Category Archives: Video Games

The Hip Hop Dance Experience – Review #UbiChamps #UbiHipHop

6th February 2013

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If you love dance video games, than Hip Hop Dance Experience will not disappoint.

Hip Hop Dance Experience for the Kinect features 40 hip hop songs from old classics to recent chart toppers – there is something for everyone.

The game can be played alone or with a friend in several different modes:

  • Dance Party – Alone or with a friend, you choose a song and the level of difficulty.
  • Dance Battle – Two players will battle against each other to see who can dance better by performing their moves correctly.
  • Dance Marathon – A non-stop dance-a-thon for one.
  • Power Skooling – Here’s where you can ‘skool’ yourself  and practice all the dance moves at your own pace.
  • Wardrobe – This is where you can customize your avatar with outfit options.
The Hip Hop Dance Experience for the Kinect requires you to try to dance and mirror the dancer on the screen as closely as possible. The more moves you do accurately and in sync with the screen dancer, the more points you earn. The game offers hints as to what move is coming up in the form of the ‘next dance card’. It’s a great help especially if you’re just starting out with the game and not necessarily a hip hop dance star.
After each song, each player earns a score and some feedback on the dance moves  you need to improve. Each song has three levels: Newbie, Mack Skills and Go Hard.  So you pick the mode, then you pick your song and then you pick your level. Lots of options and lots of opportunity to improve.
I will say, I found this game much harder than Just Dance 4 and I think it’s definitely geared to older kids/adults. My 9 year old tried it out and also thought although it was fun to dance around and he really liked the music, it was too hard for him to follow along. This makes sense since the game is actually rated Teen (for lyrics, partial nudity, suggestive themes and use of alcohol and tobacco). 
Personally, I really enjoyed it (at the Newbie level) and wanted to keep at it to try to get better at the dance moves. Lots of variety, great songs and really good Kinect-ability with the game. I wish it had the video playback like the Just Dance 4 game does, but it’s still a great game for those who love to dance.
The Hip Hop Dance Experience can be found at Amazon.com.

Poptropica Adventures – Review #UbiChamps #UbiPoptropica

31st January 2013

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Poptropica actually originated as a very popular online game for kids that allows them play in a virtual world, safely. Kids create a character that can then play on different islands and solve mysteries that are often rooted in actual history. My kids have played it and love it so they were thrilled to find out that a new Poptropica video game for the Nintendo DS was released.

Poptropica for Nintendo DS begins the same way, with the player choosing their character and meeting the museum curator. The curator needs help to fix up the museum but to do that, the player needs to go through the four different islands – Museum island, Mythology island, Super Power island and Astroknights island – to collect artifacts for the museum.

You watch your character move through the game on the top screen, while the bottom has four different tabs. These four tabs hold the inventory that you find on the specific island that you are currently in, the outfits that have been unlocked, museum items that have been unlocked and a map to show you your location.

There is also the Customizer that allows you to change your character’s outfits  and find outfits throughout the game.

Both my son who is nine and my daughter who is six, LOVED this game. Because they had both played Poptropica online before, they were able to just jump in and start playing without any instruction at all.

Poptropica for the Nintendo DS is rated E for Everyone (with comic mischief). It can be purchased at Amazon.

You can check out the trailer for the game below!!

Rabbids Rumble – Review #UbiChamps #RabbidsR

31st January 2013

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Rabbids Rumble is a fun Nintendo 3DS game that begins when 102 Rabbids are released into the game and throughout the DS, and the goal is to capture them all.  You can play the game in two different modes: Story mode allows you to play various mini games as a means to capture the Rabbids. There is also a Battle Mode, where you can play multiplayer games against a friend or against the DS itself.

The Rabbids themselves are very funny, weird characters that are super amusing, especially to my nine year old. He really enjoyed this game – this is his first experience with any of the Rabbids games – and it kept him amused for a very long time. I have to admit, that I was not good at this game at all, so I was happy to let him take over, despite feeling very OLD afterward. Personally, I think Rabbids Rumble is definitely geared towards a younger player – they love funny and weird and have a deep appreciation for bodily functions after all.

Rabbids Rumble 3DS is rated E10+ (for Crude humour, mild cartoon violence) and is available at Amazon and ToysRUs.

You can check out the official Rabbids Rumble 3DS trailer below!

Decompress & Relieve Stress with Gaming #FarCryGoldf

22nd January 2013

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I think it is uber important to find something that you love to do and enjoy that also allows you to really relax and decompress from a hard day.

For some, this means painting, or reading (that’s me) or perhaps even running (still don’t understand this one). For many, their favorite way to relieve stress is gaming.

One of these many is my husband, (and my nine year old – it’s VERY stressful being tween evidently). My husband is a big fan of chilling at the end of the day by playing some XBOX – he says it takes his mind of work commitments and reduces on the remote battles. Truth be told, there aren’t that many remote battles, because I OWN the remote. Regardless, the husband enjoys mostly playing the war strategy type games, while the kids and I love having some great fun playing together while “improving” our dance moves. Although I personally am a big reader and opt to read to relax, I can understand why so many people turn to gaming to chill and take their minds off what is stressing them out.

So, are you a gamer? If so, today is a big day!

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So what is Far Cry 3?

Far Cry 3 players step into the shoes of Jason Brody, a man alone at the edge of the world, stranded on a mysterious tropical island cut off from civilization. In this savage paradise where lawlessness and violence are the only sure thing, players will dictate when, where and how the events of the game unfold. Players will slash, sneak, detonate and shoot their way across the island in a world that has lost all sense of right and wrong. The island of Far Cry 3 will drop the player into a rich and stunningly well-realized environment, full of intriguing characters to meet, locations to explore and explosive fights to jump into. Alone on a tropical island, the player will have to confront the dark side of humanity. As Jason Brody, gamers will be impelled to act as he learns more about the horror and corruption that is taking place on the island. Far Cry 3 exists within a world of conceivable reality, where the events could have been ripped straight from the headlines of the news. The natural environment is a tool to be used for survival, improvising your attack or deception of the enemy. Gameplay will reflect the range of opportunities and variety only this type of environment could provide. 

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You can also purchase Far Cry 3 (rated MATURE) on Amazon!!

Just Dance Disney Party #JDDisney #Ubichamp

13th December 2012

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Recently I had the opportunity to review Just Dance 4 for the XBOX Kinect and the entire family was sold after the first dance. We just LOVE it so much, so the kids were excited to try out the “kid” version of Just Dance – Just Dance Disney Party.

Verdict: My kids LOVE Disney everything and they loved this version of Just Dance too. We’ve seen pretty much every Disney movie there is, so they were excited to recognize all the characters throughout the game and dance along.

The kids were able to easily navigate through Just Dance on their own which is great for those times when Mommy doesn’t want to boogie. There are three sections to the game – Just Create, Parents and Dance. Just Create is all about taking pictures and videos while dancing, Parents allows for parents to monitor progress and Dance is, you guessed it, all about Dancing. Just like with Just Dance 4, up to four people can play at once which makes it such a great game to enjoy with family or friends.

This version uses original music from many of the Disney movies and the shows from the Disney channel – my kids really liked that they were able to sing along to the songs while dancing. They included:

Classic Disney songs for the whole Family: Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Cinderella, Peter Pan, Tangled, Lilo & Stitch , Tinker Bell, Enchanted, The Muppets, Bolt, Mary Poppins, and Aristocats. Dances from the hottest Disney Channel shows: Shake It Up, Phineas and Ferb, Jessie , Hannah Montana, A.N.T. Farm, Wizards of Waverly Place, Camp Rock, High School Musical and Good Luck Charlie.

The game also has an added fun feature that my son really enjoyed called Balloon Mode that allows the players to earn more points while they compete with one another. Other options include creating your own playlists and Non-Stop Shuffle Mode for when you need to dance non-stop! I had to ask the kids to shut down the game because they were totally into it and not interested in stopping anytime soon. It made them sweaty and giggly and happy – another reason this game is a definite win as a family/kid game in my book.

Just Dance Disney Party can be purchased at Amazon.com and ToysRUs.com

 

Just Dance 4 – Review #CleverJD4

22nd November 2012

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The great thing about this time of year is the chance to spend time with family, eat too much and laugh at those who slowly pass out from carb overload. This year, however, I suggest you challenge your family members to some fun instead – it will rouse the sleepy. For those celebrating Thanksgiving this weekend, Just Dance 4 is the perfect way to add some fun (and exercise) to your celebration. You will dance, sweat and laugh like crazy – it is a guaranteed fun time.

I had the chance to review Ubisoft’s Just Dance 4 with my family and we absolutely LOVE it. The best thing about this game is that four people can play/dance at the same time – perfect for family get togethers and holidays!! Ahem, Thanksgiving.

My kids and I cannot stop playing – we are obsessed. The concept is simple – you mimic the dancer on the screen as closely as possible, and the better you are it, the more points (mojo) you earn. There are tons of song options which only increase the more you dance and the more points you earn, which then helps you increase your mojo. From Rick Astley, to One Direction, to Barry White, the choreography and music covers all genres. Once you fill the mojo bar, you move to the next stage and you earn gifts and unlock new songs and game modes.

One of my favorite parts of the game is that you have the option to “generate” a video after a dance, which is basically a short video of your dance moves. Yes, the Kinect records your moves and then speeds them up so you can watch the glory. My kids and I think these are really funny, although my eight year old is convinced he has a future as a dancer.

There is also a Just Sweat Mode – which is basically a dance workout that can last 10, 25 or 45 minutes in length. It will track the calories you burn as well. Definitely a fun way to work out and have some fun at the same time.

You also have the option to get online and join the Just Dance 4 community online. You can shop for new song downloads, keep up to date on Just Dance 4 news, and connect with friends and their stats as well.

Oh look, another cute video of my son dancing like a rock star:

If you haven’t realized yet – Just Dance 4 is crazy fun and worth every penny. I love this game, my eight and six year olds both love the game, so I insist you go out right now and buy it. You can find it at Amazon.

Imagine Fashion Life – A Review #UbiFashionLife

21st November 2012

Ubisoft’s Imagine Fashion Life for the 3DS is a game that is all about fashion and is set in Fashion Town.

There are several characters that are unlocked throughout the game but the player is Emma, who is new to the fashion scene. The game begins with you choosing a career – designer, top model, or manager, and then you complete tasks within in each career to progress. As you progress and complete missions, you become more famous.

Within Fashion Town, there are several buildings that you can access via map. What you choose as your career will determine the buildings you will spend time in and what you will do there.

There is also an online option to this game that will allow you to download additional content for the game, but it isn’t necessary to play the game. This game can also be played in 3D or 2D if you prefer. The game is very similar to Imagine Babyz in that you watch the game on the top screen, and maneuver/play the game on the bottom screen.

The game is rated E for everyone but I think it’s probably geared towards an older child (tweens) – there were too many steps and instructions to keep my six year old interested for long. I would have also liked to see an option to be able to alter the avatar beyond outfit and hair. All the characters in this game look pretty much the same, and I think it would be great to be able to make the main character your own.

For the tweens on your holiday gift list, Imagine Fashion Life can be purchased at Amazon.com

Imagine Babyz 3DS – A Review #ImagineBabyz

21st November 2012

I was recently sent the Ubisoft Imagine Babyz game for the Nintendo 3DS to review and no one was more thrilled than my six year old daughter.

The premise of the game is that the player is a young pediatric nurse recently recruited by a famous international au pair agency. As an au pair, you travel the world taking care of babies until you have enough experience to open your own day care.  You begin the game by personalizing and naming your avatar. You are then asked a series of questions, by the head of agency, Miss Wilhelmina to determine your baby “missions”. You get to choose from three different babies in three different parts of the world. Once you’ve chosen your baby, you are given a series of objectives that you need to complete to successfully take care of the baby, like bathing, changing their diaper and feeding. Once you’ve accomplished your objectives, you move on to the next family. Once you’ve successfully helped three babies, you move to the next chapter of the game.

As you play, the game also “blogs” your experiences in the game – the blog is updated automatically with each mission objective completed and you can choose to take a related “picture ” of each objective.

When playing the game on the 3DS, you can choose to play in 3D or not, it really doesn’t affect your ability to play. My old lady eyeballs preferred to play without the 3D option and it was enjoyable regardless. The game uses both screens – you see what’s happening on the top screen and you use the stylus to play the game on the bottom screen. Learning how to play was very simple for both myself and my daughter because the game walks you through every part of the game very clearly. There is also a message center where your “boss” and fellow au pairs will leave you messages about your progress.

I thought this game was really cute and I predicted my daughter would really enjoy it and she did.  She LOVED this game and taking care of all “her” babies. These are her thoughts:

“This is my favorite game ever. I liked all the babies and taking care of the babies and all the babies are so cute. They sound like babies and I can take their pictures and feed them. I want to play this game all day.”

Yup, she liked the babies!

This would make a great gift this holiday season. The game is rated E for everyone, and you can find it at Amazon.com!

Horses 3D Nintendo 3DS Game – Review

16th May 2012

Horses 3D is a fun, simulation game that allows the player to care for horses. The game begins by asking you a series of questions such as what your favorite equestrian dream sport is, favorite music and favorite colour. You then get to personalize your character and horse, which then help to create your Horses 3D profile.

Again there is a lot of reading in this game, so that is something to consider when purchasing this game. The game gives you a series of tasks that you need to complete to continue with the game, however it is very good at helping you along to the next task. There are fun challenges and game throughout as well, like racing others and competing in competing in horse events. You learn to take care of your horse and can run a stable of up to 15 horses. My five year old LOVES this game. She is a big fan of animals and horses, and loved “taking care of her horse”. Horses 3D is a definite hit in our house!

Horses 3D is rated E for everyone and please remember that Nintendo suggests that the 3D mode be used by children seven and up – the game can be enjoyed in both modes.

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Funky Barn 3D Nintendo 3DS Game – Review

16th May 2012

Funky Barn 3D by Ubisoft is a “farm simulation game” that allows the player to set up an entire farm, while choosing which animals and equipment they would like to include. The game begins with a step-by-step walkthrough to get you started and familiarize yourself with the controls. It also makes suggestions throughout, to help guide you as you set up your farm. You can set up your farm on one of three lots, depending on the level of difficulty you want to play (easy, medium and hard). You can also play challenge scenarios, but those are only available once you’ve completed your first farm.

The game can be played in both 3D and 2D – but it is suggested that children younger than seven should avoid the 3D altogether. My son, who’s eight, tends to use 2D for all his games and enjoys it much better – he tends to experience the eye strain that 3D can create. The game can be fun and silly, but if your child doesn’t enjoy simulation games, then this one isn’t for them. You definitely need to be able to read to play this game, and I did find the controls required to move items and play, would be easier to manipulate by an older child. My five year old daughter who doesn’t have the patience for this type of game wasn’t interested in playing at all, while my son was willing to give it a go and has been playing it.

For me personally, I didn’t love this game – I found the interface a bit difficult to follow (perhaps I have giant fingers?) althought in fairness, simulation games are not my thing at all.

Funky Barn 3D is not an educational or learning game, so you need to keep that in mind if that’s what you’re looking for. However, it is rated E for everyone (with comic mischief).

Thank you to Ubisoft for sponsoring this blog post. Please click here to learn more about Ubisoft. I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective. All opinions are my own. #UbiChamps

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