system with the system used in Pokemon Go.

I had my doubts as I was waiting for the game to come out. I just didn’t think that Let’s Go would hold my interest. But, I was wrong.

This is a wonderful departure from the earlier games in the franchise. I can’t wait to see what else they do with it.

Super Smash Brothers Ultimate

super Smash Bros Ultimate Box Art

Holy crap. Super Smash Brothers Ultimate is a big video game. Every time I turn it on it feels like I am finding something new. The character list alone contains more than seventy characters that all play very differently from each other. I think I’ll be playing Smash for years with my boys. The value is unquestionable.

Smash’s size isn’t the only thing going for it though. It is a polished fighting game that is fun to play alone and in groups of up to eight players! This is a must-own for families who have large groups of gamers in their house regularly.

The Messenger

EFG fans know that I am a sucker for a retro-inspired platformer. My game of the year in 2014 was Shovel Knight. There is just something about a game being made with modern design sensibilities that also reminds me of the games that captured my imagination as a kid.

The Messenger is clearly inspired by Ninja Gaiden, a devilishly hard ninja game from the NES. But, somewhere along the design process, they decided to add a whole other game into it. I’ll never understand why they would do that to themselves, but their efforts paid off. They somehow combined an 8bit (ish) linear platforming game and a 16bit (ish) exploration platformer into the same product.

They also managed to create one of my favorite games of the year.

Grown-Up Game of the Year

God of War

I never liked Kratos or the God of War games. They were crude and juvenile. The only reason we could ever call those games “mature” was for the violence and nudity. The series just echoed on in the background and I ignored it.

But, something about the way Sony was marketing the newest game in that franchise caught my attention. They gave me a glimmer of hope, somehow, that Sony Santa Monica was going to make me care about Kratos and show me that even he could grow up.

I am so glad that I was paying attention, because God of War was the most pleasant surprise I have had in my, near thirty-year gaming, career. Kratos not only grew up, but he matured into a man I could relate to as a father and as someone who has done things I regret.

I, obviously, never hunted down an entire pantheon, but it wasn’t hard to draw connections between his dark past and his obvious pain and regret with some of my more regrettable memories.

Its worth mentioning that I just wrote four paragraphs about a God of War game before I mentioned how amazing the combat was. I loved every second of the combat. It was every bit as brutal as I expected, and it was more personal than I thought I would ever be comfortable with.

This is, obviously, not a game for kids, but I would recommend God of War to anyone who owns a PS4. Grown-ups simply must play this game.

Honorable Mention

Fortnite

It’s impossible to talk about games of the year in 2018 without talking about Fortnite. It’s a game that has stolen the hearts and minds of (most of) our children and has reached further into our wallets than we ever thought possible. I can’t say that it was one of my favorite games of the year, but I think that we will be talking about Fortnite far longer than we will any of the other games I wrote about in this article. (For more info: Take a look at our Fortnite Beginner’s Guide or our Parent’s Guide to Fortnite)

 

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Family Friendly Video Game Releases from December 16 – 22, 2018

Here are all the video releases rated E-T that are coming out between December 16th and December 22nd.

Monday, December 17

Hyperdrive: Vector Raid- Switch

Tuesday, December 18

Donut County- Switch

Thursday, December 20

Awe- Switch
Blacksea Odyssey- Switch
Digerati Indie Bundle: INK and HackyZack- Switch
Funghi Explosion- Switch
Guess the Character- Switch
Horizon Shift ’81- Switch
Leopoldo Manquiseil- Switch
Revertia- Switch
The Keep- Switch
Viviette- Switch

Friday, December 21

Clouds & Sheep 2- Switch
Dynamite Fishing: World Games- Switch
Marvel’s Spider-Man: Silver Lining DLC- PS4
Sundered: Eldritch Edition- Switch

Saturday, December 22

Koloro- Switch
Mana Spark- Switch
Wondershot- Switch

One for the Grown-ups

Firewatch comes out on Switch on Monday, December 17.


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