What’s New in Video Games: August 2018

Friday, July 27th, 2018 12:11 pm

Overcooked 2 brings cooperative cooking fun to wacky new environments.

Summer is almost over and kids are about to head back to school, but that doesn’t mean the family fun has to stop. August will see the release of plenty of new video games for kids and families, from cooking game Overcooked 2 to football game Madden NFL 19.

Overcooked 2
Rated E
Appropriate For: Kids who are comfortable working as a team and can handle fast-paced gameplay

Overcooked 2 is the sequel to the original Overcooked from 2016. The cooperative cooking game will challenge players young and old to work together to prepare dishes in wacky environments, like a mine, an alien planet, and a magic school. Overcooked 2 will feature more characters and recipes than the first game, and up to four players will be able to cook together either in the same room or through online play.

Great If Your Kids Love: Overcooked, Mario Party 10

Little Dragons Cafe
Rated E10+
Appropriate For: Older kids who are comfortable with console controllers

This life simulation game will let players join a brother and sister on their quest to raise a young dragon in order to save their mother, who has fallen into a deep sleep. Players will need to manage the family’s cafe and take care of their customers’ desires, explore the world to find the perfect ingredients for their dishes, and make sure they take care of their dragon along the way.

Great If Your Kids Love: Harvest Moon: Light of Hope, Story of Seasons

WarioWare Gold
Rated E10+
Appropriate For: Older kids with fast reflexes

WarioWare Gold will let players complete over 300 microgames presented by Wario, Mario’s arch-rival from the Mario games. Some of these games are new, while others are “remade classics” from other games in the WarioWare series. The games are split into four different play styles, which take advantage of the 3DS’ many features. Some will ask players to tilt their device or use the 3DS microphone to play, while others will ask players to interact with the touch screen or use the directional pad and buttons. The WarioWare games are full of fast-paced action, so if you’re looking for a slow, relaxing game, this isn’t it.

Great If Your Kids Love: Other WarioWare games, Mario Party 10, mini-game compilations

Madden NFL 19
Rated E
Appropriate For: Teens who understand the rules of football

Madden NFL 19 is the latest game in the long-running Madden NFL video game franchise. The game will let players build and customize their dream NFL team and compete in both single-player and online modes. While Madden NFL 19 is rated E for Everyone, the game will feature some complex mechanics that younger kids may struggle with.

Great If Your Kids Love: Other Madden games, football

Full List

Notable kid- and teen-friendly titles are in bold.

Wednesday August 1, 2018

State of Anarchy: Master of Mayhem, Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

One More Dungeon, Xbox One

Thursday August 2, 2018

Flat Heroes, Switch, PC

Guns, Gore & Cannoli 2, Switch

Iconoclasts, Switch

Crush Your Enemies, Switch

Cycle 28, Switch

Eekeemoo: Splinters of the Dark Shard, Switch

1979 Revolution: Black Friday, Switch

Johnny Turbo’s Arcade: Shoot Out, Switch

Not a Hero: Super Snazzy Edition, Switch

Road to Ballhalla, Switch

Kensho, Switch

Salt and Sanctuary, Switch

Picross S2, Switch

Armored Warfare, Xbox One

Friday August 3, 2018

The Inner World, Switch

The Inner World – The Last Wind Monk, Switch

Super Dungeon Tactics, Switch, Xbox One

1979 Revolution: Black Friday, Xbox One

Jump Gunners, Xbox One

Ghostbusters VR: Now Hiring, PC [VR]

Ghostbusters VR: Showdown, PC [VR]

WarioWare Gold, 3DS

Monday August 6, 2018

Loot Monkey: Bling Palace, Switch, PC

Tuesday August 7, 2018

Dead Cells, Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Overcooked! 2, Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Slam Land, Switch, PlayStation 4, PC

Minecraft: Story Mode – Season Two, Switch

Flipping Death, Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Hyper Universe, Xbox One

Thursday August 9, 2018

Okami HD, Switch

Unexplored: Unlocked Edition, Switch

Megaton Rainfall, Switch

Minit, Switch

Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom – Adventure Pack [DLC], PlayStation 4, PC

Monster Hunter: World, PC

Total War: Rome II – Rise of the Republic [DLC], PC

Friday August 10, 2018

Tiny Hands Adventure, Switch, PC

We Happy Few, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Madden NFL 19, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Tuesday August 14, 2018

Cosmic Star Heroine, Switch

Death’s Gambit, PlayStation 4, PC

The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series – The Final Season, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Phantom Doctrine, PlayStation 4, PC

World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth [DLC], PC

Wednesday August 15, 2018

State of Mind, Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Hero Defense, Xbox One

Thursday August 16, 2018

Johnny Turbo’s Arcade: Nitro Ball, Switch

CastleStorm, Switch

Red’s Kingdom, Switch

Robbotto, Switch, PC

Hero Defense, PlayStation 4, PC

Friday August 17, 2018

Treadnauts, Switch PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Polygod, Switch, Xbox One

Monday August 20, 2018

Bad North, Switch

Morphies Law, Switch

Spectrum, Switch

Tuesday August 21, 2018

All-Star Fruit Racing, Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Brawlout, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Guacamelee! 2, PlayStation 4, PC

Slime Rancher, PlayStation 4

Shenmue I & II, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Candleman: The Complete Journey, PlayStation 4

Pizza Titan Ultra, PlayStation 4

Tyler: Model 005, Xbox One, PC

Spectrum, PlayStation 4

Thursday August 23, 2018

Hollow Knight: Gods & Glory [DLC], Switch, PC

Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor – Martyr, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Friday August 24, 2018

Little Dragons Cafe, Switch, PlayStation 4

F1 2018, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Planet of the Apes: Last Frontier, Xbox One

Distrust, Xbox One

Spectrum, Xbox One

Haunted: Halloween ’86 (The Curse of Possom Hollow), Xbox One

Don’t Sink, Xbox One

Phantom Doctrine, Xbox One

Tuesday August 28, 2018

Blade Strangers, Switch, PlayStation 4, PC

Victor Vran: Overkill Edition, Switch

Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate, Switch

de Blob 2, Switch

Fire Pro Wrestling World, PlayStation 4

Strange Brigade, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Yakuza Kiwami 2, PlayStation 4

Pro Evolution Soccer 2019, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Donut County, PlayStation 4, PC

Bad North, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Splash Blast Panic, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Shikhondo: Soul Eater, Xbox One

The Lord of the Rings Living Card Game [Early Access], PC

Wednesday August 29, 2018

3on3 FreeStyle, Xbox One

DayZ [Xbox Game Preview], Xbox One

Twin Robots: Ultimate Edition, Xbox One

Green Hell [Early Access], PC

Thursday August 30, 2018

Shikhondo: Soul Eater, Switch

Mini Metro, Switch

Two Point Hospital, PC

Friday August 31, 2018

The VideoKid, Switch, Xbox One

Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Divinity: Original Sin II – Definitive Edition, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

NBA 2K19: The Prelude, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Shadows: Awakening, PC

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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