What's New in Video Games: July 2018

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker on Switch lets you solve puzzles with a friend.

Get your calendar ready, because lots of family-friendly video games will be released in July. From Captain Toad to Hotel Transylvania 3, you’ve got plenty to choose from when you need to beat the heat the summer and have some family fun indoors.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
Rated E
Appropriate For: Kids who love solving puzzles

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker for Switch and 3DS is an updated version of the game’s original Wii U release from 2014. The game challenges players to complete level-based puzzles by rotating the game world to find hidden paths and items to collect. In this new Switch release, two players can team up to complete puzzles together, making this a great game for kids and parents, or siblings, to play together. Want to try the game before buying it? You can download a free demo of the game on both the Switch and 3DS eShops.

Great If Your Kids Love: Fez, New Super Mario Bros. U


Source: Outright Games

Hotel Transylvania 3: Monsters Overboard
Rated E 10+
Appropriate For: Older kids who are comfortable with console controllers

Hitting store shelves three days before Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation debuts in theaters, this strategy adventure game will ask kids to help Dracula, Mavis, and their friends after they’ve been stranded on the Lost Islands. Players can befriend helpful creatures called Impa, and use their special abilities to battle enemies, solve puzzles, and complete missions.

Great If Your Kids Love: Pikmin 3, Yooka-Laylee, Super Lucky’s Tale


Go Vacation
Rated E
Appropriate For: Kids who like plenty of variety

Originally released on Nintendo Wii in 2011, Go Vacation includes over 50 cooperative and competitive mini-games and activities spread across four themed areas, or resorts: Marine, Snow, Mountain, and City. Up to four players can test their skills in activities based on skiing, scuba diving, roller skating, tennis, and so much more, so there should be something for everyone to enjoy in this one.

Great If Your Kids Love: Wii Sports, the Mario Party series


Octopath Traveler
Rated T
Appropriate For: Teens who enjoy strategic combat systems

This role-playing game lets teens become eight different characters, each with their own story. Players will explore the fantasy-themed world of Orsterra, and use each character’s special abilities in strategic, turn-based battles. The game features suggestive themes, alcohol use, and mild language, so it earns its Teen rating.

Great If Your Kids Love: Final Fantasy XV, I Am Setsuna, Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom


Full List

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

Monday July 2, 2018

SpiritSphere DX, Switch

Tuesday July 3, 2018

Runbow, Switch, PlayStation 4

Red Faction: Guerrilla Re-Mars-tered, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Wednesday July 4, 2018

NEKOPARA Vol. 1, Switch

What the Box?, Xbox One

Thursday July 5, 2018

Awkward, Switch

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

Ultra Space Battle Brawl, Switch

The Journey Down: Chapter Three, Switch

Mushroom Wars 2, Switch

Miles & Kilo, Switch

Yuso, Switch

Squids Odyssey, Switch

Disease -Hidden Object-, Switch

Pocket Rumble, Switch

Friday July 6, 2018

The Wardrobe, Switch

Monday July 9, 2018

Pato Box, Switch

Another World, Switch

Tuesday July 10, 2018

Hotel Transylvania 3: Monsters Overboard, Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Bomber Crew, Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Muddledash, Switch, PC

Shining Resonance Refrain, Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Hunting Simulator, Switch

20XX, Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Neverout, Switch

The Lion’s Song, Switch

Defiance 2050, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

The Spectrum Retreat, PlayStation 4

Insane Robots, PlayStation 4

Blacksea Odyssey, PlayStation 4

Wednesday July 11, 2018

Warhammer: Vermintide 2, Xbox One

Ghost 1.0, Xbox One

Thursday July 12, 2018

Bomb Chicken, Switch

Ghost 1.0, Switch

Super Volley Blast, Switch

Insane Robots, PC

Warhammer 40,000: Gladius - Relics of War, PC

Friday July 13, 2018

Octopath Traveler, Switch

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, Switch, 3DS

Earthfall, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

The Spectrum Retreat, Xbox One, PC

Insane Robots, Xbox One

Tuesday July 17, 2018

Touhou Genso Wanderer Reloaded, Switch, PlayStation 4

Sonic Mania Plus, Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Sonic Mania: Encore Pack [DLC], Switch PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Chicken Assassin: Reloaded, Switch, PlayStation 4, PC

Tempest 4000, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

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

The Path of Motus, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Thursday July 19, 2018

Tanzia, Switch Pool Panic, Switch, PC

Friday July 20, 2018

Heroki, Switch

VSR: Void Space Racing, Switch

Saturday July 21, 2018

Star Trek: Bridge Crew The Next Generation [DLC], PC

Tuesday July 24, 2018

Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1 + 2, Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

The Persistence, PlayStation 4

Train Sim World, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

No Man’s Sky, Xbox One

Semblance, Switch, PC

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Candle: The Power of the Flame, Xbox One

Thursday July 26, 2018

Sleep Tight, Switch

The Banner Saga 3, Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Friday July 27, 2018

Hello Neighbor, Switch, PlayStation 4

Go Vacation, Switch

Final Light, The Prison, Switch

The Banner Saga Trilogy: Bonus Edition, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Tuesday July 31, 2018

Code of Princess EX, Switch

Titan Quest, Switch

Castaway Paradise, PlayStation 4, Xbox One