Video Game Reviews Children’s Video Game Reviews

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  • Cars 2: The Video Game

    Cars 2: The Video Game

    The reviews for Cars 2, the movie in theaters now, haven’t been too good. I haven’t seen the movie (And judging by reviews, I may wait a bit.), but I have played the game and can tell you without doubt that it’s fun. Cars 2: The Video Game is a racing game in which you select a vehicle from among the cast of characters from the Cars world and then compete on race track locations around the world—which pretty much mirrors the plot of the movie. The races are filled with hidden short-cuts, power-ups and over-the-top racing stunts that make this a wacky and entertaining racing game.

  • Wii Play: Motion

    Wii Play: Motion

    Wii Play: Motion is the latest collection of mini-games from Nintendo for the Wii that uses your Miis as the game characters. The games are fun and wacky and run the gamut from recreating real-world pastimes such as skipping stones across a pond to activities that can only be found in the minds of Nintendo’s game developers like using an umbrella and inline skates to fly through a windy obstacle course.

  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D

    The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D

    The original The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time came out in 1998 for the Nintendo 64 game console, and to this day it remains one of my favorite Zelda games. If you had told me in 1998 that one day I would be playing Ocarina on a hand-held system in 3D, I would have said, “Who are you and why are you talking to me?” I also would have called you a nut-job and quickly walked away. It turns out past-you was right. Sorry about calling you a nut-job.

  • Squinkies

    Squinkies

    Squinkies is based on the highly popular collectible toys of the same name. They are those squishy little characters that parents are always stepping on or vacuuming up and now they have been recreated in digital form and scattered throughout the game waiting to be found.

  • Kung Fu Panda 2

    Kung Fu Panda 2

    You can always tell which kids in the movie theater lobby just saw a matinee of Kung Fu Panda 2 because they are karate chopping each other and air kicking the movie posters. Now this pint-sized gang of mall toughs can take their Kung Fu enthusiasm out on some real competition with Kung Fu Panda 2: The Video Game.

  • LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean

    LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean

    The latest Pirates of the Caribbean movie, On Stranger Tides, arrived in theaters over the weekend and I went to see it last night. While waiting for the movie to start, it occurred to me that I had no idea how the last two movies ended but I was pretty sure that Captain Barbossa died at the end of the first movie? So how was Barbossa in the new movie and why does he appear to be very alive? Rather than watching a Pirates marathon of all three movies, I decided to find the answers to my questions by playing through the new LEGO video game, LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean.

  • Michael Jackson: The Experience

    Michael Jackson: The Experience

    Michael Jackson: The Experience has been available for Wii for a while, and now Xbox users can get in on the moon walking fun with the new Kinect version. The Kinect version is basically identical to the Wii game and requires you to dance to the music of Michael Jackson. The premise is like any dance video game: You have to mimic the moves of the character on screen by hitting the correct pose at the right moment. Unlike other dance games such as Dance Central, The Experience puts you on the screen in real time as you dance. It’s just like looking at The Man In The Mirror (that’s a MJ song isn’t…

  • Ridge Racer 3D

    Ridge Racer 3D

    The Ridge Racer series of games have been around for a while now on different game platforms but this is the first 3D version of the game and an exclusive for the 3DS (Nintendo’s new glasses-free 3D game system). The game is a classic arcade style racer where you choose a car, select your car’s options-color, transmission, etc.-and then race against computer drivers on multiple race tracks.

  • LEGO Battles: Ninjago

    LEGO Battles: Ninjago

    Remember that awesome LEGO Battles video game for the DS that came out back in 2009? LEGO Battles: Ninjago is the follow-up to that game. However, it is not a sequel, in fact, and it’s very different in both content and strategy. In Ninjago, we enter a world of ninjas and weapons, where we will have to build an army, encounter dragons, restore harmony, battle feisty skeletons and master the art of Spinjitzu, a lost martial art which has been completely invented by LEGO to complement it’s spinning tops game in the offline toy world. It’s a whole lot of story packed into a little handheld game.

  • Carnival Games: Monkey See, Monkey Do

    Carnival Games: Monkey See, Monkey Do

    What is there not to love about a carnival? The sights, the sounds, the smells...well, maybe not all the smells, and I suppose some of the sights are better left unseen. But the noises are fun, aren’t they? This might be a good time to come clean and confess that I have never been to a carnival. I based all my carny conversations (There have been several.) on what I learned of carnivals from Charlotte’s Web, which is why I am so excited about this new Carnival Games: Monkey See, Monkey Do, for providing me with that trip to the carnival that I’ve never taken.