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Kids Gaming Gift Guide
December 13, 2007
By John Powell - G4 Canada
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!
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
Spider-Man: Friend or Foe
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
Bee Movie Game
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.
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.
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.
Viva Piñata: Party Animals
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
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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