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Skylanders: Trap Team

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[Review] Alien: Isolation

Exploring Identity

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[Review] Project Spark

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[Review] Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved

The first time I saw “Fantasia,” I think I was 5 or 6. Being a young child who thrived on traditional narratives, I didn’t much like the movie at the...Read More
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6 Things I Learned From the Extra Life 24-Hour Gaming Marathon

On October 25th I took the plunge and participated in my first ever Extra Life gaming marathon. Extra Life is a charity for children’s hospitals. Every year they hold a...Read More
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5 Rhythm and Music Games You Should Definitely Try

There’s a lot of talk about how first-person shooters get your adrenaline going. But honestly, nothing gets me more pumped (and more competitive) than music games. There’s something about accomplishing...Read More
Pokémon Art Academy

[Review] Pokémon Art Academy

Pokémon Art Academy isn’t a game in the strictest sense. It’s more like a digitized drawing class on the 3DS where you draw only Pokémon. And it’s really awesome. The “game”...Read More
Moon Hunters

[Interview] Exploring Identity in the Upcoming RPG Moon Hunters

In the upcoming role-playing game Moon Hunters, by Kitfox Games, players must go on an adventure to discover why the moon has vanished while making decisions that determine their character’s reputation. These...Read More
Skylanders: Trap Team

This Week In Family Gaming – 10/25/2014

Hello hello! We’ve got more family gaming news for you, in one convenient video. Looking for the articles we talked about? Check out the links below! Review: Project Spark Review:...Read More
Skylanders: Trap Team

[Review] Skylanders: Trap Team

Skylanders: Trap Team is the newest installment of the Skylanders franchise from Activision. A descendant of the Spyro franchise, the Skylanders series incorporates physical toys into the gameplay. You plug the...Read More
Nancy Drew Labyrinth of Lies

[Review] Nancy Drew and the Labyrinth of Lies

Nancy Drew and the Labyrinth of Lies is a point-and-click adventure game based on, you guessed it, the Nancy Drew series. You are Nancy herself, wandering around a museum in...Read More

Pixelkin Visits GeekGirlCon 2014! [Video]

Pixelkin had an amazing time at GeekGirlCon 2014! Between the panels, the vendors, the artist’s alley, the DIY science zone, the gaming room, and the cosplay, there was definitely something...Read More

[Review] Poptropica: Forgotten Islands

Let’s face it. Lots of games for young kids, especially those based on other properties, be they television shows, toys or movies, just aren’t very good games. Poptropica: Forgotten Islands falls...Read More
Star Wars: The Old Republic

Exploring Morality in Star Wars: The Old Republic

The “Star Wars” films blend a classic story of good versus evil with modern special effects and a sci-fi setting. They explore old themes of growing up, love, betrayal, and...Read More
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[Review] Project Spark

Project Spark isn’t a video game. It’s an environment and an elaborate toolset for making games (and other content, like movies).  Starter content, tutorials, and—yes—games are included as part of the...Read More
Costume Quest

This Week In Family Gaming – 10/18/2014

Hey there, Pixelkiners! In case you missed the news this week, here’s our video update. Curious about the articles? Check out the links below: GeekGirlCon: A Celebration of Nerdy Women...Read More
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[Review] Alien Isolation

Alien Isolation is the latest in a long string of games that have tried to capitalize on the popularity of the seminal Alien movie franchise. Most Alien games have been,...Read More
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How Ticket to Ride Made My Wii Obsolete: Reflections on Family Game Night

This article originally appeared on, a website dedicated to providing families with the information they need to make informed gaming decisions. We’re happy to be regularly crossposting articles from...Read More
Revolution 60

[Review] Revolution 60

Roleplaying games can enable us to do things only possible in our imagination. They can let us fly, conjure magic, or save the world. My favorite roleplaying games, however, are...Read More

GeekGirlCon 2014, A Celebration of Nerdy Women

Pixelkin staffers are still reveling in the great times we had at GeekGirlCon! What a terrific experience!…Read More
Costume Quest 2

[Review] Costume Quest 2

Costume Quest 2, the sequel to Double Fine’s 2010 Halloween RPG Costume Quest, made me laugh out loud, many times. It’s a kid-centric Halloween romp through time and space, and while...Read More

Kids and Teens Love Playing with Identity in RPGs

Teenagers, identity: these are two terms that often come into contact with each other. Once kids hit adolescence, they spend a lot of time trying to figure out who they are....Read More

This Week in Family Gaming – 10/11/2014

Hi Pixelkiners! Did you keep up with all the news this week? If you want a quick rundown, check out our video above. Here’s what’s on This Week in Family...Read More

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 Pokémon Art Academy Pokémon Art Academy is an educational drawing game for the 3DS. “Players” learn  basic drawing skills in a series of lessons designed to teach the ins and outs of designing Pokémon.

 Skylanders Trap Team Skylanders: Trap Team is an action-adventure game in which you take on the role of a Skylander and save the Skylands from the evil Doom Raiders. The game is expensive, but incredibly fun.

 Costume Quest 2 Costume Quest 2 is a hilarious holiday adventure through time and space. Two twins must save Halloween from an evil dentist and his monster minions.

 Chariot Chariot is a cute and fun game for the Xbox One and PS4 that’s perfect for parents to play with their kids.

 Dance Central Spotlight Dance Central Spotlight is a fun and inexpensive way to get more exercise into your game time.

 The Sims 4 The Sims 4 is a simulation game that lets you guide virtual people through life, love, and dream careers.
 Valiant Hearts Valiant Hearts is a puzzle game that takes an intimate approach to learning history; a group of friends and their dog must find a way to survive the Great War.
 Mario Kart 8 Mario Kart 8 is a family-friendly racing game for the Wii U starring characters from the Super Mario universe.
 Transistor Transistor follows a mute woman named Red and her talking sword—the Transistor—as they fight the robots that have taken over their city. This action role-playing game is available for the PC and PlayStation 4.

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