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The Family Gamer Awards FGA suggests ideal games for different family age-groups: Infants, Juniors, Students, Workers, Parents and Seniors.

These awards complement PEGI's age-appropriate ratings by suggesting games each age group will enjoy. Rather than warning families about which games are inappropriate, we suggest which games each age group will get the most out of.

The games awarded for infants for example, not only contain appropriate content for 3 year olds but are also easy enough for them to play and enjoy.

Four times a year we pick the best games in each of our family age groups:

Games for Infants (3 to 6 yrs)
The best games for toddlers, very-young children and pre-school kids from 3 to 6 years old. These games work with the basics of play and should easily engage the super young players in our families. Simple and easy controls and bright colours engage young players in some educational and informative games.

Go Go Diego: Safari Rescue
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2007 Spring Go Go Diego: Safari Rescue: The simple platform controls and the children's voice work are ideally placed for infant players. Add a second player to assist with the hard sections and you have the perfect recipe.
Family Gamer Award Details
- Award: Age Group Runner Up
- Date: Spring 2007
- Platform: Wii version(s)

Wipeout HD
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2007 Summer Wipeout HD: Wipeout HD is a surprisingly good fit for family gamers, and epitomises a more intelligent broadening of gaming's audience. Turn up the steer assist and use the Sixaxis motion controls and really young players can play too, and in split screen mode with siblings and parents.
Family Gamer Award Details
- Award: Age Group Winner
- Date: Summer 2007
- Platform: PS3 version(s)

Mario Hoops 3 on 3
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2007 Autumn Mario Hoops 3 on 3: Although some of the game's complexity will be above some infants, the stylus passing and shooting means that they can play a basic game of basket ball without too much trouble.
Family Gamer Award Details
- Award: Age Group Runner Up
- Date: Autumn 2007
- Platform: DS version(s)

Mario Kart
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2007 Winter Mario Kart: The tilt controlled steering along with the exciting cartoon visuals and split screen multiplayer modes make this great for very young players.
Family Gamer Award Details
- Award: Age Group Runner Up
- Date: Winter 2007
- Platform: Wii version(s)
Games for Juniors (7 to 11 yrs)
The best games for primary school, junior and young children aged from 7 to 11 years old. These games provide experiences that connect with a basic joy of discovery and play. Although still simplistic they engage with a wide range of basic principles.

Wario Ware: Twisted
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2007 Spring Wario Ware: Twisted: Although still hard to get in the UK, this minigame collection offers some of the most entertaining (and frustrating) challenges around. All of them are controlled with a simple built in tilt sensor that makes them ideal for juniors.
Family Gamer Award Details
- Award: Age Group Runner Up
- Date: Spring 2007
- Platform: GBA DS version(s)

Elite Beat Agents
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2007 Summer Elite Beat Agents: The cartoon art style and direct tap along play mechanic make this ideal for junior gamers. This rhythm action has more then enough content to engage youngsters in what it is that makes a song great.
Family Gamer Award Details
- Award: Age Group Winner
- Date: Summer 2007
- Platform: DS version(s)

Mario Kart DS
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2007 Autumn Mario Kart DS: The return to the simplicity of earlier Mario Kart games suits the junior player. Combine this with the local and online multiplayer for some great racing fun.
Family Gamer Award Details
- Award: Age Group Runner Up
- Date: Autumn 2007
- Platform: DS version(s)

FIFA 08
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2007 Spring FIFA 08: The combination of the football theme and the low barrier to entry Family Play controls make this great for juniors. Up to four players of mixed ability can compete together for some great family wide fun.
Family Gamer Award Details
- Award: Age Group Runner Up
- Date: Spring 2007
- Platform: Wii version(s)
Games for Teens (12 to 15 yrs)
The best games for secondary, high-school, teenagers, adolescent kids and young-adults aged from 12 to 17 years old. These games provide thrilling experiences that major on brash, loud protagonists and aim to connect with the teens in our families.

Sing Star
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2007 Spring Sing Star: Carefree Student types will love singing their hearts out. Well built microphones, great play lists and the pitch based scoring make this ideal for parties.
Family Gamer Award Details
- Award: Age Group Runner Up
- Date: Spring 2007
- Platform: PS3 version(s)

Guitar Hero
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2007 Summer Guitar Hero: The happiness created from strapping on a fake plastic guitar and strumming along to your favourite band is more than you would expect. Although Rock Band provides the most streamlined experience Guitar Hero's peripherals are more highly thought of as they are better made.
Family Gamer Award Details
- Award: Age Group Runner Up
- Date: Summer 2007
- Platform: PS3 360 Wii PS2 version(s)

Mario Galaxy
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2007 Autumn Mario Galaxy: Mario returns in his ingenious form. Every one of the levels provides a unique experience as rich and dense as those Mario games of old.
Family Gamer Award Details
- Award: Age Group Runner Up
- Date: Autumn 2007
- Platform: Wii version(s)
Games for Students (16 to 17 yrs)
The best games for students, studying, college, school and young-adults aged from 16 to 17 years old. These games provide experiences that are great to share in halls, offer multiplayer thrills, or demand commitment and dedication to progress.

Halo 3
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2007 Winter Halo 3: Nothing recreates the moment of two players combat encounter like Halo. Halo 3 then fleshes this out into the full experience. Student friendly co-op or more open online play, Halo 3 has it all.
Family Gamer Award Details
- Award: Age Group Winner
- Date: Winter 2007
- Platform: 360 version(s)
Games for Workers (18 and over)
The best games for those with full time jobs, workers, 9-to-5-ers, employed hard-core gamers 18 years and over. These games provide more of a challenge in both dexterity and problem solving. They are often more about strong single player experiences that hard working hard core gamers. Although these are often longer experiences that are also ideal to switch off and chill out after a long day at the office.

Crackdown
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2007 Spring Crackdown: The open world of futuristic gangsters was compelling on its own terms. However, the introduction of two player co-op was the stroke of genius that made this the perfect playground.
Family Gamer Award Details
- Award: Age Group Runner Up
- Date: Spring 2007
- Platform: 360 version(s)

Advance Wars Days of Ruin
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2007 Summer Advance Wars Days of Ruin: A pixel perfect turn based strategy game with a perfect balance of restraint and flexibility. Like chess on steroids this is a great way to soak up those travelling hours on the train or bus.
Family Gamer Award Details
- Award: Age Group Winner
- Date: Summer 2007
- Platform: DS version(s)

God of War
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2007 Autumn God of War: Loud brash brawling action. Although only single player, a great game to watch or play. The visual pinnacle of the PS2 game library.
Family Gamer Award Details
- Award: Age Group Runner Up
- Date: Autumn 2007
- Platform: PS3 PS2 version(s)

Call of Duty 4 (Reflex)
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2007 Winter Call of Duty 4 (Reflex): The single player game's staging and sense of pace outdoes most other first person shooting games. Those looking for a peak of what wartime simulation will love spending time in this modern setting.
Family Gamer Award Details
- Award: Age Group Runner Up
- Date: Winter 2007
- Platform: Wii version(s)
Games for Parents
The best games for parents, mums, dads, carers, aunties and uncles. These games connect with the gamer on a more mature level. Story driven and often open ended, the experiences here provide space to play with complex issues and engage in moral dilemmas. Either that or to escape the grind of the work/home balance.

Endless Ocean
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2007 Spring Endless Ocean: The slower pace of simple diving exploration belies an expansive and enthralling world to discover. Intrigue and mystery develop alongside stomach tingling underwater vistas and impressive sea bound fish and mammals.
Family Gamer Award Details
- Award: Game of the Year
- Date: Spring 2007
- Platform: Wii version(s)

Shadow of the Colossus
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2007 Summer Shadow of the Colossus: The simple David and Goliath experience of a small man facing a massive monster here becomes something special. Pushing the PS2 to its limits (later re-released in HD on PS3), and create a real sense of sadness over each noble Colossus slain, this stands head and shoulders above other adventure games.
Family Gamer Award Details
- Award: Age Group Runner Up
- Date: Summer 2007
- Platform: PS2 PS3 version(s)

Portal
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2007 Autumn Portal: In the short three hours or so it takes to play there is more characterisation and puzzling fun here than in many fully fledged experiences. First person shooting, physics and logic combine to pose some of the most head scratching levels you can find in a game.
Family Gamer Award Details
- Award: Age Group Runner Up
- Date: Autumn 2007
- Platform: 360 XBLA PS3 version(s)

Bioshock
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2007 Winter Bioshock: Rapture, the underwater location for Bioshock, create a real sense of place in which to play. This combines with the moral conundrums of how to deal with the children inhabitants that the game can leave the player genuinely challenged and disturbed.
Family Gamer Award Details
- Award: Age Group Runner Up
- Date: Winter 2007
- Platform: 360 PS3 version(s)
Games for Grandparents
The best games for grandparents, older, senior, grown-up, mature, retired and wiser people. These games provide a slightly slower, although no less challenging experience. Time and consideration are of the essence as our most senior gamers enjoy interacting with other players and perfecting their approach.

Forza Motorsport 4
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2007 Spring Forza Motorsport 4: The level of detail here enables really clinical race execution. This, along with the extensive customisation and career modes, makes Forza 2 the most comprehensive of driving games.
Family Gamer Award Details
- Award: Age Group Runner Up
- Date: Spring 2007
- Platform: 360 Kinect version(s)

Planet Puzzle League
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2007 Summer Planet Puzzle League: Combining Tetris and Bejeweled, this game appears very simple but has a lot of depth. Add to this the daily brain training style exercises and you have the perfect experience for players old and young alike.
Family Gamer Award Details
- Award: Age Group Runner Up
- Date: Summer 2007
- Platform: DS version(s)

Brain Training
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2007 Autumn Brain Training: Although a little over marketed, there are actually very interesting experiences. The low barrier to entry combined with the varied play and Soduku levels makes this great for anyone wanting to refresh their grey matter.
Family Gamer Award Details
- Award: Age Group Runner Up
- Date: Autumn 2007
- Platform: DS version(s)

GRiD
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2007 Winter GRiD: The shear breadth of coverage here never fails to impress. From upstart Formula 3000 cars, through touring models to the top end Formula 1, GRID takes the player on a tour de force of racing. The range of events and tracks equals the choice of motors. Adding in real time day/night cycles to 24 hours events creates a real sense of occasion to longer races.
Family Gamer Award Details
- Award: Age Group Winner
- Date: Winter 2007
- Platform: 360 PS3 version(s)

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