The Top 10 Family-Friendly Video Games from E3
LOS ANGELES –– At E3, where video game makers show off and hype their upcoming titles, it wasn’t all death, destruction, and dismemberment. Some of the biggest kid-centric titles — Activision’s Skylanders, Disney Infinity, Nintendo’s Super Mario Kart, and Civilization, among them — all introduced new installments.
But those megatitles weren’t the only family-friendly fare to be found on the show floor. Here are 10 games you might actually want your child to play — and maybe even play alongside them.
Some are available now, most will be out in time for the holidays, and a handful are slated to debut next spring. Keep your eyes peeled.
Sony PlayStation 4, PS3, PS Vita
In this mesmerizing game you control two characters simultaneously soaring through a series of shifting psychedelic landscapes. The souls belong to a bird and a fish who are in love but fated to be kept apart; using the right and left joysticks, you guide them through nine lifetimes, collecting bits of energy along the way. The more energy you collect, the closer the souls become. If you’ve played the game correctly, this $10 digital download ends with the souls joining together to form a beautiful dragon. Hypnotic, visually stunning, and with an amazing ambient soundtrack, Entwined is unlike any game you’ve ever seen.
Available: Now (for PS4), next month (PS3, Vita)
This is a first-person shooter with a lot of splatter but absolutely no gore. The reason? You’re firing globs of paint, not bullets. Working with a team of three other players on the Wii network, your goal is to cover every surface of your territory with your designated color, while an opposing team of four tries to mark the territory with its color. Need to move more quickly? Dive into a nearby pool of ink to transform your character into a squid, enabling it to swim underwater much faster than it can walk. Nintendo says a single-player version might be available at some point, but it’s making no promises.
Available: Next year
Little Big Planet 3
With its charming sock-monkey-style protagonist, creatively goofy environments, and customizable levels, the original Little Big Planet changed the platform-and-puzzle genre forever and for the better. The third installment in the popular series introduces three new characters, each with his (its?) own special skills. Oddsock can bound easily over walls, Swoop can fly, and Toggle can be either big and strong or small and speedy, depending on the situation. This cooperative multiplayer game requires all of their skills to overcome obstacles, defeat the evil Newton, and save the planet Bunkum.