Video Game Reviews Children’s Video Game Reviews

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  • PlayStation Move Heroes

    PlayStation Move Heroes

    PlayStation Move Heroes brings together characters from three of PlayStation’s most popular game franchises — Ratchet & Clank, Jak & Dexter and Sly Cooper — for a series of challenges and events. The player chooses to play as one of the familiar characters — Ratchet, Clank, Jak, Dexter, Sly or Bentley — and is transported to a futuristic event location where they compete in a high-energy challenge. Each challenge typically takes three to four minutes to complete and is like a full-featured, long mini-game.

  • Your Shape: Fitness Evolved

    Your Shape: Fitness Evolved

    Your Shape: Fitness Evolved is a video game (sort of) that turns your Xbox 360 into a home workout system. The disc is loaded with exercises created by the Men’s Health and Women’s Health magazines that provide workouts that focus on Cardio, Stamina or a combination of both. All the exercising is done by following the on-screen trainer as if it were a real person leading a class at your health club. The Kinect motion-capture camera system puts your image on the screen with the trainer and allows the trainer to offer targeted advice and guidance.

  • Yoostar 2: In The Movies

    Yoostar 2: In The Movies

    I’m not sure if there is a game genre called “Movie Karaoke” but it is the perfect way to describe Yoostar 2: In The Movies. Yoostar 2 is a collection of movie scenes that inserts you into the scene and asks you to reenact the original dialogue or ad-lib with your own lines. The game uses the Kinect camera and scanner to place your real-time video image in the scene in place of one of the movie’s actors. For example, in a scene from 300, you choose whether you want to play as Leonidas or the messenger who brings him the Persian leaders warning in the beginning of the movie. Whichever character…

  • Mario Sports Mix

    Mario Sports Mix

    The Mario Sports series of games always combine elements of traditional sports video games with wacky, over-the-top Mario-game action. Mario Sports Mix continues that tradition by featuring four sports—Basketball, Dodgeball, Hockey and Volleyball—and plenty of madcap power-ups and physics-defying action. The sports are played with the same basic rules and play styles of a regular sports game such as the NBA 2K games. In Mario basketball for example, you face off against another team and dribble, pass and try to shoot the ball through the opposing team’s hoop. The Mario element introduces wild…

  • Rango The Videogame

    Rango The Videogame

    Rango The Videogame is, as you probably guessed, a video game based on the Paramount/Nickelodeon Movies animated movie, Rango. The game follows the adventures of the title character, Rango—a chameleon who is the Sheriff of the town of Dirt—as he tries to uncover an interstellar mystery that landed in his town. The game is set mainly in and around Dirt and gives players a chance to go beyond the movie with an extended storyline inspired by the movie.

  • Kidz Bop Dance Party! The Video Game

    Kidz Bop Dance Party! The Video Game

    Kidz Bop Dance Party! The Video Game came out last September, but it was somewhat overshadowed by all the other dance games arriving around the same time; so I figured I’d go back and check it out. Like other dance games for the Wii, Kidz Bop Dance Party is a collection of songs with choreographed dance numbers that players have to follow in order to score points. The Wii eliminates the need for a dance pad controller as the motion-sensing remote allows the Wii to “see” the players’ movements and award points for hitting the dance moves at the correct time.

  • Littlest Pet Shop 3: Biggest Stars

    Littlest Pet Shop 3: Biggest Stars

    Littlest Pet Shop 3: Biggest Stars is the latest game in the popular Littlest Pet Shop series of games from EA. The game is part virtual pet game and part mini-game compilation where kids can customize their pets then help them train to become the best gymnasts, ice skaters, models, fashion designers and more.

  • Disney Epic Mickey

    Disney Epic Mickey

    Forget everything you know about Mickey Mouse being a cute and giggly character because he has the tools to tackle an awesome adventure. Epic Mickey finds the famous mouse in an alternate universe called Wasteland, where Disney’s long forgotten characters and attractions from the 1930s and 1940s reside. Playing as Mickey, you will be armed with paint and paint thinner, which will allow you to explore and change Wasteland while trying to help Disney’s forgotten cartoon characters and find the source of evil that is destroying the land.

  • Kinect Sports

    Kinect Sports

    One of the best ways to get accustomed to a new motion-sensing game system is through a compilation of sports games. I know people that are still playing (and loving) the Wii Sports game that came with the Wii when it was first released. Kinect Sports is exactly what it sounds - a collection of sports games for the Xbox Kinect system.

  • Donkey Kong Country Returns

    Donkey Kong Country Returns

    It’s been almost 15 years since the last Donkey Kong Country console game was released. That game, was 1996’s Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong’s Double Trouble! for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (Super NES). A lot has changed since that 1996 game, but one other thing that hasn’t changed is that Donkey Kong Country is still a lot of fun.