In years past, we have provided parents with a
list of games we recommend for kids in addition to a list of games that you should
make sure kids avoid. This year our list has been expanded to include brief descriptions
as well as a list of game for younger children and a list for teens.
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All Star Cheer Squad sends
players through a year in the life of a cheerleader. Players learn cheers, create
routines and attend practices with the ultimate goal of being the captain of cheer
camps champion squad. When used with the Wii console, players can use the
Balance Board to incorporate movement and exercise into their game play. Available
on Nintendo DS and Wii.
Animal Crossing: City Folk begins
with players setting out to live life in a colorful virtual town filled with something
different to do and new people to meet at every turn. Time passes in 24-hour increments
and can be set up to mimic real life down to the minute. Available on Wii.
FIFA Soccer 09 has received praise for giving gamers near-perfect
control over movement and feel. For example, bigger players are more likely to
use their strength, while smaller players rely on quickness. Gamers can also create
a custom player and develop their skills over a four-season period. Available
on Nintendo DS, PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Xbox 360
Hasbro Family Game Night lets parents and children
come together to play classic Hasbro board games with new age video game technology.
Players can create their own game room filled with familiar Hasbro originals with
a new twist. Games include: CONNECT FOUR Power Chips, BOGGLE Portal Cubes, Reverse
YAHTZEE and BATTLESHIP Barrage, among others. Available on PlayStation 2 and Wii.
High School Musical 3: Senior Year DANCE! lets fans experience
the energy, fun and music of the High School Musical movies. Gamers can
choose to be their favorite character from the movie or create their own player.
Either way, High School Musical fans will enjoy dancing to 29 songs from
the movies alongside their favorite characters. Compete with friends in dance-offs
or play together in dance duo. Available on Nintendo DS, PC, PlayStation 2, Xbox
360 and Wii.
LittleBigPlanet is a revolutionary game that
requires both brains and teamwork to explore, collect and solve puzzles. The most
anticipated feature is the ability to build entire levels, which can be shared
throughout the world via the PlayStation Network. NOTE: Although the games
included content comes with an E-rating and is suitable for children, not all
player-generated content is appropriate. Parents should monitor and be aware of
the levels their children are accessing on the PlayStation Network. Available
on PlayStation 3.
Nancy Drew: The Haunting of Castle Malloy
finds Nancy travelling to Ireland to be the maid of honor at her best friends
wedding. The groom goes missing and Nancy has to track him down by interviewing
characters, solving puzzles and collecting tokens to pay for clues from the fortune
teller. This game has complex characters and plot lines without unnecessary violence.
Available on PC.
NBA LIVE 09 is the fourth edition to the
NBA Live line of games. The game lets players work toward their dream of
becoming NBA superstars. One of the most exciting aspects is the Live Dynamic
DNA. This feature allows the player to update the game to match the NBA players
real life performance. Available on PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 2, PlayStation
3, Xbox 360 and Wii.
NCAA Basketball 09 is a new title
for the popular NCAA March Madness franchise. The game offers a new feature, which
challenges gamers to replicate a schools style of play by rewarding players
for accurately playing with the same method and tempo as the real-life teams.
NCAA Basketball 09 will also feature Division I coaches providing real-time,
in-game instruction and feedback to help players mimic their teams style
of gameplay. Available on PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
Samba de Amigo gives a new twist to the music game genre. Players
shake maracas to the tune of catchy Latin beats with the goal of matching the
designated height and patterns in rhythm with the music. Available on Wii.
Guitar Hero World Tour
is expanding with drums and a microphone for its latest edition of the game allowing
for a complete four-piece band (previous versions included guitar and bass instruments).
The new guitar has a touch pad located on the neck that allows a player to alter
notes by sliding up and down the strip. It is rated T for lyrics and mildly suggestive
themes. Available on PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii.
Rock Band 2 brings back everything that was popular in the original
Rock Band adding 84 new songs from AC/DC, Metallica, The Talking Heads,
Journey, Modest Mouse and others. Players can still enjoy their original Rock
Band favorites by transferring their previously downloaded songs to the new
game. Rock Band 2 also introduces a new online mode. The game is rated
T for lyrics and suggestive themes. Available on PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3,
Xbox 360 and Wii.
Rock Revolution is the latest addition
to the rock n roll game genre. Similar to Guitar Hero and Rock
Band, players channel their inner rock stars by playing drums, guitar or bass.
One add-on to this game is the Jam Mode that allows players to create their own
music. This game is rated T for lyrics and tobacco reference. Available on Nintendo
DS, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii.
Shaun White Snowboarding*
allows players to test their boarding skills on four massive mountains. As you
get better you can purchase new boards that will give you better speed and more
air. The game is rated T for lyrics, mildly suggestive themes and mild violence.
Available on Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable,
Xbox 360 and Wii.
Spider-Man: Web of Shadows allows players
to explore in a free-roaming, open-ended environment. Gamers can choose to play
as the red, heroic, web-slinging Spiderman or the precarious and destructive black
anti-hero Spiderman. Web of Shadows is rated T for animated blood, drug
references, mild language, mildly suggestive themes and violence. Available on
Nintendo DS, PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Xbox 360
*The Wii version is called Shaun White Snowboarding: Road
Trip. On the other systems it is Shaun White Snowboarding.