THE WOLF AMONG US (WINDOWS, MAC, XBOX 360, PLAYSTATION 3)
BY TELLTALE GAMES
Bigby Wolf is gruff. He's gravelly-voiced. And he smokes several packs of Huff & Puffs a day. As the arm hair-laden lawman of Fabletown, he works homicide in a nocturnal fairyland, a neon sin city where Beauty and Beast and maybe Little Red Riding Hood are complicit in the crime. He has questions and he's not leaving without answers. That or a rawhide treat.
Perfect for: toad interrogation, suspicious princesses, reminding you that you need to shave
Playtime: 2 hours
POKEMON X/Y (3DS)
BY GAME FREAK / NINTENDO
So there's this game about capturing fantastical creatures. It's called Poke-something or other. Looks neat. (Feigned ignorance aside, X & Y bring a host of evolutions to the series, including an all-new look. But deep down it delivers the same rich, core experience we expect. Trainers, your time is now.)
Perfect for: Squirtle apologists, connecting with your niece and nephew, budding veterinarians
Playtime: 30+ hours
CAKE MONSTERS (BROWSER)
BY MATT RIX
Glance at Cake Monsters and see an allegory for our times: Different beasts are forced to eat the same colored pastry while moving in lock-set with each other. Shake off the PolySci 101 and enjoy this clever puzzlescript game with simple, intuitive mechanics that build to confounding complexity. The perfect antidote to a mind-numbing, too-easy-by-half day at the office.
Perfect for: cubicle dragon-slayers, subscribers to Games magazine, Horatio Alger's great-grandchild
Playtime: A brisk lunch break, or 10-20 minutes