Some games are just perfect for getting a little help from your friends- and siblings. Co-operative video games allow parents and kids, siblings, or best friends to bond over playing a video game. Here are some to try that might help alleviate a battle over the video game controller.
1. Disney Princess: Enchanted Journey Quintet of princesses lead young girls on safe, fun romp.
Targeted squarely at your kindergarten-aged girl, the game puts her in the slippers of a lass who is led by a pixie to a dilapidated castle and told that the only way to restore it to its former glory is to help a quintet of princesses-Snow White from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, The Little Mermaid's Ariel, Belle from Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin's Jasmine, and Cinderella-in their struggle against the an evil witch and her minions, blobby bad guys known as bogs.
Her journey takes her to famous locations from the princesses' films, including castles, mines, cottages, and forests. She is bestowed a wand that she can brandish to turn bogs into butterflies, color environmental objects that have lost their luster, and dispel mirages, and she uses it often during the game's wide variety of missions, which range from item hunts to rhythm challenges. Parents can plug in a second controller, which creates a second little girl on screen, and help their kids complete trickier missions.
2. Club Penguin Game Day All-around great collection of multiplayer mini-games.
Four teams of penguins compete in a wacky Olympics that includes events such as sack races, snowball fights, dance-offs, and balancing contests. Kids can design their own penguin avatar (or download one from the Club Penguin website) and use coins they earn to buy costume pieces for their bird to wear. In the solo story, your penguin will pick a team to join and then help that team take over all of the island's territories by winning mini-tournaments against the other teams.3. Elebits Little beings electrify gameplay on the Wii.
This game is a high-tech version of the old favorite hide-and-seek, an action-puzzle game for the Nintendo Wii system that showcases the unique gameplay possible with the Wii controller. The premise is straightforward: Lightning has knocked out the electricity to a house, and the way to restore it is to find and catch little electrical beings known as Elebits, with the wireless Wii controller as your seeker. As you collect Elebits, electrical things within the room will become available to be turned on by firing your beam. The game provides 29 Elebit-seeking missions that get progressively harder; objectives vary in terms of the amount of watts you need to collect and the length of time you have.
This is an intriguing game that will appeal to both girls and boys. Some kids will approach it as a hide-and-seek puzzle, where careful planning pays off. Those who like fast-paced action will treat this game as a type of "shooter" and revel in hunting for Elebits by grabbing onto objects and then tossing everything in sight.
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