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Looking for some fun this August? Check out our family-friendly video game release calendar! We’ve got all the best games for kids of all ages. Whether you’re into action, adventure, or puzzle games, we’ve got something for everyone. So get ready to have some fun!

Family-Friendly Video Game Calendar

South of the Circle 

PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC

August 3

South of the Circle is an upcoming adventure game, set in Antarctica in the year 1911, and follows the story of explorer Simon Collier as he seeks to uncover the secrets of a lost expedition. South of the Circle is a point-and-click adventure game, which means that players will be able to interact with the environment and solve puzzles in order to progress.

Turbo Golf Racing 

Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC

August 4

Turbo Golf Racing returns players to the familiar and frantic format of multiplayer arcade golf. This time, however, the fairways are covered with obstacles and Kart Racer power-ups and players will have to use their wits and clubs to make it to the green in one piece. With a variety of game modes, including a story-driven campaign, Turbo Golf Racing promises hours of fun for golf fans and newcomers alike.

Two Point Campus

 PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC

August 9

Two Point Campus is the latest game from Two Point Studios, and it’s a campus building simulator that lets you build the school of your dreams. The game is set in the fictional town of Two Point, and you’ll be able to build and manage your own campus, complete with dorms, classrooms, and other buildings. You’ll also be able to hire staff, recruit students, and decorate your campus to make it look just the way you want.

Lost in Play

Switch, PC

August 10

In Lost in Play, gamers take on the role of a young girl named Maya who finds herself transported to a strange world where she must use her wits to find her way home. The game is set in a colorful and vibrant world, and it’s up to the player to help Maya navigate through its many puzzles and challenges. Lost in Play looks to be a unique and enjoyable gaming experience. Definitely worth keeping an eye on!

Rumbleverse

PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

August 11

Rumbleverse is a multiplayer arena brawler that pits up to four players against each other in fast-paced battles. Choose from a diverse roster of characters, each with their own unique abilities and playstyles. Then duke it out in a variety of arenas, ranging from medieval castles to futuristic cityscapes. With its accessible yet deep gameplay, Rumbleverse is perfect for both casual and competitive gamers.

Marvel’s Spider-Man

PC

August 12 

The original Spider-Man on PS4 was our Game of the Year. This is a PC port with all sorts of graphical bells and whistles. If you haven’t played the original release and have a PC powerful enough to take advantage of the update, then this is a must-own.

Blossom Tales 2: The Minotaur Prince

Switch, PC

August 16

Blossom Tales 2: The Minotaur Prince is a charming sequel to the original Blossom Tales. In this game, you play as Lily, a young knight who sets out on a quest to save her kingdom from the evil Minotaur Prince. The game is full of cute characters and lively scenery, and the gameplay is simple and fun. We were big fans of the original, so this is high on our lists right now.

Cursed to Golf 

PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC

August 18

In Cursed to Golf, players take on the role of a cursed golfer who is stuck in a never-ending loop of golfing torment. Along the way, players will encounter various power-ups and items that can help them overcome the curse. Cursed to Golf is a fun and challenging game that is perfect for any fan of golf or platforming games.

RPG Time: The Legend of Wright 

Switch

August 18

RPG time is a very cool action RPG that combines all sorts of different art styles. I’ve written a handful of descriptions and none of them do it justice. So… here is a video to show you what it looks like.

Madden NFL 23 

PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

August 19

Madden NFL 23 is the latest installment in the long-running football video game franchise. As with previous games in the series, Madden NFL 23 lets players take control of their favorite teams and compete against friends or AI opponents. One of the biggest improvements has come to the Face of the Franchise mode. Instead of being a rookie, you play as a 5th-year veteran. This is a significant change, but a welcome one as your player is higher ranked and the context for your activities changes since you’re established in the league. Additionally, Madden NFL 23 features a number of improvements to gameplay and visual graphics, making it the most immersive football gaming experience yet. Whether you’re a diehard fan of the series or just getting into it, Madden NFL 23 is sure to please.

Pac-Man World Re-Pac 

PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC

August 26

Who doesn’t love Pac-Man? The original arcade game was released in 1980 and quickly became a global phenomenon. Over the years, there have been many different Pac-Man games released, but none quite like Pac-Man World Re-Pac. This new game is a full remake of the original Pac-Man World, and it’s coming to PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC on August 26.

So what’s new in Pac-Man World Re-Pac? For starters, the game has been completely modernized with HD graphics and 60fps gameplay. The controls have also been updated so that you can play with either a controller or keyboard and mouse. In addition, there are now four difficulty levels to choose from, making the game accessible to players of all skill levels. And of course, no Pac-Man game would be complete without ghosts! In this new version of the game, you’ll be able to choose from four different ghost characters, each with their own unique abilities.

Destroy All Humans 2: Reprobed 

PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC

August 30

The wait is finally over! “Destroy All Humans 2: Reprobed” will be released on August 30th for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, and PC. The game picks up where the first one left off, with Crypto 126 crash-landing on Earth and having to rebuild his ship. However, this time around there are new challenges to face, including an all-new enemy faction. In addition, the game will feature updated graphics and gameplay mechanics, making it the ultimate “Destroy All Humans 2” experience. So mark your calendars and get ready to blast some humans!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection 

PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC)

August 30

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are back and they’re looking better than ever in their new 4K remaster, The Cowabunga Collection. This collection includes all four of the classic TMNT games, updated for current-gen consoles with better graphics, faster performance, and all-new features. You’ll be able to team up with your friends in local co-op or online multiplayer, and there’s even a new mode called “Turtle Power” that allows you to play as one of the Turtles’ friends or foes. Whether you’re a long-time fan of the franchise or just getting into it, The Cowabunga Collection is a must-have. So grab your pizza and get ready to shell out some serious ninja action!

Tinykin 

PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC

August 30

Tinykin is an adorably animated Pikmin-like puzzle game. You play as a scientist named Milo who finds himself in a massive house that has been frozen in time. You explore the house and collect Tinykin (Pikmin-like critters) that have different powers to help solve puzzles.

What do you think? Sound off in the comments and let us know your That’s it for our video game release calendar! We hope you find something that your family can enjoy. Which is your favorite? Sound off in the comments and let us know your thoughts! And don’t forget to check out our other posts for more great gaming content.

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Historically, summer has been a slow time for video games. Publishers would often push their games off to the fall to have their games incorporated into the Holiday rush. That doesn’t happen so much anymore. There are so many video games being released each year that there really isn’t any dead time. This June is no exception.

Below is a list of some of the best video games being released to consoles and PC in the month of June. All of them are rated T for Teen or lower by the ESRB.

Silt 

PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC – June 1

Silt is a black and white, atmospheric adventure game that is a cross between Limbo and Song of the Sea. It’s rated T for Teen by the ESRB, but it has a creepy vibe that might shake some kids.

Card Shark 

Switch, PC – June 2

I didn’t think I would ever be writing about a game like this. Card Shark is a game set in 18th Century France and you play as a gambler trying to win games of cards to get access to the King. The key here is that you win by cheating.

Souldiers 

PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC – June 2



We’ll have to play it and find out if it is any good. But, Souldiers is the combination of Souls-like combat, Metroid-like map exploration, and RPG elements. You choose one of three classes and progress through a fantasy world full of traps, monsters, and other hazards. I’ve been looking forward to this one since it was announced and was pretty bummed when it was delayed from its original release date in May, but the time is almost here!

Unexplored 2: The Wayfarer’s Legacy 

Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC – June 2

Unexplored 2 is an Open World, Roguelite RPG that is all about exploration. It has a gorgeous hand-drawn art style, snappy combat, and a massive world to explore.

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II – The Sith Lords 

Switch – June 8

It’s a good time to be a Star Wars fan. The Disney + TV shows are (mostly) well-loved and there are plenty of great video games to play. Star Wars: KOTOR 2 is a blast from the past that is being pulled forward into the Switch for a new generation of players to enjoy. The only question that remains: Which side of the Force will you choose?

Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Hinokami Chronicles 

Switch – June 10



Demon Slayer is a very popular anime right now so a video game adaptation was inevitable. This has already been available on PC, Playstation, and Xbox, and is now being brought to Switch. This one earns its T rating with anime blood splatter and some foul language. With that said, the action in the game is no better or worse than the anime so if your kids are watching the show (on Netflix) then you can feel comfortable letting them play the game.

Mario Strikers: Battle League – EFG Pick of the Month!!!

Switch – June 10

I have to be honest. I never thought I would see the day when Nintendo would release another Mario Soccer game, but here we are. Mario Strikers: Battle League is a 5 v 5 soccer game that features Mario characters and over-the-top action. It isn’t a traditional soccer game though. This is a battle soccer game with full contact, an electric fence, and most of the weapons from Mario Kart. Our family has been counting down the days since its announcement and it’s almost time to take the pitch!

Redout 2 

PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC – June 16

F-Zero and Wipeout are well-loved franchises that are mostly dead in the water right now. Redoubt 2 is a new entry in the Zero-G racing genre and it is FAST. If you liked those games in the past, or think your kids might, then this looks like a great option.

Fall Guys

PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Switch – June 21 

Fall Guys is finally coming to Switch and Xbox! It’s been a huge hit on PlayStation and PC and I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t continue that success elsewhere. As an added bonus: It’s now a free-to-play game that everyone on those consoles can enjoy!

Wreckfest 

Switch – June 21 



Wreckfest is a destruction derby simulator with a whole bunch of game modes. There isn’t much to say about it beyond that. If you like the idea of crashing cars into each other, then this is a game to keep on your radar.

Sonic Origins 

PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC – June 23

This is a collection that includes Sonic 1, 2, 3, and Sonic CD in one package. They are remastered with improved visuals and animations and a bunch of other perks (like being able to play as either Tales or Knuckles in any of the games). The original versions of the games are included in the package as well.

Capcom Fighting Collection 

PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC – June 24

This is a massive collection of Capcom fighting games. The cynical among us might assume that This is just a collection of Street Fighter games, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. The collection also includes a number of Dark Stalkers games (some of which were never released in North America), Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo, as well as Cyberbots and Red Earth (two fighting games that were never even released on consoles before!) Fighting game fans should keep their eyes peeled for this one.

Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes 

Switch – June 24

Fire Emblem is an immensely popular strategy RPG series that, somehow, blends perfectly with the bombastic one vs many combat in Musou games. My oldest is a massive Fire Emblem: Three Houses fan and Three Hopes is presenting an alternate universe story with many of the same characters.

DNF Duel 

PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, PC) – June 28

DNF Duel is a wild fighting game from ARC System Works where each of the characters are adventuring classes from a dungeon crawler like Ranger and Berseker as opposed to named characters.


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Stephen and Linda are here for board game week! This week they talk about Dungeon Academy from The Op, Unbox Key to the Kingdom from Restoration Games, and then talk about how they evaluate Kickstarter campaigns!

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Stephen and Amanda have a lot of great ideas for what Microsoft should do after they finish buying Activision/Blizzard!

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Music from https://filmmusic.io

“Android Sock Hop” by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)

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Stephen and Linda have a LOT of board games to talk about. Give them a listen!



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Join Stephen, Amanda, and Linda as they talk about their most anticipated video games and board games of 2022!

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Stephen

I’m an elder millennial (1980) so I was around for some of the first online games. Our family computer wasn’t very powerful, so I was limited to text based games. The first online game I played for any length of time was Dragonrealms. Its a text-based MUD (that is still up and running) operated by a company called Simutronics. Since it was all text it was very focused on the roleplay and I loved every minute of it. 

Mike

Dragonrealms. A text based multiplayer RPG, I learned how to type *reaally* fast because of that game and it was my first exposure to reading and writing computer code through computer scripts. Never really got beyond entry level content, but it was my first roleplay experience outside my immediate friends and family.

John

Word Of Warcraft,  I apparently don’t know how to ease into anything as a rule.  This applies to running obstacle course races, taking up new hobbies or jumping into one of the largest MMORPGs ever.

Jonathan

DOOM because when it came out my friends and I mowed the lawn for this guy that had his house wired for gaming and we had voice chat and everything.


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The PlayStation 5 is still incredibly difficult to find as a result of shortages. This shortage is likely to continue well past the holiday season. That doesn’t mean that there won’t be any available though. Start looking early if that is on your family’s wish list. 

The good news is that the PlayStation 4 should be readily available and still has life left in it for families who don’t have a console yet. Noteworthy titles you’ll want to find on deep discounts for the PS4 are Marvel’s Spider-Man, Horizon: Zero Dawn Complete Edition, and the Crash Bandicoot: N-Sane Collection. 

Below is a list of games that are great gift ideas for PS5 owners. 

Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart

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Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart is on my shortlist for the game of the year 2021. It is just that good. This is a new game in the franchise that has been built from the ground up to take advantage of the PS5 technology. The levels are designed in such a way that you use rifts to travel through completely different spaces within levels with no load times. It is wild to experience all the different ways that Insomniac takes advantage of the tech. 

Kena: Bridge of Spirits

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Kena punches way above its weight class. It is a budget title that has gorgeous graphics. It looks and plays like it was made by one of Sony’s high-profile studios. But, it is actually the first game from a company known for fan animations. This is another game in contention for game of the year and it will likely be on our PS5 essentials list for a very long time. 

Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl

Lots of games have tried to clone Super Smash Brothers to find success. But, we haven’t seen anything like All-Star Brawl before. Game Mill Entertainment has combined the deep roster of Nickelodeon licenses like Spongebob, Avatar, and Ninja Turtles with retro gameplay that is reminiscent of Super Smash Bros. Melee. 

This is also as close to the original as one can get without owning a Nintendo Switch and actually buying Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. 

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 

Everyone of a certain age will have memories of playing Tony Hawk on their PS1 in their dorm room. (Ok. Might just be me.) This is a well-done remaster of the first two games of the series. It is gorgeously remade and includes some quality of life improvements that will help us share the game with our kids as we remember it (as opposed to how it actually was). 

PlayStation Plus/PS Now

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Look. The reality of our situation this year is that it might be tough to find games in boxes to wrap up and put under the tree. Gift cards for PlayStation Plus and PS Now should be readily available though. These are “practical” gifts (or at least as practical as anything game-related could be). But, they will be appreciated nonetheless. 

Essential PS5 Games

If you are looking for more recommendations than what we list here, then check out our PS5 essentials list.

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Nintendo specializes in family-friendly games and 2021 is no exception. They released a LOT of great games this year AND a new edition of the Nintendo Switch. Below is a list of some of the best!

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond + Shining Pearl

Pokemon Diamond and Pearl launched for the Nintendo DS back in 2006. Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl bring the originals into the modern era including new features and quality of life improvements while maintaining the same story, Pokemon, and overworld map as the original. These games feature a familiar chibi art style while exploring and switch to battle animations akin to Pokemon Sword and Shield. These are must-haves for the Pokemon fans in your home. 

Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury

The 2020 release of this exceptional WiiU title is a fantastic addition to your Switch library. This title includes the original Super Mario 3D World and adds in a whole new adventure with the Bowser’s Fury add-on. The addition of Bowser’s Fury, an open-world type Mario Game, is something that people of all ages can enjoy. If you have a little one, you can even have them play along with Mario as Bowser Jr.  If you know someone that loves Mario games, this would be a great addition to any library.

Mario Party Super Stars

Mario Party Super Stars is the 12th home console installment in the Mario Party that has entertained fans for more than two decades. This version contains 100 mini-games that pull from the previous versions of the game and also includes 5 boards from the N64 versions of Mario Party.  If you know someone who enjoys party games this is going to be the one on their list.

Bravely Default II

This turn-based JRPG is the third installment in the Bravely series from Square Enix.  Unlike the previous two installments, this is a completely new storyline with new characters and a new world.  It features several new classes, including a “cat-o-mancer”, and also has a feature that encourages you to take a break from the game in order for your minions to bring back rewards while you get up and move around.  This would be a great addition to someone’s JRPG library.

Miitopia

Miitopia is an RPG where you build a team using Miis (Remember those things we used to make on the Wii and 3DS?). The story is simple and the mechanics are accessible. This is a great introduction to the genre for younger gamers and an opportunity to tell some really funny stories. (Bonus points if you ad Shaq to your team!)

New Pokemon Snap

Released in April 2021 New Pokemon Snap is an on-rails photography game that is the sequel to the 1999 N64 game.  Travel the Lental region and take photos of your favorite Pokemon and add them to your Photodex.  Any Pokemon fans will enjoy this installment and it is a must-have in any collection. 

Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pass

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Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pass is getting a little more expensive this year. So the Nintendo fan in your life will appreciate getting this service as a gift. Don’t fret though. This isn’t just a subscription to play games online. It will give them access to some of the best games Nintendo has ever made!

EFG Essentials

If you are looking for more recommendations than what we list here, then check out our Switch essentials list. 

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Stephen

The very first thing I do when I get stuck in a game is search for a walk through on YouTube. The information is plentiful and can often help me find the answer to even the stupidest questions. (I get stuck on weird stuff on account of being hilariously bad at video games.

Mike

The pause button is your friend, both literal and figurative. You put the controller or keyboard down and you walk away. Nine times out of ten, the reason you are stuck is because of something that is completely beyond your control or something that is readily fixed. Drink some water. Have a snack. Look it up on your phone. Try again. And if it is already night time, consider sleeping on it and trying again the next day.

John

As a father with busy kids and a full time job I frankly don’t have a lot of time to be stuck in games, specifically video games.  If I am stuck for more than 30 minutes in one spot  I am not averse to lowering difficulty ratings if that is the problem or using the magic that is the internet to look up the solution to a puzzle.  I play games to relax and have fun, not pull my hair out.

Linda

With board games there are so many more options these days.  When I am stuck and do not understand a rule or step, my first move is to go back to the rules, and reread.  When we are able to play with our game group, there are two people who are excellent at deciphering rules. Sometimes if it is a small thing as a game group we make a call about how to proceed and just keep playing.  

Another tool that we use with more complicated games, are Youtube videos.  There is a huge library of videos teaching how to play a huge range of games.

Jonathan

If it’s because of needing to level up i’ll go back and grind. If I can’t find a key I turn to youtube a lot now as I have grown too old and tired…#facts

Mike Melkonian

There was a time when consulting a game guide felt shameful to me, but now I go straight to a walkthrough if I have trouble with a game! Time is limited when you have a family and full time job, so I’m content to merely imagine what being frustrated at a puzzle or boss fight would feel like. Of course, I’m going to tell the kid to figure it out on his own! No reason they should have it any easier than we did back in the day.


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