Video games have come a long way since the days of Atari Combat. A portable Nintendo 3DS has more computing power than my top of the line computer from a few years ago…not to mention it can show 3D images without glasses. In 2011 there were a slew of new video games and interactive toys, enough to make a parent’s head spin.
The Non Gamers Guide to The Best Video Games
If it was not already obvious, we are not die hard gamers who try every new video game as soon as it comes out. We are Moms and Dads who don’t really enjoy blowing $50 on a video game that our kids will get bored of after a few days. So, while we make no claims to having tried every video game and interactive toy that came out in 2011, we did find a number of games we really loved. With that in mind, we present the Top Video Games and Interactive Toys Infused with Fun for 2011.
It’s Alive! This List is Growing Like a Weed
If you are reading this before December 24th, 2011 we are still searching for the best toys. This is a living, growing Holiday Toy Guide for 2011. Below you will see some of the top toys we have reviewed, but please check back often as we will continue to update our list as we review new toys. You can also see all of the toy reviews we have done by visiting our Toy section and all the video game reviews here.
Video Games and Interactive Toys Infused with Fun
Perfect Pick for Parents Who Don’t Want to Purchase a Real Puppy
Wappy Dog by Activision
Kids begging for a dog this Christmas, but you can’t see having one more living thing to be responsible for? Maybe it is time for Wappy Dog from Activision. Wappy is a new interactive pet that works with the Nintendo DS and 3DS. You can feed Wappy, play with him, teach him tricks and watch the electronic Wappy dog respond to what you do in the wappy dog video game. Wappy Dog takes the whole virtual pet game and makes it a whole lot less virtual, and more real!
Price: $49.95. Rated E for Everyone
Top Toy For Kids Who Love Their Reality Blended, Not Stirred
Mechatars from iLoveRobots
Some kids will love the cuteness of Wappy Dog, but others may prefer the battling powers of Mechatars from iLoveRobots. Mechatars bring in the era of “blended reality” – toys that exist in both the real world and an online world.
Do missions and battle friends with the remote controlled Mechatars robot. You can then hook your Mechatar up to your PC and continue the battle in an online world. Online battling is very similar to Pokemon type games, but the ability to battle robots in the real world will make this a popular toys with kids this season.
Best Remake of A Game That Appeared to Need No Remake
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
When Nintendo announced they were releasing a new version of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time there was a mix of excitement, fear and outrage. Ocarina of Time is considered one of the best video games of all time, how do you remake a classic and not screw it up?
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D for the Nintendo 3DS shows that even a classic can be made better! Nintendo does an excellent job of staying very true to the original and just making improvements where improvements were necessary. If your kid’s have a Nintendo 3DS and love adventure games, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D should find its place under the Christmas tree this year.
Price: $39.95. Good for kids ages 10 and up.
Best Video Game for Kids Who Don’t Like to Get Sucker Punched in Real Life
Wipeout 2 by Activision
Let’s be honest, who really wants to get sucker punched? Sure, any of the people on the TV Show Wipeout are very familiar with getting sucker punched by the Sucker Punch Wall – but they are trying to win $50,000. How about if you could experience the Sucker Punch Wall, and all the other obstacles from the hit TV show ,without getting hurt? Say hello to the new Wipeout 2 from Activision for the Nintendo 3DS (and other game systems).
We reviewed Wipeout 2 for the Nintendo 3DS, so we got to experience the thrill of Wipeout in 3D! Kids who are fans of the TV show will love the new Wipeout 2 video game. Even if your kids are not Wipeout fans, as long as they like jumping, ducking, running and sliding games – they will greatly enjoy Wipeout 2.
Price: $29.95. Good for kids (and adults) of all ages.
Best Video Game for Kids Who Don’t Love Video Games
Mystery Case Files: The Malgrave Incident
Believe it or not, there are still kids who don’t like the fast pace, trigger happy action of video games. Some children still like to read a good story or watch an interesting movie. Mystery Case Files: The Malgrave Incident by Nintendo for the Wii, plays more like an interactive mystery book than a traditional video game – and that is a good thing!
Solve mysteries and puzzles and try to figure out what really happened on Malgrave Island. No advanced video game skills needed to play this game, just a healthy dose of curiosity and a keen eye. The Malgrave Incident has beautiful graphics and a compelling story that should keep both kids and their parents wanting to play more.
Price: $29.95. Good for kids ages 7 and up
Perfect Video Game for Kids Who Want to Learn Fun, Not Physics
Nascar Unleashed by Activision
I love physics as much as the next guy, in the real world. The thing is, I don’t really need the physics of race cars getting in the way of me jumping, smashing, crashing and having a good old time as I did with Nascar Unleashed for the PS3.
Nascar Unleashed, from Activision, is very much an arcade style racer. Looking for a realistic race simulator? You better look elsewhere. Want a game that is easy to learn, fun to play and easy on the eyes? Nascar Unleashed is an excellent choice this year.
Price: $39.95. Rated E for Everyone (Mild Violence). Available for PS3, Xbox 360, Wii and 3DS
Great Game for Cheap Parents
Little Space Heroes by Bubblegum Interactive
So your kids want a fun, new video game this year but you don’t feel like shelling out $30-$60? Get them setup in Little Space Heroes by Bubblegum Interactive. This is a new online multiplayer virtual universe that allows kids to become space heroes and go on fun adventures exploring the galaxy. Yes, there is a Premium mode ($6/month or $54/year) but the free version is very deep and allows your kids to play, explore and have a great time!
Price: Free with Premium Option ($6/month or $54/year). Rated E for Everyone. Online game works on PC or Mac
More Top Toys of 2011
This is just the start of our 2011 Top Toy Guide. Here are the rest of the top toy lists…
- Top Toys For Kids Who Were Born to Fly
- Best Toys For When You Need to Shoot Someone or Something
- Best Driving, Racing, Flipping and Crashing Toys of 2011
- Terrific Toys For Inquisitive Kids Who Love Science
- No Tech Toys Filled With Fun…Not Batteries