It’s time to link up with Kelly over at This Ain’t the Lyceum for another edition of Seven Quick Takes! Don’t forget to click on over when you’re done reading to see what everyone else is talking about!
This week I really wanted to talk about video games. I have always loved video games and when I became an adult with expendable (or not so expendable) income I was able to really dig in and dictate what games I wanted to play. There are a lot of different genres and the landscape of gaming is always changing but I generally like to play open world, action adventure first person shooters on consoles. I realize you may not know what that means BUT it does mean that I am really cool. You just don’t know it yet.
Chuck and I own an Xbox One, a PS4, and a Nintendo Switch and there are a lot of really good games out there. Now that my kids are getting a little older we’ve been able to move into that fun phase where they hold a controller, usually one for a different system, while Chuck and I play.
I thought I would use this week to share 7 games you could play with or at least in front of your kids on all three consoles. The Nintendo Switch has the most child friendly titles on it but if you’re thinking about getting one I should warn you the console is NOT the most child friendly thing. The games are teeny tiny cartridges that can get lost easily and the controllers can easily get put on wrong and once they’re on wrong they’re stuck pretty good. Ask me how I know. – _- The Xbox One and PS4 are easier to manage but the titles are definitely geared towards older teens and adults and there aren’t nearly as many kiddie games.
Anywho, onto the list!
Super Mario Odyssey: If you loved Super Mario as a kid than this title will not disappoint. Mario is back and better than ever and this game has a ton of nods to the games we loved in the past, including really fun, hidden 2D levels that will remind you of the original. In this story line Bowser has kidnapped Peach (again) and is planning an elaborate wedding. You travel the world trying to stop him with the help of your new buddy, Cappy, who can help you take control of all the baddies you’ve been jumping on for years. It’s ridiculously fun. You can dress Mario in a bunch of different outfits and unlock a ton of secret content but it’s all optional. The game is straightforward, fun, and a great way to introduce your kids to Mario and all of his friends.
Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze: This game was originally made for the Nintendo Wii but they remastered it and released it on the Switch. Anyone can watch you play but younger kids will probably have a hard time playing it themselves because this game is HARD. You play as Donkey Kong himself and you can get help from Diddy, Dixie, and Cranky as you fight off some evil penguins and walruses that have taken over your island to make frozen fruit punch or something. I’m not totally sure. But getting through this game will definitely require some skill. Not to worry though! After three or four failed attempts at a level the game will allow you to skip it altogether, but you lose out on any special loot you picked up while you were trying. You can always go back and try again though.
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: If you like Mario AND racing then this is the game for you. Play as Mario or a bunch of other characters from various Nintendo franchises and battle it out on all sorts of wacky tracks. You can play locally with up to four players and race on one of four different difficulties. If you have a four year old who wants to play it himself (ahem) you can hand him the controller and watch him drive around in circles while a Koopa tells him to go the other way for hours. Or for however long you have patience. Either way it’s a fun game.
Kingdom Hearts 1.5 + 2.5 Remix and Kingdom Hearts III: The first game is only available on PS4, the second will be available on PS4 and Xbox One in January 2019. You might remember Kingdom Hearts from over a decade ago. In this game you get to play with Mickey, Donald, Goofy and the rest while exploring various Disney themed worlds with some Final Fantasy characters thrown in for fun. The story is cute if confusing, with a terrible darkness overtaking all of the worlds and you get to play as Sora, the hero, with a magical key that can lock all the passages and stop the darkness. Because of the light in your heart or something. Just play it, you get to see all your favorite Disney characters it’s fun. The first link is all of the Kingdom Hearts games that have come out so far, on the PS2 and various handheld devices, remastered to look amazing on your HD television. The long awaited sequel doesn’t come out til next year but I just wanted you to know about it because it looks SO COOL AND I’M NOT FANGIRLING YOU ARE. Ahem. Let’s move on.
Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy: This title is available on all consoles AND on PC and yes, this is the game that you played as a kid, not a reboot. To be precise, it is all 3 Crash Bandicoot games, remastered to look super cool in HD. It’s a platformer, which means you generally run from left to right as you pick up peaches or something and try to stop the bad guy and there’s only a little cartoon violence to worry about. Mostly, it’s just fun to relive the glory days and try to remember where all the secret passages and portals are. I really enjoyed playing it, I think you will too.
Overcooked: This game is available on all consoles but I played in on Xbox One. It is a new title and So. Much. Fun. You can play alone or with three other players and you work together to cook different dishes in super weird kitchens, training all across the continent so you can defeat a giant spaghetti and meatball monster in the final level that is threatening to eat the world. An onion king and his dog, Kevin, will advise you along the way. I’m not kidding.
The king is a giant onion and he has a dog named Kevin. If you ignore that weirdness though you have a really fun. co-op game that will either teach your kids to work together or make them hate each other. And if you survive them playing the game the sequel will be coming out in August!
- Minecraft: I know you already know about this game but it is seriously a lot of fun. If you don’t know what it is, it’s a game where you get dumped in some random world and you have to harvest the materials around you to create homes, weapons, and tools. There is no story, no plot, it’s just an open world sandbox for your kids to explore or build as they see fit. It might seem silly but people have created some amazing things in Minecraft, like full scale models of Hogwarts or the White House. Even if you don’t plan on playing the game you should google some of these creations, they’re really cool.
And there you have it, 7 games you’ll want to play with the kids or maybe after the kids have gone to bed. It’s up to you! What games do you like to play? Are there any titles I missed that you would add to the list? Let me know in the comments!