Super Mario 3D World

Super Mario 3D World might be the best child-friendly game ever made.
The levels are open and friendly. The game can be played with simple controls but hides a fair amount of depth for experts. Most importantly, Super Mario 3D World is designed from the ground up for cooperative play. Some games have co-op tacked on, but everything about this game is designed to suit people playing together. 
If you’re looking for a game to play as a family, this is the one. If you have a Wii U, that is. The good news: Nintendo is planning to bring this game to the Switch.

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Splatoon 2

For the most part you’ll want to steer your children away from online shooters, but Splatoon 2 is the exception. It’s wholesome, but also cutting-edge and kinda cool. 

It’s perfect if you want to give your kids something a little more obviously “kiddy” without sacrificing them at the altar of the almighty Fortnite. Playing online is also relatively safe compared to most shooters. 
Splatoon is fantastic.

Summary: Ink-splatting action is back and fresher than ever. Get hyped for the sequel to the game about splatting ink and claiming turf, as the squid-like Inklings return in a colorful and chaotic 4 vs. 4 action shooter. For the first time, take Turf War battles on-the-go via local multiplayer in portable play styles...

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Monopoly Fortnite

It’s Christmas Day, my boys are opening their presents full of too-early-in-the-morning-for-me vigour and what to my wondering eyes should appear from Father Christmas but the Fortnite edition of Monopoly. Imagine my excitement… okay you don’t know me so I should explain my excitement… I would’ve been more excited with a lump of coal because it would burn longer. My 10-year-old son however, was the polar opposite. Well nearly, he had put Pokemon Monopoly on his list for Santa and I assume the old beardy bloke in his eternal wisdom presumed that some of his friends might actually rather play Fortnite Monopoly than a Pokemon edition and that perhaps my son would’ve asked for Fortnite Monopoly had he known of its existence. It was okay, he didn’t seem fussed either way.

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Monopoly Game of Thrones

While you and your fellow banner-sworn await the return of HBO’s Game of Thrones for its final season this April, you might want to kill some time (and your opponents’ dreams of world domination) with Hasbro’s new Game of Thrones-themed Monopoly. The re-released classic, designed with the theme of George R.R. Martin‘s TV series adaptation in mind, comes with brand-new features like custom player tokens, iconic properties to buy, sell, and build upon, and new graphics to be found throughout the gameboard. Senior TV Editor Allison Keene and Animation Editor Dave Trumbore had a chance to check the game out; our review follows below. We’ll break down The Good, The Bad, and The Gameplay for Hasbro’s Game of Thrones: Monopoly to let you know if it’s worth your while and your Gold Dragons!...

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Disney Villainous

In Villainous, each player takes control of one of six Disney characters, each one a villain in a different Disney movie. Each player has their own villain deck, fate deck, player board, and 3D character.

On a turn, the active player moves their character to a different location on their player board, takes one or more of the actions visible on that space (often by playing cards from their hand), then refills their hand to four cards. Cards are allies, items, effects, conditions, and (for some characters) curses. You need to use your cards to fulfill your unique win condition.

One of the actions allows you to choose another player, draw two cards from that player’s fate deck, then play one of them on that player’s board, covering two of the four action spaces on one of that play...

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Clue: Harry Potter Edition (2008)

From the Manufacturer
Discover the secrets of Hogwarts in this version of the classic Mystery game. Enjoy new game play features and a moving Hogwarts game board. Dark magic has been performed at Hogwarts. A fellow student has vanished from the famous School of Witchcraft and Wizardry–and it is up to you to solve the mysterious disappearance.
Play as Harry, Ron, Hermione, Ginny, Luna or Neville and try to discover who did it, what spell or item they used, and where the student was attacked. Was it Draco Malfoy with a Sleeping Draught in the Owlery?
Move around Hogwarts making suggestions–but watch out. Wheels on the board actually move to reveal secret passages, hidden staircases, and even the Dark Mark...

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