What’s New in Video Games: April 2018

Friday, March 30th, 2018 10:30 am

Nintendo Labo lets kids have fun both inside and outside of the Switch game.

April is just around the corner, bringing with it plenty of new games, including the Nintendo Labo Variety and Robot Kits, as well as a few anticipated M-rated games for parents to play after the kids shuffle off to sleep.

Nintendo Labo Variety Kit and Robot Kit
Rated E
Appropriate For: Kids who can follow step-by-step instructions

Nintendo’s ambitious new project lets kids create Toy-Cons (or toy controllers) using the real-world cardboard sheets included in each kit, and then use those Toy-Cons to play special games on the Nintendo Switch. The Variety Kit includes six different Toy-Cons (two RC cars, a fishing pole, a working piano, a house and motorcycle handlebars), while the Robot Kit includes one giant robot that kids can wear like a backpack. For more info, check out our Nintendo Labo guide.

Great If Your Kids Love: Building kits, robots

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Yakuza 6: The Song of Life
Rated M
Inappropriate for young teens and children

The next chapter in Sega’s popular Yakuza franchise has a storyline focused on protecting family, but with content warnings for blood, intense violence, partial nudity and more, this open-world action-adventure game is definitely not family-friendly.

Try These Games Instead: Batman: Return to Arkham, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

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God of War
Rated M
Inappropriate for young teens and children

God of War is one of the most anticipated games of the year, allowing players to join Kratos and his son on a quest in a dangerous, violent world based on Norse mythology. The game has warnings for blood and gore, intense violence and strong language, so it’s not appropriate for young players.

Try These Games Instead: Horizon: Zero Dawn, Okami HD

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Don’t Starve Mega Pack
Rated T
Appropriate For: Older kids (13+) who understand complex menus

First released in 2013, Don’t Starve is a challenging yet satisfying survival game, and it’s a great tool to help older kids learn resource management and strategic thinking. If you or your kids have yet to try Don’t Starve, the Mega Pack is the best place to start. This retail release contains the base game, all of its downloadable content, Don’t Starve Together (a new take on the game with cooperative play) and a custom controller skin, or sticker, to place on your PlayStation 4 or Xbox One controller.

Great If Your Kids Love: Minecraft, Crashlands

Full List

Notable kid and teen-friendly titles are in bold.

Sunday April 1, 2018

Spartan, Switch

Tuesday April 3, 2018

Penny-Punching Princess, Switch

Tera, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

The Adventure Pals, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC

Minit, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Crisis on the Planet of the Apes VR, PlayStation VR, PC

Wednesday April 4, 2018

Metropolis: Lux Obscura, Xbox One, Switch

Dangun Feveron, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Thursday April 5, 2018

Animated Jigsaws: Beautiful Japanese Scenery, Switch

Sling Ming, Switch

Super Rocket Shootout, Switch

Urban Trial Playground, Switch

Friday April 6, 2018

Dead Ahead: Zombie Warfare, Xbox One

Thursday April 9, 2018

The Bunker, Switch

Tuesday April 10, 2018

Extinction, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Super Daryl Deluxe, PlayStation 4, Switch, PC

Masters of Anima, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC

Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality, PlayStation VR

Call of Duty: WW2 The War Machine [DLC], PlayStation 4

Wednesday April 11, 2018

Bombslinger, Xbox One, Switch, PC

Deep Ones, Xbox One

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, Xbox One

Thursday April 12, 2018

Streets of Red: Devil’s Dare Deluxe, PlayStation 4, Switch

Rogue Aces, PlayStation 4, Vita, Switch

Tuesday April 17, 2018

Yakuza 6: The Song of Life, PlayStation 4

It’s Spring Again, Switch

Don’t Starve Mega Pack, PlayStation 4 (retail), Xbox One (retail)

Friday April 20, 2018

God of War, PlayStation 4

Nintendo Labo Variety Kit, Switch

Nintendo Labo Robot Kit, Switch

Tuesday April 24, 2018

Adventure Time: Pirates of the Enchiridion, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC

South Park: The Fractured But Whole, Switch

Gal*Gun 2, PlayStation 4, Switch

Runestone Keeper, Xbox One

The Sword of Ditto, PlayStation 4, PC

Runbow, PlayStation 4, Switch

Darkest Dungeon: Ancestral Edition, PlayStation 4, Switch

Emily Wants to Play Too, PlayStation 4

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Sinner: Sacrifice for Redemption, PlayStation, Xbox One, PC

Friday April 27, 2018

DragoDino, Switch

Saturday April 28, 2018

Deep Ones, Switch

Brandy Berthelson

Brandy Berthelson has been writing about video games and technology since 2006, with her work appearing on sites including AOL Games, Digital Spy, and Adweek. When she’s not gaming, Brandy enjoys crafting, baking, and traveling with her husband.

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