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Kids Gaming Gift Guide

December 13, 2007

By John Powell - G4 Canada

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The clock is ticking. Santa is loading up his sleigh and you still haven't gotten anything for that young gamer on your Christmas list? No worries. Never fear. Here are some last minute gift ideas that will put you on their nice list.

 

High School Musical: Sing It!
Platforms: Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 2
Publisher: Disney Interactive Studios
ESRB Rating: E for Everyone.
Official Site: http://disney.go.com/disneyinteractivestudios/hsm/regions.html

Don't try to understand it. Just go with it. The 'High School Musical' phenomenon continues to be one of the most popular Disney properties in
years. Now, with the 'Sing It!' game, fans can plug in the USB microphone and warble to their heart's content. The game includes all of the songs from both original Disney movies and players can be either Troy, Gabriella, Sharpay, Ryan, Chad or Taylor. 'Sing It!' has three game modes, Story, Party and Quickplay. Those who don't wanna strain their vocal chords can shake the Wiimote and Nunchuck which act like a drum,
tambourine and a cowbell. Grooovy.

 

 

Kids Gaming Gift Guide: Spider-Man:  Friend or FoeSpider-Man: Friend or Foe
Platforms: Everything but the PS3.
Publisher: Activision.
ESRB Rating: E10+.
Official Site: http://spiderman-friend-or-foe.com/

While adults may find the gameplay a little too repetitive, 'Friend or Foe' is a wonderful and humourous version of 'Ultimate Alliance' for the kiddies. They can either suit up as everyone's favourite web-head, some of his friends like Iron Fist and the Black Cat or as co-operative villains like Doc Ock and Venom to track down the mastermind behind a monstrous plot involving the same creatures that spawned Venom. You cannot go
wrong with such light-hearted fun.

 

 

Kids Gaming Gift Guide: Bee MovieBee Movie Game
Platforms: Everything but PSP and PS3.
Publisher: Activision.
ESRB Rating: E for Everyone.
Official Site: http://www.beemoviegame.com/

As in the DreamWorks movie, players take on the role of Barry B. Benson (voiced by Jerry Seinfeld) and unravel the mystery of what humankind has been doing with all that ill-gotten honey. In New Hive City, children can try out such jobs as a honey sorter, taxi driver, pollen jockey, honeycomb collector, crane operator and mechanic. There are also some great driving missions. Outside New Hive City, gamers can play the ‘Bee Movie’ and then some. The scenes include defending captive bees at an apiary, engaging in dogfights with ill-tempered wasps and flying through a rain storm while avoiding angry hot dog vendors, cars and other hazards found in the precarious human world. Perhaps the best kids game of 2007, the imaginative ‘Bee Movie Game’ not only replicates all of the wonderful moments from the movie but it expands upon the plot giving children new levels to play and content to watch.

 

 

Enchanted
Platforms: Nintendo DS, GameBoy Advance.
Publisher: Disney Interactive Studios.
ESRB Rating: E for Everyone.
Official Site: http://disney.go.com/disney
pictures/enchanted/sections/videogame/

Based on the hit Disney movie, kids play as Princess Giselle, Prince Edward and that mischievous chipmunk Pip as they adventure through the animated fairy tale kingdom of Andalasia and the real world of New York City trying to foil the plans of the evil Queen Narissa. There is lots of clever puzzle solving to keep kids and their parents on their toes.

 

 

Kids Gaming Gift Guide: Cars - MaternationalCars: Mater-National
Platforms: Everything except the PSP.
Publisher: THQ.
ESRB Rating: E for Everyone.
Official Site: http://www.carsvideogame.com/

Some new racers have flocked to Radiator Springs and they are looking to burn some rubber. Hosted by Lightning McQueen’s best friend Mater, the first annual Mater-National Race Festival is what they have been waiting for. An improved version of the original ‘Cars’ game with new tracks, 20 mini-games and 10 multiplayer games.

 

 

Kids Gaming Gift Guide: Viva Pinata: Party AnimalViva Piñata: Party Animals
Platforms: Xbox 360.
Publisher: Microsoft Game Studio.
ESRB Rating: E for Everyone.
Official Site: http://www.xbox.com/en-US/
games/v/vivapinatapartyanimals/

In this party game for kids of all ages, compete as your favourite Viva Piñata character in a host of races and mini games. Which piñata will reign supreme? Get your family and friends together over the holidays and find out.

 

 

 

Avatar: The Burning Earth
Platforms: Everything except PS3 and PSP.
Publisher: THQ.
ESRB Rating: E10+.
Official Site: http://www.avatartheburningearth.com/

Following the second season plotline of the popular Nickelodeon cartoon series, everyone's favourite kung fu cue ball, Aang, battles the insidious Fire Nation. With the flexible control scheme, we recommend the Wii version for younger gamers.



 
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