Courtney Holmes

Courtney Holmes

Courtney is Pixelkin's Associate Managing Editor. While working with the Girl Scouts of Northern California, she mentored young girls in teamwork, leadership, personal responsibility, and safety. Today, she spends her time studying adolescent development and using literary analysis techniques to examine video games.

Miitomo Stars

Miitomo: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Posted by | Feature, Mobile, Tips for Parents | No Comments

When I try to sum up Miitomo, Nintendo’s first-ever mobile app, the best way I can think to do it is The Sims meets OkCupid (for kids). You’re picking cute outfits and accessories for a digital version of yourself or someone else depending on your preference (as in The Sims) and answering all kinds of random personality questions to help other folks get to know you (just like dating site OkCupid).

In typical Nintendo form, some design features are bizarrely clunky, others are intuitive and clever. Let’s break it down. Read More


Unravel Review: Beautifully Vague

Posted by | PC, PlayStation 4, Reviews, Xbox One | No Comments

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
We played on: PlayStation 4

Unravel, by Coldwood Interactive, is an adorable puzzle-platformer starring Yarny, a small creature made of red yarn. Yarny must traverse the wilds of northern Scandinavia to collect small mementos. Along the way, Yarny encounters perils like angry crows, harsh weather, and dangerous machinery. Read More