My favorite genre of games is adventure games for kids and for adults. They teach how to solve logical problems, are usually filled with tons of humor and when the kids can finally solve them by themselves they feel a real sense of accomplishment. These usually require some adult help at first but you will have fun while doing so. Humongous Entertainment Games have been around for a while and I am so happy to see some of the games being available on Wii now as well. Humongous has created marvelous adventure games for many different ages. In all of them there are GREAT animations, songs, inventory items to pick up and use and wonderful characters. Another very nice thing about these games is they make them so you can replay them. They will CHANGE some of the items needed so that your game can be different the next time you play. I have reviewed some of these games before but now I will go into more detail as well as tell you which ones are available for the PC and now the Wii.
Putt Putt is for kids ages 3-6 and is a car traveling with his dog sidekick. You are putt Putt the Car and you travel around finding inventory items to solve many little problems and to finally solve the game. In Putt Putt Saves the Zoo you have to help the baby animals find their mothers. This has some cute mini-games as well as funny characters and tons of locations and inventory items. In Putt Putt Joins The Circus you have to help the acts get back what they are missing so they can perform. This game has even more locations and the younger children will definitely need help in the beginning. We have many other Putt Putt adventures – I would say the easiest to begin with is Putt Putt joins the Parade. My daughter also enjoyed Putt Putt Travels through Time and Putt Putt Goes to the Moon. Because these games are older — please check what systems they play on before purchasing. Some of them have been updated to work on XP and newer OS versions for MAC but others have not. Another great thing is these are some of the highest quality adventure games at the lowest price you will ever find – I have gotten a few for under $5.00 at amazon.
Freddi Fish is a girl fish traveling with her sidekick Luther the little fish and is for ages 4-7. My favorite is Freddi Fish: Case of the Haunted Schoolhouse. Someone is stealing toys and scaring the kid fish by pretending to be a ghost. Help solve the mystery and play some wonderful mini games in the process. The objects to find change each time you play for great repeated play. There are many other Freddi Fish games you can look at here. The first one released for the Wii is Freddi Fish: Kelp Seed Mystery and unfortunately it has not received such great reviews so far. I hope they release more because this is a wonderful series and I feel younger kids would get a kick out of playing it on a bigger TV screen.
Pajama Sam is a little boy who is in his PJ’s solving his adventures. Ages 5-8. He and Spy Fox are my favorite of the Humongous Series of games. My favorite of this series is Pajama Sam: No Need to Hide When it’s Dark Outside. This is also the first one in the series they made into a Wii version: Pajama Sam: Don’t Fear the Dark and it is getting GREAT reviews. We also got a LOT of game play out of Pajama Sam: Thunder and Lightening Aren’t so Frightening and Pajama Sam 3: You Are What you Eat from Your Head to Your Feet. All of these change objects each time so you can play them repeatedly and not get bored. Pajama Sam games have tons of locations so for a little adventurer – it might seem overwhelming. These are great games to help your children out with at first. You will be entertained as well – they have humorous characters and interactions.
Spy Fox is a Fox who is a Spy and uses lots of cool spy gadgets to solve mysteries. This requires a little more thinking outside the box and is probably better for the seasoned adventurer. This series is best for ages 6-9. My favorite is Spy Fox: Dry Cereal which was also the first made into a Wii Game: Spy Fox in Dry Cereal which is getting good reviews. In all the Spy Fox games you have to report into headquarters and swap out gadgets to use depending on what part of the adventure you are on and need to solve. You need to talk to characters to gain information to solve the game. This game is wonderful for logical thinking. It has even more locations than the previous series. Spy Fox has a great sense of humor and the jokes keep coming in this series. Some other notable ones are: Spy Fox: Operation Ozone and Spy Fox: Some Assembly Required.
I will admit I am biased since adventure games ARE my favorite genre but THESE HUMONGOUS games are AWESOME. I love games the kids can play and sue their brain and the parents can watch and help out in and enjoy as well. As I mentioned because of the age, make sure the games are compatible for your operating system and enjoy the benefit of getting games for under $5.00! Even the Wii Games are under $20.00. A bargain considering how much entertainment your children AND you will get playing them.
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