Frequently Asked Questions
How do your games work?
Our games and educational software programs are available by download, and are for PC computers running Windows XP or later. Just download and install, and you’re ready to start.
Some of our games (the ones on the home page) and our educational programs have extra features that require a registration code. You can buy a registration code either from within the game or from our home page here at Family Games.
Clicking a “Buy” link will take you to the order page at our secure payment processor. For registration, you will be asked to supply your name and an email address. Immediately after paying, you will receive your registration code by email.
Is it safe to download and buy one of your games?
Yes, it is! We’ve been around since 1995, and our games won’t harm your computer. All payments are processed securely. The registration codes for the games are sold through SWREG, which is now a Digital River company. Our educational software is sold through Digital River.
How much do your games cost?
Our games are free to try, and none cost more than $20.00 US. Twisted Tails, a reading and vocabulary work-out for children or students of English as a second language, is $9.00 US. Our most expensive game is the Uncle Julius and the Anywhere Machine adventure, at $19.00 US, but if you don’t use the hints too much it will provide hours of entertainment. The educational program NoteCard sells for $19.75, a bargain when you consider the cost of music instruction.
Do I have to register?
No, you don’t. The educational software and many of the games provide a complete experience without registration; it’s just that you don’t get extra features. In the adventure games, you will reach a point where you must register to complete the quest. In Santa’s House, eventually the butter will run out and you won’t be able to make any more cookies without registering.
Some of the puzzles in the adventure games require a lot of brain-power to solve, but it is possible to get through the game without hints if you are willing to just keep trying. You will get more out of the game if you don’t resort to hints too quickly. If the frustration is exceeding the pleasure, see our Hints page for help.
Does this site have anything to do with Walt’s Band?
Why, yes, it does. While Nick has played many kinds of music for many, many years, he only started learning about websites in 1995. Without his experiences with Family Games and the other websites, he never would have been able to create Walt’s Band. However, when working at Family Games, Nick rarely wears a hat.