Available on: iOS, Android, and Steam for PC, Mac, and Linux We played on: iPad Gathering Sky is a lovely game about leading a flock of birds through the sky….
If you didn’t grow up in the early ’80s you really and truly have no idea how popular Pac-Man was. The little yellow dude (along with his lady and kid) were just about everywhere…and rightly so. Their games were a blast to play, and they defined the “easy to learn but difficult to master” axiom. Pac-Man was one of the first games that had a true universal appeal. Moms, dads, kids, grandparents and even pets all seemed to have a blistering case of “Pac-Man Fever.” Read More
Platforms: Xbox One, PC, Mac & Linux
We played on: PC
Beyond Eyes is a game about a 10-year-old girl named Rae who’s spent the last year cloistered in her garden. She lost her sight a year ago, and it’s left her feeling very alone. Luckily a fat ginger cat, who Rae names “Nani,” befriends her. One day Nani stops visiting, though. And Rae leaves the garden to find her. Read More
Available on PlayStation 4
The first thing that has to be said about Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is that it’s absolutely gorgeous. The setting, the graphics, the music, the atmosphere—all of it is completely beautiful. You don’t do much in this game. It’s mostly just walking around (or jogging at a realistically sluggish pace) and occasionally opening doors or listening to radios. But it doesn’t matter, because it’s lovely just to be there. Maybe all you’re doing in Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is just immersing yourself in your surroundings. You’re doing the same thing you might be doing if you really were alone in a rural town in Britain in the summer as evening falls. Gaining perspective, relaxing, looking inward (and hopefully working out some knots).
Platforms: iPad, Android tablet (coming soon to Mac, PC, and Kindle Fire)
We Played On: iPad
Zoombinis is a family-friendly game that has you guiding a fleet of adorable blue creatures through tricky environmental puzzles. The game is a rerelease of the 90s classic The Logical Journey of the Zoombinis, which was (full disclosure) one of my favorite games of all time. I’m thrilled to report that the rerelease is wonderful. It fully captures the character of the original while providing many of the handy updates we expect from modern games. And if you’re an instructor, check out this educational pamphlet written by two of the game’s developers. Read More