It's (very) cold, gray (unfortunately) and January stretches like a long Sunday. No, it's not the time to get depressed, these sunny and colorful video games allow you to get out of the ambient grayness in order to get a cathodic tan!
Families will head to some classics, which are always fun and haven't aged a bit. In 'Super Mario Odyssey', the player, together with the charming ghost Cappy, enjoys additional powers to collect moons or, if you prefer, it is also possible to take your time and explore this open world, without any imperative. Plumber fans can also head to “Bowser’s Fury,” included with the fun “Super Mario 3D World.”
Always essential, Sonic, Sega's little blue ball, is the hero of “Sonic Forces” in which it is also possible to create your character. Released in 2017, the title also offers the possibility of playing with the traditional Sonic, that of the debut on the Genesis, or the modern Sonic in 3D … without forgetting the games developed for telephones. And let's remind players that the holidays of 2022 will see the release of a new iteration of the adventures of the funny little hedgehog.
Break away from the usual
You are a child and live after the Calamity, a disaster that destroyed the city of Caelondia and parts of the world around it…which explains why you lived in floating fragments of this universe. A role-playing and action game, “Bastion” stands out first of all for its bright colors, then for its music and finally for the simplicity of the “gameplay”. It's beautiful, original and exotic.
The survivors (!) of the 1980s will find themselves in “Splatoon 2”, a shooting game for Nintendo. Because neon is in the spotlight, from the clothes or accessories of the characters that you can embody to the kind of “slime” that comes out of weapons as fantastic as they are improbable. It's raw, uncomplicated fun that lets off steam in a fun way.
Do you miss the beach, the laughter, the crowds and the fun? Here is “Planet Coaster” in which you manage with (or without) brilliance an amusement park. Rides, concessions, parades and fireworks are in the spotlight in this world without curfew… for which there are many expansions, including one for Halloween, a “vintage” or another dedicated to universal exhibitions.
Put on your sunglasses, “Braid” is guaranteed to dazzle you. Because the colors are hallucinating, bright and look like animated paintings. The title – which has been reissued compatible with today's graphic advances – is one of adventures in which the hero (you) must save the princess (as usual).
And finally, for “casual” gamers looking for a distraction from their phone for a few minutes, “Aquavias – Water Flow Puzzle” offers to make water flow by connecting pieces of aqueducts in environments full of sun and colors.
A great evening with friends
What to do on Saturday night? Save the Titanic of course. This is what “Save the Titanic” offers. An online adventure and mystery to be solved in a completely virtual way, this game brings together players aged 10 and over – your children can therefore join you – and lasts an average of two hours. It costs $19 for a party, which can be joined by a recommended maximum of six people. The level of difficulty is enough to tickle your brain and you will need a computer or a tablet – you can connect via Skype or Zoom with your friends – and phones, the application is free. Good treasure hunt!
The link book
“Super Mario Odyssey” for Nintendo Switch
“Super Mario 3D World” for Nintendo
“Sonic Forces” for Windows Nintendo Switch, PS4 and Xbox One
“Sonic Forces Running Battle” for Android
“Sonic Forces Racing Battle” for iOS
“Bastion” for Windows, macOS, Xbox, Nintendo and PlayStation
“Splatoon 2” for Nintendo
“Braid” for Windows, macOS, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch and Xbox
“Aquavias” for Android
“Save The Titanic” for Windows, macOS, Android and iOS