When you have a family of gamers, you are always on the lookout for the latest and greatest games. We have a Playstation 4, Wii U, Nintendo Switch, and a Nintendo 3DS XL. Yes, we take this gaming thing seriously! Here are some of the newest games we have played and how we think they will level up game night at your house!
I received these titles for the purpose of this review. Affiliate links are below. All opinions are my own.
Platforms: PC, PS4, and Xbox One
Story: Jesse embarks on a brand new journey filled with tough choices, good times, and at least one temperamental llama. Minecraft: Story Mode – Season 2 is a five-part episodic series.
What we thought: If you like Minecraft this is the game for you. Like season 1 you will take Jesse through the episodes and make this Minecraft story your own. The kids really loved the llama!
Platforms: PC, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One
Story: RiME is a single-player puzzle adventure game about a young boy shipwrecked on a mysterious island after a torrential storm.
My thoughts: I was the guinea pig for this game. It looked interesting, and I love a good puzzle. After noticing the kinda ethereal vibe I had to be nosey and see if my suspicions were correct. I don’t want to spoil it for you, google can do that, but my thinking was correct and this game includes a twist in the story I wasn’t expecting.
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, and PC
Story: Get ready to race in NASCAR Heat 2. Stand-alone tracks include Eldora Speedway, and drivers and tracks from both the Xfinity Series and the Camping World Truck Series are included as you hurtle along at top speed. A 40-player multiplayer option lets you race against numerous opponents in NASCAR Heat 2.
What we thought: The whole family got in on this game. We may even have had some trash talking going on! Single-Player or multi, everyone can put their driving skills where there mouths are in Nascar Heat 2. My son who is obsessed with all things cars, begs to play this one everyday. If you love racing games, this is a must for you. I also like that you have the ability to customize your car, hello hot pink!
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC
Story: Classic NBA arcade action is back! Take your “A” game to the playground and beat the best in high-flying 2-on-2 basketball action. Practice your skills offline, play with up to three others on your, or take your talents online to posterize your opponents with acrobatic jams and ridiculous displays of skill.
What we thought: If you are looking for less complicated NBA game, NBA Playgrounds is for you. Unlock new playgrounds as you beat tournaments and gain new players you can use in each game. The trash talking from the in-game announcers makes me laugh. It definitely reminds me of watching playground games back in school!
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC
This party pack includes:
Quiplash 2 (3-8 players)
The say-anything sequel. Play all new questions or make your own!
Trivia Murder Party (1-8 players)
A deadly quiz show where you match wits with a trivia-obsessed killer.
Guesspionage (2-8 players)
The brain-battering data-mining guessing game.
Tee K.O. (3-8 players)
The t-shirt slugfest where you battle your custom t-shirts to the death!
Fakin’ It (3-6 players)
One of your friends has something to hide in this sneaky game for tricksters.
What we thought: This game is rated T for Teen. There are family friendly settings for most of the games, but I would recommend this one for teens and up. Or, at least give each game a go before letting the younger ones play. I really like that you can play using your phones, tablets, or computers. Which means, no extra controllers needed! We have extra controllers, but not 7 of them!
Get these games today!
I received these titles for the purpose of this review. Affiliate links are being used. All opinions are my own.
Skylanders fans know the fun never stops with these characters. Now there are new adventures with Skylanders Imaginators to be had! Including new features for the Switch, characters, an expansion pack, and more! This game is fun for every gamer in the house. Trust me, we fight over the controller!
Confession: I have never played Skylanders before. Shocking I know. I knew about it and have seen them everywhere but for whatever reason I never got a chance to pick up the game and try it out. A big thank you to the Skylanders team for fixing that. Clearly, I have been missing out.
The kids on the other hand, have played the game before and couldn’t wait to have it at our house. Finally Mommy!
Choose your difficulty. Beginner, Adventurer, Expert, and Nightmare (only available once you beat that annoying punk Chaos in another difficulty). Play through the story or test your racing skills. In Racing mode, race against other Skylanders fans online, test your skills in a single race, time trial, and other options are available once you have unlocked special action packs. We all like the story mode. With your main objectives and side quests it seems like there always something to do and discover on the board.
The fighting controls are easy enough to figure out and if you forget you can always double check in the upgrades menu, available right in the game. No need to exit to the main menu. My only wish is they could walk faster (adjustable on Imaginators based on accessories) and have a double jump. It took me awhile to get use to not having that double jump option!
Your starter set includes 2 Skylanders Sensei and one creation crystal. Leveling up is easy enough to do and gathering currency to buy your upgrades also isn’t difficult. Just destroy a few innocent boxes, and explore a bit to gain more. Don’t forget to stop and strike a pose at Selfie spots, they earn your rewards too!
Use the creation crystal to create your own Imaginator. This is where all those awesome set pieces, arm guards, heads, catchphrases, etc that you unlocked in the chests come into play.
Skylanders are cool but I think my Imaginator is my favorite. She is a kick tail swashbuckler who swishes around taking out bad guys and sparkling while she does it!
Your Skylanders Imaginator can have custom theme music, sound effects, and catchphrases. Love it!
Skylanders Imaginators supports character toys from all previous Skylanders games- including Skylanders®SuperChargers, Skylanders® Trap Team, Skylanders® SWAP ForceTM, Skylanders® Giants and Skylanders® Spyro’s Adventure.
Availability and more news
Skylanders Imaginators is now available for the Nintendo Switch and introduces a digital library that allows players to easily load and store their 300+ toys from the Skylanders® franchise* directly to the Switch. The arrival of the digital library also means you can take your Skylanders Imaginators on-the-go whenever you want without the Portal of Power!
New characters including Painyatta and Grave Clobber are joining the game as well as a brand-new expansion pack called the Cursed Tiki Temple. The expansion pack takes kids on an all-new adventure that features more than 100 new pieces for their Imaginators. The pack comes with Sensei character Wild Storm, a life Creation Crystal, and an Imaginite Mystery Chest.
Buy Skylanders Imaginators and other Skylanders products at major retailers including Target, Best Buy, Toys R Us, GameStop, and Amazon.
Do your children love Skylanders? Who is their favorite?
Thank you Activision for sending us this. All opinions are my own. This post contains an affiliate link.
Do you have a game night? We sure do. Every weekend, we spend time together playing games and laughing our tails off. In my gift guide I shared 3 of my top game picks for Christmas and I thought I would write a post to show you why I chose them. These fun family games from Wonder Forge are perfect for family game night. I think you will enjoy them as much as we do!
Marvel I Can Do That!
Being a superhero means facing challenges with a can-do attitude! In this game, you draw three cards that will help you train to be a superhero. Some can be pretty tricky, but if you can do it you will earn your stars! But be prepared, at any time you could draw a battle card and have to face off against Green Goblin!
I said show me your villain beating face! This is what I got lol!
Crawling under the portal with a cube on your back is not as easy as he is making it look! At least when you are a big superhero like me!
Star Wars Eye Found It
In this new Star Wars game, blast off on a location-hopping adventure through the galaxy, from Tatooine and the Death Star, to Jakku and more! Keep your eyes open for R2-D2 as you search the galaxy for over a thousand characters, starships, Droids, and artifacts!
Buy it today on Amazon!
The Lion Guard Boulder Blast
Do you have what it takes to defend The Pride Lands against a dangerous flood? Bunga’s boulder dam could burst at any time! Add water balls and build the wall higher and higher to keep the water safely inside. But watch out! It might all come tumbling down!
Also new from Wonder Forge:
You can find Wonder Forge games at Walmart, Target, Toys R Us, Amazon, and more!
The end of the school year is here and with it the dreaded Summer slump. This is a term teachers use when discussing Summer learning loss. But no kid wants to study when they are on vacation. I mean, I don’t blame them. But as a parent it is my responsibility to sneak in learning and make it as fun as possible. That is one reason to love the new Amazon Underground app for your Android phone. It is full of apps for kids that provide the fun while teaching them something at the same time.
And best of all? The apps are 100% FREE!
The Amazon Underground App for Android phones includes 100% free apps, games, Amazon Video, and other features and content that isn’t available on the Amazon Shopping app. I know you might be thinking, sure “free” but I bet I have to pay to upgrade, they will get me with in-app purchases, and/or long waiting times. Nope. Nada. Zilch. Amazon Underground wants you to start enjoying your mobile app and gaming experience again. They have got you covered! Parents, that means not stressing about your child working their way around a lock to rack up a big bill! Whew! Thanks for looking out for us Amazon!
It is easy to get started. Are you reading this on a laptop? Go HERE and follow the on-screen instructions. Or download the Amazon Underground app from your Android smartphone HERE. This app is only available for Android smartphone users.
Once inside the app you can sort by categories, rating, release date, and more. Not only is Amazon Underground great for preventing Summer learning loss but I would definitely use it for our road trips. Apps for the whole family means everyone is happy! And I’m happy they are all free!
The top 5 best free apps for kids from Amazon Underground according to my kiddos:
Dr. Panda’s Restaurant
Monkey MathSchool Sunshine
First Grade Learning Games
Kids Learn to Read
Kids Telling Time
Bonus: Cut the Rope because Mommy loves this one too!
Getting ready for an out of town trip while both kids are entertained and I don’t have to worry about them buying anything they shouldn’t! Thank you Amazon!
Which app do you want to download from Amazon Underground?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.