Most of the video games I allow my kids to play have some kind of educational component (i.e. they help my kids practice their reading or math skills), or they stimulate my kids' imagination and creativity by allowing them to engage in pretend play (i.e. simulation games or role playing games like Ubisoft's Petz or Imagine series). We received a copy of the Rabbids Go Home game for the Nintendo DS, and at first I thought it was one of those videogames intended solely for entertainment. Sure, a lot of it just tests your reflexes and your skill with the stylus -- sort of like the video arcade games like Asteroids or Pacman. But some of it is based on physics, action and reaction -- sort of like a wackier kind of Mousetrap, so it can help with spatial reasoning and cause-and-effect analysis. Or at least that's what I like to think.
Here's the backstory of the Rabbids game:
The Rabbids first comedy-adventure will take them to the moon or bust! Those crazy Rabbids have an infallible plan: collect all the human stuff they can find, heap it onto a giant pile and literally climb home to the moon. But not so fast! The Humans revolt, unleashing the Verminators whose only objective is to exterminate the Rabbids.
The goal of the game is to get your shopping cart to reach the Toilets and put as much stuff into the shopping cart as you can along the way. The Pea couldn't believe the part about the toilet, and I was treated to long minutes of her giggling as she played the game. I still prefer games with a more obvious educational or pretend play focus, but Rabbids Go Home is an excellent game for entertainment and general "chilling out".
We're not giving up our Rabbids Go Home DS game for anything -- but Ubisoft also gave us a copy of Rabbids Go Home for the Nintendo Wii. We don't own a Wii, so that means one lucky Bonggamom Finds reader will be winning that Rabbids Go Home Wii game in today's giveaway!
Let's have some silly fun: leave a comment on this post and tell me what you'd put in your shopping cart if you had to use a shopping cart to reach the moon!
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Maximum of 5 entries per person. This giveaway ends at midnight PST on January 10, 2010; I will draw a winner at random on January 11 and post the winner's name as soon as the winner confirms acceptance. For additional giveaway rules, click here. Good luck!