Here's a selection of games to appeal to everyone in the family:

The Lego series

The Lego series

(Wii, Xbox 360, PlayStation 2 & 3, DS, PSP)

From Lego Star Wars through to Indiana Jones and Batman, this series has been popular – and when you start playing it’s easy to see why. The games play out like parodies of their respective movies and combine fun gameplay with spot-on humour. With two-player support, they’re perfect for playing with your kids.

 
The SingStar series

The SingStar series

(PlayStation 2 & 3)

There are over a dozen versions of SingStar on PlayStation 2 or 3 – the trick is to choose one with a song line-up you like. The goal is to get the highest score by singing in the correct pitch. It’s simple and great for large gatherings. Be warned: if you pick the wrong version, you will be hearing a lot of awful pop songs.

 
Wii Sports

Wii Sports

(Wii)

Handily, this game is bundled with the console. It’s a collection of sports such as tennis, bowling, and boxing that are made fun through the Wii’s motion control. When you want to swing a racket, you actually swipe with your arm – it doesn’t get much simpler than that. Perhaps that’s why a six-year old beat me in bowling.

 
Flower

Flower

(PlayStation 3 downloadable title)

This is a small game that you download onto your PlayStation 3 from the online store. You play a flower petal zooming over lush terrain. It may sound strange, but it’s one of the most peaceful and immersive video games around.

 

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Report by Tristan Clark.

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