While kids might love the idea of a playing a video game where they drive like outlaws and blast away anything that moves, as Moms and Dads, we tend to have a different view of these mind numbing and violent games. On the other hand, kids don’t really see the fun in playing a video game that is just a math lesson.
Today we take the middle ground – a roundup of some video games that are fun to play, but not filled with violence and inappropriate behavior. While we like video games here at Dad Does, we do not live for video games. This roundup showcases the best of the various video games we have played over 2013, but I am sure there are plenty more that could have made the list. Have a great video game from 2013 that we missed? Let us know!
Okay, let’s get to the video games…
Wii Party U
Been looking for a game for the Wii U that the whole family can enjoy? Look no further than Wii Party U. This game has a little something for everyone – mini-games, board games, sports games and more. One of the coolest features? If you want to watch TV and the kids still want to play Wii U, there are a whole collection of Wii Party U tabletop games that are played just with the Wii U GamePad Controller, no TV needed!
Wii Party U By Nintendo, $49.95 for the Wii U, Learn More At Amazon.Com
Skylanders Swap Force
Skylanders are back with a new adventure this year and now they have swapability. Simply swap the legs of one Skylander with the upper body of another and you have a whole new character. This means you can mix and match characters to create new power combinations. Cool looking action figures, super fun video game – this is sure to be a hit this holiday season. Available for all video game platforms.
Skylanders Swap Force by Activision, $79 For Portal Starter Pack, All Game System, Ages 10+ – Click For More Information on Skylanders Swap Force
Lego City Undercover
Finally! It is about time they came up with a game that takes some of the fun elements of the Grand Theft Auto line and cleans it up so kids can play it. Lego City Undercover allows kids to do missions or just explore the very large world of Lego City. Warning, this is an addictive game. The kids want to keep playing to find out what happens next. Once you make it through all the missions, the fun level greatly decreases, but there was enough in the game to keep our kids occupied for weeks.
Lego City Undercover for Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, By Nintendo, $49.95, Ages 10+. Learn More At Amazon.Com
Angry Birds Star Wars
We all know Angry Birds and of course Star Wars, now they come together on video game consoles for the first time. New exclusive levels, the ability to play together to clear levels and of course enhanced graphics make Angry Birds Star Wars fun for the whole family. Use the Force, wield your Lightsaber, and blast away Pigtroopers on an intergalactic journey from the deserts of Tatooine to the depths of the Pig Star – where you’ll face off against the terrifying Darth Vader, Dark Lord of the Pigs. Can you become a Jedi Master and restore freedom to the galaxy? May the birds be with you!
Angry Birds Star Wars by Activision, For All Video Game Systems, All Ages, $19.95. Learn More At Amazon.Com
Mario & Sonic At The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics
Join your favorite characters, from Mario and Sonic to Princess Peach and Amy, as they team up and compete in the most exciting sports events at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Compete in 24 thrilling events including bobsleigh, skiing, figure skating pairs, and even snowboard slopestyle, which will make its Olympic debut in Sochi, Russia!
Still, don’t mistake Mario & Sonic at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games as your standard sports event game. Play the “dream events” for some wild takes on classic games, such as hockey. There are a ton of twists, turns and multiplayer aspects to this game which allow even non-Olympic fans to catch some serious Olympic fever.
Mario & Sonic At the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics By Nintendo, $49.95 for the Wii U, Learn More At Amazon.Com
Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity
Have a Pokemon fan in your life? If so, then Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity would make a great gift. Players can choose to go on their adventure as one of five fan-favorite Pokémon: Pikachu, Snivy, Tepig, Oshawott or Axew. Many of the Pokémon that populate the game are from the Unova region, the region featured in the Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version games.Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity features more than 20 distinct Mystery Dungeons that change every time they are entered, granting players and their Pokémon a near-infinite amount of adventurous possibilities. When not exploring Mystery Dungeons, players can interact with other Pokémon and build their own Pokémon Paradise with various shops and facilities.
Read our full review of Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Here.
Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity by Nintendo, All Ages, $34.95, Nintendo 3DS. Learn More At Amazon.Com.
Wipeout Create and Crash
Wipeout the video game is back…with one major change for 2013. You can now create your own Wipeout courses in Wipeout Create & Crash. Not only can the whole family wince as you get hit with various balls and obstacles, now it is the whole family that develops the exact obstacles that will wipe you out!
Wipeout Create and Crash by Activision, All Video Game Consoles, 10+, From $19.95. Learn More At Amazon.Com
Disney Infinity Starter Pack
In Disney Infinity you have the freedom and endless opportunity to create stories and play experiences starring some of your favorite Disney and Disney/Pixar characters. Discover three Play Sets, including Monsters University, Pirates of the Caribbean, Toy Story and the Incredibles, with more to come in 2014. Think Skylanders with Disney characters and you get the basic idea. The kids will love combining the various Disney characters and creating whole new worlds. The only downside, it can get very expensive buying the add-on characters.
Disney Infinity Starter Pack, All Video Game Consoles, 10+, About $59.95, Learn More At Amazon.Com
Enjoy the video games and have a very Happy Holidays!