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Family Game Night!

Who needs shooters like ”Call of Duty”? Here’s our look at some new titles that are (mostly) fun for all ages

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Zoo Tycoon
Turns out running a zoo is really stressful. Tycoon is a fun but complex management sim that tasks aspiring keepers with everything from setting admission prices to decorating the park to scooping poop. Really, though, it’s all about the animals: Using the Kinect camera, you can feed them, hose them down, and make faces at monkeys. It’s educational, and kids can get closer to the giraffes and elephants than at a real zoo — all without the smell. (Xbox 360, Xbox One; rated E) B

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
A direct sequel to 1992’s A Link to the Past, this new adventure about our hero Link proves every bit as legendary. With a refreshingly open structure that lets you tackle dungeons in any order, it also makes great use of the handheld’s 3-D display and features a gorgeous soundtrack of reimagined classic tunes. The game’s a nostalgic treat for old-schoolers and a cool introduction for those who have not yet experienced Zelda‘s magic. (3DS; rated E) A-

Tearaway
The most charming game of the year uses the PS Vita in clever, interactive ways. You control a spunky messenger on a mission to deliver a note to…you, the player, who pops up in the delightful papercraft world thanks to the Vita’s camera. You can also unleash the artist within by drawing items on the touchscreen, and by hopping over to the site tearaway.me to download, print, and assemble your own papercraft models. (PS Vita; rated E) B+

Lego Marvel Super Heroes
Almost every franchise on the planet has been LEGO-ized at this point, and the Marvel version doesn’t do much to mix up the formula of smashing objects, collecting pieces, and solving puzzles. But with a whimsical story featuring more than a hundred Marvel heroes and villains, Super Heroes will satisfy most mini fans. (Multiplatform; rated E10+) B

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