Finding the ideal game is not easy, and even less so when you’re looking to make the whole family happy. Differences in age and taste can make each purchase a real leap of faith. We offer you some titles that can charm both the little ones in the house and those who already have their hair grey.
Inspired by classics such as Marble Madness, this game of skill transforms the most emblematic animals of the savannah into marbles that we must guide to the hole that serves as a goal in the 40 levels of the game. The fun is that you don’t move the marble itself, but the entire stage, through the accelerometers of the Nintendo Switch. Physics, and our skill, will do the rest.
Although the first few levels of Marblelous Animals are fairly straightforward, and work almost like a tutorial, it won’t be long before we see the game’s fangs, with some really fiendish scenarios including moving platforms, switches, trampolines and traps.
Each level can be overcome by taking just one marble to the goal (and we say one, because there are levels that allow us to control several), but only by overcoming the three challenges marked in each level we will manage to accumulate enough stars to access the second half of the game. Some challenges will ask us to complete the level under a strict time limit, others require us to collect all the coins of a scenario before falling in the goal…
In addition, in some levels you will find red diamonds that will help you to unlock new characters and discover in their respective cards the way of life of each of the animals that star in Marblelous Animals. An easy to learn but not easy to master arcade, ideal for young and old alike.
Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair
PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch
Classic platforms from real masters in the genre. Playtonic Games is a studio founded by Rare veterans who one day decided to recover the essence of some of the classics in which they had left their mark. If the first Yooka-Laylee was a tribute to Banjo-Kazooie, The Impossible Lair, with its 2.5D style, draws seamlessly on the no less mythical Donkey Kong Country to create a gameplay experience as fun as it is nostalgic.
The Impossible Lair referred to in the title is the last level of the game, which curiously enough we can access from the beginning, even if it’s practically suicide if we don’t first have the protection of Queen Phoebee’s army of 48 bees. But to recruit them first we’ll have to get through a number of levels, which will also vary completely if we first manage to unlock a switch from the World Map, the 3D world that serves as a connection between the portals that lead to each phase of the game.
With mechanics that are as fun as they are challenging and a dazzling aesthetic, the work of Kevin Bayliss (responsible for modernising Nintendo’s iconic gorilla in Donkey Kong Country) and Ed Bryan (character designer for Banjo-Kazooie), Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is a real treat for those who grew up with the platform arcades of the 1990s and a real challenge for the next generation.
Overcooked! y Overcooked! 2
PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch
The two bestsellers from Team 17 and Ghost Town Games come together to form a tasty physical combo that guarantees hours of laughs and multiplayer fun for the whole family. If you think cooking is already a challenge, wait until you do it in the most delirious kitchens you’ve ever seen, coordinating perfectly with your colleagues to get your customers’ orders out.
Whether playing as a team or competing against other players, in Overcooked! and Overcooked! 2 you can play as more than 20 chefs across 75 frantic levels, where teamwork is as important as expertise in the kitchen.
PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One
This amazing mix of pinball and Metroidvania will leave you speechless. Playing as Yoku, a newly-hired dung beetle from Mokumana Island’s postal service, you’ll have to overcome all sorts of missions as you unlock skills and new areas of a huge mapping game full of secrets.
Yooku’s Island is one of the biggest surprises in recent years, captivating both critics and audiences with its stunning aesthetics and wonderfully absorbing mechanics.
Ginger: Beyond the Crystal
Drakhar Studio sign this charming 3D platform adventure in which we will have to face 15 action-packed levels, spread over three worlds. Throughout his odyssey, our blue hero will acquire new skills with which to solve new puzzles in his quest to rebuild a world in ruins… literally.
In Ginger: Beyond the Crystal you can use elements like wood and stone to rebuild cities from scratch, returning them to their former glory. You decide the structure and function of each building; farms, tailors, tea houses… An ideal choice for those who want to look for more than just a platform arcade.