Wednesday, April 10th, 2013
I’m the first to admit that I like playing video and digital games—not long drawn-out affairs for hours at a time, mind you, but short sweet, 15-minute-break types of games. And I also fully admit that I’ve been a fan of PopCap Games for a long time: Plants vs. Zombies, Bejeweled, Bookworm, and the like. So when PopCap let me have an early look at some of their new games coming out later this year (watch the magazine for more details), they knew what they were doing when they also sent their newest game, Solitaire Blitz.
It’s simple, really, but therein lies the appeal: race the clock to try and clear all your cards while earning bonuses and treasures. Did I mention already that it’s addictive? “It’s my turn!” was the fairly consistent refrain at my house the last few nights as the boys and I all anxiously awaited our turns. The game really is that perfect little break—whether it be a fifteen minute homework or housework break. And did I mention it’s free? Score!
Tuesday, February 5th, 2013
The inaugural iKids Awards, honoring the best digital products for preschoolers and kids ages 6 and up, were announced yesterday. Two FamilyFun favorites were among the winners:
Speaking of Toca apps, watch for a review of all the apps from Toca Boca in our upcoming April issue.
Tuesday, December 11th, 2012
In our office’s epic ninja editor battle, Editorial Assistant Jordan used her lightning-quick gaming skills to defeat Contributing Editor Charlotte. That’s how it went down yesterday when our staff took a break to try out the new Wii U gaming system and Nintendo Land game.
I first wrote about the Wii U for the Tech Guide in our December/January issue. I’ve always been a sucker for multi-player games (I would rather play with my three boys than alone, even if they do regularly whip me). The system’s tablet GamePad adds a new twist to multiplayer events by featuring for-that-player’s-eyes-only content. That’s key in games such as Luigi’s Ghost Mansion, a mad-cap chase in Nintendo Land. Wii U, Ages 5 and up, starting at $299. Nintendo Land, Ages 10 and up, $59.99.
For more video game and tech recommendations, see our Tech Guide.