6 Must-Have Video Games for Elementary Ages
With new video games coming out each fall, it can be overwhelming to know what titles are most age appropriate at a glance. Since elementary ages vary in their skills and ability to handle mature content, check ESRB ratings and then read reviews on trusted sites like Common Sense Media to get a better sense of the game before you buy. Even if you purchase a game and find that it’s not a good fit for your family, stores such as GameStop purchase your used games for credit to put towards new ones or cash. To save yourself the hassle of returning games post-holiday, here are six games that are hot in our house with our 6-year-old son and almost 9-year-old daughter.
Just Dance 4 for Xbox 360 with Kinect, Wii, and PlayStation 3— Music loving kids will love this popular family friendly game that features popular songs from artists such as Flo Rida, One Direction, Carly Rae Jepsen, Ricky Martin, Pink, Maroon 5, and Rihanna. Also, you may not want to share this with your kids who are addicted to Gangnam Style but there’s a new Psy-inspired dance experience to the hot song for Xbox users.
Mario Kart 7 for Nintendo DS ($39.99)— Kids who love the Wii console game and driving the cars with the controller will enjoy Mario Cart 7 on their DS just as much. They can still choose their own characters and customize their vehicles while experiencing the fun of racing as on the Wii. The 3DS also allows kids engage in wireless matches or plug in for online gaming with friends.
Scholastic’s Digging for Dinosaurs for Nintendo DS ($19.99)— Budding archaeologists and paleontologists will enjoy separating facts from myths as they learn facts about dinosaurs through game play. Kids will love pretending to be various types of dinosaurs through game play.
Kinect Nat Geo TV for Xbox with Kinect— Nature lovers will enjoy learning about wildlife living in North America from the comfort of their living room. This new title is part of Xbox Kinect’s new playful learning titles that are fun, engaging, and educational all at the same time. Kids immerse themselves in the game thanks to images captured by the Kinect’s camera and will delight in seeing their face as an owl and other animals as they learn through play.
Harry Potter Wonderbook: Book of Spells for PlayStation Move ($79.99)— This first Sony Wonderbook title uses augmented reality to immerse Muggles into the wizarding world and transports you to Hogwarts while sitting in the comfort of your own home. Use the Playstation Move controller with the Book of Spells and and the unremarkable book containing strange symbols becomes a spell book that players can use to learn proper wand usage before tackling challenges that Harry Potters fans will recognize from the books and movies. The Move camera puts a player’s image on the screen to truly engage you in the story as is essential to game play.
Harry Potter for Kinect ($49.99)— Young witches and wizards immerse themselves in the wizarding world to experience moments and challenges depicted in the story and each of the eight films. Players start with a visit to Ollivanders to select a wand before setting off to Hogwarts. Other beginning tasks include measuring and mixing in Snape’s potions class, dueling, and immersing your whole body in a Quidditch challenge with the Slytherins while bobbing and weaving through opponents while looking for the Golden Snitch.
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