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Pixelkin 2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Mobile

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Great for All Ages

NOTE: Some of these games are free to download and play, but buying items can help with gameplay. Because of this, a gift card for the app store is a great present.

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Armello
Armello is a complex, but really good digital board game. I found it satisfying to simply play against AI characters, but multiplayer was fun too. There’s no chat, so you don’t have deal with any objectionable behavior from other players. The developers recently released an expansion pack that adds more characters that you can play as. I really liked this game and very much recommend it for someone whose looking for a strategic board game experience, but can’t get the friends together to have one. Though you could all play Armello together from any location.

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Burly Men at Sea
It’s the perfect type of game to simply relax with. The dialogue and the sense of humor were great. The burly men, themselves are pretty entertaining, but some of the other characters were even more so. My favorite was the grim reaper. Burly Men at Sea is funny, fun and short. Typically short games aren’t well-liked, but the length is perfect for what it is. It’s easy to pick up, play through making different choices and put down again. The art style fits perfectly with the whimsical charm of the game, and the whole package makes for a really great gaming experience.

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Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
This game has been out for awhile, but it’s got a thriving community that continues to grow.

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Pokémon GO
If you haven’t heard of this one, then you’ve really been out of touch. This game brings Pokemon into the real world and is a huge sensation.

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RYB
The bright colors, clean lines and uncomplicated rules make RYB not only a fun, relaxing challenge for adults, but also a great tool to introduce children to logic.

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Skylanders Battlecast
I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed Skylanders Battlecast. It shamelessly rips most of its gameplay from Hearthstone – but that’s a great game to rip from. There’s just enough added gameplay, like the Skylander swapping and random energy, to create a satisfyingly replayable experience.

Great for Older Gamers

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1979 Revolution: Black Friday
1979 Revolution: Black Friday is a game that gives you an enjoyable story with plenty of twists and lots of great characters. But perhaps the best aspect of the game is the potential it holds for using a game to teach real history to its players. I’m hoping iNK Stories can take me somewhere else in the future.

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Batman: The Telltale Series
This is a classic episodic story done in Telltale’s tried and true method. Not all of the episodes have been released yet, but the one’s that have are great.

BATMAN: The Telltale Series – Episode 3: New World Order Review

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Available On: Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
We Played On: PC

After the build-up of the first two episodes of BATMAN: The Telltale Series, it’s safe to say I was expecting some major plot developments and pivotal decision-making in the course of my playthrough of New World Order. While there were certainly important events, I found myself a bit disappointed with the decisions I was presented with, as well as frustrated by the outcomes that followed. Though I enjoyed this episode, I had a few negative feelings about it mixed in with all the positive ones.

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BATMAN: The Telltale Series – Episode 2: Children of Arkham Review

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Available On: Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Mobile
We Played On: PC

After the release of the first episode of BATMAN: The Telltale Series in August, I’ve been waiting impatiently for the second episode to come out. I’ve felt a mix of excitement and apprehension while waiting to see what the second episode, Children of Arkham, had in store. I can say with confidence that any fears I had about this episode living up to the first have been put to rest. Read More

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BATMAN: The Telltale Series – Episode 1: Realm of Shadows Review

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Available On: Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
We Played On: PC

I’m always excited about new Batman content, particularly the interactive kind, so I had both high hopes and deep fears about BATMAN: The Telltale Series. I want to see new and interesting content, but I also always want the Batman universe and the characters in it to be treated with respect and care. So far, BATMAN: The Telltale Series has lived up to my very high expectations in its first episode, Realm of Shadows. Read More