Brawlout Articles RSS Feed | Brawlout RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network 10 Best PC Games for Kids in 2017 Fri, 24 Nov 2017 22:00:01 -0500 ESpalding


Yonder: The Cloud Chaser Chronicles


Everywhere I've been on the internet while looking for great kids games of 2017, I've repeatedly seen Yonder: The Cloud Chaser Chronicles mentioned, and if you are familiar with the game, then you will know why.


This beautiful adventure game focuses on exploration and crafting as its staple theme. There is no combat in the game, which makes it ideal for younger children and makes the game very relaxing and easy going. As you explore the island of Gemea, you befriend and train animals, gather fruit and resources, and then build your own farm to help generate food and resources for the inhabitants of the island.


Yonder is out on Steam now for PC and also available on the PS4.




Do your children play any of the games on this list? Maybe they play something else? If so, please let us know which games your children play so that we can check it out as well! 


Ben 10


Even though Ben 10 has just been released, it would be hard not to include it on a list of games for kids. From its humble beginnings as a kids cartoon, the Ben 10 franchise just keeps on growing! 


This latest addition is an action-adventure game, and once again you play as Ben as you try to save the world from some of the series' most famous villains, including Queen Bee, Zombozo, and the Weatherheads. As usual, there are 10 alien creatures to transform into, so kids are going to enjoy exploring new abilities and the looks of these new forms.


Ben 10 is currently available on Steam for PC and also available on PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.


Portal Knights


So far, this list has been missing an RPG, so here comes Portal Knights to fill that spot. This sandbox action-RPG is fantastic for teaching kids about teamwork and team dynamics.


In Portal Knights, you take on the role of a Warrior, Mage, or Ranger who must travel to different worlds to lots of different islands to combat the effects of the great Fracture. Each island is randomly generated and offers a variety of unique environments, creatures, and resources for crafting. The crafting and gathering side of things is a nod to Minecraft, while the look of some of the land and characters themselves are quite reminiscent of LEGO.


This game caters very well to two types of players -- the first being younger players who will enjoy mining and crafting items as well as the farming aspect of the game; the second being older kids, who may enjoy a more in-depth combat system.


Portal Knights is currently available on Steam for PC, but it is also available on PS4 and Xbox One.


A Hat in Time


Since its release in October, A Hat in Time has done incredibly well, gaining an overwhelmingly positive reception on Steam. Just from looking at the animation and storyline, you can see that this is a good game for kids! Plus, a game that has a kid as its main character is a nice way of getting kids interested in the game. If it weren't for a couple of cases of bad language, this game would have a universal rating.


The game follows the adventures of a space-traveling little girl who has a love of hats. As she explores new worlds in order to retrieve some missing items, she gets to craft new hats with different abilities to help her out such as a witch's hat that allows her to cook potions.


A Hat in Time is currently available on Steam for PC and Mac.


Sonic Forces


There have a number of Sonic releases this year, but for this list, we are recommending the most recent, Sonic Forces. The titular character has long been one of the characters associated with games, and kids love him! In this new game, you and Sonic have to save the world from Dr Eggman and a new villain called Infinite by bringing together an army to defeat them.


Sonic Forces brings back the much-loved platforms mechanics from previous games as well as adding some 3D action in for good measure. One of the big drawing points of the game is the fact that players get to create their own character to join Sonic on his missions.


The game is currently available on Steam for PC but is also available on PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.




This little gem of an indie fighting game is a fun way of bringing the genre to kids. While consoles have had a cartoon-type fighter for many years, there don't seem to be many out on PC, so Brawlout is a welcomed addition. 


The concept of a fighting game is pretty self-explanatory, but this game adds platforms to the mix, making the gameplay a bit more dynamic and fast-paced. Each character has its own unique playstyle such as a Nordic-looking Walrus-type character who uses ice attacks to freeze people in place or a  Porcupine character who uses electric shocks to stun.


Brawlout is currently available on Steam for PC.


Yooka Laylee


As the cover slide suggested, Yooka Laylee was going to appear on this list somewhere. It was one of the most anticipated games of the year -- how could it not be?! All the beautiful animation and quirky characters make this very much suitable for kids.


Of course, today's kids probably won't know about the game's predecessor, Banjo-Kazooie, so they will be going into it with no expectations or thinking that it has anything to live up to. Whether they just want to explore or go straight into collecting, this will keep kids occupied for ages. Younger players might have a little bit of trouble getting the hang of all the controls, but once they've mastered them, they will love playing this game!


Yooka Laylee is available on Steam for PC, Mac, and Linux and also available on PS4 and Xbox One.




What do you mean I can't include Cuphead on a list for kids? Alright, it isn't really suitable for younger kids, but I still think it is OK for older ones. I agree that it isn't an easy game. Having put in numerous hours and still not really gotten anywhere, I can attest to its difficulty, but as with anything, practice makes perfect and, yes, I think older kids can get to grips with it.


The animation in the game is amusing and very well done, and if kids watch retro cartoons on certain kid's TV channels, there is nothing really that they haven't seen before.


Cuphead is currently available on Steam for PC and also available on Xbox One.


LEGO Worlds


We couldn't have a list of great PC games for kids without having a building game on the list somewhere. Since the obvious one has been out for many years now, it couldn't be included, so we turn to the ultimate building franchise for this slide.


LEGO Worlds was released at the beginning of the year and brings everything you'd expect from a LEGO building game. The game features an open world with procedurally generated environments that you can fully manipulate. Kids can build whatever they can imagine by either moving things brick by brick or by using a prefabricated building and then customizing it. 


LEGO Worlds is currently available on Steam for PC as well as on PS4 and Xbox One.


Snake Pass


Released early in 2017 was beautiful physics-based puzzle-platformer Snake Pass from British developer Sumo Digital. In Snake Pass, you play as a snake called Noodle, and with the help of his hummingbird friend, Doodle, you need to move around various locations collecting gate gems to progress to the next level. That's it. The premise of the game is to collect items to move on.


There are no enemies, no fighting, no dialogue, and no other characters to interact with. This makes it an ideal game for kids because they just get to complete the puzzles and get instant gratification in doing so. Yes, the movements might be a bit taxing for younger players, but once they start thinking like a slithering snake, it makes it easier to move.


In addition to being available on PC via SteamSnake Pass is also available on PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.


2017 has been an amazing year for video games across all platforms, but with the likes of Destiny 2 and Assassins Creed: Origins being big hits with all the attention, it is sometimes hard to see which games released this year are suitable for children. 


Kids this year have been spoilt for choice, both from AAA developers as well as indies. Whether it is platformers or puzzlers, there have been some great titles released this year for younger gamers. 


Being a parent of young children, I know what kinds of games my kids and their friends like, so based on this, I have selected 10 PC games that I think your kids will love as well. These are games that will test and excite younger and older kids alike, so there is something for everyone!

Could Hyper Light Drifter be Coming to Nintendo Switch? Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:34:09 -0400 Kieran Desmond

Angry Mob Games recently announced that not only would their SuperSmash Bros-esque fighter, Brawlout, be coming to the Nintendo Switch later this year, but that the eponymous protagonist of Heart Machine's Hyper Light Drifter would be joining the game's (currently) seven character roster. This news has some gamers speculating that Hyper Light Drifter might also show up on Nintendo's new console. 

The game was originally planned to appear on both PlayStation Vita and Wii U, but due to difficulty in optimizing performance for those platforms, as well as health issues related to lead designer Alex Preston, both versions were of Hyper Light Drifter were canceled in September 2016.

However, a more recent comment made by Preston on his Twitter account leads HLD fans to believe the game may be coming to the Nintendo Switch at some point in the future. 

In response to a fan, Preston replied, "looking into it!", but didn't clarify if he or the development team was currently working on an HLD port.

So, until an official statement comes from the Heart Machine development team, check out the announcement trailer below and stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and information as it develops.

EGX 2016: Day 3 - It Just Got a Little Weird in Leftfield Thu, 29 Sep 2016 09:58:19 -0400 Pierre Fouquet

After seeing a lot of creativity on both Days 1 and 2 of EGX, I felt that I needed to venture into the field of the left -- known to everyone else as the Leftfield Collection. Here is where you find the creative, the strange, and the downright crazy!

If you thought that creativity was abound in the Rezzed areas, then the Leftfield Collection will change that. But before I ventured into to the creative underbelly of the indie dev scene, I checked out a few other games -- bigger, more well known games.

Gran Turismo (GT) Sport

I had some free time in the morning while Emma was off chatting the indies up (and before my time slot for next game). The line for GT Sport wasn't long, so I just had to give it a go. 

What I wanted to experience was a massive overhaul of GT into a more racing focused game, which is partly what I got. Only I could also brake halfway around a corner, and still hit the apex! (That could have just been that all the assists were on, but I couldn't turn them off.)

But overall, it just felt like GT has not moved on since the lackluster GT5 and 6. It's disappointing, but not unexpected. It might be time for me to completely hang up my hopes for the GT series, and just let them die. This makes me sad, I might even cry. *sobs*


I'm pretty sure you have heard of this one, but if you haven't, Yooka-Laylee is Banjo-Kazooie's spiritual successor -- it's a Rare style 3D platformer, developed by Playtonic Games. After being Kickstarted to the tune of all of the money ($2,000,000), Yooka-Laylee looks to really be delivering on its promise. While many think this is rare in the Kickstarter world, I think it just shows what can happen when a good tool is used correctly.

The terrible amazing puns are all the rage -- with a skeleton who isn't fully fleshed out, and a Trowzer snake, Yooka-Laylee doesn't only keep the humor of the classics, but also the gameplay and art style. It's a wonderfully colorful game, and is packed full of quirky characters and hilarious interactions.

There are also some interesting mechanics. You have a ranged attack, but to be able to use it, you first need to lick up some sort of fruit -- yes literally fling your tongue towards the fruit and eat it.

While Yooka-Laylee is full of the classic platforming, and all the other things, it doesn't stay beholden to the technical limitations of the time. Instead Yooka-Laylee uses new technology to make you think you are playing the same game as the classics, but with all the benefits of good control schemes, beautiful looking environments, and great sound design -- you are playing the games you remember, not how the games actually are.

Yooka-Laylee is due out in the first few months of 2017 for PC, Xbox One, PS4, and WiiU.


"Isn't this just Smash Bros.?" I hear you say. And yes, it is very much like Smash Bros., but with a few major changes. There is no blocking or magical powers, and it's developed by Angry Mob Games. This makes Brawlout something different, something far more simple, and far faster.

I've never been one for fighting games. I've never been very good at them and rarely had fun with them since Smash Bros. Melee or Tekken Tag Tournament, when I actually had time to learn them. But when playing Brawlout, only in the first match did I have no idea what I was doing. After that point I was actually winning. Even 1 on 1, the mode where I do the worst, I won!

All of the characters in Brawlout are anthropomorphized animals. They're colorful, a bit zany, and also felt rather well-balanced as I managed to win with 3 different characters.

Brawlout is due out on the PS4, Xbox One and PC in early 2017.

Trapper's Delight

Developed by Shrimpcave Industries, Trapper's Delight is a couch co-op game all about traps and screwing your friends over. The basic premise is that there are two phases: trap setting, surviving the run to the flag.

You use the left stick to move forward, back, left, or right, but holding the stick forward won't mean you keep moving -- you have to flick it to move multiple squares. This isn't at all unintuitive, and when you get used to it, you actually move far more effortlessly than you expect. And the way the characters hop about is rather endearing.

If you want to fight with your friends, then Trapper's Delight is the perfect game for you. I actually played it with some random people, and not once did we argue... instead they argued, as they were friends, and I sat there laughing as they fell into my traps. Trapper's Delight really is good fun, and if you have a friend (or 2 or 3) that you really get on well with, give it a shot -- if you secretly hate them and want them out your life.

Trapper's Delight is out on Steam Early Access right now, and aiming to be out fully in early 2017.


By sole developer Dziff, and with music by Glass BodySacramento is more a beautiful experience than game, but it is still very much a game. The idea is to simply wander around finding memories before they fade away, described as "moments I gathered on sketchbooks over the years". If we assume that "I" is the developer, then boy their sketches are good. 

Sacramento is a beautiful game in aesthetic, music, and sound design. Birds flutter, wind blows, music melodies, and everything soothes.

While I didn't actually know what I was doing, I had a very peaceful time wondering around the land in Sacramento. You start on a train, and are transported to a platform, and then just wander around.

You can buy Sacramento right now, and it will work on Windows, Mac, and Linux.


Foramina is an ink drawn adventure game in a surreal world. While the demo was very short, it did indeed feel very point-and-click. Your objective isn't given to you -- you simply start by dragging a stool and standing on it. Events then unfold, and you work out a way to climb up and out of the area you are in.

Foramina felt very Tim Burton-esque, with its weird unnatural 'horror' design to everything. While the art by Mr. Mead is absolutely beautiful, it is also can be grotesque and haunting at the same time.

Foramina doesn't have a release date, but expect a demo to release before the end of 2017.


PikuNiku is an adorable game with 'the indie story' behind it. Two guys started chatting, they got on, had similar ideas, and as they were both game developers they wanted to make a game with each other. But there is a twist...the developers have never met in person (which will change at the Paris Games Week). And while they are both French, one works in London and the other in Paris.

PikuNiku is one of those games you can't help but laugh at -- not because the game is bad, but by design. PikuNiku is a weird game, where you play as an oval which has physics-controlled legs. You can kick, run, jump, do that thing turtles do and pull your legs into yourself, and even talk to other characters.

The colors are flat, but there are lot of them, and they look a bit like well done MS Paint creations. While characters don't make any sound while talking, walking, jumping, and all other interactions do have little sounds and they are all adorable and funny. The weird physics of PikuNiku, which makes your character look drunk most of the time, adds to the hilarity.

Developed by Rémi Forcadell and Arnaud De BockPikuNiku is going to be a game you can buy at some point, and it was one of the few games almost everyone walked away from smiling...which is awesome!

The Collage Atlas

By developer John Evelyn, The Collage Atlas is an exploration game set in a beautifully hand drawn world. It is mostly monochrome, with splashes of color here and there, and the screen looks like a fancy piece of card. The art direction in The Collage Atlas is strong -- so much so that some sketches that John Evelyn made were stuck to the wall near the games' booth. They look beautiful both in and out of the game.

The music in this game is of the most peaceful things I experienced at EGX, and I got lost in it. When I came out of the game I was speechless. I told the developer that I needed to form my thoughts on the game, and so I shall do just that.

The Collage Atlas is the definition of games as art -- it's both a game, and a work of art. You need to find your way through the world, and also solve word puzzles. This is done by simply looking in the right directions to make the letters line up and form words. You then get a beautifully moving story which I can only interpret as being about loss. Loss of who, or what, or when, or how, I could not tell you. But a sense of melancholy filled me as I progressed.

There were moments of hope, and as the demo ended I felt triumph. I was challenged to find things, and my emotions were also challenged to feel things. That is what a game is, and that is what art is.

The The Collage Atlas doesn't have any solid release time frame, but it most certainly will stay with me. Thank you Sega for bringing it into the Leftfield Collection, and John Evelyn for bringing the game to EGX.

That's everything from EGX 2016 on Day 3, but make sure you check out all the other EGX 2016 coverage from both me, and Emma Spalding.

EGX 2016: Day 3 - Do Something You Have Never Done Before Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:15:08 -0400 ESpalding

Today was a day of firsts. Whether it was the first experience of something or being part of the first to try something new (as with many of the indie games there this weekend), it was a day that I will remember for... well... forever, possibly.

My Mom is a Witch

This game was my first demo of the day, and it was a really enjoyable game. Hailing from Novi Sad in Serbia, developers Bigosaur presented the visitors at EGX with an action adventure multiplayer game based in a medieval setting but done using very cartoony graphics. My Mom is a Witch has a lot of roguelike elements in it as well as drawing inspiration from titles such as Castle Crushers.

The game is not ready to release just yet but, from what the developer told me, the end product will give players the chance to choose from 7 different classes to play, about 20 different bosses, hundreds of items and weapons to pick up, and will play along six distinctly different themed levels. The game uses procedural generation, so no game will ever have the same appearance.

I really enjoyed playing the game and the multiplayer demo with the developer. I do see some great things for this game. It isn't overly straightforward though -- it's easy to learn, but difficult to truly get the hang of.


Oh yeah! I did it! I played Yooka-Laylee, and it was marvelous! This is a game that I, like so many others, have been waiting for for such a long time. Ever since the last installment Banjo-Kazooie, fans have wanted another game in the same style. So when a bunch of key personnel from Rare decided to form their own studio, Playtonic Games, and create a new game, there was immediately a lot of excitement among followers.

The game uses a lot of imagery and ideas from previous games, but sees a new character duo attempting to stop two new nasty enemies -- Capital B and Dr. Quack -- from consuming the world's literature to turn into profit. Players control a chameleon called Yooka and his female bat friend, Laylee, as they have to go through a series of puzzles, and they must collect many different items from around their 3D platform world as the game goes on.

As of yet, there are no details on a release date but what we do know is that it is going to be available on PC, Mac, Linux, Xbox One, PS4, and Wii U, and the estimated date for release will be sometime in Spring 2017.

Dawn of War III

Yeah, I was so pleased I got to play Dawn of War III. I am a massive Warhammer 40k fan and have played Dawn of War since day one so a new installment of the series always fills me with glee. Relic Entertainment, the developers, have done it again!

The main premise for DoW III is a three-way conflict between the Space Marines, the Orks and the Eldar, who have all made their way to a planet called Acheron when a mysterious "mega" weapon has been discovered. The Space Marines are led by the Chapter Master of the Blood Ravens, Gabriel Angelos, who has been part of the DoW series since the first game so has the leader of the Ork army, the Warlord Gorgutz (or rather his full name Gorgutz 'Ead 'Unter). The Eldar are led by the Farseer Macha from the Biel-Tan craftworld, who has, so far, only appeared in the first DoW game.

There isn't much to say about the gameplay in DoW III if you already know about the previous games. They are your normal real-time strategy game in which you control and build an army to aid you in completing the missions. There is currently no definite 2017 date for the release of Dawn of War III, but we will let you know as soon as we know.


This stand was always occupied whenever I walked past it. This animal themed fighter is bright, colorful, and very reminiscent of the Smash Bros games -- so no wonder it was drawing in the crowds! It is being developed by Angry Mob Games who have predominately been responsible for developing mobile games, such as Alien vs. Predator: Evolution and Predators, but are now heading out into the land of consoles with Brawlout.

The game can be played by 2 - 8 people, either online or locally, and sees players taking the role of a representative from a particular race. As of writing this, there have been five characters announced -- Chief Feathers (Native American), Sephi'ra (Egyptian), Olaf Tyson (Scandinavian) Gancho Puncho (Mexican), and King Apu (Hindu).

"We're all fighting game fans, so we've built our dream platform fighter. We've heard what players miss from classic fighters and what they love about new ones, and Brawlout is designed to give people the best of both worlds, whether that's ruining friendships around the TV or going online to anger strangers in tournaments."

--Bogdan Iliesiu, CEO of Angry Mob Games

Brawlout is due for release sometime in Q1 of 2017.


Shu is your typical platform adventure. The graphics of the game have been lovingly hand-drawn, and the gameplay is just as lovely. You play a character called Shu who is trying to escape a world which is being torn apart by a monstrous storm. He is helped along the way by some friends -- and the beauty of it is that you control all of the friends running away with Shu at the same time.

Shu himself has a cloak which can catch on the wind and propel you forward. He has a friend who can smash rocks, and another friend who controls the blossoming of flowers. The characters are holding hands as they run, which kind of makes one whole character as you utilize their gifts whenever you need them.

It is being developed by Sunderland-based studio Coatsink and is scheduled to release on October 4th. It will be available on PS4 and PC (via Steam) and is due also to be available on PS Vita in Q4 2016.


When I said at the beginning of this piece that it would contain some firsts well... Windlands was my first ever try at a VR game. I loved it! I have to give some serious kudos to the boss of Psytec Games. He took a great deal of time talking to me about VR, what to expect, and the ways the game can be altered to make the experience kinder on my body. He even stopped a few people, with me stood next to him, to ask questions about their experience just to put me at ease. This helped me immensely, and as a result, I will always remember the first time I tried VR and which game it was.

So, Windlands is a first person grappling hook VR exploration game. You must use your hooks to hold onto things to make you swing through the world, á la Tarzan. There is zero combat involved, and you can either play at a leisurely pace, just swinging around and exploring the world or you can indulge your competitive side and start doing speed runs and time trials.

The game is available now on Steam for PC and Mac OS.

Snake Pass

When I hear about a game that allows you to play a snake, you can bet your bottom dollar that I will be there. I love snakes! Snake Pass definitely did not let me down. This game, developed and published by Sumo Digital, is visually stunning, and great detail has been taken to develop a control system, which really makes you think like a snake. It was the brainchild of a guy called Seb Liese, who originally joined the team to work on Little Big Planet but ended up developing this little gem.

You play a snake called Noodle, and it is your job to collect the gems around your world by completely physical puzzles which require you to use all your snakey movements to overcome them. As you slither, coil, and squeeze your way to victory, you are helped along by a friendly hummingbird who will aid you in your time of need by picking up your tail to stop it from weighing you down over obstacles.

There is currently no information about a possible release date or which platforms it will be playable on.

So, that's it for what I got done on day three at EGX. Just one more day to report on!