Parents.com recently put their heads together and worked out something of a buyer’s guide for parents this holiday season. They reviewed several games and posted the five best kid-friendly ones they could find. The list’s in the full article. (Hint: GTA IV isn’t on it <shock>).
The ESRB does an okay job of assigning the appropriate age range to a game, but since there are so few “E” rated games worth playing, confused parental minds may need a bit of help choosing the right game that’s both interesting and Kid-friendly.
Enter, Parents.com, who put together their picks for the five best videogames for kids and a provided a brief explanation for their choices:
We Ski– Wii (Ages 5+)
We Ski does an admirable job mimicking the arm movements (pull the nunchuck and remote toward your body to tuck poles and increase speed) and balance techniques you actually use on the slopes. Plus, it supports up to four players with a split-screen multiplayer mode.
Kung Fu Panda– Wii, Nintendo DS, Xbox 360, PS3, PS2 (Ages 6-12)
A fighting game without violence, if you can believe it. Detailed graphics aptly reproduce the fanciful world that was so beautifully rendered in the film. And the Jack Black imitator is pretty spot on, too.
LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures- Wii, DS, PS2, PS3, Xbox 360 (Ages 10+)
Once you’ve racked your brain figuring out the decently challenging puzzles, you’re rewarded with humorous asides from the movies, like a cocky Dr. Jones reaching back for his fedora, nearly being crushed by a giant stone door in the process.
Guitar Hero on Tour– DS (Ages 10+)
The appeal is definitely in part the novelty of a shrunken-down Guitar Hero you can pull out of your pocket. The hand-sized strap-on Guitar Grip controller slips right into the DS console, enabling you engage in the same challenging rock-alongs as the original.
NCAA Football 2009– Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, Wii, PSP (Ages 7+)
In addition to some very cool additions to game play, ’09 has also made some nice tweaks to the Dynasty mode, including an ability to enter a dynasty online and compete with up to 12 other players for the same pool of prospective students for over 60 seasons.
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