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Three Family and Kid Friendly Xbox 360 Games

June 13, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

The Xbox 360 console can have a reputation for it's violent and mature games, but the reality is that there are masses of kid friendly titles available for the system. These types of games have not only been produced and provided by third party developers, like Traveller's Tales, but also by second party developers like Rare, who are being backed by Microsoft. It's pretty clear that Microsoft wants it to be clear that the Xbox 360 is intended for all audiences.

Lego Indiana Jones: is an adventure/puzzle game in the vein of Lego Star Wars and Lego Batman. While all three Lego games are above average, Lego Indiana Jones manages to be much more, due to it's satisfying combat and reasonably logical puzzles. One thing that makes the Lego games so accessible as a whole is it's drop in/drop out co-op multi-player gameplay. One individual can always play alone, in which case AI will take over control of the second personality. But at any point a 2nd player can come along, press start on the second controller, and "drop in", taking control of the second character. Lego Indiana Jones is a cute and charming game, yet it's also a particularly intellectual one, in it's own way.

Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts: While the franchise has always been pretty unusual ( after all, it's about a bear named Banjo and a rooster named Kazooie who travel together ), Nuts & Bolts takes things further with a mad vehicle creation mechanic. The objective is to go the length of 6 worlds in an effort to get the deed to Spiral Mountain, but the story takes second seat to the gameplay. Along Banjo's journey he acquires a currency called Bolts by completing challenges, and he will then use the Bolts to build all sorts of autos, both land and air. Experimentation is rewarded with some truly cool and weird looking automobiles with which you can traverse the world. This provides great replay factor and is perfect for your Xbox-mad kids!

Viva Pinata : Trouble in Paradise : If you are into the Xbox 360 at all we'd be very surprised if you have not at least heard of Viva Pinata, a Virtual Life franchise Rare has been developing iterations of for years now. A gardener of what, you ask? Pinatas. That is right ; didn't you know that pinatas have to be cultivated and grown? As you are given a little plot of land, you need to it in a way which will attract will pinatas. Sometimes you need to produce a certain flower, or plant. But the needs for the chance of certain pinatas appearing grows larger and more complex over a period. While it's correct that kid's may wish to dedicate more time to this than some other games, it's a sort of game that adults can take part in just as well as children can, revealing why it's growing in popularity so much.

These three titles are just an example of a whole range of family friendly Xbox 360 games, keep your eyes open for many more to come!

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PS3 For The Kiddies!

March 25, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

As successful as the Playstation 3 has been, it is known to be probably the least family orientated next gen console available right now. The calibre of games released onto the system usually cater for the older gaming demographic, and so Sony lose out to obvious favourites Wii, and also the Xbox 360 to a degree, when it comes to appealing to a younger, more family-friendly dynamic. On that note, since you're probably struggling to find something suitable, we've compiled the three best kiddy friendly games the Playstation 3 has to offer.

First up we have Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga. As the name suggests, this game brings together all previous installments of the highly popular Lego Star Wars franchise into one great bundle, adding the next gen sheen and throwing in a new setof features and extras to round off the package. Add to this the inclusion of online play support, and you have a neat little game that is fun for the whole family, and suprisingly addictive!

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Next is Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction. The Ratchet and Clank series have always hovered on the boundary between kids games and more suitable for older players, but T of D has been officially licensed for players under 10, so all is good. Certain elements of the gameplay have been reworked, allowing for a much simpler and straightforward style, whilst maintaining the overwhelming fun we've come to expect from the series. Mixing shooter elements with hints of RPG, the weapons utilized through the game can be levelled up and augmented, allowing more powerful incarnations to be unlocked, something that'll keep the young ones hooked for hours!

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Saving the best for last, we have LittleBigPlanet. aside from the highly entertaining single player campaign, LBP has the highly intuitive and unbelievably fun level editing function, allowing players to create their own environments and load them online to be enjoyed by the community. This may sound complicated, but it's actually very easy and extremely fun. LittleBigPlanet truly is a timeless game, as the possibilities on it are only limited by the minds of the players themselves. There's always something new to try and do, and although the game obviously appeals to players of all ages, it is especially well loved by children and their over-active imaginations!

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