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

Tuesday, May 26th

  • Minecraft Dungeons- PS4, Xbox One, Switch

Wednesday, May 27th

  • Ailment- Switch
  • Missile Command: Recharged- Switch
  • Ninjala- Switch

Thursday, May 28th

  • Atomicrops- PS4, Xbox One, Switch
  • Fly Punch Boom!- Switch
  • Game Tengoku CruisinMix Special- Switch
  • Hill Climbing Mania- Switch
  • Resolutiion- Switch
  • Sega Ages: Thunder Force AC- Switch
  • Shantae and the Seven Sirens- PS4, Xbox One, Switch
  • Synaptic Drive- Switch
  • Turmoil- Switch

Friday, May 29th

  • Adam’s Venture: Origins- Switch
  • Bug Fables: The Everlasting Sapling- PS4, Xbox One, Switch
  • Flux8- Switch
  • Genetic Disaster- Xbox One, Switch
  • Georifters- Xbox One
  • WildTrax Racing- Switch
  • XCOM 2 Collection- Switch
  • Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition- Switch

Saturday, May 30th

  • #womenUp, Super Puzzles Dream- Switch

For the Grown-Ups

  • Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath Kollection- PS4, Xbox One, Switch (Tuesday, May 26th)
  • Bioshock: The Collection- Switch (Friday, May 29th)
  • Borderlands Legendary Collection- Switch (Friday, May 29th)

Jeff’s Pick of the Week

This week is the week of remasters and remakes with Borderlands and Bioshock coming to the Switch for adults. You also have the T rated XCOM 2 collection coming to the Switch. My most anticipated remake coming out this week is Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition. I never played the original release on the Wii and have only played the New 3DS version for the first few hours. I am super excited to give this game another chance. The upgraded visual look and the additional story elements will make this a great RPG to spend playing during the month of June.


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

Tuesday, May 19th

  • Golf With Your Friends- PS4, Xbox One, Switch
  • The Wonderful 101 Remastered- PS4, Switch

Wednesday, May 20th

  • Cannibal Cuisine- Switch

Thursday, May 21st

  • Aqua Lungers- Switch
  • Arrest of a Stone Buddha- Switch
  • Fluxteria- Switch
  • Lost Artifacts: Time Machine- Switch
  • Pushy and Pully in Blockland- Switch
  • Red Wings: Aces of the Sky- Switch
  • What the Golf?- Switch

Friday, May 22nd

  • Animal Up!- Switch
  • Concept Destruction- Switch
  • Sokobunny- Xbox One
  • Sword Art Online Alicization Lycoris Month 1 Edition- Xbox One

For the Grown-Ups

  • Wasteland 3- PS4, Xbox One (Tuesday, May 19th)
  • Maneater- PS4, Xbox One, Switch (Friday, May 22nd)
  • Saints Row: The Third Remastered- PS4, Xbox One (Friday, May 22nd)

Jeff’s Pick of the Week

My pick of the week goes to the remaster of The Wonderful 101. This game was originally released in August of 2013 on the Wii U. Since the Wii U only sold 14 million units, the developers, Platinum Games, put out a Kickstarter earlier this year and the goal was funded in under 24 hours. If you are fans of physical games, you are going to have to wait. Due to the current state of the world, the physical versions of the game were delayed to June 30. But you can still get your hands on a digital copy if you have no preference.


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Here are all the video game releases rated E-T by the ESRB that are releasing between May 10th and May 16th.

Tuesday, May 12th

  • Huntdown- PS4, Xbox One, Switch
  • Jet Lancer- Switch
  • Star Wars Episode 1: Racer- PS4, Switch
  • Tabletop Racing: World Tour Nitro Edition- Switch

Wednesday, May 13th

  • Deep Rock Galactic: Game Preview- Xbox One
  • Island Saver- PS4, Switch
  • Potata: Fairy Flower- PS4, Xbox One
  • Super Mega Baseball 3- PS4, Xbox One, Switch

Thursday, May 14th

  • Armed 7 DX- Switch
  • Carnage: Battle Arena- Switch
  • Cooking Simulator- Switch
  • Kholat- Switch
  • Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee- Switch
  • Satazius Next- Switch
  • TT Isle of Man: Ride on the Edge 2- Switch
  • Wolflame- Switch
  • Zenge- Switch

Friday, May 15th

  • Dungeon of the Endless- PS4, Switch
  • Emma: Lost in Memories- PS4, Switch
  • Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Mega Mix- Switch
  • Kakuro Magic- Switch
  • The Eternal Castle: Remastered- Switch
  • Thy Sword- PS4, Switch

Jeff’s Pick of the Week

My pick of the week goes to Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee on the Nintendo Switch. This is a remake of the game that came out on the original Xbox in 2001. You will guide Munch in his quest to rescue other creatures that are being used as test subjects. It is up to Munch and Abe to save Munch’s species from extinction and to help Abe rescue his Mudokan buddies. Will Munch and Abe be able to save themselves? Play Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee to find out!


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By: Keri Engel

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, families are finding themselves stuck at home and adopting new routines. As families juggle working from home and remote learning, many are struggling to keep children entertained and mentally challenged. While schools have been great at adapting on the fly it cannot be ignored that there are high school seniors who need to keep their brains active for college and kindergarteners who should be in school learning reading fluency. Through Continuity of Learning plans, it is the job of educators and parents to fill in these gaps in engaging ways and this is where digital games can help.

This is where the guide Learning with Digital Games: A Guide for Educators and Parents During the Covid-19 Crisis, written by myself and Ryan Schaaf, will be valuable.

The guide is broken up into three main categories: primary, intermediate, and secondary to ensure that the needs of all learners are met. Games are tagged based on subjects, skills, and how accessible the game is to a child. Parents can utilize the labels supported play, guided play, and independent play to plan out how and when to introduce their learner to the game.

Educators and parents see that learners are struggling with the motivation to complete classwork. It is difficult to remain dedicated to school work when surrounded by the comforts of home and the accessibility of distraction. One of the most prevalent distractions for children are video games and why shouldn’t they be? They’re colorful, they’re engaging, they provide challenges and tell stories. If learners can sink their teeth into something that is engaging and enriching then everyone wins.


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Here are all the video game releases rated E-T by the ESRB that are releasing between May 3rd and May 9th.

Tuesday, May 5th:

  • Pushy and Pully in Blockland- Xbox One
  • Tonight We Riot- Switch

Wednesday, May 6th:

  • Zombies Ruined My Day- Xbox One

Thursday, May 7th:

  • 80’s Overdrive- Switch
  • Cloudbase Prime- Switch
  • Fledgling Heroes- Switch
  • Gerritory- Switch
  • Ghost Files: Memory of a Crime- Switch
  • Infinite: Beyond the Mind- PS4, Xbox One, Switch
  • Jay and Silent Bob: Mall Brawl- Switch
  • Lonely Mountains: Downhill- Switch
  • Monochrome World- Switch
  • Relic Hunters Zero: Remix- Switch
  • Slayin 2- Switch
  • Spirit of the North- Switch
  • Tennis Club Story- Switch

Friday, May 8th:

  • Dark Burial- Switch
  • Feathery Ears- Switch
  • Fury Unleashed- PS4, Xbox One, Switch
  • Mecho Wars: Desert Ashes- Xbox One
  • Megabyte Punch- Switch
  • Sin Slayers: Enhanced Edition- Xbox One
  • SuperMash- PS4, Xbox One, Switch

Saturday, May 9th:

  • Highrise Heroes: Word Challenge- Switch

Jeff’s Pick of the Week

My pick of the week goes to SuperMash. This game was announced back in December during a Nindies World Showcase by Nintendo and I have been waiting patiently for it to be released. In SuperMash, you take two genres of games and combine them into a game that is generated by SuperMash. There are countless options of games to play. You can play a stealth JRPG, an action-adventure metroidvainia (called metrovania in the game). Or maybe you just want a simple platformer shooter. All of these can be created through the algorithms of the game. I cannot wait to see what games will be created! You can even share your game codes with a friend to try and beat!


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We’re huge fans of the Sentinels of the Multiverse card game and its universe so when I was asked if I wanted to give Sentinels of Freedom a shot on Steam I jumped at the chance. I was rewarded with a deep strategy game that gave me another chance to control some of my favorite Sentinels characters as well as create my own hero persona.

The first step in the game after a quick tutorial mission is to create your own hero. This was my favorite part of the game by far. The creation system gives you a wide range of fun cosmetic options to choose from; all of which fit into the same aesthetic as the rest of the world. The system really shines when you get to choose your character’s powers. There are more than ten different power themes to choose from from gadgets and support to power and blaster. Each of them allows you to effect the battlefield differently. My personal favorite theme Minions. I felt like it gave me a lot of awesome options in battles and almost let me take additional turns compared to my opponents.

The narrative in Sentinels isn’t going to set anyone’s world on fire, but it was a fun paint-by-numbers super hero story that let me play along with some of my favorite characters from the card game. One of the highlights was the way all of the story was delivered. Each scene was revealed using animation within comic book frames. When you combine that with the bright colors and dark outlines for the character models, this really felt like a comic book leaping off the page.

My only real complaint with the game is based on difficulty. I found that there were occasional difficulty spikes (especially in the opening missions) that were disheartening for someone who didn’t know the ins and outs of the game yet. This obviously wasn’t a deal breaker. I still enjoyed myself. But, I would have liked a more even experience out of the gate.

Can a kid play this game?

Sentinels of Freedom is a turned based strategy game. There are a LOT of tactical decisions that need to be made on each turn. You aren’t timed, so there is plenty of time to think each step through, but it can be hard to see everything coming unless you have the patience to really look at it. (This is something I find a lot of kids lack.)

There is a lot of time spent reading menus and ability descriptions so this definitely requires pretty strong reading skills. Heck, I even missed a key component to an ability and was wondering what I did wrong until after a few times using the it.

Should a kid play this game?

The ESRb has rated Sentinels of Freedom E 10+ and lists Fantasy Violence as the only content descriptor. The ESRB website doesn’t have a summary listed.
I didn’t see anything during my time with the game that leads me to believe the ESRB has it wrong here. From a content perspective this is a comic-book style superhero story. The villains do villainous things and the heroes battle them. This will be ok for kids who are familiar with comic book tropes and Marvel movies.

Conclusion

I loved Sentinels of Freedom and I feel comfortable recommending it to anyone that enjoys strategy games. There is plenty of depth and challenge for even the most battle hardened tactics veterans here and the super hero theme helps to make it approachable for newer players as well. (And when you’re done with the video game… go give the card game a shot too. Its divine!)

Sentinels of Freedom is available on Steam right now, but will be coming to other platforms in the near future.

FCC Disclosure: A code was provided by the publisher for the purposes of this review.

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Here are all the video game releases rated E-T by the ESRB that are releasing between April 26th and May 2nd.

Tuesday, April 28th:

  • Crawlers and Brawlers- Xbox One
  • Moving Out- PS4, Xbox One, Switch
  • Sakura Wars- PS4
  • Snowrunner- PS4, Xbox One
  • The Inner Friend- PS4, Xbox One

Wednesday, April 29th:

  • Active Neurons: Puzzle Game- PS4, Xbox One, Switch
  • Dread Nautical- Xbox One, Switch
  • Shred! 2: Ft Sam Pilgrim- Xbox One

Thursday, April 30th:

  • Book of Demons- PS4, Xbox One, Switch
  • Bubble- Switch
  • Fairy Knights- Switch
  • Levelhead- Xbox One, Switch
  • Mushroom Heroes- Switch
  • My Secret Pets!- Switch
  • Pocket Arcade Story- Switch
  • Sega Ages: G-LOC Air Battle- Switch
  • Streets of Rage 4- PS4, Xbox One, Switch
  • War-Torn Dreams- Switch

Friday, May 1st:

  • Arcade Spirits- PS4, Xbox One, Switch
  • Gun Crazy- PS4, Switch
  • Miden Tower- Xbox One
  • Super Toy Cars 2- Xbox One
  • Swapperoo- Switch

Saturday, May 2nd:

  • Antigraviator- Xbox One

For the Grown-Ups:

  • Gears Tactics- Xbox One, PC (Tuesday, April 28th)
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remaster (Thursday, April 30th)

Jeff’s Pick of the Week

My pick of the week goes to Moving Out. Since Overcooked was released, it has created its own genre of games. The newest game in this genre involves you and up to 3 other friends moving people’s items from their living space to the moving truck. Not all objects need to go out the door, though. You can throw couches out windows, break items up, and even round up farm animals!


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Here are all the video game releases rated E-T by the ESRB that are releasing between April 19th and April 25th.

Monday, April 20th

  • Car Trader Simulator- Switch
  • Legends of Amberland: The Forgotton Crown- Switch
  • OMG Police: Car Chase TV Simulator- Switch

Tuesday, April 21st

  • Brutal Rage- Xbox One
  • Gato Roboto- Xbox One
  • Help Will Come Tomorrow- Xbox One, Switch

Wednesday, April 22nd

  • ITTA- Switch
  • TaniNani – Switch

Thursday, April 24th

  • Code: Realize~Future Blessings~- Switch
  • Damaged in Transit- Switch
  • Deliver Us the Moon- PS4, Xbox One
  • eSports Legend- Switch
  • Hang Kings- Switch
  • Little Busters! Converted Edition- Switch
  • MotoGP ’20- PS4, Xbox One, Switch
  • Picross S4- Switch
  • SmileBasic 4- Switch

Friday, April 25th

  • Archaica: The Path of Light- Xbox One, Switch
  • Debtor- Switch
  • Guard Duty- Switch
  • Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 Road to Boruto- Switch
  • Quern: Undying Thoughts- Xbox One
  • Quest Hunter- Xbox One
  • Trials of Mana- PS4, PC, Switch
  • War Theatre- Xbox One

Jeff’s Pick of the Week

My pick this week goes to Trials of Mana. This is a remake of Seiken Densetsu 3, which was the third game in the Mana series. It was never released in the United States. You can play the original version of the game, along with the first two, in the Collection of Mana which came out last summer. You can choose six different characters to play as. Unfortunately, unlike the original, this version of the game does not have cooperative play.


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Here are all the video game releases rated E-T by the ESRB that are releasing between April 12th and April 18th

Tuesday, April 14th

  • Boot Hill Bounties- Switch
  • Fishing Sim World: Pro Tour Collector’s Edition- PS4, Xbox One
  • Path of Giants- Switch

Wednesday, April 15th

  • Doubles Hard- Switch

Thursday, April 16th

  • Billion Road- Switch
  • Can Androids Pray: Blue- Switch
  • Finding Teddy II: Definitive Edition- Switch
  • Galaxy Warfighter- Switch
  • Kawaii Deathu Desu- Switch
  • Later Daters- Switch
  • Lost Artifacts: Golden Island- Switch
  • Save Your Nuts- Xbox One, Switch
  • Super Pixel Racers- Switch
  • The Fox Awaits Me- Switch
  • Zhed- Switch

Friday, April 17th

  • A Fold Apart- Switch
  • Cryogear- Xbox One
  • Freakout: Calamity TV Show- PS4, Switch
  • Hyper Jam- Switch
  • Purrs in Heaven- Switch
  • Rover Wars- Switch
  • SINKR- Xbox One
  • Theme Park Simulator- Switch

Jeff’s Pick of the Week

With not a lot of relevant releases coming out, Billion Road is my pick of the week. It looks a lot like Fortune Street from the Nintendo Wii, but without the Mario and Dragon Quest characters. The goal of the game is to own more property and businesses on the board. Unlike Monopoly, where strategy can lead to winning, there are random events, different dice, and monsters you can recruit.


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Here are all the video game releases rated E-T by the ESRB that are releasing between April 5th and April 11th.

Tuesday, April 7th

  • Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories- PS4, Switch
  • Grimvalor- Switch

Wednesday, April 8th

  • Convoy: A Tactical Roguelike- PS4, Xbox One, Switch
  • Galaxy of Pen and Paper +1 Edition- Xbox One, Switch
  • Pen and Paper Games Bundle- Switch
  • Towertale- Switch
  • Ubongo- Switch

Thursday, April 9th

  • Beholder 2- Xbox One
  • Bridge! 3- Switch
  • Fight of Animals- Switch
  • Gunbrick: Reloaded- Switch
  • Monster Viator- Switch

Friday, April 10th

  • BQM: BlockQuest Maker- Xbox One
  • Braveland Trilogy- Xbox One
  • Final Fantasy VII Remake- PS4
  • Obduction- Xbox One
  • Retro Tanks- Xbox One
  • RMX Real Motocross- Switch

Saturday, April 11th

  • Space Engineers- Xbox One
  • Tharsis- Switch

Jeff’s Pick of the Week

Finally! After almost five years since it was announced, Final Fantasy VII Remake will be in our hands. I cannot wait to dive into Cloud’s story and interact with all of the other characters along the way. I am not a huge fan of the original game and I do not think it aged very well, but I do respect its importance to gaming history. I tried to play the original on Switch last year, but could not get myself to finish it. I only got out of Midgar, which is where this game is going to end. I cannot wait to see the upgraded graphics and what they have included to fill out the story of Cloud, Barret, and Aerith.


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