3. Cuphead by StudioMDHR
Categories: Retro-action, whimsical art style
Cuphead is one of the most beautiful video games kid of 12+ to play and also one of the absolutely hardest games to complete. The indie-darling game revives the animation style of classical Disney and Fleischer Studios with hand-drawing. Many early NES classic games like Contra or Gunstar Heroes that makes players feel like a living, controllable cartoon.
In terms of storylines, it’s about a titular character a designed living cup with arms and legs who lives with his brother Mugman on the fantastical land of Inkwell Isles, then one day, the brothers entered “The Devil’s Casino” and stuck on a winning streak playing craps. But they didn’t follow the Elder Kettle’s advice and risk their very souls on a dice roll and lose. Luckily, they’re given one last chance which is journey to Inkwell Isle and gather the “soul contracts” of the various animated denizens of the place and bring them back so that they might be spared. Then, they caught up into a gorgeous series of incredibly long battles with giant, 1930s-style cartoon menaces. It’s a combination of the difficult old days of retro-gaming with the art and animation style that doesn’t see much play in the era of computer-generated imagery (CGI).
Younger kids may throw their controllers in rage of frustration after constant death at the hands of a giant boss at the same time, find that special kind of dedication impossible to resist.
The gameplay is hard, yet simple with platform controls of jumping, shooting, and dodging which kids can master easily to unlock progress with the most impressive animation one may see in gaming.
Categories: Reading/puzzle, critical thinking
Goosebumps book series are many kids’ first time opening to the world of horror fiction; scary, with tales of werewolves, vampires, mummies, and haunted ventriloquist dummies. With starring Jack Black, Goosebumps: The Game was released and gacd young gamers of 9+ a story-driven puzzle-adventure where they really do have to have read the books to get the most out of the game.