In the old days, family time meant getting together in front of the television for dinner or a weekend away. As our lives become more virtual, so does the way parents and children interact.
Games like Minecraft, Cuphead and the Lego franchise have opened the doors to gaming for younger gamers. Visually captivating titles with great storylines and humorous dialogue that would not only test critical thinking, but also broaden children’s imaginations, now reign supreme.
With that in mind, below are five upcoming family-friendly video games due out later this year.
Long-awaited family-friendly video games coming in 2022
Developed by an indie team from Poland, Railbound is a puzzle game with a beautiful art style. Developers Afterburn created Golf Peaks and Inbento, and their games share a similar minimalist aesthetic.
Players are given a finite number of tracks and they must arrange them so that the train bogeys connect to the locomotive in the correct order. The challenges get harder as the game progresses, and users must bend tracks to develop elaborate designs and achieve their goals.
The title is not a sandbox but a well-detailed puzzle. There is also a demo available for them to try out.
Gamers get to see exactly how many tracks are needed for the right design in each scenario. A great way to exercise gray cells for the young and relax for the elderly, Railbound is a great family-friendly game to look forward to.
4) Toy Tactics
The cost of high-quality miniature warriors prevents most children from having the opportunity to play with figurines. The beautifully crafted soldiers called Wobblers in Toy Tactics will scratch that kid itch endlessly.
Kraken Empire’s RTS masterpiece has a unique operating system in addition to its physics-based gameplay. Players can draw formations and paths on the ground to lead their troops. The title focuses on executing complex tactics while keeping the controls simple.
This sandbox-style game features three factions with unique abilities and powerful artifacts that allow users to summon spells and reinforcements. Blood and gore, Toy Tactics is a great family-friendly title set to be released in 2022.
One of the best ways to change things up in a familiar environment is to change the scale. Tinykin does just this by reducing the protagonist to the size of an insect, so that traversing a simple living room becomes an adventure.
Gamers play as Milo, the spaceman who has crashed into an empty house full of ants, ladybugs, crickets and every other insect imaginable. A 3D platformer with beautiful graphics, the title is packed with content and encourages players to explore every nook and cranny.
Each level is a huge multi-storey area where, in addition to the main objective, players can enjoy many side missions given by the NPCs that surround it.
With witty dialogues and light-hearted humor, Tinkyin checks all the boxes to be a great family-friendly game.
2) Little Orpheus
It’s a side-scrolling adventure title with amazing artistic expression. From great voice acting to dazzling visuals to a fantastic background score, the game is as family-friendly as it gets.
The story follows Ivan Ivanovich, a cosmonaut sent to verify the presence of a prehistoric world deep beneath the Earth’s surface. His story is told in flashbacks as he is questioned by a general about the whereabouts of an atomic bomb, which the expedition was equipped to enable communication.
The mystery is the real plot that keeps players interested. At the same time, Ivan’s humorous inconsistencies and botched narration are guaranteed to elicit laughter from the most direct gamers.
1) Goblin Stone
Another title that tells the story from the perspective of creatures generally considered to be the bad guys, Goblin Stone is set in a world where over adventurous humans have wiped out almost all goblins.
Users must now protect the remaining goblins and help them reclaim their lair while leading raids to keep the surrounding areas safe.
Based in the Philippines, Indie studios Orc Chop Games have done a fantastic job presenting a visually stunning hand-drawn world and cute, lovable goblins. While primarily a side-scrolling adventure with turn-based combat, the game is also a party-based RPG in which players must equip, breed and retire goblins in their lair.
This family-friendly experience comes with complete narration and unparalleled attention to detail in every aspect.
Note: This article is subjective and reflects the opinion of the writer only.
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