Category Archives: Video Games

Pac-Man is Back! Retro Games on the Come Up!

Classic is the new black. From clothes to vehicles, what was once old is new again and in real demand. Video games aren’t any exception.

Classics that for years was found in barrooms and arcades have come back as current hits in an assortment of formats, like phones, touchscreens, and tablets. Not only are these retros bringing nostalgia for the ‘80s, they’re also getting a whole new fan base that didn’t grow up with the original.

Here are some games that pick up where their old-school ancestors left off.

Pac-Man/Now: Pac-Man 256
Pac-Man became 35 this year and was long due for a remake. In comes Pac-Man 256! First brought back in July ‘15 as a mobile game, with over 10 million downloads in the 1st 30 days, this one is going to quickly gain popularity on PCs due to their bigger screens to have fun with all the new features, such as the power to get around ghosts using tornados and lasers.

Old: 1942 
NOW: Shooty Skies

Matt Hall and Andy Sum are game specialists (retro). Their Crossy Road is a solid, smart throwback to the classic Frogger. This new version, Shooty Skies, gets its feel from the ‘80s game in which a plane sets off to destroy its enemies.

The basis of 1942 is carried over in Shooty Skies, and though the design of the game has an old feel, it’s much more lively than its inspiration. Instead of a cargo plane flying over an ocean, Shooty Skies has lots of landscapes, enemies, and new characters. Fun enemies such as piñatas that blast confetti and computer screens with cat memes that blast keyboards.

Pokemon
NOW: Mino Monsters 2

Cool, chilled characters that are cute and lethal at the same time are base to Pokemon and its current rebirth, Mino Monsters 2.

With Mino, you are introduced to a whole new cast with which you can battle. Mino’s creators also brought on a new story element to the game geared at older players, a tongue-in-cheek, Adult Swim type narrative.

Websites Your Children Will Enjoy

Let Your Kids Have a Blast on These Websites! All Kid Appropriate!

Fizzy’s Lunch Lab
Web-exclusive animated series encourages good nutrition.
URL: http://pbskids.org/lunchlab/

Arthur Family Health
Good information on allergies, asthma, allergies, children health.
URL: http://pbskids.org/arthur/health/ 

HTE Kids News
Current events crafted for children.
URL: http://www.htekidsnews.com 

Nick Jr. Beyond the Backpack
Personalized help preps children for preschool.
URL: http://beyondthebackpack.nickjr.com

Pocoyo World
Virtual world preschoolers can have fun with adults.
URL: http://www.pocoyo.com/ 

Duck’s Alphabet
Fun, easy phonics games presented by Word World character.
URL: http://wordworld.com/ducksalphabet.php 

Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood
Activities and lessons help preschoolers absorb life skills.
URL: http://pbskids.org/rogers/ 

Sesame Street
Brought to you by the letter “F” — for fun.
URL: http://www.sesamestreet.org

Oh Noah!
Learn Spanish along with title characters.
URL: http://pbskids.org/noah/index.html 

National Geographic Education
Rich resource get kids to be conscientious citizens.
URL: http://www.natgeoed.org 

New Moon Girls Online
Dynamite, fulfilling site for girls who want to get their priorities in the right place.
URL: http://www.newmoon.com/ 

Stop Bullying Now!
Games, videos, and quizzes inspiring kids to take a stand against bullying.
URL: http://takeastand.stopbullying.gov/kids/ 

Storybird
Create and craft wonderful books to share online and in print.
URL: http://www.storybird.com 

Starfall
When a mom mentioned she’s looking for some great educational websites for her children, it’s wasn’t long before Starfall was mentioned. The site has been online since ‘02 and works with your children through letter recognition all the way to reading nonfiction, comics, and plays.
URL: http://www.starfall.com/http://www.starfall.com/

CoolMath
CoolMath refers to itself as “an amusement park of math and more.” Kids can play online math games that aid them with addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, decimals, money and more. CoolMath is for those that are ages 13 and up. However, its sister site, CoolMath4Kids is the one that is appropriate for kids between 3 through 12. CoolMath-Games has math games for preschoolers.
URL: http://www.coolmath.com/

Video Games for Young Children

As popular as video games and game systems are today most households contain a Play Station or an Xbox. If there are little ones in your home and they’ve grown up around it, they probably get excited about and ask to play too. However, some of those games adults and older children play can be not only inappropriate but also hard for younger children to understand. So, what are some games that are Play Station and Xbox compatible with the younger children in your household? Here are a few popular ones that can get your child included in the gaming fun at your house.

Play Station 4 Games

Little Big Planet 3 allows children to explore a mysterious planet called Bunkum. They will meet the inhabitants and battle Newton, the planet’s enemy. You can find this game online or in stores like Walmart and Target for around $20-25.

The Disney Infinity 2.0 Toy Box Starter Pack will give your child the freedom to explore, take adventures, and create new worlds with some of their favorite Disney characters. This game allows your child to open their imagination and create their own stories. This game sells for $9-17 at Walmart, Target, Game Stop, or online.

Lego City Undercover lets your children become a police officer named Chase McCain who goes undercover to hunt down an escaped criminal named Rex Fury who is terrorizing the city. This game is rated Everyone 10+. You can get this game for about $30-45.

Xbox One Games

Disney 2.0 Toy Box Starter Pack can also be purchased for Xbox One for around the same price as the Play Station Version.

Kung Fu Panda Showdown of Legendary Legends lets your child battle the legends of Kung Fu Panda across the Valley of Peace and compete in tournaments. This game sells for around $30.

Plants Vs. Zombies Garden Warfare allows children to join the plants in regaining their town from the zombies that have taken it over with their evil leader Dr. Zomboss. You can get this game for $10-20.

Video Games Aren’t As Pointless As You Think!

Differing to the customary belief that gaming is just an addictive source of diversion and entertainment, recent studies has shown that gaming has many benefits and key among them, is the growth of cognitive skills in both adults and children.

Just as physical exercise aids in strengthening and improving your muscles, video games aid to indulge one’s brain in continuous stimulation, thus cultivating the brain’s performance. The following are some of the mental benefits of playing video games.

Advances coordination
When a child or adult is playing a video game, he or she is not only gazing at the computer inactively. The activities and actions on the screen offer plenty of mental stimulation. For one to play, he or she will necessitate to coordinate their audio, visual, and physical movements.

Betters problem-solving skills
Video games have specific rules. This means that the player has to think cautiously before making any move to guarantee that they stay within the obligatory rules of that specific game. The player needs to make quick decisions that will decide whether or not he or she will go to the next level.

Improves memory
Playing your favorite video game may necessitate both audio and visual memory. The player is needed to read or listen to the instructions which might only be given at the start of the game, thus the need to remember them during the entire game. Mastery of the keys on your keyboard aids you in effortlessly moving your characters in the game. This aids to develop your memory, whether short- term or long-term.

Develops attention and concentration
Video games particularly action games, have confirmed to be able to capture the player’s attention for the whole period of the game. This is brought about by the player’s demand to accomplish certain goals within the game and be able to get to the next level.