It's the time of year when we draw breath and look ahead to what's coming up in the world of family video games. Whether you enjoy multiplayer games together, or big epic open worlds, there's a lot to get excited about in 2023.
We've trawled the lists of upcoming video games to find the following great picks for your family:
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is the latest in the long series of Zelda adventure games. As well as exploring Hyrule you can also take to the skies in an expanded world full of secrets.
Clive N Wrench
Clive ‘N’ Wrench is a 3D running and jumping game where you play duo, Clive the rabbit and Wrench the monkey on his back. Like Banjo Kazooie and more recent Yooka Laylee, you explore the world to collect tokens and unlock new areas. It's novel as a recreation of these games both in play style and scope. Your adventure takes you through time and space in a magical 1950s fridge.
A Highland Song
A Highland Song is a narrative adventure where you explore a maze of crisscrossing routes through the hills of the Highlands. You are 15-year-old Moira who lives with her mum on the edge of the hills and receives a letter inviting her to come to the coast. It's a unique combination of timing, choices and the call of the deep wild.
Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp
Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp is a re-release of the classic turn-based strategy game on Nintendo Switch. You take charge of an army in strategic, turn-based combat. With land, air, and naval units across the battlefield, you work to take down enemy squads and capture towns and bases to secure victory and keep the peace.
Botany Manor is a peaceful puzzle game where you explore a 19th-century English home and gardens and care for the plants you find. By reading the newspapers, postcards and posters in the house, you discover how to look after each species, from pot size to location to temperature. The distinct lack of score, time pressures or overarching objectives enables the simplicity and joy in growing beautiful plants to shine.
Lab Rat is a tile-based puzzle game with an emphasis on satire. You work in a machine-learning facility where you take on scenarios chosen for you by the metrics-obsessed AI that monitors, profiles, and taunts you as you progress.
Season: A Letter to the Future
Season: A Letter to the Future is a narrative adventure where you take a bicycle road trip game. You play as a young woman leaving a secluded community, exploring the world for the first time. Collect artefacts and memories as you explore because soon, a mysterious cataclysm washes everything away.