If you are still doing your Christmas shopping (like me), you may have some kids on your list. I have discovered that games make great family gifts. Instead of needing to get something for each member of a family, or for each individual child, a game can be given for everyone to enjoy!
The generous people at Wonder Forge sent me three games of my choice to review. My children are widely spread in age (13, 10, 6, and 3), so I selected quite a variety.
1. Justice League: Axis of Villians
This game is perfect for older kids. My son is 13, and we played together. Believe it or not, it was really fun, even for me! He is always asking to play video games with me or his dad. This game is action packed with a lot of variables, so it isn't boring. It uses favorite, familiar Justice League characters, like Batman and Green Lantern, so it also has a cool factor. But it is screen free, and gave us at least 45 minutes of quality time! I also am confident that a group of tweens could play this on their own. All in all, if you need to buy for the super-hero obsessed kid who is at least 8, this is a great choice!
In the tradition of Where's Waldo and I Spy, this is a picture finding game. It works great for siblings and mixed age groups, because all of the players are on one team. Older kids can help little kids follow the rules and find the pictures. Players are racing a timer, not each other. My ONLY criticism of this game is that it is enormous. The game board is 6 feet long, and you have to move all around it to find pictures, move your characters, and set the timer. However, if you have a room with plenty of floor space, the game itself is super fun. All of my kids played it together, with a little guidance from me.
3. Sofia the First: Magical Tea Time Game
If you have preschool aged girls in your life, you are probably very familiar with Sofia the First. My youngest is three, and she is a Sofia fanatic. My two girls love this game, although I am not convinced they follow the rules. Normally, I catch them having pretend tea parties with all of the beautiful, colorful pieces instead. No reading is required to play, so it is perfect for the 3-6 year old age group.
I was quite pleased with all three games, and would gladly give any of them as gifts. They have all been played several times since we got them! Thanks to Happy Mothering and Wonder Forge for the opportunity.