Monday, 30 March 2015

Playing Games With Kids

I love playing games with my kids....well I do when I first start, and then it sort of turns into this...


 


I can't be the only one...who is with me?

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Playing Skip-Bo

Skip-Bo Card GameWhen I was younger I learned about the awesome game that is called SKIP BO .

It was the go to game for our youth group and at the came I worked at. I came home and taught my sister, and we use to play all the time.

I have owned the game for many many years, and I have been waiting for the right opportunity to teach it to my boys. 

Well they are currently old enough to learn!  My oldest actually had seen it in his class, as his teacher brought it in. He never played, but  watched the other kids I bit.

I recently taught him and then his 6yo brother wanted to learn.  Boy did he figure it out fast.  He even noticed that I blocked some of their moves a few times, and well....he started doing it lol.

I wouldn't play too hard with them, but well, he got good fast, and now I work my booty off to make it a fair challenge for him.

Even my newly 5 yo son likes to play.  It's great for him to work on his counting to 12, which he is good at already. But there is a lot to keep track of, and he does a really good job at managing it all.  He does lose interest quickly though, so we play shorter games with him.

In case you don't know what Skip-Bo is, it's a game where each player is dealt a stockpile of cards and then attempts to win by playing all these cards on building piles in numerical sequence 1 through 12.

 A member of Mattel's popular family of Uno card games, Skip-Bo resembles speed (or spit) in the same way that Uno takes after crazy eights. Out of a 162-card deck, two to six players are each dealt 20-card "stockpiles"; the first one to deplete their pile wins. Competing either alone or in teams, players draw from a central pile and stack their cards sequentially onto one of four "build" piles (for example, an eight onto a seven, a three onto a two), using plentiful Skip-Bo wild cards to break up static situations. Deceptively simple and ingeniously designed, this classic game offers plenty of strategizing opportunities, or it can just make a nice backdrop to socializing and munching on potato chips. --Paul Hughes

The concept is pretty easy, and it's fun.

Have you ever played Skip-Bo?

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Jelly Splash - App of The Week



I love playing games on my iPhone, and now I have an excuse to find new ones - App Of The Week! LOL

This week's app is one I found as a top game recommendation.  This game is called Jelly Splash.




Jelly Splash is one of those puzzle matching type games.  You have to try to link together as many of the same colour Jellys as you can to clear them.


As you go up the levels, there are added challenges like gray slime, and those slimer guys who will block you.

The more Jellys you link up the better the bonus, and also you will get special power ups and boosts.

There are currently 420 levels available to play so you won't run out any time soon. It is surprisingly addicting and mindless fun. Sure there is a bit of strategy, but it's not going to burn out your brain, or really challenge you either.

You can link up to Facebook and see the leader board.  You can get past the end of a section of levels without begging all your friends to help unlock too! You need a certain amount of stars earned to unlock the next level. If you don't have that you can go back and earn some more.  I like this a lot more than begging people to help you, and also if you don't have any friends that play you don't get stuck.

What games do you think we should test out for App Of The Week?

Friday, 27 March 2015

The Game of Life Junior

As my boys are getting a bit older I have been able to introduce them to more and more games that I like to play.  Some of my classics are still a bit old for them, but I like that Hasbro is coming out with Junior versions of them for them to play with me.

We have played Monopoly Jr, and now we were sent The Game of Life Junior to try.

Choose your fun adventure with the game of life - junior style! this fun and fast-paced game is just like the adult version, but with much cooler rides! pick the blue wheeler, the pink cruiser, the yellow speedster or the green rider, and start enjoying life's twists and turns! have tons of fun with amazing adventures on the beach or at the zoo - it's your choice! keep collecting stars and see how the action cards and attractions like the museum or the chocolate factory affect your fate. If you get to 10 stars first, you win! you'll have a fun game and an awesome day whenever you play the game of life junior game!
This is a simple version of the original game.  You get to choose one of 4 cars, and each person has their own starting spot.  Thankfully there is no "kids" to fill your car with and have them falling out LOL

The idea with this one is you stop at different attractions, and you pay the entry fee. For each one you visit you get a star:



You need to fill up your card with 10 stars.  You will receive them from stopping
at attractions and also from the action cards.

Over all the boys and I thought this was a fun game.  It took them a few minutes to figure out what was expected, but even the youngest was able to figure it out quickly and they had a blast.  

Of course he loved the fact that he was able to win and beat us all!









Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Dungeons & Dragons - Wordless Wednesday

Using the 3D map for Dungeons & Dragons - Dwarven Forge layout.  This also has the  "dwarvenite" pieces from the first kickstarter. 



Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Ultimate Video Games List - W



At And She Games we love all kinds of gaming, and all types of games! So we have been curating some Ultimate Game Lists to show off to you!  We have been working our way through the The Ultimate Board Games List for a while now, and would love if you would check that out as well!

We wanted to work on Video Games next.   But first, let me say that there are a lot of video games out there.  Every type and variety, and I am sure we will miss some a long the way.  Also since some games and systems are obsolete and "current" can be a relative term, we went with 2005 and newer, and as many as we can find.


We would love your input on any we may miss along the way!  We would also love to hear your thoughts of some of these games.  If you would like to write a review of the game on our blog (we can link back to your game or business), please email us.


Check out the other letters: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V


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Warhamer 40,000: Space Marine is a third-person Action Shooter in which players accept the role of a Space Marine Captain tasked with the defense of the empire as well as humanity against the Chaos Faction lead by the ruthless Ork hordes. Players will have to use their exceptional size, strength, armor, weaponry and fighting spirit in order to succeed. Features include: a new seamless combat system allowing equally for ranged and melee action, hordes of deadly enemies of various kinds, intense 16-player online multiplayer and more.

In Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine you are Captain Titus of the Ultramarines, humanity's last hope for survival in a war-ridden future. Step into the armor of this superhuman warrior and use a lethal combination of deadly weapons to crush overwhelming alien forces. Fight against the savage Orks and the unholy forces of Chaos in a brutally violent world based on the richest science fiction fantasy ever created.

Space Marine features a fluid combat system that allows players to seamlessly switch from ranged to melee weapons without interrupting the flow of combat. Hitting the melee button at any time will result in a close range strike with the equipped hand-to-hand weapon as well as the camera pulling out to melee distance. Pulling either trigger will instantly snap the view back to behind the player’s shoulder ready for precise shooting. These systems are immediately responsive and leave the player in full control at all times. As the player dispatches enemies in Space Marine they will be earning "Fury" which can be used to unleash devastating ranged or melee attacks. The player can use "Fury Marksman" to enter a heightened form of awareness where time seems to slow down allowing them to pick off multiple ranged enemies in the blink of an eye. Alternately the player can opt to utilize their "Fury Strike" up close and personal with a sweeping area of affect attack that will obliterate anything close enough and knock-back and stun more distant foes. 


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warlock master of arcane







Warlock is a strategy game played on a hex based map, set in the lands of Majesty's Ardania. It has a modern look and feel yet inherits the best elements of the famous turn based strategy games of old. The underlying aim of the game is for players to overcome a variety of strategy and tactical challenges, in order to unify the land and be crowned Warlock – Master of the Arcane.

During the course of a game players are expected to explore the lands and uncover potentials sites, for new cities to be founded. Neutral cities can be captured and sacked or kept intact, for the benefit of the kingdom. As can those of rival factions.

Within the territory of a city, a host of buildings can be constructed; to provide a range of resources, to commission army units or equip them with upgrades to bolster their combat abilities. Some unqiue buildings must be placed upon rare resources which can be found across each map. These provide larger amounts of resources, more powerful units or stronger unit upgrades.


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Watch Dogs


All it takes is the swipe of a finger. We connect with friends. We buy the latest gadgets and gear. We find out what’s happening in the world. But with that same simple swipe, we cast an increasingly expansive shadow. With each connection, we leave a digital trail that tracks our every move and milestone, our every like and dislike. And it’s not just people. Today, all major cities are networked. Urban infrastructures are monitored and controlled by complex operating systems.

In Watch_Dogs, this system is called the Central Operating System (ctOS) and it controls almost every piece of the city’s technology and holds key information on all of the city’s residents.

You play as Aiden Pearce, a brilliant hacker and former thug, whose criminal past led to a violent family tragedy. Now on the hunt for those who hurt your family, you'll be able to monitor and hack all who surround you by manipulating everything connected to the city’s network. Access omnipresent security cameras, download personal information to locate a target, control traffic lights and public transportation to stop the enemy, and more.

Use the city of Chicago as your ultimate weapon and exact your own style of revenge.

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Wii Fit


Wii Fit attracted millions of new players to the world of video games. Now Wii Fit Plus offers a range of new features and enhancements to help players reinvigorate their workouts, along with exercises and balance games designed to keep them fun. Players will find a new dimension to the Wii Fit experience as they easily set their own customized workout routines, or choose 20-, 30- or 40-minute workouts based on how much time they have available.

As with the original Wii Fit release, Wii Fit Plus is designed, as its name implies, to improve the user's fitness. The game contains a large number of activities that fall into a variety of categories, including: yoga, aerobics, strength training and balance games. With all but a few exceptions, which utilize variations on a standard Wii Remote configuration, all activities utilize the Wii Balance Board (included with this bundle), either alone or configured with either a Wii Remote alone or the Wii Remote and nunchuck. The Balance Board, like any other Wii controller acts as a motion/pressure sensing device wirelessly synched to your Wii and replicating your body's movements. Each controller employed occupies one of the Wii's four wireless inputs, together mapping the reference points needed to recreate most full body motions on screen. Although this limits the majority of the activities to a single player orientation, various activities throughout the game support up to eight players in alternating play.

To use Wii Fit Plus players import their Miis from their Wii system, set up profiles, establish a current physical baseline, set fitness goals, and embark on a routine to reach them. Wii Fit Plus tracks your usage, weight and progress towards your goal over time, giving you a status report as you start each session. At any time players can choose whatever activity they want, whether exercise or balance game, and as they progress in these they will level up in each, gaining points, setting high scores and unlocking more activities.

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Game Party

Play seven of your favorite games: Play Darts, Table Hockey, Shuffle Board and Hoop Shoot, or try your hand at variations of classics like Skii Ball, Ping Cup, and Trivia.

Fun, Easy Controls: Play your favorite games with the same motions you would in real-life. Slide your hand forward to hit a hockey puck, take aim and toss your dart at the dartboard, use a bowling motion to send you skii ball into a high scoring hoop.

175 Characters - 125 unique characters initially available, plus the chance to unlock 50 additional zany characters.

Classic Venues: Each game features classic venues appropriate for each activity. Play darts in a British style eatery, Hoop Shoot in a sports entertainment center, and many more.

Show Your Friends Who Rules: Participate in multi-player competitions, with friends in your home. Form teams to take on the competition and keep track of your progress on the leader boards.

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When it comes to music and rhythm games, Wii Music stands in a class of its own. Unlike other music games, which penalize players if they don't play perfectly, Wii Music is a musical playground where there are no mistakes. Here anyone can pick up and master the huge array of instruments available, through simple motions like strumming and drumming. Musicians in your band jam by simply playing their instruments to the beat of a song or by improvising to their heart's content. Play faster. Play slower. Skip a beat, or throw in 10 more. No matter what you do, Wii Music automatically transforms your improv stylings into great music.

In Wii Music every band has six members: Two play the main melody, two cover the percussion beats, one covers the bass groove and one uses the song's chords to support the melody. As a band, the six members often play their special parts at the same time, though each player can jam however and whenever he or she wants. Play all at once. Take turns in the spotlight. Pair up in creative ways throughout the song. You can bring the band to life by yourself, playing one part at a time-or with up to four players. See game mode below:

Solo Play: When you play by yourself, you can add one part at a time to arrange the whole song exactly how you want. The Tutes are on hand to back up your band in any parts you need filled.

Multiplayer: When in a band with friends, up to four people can be band members.
   
Wii Friends: Using WiiConnect24, you can send your jam videos to Wii Friends who own Wii Music. They can then watch your performance, modify it to their liking and send their jam videos back to you.

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Wii Sports

Bundled with Wii, Wii Sports introduces a whole new way to play your game. This is what video games should be: fun for everyone. Wii Sports offers five distinct sports experiences, each using the Wii Remote controller to provide a natural, intuitive and realistic feel. To play a Wii Sports game, all you need to do is pick up a controller and get ready for the pitch, serve or that right hook. If you've played any of these sports before, you're ready for fun!

Play Tennis, Baseball, Golf, Bowling and Boxing in the comfort of one's living room. No ball boys scurrying about, no oil from the alleys to get players dirty and no rain to keep anyone from a day at the court, park or course. Use the Wii Remote controller to mimic the actions of swinging a racket, bat or club, roll a ball down an alley or bring the left jab.

Players can use their own Mii caricatures in the game and play them against their friends' Miis for a more personalized experience. As players improve, their Miis' skill levels will increase, so that they can see exactly how much better they've become.

People of all skill levels can pick up and play any of the games in the unprecedented Wii Sports package, making this truly a title for everyone!

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Wildlife Park

 Do you have wild animals in your living room?

Congratulations!

Wildlife Park 2 will completely satisfy animal lovers and zoo fans: an incomparable natural experience – right in your living room! Become a zoo manager and take good care of your animal charges!







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Wolfenstein: The New Order

Wolfenstein®: The New Order™ reignites the series that created the first-person shooter genre. The year is 1960 and the Nazi’s have won World War II. War hero B.J. Blazkowicz must launch an impossible counter-offensive against the monstrous Nazi regime that has conquered the globe..


Europe, 1960. The Nazis turned the tide of the war using a new kind of mysterious, advanced technology. Using unrelenting force and intimidation, they have brought even the most powerful of nations to their knees. The Nazi regime now rules the globe with an iron fist. Play as the one man who dares go up against the world’s most formidable military. You are B.J. Blazkowicz, the American war hero. You are the only man capable of rewriting history.

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Drag and drop living, squirming, talking globs of goo to build structures, bridges, cannonballs, zeppelins, and giant tongues.

The millions of innocent goo balls that live in the beautiful World of Goo are curious to explore. But they don't know that they are in a game, or that they are extremely delicious.

The most addicting and awe-inspiring puzzle game will set you on an adventure that you'll never forget!





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Worms


Three best-selling WORMS titles are available together as a boxed set! The collection includes Worms, Worms 2: Armageddon, and the 3-D cartoon craziness of Worms Ultimate Mayhem. Gear up for a wacky worm war in this trio of hit titles.

With its addictive mix of turn-based strategy and arcade action, this is one can of worms you'll be happy you opened. Worms Collection features a host of online gameplay options and exciting multiplayer capabilities.

Get wiggly in the vast array of quirky single-player missions and personalized campaigns. Also features five exciting DLC (Downloadable Content) Packs: Battle Pack, Puzzle Pack, Forts Pack, Time Attack Pack, and Mayhem Pack Retro Pack.

Where it all began: get acquainted with wacky worm wars
Battle up to three other players
Random landscape themes and a multitude of game settings
Achievements, Trophies, and a Worms Hall of Fame
22 weapons and utilities to deploy against your enemies, including the Super Sheep, the Holy Hand Grenade, and the most powerful exploding soft fruit, the Banana Bomb
New weapons and utilities, such as the Sentry Gun, Electromagnet, Napalm Strike, Petrol Bomb, Armageddon, Drill, Earthquake, and Poison Strike
Full online or offline multiplayer options for up to four players with a wealth of game modes – beginner, intermediate, pro, races, forts, and crazy crates
Customizable hats, skins, and speech-banks
Plenty of single player content that will keep players occupied for hours
Full local and online play for up to four players with a wealth of game modes such as: "Statue Defend," "Homelands," or just plain "Deathmatch," plus the ability to create your own custom game settings to play against your friends
Name your teams and dress up your worms in glasses, moustaches, and more
Construct your own weapons from a wide selection of components
Collection of all-new crazy missions

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Monday, 23 March 2015

Farmville 2


A few years ago Farmville was one of the top games played on Facebook. Most of the people I know played, and if you didn't play, well you were probably inundated with requests anyway.

That craze has died down, and while people still play a lot have moved on. I tried to play it, but didn't like it as much as others. It was an overhead shot, but I found it hard to get in close, and hard to see what I was doing.  I also just didn't find it as engaging as I should, and it lost my interest pretty easily.

When Zynga realized that they were losing people they tried to recapture the magic with Farmville 2.

Take a nostalgic journey down the countryside!

Create, build and nourish the farm of your dreams in FarmVille 2. You’ll interact with a variety of interesting characters, grow and unlock special crops, take care of animals, and make your farm come alive. Trade with neighbors, contribute to your friends' farms, and join a Co-op to work with farmers you can count on to complete a shared Order Board and progress on the Co-op Delivery Map for huge rewards!
It never did gain the popularity that the first reached, however, I think it's a pretty good game.  I actually like it a lot better than I ever liked the first one.

I recommend getting off Facebook, and playing on Zynga.com.  This way you can find people who play, and want to send you requests and help you get further in the game.  You don't have to then bother all your "friends" on Facebook.

When you start out you will go through an easy tutorial, and will learn how to do each thing.

You can visit neighbours, grow crops, feed animals, and expend.


They have groves, and plots now so that it is easier and faster to upgrade things as well as do the maintenance faster.

There are different missions that also coincide with special recipes, and buildings for that mission.  You follow the story of farmville, creating recipes, and farming to help out the town. 

You will earn rewards, and bonuses, and be able to move up in the ranks to beat your friends.  I like that you can also create a co-op now, so you can all help each other to produce more recipes and get to the rewards faster.

They have mastered growing the game and making it better.  If they make a mistake by making a mission too short of time, and the jobs too hard, they will learn from their mistakes, and also give you a bonus. 

I also like that I can grow a family, so now when I log in, during the morning and I have a ton of things to do it goes faster because I have 4 "people" doing the work.

Overall, I think this game is improved from the original and I really like it.  If you are on Zynga you can add me as a friend and neighbour!
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