Hey Pixelkiners, it’s time for family gaming news!

The story of a princess and her fiance trying to bury a dead king might sound kinda grim, but not when it’s this adorable. The co-op platformer Chariot was released last week. The game is a downloadable title for PS4 and XB1, and if you’re an Xbox Live Gold Member you can download it for free during Ocboter. Chariot is full of creative, challenging gameplay. You have to push and pull the chariot over obstacles–and if you’re playing with someone else, you’re gonna get really good at teamwork. Chariot is rated E, and you can read our full review.

Another new release comes in the form of Disney Infinity: Marvel Superheroes! Marvel Now you can play as The Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, and Spider-Man! Like the first Disney Infinity, Marvel Superheroes uses real-life figurines to represent your digital characters. Put the figurine on your fancy Infinity Base, and it’ll pop up on the screen thanks to the technology on a special chip in the figurine base. It’s pretty cool, but it gets expensive fast if you want to play as all the characters. Disney Infinity: Marvel Superheroes is rated E10+ for Cartoon Violence, and it’s out on every system you could possibly imagine. Read our full review for more details.

If you want to try the game right now you can get a free PC and Wii U demo that lets you jump right in. That download is available at infinity.disney.com.

Halloween is coming up! It’s not too late to think about what you’re going to dress up as—and video game characters are always a good idea. From Angry Birds to Plants vs. Zombies, there’s lots of creative ideas out there for your family. Check out our own costume ideas here.

And if it’s Halloween games you’re looking for, keep an eye out for the Steam Halloween Sale. In an effort to keep you covered on all things Halloween, we also put together a list of family-friendly but spooky games.

Another recent big release is Shadow of Mordor, a Lord of the Rings-inspired game available on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC. It’s pretty much the opposite of family-friendly–it’s rated M and it’s really gory–but it’s been widely praised for its entertaining, open-world gameplay. Expect Lord of the Rings fans to be asking after it this holiday season, but be sure to read our full review for all the gory details.

Finally, if you’re in Seattle, GeekGirlCon is this weekend! Pixelkin will be there, and on top of that there’s gaming, a do-it-yourself science zone for kids, and even interactive storytime sessions. Check out GeekGirlCon for the full schedule.

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Simone de Rochefort

Simone de Rochefort

Simone de Rochefort is a game journalist, writer, podcast host, and video producer who does a prolific amount of Stuff. You can find her on Twitter @doomquasar, and hear her weekly on tech podcast Rocket, as well as Pixelkin's Gaming With the Moms podcast. With Pixelkin she produces video content and devotes herself to Skylanders with terrifying abandon.