We’ve had a busy couple of months in the Battling On household thanks to some very nice people inviting us out and sending us some fun stuff to review.
We started in half term with a trip into London to join a Perform Party. On the face of it this seemed quite a standard ‘party with an entertainer’ day out but the kids got stuck in straight away and from the outset it was obvious that this was a cut above. The party hosts are incredibly professional and completely engaging. Think children’s TV presenter and you’d be on the right lines. My three were all in the same group and she managed to pitch the party so they all felt included and had a great time. We can heartily recommend from a fun and enjoyment perspective but also as a great confidence builder. Thanks Perform!
Right now we’re in the midst of a Wii frenzy, having been sent a swathe of Wii loveliness to play with.
Starting with The Black Eyed Peas Experience (£22.99 from Ubisoft) for age 12 and up. Anyone familiar with dance games will know exactly what to expect with this one. As the self proclaimed dancing queen of the family I thought I’d ace this but it is pretty complex – the age rating is correct in that sense. The 5 year old found it a bit of a struggle but still loved it. Choose your BEP character and dance along using their choreography to all the hits – it’s great fun, and probably a decent workout if I hadn’t had to bow out early for fear of upsetting the 5yo.
Just Dance Kids (£14.99 from Amazon) was an instant hit with the 5yo. The 9yo supervised this one and he summed it up thus: “Fun, active, like the selection of groups at the bottom, good songs for children, easy dance moves, good backgrounds.” For my part I loved the fact that even very young children can achieve really high scores – it’s a great confidence builder and lots of fun. As you can see, the 5yo really loved it:
Next up was Rayman Origins (£19.99 from Ubisoft) for ages 7 and up. This one is already a firm favourite with the 9 and (nearly) 7 year old who have played it pretty much constantly since it arrived. Great characterisation, fab graphics, and exciting levels. The 9yo says it’s quite easy to get through the levels, but not so easy that you get bored. Really good fun as a 2-player game as well. A complete winner
And then there’s The Adventures of Tin Tin – The secret of the Unicorn. (£24.99 from Ubisoft) for age 12 and up. Again this was reviewed by the 9yo. It is quite a tricky game and IMO the skill level of the child, rather than the content is why this is pitched at 12+. This game has great graphics, multi character play (including the ability to play as snowy) and complex levels. Probably too complex for the 9yo as the levels took ages to complete and there was no save option mid-level. As a parent this is a negative as it leads to countless arguaments about when to turn it off. That said, the 9yo thought it was ‘very good’ and he thought they should definitely make another game.
ABBA You can dance (£22.49 from Ubisoft) ages 3 and up was another instant hit. Dance and karaoke of all your Abba faves – you really can’t go wrong. This one is the perfect post Christmas dinner entertainment for the whole family. The video shows the 9yo and I busting our moves. We think we rock – you have been warned!
And finally, something for you. On reflection the 5yo decided that much as she loves the Black Eyed Peas, it’s going to take her a while to grow into the game so she’d like to give it away.
I’d love to be able to get it to you for Christmas but can’t guarantee it. To enter, simply leave a comment below and I’ll pick a winner using one of those randomisers after the giveaway closes at midnight tomorrow – Tuesday 20th December and I’ll post it first thing on Wednesday. Good luck!
Open to all
One entry per person
No cash alternative
Closes midnight Tuesday 20th December 2011