Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Family Games from Electronic Arts

Ask anyone who the leader is in making the best video games and the answer will always be EA (Electronic Arts).

Thanks to Foghorn PR, our family had the opportunity of reviewing three fabulous games from the EA line, including Littlest Pet Shop: Winter for Nintendo DS, Travel Games for Dummies for Nintendo DS, and Family Game Night for Playstation 2.


My little girl, Natalie, had the Littlest Pet Shop: Winter game at the top of her Christmas list so she was beyond excited when the game arrived. She has played with it endlessly and it goes perfectly with her Littlest Pet Shop collection of toys, figures and games.

Here's a description of the game from the website:
"Jump right into your own Littlest Pet Shop™ Winter, full of cute, quirky pets that magically come to life in an exciting digital world. Collect some of the newest and cutest pets and explore the four separate environments where you can care for and play with your pets in a variety of mini-games. The more time you spend having fun with your pet, the more great stuff you earn for your pet shop, including new pets, playsets, accessories, and more. Experience your Littlest Pet Shop in a whole new way!"

And here's a peek at it's fabulous features:
  • Have fun in a winter wonderland
  • For 1-4 players
  • Collect and name 20 pets including brand new Fanciest, Cuddliest, Sportiest, Chilliest, and others!
  • Dress up your pets with over 100 accessories like scarves, glasses, hats and more!
  • Play with your pets in four unique, pet-sized worlds.
  • Engage in all of your favorite winter activities, explore the jungle depths, enjoy a day in the garden, and manage your pet shop from pet plaza.
  • Compete in 16 fun and challenging mini-games to unlock accessories, playsets, and new pets too!
  • Many difficulty levels mean you can replay the games over and over again.
  • Celebrate pet birthdays and other events by planning festive Littlest Pet Shop-style parties with Evite!

I'd have to say this is definitely one of Natalie's favorite video games now. Click on over to the site for more information and to check out all of the amazing graphics.


MY personal favorite game, and the one that now has me hooked on Nintendo DS, is Travel Games for Dummies, one of three games in the line of "Games for Dummies" (there's also Poker for Dummies, and Brain Training for Dummies). The games are based on the popular book series with the same name.

In my case, the game should be titled "Insomnia Games for Dummies" since I play most often when I'm battling insomnia. There are soothing background sounds such as birds chirping as I play which help lull me to sleep, while the games keep my brain from thinking, "It's 3 a.m. and you're still awake!" (which just guarantees you'll stay awake even longer).

And they do make a great pastime while waiting at a doctor's office or when I'm getting my hair done and waiting for the color to take (a usually boring 40 minutes or so, but not anymore with my Travel Games in hand).

Here's a description of the game from the site:
"With 3-games-in-1, you can take the fun with you. Includes: Sudoku, Crosswords, and Solitaire. Through a simple and interactive interface, you can easily learn and play these games at your own pace. Over 600 puzzles to play on the go."

My favorite has been the crossword puzzles and I'm so hooked that I purchased my own Nintendo DS so I don't have to keep borrowing my daughter's.

Click here for more information and/or to purchase.


Finally, a game that all of us love and play together is Family Game Night for Playstation 2.

The graphics are really fun and so detailed. Take a look at these examples:

The adorable Mr. Potato Head is your host for all the games which include Connect Four, Battleship, Yahtzee, Boggle, Sorry! and the all new, Sorry! Sliders. You can play the classic games, or you can play exciting, new variations like Connect 4 Power Chips, Boggle Portal Cubes, Reverse Yahtzee and Battleship Salvo.

My kids really liked that they could customize their own game room under their personal profile. There are so many themes and decorations to choose from, and trophies and other rewards earned through game play are displayed there.

The best part is that 4 players can join in the fun, so we can get a big game of Sorry Sliders going for example (our favorite), or we can battle it out in Yahtzee, another favorite.

Click here for more information and/or to order. You can see tons of the cool graphics as well to get an idea of how amazing they are.

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