Tech to keep the whole family entertained and active in summer
Time Out Dubai Kids staff
May 30, 2012 11:43 AM
For Disney fun If a trip to Disneyland is off the agenda this year, check out the recently released Disneyland Adventures for the Xbox 360 Kinect. A huge hit with our tiny testers, it brings the world-famous theme park to life. Once everyone’s got used to coordinating their movements through the Kinect, it’s a fun romp through an almost-to-scale Disneyland. Kids can interact with over 40 of their favourite characters, while the most popular rides have been converted into fun games, from shoot-em-ups to races and tests of wits and skill. Kinect Disneyland Adventures.
For tapping those toes Who could resist joining in with those lovable dancing penguins? Happy Feet 2 for Xbox 360 is aimed at the youngest end of the gaming spectrum. One or two players can take on the roles of Mumble and Ramon as they go about their tasks, from helping lost penguins to collecting musical notes. While there was plenty of mini games to enjoy, we found that the most smiles were raised simply by flailing around to make the penguins dance – and you can’t argue with that (even if the soundtrack starts to grate on grown-ups nerves after a while). Happy Feet 2, Xbox 360.
For bridging the generation gap For petrol-heads young and old, you’d have to go a long way to beat track racing simulator, Forza Motorsport 4 for the Xbox 360 and Kinect. Kids of all ages will love the realistic driving experience, and the chance to get a pretty impressive collection of supercars in their auto portfolio. Dads, on the other hand, will love the geeky ‘Autovista’ mode, which not only lets them wander round their motors, with detailed stats on the mechanics, but also is voiced by none other than Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson. Top stuff. Forza Motorsport 4, Xbox 360.
For fantasy fans Definitely one for older kids, Sorcery for the PS3 was released at the end of May 2012. Compatible with the Playstation Move, players take on the role of a young magicians apprentice, who along with his feline familiar, must journey on a quest across the kingdom, battling monsters, finding treasure and defeating the evil queen along the way. Not just another fantasy-fiction game, players have to use their nous to solve puzzles, cast scientific spells and outwit enemies. Sorcery, PS3.
For getting the whole family involved So what if you can’t get away for that family trip of a lifetime this year? Wii Sports Resort transports the whole family to Wuhu Island, with all manner of fun activities to try out (from the comfort of your living room). Packaged with the Wii Motion Plus, it’s a chance to get everyone up and active, with a wide range of holiday-friendly pursuits, including wakeboarding (great for coordination and balance), frisbee and archery (both good for accuracy), or even a particularly realistic game of table tennis. A great game for family get- togethers… Sports Resort, Wii.
For pretending you’re outside It might be the summer holidays, but Wii Playground helps kids aged four and up re-enact all their favourite schoolyard games. Players can challenge other kids in the playground to games of kicks, dodgeball, slotcars and paper racers, winning that age-old playground currency, marbles, along the way. These can then be exchanged for power-up stickers. The game’s only downfall is that it can seem pretty dated compared to some of the ultra-high-tech offerings on the shelves today (but it still went down a treat with our testers). Wii Playground, Wii.