Video Game Reviews Children’s Video Game Reviews

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  • Club Penguin: Herbert's Revenge

    Club Penguin: Herbert's Revenge

    Temperatures in the North East are topping 100° for a third day this week as I write this review, which has made it all the more enjoyable to play a game with penguins on an icy island. Club Penguin: Herbert’s Revenge is the sequel to 2008’s Club Penguin: Elite Penguin Force, and once again players will join the secret agency of Elite Penguins on a slippery spy mission. In Herbert’s Revenge, Herbert P. Bear, the island’s mischievous polar bear, is up to his old tricks and players will need to solve their way through a collection of puzzles and mini games to unravel Herbert’s latest…

  • Backyard Sports: Sandlot Sluggers

    Backyard Sports: Sandlot Sluggers

    Parents and adults with young sports-gamers in their homes are probably familiar with the Backyard Sports line of DS and Wii games. Backyard Sports is one of the best selling kids’ sports video game series that features popular sports games, such as baseball, for kids. These games have increasingly added new features, power-ups and objectives that turned the series into a game on par with sports franchise games for adults. Recent Backyard Sports baseball games have played up the MLB license with popular major league players from today as well as past heroes of the sport. Unfortunately, the games were starting…

  • Super Mario Galaxy 2

    Super Mario Galaxy 2

    It’s hard to believe that it has been three years since the first Super Mario Galaxy was released. It seems like it was just yesterday that we were transported to this strange and wacky galaxy that only Nintendo could conceive. Super Mario Galaxy 2, the sequel to the 2007 game, brings us more out-of-this (or any other) world adventures set among awesome, gravity-defying levels with spaced-out creatures and over-the-top obstacles.

  • Picross 3D

    Picross 3D

    Puzzle playing people are probably pretty familiar with the game Picross, an international hit for the DS from 2007. The Picross puzzle parade (sorry, I’ll stop with the alliterations) is back with Picross 3D, a collection of brain-teasing multi-dimensional puzzles. A Picross puzzle is a block of cubes with either numbers, circled numbers or nothing at all on them. The puzzle block conceals a hidden object that the player must reveal by figuring out which cubes to keep and which to break away using the numbers as a guide. For example, if a row of five blocks is marked with a 4, one of those blocks has to be…

  • Sonny With A Chance

    Sonny With A Chance

    Sonny With A Chance is the latest Disney Channel hit show and stars Demi Lovato in the role of Allison “Sonny” Munroe, a teen who lands a role on her favorite TV show, “So Random”! The video game, of the same name, allows fans of the show to play as their favorite character in a collection of mini-games with a board game theme.

  • Deca Sports DS

    Deca Sports DS

    Following the success of the Deca Sports series on the Wii, Deca Sports DS is a diverse collection of ten sports games that range from standards like golf and Ping Pong to the more off-beat such as Arm Wrestling, Clay Shooting and Sepak Takraw (that’s a new one to me).

  • Nintendo DSi XL

    Nintendo DSi XL

    Nintendo continues to update and improve it’s popular handheld gaming system—the Nintendo DS—so before we talk about the latest version lets take a quick look at the history of the DS. The first DS was launched in 2004 as a successor to Nintendo’s popular Game Boy series. It was a clam-shell device with WiFi, a microphone and two screens, one of which was a touch-screen allowing people to play games without using buttons. Two years later, the DS Lite—a slimmer, lighter and brighter DS—arrived. In 2008, the DS received another makeover with the introduction of DSi. This iteration…

  • Alice In Wonderland

    Alice In Wonderland

    Often I find that video games “based on” or “inspired by” movies are not a lot of fun to play. They usually do a great job of recreating the look and feel of the movie and it’s characters but that doesn’t automatically make a game fun. This usually isn’t the game developers fault as the production schedule for a video game is rarely the same as a movie and the game developers don’t have the time they need to make a great game. Which is why I was so surprised at how much I enjoyed Alice In Wonderland, the video game from the new Tim Burton, Disney film.

  • Endless Ocean: Blue World

    Endless Ocean: Blue World

    Endless Ocean: Blue World is a story-driven and visually enticing game in which you are a character taking time off from school to search for a legendary sunken city. Unfortunately, you aren’t made of money so in order to spend time diving and searching, you are going to have to work for L&L Diving Service and your boss, Jean-Eric, the ship’s captain. Along the way, you will find yourself going deeper into an undersea mystery as you learn about the creatures and habitats beneath the surface.

  • EA Sports Active: Personal Trainer

    EA Sports Active: Personal Trainer

    We all have our excuses for not working out. They usually start off with, “I can’t work out because…” and they often end with, “I don’t have time”, “gym memberships are too expensive”, “my home is too small for workout equipment”, “I’m too busy reviewing video games to workout”. Unfortunately (for us excuse-makers), EA’s Active Personal Trainer answers everyone of those “I cant’s” with a yes-you-can attitude and your own, private personal trainer.