Games on the Today Show - Wednesday April 15th

Great fun on the Today Show this morning, and hopefully lots of ideas for the kids over the next couple of weeks during the school holidays. In case you missed the show, or need more info on the websites or games featured, check out below...

WEBSITES

1) www.miniclip.com/games/en/
Miniclip has a huge range of games that can keep the kids entertained for hours on end. Most games are very easy to understand and learn. While some are rudimentary, others are quite difficult. Boys especially love this site.

2) www.pog.com/
Similar to miniclip, but you don't have to create an account. Important that you have flash or shockwave to play. These guys actually hunt out new online games, so they are always being updated. Most are pretty kid friendly, but I'd check every now and again just to make sure you kids aren't playing too much outside their ability.

3) www.edhelper.com
Actually an American site (but don't let that put you off!). As well as being a lot of fun for kids, it also educates. There are such things as kids being able to make up their own crosswords and soduku puzzles.

4) www.habitatheroes.com
A social networking site that caters for kids with green fingers. It is designed as an interactive place where children can meet their peers and talk about issues green. Messageboards are monitored. Children can learn about animals that are endangered or extinct, geography and games that look at hand/eye coordination.

5) http://home.disney.com.au/
As you would expect from the House of Mouse, plenty of family-friendly fun. Tonnes of games for the kids, plus trailers etc of programs and movies. Also home of the very popular social networking site, Club Penguin.

GAMES

1) Scene It: Box Office Smash – (Xbox 360)
Great game for the whole family to enjoy by testing your knowledge of film trivia. It comes with high-definition (HD) movie clips, and several new puzzle types. With the new Xbox LIVE experience, Scene It? Box Office Smash is the first game that lets you put yourself into the game through custom avatars that respond to your play and react to one another throughout the game.
RRP $69.95

2) Mario Power Tennis - (Wii)
Play tennis like never before – great way to get exercise and get your coordination happening.
Other variants include "Gimmick" courts, thematic areas with components and properties that directly affect gameplay. The game consists of 18 playable characters, each categorised by their style of play and each with a pair of unique moves known as "Power Shots".
RRP: $49.95

3) Buzz: Brain of Oz (PS3)
People who love testing their wits will love this game - play against the computer or other competitors, and best of all questions are Australian-centric. PS3 version of the game features online play and will also allows access to user-created questions on the My Buzz! site as well as leaderboards that rank online play.
RRP: $109.95

4) Family Ski & Snowboard – Atari (Wii)
Awesome game to play with the ski season coming up. Allows you to practice all your moves in an almost virtual environment.
like a ski bunny by skiing and snowboarding down 7,000 vertical metres over two huge mountains. Enhanced maneuvering - Trick skiing, including backwards-riding, flips, daffy ducks and helicopters are now possible. Users can snowboard goofy or regular and twist, turn and flip as much as your body can bear using their Wii. It has day, afternoon and night riding modes.
RRP: $99.95

5) Ready To Rumble; Revolution- Atari (Wii)
Another game aimed at keeping you fit, while having a laugh and a tonne of fun, too. Ready 2 Rumble Revolution is a one person boxing game that has a roster of 18 wildly caricatured cartoony boxers. Championship Mode lets gamers create their own boxer and nurture his skills through mini-games. Using the Nunchuk controller as one glove and the Wii Remote controller as the other, players dodge, weave and throw the big punches to KO their opponents. Virtual heavyweights can fight from the backstreet gym all the way to the big Las Vegas showdown.
RRP: $69.95